Dunham Goes ‘Glycal’ at Page Street
For Page Street Publishing, Will Kiester took world English rights, at auction, to physician/scientist Jeffrey S. Dunham’s The Low Glycal Diet, from agent Linda Konner at Linda Konner Literary. The book is subtitled A Simple 3-Step Program to Help You Effortlessly Lose Up to 10 Pounds in the First 2 Weeks and Slow the Aging Process. Dunham, who holds an M.D., a Ph.D., and an M.P.H., is the medical director of the BioFit Medical Group in Palm Springs, Calif.; the practice, as its website states, is dedicated to “improving the quality of life for men naturally.” One of the practice’s trademarks is its Low Glycal Diet, which is based on the theory that weight loss can be achieved by lowering your glycemic load (a measure of how fast a meal raises your blood-sugar level), which, in turn, lowers your insulin and fat production. “Unlike diets that look only at a food’s glycemic index or its calorie count, [Dunham’s] takes into account both,” Konner said, “creating a new way to determine the best foods to eat and when to eat them in order to avoid storing fat.” BioFit’s Low-Glycal Diet app has, according to Konner, been downloaded over 80,000 times. Martha W. Murphy is cowriting the book with Dunham.

Culkin Explores Arduino for O’Reilly
Jody Culkin sold a book about programming, based on a popular comic called Arduino that she created, to O’Reilly Media. The book, Headfirst Arduino, will be part of the publisher’s Headfirst line of programming books. Culkin, a visiting scholar at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program and a professor at CUNY’s Borough of Manhattan Community College, published the 15-page comic about how to use the titular open source computing platform in 2011; the comic was picked up by Boing Boing (and other websites) and went viral. The book, which Culkin is writing with Eric Hagan, an interactive and kinetic artist who has taught at ITP, Columbia, and BMCC, is set for 2016; it was bought by O’Reilly’s Meghan Blanchette, who took world rights. Culkin did not use an agent in the deal.

Hall Goes Hunting for Cyber Pirates at Norton
Norton editor-in-chief John Glusman bought U.S., Canadian, and open market rights to David Locke Hall’s Crack99: The Hunt for a $100 Million Chinese Software Pirate. Hall, who was represented by Jin Auh at the Wylie Agency, is a former federal prosecutor who also worked in Navy intelligence. The book, Glusman said, is about how Hall and a group of colleagues oversaw the “largest sting operation to date” to capture Xiang Le, a Chinese software pirate who sold over $100 million worth of stolen U.S. software online. The book is set for fall 2015.