Clarkson Potter has taken world rights to a currently untitled book by Joshua and Jessica Applestone, owners of Fleisher’s, the upstate New York butcher shop that has been involved in the “anti-feedlot” meat movement. CP senior editor Rica Allannic acquired the book from Amy Hughes at McCormick Williams, and the Applestones—former vegetarians who, among other things, trained Julie Powell how to butcher (which she chronicled in her latest memoir, Cleaving)—will be writing with Alexandra Zissu (The Conscious Kitchen). The book will offer guidance on everything from buying to butchering and cooking various grass-fed, organic meats.
Agent Sorche Fairbank, of Cambridge, Mass., Fairbank Literary, sold world English rights to Carl Warner’s photography book Food Landscapes in what she described as a “nearly six-figure” deal. David Cashion, at Abrams Image, took the book as part of a two-title deal. Warner is a London photographer famous for images of objects and environments crafted out of food (Food Landscapes features, for example, an image of a Chinese junk made out of lotus leaves and wonton wrappers, sitting on a “sea” of bok choy). Alex Meisel & Co. is handling Warner’s merchandising rights—separate deals have been struck with Abrams and other companies for calendars, among other things—and Brendan Deneen at Fine Print Literary Management is handling dramatic rights.
Married to the Mob
Mitchell Ivers, v-p and senior editor at Simon & Schuster’s Gallery Books, acquired world rights to screenwriter Suzanne Corso’s debut coming-of-age novel, Brooklyn Story. Corso, who’s worked in theaters as well as written a number of unproduced screenplays, pulls from her own life for this story about a teenager in 1970s Brooklyn, living with her drug-addled mother, who falls for an aspiring local Mafioso. Penny Marshall has already acquired the film rights to the book with Lorraine Bracco, Olympia Dukakis, and Armand Assante attached to star. Maureen Regan, of the Regan Agency, brokered the deal.
HC Revisits Neverland
Rosemary Stimola, of Stimola Literary Studio, has closed a six-figure, two-book deal for Jodi Lynn Anderson with HarperCollins Children’s Books. Zareen Jaffery, senior editor at HC Children’s, took North American rights to Tiger Lily and another untitled novel by the author of the bestselling Peaches series. Anderson revisits Peter Pan in Tiger Lily, setting the book in Neverland and crafting the story from the perspective of the titular Native American warrior princess. (In J.M. Barrie’s original, Peter saves Tiger Lily from Captain Hook.)
The Great Outdoors
Terra Chalberg at Susan Golomb Literary closed a three-book, world rights deal for park ranger/author Shelton Johnson with Sierra Club Books. Helen Sweetland at Sierra Club acquired the titles, all children’s picture books, one nonfiction. The deal continues a standing relationship between the environment-focused house and Johnson, a Yosemite park ranger whose September 2009 novel, Gloryland, about an African-American man born in 1863 who joins the army, was published by Sierra Club Books.
Europa Nabs Booker Nom
Europa Editions publisher Kent Carroll bought U.S. rights to James Scudamore’s Heliopolis. The novel, about a Brazilian kid born in a slum and later adopted by a wealthy businessman, was nominated for the Man Booker this year; Scudamore also won the 2007 Somerset Maugham Award for his debut, The Amnesiac Clinic. Anna Stein at Aitken Alexander brokered the deal.