Newsletter 49: September 2010


By her own admission, Wilma Stephenson is not your average teacher (or even a particularly nice one) but as head of the Culinary Arts Program at Frankford Public High School in Northeast Philadelphia she is that rarest of educators, someone who is able to inspire kids to be better than their circumstances would seem to allow because she believes in every one of them, even when no one else does.   A despot in her classroom, Wilma does not tolerate laziness, sloppiness, or defeatist attitudes.  She expects excellence, whether it is from students’ knife skills when cutting vegetables or from the essays they write for their college applications.  She is as unsparing in her demands as she is in the love and support she gives these young men and women whose lives outside school are often plagued by poverty and abuse.  Instead of sad statistics, these kids, with Wilma’s guidance, go on to win culinary scholarships worth hundreds of thousands of dollars and end up in respected careers in the food industry.  Likened to Judge Judy because of her take-no-prisoners attitude, Wilma was the subject of a recent documentary (Pressure Cooker) and numerous news organizations flocked to profile her.  Rachael Ray devoted an hour-long program to her class at Frankford and surprised Wilma with a kitchen makeover and $5,000 scholarships for all her students.  ROOM 325: LESSONS FROM THE KITCHEN (written with Jennifer Grausman) offers lessons from Wilma’s journey through 40 years as a public school teacher and reveals her unorthodox methods of getting results from her students as well as the poignant, uplifting and humorous episodes she has been a part of along the way.

Miss Concordia Wells defied her family to achieve two rarities for a woman of the 1890s:  a college degree and a profession.  Now at the spinsterish age of 26, she has returned to the city of her childhood, Hartford, Connecticut, as Professor of Literature for Hartford Women’s College.  Although she has her hands full with teaching classes, supervising a cottage dormitory of lively young ladies, and directing the senior play Macbeth, she imagines her biggest challenge to be mending the broken relationships with her mother and sister.  Instead, Concordia is beset by more complications in her once-insular life than she had ever dreamed.  Her sister, Mary, dies of a baffling illness that Concordia strongly suspects is the result of foul play; meanwhile, on campus, a pattern of innocuous pranks has taken a malicious and deadly turn.  As she struggles to make sense of Mary’s death, make peace with her mother, and discover the culprits who threaten the college with certain ruin, there are some closest to Concordia who do not appreciate the unseemly inquiries of the young lady professor.  She finds that her beloved books are less inscrutable than the people around her, including the two admirers she has inexplicably acquired, one devastatingly handsome and elegant, the other warm, friendly, and ostensibly open, but each with secrets of his own.  Absorbing in its memorable characters, non-stop plot twists, and depiction of life in a late-nineteenth century women’s college, DANGEROUS AND UNSEEMLY, by author K. B. Owen, is a suspenseful and engaging read.  Fans of Harriet Vane and Maisie Dobbs will find in Concordia Wells a new heroine to fall in love with.

Beginning in the kitchen of his parents’ restaurant in Queens, Joe Bastianich’s  UNCORKED: LESSONS LEARNED FROM A LIFE OF WINE charts a culinary adventure that ends with this blue-collar Italian boy becoming one of America’s great restaurateurs and winemakers.  Unpretentious, shrewd, funny, and extraordinarily well-versed in the treasures of the Italian table, Joe comes fully loaded with the energy, edge, and irreverence necessary to become a superstar in New York City’s ultra-competitive galaxy of food and wine, but also with the warm humor, wit, and humility that can only be learned from working in a kitchen with a strong Italian mom—none other than the legendary Lidia Bastianich.  In UNCORKED, Joe gleefully dishes the secrets of New York’s best restaurants (with his partner Mario Batali he owns, among other legendary eating palaces, Babbo, Esca, and Del Posto) and the profound joys of Old World Wine (he has his own vineyard in Italy), while imparting the wisdom of a man who has not only conquered New York and Las Vegas with spectacular restaurants of mind-boggling scope and style, but who has dedicated himself to perfecting the simple pizza rustica. The lessons he has learned are shared with uncommon candor and are for everyone who has done battle in the business world or simply tried to navigate the baffling choices on the menu of an upscale restaurant.  It is for those who want to savor life as much as a great bottle of wine.

