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Paul Theroux Praises THE BURIED by Peter Hessler

THE BURIED is wonderfully impressive, not a conventional travel book at all, but the chronicle of a family’s residence in Egypt, in a time of revolution – years of turmoil in this maddening place. And yet Peter Hessler remains unflustered as he learns the language, makes friends, puts up with annoyances (rats, water shortages, mendacity) and delves into the politics of the present and the ancient complexities. It is in all senses archeology – tenacious, revelatory, and humane. —Paul Theroux

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Thanking Francoise Guyaux of Elephant for a Terrific Web Design Collaboration

Since the agency first put up a web site in 1995, we have built it ourselves, but the advent of mobile, tablet, and desktop viewports necessitated outside help, and we engaged the design services of Francoise Guyaux of Elephant, having seen her work on a number of sites we liked because of their elegant and responsive designs. Our goal was to create a site that reflected the core mission of the agency, which is to represent authors who, as our

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Advance Praise for Yuval Taylor’s ZORA AND LANGSTON: A Story of Friendship and Betrayal (Norton, March 2019)

Yuval Taylor’s third book with the agency, ZORA AND LANGSTON: A Story of Friendship and Betrayal, will be published by W.W. Norton in March 2019. His previous books are FAKING IT: The Quest for Authenticity in Popular Music (written in collaboration with Hugh Barker, and published in 2007), and DARKEST AMERICA: Black Minstrelsy from Slavery to Hip-Hop (written in collaboration with Jake Austen and published in 2012). Two giants of the Harlem Renaissance and American literature, Zora Neale Hurston (Their

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POLITICAL ANIMALS: How Our Stone Age Brain Gets in the Way of Smart Politics

Bestselling historian Rick Shenkman‘s next book, POLITICAL ANIMALS: How Our Stone Age Brain Gets in the Way of Smart Politics will be published by Lara Heimert at Basic on January 5th, 2016, and is already garnering some terrific advance praise. To wit: In Political Animals, historian Rick Shenkman makes excellent use of the latest research in behavioral sciences to indicate why we Americans so often fail politically. And in highly readable prose he also provides wise advice on how we can do better. —Walter G.

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KEEPERS by Kathy Brennan & Caroline Campion Wins General Cookbook IACP Award

The International Association of Culinary Professionals held its annual awards on Saturday night, honoring the best in food writing, photography, design, and journalism over the last year.  We are very happy to congratulate clients James Beard and Bert Greene Award Winner Kathy Brennan and Caroline Campion, whose KEEPERS: Two Home Cooks Share Their Tried-and-True Weeknight Recipes and the Secrets to Happiness in the Kitchen was published in August by Rodale, won the 2014 IACP best General cookbook of the year

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STRANGE STONES by Peter Hessler Selected as One of Amazon’s Best Nonfiction Titles of the Month

Amazon has joined the cohort of those championing Peter Hessler’s collection of expanded pieces, STRANGE STONES: Dispatches from East and West (Harper), most of which originally appeared in The New Yorker, selecting it as one of their Best Nonfiction titles of the month. Publishers’ Weekly, characterizing the book as “elegant and thoughtful,” also featured it as one of the “Most Eagerly Books of Spring 2013.” Kirkus gave it a stellar review, saying: “Riveting… A rich, vibrant collection that pries wide

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Daniel Radcliffe will play Jake Adelstein in TOKYO VICE

Mike Fleming broke the news on Deadline this afternoon that Daniel Radcliffe will play Jake Adelstein in the film adaptation of TOKYO VICE:  An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan. The text of the release is as follows: Daniel Radcliffe is set to star in TOKYO VICE. Veteran music video and commercial director Anthony Mandler will direct, based on a script by acclaimed playwright JT Rogers. Le Grisbi Productions’ John Lesher and Adam Kassan are producing. The film

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PARIS REBORN by Stephane Kirkland Hits First Bestseller List

We are very pleased that Stephane Kirkland‘s PARIS REBORN: Napoleon III, Baron Haussmann and the Quest to Build a Modern City (St. Martin’s Press, just published, now in its second printing) is getting such terrific attention, and is debuting on the bestseller lists in The Denver Post. After an inaugural reading at BookCourt in Brooklyn on April 2nd, Stephane spoke with Yvette van Boven in a program entitled “Eat, Drink & Think Like Napoleon III” at the 92Y Tribeca on

