LIFE, DEATH AND DYSTOPIAN BIOLOGY (Hachette/Twelve, 2017),
which tackles “living in the face of death”.
A big book for Inkwell is the novel DARK MATTER (Crown, manuscript
delivery set for summer 2015) by Blake Crouch, which has already sold
in a number of foreign countries (as well as to Sony for film). The agency
will be handling unsold foreign rights to Katherine Dunn’s cult classic,
GEEK LOVE, which celebrated its 25th anniversary last year. (While
Knopf sold foreign rights to the book in a number of countries, many of
those contracts have expired.)
JANKLOW & NESBIT
On J&N’s list of top books for the Fair is Stanford professor Jerry
Kaplan’s HUMANS NEED NOT APPLY (Yale, August), which the agency
calls a “timely and accessible analysis of the promise and perils of
artificial intelligence”. On the fiction side is Ann Beattie’s collection of
linked stories, THE S TATE WE’RE IN (Scribner, August).
TRIDENT MEDIA GROUP
A hot fiction title for Trident is EVERY FIFTEEN MINUTES by Lisa
Scottoline (St Martin’s, April), a thriller centring on Dr Eric Parrish, a
psychiatrist treating a teenage patient with OCD. UK rights have been
sold to Headline. Trident’s hot non-fiction title is TO STEM THE TIDE:
MY FIGHT FOR THE FUTURE OF OUR PLANET (Thomas Dunne,
spring 2016) by Peter Willcox with Ronald Weiss. In the book Willcox
documents being captain of the Greenpeace ship The Rainbow Warrior.
ED VICTOR LTD
Ed Victor will be shopping Alastair Campbell’s WINNERS (no US
publisher), a book from Tony Blair’s former chief spokesman that was
recently published in the UK. From Pulitzer Prize winner Edna O’Brien is
THE LITTLE RED CHAIRS (Little, Brown, manuscript delivery set for
April), a novel about a war criminal, masquerading as a healer, who
settles in an Irish village; rights sold in France and the UK.
THE WYLIE AGENCY
A big non-fiction book for the agency is one by Graeme Wood,
contributing editor at the Atlantic and lecturer at Yale, called THE WAR
OF THE END OF TIME: WHAT THE ISLAMIC STATE WANTS
(Random House, delivery expected in November). Another hot non-fiction
title for Wylie is Julia Leigh’s AVALANCHE (on submission now, delivery
set for spring), which details the author’s trials with IVF. On the fiction
front is National Book Award winner Colum McCann’s new short story
collection, THIRTEEN WAYS OF LOOKING (Random House, October).
The agency has a lineup of novels for this year’s Fair. First up, there’s
Megan Abbott’s YOU WILL KNOW ME (Little, Brown, July 2016),
which delves into the world of a gymnast prodigy through the perspective
of a devoted mother. Tim Johnston’s debut thriller, DESCENT
(Algonquin, January 2015), follows the “deconstruction of a family
coping with the violent kidnapping of their daughter”.
Sara Baume’s SPILL SIMMER FALTER WITHER (published in Ireland
by Tramp Press) is a story about a man, a dog, and loneliness (Wm
DARLEY ANDERSON ASSOCIATES
In THE CURIOUS CHARMS OF ARTHUR PEPPER by Phaedra Patrick,
69-year-old Arthur’s discovery of a mysterious charm bracelet in his late
wife’s possessions sends him on an epic quest to find out the truth about
his her secret life before they met (Mira UK; Mira US; Rocco Brazil; Btb
Germany; Garzanti Italy; Luitingh-Sijthof the Netherlands; Forum Sweden).
AGAAT by Man Booker International-longlisted Marlene Van Niekerk
traces the effects of apartheid through the story of a nurse and her charge,
a woman condemned to silence by a creeping paralysis (Little, Brown UK,
Tin House US, eight other publishers).
FELICITY BRYAN ASSOCIATES
Meg Rosoff’s first adult novel is DUCK ZOO, about finding one’s feet
and falling for the wrong person (Bloomsbury UK; Viking US; Doubleday
CONVILLE & WALSH
EVERYONE IS WATCHING by Megan Bradbury (Picador UK) guides
the reader through New York via the lives of Robert Mapplethorpe,
Robert Moses, Edmund White, and Walt Whitman.
Curtis Brown is certain to attract huge interest at the Fair in the sequel to
Nelson Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom, based on the late South
African leader’s text and on archive material (Macmillan UK).
Historian Neil Oliver’s first novel is MASTER OF SHADOWS, set in the
days leading up to the Fall of Constantinople (Orion UK).
DAVID GODWIN ASSOCIATES
THE MEMORY ILLUSION by Dr Julia Shaw explores all kinds of memory
errors - from puzzling but mundane ones to complex false memory constructs
that have stupendous implications (Random House UK; Doubleday Canada;
Carl Hanser Verlag Germany; Ponte Alle Grazie Italy; Prometheus
Netherlands; Bertrand Editora Portugal; Business Weekly Taiwan).
HARDMAN & SWAINSON
Ann Morgan’s debut literary thriller BESIDE MYSELF is about identical
twins who swap places aged six, and the catastrophic consequences when
one twin refuses to swap back (Bloomsbury UK and US).
THE LONG SHADOW by Harriet Edwards is the story of a brother and
sister who grow up blaming themselves for the death of their mother -
but what really happened that day? (btb Germany; Salani Italy).
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