Newsletter 50: January 2011


Each week on his HGTV shows, Carter Can and Red, Hot & Green, Carter Oosterhouse challenges homeowners to rethink and reinvent their homes, utilizing materials and methods that are the most practical, tasteful, and environmentally conscious, all while sticking to a tight budget.  In doing so, he has not only helped many homeowners find the design that is right for them, but has also developed for himself a “you can do it” element to his way of designing and improving homes.  Now, with CARTER’S WAY: A NO-NONSENSE METHOD OF DESIGNING YOUR OWN ECO-FRIENDLY, SUPER STYLISH HOME, Carter lays out sensible and realistic home solutions through the based on three core principles: practicality, style, and environmental responsibility.  The book will provide clear, concise explanations of the basic rules of design, as well as expert guidance on going green.  His approach will inspire readers with simple ideas that achieve a high-style yet comfortable look without a huge price tag, while also keeping the home environmentally sound.  Engaging and interesting at every turn, CARTER’S WAY will be an informative and accessible resource for homeowners from all walks of life.

“‘You are very hard to reach,’ the President of the United States said to me with a chuckle. ‘I’ve been trying to get you since last night.’  I was huddled in the back seat of an airport-bound town car, with a cell phone pressed to my ear. In any other circumstances I would have laughed at the sheer absurdity of the ice breaker. Imagine! The President had trouble tracking me down. I’d also have been flattered that President Obama was talking to me at all. But I was exhausted and demoralized, and I knew I was being played. The President was on the phone with me for only one reason: to solve the Shirley Sherrod problem. It was July 21, 2010. At that point I was three days into a media storm that had blown apart my life and challenged my very identity and purpose. I had been catapulted into this unreality by a right wing blogger named Andrew Breitbart, who had set out to make me a national example of “reverse racism.” Breitbart had done a cut-and-paste job on a speech I’d given to the Georgia NAACP, whose theme was the exact opposite of what he claimed. Fox News and Glenn Beck ramped up the outrage, and before I had a chance to defend myself, the Administration had demanded my resignation as Georgia’s first black Director of Rural Development.”  So opens the story of Shirley Sherrod, “an unglamorous worker bee,” who liked to keep her head down and do her job. But how do you respond when the glare of international media attention hits you? In Sherrod’s case, with grace and resolve. President Obama presented her with a teachable moment, and she chose to take advantage of it. Raised in the Deep South during the final violent years of Jim Crow, grief-stricken but unbroken by the senseless murder of her father, Sherrod understood firsthand the power of faith and the call to be a witness for truth and racial healing. Her story, written with Catherine Whitney, is a riveting, achingly honest portrait of the long road traveled and the distance yet to go.

In a single moment, standing in front of the Parthenon and watching his cell phone flash with an incoming call from Burbank, California, Peter Lefcourt felt his entire career in Hollywood flash before his eyes—the twists and turns, the drama and the hysterics, and the people he’d met and worked with along the way. Though he had survived, the truth was he wasn’t really there any longer.  He had moved on, but not before collecting a treasure trove of insider experiences tailor-made for a satire of operatic proportions. As a Hollywood writer who not only survived but prospered, Peter Lefcourt had seen it all, been in hundreds of meetings, on movie sets all over the world, and experienced, first hand, a broad spectrum of human behavior: the comings and goings of the self-important, beautifully dressed, often medicated people chasing their tails with a collective anxiety.  It is a world that requires a great deal of agility, good fortune, ironic detachment and, as the Teamsters refer to it, “fuck you money” in order to survive.  Now, harnessing the power of his recollections, Emmy award winner and Writers Guild nominee Lefcourt utilizes his unique perspective to create BURNING MY BRIDGES.  Part memoir, part exposé, BURNING MY BRIDGES will be an ironic and insightful look at Lefcourt’s firsthand experiences in the entertainment industry.   It will be an honest account marked by an objectivity developed by his simultaneously being in and out of the Hollywood film making machinery.

