7:30am PT by Tatiana Siegel and Andy Lewis
Rights Available! 'Star Wars' Screenwriter's New Book Up for Grabs
What are the buzzy books making the rounds in Hollywood right now? There's no escaping these titles, which are getting attention from executives, producers and actors in the industry this week.
Abomination (Inkshares) by Gary Whitta
Agency: UTA (Howie Sanders)
The Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One screenwriter's first novel — set in an alternate medieval England where magic is real — received enough votes on Kickstarter-for-books site Inkshares to be published this month. Inkshares, which allows writers to post book pitches and drafts and has users vote on which should continue — with the promise of publication for those that receive one thousand preorders — offers yet another avenue for writers to connect with their audience.
The Cartel (Knopf) by Don Winslow
Agencies: CAA, The Story Factory (Shane Salerno)
Adding to its good reviews and buzz, Winslow's fictional tale of Mexican drug cartels gets a timely boost with the real-life escape of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, the inspiration for one of the main characters. Winslow, who is the author of 19 books and has been following El Chapo's career for some fifteen years, blends a journalist's knowledge with a novelist's eye in his latest work.