Jimmy Carter has moved houses, signing to do his next book with FSG. (Carter's last book, We Can Have Peace in the Holy Land, was published by Simon & Schuster in January.) John Sterling acquired world rights to the book--it's the former president's White House diaries--which FSG plans to publish in October 2010. Agent Lynn Nesbit brokered the deal and FSG described the book as a truncated version of the diary entries Carter made while he was Commander-in-Chief, from 1977 through 1981.
The one-time peanut farmer kept a lengthy record of his time in office--his diaries span more than 5,000 pages--and the entire collection of notes is currently available in the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum. The annotated version, which will include photographs, will, per FSG, "offer comments on what happened and why."
Jonathan Galassi, president and publisher of FSG, said the diaries "will be an unprecedented and unique contribution to the history of the presidency" and ruminations from "a statesman who has come to be seen as one of the truly wise men of our time."