Newsletter 44: January 2009

UP AND COMING FOR SUBMISSION

For For Hemingway and Fitzgerald, there was Paris in the Twenties. For others, later, there was Greenwich Village, Big Sur, Woodstock. For an even later generation-writers and artists chasing the literary he-man ghost of Hemingway-there was another moveable feast: KEY WEST IN THE SEVENTIES. At the beginning of the decade, Key West was a sleepy little town at the end of the road with a sturdy literary pedigree. Hemingway had lived there while writing A Farewell to Arms and For Whom the Bell Tolls. Other writers sought out the town over the years: Robert Frost, John Dos Passos, Elizabeth Bishop, and Wallace Stevens among them. At the dawn of the 70s, Tennessee Williams still roamed its streets with an entourage that looked like the Olympic swimming team. A decade after his death, Papa Hemingway’s mystique was still so great that he drew a new (lost) generation to Key West. Before the tourist trade took over, it was an outrageous little town rich in history, awash in schizophrenia, its role secure in American culture as the capital of Weird–a haven for artists, a safe place for homosexuals, an inspirational home to writers, and a romantic, creative, libidinous enclave. In his latest book, celebrated writer William McKeen does for 1970s Key West what David Hajdu did for 1960s Greenwich Village in Positively 4th Street. A celebration, a history, a love note, and a swan song, KEY WEST IN THE SEVENTIES will be a rich evocation of a dangerous paradise that burned fast but shined bright while it lasted.

Politics used to be compared to “playing hardball”–named for the baseball thrown faster than a speeding bullet straight for the batter’s head. That’s no longer the case. The sport of politics can now be better described as playing CURVEBALL–after the moving, shifting baseball thrown to fool a batter into swinging wildly and missing. Twenty years after Chris Matthews wrote the perennial bestseller Hardball, the rules of politics have dramatically evolved. With CURVEBALL, Taegan Goddard, one of the most widely read and influential political bloggers on the Internet will uncover the new rules left in the wake of Bill Clinton, Newt Gingrich, and other late-20th century politicians. It will show how today’s politicians–from Barack Obama to Nancy Pelosi–use them to jockey for advantage and advance their agendas. As a former aide to a U. S. Senator and Governor, Goddard was trained in hardball politics. However, as the editor and publisher of Political Wire for more than a decade, he has watched the transformation of the American political landscape as the game became more complicated and much more sophisticated.

When Emily Luchetti tells people that she is a pastry chef, she often finds that they respond with a degree of awe because they are, themselves, so intimidated by baking. She started to wonder what it was about the process that overwhelmed so many people who otherwise enjoyed cooking. There were lots of wonderful books out there offering basic dessert recipes, but she began to notice that none of them really seemed to get to the heart of the questions a beginner baker might have while reassuring them. Luchetti began recruiting people to put in real-live kitchen situations to find out what those questions were and what it was about baking that scared them so that she could translate what she learned into a book that would allay other beginning bakers’ concerns. THE TERRIFIED BAKER, written with celebrated cookbook writer Lisa Weiss, will be the remarkable result of that process. Filled with sophisticated yet approachable, refined but not fussy recipes, brimming with warmth, and sharing not only the steps to build a good dessert, but advice and alternatives along the way, Luchetti and Weiss will offer the definitive beginner’s guide to baking.

Nancy Samalin‘s mother was a remarkable woman-feisty, tough, sociable, fashionable, and smart. But she didn’t like children. They just weren’t any fun. And patience was a virtue that totally eluded her, so she often made plain that parenting was more of a chore than a pleasure. Years later, Samalin still feels the sting of her mother’s more critical words. Though she is aware that she should know better, she still has excruciating moments of self-doubt, especially about the way she looks or how she expresses an opinion. She’ll worry whether a dress is “too fussy” or makes her look “a little thick,” and question if her emotions are “silly” or her opinions “not too bright.” In her latest book, this renowned parenting expert offers guidance to parents who want to learn how to avoid the kinds of negativity in their speech that so often harms their children unintentionally. DON’T SAY THAT! HOW TO STOP WOUNDING KIDS WITH WORDS, written with Catherine Whitney, teaches parents how to avoid words of disappointment, discouragement, guilt, dismissal, and fury and to reshape their language in a positive, supportive way. Sharing her understanding of how language can hurt and can heal, Samalin’s latest will be an invaluable resource to all parents.

