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WSA and PEN Center USA


We are thrilled to see our ‘west of the Mississippi’ authors Claire Bidwell Smith and Shanna Mahin (who served as a judge) at the PEN Center USA’s 25th Annual Literary Awards Festival, held at the Beverly Whilshire Hotel. What a fun night! The Lifetime Achievement award was given to Francis Ford Coppola. 

The Z TV Series Debut is Here!


TODAY is the debut of our TV pilot based on Therese Anne Fowler’s novel Z ~ A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald.   You can stream on Amazon Video  and watch for free for the next 3 weeks.  I may be biased but it really is wonderful.  Christina Ricci as Zelda is mesmerizing and Gavin Stenhouse as F. Scott is swoon-worthy.
Check out Vanity Fair’s rave review of the pilot!

Gluten Free Revolution

The Gluten Free Revolution by Jax Lowell has been honored by Booklist as one of the ‘Top 10 Food Books of 2015’ alongside legendary chefs/writers
Alice Waters, Mario Batali, Bobby Flay, Ruth Reichel, and Mark Bittman.   What a thrill and an honor.

Mark Your Calendars!


H.I.P. Lit presents “Très Brooklyn,” a Parisian-themed evening of readings, conversation, and mingling. Starring Brooklyn-based authors Angie Niles (Bright Lights Paris), Courtney Maum (I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You), and Julie Orringer (The Invisible Bridge) who have drawn inspiration from The City of Lights. Moderated by H.I.P Lit curators and publishing professionals Erin Harris, Brittney Inman Canty and Kim Perel, the event features book signings, raffle prizes, refreshments, music and more.

Check out the link below for more details on how to attend Très Brooklyn!

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On Set! Behind the Scenes of the Pilot for Z!


It’s been a wild summer here at WSA, and one of the highlights was being in Savannah, GA with Therese Anne Fowler during the final days of filming the Amazon Studios/ Killer Films TV pilot for her NYTimes bestseller Z. The dance scene​ ​that takes place at the Montgomery Country Club ​was a grand event ​with the beautiful and talented Christina Ricci​ looking so very Zelda. Tim Blake Nelson was a thrill to see in action, calmly and confidently directing the scene.  I hope you enjoy these pics, including a great shot of Gavin Stenhouse (swoon) making his entrance as Scott. All of the cast and crew were amazing to watch in action, creating what we hope will be the start of a long and successful series. Stay tuned!​ The pilot will be available on Amazon in November.  We are counting the days.

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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.


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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