Adult Newsletter: September 2019
Up And Coming For Submission
In the summer of 1860, 110 young Africans arrived on the Alabama coast in shackles and chains, the last group of slaves ever brought to the US. They were put to work in the city of Mobile, first in the cotton-shipping industry, then for the Confederate army. When the Civil War ended in 1865 and they were set free, they spoke minimal English and had no ties to American society, but they had no means of going back home — so they created an African village for themselves outside of Mobile. A century and a half later, that village, Africatown, is still a living neighborhood, and most of its residents are direct descendants of the original group. But it’s in danger of being wiped out, thanks to a heavy factory presence nearby that has apparently created a cancer epidemic. AFRICATOWN: THE LEGACY OF THE LAST SLAVE SHIP tells the story of this extraordinary place for the first time. Journalist Nick Tabor, who has covered the subject for New York Magazine, narrates the history on two alternating timelines: the 19th century, in Africa and Mobile, and the present day, where the residents have organized to fight further factory expansion. Led by Joe Womack, a tireless community organizer who grew up in the neighborhood, they have been working to reorient the local economy away from heavy industry and toward ecotourism—arguing, rightly, that Africatown deserves the same kind of honor as Plymouth Rock or Jamestown. Ultimately, AFRICATOWN is a persuasive parable of how slavery and its aftermath still shape our common lives.
When ISIS appeared out of the Iraqi desert in the summer of 2014, they brought a new era of horror to a people that had already suffered decades of conflict. Armed with plundered weapons and a reputation as unstoppable killers, the group massacred their way from town to village until they controlled nearly a third of the country. Millions of civilians were suddenly subject to oppressive laws that punished violations with public execution, enslaved non-Muslims and forced teachers, doctors and firefighters to serve the Islamic State. In areas still held by the government, recently routed troops rallied to retake their homeland. First, the army clawed back Ramadi. Then Baiji and Tikrit, with little celebration but severe casualties. After that came Mosul. The largest urban battle since WWII subsumed Iraq’s second city while civilians huddled in basements as buildings were levelled on top of them. When victory was finally declared, troops enacted their own bloody and indiscriminate revenge. In THE TIME OF THE STATE: IRAQ UNDER ISIS, award-winning journalist John Beck tells the story of Iraq’s war against ISIS through a patchwork of distinct yet intertwined literary narratives. Drawing on eyewitness testimony and firsthand reporting gathered during five years covering the country for outlets including GQ, Wired, the New York Times and the Sunday Times Magazine, the book follows the path of those who waged that war and those who lived through it, offering a new and intimate understanding of a collective trauma.
Human genes aren’t “selfish.” Natural Selection doesn’t insist that people be naughty or nice. Traits prosper by increasing the probability that genes will make copies. For 190,000 years, mankind lived in low population densities, with profound incentives to collaborate in fighting predators and sharing resources. Having a conscience increased the chances of survival. With soaring populations over the last 10,000 years came warfare between strangers who had no personal ax to grind. The rudimentary moral sense hard-wired in homo sapiens became a hindrance to ruthlessness, generating dissonance. Humans aren’t sociopaths, but they are natural-born narrators. Lying justified the dark sides of human nature, using self-serving cognitive biases. Fear served as a blinding force, lighting the pyre under every witch hunt, pogrom and genocide. In an era of polarization, THE PURSUIT OF KINDNESS by Éamonn Toland highlights the importance of maintaining tolerant cultural norms. Passion for one’s values, whether liberal or conservative, can make individuals dismissive of others because of the labels attached to them, making it harder to consider dissenting voices. It takes substantial effort to check these biases. Nurturing the pursuit of kindness requires the audacity of hope, and recognition of what humanity has in common. THE PURSUIT OF KINDNESS is an evolutionary history of human nature that provides compelling evidence from biology, psychology and archaeology that for 95% of the time that man has walked the earth, Survival of the Fittest has meant survival of the kindest.
For 144 years the Kentucky Derby had been hailed as “The Fastest Two Minutes in Sports.” In May, thanks to yet another convoluted and controversial video review, it took 22 minutes to determine a “winner” at Churchill Downs. Welcome to the era of instant replay, where video review has fundamentally, and irreparably, altered every aspect of sports. In the last year alone the disastrous Kentucky Derby was the seventh major championship event to be significantly influenced by instant replay. And, yet, no one’s even sure it works. A technology invented on a whim at the 1963 Army-Navy game meant to eliminate human error has, instead, opened a Pandora’s box in sports and culture, changing the way we compete, govern, broadcast and consume sports while, at the same time, offering a unique window into one of the most intriguing topics of the modern era: the tricky relationship between technology and the human condition. This is especially evident inside the NFL, where millions of confused and frustrated fans are now desperate for guidance and understanding about this out of control technology and where, in January, the New Orleans Saints ended up in court instead of the Super Bowl. In UPON FURTHER REVIEW, author and award-winning ESPN: The Magazine Senior Writer David Fleming, who has penned more than 35 cover stories for Sports Illustrated and ESPN, focuses his vast experience, keen insight and distinctive voice on a groundbreaking, comprehensive examination into the most influential, controversial and compelling development in sports since the advent of television.
Many accomplished people advise that confidence has been the key to their success, but the actual process of building and improving one’s confidence is rarely discussed. Before CeCe Olisa quit her corporate job, became co-founder of theCURVYcon (a three day convention for plus size fashion and body positivity during New York Fashion Week) or gave her popular Tedx talk, “How to Build Self Confidence”, she was an insecure, single-ish, plus size girl facing constant rejection in New York City. In 2008, CeCe Olisa started an anonymous blog where she wrote about living life by her personal motto, “don’t wait on your weight to live the life you want.'' In the decade that followed, her confidence began to bloom, which led her to stop blogging anonymously, end toxic relationships and start a business. In 2015, CeCe Olisa put the clothes from her closet up for sale to raise the seed money for theCURVYcon, which has been sold out every year since its inception. CeCe Olisa reaches over 250,000 people each month across her Instagram, YouTube and email newsletter, and has been featured on the Rachel Ray Show, Refinery29, Vogue and Health magazine. HOW TO BUILD SELF CONFIDENCE is the coming-of-age story of a big black girl, told in her own words from ages 26-36 that shares Olisa’s stories and lessons from her journey into the uncharted waters of online dating, body positivity, entrepreneurship and…therapy. This honest, witty, and transparent memoir will include actionable instructions, to illuminate the path to self-confidence for the reader as well.
