7:30am PT by Andy Lewis, Rebecca Ford
Rights Available! Salman Rushdie's Latest and a National Book Award Nominee on the Blocks
This story first appeared in the Oct. 2 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.
A very literary "Rights Available" this week features a perennial Nobel contender and the only book to make the Man Booker shortlist and National Book Award longlist. First up is 1981 Booker winner Salman Rushdie's latest novel, which is more cinematic than many of his books. Also being shopped is Hanya Yanagihara's second novel, which is in contention for two of the most prestigious English-language prizes.
Two Years, Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights (Random House) by Salman Rushdie
Agent: Kassie Evashevski (UTA)
The controversial Satanic Verses author's latest is a near-future tale about a graphic novelist who discovers magical creatures, called the jinn, locked in an epic war between light and dark.
A Little Life (Doubleday) by Hanya Yanagihara
Agent: Geoffrey Sanford (RWSG)
The L.A. native's second novel, about the decades-spanning friendship of four friends from a small Massachusetts college who all end up in New York, is a nominee for the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Award.