NYT bestseller I COULD PEE ON THIS AND OTHER POEMS BY CATS author Francesco Marciuliano’s CLAW THE SYSTEM: POEMS FROM THE CAT UPRISING, to Andrews McMeel, in a major deal.
Seth Hettena's TRUMP/RUSSIA: A DEFINITIVE HISTORY, to Melville House.
Stanford University professor Larry Diamond’s THE CRISIS: DEMOCRACY UNDER SIEGE, to The Penguin Press.
Yale University psychiatrist and medical school professor Bandy Lee’s THE DANGEROUS CASE OF DONALD TRUMP: 27 PSYCHIATRISTS AND MENTAL HEALTH EXPERTS ASSESS A PRESIDENT, to Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press.
CUNY history professor Benjamin Carter Hett’s THE DEATH OF DEMOCRACY: HITLER’S RISE TO POWER AND THE DOWNFALL OF THE WEIMAR REPUBLIC, to Henry Holt.
NYT bestselling author Stephen Harding’s SLEEPING WITH NAPOLEON: RESISTANCE, ESCAPE, LOVE AND BETRAYAL IN WORLD WAR II PARIS, to Da Capo/Hachette.
Mab Segrest’s ADMINISTRATIONS OF LUNACY, a deeply reported history of Georgia's state mental hospital at Milledgeville, open for 170 years, the largest and longest-operating asylum in history, itself providing a history of the institutionalization of madness, to The New Press, along with a long-awaited new edition of the author’s classic MEMOIR OF A RACE TRAITOR, also to The New Press.
Mary Cummings’ SAVING SIN CITY, a new version of the story of the Stanford White murder in Gilded Age New York, which focuses on the failed prosecution of his murderer, in the first "Crime of the Century" media-hyped trial, to Pegasus.
Eisner Award-winning comic artist Michael Kupperman’s ALL THE ANSWERS, a graphic novel-style memoir of life with his father, Joel Kupperman, probably the most famous child prodigy and radio/tv “quiz kid” of the 20th century, to Gallery 13/Simon & Schuster.
Bestselling thriller writer Leonard Goldberg’s A CASE OF TREASON, the second mystery in his “The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes” series, to Minotaur/St. Martin’s Press.
World renowned architect Daniel Libeskind’s EDGE OF ORDER, a major career retrospective and a book about living a creative life, to Clarkson Potter/Crown.
Retired librarian Jan Louch’s THE TRUE TAILS OF BAKER AND TAYLOR, a memoir of life with the world’s two most famous library cats, to Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press.
Star of the television show “Pretty Little Liars” Ian Harding’s ODD BIRDS, a memoir about birdwatching and Hollywood, to Wednesday Books/St. Martin’s Press.
Professor David Fishman’s THE BOOK SMUGGLERS, about Holocaust slave laborers who risked their lives to hide precious literary treasures from the Nazis, to ForeEdge.
NYT bestselling author George Beahm’s THE MILITARY SCIENCE OF STAR WARS, to Tor/Forge.
Bestselling author Thomas Hauser’s classic true crime book THE TRIAL OF PATROLMAN THOMAS SHEA, in a new edition for the Black Lives Matter moment, to Seven Stories Press.
Darron Cardosa’s THE BITCHY WAITER, based on his online persona as an intemperate authority of good and bad behavior among restaurant patrons, to Sterling Publishing.
Annie Sprinkle’s PLANET ORGASM: AN EXPLORER’S GUIDE FOR WOMEN, to Greenery Press.
Cheryl Harbour’s GOOD TO BE GRAND: MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR GRANDCHILD’S FIRST YEAR, to BenBella.
Bestselling author Lisa Rogak’s biography of news anchor and media personality Rachel Maddow, to Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press.
Kim Kavin’s THE DOG MERCHANTS: INSIDE THE BIG BUSINESS OF BREEDERS, PET STORES, AND ANIMAL RESCUERS, to Pegasus.
S.A. Bodeen’s THE TOMB, a science fiction/fantasy young adult novel, to Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan.
Stacey Ballis’ HOW TO CHANGE A LIFE, a novel about old friendships and new realities for women at mid-life, to Berkley.
NYT bestselling author Christine Wicker’s THE SIMPLE FAITH OF FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT, to Smithsonian Books.
Sara Benincasa’s D.C. TRIP, a young adult novel about students and chaperones behaving badly in the nation’s capital, to Adaptive.
Bestselling thriller author Leonard Goldberg’s THE DAUGHTER OF SHERLOCK HOLMES, to Minotaur/St. Martin’s Press.
NYT bestseller I COULD PEE ON THIS AND OTHER POEMS BY CATS and I COULD CHEW ON THIS AND OTHER POEMS BY DOGS author Francesco Marciuliano’s YOU NEED MORE SLEEP: ADVICE FROM CATS and I COULD PEE ON THIS, TOO: MORE POEMS FROM CATS, to Chronicle Books, in a six-figure deal.