What do clown registries, potential cures for porcine diarrhea and obsessed British wildlife criminals have in common? Their stories all feature a simple, wholesome, and often-overlooked ingredient. In EGG, author Lizzie Stark traces the unconventional history of the world's largest cellular workhorse, from space chickens to intra-uterine cannibalism and beyond. EGG is a story of ingenuity, of using a plentiful renewable resource to produce the antibiotic super drug of the future, and of going on the lam after strapping 14 sock-wrapped peregrine falcon eggs to one's body to maintain their incubation. It's a story of convenience — tossing rotten surplus at churlish politicians and criminals and using plentiful stores as a canvas for spring celebrations. It's also a story of objects endowed with tremendous symbolism, from a performance artist plopping paint-filled eggs from her vagina onto canvas, to the cultural argument over Alice Waters's $250 hand-forged egg spoon, to the tremendous relief some women feel after menopause sets in. In EGG, Stark wittily explores the cultural meaning of an object that is not quite alive, but which has preoccupied humans from the beginning of time.
Benjamin Franklin’s death in 1790 plunged Philadelphia into a state of mourning. But like a stone tossed in a pond, the Founding Father left behind a circle of ripples that ringed the city with brilliant minds—all drawn to the largest and most cosmopolitan city in the New World: Philadelphia, America’s capital. Another notable also called Philadelphia home in 1790—George Washington, now a resident as the country’s first president. For the next seven years, Washington was the catalyst for a legendary scene unparalleled in United States history. GEORGE WASHINGTON COMES TO TOWN: AN EPIC DECADE OF ART, SCIENCE, AND SOCIETY IN FEDERALIST PHILADELPHIA is an on-the-streets look at the fusion of great thinkers and personalities who lived and worked in lockstep with Washington, Adams, Jefferson, and Hamilton to further art, science, medicine, and politics during the time that Philadelphia was America’s political and cultural nexus. Furthermore, so profound was Philadelphia’s collective stance against slavery (in opposition to both Washington and Jefferson’s views) that the decade of the 1790s was as significant to racial history as the 1960s. Authors Barry Rosenberg & Catherine Macaulay bring to life the intense rivalries, voracious appetites, and brilliant minds of Philadelphia in GEORGE WASHINGTON COMES TO TOWN. Like the Paris of Cezanne, Pasteur, and Debussy in 1880 and the New York City of Kerouac, Pollack, and Brando in 1950, the Philadelphia of the 1790s was a once-in-a-millennium period when the greatest minds of America coalesced around Washington to produce an American Athens on the Schuylkill River.
Social media is a jungle of destructive illusions. No one understands that more profoundly than Jessica Wilde. She lives the paradox: social media has provided her with a lucrative living as an influencer, but it has also generated a crippling crisis of identity. She struggles—as most social media users do—with the disparity between her flawless online avatar and the lonely flesh-and-blood woman sitting at the keyboard, eating Cheetos for dinner. In GOING WILDE: HOW I BECAME WHO I WAS MEANT TO BE BY CREATING A WOMAN I'M NOT, Wilde explores the insidious ways in which social media lays waste to self-esteem and erodes personal identity, through the lens of her own heart-wrenching life story. Homeless at sixteen and desperate, single mother at twenty, she realized social media offered a healthy income and independence. Being an Instagram model and YouTube star opened doors to other opportunities and allowed her to make a living on her own terms. Unfortunately, lies and deception are the currency of social media. Even as she exploited it to build a career, Wilde fell into the all-too-common caustic trap: she carefully created the perfect woman for her followers, but found herself chasing that unattainable ideal. Written in Wilde’s signature witty and irreverent style, GOING WILDE will describe how her online creation made dating a nightmare, fostered a deep distrust of all males, and led to an ongoing struggle to reclaim, respect, and honor the real Jessica in all her wonderful imperfection.
Bruja (“brew-ha”) is the Spanish word for witch, and there is a growing subculture of millennials, led by Afro/Latinx immigrants and indigenous Americans, who are taking up the label to reconnect to their spiritual roots, practice healing arts, and express their politics. In BRUJAS: THE MAGIC AND POWER OF WITCHES OF COLOR, Lorraine Monteagut, Ph.D., chronicles the lives and works of these practitioners as they extend secret family rituals to larger self-care and activist movements to empower young people of color. From Instagram influencers who make their living promoting their products and services, to activists who organize public rituals for policy change, to artists who inspire their immigrant, indigenous, LGBTQ+, and POC communities, the bruja movement is about spreading healing magic while imagining a more inclusive world. BRUJAS is a timely response to the recent popularity of witchcraft feminism and the mainstream image of the Caucasian witch, with its cultural roots reaching back to the Salem witch trials and the witch hunts of medieval Europe. It provides a parallel and equally important history of the witch through the Native American and African diasporic traditions that were suppressed by European colonialism. The bruja feminist represents the new witch coming out of hiding in the U.S., a practitioner who melds ancient tradition with new technologies and reflects the diversity and activist spirit of today’s youth. BRUJAS reminds us that witchcraft is more than a trend—it’s a movement.
When Mina Hubbard, an early 20th century nurse-turned-explorer, became the first person to map the rugged interior of Labrador, she succeeded where her husband perished and his expedition partner failed—twice. Newspapers across the eastern seaboard extolled her improbable success in the wilderness, but few recognized the real reason that she prevailed. As a leader, she was less hierarchical and more collaborative than her male counterparts. She was far humbler and more respectful of her guides and the indigenous people who lived there. While most explorers of that era set out to penetrate, conquer and tame the wilderness, her relationship to the natural world was gentle, receptive and appreciative. TENDER IS FIERCE: THE SURPRISING POWER OF BEING SOFT IN A HARD WORLD, by Outside correspondent Kate Siber, tells the wild tales of individuals like Mina Hubbard as well as the stories of organizations, businesses, and movements that have triumphed in difficult circumstances with the help of qualities that are not usually part of our cultural narrative of success. In our patriarchal world, qualities like being receptive, interconnected, sensitive, compassionate, nurturing, emotionally perceptive, humble, or even deferential have long been thought of as weaknesses or “soft” or even “feminine” traits. TENDER IS FIERCE reveals that these qualities are not only overlooked but critical aspects of our humanity for people of all genders—and embracing them is key to our success and survival, both individually and collectively.
In June of 2011, Lauren Spierer, an Indiana University sophomore with a heart condition and drinking problem, was supposed to meet up with her boyfriend. Instead she went to a pre-game party and left with another classmate who’d pursued her at the Indy 500 the previous weekend. That classmate carried her up to his townhouse after she slammed her head on the pavement. An hour later, she vanished. Nearly a decade since Lauren’s disappearance, her still-tight circle of friends have become successful urbanites working in fashion, finance, and wellness. But they haven’t been able to shake the shared nightmare of their past and the memory of their friend. For years they’d kept silent, not wanting to damage Lauren’s reputation or their own. But after police, private detectives and a lawsuit blaming students for her presumed death failed to get answers, the friends are finally ready to talk. FINDING LAUREN SPIERER reveals the shocking story behind the case Time called one of the five most mysterious disappearances of all time. Investigative reporter Shawn Cohen, who broke the news on Lauren’s case, gives the first comprehensive accounting of her tragic final days and the aftermath as her parents desperately tried to find their missing daughter. The book contrasts the bright future of a girl who grew up in a wealthy suburb of New York City with her descent into cocaine and prescription pill abuse at a hard-partying college and seeks to find out why she never made it home.
