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Garth Risk Hallberg

City on Fire: Doorstop, or the next big thing?

Garth Risk Hallberg’s story is already the stuff of publishing legend: A debut novelist toils for seven years on his book while juggling three teaching jobs and caring for his two kids—and then, in short order, producer Scott Rudin snaps up the movie rights and Alfred A. Knopf wins the rights to publish for nearly $2 million.

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On the Books: Debut novel bought by Scott Rudin finds publisher for a $2 million contract

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A first-time novelist struck gold with a staggering publishing deal, as well as a film in the works. Meanwhile, Malala Yousafzai’s book has unsurprisingly been banned in Pakistan, and stateside, the U.S. Postal Service worked out a deal with Amazon to deliver packages on Sundays. Read on for more book news:

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