Newsletter 61: September 2014

Derek Krahn is a man who has loved big cats ever since he was a little boy, so, naturally, he decided to become an Air Force meteorologist. As a young man in the American armed forces, he had the opportunity to travel to some of the most excitingly exotic places in the world, but when he got orders to North Texas–hot, dusty, mesquite-covered North Texas full of Texans–he thought his exploits had come to an end. Little did he know that the most exotic chapter of his life was about to begin. Shortly after arriving in the Lone Star state, he stumbled on the opportunity to become a weekend volunteer at the Center for Animal Research and Education, a non-profit big cat sanctuary which, at the time, housed over 50 lions, tigers, leopards, and cougars. Now, eight years later, Krahn is still an Air Force meteorologist, but he’s also the facility’s operations director, married to the facility’s founder and executive director, and he commands a growing social media army of almost half a million followers under the name “BigCatDerek.” In his book WHAT I LEARNED FROM TIGERS, Krahn weaves together personal stories, engaging metaphorical insights, and streams of big-cat rancher consciousness to share just what the title claims, proving inspiration and life-changing lessons are there if we just take the time to explore.

Born with no ears or cheekbones, downward slanting eyes, a cleft palate, and severe hearing loss, Brendon Ardieta is a young man with Treacher Collins Syndrome, a congenital facial anomaly that has twice almost killed him and made the hospital his second childhood home. FACE IT follows Brendon as he fights to stay alive during his earliest years, endures numerous surgical complications, wins the Philadelphia Rowing City Championship, achieves popularity and respect from his peers, and is elected high school commencement speaker and senior class president. From this difficult but promising start, Brendon confronts and overcomes a new set of challenges in his transition to adulthood and the harsh and often superficial realities of today’s Ivy League campuses. Spiraling into self-defeatism and mounting sexual frustration, Ardieta ultimately re-emerges a stronger person, going on to become a White House intern, a Berkeley Law graduate, and fiancé to a loving woman. In a society where putting your best “face” forward is paramount, FACE IT tells the story of a young man who doggedly struggled and ultimately succeeded in grappling with stereotypes, ridicule, and rejection. Combining the inspiration of Kyle Maynard’s No Excuses with the livable wisdom of Randy Pausch’s Last Lecture and the entertainment value of Tina Fey’s Bossypants, FACE IT is a unique yet universal story of growing up, discovering oneself, and finding love in spite of life’s obstacles. Ardieta is himself truly empowering, and his message is life changing.

National nutrition expert and cookbook author Toby Amidor, MS, RD, has been busy in her kitchen whipping up delicious, healthy peanut butter recipes for her new HEALTHY PEANUT BUTTER COOKBOOK. America’s favorite ingredient has expanded past bread and jelly and made its way into muffins, dips, smoothies, cookies, pancakes, stir-fries, salads, baked beans, and more. Not only is peanut butter a tasty addition to many recipes, it can help replace the fat from butter and oil. Two tablespoons of peanutty stuff has close to 8 grams of unsaturated fat and is an excellent source of the energy-boosting B-vitamin niacin. It is also a good source of the antioxidant vitamin E, magnesium, and phosphorus. Sadly, many of the brands of peanut butters at the market do not have a clean ingredient label. Oftentimes they are a mixture of peanuts, sugar, and various oils. In order to keep peanut butter nice and thick at room temperature, many food manufacturers add artery clogging saturated fat or even trans-fat. Instead, learn to make your own peanut butter in minutes using two ingredients: peanuts and salt! Whether you love your peanut butter crunchy, smooth, spicy, or sweet, you can easily whip up a batch of your own at home. In her new cookbook, Toby explores the health benefits and versatility of peanut butter 150 mouthwatering ways. After trying her simple recipes using everyday ingredients, you will never look at peanut butter the same way again.

