The Burma Spring brings fresh details to light about one of the true heroines of our time – the charismatic Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi who is the most admired voice for freedom in the world today. She has been the inspiration for Burma’s “spring” and her party is poised to win strong political power in the 2015 elections in her country (also known as Myanmar). That means she will not only be in the headlines throughout the next year, but for many years to come.

The Burma Spring by Rena Pederson updates the story of Suu Kyi’s life since her release from more than 15 years of house arrest in Burma and provides information from exclusive interviews with Suu Kyi as well as previously undisclosed diplomatic ... More>>

The beloved poet-musician-actor-performance artist Saul Williams announces here his greatly anticipated next book of poetry, the first since The Dead Emcee Scrolls in 2006. “The poet laureate of hip-hop” (CNN), Saul Williams describes his forthcoming book with the working title of America:

As you may or may not know, I've just returned from living four years abroad. My return to America, and New York, has left my head twirling (and twerking) with ideas, observations, realizations, dreams, and questions. This collection of ... More>>

BOOK-TO-FILM – Rights Optioned by Actor-Director-Producer James Franco.

Actor-director-producer James Franco has optioned two books for film for his production company, Rabbit Bandini Productions: David Shields and Caleb Powell’s I Think You’re Totally Wrong: A Quarrel (forthcoming from Knopf in September 2014) and Shields’s NYT bestseller The Thing About Life Is That One Day You’ll Be Dead.

The film of the former, based on Shields and Powell’s adaptation of their book, depicts a debate, nearly to the death, about life and art. Filming wrapped the last week of December 2013, directed by James Franco, who also appears as himself throughout the film; the film’s co-stars are the book’s co-authors, David Shields and Caleb Powell. The film is expected to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2015.

Totally Wrong enacts an impassioned and ongoing debate between the three actors: Powell always wanted to become an artist, but he overcommitted to life (he’s a stay-at-home dad to three young girls), whereas Shields always wanted to become a human being, but he has overcommitted to art. To settle the debate once and for all, Franco, Shields, and Powell ... More>>

   

Jacky’s Diary first appeared in newspapers in 1959.  It was created by Jack Mendelsohn, a multi-talented comic book writer, animation director, comic strip illustrator (Beetle Bailey, Krazy Kat, Scooby Doo, story editor for The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and co-writer of Beatles’ Yellow Submarine.  Although Jacky’s Diary did not have a long run in newspapers, it created a memorable impression on those who loved its unique perspective.  The strip was written and illustrated as if by a small child, purportedly Mendelsohn himself.  He described trips to the circus, fishing, expeditions, misunderstood history lessons, visits to members of his extended family, and all kinds of adventures that kids have, in a style simulating that of a precocious child---a delightful and amusing effort.  The publisher expects to make this collection into a super, full-color– collectible – coffee-table art book. More>>

 

Jack Mendelsohn is a writer-artist who has worked in animation, comic strips and comic books, film, and television, creating general mayhem for a long time in the world of humor. A multitalented cartoonist, illustrator (from DC Comics to the Muppet Babies) co-writer of the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine Jack Mendelsohn has concocted a humor book --Jacky introduces Stuff I Lern in Skool --that is pretty serious about education--a 90-page take on school as we know it these days with his “wimpy-kid-like”cartoons.  His cartoons however are way “punnier” (than the Wimpy kid variety) and often pointedly edgy, Author Jack Mendelsohn reflects on the current state of education ... More>>

In their second book Amazon.com bestselling authors of Wild West 2.0: How to Protect and Restore Your Online Reputation on the Untamed Social Frontier return with a pop-business nonfiction journey through the power of reputation and why digital technology has changed everything we know about it.  It explains why a simple premise---that reputation is power---will have an outside impact in the coming years as technological advancements change how reputation is calculated, stored, and use.  It then gives readers the tools they need to capitalize on seven distinct trends that the new reputation economy will trigger, ranging from instant computer decision-making and how to position themselves to benefit from it, to intentional digital attacks and how to defend against them.

“Mad Men at Downton Abbey” – Publishers Weekly

Leeds Castle has long been hailed as the loveliest castle in the world. Originally built in the twelfth century as a Norman stronghold, the castle once housed kings and queens but fell into disrepair for nearly a century until Anthony Russell’s grandmother, Lady Baillie, purchased it in 1926 and restored the fortress to its former glory.  It was in the castle’s fairy tale setting, surrounded by a moat and acres of sprawling grounds, that Anthony spent his childhood in the 1950s. Read More>>


“He’s a profound poet who inspires us. He challenges us to be individuals.”
 —Russell Simmons
Pardon the old saw, but in truth, Saul Williams is a poet and he knows it.  He can catch a wave of inspiration and unleash a heightened flow like the best, and likewise, much of his life gets sucked into the creative vortex. No exception.”
Kimberly Chun, San Francisco Chronicle

A superstar poet, actor, and musician in his own right, Saul Williams offers his “poem in red” mixed with a choir of one hundred young poets, students, and outsiders who might not otherwise have their voices heard, along with poets as old as legendary Abiodun Oyewole (who spearheaded the infamous Last Poets in 1968) and as young as Justin Long Moton (2011 New York City Youth Poet Laureate).  Chorus also includes work from such other notable names from the world of poetry as Major Jackson, Terrance Hayes, Jessica Care Moore, Staceyann Chin,  Suheir Hammad, Patricia Smith, Amber Tamblyn, and Beau Sia. More>>

