From Publishers Lunch Weekly:
Kathleen McCleary's HOUSE AND HOME, about a woman who loves her house so much that when she's forced to sell it during a divorce, she decides to burn it down so no one else can live in it, to Ellen Archer and Pam Dorman at Voice, by Ann Rittenberg at Ann Rittenberg Literary Agency (world English).
German rights to Anne Tente at Heyne, by Christian Dittus at Paul & Peter Fritz.
Phyllis Schieber's THE SINNER'S GUIDE TO CONFESSION, about three women, best friends who all have their secrets from one another -- and everyone else, and as their stories unfold, dreams will be shattered, truths revealed, and lives unalterably changed, to Leslie Gelbman and Jackie Cantor at Berkley, for publication in summer 2008, plus the first paperback publication of Schieber's first novel, Willing Spirits (1998), by Harvey Klinger at Harvey Klinger (NA).
Recent winner of the inaugural Planeta-Casa de America prize, novelist and comic book historian and editor Pablo de Santis' THE PARIS ENIGMA, a who-done-it set in Paris during the construction of the Eiffel Tower and just prior to the World Expo of 1889, where the world's 12 best detectives converge to solve a series of grisly murders -- part homage to Agatha Christie and part old-world, to Rene Alegria at Harper, at auction, along with VOLTAIRE'S CALIGRAPHER, for publication beginning in Fall 2008, by Markus Hoffmann at Regal Literary, on behalf of Barbara Graham at the Guillermo Schavelzon Agency (world English).
The blogger known as Fake Steve Jobs' OPTIONS, billed as a pitch-perfect riff on Silicon Valley culture that follows the daily struggles, triumphs, and awesome celebrity encounters of the Fake Steve Jobs, to John Radziewicz at Da Capo, for publication in fall 2007, by Emma Parry at Fletcher & Parry (world, excl. UK/Commonwealth).
Author of The Milagro Beanfield War, John Nichols' THE EMPANADA BROTHERHOOD, a coming-of-age story set in 1960s Greenwich Village about a shy, aspiring writer who falls in with a crowd of colorful outcasts from Argentina, to Jay Schaefer at Chronicle, by Katherine Fausset at Curtis Brown.
An original graphic novel featuring Dean Koontz's Odd Thomas character, the charismatic young fry cook from Pico Mundo, California, drawn by Queenie Chan, about Odd's race to solve the murder of a young boy whose killer appears to be stalking a second child, to Betsy Mitchell for Del Rey Manga, for publication in summer 2008,
Sharon Creech's RUBY HOLLER, optioned to Abigail Breslin; her BLOOMABILITY, optioned Teri Hatcher for her production company; and the Newbery-winning WALK TWO MOONS, previously under option to Jonathan Demme, optioned to Rocket Dreams, by Kassie Evashevski at UTA, on behalf of Amy Berkower at Writers House.
Lola Jaye's debut THE MANUAL, about a young girl who, on her twelfth birthday, receives the gift of a book written by her long dead father which is intended to guide her through every year of her life until she reaches thirty, to Claire Bord at Harper UK, by Judith Murdoch at Judith Murdoch Literary Agency.US: firstname.lastname@example.org
New Yorker articles editor Susan Morrison's anthology THIRTY WAYS OF LOOKING AT HILLARY, original essays about Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton by thirty leading women journalists, essayists, and novelists, including Daphne Merkin, Anna Deavere Smith, Tina Brown, Francine du Plessix Gray, Susanna Moore, Patricia Marx, Susan Orlean, Susan Cheever, Candace Bushnell, Mimi Sheraton, Roz Chast, Lorrie Moore, Rebecca Mead, Judith Thurman, and Kathryn Harrison, to Jonathan Burnham and Gail Winston at Harper, for publication in January 2008, by David Kuhn at Kuhn Projects (world).
Christina Asquith's THE SPINSTER'S WAR, an intimate account of the tremendous impact of the Iraq war on the intertwining lives of five very different women, including two Iraqi sisters and two Americans aid workers in Baghdad, all struggling to build a new Iraq despite a looming civil war, to Tim Bartlett at Random House, by Mel Berger at the William Morris Agency.
Wesleyan professor of Italian History and Literature Dr. Marcello Simonetta's MONTEFELTRO: A Coded Conspiracy, The Medici, and The Sistine Chapel which, based on his discovery and decoding of an encrypted five hundred-year old letter buried in Italian archives, helps solve one of the scandalous crimes of the Renaissance: the attempted assassination of the Medici brothers known as the Pazzi Conspiracy, to Kris Puopolo at Doubleday, in a very nice deal, at auction, by Elizabeth Sheinkman at Curtis Brown UK.Elizabeth@curtisbrown.co.ukItalian rights have already sold to Rizzoli.Translation rights: Betsy@curtisbrown.co.uk
Ellen Greene's REMEMBER THE SWEET THINGS: Lessons from a Marriage, a memoir of a great marriage and a wonderful man, which uses the conceit of a "sweet things" list compiled by the author of the thoughtful gestures, both big and small, that her husband performed throughout their 20-year marriage and until his death, to Sarah Durand at William Morrow, at auction, by Andrew Stuart at The Stuart Agency (world English).
Screenwriter Justin Zackham's THE BUCKET LIST, tied to the film release of the same title starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, featuring the Things to Do Before I Kick the Bucket lists of a variety of cultural icons, to Carrie Thornton at Three Rivers Press, with Adam Korn editing, by Jay Mandel at William Morris Agency (NA).
Dr. Sean Carroll's IN UNTAMED LANDS: Epic Adventures and Great Moments in Natural History, the romantic, adventurous history of field biology, from the voyage of the Beagle to today's scientific explorers, to Andrea Schulz at Harcourt, in a very nice deal, by Russell Galen at Scovil Chichak Galen Literary Agency (NA).Danny Baror handles email@example.com