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). Among several recent film/TV deals, the agency licensed the adaptation of George V. Higgins’s Cogan’s Trade (1974) into the acclaimed Killing Them Softly (2012), featuring Brad Pitt, Ray Liotta, James Gandolfini, Scoot McNairy, Sam Shepard, and others.

About Albert LaFarge

Albert has worked in the editorial departments of Ballantine Books, Henry Holt, and Harcourt Brace, and in the rights department of Alfred A. Knopf. He was deputy editor at DoubleTake magazine, where he presided over a nomination for a National Magazine Award for general excellence. He 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. A flea market directory he created for Ballantine Books in 1986 went through eight editions; he created new versions 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, 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.)