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Monica Byrne
studied fiction with Neil
Gaiman, Nalo Hopkinson, Kelly Link and
Geoff Ryman at the Clarion

Workshop.
She has published fiction in
Gargoyle
,
Shimmer
,
Fantasy Magazine

and
Electric
Velocipede
, and nonfiction in
Wellesley
Magazine

and
HowlRound: The Journal of
New American Plays
. In addition, she is a
playwright, with three plays produced and
tw
o more in development; she is very
active in regional theater in Durham, NC
where she lives. She holds degrees in
biochemistry from Wellesley College and
MIT.






US & Canada
: Crown



Germany:
Pending/ offer tabled



UK &
Other
Translation available



Unedited
Manuscri
pt available



Publication

2014

THE GIRL IN THE ROAD

A Novel


A thrilling first novel
--

literary speculative fiction
, with elements of
feminist s
ci
-
fi
.


The Girl in the Road

is set at two different times in the near future, with

alternating narrative threads.

In 2068, India has become the dominant political
power in the world. New energy technologies have been developed, but it's too
late to preve
nt the seas from rising and changing t
he planet’s coastal geography.
Meena, a young Indian woman who is wounded and fleeing from a traumatic
event she can't remember, decides to escape by walking the Trail, a floating
energy
-
harvesting pontoon bridge that
spans the entire Arabian Sea from
Mumbai to Djibouti on the east coast of Africa. It’s forbidden to walk on the Trail,
but a shadowy underground subculture has emerged, the Walkers.


Forty years earlier, in 2026, a slave girl named Mariama flees her hom
e in
Mauritania after witnessing the rape of her mother. She finds refuge in a truck
caravan headed across the Sahara, which is carrying a mysterious cargo. Mariama
addresses her story to the person she calls Yemaya, a young woman who joins
the caravan in
Dakar and takes Mariama under her wing. Increasingly Mariama
becomes obsessed with Yemaya, seeing her as a goddess, as they journey across
Africa

towards Ethiopia. But when they finally arrive in A
ddis Ababa, Yemaya
disappears.
Mariama never recovers from

this abandonment, but keeps Yemaya
in her, even as she grows up, goes to university, takes part in growing anti
-
Indian
protests, and falls in love with a young Indian doctor.



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The two stories alternate, with Meena
travelling we
st, and Mariama travelling e
ast
.
But it is only at the end, in a stunning
climax, that we understand how closely the
two stories parallel each other, and how
Meena and Mariama are linked.


THE GIRL IN THE ROAD creates a
completely believable world, neither
utopian nor dystopian, but

plausibly
evolved from our own. It weaves together
Indian
and African cultural elements.
And its
two protagonists are compelling in different
ways: Meena is wounded, tough, smart, and
androgynous; Mariama is ingenuous,
observant and cunning. But both ar
e
deeply troubled, suffering from
generational echoes of trauma.



Mary Miller’s

work has

appeared in journals and anthologies, including
McSweeney's,
Oxford American
,
Tin House
,
and
The Rumpus
. Her short story
collection BIG WORLD was published in 2009
by Short Flight and will soon go into
its third printing. She is currently a James A. Michener Fellow in Fiction at the
University

of
Texas

at
Austin
, where she serves as editor
-
in
-
chief of
Bat City Review
.





World English W.W. Norton



German: Metrolit




All other tr
anslation rights available



Unedited
Manuscr
ipt available



Publication
Feb 2014

KING JESUS RETURNS

A Novel



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A compelling, humorous, and utterly
engaging debut novel


When most families take
a road trip to
California it ends in a visit to Disneyland or
to far
-
away relatives. When Jess's family
takes a road trip to California, it ends in the
Rapture.


At least that's the plan when they leave
their hometown of Montgomery, Alabama
equipped with m
atching t
-
shirts
announcing, “King Jesus Returns!” and
bundles of educational tracts to hand out to
non
-
believers.


At 14 years old, Jess isn't quite sure what to
make of all this. Unlike her

beautiful and
rebellious

older sister Elise, who scorns
everyth
ing about them, Jess has always
accepted her parents' evangelical beliefs.
This pilgrimage is different. Before they left,
Jess discovered that not only had her father
just lost his job; Elise is also pregnant. Over
the next four days Jess questions her fa
ith
in God, her parents, and herself as she
struggles to keep Elise's secret and wonders
whether her family will survive even if the
Rapture doesn't come.


Miller's voice is both fierce and compassionate. Her cutting, deadpan sense of
humor belies sympath
y for characters whose delusions are a necessary protection
against circumstances they feel powerless to change.









Susan Bordo
, Otis A. Singletary C
hair in the Humanities at University of Kentucky, is
the author of
Unbearable Weight

and
The Male Body
.





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US & Can.: Houghton Harcourt



UK: Oneworld



Translation rights available



Books available



Publication April 2013

THE CREATION OF ANNE

BOLEYN

A New Look at England’s Most
Notorious
Queen



Part biography, part cultural history,
The
Creation of Ann
e Boleyn

is a fascinating
reconstruction of Anne’s life and an
illuminating look at her afterlife in the
popular imagination. Why is Anne so
compelling? Why has she inspired such
extreme reactions? What did she really look
like? Was she the flaxen
-
haired m
artyr of
Romantic paintings or the raven
-
haired
seductress of twenty
-
first
-
century
portrayals? (Answer: neither.) And perhaps
the most provocative questions concern
Anne’s death more than her life. How could
Henry order the execution of a once
beloved wife
? Drawing on scholarship and
critical analysis, Bordo probes the
complexities of one of history’s most
infamous relationships.


Bordo also shows how generations of polemicists, biographers, novelists, and
filmmakers imagined and re
-
imagined Anne: whore, ma
rtyr, cautionary tale, proto
“mean girl,” feminist icon, and everything in between. In this lively book, Bordo
steps off the well
-
trodden paths of Tudoriana to expertly tease out the human
being behind the competing mythologies.




“A great read for Boleyn

fans and fanatics alike….”
-
Kirkus


“The young queen has been the source of fascination for nearly half a
millennium, and her legacy continues; this engaging portrait culminates with
an intriguing exploration of Boleyn’s recent reemergence in pop culture”
-
PW



Bruce Grierson

is a Canadian science journalist, whose work has been published in
Psychology Today
, the
New York Times Magazine
,
Discover

and
Scientific American

among many others. His first book was
U
-
Turn : What If You Woke Up One Morning
and Real
ized You Were Living the Wrong Life?

(Bloomsbury, 2008).




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World Engl. (ex. Canada): Henry Holt



Canada: Random House



Translation rights available



Ms. available



Publication 2014

WHAT MAKES OLGA RUN?

The Mystery of the Ninety
-
Something
Tra
ck Star who is Smashing Records
and Outpacing Time; and What She
Can Teach Us About How to Live




When Olga Kotelko first stepped onto
the running track at age 77, she wasn’t
expecting much. She’d retired at 65
from a career as a teacher in Vancouver;
sh
e’d played a little recreational softball,
but she’d never been an athlete. No
one knew she was about to break every
record in the book.


But that’s what she did. In the 100
meter, 200 meter, 400 meter, 4 x 100
relay, hammer throw, javelin, shot put,
di
scus, long jump, high jump, and triple jump, Olga (who is now 94) has gone
on to set 23 new world records for her age category.


Now Canadian journalist Bruce Grierson has set out to learn what makes Olga
tick. Following her to Masters Circuit track event
s, and tagging along as she
allows herself to become the subject of scientific scrutiny, Grierson explores
not only the secret to Olga’s astonishing abilities, but what practical lessons
we can learn ourselves, about how to stay healthy as we age.


