October 5, 2012
Wendy Weil, 72, a literary agent known for her low-key but determined style and for an eclectic clientele of groundbreaking and best-selling authors, died Sept. 22 of a heart attack at her country home in Cornwall, Conn. A New York native and graduate of Wellesley College, Ms. Weil had Alice Walker, Rita Mae Brown, Fannie Flagg, and Mark Helprin among her clients. She was in publishing for 50 years. She started in the training program at Doubleday, then moved on to become an agent, eventually founding Wendy Weil Agency Inc. in 1986.
February 8, 1998 |
If America's political life has come to sound like a superheated soap opera, you can thank the spectacle's producer, brassy New York literary agent Lucianne Goldberg, whose own life is a confection of sex, political intrigue - and fiction. Long before her pivotal role in the Monica Lewinsky case - as instigator, investigator and publicist - Goldberg engaged in a series of other clandestine escapades involving politicians. In the early 1960s, Goldberg, then a White House job-seeker in her mid-20s, was blackballed by the inner circle of Vice President Lyndon Johnson.
July 14, 1994 |
NEW YORK POPE'S BOOK TO BE PUBLISHED THIS FALL Pope John Paul II's writings about Catholicism will be published worldwide in the fall, the New York Times reported today. "Crossing the Threshold of Hope" is a collection of the pope's answers to questions about the church's global role, the newspaper said. The estimated millions of dollars the pope will receive for publishing rights were to be donated to charity. Alfred A. Knopf will publish the book in the United States.
January 27, 2006 |
Marley & Me, Inquirer columnist John Grogan's best-selling tale about his sweet but goofy Labrador retriever, is in line to become a film. Fox 2000, the studio that put former Inquirer columnist Jennifer Weiner's novel In Her Shoes on screen last year, bought the rights, the studio announced yesterday. Terms were not disclosed, but the deal was "substantial," Grogan said. Such deals usually involve graduated payouts, sometimes in the high six figures or even low seven figures.
June 7, 2002 |
Jose Canseco admitted in meetings with potential book publishers this week in New York that he used steroids while he was playing in the majors, his literary agent confirmed in a story in today's Wall Street Journal. It is the first admission Canseco has made regarding his own steroid use, although it's long been rumored. It comes less than a week after former National League MVP Ken Caminiti told Sports Illustrated he used steroids as well. Canseco also told publishers he used steroids with, and helped obtain them for, other players, Ronald Laitsch, Canseco's literary agent, confirmed to the Journal.
January 24, 1986 |
"Over My Dead Body," a comedy-mystery by Michael Sutton and Anthony Fingleton, suggested by the novel "The Murder League," by Robert L. Fish. Directed by Will Stutts, set by Michael Powers, costumes by Debbie Pokallus, lighting by Jeff Goldstein, sound by Ron Cohen. Presented by the Society Hill Playhouse, 507 S. 8th St. Wed.-Sat. through Feb. 8. On the morning after a dark and stormy night, an American literary agent known for his drinking and nasty disposition is found dead in the reading room of The Murder League, a London club for professional mystery writers.
July 6, 1989 |
POETRY IN MOTION If you love him on television, now you can hear him on wax. Ron Pearlman that half-creature/half-human of "Beauty and the Beast," has released "Of Love and Hope," an album of sonnets and such by Keats, Shelley, Frost, Byron and the like. He reads these dillies in his "Beast" voice, of course. "I'd read some to my real lady, my wife (designer Opal Stone), when I was courting her," Pearlman admits. "The truth is, this fantasy character I play has enriched my personal life.
May 2, 1994 |
THANKS, MAYBE WE'LL JUST RENT INSTEAD You thought those posh homes in your neighborhood were high-priced? Check out Hong Kong, where a two-story home, described as "fairly modest," recently sold for $32.7 million - or $2,000 a square foot. It was a record in Hong Kong's exclusive Victoria Peak neighborhood, but the record is not expected to stand for long. Demand for upscale housing in Hong Kong is booming, says real estate agent Raymond Ho. So you're wondering what a ham sandwich costs?
January 13, 1990 |
The Charles Stuart murder-suicide case that rocked Boston and gripped much of the country is provoking a flurry of book proposals as well as theatrical and television movies. Boston publishing house Little, Brown and Co. received the first call hours before Charles Stuart's body had been pulled from the river. Colleen Mohyde, an assistant editor at at Little, Brown and Co., said at least eight more literary agents and writers have contacted her about books on the sensational story of Stuart who committed suicide after becoming the prime suspect in his pregnant wife's slaying.
March 23, 1991 |
Charles Carpenter Batchelder was an elegant host. Guests who visited his mansion on Delancey Place were quickly supplied with cocktails. And when the party really got going, Mr. Batchelder - "Carp" to his friends - would sit at the piano and belt out his favorite song by his old friend, Cole Porter: It was just one of those things Just one of those fabulous flings A trip to the moon on gossamer wings It was just one...