Newsletter 64: September 2015



Mary Doria Russell, the award-winning author of six critically acclaimed bestsellers, including The Sparrow, A Thread of Grace, and Epitaph, has once again chosen a moment in American history that feels startlingly topical and resonant.  Her new novel, THE PRICE, is set in July 1913. The Gilded Age has funneled the immense wealth of an entire continent into the hands of a few stupendously powerful families. Repeated economic crises have gutted the middle class and impoverished laborers. Everyone can feel a crisis coming. Winner-take-all capitalism has brought the United States to the verge of a new civil war. Nothing less than the meaning of America is at stake. Will it be a nation of immigrants or a nation of plutocrats? A nation of laws or a nation of hereditary privilege? The West Virginia coal fields are a battleground. The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire has aroused the conscience of a nation. All eyes are now on Calumet, Michigan, where Annie Clements, an extraordinary 25-year-old woman, has called a strike against the largest copper mining company on earth. Fifteen thousand men have heeded her call to lay down their tools and climb out of the tunnels.  Why? Because Annie told them to. Because she made them hope for a better life and made them believe that, together, they could force the powerful to listen to the poor.  Six feet three inches tall, beautiful, fearless and determined, Annie Clements was lionized by newspapers around the world as America’s Joan of Arc.  Her story and the story of the strike that changed a nation will, in the hands of one of our most gifted authors, be a literary tour de force.

There’s been a conversation going on about what it means to be Irish and writing in New York for about two hundred years now. The first voices emerged after the Irish famine exodus in the mid-1800s when over a million Irish poured into the city to escape starvation on the other side of the Atlantic. By the early 1880s when Oscar Wilde arrived for his lecture tour of the U.S. it was becoming apparent in literary circles that the Irish had a way with words. In THE WRITING IRISH OF NEW YORK, author Colin Broderick pulls together a myriad stories and voices under one roof to paint a vivid, entertaining and informed portrait of the history of the Irish writer in New York over the past two centuries. The book is a collection of new essays by some of the greatest Irish authors of our time exploring their own personal experience of what it means to be a writer in New York today, including Colum McCann, Malachy McCourt, Luanne Rice, Kathleen Donohoe and Larry Kirwan, among others. Scattered between these personal accounts are vignettes about the writers who paved the way: Oscar Wilde, J.P. Dunleavy, Brendan Behan, Maeve Brennan, Pete Hamill, Frank McCourt, Edna O’Brien, Eugene O’Neill, Jim Carroll and to name just a few. THE WRITING IRISH OF NEW YORK may be a book about Irish writers but at its heart is really the story of the Irish in America. It is about of identity, or, more accurately, the stories we tell about ourselves so that we can better understand who we are.

When Mardi Jo Link wrote her multiple-award-winning memoir, Bootstrapper, the only biological family she’d ever known was the three sons she’d been so determined to raise and provide for as a single mom on a Michigan farm. Adopted as a baby, Mardi had long ago come to terms with the complex emotions adoptees often feel.  It had been decades since she’d found and met her birthmother, and asked the questions she’d wanted to ask. After the meeting, the two women went their separate ways and Mardi believed that was that. Until a birth relative heard Mardi interviewed on NPR and felt duty-bound to deliver this chilling news: Her birthmother had recently died of the rare familial form of ALS. Not only did Mardi have a 50/50 chance of inheriting the disease, so did her sons. SEARCH ME is part detective story, part family history, and part medical thriller, taking readers from laboratory clean rooms where scientific researchers study genetic lassos, to historic sites where long lost ancestors were kidnapped by Native Americans, to New York City street demonstrations demanding medical records for adoptees. The book heroically details the lengths one woman will go to in order to find out what she’s made of, who she’s made of, and what kind of biological destiny she has passed on to her children.

We all live with ghosts, memories of people who have gone from our lives. Maybe they’re parents or children, siblings or close friends. We know them. We keep their memories alive however we can by thinking about them, telling stories about them. But Matt Tullis lives with ghosts he barely knows. He was fifteen years old when he was diagnosed with leukemia. While he was being treated for more than two years, he came to know five people who would have a profound impact on his life, five people who ultimately would not survive their own cancers. He lives with the memories of the doctor who saved his life and the nurse who nourished him when he couldn’t eat. He lives with the ghosts of three teenagers who died far too young. Despite the impact these five people had on Tullis, he knows very little about them. All he does know comes from that moment in his life when everything was tinged with illness. THE GHOSTS I LIVE WITH is the story of Tullis’s quest to learn more about his ghosts. Who did they love? What were their dreams? What is their legacy? In the process of trying to understand more about these ghosts, Tullis comes to the that his legacy is forever entwined with those who didn’t make it, that it is his job to keep his ghosts alive through stories. THE GHOSTS I LIVE WITH is a moving, inspirational account of one man’s attempt to make meaning out of a traumatic experience, to breathe life back into those who impacted him so much. It’s a beautiful, compelling story of duty–the duty of a survivor and a storyteller–and of penance, of Tullis’s attempts to justify his own survival.

The Four Seasons restaurant, which will close in 2016 after nearly 60 years at the Seagram Building, is much more than an architectural and culinary landmark. It is the living embodiment of New York City’s stirring history from the mid-20th Century to today. The Four Seasons’ shifting fortunes reflected the optimism of the 1960s, the city’s descent into lawlessness in the ’70s and ’80s, its 1990s renaissance and triumph after 9/11. But ironically, it was bad times that made the place so special. And it was Manhattan’s rebirth that spelled doom for a dining temple where the “power lunch” was born, and that forever changed perceptions of American cuisine. In his book PARK AVENUE POOL PARTY, restaurant critic and New York Post op-ed contributor Steve Cuozzo will bring this colorful story vividly to life. The Four Seasons saga is replete with larger-than-life characters–Bronfmans and Rockefellers, Philip Johnson, Joe Baum, Seppi Renggli, Alex von Bidder and Julian Niccolini, Helen Gurley Brown, Anna Wintour, Aby Rosen and many more. It has been a culinary and social force with no equal. As a columnist and critic who has covered both restaurants and real estate in New York for 16 years, Cuozzo will draw on his unique expertise in both realms to tell the Four Seasons story. It’s a gripping narrative about power, food, sex, wine and the people who created it and who make New York the greatest city on earth.