UNTHINKABLE is about how ideas that initially seem outrageous become mainstream.  From organics to abolitionism, the end of apartheid to the rise of office casual, the demise of foot binding to the rise of tattoos, this book shows how ordinary people can set off a chain of events that transforms the lives of millions.  The book weaves together dozens of insider perspectives–from celebrities, heads of state, and people you never knew you actually knew about–showing us how small actions really do add up to history-making changes. Its author, Paula Goldman is an award-winning social entrepreneur, anthropologist, speaker and writer. She is Founder and Director of the Imagining Ourselves project at the International Museum of Women, and has lived and worked on human rights and global poverty issues in over a dozen countries and has had first hand experience with how an intellectual seed can become a powerful force for good. UNTHINKABLE will be essential reading for anyone hoping to influence others to adopt a new point of view and anyone who cares about how audacious ideas make a difference in the world.

When it was first developed, the birth control pill was heralded as a “magic bullet” that would prevent a devastating population explosion.  In the end, it didn’t save humanity, but it did offer women a powerful way to control their own destiny and played a key role in reproductive rights, changing sexual behaviors, and feminism. The pill remains a vital part of women’s lives, but taking it in the twenty-first century is no longer simply about avoiding pregnancy.  Today it is seen once again as something of a magic bullet, a panacea doctors prescribe to solve everything from acne to ovarian cysts, decrease the risk of certain cancers, and aid in getting or even avoiding periods. Women are now often on the pill for years, even decades, at a time, with most doctors insisting it will only benefit them and their bodies.  But is it true?  Increasingly, women in this reproductive generation are questioning these synthetic hormones.  There are some who have had side effects impossible to ignore, others who simply wish to reclaim their natural cycles, and still more armed with the knowledge that their hormonal conditions might be treated with diet and lifestyle—instead of masked temporarily by the pill.  Informed by the author’s own experience with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and the pill, Rachel Friedman combines interviews, research, and humor in THE PERFECT PILL: WOMEN AND THE BIRTH CONTROL PILL IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY, a balanced, intelligent, and fascinating examination of the role of the birth control pill in contemporary women’s lives.

Marion Grodin has written a laugh-out-loud, hilarious and, at turns, heartbreaking, account of what it’s like GROWING UP GRODIN. Which, by the way, she’ll be the first to admit, she’s still working on.  It’s her unique “take” on growing up as the daughter, of the iconic actor, Charles Grodin, and her equally eccentric mother, Julia Grodin, who was a macrobiotic furniture-maker, dedicated to rescuing animals and who grappled with a lot of…issues. From sitting in the back of the limousine with her father and Steve Martin, while they anxiously awaited the reviews of The Lonely Guy, to falling in love with Jeff Bridges on the set of King Kong when she was 12, to hanging out with Robert DeNiro on the set of Midnight Run and at his 50th birthday party…where he told Marion she should be a standup comedian (as she writes in GROWING UP GRODIN, “A man of very few words, but those four, I will never forget”). Grodin takes you with her, as she experiences the highest highs and the lowest lows, including her full-blown, teenage alcoholism and drug addiction (that she paid for with her sanity, before getting into recovery), the devastating loss of her beloved mother to cancer, dealing with her own cancer at the same time her husband of 16 years moved out, and her painful but ultimately triumphant struggle to step out of her father’s shadow and into her own light as a successful comedian.  In the tradition of Carrie Fisher’s Wishful Drinking and Augusten Burroughs’s Dry, GROWING UP GRODIN is about the indestructible power of the human spirit to not just survive, but through, faith, and laughter to take the most painful stuff life serves up…and make it painfully funny!

