Wednesday, April 30, 2008

On the way...a few good books....

From Publishers Lunch Weekly:


Editor of The Chattahoochee Review Marc Fitten's debut VALERIA'S LAST STAND, a modern-day fable featuring a terminally cranky old spinster who finds equal fault with the new, the old, the foreign and the familiar in her backwater Hungarian village, but suddenly falls in love with the long-known but little-noticed village potter, and with this one deviation from character, the delicately woven fabric of village life begins to unravel, to Colin Dickerman at Bloomsbury and Alexandra Pringle at Bloomsbury UK, in a pre-empt, for publication in Spring 2009, by Bill Clegg at the William Morris Agency (world English).

German rights to DTV, in a pre-empt.


Author of debut (and UK bestseller) The Kommandant's Girl and the forthcoming sequel, Pam Jenoff's FOREVER ENGLAND, the first of two novels of international intrigue, romance, and suspense, drawing on her experiences working for the State Department and studying at Cambridge, about an intelligence official who returns to England on assignment and finds herself unexpectedly embroiled in discovering the mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of her college boyfriend there ten years earlier, to Emily Bestler at Atria, by Scott Hoffman at Folio Literary Management.


Dennis Cooper's UGLY MAN, the author's first collection of short fiction, to Michael Signorelli at Harper Perennial, in a very nice deal, in a three-book deal, for publication in Summer 2009, by Ira Silverberg at Sterling Lord Literistic (US).


"Hannah Montana" star Miley Cyrus's book about growing up in Tennessee and then Los Angeles, and her parents' role in her success, to Jonathan Yaged for Hyperion Children's, for publication in spring 2009 to tie-in with her movie.

Daily News columnist Mike Lupica's two YA novels in his sports series, to Michael Green at Philomel, for publication in 2009 and 2010, by Esther Newberg at ICM.

NYU creative writing MFA student Lauren Oliver's YA debut, IF I SHOULD FALL, about a girl who relives the day of her death seven times until she discovers that the life she needed to save was not her own, to Brenda Bowen at Bowen Press/Harper, in a pre-empt, for two books, by Stephen Barbara at the Donald Maass Literary Agency (NA).


Roy Morris, Jr.'s LIGHTING OUT FOR THE TERRITORY, a narrative of the five years (1861-1866) that Samuel Clemens (aka Mark Twain) spent out West as a Confederate guerrilla, silver miner, newspaper reporter, and travel writer during the Civil War, a crucial period of his life when he found his voice as a writer and became, literally, Mark Twain, to Roger Labrie at Simon & Schuster, by Georges Borchardt at Georges Borchardt (World English).


Kim Eisler's book about the high-powered law firm Williams & Connolly that will describe how after the death of Edward Bennett Williams, a cadre of proteges, Brendan Sullivan, David Kendall, Gregory Craig, Larry Lucchino, and Pfizer CEO Jeff Kindler, saved what was thought to be a firm dominated by one legendary lawyer and expanded his legacy in death to become more influential in American life than any law firm, to Thomas Dunne at Thomas Dunne Books, by Jane Dystel at Dystel & Goderich Literary Management (NA).


Monstering: Inside America's Policy of Secret Interrogations and Torture in the Terror War author Tara McKelvey's ONLY THE DEAD COME HOME, about the deeply scarred generation of US service members returning from the war in Iraq and the degree to which the government is neglecting their care here at home, to Paul Golob at Times Books, by Gail Ross of the Gail Ross Literary Agency.


Creator and executive producer of the CSI television franchise Anthony Zuiker's MR. CSI, covering the story of his gangster father (who suicided recently), and his journey from Vegas bellhop -- where he learned how to do absolutely anything that his guests needed, no matter how bizarre the request -- to a multi-millionaire Hollywood mogul, including the decisions he made and the lessons learned on his rise, to Bruce Nichols at Collins, for publication in fall 2009, by Dan Strone at Trident Media Group.

NYT bestselling author Rita Mae Brown's PURE GOLD, a memoir about the remarkable animals who have loved, endured and taught her over the years; and two untitled novels in a new series about an investment banker with high self-regard who inherits her aunt's farm and discovers (the hard way) that the qualities that made her successful in her business may not be useful in the country, to Judy Sternlight at Ballantine, by Wendy Weil at the Wendy Weil Agency (NA).


Sports agent David Falk's THE BALD TRUTH, an inside look at business at its highest level and the lessons to be learned from its champions, both on and off the court, from the agent whose clients have included Michael Jordan and Patrick Ewing, to Anthony Ziccardi at Pocket, for publication in February 2009 (world).


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