Aevitas Creative Management
Bend You to Remain by Tsering Lama
U.S. publisher: Bloomsbury, fall 2021
A debut novel from the storytelling advisor for Greenpeace International tells the 60-year tale of a Tibetan family’s journey through exile, from Nepal to North America, following three women and a fatherless boy whose fates are changed by the mysterious appearance of a statue of a nameless saint.
Immediate Family by Ashley Nelson Levy
U.S. publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, spring 2021
Levy’s debut novel, told as a letter from the narrator to her younger brother on the eve of his wedding, outlines a fracture in their relationship as she contemplates the speech she’ll give on his big day and explores questions of infertility, race, adoption.
The Sisterhood by Liza Mundy
U.S. publisher: Crown, spring 2022
The newest book from the author of Code Girls will be an account of the multi-decade effort by a network of women CIA analysts who began tracking al-Qaeda in the 1990s, only to see their warnings of imminent threat ignored by the CIA’s male leadership until the 9/11 attacks, and who ultimately led the successful hunt for bin Laden and other al-Qaeda leaders.
Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers
U.S. publisher: Park Row, winter 2021
This #OwnVoices debut follows a young black woman just finishing her PhD in astronomy, who impulsively gets married in Las Vegas and decides to leave her perfectly ordered life for a summer in New York City with the wife she barely knows.
Moon Fall by James Rollins
U.S. publisher: Tor, summer 2021
Sigma series author Rollins switches from thriller to fantasy with the launch of a new series set in a twilight land between burning brightness and frozen darkness, where a girl foretells a new apocalypse approaching and is charged with heresy, punishable by death.
The Sirens of Mars by Sarah Stewart Johnson
U.S. publisher: Crown, June
In this book, timed to release with the next NASA rover mission to Mars, Johnson, an assistant professor of planetary science at Georgetown University, tells the story of scouring Mars for signs of life.
Creative Artists Agency
Dwyane by Dwyane Wade
U.S. publisher: Morrow, fall 2020
This photographic memoir from former NBA superstar Wade offers more than 100 photos from his life on and off the court.
I Had a Vision for Love: A Memoir by Mariah Carey
U.S. publisher: Holt/Cohen, Sept.
Grammy-winner Carey chronicles her tumultuous journey to superstardom, recounting her humble beginnings, divorces, struggles with bipolar disorder, and her success.
Untitled nonfiction book by Jerry Seinfeld
U.S. publisher: Simon & Schuster, Oct.
Seinfeld looks back on his career, from his start in stand-up to his hit television show, Seinfeld, to his more recent ventures such as Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.
The Cheney Agency
Destination Wedding: A Novel by Diksha Basu
U.S. publisher: Ballantine, June
Basu’s novel tells the tale of a young Indian-American woman who, with her best friend and entire family, travels to Delhi for her cousin’s lavish weeklong wedding celebration, where she is forced to grapple with challenges of work, love, and finding a place to call home.
Surviving Autocracy by Masha Gessen
U.S. publisher: Riverhead, June
Gessen, a staff writer for the New Yorker and the author of the National Book Award–winning The Future Is History, offers an analysis of what the author views as the destruction the Trump administration has inflicted on institutions, cultural norms, and the meaning of truth.
A Very Stable Genius: Donald J. Trump’s Testing of America by Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker
U.S. publisher: Penguin Press, out now
Pulitzer Prize–winning journalists from the Washington Post provide an insider narrative of Donald Trump’s presidency, with new reporting and insight on the implications of the administration’s actions and policies.
The Clegg Agency
Everyone Knows Your Mother Is a Witch by Rivka Galchen
U.S. publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, no pub date yet
Katharina Kepler, the eccentric, elderly mother of 17th-century German astronomer and polymath Johannes Kepler, finds both her reality and moral certainty challenged when she’s accused of witchcraft by a neighbor, as the region begins to succumb to a growing depravity.
The Mysterious Disappearance of Aidan S. (as Told to His Brother)
by David Levithan
U.S. publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers, Feb. 2021
When Lucas’s brother, Aidan, returns from being missing with an explanation for his absence that nobody believes, Lucas, his family, and their community must discern whether he’s lost in a fantasy world of his own making or if he’s actually telling the truth.
Vesper Flights by Helen Macdonald
U.S. publisher: Grove Atlantic, Aug.
The author of H Is for Hawk offers a collection of essays about the natural world, including accounts of her experiences and wider meditations on love and loss.
DeFiore and Company
Humans by Brandon Stanton
U.S. publisher: St. Martin’s, Oct.
In his new book, the photographer and author of Humans of New York widens his range with interviews and photographs of people from more than 40 countries around the world.
