DEAL OF THE WEEK
Deaver Does Double at Putnam
International bestseller Jeffery Deaver inked a two-book, North American rights agreement with G.P. Putnam’s Sons. Mark Tavani acquired the thrillers from Deborah Schneider at Gelfman Schneider/ICM Partners. The first novel is set for 2022 and will feature The Never Game’s hero, Colter Shaw. The second, set for 2023, will feature Lincoln Rhyme, who starred in The Bone Collector.
FROM THE U.S.
Penguin Buys Kohli’s Debut
The founder of the Brown Girl Therapy Instagram account, Sahaj Kaur Kohli, sold world rights to her debut book, But What Will People Say?, to Penguin Life’s Emily Wunderlich at auction. Brown Girl Therapy bills itself as “the first/largest mental health community for children of immigrants,” and the book, subtitled On Navigating Mental Health as a Child of Immigrants, will expand upon the account. The publisher said it will combine “personal narrative, anecdotal analysis, comprehensive research, and advice on what it means to grow up a child of immigrants... while challenging the mental health community to democratize and decolonize how we approach identity and wellness.” Kohli is a Sikh American and is studying to be a therapist in a master’s program at George Washington University. She was represented by Susana Alvarez and Celeste Fine at Park & Fine.
Wallace’s ‘Countdown’ Continues at Avid
Fox News anchor Chris Wallace’s Countdown bin Laden: The Untold Story of the 247-Day Hunt to Bring the Mastermind of 9/11 to Justice was acquired by Avid Reader Press in a North American rights deal. Jofie Ferrari-Adler bought the book from Claudia Cross at Folio Literary Management and Larry Kramer at Kramer Talent Management; it marks the second entry in Wallace’s Countdown series (following last summer’s Countdown 1945). Countdown bin Laden, the publisher said, “delivers a deeply reported, revelatory, and thrillingly told account of the final months of the hunt for Osama bin Laden” and is slated for September 7.
Sanders Gets ‘Beautiful’ for Penguin
For Penguin Life, Amy Sun bought North American rights to Ella Frances Sanders’s illustrated, inspirational book Everything, Beautiful from Jennifer Weltz at Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency. The publisher described the title as one that “explores what beauty is, why it is meaningful, and how we can find it in the everyday.” Sanders is the author of 2019’s Eating the Sun: Small Musings on a Vast Universe.
Jabali Sells Two to Algonquin
Madeline Jones at Algonquin Books took world rights to two titles by Malaika Jabali, senior news and politics editor at Essence Communications. The publisher said the first, Capitalism Won’t Save Us, will be “an entertaining, illustrated guide to socialism for entry-level anti-capitalists that centers women and POC visionaries.” The second title, Will It Explode, is “a deeply reported story following three Black working-class families in the Midwest after the Great Migration, revealing the false promise of social mobility.” Tanya McKinnon at McKinnon Literary represented Jabali.
Ten Speed Says ‘Si’ to Anta
Julio Anta sold Si, Se Puede to Shaida Boroumand at Ten Speed Press in a world English rights agreement. Jessica Mileo at Inkwell Management brokered the deal. Ten Speed called Si, Se Puede “an exploration of the Latinx rebels, artists, and activists who have shaped American history, including the Hispanic Union soldiers of the Civil War, César Chávez, and Dolores Huerta.” It will be illustrated by Yasmín Flores Montañez.