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Deals. (Between the lines: the inside scoop on what's happening in the publishing industry).

The Reverend Al Sharpton is writing a new book that will be published on Kensington's Dafina imprint. Al on America is being cowritten with Karen Hunter of the New York Daily News, Editorial Director Karen Thomas purchased the North American rights from Manie Barron at the William Morris Agency. Sharpton will expound his views on needed changes in America, its leaders and his concerns about the economy, foreign policy and the war on drugs, among other topics. The book will be released this October.

Jamellah Ellis, author of the self-published novel That Faith, That Trust, That Love, has signed a one-book deal with Striver's Row editor Melody Guy. Her novel will be published in the spring of 2003. Black Expressions Book Club Editor-in-Chief Carol Mackey purchased the book club rights to the following titles: Growing Up X by Ilyasah Shabazz with Kim McLarin, Harlem Redux by Persia Walker, Mr. Potter by Jamaica Kincaid, Thieves' Paradise by Eric Jerome Dickey, Trophy Man by Joy McElroy, and serial novel When Butterflies Kiss by Sekou, Kiini Ubura Salaam, Elizabeth Clara Brown, T'Kalla, Natasha Tarpley, Korby Marks, Shange, Kim Green, Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie, and Leticia Benson, and Wisdom by Heather Neff.

Dawn Davis, editorial director of Amistad has acquired Match of a Lifetime by Bruce Schoenfeld. Match chronicles the significant and moving relationship between tennis pioneers Althea Gibson, the first black woman to win Wimbledon, and Angela Buxton, a Jewish player from England barred from several English sports clubs because of her religion.

Terrie Williams, publicist and author of The Personal Touch: What You Really Need to Succeed in Today's Fast-Paced Business World and Stay Strong!: Simple Life Lessons for Teens, has a new inspirational book, A Plentiful Harvest: Creating Balance and Harmony Through the Seven Living Virtues, to be published by Warner Books this fall.

Dutton purchased a second novel, In Love and War, by husband and wife team Nick Chiles and Denene Milner, for six figures. Chiles and Milner are represented by agent Victoria Sanders of Victoria Sanders and Associates. Dutton took a chance based on advance buzz surrounding the book and made the deal two weeks before the release of their debut novel, Love Don't Live Here Anymore. Milner and Chiles are authors of the well-known What Brothers Think, What Sisters Know series of nonfiction books and are currently developing a television talk show.

Crown Publishing Editor Chris Jackson acquired four books by Aaron McGruder, controversial cartoonist and creator of The Boondocks comic strip. Included in the deal are: Fight the Power, a graphic novel; Profits of Rage, a collection of essays; a Boondocks omnibus; and The Huey Hate Book, another cartoon collection. "We're thrilled. He's a real creative force, a voice of dissent, and just flat-out funny," said Jackson.

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