Milk Blood Heat by Dantiel Moniz
U.S. publisher: Grove, Feb. 2021
The stories in this debut collection from the winner of the 2018 Alice Hoffman Prize for Fiction, thematically linked by the ancient Egyptian symbol of Ouroboros, explore human connection and the nature of good and evil.
Mother Daughter Widow Wife by Robin Wasserman
U.S. publisher: Scribner, June
The new psychological novel from the author of Girls On Fire centers on a woman with no memory struggling to construct a new self, the scientists invested in studying her, and the woman’s daughter, who longs to understand her mother’s condition and identity.
Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency
Innocent Witnesses: World War II Viewed by Children by Marilyn Yalom
U.S. publisher: Stanford Univ., Jan. 2021
Yalom’s final book, which will be completed by the acclaimed late cultural historian’s son, is a collection of six accounts by Yalom’s longtime friends of their childhood memories of how war transformed their lives. Also included are Yalom’s own wartime memories—those of an American girl safely protected in Washington, D.C., as her friends in Europe fought. To honor Yalom, who passed away recently, the agency submitted only her title for PW to highlight for London.
Dystel, Goderich & Bourret
Meet Me in Paradise by Libby Hubscher
U.S. publisher: Berkley, spring 2021
In this novel from Hubscher, who holds a PhD in molecular toxicology, Marin’s wild child sister Sadie bails on their tropical weekend getaway, and play-it-safe Marin finds herself on an adventure with her arrogant but dreamy seatmate.
They Never Learn by Layne Fargo
U.S. publisher: Scout, Oct.
Thriller writer Fargo serves up a tale about a college professor’s secret life murdering the worst men on campus. Her actions start to catch up with her when she picks her sexist boss as her next victim.
The Unmaking by Stephanie Foo
U.S. publisher: Ballantine, no pub date yet
This American Life producer Foo investigates the science behind PTSD and how it has shaped her own life, culminating in a narrative of reckoning and healing.
Fletcher & Company
The Anti-bucket List by Kate Bowler
U.S. publisher: Random House, spring 2022
The author of Everything Happens for a Reason examines what she sees as the biggest existential question: how should one spend one’s time?
Lights Out: Pride, Delusion, and the Fall of General Electric by Thomas Gryta and Ted Mann
U.S. publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Apr.
Wall Street Journal reporters Gryta and Mann chronicle the decline of GE, one of America’s most storied and revered corporations—a saga of hubris, myth-making, and deceptive finances.
The Perfectionist’s Guide to Losing Control by Katherine Schafler
U.S. publisher: no publisher yet
Schafler, a former on-site therapist for Google, digs deeply into the idea of perfectionism and examines how one can use it to find more meaningful, authentic power.
Folio Literary Management
Countdown: 1945 by Chris Wallace, with Mitch Weiss
U.S. publisher: Avid Reader, June
Wallace, a journalist and host of Fox News Sunday, chronicles the secret meetings and events that took place in the U.S. in the months leading up to the bombing of Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, with President Truman at the center of the narrative.
Dark Horses by Susan Mihalic
U.S. publisher: Scout, Sept.
In this debut novel, a 15-year-old equestrian prodigy struggles to reclaim her life from her abusive father.
The Wicked Sister by Karen Dionne
U.S. publisher: Putnam, Aug.
The latest novel from the author of The Marsh King’s Daughter spins the tale of Rachel Cunningham, who accidentally shot her mother and then watched her father turn the rifle on himself, then spent 15 years in a mental hospital as a self-inflicted punishment for a crime she may not have committed.
Foundry Literary + Media
Dark Room Etiquette by Robin Roe
U.S. publisher: HarperCollins, May 2022
Roe—whose debut YA novel, A List of Cages, won several best-book honors—returns with a story centered on 16-year-old Sayers Wayte, who gets away with whatever he wants because of his family name, until he is kidnapped.
Permission to Be Interesting by Eve Rodsky
U.S. publisher: Putnam, fall 2021
Rodsky’s follow-up to Fair Play aims to help readers set new personal goals, rediscover interests, cultivate creativity, and generally reclaim what she calls their “unicorn space” (i.e., their “permission to be interesting”).
Well, This Is Exhausting by Sophia Benoit
U.S. publisher: Gallery, spring 2021
This debut memoir from the sex and relationships columnist for GQ challenges readers to confront why so many women struggle to “do the right thing” and offers advice for how to let go of being “a good girl.”
The Gernert Company
The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler’s Ghettos by Judy Batalion
U.S. publisher: Morrow, June
This WWII chronicle, already optioned by Steven Spielberg for film, brings to light the accomplishments of Jewish women who became resistance fighters.
