You may have heard it on galleycat first: Harper Perennial editor Michael Signorelli has just acquired FLATSCREEN, the debut novel from Book Court bookseller Adam Wilson. You can read all the details below, and join me in wondering: what kind of cat does Adam have? Adam, this is important info your marketing team needs to know to start our relationship off on the right foot. Pics please!
Harper Perennial Acquires Adam Wilson’s Debut Novel
Editor Signorelli Sneaks in Publishing’s Last Deal of 2010
NEW YORK, NY (December 29, 2010) – Harper Perennial, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, is closing out 2010 with the acquisition of Adam Wilson’s debut novel FLATSCREEN, a coming-of-age story about a young man trying to become a new person in a world where nothing is new. The novel is scheduled to be published early 2012.
Editor Michael Signorelli acquired world English rights from Erin Hosier of the Dunow, Carlson and Lerner literary agency.
“Adam has such an easy and energetic way with language. The book is hilarious and, yes, oddly heartwarming, too. Harper Perennial is the perfect home for FLATSCREEN,” said Signorelli. “We became aware of Adam through his blogging and his stellar bookselling at Book Court. Acquiring Adam’s novel is like a last-minute present to myself. This and last week have been so quiet, hardly anyone’s around to tell me ‘no.’”
“I’m grinning ear to ear. Reminds me of losing my virginity; I’m overwhelmingly joyous, nervous, and so relieved that it’s actually happening,” said Wilson.
FLATSCREEN has already garnered amazing praise. Sam Lipsyte calls it “one of the most hilarious and commanding debuts I’ve read in a long time.” Gary Shteyngart says “FLATSCREEN is the novel that every youngTurk will be reading on their way to a job they hate and are in fact too smart for.”
Adam Wilson is a graduate of Tufts University, and the Columbia University MFA Writing Program. He is a Founding Editor, and the Deputy Editor of The Faster Times, a budding international online newspaper. Along with his editorial duties at TFT, he is also currently the pop culture blogger for BlackBook Magazine, where he writes a popular twice-a-day blog. He has thrice been a finalist for Glimmer Train story prizes, and was also a finalist for the 2009 Canteen Prize for New Writers, and the Gulf Coast Fiction Prize. In 2007 he was honored as a Distinguished Lecturer by the Lewis and Mildred Resnik Institute for the Study of Modern Jewish Life at SUNY, New Paltz. He lives in Brooklyn with his cat.