Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Publishers Weekly newsletters

Here are the latest Publishers Weekly newsletters for my followers to peruse:


PW Religion BookLine: Religious publishing news, reviews, author interviews and upcoming books.
Approaching the Buddhist Path by  His Holiness the Dalai Lama Thubten Chodron

PW’s 10 Most-Read Religion Stories of 2017
Tate Publishing shuttering its doors, an outbreak of plagiarism, and an author’s account of life in the Westboro Baptist Church make up some of PW’s top religion and spirituality stories of 2017. more

Ethics and Eating: Combining Food with Spirituality in 3 Books
Just in time for the holiday season, three new books from religion and spirituality publishers are examining how faith can change eating habits, and vice versa. more

Teaching Money Skills with a Message: Personal Finance Books 2018
Generous Kids, a new children’s series from Christian publisher Sparkhouse Family, combines money lessons with moral teachings. more

Inner Traditions Acquires Findhorn Press
After acquiring the Scotland-based spirituality publisher, Inner Traditions is launching two new imprints. With the move, the mind-body-spirit publisher will increase its yearly output to over 80 titles a year. more

Listen Now to Reflections by Rosa Parks

Books for the Body and Soul
New religious releases focus on the spiritual dimensions of pregnancy, menstruation, and breast cancer. more

Religion & Spirituality Update 2017: All Our Coverage
This season’s religion and spirituality highlights include new books by scholars that explore religious freedom, Islam, and Scripture; dozens of books aimed at broadening understanding across cultures; and more. more

Religion Book Deals: December 13, 2017
A jewelry designer turned business mogul’s five-book contract with Zondervan; Plough’s English-language bio of ‘Somalia’s Mother Teresa,’ and more. more

November Bestsellers: Beth Moore's Comeback; Karen Kingsbury at #1
A special promotion at LifeWay Christian Stores helped put Beth Moore’s two-year-old ‘Audacious’ on PW’s Religion Nonfiction Bestsellers list. Plus, Karen Kingsbury tops in Religion Fiction with the latest in her Baxter family series. more

January 2018 Books Preview
A look the U.S. immigration system through a Christian lens and spiritual practices for becoming less judgmental are among the religion and spirituality books releasing next month. more

My Life of Language: A Memoir by Paul W. Ogden
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Reviews

Rethinking Incarceration
In his debut, Dominique DuBois Gilliard, an Evangelical Covenant Church pastor, creates a readable narrative history of racialized incarceration in the U.S. more

Party of One
Joy Beth Smith, managing editor of Christianity Today, skillfully addresses singleness from the perspective of an evangelical woman. more

Everything Happens for a Reason and Other Lies I’ve Loved
With grace, wisdom, and humor, Kate Bowler, a divinity professor at Duke University, tells of her cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatment in a way that pierces platitudes to showcase her resilience in the face of impending death. more

Be the Hands and Feet: Living Out God’s Love for All His Children
Nick Vujicic, an Australian evangelist and motivational speaker who directs the nonprofit Life Without Limbs, eagerly spreads the Christian message in this joyous book. more

News Briefs
Call for Information: Spring Religion Announcements
If you have not submitted your religion list for books being published between Feb. 1, 2018, and July 31, 2018, via the PW Spring Adult Announcements portal, please follow these instructions carefully to be considered for inclusion in this seasonal listing.
Call for Information: Christian Fiction
Needed: Info on forthcoming adult Christian fiction titles being published from Jan. 2018 to July 2018 (new titles only please, no reprints).
Penn State Press Launches New Imprint
Ahead of two major academic meetings in November, Pennsylvania State University Press teamed up with academic publisher Eisenbrauns on a new Eisenbrauns imprint.
HarperOne Publisher to Step Down
Mark Tauber, senior v-p and publisher of HarperOne, will leave HarperCollins by the end of this year to pursue other interests.
Liturgical Press to Launch Academic Imprint
Liturgical Press is merging its Pueblo Books and Michael Glazier Books imprint into the new Liturgical Press Academic imprint, effective in January 2018.
Video of the Day

Make This Year Your Best Year Ever
In 'Your Best Year Ever,' Michael Hyatt shares a powerful, proven, research-driven system for setting and achieving your goals. If you're tired of not seeing progress in your personal, intellectual, business, relational, or financial goals, it's time for you to have your best year ever! (Sponsored) Watch Now
In Pictures
Karen Kingsbury (c.), author of 'In This Moment' (Howard, Nov.), signed copies of the book and met with fans at the Barnes & Noble at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. earlier this month.

