A Crowe Flies to Da Capo
In a North American rights agreement, musician Steve Gorman sold his biography Hard to Handle to Ben Schafer at Da Capo. Gorman, who is a founding member of the band the Black Crowes, is writing the book with Steven Hyden. Anthony Mattero at Foundry Literary + Media brokered the agreement. The book is set for spring 2019.
Wax Does Double at Berkley
Kate Seaver at Berkley bought North American rights to two currently untitled new novels by Wendy Wax (the Ten Beach Road series). Stephanie Kip Rostan at Levine, Greenberg, Rostan represented Wax. Berkley said the first book in the deal, which is slated for June 2019, follows “two estranged best friends who are turning 40 and the wedding that could mend their friendship or end it forever.”
Club King Parties with Amazon
For Amazon’s Little A imprint, Laura Van der Veer took world rights to Peter Gatien’s memoir, Eye Wide Open: My Rise, Reign, and Fall in New York Life. A nightclub owner who oversaw some of the top-grossing after-hours spots in the world during the 1970s, ’80s, and ’90s, Gatien, the publisher said, was considered the “king of clubs” during his heyday. Gatien’s career demise was spurred by former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani’s crackdown on drugs and nightlife. The push led, the publisher said, to “a nightmarish, decadelong legal assault on his livelihood and freedom.” Paul Bresnick at Bresnick Weil Literary Agency and Meg Thompson at Thompson Literary Agency represented Gatien.
Constantine’s Latest to HC
Liv Constantine, the pseudonym for the writing duo of sisters Lynne and Valerie Constantine, closed a world rights agreement for a currently untitled novel with Emily Griffin at HarperCollins. The book is the sisters’ sophomore effort, following The Last Mrs. Parrish, which was a bestseller published by HC last year (and which was a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick). The publisher said this book follows two estranged friends who come together to solve the brutal murder of one of their mothers. Bernadette Baker-Baughman at Victoria Sanders & Associates represented the sisters in the deal.
Verizon Chief Sells His Story
Anthony Ziccardi at Post Hill Press acquired Ivan Seidenberg’s [em]Verizon Un-
tethered: An Insider’s Story of Innovation and Disruption[/em]. Seidenberg, who is writing the book with Scott McMurray, is the former CEO of Verizon and, the publisher said, will share his “insights into the changing telecommunications industry” in the book. The History Factory brokered the world rights agreement with Ziccardi.
Rodale Books’ Allison Janice took world rights to Linda Anderson, Sonia Banks, and Michelle Owens-Patterson’s Silent Agreements: How Unspoken Expectations Ruin Our Relationships. The authors, all clinical psychologists, were represented by Regina Brooks at Serendipity Literary Agency. Brooks said that her clients call themselves “relationship archaeologists” and that their book “explores the unexpressed assumptions that influence and very often damage our relationships.” The book is slated for fall 2019.
Grace Menary-Windfield at Sourcebooks bought world English rights to Erica Boyce’s debut, The Fifteen Wonders of Daniel Green. Eric Smith at PS Literary, who represented Boyce, said the literary novel is about a man who, while traveling across the country, makes “crop circles for farmers as part of a society of ‘Circlers.’ ” The hero then “finds himself falling for the daughter of a dying farmer, gets drawn into the tangle of her family’s secrets, and has to come to terms with the life he’s been running from.” The novel is set for a spring 2019 release.