Jimmy Carter makes a call to action for the world’s women, Keith Richards gets colorful, Anne Rice revives Lestat, Richard Ford brings back Frank Bascombe, and Larry Summers dishes on the world economy, and more.
Foundry Literary + Media
Among the titles Foundry will be playing up in London is William Giraldi’s Hold the Dark (Norton, Sept.), which is set in Alaska and follows a wolf scholar called in to help investigate a wolf attack on a fishing village; rights also sold in France. Giraldi is the author of Busy Monsters (also from Norton); he teaches at Boston University and was a finalist (in the category of criticism/essays) for a National Magazine Award. From Paul Tremblay, another Massachusetts-based novelist, is Head Full of Ghosts (William Morrow, May 2015); the novel chronicles the Barrett family, which lives in a sleepy New England town in the mid-2000s and seeks an exorcist, in desperation, after their 14-year-old daughter falls ill with what doctors say is an incurable form of schizophrenia. Tremblay (No Sleep Till Wonderland) has been a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award multiple times. Then there’s Brian Eha’s Walking the Silk Road (Portfolio, summer 2015), a nonfiction work about the Silk Road, the underground website for illegal drugs; the agency said the book “endeavors to tell the Silk Road’s entire evolution and demise.” Eha has frequently covered the online currency Bitcoin and has written for, among others, the Atlantic and Outside magazines. Another big book for Foundry is How to Catch a Russian Spy by Anonymous, with Ellis Henican (Scribner, 2015). The book, which was preempted in the U.K. (and, at press time, had offers from houses in Italy and Germany), is based on an actual story from the Cold War era, in which an average Joe became a double agent for the U.S., ultimately uncovering a Russian spy. The anonymous author, who is working with investigative journalist Henican, will, Foundry said, “reveal his true identity during the writing of the book.” The work has also been optioned for film in a major deal, with 20th Century Fox acquiring the rights for seven figures shortly after the book was bought by Scribner. Then, from HarperCollins’s newly named imprint, Dey Street, is Wendy Suzuki’s currently untitled work about her own transformation from, as Foundry put it, “fat, frumpy and forgetful to foxy and focused.” Suzuki has a Ph.D. and is an authority on the subject of brain plasticity.
Janklow & Nesbit
The big nonfiction book from J&N is Jimmy Carter’s A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power (Simon & Schuster, Mar.), which the agency described as, “an informed and passionate charge about a devastating effect on economic prosperity and unconscionable human suffering that affects us all.” Another big book for J&N is Chrysler Szarlan’s debut novel The Hawley Book of the Dead (Ballantine, Sept.), which is full of “suspense, passion and magic in the exquisitely imagined tradition of A Discovery of Witches”; rights sold in the U.K., the Netherlands, and Brazil. From Josh Weil is The Great Glass Sea (Grove Atlantic, July), a debut novel from the author of a celebrated novella collection (The New Valley), about Russian twin brothers who labor side by side for the same company—the world’s largest greenhouse—until one begins to ascend professionally and the other “slides into a life of bare subsistence.” The highly anticipated new one from Anne Rice, Prince Lestat (Knopf, Oct.), which features the return of the titular vampire, is also on J&L’s list; it is the sequel to Rice’s 1988 novel, Queen of the Damned (also published by Knopf). And from M.A. Larson is Pennyroyal’s Academy (Putnam, fall), the first title in a debut middle-grade series set at a prestigious boarding school that “shapes little girls into warrior princesses.”
DeFiore & Company
One of the titles D&C will be pushing in the rights tent this year is Diamond Head (Harper, spring 2015), a debut novel from Cecily Wong, a 26-year-old Barnard graduate. The agency described the book as “a sweeping multigenerational saga” that unfolds the story behind a legendary Chinese-Hawaiian shipping family”; rights sold in Germany. Another big book for the shingle is the new one from the author of the bestselling photo book Humans of New York, Brandon Stanton: Little Humans (FSG, Oct.), which is a picture book version of the author’s debut, featuring shots of children. From Rick Yancey is The Infinite Sea (Putnam, Sept.), the second book in his bestselling 5th Wave series; rights sold in multiple countries. Then there’s Keith Houston’s The Book: A Cover-to-Cover Exploration of the Most Powerful Object of Our Time (Norton, fall 2015), which the agency called “an exploration of the long and surprising history of this most important of information technologies... the book.” Another nonfiction work is award-winning science journalist Peter Brannen’s The Ends of the World: Supervolcanoes, Lethal Oceans, and the Search for Past Apocalypses (Ecco, 2016), which examines “deep time and Earth’s past dead-ends.”