Enter to Win The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill and The Ladies of Ivy Cottage!
Inner Traditions Welcomes Findhorn Press its Family of Visionary Publishers!
New York Rights Fair 2018

PW Daily: Breaking book business, bookselling and author news, bestsellers lists and publishing deals.
Global Kids Connect Breakfast Series Early-Bird Rate
'People of Color in Publishing': Striving for More Industry Diversity
Publishing staffers from a number of houses and agencies recently gathered to form a grassroots organization addressing the need for greater inclusivity within all areas of children’s and adult publishing. more »
New Literary Festival Coming to the Twin Cities
The Minneapolis-based literary nonprofit the Loft has announced that it's sponsoring a new annual literary festival, Wordplay. The inaugural two-day event is set for May 11-12, 2019. more »
Obituary: Kathleen Karr
Author Kathleen Karr, best known for her numerous historical children’s novels such as 'The Great Turkey Walk,' died on December 6. She was 71 years old. more »
This Year in Books by Amazon Charts
See what truly captivated millions of readers in 2017. From 'The Handmaid’s Tale' to 'Hillbilly Elegy,' there’s something for every reader. Explore the stories behind the Amazon Charts Most Read and Most Sold books this year. Check out This Year in Books by Amazon Charts. (Sponsored) Learn More »

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JOB MOVES
Jenny Krueger is being promoted to publishing director for school and library at Lerner Publishing Group.
Andy Cummings is being promoted to executive v-p and editor-in-chief at Lerner Publishing Group.
Lerner Publishing Group has named Jill Braithwaite, formerly group marketing director, as its trade publishing director
Mark Budde is being promoted to executive v-p and COO at Lerner Publishing Group.
Rachel Zugschwert, formerly director of marketing at Sparkhouse Family, an imprint of 1517 Media, is joining Lerner Publishing Group as group marketing director.
Joy Bean, formerly senior editor at Little Bee Books, has joined Kane Press as senior editor.
Jes Negrón has joined Kane Press as editor.

Spotlight on Comics and Graphic Novels

Spring 2018 Announcements: Comics & Graphic Novels
Look for 'Young Frances' by Hartley Lin, an eagerly awaited collection of an indie standout, as well as 'Homestuck' by Andrew Hussie, a print edition of a notoriously complicated webcomic. more » »
‘Bolivar’: A Q&A with Sean Rubin
Created in a hybrid format that shifts between being a picture book and a longform graphic novel, Sean Rubin's 'Bolivar' is the story of an urbane dinosaur who lives in a city so busy no one seems to notice him. more » »
Battlecats
More To Come Podcast 293: Justice League Movie Special: This week we discuss the Justice League movie in full depth, including personal reactions to the actors, scripting, design, and cinematography; plus Patreon's new fee structure.
What Matt de la Peña and Loren Long Talk About When They Talk About 'Love'
Newbery Medalist de la Peña's forthcoming picture book, 'Love,' illustrated by Long, is a poetic reckoning of the importance of love in a child’s life. We spoke with the author and the illustrator about their collaboration, and the experience of sharing the book with young readers. more » »
iBooks Bestsellers: Readers Like It 'Darker'
E.L. James's latest Fifty Shades novel, 'Darker,' stays #1 on the iBooks Bestseller list this week, followed by thrillers from David Baldacci and Dan Brown. more » »
'Women & Power': A Timely Manifesto from Mary Beard
From New York Times bestselling author Mary Beard comes "a modern feminist classic" (Guardian) manifesto on misogynists and trolls of the past and present. From Medusa and Philomela to Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren, Beard challenges resistance to women’s authority. If women aren’t perceived to be within the structure of power, isn’t it power itself we need to redefine? (Sponsored) Learn More » »

