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The PW London Fair Dealer, Wednesday 4/13/2011

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13 APRIL 2011
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n New York, Abrams hassigned an agreement withOlivia Harrison, widow of Beatle George, to publish the lifeof her late husband in pictures.
Living in the Material World:George Harrison
– named after his1973 solo album – was boughtby Editor-in-Chief Eric Himmelfrom Andrew Wylie.It
 
will be created by OliviaHarrison and will have a forewordby Martin Scorsese and anintroduction by Paul T eroux, andits autumn publication will coincidewith the release of Scorsese’sdocumentary of the same name.Drawing on Harrison’s personalarchive of previously unseen photos,letters, diaries, and memorabilia,it will reveal the full arc of his lifeand will include reminiscencesfrom Eric Clapton, Eric Idle, erry Gilliam, Paul McCartney, RingoStarr, and his family.Abrams President and CEOMichael Jacobs described it as “apublishing event that George’sfans all over the world have beenwaiting for”.
 
Harrisonremembered
Sonny Mehta (third from left) with (l-r) Steve Walker, Chairman of SBS Worldwide,Simon Master, Chairman of the LBF Advisory Board, and Kazuo Ishiiguro
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ld friends – includingCaroline Lascelles,rst Picador editor spanning years and continentsgathered to see Sonny Mehtapresented with the LBF LifetimeAchievement Award, sponsoredby SBS Worldwide. It was anemotional occasion honouringa man who treated all authorswith “great respect”, who “neverpatronised” and showed “a depthof care” that is unparalleled,said Kazuo Ishiguro, who asa yet unknown author fi rstencountered Mehta on a trip toNew York. Wherever authorswere gathered, they moanedabout their editors. “But mentionof Sonny kills all the fun. No oneever moans about him.”Simon Master, who workedwith Mehta during the glory days of Pan, noted that, “sincethe turn of this year, he haspublished across six decades”,beginning with “a starter job” atRupert Hart-Davis. T en cameGranada, where he worked withCarmen Callil, and published
T e Female Eunoch
. Hesucceeded Clarence Paget at Pan,becoming Editorial Director of both Pan and Picador, showingthat “his literary skills embracedboth sides of the street” – Jack Higgins and Jackie Collins onone, Edmund White and BretEaston Ellis on the other. Herecalled editorial meetings,Mehta “his head under a brownblanket, a full ashtray to hisleft, a half-empty bottle of Jack Daniels to his right and a fi erce-looking dog sitting on his lap”.T en, in 1987, he crossed theAtlantic to create more magicthroughout Random House.Mehta said he didn’t recognisehimself. “I share this awardwith all [my colleagues] but thehonour, as always, belongs tothe writers who make our work possible.”
Sonny Mehta – a very full lifetime
 
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Wednesday 13 April 2011
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Fresh from commentating on the US Masters for Sky, Colin Montgomerie visitedLBF as Orion announced it had bought world rights in his autobiography Monty(September 2011). Guy Kinnings and Sarah Wooldridge at IMG handled the sale.The golfer is pictured (right) with publisher Alan Samson, both clutching theRyder Cup, which Europe won last September under Montgomerie’s captaincy.
Ghonim book up for grabsat buoyant Rights Centre
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raffi c was strong at theInternational RightsCentre during thesecond day of the LondonBook Fair,
writes Rachel Deahl 
.While many agents and otherinsiders said there was nobig book at the Fair, talk wasgurgling up about a coupMichael Carlisle and RichardPine at Inkwell Managementscored, signing Egyptian internetactivist Wael Ghonim. Ghonimbecame an international folk hero after his Facebook page,about an Egyptian man whowas beaten to death by police,went viral and helped spark the revolution that sweptEgypt.(Ghonim, who worksfor Google, is to be awardedthe 2011 Kennedy Profi le inCourage Award and is slated toappear in the
ime 
100.)In an unorthodox salesapproach, the agents setGhonim up in a conferenceroom in the Rights Centre,where, Monday and uesday,he gave hour-long presentationsdiscussing his life. Inkwell hasnot closed any deals yet forthe book,
Revolution 2.0 
, andis, instead, letting interestedpublishers leave their names, soto speak, at the door.Aside from the buzz aboutGhonim, many agents seemedpositive, if low-key, about theFair itself. Katie Dublinski,at Graywolf Press, who wasattending the Fair for the fi rsttime after multiple trips toFrankfurt, said she was busy and noted that there was lesstalk about ebooks than therehad been in Germany. “Itseemed like every conversationI had at Frankfurt ended with,‘So what are you doing aboutebooks?’” she said.Brian DeFiore, of DeFioreand Company, said that thelack of a big book seemed asign of the times. Since it wasso easy to spread informationabout projects via email thesedays, DeFiore thought that the“urgency” publishers once feltabout buying books at the Fairno longer existed.He added that whilethere was talk about ebooks,foreign publishers, includingthe British, did not seem tobelieve fully that ebooks wouldpenetrate their local marketsin the same way they had inthe US. American publishers,he said, had seen the numberswith ebooks “get so big, soquickly” that the format hadactually infused an excitementinto the business and hadcaused American houses to buy more aggressively. T at was nothappening with the foreignpublishers, he said.Marta Fricke, who handlesinternational rights for StMartin’s Press, said there was a“nice energy to the show” andthat, mostly, everyone seemedpleased to be back in Londonafter so many people could notattend last year because of thevolcanic ash cloud.Robert Gottlieb, Chairmanof rident Media Group,acknowledged that “ebooks area big topic”, but said he washoping the conversation wouldmove away from the heavy focus on royalties. Figuringout where ebooks fi tted intoan author’s career is what wasimportant, he said, and it wasa “mistake to be overly focusedon the royalty issue alone”.German agent Michael Gaeb,who was seeing strong interestin a debut crime novel herepresents by Max Bentow called
T e Feather Man
—it has soldin Spain and the Netherlands– said he had been heartenedto see a growing interest fromAmerican publishers in literaturein translation.Although much talk inthe States has been focusedon a boon in Swedish crimebestsellers, on the heels of theglobal success of Stieg Larsson’sMillennium rilogy, Gaebthought that this new interestwent beyond just crime fi ctionand just Swedish authors. T atserious literary authors werending footholds in Americaand England – in the StatesRoberto Bolano has been a hitfor FSG and in the UK Faberpublished, last year, Frenchauthor ristan Garcia – may besparking the trend.Gaeb said he was seeing moreinterest in literary translationsfrom the British and Americanshere in London than he hadeven in Frankfurt, where, hesaid, he tended to do morebusiness with other continentalEuropean publishers.
 

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