Fresh out of college, Kristin Schwab began medical school as an eager, idealistic, and clueless 21-year-old, only to realize later on that it would take more than a good GPA and a can-do attitude to survive the next four years. SCRUBBED IN: THE MAKING OF A DOCTOR traces Kristin’s medical school journey from the opening White Coat ceremony to graduation, and in doing so, chronicles how all of the distinctive and harrowing rites terrified, inspired, and ultimately shaped her. It’s an entertaining, witty, and fast-paced personal narrative that tells of the stresses, the quirks, and the firsts: slicing into live human flesh in the operating room, fumbling through a patient’s sexual history, telling a 50-year-old man that his cancer has spread, holding a mourning husband after his wife’s unexpected death. It exposes the secrets of the distinctive initiation process, from the paid professional who lets medical students practice pelvic exams on her to the term—medcest–for the incestuous love triangles that happen too often. SCRUBBED IN is not just for the 50,000 hopeful students who apply to medical school every year or the one in eight Americans employed within the healthcare industry, but also for anyone who has ever sat in a flimsy clinic gown or watched a loved one suffer in the hospital. By recounting her journey from would-be to full-fledged doctor, Kristin shows what happens beneath the white coat and reveals the personality between the ear pieces of a doctor’s stethoscope.

We like to think of suicide as something that hits violently, like a sudden storm taking down trees and knocking out power lines, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. It’s easier, somehow, to imagine that suicide will hit you hard in the face and knock you out before you ever saw it coming, that it’s a decision made in a single moment that came out of thin air. But the truth is that suicide takes its time. Suicide settles in slowly and fog-like, seeping into all the cracks and holes and spaces in your heart and mind until it’s taken over and you can’t even remember what it was like before it existed. Before you stopped recognizing the voice inside your own head. In CRAWLING BACK FROM THE LEDGE, Alana Romain recounts her descent into mental illness as a young newlywed, and her husband’s fight to bring her back again. After two years of unsuccessful attempts to shake off her sadness (including one misguided attempt at a career reinvention), she found herself pulling away from Matt and hiding her increasingly dark and self-destructive thoughts. It was only after he arrived at the ER to find her being admitted to the psychiatric ward that either of them really knew how far gone she really was. But after a surprising moment of clarity during her hospital stay, Alana realized for the first time the depth of her husband’s commitment, and the existence of a love that was more resilient than either of them could have imagined. It was by coming close to losing everything that she finally found her first new beginning, on the day her marriage–and her life–really began.

How does a shy boy from the suburbs become a renowned expert on French gastronomy penning a weekly column for one of France’s most prestigious newspapers? With wit, insight, humor, and unstinting honesty, Alexander Lobrano tells the captivating story of the unlikely and original life he dared to create to become one of the world’s most distinguished food writers. MY PLACE AT THE TABLE is born of his passion for great food and travel and lit up by his insatiable curiosity about almost everything and everyone. Lobrano’s story begins as an odyssey embarked upon by a rather improbable yet charming hero. Painfully timid and doggedly bookish as a child, Lobrano hated tomatoes and wouldn’t go near lobster–still, he cut his teeth as a fledgling restaurant-goer at the local Howard Johnson’s, pizza parlor and Chinese restaurant. Despairing of the fact that his eldest son was a dreamy, word-loving loner with no athletic talent, Alec’s father sent the 12-year-old on a two-month camping trip across the U.S. and down into Mexico with ten other boys to “toughen him up.” It worked, too, although not in the way that his father probably hoped. Lobrano found the seeds of his destiny in chatting with lonely waitresses in West Texas luncheonettes and being petted by market ladies in Oaxaca. After a stint in New York publishing, he moved to Paris and found not only his subject but himself. Recruited by Ruth Reichl, he became Gourmet Magazine’s European correspondent and now writes for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Guardian, Bon Appetit, Saveur, Conde Nast Traveler, and others. Winner of several IACP and James Beard awards and bestselling author, Lobrano is eager to share his fascinating, delicious story.

In early 2009, an accountant named James Hammes was summoned from his home in Kentucky to Cincinnati, Ohio, for a meeting with his corporate bosses. Hammes had worked for G&J Pepsi-Cola Bottlers for nearly 15 years. The FBI discovered he had been embezzling from the company for most of that time, ultimately funneling away about $8.7 million. Confronted by his bosses and the FBI and faced with a 75-count indictment, he asked to speak to an attorney, left the room and vanished. Over the next six years his story appeared on America’s Most Wanted and American Greed, and the FBI put his face on its website beneath the word “WANTED.” Hammes was at last captured in 2015 on the Appalachian Trail, where he had wandered, from Georgia to Maine, since 2010. He had grown a beard, adopted the trail name “Bismarck” and become a respected member of the historic trail’s underground culture. None of his trail friends knew his true past, nor what some people believe–that in 2003, in the midst of his embezzlement scheme, Hammes may have been involved in starting a house fire that killed his first wife. In A LONG WALK’S END, journalist William Browning tells the story of James Hammes, aka, Bismarck, a mysterious hiker who for six years carried a dark past and chilling secrets. Part true crime, part travelogue, part mystery and part exploration of hiking subculture, A LONG WALK’S END will relate how a 47-year-old man slipped out of the world with enough stolen money to do anything he wished and chose to wander up and down the Appalachian Trail. Today, as Hammes sits in an Ohio jail, the stolen money has still not been found.

