Rights Available! America's Most Infamous Lynching Revisited in New Book

Timothy B. Tyson's 'The Blood of Emmett Till,' along with Claudia Rowe's 'The Spider and the Fly,' are both ripe for optioning.
Courtesy of Simon & Schuster

The Blood of Emmett Till (Simon & Schuster) by Timothy B. Tyson

Agencies: UTA, Charlotte Sheedy Lit

Tyson, whose Blood Done Sign My Name was adapted for film in 2010, has sparked a flurry of attention (including a New York Times editorial) by getting the white woman at the center of America's most infamous lynching to speak for the first time in 61 years.

The Spider and the Fly (Dey Street Books) by Claudia Rowe

Agency: WME

After the 1998 discovery of eight bodies in Kendall Francois' house, journalist Rowe became obsessed with the case and embarked on a four-year conversation with the killer about cruelty, compassion and control that opened old wounds in her past.

This story first appeared in the Feb. 17 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.