Pam Grier shops her autobiography
Plus, Richard North Patterson leaves Knopf, and more
BUYING TIME Knopf, which lost Michael Crichton to HarperCollins in February, has been hit with another major defection: legal thriller writer Richard North Patterson, who just struck a two book, seven figure deal with Ballantine. ”It’s been a marvelous run with [Patterson], but he has wanted to get back to his original publisher in both hardcover and paperback, and we respect that,” says Knopf spokesman William Loverd.
Elmore Leonard will also have a new home. The cult crime writer has left Delacorte for the William Morrow division of HarperCollins, which will publish not only his next three hardcovers — beginning next February with ”Tishomingo Blues” (love those crazy titles, Dutch) — but also the master’s entire 36 title backlist.
And speaking of Elmore Leonard, legendary blaxploitation siren Pam Grier — who played Jackie Brown in Quentin Tarantino’s adaptation of Leonard’s ”Rum Punch” — is shopping her autobiography.
And hit man Phil Ramone — possibly the only record producer to have worked with both Bob Dylan and Barbra Streisand — will spill his producing secrets in the tentatively titled ”Making Records,” just acquired by Hyperion. ”It’s not going to be a straightforward memoir,” says senior editor Maureen O’Brien. ”It’s going to be the pope of pop taking you behind the closed doors of where hit records have been made.”