In her twenties, Sarah Menkedick flung herself into the world. She leapfrogged across continents, hungering for experience and proof of her own wildness. To be aware was to be outside, under Mongolian skies and in bantam seaside bars, in the most far-flung places where every conversation and scent prickled with exceptionality. In her early thirties, she clung to this paradigm: experience lay on the road, in getting out beyond herself and beyond the ordinary. Then, in the autumn of 2013, she moved into a tiny, 19th-century cabin on her parents’ Ohio farm, and found out she was pregnant. Part Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, part Pilgrim at Tinker Creek and part Operating Instructions HOMING INSTINCTS is an exploration of the complexities, ambiguities, paradoxes and unexpected felicities of growing into adulthood and becoming a parent. Menkedick uses rural motherhood as a lens to consider the way we think about stories, self, settling, home, journeying, boredom and creative work. In the dramatic destabilization of motherhood, Menkedick discovers an answer to the spiritual hunger and restlessness of her generation: a way to become more mindful, more present, to discover what truly matters amidst pervasive societal and personal expectations and all the detritus of the Internet. She seeks to understand how motherhood might be feminist, even radical and how it might offer an unexpected answer to the anomie and frenzy of the digital age. As the story of a traveler come home to the farm; of becoming a mother in spite of reservations, ambiguity, and doubt; and of learning to see the subtle landscapes of southeastern Ohio and with them, the power of the quotidian, HOMING INSTINCTS speaks to the deepest concerns and hopes of a generation.

When he was barely out of his teen years, Michael Arceneaux was invited to join the priesthood. It was just the jolt he needed to realize how deeply he was hiding who he really was, squelching his urges, and living a lie. It was an invitation that helped him realize it was time to come to terms with his sexuality and fess up to being gay. However. His is not a story about kicking down the closet door and living out and proud. Sure, he did that. But that was a beginning: not the end. Despite coming to terms with being gay, he continued to struggle: with his masculinity, with the world’s perceptions of him and, most deeply and profoundly, with intimacy. I CAN’T DATE JESUS is the hilarious, frank, and brutally honest memoir about Step 2 in the process of coming to terms with one’s sexuality–actually allowing oneself to enjoy it. Arceneaux, a hilarious and incisive writer whose work has seen him trolled on Gawker, flamed in the Washington Post, and slut-shamed in the Guardian, here offers a glimpse into how a new generation of gay men are learning to both define and poke fun at themselves in the midst of the condemnation and caricatures that envelop them. From living with gay siblings, handling being called a “fauxmo,” surviving a colony of fire ants during a hook-up, and learning to date your previous biggest fear, I CAN’T DATE JESUS is a delightful (and thoughtful) romp written in the spirit of writers like David Sedaris. If Sedaris’ dad had gold teeth. (Please note: this project is represented by Jim McCarthy)

In his devastating Mother Jones article “The Brief Life and Private Death of Alexandria Hill,” Brian Joseph reported on the 2013 murder of two-year-old Alexandria while she was in a placement arranged by a for-profit foster care company. During the 18 months he spent investigating that story, Joseph became intimately familiar with the current state of the national foster care system. People may think of foster care as a government service, but in truth, the duties associated with foster care are increasingly off-loaded to private organizations. In Texas, for example, more than 90% of the state’s foster children live in homes inspected and monitored by private providers. These agencies depend on a steady stream of foster parents and foster children to stay in business. Experts worry they have a financial incentive to skimp on screening both parents and children to ensure the money keeps rolling in. Joseph also became aware of the story of the death of 10-month-old Jayla Beckley whose foster father was arrested for her murder but whose story, he found, may be far more complicated than the initial records show. Using this tragic, mysterious story as a way to dive deep into the current state of a deeply broken system, Joseph’s NO CHANCE FOR JAYLA will follow in the extraordinary footsteps of Jonathan Kozol’s Savage Inequalities and Nina Bernstein’s The Lost Children of Wilder as a profound and impassioned call for a national discussion on the ways impoverished children are (mis)treated nationwide. Heartbreaking as the central story is, NO CHANCE FOR JAYLA is a project built on the sincere hope that real change is possible. It will be an essential, moving, powerful book. (Please note: this project is represented by Jim McCarthy)

This summer, Jill Brown became one of the exceedingly few women nominated for an Emmy for Stunt Coordination for her work on The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, a hugely satisfying career landmark for a Baltimore suburbanite whose first stunt was hurling herself off the high diving board at the Beau Rivage in Miami at the age of three…because she was bored. She’s been terrifying her mother, Rhoda, ever since. FALL WITH ME: ADVENTURES OF BALLS AND BRAINS is Jill’s enormously funny and emotionally rich memoir in which she dangles from helicopters, jumps off buildings, falls for (and on) coworkers, and has a run in with Norman–the rather distressing brain tumor that is discovered after a huge car crash on the set of Now You See Me. But this isn’t a disease-of-the-week memoir. Instead, it’s the fiendishly funny story of a woman on a mission to live life to the fullest, even when that meant jumping into the icy waters from the Titanic so Kate Winslet could stay warm. It is also about that same woman learning that sometimes, you’ve got to accept that your back is broken, your skull is held together with metal, and maybe it’s time to hang up the harness. Bossypants meets My Horizontal Life with a dash of My Stroke of Insight, FALL WITH ME will be hilarious, yes, but it will also be more heartwarming than you ever thought possible for a book that details the scotch taping of one’s posterior to see if they have worms. (Please note: this project is represented by Jim McCarthy)