William Morris Endeavor
A big WME book this year is Pamela Druckerman’s There Are No Grownups: And Other Things It Took Me 40 Years to Learn (Penguin Press, no pub date yet), the new one from the author of the 2012 bestseller Bringing Up Bébé. No Grownups was inspired by a recent New York Times article in which the author touched on hitting the milestone year. From Dr. Meg Jay—she is a UVA professor, child psychologist and TED talk–giver--is Supernormal (Hachette/Twelve, no pub date yet), which WME said will “illuminate the secret world of the heroic child.” Scottish writer Kristy Logan has Gracekeepers (on submission in the U.S., rights sold in the U.K.), which is about two women—one who buries the dead deep in the ocean and the other who works in the circus. The fantasy novel is set “in a world divided between those inhabiting the mainland and those inhabiting the sea.” Another notable novel from WME is Meg Wolitzer’s Belzhar (Dutton, Sept.), about a New Jersey teenager whose British boyfriend has died and who is now at a “therapeutic boarding school” in Vermont; WME said the work is “a breathtaking and enchanting story about first love, deep sorrow and the power of acceptance.” And, from Dr. Angela Stent is Putin’s Russia (on submission), a look at the enigmatic, and recently headline-making, leader, from Georgetown professor of government and director of the school’s Center for Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies.
In an unusual move, WH will be selling foreign rights to Jonathan Tropper’s 2009 novel, This Is Where I Leave You (Penguin), hoping to draw interest because of the forthcoming film adaptation. Although the bestseller has sold in numerous countries, the agency said “there are still unsold territories”; Tropper wrote the screenplay for the film, which stars Tina Fey and Jason Bateman and is scheduled to hit U.S. theaters on September 12. From Shawna Yang Ryan is the 14-years-in-the-making novel Green Island (Knopf, summer 2015), about three generations of a Taiwanese family. From the creators of the popular podcast Welcome to Night Vale, Joseph Frank and Jeffrey Cranor, is a currently untitled novel that paperback imprint Harper Perennial has acquired and will release in hardcover in fall 2015. The book is set in the same eerie world as the podcast and features characters from the show, which Wired described as “Lake Wobegone by David Lynch.” With much attention on the movie Veronica Mars—it is based on the cult-hit TV show (that went off the air in 2007), and opened in U.S. theaters this month after receiving funding via Kickstarter—series creator and movie director Rob Thomas, writing with Jennifer Graham, has Veronica Mars: The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line, An Original Mystery (Dutton, Mar.); the book is the first installment in a new series. The major nonfiction title from the agency is Sunrise over Hiroshima: The Remarkable True Story of a Family Divided by War (Harper, Jan. 2016), by Pamela Rotner Sakamoto, about a Japanese-American family with two sons who fought on opposing sides in World War II. WH said the book is “an evocative, richly detailed and emotionally charged story of individuals staggered by war.”
ICM Partners (handled by Curtis Brown)
A big author on ICM’s list is Richard Ford, for whom the agency will be pushing Let Me Be Frank With You (Ecco, Nov.), a collection of four new novellas, featuring Ford’s Frank Bascombe, a character who was introduced in The Sportswriter (1986); rights sold in Canada and the U.K. From Ian Caldwell is Blood and Water (Simon & Schuster, Mar. 2015), a new thriller set within the walls of the Vatican by the coauthor of the bestselling The Rule of Four (2004). ICM also has George Saunders’s Congratulations by the Way (Random House, Apr.), which is the text of the inspiring speech that Saunders, winner of the 2013 NBA for fiction, gave at a Syracuse University convocation event. A video of the speech went viral after the school posted it on its website; rights sold in Italy. From journalist Luke Dittrich is The Brain That Changed Everything (Random House, Sept. 2015), about Henry Molaison, a man ICM called “the most famous test subject in history,” who lost his ability to create new memories after undergoing an experimental operation performed by Ditrrich’s grandfather; rights sold in the U.K. Another nonfiction title is Brent Schneider and Rick Tetzeli’s Becoming Steve Jobs (Crown, Feb. 2015), which the agency called “the most nuanced portrait yet of the unconventional education” of the former Apple CEO. And from Lynsey Addario is It’s What I Do (Penguin Press, Jan. 2015), an account from the award-winning photojournalist of the “horrifying and amazing” events she’s witnessed.
