Deal-o-Mania Reigns at Dutton
The deal-making activity at Dutton this past week was supercharged, with three executive editors making four acquisitions. Editor-in-chief John Parsley
was impressed, telling PW, “Dutton has a small and selective list of 50 titles, so it’s been amazing for our editors to acquire, in just a few days, such a percentage of what we acquire in a full year. These are discussable, definitive, must-have books, and we’re excited they’ve become part of the Dutton we’re building.”
snapped up North American rights to Misfire
by NPR investigative reporter Tim Mak
from Keith Urbahn
and Matt Latimer
at Javelin. The publisher described the book as “a groundbreaking work on the NRA.” In a second deal, Howard bought Titans: How Churchill, Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, and Roosevelt Were Made by War,
the next book from Phillips Payson O’Brien
(The Second Most Powerful Man in the World
). Alexa Stark
and Ellen Levine
at Trident Media brokered the deal for world English rights.
At auction, Lindsey Rose
won S.K. Barnett’s Back
, which the publisher called “an electrifying psychological thriller.” Richard Pine
at Inkwell Management negotiated the deal for North American rights.
Lastly, turning toward brainy matters, Jill Schwartzman
bought North American rights from Margo Beth Fleming
at Brockman for The Neuroscience of You
by cognitive neuroscientist Chantel Prat.
Morrow Wins Home Depot Cofounder
and David Granger
at Aevitas Creative Management sold at auction Good Company
by Arthur Blank
, cofounder of Home Depot and owner of the Atlanta Falcons football team and Atlanta United soccer team, whom Granger called “an amazing human.” Mauro DePreta
at Morrow was the winner of the North American rights for October publication.
MSNBC’s Joy-Ann Reid Also Goes to Morrow
In another deal at Morrow, Peter Hubbard
bought North American rights to The Man Who Sold America: Trump and the Unraveling of the American Story
by Joy-Ann Reid
, a political analyst for MSNBC and host of the network’s AM Joy
; the book is set for a June 25 release. Suzanne Gluck
at WME brokered the deal for the book that, according to the publisher, examines two questions: “Is Donald Trump running the ‘longest con’ in U.S. history?” and “What will be left of America when he leaves office?”
Children's Deals Roundup
This week’s crop of new projects includes a debut YA novel by playwright Tobly McSmith
, set in Texas, about a transgender boy and a cisgender girl; a first picture book by bestselling YA author Jennifer E. Smith
(The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
), and a YA novel by Olivia Abtahi
pitched as an Iranian-American Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging
Harper Nabs Jessi Klein
at Harper won at auction rights to Jessi Klein’s Not What I Was Expecting: Adventures in Motherhood, Marriage, Failure, and Hope
, a second collection of interconnected stories from the comedian, star of Netflix’s Big Mouth, and author of You’ll Grow Out of It
. World rights were sold by David Kuhn
and Nate Muscato
at Aevitas Creative Management. The book is set for release in 2021.
37 Ink Picks Up PEN Finalist Jabari Asim
at 37 Ink picked up North American rights to Jabari Asim’s American Struggle: On Race, Culture and Imagination and Soul Run Wild
from Joy Harris
, who has an eponymous agency. It is, according to the publisher, “part group biography, part meditation on the overwhelming and sometimes tragic toll that fame, creative genius, and the demands of the music industry extracted from some of the most distinguished male icons of soul, including Marvin Gaye, Donny Hathaway, Sam Cooke and others.” Asim was a PEN finalist for We Can’t Breathe: On Black Lives, White Lies, and the Art of Survival
and is the author of more than a dozen books for adults and children.
Seal Press Signs Former Jeopardy Winner
of Foundry Media sold North American rights to Whitewashed: The Racist History of the Feminist Movement
by two-time Jeopardy winner and historian ,b>Alysha Rooks to Stephanie Knapp
at Seal Press, with Laura Mazer editing. Regel acted on behalf of In This Together Media.