Redgate Signs with Abrams
Anne Heltzel at Abrams’s Amulet imprint has acquired world rights to Riley Redgate’s latest YA novel, Noteworthy, a story about an underappreciated 17-year-old singer at an elite boarding school who disguises herself as a boy to join the school’s exclusive male a cappella group and discovers both tradition and debauchery. The book was acquired as part of a two-book deal negotiated by Caryn Wiseman at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency.
Sports Books Go to Grove Atlantic, Library of America
Andrew Blauner of the eponymous literary agency has sold world rights to two sports-related books, to separate publishers. Grove Atlantic’s publisher Morgan Entrekin and editor Jamison Stoltz acquired Playing Through the Whistle: Steel, Football, and an American Town by Sports Illustrated senior writer S.L. Price, an account of the legendary Aliquippa, Pa., high school football team, the town, and its now-shuttered steel plant. Price is the author of three earlier books.
Library of America publisher Max Rudin acquired Basketball: Great Writing About America’s Game by Alexander Wolff, another longtime writer at SI and the author of the 2015 work Audacity of Hoop: Basketball in the Age of Obama.
Bloomsbury Inks Deals with Tempest, Pipher
Rachel Mannheimer at Bloomsbury has acquired U.S./Canadian rights to two works of poetry by English poet and rapper Kate Tempest, winner in 2013 of the Ted Hughes Award for poetry. Let Them Eat Chaos, a narrative poem named after Tempest’s album of the same name and written to its music, surveys the lives of seven neighbors on a turbulent London street; it will be edited by Callie Garnett and published in fall 2016. And in winter 2018, Bloomsbury will publish a collection of Tempest’s love poems. Tempest is represented by Becky Thomas of Johnson & Alcock.
And Bloomsbury editorial director Nancy Miller acquired world rights to bestselling author and clinical psychologist Mary Pipher’s Women Rowing North, a counterpart to her landmark book on teen girls, Reviving Ophelia; the new book explores issues facing women from middle age to old age. The deal was negotiated by Susan Lee Cohen at Riverside Literary Agency.
Anderson Re-ups with Berkley for Four Books
In a seven-figure deal for world English-language rights negotiated by Steven Axelrod under his own shingle, Berkley’s Kerry Donovan has acquired four new novels by bestselling author Catherine Anderson, including three new works from her Mystic Creek series that will be released in mass market paperback editions. Berkley will also publish Anderson’s first hardcover, a standalone contemporary Christmas novel, slated for publication in fall 2017.
‘Miss Norma’ Lands at HarperOne
In a world English-language deal, HarperOne executive editor Julia Pastore has acquired Driving Miss Norma by Tim Bauerschmidt and Ramie Liddle, an memoir developed from their popular travel blog about the 91-year-old Miss Norma, who hit the road with the two coauthors to travel across the country despite the fact that she is facing a terminal illness. The deal was negotiated by Stephanie Tade at her eponymous agency, and the book will be simultaneously developed for the screen by Fox Searchlight.
Amy Kibuishi’s New Book Lands at Graphix
Cassandra Pelham at Scholastic’s Graphix imprint has acquired world rights to two books in a YA graphic novel series by Amy Kim Kibuishi, in a deal negotiated by agent Judy Hansen under her own shingle. It’s the story of Tabby Charon, a young woman who travels to a distant world of magic and beauty after her father dies, where she meets a handsome boy and learns of her destiny. The book is scheduled to be published in 2019.
Stand-up comedian Sophie Lucido Johnson sold world rights to her memoir, Many Love: An Illustrated Memoir on Polyamory, to Alexis Gargagliano at Regan Arts in a deal negotiated by Mackenzie Brady Watson at New Leaf Literary & Media Inc.
World English rights to Kaethe Schwehn’s debut novel, The Rending and The Nest, has been acquired at auction by Lea Beresford at Bloomsbury. The novel is a work of speculative fiction about the only known pregnancy and birth during a time when most of the world’s population has vanished. Schwehn was represented by Barbara Poelle at Irene Goodman.
Cat Clyne at Sourcebooks has acquired world rights to The Ones Who Got Away by bestselling romance writer Roni Loren. It’s a three-book series about the survivors of a mass shooting at a school, and the deal was negotiated by Sara Megibow of KT Literary Agency.