About the Agency

The LaFarge Agency is a full-service boutique agency based in Boston. While our primary focus is nonfiction in its various guises—biography, history, memoir, essays and reportage, in the areas of art and design, business, music, science, sports, travel, and urbanism—we also seek out original voices in fiction and have an active interest in poetry and literary criticism.

The agency offers global rights management for a select list 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 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 foreign translation, film/TV, audio, and other subsidiary rights around the world (see Partners), notably on the movie Killing Them Softly, produced by Brad Pitt and co-starring Ray Liotta, Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn, James Gandolfini, and Sam Shepard.

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. His career began with apprenticeships in the editorial and/or subsidiary rights departments of Ballantine Books, Alfred A. Knopf, Henry Holt, and Harcourt Brace in New York; he moved to Boston in 2000 to become 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, on learning that Robert Gottlieb, of Knopf, was seeking such a book for his own use). His translations from French include 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 has taught writing and editing at the college level since 1999, when he began a three-year fellowship in Gen Ed 105, the legendary senior seminar, with Robert Coles. He was awarded a certificate of distinction from the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, Harvard University, in 2000. He has taught “Principles of Editing” at Harvard Extension School and is currently on the faculty of the writing programs at Harvard Medical School, Wilkes University, and the Massachusetts College of Art & Design, where he is a lecturer in Liberal Arts. (View Albert’s c.v.)