A warm
and inspiring story about achieving our full potential.
















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Thomas Satterlee

is the recipient of the
American
-
Scandinavian Foundation
Translation Prize, a National Endowment
of the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship,
and several Pushcart Prize n
ominations.
He

has published two collections of Danish
poetry in translation and a collection of
original poetry.


Burning Wyclif

was a 2007
American Library Association Notable
book and a finalist for the L.A. Times Book
Award.




Denmark: Rosenkilde & Bahnhof




US & Can.: Available



Translation rights available



Manuscript available



Publication May 2013

SØREN’S DESK

A Novel




Set in Copenhagen, Denmark, just months before the bicentennial
birthday of melancholy native son

Søren Kierkegaard, SOREN’S DESK is
part literary mystery, part philosophical exploration, and part witty
takedown of academic and social pretentions.






When Søren Kierkegaard’s writing desk spills a manuscript of poems just
months before his 200th birt
hday, many conclude that it must be a lost work
by the famous philosopher

but Head of Fraudulent Affairs, Rolf Poulsen,
isn’t so sure.





Mette Rasmussen, Director of the Søren Kierkegaard Institute, must persuade
two feuding scholars to set aside their d
ifferences and cooperate in the
international celebration she is planning.


Everything starts to go wrong,
however, when the philosopher’s writing desk is moved to the site of the
main display and gets caught up in a possible bomb threat that shuts down
th
e city and brings in the Danish Bomb Squad.


No explosives are found, but
the desk contains a previously unknown manuscript of poems supposedly
written by Kierkegaard

and one of the feuding scholars has apparently
hanged himself.





The job of authenticat
ing the manuscript and assuring its safety goes to
Inspector Rolf Poulsen, Head of Fraudulent Affairs at Danish National Police.


As Inspector Poulsen begins his investigation, he discovers links to an earlier

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case of his, one that involved infamous
con ar
tist Stein Blicher, Denmark’s own
version of Bernard Madoff.


The
Inspector follows clues that become
personal threats on his own life and
finds himself making compromising
deals with the city’s Mayor and its Chief
of Police.


Before the case is closed, he
’s
learned more than he thought he ever
wanted to about his illustrious, esoteric
kinsman

not to mention himself.




Edited by:
Frances Goldin, Michael Steven
Smith, Debby Smith, Steven Wishnia































World English: HarperCollins



T
ranslation rights available



Ms. available



Publication 2014

IMAGINE
:

Living in a Socialist USA


The word "socialism" is one of the most misunderstood terms in the US,
more
potent, as
the recent presidential campaign
proved
, as a
term of derision than
a
s
a meaningful
system of ideas to draw
upon
. Nothing could be more un
-
America
n
.

With essays by 32 leading thinkers and writers
,
Imagine

reclaim
s
the word by
reimagining our society:


Capitalism: The Real Enemy by
Paul Street
; The Future Will Be Ecosocialis
t by
Joel
Kovell
; A Democratically Run Economy Can Replace the Oligarchy by
Ron Reosti
; The
Shape of a Post
-
Capitalist Future by
Rick Wolff
; Law in a Socialist USA by
Michael
Steven Smith
; Alternatives to the Present System of Capitalist Injustice by
Mumia

Abu
-
Jamal

and
Angela Davis
; Socialism Is the Highest Expression of Human Rights
by
Ajamu Baraka
; Personal, Emotional, and Sexual Life Without Capitalism by
Harriet
Fraad

and
Tess Fraad Wolff

; A Woman’s Workday in a Socialist U.S.A. by
Renate

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Bridenthal
;
Dignity, Respect, Equality, Love
by
Blanche Wiesen Cook
; How Queer Life
Might Be Different in a Socialist U.S.A. by
Leslie Cagan

and
Melanie
Kaye/Kantrowitz
; Drugs in a Society Where
People Care About Each Other by
Steven
Wishnia
; Immigration: Immigrant Wo
rkers
Point the Way to a Better World by
Juan
Gonzalez
; Welfare in a New Society: An End
to Intentional Impoverishment and
Degradation by
Frances Fox Piven
; Food for
All: Creating a Socially Sustainable Food
System by
Arun Gupta
; The Right to
Housing by
To
m Angotti
; Socialized
Medicine Means Everyone Gets Care,
Regardless of Whether They Have Money by
Dave Lindorff
; Teach Freedom! by
William
Ayers
; Imagining Art After Capitalism by
Mat Callahan
; Prometheus Completely
Unbound: What Science and Technology
Cou
ld Accomplish in a Socialist America by
Clifford D. Conner
; First
-
Class News: The
Media in a Socialist U.S.A. by
Fred Jerome
;
Religion, Spirituality, and Socialism by
Joel
Kovel
; Imagine the Angels of Bread by
Martin Espada
; We Be Reading Marx Where
We Fro
m: Socialism and the Black Freedom
Struggle by
Kazembe Balagun
; You Are the
Light of the World: Speech Via Mic Check at
Occupy Wall Street by
Joel Kovel
; The
Working
-
Class Majority by
Michael Zweig
;
Where Does Occupy Wall Street Go From Here? A Proposal by

Michael Moore
; How
to Achieve Economic Democracy in the United States by
Clifford D. Conner
; The
Capitalist Road: From Chinese Sweatshops to Detroit’s Decay by
Dianne Feeley
;
Thanksgiving 2077: A Short Story by
Terry Bisson



Helene Wecker
currently lives near San Francisco.

She has an MFA from Columbia.

The Golem & the Djinni

is her first novel.






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World English to HarperCollins (Blue
Door/Harper in UK); Israel: Miskal; Germany:
Hoffman & Campe; Italy: Neri Pozza;
Norway: Juritzen Forlag; Poland Fabryka;
Holland: Dutch Media; France: Laffont;
Russia: Azbooka



All other translation rights are avail
able



Ms. available (Publ. April 2013)

THE GOLEM AND THE
DJINNI

A Novel



The Golem and the Djinni
, an

immigrant
saga that combines elements of Jewish
and Arab folk mythology, is the story of
two magical creatures who arrive
separately in New York in 1899
.


The
Golem is a woman created by an aged
dabbler in the dark kabbalistic arts to be
the wife of a man who then dies at sea,
leaving her unmoored and adrift as the
ship comes into New York harbor; the
Djinni is a man, trapped by a wizard in a
copper flask

and released accidentally
by a Syrian tinsmith in lower Manhattan.



The narrative traces their respective
journeys, as they explore the strange
human city.


The Golem is besieged by
human desires and wishes, which she
can feel tugging at her; the Djinni
is aggravated by human dullness.


But they
both work to make at least a temporary place for themselves in this new
world, and develop tentative relationships.


The two of them meet about a
third of the way into the novel; it is not exactly a romance, and a
t first they
are hostile and suspicious, but they end up forming a strong bond, since only
they can recognize each other for what they truly are.



This is a marvelous and absorbing work of fiction, a combination of historical
novel and magical fable.


Wit
h threads from Yiddish and Middle Eastern
literature, it belongs in a tradition of contemporary Jewish writing that draws
on folk and pop cultural materials, like Michael Chabon’s
Amazing Adventures
of Kavalier and Clay

and other works of magical realism.










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Rutu Modan

first graphic novel,
Exit
Wounds
, won the prestigious Eisner Award
for best graphic novel in 2008. She has
done comic strips for the Israeli newspapers
Yedioth Aharonot

and
Ma’ariv

and
illustrations for
The New Yorker
,
Le Monde
,
The New York Times

and many o
ther
publications. Modan currently lives in Tel
Aviv, Israel.



