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February 28th, 2019

February 28, 2019 – On Malcolm Cowley and the Making of American Literature

Nonfiction: Biography

Editor of The Selected Letters of Malcolm Cowley (Harvard UP, 2014) and author of Malcolm Cowley: The Formative Years (University of Georgia Press, 1993) Hans Bak’s Worker at the Writer’s Trade: Malcolm Cowley and the Making of American Literature, an account of Cowley’s long and variegated career as editor, critic, and catalyst of major literary careers (Kerouac, Cheever, Faulkner), from his controversial youth (HUAC) through his gray eminence as a memoirist of the U.S.’s brightest literary era, by the world’s leading expert on Cowley, with full support from the estate and major archive, revealing the inner career dynamics of one of America’s last independent public intellectuals, to Lucas Church at University of North Carolina Press (World).

January 29, 2019 – THE GREAT NEW ORLEANS KIDNAPPING CASE, by Michael A. Ross

International rights: Nonfiction

Chinese translation rights (simplified characters) to Shanghai Joint Publishing Company (Mainland China), by Oxford University Press.

January 15, 2019 – CABBAGE: A GLOBAL HISTORY (2018), by Meg Muckenhoupt

International rights: Nonfiction

Japanese rights to Hara Shobo Ltd, by Tuttle-Mori on behalf of Reaktion Books.

December 5, 2018 – HOW TO DISAPPEAR, by Akiko Busch

International rights: Nonfiction

Chinese translation rights (simplified characters) to United Sky New Media (Beijing), by The Penguin Press.

December 3, 2018 – POWER AFTER CARBON, by Peter Fox-Penner

Nonfiction: History/Politics/Current Affairs

Director of the Institute for Sustainable Energy at Boston University and author of SMART POWER Peter Fox-Penner’s POWER AFTER CARBON: THE FUTURE OF SMART ENERGY, presenting a vision of the future of the electric power system, to Jeff Dean at Harvard University Press, for publication in spring 2020, by Albert LaFarge at the LaFarge Agency (world English). Translation: Marsh Agency.

September 4, 2018 – YANKEE FOOD, by Meg Muckenhoupt

Nonfiction: Food/History

Meg Muckenhoupt’s YANKEE FOOD: A HISTORY, to Clara Platter at New York University Press, by Albert LaFarge at the LaFarge Agency (NA). [Formerly under contract with the University Press of New England, but moved after UPNE announced it would cease operation on 12/31/18]. UK & translation: Marsh Agency.

July 23, 2018 – William H. Whyte’s THE ORGANIZATION MAN (1956)

International rights: Nonfiction

Simplified Chinese rights (mainland only) to William H. Whyte’s THE ORGANIZATION MAN (1956), to Peking University Press, for publication in 2019, by Maggie Han at Big Apple Agency, on behalf of the Marsh Agency and the LaFarge Agency.

June 6, 2018 – Akiko Busch’s THE INCIDENTAL STEWARD (2013)

International rights: Nonfiction

Chinese rights (complex characters) in The Incidental Steward to Rive Gauche Publishing House, an imprint of Walkers Cultural Enterprise via Bardon Chinese agency on behalf of Yale University Press.

May 14, 2018 – William H. Whyte’s THE LAST LANDSCAPE (1968)

International rights: Nonfiction

Simplified Chinese rights (mainland only) to William H. Whyte’s THE LAST LANDSCAPE, to Yilin Press, for publication in 2018, by Camilla Ferrier at The Marsh Agency on behalf of the LaFarge Agency.

May 14, 2018 – William H. Whyte’s CITY: REDISCOVERING THE CENTER (1988)

International rights: Nonfiction

Simplified Chinese rights (mainland only) to William H. Whyte’s CITY: REDISCOVERING THE CENTER (1988), to Shanghai Translation, by Claire Feng at Big Apple Agency on behalf of Camilla Ferrier at The Marsh Agency and Albert LaFarge of the LaFarge Agency.

April 23, 2018 – HOW TO DISAPPEAR, by Akiko Busch

Nonfiction: General/Other

Author of NINE WAYS TO CROSS A RIVER and THE INCIDENTAL STEWARD Akiko Busch’s HOW TO DISAPPEAR: NOTES ON INVISIBILITY IN A TIME OF TRANSPARENCY, a field guide to invisibility, reacquainting us with the merits of inconspicuousness, to Ann Godoff at Penguin Press, for publication in February 2019, by Albert LaFarge at the LaFarge Agency (World).