Marriage to a heroin addict is a life of paradoxes: play dates and baking pies and seeing your own blood splattered on the wall; looking for hit men then cuddling in front of the TV with your two cats; joyous moments celebrating your husband’s sobriety undercut by the anxiety of not knowing whether he is truly sober. But at some point, you do believe he’s clean, and you get married and have the baby you’ve always wanted. Sobriety, however, is fleeting. The story doesn’t end with the marriage, and unfortunately, no one seems able to help you with the problems you’ll now face–like watching someone you love slowly kill himself for years. Or when things flip and he tries to kill you. And what happens when the only question left is: why in God’s name would anyone stay? LET ME BE YOUR HEROINE is Anne Jamison’s harrowing but gorgeously-written memoir about her life with her heroin-addict husband, chronicling his highs and their lows, unflinching in its portrayal. (Please note: this project is represented by Michael Bourret)

What is a mammoth? Easy. A mammoth is an extinct type of elephant that was covered with long fur and lived in the north country during the ice ages. Good enough. But, how do you figure out what a mammoth is if you have no concept of extinction, ice ages, or fossils; if you know elephants cannot live in up north, and aren’t even sure what an elephant looks like? How Enlightenment thinkers overcame these obstacles to reconstruct an unknown animal is the fascinating subject of John J. McKay‘s debut book, DISCOVERING THE MAMMOTH: A TALE OF GIANTS, UNICORNS, IVORY, AND THE BIRTH OF A NEW SCIENCE. The journey to unravel that puzzle begins in the 1690s with the arrival of new type of ivory on the European market bearing the exotic name “mammoth.” It ends during the Napoleonic Wars with the first recovery of a frozen mammoth. The path to figuring out what a mammoth was was traveled by merchants, diplomats, missionaries, cranky doctors, collectors of natural wonders, Swedish POWs, Peter the Great, Ben Franklin, the inventor of hot chocolate, and one pirate. McKay brings together dozens of original documents and illustrations, some ignored for centuries, to show how this odd assortment of characters solved the mystery of the mammoth and, in doing so, created the science of paleontology. (Please note: this project is represented by Jessica Papin)

In her debut novel, law professor Amanda Frost employs a dual narrative reminiscent of Tatiana de Rosnay’s Sarah’s Key and Jenna Blum’s Those Who Save Us to show how a family’s long-buried secrets reverberate through the generations. PROVENANCE begins as thirty-one-year old Elsa’s impetuous decisions have left her heartbroken, penniless, and on the verge of being fired from her job at the prestigious Verdich Museum. Her life in tatters, Elsa embarks on a quest to find a painting by Vermeer that was stolen from her grandparents after they fled occupied Holland in 1943. The novel alternates between Elsa’s modern-day search for the Vermeer through the capitals of Europe and her grandparents’ romance in the early years of the Second World War–a relationship complicated by allegations of collaboration, her grandmother’s work for the Dutch Resistance, and a love triangle between her grandmother, grandfather, and the close family friend whom they entrusted to protect the Vermeer they were forced to leave behind. The suspense builds as Elsa learns that her beloved grandfather is suspected of having stolen the Vermeer from a wealthy Jewish family murdered by the Nazis–an accusation that, if true, will shatter Elsa and her family. Loosely based on the life of the infamous Dutch art dealer Han van Meegeren, PROVENANCE weaves fact with fiction to create a gripping story about love, friendship, and betrayal in an apocalyptic time. (Please note: this project is represented by Jessica Papin)

Admiring the engineering marvel that is a) one’s favorite bra, or b) one’s go-to feminine hygiene product (variously equipped with wicking technology, lift, wings and space-age fabrics that avoid chafing), one wonders “How in the world did women manage before these?” Reading a favorite Victorian epic, noting the shortage of children a loving couple produces, one thinks back to the warnings of health class and wonders, “Wait…why don’t they have, like, 12 kids?” Wonder no more. A LADY’S UNSPEAKABLE GUIDE TO THE 19TH CENTURY brings all these indelicate questions out into the open, as well as offering detailed advice about pleasing your man (stop talking), maintaining your youth (mostly lead and topical oatmeal) and how many layers of clothing and hardware a lady must wear to avoid appearing “slatternly.” All are accompanied by many detailed illustrations and actual, terrifying advice from 19th century “experts.” In her first book, Therese O’Neill expands the success of her laugh-out-loud history pieces written for The Atlantic, Mental Floss, The Week, and Jezebel to a full-length adventure through the underbelly of Victorian femininity. Learn the mystery of the two-seater outhouse. Explore the different methods to ensure male offspring. Learn precisely why it’s your own fault if your husband brings home syphilis. And most importantly, come away with an astonishing new appreciation of the fortitude of our great-grandmothers. (Please note: this project is represented by Jessica Papin)

Who would want to murder the world’s most famous philosopher? Turns out: nearly everyone. In 1649, Renee Descartes was invited by the Queen of Sweden to become her Court Philosopher. Though he was the 17th century’s version of an international celebrity, his life had by this point fallen apart. He was 53, penniless, living in alone and in exile in Amsterdam. With much trepidation but not much choice, he arrived in Stockholm in mid-October. Shortly thereafter he was dead. Pneumonia, they said. But who could believe that? There were just too many persons of interest who wanted to see Descartes dead, and for a dizzying array of reasons. That so many of these persons were in Stockholm–thanks to the Gala the Queen was throwing to celebrate the end of the terrible Thirty Years’ War–made the official story all the more dubious. Enter Adrien Baillet. A likeable misfit with a shady backstory, he arrives just as the French Ambassador desperately needs an impartial Frenchman to prove that Descartes died of natural causes–lest the “murder” in Lutheran Sweden of France’s great Catholic philosopher reignite that awful War. Baillet reluctantly agrees to investigate Descartes’s death, knowing that if–or when–he screws up, he could be personally responsible for the War’s Thirty-First Year. But solving the mystery of Descartes’s death requires first solving the mystery of Descartes’s life, with all its dangerous, world-bending secrets. In the vein of Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Roseand Orhan Pamuk’s My Name is Red comes THE IRRATIONALIST, a smart, sly historical mystery from and philosophy professor and debut novelist Andrew Pessin. (Please note: this project is represented by Jessica Papin)

