Jack Reacher Lives On at Delacorte
Lee Child and younger brother Andrew Child (who also writes under the name Andrew Grant) have struck a deal with Ballantine group president Kara Welsh and editor-in-chief Kara Cesare for North American rights to four new Jack Reacher thrillers, to be published by Delacorte Press. The deal was handled by Richard Pine and Kim Witherspoon at InkWell Management. Delacorte said the first, as-yet-untitled book in the new deal will publish sometime in 2024 and will be the 29th in the series, which has more than 100 million copies in print worldwide.
Dey Street ‘Opens Wide’ for Blanco
Record producer, songwriter, artist, actor, and food personality benny blanco has sold world rights to Open Wide to Stuart Roberts at Dey Street Books. The deal was struck by Sarah Passick at Park Fine. Dey Street said the book is “a cookbook and entertainment guide” about throwing “the greatest dinner party of all time.” It will feature more than 100 “accessible, elevated recipes”; menus from blanco’s “legendary dinner parties”; and contributions from an array of stars and personalities, including Hailey Bieber, Lil Dicky, Matty Matheson, and Billie Eilish’s mom. The book is set for an April 2024 publication.
Lin-Liu and FSG Reach ‘Formidable’ Deal
Jenna Johnson at Farrar, Straus and Giroux has acquired North American rights to Jen Lin-Liu’s The Formidable Mrs. Chao: One Trailblazing Woman’s Quests from Imperial China to 1980s America for Food, Home, and Family. The deal was negotiated by William Clark at William Clark Associates. According to FSG, the book will chronicle the extraordinary life and culinary pursuits of Buwei Yang Chao, who “irrevocably changed America’s understanding of Chinese cuisine” with her groundbreaking 1945 book How to Cook and Eat in Chinese. A fall 2026 pub date is expected.
Algonquin Casts Yeon’s ‘Pottery’
In a preempt, Madeline Jones at Algonquin has secured North American rights to South Korean screenwriter and novelist Yeon Somin’s English-language debut, The Healing Season of Pottery. The deal was handled by Lisette Verhagen at Peters Fraser + Dunlop on behalf of Mojosa in South Korea. Algonquin said the novel is about a 30-year-old woman “who finds solace in the art of pottery after an intense period of burnout from her all-consuming job.” The book is set for a fall 2024 publication.
Enríquez, Hogarth Strike ‘Shady’ Deal
International Booker Prize finalist Mariana Enríquez has sold North American rights to two books to David Ebershoff at Hogarth. The first is a collection of stories titled A Sunny Place for Shady People, which the publisher said features “achingly human characters whose lives intertwine with ghosts, the occult, and the macabre.” The second book, Somebody Is Walking on Your Grave, is a collection of essays centered on some of the world’s most “iconic” cemeteries. A Sunny Place will be published in September 2024; no pub date has been set for the second book. The deal was negotiated by María Lynch of Casanovas & Lynch.
Flatiron Signs Stewart’s ‘Broken Heart’
Nadxieli Nieto at Flatiron Books has acquired North American rights to What a Broken Heart Can Do, by journalist, theologian, and Shoutin’ in the Fire: An American Epistle author Danté Stewart. Hafizah Geter at Janklow & Nesbit represented Stewart in the deal. Flatiron said the nonfiction book is a reminder of what heartbreak can teach us “if we have the courage to face it.” What a Broken Heart Can Do is tentatively planned for fall 2025.