Brad Ricca’s MRS. SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE TRUE STORY OF NEW YORK CITY’S GREATEST FEMALE DETECTIVE AND THE 1917 MISSING GIRL CASE THAT CAPTIVATED A NATION, to St. Martin’s Press.
Rashad Harrison’s THE ABDUCTION OF SMITH AND SMITH, a seagoing historical novel about the end of slavery and the search for revenge, to Atria Books/Simon & Schuster.
NYT bestselling author of The Last Battle Stephen Harding’s LAST TO DIE, the story of the last American fighting man to die in WWII, in the skies over Tokyo, to Da Capo/Hachette.
CNN Eatocracy managing editor Kat Kinsman’s HI, ANXIETY, about how and why anxiety has come to be one of the principle defining aspects of contemporary women’s daily lives, partly arising from her recent autobiographical writings and television segments, to Dey Street Books/HarperCollins.
AGORAFABULOUS! and GREAT author Sara Benincasa’s REAL ARTISTS HAVE DAY JOBS: AND OTHER AWESOME THINGS THEY DON’T TEACH YOU IN SCHOOL, a humorous collection of essays about claiming your adulthood, including personal anecdotes of failure and triumph, reflecting some of the more heartwarming lessons of the responsibilities and pleasures that accompany leaving behind one’s extended adolescence, for "anyone at any adult age who feels he or she has missed a step," to William Morrow.
Culinary Institute of America-trained chef and co-owner of Saratoga Springs’s iconic Hattie’s Restaurant, at 75 years old one of the oldest continuously operated southern cuisine restaurants in the nation, Jasper Alexander’s DUE SOUTH: THE HATTIE’S COOKBOOK, offering both the recipes and the lore of this southern bastion of cuisine and culture among the Yankees, to the Lyons Press.
NYT bestselling author of I, STEVE: STEVE JOBS IN HIS OWN WORDS George Beahm’s follow-up STEVE JOBS’ LIFE BY DESIGN: LESSONS FROM HIS LAST LECTURE, to Palgrave Macmillan.
NYT bestseller and multiple Pulitzer and National Book Award nominated author of MISSING and MUHAMMAD ALI: HIS LIFE AND TIMES Thomas Hauser’s THE FINAL RECOLLECTIONS OF CHARLES DICKENS, a work of historical fiction in the form of a literary final testament by Dickens himself, about an episode in which an unconsummated love affair with a mysterious woman involved Dickens in the pursuit of a criminal in 1850s and 1860s London, to Counterpoint.
Filmmaker Parrish Smith’s THE SCROLL: STORIES OF INSPIRATION AND ADVICE FROM AMERICA’S MOST REVERED SPIRITUAL LEADERS, the companion book to his series of documentaries about America’s prominent African-American churchmen and churchwomen, who share their own contemporary wisdom and vision through candid, uplifting, personal stories of struggle, doubt, and ultimately, blessed understanding, an inspirational self-help book for achieving goals and overcoming obstacles in life, to Kensington.
Australian cancer recovery expert Ian Gawler’s YOU CAN CONQUER CANCER: A NEW WAY OF LIVING, a completely updated and expanded edition of the classic about cancer management and survival, outlining an integrated, holistic approach to cancer that emphasizes nutrition, the power of the mind, meditation, family and social support, and the spiritual dimension of life, to Tarcher/Penguin.
FORT MOSE author Glennette Turner’s book on JOHN HORSE, the swashbuckling Seminole-African-Spaniard slave who became military advisor to Osceola and led Seminole fighters against US Army troops in Florida during the Indian Wars, before eventually becoming an officer in the Mexican Army and a scout in the US Army, to Abrams Children’s.
Television rights to comedian and screenwriter Sara Benincasa’s AGORAFABULOUS!: DISPATCHES FROM MY BEDROOM, about her humorous but moving struggles with panic attacks and agoraphobia, and how she freed herself from being trapped by her own imagination, to ABC Studios/Disney, with Debbie Liebling at Ben Stiller’s Red Hour Films and Diablo Cody and Mason Novick executive producing, and Benincasa writing the screenplays.
OUT TO LUNCH and OFF THE MENU author Stacey Ballis’s RECIPE FOR DISASTER, pitched as "Nicholas Sparks meets Amanda Hesser," about a young woman whose job falls apart and whose fiancé leaves her in the middle of a major historical home renovation, during which she discovers the long-hidden handwritten cookbook and journal of the cook of the house’s original owners, whose recipes and insights into family life, food, and lifelong love help her pick up the pieces for herself and her disgruntled schnauzer, with a cookbook of recipes for all the dishes, to Berkley/Penguin.
NYT bestseller I COULD PEE ON THIS AND OTHER POEMS BY CATS and I COULD CHEW ON THIS AND OTHER POEMS BY DOGS author Francesco Marciuliano’s I KNEAD MY MOMMY AND OTHER POEMS BY KITTENS, to Chronicle Books, in a six-figure deal.