April 23, 2018 – CABBAGE: A GLOBAL HISTORY, by Meg Muckenhoupt

Nonfiction: Food/History/Politics

Author of SIGMUND FREUD: EXPLORER OF THE UNCONSCIOUS and BOSTON’S GARDEN’S AND GREEN SPACES Meg Muckenhoupt’s CABBAGE: A GLOBAL HISTORY, in Reaktion’s Edible Series, tracing cabbage’s culinary paradox, exploring the cultural and chemical basis for its smelly reputation and enduring popularity (we can’t live without cabbage, but we don’t want to stand downwind of it), to Michael Leaman at Reaktion, for publication in August 2019, by Jemma McDonagh at The Marsh Agency on behalf of Albert LaFarge at the LaFarge Agency (World).

April 20, 2018 – MURDER ABOARD, by C. Michael Hiam

Nonfiction: History/True Crime

Dirigible Dreams and Monument to Deceit author C. Michael Hiam’s MURDER ABOARD: THE HERBERT FULLER TRAGEDY AND THE ORDEAL OF THOMAS BRAM, the true story of an ax-murder that shocked America in the 1890s, eclipsing even the Lizzie Borden story at the time, to Tom McCarthy at Globe Pequot, by Albert LaFarge at the LaFarge Agency (World).

March 26, 2018 – UTOPIANISM AND THE AMERICAN CITY, by Alex Krieger

Nonfiction: History/Politics/Current Affairs

Alex Krieger’s UTOPIANISM AND THE AMERICAN CITY, an interpretative look at characteristic patterns of settlement and attitudes towards cities and urban life in America, to Ian Malcolm at Harvard University Press, for publication in fall 2019, by Albert LaFarge at the LaFarge Agency (World).

February 26, 2018 – TEETH, by Mary Otto

International rights: Nonfiction

Chinese rights (simplified characters, Mainland China only) to Shanghai Educational Publishing, by The New Press.

October 6, 2017 – THE CORRESPONDENCE OF FLANNERY O’CONNOR AND ROBERT GIROUX, ed. Patrick Samway

Nonfiction: Narrative

WALKER PERCY: A LIFE author Patrick Samway’s book on the editorial relationship between Flannery O’Connor and Robert Giroux, incorporating unpublished correspondence, to Stephen Little at University of Notre Dame Press, by the LaFarge Agency (World).

October 5, 2017 – CORK WARS, by David Taylor

Nonfiction: History/Politics/Current Affairs

David Taylor’s CORK WARS: A TRUE STORY OF COMMERCE AND INTRIGUE DURING WORLD WAR II, to Johns Hopkins University Press, by Albert LaFarge at the LaFarge Agency (World).

October 5, 2017 – ACTIVIST NEW YORK, by Steven Jaffe

Nonfiction: History/Politics/Current Affairs

Steven Jaffe’s ACTIVIST NEW YORK: A HISTORY OF PEOPLE, PROTEST, AND POLITICS, to Eric Zinner at New York University Press, for publication in 2018, by Albert LaFarge at the LaFarge Agency on behalf of the Museum of the City of New York (World).

April 2, 2015 – NEW YORK’S YIDDISH THEATER, edited by Edna Nahshon

Nonfiction: History/Politics/Current Affairs

Oxford University Center for Hebrew and Jewish Studies senior fellow Edna Nahshon’s NEW YORK’S YIDDISH THEATER: FROM THE BOWERY TO BROADWAY, accompanying an exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York, to Philip Leventhal at Columbia University Press, by the LaFarge Agency (World English).

March 26, 2015 – JACOB A. RIIS, by Bonnie Yochelson

Nonfiction: Art/Photography

ALFRED STIEGLITZ: NEW YORK author Bonnie’s Yochelson’s JACOB A. RIIS: REVEALING NEW YORK’S OTHER HALF: A COMPLETE CATALOG OF HIS PHOTOGRAPHS, to Michelle Komie at Yale University Press, published in association with (and accompanying exhibitions at) the Library of Congress and the Museum of the City of New York, by the LaFarge Agency (World English).

