Buzzed-About 'Children's Train' Sells in Flurry of Sales
One of the hottest books of the Frankfurt season, The Children's Train by Viola Ardone, has sold in over 10 international deals, including to Einaudi Stile Libero (Italy), Albin Michel (France), and DVA (Germany). Italian agency Alferj e Prestia controls rights for the novel, which is based on a true story about a group of poor children from Naples who were sent, in 1946, to northern Italy where they were hosted by foster families of communist militants.
Finnish NF Book Lands on U.S. Shores
The Meaning of Your Life Explained by Frank Martela has sold to Harper Design for world English rights, and to Ambo Anthos in the Netherlands. Elina Ahlback Literary, which controls rights to the title, also sold the book to Gummerus in Finland. The author is an academic, and the narrative nonfiction book examines the history and psychology of meaningfulness in life.
Spanish 'Cook' Moves to Germany
Spain-based IMC Literary has sold The Cook of Castamar by Fernando J. Múñez to C. Bertelsmann. Spanish publisher Planeta will be publishing next year. Set in the 18th century, it's about a young woman who supports herself by her cooking skills after losing her father in the Spanish War of Succession.
French Nonfiction Title Sells in Germany & Greece
The Children of the Void: Breaking Away from the Impasse of Individualism by Raphaël Glucksmann, has sold to Hanser in Germany and Polis in Greece. The Two Seas Agency handled the sale, on behalf of Allary Editions, which is the book's French publisher. Two Seas said the book "questions the lack of a collective outlook in the generations that have grown up in individualistic societies."