The New Wilderness by Diane Cook
U.S. publisher: HarperCollins, Aug.
This debut novel from the author of the story collection Man v. Nature explores a mother-daughter relationship in a world ravaged by climate change and overpopulation.
The Night Swim by Megan Goldin
U.S. publisher: St. Martin’s, Aug.
In this new thriller from the author of The Escape Room, a podcast host covering a controversial trial in a small town becomes obsessed with a brutal crime that took place there years before.
Sanford J. Greenburger Associates
Burn-In by P.W. Singer and August Cole
U.S. publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, May
The duo behind Ghost Fleet—Singer, an expert on 21st-century warfare, and Cole, a national securities analyst—pen a new thriller in which FBI special agent Lara Keegan teams up with the first police robot to hunt a shadowy terrorist.
The Groom Will Keep His Name: And Other Vows About Race, Resistance, and Romance by Matt Ortile
U.S. publisher: Bold Type, June
This debut collection of essays on sex, dating, and identity is from a gay Filipino immigrant to the U.S. and explores navigating race and resistance in America.
Hysteria by Jessica Gross
U.S. publisher: Unnamed Books, Aug.
In this debut novel, a young woman becomes convinced that the new
bartender at her local bar is Sigmund Freud.
Memphis by Tara Stringfellow
U.S. publisher: Dial, spring 2021
Pushcart Prize–nominee Stringfellow’s first novel is a bildungsroman based on her family’s extraordinary civil rights heritage.
Unforgetting: A Memoir of Revolution and Redemption by Roberto Lovato
U.S. publisher: Harper, Sept.
In this memoir, Lovato, a scholar and media commentator on Latino policy and the child of El Savadoran immigrants, chronicles his life from gang member to guerilla to today.
Version Zero by David Yoon
U.S. publisher: Putnam, spring 2021
In his first book for adults, the author of the YA novel Frankly in Love spins a tale about a coder who is fired for whistleblowing and sets out on a mission to break the internet and establish something better in its place.
ICM Partners (handled by Curtis Brown)
The Origins of Our Discontents: The Resurgence of Caste in America by Isabel Wilkerson
U.S. publisher: Random House, Apr.
The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Warmth of Other Suns chronicles the emergence and endurance of caste in America, highlighting how the systemic construction of human divisions has led to present-day discontent.
The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller
U.S. publisher: Riverhead, summer 2021
Told through flashbacks, this debut novel from the v-p and head of drama series at HBO follows Elle, who must decide between Jonas, her first love and soulmate, and Peter, the husband she loves.
Right/Wrong: How Technology Transforms Our Ethics: Ten Ethical Dilemmas That Challenge Us How to Think About the Future by Juan Enriquez
U.S. publisher: MIT, Oct.
The futurist and TED speaker posits that ethics evolve over time and that many swings in the right vs. wrong pendulum are affected by advances in technology.
The Tyranny of Merit: What’s Become of the Common Good? by Michael J. Sandel
U.S. publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Sept.
Harvard political philosophy professor Sandel argues that before mainstream political parties can hope to win back public support, they must rethink their mission and purpose.
Devoted by Dean Koontz
U.S. publisher: Thomas & Mercer, Mar.
Koontz’s thriller centers on an 11-year-old boy who hasn’t ever spoken a word, and a golden retriever who can help him stave off an evil man.
Eat Like the Animals: What Nature Teaches Us About the Science of Healthy Eating by David Raubenheimer and Stephen Simpson
U.S. publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Apr.
This scientific adventure looks at how different organisms know how to balance their diets, and what advice humans can glean from that info, culminating in a unifying theory of nutrition.
We Are All the Same in the Dark by Julie Heaberlin
U.S. publisher: Ballantine, Aug.
The Black-Eyed Susans author’s novel is about the discovery of an abandoned girl who may hold the keys to the shocking truth of a man’s disappearance a decade earlier.
Janklow & Nesbit Associates
The Myth of Freedom by Maggie Nelson
U.S. publisher: Graywolf, fall 2021
Nelson’s first new project since 2015’s The Argonauts is a work of criticism that examines the concept of freedom through the lenses of art, climate, drugs, and sex.
Our American Friend by Anna Pitoniak
U.S. publisher: Simon & Schuster, 2021
Pitoniak’s novel, part Cold War–era spy thriller and part reimagining of a first lady’s life, is an examination of truth and justice, love and grief, and how one determines a life worth living.
The Prophets by Robert Jones Jr.
U.S. publisher: Putnam, Jan. 2021
This debut, which sold in a 10-way auction, is a tale of forbidden love between two enslaved young men on a plantation in the Antebellum South.
