Larsons Come 'Clean' for Berkley
Denise Silvestro, executive editor at Berkley Books, took world English rights to Ivy Larson and Andy Larson's Clean Cuisine: An 8 Week Plan That Will Change the Way You Age, Look and Feel. Linda Konner at the Linda Konner Agency brokered the deal for the couple, who wrote the bestseller The Gold Coast Cure (HCI); Berkley is planning on a 2013 publication. Andy Larson is an M.D. and nationally recognized weight-loss surgeon and his wife, Ivy, has made the media rounds telling her story about reversing the effects of multiple sclerosis through diet. Clean Cuisine outlines the diet Ivy followed, which, among other things, is intended to aid weight loss. The specific plan—drawn out of the Web site www.CleanCuisineandMore.com, which Berkley said had more than 250,000 page views in its first four months—focuses on whole foods the publisher described as "nutrient-dense and anti-inflammatory."
Dicks's 'Imaginary' Lands at SMP
Matthew Dicks closed a two-book deal with Brenda Copeland at St. Martin's Press for his novel Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend and an untitled work. Agent Taryn Fagerness, of the Taryn Fagerness Agency, sold North American rights at auction for Dicks, whose 2009 debut, Something Missing, was published by Broadway as a paperback original. Memoirs, which has been bought in nine other countries including the U.K. (where Little, Brown acquired it), is narrated by the imaginary friend of a young boy who is on the autism spectrum. SMP intends to coordinate its publication with Little, Brown UK, releasing the title in spring 2012.
Two Dollar Radio Lands on 'The Other Side'
Eric Obenauf at Two Dollar Radio bought world English rights to Jay Neugeboren's novel The Other Side of the World from agent Richard Parks. Neugeboren has written eight previous novels, two of which have been published by Two Dollar Radio. A third book by Neugeboren from Two Dollar Radio, the collection You Are My Heart and Other Stories, came out in May. Neugeboren's 2003 memoir, Imagining Robert (Rutgers Univ. Press), which chronicled his brother's more than three-decades-long battle with mental illness, was selected as one of the New York Times's notable books of the year. In Other Side, a young businessman relocates to Singapore on the urging of a friend, only to return to the States after the friend's death. Back in the U.S. the protagonist must deal with his professor father, who has taken up with one of his young undergrads.
Last week's item about Thomas Fleming's book A Disease of the Public Mind being bought by Da Capo's Robert Pigeon neglected to mention that the title was acquired as part of a two-book deal. Pigeon also bought world rights to a currently untitled work by Fleming about Washington and Jefferson. Agent Deborah Grosvenor, of Grosvenor Literary, handled the sale. The book, which examines the early position of the presidency by comparing the difference in character between the two historical figures, is scheduled for spring 2014.