Unable to live with the debilitating effects of her anxiety and panic disorders, and accepting that conventional Western medicine and therapy had failed her, eighteen-year-old Gila Lyons left her hometown of Boston for a cross-country, decades-long quest into the how and why of anxiety and panic and their treatment. “This could be it!” was her terrified refrain when panic reduced her to a quivering heap, and “This could be it!” was her ecstatic rallying cry as she tried a new doctor, medicine, or modality offering salvation. Through her urgent mission to find peace in a body that had tormented her for years, Lyons guides readers through an exhaustive foray into therapeutic modalities—the New Age, the ancient, and current Western treatments—discerning what the disorder is and is not, and integrating best remedies for relief. Set in the cinematic landscapes of the high southwestern deserts, lush Californian forests, tiny mining towns of New Mexico, abandoned New York Shaker villages, rolling hills of the Berkshire Mountains, roiling streets of Manhattan, and a leafy Boston suburb, THIS COULD BE IT entertains as much as it educates. A mash-up of Wild, On The Road, The Bell Jar, Darkness Visible, and Prozac Nation, THIS COULD BE IT is a young woman’s coming of age story, a deep and nuanced exploration of anxiety and panic and their antidotes, and an indictment of both the multi-billion dollar alternative health and pharmaceutical industries, each of which have the power to heal and destroy.
Most of the suffering in the world results from the pursuit of toxic goals. Everyone has goals, whether chosen consciously or unconsciously. Either way, the goals pursued define the shape and quality of one’s life. Precious resources of time, money and energy, are spent on them, yet few give any thought to their quality or how and why they were chosen. It’s little wonder then, that so few people report feeling truly happy and fulfilled. In TOXIC GOALS, FLOW AND THE PURSUIT OF EXCELLENCE, Charles MacInerney shares original and critical insights into the nature of goals. He argues that it is not enough to consciously choose a goal to aspire to—it’s also critical to root out all the toxic goals, many of which are unconscious, that undermine our lives at every step. MacInerney identifies two categories of negative goals—those that are inherently toxic, and others that are subjectively toxic. These toxic goals are responsible for feelings of boredom or anxiety and for sabotaging one’s performance. With over 30 years of experience teaching yoga and as a public speaker and corporate trainer, Charles has used these ideas first to transform his own life and then to help countless students do the same. TOXIC GOALS seeks to inspire individuals to live a life of peak experiences harnessed in service to their highest aspirations.
MICRODOSING WELLNESS is an actionable, "choose your own adventure," Oh, The Places You'll Go romp—for grown-ups lost in a dizzying wonderland of ambition, passion, frustration, and fatigue. Raise your hand if you have zero aches and pains, no bad habits, and no stress. If that's you, put this book down and step away. You are super-human and should make yourself scarce before the rest of us either deify you or imprison you for crimes against humanity. If, on the other hand, you generally feel more like a Tasmanian devil than a Zen monk, settle in. Take a look around. You have landed at the central intersection of your life, at the place where ten, primary aspects of your health and happiness meet: Time, Sleep, Food, Fitness, Space, Play, Community, Money, Spirit, and Voice. Author, health coach, personal trainer, and "diet abolitionist," Sarah Hays Coomer will offer you a bottle of water, a bag of trail mix, and a sun-bleached, fill-in-the-blank roadmap. By the end of MICRODOSING WELLNESS, you will have identified which areas of your life are working, which are not, and how you plan to fix the ones that aren’t with personalized reinforcements for both high- and low-stress periods of your life. Your challenges. Your solutions. Your way. You already have all of the answers you need. This book will help you find them. (Please note, this project is represented by Stacey Glick.)
Urbana Chappa is the modern woman. Trailblazing clothing designer, hairstylist, mama of four, and wife to music producer Philip Lawrence of Bruno Mars fame, Urbana has learned that in order to survive in Hollywood she has to love fierce and fight with forgiveness. Raised in Texas to a single Latina mother (after her Persian father was deported), Urbana began working in entertainment in Los Angeles (and as Manager of Larry Flynt’s Hustler store in West Hollywood), when she met Philip Lawrence. Urbana kept their family afloat before Phil’s career took off, and he is now an eight-time Grammy award winner. But with success and fame, their marriage became corrupted by the temptations of the road and Phil’s own addictions. After struggling to save her husband and her marriage, fighting postpartum depression, thoughts of suicide and an unending stream of haters, Urbana learned to love the world with the same mama bear fierceness she brings to her family. Drawing off of her own struggles and difficulties, Urbana is a staunch advocate for social change and women’s equality. As much as LOVING FIERCE is Urbana’s story, it is also about how all women can overcome their struggles within marriage, love, and betrayal, and discover true self-expression in a world that has for too long valued women only for their sexuality, and not for their spiritual strength. (Please note, Stacey Glick is the agent on this project.)
Feminist and human rights attorney Kate Kelly was wearing a 1950s shift dress and cardigan hand-embroidered with honeybees when she got word that she’d been excommunicated from the Mormon Church. Her wardrobe choice, if unusual, was Mormon-approved—no short hemlines, no “porn shoulders.” While on-theme for Utah, "The Beehive State," for her it was one last subversive nod to matriarchy and the feminine divine. As the founder of the controversial and widely covered Ordain Women movement, she was deemed too heretical to remain among the ranks of Latter-day Saints. For the legions of haters who attacked her online (and one particular troll with a poor grasp of spelling,) Kate Kelly was “Satin’s Minion.” In light of her lifelong interest in all things sartorial, the insult had a certain ring. Her illustrated memoir, SATIN’S MINION, takes readers behind the closed doors of Mormon families, temples, and hierarchy to illuminate both the sinister and sweet. Each chapter focuses on ceremonial clothing, “modest is hottest” fashion—even secret Mormon temple regalia and “magic underwear”— to envelop readers in the fabric of a culture. SATIN’S MINION pairs Kelly’s nuanced understanding of religious life with the distinctive drawings of illustrator Leah Hayes, author of Not Funny Ha-Ha, to paint an intimate portrait of a faith-filled feminist’s fall from grace. Written with equal parts humor, empathy, and incisive critique (plus a great eye for style) it will resonate with anyone who has had to leave a community they loved in order to find their authentic selves. (Please note, this project is represented by Jessica Papin.)
From award-winning reporter and novelist Rebecca Clarren comes AN AMERICAN INHERITANCE; a quest for answers to unsettling questions that cut to the heart of what it means to be American, specifically, an heir to the pernicious policies that shaped our westward expansion. Clarren’s great-grandparents fled anti-Semitic pogroms in Russia for America, where they received free land from the US federal government. Harry and Faiga Itka Sinykin, late of the Belorussian shtetl, became unlikely ranchers on the South Dakota prairie. The 6,000 acres that would be known as “Jew Flats” offered the Sinykins a pathway to the middle class, but it came at great cost to the Lakota who had been living on the prairie for generations. Clarren tracks down the descendants of the Minniconjou Lakota who once lived and hunted buffalo on the exact parcel that became her family’s ranch. Using the tools of narrative non-fiction and investigative journalism, Clarren—who has written about the rural American West for The Nation, High Country News and Mother Jones, among others—reveals the double helix of history, the twined stories of generations of her family and the Lakota whom they supplanted. Sounding the silences that surround fond family lore, wrestling with questions of cultural appropriation and relying on the guidance of prominent Indigenous judges, thinkers and writers, Clarren leads readers toward a moving and provocative reckoning with our American Inheritance. (Please note, this project is represented by Jessica Papin.)
