Philomel Disappears with Levithan & Cremer
Jill Santopolo, executive editor of Penguin Young Readers' Philomel imprint, took world rights to a new YA novel by David Levithan and Andrea Cremer called The Invisibility Curse. Bill Clegg, at William Morris Endeavor, brokered the deal for Levithan, who co-wrote Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (and is editorial director at Scholastic Press). Richard Pine and Charlie Olsen, from Inkwell Management, represented Cremer, author of Nightshade (and history professor at Macalaster College). The novel follows a boy burdened by invisibility who meets a girl that has the power to see him and, possibly, cure him. Publication is currently set for 2013.
Putnam Re-Ups Randy Wayne White
Neil Nyren, at Putnam, has signed bestseller Randy Wayne White to a four-book deal for North American and open market rights that continues the Penguin imprint's standing relationship with the author. Through the deal, brokered by ICM's Esther Newberg, White will write three more entries in his Doc Ford series, as well as the first title in a new series. The next Doc Ford novel (which Putnam has under contract from an earlier deal) is scheduled for 2012.
HMH Celebrates Jane...ites
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is tipping its hat to Jane Austen and the upcoming birthday of one of her most beloved novels, with its acquisition of Among the Janeites. Nicole Angeloro bought North American rights to Deborah Yaffe's new book about the enthusiastic cult of Austen superfans known as Janeites from agent Jenni Ferrari-Adler, at Brick House. Yaffe, a Janeite herself, explores why so many readers continue to be drawn to the author's work and, as HMH explained, "what they find in the companionship of others who love her." The book is scheduled for 2013 to coincide with the bicentennial of the publication of Pride and Prejudice.
Crown Heads to ‘Rocky Flats'
At auction, Crown's John Glusman won North American rights to Kristen Iversen's Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of the Rocky Flats. Iversen, who was represented by Trident Media's Ellen Levine, was raised just outside the titular Colorado town, which, until 1992, housed a government plant that made plutonium triggers for nuclear warheads. (The triggers are the spheres containing the plutonium in the weapons.) Now a professor at the University of Memphis, Iversen explores what happened in Rocky Flats—a cancer cluster developed and an ensuing class action lawsuit was filed—and what is ahead for the town. (In 1989 the New York Times dubbed the region "the most dangerous site in America"; now the area is slated to become a wildlife refuge despite its high levels of plutonium contamination.) The book is scheduled for summer 2012.
Longtime bestseller Lisa Scottoline is finally getting some love in Hollywood with two recent deals that could bring her books to the big (and little) screen. Her novel Look Again (St. Martin's, Feb. 2010) has been optioned by Elysium Films, and her humorous essay collection spun out of her column for the Philadelphia Inquirer, Why My Third Husband Will Be a Dog (SMP, 2009), has been optioned by 20th Century Fox Television. Lou Pitt, of the Lou Pitt Group, brokered the deals on behalf of Molly Friedrich, at the Molly Friedrich Agency.
Katie McHugh, at Da Capo, took world rights to the parenting memoir Bay and Her Boys by Bay Buchanan. Agent Alice Martell coordinated the sale. In the book, scheduled for spring 2012, the conservative political figure and former U.S. treasurer (under Reagan) discusses her experiences as a single mother and delivers lessons for women in that role.
Model-turned-yoga-instructor Tara Stiles (Slim Calm Sexy Yoga) sold her next book, Yoga Cures: Over 50 Simple Routines for Radiant Health, to Three Rivers Press. Heather Lazare took world rights from Heather Jackson, at Silverjack Productions and CAA. Deepak Chopra, one of Stiles's students, will write the introduction. The title will focus on poses that target everything from the flu to hangovers, even wrinkles; publication is slated for spring 2012.
Sloan Harris at ICM sold New Yorker staff writer Jane Mayer's currently untitled book about the influence wealth has on our current political landscape to Bill Thomas at Doubleday. Thomas took U.S. and Canadian rights to the book. Mayer wrote the 2008 nonfiction title The Dark Side (also Doubleday), about the Bush administration's "war on terror" and the legal sidestepping the administration did to accomplish many of its goals in that effort.