More than ever before Americans are talking–actively, awkwardly, and uncomfortably–about race.  But if you’re white, chances are you’re not totally sure how to be part of that conversation.  You’ve heard you’re supposed to be “post-racial.”  You don’t want to offend. You have questions you can’t ask. You don’t think you should stay silent, but you’re scared to speak up. You don’t want to look foolish, ignorant, and, well, racist.  For people who want to do the right thing but don’t know what that is, there’s Ijeoma Oluo’s SO YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT RACE. In her trademark funny, understanding, and yet completely honest style, she’ll ground readers in our tricky contemporary racial landscape, answer the questions they don’t dare ask, and explain the concepts they haven’t quite grasped, on subjects including police brutality, privilege, intersectionality, the N word, and more.  Ijeoma is a writer and speaker whose work on these issues has been featured in the Guardian, the Stranger, New York magazine, Huffington Post, xoJane, Jezebel, Archipelago, and more.  The author of the Badass Feminist Coloring Book, she also engages her active following on Twitter (@IjeomaOluo) and has appeared on Naked Justice on HLN and the CBS Evening News(Please note: this project is represented by Lauren Abramo)

Ayesha Curry, mom to daughters Riley and Ryan and wife to NBA superstar Stephen Curry, is a bona fide food fanatic and creator of the website and popular YouTube channel Little Lights of Mine. The matriarch of the Curry clan has had a passion for food her entire life, learning how to prepare dishes from her mother and grandmother at a very young age, eventually developing her own recipes with a signature style that’s fresh, easy and approachable.  With daily requests for a cookbook from her avid followers and blog readers, Ayesha has created THE SEASONED LIFE, a collection of her favorite recipes that encompass all of the precious moments that season her life. From the most perfect (and effortless) dinner she serves up for special occasions, to tips and tricks on how she gets her rambunctious daughter involved in the kitchen, the book seeks to help people make delicious food memories with their families and loved ones. Little Lights of Mine has garnered a robust and loyal fan following with a social media reach of over 1.1 million followers on Instagram and over 110,000 followers on Twitter.  Ayesha is a regular contributor to The and Called Magazine, and has been featured in top tier online and print publications including Food and Wine, People, TIME, InStyle, USA Today, Brides, POPSUGAR, Hello Beautiful and Diablo Magazine. THE SEASONED LIFE will be a beautiful book enhanced by Ayesha’s growing lifestyle brand. (Please note: this project is represented by Stacey Glick)

Half a century and thousands of miles separate the Holocaust from the 1994 Rwandan genocide, but for Anne Heyman, the connection was simple: The lessons of the past can alleviate future suffering. In 2007, she set out to help Rwandan orphans, inspired by Israeli youth villages that provided a safe haven for the Holocaust’s youngest survivors. Rallying the international community, Anne built a new village in Rwanda’s Eastern Province. And on opening day, Emmanuel Nkundunkundiye walked through the village gates, a blank slate. He was just two years old when the genocide erased his childhood; at Agahozo Shalom, he joined 124 students from across Rwanda who each had been given the unprecedented opportunity to begin anew. A true story told from two different points of view, A PLACE WHERE TEARS ARE DRIED by Anne Heyman and Emmanuel Nkundunkundiye with Sarah J. Robbins, is an unparalleled narrative with a tragic twist: Soon after Emmanuel graduated from the village first in his class, he learned that his other “mother,” Anne, had been killed in an accident. He had previously set his goal to attend the University of Pennsylvania, Anne’s alma mater, and received a full scholarship to do so. Traveling to the U.S. for the first time, he was welcomed by Anne’s husband and kids, who drove him to school to begin his next chapter. Now it is Emmanuel’s task to tell this story, and bring back to Rwanda all the knowledge and skill he can possibly absorb in four years of undergraduate education at one of the world’s most prestigious universities. In so doing, he will continue the cycle of healing so that Anne’s vision will endure. The book will appeal to the same audiences who embraced Ishmael Beah’s A Long Way Gone and Tracy Kidder’s Mountains Beyond Mountains. (Please note: this project is represented by Stacey Glick)

When she joined her family’s fourth-generation vanilla company, Susannah Luthi moved to the island nation of Tonga expecting to head up the methodical process of cooking, sweating and sun-drying. Instead, she finds herself trekking into the jungle to buy beans secretly from growers and stalked at night by the company’s irate former manager who’s now working with vanilla gangsters. The industry is on the brink of a fierce, speculation-fuelled shortage of the spice that trades like gold–and, diving into the history of the global vanilla trade, Luthi soon learns that in this industry, shortages invariably lead to betrayals, theft, bankruptcy, and worse. Part investigative journalism, part family narrative, VANILLA WARS: LEAVING WITH THE GOLD tells the violent, intrigue-filled story of the world’s favorite spice. Luthi, a former freelance journalist, traces the history of vanilla trading from up to the sensational present, as Madagascar’s recovery from the hurricanes of the early 2000s and Tonga’s fresh success bring the wrong kind of attention from the vanilla mafia. In the process, Luthi comes to better understand her grandfather’s life as a small and always defiant manufacturer of vanilla extract who pioneered the hunt for vanilla beans in markets outside Madagascar, helped governments standardize curing methods, and survived two kidnapping attempts. This is the real story of one of America’s favorite commodities–an old-world spice trade drama played out by a new world entrepreneur. (Please note: this project is represented by Sharon Pelletier)

