Newsletter 65: January 2016

Up And Coming For Submission

Award-winning filmmaker Sandi Bachom’s fourth book, Experience  Never Gets Old, is a call to revolution. A rallying cry to all Americans over the age of 60—79 million strong—who’ve been sold a bill of goods about getting older. They’re mad as hell and simply not going to take it anymore! They will not be discarded like so much crumpled Kleenex on the trash heap of irrelevance just when most of them are finally figuring out what they want to be when they grow up. This demographic is bursting with experience, wisdom, and powerful voices. Not to mention wallets that contribute nearly $1.3 trillion annually to the U.S. economy. The book will be a wake-up call to every American who’s ever been called a senior citizen, old fart, over the hill, long in the tooth, or “too experienced.” They are a powder keg of Viagra and bifocals just waiting to blow. All they need is a spark. Experience  Never Gets Old is that spark. Yes, this crowd may not all have the endurance to win triathlons (heck, they may be one belly laugh away from a Depends), but they still have the power (and numbers) to change the world. At 71, Bachom says, “Forget the ‘Golden Years!’  These should be the ‘Exploding Years.’” With an outlook that’s both humorous and poignant, Experience  Never Gets Old is an owner’s manual for those who find themselves inhabiting a chronologically advanced body with a reverse aging mind. It is a guide to making the most of all the advantages of aging while overcoming the ubiquitous social and emotional hurdles designed to keep us down.  It is also a manifesto for change that proposes to reshape the landscape of aging forever. <br>

For more than a century, the New York Yankees have been synonymous with not only winning, but also a specific brand of American icons who were brash, confident, flashy, and uncompromising in the pursuit of success. They exude a hard-to-define swagger that makes the franchise, with their pinstripes and their 27 World Series titles, a defining symbol of American culture. From year to year, between generations of coaches and players, this charisma gets passed down to create the world’s most powerful sports brand. So what does it take to succeed on such a grand scale? In PLAYING IN PINSTRIPES, legendary pitcher Ron Guidry will invite readers into the Yankee clubhouse to explore the people and the qualities that have made the team great. During Guidry’s era as a player in the 1970s and 1980s, the Yankee culture was completely reborn—these were the mad, early years of George Steinbrenner’s reign when, somehow, the team emerged from the brouhaha of internal chaos to win back-to-back World Series titles. How did these Yankees become the archetype for the franchise’s future? And how did Guidry reach the pinnacle of baseball success? PLAYING IN PINSTRIPES draws on Guidry’s experience as a superstar pitcher, team captain, and pitching coach, to tell his story and detail the internal evolution of the New York Yankees, explaining what it takes to become great both individually and as a team in spite of countless obstacles. Filled with untold anecdotes—from the raucously funny to the serious and educational—the book will teach readers what it takes to overcome personal and professional adversity to reach the top in sports, business and life.

In his twentieth year covering the high-profile travails of celebrities, E! News senior correspondent Ken Baker was privately suffering his own crisis. But Baker’s problem was not something that could be solved by a Hollywood rehab center, a Xanax prescription, or a little nip-tuck. Baker—a former Catholic-turned-Agnostic-turned-Believer-of-Nothing—was suffering a crisis of faith. In May the Force Be with Me: My Search for God in Hollywood, the veteran magazine and TV journalist, author and married father of two takes readers along on his journey to find meaning amid his star-spangled workplace by using the vast and colorful resources found in what he dubs “the Celebrity Spirituality Complex.” Featuring first-person journalistic reportage and interviews with celebrities and their spiritual leaders, Baker immerses himself in a diverse range of spiritual practices with the celebrity set in a sincere quest to quell his recurring panic attacks, establish a belief system, and find the ultimate answers within his hometown Hollywood community.  He attends church with the Kardashians, studies the Bible with Justin Bieber’s pastor, meditates with Oprah Winfrey’s guru, comes face to face with Scientology leaders, debates famous Atheists, and attends the mega-church of the nation’s most popular TV preacher, Joel Osteen. Will the celebs and their gurus bring Baker closer to God, or will they be revealed as self-centered charlatans? Baker’s journey leads him to seek answers from Star Wars creator George Lucas, whose Zen-inspired “May the Force be with you” mantra inspires Baker to channel his own Force. <br><br>

She was supposed to have died more than 70 years ago.  After all, of the one million Jewish children in Poland when Hitler invaded, a mere one-half of one percent survived. Indeed, Nazi policy dictated that Anita Epstein was not even supposed to be born, certainly not amid the death and disease of Krakow’s Jewish ghetto. But she was born there, in November 1942, and she did live, hidden by a Catholic family. In THE MIRACLE CHILD (written with her journalist husband Noel Epstein), Epstein recounts the tale of a girl whose survival was, in fact, a miracle, and of her mother, who endured four of Hitler’s camps, including Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen, and, remarkably, returned to Poland to find Anita alive. After time spent among the enemy in Germany’s U.S. Zone (Holocaust survivors were barred from almost all other nations), Anita finally reached New York in late 1949, at age 7, and began other adventures. In a Brooklyn ghetto she played “hit the rat,” chasing vermin into sewers with sticks. She tried improving her English by imitating actress Tallulah Bankhead, sparking laughter among classmates. Twice George Stevens auditioned her for the part of Anne in his 1957 movie version of The Diary of Anne Frank.  And, after moving to Washington D.C., she organized ex-New Yorkers to help stave off bankruptcy for the city that had opened its arms to her. Through all this, she struggled with nightmares, forebodings, and worries, particularly about how Holocaust memory will be sustained when the last survivors, like her, are gone. She explains why this will not be easy, but why it is also vital that the Holocaust not fade from the world’s conscience, lest the world’s conscience itself fade as well.

