Eric Zinner at NYU Press took world rights to New York Times editor Constance Rosenblum's This Must Be the Place: Private Lives in the Big City. Andrew Blauner brokered the deal for Rosenblum, who used to edit the paper's City section and now writes the Habitats column, which takes readers inside the homes of a variety of New Yorkers. The book, which is scheduled for 2012, will feature expanded versions of 50 of Rosenblum's most popular Habitats pieces, delving deeper into the lives of her interviewees. Blauner said the homes in the book will range from mansions to public housing apartments, and the stories of these residents will aim to "help us understand the true meaning of home in a huge metropolis."
STC Gets More ‘Good Eats'
Abrams's Stewart, Tabori & Chang imprint bought world rights to the third, and final, entry in Alton Brown's book series based on his Food Network show, Good Eats. Leslie Stoker, senior v-p and publisher of STC, brokered the deal for Good Eats 3: The Later Years with Eric Lupfer at William Morris Endeavor. According to STC, the first book in the series, Good Eats: The Early Years, spent 13 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list in 2009, and the imprint has sold over one million books by Brown in total. GE3 is scheduled for fall 2011.
Europa Invests in ‘Broken Glass' Author
Europa Editions editor-in-chief Michael Reynolds acquired U.S. rights to Alina Bronsky's second novel, Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine. Regal Literary's Markus Hoffmann handled the deal for Bronsky, who was born in Russia and grew up in Germany. The book, which Hoffman called a "darkly comic family drama," is set in Germany and Russian and follows Sulfia, the teenage daughter of an abusive mother who flees her family only to be put back on her mother's radar after winning a popular talent competition. Bronsky was nominated for the German Book Award for her debut, Broken Glass Park, a bestseller in Germany, which Europa published in the U.S. in March. Hottest Dishes is scheduled for May 2011.
Avery Pulls the 'Leash'
Lynn Johnston, of Lynn Johnston Literary, sold world rights to celebrity dog trainer Kate Perry's Training for Both Ends of the Leash. Cara Bedick at Penguin imprint Avery pre-empted the book, beating out five other publishers. Johnston said Perry will offer a guide that "takes into account a dog's natural intuition... and its owner's personality." Perry has trained the pooches of such celebrities as Anna Wintour, Bruce Weber, and, as Johnston learned after the deal, some publishing bold-faced names, including Penguin Press head Ann Godoff. Perry will be writing with woofpatrol.com creator Yvonne Conza.
Renee Sedliar at Da Capo took North American rights to Paul "PJ" James's Fat and Back. Steve Troha at Folio Literary brokered the deal for James, a personal trainer who put on a notable amount of weight with the intention of chronicling his experience shedding those pounds.