After a miserable adolescence in an unlovely institution, Jane accepts a position at a sprawling mansion in the swamps of Louisiana. Her boss, a mysterious and wealthy man, seems to be the grandson of the old woman Jane was hired to care for, and comes and goes on inexplicable business trips. As Jane settles into her role, she ignores her suspicions about Mr. Rochester’s true identity–and his odd relationship with his grandmother–until his bloodthirsty secret becomes apparent, and impossible to believe. Unsuited to his world and terrified of his darkness, Jane longs to save Mr. Rochester from who he is. But as she learns the truth of the love stories he’s already lived and faces the legend that has claimed him for its own, his darkness may prove to be the destruction of them both. If Anne Rice had written Jane Eyre in the style of Showtime’s Penny Dreadful, it would be FRAGILE WICKED THINGS. Anna Newallo, an award-winning producer of independent films, has re-imagined the beloved gothic classic with the same haunting romance of the original and pours fresh blood into its veins, as the characters you thought you knew face off in an otherworldly game. (Please note: this project is represented by Sharon Pelletier)

Patrice Banks is the stunning auto mechanic recently profiled on CBS This Morning and Fox and Friends. Not only can she zero in on exactly what’s ailing your car, she can change a flat tire in a matter of minutes–in her trademark red heels! Banks is a former materials engineer for DuPont who is now a proud “Shecanic,” empowering other women by showing them how to care for their cars and stand up to intimidating auto-repair specialists who routinely overcharge them. Women all over the country are now flocking to her classes on car maintenance, and she was recently asked to give a TEDx talk. Her GIRLS’ AUTO CLINIC GLOVE BOX GUIDE, until now available only in a limited edition as a small downloadable booklet, is something she is ready to expand into a much more comprehensive work–but one that will still fit inside the average glove compartment. Already fielding offers from producers of reality TV shows, she is focusing now on getting started with her own Girls’ Auto Clinic garage, which she plans to expand into a national brand. Female mechanics make up only 1.4% of the automotive industry, but thanks to Patrice, that is about to change. Big Time. (Please note: This project is represented by Eric Myers)

Jack Barsky’s incredible life story, long under wraps, was recently revealed on CBS’s 60 Minutes. A native of the former East Germany, he was sent to the U.S. as a KGB-trained spy during the 1970s. For over ten years he lived a double life, posing as an ordinary American citizen while funneling state secrets back to the Soviets. It was not until he finally married and had a daughter that his values became fundamentally re-ordered.  He decided to give up spying and defect, but the KGB was having none of it. They pressured him to return with veiled threats of violence. How he survived was a miracle of luck, wit, and his Zelig-like talent for fitting in. Ultimately tracked down by the FBI, Barsky cooperated fully and is now a completely cleared American citizen. He has even become the close friend and golf buddy of his FBI captor. With astonishingly clear-eyed self-appraisal, leavened with a sense of humor from the entire darkly comedic aspect of it all, Barsky will tell his story in DEEP UNDERCOVER: THE TRUE STORY OF A KGB AGENT IN THE UNITED STATES. A riveting true-life tale played out against the background of the Cold War, it will also be the profoundly moving, very personal chronicle of one man’s redemption through his unconditional love for the daughter who would change his life. (Please note: This project is represented by Eric Myers)

Come along with physician Lydia Kang and journalist Nate Pedersen on an outrageous tour of questionable medical science with QUACKERY: A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE WORST WAYS TO CURE EVERYTHING. From Stone Age hole-in-the-head brain surgery right up through the latest embarrassingly public exposés of the miracle cures promoted by Dr. Oz, Kang and Pedersen take a decidedly wry approach to a subject that, it seems, will always be with us. Fans of such Mary Roach books as Gulp! and Stiff will enjoy this gimlet-eyed look at snake oil, phrenology, magnetic corsets, high colonics, and that old standby alcohol–always a reliable major ingredient in fake elixirs through the ages. Kang is known for her medically-themed young adult novels Control and Catalyst, and Pedersen is a freelance journalist whose writing has appeared in The Guardian, The San Francisco Chronicle and The Believer. (Please note: This project is represented by Eric Myers)

If ultrarunners are of questionable sanity–and their insistence that logging hundreds of miles on tough terrain and trails is fun provides pretty solid proof that they are–then Rochelle Bilow is a special breed of crazy. A food writer for Bon Appétit magazine and New York City resident, Bilow has decided to undertake one of the biggest physical, emotional, and mental challenges she’s ever faced. For no apparent reason other than dissatisfaction with city life and a desire to see if she can, Bilow has begun a year-long journey to transform herself from cubicle dweller to endurance athlete of the most fringe variety. Through a series of difficult races, bizarre personal challenges, and, of course, increased distance creeping toward 50 miles at a time, Bilow seeks to answer a question everyone has had: How do professional athletes do it? And, if I try hard enough, can I? FIRST, YOU NEED TO FIND A TRAIL is a joyful and fearless all-in romp through the sport of ultrarunning’s greatest hits. Not only does Bilow share the gritty details of trail running’s challenges (including, but not limited to, the tragic loss of many a toenail) with dutifully self-deprecating honesty, she seeks to crack the code on superathleticism by diving into conversation with the sport’s best-known elites. A brave foray into the unknown, this is a book for serious runners, casual joggers, and curious couch potatoes alike. At its heart, FIRST, YOU NEED TO FIND A TRAIL is an ode to the underdog with big dreams–and although it is a transformation story of the most extreme variety, the book is a lighthearted celebration of the sheer, endorphin-fueled joy that can only come from breaking a good, honest sweat. (Please note: This project is represented by Rachel Stout)



Audible acquired audio rights to THE DUET and THE DESIGN by R.S. Grey as well as R.L. Mathewson’s TRUCE, THE GAME PLAN and DOUBLE DARE. The Listening Library has rights to THE MAZE RUNNER FILES and GUNNER SKALE. Audio rights to HAUNTED HOUSE by Jack Kilborn are with Tantor, as are  Andrew Smith’s STANDOFF and 100 SIDEWAYS MILES. Tantor also acquired audio rights to BROKEN & SCREWED 1 & 2 and CARTER REED 2 by Tijan while Audible has rights for Samantha Towle’s REVVED. NINE MINUTES by Beth Flynn will be recorded by Tantor as well as Kim Holden’s GUS. Recorded Books acquired audio rights to BYPASS by Gayle Forman and Bolinda has audio rights in the UK. Brilliance has rights to WITH SCHWARZKOPF by Gus Lee. Tantor acquired rights to THE HOTEL ON PLACE VENDOME by Tilar Mazzeo and SHUT UP AND KISS ME by Madeline Sheehan and Claire C. Riley. Tantor also bought rights to THE PAIRING and MELODY OF THE HEART by Katie Ashley, THE SONG OF DAVID by Amy Harmon, and Denise Grover Swank’s THE SUBSTITUTE, THE PLAYER and THE GAMBLER.

