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Michael Sims snags another two-book deal with Walker/Bloomsbury

September 9, 2011 Michael Sims, a Crossville native, has already written four books of nonfiction and edited (as well as carefully annotated) five collections of short fiction (plus one collection of comic verse), but he shows no signs of slowing his output, much less resting on his laurels. Today Publisher’s Weekly announced another two-book deal for Sims with Walker & Company. The notice reads, in full:

Sanford J. Greenburger agent Heide Lange closed a two-book deal for The Story of Charlotte’s Web author Michael Sims with Walker & Company’s George Gibson. Gibson took U.S. and U.K. rights—Walker’s parent company, Bloomsbury, will publish in England—to Thoreau’s Flute and The Phantom Coach. In Thoreau’s Flute Sims examines what led the titular author to Walden Pond, where he wrote his masterpiece, Walden. The Phantom Coach is the third edition in Sims’s anthology series of golden age ghost stories, the Connoisseur Collection.

Chapter 16 has often had the occasion to feature Sims (who is as generous as he is prolific) and his work: click here to read Sims’s essay on Frances Hodgson Burnett; here to read an excerpt from his memoir-in-progress Kingfisher Days; here to read a Q&A with Sims about the memoir and his own relationship with the natural world; here to read an essay by Sims inspired by a bear on the side of the road; here for Chapter 16‘s review of Sims’s new book, a biography of E. B. White; here for our review of The Penguin Book of Gaslight Crime; here for our review of The Penguin Book of Victorian Women in Crime; and here for our review of Dracula’s Guest.

Look for Chapter 16‘s review of The Dead Witness, an anthology of Victorian detective stories, on its release in January 2012. In the meantime, Sims will appear at the 2011 Southern Festival of Books, held October 14-16 in Nashville. All events are free and open to the public.

For more updates on Tennessee authors, please visit Chapter 16’s News & Notes page, here.