Thursday, August 14, 2008

Worth your attention...coming films & books...

From Publishers Lunch Weekly:

The KeyAs usual, the handy key to our Lunch deal categories. While all reports are always welcome, those that include a category will generally receive a higher listing when it comes time to put them all together."nice deal" $1 - $49,000"very nice deal" $50,000 - $99,000"good deal" $100,000 - $250,000"significant deal" $251,000 - $499,000"major deal" $500,000 and up


Kira Henehan's ORION YOU CAME AND YOU TOOK ALL MY MARBLES, a small and somewhat shady investigative outfit, staffed by enigmatic characters -- among them, a principal investigator seeking the truth about her past, to Ben Barnhart at Milkweed, in a nice deal, for publication in Fall 2009 (World).


National Book Award Finalist author of FIELDWORK Mischa Berlinski's PEACEKEEPING, following the story of a small-time American politician who becomes embedded in the elections and intrigue of Haiti, again to Lorin Stein at Farrar, Straus, by Susan Ginsburg of Writers House.

POSH author Lucy Jackson's SLICKER, about what happens when a typical Manhattan college girl -- raised on taxis, private education, iPhones and good bagels -- finds herself living in flyover country (Kansas, of all places) not knowing a single soul, again to Elizabeth Beier at St. Martin's, by Maria Massie at Lippincott Massie McQuilkin (NA).


Marcus Sakey's GOOD PEOPLE, to The Film Department, on behalf of Tobey Maguire and Film 360 (at Management 360) with Kelly Masterson (BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU'RE DEAD) adapting, by Sarah Self at the Gersh Agency, on behalf of Scott Miller at Trident Media Group.

A Lee Martinez's THE AUTOMATIC DETECTIVE, in which a bad robot trying to make good finds himself in the middle of a kidnapping plot and up to his opticals in mutant lowlifes and little green wiseguys, optioned to director David Fincher (Fight Club; Panic Room) and Tim Miller (Academy Award-nominated Blur Studios), by Sarah Self of The Gersh Agency, on behalf of Sally Harding of The Cooke Agency.

The late Robert Jordan's THE WHEEL OF TIME series, to Universal in an outright buy, in a significant deal, by Joel Gotler of Intellectual Property Group, on behalf of Nat Sobel at Sobel Weber Associates.


Charlotte Gordon's MARY AND MARY, the first book to compare the dramatic lives of Mary Shelley and her mother Mary Wollstonecraft, who together comprise one of the most illustrious and inspiring mother-daughter teams in history, to Susanna Porter at Random House, at auction, by Brettne Bloom at Kneerim & Williams (world English).


Vice president of global architecture firm HOK, Leigh Stringer's THE GREEN WORKPLACE: GREENING YOUR BUILDING AND YOUR BUSINESS, which explains how a green business reduces costs, increases productivity, improves recruiting and retention, increases shareholder value, and helps the environment, and shows businesses how to implement the right changes so that they will stick, to Airie Stuart at Palgrave, by Lauren Abramo at Dystel & Goderich Literary Management (world English).

Wall Street Journal reporter Greg Zuckerman's THE GREATEST TRADE EVER, about how hedge fund manager John Paulson and some peers successfully bet on the fall in the housing market, making billions in profit, to Roger Scholl at Doubleday Business, for publication in 2010, by David McCormick at McCormick & Williams Literary Agency.


TVFN show stars and owners of Neely's BBQ restaurants in Tennessee, Gina Neely and Patrick Neely's first cookbook, written with Paula Disbrowe, to Paul Bogaards and Sheila O'Shea at Knopf, by Janis Donnaud at Janis A. Donnaud & Associates, in association with Artists Agency (NA).


Journalist John Biggs's MARIE ANTOINETTE'S WATCH, about the most famous timepiece ever made; the legendary watchmaker who created it, the Queen's lover who commissioned it, and encompassing the fascinating history of horology from ancient times to the present, to Susan Kamil at Dial, at auction, by Larry Weissman at Larry Weissman Literary (World).

Former WSJ reporter Leah Goodman's REBEL FORTUNE, how the scruffy traders at the NY Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) overcame 100 years of obscurity and scorn to emerge as the "guys" who decide the price of oil everyday for the entire world, to Mauro Dipreta at William Morrow, in a very nice deal, for publication in 2010, by Jeff Herman at the Jeff Herman Agency (world).


NYT bestselling SHADOW OF THE SILK ROAD author Colin Thubron's TO THE SACRED MOUNTAIN, an account of Thubron's journey through western Nepal and over the Tibetan border to the isolated, 22,000-foot Himalayan holy mountain of Kailash, the symbolic apex of the Buddhist world, to Terry Karten at Harper, for publication in September 2010, by Gillon Aitken at Aitken Alexander (US).


Sherwin B. Nuland's THE SOUL OF MEDICINE: Tales from the Bedside, called a Canterbury Tales for modern medicine, to Don Fehr at Kaplan, as part of their expansion into general trade publishing, for publication in 2009, by Glen Hartley (world) and Scientific American.

Mind columnist Wray Herbert's HARD-WIRED HABITS, an accessible introduction to 22 hard-wired short cuts the brain uses to make decisions, and insights into when they should be overruled by our rational mind, to Lucinda Bartley at Crown, by Gail Ross at the Gail Ross Literary Agency.


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