Week of March 28, 2022



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DEAL OF THE WEEK

Doubleday prays at Atkinson’s ‘Sanctuaries’

doubleday’s Lee Boudreaux took up US rights Kate Atkinson‘s Shrines of Glee† The publisher said the novel will have a first printing of 150,000 copies and is set for September 27. Set in London in 1926, it follows the nightlife of Chelsea impresario Nellie Coker, who will do anything for her six children. Boudreaux added that the book takes readers “through an exciting dark and labyrinthine story of London in the aftermath of the Great War, as hedonism replaces sacrifice and duty.” atkinson (Life after life) was represented by Kim Witherspoon at Inkwell Management.

Random House Buys Strout’s Latest ‘Lucy’

Andy Ward at Random House took over world rights to Elizabeth Strout‘s Lucy by the sea† The novel follows the author’s recurring heroine Lucy Barton as she is forced to leave her life in New York City and be incarcerated with her ex-husband in Maine during the early days of the Covid pandemic. The publisher said the book describes “the fear, struggles and feelings of isolation that are part of living in a global pandemic, as well as the hopes, possibilities and the longing for love and connection that can inspire those long, calm days. † Molly Friedrichwhich has an eponymous clapboard, represented Strout.

Clarkson Potter bites Bündchen

supermodel Gisele Bundchen an untitled cookbook sold to Rachel Pelzel at Clarkson Potter. The worldwide English rights agreement was created by: Pillar Queen at United Talent Agency, and the publisher said the book will feature 100 recipes that reveal the “cooking approach Bündchen adopted years ago as a way to feel her best and live a balanced, nourished life while having healthy, comforting meals for her family.” The title is set for spring 2024.

Detweiler and Tamberelli working together

In a deal for their first co-written adult rom-com, literary agent and YA author Katelyn Detweiler and her husband, actor Danny Tamberellicsold The first date prophecy nasty Elizabeth Forel at Kensington. Trout took up world rights at auction for the novel, which is loosely based on the story of the couple’s courtship. Intermediary Jill Grinberg at Jill Grinberg Literary Management, which sold the book, said it follows a few aspiring artists in Brooklyn. They “receive a prophecy from a dying psychic on their first date, and must embark on a quest to see how entwined their fates are and whether true love is really in their future.” The first date prophecy is set for release in 2023, and the deal includes a second, currently untitled companion novel. The authors will write as Kate and Danny Tamberelli.

Grove weathers Mejia’s ‘Storm’

Mindy MejiaLeave no trace) entered into a two-book, North American rights deal with Morgan Entrekin at Grove Atlantic. The first of the two is To catch a storma thriller set in the summer of 2023, Grove said, about a psychiatrist and PI/psychic who race to “unravel a twisting mystery set in the farmland of Iowa.” Sara Vitale will edit the book, which will be published by Grove’s Atlantic Monthly Press imprint. The second novel in the deal is currently untitled. Stephanie Cabot at Susanna, Lea Associates represented Mejia in the agreement.

Podcasters warm Bloomsbury

For Bloomsbury, Anton Muller took up North American rights The Wildfire Guide: How to Protect Yourself, Your Home and Your Community in the Heat Ageby means of Justin Hoek and Nick Mottcreators of NPRs line of fire podcasting. They were represented by Danielle Svetcova at Levine Greenberg. Bloomsbury called the book a “practical guide to living with wildfires” that contains “policy recommendations for surviving our increasingly fire-prone future.”


A version of this article appeared in the issue of 28-03-2022 of Publishers Weekly under the headline: Book deals

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