Facing intense public pressure to help Britain’s war effort, members of the Scottish soccer team, Heart of Midlothian enlisted en masse in November 1914, inspiring hundreds of fans and fellow athletes to join them. McCrae’s Battalion suffered disastrous losses at the Battle of the Somme and for journalist Andrew Beaujon, their story was both epic and compelling. It also was a way to explain how World War I affected ordinary people instead of the members of royal families and their generals. Using historical accounts and his extensive reporting skills, Beaujon tells the story of McCrae’s men in A Bigger Field Awaits Us: The Scottish Soccer Team That Went to War. Indelible characters come to life once again to help readers understand the war:  Donald Gunn, an American newspaperman who became so enamored of the unit that he joined it; Paddy Crossan, a star player who was gassed and grievously injured in battle and yet managed to come home and play well five years later; and Harry Wattie, an artistic player who helped refine a rough, working-class game and whose body was never found at Somme. A Bigger Field Awaits US is about soccer, and family, and country, and how the great weight of world events can redefine everyday life. <br><br>

Dance As Art: The New York City Photography Project is a celebration of the beauty of dance and a tribute to the talented dancers of New York City through the eyes of photographer, Kevin Richardson, a personal trainer with no formal schooling in photography.  Juxtaposing dancers against the backdrop of iconic New York City landmarks and neighborhoods, Richardson’s photographs resonate with both dancers and non-dancers alike and is part street show, part fine art!  With dancers ranging from aspiring students of the Alvin Ailey and Joffery Ballet schools, in addition to professionals from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Company, Houston Ballet Company, Paul Taylor 2, Complexions Ballet, Cirque De Soleil, Lion King, An American in Paris and NBC’s The Wiz LIVE, Kevin was inspired by the diverse and incredibly gifted artists of New York City. Dance As Art  will be a clarion call to remember and support the arts using striking photographs that intrigue, delight, and set the stage for some of the amazingly talented dancers of the Big Apple.

After leaving a loveless marriage at age sixty-nine, Trudy Williams wanted sex with a man once more before she died. Frightened and despondent, this seemed impossible to her. But the desire for a renewed sexual life turned into a riotous erotic adventure beyond Williams’ wildest imagination. By the time her seventieth birthday rolled around, she had been intimate with 300 men, and most of them were in their twenties and thirties. After many casual conversations with people who seemed less than confident in their own sensuality, unsure of how to find the pleasure they so badly craved, she decided to write Sexy, sensual, & 69. With her co-author, Karen Veronica, a professional sex educator, Williams recounts in her own hip and quirky voice, the unlikely story of how her debauched experimentation deep in the heart of Brooklyn led to a profound self-transformation. After the unbearably awkward first date, she started to get the hang of things, and blossomed into a street-wise, sheet-wise badass. Brimming with humor and generosity, Sexy, sensual, & 69 is the unfiltered story of Williams’ unique encounters and how they deeply affected both her and her lovers.  The narrative of her luxuriant year of sex shows how embracing risk can mean accepting one’s self.  Williams graciously shares how she learned that the pleasure we seek often comes from gaining the confidence to feel deserving. Along the way, she debunks normalized definitions of beauty and offers an alternative picture she learned from her lovers who made her realize her own sags and wrinkles were sexy as hell.

A History of the World in Fifty Fakes, Forgeries and Fallacies creates an anti-history, in which Michelangelo fakes a cupid, arctic explorers search for an entrance into a hollow Earth, a woman is elected Pope, the holy foreskin is venerated, extraterrestrial aliens live among us, Paul McCartney is dead, and the New York Times publishes plagiarism.  Together, Peter N. Névraumont and Ian Tattersall reveal that part of human nature we cringe to acknowledge—the selfish and all-too-often self-destructive side that has defined throughout all of history who we humans are. These are tales of the hucksters and a gullible public, conspiracy theories and their believers, fraudsters and their victims. A History of the World in Fifty Fakes, Forgeries and Fallacies asks readers to take a look at the subtle dance between the con and the mark (in which the mark chases after what is too good to be true) and seeks an answer to the question, “Is human nature innately good or bad?” Ultimately, it confirms that our nature is neither, but instead, quite original in both its achievements and its failures. Ian Tattersall is Curator Emeritus of Anthropology at the American Museum of Natural History and has travelled the world in search of clues into the origin and evolution of our remarkable species. Over the last two decades Peter N. Névraumont has produced a series of award-winning natural history books. Together, they will create a compulsively readable and thought provoking book.

In her mid-twenties, Katherine Ketcham began to research and write Under the Influence: A Guide to the Myths and Realities of Alcoholism, which became a classic in addiction literature.  In a series of bizarre twists of fate spanning four decades, her writing paved the pathway for her life.  Unlike other memoirs of self-discovery (e.g., Wild by Cheryl Strayed or Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert) in which the authors begin their journey as crushed, dispirited individuals seeking to piece themselves back together again, Katherine set forth boldly and confidently, with high hopes of changing the world for people with addictions.  As the years passed and her books on addiction and recovery garnered high praise, the subject she wrote about with such passion gradually began to take over her life, threatening her family, destroying her sense of self, and emptying her of hope, faith, and meaning.  The portrait that emerges is searingly honest and profoundly moving as the author is forced to confront her helplessness and powerlessness ultimately discovering that the only life she could save was her own. The Only Life I Could Save is a unique “life follows art” memoir written by a renowned author of books on addiction and spirituality.  Beyond that, it offers readers unique and compelling insights into the art and craft of writing, the challenges of co-authorship, the age-old story of a parent’s fierce, relentless quest to save a child who has gone astray, and the life-changing gifts of storytelling.  The book rewards readers with a wealth of “lived” advice for family members and friends seeking to help their loved ones, with powerful insights into addiction, recovery, shame,  imperfection, and the power of community to heal and make whole.

