Postapocalyptic Thriller Goes to Sourcebooks
Grace Menary-Winefield of Sourcebooks acquired North American rights to The End of the World Running Club by Adrian J. Walker in a deal negotiated with Rae Shirvington, a rights agent with EBury Publishing UK, a division of Penguin Random House. The book is a postapocalyptic thriller set in the wake of a “devastating asteroid strike,” according to Sourcebooks, and centers on a man, Edgar Hill, whose “best hope is to run 550 miles before his family is evacuated to safety.” In addition to this deal, Lysa Williams of Blackstone acquired audio rights to the book at auction. Sourcebooks plans to publish the novel in fall 2017.
Tor Takes Sequel to Bonnie and Clyde Novel
Bess Cozby of Tor/Forge bought world English rights to Being Bonnie, a historical novel by Jenni L. Walsh, in a deal brokered by Stacey Glick of Dystel, Goderich, and Bourret. The novel is a sequel to Walsh’s debut novel Becoming Bonnie, which was acquired in 2015 by Tor and is set to be published in spring of this year. Becoming Bonnie tells the story of how a young Bonnelyn Parker became half of the world-famous crime duo Bonnie and Clyde. The new book, according to Glick, comprises the “dark final chapter” of their romance, and, like the first book, will touch on the “Roaring Twenties and days of Prohibition.” Being Bonnie is set to be published in summer 2018.
Starks Brings Bloody Graphic Novel to Oni
In a world rights deal, Eric Reid of WME sold Kill Them All, a graphic novel by Kyle Starks, to Charlie Chu of Oni Press, a comics and graphic novel publisher. Oni describes the book as “a love letter to ’90s action movies” and “stars a betrayed murderess out for revenge and a hard-drinking ex-cop who wants his job back.” The protagonists, the publisher adds, “must fight their way through fifteen flights [of stairs containing] criminals, assassins, drug lords, murderers, and even accountants, and kill them all.” Oni Press also recently tapped Starks to write the publisher’s comic series Rick and Morty. Kill Them All is set to be published in fall 2017.
Grand Central Nabs Paranormal Romance Series
Leah Hultenschmidt, editorial director at Grand Central Forever, acquired world English rights to Shifter Rogues, a new paranormal romance series by Celia Kyle, in a three-book deal arranged by Holly Root of Waxman Leavell Literary. According to Root, the series centers on the members of a special ops team “who use their unique skills—both as shifters and [as] highly skilled covert operatives—to assure the safety of civilians at any cost.” The author has previously self-published several sci-fi and paranormal romance series on Amazon. The first Shifter Rogues book will be published digitally in summer 2017 by Grand Central Forever and in print in spring 2018.
Skyhorse Attracts Wildlife Guide for Homeowners
In a deal brokered by Jennifer Unter of the Unter Agency, Skyhorse’s Jay Cassell acquired world rights to Josh VanBrakle’s Attracting Wildlife to Your Backyard: 101 Ways to Make Your Property a Happier Home for Creatures Great and Small. Unter calls the book “an effective how-to on protecting U.S. wildlife and inspiring landowners to take action on their properties to benefit animals.” The author is a forester based in upstate New York. Attracting Wildlife to Your Backyard is set to be published in fall 2017.