Stuart Krichevsky Literary Agency
A Deal with the Devil by Pamela Colloff
U.S. publisher: Random House, no pub date yet
New York Times Magazine and ProPublica writer Colloff’s first book tells the story of Paul Skalnik, whom the author says was an especially prodigious and unreliable jailhouse informant, focusing on his many victims and seeking to expose the damage to the American criminal justice system created by police and prosecutors’ use of such informants.
The God Equation: The Unfinished Quest for a Theory of Everything by Michio Kaku
U.S. publisher: Doubleday, spring 2021
Kaku, a theoretical physicist and the author of The Future of the Mind, begins this book with Einstein’s unfinished project—creating a unified theory of the universe—and strives to explain in an accessible way how far physicists have come toward completing that work, and what mysteries remain to be solved.
The Grifters’ Club by Sarah Blaskey et al.
U.S. publisher: Public Affairs, June
A team of Miami Herald journalists look inside the gilded gates of Mar-a-Lago, President Trump’s palatial resort in Florida.
Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary Agency
Good for a Girl: A Life Running in a Man’s World by Lauren Fleshman
U.S. publisher: no publisher yet
Fleshman, a former track and field athlete, has written a #MeToo memoir and manifesto about women and sports.
Off: The Day the Internet Died (A Bedtime Fantasy) by Chris Colin and Rinee Shah
U.S. publisher: Prestel, spring 2021
In the tradition of Go the F**k to Sleep, Off presents an event everyone secretly—or perhaps not so secretly—dreams of: the internet shutting off once and for all.
This Is What It Sounds Like: A Legendary Record Producer-Turned-Brain Scientist Explores Why We Fall in Love with Music by Susan Rogers and Ogi Ogas
U.S. publisher: Norton, fall 2022
Rogers, a brain scientist and producer for Prince and others, teams up with Ogas, a computational neuroscientist, to go beyond the familiar concepts of scales, key signatures, and chord progressions to explore a set of overlooked and underappreciated aspects of music.
Massie & McQuilkin Literary Agents
Afterparties and Straight Thru Cambotown by Anthony Veasna So
U.S. publisher: Ecco, summer 2021
Sold alongside one another, two debuts, Afterparties (a story collection) and Straight Thru Cambotown (a novel) are seriocomic fiction that shine a light on the traumas of the Khmer Rouge genocide.
Dead in the Water by Matthew Campbell and Kit Chellel
U.S. publisher: Portfolio, 2022
Two Bloomberg reporters tell the story of the faked hijacking of the supertanker Brillante Virtuoso in 2011, the murder of the British naval surveyor who uncovered the fraud, and the investigators determined to solve the crime who delve into the secretive world of international shipping.
It’s Not TV by Felix Gillette and John Koblin
U.S. publisher: Viking, no pub date yet
Bloomberg News writer and editor Gillette and New York Times television reporter Koblin offer a history of HBO, chronicling how an upstart group of creative executives pioneered a new way of delivering home entertainment.
Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency
The Paris Children: A Novel of World War II by Gloria Goldreich
U.S. publisher: Sourcebooks, Sept.
Goldreich’s novel is about the granddaughter of Alfred Dreyfus, who smuggled Jewish children out of France during the Nazi occupation, and the spy she falls in love with.
The Perfume Thief by Timothy Schaffert
U.S. publisher: Doubleday, spring 2021
An American with an infamous past moves to Paris to become a perfumer, but when the Nazis occupy the city, they seek to use her expertise for a sinister purpose.
Unretouchable by Sofia Szamosi
U.S. publisher: Graphic Universe, winter 2022
This YA graphic novel follows 18-year-old Olive’s summer internship as a photo retoucher at a fashion magazine, and explores her subsequent understanding of the manipulative ability of digital imagery, advertising, social media, and their effects on body image.
Jane Rotrosen Agency
Girls of Summer by Nancy Thayer
U.S. publisher: Ballantine, May
The author of Nantucket Wedding returns with this novel, in which an impending August storm threatens to shatter the peace of Nantucket—and its unexpected summer romances—forcing its inhabitants discover what they can and cannot control..
The Lost Girls of Devon by Barbara O’Neal
U.S. publisher: Lake Union, July
From the author of When We Believed in Mermaids comes a novel featuring four generations of Fairchild women and a missing-persons case in an English village.
Truths I Never Told You by Kelly Rimmer
U.S. publisher: Graydon House, Apr.
This novel by Rimmer (The Things We Cannot Say) is about a woman grappling with postpartum depression who uncovers writings belonging to her late mother that reveal heretofore unknown ties.