Who doesn’t love the charm of a candlelit dinner party, the fun of a backyard grilling get-together, or a sparkling holiday bash? And yet, we rarely follow through to host our own. Award-winning chef and author of four previous cookbooks, Debra Ponzek wants this to change. She wants readers to entertain often—with flair and unwavering confidence. And that is where Debra Ponzek’s Make-Ahead Entertaining: Simple Recipes for Great-Tasting Party Food comes in.  In this, her fifth book, Ponzek explains how to best shop and then prep food ahead of time for any style and size of party, to ensure the final event takes place without a hitch. She walks the reader through what can and cannot be done ahead of time, how far ahead of time food should be prepared, and how best to store the food until you are ready to cook and serve it. Details like how large a reader’s oven is, how much counter space is necessary, and when to encourage (or discourage) guests from contributing dishes to the meal are also thoughtfully answered. Debra Ponzek’s Make-Ahead Entertaining focuses on foolproof recipes and is curated for today’s tastes and overloaded lifestyles, with annotated, practical make-ahead suggestions. Equal time is given to topics such as signature cocktails, place settings, traffic flow, and other key ingredients for a dazzling, memorable celebration. Ponzek promises the reader that it’s possible to have “fun at your own party” and then—best of all!—delivers on this promise with unique, helpful tips for success.

In 1191, a self-absorbed King Richard has raised taxes across England to fund his own glory in the Third Crusade, where his body-double Robin of Locksley takes an arrow to the leg. King Richard sends Robin back to England while his leg heals, along with fellow soldier and close friend William de Wendenal, to investigate missing supply deliveries. They have every reason to anticipate that they will make quick work of setting things right on the homefront before rejoining their fellow troops in Acre. But in the Sherwood Forest, an attack from a band of rebels forces Robin and William to split up, leading each down a radically different path. As crime and punishment both escalate, neither is able to stop the cycle of violence that brings them into open conflict with each other. Playwright and debut novelist Nathan Makaryk’s Nottingham is a character-driven epic new telling of the Robin Hood story in a realistic historical context. Nottingham rebuilds the world of Robin Hood with neither heroes nor villains. The Merry Men may see themselves as virtuous, but their selfishness and violence tells a different story. The men of the Nottingham Guard are equally flawed, but driven to protect their city from the terror brought on by the outlaws. Based on his own stage play, The Legend of Robin Hood, Makaryk’s novel is a radical reimagining in the tradition of The Mists of Avalon by way of Game of Thrones. Told in the voices of Robin, Maid Marion, the Merry Men, the Sheriff of Nottingham, and a broad cast of surrounding characters both historical and imagined, this is an ambitious and accomplished novel that mixes history and legend into a complex study of power – one that twists and turns far beyond the scope of the traditional folklore. (Please note: this project is represented by Jim McCarthy.)

Boom and Bust. Everyone knows that markets always follow the Boom/Bust cycle. That’s led investors to try to time markets so that they ride Booms and avoid Busts, but few are actually successful. And that’s because they either ignore or mischaracterize sideways markets. In a revolutionary approach to market analysis, investor Marin Katusa utilizes his deep understanding of every market cycle’s third critical phase—the Echo: the period that follows every Bust and precedes the next Boom. Contrary to popular wisdom, the best time to enter a battered market is not when it hits bottom, even if one could somehow to pinpoint that exact moment.  It’s during the Echo that the real foundations of personal fortunes are laid. But how does one identify an Echo and capitalize on it? In Boom, Bust, and Echo: Investment Success In Any Market, Marin Katusa (author of the New York Times bestseller The Colder War) will lead readers through the process, step by step, in simple, non-technical English—and Katusa is the man for the job. He is a top hedge fund manager; his KC50 Fund, established in 2009, has beaten its comparable index by 600% over the past six years. In early 2014 he predicted the coming oil price crash while most of the media scoffed at him. Now they invite him on to their radio and TV shows. Out in the real financial world, serially successful investors like Warren Buffett have already prospered by applying the underlying principles of the Boom/Bust/Echo model. With Marin’s help, now anyone will be able to do the same thing. (Please note: this project is represented by Michael Bourret.)

Our images of pioneers heading West conspicuously lack any color, and we are taught implicitly and explicitly the frontier was founded by whites. But Harvard Fellow and award-winning historian Anna-Lisa Cox has uncovered a hidden and important story of our young nation: a black pioneering movement before the Civil War, a movement so massive and successful that it changed the legal and social landscape of our country forever. These black pioneers were coming to the “Great West,” the region that would later become Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin. This was a territory legally free of slavery but far from free of racism. Highly visible, assertive and brave, tens of thousands of these African American pioneers scattered themselves across this land, integrating the frontier and leading the nation to the brink of war. This is a history that has been intentionally hidden. Anna-Lisa uncovered these secrets by rummaging through broom closets in the basements of county courthouses to find 150-year-old documents that someone wanted lost. In the spirit of The Warmth of Other Suns, Jacksonland and The New Jim Crow, Anna-Lisa Cox’s meticulously researched and beautifully written The Bone and Sinew of the Land will tell the moving stories of the people who made up this first Great Migration. (Please note: this project is represented by Michael Bourret.)