In September of 2008, 45-year-old Artie Boyle was envisioning his own funeral.  A father of 13 with metastasized renal cell carcinoma, he was given a 5% chance of survival.  He was due to have his lung removed at Mass General in two weeks.  Enter Kevin Gill, Artie’s brother-in-law and best friend who arranges the buddy journey of a lifetime.  Artie, Kevin, and their friend, Rob, embark on a trip to a place called Medjugorje, where miracles have been reported to happen.  Here, in a tiny village in the former Yugoslavia, they are surrounded by the unfamiliar, and are astounded by what they witness.  Men who are most comfortable on a golf course, a hockey rink, in a boardroom, or a bar, find themselves in a place where none of that stuff matters.  They laugh, they cry, they hug, and they pray for Artie’s recovery, led by a woman whose ability to tap into the healing power of spirit is renowned and in demand.  They return home very different men than the ones who boarded the plane in Boston and one of the lessons they come away with is that the key to healing is forgiveness.  After the trip and prior to his scheduled lung extraction, Artie has a second set of MRIs.  The large tumor on his lung has completely disappeared and ten years later, he’s still cancer-free!  In addition to the physical healing, the three men and their families are transformed by the experience and become even closer than they were before.  The following year, they bring their entire families, all 27 of them, to Medjugorje to show them where the healing occurred.  MIRACLE ON THE MOUNTAIN: THE ARTIE BOYLE STORY by Arthur Boyle with Eileen Boylen tells a remarkable, inspirational, and (almost) unbelievable story.  Following appearances on Good Morning America, 20/20, and The Early Show with Bryant Gumbel, Artie and his wife, Judy, hope that their experiences will inspire others to believe that faith, forgiveness, and love can overcome the worst adversity.  Miracles do happen…sometimes in the oddest places.

In early 2010, when Jill Geisler expanded her WHAT GREAT BOSSES KNOW advice columns into podcasts, she had no idea what the demand would be.  A million iTunes downloads later, she’s become the management coach to supervisors she’s never met, along with the many she teaches in person.  As head of the respected Poynter Institute’s leadership and management programs, Geisler has a gift for communicating practical advice to supervisors at every level of any organization. She teaches and writes with humor and humanity, drawing on solid research (she holds a masters degree in leadership studies) and real world experience (she is one of the country’s first women to lead a TV newsroom and trains leaders across the world). WHAT GREAT BOSSES KNOW is her response to requests from managers for “the one book” they can turn to for answers to their everyday challenges.   It is a step-by-step guide to dealing with people and performance, communication and collaboration, resolving conflicts and building great places to work. The book includes helpful self-assessments and entertaining quizzes that managers can use for personal improvement or team training exercises. It will transform workplaces by providing managers with the proven and precise tools they can put to work immediately.

Tiger Woods’ golf career. Jesse James’ marriage. John Edwards’ political ambitions. They crumbled to pieces while a harem of porn stars and nightclub hostesses and scorned women stood in the rubble. These were mistresses, plastered on every magazine cover and blog and television show. Most of us mocked them from our couches and exercise bikes, scoffed at their bad dye jobs, said we’d never fall for such glaring baloney. But how could we be sure? What if Tiger Woods smiled at us in a dark bar? After all, if beavers and tapeworms are among the few truly monogamous creatures in the world, what makes anyone immune to extramarital dallying? MISTRESS: THE SECRET LIFE OF THE OTHER WOMAN, by St. Petersburg Times pop culture reporter Stephanie Hayes, illuminates the other woman—average, famous, glamorous, plain—without making the snap judgments of TMZ and 30 second television clips. Mistresses have a rich cultural history. There’s Hagar, who shacked up with Abraham in the Bible. There’s Madame de Pompadour, a mistress who held considerable political influence over her lover, Louis XV. There’s Marilyn Monroe and her side squeeze, Mr. President. Movies, music and art have shaped our perceptions of these women, from William Hogarth’s 1731 art series “A Harlot’s Progress,” which chronicles a young mistress’s transformation into a raging prostitute who dies of syphilis, to Fatal Attraction, which has Glenn Close slashing her wrists and boiling the family bunny. The truth, as usual, is somewhere in between. Through breezy cultural analysis and interviews with real women—including a mistress who came up during the wild, Profumo-era 1960s Britain—MISTRESS asks complicated questions of adultery, of lust, of loving a man on certain days of the week, on certain hours of the day. It asks the biggest question of all: When you rank second, why stay?

