9:12 am May. 31, 20122
To the list of things Christine Quinn's political consultant Josh Isay does for her, add book-brokering.
It is through Isay that Quinn was introduced to her book agent, David Black, of the Downtown Brooklyn-based David Black Agency. And it is Black who sold Quinn's upcoming memoir to Henry Ferris, the Harper Collins editor of Barack Obama’s Dreams from My Father.
“I know Josh’s mother from having been in the business,” Black said in an interview Wednesday evening, referring to Jane Isay, a former book editor and the author of Mom Still Likes You Best, a book about sibling relationships, and Walking on Eggshells, about relationships between adult children and their parents. “I represent Josh’s brother and his brother’s wife.”
Black has sold David Isay’s StoryCorps books, including Listening is an Act of Love, and All There Is: Love Stories from StoryCorps, and and his wife Jennifer Gonnerman’s Life on the Outside: The Prison Odyssey of Elaine Bartlett, a finalist for the 2004 National Book Award.
Josh Isay declined comment for this article.
Black has also sold books by Senator Paul Wellstone and Congressman John Lewis.
Black said, of Quinn, “I think it was a book she wanted to write. She had a story she wanted to tell.”
He also said that while politics, because it's fundamental to Quinn's narrative, would have to play a role in her story, "I would not term it a campaign memoir."
Rather, said Black, “She wants to talk about her life and what got her to the place she’s in. It’s not a political story. This is a personal story.”
The book is set to be released next spring, in the middle of the 2013 mayoral election. The HarperCollins press release issued on Wednesday announcing the memoir included the line, “Public opinion polls show Quinn as a frontrunner to succeed Mike Bloomberg as Mayor of New York City; if successful, she would be the first woman and openly gay mayor of New York.”
The publisher bought the book, said Black, because Quinn is “inspirational,” and said it should find a “broad-based audience.”
It’s a story that Quinn, who also declined comment for this article, won’t be writing on her own.
“She will surely have help,” she said. “And who that is has not yet been determined.”
HarperCollins is owned by Rupert Murdoch, who has intervened in the company's affairs before.
Referring to Murdoch, Black said, “I’m sure he was not consulted on this one.”
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