Author of the memoir AGORAFABULOUS! and the upcoming YA novel GREAT and comedian Sara Benincasa’s BELIEVERS, about a church choir of teenage girls stranded when their plane crashes on its way to an international singing competition, pitched as inspired by Lord of the Flies, Glee, and the real world of super-competitive a cappella performance, to Harper Children’s.
Author of more than 40 books and food industry impresario Dave DeWitt’s PRECIOUS CARGO: HOW FOODS FROM THE AMERICAS CHANGED THE WORLD, the story of how western hemisphere foods conquered the globe and saved huge parts of it from not only mass starvation but also culinary stultification, delving into the economics, botany, zoology and anthropology of New World foods, often uncovering those surprising individuals who were responsible for their spread and influence, to Counterpoint.
Longtime New Jersey Star Ledger art critic Dan Bischoff’s JAMES GANDOLFINI: THE REAL LIFE OF THE MAN WHO MADE TONY SOPRANO, based on dozens of original interviews with the colleagues and friends of the actor who died suddenly at age 51 in Rome earlier this year, a story of fraught suburban working class masculinity, artistic struggle and triumph, love, family, and tragedy, to St. Martin’s Press for US and Canada, and Scribe for UK and ANZ.
NYT bestselling author and ex-Army major George Beahm’s JACK REACHER, ARMY OF ONE, an unauthorized fan’s guide to Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series, to BenBella Books.
NYT bestselling author Cathy Scott and photographer Clay Myers’s UNCONDITIONAL HONOR: WOUNDED WARRIORS AND THEIR DOGS, an illustrated collection of stories and comprehensive, in-depth, and heartfelt examination of service and therapy dogs that are having a profound impact on the lives of active and retired military personnel injured in action, to Lyons Press.
UCLA All-American, retired NFL player and former NFL Players Association president Kermit Alexander’s IN THE VALLEY OF THE SHADOW OF DEATH, pitched as "a Greek tragedy with an ending of Christian redemption," about the brutal murder of his mother, sister, and two young nephews by a gangbanger named Tiequon Cox who went to the wrong address, and who turned out to have been once in a youth football league that Alexander had started, which failed to keep him out of gangs, and the harrowing journey Alexander walked from blaming himself for his family’s murders, writing with UCSF criminology professors Alexander Gerould and Jeffrey Snipes, to Atria Books/Simon & Schuster.
THE RAFT and THE FALLOUT author S.A. Bodeen’s THE DETOUR, pitched as a cautionary tale about the new world of YA literary instant celebrity, involving an obsessive fan of YA books and their authors who seems to have gone very, very wrong, again to Feiwel and Friends/Macmillan, in a six-figure deal.
NYT bestselling author of The Last Battle Stephen Harding’s LAST TO DIE, a story of the final days of World War II and nineteen year-old Sergeant Anthony J. Marchione, who died in the skies over Tokyo on August 18, 1945 -- three days after Japan surrendered -- and how his death might well have prolonged the war and changed history, and THE CASTAWAY’S WAR, the story of U.S. Navy Lieutenant Hugh Barr Miller, who was marooned on a South Pacific island following the 1943 sinking of his destroyer and for more than a month carried on a one-man war against the island’s Japanese occupiers before being rescued and ultimately awarded the Navy Cross, to Da Capo Press/Perseus.
Journalist Julie Schwietert Collazo’s POPE FRANCIS IN HIS OWN WORDS, a book that features his natural humility and commitment to putting those who are poor at the centre of his mission, to New World Library for the US and Canada, and to HarperCollins for the UK and ANZ, with multiple translation sale pre-empts.
University of Virginia Romance Language Department Chair and General Editor of www.worldordante.org Deborah Parker and James Madison University English Department Chair Mark Parker’s INFERNO REVEALED: FROM DANTE TO DAN BROWN, a sourcebook on Dante’s Divine Comedy and guide to the rich tradition of referencing and reworking the original text (by, among others, Milton, Keats, David Fincher, Tim Burton, Dan Brown), to Palgrave.
NYTimes bestseller Lisa Rogak’s revised and updated DAN BROWN: THE UNAUTHORIZED BIOGRAPHY, based on her 2005 biography of Dan Brown that sold in 22 languages (all translation rights have now reverted), the complete and up to date story of the author’s rise, to Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press.
Gay cousin to Liz Lemon on "30 Rock" and screenwriter Jeffery Self’s 50 SHADES OF GAY, the story of a young celebrity blogger who gets involved with a superstar leading man in Hollywood blockbuster films who happens to be a closeted gay man with a passion for BDSM, to Riverdale Avenue Books/Magnus Books.
NYT bestselling author Lisa Rogak’s HILLARY CLINTON IN HER OWN WORDS, a collection of quotations from Clinton on a wide range of subjects that will appeal not only to politically minded readers but also to those who are interested in her philosophies on leadership, family, aging, public scrutiny, religion, motherhood and marriage, life in the White House, and other topics, as she plots the course of her own future, to Seal Press.