Holes appeared in the roof of the prison barracks and bullets slashed through, cutting into the helpless American POWs below, missing Robert by less than a foot.  Captured at the Battle of the Bulge, he spent 103 days as a “guest” of the German Army, losing several friends to the bitter cold and starvation fare of the Nazi prison camp.  After being liberated by the tanks of General Patton, Robert rejoined his wife, resumed his work as a carpenter, and raised his family, without ever mentioning his time in Germany.  Nearly 50 years later, it was like a dam inside him finally burst, without cracks or warning.  He became as adept at bringing up World War II in casual conversation as he had been at avoiding it, travelling to ex-POW conventions, looking through old war books, and finding a receptive audience for his stories in Jesse Cozean, his oldest grandson.  As Jesse began interviewing him about his time as a prisoner, Robert was diagnosed with a serious heart condition, requiring his second open-heart surgery of the decade.  While recovering he came to live with Jesse, who became his “first sergeant,” supervising his steady stream of in-home nurses, dispensing his medication, and ordering him up and down for his physical therapy.  The weeks of recovery turned into months, and the parallels between Robert’s heart surgery and imprisonment were striking: the weakness, the uncertainty, the fear and frustration and hope for deliverance.  MY GRANDFATHER’S WAR is the twinned narrative of Robert’s experiences in World War II and his battle to recover from his surgery—his capture by surgeons and Nazis, his captivity in a German POW camp and a guest bedroom, and two very different types of liberation.

When recent college graduate Fran Moreland Johns discovered, in 1956, that she was pregnant from an episode that today would be labeled workplace rape, she desperately needed help but found little. Filled with fear, guilt and shame, turned away by her physician, she had a back-alley abortion—“the whole cloak-and-dagger, kitchen-table horror scene.” Like most of those who survived—many did not—Johns never spoke of the experience to even her closest family and friends. But in recent years, dismayed by the chipping away of abortion rights, she and other women over 60 have begun to open up to each other. SURVIVORS: WOMEN TALK OF ABORTION PRE-ROE V WADE is a collection of their stories, some anonymous but many from women who said, “Use my name! I’m tired of the secret and appalled by what’s happening.” SURVIVORS also includes stories and comments from physicians who courageously participated in underground networks or quietly helped young women who sought them out, stories from contemporary women whose family lore included “grandma’s abortion” and from activists on old and new frontlines of the struggle to preserve reproductive rights. It puts a human face on a grim period of women’s history through poignant, riveting personal stories. At a time when the abortion debate is heating up once again and state regulations are chipping away at Roe v Wade, SURVIVORS offers new, impossible-to-ignore insights into the potential perils that lie ahead.

A committed race leader and self-described feminist for most of the 20th century, Dorothy Height approached the end of a long and eventful public life just as Barack Obama assumed his place in history as the first African American President of the United States.  While extraordinary on its own terms, Obama’s ascendance was also a “first” in the classic sense. It was a threshold social achievement that Height knew all too well as a woman born before women’s suffrage and as an African American who came of age during Jim Crow. Crossing barriers typified her life and fueled her pursuit of justice for the poor and those marginalized because of race and gender discrimination.  In trying to measure her historical significance, journalists and others often posed the obvious question:  why had she not received the same level of fame as her male contemporaries?  After all, she, too, held the esteemed title of “civil rights leader,” and her long record of achievement—“an unambiguous record of righteous work,” President Obama later eulogized—was matched by few others in modern U.S. history. In a measured, dignified tone, she usually responded “I was there” before adding graciously that others had done good work, too, and she never felt the need to “elbow [herself] to the front when the press focused on male leaders.”  “I WAS THERE”:  DOROTHY HEIGHT AND THE OTHER AMERICAN CENTURY, 1912-2010, by Chana Kai Lee, explores how a working-class “Negro girl” raised around coal mines in small-town Rankin, Pennsylvania, grew up to become one of the most influential women in the United States and around the globe.  Hers is an inspiring and important chapter in the great book of American history.

