About the Agency

The LaFarge Agency is a full-service “boutique” literary agency based in Boston. Founded in 2003 as the New England affiliate of the David Black Literary Agency, we’ve operated independently since 2006, providing rights management for a select list of authors, literary estates, and cultural institutions.

Our primary focus is nonfiction—biography, history, memoir, essays and reportage, in the areas of art and design, business, music, science, sports, travel, and urbanism—but we also seek out original voices in fiction and have an active interest in poetry and criticism.  Our guidance begins at the earliest stages of a book’s editorial development and continues, collaboratively, throughout the publishing process, always aiming to expand readership in print and digital media.

We work in partnership with carefully chosen co-agents and attorneys in Hollywood, London, and beyond to exploit translation, audio, and other derivative rights around the world (see Partners). Several of our clients’ books have been optioned for film/TV, including George V. Higgins’s Cogan’s Trade (1974), which was adapted into the acclaimed Killing Them Softly (2012) featuring Brad Pitt, Ray Liotta, James Gandolfini, Scoot McNairy, Sam Shepard, and others.

About Albert LaFarge

Albert grew up in New York City and worked in the editorial and/or subsidiary rights departments of Ballantine Books, Alfred A. Knopf, Henry Holt, and Harcourt Brace, before moving to Boston in 2000 to be 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). He has contributed articles to American Way, Antiques & the Arts Weekly, CommonWealth, DoubleTake, and The New York Times, and he originated the “Off the Shelf” book column for the Boston Metro in 2002. He created a flea market directory while an editorial assistant at Ballantine Books (1987); and again for Avon Books (1992, rev. 1996) and St. Martin’s Press (2000). 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), and The Beatles and the Sixties, by Claude Meunier and Michka Assayas (Henry Holt, 1996).

Albert holds degrees from the University of Vermont (BA, philosophy & music), Columbia University (MA, classics), and Boston University (PhD, editorial studies). He has taught writing and editing since 1999, first at Harvard College, where he was awarded a certificate of distinction from the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, and more recently at Harvard Extension School, Harvard Medical School, Wilkes University, Boston University, and the Massachusetts College of Art & Design, where he has been an adjunct lecturer in Liberal Arts since 2012. (View Albert’s c.v.)