Former President of Peru and Stanford Professor Alejandro Toledo’s THE SHARED SOCIETY: A VISION OF A GLOBAL FUTURE, to Redwood Press.
Debby Campbell’s BURNING BRIDGES: LIFE WITH MY FATHER, GLEN CAMPBELL, a daughter’s memoir of the "Rhinestone Cowboy," by the woman who has been with her dad through his four wives, through drug and alcohol addiction, and now through his Alzheimer’s disease, to Omnibus Press.
NYT bestselling author of THE DOGS OF COURAGE and THE DOGS OF WAR Lisa Rogak’s ONE BIG HAPPY FAMILY: HEARTWARMING STORIES OF ANIMALS CARING FOR ONE ANOTHER, a celebration of amazing inter-species families of choice, again to Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press.
Retirement expert and activist James Russell’s THE PERFECT SWINDLE: HOW 401(k)s RUINED RETIREMENT SECURITY, pitched in the style of a Michael Moore film that is as readable as a crime novel, about the retirement crisis facing tens of millions of Americans, an institutional swindle that has been carried out by the financial services industry and encouraged by conservative think tanks, resulting in one generation’s traditional pensions having been transformed into shaky 401(k)-type stock market investment accounts, on an exclusive submission, to Beacon Press.
Cookbook author and Southwestern food industry impresario Dave DeWitt’s DISHING UP NEW MEXICO, a guide for food-lovers to the "Land of Enchantment," including recipes from chefs and growers from around the state, to Storey.
Kofi Annan biographer and longtime Smithsonian magazine art writer Stanley Meisler’s SHOCKING PARIS: SOUTINE, CHAGALL, AND THE OUTSIDERS OF MORTPARNASSE, a narrative history of the lost world of artists in Paris in the period that preceded the Nazi occupation, to Palgrave Macmillan.
THE NFL GAMEDAY COOKBOOK and SLOW FIRE author Ray "Dr. BBQ" Lampe’s THE PORK CHOP COOKBOOK and GREAT FLAVORS: MARINADES, BRINES, RUBS, AND GLAZES, to Chronicle.
USA Today bestselling medical thriller writer Leonard Goldberg’s THE PLAGUE SHIP, the next book in his series featuring an emergency room physician and an adrenaline-junkie trauma nurse, pitched as "Outbreak" meets "Titanic," to Midnight Ink.
Author of BATTLEFIELD ANGELS and marketing director of the USS Midway Museum Scott McGaugh’s SURGEON IN BLUE: JONATHAN LETTERMAN, THE CIVIL WAR DOCTOR WHO PIONEERED BATTLEFIELD CARE, the first full-length biography of a key figure in Civil War history and military medicine, including the tragic misdiagnosis of his own wife that led to her death, to Skyhorse.
Walgreens senior vice president Randy Lewis’s NO GREATNESS WITHOUT GOODNESS: HOW ONE FATHER’S LOVE IS CHANGING THE MODERN WORKFORCE, pitched as "The Pursuit of Happyness" meets "The Miracle Worker," the story of a powerful corporate executive who, after watching the world through the eyes of his autistic child, bets his career that he could create a workplace at one of America’s biggest corporations where thousands of people with disabilities could succeed and thrive, to Tyndale House.
Seventeen-year-old online sensation Abigail Gibbs’s debut, THE DARK HEROINE: DINNER WITH A VAMPIRE, and a sequel, a serial that she began publishing on Wattpad.com when she was 15 and has been read over 17 million times, to William Morrow/HarperCollins US and to HarperVoyager UK.
NYT bestselling author George Beahm’s MARK ZUCKERBERG IN HIS OWN WORDS, to Agate.
Senior editor at Military History magazine Stephen Harding’s THE LAST BATTLE, about the unlikely but true story of the last World War II battle fought by American troops in Europe, when U.S. Army regulars and Wehrmacht soldiers fought side by side to protect a castle full of prickly French VIP prisoners from an attack by desperate and fanatical SS units bent on killing them in the waning days of the war, to Da Capo/Perseus.
Food novelist and OFF THE MENU and GOOD ENOUGH TO EAT author Stacey Ballis’s next two novels, both about the search for love and happiness and the perfect beurre blanc, with a cookbook of recipes for all the dishes in the novel at the end, again to Berkley.
Writer of the "Sally Forth" comic strip and of the Emmy Award-winning "Seemore’s Playhouse," and New York Times bestselling author of I COULD PEE ON THIS (AND OTHER POEMS BY CATS) Francesco Marciuliano’s follow-up I COULD CHEW ON THIS (AND OTHER POEMS BY DOGS), in which canine bards refine and redefine the category of confessional poetry, to Chronicle.