US & Can.: Drawn & Quarterly. UK:
Jonathan Cape; France: Actes Sud; Spain:
Sins Entido; Italy: Lizard
; Poland: Kultura Gniewu


All other t
ranslation rights available


Ms available (pub June 2013)

DAY OF THE DEAD

A hilarious, poignant story of family squab
bling, confused identity, and
combative romance


85
-
year
-
old Regina travels back to Warsaw from Israel for the first time since
1939, to reclaim the family apartment, lost during the war.

Travelling with her
is her 30
-
year
-
old granddaughter Mica.

Once in
Warsaw, Regina begins to act
strangely, pouting and sending Mica on wild goose chases.


Secretly Regina is
less interested in the family apartment than in the man who occupies it:
Roman, her Polish sweetheart, with whom she tried to run away when she was
y
oung.

After her parents packed her off to Palestine, alone and pregnant, she
had never seen Roman again.


Now she is summoning her courage to meet
him once more. Meanwhile Mica dreams of the money a Warsaw apartment
might bring.

She takes up with a young

Polish artist who makes his living
guiding Jewish groups to Holocaust sites, and they begin a light
-
hearted
romance while they try to figure out where the apartment is, and who
rightfully owns it. At the end, everyone meets in a cemetery on the Day of the

Dead, the Polish holiday when people gather at the graves of their families.

In this beautiful candlelit scene, secrets are revealed, and romances are
rekindled.


Previous publishers:
France: Actes Sud; Spain: Sin Entido; Italy: Coconino Press;
Switzerlan
d (German): Edition Moderne; Israel: Am Oved


Recent backlist:


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Aaron Bobrow
-
Strain
is associate
professor of politics at Whitman College in
Washingt
on. He writes and teaches on the
politics of the global food system. He is
the author of
Intimate Enemies: Landowners, Power, and Violence in Chiapas.







US & Can.: Beacon



South Korea: Viz&Biz



All other t
ranslation rights available



Books available




Publication Jan. 2013

WHITE BREAD

A Social History of the Store
-
Bought Loaf



The story of how white bread became white trash, this social history
shows how our relationship with the most beloved and reviled food
staple reflects our country's changing

values.


How did white bread, once an icon of American progress, become “white
trash”? In this lively history of bakers, dietary crusaders, and social reformers,
Aaron Bobrow
-
Strain shows us that what we think about the humble, puffy
loaf says a lot about

who we are and what we want our society to look like.



White Bread

teaches us that when people debate what one should eat, they
are also wrestling with larger questions of race, class, immigration, and
gender. As Bobrow
-
Strain traces the story of bread,
from the first factory loaf
to the latest gourmet
pain au levain,

he shows how efforts to champion
“good food” reflect dreams of a better society

even as they reinforce stark
social hierarchies.



Given that open disdain for “unhealthy” eaters and discrimi
nation on the
basis of eating habits grow increasingly acceptable,
White Bread

is a timely

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and important examination of what we
really
talk about when we talk about
food.




“This terrific book does for the humble
loaf what Mark Kurlansky does for cod.”



Raj Patel, author of
Stuffed and
Starved



“This is entertaining history and an
example of food studies in action



Marion Nestle



Barbara Kingsolver

is the author of seven
works of fiction, including
The Lacuna
,
The
Poisonwood Bible, Animal Dreams,
and
The
Bean Trees
, as well as books of poetry,
essays, and cre
ative nonfiction
. Kingsolver’s
work has been translated into more than twenty languages and has earned literary
awards and a devoted readership at home and abroad. In 2000, she was awarded
the National Humanities Medal, the US’s highest honor for service t
hrough the arts
and in 2010 she won the Orange Prize for
The Lacuna
. She lives with her family on

a
farm in southern Appalachia.




USC: HarperCollins; UK: Faber;
Holland: Atlas
-

Con
tact; France
: Rivages; Norway:
Juritzen
; Poland: Proszynski; Italy: Neripozza



All other t
ranslation rights available



Pub
l. November ’12

FLIGHT BEHAVIOR

A Novel



From the Orange Prize
-
winning author o
f
The Lacuna

comes a
suspenseful and brilliant new novel about catastrophe and denial


Discontented with her life of poverty on a failing farm in the Eastern United
States, Dellarobia, a young mother, impulsively seeks out a love affair. Instead,
on the Ap
palachian mountains above her farm, she discovers something
much more profoundly life
-
changing


a beautiful and terrible marvel of
nature. As the world around her is suddenly transformed by a seeming
miracle, can the old certainties they have lived by for

centuries remain
unchallenged?


Flight Behavior

is a captivating, topical and deeply human novel touching on
class, poverty and climate change. It is Barbara Kingsolver’s most accessible
novel yet, and explores the truths we live by, and the complexities
that lie
behind them.



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“With her powerful new novel, Kingsolver
(
The Lacuna
) delivers literary fiction that
conveys an urgent social message”
--
PW

(Starred Review)



Orange

Prize winner Kingsolver (
The Lacuna
)
performs literary magic, generously
illuminatin
g both sides of the culture wars,
from
the global
-
warming debate to public
eduction in America”

Library Journal
(Starred Review)








Previous publishers:

UK (Faber); France (Rivages); Italy
(Mondadori); Turkey (Pegasus); Spain
(Lumen);

Israel (Modan);

Brazil (Versus); Hungary (Kelly);
Norway (Juritzen Forlag); Serbia (Laguna);
Romania (Corint); Russia (Corpus); Greece
(Melani); China Simple & Complex
(Thinkingdom); Portugal (Club do Autor); Czech
(Jota); Denmark (Verve); Poland (Wydawnictwo
Abatroz); C
roatia (Algoritam); Holland (Atlas
-
Contact)



Janisse Ray

is author of four books of literary nonfiction and a collection of nature
poetry. She is on the faculty of Chatham University’s low
-
residency MFA program and
is a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow. Sh
e holds an MFA from the University of
Montana, and in 2007 was awarded an honorary doctorate from Unity College in
Maine.







World English: Chelsea Green



Turkey: Moda Ofset



All other translation available



Books available



Publication April 2013


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THE SEED UNDERGROUND

A Growing Revolution to Save Food


In this enchanting narrative

part
memoir, part botany primer, part
po
litical manifesto

Ray, author of the
acclaimed
Ecology of a Cracker
Childhood
, and lately returning to her
childhood obsession with farming, has a
mission: to inspire us with her own life
to “understand food at its most
elemental... the most hopeful thing
in
the world. It is a seed. In the era of
dying, it is all life.” Ray is inspired by the
eccentric, impassioned, generous
characters she visits and interviews,
gardeners and farmers who populate
the quietly radical world of seed savers,
from Vermonter Sylv
ia Davatz, self
-
proclaimed ‘“Imelda Marcos of seeds,”’
to the more phlegmatic Bill Keener of
Rabin Gap, Ga., who gives Ray two 20
-
inch cobs of Keener corn, grown by his
family for generations, as well as Greasy
Back beans and some rotten Box Car
Willy toma
toes to save for seed. Despite
the book’s occasional tendency toward
polemic, avid gardeners will relish
recognizing their idiosyncratic,
revolutionary sides in its pages, and it’s
likely to strike a spark in gardening
novices. Even couch potatoes will be
enthralled by Ray’s intimate, poetically
conversational stories of her encounters with the “lovely, whimsical, and
soulful things [that] happen in a garden, leaving a gardener giddy.”

