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SELF PORTRAIT #400 de Rachel Lyon

A fiercely unapologetic and compulsively readable debut set among squatting artists in Brooklyn in the early ’90s

by Rachel Lyon
Scribner, TBA
Agent: DeFiore

SELF PORTRAIT #400 is set among squatting artists in DUMBO, Brooklyn in the early ’90s. Lu Rile is hungry – physically as an impoverished young photographer, in terms of her creative ambition, and emotionally as an abandoned daughter – on the day she accidentally captures an image of a boy falling to his death in the background of a self-portrait. Once exposed, it turns out to be a clearly terrific photo: her own naked body leaping in front of her window from the inside with the boy’s form symmetrically falling in counterpoint outside the pane — a photograph so good that it could change Lu’s life….if she lets it. The decision is not simple. The boy is her neighbor’s son, and while she had no relationship with her neighbors prior to his death, the tragedy brings the whole warehouse together and especially Lu with his beautiful grieving mother Kate. Not only does Lu get embroiled with the drama and mounting expense of the building’s real estate politics as developers close in, she also quietly falls in love with her devastated neighbor…

Rachel Lyon’s work has appeared most recently or is forthcoming in McSweeney’s, Joyland, Bustle, The Toast, The Iowa Review, and elsewhere. She attended Princeton (BA) and Indiana University (MFA), where she was fiction editor of the Indiana Review.

THE QUEEN OF KATWE, au cinéma aux USA en septembre


L’adaptation cinématographique de ce titre publié par Scribner et dont les droits français ont été acquis par Michel Lafon Publishing a été réalisé par Mira Nair, la réalisatrice indienne qui en 2001 avait remporté le Lion d’Or à Venise avec « Monsoon Wedding ».

Ci-dessous, la bande annonce du film, produit par Disney :


Walt Disney portera à l’écran THE QUEEN OF KATWE

Mise à jour du 1er octobre 2015 : droits cédés aux éditions Michel Lafon

Le tournage du film, dont la sortie est prévue en 2016, vient de commencer avec, à l’affiche, Lupita Nyong’o (Oscar de la meilleure actrice pour 12 Years a Slave) et David Oyelowo (Selma).

Publié par Scribner en Octobre 2013, THE QUEEN OF KATWE relate l’incroyable histoire de Phiona Mutesi, jeune ougandaise, championne d’échecs. Élevée dans un bidonville, elle découvre les échecs à l’âge de 9 ans, errant affamée, dans les couloirs d’un tournoi organisé dans un refuge.

Les droits de THE QUEEN OF KATWE ont été cédés à Little, Brown UK (Royaume-Uni), Scribe (Océanie), Bruna (Pays Bas), BTB (Allemagne), Piemme (Italie), Juritzen (Norvège), Kinneret (Israël), Woongjin (Corée).

The “astonishing” (The New York Times Book Review) and “inspirational” (Shelf Awareness) true story of Phiona Mutesi—a teenage chess prodigy from the slums of Uganda

One Girl’s Triumphant Path to Becoming a Chess Champion
By Tim Crothers
Scribner, October 2013

One day in 2005 while searching for food, nine-year-old Ugandan Phiona Mutesi followed her brother to a dusty veranda where she met Robert Katende.
Katende, a war refugee turned missionary, had an improbable dream: to empower kids in the Katwe slum through chess—a game so foreign there is no word for it in their native language. Laying a chess­board in the dirt, Robert began to teach. At first children came for a free bowl of porridge, but many grew to love the game that—like their daily lives—requires persevering against great obstacles. Of these kids, one girl stood out as an immense talent: Phiona.
By the age of eleven Phiona was her country’s junior champion, and at fifteen, the national champion. Now a Woman Candidate Master—the first female titled player in her country’s history—Phiona dreams of becoming a Grandmaster, the most elite level in chess. But to reach that goal, she must grapple with everyday life in one of the world’s most unstable coun­tries. The Queen of Katwe is a “remarkable” (NPR) and “riveting” (New York Post) book that shows how “Phiona’s story transcends the limitations of the chessboard” (Robert Hess, US Grandmaster).

THE VIOLET HOUR de Katherine Hill

A pitch-perfect, emotionally riveting debut novel about the fracturing of a marriage and a family—from an award-winning young writer with superb storytelling instincts

by Katherine Hill
Scribner July 2013
UK edition (Viking/Penguin 2014)

« Gripping »—People

« Bittersweet »—O, The Oprah Magazine

« Sophisticated »—The Observer (UK)

« Absorbing »—The Daily Mail (UK)

« Filled with controlled and yet expansive prose »—Philadelphia Inquirer

Life hasn’t always been perfect for Abe and Cassandra Green, but an afternoon on the San Francisco Bay might be as good as it gets. Abe is a rheumatologist, piloting his coveted new boat. Cassandra is a sculptor, finally gaining modest attention for her art. Their beautiful daughter, Elizabeth, is heading to Harvard in the fall. Somehow, they’ve made things work. But then, out of nowhere, they plunge into a terrible fight. Cassandra has been unfaithful. In a fit of fury, Abe throws himself off the boat.

A love story that begins with the end of a marriage, THE VIOLET HOUR follows a modern family through past and present, from the funeral home in the Washington suburbs where Cassandra and her siblings grow up to the San Francisco public health clinic where Abe and Cassandra first meet. As the Greens navigate the passage of time—the expectations of youth, the concessions of middle age, the headiness of desire, the bitterness of loss—they must come to terms with the fragility of their intimacy, the strange legacies they inherit from their parents, and the kind of people they want to be. Exquisitely written, The Violet Hour is the deeply moving story of a family suddenly ripped apart, but then just possibly reborn.

Rights sold: Germany (Ullstein) UK (Viking)