In William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, the action of the entire play unfolds over the course of a single day. But what happened on the island in the twelve years leading up to that day? Why does the magician Prospero keep his daughter Miranda ignorant of her history? Why does he take the supposedly monstrous Caliban under his wing? The novel CALIBAN AND MIRANDA, by New York Times bestselling author Jacqueline Carey, explores these questions. Miranda is a lonely child. For as long as she can remember, she and her father have lived in isolation in the abandoned Moorish palace. There are chickens and goats, and a terrible wailing spirit trapped in a pine tree, but the elusive wild boy who spies on her from the crumbling walls and leaves gifts on their doorstep is the isle’s only other human inhabitant. There are other memories, too: vague, dream-like memories of another time and another place. There are questions that Miranda dare not ask her stern and controlling father, who guards his secrets with zealous care: Who am I? Where did I come from? The wild boy Caliban is a lonely child, too; an orphan left to fend for himself at an early age, all language lost to him. When Caliban is summoned and bound into captivity by Miranda’s father as part of a grand experiment, he rages against his confinement; and yet he hungers for kindness and love. This darkly re-imagined vision of Shakespeare’s beloved tale is told in their voices and is rife with issues of power and control, innocence and sexuality. Lovers of the fantastic, the classic, and beautiful writing will fall in love with Carey’s imaginative retelling.

When Susanna Wahl found out that her children–born through a sperm donor–had 150 half-siblings, she didn’t shy away from the truth. Instead, she decided to take her kids on a cross-country trip to meet as many of their half-siblings as they could. SCATTERED SEEDS: THE SEARCH FOR FAMILY AND IDENTITY IN THE SPERM DONOR GENERATION is based on a hugely popular New York Times article about this sperm donor and his 150 children. In this book, New York Times contributing writer Jacqueline Mroz chronicles Wahl’s remarkable journey to help her children find and connect with their numerous half brothers and sisters–all born through this same sperm donor. Just as revealing, this book explores the stories of two other people whose lives were transformed by the fertility industry: Chase Kimball, a prolific sperm donor, who never had kids of his own, but was able, later in life, to meet and form relationships with two of his daughters, and Ryan Kramer, a young rocket scientist with a genius IQ, who went on a quest to find his donor father and discovered the source of his affinity for science. Their stories embody the brave, new world of fertility–a largely unregulated $5 billion business that allows people to buy sperm in the same way that one might shop on Amazon for a book or household item. The roughly one million donor-conceived individuals alive today testify to the success of this new reproductive science. But for all the joy they have given their parents, they are part of a world with worrying downsides, where sperm donors are spreading rare genetic disorders, and where the odds of marrying your sister or falling in love with your brother increase every day. A riveting account of an oft-overlooked phenomenon, Mroz’s SCATTERED SEEDS holds nothing back.

For more than 2,500 years, facial analysis has remained a proven diagnostic tool in China. Like any point on a hologram, the shape, color, texture, and definition of your lips accurately portray the state of affairs in the rest of your body. When we eat well and our digestive systems fully absorb what passes through our lips, we have abundant energy that supports our overall health and ideal weight. If, however, a food or ingredient is not well assimilated, expect consequences. Malabsorption can lead to seemingly unrelated health conditions such as migraine headaches, lupus, arthritis, and cancer. This book enables readers to track the cause and effect of their dietary choices. It is rather like following a GPS; should you make a wrong turn, a glance at your lips in the mirror (along with the photos, illustrations, diet plans, recipes, menus, and support worksheets in this book) will show how to get back on course. READ YOUR LIPS by Rebecca Wood offers the unprecedented ability for us to take our health into our own hands. It includes before and after photos of her cooking school students and clients as they make relevant dietary changes and regain their energy, desired weight, and health. The after photos clearly show better-toned and more evenly shaped, sized and colored lips. Also the author of The Splendid Grain, Woods is the winner of the 1998 James Beard and Julia Child/IACP Awards, and her New Whole Foods Encyclopedia has been in continuous print for more than thirty years. Eager to present her miraculous findings to the world, Woods seeks to impress, educate and change the way we look at food and its multitudinous impact on our lives.

Through friendship, we play many roles: safety net, role model, family substitute, peer, mentor, networker, activity partner, co-counselor, caregiver, BFF, frenemy, beloved, protector–it’s a long list. Friendship is a shape-shifter. Styles of friendship vary tremendously. Some friends mirror or complement. Others confront. Some reassure, others goad. Some friends are a refuge, others invite us into life’s party. Alison Rose Levy‘s THE CHANGING FACE OF FRIENDSHIP uncovers its many facets. The book will investigate the different roles people play for both their up- and downsides–safety net vs. co-dependent, role model vs. know-it-all. Needs change and times change, and so do our friends. Despite the reality that not all friendships are eternal, friendship lives at the core of many kinds of relationships. With more than 45 percent of marriages ending in divorce, the workplace in flux, malleable gender identities, and a range of values up for grabs, the social handrails on which people used to lean are no longer safe and secure. THE CHANGING FACE OF FRIENDSHIP illustrates how friends fill in the gaps and how being a friend to ourselves and to others is humanity’s daily bread, the basic meal that we all share.

