From Publishers Lunch Weekly:
Damian Tarnopolsky's GOYA'S DOG, a satirical novel about the attempts of a dissolute English painter to win over the Arts Establishment and the heart of a fiery heiress, to David Adams at MacAdam/Cage, in a two-book deal, for publication in fall 2009, by Martha Magor at Anne McDermid Associates (US).
Podcaster and Iowa Writers Workshop grad Seth Harwood's JACK WAKES UP, about a washed-up action movie star who finds himself playing for real in a Bay Area drug war, to Julian Pavia at Three Rivers Press, in a pre-empt, by Byrd Leavell at Waxman Literary Agency (world).
The Thieves of Heaven and The Thieves of Faith author Richard Doetsch's THE THIEVES OF DARKNESS, in which a reformed master thief is forced to steal a priceless artifact in order to save his best friend's life, moving to Peter Borland at Atria, in a two-book deal, by Cynthia Manson of the Cynthia Manson Literary Agency (world).Rights to The Thieves of Heaven have been sold in 16 territories.
Margaret Erhart's THE BUTTERFLIES OF THE GRAND CANYON, about one woman's awakening and the dark, small town secret she uncovers, set in the backdrop of the 1950's Grand Canyon, to Signe Pike at Plume, for publication in Summer 2009, by Malaga Baldi at Malaga Baldi.
Stanford University Classics professor and director of Stanford Alpine Archaeology Project and author of 10 Discoveries That Rewrote History Patrick Hunt's HANNIBAL, a biography of the man who was ancient Rome's greatest adversary and whose strategy and tactics have been studied for over 2,000 years, to Bob Bender at Simon & Schuster, in a very nice deal, for publication in Summer 2010, by Carol Susan Roth at Carol Susan Roth Literary & Creative (World).Winner of the PEN award for best short nonfiction and grants by the National Endowment for the Arts and Texas Commission on the Arts, longtime Texas Monthly senior writer Jan Reid's TALKING TEXAS: The Life, Politics, and Legacy of Ann Richards, about the unlikely and groundbreaking rise of one of Texas's (and the nation's) greatest politicians, to William Bishel at the University of Texas Press, in a very nice deal.
Author of The White Cascade Gary Krist's AMERICAN COLOSSUS: An Epic of Chicago, a narrative history of twelve extraordinary days in the life of Chicago in the summer of 1919, the events of which -- an aviation disaster, a race riot, a crippling transit strike, and a sensational murder -- helped define the city's identity at a critical moment in its evolution, to Rachel Klayman at Crown, at auction, by Eric Simonoff of Janklow & Nesbit (world).NONE BRAVER author Michael Hirsh's THE LAST LIBERATORS, chronicling the final six weeks of WWII in Europe, as American army units liberated hundreds of Nazi concentration and slave labor camps; the surviving GIs -- most of them now well into their eighties -- are the last American witnesses to the Holocaust; to Philip Rappaport at Bantam Dell, by Matt Bialer at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates (world).
Variety editor-in-chief Peter Bart's memoir, about his days as a studio executive at Paramount during its heyday, where he played a key role in developing and supervising classic films such as The Godfather, Rosemary's Baby, Paper Moon, Harold and Maude, and True Grit, to Weinstein Books, by Dan Strone at Trident Media Group (World).
Loree Rackstraw's untitled memoir on her lifelong friendship with Kurt Vonnegut, including never-before-published correspondence and drawings, to Renee Sedliar at Da Capo, for publication in Spring 2009, by Joy Tutela at David Black Literary Agency (NA).