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James Interviewed by GalleyCat

posted by on July 13, 2010

James Fitzgerald is head of his own agency, and he is passionate about finding books that he can be passionate about. In this interview, he explains how closely a writer works with their agent, how to best develop this relationship, and how the publishing industry is turning into a circus.

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New Dennis Hopper Biography to Help Solidify Easy Rider Actor’s Legacy

posted by on May 30, 2010

New Dennis Hopper Biography to Help Solidify Easy Rider Actor’s Legacy

The Dutton imprint of The Penguin Group to publish the definitive biography of artist, film director, and actor Dennis Hopper.

Helping to solidify actor, director, artist, and art collector Dennis Hopper’s legacy as a major American icon will be the new biography by Tom Folsom (The Mad Ones). Dutton (The Penguin Group) announced the deal on May 10, 2010 to publish the author’s Hopper: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream, charting Hopper’s roller coaster career and the larger than life persona that he came to be as he skirted the edges of American popular culture for six decades in the fields of art, photography, film, and music. Hopper, who died at 74 on Saturday, had been struggling with prostate cancer.

The publisher describes the forthcoming book as the definitive biography. The subtitle is a direct reference to Hunter S. Thompson’s “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.” Like Thompson, “Hopper was a straight arrow who fell into — and helped shape — a ‘60s subculture fueled by drugs, idealism and a healthy disrespect for authority,” the Los Angeles Times reported about the new title. Folsom who has written about American outlaws, the underworld, and drugs, will get at the actor’s savage journey — and Hopper’s return back to the American dream.

Tom Folsom is a writer, director, and producer of documentaries. He is best known as the author of the New York Times bestselling biography, The Mad Ones: Crazy Joe Gallo and the Revolution at the Edge of the Underworld. Harvey Weinstein has purchased the film rights to the book. Folsom, according to the New York Times, “deftly invokes a wacky world and the kind of characters celebrated by Jack Kerouac.” He is the co-author of a biography of drug-kingpin Leroy “Nicky” Barnes, Mr. Untouchable: The Rise, Fall and Resurrection of Heroin’s Teflon Don, written with its subject in Witness Protection. He lives in New York City.

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