Diversion Signs Former Minneapolis Chief

Diversion Books editor-in-chief Keith Wallman has acquired world rights to All Are Necessary by former Minneapolis police chief Medaria “Rondo” Arradondo, who became the city’s first Black police chief in 2017 and led the department through the crisis following George Floyd’s murder in police custody there in 2020. Ian Kleinert at the Paradigm Agency brokered the deal. Co-written with Jennifer Amie, the book will offer “inspiration and practical advice for leaders in any profession” and will explore Arradondo’s “vision of a policing system worthy of our trust.” The book is scheduled for a May 2025 publication.

Forever Accepts Reyes’s ‘Broposal’

After an auction, National Book Award finalist Sonora Reyes has sold world English rights to The Broposal to Amy Pierpont at Forever, with Junessa Viloria set to edit. The deal was negotiated by Alexandra Levick at Writers House. In addition to being an NBA finalist, Reyes’s YA book The Lesbiana’s Guide to Catholic School won numerous honors. Levick said The Broposal, Reyes’s adult debut, is “a queer romance about lifelong best friends who enter a marriage of convenience to avoid the looming shadow of deportation.” The Broposal is slated for a January 2025 publication.

Matt Holt Books Cracks Nawbatt’s ‘Code’

Matt Holt at Matt Holt Books has acquired world rights to investor and strategic adviser Chitra Nawbatt’s Breaking the Code: Defying the Rules to Achieve the Impossible. The deal was negotiated by Robert DiForio at D4EO Literary Agency. Holt said the book will share Nawbatt’s “methodology” with readers “who want meaningful change in their lives, teaching them how to identify the written and, more importantly, the unwritten codes” necessary to achieve success. Breaking the Code is scheduled for a fall 2025 publication.

Avon Books has acquired world rights to Adam & Evie’s Matchmaking Tour by Nora Nguyen—the pen name of Banyan Moon author Thao Thai. The book was acquired by Molly Gendell (who has since left Avon) and will be edited by Priyanka Krishnan. Abigail Walters at CAA handled the deal. Banyan Moon was a 2023 Read with Jenna Book Club pick. Avon said Adam & Evie is “an enemies-to-lovers romance” set in Vietnam in which the title characters “keep getting thrown together, their animosity charged with attraction, and they discover that true love may be out there.” A fall 2024 publication is planned.

Park Row Takes Kastens’s OCD Memoir

After an auction, Nicole Luongo at Park Row Books has taken world rights to Alegra Kastens’s Intruder: My Life-or-Death Battle with OCD. Rick Richter and Caroline Marsiglia at Aevitas Creative Management brokered the deal. Kastens is a psychotherapist, mental health advocate, and the founder of the New York–based Center for Anxiety, OCD, and Eating Disorders. Park Row said Intruder is an “illuminating, incisive memoir” of Kastens’s “personal struggles with OCD,” adding that it “draws on her clinical work as a licensed therapist to explain the psychology and science behind one of OCD’s most common—yet most misunderstood—manifestations.” Intruder will publish in spring 2026.

Dorman Takes ‘Broadchurch’ Creator’s Debut

After an auction, Pamela Dorman at Pamela Dorman Books has acquired world rights to Chris Chibnall’s debut novel, Death at the White Hart. Chibnall is the writer, executive producer, and creator of the acclaimed television series Broadchurch. Dorman said White Hart is a detective story set in a picturesque village in coastal England, “where the local pub’s landlord is found murdered and detective Nicola Bridge must unpick a web of lies and rivalries to unmask a killer.” Eugenie Furniss at 42 handled the two-book deal. The book is set for a February 2025 publication.