TV Star Rivera Dishes for Tarcher
Glee actress Naya Rivera sold a memoir, Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes, and Growing Up, to Joanna Ng at Tarcher. Inkwell Management’s Lauren Smythe brokered the world rights deal for Rivera on behalf of UTA. A cast member of 1990s sitcoms such as Family Matters and Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Rivera struggled for years after finding stardom as a child. Chronicling her path from riches to rags and back again—she was a Hooters waitress at one point, before landing the role of Santana Lopez on the Fox hit Glee—the book will be a warts-and-all account, Tarcher said, in which she offers “candid thoughts on topics ranging from dating... to the challenges of being mixed-race in Hollywood.” Sorry Not Sorry is set for a spring 2016 release.
Holt Gets Friendly with Buntin
Sarah Bowlin at Henry Holt nabbed North American rights to Marlena, the debut novel by Julie Buntin. The novel, which will examine the dynamics of female friendship, is inspired by a 2014 essay Buntin wrote for the Atlantic, about the devastating way that social media profiles can live on after a person’s death. Holt said the book follows “a year in an electric friendship between two girls whose dangerous behaviors will cost one her life” and is a “shimmering exploration of the sharpest edges of adolescence.” Claudia Ballard at William Morris Endeavor represented Buntin in the deal.
Smarsh Goes ‘Red’ at Scribner
Sarah Smarsh sold her debut work of nonfiction, In the Red, to Kathy Belden at Scribner. Belden won North American rights to the title in a 10-house auction overseen by Julie Barer, one of the principals at the newly formed agency the Book Group. Smarsh, a former grant writer who’s covered class and politics for outlets ranging from Harper’s to the Guardian, has an M.F.A. in nonfiction from Columbia and has taught creative writing and journalism at a number of universities. The book, Scribner said, will combine “memoir, literary reportage, and social analysis” to examine “the life of poor and working-class Americans as seen through the lens of Smarsh’s own turbulent upbringing in rural Kansas.”
Brookins’s ‘Rise’ Goes to SMP
In a six-figure North American rights deal, Rose Hilliard at St. Martin’s Press acquired Cara Brookins’s memoir, Rise. The book, which Dystel and Goderich’s Jessica Papin sold at auction, is about Brookins’s experience as a single mother coming out of an abusive relationship, building her own house from the ground up. SMP said the author, a social media marketing expert in Little Rock, Ark., took on the massive DIY project “with only the help of her four children.” Rise is currently set for fall 2016.
Reynolds and Kiely’s ‘Boys’ Go to Dlouhy
For her eponymous imprint at Simon & Schuster Children’s Books, Caitlin Dlouhy acquired North American rights to Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely’s All American Boys. The YA novel follows two teenage boys—one white, one black—who offer dueling perspectives, told in alternating chapters, on an act of police brutality. The book has been fast-tracked by S&S for a fall 2015 release because of its timely subject matter. Elena Giovinazzo at Pippin Properties represented Reynolds (a Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award winner). Kiely (a YALA top 10 best fiction winner) was represented by Rob Weisbach at Rob Weisbach Literary Management.
Weihenmayer Crushes ‘Barriers’ at SMP
In a second deal at SMP this week, for the publisher's Thomas Dunne imprint, Laurie Chittenden took world rights to Erik Weihenmayer’s No Barriers: What’s Within You Is Stronger than What’s in Your Way. Weihenmayer, whose first book, Touch the Top of the World, was also acquired by Chittenden (and published by Dutton in 2001), is known as the blind adventurer. After losing his sight as a teenager, he went on to become an accomplished outdoorsman; his first book chronicled his trek to the summit of Mount Everest. No Barriers is about his achievement, last year, of kayaking all 277 miles of the Grand Canyon. Gail Ross at the Ross Yoon agency brokered the deal, and Bob Woodruff is doing the book’s foreword. Weihenmayer is writing the book with Buddy Levy.
Hannibal’s ‘Lost Property’ Found by S&S Kids
In a three-book deal, won after a two-day auction, David Gale at Simon & Schuster Children’s Books took world rights to James R. Hannibal’s middle-grade thriller The Lost Property Office. Harvey Klinger agent Sara Crowe handled the deal for Hannibal, a former member of the U.S. Air Force who writes the adult series featuring Nick Baron. (Harvey Klinger himself represents Hannibal on the adult side.) In Lost Property, 13-year-old Jack is trying to find his kidnapped father while attempting to stop a villain from recreating the Great Fire of London.
Clarification: An earlier version of this article stated that Erik Weihenmayer's book, No Barriers, was acquired by St. Martin's Press. The book was acquired by St. Martin's Press imprint, Thomas Dunne Books.