Ike Williams Literary Agent – This article about Literary Agent Ike Williams and Calligraph is part of a series about literary agents and Finding a Book Agent. Publishing Agent John Taylor “Ike” Williams is an agent with Calligraph. DO NOT QUERY THIS AGENT AT THIS TIME: Ike is not currently accepting unsolicited submissions. Book Agent Ike Williams, a founder of Kneerim & Williams, represents Frances Fitzgerald, the Estate of Richard Wilbur, Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, Michael Porter, the Estate of E.O. Wilson, Nigel Hamilton, the Estate of James MacGregor Burns, and Lawrence Tribe, among others. He was a member of the NEA Literary Panel, co-chair of the Fine Arts Work Center, chair of the Boston Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, a member of the Advisory Board of The Biography Conference, and he is a former director of the Boston Book Festival. He also places dramatic rights for such feature films as The Ice Bucket Challenge (Netflix) starring Casey Affleck, based on the life of Pete and Julie Frates; The True American by Anand Giridharadas (Kathryn Bigelow), Captain Phillips based on the book A Captain’s Duty by Captain Richard Phillips and Stephen Talty; Public Enemies, from Vendetta by Alston Purvis; and television productions such as: the History Channel series based on Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States; Death and the Civil War (American Experience) based on Drew Gilpin Faust’s This Republic of Suffering; and a three part series based on E.O. Wilson’s The Social Conquest of Earth.
As a lawyer, Ike Williams Literary Agent specializes in intellectual property and first amendment litigation, particularly in film, publishing, television, and new media. He is co-author of the widely used Perle, Williams & Fischer on Publishing Law. His legal clients include Muhammad Yunus, Jeff Kinney, and the Estates of John Hersey, Howard Zinn, and Norman Mailer. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America (in every edition since 1991); The Top 100 Massachusetts Super Lawyers from 2004-2019 for entertainment, first amendment, and media law; Fortune Magazine’s Top-Rated Lawyer in Intellectual Property Law (2010-2018); and he was selected as a “2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Intellectual Property Law” by American Lawyer Media. He is the recipient of the American Jewish Committee’s 2005 Judge Learned Hand Award and Middlesex School’s 2011 Henry Cabot Lodge Award for public service.
Literary Agent Ike Williams is the author of The Shores of Bohemia: A Cape Cod Story 1910-1960 (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2022), a rousing account of the artists and political revolutionaries who made the Cape a hub of American culture in the early twentieth century.
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