If you’ve ever enjoyed anything by Robert Lowell, Susan Sontag, Bernard Malamud, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, I.B. Singer, Pablo Neruda, Jonathan Franzen, Tom Wolfe or, well, Sammy Davis, Jr., you have Roger Straus to thank for the privilege. After co-founding Farrar, Straus and Co. in 1946, he managed to build what may have been the country’s last and greatest independent publishing house. Under Straus’ rule, the company was, unabashedly, a cult of personality-his personality, which was both loved and hated. Either you adored his convertible Mercedes, his ascots, his jealous attention to his authors, his copious profanities and high-flown diction-or you just didn’t. In fact, there may have been at least two very prominent people with more complicated feelings toward Straus. One was Robert Giroux, the comparatively reticent editor who necessarily labored in Straus’s shadow (“oil and water,” Straus’s successor calls them), even as his mutual love for his writers-great friends like John Berryman and Flannery O’Connor-made FSG the literary powerhouse it remains even now that Straus and Giroux are gone. The other is Straus’s only child, Roger Straus III, whom Dad would have liked to see take over the family business, but whose ideas about adapting FSG to corporate realities were anathema to the patriarch. HOTHOUSE by New York magazine publishing reporter Boris Kachka is the story of Straus, but also of Giroux and Straus III; of a string of top editors who thrived or bridled under the boss; of the many eccentrics (“crazies”, as Straus’s lifelong assistant affectionately calls them) who worked in the cramped, musty, and unfashionable offices at 19 Union Square West; and, of course, the long line of needy, troubled writers who called FSG home. More than just a publishing story, HOTHOUSE is a mesmerizing look at a distinctive and distinguished business run like no other.

Formerly a Hollywood screenwriter (My Favorite Year; Welcome Back, Kotter; etc.), Dennis Palumbo is now a licensed psychotherapist in private practice, specializing in counseling some of the most successful, creative people in show business. His patients include many Oscar- and Emmy-winning actors, writers, and directors, as well as those journeyman artists whose work we all know but whose names we don’t (unless we happen to read all the credits). By giving the reader an intimate glimpse into the consulting room where the talented and acclaimed struggle to make sense of their experiences, HOLLYWOOD ON THE COUCH will offer a unique perspective on the perils and triumphs of a life in show-biz. Each of the book’s chapters will depict the therapeutic journey of a particular Hollywood professional: the Tabloid Queen, the Suicidal Producer, the Sex Symbol, the Director from Hell….In vivid detail, Palumbo will share their career travails, relationship disasters, and the addictions that they grapple with daily. From the self-loathing to the grandiose, the reclusive to the outrageous, the next Hot New Thing to the fast-fading, he will introduce us to our culture’s most noted individuals at their most revealing and most intimate. Ultimately a tribute to the patients he has been privileged enough to work with, Palumbo’s book will be as humorous as it is humane. His patients’ stories, while disguised and amalgamated, will nonetheless provide accurate testimony to their courage, humor, and perseverance.

Louis Malle’s family moved to Paris in 1940 after the French surrender to Germany. Until then, his knowledge of film was limited–a few movies sponsored by his parish church and a trip to a nearby town to see Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Though he experimented with his father’s movie camera as a child, it was in Paris that film became more a part of his life. During the German occupation of France, when he was not in class in the private schools he attended, he was watching movies. Or he was wondering about the problems of Jewish students the priests at his school were hiding from the Gestapo. Combining his burgeoning love of film with a newfound social consciousness and his own rebellious instincts, Louis Malle became one of the greatest and most controversial film directors of his lifetime. He was one of the first directors of “The New Wave,” the youthful French film movement of the late 1950s and early 1960s that also produced Jean-Luc Godard, Francois Truffaut and Eric Rohmer. He became one of the most controversial film directors as well, directing a shocking (for its time) sexual film, then a film about incest between a mother and her son, another about suicide, and others about an adolescent informer for the Nazis and child prostitution. His family hated those movies, but they stood by him. In his new book, LOUIS MALLE, celebrated journalist, film historian, critic, professor, and author Hugh Merrill offers the definitive look at one of the greatest filmmakers the world has known. His consideration of Malle’s life promises to be as fascinating as the man himself.