After reuniting with her mother at the age of eighteen, Jessica Erler then spent the next ten years attempting to understand the complex and troubled woman from whose care she was removed following the sudden death of her young father. It was a journey that would lead her down her own emotionally haphazard path as she wrestled not only with the ghosts of the past but with the reality of forgiveness. Uniquely supported by actual court documents and family letters, this is a compelling and fast-paced tale that allows the reader to engage in multiple perspectives on what eventually unfolded to be an international custody battle. EVERYTHING WAS BEAUTIFUL is a story about carnivorous longing, that driving and sometimes incessant need to fill a space that can’t quite be defined, which is felt by many who are orphaned or adopted. As her personal narrative dances in and out of the details of the case, this debut author skillfully turns her experience into more than just another tale of an abusive or disrupted childhood. Raw and heartfelt, it is a both a love letter and a narrative of hope; a simultaneously fierce and tender memoir that speaks nakedly of the physicality of loss, the unearthing of understanding, and the gentle but unyielding resilience of the human spirit through it all.

Christopher John Campion will never forget the words his father spoke back in 1987 after Chris confessed he’d be leaving college to pursue a career in music. Dropping him at the train for a gig he had in Manhattan his dad said, “You know what’s gonna happen to you, don’t you? You’re gonna end up singin’ in saloons for your supper.” Filled with the righteous rage to succeed Chris got out of the car and boarded a westward bound Long Island Railroad train into New York City. A few months later he moved out of his father’s house, charging headlong into rock ‘n’ roll’s unending night, determined to make it and really grab the world by the balls. He never did. The closest he came was maybe cupping them. In his new memoir THE SALOON SINGER (LIFE ON THE CUL-DE-SAC OF THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED),Christopher John Campion takes us on a self-deprecating punk rock troubadour adventure that explores the alchemy between fathers and sons, the idea of success and failure, and something he refers to as “the opiate of the dream” and all it dictates. His trajectory takes him from playing falling down old man bars (with falling down old men in them) as a teenager, to regional van touring with his band, to playing arena and festival stages opening up for big-name acts such as Van Morrison, Soul Asylum, Violent Femmes, The Beach Boys, and Jethro Tull, then gradually by the mid-2000s back to playing little joints like the ones he started out in, his father’s prophecy realized. The resulting period of prolonged and unspoken bitterness is broken only when he unexpectedly plays a series of shows that miraculously restores his gratitude for life and his passion for music. They took place in the dementia/Alzheimer’s ward at the VA hospital in Stonybrook, NY. How did he score such a plum gig? His dad was a patient. He lived there. Christopher John Campion, a live raconteur-musician-multimedia artist who plays over 200 shows a year and is the author of Escape from Bellevue: A Dive Bar Odyssey, is ready to share his sometimes zany, ultimately revelatory experiences with readers everywhere.

New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling indie author Georgia Cates‘s A NECESSARY SIN is the first in a new contemporary romance trilogy about love and revenge. A horrific childhood incident has caused every decision in Bleu McAllister’s life to revolve around bringing a monster to justice. With years spent studying The Fellowship, a Scottish organized crime brotherhood of liars, thieves, and killers, Bleu will rely on her skills as a special agent to cut its leader off at the knees. This endeavor is her most difficult yet–because it’s personal. She’s a trained chameleon, engineered like a well-oiled machine with the ability to become anyone at any time, but this assignment is different. She’s portraying her true identity–the adult version of a young girl Thane Breckenridge is certain he murdered seventeen years earlier. Walking hand in hand with retribution means risking more than her own life when collateral damage, in the form of Breckenridge’s son Sinclair, becomes so much more than Bleu bargained for. He’s a complication she couldn’t possibly predict, a handsome villain with a charming Scottish accent, possessing secrets of his own. He invites Bleu inside the fortress around his heart, making it far too easy for her to forget the task at hand, until an impossible occurrence reels her back into the reality she’s conveniently allowed herself to forget. Bleu’s world is turned on its head, causing her to realize she’s far beyond the point of return. She’s always known taking on a ruthless crime lord would place her life in danger but she never imagined her heart would be as well. Hate will meet love on a one-way street in this suspenseful romance. One must overpower the other, winner take all. Will either remain standing when the fight is over?

