Italian Hit Makes Splash in Germany
The two-part Italian novel Summer, by
Elisa Sabatinelli, has sold in a two-book deal to German
publisher Blanvalet. Rights to the novel are controlled by
Rizzoli. Volume 1 (Summer: On My Skin) was published in June,
and Volume 2 (Summer: Straight to the Heart) will be released in
Italy this month. Rizzoli is comparing the novel to works by
Elizabeth Gilbert and Milena Busquets; the books are about a
woman who decides to have a carefree summer in Italy, under
less-than-carefree circumstances: knowing that breast cancer
runs in her family (the disease killed her mother) she is
awaiting the results from a breast cancer scan.
Li's 'Dark Chapter' Lands More Deals
Rights to Dark Chapter by Winnie Li, a
Taiwanese-American author based in London, have sold to Jason
Pinter of Polis Books (for U.S. and Canada) and to Lauren
Parsons at Legend Press (for U.K. and Commonwealth). Both houses
will publish in 2017. Additionally, Swedish rights have sold to
Norstedts. The book is about the rape of a 29-year-old
journalist by an Irish teenager. Barcelona based Pontas Agency
controls all rights.
Nonfiction Book on Nazis' Children
Enfants de Nazis by Tania Crasnianski, a
nonfiction title controlled by French house Grasset, has sold to
seven international publishers, including Bompiani in Italy and
Skyhorse for world English rights. The book looks at the lives
of the children of top Nazi leaders, including Himmler, Göring,
Hess, Frank, Bormann, Höss, Speer, and Mengele. It examines how
these children dealt with learning about their fathers'
Italian Bestseller Attracts European
Bitter Coffee by Simonetta Agnello
Hornby, which has been on bestseller lists in Italy since it was
published there in April, and sold to a number of foreign
publishers. Deals have closed with houses in Germany, Spain and
Albania. And, at press time, a deal was pending with a publisher
in Sweden. Feltrinelli published the novel in Italy and Alrerj e
Prestia Literary controls rights. Hornby is the author of
several books, and Bitter Coffee follows a 15-year-old girl who
marries a 34-year-old man. She is also grappling with the
affections of another man, who was raised by her father.
French Debut Heats Up
Gaël Faye’s novel, Petit Pays (in
English, Little Country), is taking the global marketplace by
storm. To date, the novel has sold in 14 countries, including
Piper Verlag in Germany and Hayakawa in Japan. Faye, who is
Rwandan-French, writes about the Rwandan genocide in the book;
the work is told from the perspective of a 10-year-old boy who
watches his parents' marriage, and his country, crumble. All
rights to the book, which was published in France in April, are
controlled by French house Grasset.
Chinese Award-Winner Sells to Slovenia
Cao WenXuan's 2015 Hans Christian
Andersen award winner, Bronze and Sunflower, sold to Slovenska
29 in Slovenia. The first edition of the book was published in
China in 2005 by Phoenix Juvenile and Children’s Publishing Ltd.
(which controls rights); according to Phoenix, the title has, to
date, sold 2.5 million copies in mainland China. Additionally,
foreign sales on the title have closed with houses in, among
other countries, Korea, the U.K. and Germany. The book explores
the friendship between a boy from the countryside, called
Bronze, and a girl from the city, called Sunflower.
The 10 Best Music
Doesn't the world
work in mysterious ways? Publisher Weekly is promoting an essay
collection by Hanif Abdurraqib, and so they tasked him with
picking what he considers to be the ten essential books having
to do with music - pretty good circular marketing. Certainly his
selections say more about him than about the interests of any
average reader, but for what it's worth here is what he chose
and said about each.
Reactions and Carburetor Dung by Lester Bangs
have more copies of this book of collected essays and columns
than I do of any other book. Every page is bent, highlighted, or
heavily annotated. Bangs did it best: making criticism a
conversation and leaving the door open to his own flaws. Putting
enough of himself into his criticism to make sure people knew he
was touchable, flawed. A music fan above all else.