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[Note: This title Mother Ash by award-winning Greek author Alexis Stamatis has been cancelled. Unfortunately, the publisher was unable to obtain the funding required to pay for the translation. ]

Award-winning Greek novelist Alexis Stamatis introduces the reader into the earthly paradise of Greece, with its spectacular sunsets and crisp blue ocean views. However, this beautiful façade hides a world of deception, lust, greed, death, and ultimately redemption. Alkis and his family have been tortured read more >>

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The Charlotte Gusay Literary Agency represents the film rights to this prolific and well known Irish writer’s novel Light a Penny Candle and it is now on offer for film adaptation. (First published by Viking in 1982; Signet edition now in its eighth printing.)
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Wild West 2.0 covers many issues about what can and cannot be said or done about your reputation and your privacy on the internet including First Amendment rights, free speech, libel, slander, the internet as tattoo parlour, scarlet content on the internet, trashy websites, cyber-gossip and people believing only the gossip even when presented with proof of the truth, google insurance, electronic warfare, google is not God, online stalker + lurking = sturking, bolstering or cleaning up the dirt about your online life, google as machine and indeed, that machine is US, you and me. Among much innovative thinking about the internet and savvy techno charm, Michael Fertik and co-author David Thompson tell you why it is important and how to protect and defend your reputation on the internet, including not only you, but your children’s reputation and your company’s reputation and much more.
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What does it take to go from being simply average to becoming a top-ranked sales professional? Honesty Sells has the answers—not quick fixes, gimmicky systems, tricks, or flimsy techniques. The book does not teach you how to manipulate customers to do what you want. Honesty Sells will demonstrate how an optimum model of sales behavior—one that is used by the top 10 percent of sales performers everywhere—can help you build an open, honest and profitable relationship with your customers, no matter how time-impoverished, overworked, understaffed or under-resourced they, and their clients may be.
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Bukowski in the Bathtub is a portrait of Charles Bukowski by Beat poet John Thomas. He was an intimate friend of Charles Bukowski between the years of 1965 through 1971. This book is based on the Thomas / Bukowski visits and conversations during that period. Of John Thomas, Charles Bukowski has said, “…he made a place when / there was no place / a place to go when all / was closing in… he lent the easy / saving / natural / grace…” (Excerpt from “strong man”, a poem about John Thomas printed in Black Ace / Temple of Man). Contains transcriptions of the John Thomas, Charles Bukowski conversations.
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Bestselling and well-known Greek writer Alexis Stamatis' novel American Fugue was inspired by the American midwest when he was in the United States in 2004. American Fugue was published September 2008 by Etruscan Press. Author Alexis Stamatis has published eight novels and six collections of poetry published in Greece. Two have been translated and published, two into English and Bar Flaubert - into several foreign editions, including a recently released UK edition from Arcadia Publishing.
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On December 17, 1996, masked members of the Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement (MRTA), a deadly band of insurgents, stormed the lavish birthday party of the Japanese ambassador to Peru. They seized his residence and demanded the release of four hundred of their comrades from prison – or they would kill all the hostages. One of the hostages, Luis Giampietri, a former field commander of special operations forces, would play a crucial role in a complex commando rescue operation planned by Peru’s president, Alberto Fujimori. Here is Giampietri’s riveting inside account of the unnerving ordeal, the rescue that took all of 41 seconds from start to finish, and the operation’s unexpected ramifications. By turns encouraging and cautionary, this book is an invaluable account of one of the most dramatic terrorist hostage incidents in history..
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In its presentation of 17 extraordinary homes, this sumptuous book takes the reader behind the gates of some of today’s most inspiring residential estates, from the exclusive neighborhoods of Beverly Hills to the bluff tops overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
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"BEACHGLASS takes you into the rooms of AA and rehab with the startling, powerful clarity of one who knows this precarious terrain all too well.  A new and promising talent, Wendy Blackburn writes with a refreshing sense of honesty, hope and renewal." —James Brown, author of THE LOS ANGELES DIARIES
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hip-hop’s poet laureate…Saul Williams isn’t out to save hip-hop, but he is out to elevate the art form [and] is effectively breaking boundaries while blurring the line between poetry and rap.”—CNN

"A profound poet who inspires us." —Russell Simmons
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David Shields’s NYT bestseller The Thing About Life Is That One Day You’ll Be Dead (Knopf/Vintage) has been optioned for film development by producer/screenwriter Lindsey Simpson. Time Magazine’s Lev Grossman called the book “an edifying, wise, unclassifiable mixture of filial love and Oedipal rage.” Shields and Simpson are collaborating on the screenplay in which a writer probes his family members to develop a novel based on the pains of growing up at every age. His research reveals more about his body and his family than he ever could have planned for. But the outcome is a witty and insightful commentary on what it means to grow up and die.

 

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The following is an interview by editor/writer Jeff Rivera with literary agent Charlotte Gusay from Galley Cat (May 17, 2010.) Galley Cat is the savvy publishing website which "publishes" book/publishing news, book reviews and all things up to date on publishing every day under the "banner" of MediaBistro. Read More >>

Charlotte Gusay’s love of the literary has deep roots. She founded and ran for many years the prestigious book shop George Sand, Books on Melrose in West Hollywood. In 1988 (two years after a new little girl came into her life), she closed the book shop and started her literary agency. Much to her delight...
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