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April 1 – 15, 2004 Book Deals

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April 1-15, 2004 Edition BOOK DEALS Book Deals for Late March

These deals and more are reported for mid to late March, 2004. Look for more deals in our next Authorlink edition, courtesy of PublishersLunch.com. Deals are rated as follows:

“nice deal” $1 – $100,000 “good deal” $101,000 – $250,000 “significant deal” $251,000 – $500,000 “major deal” $501,000 and up NA, amount of the deal not available

Toschia’s originally self-published YOU WRONG FOR THAT, SEE…WHAT HAD HAPPENED WAS, an out-of-control comedy about what happens you fall in lust with your co-worker, to Carl Weber at Urban Books, by Marc Gerald at Los Bravos Management. Formally of platinum-selling B2K, and star of YOU’VE GOT SERVED Omari Grandberry’s LIFE LESSONS, a photo-book/memoir, to Lauren McKenna and Jacob Hoye at MTV Books/Pocket, by Marc Gerald and Mykel Mitchell at Los Bravos Management. Country music star Jo Dee Messina’s MISERABY FIT, A health and fitness guide for the rest of America, to Diana Baroni at Warner, by Marc Gerald at Los Bravos Management (NA). George Mair’s biography REVEREND RICK, about the purpose-driven life of Rick Warren, to Denise Silvestro at Putnam, in a nice deal by Natasha Kern at the Natasha Kern Literary Agency. Pamela Clare’s four historical romance novels continuing characters introduced in her first two books, to Alicia Condon at Dorchester, in a nice deal, by the Natasha Kern Literary Agency. Mondadori to Publish

Pope’s Memoirs

in May Release

Rome, Italy/03/25/04—Italian publisher Mondadori has announced it will publish a book by Pope John Paul II about his time as a Polish bishop. The work will include recollections and reflections of the Pope’s 20 year career in that post.

Mondadori, which plans to release the newest book in May 2004, also published the Pope’s last book, Crossing the Threshold of Hope, an autobiography which has sold 20 million copies worldwide.

Stewart O’Nan, Stephen King

Team Up on Book

About Red Sox ’04 Season

NEW YORK, NY/3/22/2004—It began as an email exchange last summer. Filled with the heady mix of exhilaration and frustration familiar to all Boston Red Sox fans, writer Stewart O’Nan fired off a note to a fellow fan, Stephen King, who responded with his thoughts on Pedro, Nomar, Manny, Mueller, and Theo.

The 2004 season is the most hotly anticipated in recent baseball history. No team has a more central place in the story than the Red Sox—boys of summer with still new ownership, a new wunderkind General Manager, a new field manager, post-season trades for high-priced talent, the memory of their heartbreaking ’03 finish, and their on-going and legendary rivalry with the New York Yankees.

O’Nan and King, lifelong Red Sox addicts, will chronicle the season from spring training and Opening Day through to the highly anticipated events of the fall, in a hardcover book that Scribner will publish in late ’04. They’ll go to some games together and each will keep a diary. They’ll argue or agree about plays and trades, and the result will be a fan’s notes for the ages.

“The idea of a book about this year’s Red Sox by Stewart O’Nan with participation by Stephen King is the best thing next to a season’s ticket to Fenway. I know no true baseball fan will be able to resist this classic book,” said Susan Moldow, Executive Vice-President and Publisher of Scribner (and Red Sox fan).

Stewart O’Nan is the author of many works of fiction and nonfiction including A Prayer For The Dying, Wish You Were Here, and most recently The Night Country, the paperback of which will be published this October. His newest novel, THE GOOD WIFE, is due in February ’05 from Farrar, Strauss & Giroux.

“I just got back from spring training,” O’Nan says, “and the guys are ready. I’m ready. Everyone’s ready. This is the year. It’s do-or-die time.”

Stephen King, is one of America’s best-known writers, and one of its best- known Red Sox fans. In 2003, he received the National Book Foundation’s Award for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. In June, THE DARK TOWER VI: Song of Susannah will be released. This fall, the final volume in his acclaimed Dark Tower series, THE DARK TOWER VII: The Dark Tower, will be published September 21, by Scribner, and his first pop-up children’s book, a retelling of his 1999 novel, THE GIRL WHO LOVED TOM GORDON, will be published October 26, by Simon and Schuster’s Children’s Division.

The book, as yet untitled, was sold to Scribner for North American rights by O’Nan’s literary agent, David Gernert (a New York Mets fan). Simon & Schuster Audio will publish simultaneously with the hardcover. Nan Graham, editor-in-chief (and Red Sox fan) will edit the book which promises to galvanize the 20,000,000 members of Red Sox Nation and delight baseball fans worldwide.

Simon & Schuster, part of the entertainment operation of Viacom Inc., is a global leader in the field of general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and nonfiction for consumers of all ages, across all printed, electronic, and multimedia formats. Its divisions include the Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, Simon & Schuster Audio, Simon & Schuster Online, and international companies in Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit the website at www.simonsays.com.