Authors on the Air

Authors on the Air December 13, 2017: A.J. Baime
A.J. Baime, author of 'The Accidental President: Harry S. Truman and the Four Months That Changed the World' (HMH, 978-0-54461-734-6), will appear on '1A' on NPR on Thursday, December 14. more » »
News Briefs

Blackwell’s Partners with Kortext for Digital Learning
British academic bookseller Blackwell’s has reached an agreement with e-textbook provider Kortext to acquire Blackwell’s e-Learning platform and takeover the management of the bookseller’s digital learning business. more » »

THE ROUNDUP
How Indie Presses Elevate the Book Biz: Three independent publishers—Rosalie Morales Kearns, Leland Cheuk, and Laura Stanfill—discuss their mission.
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Year: "Feminism" beats out "dotard," among other words, for the dictionary's 2017 honors.
75 Notable Translations of 2017: Looking back on 2017, it’s easy to declare the year a success for literary translation. Here are 75 books that prove the point.
Alexandra Kleeman on Lorin Stein: What the author of 'You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine' and 'Intimations' learned after the fallen 'Paris Review' editor published her story.
The New Universe of Literary Criticism: How "Cat Person" shows why critics, journalists, and publishing houses are all failing to connect with online communities of readers.

PW Bestsellers

Children's Fiction Bestseller List
'The Getaway (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 12)' by Jeff Kinney is the #1 title on PW's children's frontlist fiction bestseller list. See the full list » »
PW DAILY REVIEW OF THE DAY

'Fortress America: How We Embraced Fear and Abandoned Democracy' by Elaine Tyler May
"May, a University of Minnesota history professor, provides valuable historical and cultural context for the current political moment with this sweeping and detailed examination of how Americans came to perceive the world as overwhelmingly dangerous." more » »

SHELFTALKER
An amusing sample of Post-it notes left by and to staff members, left behind the register at Cynthia’s bookstore.




PICTURE OF THE DAY

A Book for a New Museum
Photographs and excerpts from 'Thunder of Freedom: Black Leadership and the Transformation of 1960s Mississippi' (University Press of Kentucky) by Sue Sojourner and Cheryl Reitan are featured in exhibits on voting rights at the new Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in Jackson, Miss. Pictured here (from l. to r.) are Cheryl Reitan; MCRM director Pamela Junior; and Sue Sojourner.

Courtesy MCRM

PubTechConnect 2018 | Early-Bird Rate
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International Hot Book Properties
This week's hot books include a Dutch novel selling in several territories and a debut Australian novel sold to Small Beer Press. more »
Book to Film Deals
A 2005 sci-fi novel published by Tor, John Green's latest, and a bio of a woman with links to three powerful men are among the books which have just been optioned. more »
U.S. Adult Deals Roundup
Putnam invests in Rowley’s sophomore novel, Pegasus buys a memoir by a humanitarian aid worker, journalist Keah Brown takes an essay collection to Atria, and more in this week's notable book deals. more »
U.S. Children's Book Deals Roundup
New deals this week for Lim, Shepherd, Uss, and more. more »

PubTechConnect 2018 | Early-Bird Rate
Bonnier Zaffre Expands Into U.S. Market
The division of Bonnier Publishing UK will expand into the U.S. market next year, with its initial focus on two of its internationally bestselling authors, Wilbur Smith and Lynda La Plante. more »