Gay cousin to Liz Lemon on "30 Rock," screenwriter, and Oprah Winfrey superfan Jeffery Self’s STRAIGHT PEOPLE: A FIELD GUIDE TO HETEROSEXUALS, an affectionate and humorous guide to the varied species and subspecies of the sexual majority, in the form of a birders field guide, to the Running Press.
THE RAFT and THE COMPOUND author S.A. Bodeen’s first middle grade series, pitched as "Swiss Family Robinson" meets "Lost," about a recently-blended family on a sailing trip in the South Pacific as a bonding adventure for the new step-siblings and step-parents, when things go terribly wrong, to Feiwel and Friends/Macmillan.
NYT bestseller Lisa Rogak’s IMPATIENT OPTIMIST: BILL GATES IN HIS OWN WORDS, a companion to the internationally bestselling I, STEVE: STEVE JOBS IN HIS OWN WORDS (now licensed in more than 40 languages), to Agate.
Journalist Jesse Hines’s TEBOW TIME: INSIGHTS ON WINNING FROM FOOTBALL’S RISING STAR, a fan’s unauthorized guide to the quarterback Tim Tebow’s thoughts on faith, family, competition and other matters, to Tarcher/Penguin.
AGORAFABULOUS! author and comedian Sara Benincasa’s GREAT., pitched as inspired by The Great Gatsby and set in the modern-day Hamptons over the course of one steamy summer of obsession, jealousy, and social climbing, Harper Children’s.
NYT bestselling author Mark Bego’s complete and up-to-the-moment WHITNEY HOUSTON: THE BIOGRAPHY, to Skyhorse, in a nice deal, for nearly-instant publication just in advance of Skyhorse’s scheduled April publication of Bego’s biography of Houston’s godmother, Aretha Franklin.
NYT bestselling author of Barack Obama in His Own Words and The Dogs of War Lisa Rogak’s DOGS OF COURAGE: STORIES OF SERVICE DOGS, POLICE DOGS, THERAPY DOGS, AND OTHER HEROIC DOGS FROM AROUND THE WORLD, a celebration of the amazing canines who perform feats of bravery every day, to Thomas Dunne Books.
Comedians and Groupon.com copy writers Daniel Kibblesmith and Sam Weiner’s HOW TO WIN AT EVERYTHING: A COMPREHENSIVE, ALPHABETICAL GUIDE TO COMING OUT AHEAD IN ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING, FROM ARCHERY TO ZOOKEEPING, an irreference guide for securing victory in every conceivable contest, pitched as in the vein of The Worst-Case Scenario Handbook, Schott’s Original Miscellany, and the works of John Hodgman, to Chronicle.
Stanford University professor and Hoover Institution Fellow Abbas Milani’s ALLAH: A BIOGRAPHY, a history of the central object of veneration for one-quarter of the world’s human beings, to Simon & Schuster and to Simon & Schuster UK.
American History magazine editor and K BLOWS TOP author Peter Carlson’s THE MARCH OF THE BOHEMIAN IRREGULARS, the true tale of two Yankee reporters who were captured by Confederates and spent 20 months in horrific prisons before escaping in a cold winter and -- with the help of friendly slaves, bushwackers and Union sympathizers -- trekked 340 miles across enemy territory and over snow-covered mountains to the Union lines, to Public Affairs.
NYT bestselling author and soldier’s mother Lisa Rogak’s THE DOGS OF WAR: The Courage, Love, and Loyalty of Military Working Dogs, a look at the remarkable roles of dogs in the U.S. military today and throughout history, to Thomas Dunne Books.
Simultaneous interpreter Nataly Kelly and translator Jost Zetzsche’s FOUND IN TRANSLATION, an exploration of the ways ideas and culture are created, shared, and transmitted around the world, to Perigee.
BEDAZZLED and THE STEPHEN KING COMPANION author George Beahm’s I, STEVE: STEVE JOBS IN HIS OWN WORDS, a compilation of the spoken and written wisdom and insights of the visionary behind Apple Computer, to Agate B2.
Writer of the "Sally Forth" comic strip and of the Emmy Award-winning "Seemore’s Playhouse" Francesco Marciuliano’s I COULD PEE ON THIS (AND OTHER POEMS BY CATS), in which feline bards contemplate the meaning of life, the sweetness of vengeance, jealous pangs over the food bowl, the sound of glass objects shattering when nudged off flat surfaces, and the impossibility of friction-free communication between the cat and human worlds, to Chronicle.
NYT bestseller Mark Bego’s ARETHA FRANKLIN: THE QUEEN OF SOUL, expanded and updated edition in light of the 69 year-old star’s recent health challenges and first new album in 8 years, to Skyhorse. German rights have already sold to Edel.
I DON’T CARE ABOUT YOUR BAND author Julie Klausner’s debut young adult novel, ART GIRLS ARE EASY, the story of a fifteen-year old artist, set at a performing arts camp for girls, which despite its pristine, competitive exterior, is host to lewd summers filled with back-stabbing, back-rubbing, and heady nymphet/instructor affairs, to Poppy/Little Brown and Company.
