CNN anchor and journalist Lou Dobbs, who has been an outspoken critic of job outsourcing, has now written a book on the subject, Exporting America, and Warner president Larry Kirshbaum bought it for world rights from agent Wayne Kabak at William Morris; it will be published in time for the Republican convention.... Two first novels were bought for Shaye Areheart's fiction imprint at Crown: The Conjurer's Bird by British author Paul Davies, a Possession-like tale of two scholars 200 years apart, bought by newly arrived editor Sally Kim from Patty Moosbrugger, and a book about a single mother dealing with her own much-married, glamorous mother, What Comes After Crazy by an author, Sandi Kanh Shelton, previously known for nonfiction parenting titles. Areheart herself preempted from Nancy Yost at Lowenstein-Yost, and plans to publish next spring.... Another first novel, The Traveler by John Twelve Hawks, which made a seven-figure sale to Doubleday's Jason Kaufman last month, has gone on to rack up a further $2 million in foreign sales, according to agent Joe Regal, including deals in nine countries; it's the first installment in a fantasy trilogy Regal describes as "Philip Pullman for adults."... A first novel by playwright Judy Sheehan (Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding) was preempted for North American rights for six figures by Maureen O'Neal at Ballantine. It's called Virgin Mother and is a reflection of the author's own often hilarious, sometimes poignant experiences in adopting a Chinese baby girl; Simon Lipskar and Daniel Lazar at Writers House made the sale.... Joel Rosenberg, who has hitherto written secular thrillers, has signed with Becky Nesbit at Tyndale, publishers of the Left Behind series, for a two-book deal for a series of apocalyptic tales; the deal was done by Scott Miller at Trident Media Group.
Volume 251 Issue 22 05/31/2004