Publishers Weekly (starred review)



“If I get to feeling a little blue

about our prospects, I’m liable to reach
down one of

Janisse Ray’s books just so I can hear her calm, wise,
strong voice. This one’s my new

favorite; a world with her in it is
going to do the right thing, I think.”

BILL MCKIBBEN , founder of
350.org


“What a dream of a book

my favorite poet writing about my
favorite topic (seeds)....If books can move you to love, this one does.”


GARY PAUL NABHAN, editor of
Re
newing America’s Food Tradition


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Gretchen Reynolds

pens the Phys Ed
column for the The New York
Times
, which
appears on the “Well” blog online and in the
Science

Times

print section. An award
-
winning journalist, her byline has appeared
in The New York
Times

Magazine,
O: The
Oprah M
agazine, AARP Magazine, Popular
Science,

and
Outside
, among others. She
lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.





World English: Hudson St. Press; China
(Complex): Sun Color; Turkey: Moda Ofset;
South Korea: Content Cave
; Finland: Atena



All other
Translation av
ailable



B
ooks available

THE FIRST TWENTY MINUTES

Surprising Science Reveals How We Can Exercise Better, Train Smarter,
Live Longer



A cutting
-
edge prescription for exercise by the
New York Times

Phys Ed
columnist


At one point or another, nearly ever
y person who works out wonders: am I
doing this right? Which class is best? Do I work out enough?


Answering those questions and more,
The First Twenty Minutes

helps both
weekend warriors dedicated to their performance and readers who simply want
to get a
nd stay fit gain the most from any workout. With the latest findings
about the mental and physical benefits of exercise, personal stories from
scientists and laypeople alike, as well as research
-
based prescriptions for
readers, Gretchen Reynolds shows what

kind of exercise

and how much

is
necessary to stay healthy, get fit, and attain a smaller jeans size.


Inspired by Reynolds’s wildly popular Phys Ed column for
The New York

Times
,
this book explains how exercise affects the body in distinct ways and provi
des
the tools readers need to achieve their fitness goals, whether that’s a faster 5K
or staying trim.




“Gretchen Reynolds writes the Phys Ed column in the New York Times, and
her book is an informative and entertaining review of current science about
ex
ercise and fitness, with good, commonsense recommendations that cut
through confusing, often conflicting research on the subject….

Armed with

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the information in this book, readers
will be inspired and motivated to
reassess their habitual exercise
programs
and make positive changes”
-
-
PW







Daniel Duane

is the author of four books,
including
Caught Inside: A Surfer’s Year on
the California Coast

(North Point/FSG, 1996.


He’s currently a contributing editor at
Men’s
Journal
, where he wri
tes the regular wine
column, and contributes profiles, cooking
articles, travel
, health and outdoors
articles.

He has also written food travel
pieces for
Bon Appetit
on Peru, Oregon, and Alaska, as well as many other food pieces.

He lives in San Francisco

with his wife Elizabeth Weil, also a writer, and their two
daughters.



World English:
Bloomsbury; China (Complex) Chien Hsing



Audio: Audible



Translation rights are available



Books available (Publ. May 2012)

HOW TO COOK LIKE A MAN

A Memoir of Cookbook Obsession



Duane Learns to cook and survive domestic life, with help

from Alice
Waters, Thomas Keller, Madeleine Kamman, Tom Colicchio, Mario
Batali, Fergus Henderson, and nearly every other famous chef who has
ever lived


Even though Dan Duane grew up in Berkeley (and had Alice Waters for a
preschool teacher!) he was neve
r interested in food.


But upon marrying into
a foodie family, he deals with his complicated feelings about domestic life
and fatherhood by becoming completely obsessed with cooking.


He starts by
making all 2,000+ recipes in the Chez Panisse cookbooks, an
d graduates to
ever more frenzied feats of kitchen craziness.


Hewing to the locavore faith
and a do
-
it
-
yourself bravado, he dives for abalone, cures meats, fishes in
Alaska, and (like Michael Pollan), goes hunting for wild boar…with much less
successful r
esults.




How to Cook Like a Man

is a hilarious chronicle of Duane’s mounting food
mania and occasional self
-
destructive benders; a poignant tale of a man
figuring out how to navigate life as a husband, father, and friend, by
conquering the kitchen; and a
n exploration of a new kind of chef fandom and
foodie culture.


His voice and persona are enormously winning.


The book is

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organized by the cookbooks Duane was
obsessed with at various phases,
culminating with “the one true Everest
of American cookery,”
Th
e French
Laundry Cookbook
.





“…
hilarious, touching,

Duane leads us
on the wild culinary roller coaster of his
food
-
soaked and recipe
-
drenched
mania until he finally stops and learns to
integrate his passion fo
r cooking into
his daily life.”
-
PW

(Starred
)


"In the newly defined game of the
contemporary American marriage, the
kitchen and the dinner table have
become prized territory
--

the
Boardwalk and Park Place of the 21st
century home. Daniel Duane's witty
book lays out the man's case for laying
claim
to these prized properties and
shows with humility that they are hard
-
won indeed."

Paul Greenberg, author
of
Four Fish



Steven H. Jaffe

is a writer and historian specializing in the history of New York City.
Jaffe has worked at the Center for Jewish His
tory in New York City, the New
-
York
Historical Society, and t
he South Street Seaport Museum.
His work has been
published in
The New
-
York Journal of American History
,
Seaport: New York’s History
Magazine
, and in Kenneth T. Jackson’s (ed.)
Encyclopedia of Ne
w York City
.





World English: Basic Books



Translation available



Books available (Publ. April 2012)

NEW YORK AT WAR

Four Centuries of Combat. Fear, and Intrigue in Gotham





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New York City historian Jaffe superbly
shows that even though "New York has
been lightly to
uched by war and its
devastation," its location as a thriving
commercial metropolis and gateway to
the rest of the country made it irresistible
to both external and internal enemies.
One constant motif throughout New
York's history has been its openness to

the newly arrived immigrants who
ultimately built the city. But Jaffe points
out that many of these immigrants
brought along ethnic rivalries or political
beliefs that led to violent encounters,
notably during the Civil War. Yet the city
also profited by
financing wars, defending
itself by establishing innovative citywide
armories, and later nurturing the birth of
atomic bomb science. Reflecting on the
events of 9/11 and underscoring New
York's historical attraction as a target,
Jaffe acknowledges the need

for vigilance
but only in balance with freedom and
diversity, as for the entire nation.
Encyclopedic in scope, diligently
researched, and well written, this
magisterial book synthesizes the history
of our greatest city in a way not fully
done before. It w
ill have strong appeal to
general readers, New York history buffs,
and specialists with an interest in
American military history. Highly recommended
-
Library Journal



Molly Caldwll Crosby
is the author of
The American Plague: The Untold Story of
Yellow Fe
ver, the Epidemic that Shaped Our History
, and
Asleep: The Forgotten Epidemic
that Remains One of the Medicine’s Greatest Mysteries
. Her writing has appeared in
Newsweek
,
Health,

and
USA Today
.








World English: Berkley



Translation rights available



Audio: Brilliance



Ms available (Publ. December 2012)

THE GREAT PEARL HEIST


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London’s Greatest Thief and Scotland
Yard’s Hunt for the World’s Most
Valuable Necklace




The untold story of the theft
of a
priceless pearl necklace, that would
pit a charming, gentleman thief in a
cat
-
and
-
mouse game against
Scotland Yard’s most talented
detective.


