Broadleaf Signs an American Imam’s Debut

Jarrod Harrison, associate editor at Broadleaf Books, bought world rights to a debut, unagented book by Imam Taymullah Abdur-Rahman, a chaplain for the Massachusetts Department of Corrections and founder of the social justice digital platform, SPENTEM, as well as a doctoral candidate in transformational leadership at Boston University. The book, tentatively titled American Imam: Insight from a Black Muslim Leader in the West, is slated for publication in spring 2024. “It sets the stage for a contemporary African American Muslim narrative, while also examining the role of interreligious fellowship in America,” the publisher says.

Revell Nabs Duo’s WWII Work

Authors Tosca Lee (The Line Between) and Marcus Brotherton (A Bright and Blinding Sun) are teaming up on The Long March Home, a WWII novel to be published by Revell in May 2023. Greg Johnson of WordServe Literary Group sold world rights to senior acquisitions editor Kelsey Bowen, who calls the novel, which follows three friends from Mobile, Ala., to the Bataan Death March, “an evocative, rich literary and emotional experience.”

Chandler Doubles Up

Brian Vos, executive editor at Baker Books, bought world rights through Karen and Curtis Yates at Yates & Yates to two books by Matt Chandler (Mingling of Souls). The first book, tentatively titled The Overcomers, is scheduled for a September 2023 release. A devotional, study guide, leader’s guide, video study, and a curriculum kit, according to the publisher, will eventually accompany it. The book shows readers “how to live a life of beauty and courage and to bring light to the world while pushing back the darkness.” The second book in the deal is tentatively slated for publication in fall 2025. Additional details are forthcoming.

Evelina Moves to Chalice

Chalice’s Rebeca Seitz, executive director of marketing and content development, signed an all-rights deal via Amy Collins with Talcott Notch Literary Services to novelist Nicole Evelina’s Catherine’s Mercy, to be published on June 16, 2023. Evelina is the author of fiction and nonfiction including Sex and the City: A Cultural History (Rowman & Littlefield, Nov.) and The Guinevere’s Tale Trilogy (Lawson Gartner). Her forthcoming novel is based on the true story of Irish reformer and Sisters of Mercy founder Catherine McAuley. It is the second in the new Chalice Stories line of novels.

Picture Book Debut Lands at Shadow Mountain

Chris Schoebinger at Shadow Mountain bought world rights directly from debut author Nadine Fonseca to Only a Trenza Away, a picture book for ages 3-8. The story follows a father and daughter’s nightly routine, including braiding her hair and telling bedtime stories. Robbin Brosterman at the Bright Agency represented illustrator Camila Carrossine. Publication is slated for Aug. 8, 2023.