In today’s world, home cooks are far savvier about food than they’re given credit for. Sure, they want recipes that are delicious and appeal to the whole family, and they must be quick and easy enough to prepare on a weeknight. But in a world full of chef-driven food shows and food porn-driven social networks, there’s an insatiable crave for those same sort of no-fuss recipes, but versions that are more interesting, impressive and creative than ever before. Just Cook It! by Justin Chapple focuses on teaching people at home how an expert recipe perfector (like Justin!) reinvents ordinary, intimidating and old-fashioned recipes while paying close attention to teaching simple, no-fuss lessons for impressive, everyday cooking. Filled with more than 125 foolproof, easy-to-follow recipes and techniques, Just Cook It! is a fun, informative and modern cookbook. You’ll find traditionally difficult recipes—like eggs benedict, soufflé and chocolate mousse—that have been transformed into easier, more contemporary versions. But that’s not all! It features smarter-than-ever recipes that are surprising and new, like chickpea salad lettuce wraps, baked risotto and pumpkin carbonara. Justin Chapple is the senior test kitchen editor at Food & Wine and is the host of their award-winning video series, Mad Genius Tips. He tests, develops, writes and edits hundreds of recipes a year for the Food & Wine brand. In addition, he has developed recipes and stories for publications like Real Simple and InStyle. He appears regularly on NBC’s Today Show and has also appeared on Fox 5’s Good Day New York, VH1’s Big Morning Buzz Live, and The Meredith Vieira Show, among others. (Please note: this project is represented by Stacey Glick.)

Dressing In Layers is about mothers, daughters, sisters, and friends and what to wear to your own mid-life crisis. June July Goldberg Valentine (yes, that’s her real name) is a mess. She’s lost her job and her daughters no longer need her—the two things that gave her life purpose are suddenly gone. And to make it worse, the women in her family have staged an intervention regarding her appearance and her obvious choice not to care about it. But all June wants is to be left alone to mope around in her stained Disney sweatshirts and comfort fit scrub pants. Then a humiliating experience in front of her daughter’s school makes June realize there might be something to her family’s concerns. Reluctantly, she agrees to attend the course: “Strut Your Inner Peacock; A Woman’s Guide to Re-Inventing Herself,” taught by the intoxicating Lenore—a Princess Barbie, beautiful sorceress, and fairy godmother all rolled into one. Soon June is diving head first into the world of outfits and accessories, eagerly gathering up the pearls of wisdom Lenore hands out to her class of fashion misfits. But as she gets closer to attaining her full Peacock Potential, June uncovers her beloved mentor’s shocking secret and quickly learns that the most precious pearls can’t be bought at any store. Dressing In Layers by debut author Lisa Roe is a funny but poignant look at motherhood, identity and moving through life’s stages, and is highly commercial. It’s Nora Ephron’s I Feel Bad About My Neck meets Sophie Kinsella’s Confessions of a Shopaholic meets TLC’s What Not To Wear. Not only will it be a book club favorite, but women everywhere will be strutting their inner peacock! (Please note: this project is represented by Stacey Glick.)

Cleo Maidanek travels the world as a field anthropologist studying the culture of food. Unlike most of her peers, though, Cleo has hit that sweet spot between science and popular culture, earning an ardent following for her books, a regular morning-show slot and guest appearances on late night television. Cleo has made a deal with her partner, though. No more travel.  It’s time to stay home, write, teach, build on her success as the “Food Lady.” Her six-month trip to Waskaminji, the tiny northernmost town in the Indigenous Territory of Quebec, will be her last and even the discovery of a mysterious dead body on her final day there isn’t likely to change anything. Or is it? Why was the man dressed in the native suicide regalia of centuries past? How is it possible that no one – in a remote town where everyone knows everyone – has ever seen him before? Suddenly, all the evidence is pointing to the possibility of a population of people who have never experienced Western contact. And the tribal council wants Cleo to be the one to investigate. Opportunity of a lifetime or most unforgiveable violation? Through Cleo’s struggle with the ultimate challenge to her ethics and integrity, author Beth Neff, whose own career has revolved around growing, anthropology, narratives and politics of food, explores the mutability of identity – as daughter, sister, woman, lover, and scientist.  Neff’s luminous adult fiction debut, Hand to Hand, maps the sometimes perilous territory between our ‘selves’ and what others want us, and our culture needs us, to be. (Please note: this project is represented by Jessica Papin.)

On the morning of August 16, 1927, sixteen competitors huddled in eight tiny airplanes on a runway along the shore of San Francisco Bay. Among those tucked inside the fabric-wrapped fuselages were a Hollywood stunt flier, New York City’s first airplane cop, a barnstormer from Honolulu known as the “Aloha Kid,” and a female aviator and teacher from Michigan nicknamed the “Flying Schoolmarm.” As varied as their backgrounds were, these competitors shared an identical goal: to reach Hawaii as fast as possible and collect a huge cash prize. Two months earlier, Charles Lindbergh had awed the world when he piloted the Spirit of St. Louis from New York to Paris on a solo, nonstop flight. Overnight, the young airmail pilot became an international celebrity. With the Atlantic crossed, the Pacific became the next frontier. Recognizing air transportation’s potential to transform the islands, pineapple tycoon James Dole offered prize money for the first aviators to fly nonstop to Hawaii. The response to his challenge (and the media frenzy that accompanied it) was overwhelming, with dozens of pilots promising to make the mad and dangerous dash for the tiny islands, so long as they could find a navigator and plane in time. Meanwhile, pilots in the Army and Navy were planning their own pioneering flights to Hawaii, threatening to steal the Dole Derby’s thunder. But whether civilian or military, any pilot taking off from California in a fragile, fuel-laden wooden plane would have to battle mechanical mishaps, shifting winds, storms, drowsiness, fatigue and each other during the 26-hour journey over seemingly endless stretches of ocean. Set in the heady days of aviation’s Golden Age—journalist and author Jason Ryan’s Race to Hawaii chronicles the riveting, high-stakes contest that, though beset by tragedy, blazed thrilling new trails and fueled an enduring public passion for flight. (Please note: this project is represented by Jessica Papin.)

