Lisa Sharon Harper Moves to Brazos

Katelyn Beaty at Brazos Press acquired world rights to Lisa Sharon Harper’s (The Very Good Gospel) new book, Fortune, in which Harper introduces readers to members of her family spanning 10 generations whose lives and futures were shaped by oppressive public policies. The book, which is slated for release in fall 2021, was agented by Howard Yoon of the Ross Yoon Agency.

Brazos Goes ‘Wilder’

In another Brazos deal, Katelyn Beaty bought world rights to two books by Shannon K. Evans, who writes about Catholicism. The first book, A Wilder Journey, is slated for publication in fall 2021, while a second untitled book is scheduled for spring 2023. A Wilder Journey helps women see the challenges of early motherhood as opportunities for spiritual growth and deeper knowledge of self and God, according to the publisher. Keely Boeving of WordServe Literary Group represented the author.

‘The Next Black Evangelical’ Lands at IVP

Cindy Bunch, associate publisher and editorial director at IVP, bought world rights to a new book by journalist Ed Gilbreath. The Next Black Evangelical, which will be released in spring 2022, weaves stories of Black evangelical leaders who “confronted common challenges of being marginalized, misunderstood, or compelled to fit a particular white Christian mold in order to survive,” according to a press release. The deal was unagented.

Becky Thompson Hits a Triple

Thomas Nelson’s Damon Reiss and Stephanie Newton bought world rights to three books by Becky Thompson (The Midnight Mom Devotional). The first, Midnight Dad Devotional, will be written with Thompson’s father, Dr. Mark Pitts, and published by the Thomas Nelson Gift imprint. Two trade books from the W Publishing Group imprint will follow in 2022 and 2023. Thompson’s agent, Lisa Jackson of Alive Literary Agency, brokered the deal.

T.I. Lowe Re-Ups with Tyndale

Tyndale House publisher Karen Watson and fiction acquisitions director Jan Stob re-upped T.I. Lowe (Lulu’s Café) for four new novels. The deal includes Under the Magnolias, described as a 1980s-set Southern coming-of-age story pitched as appealing to readers of Where the Crawdads Sing and The Great Alone. A May 2021 publication is planned. The Palmetto Summer romance trilogy, which expands the world of the author’s Carolina Coast series, is expected debut in 2022. The deal for world English and audio rights was brokered by Danielle Egan-Miller of Browne & Miller Literary Associates.