J. de S. Associates, Inc.

Ten Speed Nabs Dungeons and Dragons History
Publisher's Weekly, August 7, 2017

"Ten Speed’s Emily Timberlake took world rights to Dungeons & Dragons: A Visual History. Agent Jacques de Spoelberch at JdeS Associates, who brokered the agreement, said the book is the first to explore the 40-plus-year history of the fantasy game. It will offer 'a visual archive of one of the most iconic and pervasive gaming franchises in the world,' de Spoelberch explained. The authors, who are consulting with D&D creator Wizards of the Coast, include biographer Michael Witwer, filmmaker Kyle Newman, games historian Jon Peterson, and actor Sam Witwer. The book is due in fall 2018."

Overlook acquires The Spirit Photographer
Publisher's Weekly, June 19, 2017

"At Overlook Press, Chelsea Cutchens took world English rights to Jon Michael Varese’s debut, The Spirit Photographer. Agent Jacques de Spoelberch, who has an eponymous shingle and represented Varese, said the book is based on an actual photographer named William Mumler who worked in Boston and New York before, and after, the Civil War. De Spoelberch called the book “a sweeping story that travels from the well-mannered rooms of New England to the sultry bayous of Louisiana” and “shows us how undeniably the ghosts of the past remain with us.” The Spirit Photographer is scheduled for March 2018."

Knopf Nabs a Biography of Anne Spoerry
Publisher's Weekly, February 20, 2017

"Sonny Mehta and Andrew Miller of Knopf secured world rights to In Full Flight: A Story of Africa and Atonement, a biography of Anne Spoerry by John Hemingway, in a deal brokered by Jacques de Spoelberch of J. de S. Associates. According to the agent, the book tells the story of how Spoerry, known as the Flying Doctor, 'saved hundreds of thousands of East Africans until her death in 1999.' The book also goes into Spoerry's 'work as a WWII resistance fighter [and] her capture by the Germans and subsequent imprisonment in the horrific women's concentration camp Ravensbruck.' Knopf plans to publish In Full Flight in spring 2018."