Anyone can follow a recipe, but how much better off would cooks be if they could learn to think, shop and cook like an award-winning “Top Chef?” Before earning the respect of fellow chefs and capturing the hearts of viewers during the Top Chef competition, Stephanie Izard won critical acclaim as the chef-owner of her former restaurant Scylla, renowned for its seasonal, seafood-centric cuisine. Building upon the creative and contemporary style that led her to become the first woman to take home the title of “Top Chef” on Bravo’s show of that name, Izard’s HOW TO THINK, SHOP, AND COOK LIKE A TOP CHEF, written with Heather Shouse, will encapsulate her playful personality in creative and funky content accessible to cooks of all levels. It will contain contemporary American recipes built around Izard’s culinary philosophy that the best food is not overly complicated, and that it’s possible to respect the masters without complex techniques, fancy equipment and expensive ingredients. But beyond simply providing recipes, this book will live up to its title and teach home cooks and aspiring chefs HOW TO THINK, SHOP AND COOK LIKE A TOP CHEF.

Sleep is the new sex. Everyone wants it. Everyone needs it. Unlike sex, though, most people don’t really know all that much about sleep–how it works, why they need it, or even how to get it. They do it every night, and it affects every aspect of their lives, but for the most part, they remain woefully uninformed. They need Lisa Ray Turner and Robert Turner‘s THE JOY OF SLEEP: WISDOM, FOLLY, TRUTHS, TRIVIA, AND MORE, the ultimate guide to sleep-entertaining and utterly addictive. Packed to the brim with facts, folklore, myths, stories, and science, The Turners draw upon a variety of sources from ancient legends to the latest in sleep research to crack open the subject. From the links between sleep and memory to the connection between a baseball team’s sleep schedules and game statistics, from narcoleptic dogs to a dolphin’s amazing ability to sleep with half its brain, THE JOY OF SLEEP will be informative and engaging, stuffed full of information about one of the few commonalities among all human beings.

Parents have a far more important mission than merely encouraging and supporting their children. They have a sacred duty accepted the moment the child is born–the duty to warn, to bother, to caution, to remind, to leave phone messages about approaching storms and product recalls, to forward links to articles about safe driving and dangerous dogs, to be sure their offspring have heard about the under-reported risks of down comforters or falling coconuts. They have a duty, in short, to nag. There are plenty of gift books that encourage children–there is a reason that Oh, the Places You’ll Go is a perennial bestseller. But a book to encourage and to nag? That’s where Hugh O’Neill comes in, with advice that will help kids find both success and the safest seat on an airplane, friendship and foods with disease-prevention power. It is, in short, the pocket-sized parent. BE HAPPY, WEAR A HELMET: THE PORTABLE MOM & DAD is a wonderfully funny, supportive, wacky, offbeat guide sure to enlighten and entertain. Parents can’t be everywhere. But O’Neill’s book can.

We’re told that our late teens and twenties are the best years of our lives. Really, though, those years are the hardest. We thrash around, not knowing who we are or what we want to do with our lives or relationships, and we wonder why it’s all so difficult. We may be a youth obsessed culture, but we’ve got it all wrong. As Wendy Lustbader reveals in her new book, LIFE GETS BETTER with age. This timely narrative is a counter-balance to the negative and stultifying stereotypes about aging that abound in our society and constrain everyone’s spirit. Lustbader assures young people that the best is yet to come and affirms for middle-aged and older readers that the personal flourishing they have experienced actually comes with getting older and can thus be sustained. Offering encouragement, wit, and warmth, LIFE GETS BETTER will be an insightful and upbeat guide to a positive aging experience we can all share.

Every generation or so, an athlete emerges on the scene and changes not just the nature of his own sport, but sport as a whole. For some, like Michael Jordan and Roger Federer, their hyper-competitive drive to succeed is backed by innate, god-like talent. They are artists as much as gladiators. For others, like Lance Armstrong or Kobe Bryant, it is a combination of ego and a borderline manic desire to prove themselves while proving others wrong. Great athletes aren’t born. They’re made. They are put together piece by piece as physical prowess, mental fortitude, emotional drive, and a level of commitment meet with other factors to form a blueprint for the world’s greatest athletes. Using their hometown hero to shape their exploration, Baltimore Sun reporters Rick Maese and Kevin Van Valkenburg‘s THE MICHAEL PHELPS BLUEPRINT: THE MAKING OF A SUPER ATHLETE explores the weeks, months, and years of influences that led Phelps to become one of the world’s greatest athletes. Offering an insider’s perspective on everything from his physical oddities to his unique upbringing, his unfathomable dietary habits to his superior ability to compartmentalize and ignore pressure, Maese and Van Valkenburg share not only an astonishing portrait of the world’s greatest swimmer, but a deeper understanding of athletic greatness.