March 25, 2015 – THE GREAT NEW ORLEANS KIDNAPPING CASE, by Michael A. Ross

Film/TV rights

Michael Ross’s THE GREAT NEW ORLEANS KIDNAPPING CASE is under option for film/tv development in a project involving John Lyons (The Big Lebowski) and Eric Overmyer (Treme), by Stone Canyon Media and Alexander, Lawrence, Frumes & Labowitz, LLP, in brokering the deal for Ross on behalf of the LaFarge Agency.

March 23, 2015 – TEETH by Mary Otto

Nonfiction: History/Politics/Current Affairs

Former Washington Post reporter and Knight Science Journalism fellow Mary Otto’s TEETH: THE STORY OF BEAUTY, INEQUALITY, AND THE STRUGGLE FOR ORAL HEALTH IN AMERICA, on dental justice in America, to Marc Favreau at the New Press, by the LaFarge Agency (World).

January 20, 2015 – THE SOCIAL LIFE OF SMALL URBAN SPACES (1980), by William H. Whyte

International rights: Nonfiction

Simplified Chinese rights (mainland only) to William H. Whyte’s THE SOCIAL LIFE OF SMALL URBAN SPACES, to Shanghai Translation Publishing House, by the Big Apple Agency, on behalf of the Marsh Agency and the LaFarge Agency.

January 12, 2015 – THE LETTERS OF THOMAS MERTON AND ROBERT GIROUX, edited by Patrick Samway

Nonfiction: General/Other

Patrick Samway’s THE LETTERS OF THOMAS MERTON AND ROBERT GIROUX, to Stephen Little at the University of Notre Dame Press, by Albert LaFarge at the LaFarge Agency (World English).

August 25, 2014 – FOLK CITY, by Ronald Cohen and Stephen Petrus

Nonfiction: Music/History/Politics

Ronald Cohen and Stephen Petrus’s FOLK CITY: NEW YORK AND THE AMERICAN FOLK MUSIC REVIVAL, exploring the city’s central role in fueling the American folk music revival of the 1950s and ’60s; to accompany an exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York in 2015, to Norman Hirschy at Oxford University Press, by Albert LaFarge at the LaFarge Agency, on behalf of the Museum of the City of New York (World).

November 19, 2012 – IN IT FOR THE LONG RUN, by Jim Rooney

Nonfiction: Music/Memoir

Cambridge folk music pioneer (co-founder of Club 47) and Nashville impresario Jim Rooney’s IN IT FOR THE LONG RUN, a humorous, star-studded memoir of the heroic age of American popular music, to University of Illinois Press, by Albert LaFarge at the LaFarge Agency (World English).

June 7, 2011 – COGAN’S TRADE + THE RAT ON FIRE (1981), THE DIGGER’S GAME, AND THREE OTHER NOVELS, by George V. Higgins

International: Fiction

George Higgins’s COGAN’S TRADE, a tie-in with the movie Killing Them Softly, starring Brad Pitt, to Orion (UK) in a six-book deal, by Camilla Ferrier at the Marsh Agency, on behalf of the LaFarge Agency (British Commonwealth excluding Canada).

May 10, 2011 – THE INCIDENTAL STEWARD, by Akiko Busch

Nonfiction: Science

NINE WAYS TO CROSS A RIVER Akiko Busch’s THE INCIDENTAL STEWARD: REFLECTIONS ON CITIZEN SCIENCE, to Jean Thomson Black at Yale University Press, by Albert LaFarge at the LaFarge Agency (World).

April 11, 2011 – COGAN’S TRADE (1974) + 11 OTHER NOVELS, by George V. Higgins

Fiction: Reprint (Digital/Paperback)

George Higgins’s COGAN’S TRADE tie-in with the movie Killing Them Softly (2012), starring Brad Pitt, to Vintage, in a twelve-book deal, by the LaFarge Agency (US+Canada).

March 2, 2011 – COGAN’S TRADE (1974), by George V. Higgins

Audio rights

George Higgins’s COGAN’S TRADE, to Audible.com, by the LaFarge Agency (World English).

January 11, 2011 – AMERICAN URBAN FORM, by Sam Bass Warner and Andrew Whittemore

Nonfiction: Illustrated/Art/U.S. History

MIT urban history professor and author of STREETCAR SUBURBS Sam Bass Warner and recent MIT planning grad Andrew Whittemore’s FORMING THE CITY: AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY, with line drawings by Whittemore, to MIT Press, by Albert LaFarge at the LaFarge Agency (World English).

