From Publishers Lunch Weekly:
Author of SEEMED LIKE A GOOD IDEA AT THE TIME David Goodwillie's AMERICAN SUBVERSIVE, about a journalist-turned-blogger and a young radical whose lives become intertwined in the wake of the botched terrorist bombing of a private equity firm in New York, to Paul Whitlatch at Scribner, by Kate Garrick at DeFiore and Company (World).
Winner of the 2008 Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel competition IN THE SHADOW OF GOTHAM Stefanie Pintoff's next two Detective Ziele historical mysteries, set in early twentieth century New York City, to Kelley Ragland at Minotaur, by David Hale Smith at DHS Literary (World).
Kim Echlin's THE DISAPPEARED, to Grove/Atlantic and to Little Brown UK, by Penguin Canada. Foreign rights to Shanghai 99 (simplified Chinese); De Bezige Bij in the Netherlands; Quebec Amerique (French Canadian); Aufbau in Germany; Oceanida in Greece; Modan in Israel; Einaudi in Italy; Tammi in Finland; Pax in Norway; Objetiva in Brazil; Editura Trei in Romania; Laguna in Serbia; Salamandra in Spain; and Forum in Sweden.
William Boyd's ORDINARY THUNDERSTORMS, in which a man wrongly accused of murder sheds his identity and goes underground in contemporary London, to Gillian Blake at Harper, by Amanda Urban at ICM (US).
Corinne Demas's THE WRITING CIRCLE, the intertwining stories of six members of an elite writing group who share their stories, their beds and their secrets, to Sarah Landis at Voice, in a pre-empt, in a two-book deal, by Rebecca Strauss at McIntosh & Otis.
Bev Vincent's THE STEPHEN KING COMPANION: Where Savage Things Grow, examining ten of King's seminal works with accompanying memorabilia (original manuscript pages, correspondence, and the like) from Stephen King's archived collection, to Barnes & Noble, for publication in fall 2009, by Andy Mayer at becker&mayer!.
NYT bestselling author Michael Gerber's THE MOST SUCCESSFUL SMALL BUSINESS IN THE WORLD, along with two E-Myth vertical market books, moving to Matthew Holt and Lauren Lynch at Wiley, by Stephen Hanselman at LevelFiveMedia (world).
Financial journalist Erin Arvedlund's DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL, combining narrative and analysis, with the same title as her May 2001 article in Barron's -- one of the first to ask tough questions about Madoff's surprising results and unusual practices, now aiming to answer why Madoff did what he did, and how he crossed over from a legitimate Wall Street brokerage and trading firm, to Adrian Zackheim at Portfolio, for publication in spring of 2010, by Esmond Harmsworth at Zachary Shuster Harmsworth Literary Agency (world).
NYT financial reporter Diana Henriques's WORLD OF LIES, about the Bernie Madoff scandal, drawing in part on her interviews with Madoff along with many "trusted sources," to Paul Golob at Times Books, by Fredrica Friedman at Fredrica S. Friedman and Company (world).
Newsweek National Economics Correspondent Michael Hirsh's THE RISE AND FALL OF THE FREE MARKET ERA: The Epic Story of the Men Who Revolutionized the World Economy And Nearly Destroyed It, looking at the "best and brightest" of the failed economic world, from Greenspan, Rubin, and Summers to a host of less famous but just as important malefactors, providing an account of how free market ideology transformed every part of the world economy over the last quarter century, to Eric Nelson at Wiley, by Andrew Stuart at The Stuart Agency (World).
Meditations for Your Dog authors Ellis Weiner and Barbara Davilman's CATECHISMS: Basic Beliefs of the One True Pet, wherein photo portraits of extraordinary cats are accompanied by a Q&A litany in which cats explain the fundamentals of why they think they're so wonderful, again to Elizabeth Beier at St. Martin's, by Paul Bresnick at Paul Bresnick Agency (World English).
Keith Desserich and Brooke Desserich's originally self-published NOTES LEFT BEHIND, said to have sold almost 8,000 copies after being featured on GMA recently, a journal created by the family of six year-old Elena Desserich during her battle with an inoperable brain cancer that took her life in 2007, including Elena's "final wish list" and accompanying artwork and hidden notes left for her family to discover after her death, to Lisa Sharkey for William Morrow, with Amy Kaplan editing, at auction, for publication in fall 2009, by Sharlene Martin at Martin Literary Management, with the authors' proceeds going to their foundation to find a cure for pediatric brain cancer (NA).
Journalist Brooke Hauser's NEW AMERICAN HIGH, chronicling a year at The International High School at Prospect Heights in Brooklyn, following several students who have come to America, like millions of immigrants before them, in search of a better life, as they fall in love, rebel against their backgrounds, overcome past traumas, surmount tremendous challenges, strive to achieve their dreams, and become Americans, to Gillian Blake at Collins, at auction, by Larry Weissman at Larry Weissman Literary (World).
MIT neuroscientist Suzanne Corkin's book about her lifelong research on the famous amnesiac H. M., whose death in 2008 was noted in a front-page obituary in The New York Times, to Nan Graham at Scribner, by Andrew Wylie at The Wylie Agency.