Wednesday, April 29, 2009

What A Mix of Coming Books!!!

From Publishers Lunch Weekly:


Author of CALAMITY AND OTHER STORIES Daphne Kalotay's RUSSIAN WINTER, set in present day Boston and in Moscow after WWII, telling the story of one of the Soviet Union's greatest ballerinas prior to her defection in 1952 in the face of a terrible betrayal -- who decides to auction her famed jewelry collection, including the rare amber suite that may hold the key to a long-held secret, an event that sets into motion a contemporary academic mystery, and a historical tale charting her rise to stardom and the slow erosion of her closest friendships and her greatest love under the repression of the Stalinist regime, to Jonathan Burnham and Claire Wachtel at Harper, and Iris Tupholme at Harper Canada, at auction, by Dorian Karchmar at the William Morris Agency (NA).

Pushcart Prize nominee Tatjana Soli's THE LOTUS EATERS, following an American combat photographer covering the Vietnam War as she captures the chaos of the conflict on film, breaks into the "man's world" of war photojournalism, and finds herself torn between the love of two men, to Hilary Rubin Teeman at St. Martin's, at auction, by Nat Sobel and Sobel Weber Associates (NA).

Ellen Bryson's HUNGRY, about the lives and unexpected romances of the human Prodigies -- including the Living Skeleton and the Bearded Lady -- at PT Barnum's American Museum in the New York of 1865, to Helen Atsma at Holt, at auction, for publication in Summer 2010, by Mollie Glick at Foundry Literary + Media (NA).


Sarah Graves' STRANGLEHOLD and DEADSPACE, books 14 and 15 in the Home Repair Is Homicide mystery series, placing home repair newbie Jacobia 'Jake' Tiptree in even more precarious situations in the dark spaces and hiding places of rural Maine -- with nuanced home repair tidbits, naturally -- again to Kate Miciak at Bantam Dell, by Christina Hogrebe at Jane Rotrosen Agency (NA).


Kieran Kramer's THE IMPOSSIBLE BACHELORS series, focusing on four Regency-era bachelors commanded by the Prince Regent to participate in a bet to see who among them will remain unwed another year, to Jennifer Enderlin at St. Martin's, in a four-book deal, for publication in spring 2010, by Jenny Bent at The Bent Agency (world).


Anjali Banerjee's novel of magical realism, HAUNTING JASMINE in which a recently divorced Indo-American woman travels to a Pacific Northwest island to run her eccentric great aunt's mysterious bookstore, where she discovers a latent ability to communicate with the spirits of dead authors that inhabit the shop; spirits that help her make the bookstore prosperous, mend family relationships, and learn the many turns love can take, to Wendy McCurdy at Berkley, by Kevan Lyon at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency (world English).

Screenwriter and author of the original screenplay for BLADE RUNNER Hampton Fancher's untitled story collection for publication in Spring 2011, and a memoir to follow, to Sarah Hochman at Simon & Schuster, by Steve Fisher at APA (world).


Jenny Woolf's THE MYSTERY OF LEWIS CARROLL, a new look at the life of the creator of the Alice books using family letters and documents heretofore unseen, to Michael Flamini at St. Martin's, in a nice deal, for publication in Spring 2010 to coincide with the release of Tim Burton's all-star production of "Alice In Wonderland," by Andrew Lownie at the Andrew Lownie Literary Agency (NA).

NYU Stern School of Business professor William Silber's PAUL VOLCKER, CENTRAL BANKER, based on exclusive interviews with Volcker and access to thousands of documents from his career, the definitive professional biography of the former Fed Chairman and an inside account of many defining moments in the economic history of the last half-century, including those unfolding in our current day, to Peter Ginna at Bloomsbury Press, by Eric Lupfer at the William Morris Agency (world English).


J.C. Carleson's CIA MBA: Business Tips from the Clandestine World, by an author who left the corporate world to become an undercover CIA officer, about developing the skills used by operatives to gather intelligence, and applying them in a corporate setting (without breaking the law), to David Moldawer at Portfolio, by Jessica Regel at the Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency (world).


The Prince of Wales's HARMONY, an analysis of how we view the world today, arguing that in our relentless pursuit of economic growth and technological progress we have become dangerously disconnected from nature, encouraging us to restore the lost balance between man and nature and to follow a more philosophical path which reconnects humankind with ancient wisdom and intuition, to Jonathan Burnham and Lisa Sharkey at Harper, with Matt Harper in the US and Myles Archibald in UK editing, with Patrick Janson-Smith publishing through Blue Door in the UK, on an exclusive submission, for publication in 2010, and a picture book version for publication in 2011, to Katherine Tegen, by Robert Barnett at Williams & Connolly (world).

Lieutenant Colonel (USAR) Anthony Shaffer's account, written with Washington Post writer Jacqui Salmon, of his Jack Bauer-like black ops work in Afghanistan, offering raw, on-the-ground story-telling and compelling evidence as to how to win in that country, arguing that the way to victory does not include sending in more ground troops, to Thomas Dunne at Thomas Dunne Books, by Deborah Grosvenor at Kneerim & Williams (World).


King Abdullah II of Jordan's THE LAST BEST CHANCE: An Intimate Account of the Pursuit of Peace in a Time of Peril, promising "a full and frank reckoning with the most explosive issues he faces," writing from "a conviction that a window of opportunity now exists for peace in the region, coupled with a fear that this window is closing rapidly," to Clare Ferraro at Viking Penguin, with Joy de Menil editing, for publication in May 2010, by Andrew Wylie of The Wylie Agency (world English).

Arizona Cardinals quarterback and 2008 NFL Man of the Year Kurt Warner and Brenda Warner's FIRST THINGS FIRST: The Rules of Being a Warner, an intimate, no-holds-barred look at life inside the Warner household, their marriage, and the fun and challenges of raising seven kids, focusing on the family values of family, faith, and giving to others, to Carol Traver at Tyndale, for publication in June 2009, by Scott Waxman and Holly Root at Waxman Literary Agency, in association with Rob Lefko at Priority Sports & Entertainment (NA).


Physicist and author of FERMAT'S LAST THEOREM Amir Aczel's C.E.R.N.: The World's Greatest Experiment, a firsthand account of how the most powerful particle accelerator ever built is discovering the as yet unresolved mysteries of the atom, to John Glusman at Harmony, in a good deal, by Al Zuckerman at Writers House (world).


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