October 29, 2010 – COGAN’S TRADE, by George V. Higgins

Film rights

The late George V. Higgins’s COGAN’S TRADE, optioned to Andrew Dominik (CHOPPER; THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD; BLONDE) as writer director, with Plan B Entertainment producing, by Stone Canyon Media and attorney Wayne Alexander on behalf of the LaFarge Agency, representing the Higgins estate. [Released in 2012 as Killing Them Softly]

June 17, 2010 – GIB’S ODYSSEY, by Walter Bradley

Nonfiction: General/Other

Neurologist and TREATING THE BRAIN author Walter Bradley’s THE VOYAGE OF GIB PETERS, chronicling a Key West journalist’s solo odyssey up and down the Intracoastal Waterway by yacht after being diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s fatal disease), to Janice Goldklang at Globe Pequot, by Albert LaFarge of the LaFarge Agency.

June 3, 2010 – THE GREAT NEW ORLEANS KIDNAPPING CASE, by Michael A. Ross

Nonfiction: History

Historian and JUSTICE OF SHATTERED DREAMS author Michael A. Ross’s THE GREAT NEW ORLEANS KIDNAPPING CASE: RACE, LAW, AND JUSTICE IN THE RECONTRUCTION ERA, to Susan Ferber at Oxford University Press (World).

October 13, 2009 – ALFRED STIEGLITZ: NEW YORK, by Bonnie Yochelson

Nonfiction: Illustrated/Art

BERENICE ABBOTT: CHANGING NEW YORK author and art historian Bonnie Yochelson’s ALFRED STIEGLITZ’S NEW YORK, an illustrated volume to accompany an exhibition at the South Street Seaport Museum, opening in September 2010 and curated by Yochelson, to Karen Hansgen at Skira Rizzoli, by Albert LaFarge at LaFarge Agency, on behalf of the South Street Seaport.

September 21, 2009 – HIGH-IMPACT TALENT MANAGEMENT, by Dave DeLong and Steve Trautman

Nonfiction: Business/Investing/Finance

LOST KNOWLEDGE author Dave DeLong and TEACH WHAT YOU KNOW author Steve Trautman’s book on talent management, written for CEOs, to Judith McCarthy at McGraw-Hill, by Albert LaFarge at the LaFarge Agency (World).

April 23, 2009 – EDDIE SHORE AND THAT OLD-TIME HOCKEY, by C. Michael Hiam

Nonfiction: Sports

Michael Hiam’s EDDIE SHORE AND THAT OLD-TIME HOCKEY, the story of a Canadian-American hockey legend and the growth of professional hockey in the twentieth century, to Doug Pepper at McClelland & Stewart, by Albert LaFarge at the LaFarge Agency.

April 23, 2009 – JUDGE SENTENCES, by Dermot Meagher

Nonfiction: Narrative

Dermot Meagher’s JUDGE SENTENCES, colorful cases from a Massachusetts judge, including eleven stories published in Boston and DoubleTake magazines, to Richard Pult at the University Press of New England, on behalf of Northeastern University Press, by Albert LaFarge at the LaFarge Agency.

October 3, 2008 – TREATING THE BRAIN, by Walter Bradley, M.D.

Nonfiction: Health

NEUROLOGY IN CLINICAL PRACTICE lead author Dr. Walter Bradley’s up-to-date layman’s guide to the major neurological disorders – stroke, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), cancer, migraine, carpal tunnel syndrome, head and spine injuries, peripheral neuropathy – TREATING THE BRAIN: A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE, providing clear and authoritative information on diagnosis and clinical features, treatment pathways, and current trends in research, to Dana Press, for publication in fall 2009, by Albert LaFarge at the LaFarge Agency (NA).

August 7, 2008 – PATIENCE, by Akiko Busch

Nonfiction: General/Other

Akiko Busch’s extended essay on patience, to Steve Magnuson at Sterling, with Carl Lehmann-Haupt editing, for the AARP Books “Arts of Living” Series, by Albert LaFarge at the LaFarge Agency (NA).

