"The Cartographers," a story in Alexander Weinstein's well-reviewed debut collection, Children of the New World, has been optioned by POW! Productions.
The Black Mirror-esque stories in Children of the New World deal with tension between the lure of technology and the longing for human connection. "The Cartographers" focuses on a character who creates and sells virtual relationships and whose real-world relationships are threatened by his addiction to the virtual.
Theresa Park is the principal behind POW! Productions. Park was a producer on The Best of Me and the Longest Ride and an executive producer on Lifetime's Deliverance Creek. She is also a longtime literary agent whose clients include Nicholas Sparks, Debbie Macomber, Emily Giffin and Janice Y.K. Lee.
Weinstein is the director of the Martha's Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing and an associate professor of creative writing at Siena Heights University. Children of the New World, which published Sept. 13, is his first book and won praise in The New York Times, Washington Post, The Atlantic, Entertainment Weekly and NPR. It was also a THR "Rights Available" selection.
Weinstein's deal was brokered by UTA on behalf of Leigh Feldman at Leigh Feldman Literary. Theresa Park is represented by UTA and attorney Scott Schwimer.