From Abu Dhabi to Helsinki, Seoul to Lahore, the last decade has seen a resurgence in city-makers’ desire to create their own Silicon Valleys; centers designed to host innovative and entrepreneurial ventures capable of generating extraordinary economic value.  However, engineering a successful industry cluster is no easy task. On the contrary, building a bespoke tech city is to reckon with complex and sometimes competing requirements:  the need to embrace a vast range of enterprises and people; adapt to specific political, geographical, social and economic climates; and at the same time leave enough flexibility for the cluster to breathe, adapt and grow in surprising directions. Drawing on decades of experience teaching and consulting, Michael Joroff of MIT and David Good of Cambridge University, two experts on creating places and cultures to foster innovation, together with journalist Emma Vandore, reveal their combined analysis of what makes a successful cluster.   In their groundbreaking book, The Next Era of Silicon Valleys: Lessons for Creating Tech Cities and Industry Clusters, they show that these clusters are themselves inventions that require as much innovation and entrepreneurship as the activities that they host.   (Please note: this project is represented by Jessica Papin.)

As the editor and publisher of ARTnews, Milton Esterow had a ringside seat in the art world for nearly half a century, rubbing shoulders with some of the biggest names in modern and contemporary art. Now, for the first time, Esterow steps out from behind his desk and shares his remarkable stories. Readers will be fascinated to hear about his early years as a reporter and critic for the New York Times, where he met everyone from President Truman to Cole Porter, before taking over ARTnews and transforming the way people read and talk about art. Rauschenberg, Lichtenstein, Cartier-Bresson, Jasper Johns, Warhol, Frank Gehry, even John McEnroe and the Israeli secret agent who captured Adolf Eichman all make appearances, as do the families of Jewish collectors whose art was stolen during the Holocaust—the recovery of which made for one of ARTnews’s finest hours. With the same warm, accessible voice that made ARTnews so readable for the general public, Milton Esterow: My Life In Art and News is a must-read for anyone who cares about art, politics, social justice, and sixty years’ worth of notable names. (Please note: this project is represented by John Rudolph.)

During the late summer and early fall of 1918, one city was caught up in a great cross-pollination of American policy, politics and culture. The world’s deadliest pandemic—the Spanish Flu—erupted in Boston and its suburbs, bringing death on an unimaginable scale. At precisely the same time, a division of Massachusetts volunteers led the first unified American fighting force into battle in France, turning the tide of World War I. And then, in a baseball season cut short on the home front, a young pitcher named Babe Ruth rallied the sport’s most dominant team, the Boston Red Sox, to yet another World Series victory. September 1918: Boston in War, Plague, and the World Series introduces readers to a richly diverse cast of characters whose riveting, intertwined stories unfolded across one remarkable month. In addition to the Babe, readers will meet America’s World War I Flying Ace, a Boston teenager; unknown political functionary Calvin Coolidge, thrust into managing the country’s first great public health crisis by an absentee governor; Boston suffragist leader Maud Wood Park; poet E.E. Cummings, an army private stationed at the very center of a biological storm; and Massachusetts Senator Henry Cabot Lodge, the constant rival of a sitting wartime president. A former journalist and sports reporter for ESPN and Yahoo, Skip Desjardin weaves these disparate strands into a compelling narrative that shows how Boston truly lived up to its reputation as “the hub of the universe” for one remarkable month that shaped the world for years to come. (Please note: this project is represented by John Rudolph.)

In 1928, Ellery Sedgwick, the aristocratic owner and editor of the Boston-based Atlantic Monthly, one of America’s most highly regarded and widely read literary magazines, proudly announced that “Aladdin’s treasure” had landed on the editor’s desk: A trove of letters, diaries, and other keepsakes that proved the long-doubted yet celebrated love affair between Abraham Lincoln and Ann Rutledge. A San Diego journalist named Wilma Frances Minor claimed that the material had been sacredly held in her family for several generations and had only recently been revealed to her by her mother. Yet as soon as the series appeared, inquisitive journalists, private investigators, and a team of Lincoln scholars combined to ask whether the Atlantic had stumbled upon a priceless jewel of history–or if it had fallen victim to the most elaborate and skillful literary hoax in history. The Lincoln Love Letters: A True Story of History, Romance, and Deception recounts how the seduction of a prominent New England magazine editor, and his remarkable journey to uncover the truth – or, perhaps, conceal it –stunned the literary world and forever changed the way historians approached the study of Abraham Lincoln. With the gift for storytelling and historical research that marked The Court-Martial of Paul Revere (“Enlightening”—Publishers Weekly), Michael Greenburg skillfully brings to life a forgotten chapter in the history of America’s greatest president. (Please note: this project is represented by John Rudolph.)

No fashion item has had quite the impact on popular culture as the sneaker. And with $55 billion in sales worldwide in 2013, sneakers show no sign of losing their ubiquity. Yet the amazing story of how sneakers found their way onto everyone’s feet has never been approached in a narrative as rich as Sole Power: How Sneakers Changed Our Games and Our Lives. In winning, accessible prose, journalist Nick Smith tells the rich history of how the athletic shoe went from being worn on the fields and courts of the wealthy elite to becoming the professional footwear of everyday people. The story of the sneaker features a diverse cast of characters including warring ex-Nazi brothers, basement inventors, and the savvy marketers who cooked up the greatest pitchman in the history of sport. Readers will also be fascinated to see how the unlikely combination of California skateboarders and New York rappers took sneakers from the world of sports and casual wear into the realm of high fashion, and how advances in technology are transforming sneakers into cutting-edge prosthetics that are reshaping what it means to be an athlete. (Please note: this project is represented by John Rudolph.)

