Scholastic Nabs New Hunger Games Novel

Scholastic publisher David Levithan has acquired world English rights to a new novel in the blockbuster Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins. Sunrise on the Reaping, the fifth entry in the series, “will revisit the world of Panem 24 years before the events of The Hunger Games,” the publisher said, with Lionsgate signed on to adapt the book into a feature film. It’s the first new Hunger Games title since 2020’s The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, which was a worldwide bestseller. Scholastic said the previous four books in the series have sold a combined 100 million copies in 54 languages so far. Rosemary Stimola of the Stimola Literary Studio negotiated the deal. Sunrise is set for a March 2025 publication.

De la Cruz Heads to Red Tower

Melissa de la Cruz, author of the Disney Descendants novels (and more than 70 books for readers of all ages), has sold world rights to Rings of Fate to Liz Pelletier at Red Tower. Richard Abate at 3Arts Entertainment negotiated the three-book deal. Red Tower described Rings of Fate as “The Princess Bride meets The Wheel of Time,” in which “a sharp-tongued barmaid and an infuriatingly handsome prince agree to a fake engagement to forge an ancient treaty between kingdoms and stop a deadly magic power.” A winter 2025 pub date is planned.

Weiss Gets ‘Chance’ with Atria

In a preempt, Laura Brown at Atria has acquired world English rights to screenwriter Thea Weiss’s debut novel, The Second Chance Cinema. Amy Tannenbaum at the Jane Rotrosen Agency brokered the deal. Atria said the book follows “a recently engaged couple who stumble upon a magical movie theater playing key memories from their respective pasts. As the memories creep closer to the present, they discover they’re both keeping secrets from each other.” The book is set for a fall 2025 publication.

Rodale Signs Haver’s Perimenopause Book

Rodale Books has acquired world rights to an untitled book about perimenopause by Mary Claire Haver, author of the landmark The New Menopause. Heather Jackson of Heather Jackson Literary negotiated the deal. Rodale editorial director Marnie Cochran will edit. Rodale said the book will be “an authoritative and much-needed illumination of what most doctors aren’t telling women about the perimenopausal impact on mood, fertility, bone, heart, and brain health, and what to do to protect themselves from those effects during this prolonged period of wild hormonal fluctuation.” No pub date was announced.

Case Brings ‘Fight’ to Grand Central

Grand Central nonfiction editorial director Colin Dickerman has acquired world rights to The Harder I Fight the More I Love You, a memoir by singer-songwriter Neko Case. In addition to her successful solo career, Case is a founding member of indie rock band the New Pornographers. Grand Central said the book will trace Case’s evolution from an “invisible girl raised by two dogs and a space heater in rural Washington state” to her “improbable emergence as an internationally acclaimed talent.” Jennifer Gates at Aevitas Creative Management represented Case. The book is scheduled for a January 2025 publication.

Penguin Press Banks on Blankfein

Penguin Press publisher Scott Moyers has acquired world rights to an as-yet-untitled memoir by former Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein. Robert Barnett of Williams & Connolly handled the deal. The publisher said the book is a “straight-talking account of one of the most notable careers in modern American business, from growing up in public housing in Brooklyn’s East New York to becoming the long-tenured CEO of Goldman Sachs, guiding the firm through a time of unprecedented turbulence and transformation.” It will also include “well-learned lessons” about “leadership and competition in dangerous times.” The memoir will be published in 2025.