Curtis Brown, Gelfman Schneider/ICM Partners, and Sagalyn Agency/ICM Partners (handled by Curtis Brown)
A big book for Gelfman Schneider is Jeffrey Deaver’s The Skin Collector (Grand Central, May), the 11th entry in the author’s bestselling Lincoln Rhyme series; rights sold in Canada. Also from GM is Chris Bohjalian’s Close Your Eyes Hold Hands (Doubleday, July), about a now-homeless teenager whose parents were killed in a meltdown at the Vermont power planther father had run; the agency called it a story of “loss, adventure, and the search for friendship in the wake of catastrophe.” From the Sagalyn Agency, is former CIA analyst Mathew Burrows’s The Future Declassified: Megatrends That Will Undo the World Unless We Take Action (Palgrave, Oct.), which the agency said “features four fictional paths to 2030.” Another nonfiction title from Sagalyn is Blaine Harden’s currently untitled book on North Korea (Viking, 2015), which is, per the agency, “a page-turning narrative history about the world’s longest-lasting totalitarian state”; rights sold in the U.K. From CB is the new novel from One Day author David Nicholls, Us (U.S. rights not yet sold), about a father whose son is about to leave for college, and whose wife is planning to leave shortly thereafter; rights sold in the U.K. The other big book from CB is Renee Knight’s Disclaimer (HarperCollins, spring 2015), a debut psychological thriller from a graduate of Faber & Faber’s writing school, Faber Academy , about someone who comes across a version of themself in a novel, committing an act they actually committed, but never disclosed to anyone living; rights sold in the U.K. and Canada.
A notable title on the Ed Victor list is John Banville’s The Blue Guitar (Knopf, no pub date yet), which the agency called “a tense, fraught, and frequently comic meditation on the intricacies of human relations”; rights sold in the U.K. Another recognizable name on the agency’s lineup is Keith Richards, whose children’s book, Gus and Me (Little, Brown), will be an autobiographical take on the author’s relationship with his grandfather; rights sold in the U.K. From Lord Browne is The Glass Closet (HarperBusiness, June), a work EV called, “part memoir, part reportage, and part analysis,” in which the former chief executive of BP opens up about his decision to resign from the company in 2007—a move linked directly to revelations about his sexual orientation; rights sold in the U.K. Ben Macintyre has A Spy Among Friends (Crown, July), which EV said is “the definitive telling of the most legendary spy story of the 20th century,” about the rise and fall of a member of British Intelligence called Kim Philby; rights sold in the U.K. Then, from Eoin Colfer, there is The Hangman’s Revolution (Hyperion, June), the second book in the author’s new YA series, W.A.R.P.; rights sold in the U.K.
Among Gernert’s hot titles for the fair is Chris Pavone’s The Accident (Crown, Mar. ), a thriller by the author of the Edgar Award–winning The Expats that takes place in the world of New York book publishing; rights sold in multiple countries. From Priya Parmar is Vanessa and Her Sister (Ballantine, spring 2015), a “captivating” novel about the lives of Vanessa Bell, her sister Virginia Woolf, and the controversial and popular circle of intellectuals known as the Bloomsbury Group; rights sold in the U.K. The agency will also be highlighting A Fireproof Home for the Bride (St. Martin’s, winter 2015) by Amy Scheibe. Set in 1950s North Dakota, Scheibe’s novel follows 18-year-old Emmy as she breaks with her Norwegian-Lutheran family “in order to find truth, beauty, and ultimately, love.” On the nonfiction side, Randall Munroe’s What If: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions (HMH, Sept.) provides “hilarious and informative answers to important questions you probably never thought to ask”; rights sold in multiple countries, including the U.K. and Germany. In Dataclysm (Crown, Sept.), OK Cupid founder Christian Rudder provides a “provocative and visually fascinating” nonfiction look at what our online lives reveal about who we really are, and “how this deluge of data will transform the science of human behavior”; rights sold in the U.K., among other countries.