When Anna’s 13-year-old daughter Julie is kidnapped at knifepoint in the middle of the night, the rest of her family splinters. Eight years later, Julie suddenly reappears as a twenty-one year old and Anna’s first concern is to put her family back together again. But then Anna starts to realize that Julie’s story doesn’t quite add up—Julie is lying to the police, skipping appointments, and sneaking around Houston with an agenda of her own. Horrified at her own suspicions and afraid of what she might find out, Anna begins to investigate Julie’s real motives for coming home. As each new piece of Julie’s (or not-Julie’s) difficult past emerges, Anna must face her own worst fears about her daughter’s fate—and decide how far she will go to help the ruthless young woman who may not be her daughter after all. Other People’s Daughters by Chicago Tribune book critic Amy Gentry is a deliciously unsettling psychological thriller with dark atmospherics and a bestseller twist. (Please note: this project is represented by Sharon Pelletier.)

Following a deadly explosion in a Pennsylvania coal mine, three everyday people pit themselves against the might of corporate corruption in this taut, hearty debut from Pushcart Prize nominee and Glimmer Train finalist Tom Bennitt. Veteran miner Larry survives the explosion, adding it to the list of tragedies he’s walked away from, and finds himself drawn towards Denise, a nurse and the wife of the only other survivor—her comatose husband is now a pawn of Faust Coal’s attempts to dodge responsibility for the incident. And Simon, a disgruntled lawyer for Faust Coal, is hesitant to dig up any trouble, but suspects his company is at fault for the tragedy. As Denise and Larry figure out what steps to take on the victims’ side of the tragedy, Simon slowly uncovers an unsettling trail of safety violations and unscrupulous behavior before stumbling upon a cover-up engineered by CEO George Faust. Simon, Denise, and Larry find themselves hurtling towards an unpredictable showdown—Faust will do anything to conceal the truth, and with the power of the status quo on his side, will the truth even make any difference?  Bringing to mind Daniel Woodrell’s Winter’s Bone and Nickolas Butler’s Shotgun Lovesongs, The Fire Beneath Their Feet captures the character, conflict, and gritty aspirations of America’s Rust Belt. (Please note: this project is represented by Sharon Pelletier.)

Simon Fox wants two things: to live forever, and to spend his life with his fiancée, Claire. Thanks to Hebe Industries and their memory backup technology, the first goal isn’t so hard, so long as you have the cash to fork over. The second? Not so much. When Claire dies in an accident, Fox decides to hell with resurrection queues. Maybe his time as a golden-boy memory editor—scrubbing the worries and pains from the memories of Hebe’s clients—has inflated his ego, but he’s bringing her back himself, right away. But when an anti-backup protestor destroys Claire’s memory drive, Fox is forced to team up with a duo of unlikely allies as he rails against death in a world where it isn’t even supposed to exist. Welcome to Forever follows Fox’s journey through crumbling memoryscapes and constructed paradises as he struggles to piece together the memories of the love of his (indefinitely long) life. Nathan Tavares’s debut combines lush immediate prose with the playful voice of The Martian and themes reminiscent of Old Man’s War. What does it mean to be human in a world where our memories—and ourselves—are a commodity? When you can live forever, what do you live for? (Please note: this project is represented by Mike Hoogland.)

At the tender age of 26, Erin Lowry has already become the go-to authority on money matters for the millennial generation. Her popular blog, Broke Millennial, offers answers to all questions about personal finance for millennials, and does it in a wry, irreverent tone that speaks volumes to her peers. She is also a regular contributor to U.S. News and World Report and has been featured in Forbes and USA TODAY and on CBS Sunday Morning.  She is now ready to make Broke Millenial a book, a personal-finance guide that will give millennials the answers to questions they don’t even know they should be asking. Like her blog, Broke Millenial will use a conversational tone, storytelling, and embarrassing personal anecdotes to demystify personal finance for Lowry’s generation, a generation that often finds itself saddled with $30,000 worth of student-loan debts at age 22. Chapter titles like “Down the Rabbit Hole of Insurance,” “Investing 101: Keep It Simple,” and “I Can’t Afford to Split This Dinner Bill Evenly: Navigating Finances and Friendship” will give readers a sense of control over their lives in this precarious economy.   As she puts it, plenty of millennials “may be ridiculed for continuing to live off parental welfare way beyond college. But often times I find that it’s simply because they have not been given the tools, or the shove out of the nest, to get by without it. How are we supposed to survive and thrive financially if we are never given the skills to do it?” (Please note: this project is represented by Eric Myers.)

Physician Lydia Kang, whose history of dubious medicine, Quackery (co-authored with Nate Pedersen), will be published by Workman in 2017, turns her focus to fiction with A Beautiful Poison. Set in New York City in 1918, the final year of World War I, but the start of the deadly worldwide Spanish influenza epidemic, A Beautiful Poison centers on a group of privileged young Manhattanites, coddled since childhood within the confines of Upper East Side society, who are forced to face globally-scaled problems they barely knew existed. When the members of the clique start dropping, one by one, it may be the deadly ravages of the flu or it just may be the hand of someone who wants to see all of them dead.  Rather than wait to find out which of them will die next, amateur chemist Allene Cutter and her friend Jasper Jones, an assistant at the Bellevue Hospital morgue in New York’s first forensic toxicology department, join forces to find out whether their friends are being picked off by nature or by human hands. Kang draws from all the knowledge, history, and atmosphere she gained during her own days as a med student and attending physician at Bellevue.  Fans of Caleb Carr’s The Alienist and Lindsay Faye’s The Gods of Gotham will enjoy this mysterious historical thriller, set just before the Gilded Age gave way to the hedonistic pleasures of the 1920s. (Please note: this project is represented by Eric Myers.)

