Muhammad Ali is writing a book, with his daughter Hana, about his spiritual journey from world boxing champ to peace activist, and Bob Bender at S&S signed it for a high six figures, North American rights, from agent Susan Crawford. It will be called Soul of a Butterfly: Reflections on a Life's Journey and will be in stores in November.... Kensington publisher Walter Zacharius has written a first novel at 76—he's always, he noted, ready to try something new—and Judith Curr has bought it for Atria for world English rights. The untitled book is about a refugee from the Warsaw ghetto and a Nazi camp and her subsequent adventures in a postwar world, and it was bought from agent Owen Laster at William Morris.... Baseball's Pete Rose has signed with Rodale executive editor Jeremy Katz to do a book with sportswriter Rick Hill. No details yet about what it will cover, but it was a world rights deal, for publication next March, signed with Scott Waxman and Joel Gotler for the two authors.... Veteran Time magazine correspondent Barrett Seaman is doing a book for Wiley's Tom Miller covering the day-to-day life of American college students as they deal with the pressures of competition and the lures of drugs and sex. It's Res Life: Coming of Age on America's College Campuses and was bought, for six figures for world rights, from Todd Shuster at Zachary Shuster Harmsworth.... A golf book about one of the all-time greats, Golf's Greatest Season: Bobby Jones and the 1930 Grand Slam by award-winning Chicago sports columnist Ron Rapoport, was commissioned by Wiley's Stephen S. Power, and he has world rights; the book will be published in time for the 2005 Masters tournament.
Volume 250 Issue 14 04/07/2003