Save for, perhaps, the Hotel Chelsea, no one building in New York can lay claim to 20th and 21st century creative output quite like 222 Bowery. The former YMCA (the city’s first, as a matter of fact) was where one generation of Abstract Expressionists passed the torch on to the next; where poetry became loud, visual, and wildly subversive; and where Pop art collided with Beat lit—at parties, on the wall, and in the bedroom. Mark Rothko, Wynn Chamberlain, Michael Goldberg, Lynda Benglis, William Burroughs, and the poet/Warhol superstar John Giorno are among 222 Bowery’s most famous residents. And in the past 50 years, Mick Jagger, Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Patti Smith, Debbie Harry, Laurie Anderson, and Allen Ginsberg are among the luminaries who ate, drank, and expounded within its walls. Drawing from historical documents and extensive interviews with past and present residents and guests, Rachel Wolff, a New York-based art critic and journalist, will reconstruct and preserve the rich history of this largely unknown New York City landmark.  The book will be a sexy and entertaining glimpse into a slice of the Big Apple never before explored.

Building a new family with stepchildren is a wild, chaotic and eye-opening experience.  As new stepparents cautiously tread the minefield that is an already established family, they negotiate myriad emotions: anxiety over how they will integrate into an existing group, fears over acceptance by the children, feelings of loneliness and exclusion.   The first years in a new stepfamily are critical—in these years, you will emerge from the “honeymoon” period and establish yourself as a member of this family.  One method of integrating successfully is through increased mutual understanding. When you truly know someone, it is easier to explain his/her behavior, it is easier to find patience with his/her flaws and it is easier to develop familial bonds.   How do you increase mutual understanding?  Ask questions.  QUESTIONS FOR STEPFAMILIES was designed by Dr. Michael Beck and Seanna Beck, a psychologist and his daughter, a new stepmother, as a fun, imaginative way to increase mutual understanding among new family members through a series of questions.   Each page of this book contains a few questions: some are for the adults, some are for the kids, and some are for everyone.  While most questions are applicable to kids in all age groups, in some cases “kid” questions are broken up into age groups so that they are appropriate for older or younger children.  New stepfamilies will enjoy using this invaluable book to negotiate one of the stickiest transitions in life with some joy and amusement.

The hottest food topic in the nation right now—from gourmet chefs all the way to the White House—is lunch! Food-lovers all over the country are devoting themselves to bringing healthy, delicious lunches to everyone. Whether we pack lunch to go to school or work, or make it for guests, or simply throw something together to eat at home, we all eat lunch. There’s no reason why that lunch (though it may be quick) can’t be wonderful, good for you, and varied from day to day. In GALE GAND’S LUNCH!, a fun book of more than 150 simple recipes, James Beard Award winning chef Gale Gand, who has been a proponent of healthy, interesting lunches for decades (and who has been making lunch for her children to take to school every day for years) shares easy and appealing ideas for all kinds of lunch dishes. She covers snacks, pastas, salads, sandwiches, soups, condiments, and more. She explains how to pack everything to go (and keep it fresh and tasty for hours, when needed), and she also gives inspiring ideas for fantastic lunch entertaining. In June, First Lady Michelle Obama invited Gale to the White House Garden to help kick off her “Chefs Move to School” campaign, and as a result, Gale has adopted a public school in her native Chicago area, where she will help overhaul the school lunch program.  Gale is often quoted in the press as an expert on easy home cooking and cooking for and with kids, and she has created dozens of lunch recipes for magazines and newspapers, and hundreds more for her own family and friends. In GALE GAND’S LUNCH!, written with Christie Matheson, a natural follow-up to their hit book Gale Gand’s Brunch!, Gale shares her creativity and passion for food, and makes it easy for everyone to prepare fantastic lunches every day.

