From Publishers Lunch Weekly:
Winner of the Eudora Welty prize in fiction and author of Buying Lenin Miroslav Penkov's BULGARI: a country, in stories - a debut collection that paints a portrait of one of Europe's oldest countries - Bulgaria, with seven stories and one novella that beautifully weave centuries of Bulgarian history, beginning some four hundred years back in time and moving forward to present day, to Courtney Hodell at Farrar, Straus, by Sorche Elizabeth Fairbank of Fairbank
Novel Journey website creator Gina Holmes's CROSSING OCEANS, the story of a woman with a terminal illness coming home to make peace with her father, to Karen Watson at Tyndale, in a very nice deal, by Chip MacGregor at MacGregor Literary.
Spider Robinson's ORPHAN STARS, set in the world of VARIABLE STAR, a genius inventor and a handful of fellow survivors of a cosmic disaster must race time itself to warn the Orphan Stars, the scattered outposts of humanity, so that the human race can safely navigate its way to survive the forthcoming onslaught triggered by the explosion of Earth's sun, to Pat LoBrutto at Tor, in a good deal, in a three-book deal, by Eleanor Wood at Spectrum Literary Agency (NA).
OBAMA: The Historic Journey, a heavily-illustrated book covering Barack Obama's life, from his childhood through his inauguration as the 44th president of the United States, with a final chapter that includes the inaugural address and a 32-page photo essay by 12 New York Times staff photographers, with an introduction by NYT executive editor Bill Keller and essays from Times staff and contributors including Frank Rich, Thomas Friedman, Paul Krugman, Maureen Dowd, David Brooks and Gail Collins, to Geoff Kloske to Riverhead, for publication on February 16, 2009, by Scott Moyers at The Wylie Agency, produced by the New York Times and Callaway Arts & Entertainment (NA).
A separate young readers edition written and designed for children ages 8-12 age will be published as well.
Meg Mateo Ilasco and Joy Cho's CREATIVE, INC., in the spirit of Craft, Inc., this time exploring how to create a successful career as a freelancing "creative," to Jodi Warshaw at Chronicle, by Lilly Ghahremani at Full Circle Literary.
Host and star of Country Music Television's COWBOY U Rocco Wachman and Matthew Pellegrini's HOW TO BE A COWBOY, an exploration, with a pop-culture lens, of the many facets of the cowboy life, with chapters on campfire cooking, the cowboy uniform, horses and trucks, cowboy economy, the three Rs: "ranching, roping, and rodeo", country music and dancing, and of course, the indefatigable cowboy spirit, to Adam Korn at Harper, by Sorche Fairbank of Fairbank Literary Representation.
Anthony Flacco's SANFORD CLARK AND THE TRUE STORY OF THE WINEVILLE MURDER, a psychological drama about the true crime story that also inspired the recent film, Changeling, to Philip Turner at Union Square Press, for publication in fall 2009, by Sharlene Martin of Martin Literary Management (NA).
Kathleen Flinn's THE SHARPER YOUR KNIFE, THE LESS YOU CRY, about a journalist-turned-corporate exec who falls in love, gets downsized, cashes in her savings and heads to France to pursue her lifelong dream of studying French cuisine in Paris at Le Cordon Bleu, to Fox TV Studios for Lifetime, by Sarah Self at The Gersh Agency, on behalf of Larry Weissman at Larry Weissman Literary.