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FREELOADING by Chris Ruen Released in the US

The original slacker’s dream of free everything may have been realized by the Internet—but along with it came the slacker’s nightmare of never getting paid for one’s creativity. Freeloading seeks—and to a large extent succeeds—to wrestle with the collapse of the commons and the possibilities for a renewed social contract.   —Douglas Rushkoff, media theorist, author of Life, Inc. andProgram or Be Programmed FREELOADING:  How Our Insatiable Hunger for Free Content Starves Creativity by Chris Ruen takes a critical, cool look at

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MARILYN: The Passion and the Paradox by Lois Banner is the Most Reviewed Book in the UK

MARILYN: The Passion and the Paradox by Lois Banner was published on July 17th by Bloomsbury USA and Bloomsbury UK simultaneously, and the agency learned this morning that no book has been reviewed more in the UK over the past week. The definitive biography was reviewed in The New York Times Book Review yesterday by Zoe Slutsky, who writes: “Banner presents a rich and often imaginative narrative of Marilyn’s life. By the end, Monroe feels at once like an earthly

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Vanity Fair’s Elissa Schappell and John Waters are reading BUTTERFLY IN THE TYPEWRITER by Cory MacLauchlin

In Vanity Fair’s July 25th Just My Type, Schappell writes: “…I’m escaping to a friend’s country estate with a companion, a book I must have been mad to miss this spring, Cory MacLauchlin’s A Butterfly in the Typewriter (Da Capo). …Drawing on interviews with family and friends and a wealth of letters, MacLauchlin’s story of how O’Toole became Ignatius and how Confederacy of Dunces finally saw the light is heartbreaking.” John Waters mentioned reading the book in an interview.

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OPIUM FIEND: A 21st Century Slave to a 19th Century Addiction Published

Steven Martin’s singular memoir (see advance praise) was published by Villard/Random House yesterday, and Austin’s favorite bookstore since 1970, BookPeople, has posted a Q&A with Steven on their site.  Canada’s weekly current affairs magazine Maclean’s favorably reviewed the book on Friday, and io9 excerpted it yesterday, calling it “a kind of alternate history, where addictions of the past erupt into the present unexpectedly.” Atlanta’s AM 1690 aired a terrific two-part conversation between David Lewis and the author yesterday.

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Zak Pelaccio Talks Grilling with Bon Appetit

Zak’s first book EAT WITH YOUR HANDS (Ecco) dropped in April to a firestorm of praise. Serious Eats said the book “is one of those perfect chef-written cookbooks that conveys not only the chef’s dishes but also personality and Pelaccio is full of it. …[It] is unique but also accessible, written in a tone that makes even the most exotic ingredient or unfamiliar technique seem doable, and fun even.” The Wall Street Journal and Epicurious chimed in, and The Austin Chronicle said

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Steven Martin’s OPIUM FIEND in The New Yorker’s “Talk of the Town”

In the June 25th issue of The New Yorker, staff writer Nick Paumgarten speaks with Steven Martin, whose memoir OPIUM FIEND:  A 21st Century Slave to a 19th Century Addiction is being published by Susanna Porter at Random House next week, about how he came to be the global expert on opium-smoking paraphernalia.   For the larger story, you’ll have to read the book.

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DARKEST AMERICA by Yuval Taylor and Jake Austen Lauded by Both Publishers Weekly and Kirkus

It is a rare thing when both Publishers Weekly and Kirkus agree on a book, but that is the case for their reviews of DARKEST AMERICA:  Black Minstrelsy from Slavery to Hip-Hop by Yuval Taylor and Jake Austen, to be published by W.W. Norton & Company on August 27th. Kirkus reviews the book thus: A provocative, compelling exploration of one of the most controversial elements of the black entertainment world. Chicago Review Press senior editor Taylor and Roctober magazine editor Austen

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ABDICATION by Juliet Nicolson on UK Bestseller List at #3

