Razorbill Nabs BuzzFeed Editor’s Collection
In a world English rights deal, Tiffany Liao at Razorbill acquired Erin Chack’s YA essay collection, This Is Really Happening. Chack is an editor at BuzzFeed, and the book, which ICM Partners’ Tina Wexler sold, is set for summer 2017. Razorbill described the collection as “Sloane Crosley for the Snapchat generation.” The publisher said the book chronicles the author’s experiences from “meeting her soul mate at age 14 to her first chemotherapy session at age 19 to what really goes on behind-the-scenes at a major Internet media company.”
Turner Sells Epic Poem, ‘Apocalypse’
Frederick Turner, a professor of arts and humanities at the University of Texas at Dallas, sold an epic science fiction poem called Apocalypse to Tony Daniel at Baen Books and John Lemon at Ilium Press. Daniel acquired Web serialization and e-book rights, while Lemon took hardcover rights. Sara Megibow at KT Literary, who brokered the North American rights agreement, said she pitched the work as “Beowulf meets The Day After Tomorrow.” Written entirely in iambic pentameter, Apocalypse, Megibow said, is about a collection of scientists and dreamers who “collude against the government to save the world from climate annihilation.” The book is set for a 2016 release.
UPNE Goes to the “Movies” with Farber and McClellan
Stephen P. Hull at University Press of New England’s ForeEdge imprint took world English rights to Stephen Farber and Michael McClellan’s 1962: The Greatest Year at the Movies. Agent Eric Myers, at Dystel & Goderich Literary Management, brokered the agreement. Farber is a longtime film critic (and currently president of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association), and McClellan is a former senior v-p at the Landmark Theatres chain. Myers said the book makes the argument that 1962, the year that saw the release of such iconic movies as Lawrence of Arabia and Jules et Jim, “delivered films of astonishing quality and social impact.”
Powell Takes Trilogy to Titan
Titan Books’ Cath Trechman took U.K., North American and Australian rights to a new trilogy by Gareth L. Powell. The three-book deal was brokered by Alexander Cochran at Conville & Walsh. Powell is best known as the author of the science fiction series Ack-Ack Macaque and the space opera The Recollection. This trilogy is a space opera that Titan compared to Josh Whedon’s TV series Firefly; the publisher said it follows the crew of a warship called Trouble Dog.
‘Fiddler’ Actor Gets Novel at Pegasus
In a two-book world rights deal, actress Alexandra Silber sold a novel called After Anatevka to Iris Blasi at Pegasus Books. Silber is currently appearing on Broadway in a revival of Fiddler on the Roof, and the novel follows the fate of Hodel, one of the five sisters featured in the play. In the book, Blasi said, “Hodel attempts to join her Socialist-leaning fiancé, Perchik, at the outer reaches of a Siberian work camp.” The second book in the deal is a memoir called White Hot Grief Parade, which chronicles the author’s experience losing her father at age 18. Blasi said the memoir is “told with raw passion, candor, and wit.” Joelle Delbourgo at Joelle Delbourgo Associates represented Silber. Pegasus has After Anatevka slated for summer 2017, and White Hot Grief Parade for 2018.