Frances Goldin Literary
The agency will be shopping playwright Monica Byrne’s The Girl in the Road (Crown, May), a debut novel hailed by Neil Gaiman as “glorious.” The book, which takes place at points in the near future, traces the journeys of two women whose narratives “meet in a shattering climax”; rights sold in the U.K. and Germany. Also on the fiction end of things is former NYPL Cullman Fellow Álvaro Enrigue’s Sudden Death (Riverhead, Nov. 2015), translated from Spanish by Natasha Wimmer, it presents scenes of a tennis match between Caravaggio and Spanish poet Quevedo and interweaves them with an account of Hernan Cortes’s first voyage to Mexico; rights sold in multiple countries. One of Goldin’s lead nonfiction titles is Reading with Patrick (Random House, winter 2015), by Harvard Law School graduate Michelle Kuo. In the book, Kuo recounts her visits with a former student named Patrick, serving time in a county jail in Arkansas after he was arrested for murder, and the “bond they formed through books and reading”; rights sold in the U.K. The agency will also feature Elaine M. Hayes’s The Queen of Bebop: The Musical Lives of Sarah Vaughan (Ecco, fall 2016), which is described as the “definitive biography of the jazz legend.” Then there’s On Immunity: An Inoculation (Graywolf, Sept.), by Eula Biss, NBCC winner for No Man’s Land, positioned as a “book-length essay on human interdependence told through social, medical, literary, and political histories of vaccination.” On Immunity also includes Biss’s own experience and thoughts, as a new mother, on the controversial topic.
Trident Media Group
The agency will be touting a roster of novels in London, including Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Defiant (St. Martin’s), the sixth book in the Chronicles of Nick series. Then there’s So Close and Too Far (St. Martin’s, 2015), two titles from Sylvia Day’s Blacklist series; rights sold in multiple countries. Trident will also be selling Nicole Edwards’s Sniper 1 Security series, which revolves around a security company servicing two families, as well as the author’s Alluring Indulgence series, which tells the story of how the lives of the Walker family intertwine with the resort they’ve built in their small town (both Simon & Schuster). In Constance Cooper’s first novel, Wily Things (U.S. rights not yet sold), Yonie Watereye and her talking cat, LaRue, are “happy making their scant living helping customers solve minor mysteries,” until money runs short and the pair takes off to the “big city.” The agency will also be shopping Emily Gould’s Friendship (FSG, July), a novel that traces the evolution of the close friendship between two women in New York, who, at 30, “find both their lives at a crossroads”; rights sold in the U.K. and Brazil.
Inkwell will be highlighting two projects by Katherine Heiny—the writer’s debut short story collection, Single, Carefree, Mellow (Knopf, winter 2015), and her debut novel, Standard Deviation (Knopf, 2016). The collection is described as a “glittering, tender, and ruefully funny debut, examining the varieties of betrayal in 10 exquisite stories of women falling in and out of love.” The novel centers around two couples and the jealousies that complicate their marriages. Then there’s Canary, by Duane Swierczynski (Little, Brown, winter 2015), which tells the story of Sarie Holland, an ordinary college girl who turns confidential informant. The agency’s hot nonfiction titles include Arianna Huffington’s Thrive (Crown, Mar.), in which the Huffington Post president and editor in chief makes an “impassioned and compelling case for the need to redefine what it means to be successful in today’s world”; rights sold in 12 countries, with other offers pending. In Supersurvivors (HarperWave, Aug.), David B. Feldman and Lee Kravetz interview and study individuals who have overcome trauma in their lives. Feldman, a tenured professor at Santa Clara University, is a top expert on hope in the field of psychology, and Kravetz is a journalist who has written for the New York Times; rights sold in South Korea. Another lead nonfiction title is Memoir (not yet sold in the U.S.), by Mahtob Mahmoody, the daughter of Betty Mahmoody, who chronicled their escape from Iran nearly 30 years ago in her own bestselling book, Not Without My Daughter. Already an international bestseller, according to the agency, rights have been sold in Germany, France, Holland, Denmark, and the Czech Republic.