Julia Dash‘s story has been called “the most famous screw-up in sperm bank history.” Freddy and Julia had the perfect romance. That is, until he was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma–a rare, deadly cancer–soon after their wedding. Already dealing with chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, and experimental bone marrow transplants, the couple was told that their only chance of conception was to store sperm in a sperm bank to be used later. Miraculously, Freddy was cured and Paige was born December 30, 1986, to delighted parents who looked past her darker complexion and curlier hair to see only the daughter they loved. Freddy’s cancer returned and he soon passed away, leaving Julia a 31-year-old widow. Gossip about Paige’s parentage started to swirl and so Julia requested a DNA test–Freddy was not Paige’s biological father, despite the sperm bank’s assurances. Prevented from testing Freddy’s remaining sperm, Julia filed a law suit that went public under the names Jane Doe and Baby Doe. Despite precautions to protect Paige, Julia’s story leaked and the media frenzy began. Julia’s name appeared everywhere, and suddenly interview requests were pouring in from Diane Sawyer, Barbara Walters, Oprah Winfrey, Montel Williams, Maury Povich, Sam Donaldson-everyone was interested. No case like this had ever surfaced and it went all the way to the Supreme Court. Dash settled quietly, but years later twins were born from a sperm bank in Denmark–one black and one white. Paige was now eight years old and Julia finally agreed to sit down and be interviewed and at the same time explained to Paige exactly where she had come from. In INCONCEIVABLE Julia Dash recounts her story, which many have clamored for, in harrowing detail.

What is it like to survive a brain injury? To live independently as an adult who can never fully regain independence? To live every day knowing that what caused your injury could happen again, without warning? For Deb Brandon–math professor, weaver, world traveler, and mother–these questions are not idle speculation; they are her life. Deb has cavernous angiomas–malformed blood vessels in her brain. Two bled, wreaking havoc on her brain and life as she knew it. WHAT I USED TO KNOW is the story of Deb’s reclamation of what she once had, which recounts not just the terror of three brain surgeries in three weeks and the chaos of acute recovery, but the lifetime course of long-term recovery. It shares the facts and details she wishes she’d known when she began this journey, when she was struggling to understand and searching for answers that no one seemed to have. It’s a tale of stubbornness and tenacity, told without flinching. It’s a story of discovery–personal discovery of what her life would be as a survivor, certainly, but the discovery, too, of things common in injury aftermath that aren’t well-known, aren’t talked about, aren’t admitted. Deb’s specific injury is from cavernous angiomas, but the end results, whether the wound arises from the football field, an icy sidewalk, or a war zone, are more common to us all.

In ROCKILICIOUS!, popular PBS chef, Jazzy Vegetarian Laura Theodore, is “kicking it up a notch” by sharing her rockin’ plant-based recipes that satiate, satisfy and fill cravings for food that is healthy, compassionate, environmentally friendly and above all, totally tasty. Served up with music on the side, Laura presents more than 200 delicious vegan recipes showcasing scrumptious breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and dessert dishes, along with appealing appetizers, beverages, first course fixes and quick recipes that contain five ingredients or fewer. Her delicious dishes incorporate ingredients that are readily found at local supermarkets, and include traditional family favorites like burgers, fries, pizzas, cakes, pies, casseroles and so much more. Deceptively simple and accessible, Laura’s authentically classic and appealing approach to plant-based cooking is featured, along with fifteen comprehensive menu plans complete with serving ideas and suggested music pairings, taking the guesswork out of hosting a successful gathering for vegans, vegetarians, omnivores and carnivores alike.

Television personality, comedian and Vulture columnist Dave Holmes has spent his life on the periphery, nose pressed hopefully against the glass, wanting just one thing: to get inside. Growing up, he was the artsy kid in the sportsy family. In high school, he was the closeted gay kid surrounded by crush-worthy straight guys (in the conservative 1980s, before we had the language to understand such things). In his 20’s, in the middle of a disastrous career in advertising, he accidentally became an MTV VJ overnight when he finished second (naturally) in the Wanna Be a VJ contest, opening the door to fame, fortune, and celebrity-you know, almost. But despite all the close calls, or possibly because of them, Dave just kept trying. And if (spoiler alert) he never quite succeeded, at least he got some good stories out of it. In PARTY OF ONE, Dave tells the hilariously painful and painfully hilarious tales of an outsider desperate to get in, of a misfit constantly changing shape, of a guy who finally learns to accept himself, simply because he’s exhausted every other option. (Please note Michael Bourret is the agent on this project.)

