Agency News

12 September, 2022

THE MAKING OF MIDDLE EARTH, Christopher A. Snyder

This volume is perhaps the most in-depth exploration ever undertaken of Tolkien’s world. THE MAKING OF MIDDLE EARTH is now available in a revised, expanded edition from Union Square & Co (August 2022). Accessible but authoritative, and fully illustrated, it is now being reissued with a stunning new cover treatment and updated commentary on new books, films, games, and shows.
This book, originally published in 2013 and richly illustrated with photographs and artwork , was the first to connect all the threads of influence on Tolkien that infused his creation of Middle-earth—from the languages, poetry, and mythology of medieval Europe and ancient Greece and Rome to the halls of Oxford and the battlefields of World War I. Snyder examines the impact of these works on our modern culture, from 1960s counterculture to fantasy publishing, gaming, music, and beyond. The reissue has a gorgeous, updated cover design with a custom illustration on foil-stamped faux cloth and additional pages of material covering new developments.

Dr. Christopher A. Snyder is professor of European History and Dean of Shackouls Honors College at Mississippi State University in Starkville. He has written numerous books, including The World of King Arthur. His works have been featured in Book of the Month and the History Book Club, and have been translated into French, Italian, Japanese, and Chinese. Dr. Snyder has been a presenter on the History Channel, the BBC, TLC, and National Geographic. He also lectures at the Smithsonian Institution and teaches honors seminars on J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis at the University of Oxford. He lives in Starkville, MS.


18 July, 2022

Writers Digest Conference NYC 7/28 – 7/31 2022

Joelle Delbourgo will be attending on 7/31 for one-on-one pitch meetings with writers. But come for the full conference to meet with industry leaders, including Jane Friedman, and attend invaluable workshops sponsored by Writers Digest. https://writersdigestconference.com/


18 July, 2022

FOLLOWING NATURE’S LEAD, M.D. Usher

Lyman-Roberts Professor of Classical Languages and Literature at the University of Vermont M. D. Usher’s FOLLOWING NATURE’S LEAD, ancient ways of living in a dying world, drawing on the best lessons from antiquity: How can older ways of thinking help us to solve the modern world’s ecological and economic challenges? What can we learn from the successes, as well as the failures, of the Greeks and Romans in terms of their proximity to the natural world? (World rights exclusive of French translation, Princeton University Press, Spring 2024)


7 July, 2022

STRANGER, Ben H. Winters (Audible Original)

A clever riff on Patricia Highsmith’s Strangers on a Train, with a high-tech twist, by the award-winning mystery and science fiction author. (Audible, World Rights, Summer 2022)


7 February, 2022

AALA Membership

Joelle Delbourgo is a proud member of the AALA, an organization of literary agents that advocates for authors and agents and upholds a code of ethical conduct. Members must be recommended and admitted and must agree to uphold the mission statement below.

–Joelle

Since its founding in 1991, the Association of American Literary Agents has been a leading force in furthering the interests of agents, authors and other rights holders. Through regular educational programming, community-building initiatives, and advocating for agents and authors alike, the volunteer-run organization is dedicated to helping our members maintain and broaden their professional skills in a fast-changing publishing environment. Recognizing the historically exclusive nature of publishing, the AALA is committed to engendering a more diverse, equitable, participatory and inclusive publishing community. Members of the AALA must agree to adhere to its widely-respected Canon of Ethics, thus ensuring that our membership maintains the highest standards of ethics and integrity in dealings with and on behalf of our clients and our publishing colleagues.


2 October, 2021

THE LAST POLICEMAN Pilot Cast Line-Up!

Ben Winters’ THE LAST POLICEMAN trilogy, published by Quirk, will be coming soon to a screen. Interestingly, Fox decided to flip genders on the lead detective, and will use the title THE LAST POLICE.  Time to read the books, if you haven’t already.

Here’s the cast line-up, just announced on Deadline Hollywood.

https://deadline.com/2021/10/the-last-police-blu-hunt-reno-wilson-maximiliano-hernandez-dawnn-lewis-cast-kyle-killen-fox-pilot-1234847845/


20 August, 2021

WE SHARE THE SAME SKY, by Rachael Cerrotti, now in print, audio and ebook.

We Share the Same Sky by Rachael Cerrotti


12 July, 2021

Agency Client Ben H. Winters’ THE LAST POLICEMAN is coming to the screen, says Fox.

Kyle Killen’s ‘The Last Police’ Lands Pilot Order At Fox, Marks Network’s First Pilot Deal Of Development Season


18 May, 2021

THE QUIET BOY, by Ben H. Winters, hits bookstore shelves today, May 18, 2021

Today Ben Winters‘ THE QUIET BOY hits bookstore shelves. From the inventive…entertaining and thought-provoking” (Charles Yu) New York Times-bestselling author of Underground Airlines and Golden State, this sweeping legal thriller follows a sixteen-year-old who suffers from a neurological condition that has frozen him in time—and the team of lawyers, doctors, and detectives who are desperate to wake him up.
I am so grateful to the incredible team at Mulholland Little Brown whose brilliance, grace and vision represent book publishing at its finest.
Congratulations

, Ben!


29 April, 2021

MEN I’VE NEVER BEEN, Michael Sadowski

Men I’ve Never Been (University of Wisconsin Press, Living Out Series)/May 2021) recounts Michael Sadowski’s odyssey as a boy who shuns his own identity—and, ultimately, his sexual orientation—in order to become who he thinks he’s supposed to be. Beginning with the memory of a four-year-old sitting in a dingy dive bar, sounding out newspaper headlines while his boasting father collects drinks from onlookers, each chapter highlights a different image of manhood that Sadowski saw at home, at school, or on television—from sports heroes, hunters, and game show hosts to his charismatic but hard-drinking father. As he learns not to talk, laugh, cry, or love, he retreats further behind a stoic mask of silence—outwardly well-functioning but emotionally isolated, sinking under the weight of the past.

Through wrenching tragedy and tense, life-threatening challenges, Sadowski learns to find love, purpose, and healthy self-regard. In coming to understand his identity and his place within his family, he meditates on the power of real human connection and comes to grasp the damage of his troubled upbringing and the traumas caused by toxic masculinity. By turns comic and tragic, this nuanced memoir uncovers the false selves we create to get along in the world and the price we pay to maintain them.

Review

“A powerful, beautiful sock in the stomach of a memoir. It’s filled with living, breathing, three-dimensional people, settings that are so vivid they have a cinematic quality, refrains and reprises that give the whole story a musical coherence. The ending will leave readers in a state of—I don’t know what—grief? joy? wonder? hope? All of those and more. I can imagine this book changing lives.”—Domenica Ruta, author of the memoir With or Without You

“A compelling and exceedingly well-written memoir that is, at times, as heart-wrenching and hilarious as any book I’ve read in a very long time. Sadowski is a craftsman; there’s so much earned empathy and experience in here that it’s hard to overstate.”—Jared Yates Sexton, author of The Man They Wanted Me to Be

About the Author

Michael Sadowski is an award-winning writer and author of several books, including In a Queer VoiceSafe Is Not Enough, and Adolescents at School. He is an administrator and professor at Bard College.