What if we had created, in our food supply of all places, the perfect breeding ground for the deadly diseases known as superbugs? And what if, at the same time, our food was making the medicine we use to fight these bugs all but useless? It sounds like something out of The Andromeda Strain, but it’s already happening. There’s salmonella in our peppers, e. coli in our hamburgers and staph in our pigs, all of it coupled with an alarming rise in bacterial resistance to the antibiotics used to treat these infections. Coming at a time when Americans are more concerned than ever before with what they’re eating, THE FOOD CHAIN, by Alex Koppelman, offers a look at an unexplored part of the dark underbelly of the modern agricultural system, and takes readers on a trip along a new kind of food chain, the one that creates and fuels the superbugs. It starts at a farm where antibiotics are fed to pigs, moves to another where cows are given the pigs’ infected blood and ends in fields where the manure is used as fertilizer, spreading dangerous bacteria to our water and our crops. On the way, Koppelman uses his expertise as a political reporter to put a human face on the situation, and to find answers to the questions at the heart of this crisis–how we got here, why no one’s doing anything and what happens next.

Most people don’t go from homemaker to criminal profiler. It’s just not a standard career track. But that’s what Pat Brown did. Wanting to pick up some extra money, Brown let out a room in her house to a boarder. When a young woman was brutally raped and murdered near her house, she was shocked to discover that the boarder had both the motive and the opportunity to have committed the crime. She also discovered items in his room that could be linked to the murder scene. Though the police treated her as an annoyance, a housewife who watched too many episodes of Matlock, Brown’s investigative work had ultimately been spot on. Unbeknownst to her, she had just had her first experience as a criminal profiler. Now, in her memoir THE PROFILER: HOW I BECAME A LEADING AUTHORITY ON SERIAL KILLERS, PSYCHOPATHS, AND SEXUAL HOMICIDE INVESTIGATIONS, Brown, writing with Bob Andelman, shares not only how she became a profiler, but the stories of her cases, which she recounts with a compelling mix of humanity, empathy and, when appropriate, dry humor. A frequent commentator with over 1,000 television and radio credits, Brown is a celebrated expert with a passion for her work, figuring out the answers to confounding puzzles by sewing together the bits and pieces left at a crime scene.

In the course of her research as an assistant professor of medicine at Brown University and a research dietitian at The Miriam Hospital, Mary Flynn was surprised to discover the number of breast cancer patients who were gaining weight through their treatment. And she was dismayed to learn how few of those patients were being offered nutritional advice to help them cope with their symptoms and get the upper hand on healing. With funding from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Breast Cancer Foundation, she conducted an extensive study of weight gain and loss in breast cancer patients and is currently investigating the effect of plant based olive oil (PBOO) diets on health improvement and weight management. Using the results of her research, she has created a treatment system to guide breast cancer patients and survivors nutritionally. THE PBOO BAT: FIGHTING BREAST CANCER WITH DIET, written with Nancy Verde Barr, will offer a comprehensive, easy to follow guide to maximum nutritional benefit for the one in eight American women who will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime.

Linda Bladholm‘s culinary passage to India began in San Francisco. With a boyfriend who had traveled through India, she began exploring the rich Asian and Indian cultures of the Bay Area, visiting Moghul-style restaurants and the musty little spice shops that surrounded them. She began to experiment with cooking simple curries and making and frying samosas. Her journey continued in Singapore’s Little India where she found herself after college. It was there that she first discovered South Indian vegetarian food, and from where she set about a life of eating and cooking Indian food while unearthing the nation’s tangled history of cuisines. She cooked with Tamils from the south, Indian Muslims from Malaysia, Malayalees from Kerala, Gujaratis from the west, and Sindhis who lost their homeland in what is now Pakistan. Her book, A HANDFUL OF SPICES: A JOURNEY THROUGH THE CUISINES OF INDIA is a cookbook offering 200 enticing and delicious recipes collected in her travels as she cooked her way around the country. A culinary journey and a history through food, Bladholm’s book will offer rich insights to the new and experienced cook of Indian cuisine.

At 35, Trevor Thomas suddenly and unexpectedly lost his eyesight. At first, he tried pretending it wasn’t happening, but reality finally had to set in, and he descended into inertia, alcohol abuse, seclusion, and depression. Hope emerged when a friend dragged him to a lecture by the blind mountaineer Erik Weihenmayer, famous for climbing the world’s seven tallest peaks, including Mount Everest. Thoroughly inspired, Thomas decided to fulfill a dream of his own: to hike the 2,175 miles of the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine in a single season. He relearned how to cook, walk, read, and write with help from an association for the blind, and after nearly two years of intense physical training, he set off on the trail alone. A story of despair, hope, faith, courage, and triumph against all odds, 5 MILLION STEPS, written with David Shaw, will chronicle Trevor’s inspiring and amazing journey. (Please note, Michael Bourret is the agent on this project.)

