Young journalist Erica Kennedy knows about all there is to know about the hip-hop scene and has put it into a first novel called Bling! that scored the unusual distinction of being bought simultaneously for a book and a movie by Miramax. It tells of a mogul of that trendy music scene who sets out to make a megastar out of a small-town singer; the story is described by Miramax Books editor-in-chief Jonathan Burnham, who made the book deal, as "brilliant and unputdownable." He compared it to an African-American Valley of the Dolls. His deal for world English rights was made with Ira Silverberg at Donadio & Olson, with the same agency's Tad Floridis signing for the movie with Miramax's Michelle Raimo and Jennifer Wachtell. The book is to be published some time next year.
Volume 250 Issue 33 08/18/2003