Actor/director Carl Reiner sold his first book for kids, called Tell Me a Scary Story—But Not Too Scary! to senior editor Cindy Eagan at Little, Brown Children's Publishing; it will be put together, with pictures by James Bennett, by Byron Preiss Visual Publications, and will be out in time for next Halloween.... Veteran photographer David Douglas Duncan has compiled a book of his remarkable pictures from WWII, Korea and Vietnam (some of them famous Life magazine covers) and from campaigns, places and people over the past 60 years. Duncan sold the collection personally to four publishers in the past few weeks, beginning with a sale to National Geographic at the Frankfurt fair, then to Thames & Hudson in London, De La Martiniere in Paris and Bemteli-Werd Verlag in Switzerland. It's called One Life: A Photo Odyssey, has a standard trade paper format, and will be out next fall.... A book by anti-consumerist and performance artist William Talen, who heads his Church of Stop Shopping as Reverend Billy, was sold by agent William Clark, North American rights, to Colin Robinson at the New Press; it's called What Should I Do if Reverend Billy Is in My Store? (after an actual Starbucks memo) and is a how-to-fight-'em diatribe against corporate merchandisers.... Kevin Powell, a big name on MTV, is writing a memoir aimed at a YA readership, Black Boy Speaks, about coming of age in the post-civil rights era. Andrea Davis Pinkney at Houghton's children's division bought it, NA rights, from agent Jeff Posternak at the Wylie Agency and will publish in fall 2004.... Joan Medlicott, who began writing her cheery series about the Covington Ladies, three North Carolina widows, for SMP at age 67, is moving to Atria/Pocket in a three-book deal orchestrated by agent Nancy Coffey. It was a world rights hard/soft deal signed with Louise Burke and Micki Nuding, the first title to appear next September.
Volume 249 Issue 46 11/18/2002