Rights Available! 2 Hot New Books With Hollywood Appeal

Courtesy of Penguin Press

William Finnegan's 'Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life' and S.L. Knight's 'Maestra' — pitched as 'Fifty Shades of Grey' meets 'Talented Mr. Ripley' — are both ripe for optioning.

This story first appeared in the April 24 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan (Penguin)
Agents: Ron Bernstein and Amanda Urban (ICM)

The L.A. native and award-winning New Yorker writer chronicles his adventures chasing waves, from learning to surf in Ventura and Malibu to wandering for years through the South Pacific, Australia, Asia and Africa.

Maestra by S.L. Knight (twenty7/Bonnier)
Agent: Matthew Snyder (CAA)

Pitched as Fifty Shades of Grey meets The Talented Mr. Ripley, this British thriller (written by a woman hiding EL James-style behind her initials) follows an auction house assistant who identifies an art forgery, loses her job, seduces the forger and then plots to steal the sale proceeds.

Update 4/10/15 2:10 PM: Sony has picked up the hot title for Amy Pascal to produce. 

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