Cars’ Ocasek Headed to Blue Rider

Add Cars cofounder Ric Ocasek to the growing list of rockers with new books. In a deal done via Jeff Kramer of OK Management, Blue Rider president and publisher David Rosenthal acquired world rights to Lyrics & Prose, a new work that will feature Ocasek’s handwritten lyrics, notes, and prose poetry, as well as more than 25 photographs taken by Ocasek. “For a long while I’ve wanted to put together a book of lyrics and prose,” Ocasek said in a statement. “So when David Rosenthal approached me about publishing one, I was more than ready.” Material selected for the book, set to be released at the end of October, features Ocasek’s work between 1968 and 2012.

Dystel Closes Two

Jane Dystel, of Dystel & Goderich Literary Management, did two deals late last month. In the first, for world rights, she sold Catherine Bybee’s self-published series Weekday Brides to Kelli Martin at Amazon’s Montlake imprint. The deal was for four books and will include the already released titles Wife by Wednesday and Married by Monday. The series follows a matchmaking company where, Dystel explained, “the biggest challenge is not falling in love with the clientele,” who tend to be wealthy, attractive men. In the second deal, also for a self-published work, Dystel sold North American rights to Abbi Glines’s series Vincent Boys, in a two-book deal, to Jennifer Klonsky at Simon Pulse. Klonsky acquired the two already released books in the YA series, The Vincent Boys and The Vincent Brothers; the series follows two hypercompetitive brothers, Sawyer and Beau Vincent.

Bialik Blossoming as Author

Mayim Bialik is adding author to her list of credits that range from child actress (best known for starring in Blossom) to neuroscientist (she earned a Ph.D. from UCLA). Currently appearing in the CBS hit The Big Bang Theory, Bialik has teamed with pediatrician/nutritionist Dr. Jay Gordon to write a vegan family cookbook. World rights to The Plant-Based Family Kitchen were acquired by Renee Sedliar at Da Capo from Anthony Mattero of the Vigliano Associates agency. The cookbook, set for fall 2013, will feature easy-to-make recipes for all stages of a child’s life.