Swoosie Gets Personal at Perigee

Actress Swoosie Kurtz (who currently appears on the CBS sitcom Mike and Molly) sold her memoir, Part Swan, Part Goose, to Penguin’s Perigee imprint. Ian Kleinert at Objective Entertainment sold world rights to the book to Perigee’s John Duff. The book, scheduled for spring 2014, is subtitled "An Uncommon Memoir of Womanhood, Work, and Family"; Perigee said it will feature “just the right combination of personal misadventure, showbiz lore, and touching family history.” Kurtz is writing the book with Joni Rodgers.

Kaplan ‘Solves’ Depression for Rodale

Dr. Gary Kaplan, a professor at Georgetown, sold a book called Full Recovery: Solving the Mystery of Pain & Depression—How We Get Sick, Why We Stay Sick & How We Can Recover, to Alex Postman at Rodale. Postman preempted North American rights to the book, which Kaplan is writing with frequent collaborator Donna Beech, from agent Michael Carlisle at Inkwell Management. Rodale said that Kaplan, a regular on the media circuit and one of a handful of doctors in the country certified in both family medicine and pain medicine, will address the way pain and depression, often thought of as consequences of traumatic events, are actually “an accumulation of traumas that can result in inflammation of the nervous system.” The book is planned for May 2014.

Gallery Nabs Self-Pubbed New Adult Hit

Adam Wilson at Simon & Schuster’s Gallery Books bought world English rights to Katy Evans’s originally self-published new adult novel, Real, along with a sequel, Mine, two additional full-length novels, and one e-novella. Amy Tannenbaum at the Jane Rotrosen Agency brokered the deal for Evans; S&S said Real rose to Amazon’s top 10 (paid) list within 24 hours of its initial release. In the novel, a former Olympic hopeful starts an affair with an underground fighter named Remington “Riptide” Tate.

Robinson: In Defense of SEALS

At Da Capo, Robert Pigeon bought world rights to Patrick Robinson’s Honor and Betrayal from Ed Victor at Ed Victor Ltd. The book, set for November 2013, is about the Navy SEALS who captured Ahmed Hashim Abed (known as the “butcher of Fallujah”) and were subsequently charged with (then acquitted of) abusing their prisoner.


Stephen Barbara at Foundry Literary + Media sold North American rights to the first book in a YA fantasy series called Carrot Field by Vincent Asaro. John Thompson at Pressque Publishing acquired the title, which is about, Barbara explained, “a band of animal companions who go in search of the mythical creatures known as ‘humans’ in order to save their realm.” Corrections In last week’s column, we only included the subtitle of Hollye Jacobs’s book; the title is The Silver Lining. Also, in a separate item, the “e” was left off Heather Lazare’s last name.