The Secret City was a historical reality even though for years, it could not be found on any map.  This community of 75,000 rose out of the farmland and forests of rural Tennessee, seemingly built by the United States Government during World War II.  Libby Clark, a recent Bryn Mawr graduate, accepts a position as a scientist in the raw, bustling town in 1943.  Because of wartime secrecy, she does not know, but suspects, that her work is part of the effort to create the first Atomic Bomb—a possibility that troubles her and weighs on her conscience.  She also struggles to find her place in the secluded society—she is scorned by many of the other scientists because she is a woman and held at arm’s length by most of the female workers because of her position. When Libby finds the dead body of her roommate’s sister only to have it mysteriously disappear and its existence denied by government officials she vows to do all she can to find the perpetrator of the young woman’s death.  Despite assaults on her credibility and patriotism, she refuses to rest until justice is served.  SCANDAL IN THE SECRET CITY by Edgar-nominated crime writer, Diane Fanning, is set against the backdrop of a tumultuous  world war, in a distinct yet unconventional  location, and boasts an unforgettable heroine in Libby Clark.  The book will be a captivating and suspenseful read.

Caroline Clarke was a happy woman with a terrific husband, two beautiful children, wonderful parents who loved her, and a successful career at Black Enterprise, the magazine founded by her father-in-law, Earl Graves. Caroline had known she was adopted since the age of eight, and she didn’t need to know who her “birthparents” were, because she loved the parents who had chosen and raised her. But at age thirty-seven, she was tired of answering, “I don’t know,” to doctors asking about her medical history, so she took the leap to find out what she could from the agency that handled her adoption. What she learned far exceeded her expectations and turned her life upside down.  Turns out that one of her oldest friends  was one of her birth mother’s sisters; that she was the grandchild of “Hollywood royalty”—the late, great Nat King Cole—and that her birth father was white.  POSTCARDS FROM COOKIE traces Caroline’s journey to get to know her birth mother, Carole “Cookie” Cole; her aunt, singer Natalie Cole; Nat’s widow, Maria Cole; and Cookie’s partner and two sons. This isn’t a book about celebrity, however, and it’s not really about adoption.  This is a book about family, about life-changing decisions, and about finding a loved one and then losing her all too quickly. Cookie died at 64, one week after being diagnosed with cancer, and only seven years after Caroline found her.  Anyone who has any kind of blended family will recognize the challenges of loving more than one mother or father and of getting to know siblings and cousins in adulthood.  In the tradition of Kelly Corrigan’s The Middle Place and Condoleezza Rice’s Extraordinary, Ordinary People, POSTCARDS FROM COOKIE will make you want to reach out to someone in your own life—before it’s too late.

She chose diamonds. They caught the light best and brightest, holding it there for as long as the camera’s flash. In that instant, the picture would tell the whole story. The wake of that sparkle left an indelible impression on a wide-eyed public. Winning the first ever 1929 Academy Award for Best Actress in Coquette, Mary Pickford was keenly aware of the ripples this media tide would make across the country. Weeks prior to the event, she planned her ensemble with precision: a dress from Paris, a diamond brooch, diamond bracelets on both arms, pearls, and a diamond ring. Pickford successfully projected the image of an award winner and movie star. SPARKLE! HOW A QUEST FOR ALL THINGS PRECIOUS REVEALED HOW JEWELRY CHANGED THE WORLD by Lori Ettlinger Gross tells the story of the way our cultural history was transformed by jewelry. A leading jewelry historian, author, style writer, and media authority, Gross’s wanderings have taken her to places impressive and unlikely: the dusty recesses of closets Carrie Bradshaw would envy, busy auction houses, Madison Avenue boutiques, antediluvian kitchens, and not a few moldy living rooms. In her travels she discovers a narrative that not only parallels human evolution, but also transmogrifies our view of what Queen Elizabeth II refers to wryly as “pebbles.” Anthropologists believe that the wearing of jewelry is evidence of symbolic thinking: recognizing our individuality. When we adorn ourselves, we also codify rituals in ways that are both private and public.  Bling is more than just a thing of beauty. It is how we see the world and the world sees us.