Kathryn Andrews hasn’t been back to her parents’ hotel since the summer she turned eighteen. That was the summer that Mark Strand broke her heart, and when his half-brother Riley swooped in and stole it. Twenty years later, she’s managing a retail store for Riley’s company and trying to raise their daughter Rachel to be a stronger woman than her mother is–one who won’t tolerate a cheating husband, no matter how persuasive he can be. Though Kathryn has finally filed for divorce, Riley is dragging his feet, purposefully creating financial hardship so she’ll reconsider. When rumors that the family hotel is for sale reach Kathryn and Rachel, they head up to the island, shocked to find the hundred-year-old hotel a rundown shell of its former glory. Even worse, her parents have hired her old flame Mark to salvage the hotel’s interior before it’s torn down and the land is developed into oceanfront condos. But the longer she’s on the island, the more Kathryn remembers what she loves about it, and in the end, she comes up with an idea that might save more than her beloved hotel; it might even change history. In her debut adult novel GET A ROOM, young adult author Joëlle Anthony (writing as J.M. Kelly), has penned a steamy romantic comedy about what happens when you find yourself in the place you least expected–home. (Please note, Michael Bourret is the agent on this project.)

Jamielyn Nye is a self-taught baker and the creator of where she shares her sweetest most delicious recipe creations and crafts. She was chosen to be a Pinterest tastemaker, evidenced by her rapid climb to one of the top 50 boards on all of Pinterest and now has nearly 4 million followers. Her pictures tell stories while her recipes make it simple and easy for her fans to begin creating delectable meals in their own kitchen at home. With monthly views in the millions, has become a hot commodity for those seeking a creative outlet all around the world. Her first book, I HEART NAPTIME COOKS, features 100 tried and true recipes and childhood favorites with unique twists that can be made in less than one hour, like homemade cinnamon rolls, her readers’ favorite nuts and berry salad, or taco soup. All recipes are made with easily accessible ingredients found in your own home and blend classic American recipes sprinkled with ideas from Mexican, French and Italian cuisines. Featured recipes will combine Ree Drummond’s irresistible flavors with Rachael Ray’s quick and easy approach. Jamielyn’s recipes are perfect for every occasion–like the honey chicken with quinoa, caprese garlic bread, and Jamielyn’s now infamous jello cookies and homemade play dough, both of which have been viewed on her website 700,000 times and pinned over 250,000 times. This book will also share quick tips, food substitution guides, meal time traditions and free printable tags for readers to tie onto their baked goods to hand out as gifts. An indispensable resource from one of social media’s favorite bloggers, I HEART NAPTIME COOKS will be a big hit. (Please note Stacey Glick is the agent on this project.)

The Branson Beauty, an old showboat cruising the waters of an Ozark mountain lake, has crashed, trapping more than a hundred people aboard. When new county sheriff Hank Worth responds to the emergency call, he knows he’s in for a long winter’s day of helping elderly people into rafts and bringing them ashore. He anticipates a lot of anxiety, many arguments, and extra costs for emergency equipment that will stretch the county’s already thin budget to the breaking point. And that would have been a terrible day all on its own. But the discovery of high school track star Mandy Bryson’s body in a locked room makes matters much more complicated. Now Hank’s got his first big case, and while he knows the killer must have been one of the people on the boat, there aren’t many other clues to go on. With the ship’s owner hell-bent on avoiding as much bad publicity as possible, a department populated with good old boys who don’t much care for their new boss, and a lead witness who went into shock when the boat crashed, Hank knows he has to solve this case quickly, not only for Mandy’s family, but to prove that his selection as sheriff was the right one. With THE BRANSON BEAUTY, true crime author, ghost writer, and former reporter, Claire Booth makes her fiction debut with this fantastic mystery that relies heavily on her knowledge of criminal investigations, her ability to create a broad cast of wonderfully compelling characters, and a style that perfectly blends humor with the emotional drama and heartache of a murder investigation. (Please note Jim McCarthy is the agent on this project.)

