Macmillan Gets Arty with Fensterstock
Agent William Clark, of William Clark Associates, closed a North American rights deal for art historian Ann Fensterstock, selling her book, This Show Will Travel, to Luba Ostashevsky at Palgrave Macmillan. The book is subtitled The Twists and Turns of Contemporary Art in New York, and Clark said it tells a “uniquely” Big Apple tale about how, since the 1970s, “artists have been the unwitting foot soldiers of gentrification.” Clark elaborated that the book, which is set for fall 2013, will link art and economics, demonstrating how stars like Cindy Sherman and Jeff Koons, along with the galleries that championed them, inadvertently changed the neighborhoods they lived, worked, and showed in. Fensterstock has, among other things, served on the acquisitions committee of the Museum of Modern Art’s department of prints and illustrated books.
Hallinan Draws Publisher, Producer to Self-Pubbed Series
Timothy Hallinan, an Edgar nominee, sold his originally self-published Junior Bender crime series to Soho Crime, an imprint of Soho Press. The print deal closed simultaneously with a movie deal, as Lionsgate optioned dramatic rights to the humorous books, which follow the titular Los Angeles burglar. Juliet Grames, at Soho, bought world rights to Crashed (originally released in August 2010); Little Elvises (originally released in August 2011); and The Fame Thief from agent Bob Mecoy at Creative Book Services. Soho will release Crashed in fall 2012 as a lead hardcover. Steve Fisher at APA handled the film deal for Mecoy, and Lionsgate nabbed the option at auction.
TLo Land at Perigee
Jeannette Shaw at Penguin’s Perigee imprint took world rights to Everyone Wants to Be Me or Do Me by pop culture bloggers Tom Fitzgerald and Lorenzo Marquez, aka TLo. The authors, who are also a couple, host the satirical Hollywood gossip site TomandLorenzo.com. Perigee said the site not only offers a dry take on “the celebrity life cycle” but also delivers “humorous takeaways for creating your image and crafting your life.” Agent Monika Verma at Levine Greenberg Literary brokered the deal, and the book is slated for February 2014.