BEDAZZLED and THE STEPHEN KING COMPANION author George Beahm’s STEPHEN KING’S THE DARK TOWER SERIES: A GUIDEBOOK FOR NEW FANS, in anticipation of the dual television and film screen adaptations, to BenBella Books.
BEDAZZLED and THE STEPHEN KING COMPANION author George Beahm’s UNRAVELING THE MYSTERIES OF THE BIG BANG THEORY, a companion to the hit CBS television series, to BenBella Books.
THE NFL GAMEDAY COOKBOOK and RIBS, CHOPS, STEAKS & WINGS author Ray "Dr. BBQ" Lampe’s SLOW FIRE: REAL BARBEQUE FOR THE HOME COOK, to Chronicle.
GOOD ENOUGH TO EAT and THE SPINSTER SISTERS author Stacey Ballis’s BREAD AND BUTTER, about a passionate foodie who runs the business (and life¬) of a charismatic and manipulative television chef but who stumbles into her own chance at bliss and must decide whether to leave him to pursue it, pitched as part Julie and Julia, part Eat, Pray, Love, part "Two Weeks Notice," to Berkley.
Cooking show host RICK BROWNE’s GRILLING WILD, the companion book for his new television show about hunting and fishing and cooking, which begins airing next Fall on the Sportsman Channel, to Globe Pequot.
USA Today bestselling medical thriller writer Dr. Leonard Goldberg’s PATIENT ONE, the first in a new series, about an emergency room physician and former US Army commando and an adrenaline-junkie trauma nurse locked in a hospital where the US president and the Russian president are rushed after being poisoned at a state dinner, and where terrorists have locked down the hospital, pitched as "Die Hard meets The West Wing," to Midnight Ink.
Food writer Dave DeWitt’s SOUTHWEST TABLE: TRADITIONAL CUISINE FROM TEXAS, NEW MEXICO, AND ARIZONA, to Globe Pequot.
NYT bestselling, Edgar-nominated biographer of Stephen King and Shel Silverstein Lisa Rogak’s TRUTHINESS TO POWER: THE RISE AND FURTHER RISE OF STEPHEN COLBERT, again to Thomas Dunne Books.
A DEVIL AND A GOOD WOMAN, TOO author Susan Millar Williams and WINNERS AND LOSERS author Stephen Hoffius’s narrative of the Charleston, South Carolina, earthquake of 1886 and its aftermath, UPHEAVAL: EARTHQUAKE AND MURDER IN AN AMERICAN CITY, an account of the largest earthquake ever to strike the east coast of North America, and also the story of one tragically-flawed man, Frank Dawson, who led the city of Charleston to recovery and fought quixotically and imperfectly against the racist reaction to Reconstruction, to the University of Georgia Press.
PBS "Barbecue America" cooking show host and author Rick Browne’s 1,001 DELICIOUS RECIPES FOR THE GRILL, to Agate Surrey.
Film rights to Peter Carlson’s K BLOWS TOP: A COLD WAR COMIC INTERLUDE STARRING NIKITA KHRUSHCHEV, AMERICA’S MOST UNLIKELY TOURIST, about the Soviet dictator’s 1959 visit to America, to Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman at Playtone exec producing, and Perri Kipperman and David Stern co-exec producing, for HBO, with Paul Bernbaum attached to write the script and actor Paul Giamatti attached to star as Khrushchev.
Debut MFA from NYU Rashad Harrison’s OUR MAN IN THE DARK, about the men surrounding Martin Luther King, Jr., at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, based in part on a real-life FBI informant on the staff, the main character of which is a minor player in the movement, a bookkeeper crippled by polio whom the FBI knows has stolen funds from the SCLC, and whom they blackmail into spying on King and his inner circle, pitched as "LA Confidential meets Parting the Waters," to Atria Books/Simon & Schuster, in a pre-empt, in a two-book deal.
Television rights to Julie Klausner’s I DON’T CARE ABOUT YOUR BAND: WHAT I LEARNED FROM INDIE ROCKERS, TRUST FUNDERS, PORNOGRAPHERS, FELONS, FAUX-SENSITIVE HIPSTERS, AND OTHER GUYS I’VE DATED, to Will Ferrell and Adam McKay at Gary Sanchez Productions, producing for HBO, and with actor Lizzy Caplan attached to star as the author.
University of Akron English professor and fiction reviewer for the Cleveland Plain Dealer Julie Drew’s THE MONSTERS OF CHILDHOOD, about a murder in a sea-going Rhode Island town during the Great Depression, and a young woman navigating the distrust between the town’s older white community and its immigrant Portuguese workers, pitched in comparison Snow Falling on Cedars and The Shipping News, to The Overlook Press.