On July 15, 1913, a Parisian jeweler
named Henri Salamons worked in his
shop on Rue de Provence, wrapping th
e
most valuable strand of pearls in the
world. The necklace was on loan to him
from Max Mayer, a London jeweler who
had spent a fortune assembling it. Most
of the pearls had come from Baghdad
and Bombay, and the large center pearl
had belonged to Portugu
ese royalty.
Shortly, the necklace would be mailed
back to Mayer in London, but it never
arrived. The necklace, valued at the
time more than the Hope diamond, had
disappeared, stolen by a master thief.


That summer, the hunt for the world’s
most valuable

pearl necklace would
bring together two brilliant minds


Chief Inspector Alfred Ward, one of the first criminologists of the modern
Scotland Yard, and Joseph Grizard, a celebrated and dapper jewel thief. Both
men were highly respected and well
-
known. Bo
th were considered the best in
their professions, and in this front
-
page case, were set against one another in
this case that riveted Edwardian London.


“A winning true crime tale.”
-
PW





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John D’Agata

is the author of
About a
Mountain
and teaches
nonf
iction writing at
the University of Iowa in Iowa City, where he
lives.


Jim Fingal

is a software engineer and writer
in Cambridge, Massachusetts.









US Ca
n: W.W. Norton; Germany: Hanser; France: Zones Sensibles



UK & Translation available



Books available. (pub. Feb 2012)

THE LIFESPAN OF A FA
CT



An Essayist and His Fact
-
Checker Do Battle


In 2003, an essay by John D’Agata was rejected by a major
magazine that
commissioned it due to factual inaccuracies. That essay was accepted by
another magazine,
The Believer
, but not before they handed it to their own
fact
-
checker, Jim Fingal. What resulted from that assignment was seven years
of arguments, nego
tiations, and revisions as D’Agata and Fingal struggled to
navigate the boundaries of literary nonfiction.



“H]ere is the genius of this little book, for as it progresses, D'Agata and Fingal
turn everything around on us, until even our most basic assumpti
ons are left
unclear …. A vivid and reflective meditation on the nature of nonfiction as
literary art.”
-

L.A. Times



"….

might be the most improbably entertaining book ever published.”

NPR


“[A] whip
-
smart, mordantly funny, thought
-
provoking rumination
on
journalistic responsibility and literary license.” (
Publishers Weekly
, starred
review)


“...Thus begins the alternately absorbing and infuriating exercise that is the
book
The Lifespan of a Fact
, a Talmudically arranged account of the conflict
between J
im Fingal, zealous checker, and John D’Agata, nonfiction fabulist.”
-

New York Times Magazine




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...

less a book than a knock
-
down,
drag
-
out fight between two tenacious
combatants, over questions of truth,
belief, history, myth, memory and
forgetting.”
-

N
ew York Times Book
Review








Bestselling mother and daughter team P.J.
Tracy’s last novel SNOWBLIND excelled
overseas, hitting #4 on the Sunday
Times

bestseller list in the UK. They’ve been
published in 16 territories and won the M
ystery Ink Award, the Barry Award, an
Anthony Award, a Gumshoe Award, a Minnesota Book Award, and were an Edgar
finalist.







USC + Audio sold to Penguin Putnam



UK sold to Penguin UK; German to Rowohlt



Books

available (publ Aug 2012)

OFF THE GRID


A

Monkeewrench Novel



The Monkeewrench crew is back in this exciting new thriller by the NY
Times bestselling mother
-
daughter writing team of PJ Tracy.



On a sailboat ten miles off the Florida coast, Grace MacBride, partner in
Monkeewrench Software, th
warts an assassination attempt on a retired FBI
agent. On a break from her life and her team of eccentric colleagues
-

computer geniuses Annie, Roadrunner and Harley Davidson


she had been
trying to slow down and live a gentler life, but it was not to be
.


Meanwhile, in the Minneapolis ethnic enclave of “Little Mogadishu”


the
largest community of Somalis in the United States


violence turns to multiple
murders as a sex trafficking ring and huge stockpiles of weapons are
discovered. While homicide d
etectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth
struggle to link these events, they discover there have been similar murders in
other cities around the country. As a deadly plot comes into focus, the entire

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Midwest is on high alert as the trail
leads to a shocking

firefight on a
remote Indian reservation.


Written with their trademark wit,
complex plotting and surprise endings,
OFF THE GRID is both a thrilling
standalone novel and a worthy entry in
their long
-
running series.



“A standout … written with such skill
and polish.”
-
USA Today



PJ Tracy prev. foreign publishers:


Germany (Rowohlt); French (Presses de la
Cite); Italian (Nord Edizioni); Dutch
(Unieboek); Swedish (Bra Bocker) Spanish
(Editora Roca); Japanese (Shueisha); Russian
(Centrepolygraph); Latvian (Ko
ntinents);
Lithuanian (Jotema); Czech (BB/Art); Polish
(Bertelsmann Media); Romanian (Rao
International); Turkish (Remzi Kitabevi); Thai
(Pearl Publishing); Chinese (Spring
International)



Gwendolyn Oxenham
received her MFA in creative
writing from the University of
Notre Dame, where she won the Nicholas Sparks Prize. At sixteen, Oxenham was the
youngest Division I athlete in the history of the NCAA. A Duke University captain,
she made

two All
-
ACC teams
. She played professionally fo
r San
tos FC

Women

in
Brazil in 2005.







US

&
C
an
: St. Martin

s Press; Brazil: Zahar



UK & Translation rights are available



Books available (pub June

2012)

FINDING THE GAME


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Three Years, Twenty
-
Five Countries
and the Search for Pick
-
Up Soccer



Across two
dozen countries

from
back alleys to remote beaches to
the roofs of skyscrapers

an eye
-
opening journey into the heart of
soccer


This book is an expansion of the
award winning documentary film
"Pelada". The film follows Oxenham,
and her boyfriend Luke, as t
hey travel
around the world seeking out
“pickup”: impromptu soccer games.
Across Trinidad & Tobago, Brazil,
Uruguay, Paraguay, Argentina, Bolivia,
Peru, England, France, Italy,
Switzerland, Austria, Germany,
Hungary, Egypt, Kenya, South Africa,
Ghana, Togo
, Japan, China, Israel,
Palestine, and Iran, Oxenham finds the
universal in the world’s game.





“It's not just an adventure that all of
us would have liked to have had.
Oxenham can write, too. A brave
account of soccer as a universal language.”


Simon K
uper,
New York Times

bestselling author of
Soccernomics




“Gwendolyn Oxenham discovers and delights in the gifts, on and off the
field, that ‘the beautiful game’ can bring. As she says, ‘the best games are
marked by a failure to refrain.’ So are the best
stories. Hers is proof.”



Alexi Lalas, National Soccer Hall of Fame inductee and analyst for ESPN and
ABC Sports



“I enjoyed it from start to finish.”

Grant Wahl,
Sports Illustrated
,
New York
Times

Bestselling author of
The Beckham Experiment



“They sa
y music is the world’s language, but Oxenham will convince you
that soccer now owns that distinction. An unparalleled journey that invokes
more than just passion for soccer.”

