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Strong Final Week Puts Pre-Frankfurt Dealmaking Up 12 Percent

With a very strong week of deal reports, our updated counts of pre-Frankfurt dealmaking activity now show 2014 surpassing what was a strong 2013 by a good margin. For October 1 through October 7 we logged 192 US deals, compared to 118 in the same period a year ago. So…

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Dealmaking Is Strong and Steady Heading Into Frankfurt

Ahead of the Frankfurt Book Fair next week, it's time for our annual look at pre-fair dealmaking trends. As usual, this version covers domestic (US) deal reports for September 1 through September 30, and we'll append a short update next week to factor in October 1 through October 7. A…

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Suge Knight's Book Due from Dey Street In 2015

Following Page Six's insinuation connecting Suge Knight's shooting with his long-in-gestation book, we can confirm the manuscript is alive and well. Harper director of publicity Shelby Meizlik confirms to PL that the book, now tentatively titled YOUR PAIN IS MY JOY: 100 Rounds with Suge Knight, is scheduled for publication by…

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Agreements: Curtis Brown UK Unit Pairs with BBC, and More

Cuba Pictures, the film and tv development arm of Curtis Brown UK, has a first-look deal with BBC Worldwide, which will "provide investment, co-production expertise, access to their market research and development initiatives in addition to their global marketing reach." Cuba Pictures ceo Nick Marston says, "Our aim is to bring together…

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People, Etc.

Jon Klassen's This is Not My Hat has won the UK's Kate Greenaway medal, and Kevin Brooks' The Bunker Diary was awarded the Carnegie medal. (The latter is not available in the US, which may present an opportunity -- though it took a decade to publish this book about a kidnapped boy held…

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Coming Soon: Jane Fonda's Debut Novel

After two bestselling memoirs, most recently Prime Time in 2011, Jane Fonda has been writing her debut novel, AMANDA'S SECRETS. She mentioned the book inadvertently in a recent Hollywood Reporter interview at the Cannes Film Festival. Bob Levine at Levine, Plotknin & Menin tells us he plans to submit the project…

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Fiction Leads Rebound in Pre-LBF Dealmaking

As promised on Friday, we now have complete comparison statistics on the pre-London Book Fair dealmaking. Overall deal volume in the five weeks prior to the international fair (through the Friday before the event) has continued its growth for the second year in a row. Deals with US print publishers…

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London Book Fair Dealmaking Preview

As usual, our deal reports continue to swell  in advance of next week's London Book Fair as primary deals are lined up and announced to spur further rights sales. We've already posted 191 deals since Monday, with more to come throughout the day. We will run our comprehensive evaluation of…

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Forthcoming: Books from Rice, Nicholls, and Maybe Lohan

Anne Rice said on a podcast co-hosted by her son Christopher that her new novel, PRINCE LESTAT: The Vampire Chronicles, will be published October 28. Reportedly, the title will be available for pre-order March 16. Author of ONE DAY David Nicholls will release a new novel, US, on "the bond…

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Forthcoming: A Real Banker, and A Funny One

Former Federal Reserve Board chairman Ben Bernanke announced to the AP that he wants to write a book about the financial crisis of 2008 and the recession that followed it: "I want people to understand what we knew, when we knew it, how we made decisions and how we dealt with…

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