Chong Sik Kim was only a teenager when the outbreak of war brought constant invasion and military conflict to his small farming village in what is now the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea. Hien Thi Vu was born in a bunker near the shell of her family’s former home in northern Vietnam as French bombs rained down on the region. By the time they met in Saigon at the height of the Vietnam War, each had already survived violence and destruction, escaping from their war-torn homelands as refugees. Despite societal prejudice and Hien’s family’s resistance to Chong as an outsider, they fell in love and wed in 1973, determined to build a life together amidst the chaos. Two years later they were evacuated by helicopter from the roof of the USAID building hours before the fall of Saigon—refugees once more, this time with their one-year-old baby in their arms. Nam C. Kim’s WAR, LOVE, AND THE AMERICAN DREAM is the true story of Chong and Hien’s miraculous survival and love despite the odds, set against the backdrop of conflicts American audiences have previously seen almost entirely through the perspectives of outsiders. The author, an Associate Professor of anthropological archaeology, is an expert on the social consequences of violence—and the now-grown-up son who fled Saigon in Chong and Hien’s arms. Turning his professional training to his parents’ remarkable lives, he tells a captivating, cinematic story of love and war while offering readers an inside view of a history we only think we know. (Please note, this project is represented by Lauren Abramo.)
On April 9, 1965, Atlanta hosted its first event at their new municipal stadium, an exhibition baseball game between the Milwaukee Braves and the Detroit Tigers. For the Braves, this was their first look at Atlanta Stadium, an $18 million multipurpose complex built to the team’s specifications. The Milwaukee franchise had agreed to a highly favorable, 25-year lease at the new ballpark, which would make them the first professional sports franchise in Atlanta. Mayor Ivan Allen described the arrival of the Braves and the opening of the new stadium as “the most important occurrence in Atlanta in 100 years.” And in less than decade, Atlanta succeeded in luring franchises from the NFL, NBA, and NHL as well, with a pair of downtown municipally financed facilities to house the teams. Atlanta’s top-down, publicly subsidized pursuit of professional sports became the model that all subsequent Sunbelt cities, including Tampa, San Diego, and Phoenix, have used as they sought to make their own communities “major league.” LOSERVILLE: HOW PROFESSIONAL SPORTS REMADE ATLANTA AND ATLANTA REMADE PROFESSIONAL SPORTS by Clayton Trutor (who covers college football and basketball for SB Nation) is the first book to examine how Atlanta’s civic leadership pushed through this massive undertaking, and how, despite Hank Aaron’s pursuit of Babe Ruth’s home-run record, drawing the major leagues to Atlanta did not necessarily ensure the on-field or box-office success of these franchises. Like Sam Anderson’s BOOM TOWN or Michael Lewis’s sports books, LOSERVILLE will change the way you look at the business and cultural impact of sports. (Please note, John Rudolph is the agent on this project.)
During the Holocaust, the Jewish prisoners in the Nazi ghetto of Theresienstadt staged an astonishingly large number of music concerts, from cabaret to opera. Surprisingly, these performances were not only permitted, but sometimes actually encouraged by the Nazis, who wanted to portray Theresienstadt to the international community as a benevolent spa town where Jews were being comfortably retired. When the Nazis led a delegation from the Red Cross on a carefully scripted tour of the ghetto in June 1944, they proudly took the inspectors to performances of Verdi’s Requiem and prisoner Hans Krása’s children’s opera Brundibár. The deception was so successful that the Nazis returned a few weeks later to make a propaganda documentary about Theresienstadt, making sure to film Brundibár and several other musical performances. Yet, shortly after the filming was complete, most of the prisoners who had performed for the Red Cross tour and the propaganda documentary were sent to the gas chambers in Auschwitz. In SINGING IN A NAZI GHETTO: MUSIC OF HUMOR, HOPE, AND DEFIANCE IN THERESIENSTADT, internationally renowned musicologist and author of the National Jewish Book Award winning VIOLINS OF HOPE James A. Grymes brings to life the stories of the musicians who performed in Theresienstadt. Drawing on archival research and survivor testimony, SINGING IN A NAZI GHETTO tells the inspirational story of Jewish prisoners who came together in mankind’s darkest hour to offer a form of resistance to their Nazi captivity. (Please note, John Rudolph is the agent on this project.)
Every future parent envisions bringing their new baby home to the perfect nursery. But how do you turn Pinterest and Instagram inspo into a safe, functional, and stunning nursery—not to mention affordable? While there are plenty of resources to help expectant mothers understand pregnancy, childbirth, and motherhood, there is no book that empowers parents-to-be to start planning and designing their nurseries in an organized, functional, and stylish way. What makes for a crib that looks great, but is also safe? Should you use blackout curtains or sheer curtains, and what length? How can things be repurposed for older or future children? And how do you manage all this without blowing the budget? In YOUR PERFECT NURSERY, Naomi Alon of Little Crown Interiors offers a one-stop stylish resource packed with nursery checklists, design tips, budget advice, safety information, shopping guides and gorgeous photos. Naomi Alon, one of the only interior designers in the country to focus exclusively on baby and children’s rooms, has created nurseries for clients across the US, from celebrities and major influencers to ordinary hardworking families. Her work has been featured in People, WSJ, Domino, Pregnancy, Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood and The Doctors, and she was named HGTV’s Designer of the Month for July 2019. With YOUR PERFECT NURSERY, Naomi makes her singular expertise available for every family, empowering expectant parents to create the baby room of their dreams. (Please note, this project is represented by Sharon Pelletier.)
America is in the midst of a swift and profound shift regarding marijuana, with mass legalization a real possibility amidst soaring public support. At the same time, many Americans who don’t partake are getting accustomed to cannabis – but find themselves struggling to reconcile past assumptions with current realities. In HITS: A PERSONAL ATLAS OF CANNABIS AMERICA, Mickey Revenaugh explores how this marijuana moment is playing out across America, beyond the Chicago’s exburbs and NYC’s NoMad to California’s Central Valley and Florida’s golf-cart grayzones, to the green Berkshire Mountains and Alaska’s southeastern fjords. Her lens to these corners of our country—and the cognitive dissonance we find there—is her very own family: her pipe-toting 65-year-old sister in Alaska, her millennial niece with a Berkshire bud-and-breakfast business plan, and a cast of characters in between. And on this living atlas of legal and soon-to-be states, Revenaugh is smack in the middle: long-sober and abstaining, watching, wondering, and not partaking. HITS is a compelling picture of change happening within a single family and simultaneously across multiple communities, inviting us to contemplate how each tiny shift causes the next, and what is gained and lost in every measure. Mickey Revenaugh is an educational technology consultant whose work has appeared in Catapult, Cleaver, Chautauqua Journal, The Thing Itself, The Tishman Review, Louisiana Literature, Los Angeles Review of Books, and Lunch Ticket, among others. (Please note, this project is represented by Sharon Pelletier.)
