Random House, Celadon Unveil Editions of the January 6 Report

Random House will publish The January 6th Report in fall 2022, featuring a foreword by California congressman Adam Schiff. The work, subtitled The Findings of the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol, will, Random House said, be “the official report of the investigation into the attack—perhaps the most vital congressional investigation in American history—with exhibits and witness testimony.” The foreword by Schiff, who is chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, “offers critical insights into this harrowing chapter in American history.” Mark Warren will edit the book.

   Macmillan’s Celadon Books imprint will also publish an edition of the report on the events of January 6, in conjunction with the New Yorker and with an epilogue by Maryland congressman Jamie Raskin. Set to be released simultaneously in print and digital formats, the edition will feature an introduction by New Yorker editor David RemnickDeb Futter acquired world rights from William Morris Endeavor’s Eric Simonoff, and Celadon’s Bill Hamilton will edit the book. Celadon is calling its edition the “first comprehensive portrait of the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol.” Futter added that it will “provide the American people with a full picture of the tragic events of that day.”

Hazelwood Re-ups at Berkley

Ali Hazelwood inked a five-book agreement with Berkley, her current publisher. Sarah Blumenstock acquired the titles from Thao Le at Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency following the success of the author’s 2021 debut novel, The Love Hypothesis, which Berkley said has become a global bestseller. The deal includes
three adult novels, which Berkley purchased in a world rights agreement, and two YA titles, to be released by Penguin Young Readers, which it bought in a U.S. and Canadian rights agreement. The first YA title contracted, Check & Mate, is a rom-com in which, the publisher said, “a young woman’s life is jump-started when she accidentally defeats the reigning bad boy of chess, inadvertently kicking off a public rivalry—and a match for the heart.” Berkley published Hazelwood’s sophomore novel, Love on the Brain, last month and will be releasing her third novel, Love Theoretically, in August 2023.

Stevenson Trades at Currency

Gary Stevenson sold The Trading Game at auction to Currency’s Paul Whitlach in a North American rights agreement. Chris Wellbelove at Aitken Alexander in the U.K. represented Stevenson, a YouTuber and former banker who walked away from the industry to rail against the 1%. The memoir, Currency said, charts the author’s “unlikely journey from the working-class outskirts of East London to the London School of Economics,” after which he became one of Citibank’s most successful traders. It also details why Stevenson opted to quit and “campaign against the perils of growing global wealth inequality.” The publisher said the book was pitched as “Anthony Bourdain meets Liar’s Poker.”

Berkley Gets ‘Christmas’-y with Winfrey

Berkley’s Cindy Hwang and Angela Kim took world English rights to Kerry Winfrey’s Faking Christmas. The holiday novel, set for fall 2023, was sold by Stephen Barbara at InkWell Management. Barbara said it was inspired by the 1945 film Christmas in Connecticut and follows a woman named Laurel, who’s allowed her boss, Gilbert, to believe she owns her sister’s local farm—when in reality she just manages its Instagram account. When Gilbert invites himself to the farm on Christmas Eve, “Laurel must figure out how she can trick him into thinking she’s basically the Martha Stewart of rural Ohio and keep her job in the process.”

Correction: An earlier version of this story referred to Celadon Books as an imprint at Hachette Book Group; it's an imprint at Macmillan.