— LONG, STRANGE TRIP The sins of the father are just the start of the story: Road to Perdition, the Max Allan Collins graphic novel about a hitman and his son that became the Tom Hanks-Paul Newman movie, will be followed by two new novels — a prequel and a sequel. ”The model is basically The Godfather,” says William Morrow exec editor Trish Lande Grader, who acquired Road to Purgatory, which will focus on the father, and Road to Paradise, which will follow the son. ”There’s the same feeling…of a dynasty and seeds being sown,” adds Grader. The books will not have illustrations, marking a return for Collins to the atmospheric, period crime novels of his pre-Perdition career. Purgatory will be out in the summer of ’04, followed by Paradise a year later.
— 21 LIT WONDER Listeners who recently caught the haunting, sometimes humorous voice of Laura Rothenberg talking about her life with cystic fibrosis on NPR’s radio diary series will soon be able to read about her life as well. Her agent, Joy Harris, has just reached a six-figure deal with Hyperion for the tentatively titled Knitting 21: The Transplant Chapter, a diary the 21-year-old Brown University junior has been keeping for the past two years. ”There’s an openness and honesty and an irreverent tone, a no-bulls — -teenage voice,” says Hyperion president Bob Miller of the manuscript, which details Rothenberg’s lung transplant. ”Yet mixed in with that is this incredible maturity about her mortality.” Hyperion plans to publish the book next spring.
— EXPRESS WAY Pink — whose latest album, M!ssundaztood, went triple platinum — is soon to be an author. According to sources, HarperCollins is close to inking a mid-six-figure deal with the pop star to publish an expanded version of her website diary, in the tradition of Jewel’s best-selling A Night Without Armor. Both HarperCollins and Pink’s representative Craig Logan declined to comment.