Berlinale books India-set 'White Tiger'

Event matches publishers with would-be producers

COLOGNE, Germany -- Aravind Adiga's Man Booker Prize-winning "The White Tiger" will be among the 12 titles vying for film deals at this year's Books at Berlinale event Feb. 10.

Adiga's first novel is a darkly comic story of a chauffeur from one of the poorest areas of India who becomes a "social entrepreneur" by killing his employer and robbing him. The book rights are certain to attract attention in the wake of the success of Indian-set multiple Oscar nominee "Slumdog Millionaire."

The Books at Berlinale event, organized by the Berlin International Film Festival's co-production market and the Frankfurt Book Fair, matches publishers with would-be producers.

Other titles picked for the 2009 event include "Drowned" by Dutch author Margriet de Moor, which follows the very different fates of two sisters in the wake of devastating floods that killed thousands in Holland in 1953. And Reinhard Stockel's best-seller "He Who Walks on Lava," a fantastic tale of a German family that spans across three continents.

The titles selected for the 2009 Books at Berlinale follow:

"He Who Walks on Lava," Reinhard Stockel, Aufbau Verlag, Germany
"Drowned," Margriet de Moor, Contact Publishers, the Netherlands
"Sorry," Zoran Drvenkar, Diadik -- Lizenzen
"Is this the Way Women die?" Didier Decoin, Editions Grasset & Fasquelle, France
"Queen of the Seas," Katja Doubek, Graf & Graf Literatur -- und Medienagentur, Germany
"Four Days in March," Jens Christian Grondahl, Gyldendal Group Agency, Denmark
"Whom the Gods Destroy," Gianluca Morozzi, Nabu International Literary Agency, Italy
"Apostoloff," Sibylle Lewitscharoff, Suhrkamp Verlag, Germany
"The Angel's Exile," Gilles Legardinier, Univers Poche, France
"The White Tiger," Aravind Adiga, Verlag C.H. Beck, Germany
"Mistik Lake," Martha Brooks, Deutsche Taschenbuch Verlag, Germany
"Winter Ice," Peter van Gestel, Verlagsgruppe Beltz, Germany