From Publishers Lunch Weekly:
Sam Munson's THE NOVEMBER CRIMINALS, a novel composed for the University of Chicago's board of admissions, answering the application essay question: "What are your best and worst qualities?", using the story of the protagonist's dramatic senior year in high school to reveal that he has no good qualities at all, to Gerry Howard at Doubleday, at auction, by Stephen Barbara at Foundry Literary + Media, in his first deal with the agency (world). (Author and agent were classmates at the University of Chicago.)
W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O'Neal Gear's untitled fictional account of the native peoples of Florida and the de Soto expeditions of the 16th century, to Jennifer Heddle at Pocket, in a three-book deal, by Matt Bialer at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates (World).
Joseph Wallace's DIAMOND RUBY, the story of the extraordinary life of a girl who rises from devastating poverty to the kind of renown only the Roaring Twenties can bestow -- and then discovers that fame comes accompanied by its own deadly threats, to Trish Todd at Touchstone Fireside, at auction, by Deborah Schneider at Gelfman Schneider.
Grammy and Golden Globe-winning entrepreneur Queen Latifah's inspirational book of life lessons, to Karen Thomas at Grand Central, for publication in spring 2010, by Carol Mann at the Carol Mann Agency (world).
The Slate "Hollywood Economist" columnist Edward Jay Epstein's THE HOLLYWOOD ECONOMIST, presenting a Freakonomics-like critique of the movie industry, to Kelly Burdick at Melville House, in a nice deal, for publication in 2010 (World).
Robert Englund's HOLLYWOOD MONSTER, a memoir by the actor who played the character of Freddy Krueger in the "A Nightmare on Elm Street" series of horror films, to Anthony Ziccardi at Pocket, with editing by Jaime Costas, for publication in October 2009 to coincide with the film's 25th Anniversary, by Jarred Weisfeld at Objective Entertainment, on behalf of Harry Abrams and Joseph Rice of Abrams Artists Agency (World).
Acclaimed author of POPULATION 485; TRUCK; and forthcoming COOP: A Year of Poultry, Pigs, and Parenting Michael Perry's untitled book exploring the wisdom of our elders through the lives of small town locals with emphasis on a spry eighty-year-old neighbor whose skills and resilience are all the more essential in these hard times, with lessons in self-sufficiency, history, compassion, and perseverance that can only come from milking cows, driving oxen, firing cannons, operating a sawmill, caring for ailing family and a three-legged dog, to Jennifer Barth at Harper, by Lisa Bankoff at ICM (NA).
Anchorage Daily News journalist Tom Kizzia's PILGRIM IN THE WILDERNESS: The Rise and Fall of Alaska's Last Frontier Family, exploring the pull of the American wilderness through the bizarre story of the messianic Christian Robert Allen Hale and his 15 children, the (self-named) Pilgrim family, who settled in Alaska to live a simple pioneer life -- and turned out to be a monster from whom his children had to escape and who state troopers ended up tracking and imprisoning on multiple counts of assault, rape and incest, to Charlie Conrad at Broadway, by Alice Fried Martell at Alice Martell Agency (world).
Columnist for Investor's Business Daily, contributor to ESPN.com, and editor of BASEBALL BETWEEN THE NUMBERS: WHY EVERYTHING YOU KNOW ABOUT THE GAME IS WRONG Jonah Keri's THE IMPOSSIBLE TEAM: How a Bunch of Outsiders Turned Failure into Fortune, a profile of the American League pennant-winning Tampa Bay Rays, to Paul Taunton at ESPN Books, by Sydelle Kramer at the Susan Rabiner Literary Agency.