Shalom Auslander explores the past, Madeleine Albright talks WWII, Alison Bechdel dissects her mom, A.J. Jacobs gets healthy, and Augusten Burroughs delivers survival tips. These are just a few of the topics the major American houses will be exploring as they descend on Frankfurt with their big offerings of the season.
Among the big books on Grove/Atlantic’s foreign rights list is PEN/Hemingway winner Patricia Engel’s House of Stars (fall 2012 or winter 2013), a novel set in Paris and narrated by a young American Latina woman. From NBA finalist Christine Schutt is Prosperous Friends (fall 2012), which the house calls a “witty dissection of marriage.” James Howard Kunst-ler has Too Much Magic (July 2012), which extends the arguments the author brought to bear in his bestselling The Long Emergency, and presses readers about the dangers of our country’s dependence on foreign oil. G/A will also be pushing two titles from Mysterious Press, which was relaunched this fall. The first is from Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Joseph Wambaugh, Harbor Nocturne (Aug. 2012), the newest title in the author’s Hollywood Station mystery series; rights sold in France. The second MP title is Thomas Perry’s Poison Flower (Mar. 2012), which follows the author’s popular Seneca guide, Jane Whitefield, in “the most dangerous case of a long career.”
One of the hot titles from Little, Brown this year is the new one from Emma Donoghue, Astray. The story collection, from the author of the bestseller Room, “spans centuries and continents” and features “fascinating characters that roam across the page.” Another big fiction selection is Wm. Paul Young’s currently untitled new novel (FaithWords, Apr. 2013), a follow-up to the author’s bestselling The Shack, which has sold more than 15 million copies since 2008. Glee star Chris Colfer, who won a Golden Globe for his portrayal of the flamboyant Kurt Hummel on the show, has the modern-day fairy tale The Land of Stories (LBYR, Aug. 2012), about brother-and-sister twins who wind up in a magical world; rights sold in Brazil. On the nonfiction side is Alex Pang’s Taming the Digital Monkey (LB), a “smart and practical book of ways to reclaim our lives in an age that is more digital by the day,” from a history and philosophy professor at Stanford; Dutch rights sold. And the Lady Gaga/Terry Richardson photo book and collaboration, Lady Gaga × Terry Richardson (GCP, Nov. 2011), will also be up for grabs in Frankfurt; rights sold in Germany and the U.K.
A major novel on HC’s foreign rights list is Karl Taro Greenfield’s Triburbia (Harper, Apr. 2013), a work set in TriBeCa that the house is calling a “novel-in-stories” and comparing to Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad and Tom Rachman’s The Imperfectionists. Trotting out a number of big memoirs, HC will also be selling Prague Winter by Madeleine Albright (Harper, May 2012), in which the former secretary of state recalls 12 of what HC dubs “the most turbulent years in world history,” 1937 to 1948; rights sold in, among other countries, Germany. Then there is the untitled memoir from Demi Moore (Harper, Oct. 2012), in which she will chronicle her early years as well as her rise to fame and difficult relationship with her drug-addled mother; U.K. rights sold. Jerry Lee Lewis, writing with Pulitzer-winner Rick Bragg, has Burn & Rave (It Books, Sept. 2012), which the house says “promises to be as controversial as his life and his legendary stage performances”; HC has world rights, excluding France, Holland, and the U.K., which are being handled by Andrew Nurnberg. And another big music bio on the docket is Nothin’ to Lose: The Making of Kiss (1972–1975) by Gene Simmons, writing with Paul Stanley, about the band’s formation; the book is being pubbed to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the quartet.
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From Anthony Shadid is House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East (Mar. 2012), in which the Pulitzer winner recounts his family’s experience rebuilding an ancestral home in Lebanon. Alison Bechdel is out with her new graphic memoir, Are You My Mother: A Comic Drama (May 2012), in which the author of the bestselling Fun Home explores how she turned into the “gifted artist her mother always wanted to be”; U.K. rights sold. From runner Scott Jurek is Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness (June 2012), about how his plant-based diet helped change his career. Corey Olsen has Exploring the Hobbit (Sept. 2012), a companion volume to J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel from the webmaster of www.tolkienprofessor.com, who teaches English at Maryland’s Washington College; rights sold in Brazil. And from William Mann is Hello Gorgeous: Becoming Barbra Streisand (Nov. 2012), a biography of the star from the bestselling author of Kate (about Katharine Hepburn) and How to Be a Movie Star (about Elizabeth Taylor).