Comedian Sara Benincasa’s AGORAFABULOUS!, about her horrifyingly comic struggles with agoraphobia, panic attacks, and anxiety disorder, pitched as "a potty-mouthed twist on Prozac Diary for Generation Y," to William Morrow/HarperCollins.
THE COMPLETE CHILI PEPPER BOOK author and all-things-hot impresario Dave DeWitt’s 1001 BEST HOT AND SPICY RECIPES, to Agate Surrey.
THE COMPOUND and THE GARDENER author S.A. Bodeen’s LUCKY, about a teenage girl en route to surprise her parents at the bird sanctuary on Midway Atoll when her plane goes down, killing the pilot and leaving her alone on the high seas in an inflatable raft to fight for her survival, to Feiwel and Friends, in a two-book deal.
J.K. Rowling, Stephen King and J.R.R.Tolkien companion book author George Beahm’s BEDAZZLED: STEPHENIE MEYER AND THE TWILIGHT PHENOMENON, a fully-illustrated fan’s guide to the series and its author, to JR Books UK, in a pre-empt.
Conservative blogger Pamela Geller and NYT bestselling author Robert Spencer’s THE POST-AMERICAN PRESIDENCY, an analysis of just how different the Obama administration is from those of all previous US presidents, to Threshold/Simon & Schuster.
Emeritus University of Delaware Cervantes scholar Thomas Lathrop’s long-awaited complete re-translation of DON QUIXOTE, to Tracy Bernstein at Signet (NA), and to Alex Gallenzi for Oneworld Classics (UK/Commonwealth).
J.K. Rowling, Stephen King and J.R.R.Tolkien companion book author George Beahm’s BITTEN AND BEDAZZLED: STEPHENIE MEYER AND THE TWILIGHT PHENOMENON, a fully-illustrated fan’s guide to the series and its author, to Underwood Books.
A new and updated edition of Kofi Annan biographer and longtime LA Times journalist Stanley Meisler’s UNITED NATIONS, to Grove/Atlantic.
Case Western Reserve University comic book scholar Bradley Ricca’s SUPER BOYS: JERRY SIEGEL, JOE SHUSTER, AND THE CREATION OF SUPERMAN, the first-ever biography of the creators of Superman, detailing the complex lifelong collaboration and occasional betrayals, private dramas and public struggles, that accompanied their creation of perhaps the most iconic fictional figure of the 20th century, to St. Martin’s.
On-line sex podcasting and gaming guru Kidder Kaper’s first book, a revolutionary sex manual in the form of a graphic novel, to Avery/Gotham.
BARACK OBAMA IN HIS OWN WORDS editor Lisa Rogak’s companion volume, MICHELLE OBAMA IN HER OWN WORDS, to Public Affairs/Perseus.
Lisa Rogak, ed.’s BARACK OBAMA IN HIS OWN WORDS, in an updated and expanded edition for publication during the January inauguration, bringing the number of territories licensed thus far to seven, to JR Books UK.
KNITALONG author, fiber artist and Stitch Marker blogger Larissa Brown’s MY GRANDMOTHER’S KNITTING, featuring stories from knitters around the world who have learned to knit and/or been inspired by family members (most often their grandmothers), including dozens of the most well-known knitwear designers today, again to Stewart, Tabori & Chang.
Film rights to Chilean UN Ambassador Heraldo Munoz’s THE DICTATOR’S SHADOW, about General Augusto Pinochet’s seizure of power and the decades-long struggle for democracy in Chile, to Roosfilms.
Film rights to Stanford professor and Hoover Institution fellow Larry Diamond’s THE SPIRIT OF DEMOCRACY: THE STRUGGLE TO BUILD FREE SOCIETIES THROUGHOUT THE WORLD, to Appleseed Entertainment, with the author consulting on and appearing in the film.
Marketing Director at the USS Midway Museum Scott McGaugh’s BATTLEFIELD ANGELS: A HISTORY OF US MILITARY MEDICINE, a narrative history of the medical and technical innovations that have changed both military and civilian medical care, from the American Revolution to the current "War on Terror," to Osprey.
Former New York Press restaurant reviewer Jennifer Waters’s EXIT, EATING: A Compendium of Stories About the Last Meals of the Famous, Infamous, and the Forgotten, a quirky miscellany for food enthusiasts and history buffs, to HarperPerennial.
Holocaust memoirist Livia Bitton-Jackson’s SAVING WHAT REMAINS: A DAUGHTER’S MISSION TO RESCUE HER HOLOCAUST-SURVIVOR MOTHER’S ANCESTORS, recounting the author’s attempt to disinter the bones of her European ancestors for reburial in Israel at her mother’s request, before a dam project on the Danube permanently submerges their home village underwater, to Lyons Press.
Ray Lampe (aka "Dr. BBQ")’s STEAKS, CHOPS, RIBS & WINGS, a meat-lover’s map of the road to nirvana, to Chronicle Books.