ABDICATION by Juliet Nicolson, represented by the agency in collaboration with Ed Victor of Ed Victor Ltd., debuted on the London bestseller list on publication day last week at #5, and has now climbed to #3. Ed and Bloomsbury threw an amazing party for Juliet in London on Tuesday, covered by Tatler. The novel, published by Sarah Branham of Atria in the United States, received a starred Kirkus review: This story never gets old: the besotted king, his cool American divorcée,

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Advance Praise for OPIUM FIEND: A 21st Century Slave to a 19th Century Addiction by Steven Martin

The June 26th publication by Random House of Steven Martin’s beautiful and harrowing OPIUM FIEND:  A 21st Century Slave to a 19th Century Addition is just around the corner, and the memoir is already garnering some great praise. Steven Martin’s fascinating memoir runs so much deeper than the standard literature about drugs. Whereas most writers never move beyond obsessive descriptions of physical effects, Martin’s true interests are cultural and intellectual: he connects the urge of the drug addict with the

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BUTTERFLY IN THE TYPEWRITER by Cory MacLauchlin and MARILYN by Lois Banner are PW Best Summer Books 2012

The agency is happy to have two books on the Publishers Weekly Best Books of Summer 2012 Staff Pick and Non-Fiction lists, MARILYN: The Passion and the Paradox by Lois Banner (Bloomsbury) and BUTTERFLY IN THE TYPEWRITER: The Tragic Life of John Kennedy Toole and the Remarkable Story of A Confederacy of Dunces by Cory MacLauchlin (Da Capo). MARILYN will be published simultaneously by Bloomsbury USA and Bloomsbury UK in late July, and PW describes it as “….cutting through the endless Monroe-mania

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Release Party for EAT WITH YOUR HAND by Zak Pelaccio

Zakary Pelaccio’s EAT WITH YOUR HANDS (Ecco) will be published on Tuesday, April 17th, and Food Republic and Fatty ‘Cue Brooklyn are throwing what promises to be an off-the-hook release party at Powerhouse Arena for Zak, Jori and JJ Goode to celebrate this singular book in true Fatty Crew style.

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Paul Theroux Praises THE BURIED by Peter Hessler

THE BURIED is wonderfully impressive, not a conventional travel book at all, but the chronicle of a family’s residence in Egypt, in a time of revolution – years of turmoil in this maddening place. And yet Peter Hessler remains unflustered as he learns the language, makes friends, puts up with annoyances (rats, water shortages, mendacity) and delves into the politics

Read More »

Advance Praise for Yuval Taylor’s ZORA AND LANGSTON: A Story of Friendship and Betrayal (Norton, March 2019)

Yuval Taylor’s third book with the agency, ZORA AND LANGSTON: A Story of Friendship and Betrayal, will be published by W.W. Norton in March 2019. His previous books are FAKING IT: The Quest for Authenticity in Popular Music (written in collaboration with Hugh Barker, and published in 2007), and DARKEST AMERICA: Black Minstrelsy from Slavery to Hip-Hop (written in collaboration

Read More »

POLITICAL ANIMALS: How Our Stone Age Brain Gets in the Way of Smart Politics

Bestselling historian Rick Shenkman‘s next book, POLITICAL ANIMALS: How Our Stone Age Brain Gets in the Way of Smart Politics will be published by Lara Heimert at Basic on January 5th, 2016, and is already garnering some terrific advance praise. To wit: In Political Animals, historian Rick Shenkman makes excellent use of the latest research in behavioral sciences to indicate why we Americans

Read More »

KEEPERS by Kathy Brennan & Caroline Campion Wins General Cookbook IACP Award

The International Association of Culinary Professionals held its annual awards on Saturday night, honoring the best in food writing, photography, design, and journalism over the last year.  We are very happy to congratulate clients James Beard and Bert Greene Award Winner Kathy Brennan and Caroline Campion, whose KEEPERS: Two Home Cooks Share Their Tried-and-True Weeknight Recipes and the Secrets to

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STRANGE STONES by Peter Hessler Selected as One of Amazon’s Best Nonfiction Titles of the Month