Over the course of thirty years in practice as a Park Avenue plastic surgeon, Dr. Helen Colen has collected a treasure trove of amazing stories. Her clientele includes fabulously rich and powerful women, and the tales they confide in her run the gamut from the warmly poignant to the absurdly sensational. But the one thread that weaves through all those stories and makes her patients sisters under the skin, is a surprisingly beneficial, profoundly powerful gift that plastic surgery bestows on every one of these women. It is a gift of transformation, the promise of restored confidence and rejuvenation, and the strength to live life fearlessly. The name Dr. Colen gives this gift, and the title of her new book, is THE CHRYSALIS FACTOR. She has witnessed firsthand the sheer power of the Factor in action, from the patient who conquered crippling social anxiety with the help of a basic rhinoplasty, to the woman who rediscovered her sexuality after labial rejuvenation. The book features the intertwined stories of eight women, each seeking a different procedure, but all looking for personal transformation and renewal. Dr. Colen describes each woman’s journey through the stages of the Chrysalis Factor, detailing the inspirational change each undergoes. She animates the narrative with the sometimes-scintillating backstories and tabloid-worthy hijinks that so often go hand-in-glove with lives of privilege and indulgence. Combining the prurient allure of Page 6 with the stirring and emotional resonance of a Tuesday spent with Morrie, THE CHRYSALIS FACTOR engages, entertains, informs and inspires readers who may be considering plastic surgery, as well that vast group who simply find the subject fascinating.

Celebrated writer, Elliot Freedman, at 55, sees his life changing in unexpected ways. His wife, Tillie, has kicked him out of their New York apartment and wants to live on her own, forcing him to live in seclusion in Vermont where he meets Lexie Bernstein, a professor from Columbia known for her prize-winning biographies of literary figures, who wants to write his. Despite his professed intention to woo Tillie back and Lexie’s to keep her professional distance, their intimacy grows deeper, as does their ambivalence about commitment. UNQUIET LIVES chronicles a few life changing months in the story of Elliot, his estranged wife, his moralistic father (and subject of Elliot’s latest masterpiece), his ambitious new lover, and a stranger who will reorder the family landscape and shake Elliot’s core beliefs about who he is, where he came from, and what he really wants from life. It is about identity, family narratives, secrets, and commitment —or the lack of it. Above all, it is about the possibility of change and rediscovery when well established convictions and self-definitions are shaken. Written by the former President of Sarah Lawrence College, Michele Tolela Myers, who has marketing connections to many esteemed members of the writing community, UNQUIET LIVES is a literary yet accessible piece of fiction that deftly explores family interactions and their meaning in life. It is an ambitious and complex novel about characters facing conflicts they can no longer avoid, who try to overcome the constraints of identities they are stuck with to make new lives for themselves. (Please note: this project is represented by Stacey Glick.)

In December 2004 Graham and LuzMa Beasley boarded a plane in Charlotte, N.C. and traveled 6,000 miles and crossed 15 time zones to an orphanage in Vladivostok, Russia, to meet the abandoned baby who would soon become their adopted son. Just after the Beasleys return to the United States, the boy’s middle-class Russian grandparents learn of the boy’s existence, that he had been left at the orphanage by their troubled daughter and has already been adopted. For three years the Russians fear for their lost grandson, praying every night he is safe, never knowing where he is. Meanwhile in America the little boy named Vladik is turning into a healthy, happy toddler. The Beasleys had once promised each other they would adopt internationally to avoid the risky complications of an open adoption. But now LuzMa yearns to know more about Vladik’s siblings. She knows from the adoption papers her son is third born. What if there are brothers or sisters who also need a home? Prying open the door she had once determined to keep closed, she hires a “searcher” to comb her son’s homeland to track down the birth family. In LOST AND FOUND, acclaimed storyteller and journalist Jenny Deam tells the astonishing true story of the Beasleys’ search into their young son’s past. Ultimately they are able to find and meet their son’s grandparents and sisters, one of whom they hope to adopt and bring back to the U.S. The two families form a remarkable bond that transcends language, culture, distance, and politics. Told both from the American and Russian perspectives, LOST AND FOUND is much more than just an adoption book. It is a sweeping, dramatic narrative nonfiction account that unfolds across two continents and is steeped in mystery and lingering Cold War suspicion. It is ultimately about two families’ unselfish love, both determined to do what’s best for the child they share. (Please note: this project is represented by Stacey Glick.)

