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April 1-15, 2005 Book Deals

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April 1-15, 2005 Edition BOOK DEALS Atria Books to Publish

Javier Sierra’s Bestseller

The Secret Supper

NEW YORK, NY/03/21/05—The international bestseller The Secret Supper by Spanish novelist Javier Sierra has been signed in a pre-emptive deal by Senior Editor Johanna Castillo at Atria Books. Castillo bought North American English and First Serial and Audio Rights from Thomas Colchie of the Colchie Agency, on behalf of Antonia Kerrigan in Barcelona. Simon & Schuster UK and Australia have simultaneously bought English rights to the novel for their territories. The Secret Supper will be published by Atria in March 2006.

The historical thriller, which reveals unknown secrets behind Leonardo da Vinci’s best-known Christian work, was originally published in Spain in October 2004, has sold more than 100,000 copies, and is currently in its ninth printing. The Secret Supper has now been sold in fifteen countries, including Germany (Blanvalet), France (Plon), and Italy (Marco Tropea), as well as Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Poland, and Portugal.

Set in fifteenth-century Italy, The Secret Supper vividly depicts a deadly game of wits between the brilliant but religiously suspect Leonardo da Vinci and a Dominican inquisitor intent upon bringing him to trial for heresy for his questionable rendering of “The Last Supper.”

Castillo predicts that “after you finish reading Sierra’s epic thriller, you won’t be able to view ‘The Last Supper’ in the same way.”

In 2004, Atria published seventeen New York Times bestsellers, including Star by Pamela Anderson, Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aron Ralston, Little Earthquakes by Jennifer Weiner, Angels & Demons by Dan Brown, Tommyland by Tommy Lee, and Citizen Girl by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Krause. In fall 2004, Atria’s Washington Square Press imprint published the Oprah Book Club bestselling edition of The Good Earth, by Pearl S. Buck.

Atria’s first two hardcover bestsellers in 2005 are Afterburn by Zane and Vanishing Acts by Jodi Picoult. Atria will launch a Hispanic-Latino Publishing Program in 2006, which will publish primarily English-language books written by Hispanic debut writers, novelists, and celebrities.