2. Rip It Up: The
Black Experience in Rock ‘N’ Roll by Kandia Crazy Horse
admired this book for years when looking for a language with
which to explain the roots of black music. Kandia Crazy Horse
traces rock and roll to black music, of course. But then takes a
step further into blues, into soul, into gospel. The book leans
on black rock musicians like Lenny Kravitz, Venetta Fields, and
Slash, and it presents them matter-of-factly. Black people
playing the music they were born into.
3. The First
Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic by
These are essays, interviews, and reviews–criticism spanning
nearly 20 years of Hopper’s brilliant career as a critic. But
there’s also prose and edges of poetry here, like in an open
letter to Sufjan Stevens, which has my favorite opening of all
4. Mystery Train:
Images of America in Rock 'N' Roll Music by Greil Marcus
think any book by Greil Marcus could have been here, but I
like Mystery Train for how wide it stretches, and how easy
Marcus makes his connections between music and culture look.
There are songs, and then there’s Greil Marcus’s America, and he
never fails to pull the two together with his bare hands.
5. Please Kill Me:
The Uncensored Oral History of Punk by Legs McNeil and Gillian
is here largely for the ride it takes you on. The great thing
about Oral Histories is that you only have the words of the
players, and nothing else. No author coloring the
narrative. Please Kill Me is kind of a whirlwind of stories from
Punk’s history from about 1975 until the early '90s, charting a
path from London to the New York scene. It is at times comical,
but largely heartbreaking–particularly in the moments (and there
are a few) when it details the mourning of someone like Johnny
Thunders, a brilliant light put out too soon.
6. Never Mind the
Bollocks: Women Rewrite Rock by Amy Raphael
found this book in a bargain bin at a bookstore in maybe 2002,
and I needed it then, when rock in my particular corner of the
world felt like something that was only a boys' club. The book
is a series of interviews and oral histories that read more as
monologues with '90s icons like Courtney Love, Kim Gordon, Liz
Phair, and The Raincoats. Because Raphael is so scarcely present
in the interviews, the book reads as if all of the brilliance is
in the room together at once, having some kind of rock and roll
7. Can’t Stop Won’t
Stop by Jeff Chang
portrait of early-era hip-hop does well to consider all angles.
Beyond the musicians, the book is populated with graffiti
artists, and dancers, and activists, and even gang members.
Chang not only deeply researched this project but was unafraid
to task hip-hop with what it is: a political force–an object in
the musical universe wielding a lot of power. It’s a thorough
book and a long read, but one that is worthwhile as both an
entry point to the genre and also a constant refresher.
8. Meet Me in the
Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York City
2001-2011 by Lizzy Goodman
partial to this book, not only because Goodman charts a
brilliant map through indie rock in New York City after the
post-9/11 music scene shifted, but also because of the recent
timing of it. A book that I can remember living through, and
don’t feel like I’m reaching back towards. I lived this era from
afar, and through her outstanding crafting of this book, Goodman
makes me feel like I was there the whole time.
9. Trouble Boys:
The True Story of the Replacements by Bob Mehr
There is a lot to get wrong when tackling the massiveness of a
large biographical project. Though I’m not opposed to it, the
writer who allows themselves to be the center of the biography
has to do it with a smart touch, and that sometimes goes awry.
Here, Mehr lets the massive amount of research and all-new
interviews (and brilliant new photos) do the work. The
Replacements were an enigma, and this book doesn’t crack their
code. But it isn’t meant to. If anything, Mehr does the work of
making them both more puzzling and more enticing.
10. Gunshots in My
Cook-Up: Bits and Bites from a Hip-Hop Caribbean Life by Selwyn
Growing up, the Source magazine was pretty much the only
magazine that came to my home, courtesy of my older brother’s
subscription. The Source was an effective way for me to keep up
on hip-hop’s ever-changing world from the comfort of the
Midwest, where I lived. In this book, Hinds–who served as
editor-in-chief of the magazine during its '90s heyday–writes
about how he fell in love with hip-hop and the places it took
him. It is deeply candid and sometimes sharp and bitter in its
honesty, not sparing the magazine or the genre itself. But
underneath its thorough critical lens is a simple love story: a
person falling in love with music over a lifetime, and learning
to not let it go.