In both college and graduate school, Kevin Kopelson passed off a paper by his older brother Bob as his own. Also in grad school, he plagiarized nearly an entire article from a respected scholar, and then later, having met her and been asked if he would send something for her to read, sent that essay he had plagiarized from her work. This is not to mention the many instances in which he quoted others extensively, not passing their work off as his own, but substituting it for his own words when his words were what were called for. Until recently, such plagiarisms and thefts had been his most shameful secret, shared only with a trusted few. But then Kopelson–now an English professor and the author of a number of books, most recently 2007′s Sedaris–wrote an essay entitled “My Cortez,” which was published in the London Review of Books in 2008. It was a satirical literary confession, an exploration of Kopelson’s personal and professional life via his various acts of plagiarism. From that jumping off point and exploring also his other vices, CONFESSIONS OF A PLAGIARIST AND OTHER TALES FROM SCHOOL is the hysterical, compelling and clever retelling of Kopelson’s life, one transgression at a time. (Please note that Lauren Abramo is the agent on this project.)

RIGHTS ROUNDUP

DREAMS FROM MY FATHER by Barack Obama was sold to Sandesh Publishing in a World Bengali rights deal. Finnish rights to that title went to BTJ Finland Oy; Bulgarian rights sold to Millenium Publishing; BYUBOOK will publish the Bosnian edition; Dudaj took Albanian rights; Feniks will publish in Macedonia; Indonesian rights sold to Mizan; New Horizon Media took World Tamil rights; and World Arabic rights went to Kalemat Arabia. Lee Server‘s HANDSOME JOHNNY will be published in the UK by Virgin. Czech rights to Lillian Glass‘s I KNOW WHAT YOU’RE THINKING were sold to Motto. Bonnier Carlson took Swedish rights to Richelle Mead‘s VAMPIRE ACADEMY and FROSTBITE. Those two titles, along with SHADOW KISS, were sold to Nasza Ksiegarnia in Poland. THE WORLD’S BEST BAR TRICKS by Doug Lansky was sold to Medialive in a World Spanish deal. Prah will publish the Czech edition of Gary Belsky and Thomas Gilovich‘s WHY SMART PEOPLE MAKE BIG MONEY MISTAKES. Russian rights to Michael Tucker‘s LIVING IN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE sold to Amphora. World complex Chinese rights (excluding Mainland China) to David Wann‘s SIMPLE PROSPERITY went to Business Weekly Publications. Susan RoAne‘s HOW TO CREATE YOUR OWN LUCK was sold to China International Radio Press for Mainland Chinese simplified rights. Anne Stuart‘s TO LOVE A DARK LORD will be published in Italy by Mondadori/ I Romanzi, and her SHADOW LOVER was purchased in Thailand by Amarin.

Audio rights to Joy Bauer‘s THE LIFE DIET were sold to HarperAudio, with the author recording. And Recorded Books will publish the audio edition of Jewell Parker Rhodes‘ MAGIC CITY.

RECENT SALES

Lauren Abramo sold World rights to Pat Lowery Collins‘s historical young adult novel FEATHER AND SHELL to Hilary Van Dusen at Candlewick Press.

GO GREEN WITH STEVE THOMAS by the Renovation Nation host, along with Mary Goodbody, was sold to Pam Krauss at Rodale. The author retains British and translation rights.

Kate Hamill at HarperEntertainment bought World rights to Steve Buckley‘s as-yet-untitled book on the year in Boston sports from Stacey Glick.

North American rights to Amy Ferris‘s 3:00 A.M.: MUSINGS FROM A MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT LIFE CRISIS sold to Krista Lyons-Gould at Seal Press.

Beatrice Ojakangas‘s cookbook full of recipes for PETITE SWEETS sold to Megan Hiller at Sellers Publishing.

Michael Bourret sold World rights to Joelle Anthony‘s debut young adult novel RESTORING HARMONY to Stacey Barney at Penguin Books for Young Readers.

10,001 WAYS TO LIVE LARGE ON A SMALL BUDGET by the writers of Wise Bread was sold to Ann Triestman at Skyhorse by Stacey Glick. The authors retain British and translation rights.

North American rights to David Wann‘s BEYOND SIMPLE CHOICES, about economics and sustainability, sold to Michael Flamini at St. Martin’s.

