A month has passed since we offered you some news from around DGLM. February was a busy (and brutally cold) month here, and we’re hoping March will be just as busy (in a good way!) but quite a bit warmer!
Michael started us off right when he placed Ask the Passengers, the next YA novel from A.S. King, author of the Printz Honor Book Please Ignore Vera Dietz and the forthcoming Everybody Sees the Ants, with Andrea Spooner at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. Ask the Passengers is about a girl, a town, and the passengers in the planes that fly over her house.
This was followed by two books Stacey sold to Jenna Ciongoli at Broadway/Crown by her client Jeff Yeager. How to Retire the Cheapskate Way is the next Ultimate Cheapskate book, which focuses on planning for retirement. Broadway/Crown will also be publishing an original e-book by Yeager called Don’t Throw That Away which will provide tips for repurposing common household items.
Jane sold The Courage to Hope: How I Stood Up to the Right Wing Media, the Obama Administration and the Forces of Fear by Shirley Sherrod to Malaika Adero at Atria. Raised in the deep South during the final violent years of Jim Crow, Sherrod understands firsthand the power of faith and the call to be a witness for truth and racial healing, which served her well in the summer of 2010, when a media storm blew apart her life and forced her to resign her position as the USDA’s Georgia Director of Rural Development.
Jane also placed Dimity McDowell and Sarah Bowen Shea’s Train Like a Mother, a follow-up to their Run Like a Mother, which will comprehensively focus on how to train for a race and cover the importance of strength training and injury prevention, but with the same wit and tone as their first book, with Chris Schillig at Andrews McMeel.
Jim sold Mindi Scott’s Live Through This to Liesa Abrams at Simon Pulse. The novel follows a girl as she embarks on her first romantic relationship at the same time she is trying to come to terms with the sexual abuse she’s endured at the hands of a family member.
Jane followed this with a deal with Dawn Davis at Harper for Caroline Clarke’s Postcards from Cookie, about Clarke’s life changing journey after discovering that her biological mother was Carole Cole (nicknamed Cookie), the daughter of iconic crooner and pianist Nat King Cole, and the time Clarke was able to spend with Cookie following her discovery.
Emma Carlson Berne’s untitled YA thriller about best friends whose attraction to the same boy turns deadly was sold to Emilia Rhodes at Simon Pulse by Michael.
First Class, a memoir by radio and television journalist Alison Stewart about her journey as she works through the grief of her father’s sudden death by discovering what her parents’ lives were like as they grew up in the 1940’s in segregated Washington, D.C., was sold by Jane to Jerry Pohlen at Chicago Review Press.
Jane also sold James Villas’s latest cookbook, Southern Fried, a comprehensive collection of quintessentially Southern recipes, to Justin Schwartz at Wiley.
Another of Jane’s cookbooks went to Pam Krauss at Rodale: Beatrice Ojakangas’s The Best Soup and Bread Cookbook, a diverse collection of 150 recipes for soups and breads based on flavor, texture and classic combinations.
And Stacey finished us up (for now!) with Joanne Chang’s follow-up cookbook to the successful Flour, which will offer more sweet and savory recipes from Chang’s Boston bakeries. Chronicle’s Bill LeBlond will be publishing it.
How about all of you? Any news? Exciting goings on? Was it bitterly cold where you are, or are you lucky enough to be somewhere that doesn’t require a million layers to make it through the day?