Tyndale Goes ‘Undercover’ With Barsky
Jack Barsky, a former KGB spy who appeared on 60 Minutes in May, sold Deep Undercover to Jan Long Harris at Tyndale Momentum. Barsky, who publicly outed himself on the news program as a suburban family man whoworked for Metropolitan Life while reporting back to Russia, will delve further into his double life in the book. Dystel & Goderich agent Eric Myers, who represented Barsky, said the book will trace “his recruitment in East Germany... through 12 years of espionage in New York City during the height of the Cold War.” Tyndale plans to publish Deep Undercover in spring 2017.
Rowland Brings ‘Baby’ to Da Capo
Kelly Rowland, the Grammy-winning singer and former member of Destiny’s Child, sold a book called Whoa, Baby! to Da Capo Press. Dan Ambrosio nabbed North American rights to the book from Dan Kirschen at ICM Partners. Written with Rowland’s ob-gyn Tristan Bickman, Whoa Baby! will provide answers to questions new moms may have but are too embarrassed to ask. Da Capo said that no topic will be off-limits and that the book will focus on the first postpartum year, addressing “physical, hormonal, and emotional” issues women face. Whoa Baby!, the publisher added, will also aim to answer those questions that fall into the category of “just plain weird.”
Sansal’s ‘2084’ to Europa
Sandro Ferri, publisher of Europa Editions, acquired world English rights to Algerian author Boualem Sansal’s 2084. The novel, which was published earlier this year in France by Gallimard, is a reinterpretation of George Orwell’s dystopian classic 1984 and is set in a fictional empire where the government has banned free thought and keeps the public under constant surveillance. Europa, which has published Sansal before—it released his novel The German Mujahid in 2009—is planning 2084 for 2017. Ferri brokered the deal with Gallimard’s Anne-Solange Noble and Lucinda Karter from the French Publishers’ Agency.