Florina Rodovthe daughter of Russian immigrants, spent four years teaching a rough crowd of students at George Washington High School in Washington Heights, Manhattan’s largest Dominican enclave. It wasn’t exactly a cushy job. She succeeded, however, not only in winning the trust of many of her students, but in helping to lift them out of poverty and propelling them into college. With the encouragement of a supportive principal (but not much from competitive colleagues), she developed a close rapport with her students and managed to turn her ninth-grade English class “from a cesspool of skepticism and misbehavior into a hub of creativity and spirited debate.” She quickly gained street cred by mastering Spanglish and Ebonics, and by being the devoted mommy of a Rottweiler—described by her students as “a ghetto-ass dog.” Along with all the laughter, there was plenty of gravity: a girl’s terminal illness; a boy’s descent into a gang; an honor student’s threatened deportation. The hip offspring of such inner-city-teacher classics as Frank McCourt’s Teacher Man, Louanne Johnson’s Dangerous Minds, and Erin Gruwell’s Freedom Writers Diary (the latter still a bestseller after 15 years,) Imma Be: The American Dream in the Blackboard Jungle will put a distinctly contemporary spin on the genre. Set in the tumultuous education reform movement, which many consider the civil rights arena of our time, the book will confront crucial issues like immigration, the school-to-prison pipeline, and upward mobility. It will offer Rodov’s own thoughts on how to repair the persistently broken education system, elaborating on the provocative ideas she has started to explore in her recent articles in The Atlantic, Quartz, Entrepreneur, The NY Daily News and other publications. (Please note: this project is represented by Eric Myers.)

Rights Round Up

Audible acquired audio rights to INDULGE by Georgia Cates, FRICTION, GIRL CODE, and TETHERED by LD Davis, THE JOURNEY OF LOVE series and LOVE WANTED IN TEXAS series by Kelly Elliott, NEVER NEVER: PART III by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher, THE SCARLET DEEP by Elizabeth Hunter, THE BLACK WOLF by JA Redmerski, and REVIVED by Samantha Towle.  Tantor has rights to Kevin Grange’s LIGHTS AND SIRENS, in addition to CROSSROADS by Riley Hart, and Mariana Zapata’s RHYTHM, CHORD, & MALYKHIN. Dreamscape has rights to HEART-SHAPED HACK by Tracey Garvis-Graves, while Skyboat has rights for Fonda Lee’s ZEROBOXER.  

 

 

Film rights to THE HEART’S CODE by Paul Pearsall were optioned by UAMG Content, with Mark Burnett and Roma Downey producing.

 

James Dashner’s THE EYE OF MINDS, THE RULE OF THOUGHTS, and THE GAME OF LIVES were sold for Danish publication to Rosinante, for Hungarian publication to Cartaphilus, and for Korean publication to Moonhaksochup, and Swedish rights to THE EYE OF MINDS and THE RULE OF THOUGHTS went to SemicGeorgian rights to THE DEATH CURE were sold to Palitra. THE KILL ORDER and THE FEVER CODE will be published in Czech by Euromedia. Danish rights to GUNNER SKALE were sold to Q. Gayle Forman’s LEAVE ME will be published in Russian by Eksmo. Her I WAS HERE will be published in Portuguese by Presenca. Lovebooks acquired Danish rights to Amy Harmon’s MAKING FACES, and Newton Compton acquired Italian rights to the THE LAW OF MOSES. Samantha Young’s VALENTINE will be published in a German omnibus edition by Ullstein, and Italian rights went to Fanucci for INTO THE DEEP. DeAgostini acquired Italian rights to Suzanne Young’s THE TREATMENT, and Polish rights went to JK Publishing for THE RECOVERY. CJ Roberts’ CAPTIVE IN THE DARK was sold for Italian publication to Newton Compton. German rights to David Morrell’s ASSUMED IDENTITY were sold to Fischer. Georgia Cates’s BEAUTY FROM LOVE and A NECESSARY SIN were sold for Turkish publication to Dogan Kitap. INEVITABLE by Angela Graham will be published in Italian by Fanucci. German rights to Samantha Towle’s REVVED and REVIVED, as well as JC Reed’s CONQUER YOUR LOVE were sold to Sieben. Kim Holden’s BRIGHT SIDE and GUS were sold for Turkish publication to Aspendos, and BLACK BOX by Cassia Leo will be published in Turkish by Marti. Hebrew rights for A BEAUTIFUL MESS, A TRAGIC WRECK, and GORGEOUS CHAOS by TK Leigh were sold to Sefer Lakol. RK Lilley’s BAD THINGS was sold for Hebrew publication to Bou(k)tique. Turkish rights to CHERRY GIRL by Raine Miller were sold to Yabanci. KILLING SARAI by JA Redmerski will be published in Hungarian by Konyvmolykepzo. German rights to Angie Stanton’s ROCK AND A HARD PLACE were acquired by Amazon Germany. Italian rights for BLACK CHALK by Christopher Yates went to Baldini & Castoldi.

 

 

RECENT SALES

 

Lauren Abramo sold Rabia Chaudry’s ADNAN’S STORY to St. Martin’s Press in a North American rights deal.

THE ONE REAL THING and a second currently untitled book in the HART’S BOARDWALK series by Samantha Young went to NAL in a World rights deal by Lauren Abramo.

World rights for THE WORST PRESIDENT by Robert Strauss went to Lyons Press.