Sybil struggles to stay sober via 12-step meetings full of trite slogans and overly friendly recovering alcoholics who are the last people she’d ever choose to be around.  But Sybil isn’t your average woman:  she’s actually a 7” tall doll with a bitter streak, striving for a sober future she’s not sure she cares enough to want.  Rachael Streather’s HOW TO STAY SOBER WHEN YOU’D RATHER BE DEAD is a photo-journal of recovery, using toys and dolls to depict AA meetings, drug taking, casual sex, personal debt, and suicide attempts.  Streather’s book is for the recovering alcoholic who didn’t stop being a self-indulgent, suicidal heathen the moment they set foot in a meeting and the recovering addict who never plans to spout religious maxims as evidence of personal growth.  It demonstrates via amusing (and surprisingly moving!) photography the most common self-defeating and sordid antics of addiction and early recovery—and through that lens shows that anyone can come out the other side of an addiction if they don’t take themselves too seriously.  It is the irreverent, secular guide to recovery that so many people are waiting for.  (Please note that Lauren Abramo is the agent on this project.)


The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod series by Heather Brewer will be published in Turkey by Artemis; German rights went to Loewe.  French rights to Richard Cole with Richard Trubo’s STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN sold to Camion Blanc. Czech publisher BB Art will publish A.J. Hartley’s ON THE FIFTH DAY. Amy Huntington’s Die for Me trilogy was purchased by Era Media in a Bulgarian rights deal.  Rizzoli will publish Italian versions of the third book in Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series, SHADOW KISS, as well as the fourth book, BLOOD PROMISE; Turkish rights for BLOOD PROMISE and book five, SPIRIT BOUND, sold to Artemis, and Korean rights for both books sold to publisher GeulDam; BLOOD PROMISE will also be published in Greek by P Publishing, SPIRIT BOUND will be published in Russian by publisher Exmo and in Swedish by publisher Bonnier Carlsen.  Slovenian publisher, Mladinska Knjiga also bought rights to SPIRIT BOUND as well as book six of the series, LAST SACRIFICE. Jessica Verday’s The Hollow trilogy was purchased by J’ai Lu in a French rights deal.  Spanish rights for WORKING IN THE SHADOWS by Gabriel Thompson sold to Sol 90.  MARRYING GEORGE CLOONEY by Amy Ferris will be published in Brazil by Seoman/Cultrix.  Dutch publisher Sijthoff will publish Rhoda Janzen’s MENNONITE IN A LITTLE BLACK DRESS; UK & Commonwealth rights sold to Atlantic Books. David Morrell’s THE SHIMMER will be published in Serbia and Montenegro by Otvorena Knjiga. Russian rights to AFRAID by Joe Konrath sold to Ast.

Audible bought audio rights to THE PROFILER by Pat Brown with Bob Andelman and Colin Broderick’s ORANGUTAN.  Random House Audio secured rights to Mary Doria Russell’s DOC.  Recorded Books will publish OUTLAW JOURNALIST by William McKeen, HURRICANE by Jewell Parker Rhodes and OUTSIDE THE ORDINARY WORLD by Dori OstermillerThomas French’s ZOO STORY sold to Tantor Media. Harper bought rights to THE SECRET OF CHANEL NO. 5 by Tilar Mazzeo.  Brilliance will publish David Morrell’s FIRST BLOOD as well as five other backlist titles.


