Wednesday, October 31, 2007

A selection of books and films on the way....

From Publishers Lunch Weekly:


London Observer's New York correspondent Paul Harris's FREETOWN, about a journalist covering the conflict in Sierre Leone, who, in search of answers to the mysterious and sudden murder of his aid-worker girlfriend, unearths a web of conspiracy and corruption -- pitched as in the spirit of John Le Carre, and inspired by the author's own first-hand experience as a war correspondent, to Trena Keating at Dutton, in a very nice deal, by Elizabeth Sheinkman at Curtis Brown UK (NA).
Dutch rights to De Bezige Bij, in a pre-empt.

Ira Berkowitz's OLD FLAME, a gritty noir set in Hell's Kitchen, in the vein of the author's debut Family Matters, to Julian Pavia for Three Rivers Press, in a two-book deal, by David Larabell at David Black Literary Agency (NA).


International bestselling author Ken Follett's THE CENTURY TRILOGY, focusing on personal dramas set against the looming background of world-changing Twentieth Century historical events up through the Cold War, now officially sold, again to Leslie Gelbman at NAL and Brian Tart at Dutton, for hardcover publication in 2010, 2012, and 2014, by Amy Berkower at Writers House (US).

Nelson Algren Literary Award winner and author of HAIRSTYLES OF THE DAMNED Joe Meno's THE GREAT PERHAPS, the story of an eccentric family in the weeks leading up to the 2004 presidential election: two bumbling professors, two strange daughters, and a grandfather limiting himself to thirteen words a day, then twelve, then eleven -- one less each day until he will speak no more, to Tom Mayer at Norton, by Maria Massie at Lippincott Massie McQuilkin (NA).


Rights to Natalie Robins and Steven Aronson's out of print SAVAGE GRACE, first published in 1985, to tie in with the release of a film version starring Julianne Moore in December 2007, the story of the epic downfall of the heirs to the Bakelite plastics fortune, a tale of money and madness, incest and matricide, to Amanda Patten at Touchstone Fireside, by the authors.


Edgar nominee Megan Abbott's DIE A LITTLE, to Jessica Biel and United Artists, by Shari Smiley at CAA, in association with Paul Cirone of Friedrich Agency.

Christopher Rush's WILL, the fictional autobiography of William Shakespeare, to SBK Pictures, Sir Ben Kingsley's production company (World).


Inara Scott's DELACROIX: The Choice, in which a high-school freshman must deal with a new school that may or may not have something fishy about it, two very different boys, and her own superpowers, to Jennifer Besser at Hyperion, in a pre-empt, in a two-book deal, by Tamar Ellman Rydzinski at Laura Dail Literary Agency (NA).


Screenwriter Andrew Klavan's HOMELANDERS, pitched as Twenty Four meets The Bourne Identity; homeless, broke, and unable to find his parents, a teenager has to outrun both terrorists and the law with only a few days to stop the murder of the Secretary of State in a race against time that brings him face-to-face with a master assassin, to Amanda Bostic at Thomas Nelson, in a four-book deal, by Alyssa Eisner Henkin and Robert Gottlieb at Trident Media Group (NA).


NYT bestselling author Douglas Brinkley's EVEL KNIEVEL: Daredevil in Winter, an unprecedented portrait of the quintessential American cult motorcylce hero and pioneer of extreme sports, to Claire Wachtel at Harper, by Lisa Bankoff at ICM (NA).


Christine Pearson and Christine Porath's IT PAYS TO BE CIVIL: How Incivility Ruins Your Business and What You Can Do About It, based on original data, a book that reveals the hidden toll of rudeness on organizations large and small and how to remedy the situation, to Adrienne Schultz and Adrian Zackheim at Portfolio, for publication in 2009, by Lorin Rees at Helen Rees Literary Agency (world).


Historical preservationist Steven Ujifusa's THE LAST CHAMPION: William Francis Gibbs and the S.S. United States, recounting the now-forgotten story of America's greatest naval architect and the ship -- the fastest in its day -- that he devoted his life to designing and building, against the backdrop of the politics, culture, values, and enterprise of mid-20th century America, to Jonathan Karp at Twelve, at auction, by David Kuhn at Kuhn Projects (World).

Paul Watson's WHERE WAR LIVES, about western involvement in the world's war hot spots for the past two decades, and what these wars have done to those caught in their path -- be they soldiers, journalists, civilians stuck in the warzone, or people at home watching events unfold on TV, to Leigh Haber and Shannon Welch at Modern Times, in a very nice deal, by Penny Nelson at Manus & Associates (US).


Survival expert and host of Survivorman on the Discovery Channel/Outdoor Life Network Les Stroud's SURVIVE!, a guide that explores proven survival tactics, while debunking many long-taught skills that simply don't work or are no longer relevant, to Brad Wilson at Harper Canada by Rick Broadhead at Rick Broadhead & Associates.

US rights to Collins, by Harper Canada, for publication in Fall 2008.


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