Zoe Zarani’s DESIRE, INC. went to HarperCollins (UK) in a World rights deal.

World English rights to DAN-SHA-RI by Hideko Yamashita went to St. Martin’s Press.

Jessica Papin sold World rights for LOOKING OUT FOR NUMBER TWO by Bryan Vartabedian to HarperWave.

FROM JUNKFOOD TO JOYFOOD by Joy Bauer went to Hay House in a World rights deal.

Amazon/Montlake bought World rights to THE WRITER DOUBLES DOWN (#1), THE ALL-STAR ANTES UP (#2) & UNTITLED #3 by Nancy Herkness.

World rights to Rhett C. Bruno’s TITANBORN were sold by Mike Hoogland to Hydra.

World English rights to Jessica Brody’s ADDIE MONTGOMERY’S SHORTCUT TO GROWING UP went to Delacorte.

Jim McCarthy sold THE LOVE JINX (Books 1-3) by Denise Grover Swank to Grand Central in a World English rights deal.

World rights to Anne Stuart’s FIRE BOOK #3 were sold to Amazon/Montlake.

North American rights to THE DURATION by Dave Fromm were sold to Tyrus Books by Lauren Abramo.

BUNKING WITH THE COWBOYS (1-3) and UNTITLED RANSOM SERIES (Books 1-3) by Shoshanna Evers was sold to Loveswept by Stacey Glick in a World rights deal.

Mary Ann Marlowe’s I WANT YOU TO WANT ME and an UNTITLED Book 2 went to Kensington in a World rights deal.

NOT PURELY COINCEDENTAL: MANHATTAN MONEY, HOLLYWOOD MURDERS, AND THE LIFE OF DOMINICK DUNNE by Robert Hofler was sold to University of Wisconsin Press by Eric Myers in a World rights deal.

Loveswept bought World rights to SEARCHING FOR HARMONY #1 and UNTITLED #2 by Kelly Elliott.

Jessica Papin sold world rights to A LADY’S UNSPEAKABLE GUIDE TO THE 19TH CENTURY by Therese O’Neill to Little, Brown.  

World rights to DANVERS #9 and UNTITLED#1 in a new series by Sydney Landon were sold to NAL.

Jenni L. Walsh’s BECOMING BONNIE was sold to Tor/Forge by Stacey Glick in a World English rights deal.

Jessica Papin sold North American rights to CLOCKWORK FUTURES: THE SCIENCE OF STEAMPUNK by Brandy Schillace to Pegasus.

MAKING IT RIGHT by Catherine Bybee went to Amazon/Montlake in a World rights deal.

Stacey Glick sold North American rights to PIPPA & JACK and UNTITLED Book #2 by Cecilia Galante to Scholastic.

World rights to THE SEASONED LIFE by Ayesha Curry were sold to Little, Brown by Stacey Glick.

Michael Bourret sold World rights to J. Scott Savage’s MYSTERIES OF COVE series in a two-book deal to Shadow Mountain.

WAKING IN TIME by Angie Stanton was sold to Capstone Publishers in a World English deal.

Touchstone bought World rights to GIRLS’ AUTO CLINIC GLOVE BOX GUIDE by Patrice Banks in a deal by Eric Myers.

Dave Levitan’s NOT A SCIENTIST was sold to W.W. Norton for World rights by Mike Hoogland.

DEEP UNDERCOVER by Jack Barsky went to Tyndale House in a North American deal by Eric Myers.

Sharon Pelletier sold North American rights to IRON GODDESS (Book 1) and ATHENA SISTERHOOD (Book 2) by Dharma Kelleher to Alibi.

Jessica Papin sold World rights to DEATH IN THE AIR by Kate Winkler Dawson to Touchstone.

World rights (excluding Japan) to EAT RIGHT FOR YOUR TYPE: TWENTIETH ANNIVERSARY EDITION by Peter D’Adamo with Catherine Whitney were sold to Berkley.

Workman bought World rights to Lydia Kang and Nate Pedersen’s QUACKERY: A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE WORST WAYS TO CURE EVERYTHING in a deal by Eric Myers.

HOMING INSTINCTS by Sarah Menkedick were sold to Pantheon in a deal for World English rights.

John Rudolph sold World rights to Nancy Furstinger’s INSPIRING: TRUE STORIES OF AMAZING BIONIC ANIMALS to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

WILLIAM THE WOULD-BE CONQUEROR by Scott Martelle was sold to Chicago Review Press in a World rights deal.

Eric Myers sold A LONG GRAY LINE (digital novella) by Simon Gervais to The Story Plant in a World rights deal.

Rachel Dickinson’s THE RISE AND FALL OF THE RENO GANG was sold to Lyons Press in a World rights deal by John Rudolph.

John Rudolph sold North American rights to THE SECRET GOLD by Joseph Williams to Chicago Review Press.

TURN THE WORLD UPSIDE DOWN by Nyrae Dawn was sold to Dreamspinner Press in a World rights deal.

Doug Lansky’s 2017 DAY-TO-DAY SIGNSPOTTING CALENDAR was sold to Andrews McMeel in a World rights deal by Michael Bourret.

HarperTeen bought North American rights to Anna Priemaza’s IF YOU CAN’T FLY and an Untitled YA Standalone in a deal by Lauren Abramo.

Jessica Papin sold World English rights to BROOKLYN IN LOVE by Amy Thomas to Sourcebooks.

BUILDING A BIGGER TABLE by John Pavlovitz went to Westminster John Knox Press in a World English deal by Sharon Pelletier.

Melissa Donohue’s FINANCIAL NUTRITION FOR YOUNG WOMEN was sold to Praeger in a World rights deal by Jessica Papin.

 

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