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Book Deals Jan 1 – 15, 2004

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January 1 – 15, 2004 Edition Book/Movie Deals Cold Mountain Film

Success Prompts

Grove Reprints

12/17/03—The anticipated success of the motion picture Cold Mountain, which was released December 25, has prompted Grove Press (owned by Grove/Atlantic, Inc.) to reissue the hardcover title of the book, which sold about 1.5 million copies when initially released six years ago.

The book, which won the National Book Award in 1997, will be part of a four-title package that will be marketed along with the movie.

Grove Atlantic, Inc. is the result of a 1993 merger of Atlantic Monthly Press and Grove Press, and has since been at the forefront of the American library and publishing scene.

Atlantic Monthly Press was founded in 1917 as an imprint of Little Brown. During the next 16 years, the Press’s books won more than sixteen Pulitzer Prizes and National Book Awards. Among the Press’s best-selling award winning titles published during those years were Mutiny on the Bounty, Goodbye Mr. Chips, Drums Along the Mohawk, Ship of Fools, Fire in the Lake, The Soul of the New Machine, and Blue Highways.

In 1985, the Press was spun off from the magazine and became independent. During this period, Atlantic published such authors as Patricia Highsmith, J.P. Donleavy, Bruce Jay Friedman, P. J. O’Rourke, Richard Ford, Raymond Carver, Jeanette Winterson, Tobias Wolff, Rian Malan, and Ron Chernow, author of the National Book Award winning title, The House of Morgan. Grove Atlantic also published the popular book, Black Hawk Down.

PublishersLunch.com

Reports Book Deals

for Late November

Look for more deals in our December 15th Authorlink edition

These book deals are reported on Authorlink as a 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 Late November

Nonfiction

TV interior design guru (14 year veteran of HGTV, Oprah and ABC-TV’s “The Home Show”) Kitty Bartholomew and journalist Kathy Price-Robinson’s KITTY BARTHOLOMEW’S DECORATING ABC’S: Affordable, Beautiful and Comfortable Decor For Real People Living with Real Budgets, to Ellen Phillips at Rodale, for six-figures, by Ted Weinstein (world).

Late November

Nonfiction

Independent filmmaker and women’s champion sailboarder Neva Sullaway’s CHASING DREAMTIME, an account of her spiritual, and emotional journey, boat-hopping across the South Pacific, in an effort to come to grips with her violent and harrowing past, to David Drotar at Brookview Press, in a nice deal, by Frank R. Scatoni at Venture Literary (world).

Late November

Nonfiction

New York Post sports columnist Mike Vaccaro’s DAMN YANKEES, DAMNED SOX, a detailed look at the intense seven-game 2003 ALCS, used as a backdrop to explore the most bitter, heated rivalry in all of sports, to Jason Kaufman at Doubleday, in a good deal, in a pre-empt, by Greg Dinkin and Frank R. Scatoni at Venture Literary.

Late November

Children’s

Martina Wildner’s German YA book Jede Menge Sternschnuppen (Shooting Stars Everywhere), to Marissa Walsh at Delacorte Press, in a nice deal, by Kerstin Michaelis at Beltz & Gelberg (world English).

Late November

Fiction

T. Dawn Richard’s DEATH FOR DESSERT, a humorous cozy about a woman who trades her lecherous husband for a senior living complex and conspires with a dotty group of flimflammed, wildly-wicked seniors to solve a murder she may have committed, to John Helfers at Five Star, in a nice deal, for publication in trade paperback, by Robert Brown at the Wylie-Merrick Literary Agency (world).