Growing up, Sara Petersen’s mother modeled traditional femininity and domesticity by espousing the virtues of high thread count sheets and arranging clusters of wildflowers just-so in creamy vintage vases. Unsurprisingly, Sara poured her energy into following this model of the woman her world wanted her to be. First: sexually desirable. Second: a beautiful mother and wife. In her twenties, Sara’s performance of “good” femininity was rewarded by boyfriends whose desire for her made her feel fleetingly powerful. She chased the easy high of external validation towards its logical conclusion, marriage and motherhood. But once the baby was born, Sara remembered something else about her mother: her slow, constant, simmer of rage—one she thought she might finally understand. NOT ENJOYING EVERY MOMENT: FINDING MY FEMINIST SELF THROUGH MOTHERHOOD, is an elegantly braided essay collection that explores why and how women are pushed to choose motherhood as a shortcut to purpose. Sara interrogates the messages she absorbed from her mother, Anne of Green Gables, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Instagram's newest domestic goddesses. She weaves raw, honest, personal narrative alongside cultural criticism to explore how many girls still grow up perfecting the art of self-performance without ever prioritizing the work of genuine self-knowledge. This is a book for every mother who has tried to quiet her rage, for every woman who has chafed against cultural pressures to assume motherhood as the pinnacle of female achievement, and every girl who wonders about becoming a mother to begin with. Sara's work has been published by The New York Times, The Washington Post, Vox, The Rumpus, Catapult, Longreads, and others. (Please note, Amy Elizabeth Bishop is the agent on this project.)
It’s 2019. Straight women are proudly sporting feminist tees, bumping Lizzo and electing women into office. Yet, the dating advice they receive still revolves around bending over backward to make a guy like them. DATE LIKE HE’S OBSESSED WITH YOU is here to change that. Dating like he’s obsessed with you is a genuine belief that anyone worthy of dating you worships the ground you walk on — anyone else is irrelevant. It’s about unapologetically being yourself and knowing that, for the right person, yourself is more than enough. In just 10 easy-to-follow steps, Candice Jalili, Senior Sex & Dating Writer at Elite Daily and contributor at Cosmopolitan, The Cut, Tinder Swipe Life, and TIME, will revert readers from the nervous balls of stress created by modern dating (or "Eunices" as they’re called throughout the book) back into their most authentic selves. Candice is a widely regarded relationship expert amongst millennials — most recently, she did an episode of Girls Gotta Eat in which she gave her expert take on the topic of romantic late bloomers. She uses a combination of interviews with real women, visual aids, original data, and her own expert input to explain how dating like he's obsessed with you can ease each and every one of our modern dating concerns. DATE LIKE HE’S OBSESSED WITH YOU promises to show women dating doesn't have to be an anxiety-inducing hellscape; with the right attitude, it can even be — dare I say it — fun. (Please note, Amy Elizabeth Bishop is the agent on this project.)
Growing up at poverty level in the predominantly Hispanic town of Warden, Marleen Martinez Sundgaard had ample time to look at the stars and dream as she worked in the potato fields. Other students in school mocked her interest in space. And yet, in spite of making yearly migrations between Mexico and the US each winter when her parents were laid off, working in the fields each summer pulling weeds, and personally battling Tourette Syndrome, Marleen’s dream became a reality on November 26, 2018. On that day, the world breathlessly watched the “seven minutes of terror” as the InSight lander tore through the Martian atmosphere at 16 times the speed of sound to flawlessly land on Mars’ Elysium Planitia, and Marleen celebrated her pivotal role in this historic moment. As lead testbed engineer, she tested the final commands necessary for InSight to make its bullseye landing. She then led the effort to painstakingly recreate the landing site here on earth essential for the team to perform the mission and write the commands that would be sent from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena to InSight on Mars. WARDEN is the story of a woman whose perseverance, brilliance, and refusal to let stereotypes define her allowed her entry into a space program once exclusively run by white men. Honored by the Obama White House for her work with NASA, her memoir is for readers of HIDDEN FIGURES and RISE OF THE ROCKET GIRLS. WARDEN shows that no one’s upbringing should become a prison that precludes them from living out their dreams. (Please note, this project is represented by Ann Leslie Tuttle).
As a screenwriter, Hildy Danagher knows that conflict makes for a great story, but in her own life, it’s caused nothing but pain. Two years ago, her mother’s death sent Hildy reeling, and since then her marriage and her hope for starting a family have crumbled, and she finds herself dealing with a major case of writers block. Something has to give! Realizing that she can never move forward without addressing her past, she must finally face the question that has plagued her for decades: why had her mother, pregnant and alone, fled Ireland forty years earlier? Hildy travels to her mother’s tiny seaside hometown village in County Kerry where, hiding behind her married name, she does her best to hold the curious locals at bay as she digs for answers. Despite her resolve to keep her distance, the people of this close-knit community—and one ornery retired sheepdog—begin to slip past her defenses, giving her a taste of the sense of belonging her aching heart craves. But the closer she gets to discovering the truth, the more she starts to question—what if the answers aren’t what she imagined? She can’t edit the past, but can she revise her expectations? Set against the elemental and unchanged beauty of Ireland, REVISING HILDY by USA Today bestselling author Erin Knightley is an emotional yet deeply satisfying story of the journey to discovering that family is more than what’s listed on a birth certificate.
Eli Hampton and his four friends are fifty years old, delightfully stoned (though Eli is the only one who looks like a stoner) and waiting for a movie to begin in the Denver suburb of Glendale. Then, everything changes when a kid with an AK-47 enters the theatre. The thump of a bullet passing through the chest of the stranger sitting on Eli’s right and the ensuing blood spatter immediately destroys his buzz. Two months later, Eli approaches the podium of the Elks Club to announce that he’s running for Congress, to the cheers and applause of the crowd. Eli declares he’s not running because he believes in politics or because he wants a job. In fact, he’s happily spent his life having no ambition at all—until the asshole kid with an AK-47 made him aware that his life should mean something. And he’s going create meaning with his two-year gig. However, Eli has no idea what he’s in for. There’s no truth in politics and you can't call people who oppose gun control, morons. Politics keep dragging Eli back to that horrid, demonic place known as Reality. It changes him. And there’s not a bong big enough to take care of this one. An unusual tale, HIGH OFFICE, by author and stand-up comedian Charley Warady, conveys that a coming-of-age story can happen at any age.