Rob Stone, ESPN commentator


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Ray M. Douglas

is an Associate Professor of
Histo
ry at Colgate University









World English: Yale University Press;
German
y: Beck; France: Flammarion; Poland:
RM



All other translation
available



Ms available (Pub June 2012)

ORDERLY AND HUMANE

The Expulsion of the Ethnic Germans after the Second Wo
rld War




The most important untold story of the Second World War



Immediately after the Second World War, the victorious Allies

authorized and
helped to carry out

the forced relocation of German speakers from their
homes across central and southern Euro
pe to Germany. The numbers were
almost unimaginable

between 12,000,000 and 14,000,000 civilians, most of
them women and children

and the losses horrifying

at least 500,000
people, and perhaps many more,

died while detained in former
concentration

camps, wh
ile locked in trains en route, or after arriving in
Germany exhausted, malnourished, and homeless. This book is the first in any
language to tell the full story of this immense man
-
made catastrophe.


Based mainly on archival records of the countries that c
arried out the forced
migrations and of the international humanitarian organizations that tried but
failed to prevent the disastrous results,
Orderly and Humane: The Expulsion of
the Germans after the Second World War

is an authoritative and objective
acco
unt. It examines an aspect of European history that few have wished to
confront, exploring how the expulsions were conceived, planned, and
executed and how their legacy reverberates throughout central Europe today.
The book is an important study of the lar
gest recorded episode of what we
now call "ethnic cleansing," and it may also be the most significant untold
story of the Second World War.


“R.M. Douglas' book can be recommended to all those interested in the
subject, in view of the author's outstanding
ability to combine shrewd analysis

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with impressive description and
insightful clarification and to demolish
misleading depictions, prejudices and
misperceptions. In every sense of the
term, this is a work worth reading.”
--

Andruck Magazine, Deutschfunk Rad
io:


*A Bestseller in Germany


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US & Can. sold to Coffee House Press



Translation except Japan, Korea, Taiwan,
and China.



Manuscript/books available.



Publication April 2012

WINDEYE


Stories



Brian Evenson
is the author of ten books of fiction, most recently the limited
edition n
ovella
Baby Leg
, published by New York Tyrant Press in 2009. In 2009
he also published the novel
Last Days
, which won the American Library
Association's award for Best Horror Novel of 2009, and the collection
Fugue
State
, both of which were on
Time Out New

York
's best books of 2009 list. His
novel
The Open Curtain

(Coffee House Press) was a finalist for an Edgar
Award and an IHG Award. His work has been translated into French, Italian,
Spanish, Japanese and Slovenian. Brian directs Brown University's Litera
ry Arts
Program. Other books include
The Wavering Knife

(which won the IHG Award
for best story collection
), Dark Property
, and

Altmann's Tongue
. He has
translated work by Christian Gailly, Jean Frémon, Claro, Jacques Jouet, Eric
Chevillard, Antoine Volodi
ne, and others. He is the recipient of three O. Henry
Prizes, one for the title story “Windeye” as well as an NEA fellowship.





“There is not a more intense, prolific, or apocalyptic writer of fiction in
America than Brian Evenson
.”

George Saunders



"T
he final fifty pages of Brian Evenson's new novel,
The Open Curtain
, contain
some of the most stunning and virtuosic fiction I have ever read. Seriously."

Andrew Ervin,
The Believer



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“Brian Evenson is one of the treasures of
American story writing, a true
successor
both to the generation of Coover,
Barthelme, Hawkes and Co.,

but also to
Edgar Allan Poe.”

Jonathan Lethem




Brian Evenson












US sold to Tor Books



UK & Translation available



Manuscript & books available. (pub. April 2012)

IMMOBILITY


A Novel

When you open your eyes things already seem to be happening without
you.

You don't know who you are and you don't remember where you'v
e
been.

You know the world has changed, that a catastrophe has destroyed
what used to exist before, but you can't remember exactly what did exist
before. And you're paralyzed from the waist down apparently, but you don't
remember that either.

A man claimin
g to be your friend tells you your services are required.
Something crucial has been stolen, but what he tells you about it doesn't
quite add up.

You've got to get it back or something bad is going to happen.
And you've got to get it back fast, so they can

freeze you again before your
own time runs out.

Before you know it, you're being carried through a ruined landscape on the
backs of two men in hazard suits who don't seem anything like you at all,
heading toward something you don't understand that may we
ll end up being
the death of you.

Welcome to the life of Josef Horkai….

Recent backlist:



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Selected Backlist











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Arthur Neslen

is the author of
Occupied
Minds: A Journey Through the Israeli Psyche

(Pluto UK). Between 2004
-
2008, he lived in
Tel Aviv and Ramallah, writing about the
Middle East for the Economist.com, Jane's
information group, the
Observer
, the
Guardian
, Aljazeera.net,
Haaretz

and many
others












World English sold to Univ. of California



Audio availa
ble



Translation rights are available



Books available (Pub. October ’11)

IN YOUR EYES A SANDS
TORM

Ways of Being Palestinian



A portrait of a diverse, embattled people, in their own voices.


While Palestine appeals to the UN for recognition of its stat
ehood, it’s good a
time to ask who are the Palestinians? In this compelling book of interviews,
Arthur Neslen reaches beyond journalistic cliches to let a wide variety of
Palestinians answer the question for themselves. Beginning in the present with
Bisan
and Abud, two traumatized children from Jenin’s refugee camp, the
book’s narrative arcs backwards through the generations to come full circle
with two elderly refugees from villages that the children were named after.
Along the way, Nelsen recounts a histo
ry of land, resistance, exile, and trauma
that begins to explain Abud’s wish to become a martyr and Bisan’s dream of a
Palestine empty of Jews. Senior Fatah and Hamas figures relate key events of
the Palestinian experience

the Second Intifada, Oslo Process
, First Intifada,
Thawra, 1967 War, the Naqba, and the Great Arab Revolt of 1936

in their own
words. The extraordinary voices of women, children, farmers, fighters, drug
dealers, policeman, doctors, and others, spanning the political divide from the
Salafi

Jihadists to Israeli soldiers, brings the Palestinian story to life even as their
worlds sow seeds of hope in the scorched Palestinian Earth.


“’Sandstorm” is all about narrative. As in his critically acclaimed first book,
“Occupied Minds: A Journey Throu
gh the Israeli Psyche” (Pluto Press, 2006), the
interview format allows Neslen’s subjects to speak for themselves. As
straightforward as this may seem, the interviews are only as good as the
questions that are asked. Neslen’s queries are significant and pr
obing, and the
answers he gets are nuanced and, at times, heart
-
wrenching. The end result is a

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highly structured series of conversations
between Palestinian Arabs and a
European
-
Jewish journalist.”


The
Forward







Mrs. Q
is a public school teacher. As

the
writer behind the blog
FedUpwithLunch.com, she has eaten over a
year’s worth of school lunches. She has
received praise from food activists and has appeared in the national media.










World English to Chronicle; Complex Chinese: Pushing Hanz



Translation available



Books available. (Publ Oct. 2011)

FED UP WITH LUNCH

How One Anonymous Teacher Revealed the Ugly Truth About School
Lunches
By Mrs. Q



When school teacher Mrs. Q forgot

her lunch one day, she had no idea she
was about to embark on an odyssey to uncover the truth about public school
lunches. Shocked by what her students were served, she resolved to eat
school lunch for an entire year, chronicling her experience anonymousl
y on a
blog that received thousands of hits daily, and was lauded by such food
activists as Mark Bittman, Jamie Oliver, and Marion Nestle. Here, Mrs. Q
reveals her identity for the first time in an eye
-
opening account of school
lunches in America. Along th
e way, she provides invaluable resources for
parents and health advocates who wish to help reform school lunch, making
this a must
-
read for anyone concerned about children’s health issues.






Reactions to Mrs. Q’s blog


“I think it’s brilliant...”

