From Publishers Lunch Weekly:
Bellwether Prize winner Hillary Jordan's MUDBOUND, which deals with the entwined fates of a white farming family in the Mississippi Delta and their black sharecroppers after the sons of both families return home from WWII, to Kathy Pories of Algonquin, in a pre-empt, by Chris Parris-Lamb at The Gernert Company in his first deal (world). firstname.lastname@example.org
Bestselling author of Bel Canto, Ann Patchett's RUN, focused on twenty-four hours in the life of a Boston family during a blizzard, when a passerby pushes one of the sons out of the way of an oncoming car she sets off a chain reaction of events that unlock the past, the present, and the future of the family, for publication in fall 2007, plus a short non-fiction book based on a recent commencement speech, to Jonathan Burnham and Alison Callahan at Harper, by Lisa Bankoff at ICM (NA).
Whitbread Prize winning poet John Burnside's THE DEVIL'S FOOTPRINTS, the story of a man trying to come to terms with a suspended life, and the fear, guilt, and grief that mark it, to Nan Talese at Nan A. Talese by Melanie Jackson (US).
Rights to Lumen in Spain, Mouria in Holland, Knaus in Germany, and Metailie in France, by Laurence Laluyaux and Stephen Edwards at Rogers, Coleridge & White.Film: Norman Norman at RCW
Author of The Widow of The South, Robert Hicks' next two books, the first the story of General John Bell Hood, who gave up his command and sacrificed everything - including ultimately his life - to make a new start in New Orleans, where he fought against poverty, racism, and some of the most deadly epidemics ever, again to Amy Einhorn at Hachette, by Jeff Kleinman at Folio Literary Management (world).
Fortress Malta author James Holland's VERITY series, about a young WWII private, recruited at the very start of the war and who survives through to the bitter end, to Bill Scott-Kerr at Bantam UK, in a very significant deal, for four books (out of a planned eight-book series), for publication beginning in June 2008 and following annually thereafter, by Patrick Walsh at Conville & Walsh.email@example.comUS: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tom Cain's thriller THE ACCIDENT MAN, introducing series hero, Daniel Carver - a good guy, who makes bad things happen to bad people, to Simon Thorogood at Bantam Press, in a pre-empt, in a two-book deal, by Julian Alexander at Lucas Alexander Whitley.
William Petrie's THE ALEXANDER CIPHER, concerning the lost tomb and body of Alexander the Great, to Wayne Brookes at Harper UK, in a two-book deal, by Luigi Bonomi at Bonomi Associates.
Film rights to Mark Haskell Smith's (Moist and Delicious) forthcoming novel SALTY, to director Simon West (Con Air, The General's Daughter), by Endeavor on behalf of Mary Evans of Mary Evans.
Retired UPS driver and publications editor Greg Niemann's BIG BROWN, the rags-to-riches story of reclusive UPS founder Jim Casey and the world's largest package delivery company celebrating its centennial in 2007, to Neal Maillet of Jossey-Bass, by Sally van Haitsma of The Castiglia Agency.
Chief businesswriter of the Economist Matthew Bishop and Michael Green's PHILANTHROCAPITALISM, a look at how capitalism's winners are using their vast fortunes to change the world by giving away billions of dollars, to Colin Dickerman at Bloomsbury, by Dan Mandel at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates (world English).
Sarah Vowell's upcoming re-examination of the Puritans, WORDY SHIPMATES, to Geoff Kloske at Riverhead, by Jaime Wolff at Pelosi Wolf Effron & Spates.
Author of WORSE THAN WATERGATE and CONSERVATIVES WITHOUT CONSCIENCE John Dean's next book, to Rick Kot at Viking Penguin, by Lydia Wills at Paradigm (world).
CNN journalist Jack Cafferty's IT'S GETTING UGLY OUT THERE!, on politics, politicians, corporate bigwigs, blowhards, liars and other types -- drawing on the author's own life story, to Tom Miller at Wiley, by Paul Fedorko at Trident Media Group (World English).
Robin Hemley's DO-OVER, in which a middle-aged man takes a second shot at youth's disappointments, from sleep-away camp to the senior prom, with humorous results, to Liz Nagle at Little, Brown, by Katharine Cluverius at ICM (NA).
New Scientist editor Anil Ananthaswamy's TO THE EDGE OF REASON: Dispatches from the Frontiers of Cosmology, journeying to some of the most remote and inhospitable places on earth -- from the Atacama Desert in Chile and the Soudan Mine in Minnesota to Siberia's Lake Baikal and Antarctica -- in search of the cutting-edge work in experimental physics and the quest for a grand unified theory of the universe, to Amanda Cook at Houghton Mifflin, in a very nice deal, by Peter Tallack at Conville & Walsh (NA).