About the Agency
We’re a full-service boutique agency based in Boston. We represent nonfiction in various guises, from biography and history and memoir to essays and reportage, art and design, business, music, science, sports, travel, and urbanism. Above all we champion works of deep and imaginative learning, accessible to ever-widening circles of readers. We occasionally handle fiction and have an active interest in poetry and literary criticism.
We offer global rights management for a select roster of authors, literary estates, and cultural institutions including the Museum of the City of New York and the Library of Congress. Our guidance begins at the earliest stages of a book’s editorial development and continues, collaboratively, throughout the publishing process, always with the aim of expanding readership in print and online formats for years to come.
We work in partnership with carefully chosen co-agents and attorneys in Hollywood, London, and beyond to exploit foreign translation, film/TV, audio, and other subsidiary rights around the world (see Partners), notably with Brad Pitt’s Plan B for the feature film Killing Them Softly, starring Pitt, Ray Liotta, Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn, James Gandolfini, Sam Shepard, and other major stars.
About Albert LaFarge
Albert LaFarge, PhD, founded the agency in 2003, in association with the David Black Literary Agency, and has operated independently since 2006. He previously worked in the editorial and/or subsidiary rights departments at Ballantine Books, Alfred A. Knopf, Henry Holt, and Harcourt Brace in New York, and as deputy editor of DoubleTake magazine, where he presided over a nomination for a National Magazine Award for general excellence.
Albert is the editor of The Essential William H. Whyte (Fordham University Press, 2000) and coeditor of Minding the Store: Great Writing about Business, from Tolstoy to Now (with Robert Coles; New Press, 2008). His occasional essays and interviews have been published in American Way, Antiques & the Arts Weekly, Boston Metro, CommonWealth, DoubleTake, and The New York Times. He has appeared twice on CNN-TV, in connection with a flea market directory he edited through several editions (he created the first one while an editorial assistant at Ballantine Books, after learning that Robert Gottlieb, then president of Knopf, was looking for such a book for his own use). He is the translator (from French) of Arabia Felix from the Time of the Queen of Sheba: Eighth Century B.C. to First Century A.D., by Jean-Francois Breton (University of Notre Dame Press, 2000); The Beatles and the Sixties, by Claude Meunier and Michka Assayas (Henry Holt, 1996); and “Hazel and the Captain” (from Mercure, by Amélie Nothomb; Two Lines: A Journal of Translation, 2001).
Albert was educated at the University of Vermont (BA, philosophy & music), Columbia University (MA, classics), and Boston University (PhD, editorial studies). He was awarded a certificate of distinction from the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, Harvard University, in 2000, for his teaching in a senior writing seminar at Harvard College, where he taught for three seasons. He has taught “Principles of Editing” at Harvard Extension School and is currently on the faculty of the writing programs at Harvard Medical School and Wilkes University. He is a visiting lecturer in Liberal Arts at Massachusetts College of Art & Design. (View Albert’s c.v.)