Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Cool Book Deals

Larry Bird and Magic Johnson are teaming up to write a book together, chronicling their rivalry and friendship; Susan Canavan at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt just acquired world rights from Jay Mandel at William Morris, and Boston Globe columnist and ESPN contributor Jackie MacMullen will co-write. Bird, of the Boston Celtics, and Johnson, of the Los Angeles Lakers, perhaps best define 1980s-era pro basketball, and the collaboration is also noteworthy given the possibility of Celtics/Lakers matchup in this year’s NBA finals.

“We’re thrilled to publish the defining book on perhaps the greatest rivalry of all time,” said Houghton president Gary Gentel. The rivalry will be felt throughout the publishing process, too—Canavan is a Celtics fan, while Mandel is a Lakers supporter.

The contract also includes a bonus of $33.32 to be paid if the Lakers and Celtics do indeed meet in the 2008 finals (a figure that signifies the respective numbers of Bird and Johnson). Pub date is fall 2009. --PW Daily.

I wouldn't count on that bonus though.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I got a good chuckle at that Magic-Bird deal myself. Should be an interesting book.

I must admit that a petty and small-minded part of me cringes, however, every time I see one of these sports book deals that recycle the same writers over and over again. Jackie McMullan is a fantastic sports writer who has worked with Bird before. And I suppose everyone should get all they can get in their career.

But as if her work for the Boston Globe, her appearances on ESPN's Around the Horn, and everything else weren't enough, now she gets to work with two basketball legends!

I wonder how these sports celebrities like McMullan, Marriotti, Wilbon, and the like fit everything in during their 24 hours a day?

Anonymous said...

Remember that NCAA year?

(Did I say this already? Go Celtics!)

Anonymous said...

"The contract also includes a bonus of $33.32 to be paid if the Lakers and Celtics do indeed meet in the 2008 finals (a figure that signifies the respective numbers of Bird and Johnson). Pub date is fall 2009. --PW Daily."

Guess what folks... The Celtics and the Lakers are both in the 2008 finals. There goes the bonus. Enjoy! Mario