Jamie

Oliver


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“Will she survive? I can’t wait to find
out!”

bestselling author Marion Nestle















Michael Breus
, PhD, D.ABSM, a.k.a. The
Sleep Doctor™, is a clinical psychologist
board certified in clinical sleep disorders. He
is th
e sleep expert on WebMD and Sharecare and appears regularly on national
television, including the Dr. Oz Show, The Doctors, and The Rachael Ray Show. He lives
in Scottsdale, AZ.



http://www.thesleepdoctor.co
m/










World English sold to Rodale; Complex Chinese to Domain


Translation Available



Books Available (Pub. June 2011)

THE SLEEP DOCTOR'S D
IET PLAN:

Lose Weight through Better Sleep



Losing weight while you sleep may sound too good to be true, but in fact t
he
connection between inadequate sleep and weight gain (among a host of
other negative medical results) has long been recognized by medical
researchers. Turning this equation on its head, clinical psychologist and
board
-
certified sleep expert Dr. Michael B
reus shows that a good night’s
sleep will actually enable you to lose weight, especially if you have been
chronically sleep deprived.


The Sleep Doctor’s Diet Plan

is designed to help any woman who has been
frustrated by her inability to shed weight by giv
ing her the tools to overcome
the stress, poor habits, and environmental challenges that stand between her
and adequate rest. Sleep deprivation is a frustrating reality for many women
faced with chronic stress or hormonal changes

and the fatigue, moodiness
,
and weight gain that come with it might just be the tip of the iceberg. While

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helping thousands of women
implement simple health and lifestyle
changes to improve the quality and the
quantity of their slumber, Dr. Breus has
witnessed not only an upsurge i
n their
energy levels and a diminishing of
myriad health concerns, but also
significant weight loss achieved without
restrictive dieting or increased amounts
of exercise.


In
The Sleep Doctor’s Diet Plan
, Dr. Breus
delves into the science behind this
sleep

weight
-
loss connection,
explaining exactly how sleep boosts
your metabolism, ignites fat burn, and
decreases cravings and overall appetite,
and he presents a realistic action plan to
help you get your best sleep

and your
best body

possible. If you are rea
dy to
stop tossing and turning night after
night, if you are done downing coffee to
conquer nagging fatigue, and if you
have bounced from one diet to another
in an effort to find one that really, finally
helps you lose the pounds you want,
The Sleep Doctor
’s Diet Plan

has the
information, advice, and practical
strategies you need to get deep,
revitalizing sleep

and achieve a
slimmer, healthier body in the process.




Siva Vaidhyanathan
is associate professor of Media Studies and Law at the Univ. of
Virgini
a and the author of
The Anarchist in the Library

(Basic Books, 2004).
Vaidhyanathan has written for
The New York Times Magazine
,
The Nation
,
The
Chronicle of Higher Education
,
Salon.com
, among many other publications.













US & Can. sold to Univ. o
f California.


Translation & audio available



Rights sold: Simple China (Cheers); Complex China (Business Weekly); S. Korea
(Garam); Brazil (Pensamento); Japan (Impress); Spanish (Editorial Oceano); Italy (Rizzoli)


Published March 2011; Books available

T
HE GOOGLIZATION OF EVERYTHING


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How One Company is Transforming
Culture, Commerce and Community
-

and Why We Should Worry



A critical look at the growing power of
Google, showing how one company is
taking on governments, organizations
and entire industries
, and transforming
the ways in which we work,
communicate, learn, shop, and
participate in public life

not always for
the better. While Google presents
itself as a benevolent force, there is
good reason to be concerned about its
power. Some have compar
ed the ever
-
widening span of Google’s catalog to
“the mind of God.” But is “the mind of
God” at our service? Or are we at its
mercy?



“Eloquent and urgent public thinking of
the rarest kind, on a subject with the
most encompassing implications for our
w
orld. Please read it today.”

-

Jonathan Lethem, author of
The
Fortress of Solitude


“Vaidhyanathan thoughtfully examines
the insidious influence of Google on our
society. …. In just over a decade, Google
has moved so rapidly in its mission to "organize the

world's information and
make it universally accessible and useful" that cries of "Google it!" resound
through high school classrooms, business offices, academic halls, and public
libraries. As Vaidhyanathan points out, we must be cautious about embracing
Google's mission and not accept uncritically that Google has our best
interests in mind. He reminds us that Google is a publicly traded, revenue
-
driven firm that is dangerous in many subtle ways. By valuing popularity over
accuracy and established sites ov
er new ones, Google sets its own agenda
regarding what information is most relevant to users, altering their
perceptions about value and significance. Vaidhyanathan admirably
concludes with a design for an information ecosystem called the Human
Knowledge P
roject, which would be a more democratic means of parsing and
organizing knowledge.”


Publishers Weekly

(Starred Review)



James L. Kugel,

was Starr Professor of Hebrew Literature at Harvard University, and a
regular visiting Professor of Biblical Studie
s at Bar
-
Ilan University in Israel. He is the
author of a number of books of biblical scholarship, including
How to Read the Bible

(2007), for which he won the National Jewish Book Award for best book. In 2001,

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Kugel was awarded the prestigious
Grawemeyer

Prize in Religion. He lives in
Jerusalem, Israel.










Us & Can. sold to Free Press



UK & Translation available



Books available



Publication February 2011

IN THE VALLEY OF THE
SHADOW

On the Foundations of Religious
Belief



Harvard biblical scholar and winner of
the National Jewish Book Award for
How to

Read the Bible

James L. Kugel
here chronicles the two years he spent
on an experimental treatment plan for a
serious cancer which served as the
springboard for a brutally honest
spiritual journey. The book exlpores
what happens when someone is told he
has

a good chance of dying soon and
the “music of infinite time” suddenly
stops, how this connects to a certain
innate sense of human “smallness” that lies at the heart of all religions, and
exploring such topics as the effects of disease on our ”clumsy, mode
rn
selves”; what recent research has revealed about the religious side of our
brains; and the “stark” world of the soul, where decisions are all
-
or
-
nothing,
black
-
or
-
white.



“Kugel is the author of one of the most admired recent studies of the Bible
for a
n academic and general readership,
How To Read the Bible: A Guide to
Scripture, Then and Now
, as well as other excellent works. Here, he
simultaneously tells the story of his bout with cancer and confronts the
modern experience of illness and death; he con
cludes that our inflated sense
of self and our reluctance to see signs and symbols around us does not spare
us the dread of death itself. VERDICT Written with eloquence suitable to a
scholar of Biblical poetry, Kugel’s memoir
-
cum
-
meditation will appeal to
thoughtful Jewish and non
-
Jewish readers alike.”


Library Journal

(Starred Review)


Kugel has the great critic’s knack for making difficult poetry seem much easier
than it is, and he could have written a perfectly lovely book using illness to
explain lite
rature and vice versa. Indeed, he has done that, but that’s only part
of what he has done. Kugel has bigger ambitions for his perceptions of
smallness. He wants to use them to solve the mystery of why people believe
in God.

-
The New York
Times

Book Review






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Anna Lappé

has become a crucial voice of
the sustainability movement.


Author of
Hope’s Edge

and
Grub: Ideas for an Urban
Organic Kitchen
, Anna was named one of
TIME’s

“Eco
-
Who’s Who,” and has been
featured in
The New York Times, Gourmet,
O
-
The Opra
h Magazine, Domino, Food &
Wine, Body+Soul,

and
Vibe
, among other
publications. She can currently be seen as
the host of MSN’s
The Practical Guide to
Healthier Living

and the 13
-
part public
television series
The Endless Feast
. Anna is
the daughter France
s Moore Lappé, author
of the renowned
Diet for a Small Planet
.