PTA queen Kira Grant is accused of poisoning a fellow mom with a smoothie at the fifth-grade graduation party, and she needs a good lawyer. Strike that, she needs the best lawyer. People like her do not go to jail for attempted murder: her garden is as perfect as her house and her kids are on the way to being perfect too—no matter what. Luckily for Kira, lawyer and single mom Allison Barton needs a big win to prove herself to her misogynistic firm; she’s juggling working mom guilt and trial prep, determined to be a killer lawyer even if she doesn’t quite trust her own client. Digging for dirt to paint other PTA mothers as possible suspects, Allison and Kira discover that guilt is far from simple and motherhood can be the deadliest motive of all. And acquittal? Well, turns out that could bring a lot less than a happy ending. Riveting, voicey, and timely, PRETTY MOMS ALL IN A ROW by Kristin B. Wright remixes Grisham’s courtroom suspense for today’s Liane Moriarty fans in a dual-POV domestic thriller that tests just what it means to be a perfect mother. (Please note, this project is represented by Sharon Pelletier.)
When Sophie Churchill was cornered by the world’s worst bore at a Washington, D.C. charity ball, quick-thinking Charles Beecher came to her rescue. She was sure this kind, charming man would be out of her life in no time. After all, reserved Sophie can best be described as “feline” and, as his disapproving mother points out, outgoing Charles is deathly allergic to cats. Confounding expectations and confirming the adage that “opposites attract,” they fell deeply in love. Fifteen years later, opposites distract. Charles is frustrated that he can’t seem to make her happy and Sophie feels increasingly worn thin from giving up pieces of herself to be with him. But just as they manage to rescue their failing marriage and have a shot at lasting happiness, a stunning blow befalls them. Charles lands in the hospital, leaving Sophie to memories of a past that feels like it happened to someone else and an uncertain and potentially terrifying future. For avid readers of Colleen Hoover and Clare Mackintosh, Adele Buchanan’s ANY MINUTE NOW is a story of a woman who has left far too much of herself in the past—and now needs to be strong enough to face what is to come. (Please note, Amy Elizabeth Bishop is the agent on this project.)
To catch a killer, do you need to send a killer? That’s the question haunting Dr. Nadine Finch as a string of murders terrorize her normally tranquil beachfront community. Nadine works in criminal justice with the living but has never wanted to deal with the dead. Not when her mother is a serial killer now serving twelve consecutive life sentences. Not when Nadine has tried to keep her past a secret. Not when Nadine fears what their shared DNA could mean. But as the number of victims escalates, it’s increasingly obvious that the crime scenes are copycats of the atrocities her mother committed. Does the killer know who she is? Or, perhaps, what she could become? Unwittingly drawn into the investigation. Nadine must now outwit a murderer by turning to the things she’s always resisted—her familial bond and her own killer instinct. The only certainty is that if the killer is imitating these crimes, the trail of blood and pain will soon escalate. And there is no safe place for Nadine to hide--not when the killer has become fixated on her. KILLER VIEW by bestselling author Jenna Kernan is a fast-paced thriller sure to keep fans of Lisa Unger and Karen Slaughter flipping pages long into the night. (Please note, Ann Leslie Tuttle is the agent on this project.)
When Tarek Oliver convinces Marissa Ryan’s fiancé to dump her the night before her wedding, Marissa decides to get even. She will tear the love of Tarek’s life away from him, too. She just needs to create her first. Marissa designs the perfect woman for Tarek online—i.e., she catfishes him, except she’s not a bad person, and he totally deserves it, so it’s only kittenfishing, barely fishing at all. Undercover as his ideal woman, Marissa corresponds with Tarek on social media, and the two of them begin to develop a deep online relationship. But when the actress Marissa hires to play Tarek’s dream woman goes off-script and the real-life players don’t behave as expected, Marissa’s plan spins out of control. And when her ex-fiancé returns to win her back and faces off for her affection against a new guy she met at work, she finds herself less interested in them and more intrigued by the man who sabotaged her happily ever after, the man whose life she is actively trying to ruin. Following in the tradition of Christina Lauren and Sally Thorne, KITTENFISH by Brenda Lowder is a clever romance that crackles with humor and is sure to resonate with anyone experienced in the age of online dating and social media. (Please note, this project is represented by Mike Hoogland.)
Fans of Kyle Mills and Brad Thor will love the breakneck pace and gritty realism of DRONE KINGS by C.E. Albanese, a former U.S. Secret Service Special Agent. In the days following 9/11, the CIA arms its fleet of unmanned drones, revolutionizing the battlefield and irrevocably changing the face of warfare. The new weapon quickly proves its effectiveness when the first target, a high-ranking member of the Taliban, is blown to smithereens. Unknown to the drone operators, dubbed the Drone Kings by the American press, is that his young twins survive the devastation and vow revenge. Eighteen years later, they sneak into the U.S. with a deadly agenda. The first Drone King in their crosshairs is also the most spectacular—the President of the United States. But success means going through Eric Miller, the highly decorated Secret Service agent in charge of the President’s security detail, and the CIA’s most lethal operative, codename Stonewall. One is a man at a crossroads of a storied career who is debating walking away from the fight to spend time with his family, and the other is a man on the run from a shadowy past he thought he left behind. Both are up against a threat more dangerous than any they have seen. Even with all their training and skill, Miller and Stonewall may not be able to stop this war of attrition. Win or lose, no one will come out unscathed. (Please note, this project is represented by Mike Hoogland.)
Twenty years in the future, life is pretty easy for Baltimore homicide detective Dan Harper. Technology identifies the victims, flies the surveillance drones, drives the cars, and vets the potential suspects. Harper simply has to snap the cuffs on the perp and then file the paperwork. Until one day a body shows up that all the tech in the world can’t ID. Harper, who never met a burrito or a burger he didn’t like, now has to rediscover what it means to be a shoe-leather investigator. As Harper and his partner, Domingo Delgado, start to pluck at the few clues available to them, however, they soon find themselves hunted by enemies who seem to materialize out of thin air. Their foe has access to teleportation technology that shouldn’t exist. Even worse, the global data grid that once did their jobs for them has been turned against them. On the run and outgunned, Harper and his allies soon find themselves racing against a shadowy villain who is convinced that a few dead bodies are a small price to pay to change the world. Suspenseful and darkly comical, THE DOORMEN by Victor Godinez is a sci-fi thriller about the promise and price of technological utopia sure to appeal to fans of Chuck Palahniuk and William Gibson. (Please note, this project is represented by Mike Hoogland.)