American workers today are literally working themselves to death. Not by their sweat and long hours, but by the structure of their working lives. Work has become more and more sedentary, staring at electronic devices with very few breaks. As a result, Americans are suffering from weight gain (and a host of diseases associated with it, many potentially fatal) and chronic physical ailments including neck, back and shoulder pain, headaches, and eye strain. Since work no longer ends when the workday does, workers suffer from poor nutrition, stress, and lack of exercise and sleep. And the physical environment they occupy is not exactly helping either–most workers have an issue with poor ergonomics, air quality, lighting, thermal comfort and/or acoustics. But what if the workplace could be reformed through small changes by workers themselves? What if we could all make a few tweaks to our work lives to make working good for our health, rather than bad? And what if these changes could increase productivity, making them not just good for the waistline, but for the bottom line as well? Workplace expert Leigh Stringer‘s THE HEALTHY WORKPLACE: HOW TO LOSE WEIGHT, REDUCE STRESS, AND INCREASE PRODUCTIVITY AT WORK takes the latest research about healthy workplaces from education, sports medicine, hospitality, healthcare and corporate America and lays out very specific ways to improve health and wellness while at work. It is targeted to individuals (though companies will benefit too) and lays out ways to improve sleep, bolster nutrition, improve mental focus, and integrate movement and exercise through the day, whether working at the office, at home, or on the road. Stringer is SVP and head of research for the consulting group of HOK, an established industry leader in design, workplace consulting, sustainability and healthy work environments. (Please note Lauren Abramo is the agent for this project.)

Money is power. And when women continue to earn a median 81 cents on the dollar compared to men, they are not owning their power. Women have taken on greater financial responsibility and reached higher levels of educational and professional attainment, but continue to lag behind men economically. They make less, save less, are underrepresented on boards and in other leadership positions. Before they can grow up to “lean in,” teenaged girls need to understand money, finance, and entrepreneurial thinking. FINANCIAL NUTRITION: HOW (AND WHY) TO TEACH GIRLS ABOUT MONEY shows parents, educators, counselors and community leaders how to teach girls to live financially successful lives. Dr. Melissa Donohue argues that this information is as critical to personal health and well-being as conventional nutrition. (That there are few girls who don’t understand the concept of a calorie-compound interest, however, is another matter…) She believes that by giving girls the skills to feel comfortable with money–and indeed power–the financial and economic inequities that hamper women will disappear. Drawing on her own background in international banking and as a financial reporter, her original scholarly research into women and financial literacy, and years spent in front of a classroom, innovating methods for teaching economic principles to teens, she brings a fresh and dynamic approach to her work. Dr. Donohue is a financial education specialist who has developed curricula and financial education program content for the classroom, online platforms, and textbooks for over 10 years. She has consulted for PBS, VISA, and taught students from elite private schools like The Spence School, The Brearley School, The Chapin School, and Mt. Holyoke, among others. She has an Ed.D. from UMASS Amherst and a Master’s Degree in International Affairs with a specialization in International Banking from Columbia University. She is the founder of the company Financial Nutrition. (Please note Jessica Papin is the agent for this project.)

In 2013 the United Nations Population Division revised its projections to show that the population could grow even faster than previously anticipated, especially in Africa. In Lisa Palmer‘s HOT, HUNGRY PLANET: DISPATCHES FROM THE FRONT LINES OF THE FOOD GAP, Katherine Boo’s Behind the Beautiful Forevers meets Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma. Palmer, a journalist and public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center who has reported on the environment and food sustainability for the New York Times, Scientific American, the Guardian, Nature and Slate, brings reader on a global journey that explores the human story behind complex hot-button issues of food security, energy security, social justice, and climate change. From Vermont to Patagonia, Colombia to Tanzania, Palmer’s reported narrative is a colorful, powerful cross-disciplinary chronicle of the people at the front lines of farming, famine, feminism and food policy. Drawing on original research undertaken under the auspices of the Wilson Center and the National Science Foundation, Palmer reports on an extraordinary, and largely unknown group of men and women who are pioneering solutions to the coming food gap, when in 2050, a projected additional 2.6 billion people will be wondering what’s for dinner. (Please note Jessica Papin is the agent for this project.)



Film rights to Matthew Algeo‘s HARRY TRUMAN’S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE went to Romark Entertainment. Film rights to VOODOO DREAMS by Jewell Parker Rhodes were optioned by Edyson Entertainment. eOne Productions optioned David Morrell‘s MURDER AS A FINE ART for film.