The agency will be featuring a list of notable fiction titles at the fair this year. Debut author Amanda Maciel’s Tease (Balzer & Bray, Apr.) is a “provocative” and “unforgettable” young adult novel about a teenage girl who faces criminal charges for bullying after a classmate commits suicide; rights sold in the U.K., Brazil, China, and Germany. The Missing Place (Simon & Schuster, Oct.), by Sophie Littlefield, tells the story of two mothers who come together to search for their young sons after the men go missing while working on oil rigs in North Dakota; rights sold in Brazil, Italy, Germany, and the U.K. Baror will also be featuring another young adult novel—Rebel Belle (Putnam Juvenile, Apr.), by Hex Hall author Rachel Hawkins, described as Buffy with a “Southern twist”; rights sold in Brazil, France, and Turkey. James S.A. Corey’s SF novel Cibola Burn (Orbit, June) is the fourth installment in the author’s Expanse series, which has over half a million copies sold worldwide and has been optioned for television; rights sold in multiple territories. Then there’s James Rollins and Grant Blackwood’s thriller The Kill Switch (William Morrow, May), the first book in the new Tucker Wayne series, a spin-off of Rollins’s bestselling Sigma Force series; rights sold in the U.K., Russia, and Italy.
The lead novel for Wylie going into the Fair is Amos Oz’s Judas (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, no pub date yet), set in Jerusalem in the winter of 1959 and 1960. In a city that was still divided between Israel and Jordan, the book explores “traitors and lovers, fathers and sons, women and men” through the story of Shmuel Ash, a postgraduate at Hebrew University; rights sold in Israel and Brazil. On the nonfiction side is The Rise and (Potential) Fall of Modern Central Banking: What it Means for You (U.S. rights not yet sold), by Mohamed A. El-Erian, which “sheds light on what individuals, companies, and governments can do today” to navigate the uncertain outlook in banking. Then there’s an untitled book on the world economy by Lawrence Summers with Chrystia Freeland (FSG). In his first book, Summers (who was secretary of the treasury, president of Harvard University, and chief economist of the World Bank), will lay out “an original and sweeping vision of how the world economy is changing in the 21st century.” The Power of Habit author Charles Duhigg’s Why Things Get Done: What Separates the Most Productive People, Businesses, and Societies from Everyone Else (Random House, no pub date yet), will explore “recent discoveries in psychology, neurology, and economics that illuminate why some people seem to cram more useful hours into each day”; rights sold in South Korea. Lastly, the agency will be touting Michael Morell with Bill Harlow’s The Great War Of Our Time: An Insider’s Account of the CIA’s Fight Against al Qa’ida (Hachette/Twelve, no pub date yet). Morell was a CIA briefer for President Bush on September 11, 2001, and was with President Obama on May 1, 2011, as a key planner in the operation that killed Osama bin Laden. In the book, Morell draws on his 33-year career in the CIA to reveal “critical, never-before-told stories of what went right and what went wrong in this global battle against al-Qaeda.”
Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency
C.W. Gortner’s novel Becoming Chanel (William Morrow, early 2015) is among the agency’s hot titles. In the book, Gortner “strips away the layers of myth” that Coco Chanel cultivated to “reveal the fallible, contradictory and extraordinary woman who defied every odd.” Next there’s Woman With a Gun (Harper, Dec.), by bestselling legal thriller writer Phillip Margolin, which centers around a photograph of a woman in a wedding dress holding a Western six-shooter, used as evidence in a trial. Sarai Walker’s first novel Dietland (HMH, spring 2015), is billed as a “female fight club” about a subversive underground group seeking revenge on men who exploit women, that will “turn every chick lit novel that you’ve loved (or hated) on its head”; rights sold in France, Israel, and the Czech Republic. Cecilia Galante’s young adult novel, Be Not Afraid (Random House Books for Young Readers, Apr. 2015), is described as “The Exorcist for YA readers.” Galante is the author of The Patron Saint of Butterflies, which was an Oprah Book Club teen Reading Selection. For nonfiction, there’s Somebody’s Child (Weinstein Books, Oct.), a memoir by Lisa Lovatt-Smith, former head of Spanish Vogue, who “rose from poverty to the upper echelons of European fashion at a young age” to then give up her privileged lifestyle to relocate to Ghana permanently and begin a “long, brutal fight to reform the orphanage care system”; rights sold in France.
Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency
The agency will be pushing a new novel by Dreams of Joy author Lisa See called China Dolls (Random House, June). Set in San Francisco in 1938, the book follows three young women who begin dancing careers at the “exclusive, glamorous Forbidden City nightclub” but have their friendship “threatened by secrets and betrayals” as World War II approaches. In Creatures of a Day and Other Tales of Psychotherapy (Basic, winter 2015), Dr. Irvin Yalom, author of Love’s Executioner, reveals the “power of the authentic bond between the sufferer and healer” through ten “gripping” tales of psychotherapy. Another nonfiction title is The Amazons (Princeton Univ. Press, fall 2014), in which Adrienne Mayor, National Book Award–winning author of Poison King, tells the tale of how the women of the Eurasian steppes came to be seen as the Amazons of “legend and myth.” Lastly, there’s Your Atomic Self (Free Press, June), by Curt Stager, which provides a “dazzling” molecular view of our bodies.
