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, criticism, history, memoir and reportage, in areas including art and design, business, food, 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 alongside carefully chosen co-agents and attorneys in Hollywood, London, and beyond to license translation, audio, and other derivative rights to dozens of global partners. Among the agency’s many film/TV options was the one picked up by Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment to adapt George V. Higgins’s Cogan’s Trade (1974) into the acclaimed Killing Them Softly (2012), co-starring James Gandolfini, Ray Liotta, Ben Mendelsohn, Scoot McNairy, and Sam Shepard.

About Albert LaFarge

Albert was born and raised in Manhattan. He started in publishing right after college, as an editorial assistant at Ballantine Books, where he made his first editorial acquisition and created The Official Directory to U.S. Flea Markets (1987), which went through eight editions. He later worked in subsidiary rights at Alfred A. Knopf, and as an editor at Henry Holt and then Harcourt, acquiring fiction by Amélie Nothomb, George V. Higgins, and Jean Thompson, among others. He moved to Boston in 2000, joining DoubleTake magazine as deputy to 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 and reviews to American Way, Antiques & the Arts Weekly, CommonWealth, DoubleTake, Publishers Weekly, 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).

Over the years, Albert has edited the work of many and diverse writers, including Noah Adams, Monica Ali, Rick Bass, Ann Beattie, Eliot Berry, Jason Berry, Michael G. Carew, Robert Coles, Karin Cook, Gioia Diliberto, Adam Fairclough, Ronan Farrow, James F. Gill, Ayelet Gundar-Goshen, Rob Gurwitt, Robert Hellenga, Joshua Henkin, Kate Hennessy, Homer Hickam, George V. Higgins, Douglas Hobbie, Lori Jakiela, Verlyn Klinkenborg, Sheila Kohler, David Leavitt, Phillip Lopate, Howard Mansfield, Walter Marks, David Means, Franco Mondini-Ruiz, Roger G. Morris, Stephen O’Connor, William O’Shaughnessy, Octavio Paz, Arturo Perez-Reverte, Sidney Perkowitz, David Petersen, Andrew Potok, Francine Prose, Walter Reich, Bob Reiss, Michael Rips, Robin Robertson, José Saramago, Fernando Savater, Jim Shepard, Carly Simon, David A. Taylor, Steve Tesich, Lynne Tillman, Tatyana Tolstaya, Eliot Weinberger, Joseph Weisberg, Lawrence Weschler, Alec Wilkinson, Daniel Wolff, Peter H. Wood, and Stephen Wright.

Since 1999, Albert has done freelance editorial consulting for publishers and institutions including Boston College, D.A.P. (Distributed Art Publishers), Fordham University Press, Grand Street, Hachette, Harvard University, Houghton Mifflin, The New Yorker, University of Notre Dame Press, Odyssey Publications, Prentice-Hall, Princeton Review, Publishers Weekly, Scribner, Taschen Verlag, and Whitney Radio. (View a 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 Ricks). He has taught writing and editing since 1999, first 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.)