Richelle Mead‘s foreign deals included Brazilian Portuguese rights for THE FIERY HEART to Cia. das Letras; Turkish rights for VAMPIRE ACADEMY, FROSTBITE, and SHADOW KISS to Alfa/Artemis; Czech rights for SILVER SHADOWS to Domino; and Bulgarian rights for THE FIERY HEART to IBIS. King-In purchased complex Chinese rights for VAMPIRE ACADEMY, FROSTBITE, and SHADOW KISS. Verus purchased the Brazilian Portuguese rights for BREAKABLE by Tammara Webber. BREAKABLE will also be published in German by Blanvalet, Hebrew by Kinneret, Russian by Azbooka-Atticus, Bulgarian by Hermes, Polish by Jaguar, and Romanian by Epica. Belle Aurora‘s foreign deals included Turkish rights for WILLING CAPTIVE and RAW to Altin Bilek and Italian rights for RAW to Newton Compton. Amy Harmon‘s MAKING FACES will be published in Turkish by Yabanci Yayinlari, Italian by Newton Compton, and French by Laffont; INFINITY+ONE will be published in French by Laffont and in German by VGS Egmont. Editions First purchased the French rights for MASTER YOUR MENTAL STRENGTH by Amy Morin and Sextante bought Brazilian Portuguese rights. Italian rights for Suzanne Young‘s THE PROGRAM went to DeAgostini. Commonwealth Publishing Co. purchased complex Chinese rights for TOMS RIVER by Dan Fagin. Novo Conceito purchased the Brazilian Portuguese rights for JUST ONE NIGHT by Gayle Forman. JUST ONE NIGHT will also be published in the UK by Random House UK and in French by Kero. I WAS HERE by Gayle Forman will be published in French by Hachette Livres and in Hungarian by Cicero. Abbi Glines‘s foreign deals included Dutch rights for FOREVER TOO FAR to Karakter, Russian rights to Azbooka-Atticus, and Italian rights to Mondadori; Dutch rights for NEVER TOO FAR to Karakter; and German rights to Piper for BREATHE, BECAUSE OF LOW, WHILE IT LASTS, JUST FOR NOW, SOMETIMES IT LASTS, and MISBEHAVING. Italian rights for SIGNIFICANCE by Shelly Crane were sold to Newton Compton. THE MAZE RUNNER by James Dashner will be published in Finnish by Basam Books and Catalan by Grup 62; THE DEATH CURE will be published in Italian by Fanucci and in Dutch by Querido; THE SCORCH TRIALS will be published in Estonian by Tanapaev. Brazilian rights for Colleen Hoover‘s HOPELESS went to Topseller. Anne Stuart‘s foreign deals included Italian rights for A ROSE AT MIDNIGHT to Mondadori and Thai rights for DEMON to Amarin. Katie Ashley‘s MUSIC OF THE SOUL will be published in Brazil by Pandorga. Russian rights for John Locke‘s LETHAL PEOPLE, LETHAL EXPERIEMENT, and SAVING GRACE went to Eksmo. SURRENDER YOUR LOVE, CONQUER YOUR LOVE, and TREASURE YOUR LOVE by JC Reed will be published in French by Editions AdA. UNDENIABLE by Madeline Sheehan will be published in German by Sieben. Samantha Young‘s BORROWED EMBER will be published in German by Cora Verlag. BECAUSE OF YOU and SEDUCTION AND SNACKS by Tara Sivec will be published in Turkish by Aspendos. Domino will publish Nicole C. Kear‘s NOW I SEE YOU in Czech. Michael Callahan‘s SEARCHING FOR GRACE KELLY will be published in the UK by Sphere/LBUK. THE MUSE, PRICELESS and MY LORD by Raine Miller will be published in Czech by Baronet.


World English rights to Michael Day‘s A BRIEF HISTORY OF GRIME went to Palgrave.

World rights to PUNCH OUT AND PLAY BOOK by Laura Ljungkvist were sold to Chronicle by John Rudolph.

Jessica Spotswood‘s PETTICOATS & PISTOLS was sold to Candlewick in a World English rights deal by Jim McCarthy.

Jessica Papin sold Philip Auerswald‘s THE CODE ECONOMY: SURVIVING, EVEN THRIVING, IN THE NEW WORLD OF WORK to Oxford University Press in a World rights deal.

World rights to Ray Venezia‘s THE EVERYDAY MEAT GUIDE went to Chronicle.

Jim McCarthy sold North American rights to Caroline Tung Richmond‘s SPIES, LIES, AND ALIBIS to Scholastic.

