Friday, March 19, 2010

Another Winner!

Many of you correctly identified the author of yesterday's quote as Alexis de Tocqueville (your high school history teachers would be very proud of you for remembering your Democracy in America -- or very disappointed in you for resorting to Google!), but Gary of Kennewick, Washington, was the quickest on the draw.

Congratulations, Gary, an advance copy of NOWHERE TO RUN is on its way to you!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Win An Advance Copy Of C.J. Box's Latest!

Because you enjoyed our previous giveaway so much, we've decided to hold another one!

Our readers outside of New York may not have heard about Bruce Ratner's Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn, but his plans to tear down private homes and businesses to build a stadium for his (pitifully performing) basketball team have generated an enormous amount of controversy. We don't want to give too much of the plot away, but C.J. Box's NOWHERE TO RUN contains an equally wrenching example of eminent domain abuse.

We will give an advance copy of this exciting new installment in the Joe Pickett series to the first person who can identify the author of the book's epigraph:
In no other country in the world is the love of property keener or more alert than in the United States, and nowhere else does the majority display less inclination towards doctrines which in any way threaten the way property is owned.
Email your response to info(at)rittlit(dot)com. The rest of you will have to wait until next month to get your hands on a copy!

We Have A Winner!

Meredith of Chesaning, Michigan, is the winner of our POACHER'S SON giveaway!

While we appreciated all of our dear readers who wrote in with their favorite ways to poach an egg, we liked her response the best:
"'An egg that is caught poaching will most certainly fry!' said the judge when asked."
Congratulations, Meredith, your advance reader's copy is on its way!

For the record, here is the ARLA-tested method:
Fill a small saucepan with about two inches of water and a splash of vinegar. When small bubbles are beginning to form and rise to the surface, swirl the water with a slotted spoon and drop an egg (the fresher, the better) into the center of the 'whirlpool.' Pop some bread in the toaster and turn down the heat slightly to keep the water just below a boil. When the toast is ready, scoop the egg out with the slotted spoon, carefully blot it with a paper towel, place it on your toast, and enjoy!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The Favorite Son

In Library Journal's new Book Cheer column, "the true story of 12 library marketing directors reviewing one another's titles," Chris Vaccari of Sterling reads three books and chooses a favorite.

Mr. Vaccari obviously has exquisite literary taste, not only because he counts "anything by Dennis Lehane" among his all-time favorite books, but also because he chose THE POACHER'S SON as the winner in this match-up! He says, "I've never been to Maine, but now I feel like I have. Twigs were cracking underneath my feet as I settled in to read this one. Doiron creates great scenery to surround an impressive debut. Well done, sir."

(We still have an advance copy to give away, so don't be shy about writing in with the answer to last week's question!)

Friday, March 12, 2010

Friday Night Rights

ARLA's teammates have been on a hot streak these past two weeks!

First up at the plate, Atilla Turgut of the Akcali Copyright agency sold DOROTHY OF MANHATTAN, Adam Fawer's latest novel, to April Publishing in Turkey.

La Nouvelle Agence's Michele Kanonidis sold MOONLIGHT MILE, Dennis Lehane's forthcoming Patrick and Angie mystery (the sixth and final one), to Lehane’s longtime French publisher, Editions Rivages, while Naomi Colvin of Andrew Nurnberg Associates sold it to The House of Books, Lehane's devoted Dutch publisher.

German publishers Schreiber & Lesser stepped up to the plate with offers for publication in graphic form of both SHUTTER ISLAND and "Until Gwen," the short story by Dennis Lehane that begins, "Your father picks you up from prison in a stolen Dodge Neon with an eight ball in the glove compartment and a hooker named Mandy in the backseat," one of our favorite openings ever. Michele Kanonidis of La Nouvelle Agence and Sabine Pfannensteil-Wright of Andrew Nurnberg Associates fielded the offers and brought them home.

Cappelen Damm in Norway renewed rights to MYSTIC RIVER and SHUTTER ISLAND, thanks to Ulf Toregard of the Sane Toregard Agency.

Romanian, Slovenian, and Portuguese readers will get to know THE POACHER'S SON thanks to Reader's Digest. Paul Doiron's publisher, St. Martin's Press, handled those deals.

Putnam's Lance Fitzgerald made a deal with Piemme for Italian publication of NOWHERE TO RUN, and our co-agent Sarah Nundy completed the two-book deal with a contract for BLUE HEAVEN.

Good work, team! We'd pour a bucket of Gatorade on all of you if we could!

First Look At The Poacher's Son

This month, Paul Doiron is over on First Look, Barnes & Noble's book club, for an online discussion with a select group of readers who were given advance copies of THE POACHER'S SON. They read several chapters each week and then post their reactions, generating some pretty lively debates.

Charlie Spicer, his amazing editor at St. Martin's, is also on the site this week answering reader's questions. He has some very interesting things to say about his work on the book and the publishing process in general, so it's well worth a look!

If you're feeling sad that you'll have to wait until May to get your hands on the book, we do have one advance reader's copy to give away. We'll send it to the person who emails us at info(at)rittlit(dot)com with the best way to poach an egg!

The Man Beneath The Black Hat

Wyofile has a great in-depth profile of ARLA author and all-around nice guy C.J. Box. Click here to find out how he got his start as a writer, what "C.J." stands for, why he responds to every single letter from his readers (even the grumpy ones), and much more!