Alexandra Monir’s THE FINAL SIX Heats Up

Alexandra Monir’s upcoming novel The Final Six, which was acquired by Sony in a pre-emptive deal, continues its wild ride with HarperCollins securing publishing rights to her high-concept YA book.

Final Six imagines a present-day world under a first-of-its-kind coalition between the UN and the international space agencies, with a plot to send a team of six intrepid teenagers to create the first human settlement on Jupiter’s moon Europa. The high-concept hook touches on aspirational and relevant themes of environmentalism, global unity and leadership.

Josh Bratman at Immersive Pictures is attached to produce The Final Six at Sony, and Lauren Abrahams is overseeing for the studio.

Jeffrey Tambor Writing Book

We are thrilled to announce that Jeffrey Tambor, the award-winning actor whose career has ranged from “The Larry Sanders Show” to “Transparent,” is working on a book of autobiographical essays, tentatively titled “Are You Anybody,” which will be published by Crown Archetype in Spring 2017. Tambor will share “introspective, humorous stories” and how he survived his childhood and his father’s motto, “Don’t celebrate, they’ll take it away from you.”

Jazz Jenning’s Memoir Announced

Crown Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, has acquired BEING JAZZ: MY LIFE AS A (TRANSGENDER) TEEN by 15-year-old Jazz Jennings, one of the youngest and most prominent voices in the national discussion about gender identity, it was announced today by Phoebe Yeh, Vice President and Publishing Director of Crown Books for Young Readers. Emily Easton, Executive Editor, Crown Books for Young Readers, will edit the book. The memoir will be published June 7, 2016, and is now available for preorder.

Norm Macdonald to Publish Memoir

“Saturday Night Live” alum Norm Macdonald will pen a memoir to be released by Random House offshoot Spiegal & Grau in Fall 2016.

In “Based On a True Story,” Macdonald tells the story of his life–more or less–from his origins in a rural small town in the-back-of-beyond Canada to an epically disastrous appearance on “Star Search,” to his incredible account of auditioning for Lorne Michaels and his memorable run as the anchor of Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update.”

“If you like a good old-fashioned tell-all bombshell about sex, drugs, and rock’n’roll, and if you like an unflinching account of how the dirty little business of big-time comedy works, then you will love ‘Based on a True Story,’” said Macdonald in a statement. “OK, one time I do flinch. But only once. The rest of time, unflinching. Also, there will be no mention of rock’n’roll. I was lying.”

A New Partnership

The Gersh Agency is thrilled to announce it has partnered with the American Bar Association to launch legal-themed film and TV projects! We will represent the rights of books released via Ankerwycke, the ABA’s new consumer publishing imprint.

TIME 100: Bryan Stevenson

Bryan Stevenson has been named to TIME’s list of The 100 Most Influential People as a true pioneer.

Patricia Arquette to Write Memoir

Oscar Award-winning actress Patricia Arquette is writing a memoir, which will be published by Random House. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/oscar-winner-patricia-arquette-pen-785833

“Harriet The Spy” Literary Landmark Honored

On Sunday, December 7, after more than a year and a half of planning, the Empire State Center for the Book recognized Carl Schurz Park as a Literary Landmark for its role in Louise Fitzhugh’s middle-grade classic Harriet the Spy, which will celebrate its 50th year in print in 2015.

Book Deal for Abbey Curran

We are delighted to announce the deal for ABBEY CURRAN’S THE COURAGE TO COMPETE: LIVING WITH CEREBRAL PALSY AND FOLLOWING MY DREAMS.

The title was sold to Alexandra Cooper at Harper Teen as part of a pre-empt.

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