Broadleaf Takes Two Titles Looking at Survivors' Lives

Lisa Kloskin, an acquisitions editor at Broadleaf Books. has acquired world rights to a debut nonfiction book from writer Lyndsey Medford. Tentatively titled Systemic, it reveals what living with chronic illness can teach us about surviving and thriving in a sick world. Keely Boeving of Wordserve Literary Group represented the author in the deal, and the book is planned for spring 2023.

Religion scholar and journalist Stephanie Saldaña sold What We Remember Will Be Saved to Valerie Weaver-Zercher, also an acquisitions editor at Broadleaf, at auction; the author was represented by Michael Palgon at The Palgon Company. The book narrates the journeys of six refugees escaping from Iraq and Syria, including Muslims, Yazidis, and Christians whose lives were upended by war. She asks them, "What did you save? Publication is planned for 2023.

T.I. Lowe Inks Two-Book Deal with Tyndale

Tyndale House fiction publisher Karen Watson and associate publisher Jan Stob bought world English and audio rights to T.I. Lowe’s novel Indigo Isle (for 2023 release) and another novel not yet titled or scheduled. Lowe, author of the 2021 bestselling Under the Magnolias, sets her newest tale in rural South Carolina where a Hollywood film location scout runs into a recluse known as the “Monster of Indigo Isle.” The deal was brokered by Danielle Egan-Miller of Browne & Miller Literary Associates.

Brazos Press’ Beaty Acquires Pair of Authors

Brazos Press, a division of Baker Publishing Group, has signed a two-book contract with Mike Cosper, director of podcasting for Christianity Today and a founding pastor at Sojourn Church in Louisville, Ky. The first book, tentatively titled The Devil’s Greatest Trick and to release in summer 2023, is designed to help Christians consider how the modern world has shifted its understanding of evil. The second book, tentatively titled The Spark (fall 2024), will examine how human creativity relates to God’s role in the world. World rights for both were negotiated by senior acquisitions editor Katelyn Beaty with agent Don Gates of The Gates Group.

Beaty also acquired world rights to Resistance for the Rest of Us by Kaitlin Curtice, an indigenous author (Native: Identity, Belonging, and Rediscovering God) whose new book shows how resistance isn’t just for professional activists. She was represented by Rachelle Gardner of Gardner Literary Agency. The book is scheduled for a spring 2023 publication.

Swallow Prior Signs Again with Brazos

Karen Swallow Prior, author of On Reading Well, published by Brazos, has signed a contract for The Evangelical Imagination, scheduled to be released in summer 2023. Robert Hosack, senior acquisitions editor at Brazos Press, negotiated world rights for the unagented project. Swallow Prior, research professor of English at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, examines some of the major elements of the evangelical imagination through the lens of literature.

Jewish Holidays Title Goes to Christy Ottaviano Books

Christy Ottaviano at Christy Ottaviano Books/Little, Brown Books for Young Readers has acquired world rights to Beni’s Tiny Tales: Around the Year in Jewish Holidays, written and illustrated by Jane Breskin Zalben (A Moon for Moe and Mo). Scheduled for fall 2023, this storybook celebrates a year in Jewish holidays from Rosh Hashanah through Shavuot. Elizabeth Harding at Curtis Brown negotiated the deal.

Kids and Creation Are Topics of WorthyKids Picture Book

Melinda Rathjen at WorthyKids has acquired world rights to God Made You Too, written by Chelsea Tornetto, a middle school World Geography teacher, and illustrated by Kimberley Barnes. The rhyming picture book highlights the beauty of creation while also reminding children that they are specially designed by the Creator as well. Publication is scheduled for February 2022. Melissa Richeson at Storm Literary Agency represented the author, and Robbin Brosterman at The Bright Agency represented the illustrator.

Hanukkah Tale to be Published by Kalaniot Books

Lili Rosenstreich at Kalaniot Books has acquired North American, U.K., and Israeli English/Hebrew language rights to Oy Mendel!: A Hanukkah Miracle, co-written by Let Liberty Rise author Chana Stiefel and her husband, Larry Stiefel. Daphna Awadish will illustrate this picture book about clumsy Mendel, who can never seem to get anything right until he begins to spread Hanukkah joy. Publication is set for September 2022. The illustrator represented herself, and the co-authors were represented by Miranda Paul of Erin Murphy Literary.