Sanford J. Greenburger Associates
One of SJGA’s big books in London is Brad Thor’s Act of War (Atria/Emily Bestler, July), which is a follow-up to the author’s 2013 bestseller Hidden Order. From Melody Anne, there are two romance series—Surrender and Baby for the Billionaire (on submission in the States)—which have both sold in France; the titles in the Surrender series have been New York Times e-book bestsellers, and, SJGA said, the books feature “powerful businessmen and the women who find love and a happily-ever-after ending.” In the self-help category is Lorna Byrne’s Love From Heaven (on submission in the U.S.), in which the author of Angels in My Hair (Harmony, 2009) “delves into the origin of love”; rights sold in nine territories, including the U.K., Germany, and the Netherlands. The film rights have already been optioned (by Ridley Scott) to C.J. Abedi’s FAE trilogy (Diversion Books, 2013), a YA paranormal series about a teenage girl whose 16th birthday “triggers the battle fated for centuries between the Dark and Light Fae.” (C.J. Abedi is the pen name for sibling authors Colet and Jasmine Abedi, and book #2 in the series is being published by Diversion in May.) And from Mike Curato is a picture book series called Little Elliot, Big City (Henry Holt, Sept.), about a “polka-dotted, cupcake-loving elephant” who lives in the city; rights sold in China, Germany, and Israel.
Jane Rotrosen Agency
Debut author Leisa Rayven has Bad Romeo (St. Martin’s, Jan. 2015), a work initially self-published as Twilight fan fiction and called The Diva Diaries; it follows starlet Cassie Taylor and heartthrob Ethan Holt, who starred together in their acting school’s production of Romeo & Juliet and now, cast as the romantic leads in a new Broadway play, must face the “raw memories of the heartbreaking lows and pulse-pounding highs of their secret college affair.” Currently on submission in the U.S. is Tarryn Fisher’s Mud Vein, about a novelist who wakes up on her 33rd birthday trapped behind an electric fence, locked in a house, and “left to decode the clues to find out why she was taken.” Fisher, according to the agency, sold 300,000 copies of her self-published trilogy, Love Me With Lies. Bestseller Tess Gerritsen has Die Again (Ballantine, Dec.), a new novel featuring the author’s female detective duo, Rizzoli & Isles; rights sold in the U.K., the Netherlands, Germany, and Poland. From Richard Montanari is The Doll Maker (Little, Brown, spring 2015), about the author’s recurring detective duo, Kevin Byrne and Jessica Balzano, trying to solve a case involving a string of murders that seem to be orchestrated by a criminal on death row; rights sold in the U.K. Another bestseller the agency will be pushing is Tami Hoag and her latest, Cold, Cold Heart (Dutton, Aug.), which brings back TV news reporter Dana Nolan who, after being kidnapped by a serial killer in The 9th Girl (Dutton, 2013), is now questioning everything as she deals with posttraumatic stress disorder.
Dystel & Goderich Literary Management
Among DGLM’s hot books is journalist Lizze Stark’s Pandora’s DNA (Chicago Review Press, Oct.), which examines “the morass of legal quandaries, scientific developments, medical breakthroughs, and ethical concerns surrounding the so-called breast cancer genes,” and relies on both general research, as well as the author’s own “family legacy of cancer.” Another notable nonfiction book for the agency is Duel for the Crown (Gallery Books, Apr.) by Linda Carroll and David Rosner, about the rivalry between the two top thoroughbreds—Affirmed and Alydar—who vied for the 1978 Triple Crown. From Amy Biancolli is Figuring Shit Out (Behler, Sept.), a memoir by a young mother who has also recently lost her husband to suicide; Biancolli is a playwright and critic. In the new adult category, DGLM has Kendall Ryan’s When I Break, the first title in a new self-published series about a counselor “trying to make amends with her difficult past” whose life is upended when a “sexy, but troubled” man joins her group. And, in YA, there’s Suzanne Young’s The Hotel (Simon Pulse, winter 2015), a thriller that DGLM calls “a cross between The Shining and ‘Hotel California.’ ”