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Tuesday, January 13, 2004

A ravenous set of deals 

Gosh it's been a while since I picked apart the Deal Lunch, so, without further adieu:

Advisor to the Noel Coward Estate for 20 years Barry Day's THE NO?L COWARD LETTERS, the first and the definitive collection of letters -- only a handful of which have been previously published -- to and from a man addicted to corresponding with friends and enemies, including a long list of famous contemporaries, to Vicky Wilson for Pantheon, in a nice deal, by Ed Knappman at New England Publishing Associates (NA).

Oh, now that sounds like it could be a hell of a lot of fun, but then, I'm a rather big fan of Mister Coward. Droll, witty, and totally of his time.

In the "slightly pointless" dept:

Peter Doggett's THERE'S A RIOT GOING ON: The Untold Story of Rock and The Revolution, exploring the socially revolutionary ambitions of rock 'n 'roll in the late sixties, to Andy Miller at Canongate, in a nice deal, for publication in 2006, by Rupert Heath at the Rupert Heath Literary Agency (world).

Um, hasn't this been explored to death already? Or did I miss something?

Ignore this if you're a happy Republican:

Jack Huberman's THE BUSH-HATER'S HANDBOOK, "a godsend to those looking for a concise, mordantly entertaining overview of the Bush record, summarizing, detailing, and bewailing all of the more important Bush administration outrages, and some of the more trivial ones, to George Miller at Granta Books, in a nice deal, by Lizzie Kremer at Ed Victor, on behalf of William Clark Associates (UK).

Although it should be noted this is for the UK only--no US deal in sight.

From the man who called TMFTML the "must-read blog of 2004" (uh oh, does that mean it's over already?)

ESPN.com Page 2 writer Jim Caple's tentatively titled GEORGE STEINBRENNER IS A BIG, FAT IDIOT, a humorous look at all there is to hate about the Yankees, to Gary Brozek at Plume, by Stacey Glick at Dystel & Goderich (NA).

That being said, I'll read it, since I'm a proud Yankee-hater myself.

For serial killer and celebrity fans:

Sociologist and anthropologist Dr. Gini Graham Scott's HOW WE KILL: Changes in Murder in Changing Times, a pop sociology approach to changing patterns of murder in America, and HOMICIDE AMONG THE RICH AND FAMOUS, a pop-sociology approach to the type of murders committed by the rich and famous, combined with short dramatic stories of especially compelling cases from the 1800s to the present, to Suzanne Staszak-Silva at Greenwood Books/Praeger, by Mike Valentino at Cambridge Literary, with the help of PublishersAndAgents.Net (world).

The only problem with these kinds of books is that they never go into anything with great detail. Which may be the point, I suppose.

Putting a new spin on "Animal Husbandry":

Amy Helmes's BOYS OF A FEATHER: A Contemporary Field Guide for Men, an illustrated tool for boy-watching that identifies the 20 most common species of guys -- including the Flamingo, the Peacock, and the Turkey -- and offers women useful classifications tools to help
spot a potential mate and avoid the bad eggs, to Michelle Howry at Perigee, in a nice deal, by Elisabeth Weed at Kneerim & Williams (world).


Now, turning to fiction and all that. Already making huge headlines:

With his most recent bestseller Pompeii receiving strong reviews, Robert Harris is moving houses, beginning with a political epic of antiquity, part of a trilogy set over the last forty years of the Roman Republic that will follow the intertwined lives and careers of the men who
struggled to rule Rome, as well as the women who influenced them behind the scenes, to David Rosenthal at Simon & Schuster (Harris's original editor at Random House) and Louise Burke at Pocket, in a three-book deal, by Michael Carlisle at Carlisle & Company (US).


Which reminds me, I really have to get my hands on a copy of POMPEII. Sounds like good fun, if you ask me.

In the big fat thriller dep't:

The next two thrillers by NY Times bestselling author Kyle Mills, beginning with FADE, about a retired and dying legendary CIA assassin who's on the run after he resists being forcibly unretired by Homeland Security, to Kelley Ragland at St. Martin's, by Simon Lipskar at Writers House. Film rights are with Robert Bookman at CAA. UK rights to the same two titles, again to Carolyn Mays at Hodder Headline, in a good deal.

And this might make the folks at the Literary Saloon quite happy:

Jeanne Kelly and Nathan K. Mao's translation of Qian Zhongshu's FORTRESS BESIEGED, first published in China in 1947 and "arguably the greatest Chinese novel of the twentieth century," to Jeffrey Yang at New Directions, in a nice deal, by Kathi Paton at the Kathi J. Paton Literary
Agency. The Foreign Language Teaching & Research Press will publish the English edition in China, and the Peoples' Literature Press of Beijing will publish a Chinese-English bilingual edition, sold by Joanne Wang.


In the "totally unrealistic" dep't:

Galt Niederhoffer's A TAXONOMY OF BARNACLES, the madcap story of an brood of six girls growing up on New York's Upper East side, whose eccentric father proposes a contest to determine which of them will inherit his fortune, to Elizabeth Beier at St. Martin's, by Joy Harris.

If it were realistic, they'd be backstabbing each other every which way they could, engaging in lawsuits, cutting each other out of wills and trust funds: you know, like those happy-go-lucky Pritzkers.

In the "next big thing" dep't:

British author Jane Hill's first novel GRIEVOUS ANGEL, a thriller about love and obsession set in the American South, to Susan Sandon at Random House UK, and to Claire Wachtel at Morrow/Harper, in a pre-empt, in a nice deal, by Luigi Bonomi at Sheil Land Associates.

and this:

Holly Kennedy's first novel THE TIN BOX, about a woman who has been hiding a secret from her husband for the past twenty years, to Clare Eddy at Forge, by Liza Dawson at Liza Dawson Associates, with Chandler Crawford handling foreign rights. Rights have been sold
to Marion von Schroeder in Germany, Belfond in France, Sonzogno in Italy, Oceanida in Greece, and Cicero in Denmark.


Mysterious Press has a couple of new pickups as well:

Louise Ure's first novel FORCING AMARYLLIS, about a trial consultant assigned to the murder trial of the man she believes also brutally attacked her sister, to Kristen Weber at Mysterious Press, in a nice deal, by Philip Spitzer at the Philip G. Spitzer Literary Agency (NA).

Jan Brogan's A CONFIDENTIAL SOURCE, about a struggling journalist who finds herself investigating a murder set amidst the illicit dangers of gambling and addiction to which she was the only witness, to Kristen Weber at Mysterious Press, in a nice deal, by Dan Mandel at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates (world English).


I suspect Ure's book will attract some buzz; it shoudl be noted that it's a legal thriller repped by Phil Spitzer, who numbers Michael Connelly, James Lee Burke, and Alafair Burke among his clients.

And that's that for this week, although, of course, deals keep rolling in all the live long day....

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