Publishing’s biggest annual international event, where book people from around the world go to Frankfurt to buy and sell foreign rights to their books (and drink beer and eat kuchen), officially started today. Some big sales have already been made: Publishers Weekly reports that Scribner’s Nan Graham has paid a high six-figure sum for a debut novel by Australian author M.L. Stedman called The Light Between the Oceans. Other major books up for international sale include memoirs by Vogue editor Grace Coddington, Who guitarist Pete Townshend and by Mitch Winehouse, Amy Winehouse’s dad. There have also been some auspicious debuts, including a novel, The Ghostman, by a 22-year-old fresh out of Reed College named Roger Hobbs, purchased by Knopf’s Gary Fisketjon on the basis of 50 pages. Nat Sobel, Mr. Hobbs’s agent, has reportedly already sold foreign rights to Italy and Germany.
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