Broom Moves to Hogarth

In a North American rights agreement, David Ebershoff at Penguin Random House’s Hogarth imprint bought three books by Sarah M. Broom. Broom won the National Book Award for Nonfiction and the NBCC John Leonard Prize for Best First Book for her debut, 2019’s The Yellow House. She was represented by Suzanne Gluck at William Morris Endeavor. Hogarth said the three new titles are connected thematically and will use “personal narrative, reportage, archival research, and cultural criticism” to “take readers on a collective journey.” Broom will explore “what it means to be a Black woman wanderer, mount an architectural survey of teeth and the infrastructure of the body, and finally, in returning home, will explore New Orleans through its history of Black homeownership.” The first book under contract, which is currently untitled, is scheduled for 2025.

Elston’s ‘Lie’ Seduces Dorman

For her eponymous imprint at Penguin Random House, Pamela Dorman preempted North American rights to Ashley Elston’s debut adult novel, First Lie Wins. The publisher said the book is set for summer 2023 and called it a “stylish cat-and-mouse suspense story for fans of Laura Dave and Liv Constantine.” First Lie Wins follows a woman who works multiple jobs for a mysterious employer under varied aliases. Sarah Landis at Sterling Lord Literistic represented Elston and has also sold the book in the U.K. (to Headline, in a six-figure preempt), Brazil, Germany, Greece and elsewhere.

Ko Takes ‘Jackie and Giselle’ to Riverhead

Riverhead’s Sarah McGrath bought North American rights to Jackie and Giselle, by National Book Award finalist Lisa Ko (The Leavers). Ayesha Pande at Pande Literary Agency brokered the agreement. The publisher said the novel is “both sweeping and intimate,” beginning in the 1980s and moving through the 2040s. It follows three Asian American women in New York City who “fight expectations to pursue creative and meaningful lives in a future radically different from the one they were promised.” The publisher has not yet announced a pub date.

Legacy Lit Buys Hylton’s ‘Madness’

Antonia Hylton sold Madness: Crownsville, the Search for Sanity in a Segregated Asylum, and the Legacy of Race in Mental Health to Krishan Trotman at Hachette’s Legacy Lit imprint. The author, who is a correspondent for both NBC News and MSNBC, was represented by Johanna Castillo at Writers House, Eric Ortner of the Ortner Group, and Ethan Cohan of Del Shaw Moonves Tanaka Finkelstein & Lezcano. Castillo said Madness examines one of America’s only segregated asylums with surviving records and a still-existing campus. The titular Maryland hospital was in operation from 1911 through 2004. In the book, Hylton explores “how the legacy of slavery and racist stereotypes of Black people’s bodies and minds ultimately paved the way to the criminalization and stigmatization of Black patients.” Trotman acquired world rights in the deal, and the book is slated for fall 2023.

Grove Nabs Book on 2020 Election

Morgan Entrekin bought world rights to Mark Bowden and Mathew Teague’s The Steal: The Attempt to Overturn the 2020 Election and the People Who Stopped It for Grove Atlantic’s Atlantic Monthly Press imprint. Grove said the title, set for January 2022, is a “week-by-week, state-by-state account” of “this historic assault on our democracy.” Bowden, who was represented by attorney Drew Bowden, has written 15 books, including the bestseller Black Hawk Down. Teague contributes to various magazines, including the Atlantic, and was represented by David Black at the David Black Literary Agency.