From Publishers Lunch Weekly...
2010 Bellwether winner Naomi Benaron's RUNNING THE RIFT, about a young Rwandan man training for his ultimate dream -- the Olympics -- amid the rising tensions of Rwanda that ultimately lead to the devastating 1994 genocide, to Kathy Pories at Algonquin, by Daniel Lazar at Writers House (World).
Erika Marks's LITTLE GALE GUMBO, in which a woman and her two teenage daughters leave an abusive home in New Orleans to start over again in a quiet Maine town where they open an authentic Creole restaurant that becomes a mainstay on the island, as does the legacy of an unlikely love affair that results in secrets that test the limits of lifelong friendships and unrequited love, to Danielle Perez at NAL, in a two-book deal, by Rebecca Gradinger at Fletcher & Company (World).
Orange Prize shortlisted author Monique Roffey's THE WHITE WOMAN ON THE GREEN BICYCLE, set in postcolonial Trinidad, an exploration of political unrest in the wake of colonial rule, as seen through the eyes a married couple and the wife's undelivered letters to Eric Williams, the island's charismatic leader, to Alexis Washam at Penguin, for publication in August 2011, by Melissa Chinchillo at Fletcher & Company, on behalf of Isobel Dixon at Blake Friedmann (US).
Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson and photographer Art Wolfe's OF DOGS AND MEN: A 15,000 YEAR ROMANCE, an illustrated celebration of the ancient and universal bond between dogs and humans, to Nancy Miller at Bloomsbury, in a good deal, for publication in fall 2011, by Peter Beren at Peter Beren Publishing, representing Art Wolfe, and Andy Ross at Andy Ross Agency, representing Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson (world).
Tara Hudson's HEREAFTER trilogy, about an eighteen-year-old whose afterlife is forever altered the night she saves a boy from drowning and suddenly finds herself haunting the all-too-willing boy, who not only sees her but is determined to reintroduce her to the world of the living, to Barbara Lalicki at Harper Children's, in a pre-empt, for publication in Summer 2011, by Catherine Drayton at Inkwell Management.
Film: Matthew Snyder at Creative Artists Agency
NYT bestselling YA author of LITTLE BROTHER and FOR THE WIN Cory Doctorow's PIRATE CINEMA, a story of teens on the raw cutting edge of the Internet, pirates who set out to save the world from Hollywood and Hollywood from itself, to Patrick Nielsen Hayden at Tor Children's, for publication in 2011, by Russell Galen at Scovil Galen Ghosh Literary Agency (NA).
Foreign: Baror International
Author of the forthcoming FIFTH AVENUE, 5 A.M., Sam Wasson's BYE BYE LIFE: The Loves and Deaths of Bob Fosse, poised to be the definitive biography of the legendary choreographer whose legacy extends across the worlds of dance, theater, film, and television, with an off-stage life that was fueled by pills, drugs, and serial infidelity, and whose fingerprints on popular culture remain indelible, to George Hodgman at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, in a pre-empt, by David Halpern at The Robbins Office (NA).
Aaron Dignan's GAME FACE: UNLOCKING THE POWER OF GAME MECHANICS IN EVERYDAY LIFE, explaining how to use our naturally hard-wired affinity for play to improve our society and incentivize productive behavior in routine activities, using scenarios that range from "How can I exercise more/drive traffic to my store/improve employee work ethic/improve airline passenger boarding" to successful case studies, including the new dashboard screens on the Prius, the FourSquare app, Target's checkout system, and a reexamination of popular cases like Nike+, to Amber Qureshi at Free Press, by Meg Thompson at LJK Literary Management (World English).
Lisa Fain's THE HOMESICK TEXAN COOKBOOK, based on a blog of the same name, documenting her trials recreating Texas food in Manhattan with photos, stories and recipes, to Elisabeth Dyssegaard at Hyperion, with Leslie Wells editing, in a pre-empt, for
publication in September 2011, by Brettne Bloom at Kneerim & Williams (NA).
Founder of a gourmet ice cream company in Columbus, OH whose unique seasonal flavors have been hailed by Food & Wine magazine, the New York Times, and Food Network, Jeni Britton Bauer's JENI'S SPLENDID ICE CREAMS: Artisanal American Ice Creams for the Home Kitchen, showing home chefs how to create artisanal quality American-style ice cream in their own kitchens, to Ann Bramson at Artisan, at auction, by Jonah Straus at Straus Literary (world English).
Vanity Fair deputy editor and journalist Bruce Handy's book on reading children's books -- an historical and erudite look at the classic books we read as kids and reread to our own children and why; a humorous and personal narrative about rediscovering lasting stories with his own kids, and a guide to reading the children's canon, from GOODNIGHT MOON to HARRY POTTER and beyond, to Sarah Hochman at Simon & Schuster, for publication in spring 2013, by Jennifer Joel at ICM.