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Rescued Pirate Captive Closes Book Deal

090412-N-XXXXN-001.jpgHyperion Books has reportedly won the auction for a book by Captain Richard Phillips, the ship captain held hostage by Somalian pirates and rescued by the Navy.

According to Crain’s NY, unnamed “publishing sources” say the final bid was around $500,000. Neither Hyperion nor Phillips’ agency commented on the deal. Last week, Columbia Pictures picked up the story for a film, the producers include Kevin Spacey and Scott Rudin.

Here’s more from the article: “According to sources, CAA–which represented Mr. Phillips for both the movie and book deals–had expected to field considerably higher offers for the memoir. Depressed book sales and possibly hero fatigue following a $3 million deal for Capt. Chesley Sullenberger‘s memoirs may have played a role in the lower price tag.” (Via HuffPo)

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Pirate Captive’s Book in High-Stakes Auction

090412-N-XXXXN-001.jpgOne month after his rescue, the ship captain kidnapped by Somali pirates and saved by Navy snipers has almost landed a book deal.

According to Publishers Weekly, Captain Richard Phillips (pictured via) has garnered offers of $500,000 for his story. The book auction began last week, and his “life rights” are being represented by CAA. GalleyCat also wonders if Phillips’ chief engineer, Michael Perry, will also write his dramatic story.

Here’s more from the article: “Since ‘hero’ airline pilot Capt. Chesley Sullenberger landed over $3 million from Morrow for his story, it wouldn’t be shocking if Phillips walks away with over $1 million.” (Via Book Bench)

Captain Chesley Sullenberger to Appear at BookExpo America

200px-Chesley_Sullenberger_honored_crop.jpgCaptain Chesley Sullenberger will be guest of honor at this year’s BookExpo America.

The pilot who miraculously landed an airplane on the Hudson River will appear at the book festival Saturday, May 30 at 3:00 pm. Captain Sullenberger also scored a $3.2 million two-book deal with HarperCollins’ William Morrow imprint earlier this year. He will write a memoir that climaxes with his airplane landing and a book of “inspirational poems.”

Lance Fensterman, Vice President of BookExpo America, added: “Captain Sullenberger is one of those rare individuals whose character and integrity are quickly discernible by the manner in which he presents himself. He is a person who everyone wants to meet.”