Bestselling author David Morrell‘s latest novel, THE SHIMMER, went to Roger Cooper at Vanguard Press. The author retains all subsidiary rights.

Tilar Mazzeo‘s THE SECRET OF CHANEL NO. 5 was sold to Matt Inman at HarperCollins as part of a two book World rights deal by Stacey Glick.

Jim McCarthy sold World rights to author Cyn Balog‘s young adult fantasy, SLEEPLESS, as part of a two book deal to Stephanie Elliot at Delacorte.

World rights to Suzanne Selfors‘s next young adult novel, ALICE AMOROUS, were sold to Emily Easton at Walker Books for Young Readers.

Celebrated chef Rick Tramonto‘s memoir of food and faith was sold to Tyndale House in a World English deal.

Chasya Milgrom sold World rights to an updated edition of Phyllis Chesler‘s MOTHERS ON TRIAL to Sue Betz at Chicago Review Press.

Rae Francoeur‘s memoir FREE FALL was sold to Krista Lyons-Gould at Seal Press. The author retains British and translation rights.

WHISPER, the YA fiction debut of Phoebe Kitanidis, sold to Jill Santopolo at Balzer & Bray as part of a two book World rights deal by Jim McCarthy.

BACK WHEN YOU WERE EASIER TO LOVE, a young adult novel by Emily Wingsmith, was sold to Julie Strauss-Gabel at Dutton by Michael Bourret. The author retains British and translation rights.

True crime writer Diane Fanning‘s untitled book on the Casey Anthony murder case sold in a North American rights deal to Charles Spicer and Yaniv Soha at St. Martin’s.

Linda Carroll and David Rosner‘s INVISIBLE WOUNDS, narrative nonfiction about traumatic brain injuries, was sold to Wendy Harris at Johns Hopkins University Press. The authors retain British and translation rights.

Melissa Bonventre at Potter Craft purchased World rights to Stephanie Wells‘ CELEBRITY STYLE EARRINGS from Stacey Glick.

Michael Bourret sold World rights to Rachel Kempster and Meg Leder‘s THE HAPPY BOOK to Shana Drehs at Sourcebooks.

Bill Geerhart‘s collection of LITTLE BILLY LETTERS was sold by Lauren Abramo to Matthew Benjamin at Collins in a World rights deal.

WHY DIDN’T I THINK OF THAT?, a collection of stories about surprisingly obvious inventions, by Tony Rubino was sold by Jim McCarthy to Brendan O’Neill at Adams in a World rights deal.

Elizabeth Beier at St. Martin’s Press bought World rights to South African author Glen Retief‘s memoir, THE JACK BANK, from Michael Bourret.

World rights to bestselling author Joy Bauer‘s THE LIFE DIET COOKBOOK were sold to Mary Ellen O’Neill at Collins.

Sydney Eddison’s guide to A SIMPLER WAY TO GARDEN was bought by Tom Fischer at Timber Press in a World English deal.

Stacey Glick sold World rights to Janice Cole‘s cookbook, CHICKEN AND EGGS FOR ALL SEASONS, to Bill LeBlond at Chronicle.

…AND THEN I’LL BE HAPPY by Kristen Houghton was purchased by Mary Norris at Globe Pequot in a World rights deal from Stacey Glick.

World rights to Victoria Laurie‘s next two young adult novels were sold by Jim McCarthy to Krista Marino at Delacorte.

Sheri Castle‘s THE NEW SOUTHERN GARDEN COOKBOOK sold to Elaine Maisner at University of North Carolina Press by Michael Bourret in a World rights deal.

Ellen Nidy at Rizzoli acquired World rights to Susanna Salk‘s decorating guide for children’s rooms, A ROOM OF THEIR OWN, from Michael Bourret.

North American rights to Bill Vlasic‘s as-yet-untitled book on the U.S. automotive industry were purchased by Henry Ferris at William Morrow.

Dimity McDowell Davis and Sarah Shea‘s running guide, RUN LIKE A MOTHER, sold to Chris Schillig at Andrews McMeel.

Jim McCarthy sold World rights to author Carrie Ryan‘s next young adult novel to Krista Marino at Delacorte.

Charles Spicer and Yaniv Soha at St. Martin’s Press acquired North American rights to Brian McDonald‘s as-yet-untitled true crime book about an S&M related murder case.

Kim Haasarud‘s next two drinks books, 101 BLENDER DRINKS and 101 MOJITOS AND MUDDLED DRINKS were sold by Michael Bourret to Justin Schwartz at Wiley in a World rights deal.