Chuck D and Douglas Kennedy get book deals

By Alexandra Jacobs
Updated August 09, 1996 at 04:00 AM EDT

Flush from the success of Rodman’s Bad As I Wanna Be/ Delacorte will fork over somewhere between five and three/ Hundred thousand for a social commentary by Chuck D/ In case you’ve forgotten, he’s lead rapper of Public Enemy/ The fall ’97 book will have a foreword by Spike Lee. (Guess I should keep my day job.)

Hyperion — which beat out Simon & Schuster/Scribner and Random House in a fierce auction — will pay $1.1 million for U.S. rights to expatriate Douglas Kennedy’s second novel. (His first, The Dead Heart, was an Australian hit; the movie version will be directed by Stephan Elliott, who helmed Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.) It’s the story of a lawyer who wants to be a photographer. He accidently kills his wife’s shutterbug lover then assumes his identity. The title? The Big Picture. So Fox 2000 hopes: The studio has invested six figures in rights.