When Yitta Schwartz died in January 2010 after a biblical lifespan—ninety-three years—she left behind fifteen children, two hundred grandchildren and so many great- and great-great-grandchildren that she could claim two thousand living descendants. Mrs. Schwartz, a Holocaust survivor who transplanted her traditional lifestyle to New York, belonged to a Hasidic sect, the Satmar, where such fecundity is impressive but not unheard of. Yet beyond mathematics, Mrs. Schwartz’s progeny is testimony to how robustly the Hasidic way of life is flourishing in America. The Hasidim have revived a vibrant culture that was nearly extinguished by the Nazis and they are sustaining the flames of Jewish tradition. With their population in the United States doubling every twenty years and currently numbering almost two hundred thousand, these ultra-Orthodox adherents will, according to some population studies, form a majority of America’s six million Jews before this century is over—a statistic that makes Hasidim perhaps America’s fastest growing ethnic tribe. THE PIOUS ONES by award winning New York Times reporter and celebrated author Joseph Berger will provide a colorful, in-depth portrait of the Hasidim—the look of their communities, their distinctive observances, even the nuances of their dress. But it will also touch upon the bitter tensions that have resulted when their traditions have come into conflict with the surrounding secular culture. Woven throughout will be the story of Yitta Schwartz, a woman whose emblematic emphasis on a burgeoning family helps explain Hasidism’s remarkable resurgence.  THE PIOUS ONES will be a must-read for anyone seeking to understand this fascinating, controversial and colorful community.

When a woman walks into a room, her bag is one of the first things we notice. We make statements with our bags: “I’m a big girl,” or “I’m a total pushover,” or “Oh God, please compliment me,” or “I bought this because Vogue told me to,” or “I haven’t been to the gym for six months but I need to keep my options really wide open.”  In fact, most of us have no idea how much a handbag influences the way we look—it’s not just the pants that make you look fat, it’s the bag; it’s not just a bad haircut, crappy fingernails or dime store makeup that make you look older, it’s the bag; it’s not only four-inch heels that give you the illusion of statuesque height. That’s right, it’s the bag. Just as you need the Wonderbra for that perky lift, you need the right bag. It gets worse: your bag tells everyone what’s going on inside you too. Look inside your own purse.  If the inside is crazy and chaotic, chances are you are too, and everyone else knows it. Ask yourself: Would I let anyone do to me what I do to my bag?  Noted handbag designer Emily Wallach and screenwriter Andrew Craft’s BAGLADY is an irreverent yet practical look at handbag history, chicanery and foolishness. Cartoons and candid photos augmented by the vicious sharpie of The Baglady herself support a tragicomic love story.  BAGLADY will do for women and handbags what The Joy of Sex did for, well, sex.

First, the helicopters came in, rising over trees and descending into their yards at dusk; and then the Super Hornet jets flew over their farms at 500 miles per hour some 800 feet above their heads, shaking their houses and lives. And what began as Navy PR the locals now saw as intimidation and harassment. For five years, from 2003 to 2008, the people of Washington County, North Carolina—an hour west of the Outer Banks—fought the US Navy to prevent the construction of an Outlying Landing Field in their neighborhood, a conflict that came to embroil the destinies of their Senators, their Governor, and the US Navy itself. FEATHERS & STEEL is a nonfiction narrative that follows the lives of the extraordinary women who fought the Navy, and whose civil disobedience soon brought many others into a ragtag but tough little coalition. Although they were written up in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, their struggle to stop the US Navy was viewed as a lost cause. Jennifer Alligood and Doris Morris, the key organizers, would not back off, however. They hounded Senator Elizabeth Dole, stopped Navy officials on a dark bridge at night, and staged other dicey, sometimes hilarious, moves.  And, they got a little help from the avian allies next door, for adjacent to the proposed landing field is the Pungo National Wildlife Refuge, where 100,000 migratory tundra swans and snow geese winter five months of the year. Incredibly, the Navy was planning to send some 32,000 annual jet flights through the flight corridor flocked with tens of thousands of big slow birds—and into an inevitable catastrophe. The culture clash may resemble Dr. Strangelove meets The Andy Griffiths Show, but here is an American story at once comic and dark, poignant and surreal. Award-winning author Avery Chenoweth brings to life the remarkable individuals whose late-life activism saved their community, and collectively changed lives forever.

