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The Crave Cast premieres at #1!

We couldn’t be more excited about the upcoming publication of Alexandra Jamieson’s new book, “Women, Food & Desire” in January. In the meantime, she has just released ​the first in ​a series of podcasts, “The Crave Cast,” for iTunes which went to #1​.​ ​You can listen for free here on iTunes​.​ Her message is transformative.

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Splitting the Difference to the Small Screen!

We are thrilled to share that Tre Miller-Rodriguez’s memoir, Splitting the Difference, has been sold to Eva Longoria’s UnbeliEVAble Entertainment, Universal TV and ABC for adaptation to the small screen. The memoir, which was published in March 2013, chronicles Miller-Rodriguez’s life in New York City as a 34-year-old widow who reunites with the daughter she gave up for adoption at 18. Filmmaker Kat Coiro of And While We Were Here and A Case of You has signed on to write the series. Exciting times ahead! Here’s the news on Deadline Hollywood. 

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You Never Know

When I first started at the agency, fresh from the The New School MFA Creative Writing program, I imagined I would mostly represent literary fiction and creative nonfiction. I was reading Russian literature, Norman Mailer, and Joan Didion. Light stuff.

But, as I started building my list, these particular kinds of projects started finding their way to me. My old magazine pals were recommending fashion editors, home décor experts, food bloggers and travel journalists writing memoirs.

And this stuff was fun. Four-color illustrated books are entirely different animals in the publishing world, often requiring a team that resembles a move-set crew to produce. But I kept having huge success with fashion books like The Wow Factor by Jacqui Stafford (Gotham), decorating books like Sage Living by Anne Sage (Chronicle Books) and just this week I sold Bright Lights Paris by Angie Niles, a guide to living, dining and shopping like a Parisian to one of the most wonderful editors in the business, Denise Silvestro, at Berkley Books. I was delighted and I couldn’t be more excited to turn those delicious pages filled with bright photos.

Of course literary fiction is my first love, but you never know what books might end up picking you. I realized I also enjoyed helping these books that made everyday things like getting dressed, picking out a couch and eating dinner just a bit brighter and glossier find their way into the world.

So bring on the next one….

Kim

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AAR Calls Out Amazon in Hachette Dispute

I am very proud to be on the Board of AAR, especially when we can use the strength our numbers to make statement like this.

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This Month at WSA

March Madness extended to big happenings here at WSA.

Z Subway AdThe well-reviewed and bestselling novel Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler was published in paperback and immediately landed on trade paperback bestseller lists everywhere. The New York Times Bestseller List, the regional bestseller lists, the Indie Bestseller List and NPR’s list as well.  St. Martins launched a big campaign with ads all over the NY City subways and here is yours truly posing in front of one (and serendipitously color coordinated) at the 42nd Street N Station.

The Sun and Other Stars by PEN/Hemingway prize winner Brigid Pasulka was published by Simon & Schuster and immediately got rave reviews in Oprah.com as well the New York Times Book Review.

Earlier this month I attended the 20th annual BookMania in Stuart, Florida (Florida in March? Twist my arm). It was a terrific, well attended event and so fun to spend time with Marjan Kamali, author of the Together Tea, and Claire Bidwell Smith, author of The Rules of Inheritance.
On the home front, I was thrilled to moderate two ‘Meet the Editor’ panels hosted by AAR, where I serve on the Board of Directors. We invited young (it’s all relative) editors from top publishing houses to speak about their acquisition interests to a room full of eager agents. It’s always fun to connect with fellow agents and get to know new editors!
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The Sun and Other Stars & Oprah!

It’s always great to say the name Oprah in the same sentence as Screen shot 2014-02-19 at 11.32.34 AM one of one of your authors. In this case, I’m especially thrilled that Oprah.com shines the spotlight on The Sun and Other Stars by Brigid Pasulka in their feature Books for Wintery Weekends  saying it is”a celebration of young love, sunshine and la dolce vita, no matter the weather outside.”  Read more here.

And I couldn’t resist sharing this beautiful cake in celebration of the publication date!

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In Iran, Among the Beauty-Obsessed Women

Novelist Marjan Kamali, author of Together Teareflects on visiting family in Iran at the Wall Street Journal.

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Exicting Raiders! News

Raiders! to be a movie by Napoleon Dynamite legend Jeremy Coon.

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A big shout out to Tre Miller Rodriguez for her New York Times Modern Love Essay

We are so excited about Tre Miller Rodriguez’s essay in the New York Times Modern Love section. Picture 8A Husband Lost, a Daughter Found is accompanied by an animated short by Joanna Neborsky.

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What Grows in a Garden?

Happy Publication Day to Fred Bahnson.  Soil and Sacrament is receiving strong praise, including these words from a starred Kirkus:” Bahnson’s lively prose is spiritual without ever being preachy or heavy-handed, and the overall effect is akin to reading a Wendell Berry essay, if Berry also had a sense of humor. Bahnson’s story and its message is constantly, deeply thought-provoking.”

Fred Bahnson wrote this op-ed  in The Washington Post  “American spirituality is discovering itself anew as people of faith reconnect with the land. As I’ve traveled the country I’ve met fellow Christians who are falling in love with their faith all over again, and in every instance this love affair is tied to a place. Not a lofty cathedral directing the worshipper’s thoughts heavenward; these places draw the eyes—and the hands—down to earth, back to the soil from which Genesis tells us we were formed, and which we’re called to “tend and keep.” Our first and most basic human task, I’ve come to learn, is to care for the garden.”   MORE

Some books truly change the way you see the world.   This is one of them – WS

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