Film rights to KILLING SARAI by Jessica Redmerski were optioned to William Levy. J.D. Rosen acquired film rights to ESCAPE FROM BELLEVUE by Chris Campion.

Merchandising rights to KUSHIEL’S DART by Jacqueline Carey were sold to Litographs.

Gayle Forman’s BYPASS will be published in Brazilian Portuguese by Record, in Hebrew by Miskal/Yedioth, in Dutch by House of Books, in Portuguese by Presenca, Albanian by Uegen, Croatian by Znanje, in German by Kruger/Fischer, Hungarian by Gabo/Cicero, Polish by Proszynski, in Turkish by Pegasus, with UK & Commonwealth rights going to S&S. Her I WAS HERE will be published in Czech by Euromedia and Slovak by Ikar. Pegasus also acquired Turkish rights to SISTERS IN SANITY. James Dashner’s THE GAME OF LIVES was sold for Russian publication to AST and Polish rights to THE EYE OF MINDS, THE RULE OF THOUGHTS and THE GAME OF LIVES went to Albatros. THE MAZE RUNNER, THE SCORCH TRIALS, THE DEATH CURE and THE RULE OF THOUGHTS will be published in Turkish by Pegasus. THE KILL ORDER will be published in Danish by Rosinante and in Vietnamese by Kim Dong. Japanese rights to THE SCORCH TRIALS were sold to Kadokawa. Triskell acquired Italian rights to Riley Hart’s COLLIDE and French rights went to MxM along with STAY. NOW I SEE YOU by Nicole C. Kear will be published in Russian by Popuri. S.H. Kolee’s OF LOVE & REGRET and OF LOSS & BETRAYAL went to Baronet to be published in Czech. AmazonCrossing has German rights to LADY 52 by Jude Hardin and Joe Konrath. Russian rights to NOW AND THEN and WISH LIST by John Locke went to Eksmo. Richelle Mead’s THE RUBY CIRCLE will be published in Polish by Nasza Ksiegarnia. BLOOD PROMISE, SPIRIT BOUND and LAST SACRIFICE will be published in Thai by Jamsai. Mladinska Knjiga bought Czech rights to THE RUBY CIRCLE and SILVER SHADOWS. Geuldam has renewed Korean rights to VAMPIRE ACADEMY, FROSTBITE, SHADOW KISS, BLOOD PROMISE, SPIRIT BOUND and LAST SACRIFICE. Viche has renewed Korean rights to CREEPERS by David Morrell. Konyvmolykepzo acquired Hungarian rights to SEDUCED IN THE DARK and EPILOGUE by CJ Roberts, both of which will also be published in Polish by W. Poznanskie and in Turkish by Pegasus, along with CAPTIVE IN THE DARK. Sieben has German rights to UNBEAUTIFULLY by Madeline Sheehan. Italian rights to EVERNEATH by Brodi Ashton went to DeAgostini. Bastei Luebbe acquired German rights to SEARCHING FOR GRACE KELLY by Michael Callahan. Thai rights to WARRIOR by Anne Stuart were sold to Amarin. Epica acquired Romanian rights to ON THE ISLAND by Tracey Garvis Graves. FOREVER TOO FAR by Abbi Glines will be published in Hebrew by Modan. FALLEN TOO FAR, NEVER TOO FAR and FOREVER TOO FAR will be published in Bulgarian by Egmont and Maxim acquired Hungarian rights to WHILE IT LASTS. BREATHE and BECAUSE OF LOW went to Pascal to be published in Polish. SCORING WILDER by R.S. Grey will be published in Hungarian by Konyvmolykepzo. Polish rights to MAKNG FACES by Amy Harmon were sold to Helion while Egmont bought German rights to THE LAW OF MOSES and THE SONG OF DAVID while Polish rights went to Helion. Planeta acquired Brazilian Portuguese rights to Kim Holden’s BRIGHT SIDE and GUS. French rights to NEVER NEVER: PART III by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher were sold to Hugo & Cie. Helion acquired Polish rights to IN FLIGHT and MILE HIGH by RK Lilley which will also be published in Brazil by Editora Charme, along with MR. BEAUTIFUL. Portuguese rights to TREASURE YOUR LOVE by JC Reed were sold to Presenca. Polish rights to Kendall Ryan’s UNRAVEL ME and MAKE ME YOURS were bought by Pascal and Pandorga bought Portuguese rights to FILTHY BEAUTIFUL LIES, FILTHY BEAUTIFUL LOVE, FILTHY BEAUTIFUL LUST and FILTHY BEAUTIFUL FOREVER. Pegasus acquired Turkish rights to GRASSHOPPER JUNGLE by Andrew Smith. SWEET by Tamamra Webber will be published in French by J’ai Lu, German by Blanvalet, Hungarian by Konyvmolykepzo and Polish by Jaguar. Turkish rights to MIDNIGHT THIEF and DAUGHTER OF DUSK by Livia Blackburne went to Pegasus. Daehak renewed Korean rights to BEYOND THE INFLUENCE by Kathy Ketcham and William F. Asbury. Japanese rights to DRACULAS by Blake Crouch, Jack Kilborn, Jeff Strand and F. Paul Wilson were sold to Oakla Publishing. Denise Grover Swank’s REDEMPTION went to Marti to be published in Turkish and Italian rights to THE SUBSTITUTE and THE PLAYER went to Piemme.



