Larson Doubles Up at Thomas Nelson

Adria Haley, senior acquisitions editor at Thomas Nelson, bought world rights from Andrea Heinecke at The Bindery to two books by Catherine Claire Larson (Waiting in Wonder). The first book in the deal, Watching in Wonder: A Devotional Journal for Moms in Baby’s First Year, features journal prompts intended to help mothers reflect on their baby’s first year. The second book is yet to be titled. Publication for Watching in Wonder is scheduled for 2023.

Rona Arato ‘Stops’ at Kar-Ben

Joni Sussman at Kar-Ben took world rights to Nothing Could Stop Her: The Courageous Life of Ruth Gruber by Rona Arato. Though women were expected to stay at home and raise families, during WWII Ruth Gruber used her camera and her words to tell the stories of people in need all over the world and to fight for their rights to live in safety and freedom. Isabel Muñoz will illustrate, with publication scheduled for spring 2023. The author represented herself. Robbin Brosterman at the Bright Agency represented the illustrator.

Debut Author Examines the Story of Jacob Vanderpool

Keely Boeving at Wordserve sold world rights to WaterBrook editor Paul Pastor for debut nonfiction author Sarah L. Sanderson’s The Place They Made. The book interweaves the true story of Jacob Vanderpool, the only person in the history of the U.S. to be convicted of the sole crime of being Black, with the author’s reckoning with her ancestors’ racism, as well as her own biases. The majority of profits will be donated to organizations that serve Black and Indigenous communities in Oregon and around the country. Publication is tentatively slated for fall 2023.

Broadleaf Takes on ‘Missed Conceptions’

Max Sinsheimer at Sinsheimer Literary sold world rights to Lisa Kloskin at Broadleaf Books to linguist, podcaster, and author of On the Offensive Karen Stollznow's Missed Conceptions. The book, slated for a spring 2023 release, examines infertility throughout time and across cultures, and details the author’s own decade-long struggle to conceive.

Parallax's Children’s Book on Grief

Jacob Surpin, senior editor and associate publisher at Parallax, bought world rights to Where Did Poppy Go? by Gail Silver, author of Anh’s Anger. After a grandfather dies, a father and son move ahead through seasons and time, discovering how loved ones remain with us even after they pass. Amanda Quartey will illustrate. Publication is scheduled for fall 2022. The author was represented by her husband, Michael Silver. Robbin Brosterman at the Bright Agency represented the illustrator.