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Archives: January 2009

Viking Buys Author Danielle Trussoni’s First Novel

10089280.gifDanielle Trussoni landed one of the first big book deals of the new year yesterday, selling Angelology to Viking for a “high six figure” deal.

According to the NY Observer, the book could go to two different editors–either fiction editorial director Molly Stern or Viking’s hit-making editor, Pam Dorman. The deal was negotiated by agent Eric Simonoff.

Trussoni’s career began after the Iowa Writers Workshop, when she published the memoir, Falling Through the Earth. In 2007, she discussed her struggle to write her first novel–an unpublished manuscript about a girl who loses her father in Vietnam.

Here’s more from the article: “According to Mr. Simonoff, Penguin made an offer on behalf of the whole house early Tuesday. At that point, the bid represented interest from three Penguin editors–Ms. Stern, Ms. Dorman and Amy Einhorn, who runs her own imprint at Putnam. That bid didn’t do it for Mr. Simonoff, though, and some hours later Penguin came back with a better one, this time without Ms. Einhorn in the mix.”

Anthology of Great Zombie Literature

9781594743344_norm.jpgInspired by GalleyCat’s post about Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, a number of Jezebel readers have suggested new literary classics that could use an attack from the bloodthirsty undead.

In June 2009, author Seth Grahame-Smith will give Jane Austen‘s novel a horrific re-write, and Jezebel readers riffed off the book’s innovative mission. Go check out the long, strange list, and add your own titles in the comments section:

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “Tender is the Night…Of the Living Dead
Victor Hugo’s “Les Zombies Miserables
Judy Blume’s “Are You There, God, It’s Me, Zombie Margaret
Virginia Woolf’s “To the Lighthouse…for BRAIIIIIINS

Neil Jordan To Direct Neil Gaiman Book

9780060530921.jpgNovelist Neil Gaiman, fresh off his Newbery medal win for The Graveyard Book, announced that director Neil Jordan will adapt and direct the film version of that award-winning novel.

Gaiman made the announcement during a Today Show appearance. As GalleyCat reported, Gaiman won the American Library Association’s prestigious award this week for Graveyard, which was illustrated by Dave McKean.

Jordan has directed such iconic films as The Crying Game and Interview with a Vampire. Here’s a link to the video of Gaiman’s Today Show announcement.

Cell Phone Novelist Wins $1,000

6a00e5500201958834010536f67c5f970c-120wi.jpegNovelist Saoirse Redgrave has won Textnovel’s $1,000 prize for 13 to Life: a Werewolf’s Tale–a free novel serialized for the cell phone.

As GalleyCat reported earlier this week, some 86 percent of Japanese high school students read cell phone novels, but the genre has not caught on in the United States. Textnovel is one of the only sites curating this kind of work.

Here’s more from the company’s release about the 2008 writing contest: “Ms. Redgrave has chosen Textnovel as her exclusive literary agent to represent her story to potential publishers. Interested parties can contact Textnovel at info@textnovel.com. More information about Ms. Redgrave and her novel can be found on her blog.”

Meet Benjamin Moser, Harper’s New “New Books” Columnist

Last night Harper’s Magazine threw a party welcoming Benjamin Moser as the New Books columnist. GalleyCat caught up with Moser at the party, getting his take on the book industry, an introduction to the work-load of a Harper’s critic, and a lesson in Dutch cookies.

The Netherlands-based critic will replace the late, great reviewer, John Leonard. Moser’s writing can be seen at the NY Review of Books and Harper’s. He has also written a biography of Brazilian author Clarice Lispector entitled Why This World. It is scheduled for summer 2009.

Stephenie Meyer Continues To Avoid Leaked Sequel

twilight2.JPGFollowing an online leak of her upcoming Twilight manuscript, Stephenie Meyer has stopped working on the sequel to her bestselling vampire series.

In August 2008, a draft of Midnight Sun (the fifth book in the Twilight series) showed up on the Internet. Meyer responded by posting the incomplete draft on her own website, and took a break from the book–explaining that she “feel[s] too sad” about the illegal release. The Daily News reports today that she still has no plans to pick up the manuscript.

Here’s more: “Nothing’s changed,’ a rep for the author confirms to us. … ‘Stephenie is working on something else at the moment,’ the flack reveals. ‘But she hasn’t announced it yet. It isn’t ‘Twilight‘-related. When she’s ready to reveal it, she will. This has been an intense three years for her, and currently she’s just focusing on being a writer.’” (Link via.)

Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Agent Scores E-Book Deal

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Carmen Balcells, the agent supporting Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Camilo Jose Cela, has bypassed publishers and struck a deal to publish both Nobel laureates directly through the Spanish digital book company, leer-e.

The books retail for 5 euros, but according to the Guardian, most Spanish paperbacks sell for 20 euros. Around twelve books are currently available, but the deal will soon include 120 books on Balcells list.

Here’s more from the Guardian: “As these [print publishers] do not hold the Spanish-language electronic rights to most of her authors’ books, Balcells is in effect publishing them directly through leer-e. ‘I cannot tell you exactly what rights the authors get, but I can say that it is much more than they get from their books printed on paper,’ said Ignacio Latasa, co-founder of leer-e.” (Link via)

Words Are Not Enough to Express the Loss

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Yesterday, we told you about the memorials to John Updike on Twitter; this morning, we’d like to spotlight the tribute paid by Omaha World-Herald editorial cartoonist Jeff Koterba. (We’ve met Koterba through our involvement in the Omaha Literary Festival, where he has spoken both as a cartoonist and as a soon-to-be-published memoirist.)

Please let us know if other newspapers have chosen to recognize Updike’s passing in similar fashion.

Jane Austen Versus Zombies

9781594743344_norm.jpgIn June 2009, author Seth Grahame-Smith will re-visit Jane Austen‘s classic novel with a horrific twist: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

The Quirk Books release will feature the original text of the novel with passages of gory zombie action penned by Grahame-Smith, the author of How to Survive a Horror Movie. The book also features 20 illustrations patterned after the book’s original illustrator, C. E. Brock.

Here’s an excerpt from the catalog: “What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers–and even more violent sparring on the blood-soaked battlefield as Elizabeth wages war against hordes of flesh-eating undead.” (Via Tor.com)
NOTE: An earlier version did not attribute this title to Quirk Books.

Vanessa Mobley To Leave Penguin Press

9781594201288H.jpgPenguin Press lost its senior editor as Vanessa Mobley decided to leave her post.

According to the NY Observer, Mobley is leaving by her own choice. Recently she signed a campaign book by the New Yorker‘s Ryan Lizza. In 2006 mediabistro reported that she left Holt to work at Penguin as an editor of history, politics, memoir, and reporting titles.

The Observer described her many accomplishments: “Ms. Mobley, widely thought to be among the most talented 30-somethings in town when it comes to editing non-fiction, has worked with writers such as Samantha Power, Caroline Elkins, Clay Shirky, and Matt Bai.”

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