Jim Downey’s mother was an A-list, globe-trotting “supermodel” in the late ‘40s and ‘50s. His father was the archetypical Madison Avenue advertising guy that Mad Men’s “Don Draper” would later be modeled on, except that Jim Downey Sr. could drink, smoke and womanize that punk under the table. The two were Manhattan social gods, enviably accomplished, smashingly well dressed and au courant to the nanosecond. Judging by their perpetual “hot couple” status, it seemed a fair bet that the two would get a table at “21” forever. Then, in 1949, they made a strategic blunder. They had a kid. This was social suicide in their circle. Since they couldn’t hit rewind, they did the practical thing and got divorced. Then, at least, they could ignore their son in shifts. It wouldn’t be long until the freshly footloose Betty Downey, hot as a new-to-the-market Monet, was snatched up by the dashing Dick Dorso, art collector, TV executive and über-narcissist. He was so smitten that he gladly signed on the dotted line, tacitly acknowledging that Betty came with an annoying piece of baggage that walked, talked and had to be fed. But when faced with the actual kid standing there, taking up visual space and wrecking the sight lines of their near perfect apartment, the arrangement proved unendurable. So the Dorsos stashed the boy in a tiny studio down the block under the watchful eye of a drunk Scottish nanny who couldn’t cook her way out of a can of Pork ‘n’ Beans. Dickensian? It was. And in that grand tradition, young Jimmy, blessed with pluck aplenty, quickly discovered that if he was charming and stealthy enough, he could ferret around their endless parties and chat it up with some of the most interesting people on the planet—among them Walter Cronkite, Miles Davis, Doris Day, Johnny Mercer, Count Basie, Richard Rogers, and oh yeah, the Beatles and the Stones. NOBODY, recalls a spirit-fueled circus of casual neglect, swell dinner parties, gorgeous dames and groovy guys set against the glittering backdrop of Manhattan in the 1960s when it looked, sounded and tasted its very best. It did, however, smell rotten in the summer – even then.

Salvatore was twelve years old and when Father Tony came to dinner for the first time. Not long after that, Father Tony gave Sal his first violin. Soon after receiving the gift, the sexual abuse began—abuse that lasted six years. By the time Father Tony abruptly left Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish, Sal was eighteen and he didn’t know whether he hated or loved the man who was supposed to be a trusted mentor. Twenty years later, now a gifted first violinist with the Buffalo Philharmonic, Sal reunites with Frankie, a childhood friend, and another of Father Tony’s favorite boys who became disturbed and violent as a result of the abuse. The two are propelled on a path to find the priest and the past they shared that threatens to destroy everything important to Sal: his wife, twin children and his passion for music. The trail leads to New York City, where the lost souls are reunited in an inevitable clash of memories and emotions, driven by an insatiable desire for redemption and vengeance. The shameful secrets of clergy abuse began to surface during historic court battles in Boston twenty-five years ago and spread year after year as more men came forward with stories of abuse. Gary Zebrun’s IN THE SHADOW OF PERPETUAL HELP is a novel about victims and their predators in this tragic child-abuse saga. Zebrun is the author of two critically acclaimed novels, Someone You Know, a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award, and Only the Lonely.  His nonfiction and poetry have appeared in many magazines and newspapers including the New York Times, the New Republic, Iowa Review, the American Scholar, Sewanee and the New Haven Review. A former fellow at Yaddo and MacDowell, he is a graduate of the Brown University Graduate Writing Program. (Please note: this project is represented by Michael Bourret.)

Certain memories cannot be erased: a hand upturned, the fingers curled; a leg caught in the arm of an overturned chair; blood seeping into an oriental carpet. Brian Fletcher has a job, a routine, an uneventful life, and a girlfriend he hopes to marry. But when he comes home to bury his mother and attend to the final details of probate, he suddenly finds himself trapped in a terrifying world of quiet and implacable violence, subject to the unlimited power of men who regard both murder and torture as justifiable and patriotic tools. Brian has to run almost three thousand miles to get back to safety, only to find there is even less security in the known than in the unknown, and that the reach of the men who want to kill him extends farther than he can ever run. Trapped and desperate, he has to confront the ghosts of his own past and perhaps sacrifice himself to save the girl he loves. Jameson Parker, co-star of the long-running ‘80s television series Simon & Simon, and critically acclaimed author of the memoir, An Accidental Cowboy, has written a page-turning thriller made more terrifying by its plausibility. Ranging from the dignified elegance of Capitol Hill to the drug infested alleys of the inner city poor to the migrant fields of the even poorer, AMERICAN RIFF looks at the deep divides of 21st century American society, the loss of faith, the redemption of love. (Please note: this project is represented by Michael Bourret.)

