Da Capo Vies for ‘Glory’
At Da Capo Press, Robert Pigeon bought world rights to Justin Martin’s A Fierce Glory. The book chronicles the battle of Antietam, the Civil War’s “tipping point, and, for Lincoln, the high-stakes battle that needed to be won in order to save the Union and free the slaves,” per the publisher. Martin, who is also the author of Genius of Place and Rebel Souls, represented himself in the deal. The book goes on sale Sept. 17, 2018, the anniversary of the battle.
Dlouhy Buys a ‘Bunny’
Richard T. Morris, author of This Is a Moose, sold world rights to his picture book Fear the Bunny at auction to Caitlyn Dlouhy for her eponymous imprint at Simon & Schuster’s Atheneum division. Alice Tasman at Jean Naggar Literary Agency represented Morris in the two-book deal. Fear the Bunny, described by the agent as a “delightful twist to traditional animal hierarchies,” is tentatively scheduled for 2018.
Landers Heads to Diversion
Mary Cummings at Diversion’s EverAfter Romance division acquired North American hardcover rights to United, the third installment in Melissa Landers’s Alienated series. In the new book, “star-crossed teens Aelyx and Cara must unify their people against a common enemy or face extinction,” Cummings said. The deal was brokered by Nicole Resciniti at the Seymour Agency. The two previous books in the series, Alienated and Invaded, were published by Disney-Hyperion. United is set to go on sale August 2.
Dial Takes Two from Taylor
Dial Books for Young Readers’ Jessica Dandino Garrison picked up world rights to Jessica Taylor’s next two YA novels, including A Map for Lost Girls, a “nonlinear story of sisterhood and survival, in which one sister makes a terrible choice that destroys their relationship,” Garrison explained. The book was pitched by her agent as Jenny Han’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before “stranded on a deserted island.” Melissa Sarver White at Folio Jr./Folio Literary Management negotiated the six-figure deal. The Skyhorse division Sky Pony Press will be publishing Taylor’s debut novel, Wandering Wild in May.
Storey ‘Toasts’ with James
Carleen Madigan of Storey took world rights to Cidercraft: A Toast to North American Cider by Erin James, editor-in-chief of Cidercraft magazine. Clelia Gore of Martin Literary Management represented James in the deal. Inspired by the magazine, which is dedicated to alcoholic cider, Cidercraft will serve as a “comprehensive and authoritative guide” to the beverage, featuring pairings, recipes, and a guide to the drink’s styles and history, highlighting North America’s great cider artisans, Gore said. Publication is slated for fall 2017.
Riazi on Salaam Reads First List
Karuna Riazi sold world rights to her middle grade fantasy The Gauntlet of Blood and Sand to Zareen Jaffery at Salaam Reads, Jaffrey’s newly announced Muslim-themed children’s imprint at Simon & Schuster. Victoria Marini at Cake Literary (the outfit founded by Tiny Pretty Things authors Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton) brokered the deal. The novel, dubbed by the agent as a “Middle Eastern magical Jumanji,” tells the story of a Bangladeshi-American girl and her two friends, who must defeat a diabolical board game or be trapped in it forever. The book will appear on Salaam Reads’s inaugural list in 2017.