Last week was a big one for Foundry, the literary agency founded a little over one year ago. Mollie Glick, who left Jean Naggar to join Foundry last month, made her first sale at the agency, conducting an eight-house auction for Lenore Skenazy's Free Range Kids. Alan Rinzler at Jossey-Bass won North American rights to this parenting book, based on the New York Sun column Skenazy wrote about letting her nine-year-old son ride the subway alone. That article landed the author on NPR, The Today Show, Penn & Teller and Dr. Phil.
Elsewhere at the agency, Yfat Reiss Gendell conducted an auction for Plume editor Signe Pike's memoir, called Faery Tale, with North American rights going to Marian Lizzi at Perigee. In the book, which blends research with amateur ghost hunting, Pike's longing for the magical stories of her youth and subsequent search for the characters that had enchanted her as a child will take her to Mexico, Ireland, Scotland and elsewhere.
In a third deal, Chris Park held an auction for another memoir, this one by Kambri Crews and titled Love, Daddy; Bruce Tracy at Villard won North American rights. This is an account of growing up poor and deprived in Texas, with two deaf parents, including a father who was brilliant, charismatic and near-homicidal.
Finally, Stephanie Abou accepted a preemptive offer from Hilary Rubin Teeman at St. Martin's for Adopting Adults, a first novel by Randy Susan Meyers. The book follows two sisters left on their own after their father murders their mother, describing how this tragedy haunts each of them as they make their way in the world. St. Martin's has North American rights.