In the future, everyone will be their own bosses.  Already, one in four Americans are self-employed, and technology is driving companies to outsource, crowdsource and access talent in entirely new ways.  LAPTOP MILLIONAIRE: THE (R)EVOLUTION OF WORK is about why this once-in-a-century shift is happening and what it means for the future of work and the future of our society.  The book will profile CEOs who are running successful businesses on laptops and cell phones from corner cafes or co-working space; fifteen-year-olds making $30,000 a month from web businesses run out of their bedrooms; recently retired baby boomers who are building consulting businesses from converted bedrooms and garages; and amateur filmmakers who are winning global advertising competitions using a nothing more than a flip camera and an iMac.   The rise of the Laptop Millionaire will literally reorder the economy and, if done correctly, will allow people to rediscover and reclaim some of their fundamental humanity to live more productive, happier, and more sustainable lives.  It is a book for those who care about the future competitiveness of our economy, the well-being of our society, and the health of our planet.  The authors, Ryan Coonerty and Jeremy Neuner, are experts in the future of work as owners of NextSpace Coworking + Innovation and consultants to Fortune 500 companies as well as public policy professionals who have been known to conduct business from the beaches of Santa Cruz, California on many a weekday afternoon. (Please note: this project is represented by Michael Bourret.)

At age 22, Peyton Goddard was a hopeless case to everyone but her parents. Robbed of speech and bodily control, and despite her loving parents’ best efforts to help her, she suffered neglect and ongoing sexual abuse by many who dismissed her as autistic and severely mentally retarded. Peyton’s violent outbursts and bizarre, self-destructive behavior left her parents terrified at the prospect of having to institutionalize their daughter. No one would have imagined that she possessed a brilliant mind in her uncooperative body until her first opportunity to communicate electronically at age 22 when she typed “I AM INTLGENT.” Beholding this revelation, her mother Dianne was overcome with tears of joy and regret. I AM INTLGENT: A MOTHER AND DAUGHTER’S JOURNEY FROM HEARTBREAK TO HEALING is a gripping memoir by Dianne and Peyton Goddard (with Carol Cujec) in which readers witness a mother obsessed with curing her child and a daughter who, though unable to speak, was fully aware of her situation and of being perceived as broken. After two lost decades, mother and daughter are free to finally communicate with each other. Without even a high school diploma, Peyton courageously applies to college. Not only does Peyton endure, she graduates valedictorian with a nearly 4.0 average. Vowing to advocate on behalf of other devalued children (what Peyton calls her I.O.U. to God), Peyton shares her powerful words of strength and healing in I AM INTLGENT. Through the intertwining mother-daughter stories, readers will understand Peyton’s message of acceptance and support of all children rather than seeing some as problems needing to be fixed. As Peyton says, “Understaters utter I’m no one. I’m broken, moldy bread, throwaway trash, great leper. Now I know I’m a voice of never-heard voices. Nothings need to be heard.” A truly remarkable story, I AM INTLGENT will elicit tears of sadness and joy to all who embark upon this harrowing and inspiring journey. (Please note: this project is represented by Stacey Glick.)

“Forget Kanye,” says The Independent, “here’s music’s best new Twitter feed.”  And it’s true: in less than six months, the anonymous Twitter account known as Discographies has built an ever-expanding audience by inventing its own literary genre: a wildly entertaining form of hyper-compressed music criticism that provides “a definitive guide to an artist’s body of work (studio albums only) in 140 characters.”  Each tweet succinctly describes and dissects a performer’s career, album by album, numbered in the order of release, in less space than the average grocery list.  (Two examples: “Nine Inch Nails: 1 angry; 2 angry & miserable; 3 angry & monotonous; 4 angry & sober; 5 angry & paranoid; 6 not-so-angry & ambient; 7 angry.”  “Britney Spears: 1-6 How we filled the sad, lonely years between the release of ‘Ray of Light’ and the invention of Lady Gaga.”)  Discographies is snarky, thought-provoking, poetic and hilarious, but it’s also an uncannily accurate and informative listeners’ guide. Discographies has been hailed by The Onion (“Eat your heart out, Entertainment Weekly”), The Village Voice (“thrilling,”), New Musical Express (“brilliant,”), The Portland Mercury (“its existence threatens the livelihood of every music writer”), and Eye Weekly (“a sterling example of Twitter fulfilling its promise”) among many others, while the lead singer of the Fleet Foxes recently confessed that the idea of his band being subjected to a future entry was “terrifying.”  Written by a music industry insider with an impressive pedigree and an equally impressive record collection, DISCOGRAPHIES promises to have as much impact in book form as it already has on Twitter.  Arranged as an alphabetical listener’s guide that begins with Aaliyah and ends with ZZ Top, and incorporating a vast array of previously unseen entries, it’s an irreverent, authoritative, and endlessly quotable cavalcade of bite-sized brilliance for pop culture fiends of all skill levels.  As one internet commenter puts it: “you’ll laugh until you get angry.” (Please note: this project is represented by Lauren Abramo.)