Red-headed comedian and alabaster-skinned television writer Julie Klausner’s I DON’T CARE ABOUT YOUR BAND: WHAT I LEARNED FROM INDIE ROCKERS, TRUST FUNDERS, PORNOGRAPHERS, FELONS, FAUX-SENSITIVE HIPSTERS, AND OTHER GUYS I’VE DATED, chronicling the author’s years of searching for a relationship prospect as good as her own father, a career as successful as Bette Midler’s, and a world to live in as sane as the one in her own imagination, to Gotham Books/Penguin.
Former editor in chief of SPY magazine and former executive editor of Cosmopolitan magazine James Mauro’s EINSTEIN AT THE WORLD’S FAIR: THREE BOMBS THAT CHANGED AMERICA, an account of a terrorist bombing campaign that rocked New York city in the year before the US entry into World War II and Albert Einstein’s decision to endorse the development of a US atomic weapons program (which Einstein later described as "the one great mistake in my life"), all against the backdrop of the commercially disastrous 1939 World’s Fair in New York, to Ballantine.
Internationally-bestselling biographer Mark Bego’s ELTON JOHN: THE BIOGRAPHY, detailing the public and private life of one of the giants of world popular music, and based on interviews with old friends both inside and outside the music industry, to JR Books (UK) and to Phoenix Books (US).
Former St. Louis Rams cheerleader and fitness expert Lindsay Brin’s THE CHEERLEADER FITNESS PLAN: EVERY WOMAN’S GUIDE TO NUTRITION AND FITNESS FOR A GREAT BODY IN 6 WEEKS, to Plume, in a six-figure deal, in a pre-empt, in a two-book deal.
Lia Romeo and Nick Romeo’s 11,000 THINGS TO BE MISERABLE ABOUT, the ultimate guide to the innumerable ways the modern world can beat us down, from "Trimethylaminuria" to "Men with Napoleonic complexes" to "Birds that fly into windows and die," to Abrams Image.
Longtime LA Times journalist and Kofi Annan biographer Stanley Meisler’s THE PEACE CORPS: THE FIRST FIFTY YEARS, drawing on various archives for a "warts and all" history of the institution at home and abroad, detailing its ongoing struggles to remain independent of domestic political influence while sending American volunteers around the world, to Beacon Press, for publication in 2011.
Food writer Dave DeWitt’s JEFFERSON’S ICE CREAM: FRANKLIN, JEFFERSON, WASHINGTON AND THE REVOLUTION IN AMERICAN TASTE THEY MADE, detailing the surprising and complex innovations in food cultivation, winemaking, and cooking the American founders were responsible for bringing to the New World (and also back to Europe, mainly through their various visits to France and Britain), to Sourcebooks.
Armenian-American novelist M.T. Mustian’s THE GENDARME, pitched as The Madonnas of Leningrad meets The Bastard of Istanbul, about a 92 year old Turkish-American man suffering from dementia, who suddenly starts having vivid dreams about his role in the Armenian genocide of 1915, and of the young Armenian woman he fell in love with and spared -- and how he sets out in secret to find her to beg her forgiveness, Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam, in a six-figure deal, on an exclusive submission.
Yehuda Koren and Eilat Negev’s THE FIRST LADY OF FLEET STREET, about Rachel Beer (1858-1927), editor of The Observer (1891-1904) and owner-editor of The Sunday Times (1893-1904), aunt of poet Siegfried Sassoon, granddaughter of the great Jewish businessman in Iraq and India David Sassoon, and who was personally responsible for exposing the anti-Semitic conspiracy against Captain Dreyfus that led to his release from Devil’s Island, to Bantam Dell, in a pre-empt.
Chile’s UN Ambassador Heraldo Munoz’s A SOLITARY WAR, about the cost to American interests overseas of American unilateralism in Iraq, to Fulcrum Publishing. Spanish rights to El Tercer Nombre in Spain and to Random House Mondadori in Chile.
Underground railroad expert and author Glennette Turner’s book on Fort Mose, the first free American community of ex-slaves, founded in 1738 just north of St. Augustine, Florida, where slaves were granted their freedom if they declared allegiance to the King of Spain and joined the Catholic Church, to Abrams Children’s.
CUNY history professor and attorney Benjamin Carter Hett’s CROSSING HITLER, the story of human rights martyr Hans Litten, the last attorney in Germany to cross-examine Hitler as a hostile witness in open court, where he reduced the future Chancellor to incoherent rage -- a favor returned two years later by his imprisonment at Dachau, to Oxford University Press. Spanish rights sold to Ediciones B, in a pre-empt.
Senate Foreign Relations Committee staffer Bertie Bowman’s STEP BY STEP: A MEMOIR OF HOPE, FRIENDSHIP, PERSEVERANCE, AND LIVING THE AMERICAN DREAM, chronicling the Washington adventures of the longest-serving African-American on Capitol Hill, with a Foreword from President Bill Clinton, to One World/Ballantine.