July 31, 2008 – DISCOVERING BOSTON’S GARDENS AND GREEN SPACES, by Meg Muckenhoupt

Nonfiction: Illustrated/Art

Meg Muckenhoupt’s DISCOVERING BOSTON’S GARDENS AND GREEN SPACES, a full-color illustrated guidebook detailing not only Boston’s historic parks and greenspaces but also the astonishing green spaces beyond the Emerald Necklace — including the hundreds of acres of new parks created during the Big Dig, to Union Park Press, by the LaFarge Agency (NA).

March 28, 2008 – HARVARD SQUARE, by Mo Lotman

Nonfiction: Illustrated/Art

Mo Lotman’s HARVARD SQUARE: AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY SINCE 1950, a comprehensive photographic record with nostalgic views on six decades of Harvard Square through interviews and hundreds of vintage photographs, to Dervla Kelly at Stewart, Tabori & Chang, by Albert LaFarge at the LaFarge Agency.

March 19, 2008 – CITY: REDISCOVERING THE CENTER (1988), by William Whyte

Digital/Paperback rights

William Whyte’s CITY: REDISCOVERING THE CENTER, to University of Pennsylvania Press, for publication in 2008, in a twentieth-anniversary edition, by the LaFarge Agency, on behalf of the Estate of William H. Whyte (NA).

November 30, 2006 – A TERRIBLE SPLENDOR, by Marshall Jon Fisher

Nonfiction: Sports

Marshall Jon Fisher’s A TERRIBLE SPLENDOR: THREE EXTRAORDINARY MEN, A WORLD POISED FOR WAR, AND THE GREATEST TENNIS MATCH EVER PLAYED, in which the final match of the Davis Cup competitions in 1937, pitting tennis legends Don Budge and Gottfried von Cramm, with Big Bill Tilden rooting for Germany, provides a window into a tumultuous moment in tennis and world history, to Rick Horgan at Crown, in a six-figure pre-empt, by the LaFarge Agency (World).

November 8, 2006 – A COLD-BLOODED BUSINESS, by Marek Fuchs

Nonfiction: True crime

NYT journalist Marek Fuchs’s A COLD-BLOODED BUSINESS: ADULTERY, MURDER, AND A KILLER’S PATH FROM THE BIBLE BELT TO THE BOARDROOM, chronicling the rise of Mark Mangelsdorf from humble origins to Harvard MBA and high-flying corporate executive — until a stunning break in a decades-old murder investigation, involving a horrific crime of passion at a Kansas Bible college, causes his life to unravel, to Brando Skyhorse at Skyhorse, by Albert LaFarge at the LaFarge Agency (US).

September 14, 2005 – WALKER’S WAY, by Isabelle Storey

Nonfiction: Memoir

Isabelle Storey’s WALKER’S WAY: MY YEARS WITH WALKER EVANS, an intimate account her ten-year marriage to Walker Evans, including photographs, to Craig Cohen at powerHouse Books, by Albert LaFarge at the LaFarge Agency, in association with the David Black Agency (world English).

January 5, 2005 – NINE WAYS TO CROSS A RIVER, by Akiko Busch

Nonfiction: Memoir/General/Other

GEOGRAPHY OF HOME author and longtime Metropolis magazine columnist Akiko Busch’s NINE WAYS TO CROSS A RIVER, a swimmer’s midlife odyssey, combining elements of natural history, personal essay, and environmental advocacy, to Gillian Blake at Bloomsbury, by the LaFarge Agency, in association with the David Black Agency (World English).

September 7, 2004 – HOT AND BOTHERED, by Annie Downey

Fiction: Debut

Vermont essayist and fiction writer Annie Downey’s untitled first novel, about a single mom’s search for love and meaning, to Amy Gash at Algonquin, by Albert LaFarge at LaFarge Agency, in association with the David Black Agency (World).

June 24, 2004 – THE BURNING TRUTH, by C. Michael Hiam

Nonfiction: History/Politics/Current Affairs

C. Michael Hiam’s THE BURNING TRUTH [published as “Who the Hell Are We Fighting?: The Story of Sam Adams and the Vietnam Intelligence Wars], the story of how a “downwardly mobile” CIA analyst debunked a central premise of President Johnson’s war in Vietnam and prompted an internal debate over military intelligence that burst into public view in a controversial CBS documentary and the ensuing lawsuit of Westmoreland v. CBS, to Chip Fleischer at Steerforth, with Thomas Powers editing, by Albert LaFarge at LaFarge Agency, in association with the David Black Agency (NA).