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Sam Anderson Lands Book Deal for ‘Basketball Fairy Tale’

Book critic and New York Times Magazine critic at large Sam Anderson has inked a book deal with Random House’s Crown Publishing Group to expand upon his cover story for the magazine, “A Basketball Fairy Tale in Middle America.”

The book will focus on Oklahoma City’s recovery and its NBA basketball team. William Morris Endeavor agent Jay Mandel negotiated the deal with Crown senior editor Zachary Wagman.  The book expanding upon his cover story. You can follow Anderson on Twitter, where he shares his favorite sentence every day. Here’s more from the release:

Anderson will report on the amazing revitalization that has occurred over the course of the last 20 years, starting with Oklahoma City’s adoption of the MAPS program; he’ll show how the city’s colorful leaders—its mayor, police chief, and various business leaders—have built up an unassuming city into a thriving urban center, full of artists, musicians, and, of course, sports fans. Anderson will track the dramatic story of how a consortium of business leaders bought the NBA’s Seattle SuperSonics, brought it to Oklahoma City, and renamed the team the Thunder. The team—led by Sam Presti, its young GM as well as All-Stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook—has transformed itself from a group of scrappy underdogs into arguably the best team in basketball in less than five years.

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7 Editors & 3 Agents Named Jerusalem International Book Fair Fellows

Seven editors and three agents from the U.S. and Canada have won fellowships to attend this year’s Jerusalem International Book Fair.

Selected as Zev Birger Jerusalem International Book Fair Fellows, the will attend special programs and seminars at the 26th biennial event, held from February 10 through 15 this year.

The complete list of fellows follows below…

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J.J. Abrams & Doug Dorst Land Book Deal

Lost founder J. J. Abrams and Alive in Necropolis novelist Doug Dorst will team up for a new novel at Little, Brown and Company’s Mulholland Books imprint. Publication is set for 2012.

According to the release, Abrams created the idea and Dorst (pictured, via) will write the book. John Schoenfelder will edit and Jay Mandel of WME negotiated the deal.

Little, Brown publisher Michael Pietsch had this statement: “Doug and J.J.’s story will explode the bonds of the novel in ways no book has ever done … It is a privilege to work with this wildly creative team of writers and thinkers.”

Jonah Goldberg’s Million Dollar Book Deal

catalog_cover23.jpgFollowing blockbuster books by Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck, publishers are chasing conservative scribes. Conservative columnist Jonah Goldberg has scored a reported one million dollar deal for his next book.

Goldberg riled the blogosphere with his first book, “Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning.” The new book has a temporary title: “The Tyranny of Clichés.”

Here’s more about the deal, from Crain’s New York: “Penguin’s conservative imprint Sentinel won the bidding in an auction conducted by William Morris Endeavor agent Jay Mandel that involved at least four publishers … ‘Conservative books are doing incredibly well,’ says an executive who dropped out of the bidding.”

Q-Tip Lands Book Deal

discog_cover_abstractInnovations.jpgHip-hop artist, producer, and DJ Q-Tip has scored a deal with Random House Publishing Group’s Ballantine Books imprint, a memoir entitled, “Industry Rules.”

The former member of the hip-hop supergroup, A Tribe Called Quest, Q-Tip (pictured, via) sold his book to to Ballantine editor Porscha Burke. The deal was negotiated by Jay Mandel at William Morris Endeavor Entertainment. According to the release, the book is: “a creatively constructed telling of his life story.”

Here’s more about the artist, from a 1999 profile in Time Magazine: “Q-Tip raps about growing up in Queens, the breakup of A Tribe Called Quest and his embrace of Islam. He admits his partyin’ ways don’t always conform to Islamic values, but he’s constantly striving to better himself, and at least in his mind, it’s the effort that really matters.”