Lauren Abramo sold Leigh Stringer’s THE HEALTHY WORKPLACE to AMACOM in a World rights deal.

A FOREVER THING by Jolene Perry went to Albert Whitman & Co. in a World English deal.

Plume bought World English rights to WHAT THE FUN? by Donna Bozzo in a deal by Stacey Glick.

Jim McCarthy sold World rights to BEHIND THE SONG by K.M. Walton to Sourcebooks Fire.

Jessica Brody’s BOYS OF SUMMER went to Simon Pulse in a World rights deal by Jim McCarthy.

World rights to FOR GOOD by Karelia Stetz Waters went to Grand Central/Forever Yours.

John Rudolph sold World rights for THE TREASURE OF MOCCASIN HOLLOW by Michael Oechsle to Albert Whitman & Co.

THE PRISONER OF HELL GATE by Dana I. Wolff went to Picador in a World rights deal by Sharon Pelletier.

St. Martin’s Press bought North American rights to RISE by Cara Brookins in a deal by Jessica Papin.

World English rights to Darcy Burke’s RIBBON RIDGE BOOKS 4, 5 & 6 were sold by Jim McCarthy to Avon Impulse.

North American rights to Diane Fanning’s UNTITLED TRUE CRIME ON THE HUDSON RIVER MURDER CASE went to St. Martin’s Press.

Michael Bourret sold THE ART OF IDEAS by William Duggan and Amy D’Onfrio to Columbia University Press in a World rights deal.

World rights to Rory Harrison’s LOOKING FOR GROUP were sold to Harper Teen by Jim McCarthy.

North American rights to THE GIRL FROM BEYOND and a second YA novel by Andrew DeYoung were sold to Boyds Mills by John Rudolph.

LIFE WITH PITBULLS by Deirdre Franklin and Linda Lombardi was sold to Countryman Press/W.W. Norton by Jim McCarthy in a World rights deal.

Denise Grover Swank’s THE PROBLEM WITH PARIS went to Blink/Zondervan in a World rights deal by Jim McCarthy.

MIRANDA AND CALIBAN by Jacqueline Carey was sold to Tor in a deal for World English rights.

St. Martin’s Press bought World rights to FEMINIST BABYLON by Phyllis Chesler.

Lauren Abramo sold world rights to Samantha Young’s ONE KING’S WAY to NAL.

Eric Myers sold World rights to Kym Brunner’s FLIP THE BIRD to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers.

World rights to THE UGLY DUMPLING by Stephanie Campisi were sold to Mighty Media by Stacey Glick.

Robin Robertson’s THE HOMEMADE VEGAN KITCHEN was sold to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt by Stacey Glick in a World rights deal.

Stacey Glick sold World rights to THE HARVESTED TABLE by Tieghan Gerard to Clarkson Potter.

WILL IT SKILLET? by Daniel Shumski went to Workman in a World rights deal by Stacey Glick.

Lauren Abramo sold World rights to COOKING UP TROUBLE by Judi Lynn in a three-book deal to Kensington.

World rights to INSIDE OUT: MY LIFE AS A HELL’S ANGEL by George Christie were sold to Thomas Dunne Books.

Jessica Papin sold World English rights to Diane Simmons’ THE COURTSHIP OF EVA ELDRIGE to University of Iowa Press.

THE BIOGRAPHY OF A DOCTOR, A DRUG AND A BREAKTHROUGH by Walter Brown was sold to Liveright in a World English deal by Jessica Papin.

St. Martin’s Press bought North American rights to IF HE DIES, HE DIES by Ron Miscavige.

Michael Callahan’s THE NIGHT SHE WON MISS AMERICA was sold to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for North American rights.

BLACKSTONE DYNASTY 1 & 2 by Raine Miller went to Amazon/Montlake in a World rights deal.

Stacey Glick sold World rights to DUDE, YOU’RE A DAD NOW by Chris Pegula and Frank Meyer to Perigee.

Michael Bourret sold North American rights to BYPASS by Gayle Forman to Algonquin.

World rights to THE SNOW LEOPARD START-UP by Alexander Dehgan were sold to PublicAffairs by Jessica Papin.

Chicago Review Press bought World rights to John Bicknell’s LINCOLN’S PATHFINDER in a deal by Jessica Papin.

Jessica Papin sold RIDING WITH GEORGE by Philip Smucker to Chicago Review Press in a World Rights deal.

Two untitled books from Suzanne Young were sold to Simon Pulse in a deal for World English rights by Jim McCarthy.

Michael Bourret sold World rights to Erin Downing’s MOON SHADOW to Aladdin.

PIRATE WOMEN by Laura Sook Duncombe was sold to Chicago Review Press in a World rights deal by John Rudolph.

John Rudolph sold TAKE A CHANCE WITH ME by Curt Weiss to Backbeat in a World rights deal.

Bruce Turkel’s ALL ABOUT THEM was sold to Da Capo in a World rights deal by John Rudolph.

Stacey Glick sold World rights to IF IT’S NOT BROKEN, BREAK IT by Seth Merrin with Carlye Adler.

HAUNTED HOME RENOVATIONS by Juliet Blackwell was sold to NAL in a World rights deal by Jim MCarthy.

Chicago Review Press bought World rights to THE GENERAL’S NIECE by Paige Bowers.

Stacey Glick sold World rights to MYERS & CHANG AT HOME and an UNTITLED BAKING BOOK by Joanne Chang to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in a two-book deal.

ESCAPE FROM ALEPPO by N.H. Senzai went to S&S/Paula Wiseman Books in a World rights deal by Michael Bourret.

A.J. Hartley’s STEEPLEJACK BOOKS 1 & 2 were sold to Tor Teen in a deal for North American rights by Stacey Glick.


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