Coming to the Stacks: New Deals for 11/2012

Fiction

Author of AN UNCOMMON EDUCATION, Elizabeth Percer’s ALL STORIES ARE LOVE STORIES, following a group of survivors thrown together in the aftermath of two major earthquakes that strike San Francisco within an hour of each other, to Maya Ziv at Harper, by Lisa Grubka at Fletcher & Company (NA).

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Katja Millay’s originally self-publishedTHE SEA OF TRANQUILITY, in which an emotionally fragile girl and a lonely boy develop an unlikely and intense relationship, to Amy Tannenbaum at Atria, by Emmanuelle Morgen at Stonesong.

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Bill Crider’s next two books in the series featuring a Texas sheriff, to Toni Plummer at Thomas Dunne Books, by Kim Lionetti at BookEnds (NA).

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RITA award-winning Caridad Ferrer’s two novellas, to Maria Ribas at Kimani TRU, by Adrienne Rosado at Nancy Yost Literary Agency (World).

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Author of self-published series for teens and adults The Moreno Brothers, 5th Street, and Fate, Elizabeth Reyes’s next adult novel, to Johanna Castillo at Atria, in a significant deal, by Jane Dystel at Dystel & Goderich Literary Management (World).

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2012 Rona Jaffe Award winner Christina Nichol’s WAITING FOR THE ELECTRICITY, about a Georgian man’s adventures in love, family, and food, and his quest to end the corruption that plagues his beloved country, to Mark Krotov at Overlook, by Irene Skolnick at Irene Skolnick Agency (World).

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Gretchen Archer’s DOUBLE WHAMMY, a mystery caper featuring a disgraced Alabama cop in bad need of a paycheck, who lands a job on an elite security at the fabulous Bellissimo Casino in Biloxi – and must unravel a compromised video casino game, avoid her ex- who took out a restraining order against her, and figure out why the casino would hire an investigator who is the dead ringer for the big boss’s wife, to Kendel Flaum at Henery Press, by Stephany Evans at FinePrint Literary Management.

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The Whistleblower author and journalist Cari Lynn and actress Kellie Martin’s MADAME: A Novel of Storyville, based on the true story of Madame Josie Arlington, a street whore who rises to power, wealth and infamy in 1900s New Orleans during the city’s unprecedented experiment with legalized prostitution–the Storyville district –stomping grounds for Voodoo queens, celebrities and politicians, and what would become the jazz greats Jelly Roll Morton and Louis Armstrong, to Julie Miesionczek at Plume, for publication in Winter 2014, by Jill Marr at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency (NA).

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Catherine Reef’s NOAH WEBSTER, a biography on Noah Webster, a controversial political activist, the primary shaper of the American language, and author of the Blue-Backed Spellers and the famous dictionary that bears his name; illustrated with black-and-white archival images, to Jennifer Greene at Clarion, for publication in Fall 2015.

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Erin McCahan’s COOL, SWEET, HOT, LOVE, about a fifteen-year old who is smart beyond her years but still learning that she doesn’t know it all, to Jessica Garrison at Dial, in a pre-empt, by Faye Bender at Faye Bender Literary Agency (NA).
Rights to Fischer in Germany, Nathan in France, Kinneret Zmora-Bitan Dvir in Israel, Libri in Hungary, Van Goor in the Netherlands, Alfaguara in Spain, Salani in Italy, Moderna in Portugal, and Fortuna for Czech and Slovak rights.
Film rights optioned to Warner Bros.
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Karen Sandler’s CLEAN BURN, in which a tough female private investigator is forced back to her home town to try and find two missing children, to Emlyn Rees at Exhibit A, in a nice deal, in a two-book deal, for publication in September 2013, by Lindsay Ribar at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates (World English).

Nonfiction

Anjan Sundaram’s STRINGER: A REPORTER’S JOURNEY IN THE CONGO, pitched in the tradition of Ryszard Kapuscinski, in which the author befriends feral street children, journeys into the forest in search of radioactive ore and lives with a sex-obsessed arms dealer in a war zone, as his own aggression builds, to Gerry Howard at Doubleday, by Robert Guinsler at Sterling Lord Literistic (NA).Foreign: Szilvia@sll.com
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Robbin Gourley’s TALKIN’ GUITAR: A Story of the Young Doc Watson, a story about the early life of Doc Watson (1923-2012), a blind musician from North Carolina who came to have a deep, enduring influence on how the flattop acoustic guitar is used in folk, roots, and bluegrass music, to Dinah Stevenson at Clarion, for publication in Fall 2014.
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Historian and treasure hunter W.C. Jameson’s THE SILVER MADONNA AND OTHER TALES OF AMERICA’S GREATEST LOST TREASURES, comprised of 24 tales of lost mines and buried treasure, each one including backstory, pertinent geographic and location information, and where appropriate, a discussion of the possibilities of locating and recovering the treasure, to Rick Rinehart at Taylor Trade, by Sandra Bond at Bond Literary Agency (NA).
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Fox Business Network host Lou Dobbs’s next untitled book, offering the independent thinker’s take on some of the country’s most intractable problems (many of which no one is talking about) – including debt, drought, public sector unions, big banks, big business, and big government – and what might be done to address them, to Anthony Ziccardi at Gallery, with Mitchell Ivers editing, by Wayne Kabak at WSK Management.
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Jane Pauley’s YOUR LIFE CALLING: TODAY IS THE NEW TOMORROW, REIMAGINING YOUR LIFE NOW, building off her series produced in partnerships with the AARP and The Today Show, combining elements of memoir, practical advice, and storytelling to help explore the “reinvention” phase of life for people over 50 – and showcase that where previous generations retired from something, the Baby Boomer generation (and those coming along) hope to retire to something new, to Jonathan Karp and Priscilla Painton at Simon & Schuster, at auction, by Wayne Kabak at WSK Management.

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