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Alicia Silverstone Lands Deal for Two Books

Author and actress Alicia Silverstone has sold her next two books to Rodale. The Kind Mama will be first, followed by The Kind Diet Cookbook.

Both book expand upon Silverstone’s The Kind Diet, a 2009 Rodale book focused on “spectacular benefits of adopting a plant-based diet.” William Morris Endeavor Worldwide literary department co-head Jennifer Rudolph Walsh negotiated the deal with publisher Stephen Perrine. Silverstone announced the deal to her more than 162,000 Twitter followers today.

Silverstone had this comment: “With my next book, I want to give women what I wish I’d had when I was getting ready for baby: an easy-to-follow resource that’s as inspiring as it is informative. I want women to know that they hold the power to not only have an amazing pregnancy, free of fear, anxiety, and discomfort, but also to feel beautiful while doing it. My book will empower women to become happy, healthy mommies-to-be who give birth to, and raise, even happier, healthier babies.”

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Rob Lowe Lands His Second Book Deal

Actor and author Rob Lowe has inked a book deal with Simon & Schuster for a new book called Love Life.  Publication is set for 2013.

The follow-up to his Stories I Only Tell My Friends memoir will focus on “sex, marriage, money, work, fatherhood and sports.” William Morris Endeavor agent Jennifer Rudolph Walsh negotiated the deal along with Jon Liebman of Brillstein Entertainment Partners.

The Parks & Recreation star has nearly 200,000 friends on Twitter, posting about football, books and his television work. The actor added this comment: “I’m hoping readers will think of the first book as a restaurant where they ate a good meal, and that they’ll want to come back and try a new dish.”

 

Jenny McCarthy Inks Deal at Hyperion

Actress Jenny McCarthy landed a deal with Hyperion to publish her next book, Sinner: Confessions of a Recovering Catholic. According to the release, the new book will maintain “the theme of her comedic New York Times bestsellers, from Belly Laughs to Love, Lust & Faking It.”

William Morris Endeavor literary agent Jennifer Rudolph Walsh negotiated the deal with executive editor Kerri Kolen. Kolen, who will edit the project, has secured North American, open market and eBook rights. The title will be available in fall 2012.

McCarthy explained in the release: “Most young girls in my neighborhood played with Cabbage Patch dolls for fun. I played with Jesus, Mary, and Joseph dolls. I had every intention of becoming a nun someday. But hilarious events that unfolded in my upbringing made me question my future occupation and the contradictions I faced at home and at one of the most prestigious all-girl Catholic schools on the South Side of Chicago. This book tells the story of what went wrong, or, as I would put it now, what went right. Or as Hugh Hefner eventually put it, Playmate of the Year.”

Charlie St. Cloud Sequel Sold

stcloud.jpgAs the adaptation Charlie St. Cloud debuted this weekend (starring Zac Efron), Ballantine Bantam Dell acquired a sequel to the bestselling novel by Ben Sherwood.

Editor-in-chief Jennifer Hershey bought the book, a follow-up to The Death and Life Of Charlie St. Cloud. William Morris Endeavor agent Jennifer Rudolph Walsh negotiated the deal with Ballantine Bantam Dell EIC Jennifer Hershey.

The adaptation earned $12.1 million at the box office this weekend, coming in sixth place among the major releases. Sherwood had this statement: “I’m extremely excited about the opportunity to dive back into Charlie St. Cloud’s world and to take the characters in new directions and I very privileged to work with Jennifer Hershey and the entire Ballantine Bantam Dell team.”

Portia de Rossi Scores Book Deal for her Memoir

PortiadeRossi.pngActress Portia de Rossi inked a deal to publish her memoir with Simon & Schuster imprint Atria Books. de Rossi (pictured, via) will write about her health struggles and her marriage to television star Ellen DeGeneres.

Atria editorial director Peter Borland acquired North American, audio, and electronic publishing rights to the book. The deal was negotiated by William Morris Endeavor Entertainment agent Jennifer Rudolph Walsh. Publication is set for fall 2010. de Rossi has appeared in a number of television shows, including Ally McBeal, Arrested Development, and Better Off Ted.

Here’s more from the release: “de Rossi shares the truth of her long battle to overcome anorexia and bulimia, chronicling the physical trauma of the disease, as well as the shame and fear she endured battling her illness while living in the public eye. The book’s final section will explore the new happiness and health she has found in recent years–including her coming out and her marriage to Ellen DeGeneres.”

Pelosi to Pen Memoir for Doubleday

PW Daily reports that Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives, has signed with Doubleday to publishe her memoir. The deal for North American rights was made by Doubleday president and publisher Stephen Rubin, who acquired the untitled work from a trio of the William Morris Agency‘s top executives: chairman Norman Brokaw; vp and co-head of the agency, Jennifer Rudolph Walsh; and senior vp and president Mel Berger.

The memoir will be published in the summer of 2008 and Pelosi’s collaborator is yet to be determined. It will focus on the Speaker’s remarkable life both personally and professionally. “When Nancy Pelosi, surrounded by her six grandchildren, took the gavel as the first female Speaker of the House in January 2007, it was an historic moment in our nation’s history,” Rubin said. “She stood there as wife, mother, grandmother and political leader; her ascension and remarkable career have put the lie to the notion that those roles are in any way in conflict. How she managed to serve her country without compromising her family is a story both fascinating and inspirational, and Doubleday is proud to be publishing it.”