From Publishers Lunch Weekly:
Former CIA officer and 10th Grade author Joseph Weisberg's LXMALIBU, about two compassionate spies, who, in the face of incredible circumstances -- and at the risk of their respective careers -- both try to keep their informants out of harm's way, to Colin Dickerman at Bloomsbury, by David McCormick at McCormick & Williams Literary Agency (world).
Ira Sher's SINGER, a humorous, dark tale of two men's restless fixation upon the rise and fall of the Singer Sewing Company and the string of deadly motel fires that chases them through the heart of Dixie, to Tina Pohlman at Harcourt, for publication in 2009, by Bill Clegg at William Morris Agency (NA).
Iowa librarian Vicki Myron and former HCI editorial director Bret Witter's DEWEY, a Small Town, a Library and the World's Most Beloved Cat, about a kitten found in the library's book drop who grew into a beloved town mascot, to Karen Kosztolnyik at Grand Central, in a major deal, in a pre-empt, reportedly for about $1.25 million, by Peter McGuigan at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates.
Cecilia Galante's HERSHEY HERSELF, about a young girl with a natural talent for the piano who is determined to get her family out of a battered women's shelter, to Molly McGuire at Simon & Schuster Children's, at auction, by Jessica Regel at the Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency.
Film rights to David Standish's HOLLOW EARTH, about the wild history of scientists and writers proposing habitable land or even entire civilizations thriving beneath the earth's surface, to DreamWorks, for an animated feature film about a journey to the center of the earth, on behalf of Leslie Breed at the Leslie Breed Literary Agency, by Hotchkiss and Associates.
Edward Gorey's THE DOUBTFUL GUEST, about a quirky family whose life is turned upside down when a mysterious and mischievous creature arrives unannounced and unwelcome, bringing trouble with him and wreaking havoc, to Walden Media and Fox 2000 with the Jim Henson Company producing, for development as a live-action feature film.
William Nack's SECRETARIAT: THE MAKING OF A CHAMPION, a biography of the Triple Crown-winning racehorse who won the Belmont Stakes by a record-breaking thirty-one lengths, to producers Mark Ciardi and Gordon Gray (MIRACLE, THE ROOKIE, INVINCIBLE) at Disney, on behalf of Sterling Lord at Sterling Lord Literistic, by Hotchkiss and Associates.
Gerald Martin's biography of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, drawing on "privileged access" to Marquez and his friends, literary colleagues, and rivals, to Bill Swainson at Bloomsbury, for publication in 2008 (when Penguin UK will reissue the Marquez backlist) by Elizabeth Sheinkman at Curtis Brown UK (UK/Commonwealth, and translation).
Last Train to Paradise and Meet You in Hell Les Standiford's THE MAN WHO INVENTED CHRISTMAS, the story of how Charles Dickens came to write A Christmas Carol, which not only rejuvenated his career, but helped shape Christmas as the holiday it is today, again to Rachel Klayman at Crown, by Kim Witherspoon at Inkwell Management.
Journalist Jonathan Lyons' ALCHEMY OF THE MIND: How the Arabs Invented the West, describes how, while Western Europe slipped into violence and illiteracy after the fall of Rome, Arab culture preserved and advanced the frontiers of knowledge, building on the likes of Plato and Aristotle and eventually sparking the European Renaissance, to Peter Ginna at Bloomsbury, by Will Lippincott at Lippincott Massie McQuilkin.
Slate columnist Jessica Winter's PRINT: The Life and Mind of the Written Word, a broad exploration of the events and innovations that have shaped the way we communicate through the written word, from the creation of moveable type and the mass production of books, to the institution of the free public library and the dawn of the "networked" book, to Tim Bent at
Oxford University Press, by Jud Laghi at LJK Literary Management (World English).
Nina Burleigh's UNHOLY BUSINESS: A True Tale of Faith, Greed and Forgery in the Holy Land, a story of a controversial biblical antiques forgery case, which offers a look inside Biblical archaeology today in all its complexity -- including the powerful political, religious, and financial forces that can drive it into producing hoaxes, to Elisabeth Dyssegaard at Smithsonian Books, in a very nice deal, by Deborah Grosvenor at Grosvenor Literary Agency (World English).email@example.com
HEROES AMONG US, oral histories by heroic combatants in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq who have received such awards as the Medal of Honor, Silver Star, and Navy Cross, edited by Major Chuck Larson, to Mark Chait at Caliber, by Flip Brophy at Sterling Lord Literistic.
The first African-American to lead his team to a Super Bowl championship, Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy and Nathan Whitaker's QUIET STRENGTH: The Principles, Practices & Priorities of a Winning Life, to Janis Long Harris at Tyndale, by D.J. Snell, Jr. at Legacy (US).
Newsweek Baghdad correspondent Michael Hastings' memoir I LOST MY LOVE IN BAGHDAD, about his time in Iraq and the death there in January of his fiancee Andi Parhamovich, pitched as having "elements of Anthony Swofford's Jarhead and of the Vietnam classic, Michael Herr's Dispatches," to Nan Graham at Scribner, for publication in spring 2008, by Sarah Chalfant at The Wylie Agency.
NYT columnist Pete Bodo's WHITETAIL NATION: A Year of Deer Hunting in America, delving into this subculture to discover what makes people hunt, while also following the author's own exciting quest for the big buck, to Susan Canavan at Houghton Mifflin, by Scott Waxman at Waxman Literary Agency (NA).
Arts journalist and Artforum contributor Sarah Thornton's SEVEN DAYS IN THE ART WORLD, a narrative journey through the booming international art market and the high-stakes global culture of production, criticism, buying, and selling that surrounds it, to Tom Mayer at Norton, at auction, by David Kuhn at Kuhn Projects (world).firstname.lastname@example.org
Artist/naturalist Julie Zickefoose's LIFE BIRDS, exploring the lives of birds over years of intimate, close-up observations, conveying an understanding of their individuality and inner lives in a new way, to Lisa White at Houghton Mifflin, in a very nice deal, by Russell Galen at Scovil Chichak Galen Literary Agency (NA).