Sterling Lord Literistic
Cuyahoga by Pete Beatty
U.S. publisher: Scribner, Oct.
Beatty’s debut novel is a revisionist western tale with nods to Looney Tunes and Flannery O’Connor.
Eat the Buddha: Life and Death in a Tibetan Town by Barbara Demick
U.S. publisher: Random House, July
Journalist Demick, who reported on North Korea for her book Nothing to Envy, examines Tibet and weaves the country’s complex history with the continuous daily struggles of its citizens.
A World on the Wing: Saving Migratory Birds on a Changing Planet by Scott Weidensaul
U.S. publisher: Norton, Mar. 2021
Naturalist Weidensaul incorporates the latest science and examples of conservation challenges in this examination of bird migration.
Trident Media Group
The Absolute Book by Elizabeth Knox
U.S. publisher: no publisher yet
Published last year in New Zealand, The Absolute Book, an epic fantasy, is the 14th novel from Knox.
Jack by Marilynne Robinson
U.S. publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Sept.
Robinson, a Pulitzer Prize and the National Humanities Medal recipient, returns to the world of Gilead, Iowa, with story of Jack Boughton, the beloved and wayward son of a preacher.
Modulo by YZ Chin
U.S. publisher: Ecco, summer 2021
This debut novel by Chin, winner of the Louise Meriwether First Book Prize for her short story collection Though I Get Home, follows a young Malaysian immigrant on the verge of losing her U.S. work visa, whose husband suddenly disappears.
The Ruins of Freedom: An Environmental History of the Modern World by Sunil Amrith
U.S. publisher: Norton, 2023
Amrith—a Harvard professor, MacArthur fellow, and the author of Crossing the Bay of Bengal—offers a work that braids together environmental history and the history of capitalism from 1500 to the present.
William Morris Endeavor
Missionaries by Phil Klay
U.S. publisher: Penguin Press, Oct.
From the author of the National Book Award–winning short story collection Redeployment comes a wartime novel set in Colombia, about four entangled lives.
The New Map by Daniel Yergin
U.S. publisher: Penguin Press, Sept.
Yergin, a Pulitzer Prize–winning author and global energy expert, offers an account of how energy revolutions, climate battles, and geopolitics are mapping our global future.
Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld
U.S. publisher: Random House, June
This novel from the author of Prep and Eligible imagines a deeply compelling what-if: “What if Hillary Rodham hadn’t married Bill Clinton?”
Whereabouts by Jhumpa Lahiri
U.S. publisher: Knopf, spring 2021
Pulitzer Prize–winner Lahiri’s English translation of her own 2018 novel, originally published in Italian, is a portrayal of a middle-aged woman’s daily life over the course of a year.
Hollywood Park by Mikel Jollett
U.S. publisher: Celadon, May
In his memoir, to be released in
conjunction with an album of the same name, the lead singer of the Airborne Toxic Event details how he escaped from an infamous cult and a childhood filled with poverty, addiction, and emotional abuse.
Older by Pamela Redmond
U.S. publisher: Gallery, Sept.
In this sequel to Younger, now a TV series from the creator of Sex and the City, Liza Miller is torn between two cities and two hearts when her
bestselling novel is picked up by a major television network.
The Power of Ritual by Casper ter Kuile
U.S. publisher: HarperOne, June
Ter Kuile, a Harvard Divinity School fellow and cohost of the popular Harry Potter and the Sacred Text podcast, explores how everyday practices—yoga, reading, walking the dog—can become sacred rituals to help readers deal with social isolation and the struggle to find purpose.
To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini
U.S. publisher: Tor, Sept.
Paolini’s debut for adults is an epic space opera that follows biologist Kira Navárez from a fateful discovery on an uncolonized planet through space battles with the future of humanity at stake.
The Wylie Agency
Livewired by David Eagleman
U.S. publisher: Pantheon, Aug.
From the author of Incognito and Sum comes a portrait of the human brain that explores how it unceasingly adapts, re-creates, and formulates new ways of understanding the world.
The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich
U.S. publisher: Harper, Mar.
National Book Award–winner Erdrich based her novel on the life of her grandfather, who carried the fight against Native dispossession from rural North Dakota to Washington, D.C.
Red Pill by Hari Kunzru
U.S. publisher: Knopf, Sept.
In this new novel from the author of White Tears, set in a suburb of Berlin, a writer struggles to accomplish anything begins to lose faith in writing as he binge-watches a violent cop show that becomes weirdly compelling in its bleak Darwinian view.
London Book Fair 2020: London Calling
New programs and new opportunities await publishers at the 2020 London Book Fair