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Fowler Tackles Nouveau Riche at SMP

Publishers Weekly reports:

Fowler Tackles Nouveau Riche at SMP
The author of the bestseller Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald(2013), Therese Anne Fowler sold a currently untitled novel about the Vanderbilts to Hope Dellon at St. Martin’s Press. The Macmillan division is Fowler’s current publisher, and St. Martin’s said the novel will take readers from “the extravagant world of the newly rich robber barons from the Gilded Age to the Jazz Age.” Reimagining the lives of three women in the famous moneyed American family—Alva, Gertrude, and Gloria Morgan—the book will follow each woman as she ascends the social ladder in her respective enclave of Manhattan; Newport, R.I.; and Paris. Wendy Sherman handled the U.S. sale for Fowler, and the book has also been acquired, in separate deals, in the U.K. (by Two Roads) and in the Netherlands (by Luitingh Sijthoff).

Z is currently in development with Amazon Studios and Killer Films, for a TV series starring Christina Ricci. Filming is set to begin next month.

 

 

 

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Reese Witherspoon to Produce ALL IS NOT FORGOTTEN for Warner Bros. and St. Martins to Publish

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Yes, this happened! All is Not Forgotten was sold at auction to St. Martins and just one week later to Warner Bros with the brilliant producing team of Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea of Pacific Standard Films (Gone Girl, Wild). Wendy Walker’s novel is expected to publish in the Spring 2017. Stay tuned.

Is France in your plan for summer vacation?

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Whether yes (lucky you) or no, you can travel to Provence with Elizabeth Bard in her New York Times Bestseller PICNIC IN PROVENCE.  Her journey from Paris (LUNCH IN PARIS) to a charming village in The south of France will have you dreaming of strolls through fields of lavender and afternoons enjoying saffron ice cream.  A memoir with recipes – of course.
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Thrilled to share Shanna Mahin’s ‘Oh! You Pretty Things’ amazing New York Times Review

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We could not be more excited to share this incredible review of Shanna Mahin’s ‘Oh! You Pretty Things‘ which ran in today’s New York Times. We could go on and on, but we will let Janet Maslin’s review speak for itself:

“Shanna Mahin’s “Oh! You Pretty Things” falls into the gofers’-revenge genre, to which “The Devil Wears Prada” and “The Nanny Diaries” also belong.”

“Ms. Mahin worked as a personal assistant herself. But that’s not why her book works. What matters is her gimlet eye for the culture in which her heroine, Jess Dunne, has become virtually unemployable.”

““Oh! You Pretty Things” may seem outlandish, but it never loses touch with reality. Even at their funniest, Ms. Mahin’s observations are painfully true.”

“Ms. Mahin’s enjoyable debut is a bit reminiscent of Jennifer Weiner’s “Good in Bed,” with a smart, embarrassed but tough heroine who works her way out of a corner.

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Ms. Mahin may not have mattered much in those days, but she matters now.”

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We’re so very proud of the review and could go on and on, but instead, we’ll just let you read it for yourself: Oh! You Pretty Things NYT Review.

 

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Kara Richardson Whitely in People!

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We were so thrilled to see that Kara Richardson Whitely, author of Gorge, was featured in this week’s People. Kara’s beautiful memoir tells the story of her three climbs up Mount Kilimanjaro–at 300 pounds. As she tells People, “My success and failure as a person is not based on a number.” Kara’s journey and attitude is so inspirational and we are so excited to see it shared with so many people (…pun intended?).

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Happy Pub to GORGE!

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Happy pub to Gorge, Kara Richardson Whitely’s beautiful memoir about reaching the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, overcoming self-doubt, and finding inner strength to achieve her goals. We had such a great time at her book party last night and can’t wait to see this book on the shelves.

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The Book of Wanderings…a book to cherish*

kimberly meyer-author photoWe first met over coffee and french pastry at one of my favorite neighborhood spots in Chelsea–Maison Du Macaron–where the smell of fresh croissants is totally intoxicating – and got acquainted, sharing stories about life.  I had already read Kimberly Meyer’s beautiful essays in Ecotone and The Best American Travel Writing and now I sat in awe as she spoke about the journey she and her college-age daughter Ellie had taken to retrace the footsteps of Felix Fabri, a 15th century Dominican friar.  Their modern-day pilgrimage took them to exotic destinations infused with mystery, spirituality, and rich history – from Venice, to the Mediterranean through Greece and partitioned Cyprus, to Israel and across the Sinai Desert with Bedouin guides, to the Palestinian territories and to Cairo and Alexandria in Egypt. Some of these places I’ve traveled to, and others I hope to visit some day, but the depth of her experience had me enchanted. On the purest level it was also about searching for meaning and home and the connection we mothers all seek with our children.

book of wanderings copyAlmost three years later, we celebrate the publication of Kimberly’s luminous debut, The Book of Wanderings. The spare and gorgeous prose will immediately transport you and  the early reviews are deservedly wonderful.  This blurb from Antonya Nelson may say it best: “The Book of Wanderings is about both the intrinsically private and the universally enduring need for pilgrimage: to the sites that restore and reward, to the experience of wondering and wandering and connecting, whether with family or the whole human race. Meyer brings this insatiable urge to pursue enlightenment of the journey home to the reader. Home to the ordinary suburban American in the very chaotic 21st century. There’s no one who won’t recognize some aspect of herself in these pages. They offer insights both mystical and practical. It is a book to cherish.”

Little Brown has outdone themselves with a gorgeous package that features the most stunningly beautiful endpapers. I hope you’ll treat yourself to a copy of The Book of Wanderings.  It’s a journey and experience, I promise, you won’t soon forget.

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Happy Pub Day to The Gluten Free Revolution!

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jax lowellI met Jax Lowell 20 years ago. Her first book, The Gluten-Free Bible, was being published by Holt, where I was Executive Director. At the time, we​ honestly had no idea about Celiac disease or gluten-free diets. Jax was a true pioneer into the field–way ahead the times.  Years later, after I had become an agent, we reconnected (amen for that) and we went back to the editors at ​Holt with a vision for a revision.  ​That revision evolved into a whole new book. Today, we celebrate the publication of The Gluten-Free Revolution. It is THE book on gluten-free living, by THE author on gluten free living. Congratulations Jax Lowell! You set the bar and then upped it to new heights.

–Wendy

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GORGE featured in Publishers Weekly

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What a week!

 

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We are thrilled to see that The Barkeep by William Lashner has been nominated for an Edgar. The gala award ceremony will take place on April 29 in NYC and of course, we will be there!

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