From Publishers Lunch Weekly:
Tara Yellen's AFTER HOURS AT THE ALMOST HOME, about one night, one bar, another round and whether you can ever trust restaurant love, to Greg Michalson at Unbridled Books, by Alice Tasman at Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency.
PEN Hemingway Award and Stephen Crane Prize winner Justin Cronin's apocalyptic trilogy, presupposing that vampires are real, created by a virus that produces profound physical and psychological transformation, beginning with THE PASSAGE, a re-imagining of the traditional Gothic vampire story, considering our contemporary fears of viral epidemics, government ineptitude, scientific knowledge outstripping ethical understanding, and the dissipation of human bonds, offering themes of love, friendship, and sacrifice, set against an epic struggle to heal a broken world, to Mark Tavani at Ballantine, for publication beginning in summer 2009, by Ellen Levine at Trident Media Group (NA).
KILLER WEEKEND author Ridley Pearson's next two books in the Sun Valley thriller series, to Chris Pepe at Putnam, by Amy Berkower at Writers House (NA).
Author of Comes a Horseman and Germ Robert Liparulo's thriller about a military construction project in Illinois where evidence of the oldest known settlement in the Western Hemisphere is uncovered -- as is a recent murder victim -- leading to the archeologists' investigation that find a conspiracy that threatens thousands of lives and the US government itself, based on a screenplay co-written by Liparulo and film director Andrew Davis (The Guardian, The Fugitive, Holes), to Allen Arnold at Thomas Nelson.
Film rights optioned to Mike Medavoy at Phoenix Pictures.
A new James Bond novel by Sebastian Faulks, DEVIL MAY CARE, to Stephen Rubin at Doubleday, with Deb Futter (US), and to Alex Clarke at Penguin UK, for publication on the late Ian Fleming's 100th birthday in May 2008, by Gillon Aitken at Aitken Alexander.
Author of The Interpretation of Murder Jed Rubenfeld's THE DEATH INSTINCT, a sequel set 10 years later, opening with the Wall Street terrorist attack of 1920, to Geoff Kloske at Riverhead, for publication in summer 2009, by Suzanne Gluck at William Morris Agency, and to Mary-Anne Harrington at Headline (the UK edition of his first book sold over 600,000 copies in the UK after being selected by Richard and Judy) by Cathryn Summerhayes at William Morris UK.
Harry Turtledove's THE MAN WITH THE IRON HEART, an alternate history thriller set in post-World War II occupied Germany, in which Nazi "insurgents" attack U.S. forces and other Germans in a brutal campaign of terror, to Fleetwood Robbins at Ballantine, by Russell Galen at Scovil Chichak Galen Literary Agency (NA).
Film rights to Sara Gruen's WATER FOR ELEPHANTS, optioned to Andrew Tennenbaum (The Bourne Ultimatum) at Flashpoint Entertainment, with Leonard Hartman (Dragonology) adapting, by Don Laventhall.
Film rights to John Connolly's THE BOOK OF LOST THINGS, about a 12-year-old English boy who is thrust into a realm where eternal stories and fairy tales assume an often gruesome reality, optioned to director John Moore's Point Road Productions, in a very nice deal, by Steve Fisher at APA, on behalf of the Darley Anderson Literary Agency.
Film rights to Angie Sage's planned seven-book SEPTIMUS HEAP middle-grade children's fantasy series (three have been published so far), abou two babies switched at birth: a boy who discovers his birthright as the seventh son of a seventh son, and ultimately, a powerful wizard, and a girl who is destined to become Princess, to Warner Bros., with Karen Rosenfelt ("The Devil Wears Prada") producing, by Ellen Goldsmith-Vein of The Gotham Group on behalf of Joan Rosen at Harper Children's. Sage is represented by Eunice McMullen.
Harper says they have sold over a million copies in the US, and rights have been sold in 28 languages.
Film rights to Joe McGinniss Jr.'s THE DELIVERY MAN, to Thom Mount at Whitsett Hill Films, (who pitches it as "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" meets "Cruel Intentions"), at auction, by Josie Freedman at ICM.
Rob Vlock's OFF STRATEGY, an office-set romance -- pitched as YOU'VE GOT MAIL with the comic tone of THE 40-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN, to Sony Pictures for Jay Roach (MEET THE PARENTS, AUSTIN POWERS) to produce and Jon Poll (forthcoming CHARLIE BARTLETT) to direct, in advance of the sale of book rights, by Sarah Self at The Gersh Agency, on behalf of Jenny Bent at Trident Media Group.
Contributing writer to Vanity Fair Nina Munk's BENDING HISTORY, a journalistic, behind-the-scenes look at the world's longtime efforts to end global poverty, through the lens of economist/crusader Jeffrey Sachs' Millenium Villages Project, to Bill Thomas at Doubleday, by Elyse Cheney at the Elyse Cheney Agency (World).
Ingrid Law's debut novel SAVVY, about a family that has harbored for generations a magical secret: their thirteenth birthdays bring the emergence of a supernatural power -- their "savvy" (one can make it rain for days; another can create furious gusts of winds) -- and the adventures of a twelve-year-old member on the eve of her birthday as a tragic accident befalls the family, to Lauri Hornik at Dial, with Alisha Niehaus editing, and Micheal Flaherty at Walden Media for their joint venture, in a pre-empt, for two books, for publication beginning in May 2008, by Daniel Lazar at Writers House (NA).
Separately, film rights to Walden Media, by Kassie Evashevski at UTA, on behalf of Writers House. German rights to Carlsen, in a pre-empt, by Thomas Schlueck Agency, on behalf of Writers House.
Germaine Greer's SHAKESPEARE'S WIFE, a polemical book on Ann Hathaway, aiming to reclaim her from scholarly neglect and misogyny, to Jonathan Burnham and Terry Karten at Harper, for publication in spring 2008, along with paperback rights to The Female Eunuch, first published in 1970 by Emma Parry at Fletcher & Parry.
ACE OF SPADES author David Matthews's BROTHER SUPERIOR, the true story about a boy from Baltimore who goes from safecracking, jewel-heisting, deep-sea diving, ultimate-fighting, international playboy to globetrotting humanitarian, to Vanessa Mobley at Penguin Press, by Kate Lee at ICM (NA).
New School professor Thaddeus Russell's A RENEGADE HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES, a look at key social and political turning points in history, showing how outsider groups such as slaves, immigrants, gays, prostitutes, and criminals have defined mainstream culture and freedoms, to Bruce Nichols at the Free Press, in a pre-empt, by David Kuhn at Kuhn Projects (world).
Former CIA European chief Tyler Drumheller's BLIND TERROR: America after 9/11, the sequel to ON THE BRINK, offering a prescription for reforming the American Intelligence Community and returning its mission to providing intel rather than political cover, to Susan Weinberg and Will Balliet at Public Affairs, by Carmen La Via at Fifi Oscard Agency (world).
Eve Brown's TAKE ME HOME: My search for meaning -- and a decent restroom -- in the Third World, a fish-out-of-water memoir about a pampered, do-gooder-wanna-be, who struggles to rough it in Uganda, Africa, to Christine Pride at Doubleday, at auction, by Laney Katz Becker at Folio Literary Management (World).
Tim Sultan's SUNNY NIGHTS, about the author's experience bartending for thirteen years at the last longshoreman bar in Brooklyn, and his friendship with its larger-than-life owner and eccentric regulars -- set against the backdrop of a transforming neighborhood and a disappearing small town America, to Laura Ford at Random House, by Maria Massie at Lippincott Massie McQuilkin (world English).