Joe McGinness To Write Book on Sarah Palin?

Author Joe McGinniss

Author Joe McGinniss

Author Joe McGinniss has a new literary agent, having signed on with Dave Larabell of the David Black Agency after parting company with David Vigliano last spring.

According to several sources, Mr. Larabell has spoken with publishers about a book Mr. McGinnis has been wanting to write about former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, the subject of a cover story he wrote for an issue of the now-defunct Portfolio back in March. Mr. Larabell declined to comment on what Mr. McGinniss—best known for the 1983 true-crime thriller Fatal Vision and the groundbreaking campaign book The Selling of the President 1968—is currently working on, but said that at the moment, “there is no deal in place.”

The last time Mr. McGinniss was in talks with New York publishers, he was being represented by Mr. Vigliano, who shopped the author’s proposal for a book on the last days of the Bush administration and, more recently, for one about Alaska and the oil industry that was seen as a sort of spiritual sequel to his 1980 Going to Extremes. Sources said Mr. Vigliano was in talks with the William Morrow imprint of HarperCollins on this second book, but those talks were derailed when John McCain announced that Sarah Palin—who, as the governor of Alaska, would have been a character in the book—would be his running mate in the presidential race. Mr. Vigliano also discussed the project with Rodale Books, but could not come to terms.

Leon Neyfakh
The New York Observer

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