Abbi Glines‘s final wrap up book in the SEA BREEZE series went to Simon Pulse in a World English rights deal.

Bill Lascher‘s A DANGER SHARED was sold to William Morrow in a World rights deal by Jessica Papin.

Madhur Jaffrey‘s UNTITLED INDIAN VEGETARIAN COOKBOOK went to Knopf in a North American rights deal.

Stacey Glick sold World rights to Dawn Jackson Blatner‘s THE SUPERFOOD SWAP DIET to Rux Martin Books.

Anne Michaud‘s WHY THEY STAY went to Globe Pequot in a World rights deal.

IN PIECES by Jolene Perry sold to Albert Whitman & Company in a World English rights deal.

Jim McCarthy sold World English rights to THE EXCHANGE by David Sears to Stackpole Books.

FAR FROM US by Michelle Andreani and Mindi Scott was sold to HarperTeen / Katherine Tegen Books in a World rights deal by Jim McCarthy.

John Rudolph sold World English rights to University Presses of New England for Bruce Ware Allen‘s A LINE DRAWN IN WATER.

SEARCH AND SPOT #1 and #2 by Laura Ljungkvist was sold to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in a World rights deal by John Rudolph.

Jim McCarthy sold World rights to AT YOUR SERVICE: BOUND TO SERVE and SURRENDER TO YOU by Shawntelle Madison Coker to Loveswept/Random House.

SON OF VIRGINIA by L. Douglas Wilder went to Globe Pequot in a World rights deal.

Books 1, 2, and 3 of Abbi Glines‘s FIELD PARTY SERIES went to Simon Pulse in a World rights deal.

ALICE IN WONDERLAND HIGH by Shana Silver was sold to Merit Press in a North American rights deal by Jim McCarthy.

Jim McCarthy sold World rights to Jessica Brody‘s A WEEK OF MONDAYS to Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

RECIPES AND PHOTOS FOR GRAINS AS MAINS by Jodi Moreno was sold to DK in a World English rights deal by Stacey Glick.

VICIOUS CYCLE and the next two books in the series by Katie Ashley were sold to NAL in a World rights deal.

U.S. and Canadian rights to TRIATHLON TRAINING IN FOUR HOURS A WEEK by Eric Harr went to Rodale.

UNTITLED MAKE-AHEAD COOKBOOK by Ellie Krieger went to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in a U.S. and Canadian rights deal.

THE REMEDY and its sequel by Suzanne Young were sold to Simon Pulse in a World English rights deal by Jim McCarthy.

AMERICAN HISTORICAL TRILOGY by Helen Bryan went to Amazon in a World rights deal.

TEARS OF GREEN: A THOMAS DE QUINCEY STORY by David Morrell sold to Little, Brown & Co. in a World rights deal.

Raghavan Iyer‘s YOU SAY POTATO went to Workman in a World rights deal.

John Glatt‘s MY SWEET LITTLE PRINCE went to St. Martin’s Press in a U.S. and Canadian rights deal.

Jim McCarthy sold World English rights to the first three books in Darcy Burke‘s RIBBON RIDGE series to Avon Impulse.

Mitra Rabar‘s MIRACULOUS SILENCE sold to Tarcher in a World rights deal.

Rachel Stout sold BROOKLYN GRANGE by Anastasia Cole Plakias, Ben Flanner, Gwen Schantz, and Chase Emmons to Gotham in a World rights deal.

Jessica Papin sold World rights to Aurum Press for Lance Parkin‘s untitled biography of GENE RODDENBERRY.

IF I SHOULD DIE by Amy Plum sold to Harper in a World English rights deal by Stacey Glick.

Jessica Papin sold Michael Van Rooyen‘s THE WORLD’S EMERGENCY ROOM: A LIFE IN HUMANITARIAN MEDICINE to Palgrave Macmillan in a World English rights deal.

Dan Fagin‘s THE LAST FLIGHT OF THE MONARCH went to Ballantine/Bantam/Dell in a World rights deal.

Christie Matheson‘s follow-ups to Tap the Magic Tree, PLANT THE TINY SEED and two more untitled picture books were sold by Stacey Glick to Greenwillow in a World rights deal.

Stacey Glick sold Susan Beal‘s BEAD SPARKLE to Taunton in a World rights deal.

Sarah Kieffer‘s THE VANILLA BEAN BAKING BOOK went to Avery and Penguin Canada, jointly, in a World rights deal.


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