Park Row Celebrates Neff’s ‘Days’
In a mid-six-figure North American rights agreement, Erika Imranyi at Park Row Books acquired Amy Neff’s The Days I Loved You Most. The publisher said the debut novel is “a sweeping love story for fans of The Notebook and The Paper Palace” that follows a married couple who “face a tragic diagnosis and share a stunning decision to take their lives in one year’s time, posing questions about devotion vs. sacrifice, fate vs. choice, grief, family dynamics, and what it means to live fully and love someone for a lifetime.” Neff lives in coastal Connecticut. She was represented by Wendy Sherman at Wendy Sherman Associates.
Klein Explores ‘Mirror World’ for FSG
Naomi Klein sold U.S. rights to Doppelganger: A Trip into the Mirror World to Alex Star at Farrar, Straus and Giroux. The publisher said the book explores what Klein (The Shock Doctrine) calls the “mirror world”—a term referring to “our destabilized present rife with doubles and confusion, where far-right movements playact solidarity with the working class,” and where “so many of us project our own carefully curated digital doubles out into the social media sphere.” Kimberly Witherspoon at InkWell Management represented Klein, and Doppelganger is due out in September.
Gallery Looks to Skye
Actor Ione Skye sold Say Everything to Gallery Books. Pamela Cannon took U.S. rights to the coming-of-age memoir from Dunow Carlson & Lerner’s Erin Hosier. The book, per Gallery, is an “unapologetic narrative” about the author’s life, “including her all-consuming, adventurous and scattershot devotion to finding and keeping love and meeting her father, Scottish folk singer Donovan, for the first time at age 17” and “the challenges and joys of raising her two daughters in a very different L.A. from the one she grew up in.”
Leiby Takes Her ‘Lot’ to Dial
Comedian and TV writer Alison Leiby sold North American rights at auction to an essay collection, I’m a Lot, to Annie Chagnot at the Dial Press. Leiby has written for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Life and Beth, and is also the creator of the one-woman stage show Oh God, a Show About Abortion. Dial said the book “explores the various roles she has played and personae she’s inhabited throughout her life, offering readers comfort and validation in the identities they might feel similarly pressured to claim.” Leiby was represented by Meredith Miller at United Talent Agency.
Random House Does Triple with Smith
Hilary Redmon at Random House acquired North American rights to three books by Clint Smith. Smith (How the Word Is Passed) has won the National Book Critics Circle award for nonfiction and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. The first book under contract, Just Beneath the Soil, chronicles trips he has taken to WWII memorial sites with people who have ties to them. The publisher said it will “focus on the experiences of groups of people whose stories often sit at the peripheries of the conflict’s dominant narrative, giving an intimate account of their lived experience during the war.” The Gernert Company’s Alia Hanna Habib represented Smith.
‘Librarian’ Checks In with Bloomsbury
For Bloomsbury, Anton Mueller took world English rights to That Librarian by Amanda Jones. A school librarian in Louisiana, Jones was named SLJ’s co-librarian of the year in 2021. The nonfiction book, Bloomsbury said, is “a David and Goliath story of Jones’s battle against book banning” that offers “a deeply intimate look at the onslaught of harassment she faced and her courageous decision to fight back.” Sarah N. Fisk at the Tobias Agency brokered the deal.