French rights for Andrew Porter's THE THEORY OF LIGHT AND MATTER have just been bought by Éditions de l’Olivier. The publisher is widely regarded as the most prestigious source for American fiction in French translation. It is home to such authors as Cormac McCarthy, Richard Ford, Jeffrey Eugenides, Jonathan Franzen, Andrew Sean Greer, and Adam Haslett. THE THEORY OF LIGHT AND MATTER received the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction and was first published in 2008 by the University of Georgia Press. U.S. paperback rights have been bought by the Knopf Group; it will appear later this year as a Vintage paperback.
In other recent news, Porter's book has been announced as a finalist for the Steven Turner Award, which is given annually by the Texas Institute of Letters for the Best Book of First Fiction.
Photo of Andrew Porter by Kris Krajcer