Mallory Pech believes she’s cursed. After all, injuries, accidents, and misunderstandings are the only constants in her life. Her best friend, Benji Chance, disagrees. He insists that Mallory’s fortune is up to no one and nothing but her. Taking his advice, Mallory decides to pursue her dream man, the wealthy and debonair Jean-Luc Chevalier. As son of the CEO, Jean-Luc will be visiting her NY office on a special trip from Paris. He’s never noticed Mallory on his previous twelve visits, but maybe the thirteenth time’s the charm. Not everything goes according to plan, however. Mallory’s attempts at charming and alluring end in twisted ankles, house fires, and misspelled tattoos yet somehow only draw Jean-Luc closer. When these mishaps lead to a marriage proposal, Mallory believes her luck’s finally changing and ignores Benji’s warnings and increasing desperation. Fixated on her dream guy, she fails to notice that her friend is heartbroken and hiding his true feelings. By marrying Jean-Luc, Mallory could have everything she’s always wanted: financial security, family, and a flat in France. But as she begins to navigate a world of secrets, lies, and culture shock, she fears her fairytale engagement to Jean-Luc may cost her the one thing money can’t buy—the one person who’s loved her all along. And losing Benji would be her worst luck yet. Equal parts humorous and heartfelt, THE LUCK CONNECTION by Lorelei Parker is the perfect romcom for anyone who has ever felt unlucky in love. (Please note, this project is represented by Mike Hoogland.)
Rights Round Up
Audible acquired audio rights to STARS IN MY EYES by David Morrell, EIGHTY-ONE NIGHTS and its sequel by Georgia Cates, and LIONS OF THE SKY by Paco Chierici. Audio rights to WRITTEN IN BLOOD by Diane Fanning and THE PRINCE OF PARADISE by John Glatt went to Tantor. Blackstone has rights to SHE’S THE WORST by Lauren Spieller. Dreamscape acquired audio rights to OKLAHOMA’S ATTICUS by Hunter Howe Cates. Audio rights to THE HUNDRED-YEAR CHRISTMAS by David Morrell went to Encyclopocalypse Publications.
Film rights to GHOST BOYS by Jewell Parker Rhodes were optioned by Amy Baer and Michael Besman/Gidden Media. Big Beach Productions optioned film rights to WE SET THE DARK ON FIRE by Tehlor Mejia with Robin Schwartz producing. Tanya Boteju’s KINGS, QUEENS & IN-BETWEENS was optioned for film by 20th Century Fox, with Jordan Moblo producing. Jersey Films optioned film rights to TOMS RIVER by Dan Fagin, with Danny DeVito/Jake DeVito producing. Film rights to VERITY by Colleen Hoover were optioned by Amazon Studios, with Craig Muhlrad producing. The Gotham Group optioned film rights to KENNEALLY CENTER by Mark Johnson with Ellen Goldsmith-Vein producing. Deb Caletti’s A HEART IN A BODY IN THE WORLD was optioned for film by Endgame Entertainment. Makeready Development, LLC optioned film rights to THE ASTONISHING COLOR OF AFTER by Emily X.R. Pan. Film rights to A MONSTER LIKE ME by Wendy Swore were optioned to Jane Startz Productions, with Jane Startz producing. Issa Rae Productions optioned film rights to SILVER SPARROW by Tayari Jones, with Issa Rae producing. Colleen Hoover’s IT ENDS WITH US was optioned for film by AFG Productions, Inc., with Justin Baldoni producing. The Cartel optioned film rights to STARLESS by Jacqueline Carey, with Drew Brown producing.
Zomer & Keuning acquired Dutch rights to VERITY and MAYBE NOW by Colleen Hoover and Otwarte acquired Polish rights to MAYBE NOW. VERITY also sold to Topseller in Portugal, Planeta in Spain, Epsilon in Turkey, and Semicolon Publisher in Indonesia. Orange Books acquired Bulgarian rights to Samantha Young’s THINGS WE NEVER SAID, Ucila acquired Slovenian rights to THINGS WE NEVER SAID and AS DUST DANCES, while Euromedia acquired Czech rights to AS DUST DANCES and Kinneret acquired Hebrew rights to PLAY ON and AS DUST DANCES. Danish audio rights to FALLEN TOO FAR, NEVER TOO FAR, and FOREVER TOO FAR by Abbi Glines went to Turbine, Dutch rights to HOLD ON TIGHT and UNTIL THE END went to Karakter, and Piper acquired German rights to BEST I’VE EVER HAD. The China Legal Publishing House acquired simplified Chinese rights to 13 THINGS MENTALLY STRONG PEOPLE DON’T DO by Amy Morin, Lua de Papel/Leya acquired Portuguese rights to 13 THINGS MENTALLY STRONG WOMEN DON’T DO, and Locus Publishing Company acquired traditional Chinese rights to 13 THINGS MENTALLY STRONG PARENTS DON’T DO and 13 THINGS MENTALLY STRONG WOMEN DON’T DO. Mason Deaver’s I WISH YOU ALL THE BEST was sold for Spanish publication to Planeta Mexico and for Vietnamese publication to I Love Books/AZ Group. Hoffmann und Campe Verlag acquired German rights to WHITE FRAGILITY by Robin DiAngelo and BAAM/Ediciones Oriente Y Mediterráneo acquired Spanish rights. French rights to KILL SWITCH by Penelope Douglas were sold to HarperCollins France, while AST acquired Russian rights to BIRTHDAY GIRL. Korean rights for GIRLS WITH SHARP STICKS by Suzanne Young went to Dreammap Books and Turkish rights for GIRLS WITH SHARP STICKS and GIRLS WITH RAZOR HEARTS went to Epsilon. LUNA AND THE LIE by Mariana Zapata will be published in Hebrew by Adel Publishing and THE WALL OF WINNIPEG AND ME and FROM LUKOV WITH LOVE will be published in Russian by Eksmo. Mary Basson’s SAVING KANDINSKY will be published in Slovenian by Ucila. TEMPER by Layne Fargo went to Korim for Hebrew publication. THE SEVEN NECESSARY SINS FOR WOMEN AND GIRLS by Mona Eltahawy went to Hardie Grant for Australian publication. Tarryn Fisher’s THE OPPORTUNIST, DIRTY RED, and THIEF sold to Baronet for Czech publication. Angela Graham’s INDESTRUCTIBLE was sold for Italian publication to Fanucci. Amy Harmon’s RUNNING BAREFOOT was sold for Bulgarian publication to IBIS. ACT OF WILL and WILL POWER by AJ Hartley went to UClan Publishing for UK publication. Filia acquired Polish rights to Kim Holden’s THE OTHER SIDE. Croatian rights for Raine Miller’s FILTHY LIES went to Stilus. IN SEARCH OF THE CANARY TREE by Lauren Oakes was sold for simplified Chinese publication to The Commercial Press Ltd. WHEN DOCTORS DON’T LISTEN by Dr. Leana Wen and Dr. Joshua Kosowsky went to Vietnam Omega Books for Vietnamese publication. Konyvmolykepzo acquired Hungarian rights to BRAVE by Tammara Webber.
Tayari Jones’s OLD FOURTH WARD went to Alfred A. Knopf in a World rights deal.
World rights to THAT KIND OF WOMAN by Sarah McCraw Crow went to Mira Books in a deal by Sharon Pelletier.
Jessica Papin sold World rights for THE TASTE OF INEQUALITY: DINING ACROSS THE INCOME DIVIDE by Priya Fielding Singh to Little, Brown Spark.