North American rights to Amber Hunt’s as yet untitled true crime on the University of Virginia lacrosse player murder sold to Allison Caplin at St. Martin’s Press.

Tovah Martin’s AT HOME WITH PLANTS sold to Tom Fischer at Timber Press in a World English rights deal.

SECRET SOUL by Joan Barthel sold to Marcia Markland at Thomas Dunne Books in a North American rights deal.

North American rights to BOOTSTRAPPER by Mardi Link sold to Jordan Pavlin at Knopf.

HOARDERS by Matt Paxton and Phaedra Hise sold to John Duff at Perigee in a World rights deal.

Stacey Glick sold World rights to QUICK-FIX VEGAN by Robin Robertson to Jean Lucas at Andrews McMeel.

PERFECT CHAOS by Linea Johnson and Cinda Johnson sold to Nichole Argyres in a World English rights deal by Stacey Glick.

Louis LaGrand’s HEALING A GRIEVING HEART sold to Shana Drehs at Sourcebooks in a World rights deal by Chasya Milgrom.

World rights to the latest in Anne Stuart’s historical romance series, The House of Rohan sold to Adam Wilson at Mira.

MY FIRST LADIES by Nancy Clarke with Christie Matheson sold to Megan Hiller at Sellers Publishing in a World rights deal.

Lauren Abramo sold World rights to BUZZ 2.0 by John Hlinko to Maria Gagliano at Perigee.

World rights to SUGAR CUBE by Kir Jensen and Danielle Centoni sold to Bill LeBlond at Chronicle in a deal by Stacey Glick.

Michelle Rouillard’s THAT OLD BLACK MAGIC sold to Cindy Hwang at Berkley in a World rights deal by Jim McCarthy.

ECO-AMAZONS: TWENTY WOMEN WHO ARE SAVING THE PLANET by Dorka Keehn sold to Craig Cohen at PowerHouse Books in a World rights deal by Jessica Papin.

World rights to THE BULL ACTION GUIDE by Edward Dragan, Ph.D, sold to Luba Ostashevsky at Palgrave by Jessica Papin.

BUNDT CAKE COOKBOOK by Christie Matheson sold to Amy Treadwell at Chronicle in a World rights deal by Stacey Glick.

Jessica Papin sold World rights to FROM FATIGUED TO FABULOUS by Eva Cwynar to Patty Gift at Hay House.

STILL WATERS by Emma Bernay sold to Emilia Rhodes in a World English rights deal by Michael Bourret.

The first two books in Sara Wilson Etienne’s series The Harbinger sold to Stacey Barney at Putnam Books for Young Readers in a World rights by Michael Bourret.

THE COMING PROSPERITY by Philip Auerswald sold to Terry Vaughn at Oxford University Press in a World rights deal by Jessica Papin.

Joachim de Posada and Ellen Singer’s SAVOR THE MARSHMALLOW…NOW! sold to Denise Silvestro at Berkley in a World rights deal.

THE SCREENWRITER WITHIN by D.B. Gilles sold to Michael Wiese in a World rights deal.

Chasya Milgrom sold World rights to NO SUNSHINE WHEN HE’S GONE by Charlotte Pierce-Baker to Susan Betz at Chicago Review Press.

North American rights to a new edition of  NOT JUST ANOTHER WORKOUT LOG by Suzanne Schlosberg sold to Meagan Stacey at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

THE SPRINGSWEET by Saundra Mitchell sold to Julie Tibbott at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in a World rights deal by Jim McCarthy.

Raghavan Iyer’s Indian cookbook for the novice chef sold to Suzanne Rafer at Workman in a World rights deal.

World rights to Jennifer Clark’s MONDO AGNELLI were sold to Debra Englander at John Wiley & Sons.