About the Agency
The LaFarge Agency was founded in 2003 as the New England affiliate of the David Black Literary Agency and has operated independently since 2006, providing rights management for a select list of authors, literary estates, and cultural institutions.
The agency’s primary focus is nonfiction—biography, history, memoir, essays and reportage, in the areas of art and design, business, criticism, music, science, sports, travel, and urbanism. LaFarge’s guidance begins in the earliest stages of a book’s editorial development and continues, collaboratively, throughout the publishing process, always aiming to expand readership in all available media.
LaFarge works in partnership with carefully chosen co-agents and attorneys in Hollywood, London, and beyond to exploit translation, audio, and other derivative rights (see Partners). The agency has negotiated several film/TV deals, including a license with Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment to adapt George V. Higgins’s Cogan’s Trade (1974) into the acclaimed Killing Them Softly (2012), featuring Brad Pitt, Ray Liotta, James Gandolfini, Scoot McNairy, and Sam Shepard.
About Albert LaFarge
Albert grew up in Manhattan and started working in publishing right after college. His first job was in the editorial department of Ballantine Books, where he made his first acquisition and worked overtime to create The Official Directory to U.S. Flea Markets (Ballantine, 1987), which went through eight editions. In 1987, he moved up to Knopf’s subsidiary rights department, where he held a record-shattering auction for large-print rights, an event reported by Publishers Weekly and followed by the creation of the Random House Large Print division. As editor at Henry Holt and Harcourt, Albert acquired award-winning fiction by Amélie Nothomb, George V. Higgins, and Jean Thompson, among others. He moved to Boston in 2000 to work as deputy editor at DoubleTake magazine, with founding editor Robert Coles; together they presided over a nomination for a National Magazine Award for general excellence and later coedited Minding the Store: Great Writing about Business, from Tolstoy to Now (New Press, 2008). Albert is editor of The Essential William H. Whyte (Fordham University Press, 2000) and has contributed articles to American Way, Antiques & the Arts Weekly, CommonWealth, DoubleTake, and The New York Times; he originated the “Off the Shelf” book column for the Boston Metro in 2002. 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 (Holt, 1996). He has worked as a freelance copyeditor and proofreader since 1999. (View a partial list of projects.)
Albert holds degrees from the University of Vermont (BA, philosophy & music), Columbia University (MA, classics), and Boston University (PhD, editorial studies; dissertation supervised by Christopher B. Ricks). He has taught writing and editing since 1999, first as a fellow in Robert Coles’s legendary senior seminar, “Literature of Social Reflection” (Gen Ed 105), at Harvard College, where he earned a certificate of distinction from the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, and more recently at Harvard Extension School, Wilkes 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.)