HEALTHY BREAD IN FIVE MINUTES A DAY by Jeffrey Hertzberg and Zoë François will be published in Taiwan by A iG Publishing Co.  Editora Nossa Cultura will publish MENNONITE IN A LITTLE BLACK DRESS by Rhoda Janzen in Brazil.  Brazilian publisher Nova Fronteira,bought rights to Richelle Mead’s SHADOW KISS, BLOOD PROMISE, and SPIRIT BOUND. Danish rights for SHADOW KISS and BLOOD PROMISE went to Borgens. SPIRIT BOUND and LAST SACRIFICE will be published in Romania by Leda. French rights for BLOOD PROMISE, SPIRIT BOUND, and LAST SACRIFICE sold to Bragelonne. SHADOW KISS will be published in Spanish by Alfaguara.  Hungarian rights for SPIRIT BOUND sold to Agave.  Serbian rights for SHADOW KISS and BLOOD PROMISE sold to Laguna.  VAMPIRE ACADEMY and FROSTBITE will be sold in Latvia by Zvaigzne.  Polish rights for LAST SACRIFICE sold to Nasza Ksiegarnia.  LAST SACRIFICE will be published in the Czech Republic by Domino.  Swedish rights went to Bonnier Carlsen, and Russian rights sold to Eksmo. Korean versions will be published by Geuldam.  VAMPIRE ACADEMY: THE GRAPHIC NOVEL will be sold in Russia by Eksmo.  Phoenix Publishing will publish the Thai version of THE FRATERNITY OF THE STONE by David Morrell.  Polish publisher, Albatros, bought rights to THE NAKED EDGE, as well as THE PROTECTOR, DOUBLE IMAGE, and THE COVENANT OF THE FLAME.   Eksmo will publish Russian versions of A ROSE AT MIDNIGHT and TO LOVE A DARK LORD by Anne Stuart.  Russian publisher, Eksmo, will publish Anne Stuart’s SHADOW DANCE, MOONRISE, NIGHT FALL, RITUAL SINS, and SHADOW LOVER. French publisher,La Martinière Jeunesse bought rights to Heather Brewer’s EIGHTH GRADE BITES and NINTH GRADE SLAYS. Italian versions of EIGHTH GRADE BITES, NINTH GRADE SLAYS and TENTH GRADE BLEEDS will be published by Nord.  KUSHIEL’S DART, KUSHIEL’S CHOSEN, and KUSHIEL’S AVATAR will be published in Poland by MAG.  THE MAZE RUNNER, THE SCORCH TRIALS, and THE DEATH CURE by James Dashner will be published in Portugal by Presença. Nocturna will publish Spanish versions of THE SCORCH TRIALS. Latin American rights for THE SCORCH TRIALS went to V&R Editora, and British rights sold to Chicken House.  THE MAZE RUNNER and THE SCORCH TRIALS sold in Thailand to Jamsai.  THE HAUNTED by Jessica Verday will be published in Germany by Arena.  French publisher, Milan, bought rights to Brodi Ashton’s THE EVER’NEATH, as well as the second and third books in the series. British rights went to Simon & Schuster UK, and Brazilian rights went to Ediouro.  MASTERS OF THE GAME by Kim Eisler will be published in mainland China by China Law Press.

AudioGO bought audio rights to SILVER SPARROW by Tayari Jones.  Audible secured rights to Victoria Laurie’s GHOULS, GHOULS, GHOULS and THE MASK OF ATREUS, ON THE FIFTH DAY, WHAT TIME DEVOURS, ACT OF WILL, and WILL POWER by A. J. Hartley.  Brilliance will publish THE NAKED EDGE by David Morrell and DRACULAS by Blake Crouch, Jack Kilborn, Jeff Strand, and F. Paul Wilson.


