From Publishers Lunch Weekly:
Filmmaker Shandi Mitchell's UNDER THIS UNBROKEN SKY, about an immigrant family making their way in a new world where small and often innocent acts have enormous and catastrophic consequences, to Claire Wachtel and Jonathan Burnham at Harper, at auction, by Sally Harding of The Cooke Agency on behalf of Suzanne Brandreth (US). Rights previously sold to Nicole Winstanley at Penguin Canada and to Arzu Tahsin at Weidenfeld & Nicolson in the UK.
Soviet and counter-terrorism analyst and speechwriter for George Tenet Susan Hasler's INTELLIGENCE, in which four CIA colleagues scramble to prevent an imminent attack, to Thomas Dunne of Thomas Dunne Books, by Liza Dawson of Liza Dawson Associates (NA).Foreign: Chandler CrawfordFilm: Steve Fisher at APA
Short story writer Russel McLean's THE GOOD SON and LOST SISTER, the first two novels in a Scottish-set crime series pitched as in the vein of Ted Lewis's GET CARTER, to John Schoenfelder at Thomas Dunne Books, in a nice deal, by Allan Guthrie of Jenny Brown Associates (NA).
Lou Berney's TRUST ME, a fast, humorous caper following two con artists caught up in a plot to sell religious artifacts when they're not trying to con each other, to Peggy Hageman at William Morrow, in a nice deal, for publication in early 2010, by Richard Parks at the Richard Parks Agency (NA).
Michael Koryta's THE LOST RIVER, a thriller with a supernatural twist, in which a filmmaker hired to document a wealthy man's hidden past unleashes the buried secrets of a town that was once America's most luxurious resort, to Michael Pietsch at Little, Brown, for three books, for publication in 2010, by David Hale Smith of DHS Literary (world).
THE LOVE OF STONES author Tobias Hill's THE HIDDEN, about archaeology and secrets, history and extremism, and set in contemporary and ancient Sparta, to Claire Wachtel at Harper Perennial, for publication in 2009, by Zoe Pagnamenta at the Zoe Pagnamenta Agency, on behalf of Victoria Hobbs at A.M. Heath. UK rights are with Faber.Translation: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ben Hewitt's THE TOWN THAT FOOD SAVED: How One Rural Community Found Vitality in Local Food, telling how over the past three years, the small farming community of Hardwick, Vermont developed a unique local food system, reinventing its economy and self-image in the process and now becoming a model for other communities, to Colin Dickerman at Rodale, by Joanna Stampfel and Peter Rubie at Fine Print Literary Management (world).
Lee Gutkind's THE TORAH HUNTER, following Rabbi Menachem Youlus, who not only writes and repairs torahs but also is on a quest to save lost or missing ones throughout the world despite the dangers he encounters from neo-Nazis and the like, to Amy Cherry at Norton, by Andrew Blauner at Blauner Books Literary Agency (world).
OUT OF THE POCKET author William D. Konigsberg's humorous sports-and-cards novel about a 15-year-old boy who struggles between being the son his dad wants to be and being himself, again to Sarah Shumway at Dutton, by Caryn Wiseman at Andrea Brown Literary Agency (world).
Author and historian William Kuhn's look at Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis's publishing career, and the nearly 100 books she acquired and edited between 1975 and 1994 ("Her books were a way of revealing the experiences, recollections, and passions of a lifetime; in the end she told her own story -- her journey as a wife, a mother, aesthete, armchair intellectual and unwilling celebrity -- through the medium of other people's books"), also drawing on archival material and interviews with her authors, collaborators and friends from the 1980s and 1990s, to Nan Talese at Nan A. Talese, for publication in 2011, by David Kuhn at Kuhn Projects (no relation) (world).
Hughes: The Private Diaries, Letters, and Memos author Richard Hack's THE DUCHESS OF DEATH, a biography of Agatha Christie drawing from more than 5,000 previously unpublished letters, notes, and documents, to Michael Viner and Henrietta Tiefenthaler at Phoenix (World).
Author of The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order (recently named one of the 75 most influential people for the 21st century by Esquire) Parag Khanna's HOW TO RUN THE WORLD, on the future of diplomacy, providing the roadmap for global leadership to manage mounting rivalries and urgent challenges such as poverty and climate change, to Will Murphy at Random House, for publication in 2010, by Jennifer Joel at ICM (world).
Graphic artist Matthew Sutter and illustrator Kevin Cornell's THE SUPEREST, based on the website thesuperest.com, an illustrated book of colorful superheroes, where each hero's dominant (often quirky and humorous) power serves to supplant his nemesis, although the same power acts as his Achilles heel when battling the successive superhero, to Mike Shohl at Kensington, by Brandi Bowles at the Howard Morhaim Literary Agency (World).
Newsweek senior writer Lorraine Ali's memoir of her life as an Iraqi-American, her rediscovery of her Iraqi family, and a portrayal of their lives before and after the American invasion of Iraq, to David Patterson at Holt, by Daniel Greenberg at Levine Greenberg Literary Agency
Tennis star Serena Williams' inspirational memoir, to Karen Kosztolnyik at Grand Central, for publication in fall 2009, by Suzanne Gluck at William Morris Agency (NA).