Amazon has joined the cohort of those championing Peter Hessler’s collection of expanded pieces, STRANGE STONES: Dispatches from East and West (Harper), most of which originally appeared in The New Yorker, selecting it as one of their Best Nonfiction titles of the month. Publishers’ Weekly, characterizing the book as “elegant and thoughtful,” also featured it as one of the “Most

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Daniel Radcliffe will play Jake Adelstein in TOKYO VICE

Mike Fleming broke the news on Deadline this afternoon that Daniel Radcliffe will play Jake Adelstein in the film adaptation of TOKYO VICE:  An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan. The text of the release is as follows: Daniel Radcliffe is set to star in TOKYO VICE. Veteran music video and commercial director Anthony Mandler will direct, based

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PARIS REBORN by Stephane Kirkland Hits First Bestseller List

We are very pleased that Stephane Kirkland‘s PARIS REBORN: Napoleon III, Baron Haussmann and the Quest to Build a Modern City (St. Martin’s Press, just published, now in its second printing) is getting such terrific attention, and is debuting on the bestseller lists in The Denver Post. After an inaugural reading at BookCourt in Brooklyn on April 2nd, Stephane spoke

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FREELOADING by Chris Ruen Released in the US

The original slacker’s dream of free everything may have been realized by the Internet—but along with it came the slacker’s nightmare of never getting paid for one’s creativity. Freeloading seeks—and to a large extent succeeds—to wrestle with the collapse of the commons and the possibilities for a renewed social contract.   —Douglas Rushkoff, media theorist, author of Life, Inc. andProgram or

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Vanity Fair’s Elissa Schappell and John Waters are reading BUTTERFLY IN THE TYPEWRITER by Cory MacLauchlin

In Vanity Fair’s July 25th Just My Type, Schappell writes: “…I’m escaping to a friend’s country estate with a companion, a book I must have been mad to miss this spring, Cory MacLauchlin’s A Butterfly in the Typewriter (Da Capo). …Drawing on interviews with family and friends and a wealth of letters, MacLauchlin’s story of how O’Toole became Ignatius and how

Read More »

OPIUM FIEND: A 21st Century Slave to a 19th Century Addiction Published

Steven Martin’s singular memoir (see advance praise) was published by Villard/Random House yesterday, and Austin’s favorite bookstore since 1970, BookPeople, has posted a Q&A with Steven on their site.  Canada’s weekly current affairs magazine Maclean’s favorably reviewed the book on Friday, and io9 excerpted it yesterday, calling it “a kind of alternate history, where addictions of the past erupt into the

Read More »

Zak Pelaccio Talks Grilling with Bon Appetit

Zak’s first book EAT WITH YOUR HANDS (Ecco) dropped in April to a firestorm of praise. Serious Eats said the book “is one of those perfect chef-written cookbooks that conveys not only the chef’s dishes but also personality and Pelaccio is full of it. …[It] is unique but also accessible, written in a tone that makes even the most exotic

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ABDICATION by Juliet Nicolson on UK Bestseller List at #3

ABDICATION by Juliet Nicolson, represented by the agency in collaboration with Ed Victor of Ed Victor Ltd., debuted on the London bestseller list on publication day last week at #5, and has now climbed to #3. Ed and Bloomsbury threw an amazing party for Juliet in London on Tuesday, covered by Tatler. The novel, published by Sarah Branham of Atria in

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Advance Praise for OPIUM FIEND: A 21st Century Slave to a 19th Century Addiction by Steven Martin

The June 26th publication by Random House of Steven Martin’s beautiful and harrowing OPIUM FIEND:  A 21st Century Slave to a 19th Century Addition is just around the corner, and the memoir is already garnering some great praise. Steven Martin’s fascinating memoir runs so much deeper than the standard literature about drugs. Whereas most writers never move beyond obsessive descriptions

Read More »

Release Party for EAT WITH YOUR HAND by Zak Pelaccio

Zakary Pelaccio’s EAT WITH YOUR HANDS (Ecco) will be published on Tuesday, April 17th, and Food Republic and Fatty ‘Cue Brooklyn are throwing what promises to be an off-the-hook release party at Powerhouse Arena for Zak, Jori and JJ Goode to celebrate this singular book in true Fatty Crew style.

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