Tuesday, April 04, 2006

A selection of books on the way....

From Publishers Weekly Lunch:


Monkey Town author Ronald Kidd's ON BEALE STREET, the story of a Memphis teen who befriends the young Elvis Presley and discovers racism and rock and roll in the summer of 1954, to Alyssa Eisner at Simon & Schuster, in a nice deal, by Jodi Reamer at Writers House (NA).jreamer@writershouse.com


Foreign rights to Richard Doetsch's debut thriller, THE THIEVES OF HEAVEN, in which a burglar is hired to orchestrate a remarkable theft, to Philip Wilson Warsaw in Poland, by Milena Lukic; to R.A.O. International Publishing in Romania; to Via Print in Serbia, all by Prava I Prevodi. Previous rights sold for World Spanish, Russian, Czech Republic, Bulgarian, Brazilian Portuguese by Al Longden at Rights Unlimited, on behalf of the Cynthia Manson Literary Agency.

German rights to Paul Kropp's young adult novel, RUNNING THE BASES, a humorously honest look at the misadventures of teenage dating, to Saueländer/Patmos, by Suzanne de Roche at Liepmann AG, on behalf of Ron Eckel at Random House Canada.reckel@randomhouse.com


salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff and the salesforce.com Foundation's THE BUSINESS OF CHANGING THE WORLD, detailing the most important corporate philanthropic efforts across the globe, with such contributors as Michael Dell and Peter Gabriel, to Jeffrey Krames at McGraw-Hill, by James Levine at Levine Greenebrg Literary Agency (world).lydia_rinaldi@mcgraw-hill.com


Jefferson's Great Gamble and Young Patriots author Charles A. Cerami's DINNER AT MR. JEFFERSON'S: Five Men, Eight Great Wines, and An Evening That Changed America, a narrative account of one of the most important dinner parties in American history, a single great evening that put the young nation on a path to power and respect, to Hana Lane at Wiley, by Bob Silverstein at Quicksilver Books (world).quickbooks@optonline.net


Bev West and Jason Bergund's BAD BRIDE: 222 Not-So-Blushing Brides and Weddings Gone Wild, a humorous collection of wedding photos revealing the pissed-off control queen beneath the veil, to Rebecca Isenberg at Warner, in a very nice deal, by Jenny Bent at Trident Media Group.


Sharon Osbourne's big UK bestseller EXTREME, a memoir, to Karen Murgolo at Springboard (after colleagues from Warner had passed previously), by Time Warner UK.


Former Boston Globe reporter Alison Bass's SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER, a literary narrative that captures the anything-goes decade of drug development in the 90s, showing how one enterprising sleuth exposed the underbelly of the pharmaceutical industry and helped change the way drugs are tested and sold in the U.S, to Amy Gash of Algonquin, at auction, by James Levine of Levine Greenberg Literary Agency (world).jlevine@levinegreenberg.com


NY Post reporter Michael Kane's untitled book on cybergaming, a look at the world of competitive cybergaming, seen through the top players and team owners as they make their way through national tournaments to the World Championships of the web's CounterStrike, to Alessandra Lusardi at Viking, in a very nice deal, by Stacey Glick at Dystel & Goderich Literary Management (NA).sglick@dystel.com alessandra.lusardi@us.penguingroup.com


Richard Bradley's THE GREATEST GAME: The Yankees, The Red Sox, and The Playoff that Saved Baseball, about the one-game playoff between the Yankees and the Red Sox in 1978, to Martin Beiser at Free Press, for publication in April 2008, by Suzanne Gluck of the William Morris Agency.carisa.hays@simonandschuster.com

Curt Sampson's GOLF DADS: Profiles of Fathers, Their Children and the Game that Binds them, a series of 10 stories about the unique bond forged between fathers and children around the game of golf, including high profile athletes such as Nicklaus, Hogan, Singh, Trevino, and Sorenstam, as well as stories of lesser known golfers, such as in his recent "Back to the Mariposas" piece in Sports Illustrated about the son of a renowned lepidopterist, to Susan Canavan at Houghton Mifflin, in a pre-empt, by Byrd Leavell at the Waxman Literary Agency (world).


Son of Auberon Waugh and grandson of Evelyn Waugh, Alexander Waugh's THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF WITTGENSTEIN, focusing on Paul Wittgenstein, the Austrian pianist who lost his right arm in World War I but continued his concert career, to tell the larger story of a family of great wealth and conspicuous genius marked by tragedy - all three of Paul's elder brothers committed suicide - and indelible achievement - his younger brother was the iconic philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, to Gerry Howard at Doubleday, by Gillon Aitken at Gillon Aitken Associates. Bloomsbury is publishing in the UK.


Canadian rights to the winner of the 2005 Governor-General's award for A Perfect Night to Go to China and former CBC TV's On the Arts film critic David Gilmour's first non-fiction work THE FILM CLUB, a poignant account of the two years Gilmour spent teaching life lessons to his high school dropout son by showing him the world's best (and occasionally worst) films, to Patrick Crean at Thomas Allen & Sons, by Sam Hiyate at The Rights Factory.US/UK: Sam@therightsfactory.com FOREIGN: rights@imriedervis.com


Michael Gates Gill's HOW STARBUCKS SAVED MY LIFE, to Universal, for Tom Hanks to star and Gus Van Sant to direct, with Tom Hanks' Playtone Productions producing, in a pre-empt, by Shari Smiley at CAA, on behalf of Gillian MacKenzie of the Gillian MacKenzie Agency.gmackenzie@gillianmackenzieagency.com


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