North American rights to MIND OVER BUSINESS by Ken Baum with Bob Andelman sold to Maria Gagliano at Perigee/Berkley.

Jim McCarthy sold World rights to the first two novels in Carrie Ryan’s as yet untitled House series to Krista Marino at Delacorte.

Three as yet untitled mystery novels by Lee Hollis sold to John Scognamiglio at Kensington in a World rights deal by Michael Bourret.

Linda Carroll and David Rosner’s CONCUSSION CRISIS sold to Roger Labrie at Simon & Schuster in a North American rights deal.

TO WALK THE NIGHT by E. S. Moore sold to John Scognamiglio at Kensington in a World rights deal by Jim McCarthy.

PURITY by Jackson Pearce sold to Julie Scheina at Little, Brown Young Readers in a World rights deal by Jim McCarthy.

An as yet untitled short story by Heather Brewer to be featured in an anthology sold to Leah Wilson at BenBella Books in a World rights deal by Michael Bourret.

Anne Mendelson’s NEW GOLD MOUNTAIN sold to Jennifer Crewe at Columbia University Press in a World rights deal.

North American rights to John Glatt’s as yet untitled true crime on the Ben Novack murder case sold to Yaniv Soha at St. Martin’s Press.

The as yet untitled memoir by Joseph Bastianich sold to Alessandra Lussardi at Viking in a World English deal.

DEAD RIVER by Cyn Balog sold to Stephanie Elliott at Delacorte in a World English rights deal by Jim McCarthy.

The 2012 DAY-TO-DAY SIGNSPOTTING CALENDAR by Doug Lansky sold to Courtney Molianen at Andrews McMeel in a deal by Michael Bourret.

North American rights to DR. POTTY’S FIX-IT GUIDE by Dr. Steve J. Hodges with Suzanne Schlosberg sold to Lara Asher at Globe Pequot.

THE CHRONICLES OF VLADIMIR TOD JOURNAL by Heather Brewer sold to Liz Waniewski and Andrew Harwell at Dutton Children’s in a World rights deal by Michael Bourret.

North American rights to TANGIBLE BLESSINGS by Elin Brockman sold to Krista Lyons at Seal Press.

HOARDING YOUR HOWLS and an as yet untitled second book by Shawntelle Madison Coker sold to Trisha Pasternak at Del Rey / Ballantine in a World rights deal by Jim McCarthy.

Susanna Salk’s BE YOUR OWN DECORATOR sold to Ellen Nidy at Rizzoli in a World rights deal by Michael Bourret.

Jim McCarthy sold World rights to CRAVE and an as yet untitled second book by Michelle Rouillard to Natashya Wilson at Harlequin Teen.

North American rights to THE CIRCUMFERENCE OF A PRISON by Dwayne Betts sold to Megan Newman at Avery / Viking Studio.

Michelle Rouillard’s BLOOD BATH AND BEYOND and an as yet untitled second book sold to Leis Pederson at NAL in a World English rights deal by Jim McCarthy.

Brodi Ashton’s three-book Everneath series sold to Kristin Daly at Balzer & Bray in a North American rights deal by Michael Bourret.

North American rights to MY GRANDFATHER’S WAR by Jesse Cozean sold to Mary Norris at Globe Pequot.

DARWEN ARKWRIGHT AND THE PEREGRINE PACT by A. J. Hartley sold to Gillian Levinson at Razorbill in a World rights deal by Stacey Glick.

Stacey Glick sold World rights to THE PICKY PALATE COOKBOOK by Jenny Flake to Justin Schwartz at Wiley.

Michael Bourret sold World rights sold for Books 1 and 2 in Erin Soderberg’s Quirks series to Michelle Nagler at Bloomsbury Children’s.

Two new novels in Diane Fanning’s Lucinda Pierce series sold to Anna Telfer at Severn House in a World English rights.

An updated edition of JOY BAUER’S FOOD CURES by Joy Bauer sold to Victoria Glerum at Rodale in a World rights deal.

THE WIND IS MY MOTHER by Bear Heart Williams and Nancy O’Donohue resold to Susan Allison at Berkley in a North American deal.

The as yet untitled fifth book in Jes Battis’s OSI series sold to Ginjer Buchanan at Berkley / Ace in a North American rights deal by Lauren Abramo.

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