Sourcebooks Takes Two

Esther Margolis at Newmarket Publishing Management sold world English rights to an untitled biography of Elizabeth Warren to Grace Menary-Winefield at Sourcebooks. Slated for publication in fall 2018 and written by bestselling political biographer Antonia Felix, the account of Senator Warren’s life will explore her childhood, career in government, and the impact she’s had on both American politics and middle-class families, according to the publisher.

Also at Sourcebooks, Anna Michels took world English rights to The Genius Habit by performance strategist Laura Garnett, in a six-figure deal brokered by Myrsini Stephanides at the Carol Mann Agency. The book, which will be published in early 2019, explores ways to identify and nurture “the ‘genius’ that exists within all of us” and create a more fulfilling life, according to Sourcebooks.

Butcher Brings ‘Cases’ to Ace Books

Ace Books executive editor Anne Sowards acquired world English and audio rights to Brief Cases, a short story collection by Jim Butcher, author of the bestselling Dresden Files series. The new book is a companion piece to Butcher’s 2010 short story collection, Side Jobs. It also includes previously published content based on the Dresden Files series, as well as a new Dresden Files novella. Brief Cases is scheduled to be released in summer 2018. The deal was brokered by Jennifer Jackson at the Donald Maass Literary agency.

Audible Originals Picks up Two from Emma Chase

In a six-figure deal for audio-first publication, Amy Tannenbaum at Jane Rotrosen Agency sold audio rights to two new untitled romances by bestselling author Emma Chase (Tangled) to Audible Originals’ Rose Hilliard and Elizabeth Skoler. The audiobooks will launch Chase’s new series following the scandalous love lives of high school teachers, with the first audiobook slated for release in early 2018.

Bleeker Re-Ups at Lake Union with a Double

Danielle Marshall of Lake Union Books acquired world rights to two new books by bestselling author Emily Bleeker (Wreckage). The first book in the deal, The Waiting Room, is set for publication in early 2018, and follows a woman suffering from postpartum depression who becomes the prime suspect in her baby’s disappearance. Marlene Stringer of the Stringer Literary Agency represented Bleeker.

Delacorte Takes New Dayton for Six Figures

In a six-figure preempt, Jodi Reamer at Writers House sold U.S. and Canadian rights for a new YA novel by Arwen Elys Dayton, author of the bestselling Seeker series, to Krista Marino at Delacorte Press. Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful is set in the future and features interconnected stories that explore the ethical dilemmas that come with human life extension, according to the publisher. The book is slated for publication in fall 2018.

Berkley Buys Canadian Writer’s Debut

Berkley executive editor Kerry Donovan took North American rights to the first two novels by Canadian lawyer-turned-journalist Sonya Lalli, who now lives in London. Her debut, The Matchmaker’s List, will first be released in the U.K. later this year by Orion under the title The Arrangement. The novel follows an independent Canadian woman in her late twenties who has a close relationship with her Indian grandmother, and it explores cross-cultural issues, family bonds, identity politics, and more, according to Berkley, which will release the book in early 2019. Lalli was represented by Martha Webb at the McDermid Agency. Webb sold North American rights on behalf of Federica Leonardis at Martin Leonardis Literary Management in the U.K.