Norton nabs Silver stories

Ex-helmer's collection rights sold to Norton

NEW YORK — Erstwhile Hollywood insider Marisa Silver has sold a short story collection detailing life on L.A.’s fringes. W. W. Norton bought world English rights to the collection “Babe in Paradise” and an untitled first novel for six figures.

A former director who helmed such pics as 1991’s “He Said, She Said” (co-directed by husband Ken Kwapis) and “Old Enough,” which took top honors at Sundance in 1984, Silver is the daughter of director Joan Micklin Silver.

Acquisitions editor is Jill Bialosky. Henry Dunow, who repped Silver, told Daily Variety that the mostly linked short stories represent “a side of L.A. we’re not accustomed to reading about in People magazine.”

Silver’s disenfranchised characters include out-of-work actors and a heroine named Babe who drives a limo and dates a man who lives in a truck.

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