SIDELINES AND BLOODLINES by Ryan McGee with Dr. Jerry E. McGee and Sam McGee went to Triumph Books in a North American rights deal.
McGraw-Hill bought World rights to RITUALS AT WORK by Erica Keswin.
World rights to Laura Silverman’s UP ALL NIGHT anthology were sold to Algonquin Books for Young Readers in a deal by Jim McCarthy.
Halley Sutton’s THE LADY UPSTAIRS went to Putnam in a World rights deal by Sharon Pelletier.
John Rudolph sold THERE’S NO HAM IN HAMBURGER: FOLKLORE AND FACTS ABOUT OUR FAVORITE FOODS by Kim Zachman to Running Press in a World rights deal.
World rights to Rabia Chaudry’s FATTY FATTY BOOM BOOM were sold to Algonquin Books in a deal by Lauren Abramo.
OUT OF MESOPOTAMIA by Salar Abdoh was sold to Akashic Books in a World rights deal by Jessica Papin.
Cliff Burke’s AN OCCASIONALLY HAPPY FAMILY went to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in a World rights deal by Jim McCarthy.
North American rights to Books 3 and 4 in the LOCKER 37 series by Aaron Starmer sold to Penguin Workshop in a deal by Michael Bourret.
Jessica Papin sold World English rights to A TASTE FOR POISON by Neil Bradbury to St. Martin’s Press.
Book 4 in the HANK WORTH MYSTERY series by Claire Booth Chapman went to Severn House in a World English rights deal by Jim McCarthy.
Dr. Manisha Singal’s THE CBD SKINCARE SOLUTION was sold to Llewelyn in a North American rights deal.
World rights to MILO MOSS IS OFFICIALLY UN-AMAZING by Lauren Allbright went to Little, Brown Books for Young Readers in a deal by John Rudolph.
ROSE GARDEN DIARIES by Tilar Mazzeo went to Grand Central in a North American rights deal by Stacey Glick.
Kelly Senyei’s THE SECRET INGREDIENT was sold to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for World rights by Stacey Glick.
World rights to UNTIL THE WORLD SHATTERS by Daniel Combs were sold to Melville House in a deal by Sharon Pelletier.
DRIVING THE HURRICANE GIRAFFES by Lynda Rutledge was sold to Lake Union/Amazon in a World rights deal.
Billy Porter’s UNPROTECTED and UNTITLED PICTURE BOOK was sold to Amulet/Abrams in a World rights deal by Jim McCarthy.
BETWEEN PERFECT AND REAL and a second YA novel by Ray Stoeve went to Abrams Children’s in a World English rights deal.
Delacorte bought World English rights to INVISIBLE by Maria Romasco Moore in a deal by Jim McCarthy.
North American rights to SISTER NOVELISTS by Devoney Looser went to Bloomsbury in a deal by Stacey Glick.
Jim McCarthy sold World rights to Joy McCullough’s AN UNKINDNESS OF RAVENS to Atheneum Books for Young Readers.
Mariama Lockington’s IN THE KEY OF US was sold to FSG Books for Young Readers in a World English rights deal.
UNTITLED ON ELOPING by Kim Olsen and Scott Shaw was sold to Chronicle Books in a World rights deal.
University of Virginia Press bought World rights to FIRST AND ALWAYS: A NEW PORTRAIT OF GEORGE WASHINGTON by Peter Henriques.
North American rights to UNHOLY ALLIANCE: THE HISTORY OF SCHOOL CHOICE IN AMERICA by Cara Fitzpatrick went to Basic Books in a deal by Jessica Papin.
Michael Bourret sold World rights to J.C. Phillips’s PACEY PACKER: UNICORN TRACKER 2 & 3 to Random House Children’s Books.
David Freedlander’s THE AOC GENERATION was sold to Beacon Press in a World English rights deal.
Columbia University Press bought World rights to ATTRACTING OUR ADVERSARIES by Peter Coleman in a deal by Jessica Papin.
World English rights to THE FRACTURED TIDE by Leslie Lutz went to Blink/HarperCollins in a deal by Amy Elizabeth Bishop.
Stacey Glick sold VEGAN PROTEIN by Robin Robertson to Harvard Common Press for World rights.
Voracious/Little, Brown bought World rights to UNTITLED COOKBOOK by Ayesha Curry in a deal by Stacey Glick.
Jim McCarthy sold World rights to ONCE UPON A QUINCEAÑERA and UNTITLED BOOK 2 by Monica Gomez-Hira to HarperTeen.
Jason Naylor’s 99 WAYS TO LIVE COLORFULLY was sold to Chronicle Prism in a World rights deal by Stacey Glick.
Shambhala bought World rights to LIVING IT! by Amy Pearce-Hayden and Kelly Dinardo in a deal by Jessica Papin.
World rights to COCKEYED HAPPY by Darla Worden went to Chicago Review Press.
Amy Elizabeth Bishop sold World English rights to DAUGHTER OF ASH AND SEA by Claire Andrews to Jimmy Patterson Books.
World rights to THE GIRLS I’VE BEEN by Tess Sharpe were sold to Putnam Books for Young Readers in a deal by Jim McCarthy.
Raghavan Iyer’s THE MOTHER OF ALL CURRIES: 50 ESSENTIAL CURRIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD was sold to Workman in a World rights deal.
Simon Pulse bought World rights to GIRL, UNFRAMED by Deb Caletti in a deal by Michael Bourret.
World rights to THE SPEED OF LIGHT by Elissa Grossell Dickey went to Lake Union/Amazon in a deal by Sharon Pelletier.
CW Goodyear’s THE LIFE AND LABORS OF JAMES GARFIELD was sold to Simon & Schuster in a North American rights deal by Mike Hoogland.
Margaret K. McElderry Books bought World rights to SHOSHANNA by Laura Silverman in a deal by Jim McCarthy.
World rights to REMAKING THE NEIGHBORHOOD: WHAT MISTER ROGERS CAN TEACH TODAY’S KIDS (AND THEIR PARENTS TOO) by Gregg Behr and Ryan Rydzewski went to Da Capo Press in a deal by Jessica Papin.
Urvashi Pitre’s VEGETARIAN INSTANT POT COOKBOOK was sold to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in a World rights deal by Stacey Glick.
Jessica Papin sold World English rights to GATSBY’S CHILDREN by Blythe Grossberg to Hanover Square Press.
Simon Pulse bought World rights to THE SUNS WILL RISE by Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell in a deal by Jim McCarthy.
World rights to LOST IN PARIS by Elizabeth Thompson went to Gallery Books in a deal by Ann Leslie Tuttle.
Cynthia Platt’s POSTCARDS FROM SUMMER was sold to Simon Pulse in a World rights deal by Jim McCarthy.
Stacey Glick sold North American rights to 13 THINGS MENTALLY STRONG KIDS DON’T DO by Amy Morin to Harper Children’s.