World English + Audio sold to Bloomsbury



Korea (E
-
Who); C
h
ina Simple (Flaneur); All other translation rights are available



Books available (Pub April 2010)

DIET FOR A HOT PLANET

The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do
about It



Diet for a Hot Planet

focuses on the relationship between the global food
system and climate change and makes the argument that industrial
agriculture is a primary contributor to global warming.


How we farm, what
we eat, how we get the food on the tabl
e

all have a huge impact on the
climate, and all will have to change.


The book not only diagnoses the
problem, and exposes the corporate interests that will resist change, it
offers a vision of a future in which our food is healthy for those who eat it,
t
hose who grow it, and the atmosphere as well.


“Nothing is more important than connecting the way we eat to global
warming.


After all, food is an everyday need for everyone.


Anna Lappé
shows us that eating with intention is our responsibility and our ple
asure.”

--
Alice Waters


"As Anna Lappé reveals in this important book, we must be conscious of
what we eat
--
not only for our own health, but for the health of the planet.


When it comes to climate change, junk food may prove even more
destructive than S.U.
Vs. Lappé's message is timely and empowering.


Instead of waiting for politicians to do the right thing, we can make simple
changes to our diet, enjoy it, and help change the world."

--
Eric Schlosser






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Jennifer Heath

is the author of seven books
of fiction and nonfiction, including
The
Scimitar and the Veil: Extraordinary Women
of Islam,

and her writing has appeared in
numerous anthologies. She has traveled
extensively throughout the Muslim world
and is the founder of Seeds for Afghanistan
and the

Afghanistan Relief Organization
Midwife Training and Infant Care program,
now International Midwife Assistance.


www.Jeniferheath.com










World English sold to Univ. of California



Egyptian rights to NCT



Translation available



Books available

THE VEIL

Women Writers on its History, Lore and Politics



Veiling

of women, of men, and of sacred places and objects

has existed in
countless cultures and religions from time immemorial. Today, veiling is a
globa
lly polarizing issue, a locus for the struggle between Islam and the West
and between contemporary and traditional interpretations of Islam. This book
explores and examines the cultures, politics, and histories of veiling.


“The book brilliantly illuminat
es the universality of the veil....[It] should be
compulsory reading for policy
-
makers all over the world. Anyone interested in
the human condition....can profit from this scholarly yet jargon
-
free book.”

Shyamala A. Narayan, Jamia Millia Islamia Universi
ty


CONTRIBUTORS:

Kecia Ali, Michelle Auerbach, Sarah C. Bell, Barbara Goldman
Carrel, Eve Grubin, Roxanne Kamayani Gupta, Jana M. Hawley, Jasbir Jain,
Mohja Kahf, Laurene Lafontaine, Shireen Malik, Maliha Masood, Marjane
Satrapi, Aisha Shaheed, Rita Steph
an, Pamela K. Taylor, Ashraf Zahedi, Dinah
Zeiger, Sherifa Zuhur







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Martha Ackmann

teaches at Mount
Holyoke College, is a frequent columnist,
and has written for publications including
The New York Times, The Boston Globe, the
Chicago Tribune,
and the Los Angeles Times.
Ackmann is co
-
recipient of the Amelia
Earhart Research Scholars Grant. She lives in
western Massachusetts. She is the author of
Curveball: The Remarkable Story of Toni
Stone, The first Woman to Play Professional
Baseball in the N
egro League
.









World English sold to Random House



Translation available

(Sold in Korea to Woonjin and in Italy to Springer)



Books available

THE MERCURY 13

The True Story of 13 Women & The Dream of Space Flight




The Untold True Story of NASA's Female Astronaut Te
am.


“In dynamic prose, Ackmann, senior lecturer in women's studies at Mount
Holyoke College, relates the story of 13 female pilots who fought to become
part of the nation's space program at its inception. Their tale is uplifting, a
narrative of their ded
ication
-
perhaps obsession might be a better word
-
and
sacrifice in an attempt to aid the nation in the space race against the Soviets
and to experience the thrill of space flight. The story is also a depressing
indictment of the rampant sexism that kept the
m from achieving their goal
and kept the country from making productive use of their considerable
talents. These 13 women, among the most accomplished pilots in the world
at the time, went through many of the same challenging, even excruciating
tests under
gone by NASA's original seven male astronauts but, unlike the
latter, the women did so in relative obscurity and often against the express
wishes of all arms of the nascent space program. That each woman passed all
the tests, often with scores exceeding th
ose of the males, carried absolutely
no weight with an entrenched bureaucracy. Ackmann has done a magnificent
job of gathering information, conducting interviews and weaving the strands
into an utterly compelling book that deserves to be widely read well b
eyond
the circles of the usual readers about the space program.”

Publishers
Weekly


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Mumia Abu
-
Jamal

is author of many books,
including
Live From Death Row, Death
Blossoms, All Things Censored
, and
We Want
Freedom
. He has been living on death ro
w in
a Pennsylvania prison since 1982.














US Rights sold to City Lights


UK to Crossroads UK; German to Unrast


Translation available


Books available (pub. March 1, 2009)


Audio available.

JAILHOUSE LAWYERS

Prisoners Defending Prisoners v. the
U.S.A.



In
Jailhouse Lawyers
, award
-
winning journalist and death
-
row inmate Mumia
Abu
-
Jamal presents the stories and reflections of fellow prisoners
-
turned
-
advocates who have learned to use the court system to represent other
prisoners

many previously une
ducated or illiterate

and in some cases, to
win their freedom.


In Mumia’s words, “This is the story of law learned, not in the ivory towers of
multi
-
billion
-
dollar endowed universities [but] in the bowels of the slave
-
ship,
in the hidden, dank dungeons of

America … It is law learned in a stew of
bitterness, under the constant threat of violence, in places where millions of
people live, but millions of others wish to ignore or forget. It is law written
with stubs of pencils, or with four
-
inch
-
long rubberize
d flex
-
pens, with grit,
glimmerings of brilliance, and with clear knowledge that retaliation is right
outside the cell door. It is a different perspective on the law, written from the
bottom, with a faint hope that a right may be wronged, an injustice redr
essed.
It is Hard Law.”



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Mumia Abu
-
Jamal

is author of many books,
including
Live From Death Row, Death
Blossoms, All Things Censored
. He has been
living on death row in a Pennsylvania prison
since 1982.














South End Press


UK (Crossr
oads UK);
German (); French (Le Temps des Cerises);

Turkish (Agora Books); Spanish (Editorial Virus)



Translation and
Audio
available


Books available

WE WANT FREEDOM






“In this polemic
-
cum
-
history, Abu
-
Jamal, ‘the world’s most famous political
pris
oner,’ offers a celebratory look at the origins and accomplishments of the
Black Panther Party, of which he was a member in the 1970s. The author, now
on Pennsylvania’s Death Row for the murder of a policeman, mounts a wholly
unreconstructed defense of the

Oakland
-
based group as "a bona fide
revolutionary organization of global import." He seeks to place the Panthers
within the noble tradition of African
-
American armed resistance, invoking
slave rebellions and the names of Nat Turner, John Brown and Frederi
ck
Douglass. The BPP was not criminal or sexist, he declares, but a positive force
for change that fell victim to the "viciousness" and "lawlessness" of the FBI. In
contrast to this often hectoring tone, a charming note of humor creeps in
with Abu
-
Jamal’s
interspersed recollections of life as a 16
-
year
-
old
revolutionary.”
--
Publishers Weekly




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