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Global Publishing Leaders: Grupo Planeta
Planeta is the leading Spanish-language publishing group in Spain and Latin America. It is also prominent in Portugal and France, where it owns Editis, the country’s second largest publishing company. more »
From Our Partner
PubMatch Featured Member: Aota Press
The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) publishes high-quality content through AOTA Press, including textbooks, practice guidelines, assessments, and consumer guides.
PW Daily: Breaking book business, bookselling and author news, bestsellers lists and publishing deals.
New York Rights Fair 2018
LB Scrambling to Meet 'Obama: An Intimate Portrait' Demand
The $35 hardcover features hundreds of photographs of President Obama plus a foreword by the former president, and Amazon and BN.com report that the book is out-of-stock. more »
Franken Resigns, Booksellers Continue to Sell His Memoir
Minnesota booksellers say that, despite U.S. Senator Al Franken's resignation from office, they intend to continue to sell his memoir as long as there is demand from customers for it. more »
Top Authors Pick Their Favorite Books of 2017
We asked the authors of our top 10 books of 2017, announced in the October 30 issue, to share their favorite titles published this year. more »
Now an Amazon Studios Major Motion Picture
An exciting launch from Amazon Original Stories, 'Crown Heights' is the incredible true story about the flaws in our justice system and the enduring power of friendship. With no evidence against him, Colin was wrongfully convicted and imprisoned for more than two decades. But on the other side of the bars, his best friend fights for his freedom. (Sponsored) Read It Today »
Investment Atlas II: Using History as a Financial Tool by Kenneth G. Winans
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JOB MOVES
Amanda D'Acierno has been promoted to executive v-p and publisher at Penguin Random House Audio Group.
Courtney Brach, formerly associate publicist at Touchstone, has joined Rutgers University Press as publicity manager.
May Zhee Lim, formerly at PEN America, has joined Riverhead as publicity assistant.

IN THIS WEEK'S MAGAZINE
·         Spring 2018 Adult Announcements
The Next Wave of Children’s Bookstores
The number of independent bookstores in the U.S. has risen 35% since 2009, and children’s specialty stores have contributed to the increase, with new outlets popping up and establishes stores finding buyers. more » »
Book Deals: Week of December 11, 2017
Putnam invests in Rowley’s sophomore novel, Pegasus buys a memoir by a humanitarian aid worker, journalist Keah Brown takes an essay collection to Atria, and more in this week's notable book deals. more » »
This Week's Bestsellers: December 11, 2017
Must-have kitchen gadget the Instant Pot continues to be a boon for cookbook publishing. Plus Madeleine L’Engle’s ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ prepares for its big-screen debut, and E.L. James’s Christian Grey tell a ‘Darker’ tale. more » »
PW's Latest Starred Reviews
Check out the starred reviews of titles including 'An Uncommon Reader,' 'Bunk 9’s Guide to Growing Up,' 'Buster and the Baby,' and more. more » »
Call for Information: Home and Garden
Deadline: December 18. We’d like to hear from editors, on background, about trends they’re seeing in the home and garden categories. Do readers still want books on sustainable living? Are houseplants still trendy with millennials? Anything new in the home decorating or renovation space? Pitches on all home and garden topics are welcome. Pub. dates: Mar. 2018–Sept. 2018. New titles only, please; no reprints. Please email pitches and links to artwork to features@publishersweekly.com and put “Call for Info: Home & Garden” in the subject line. more » »
The Countdown Is on to 2018’s Most Anticipated Thriller
Gillian Flynn calls 'The Woman in the Window' “astounding” and Louise Penny says it is “absolutely gripping.” A smart sophisticated new novel of psychological suspense, 'The Woman in the Window' by A. J. Finn is “Rear Window” for the 21st century. Named by booksellers everywhere for an Indie Next Pick, 'The Woman in the Window' goes on sale January 2nd. (Sponsored) Learn More » »

News Briefs

Annette Hughes Moves to Midpoint
Midpoint Trade Books named Annette Hughes, formerly of Scholastic, as its director of national accounts, effective December 11. more » »

BOOKSTORE NEWS
On the Resurgence of Indie Booksellers: The Boston Globe looks at the revival of independent bookselling in the region and its return to relevancy.
Historic Virginia Store Gets New Owner: Julia Kudravetz has taken over ownership of New Dominion Bookshop in Charlottesville, the oldest independent bookstore in Virginia.
Lexington College Bookstore is Closing : Kennedy’s Wildcat Den, which sold textbooks to University of Kentucky students since 1950, is closing at the end of the year.
Bookstore Opens on the Edge of Detroit: Book Suey, a co-op bookstore, opened in Hamtramck, Mich. just outside the border of Detroit.
Minimum Wage to Impact NYC Booksellers: The co-owner of Greenlight Bookstore says the rise to a $15 minimum wage in New York in 2019 will likely affect her margins.
THE ROUNDUP
'NYT' Scribes to Pen Sexual Abuse Book: Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey of the 'Times' will publish a book about sexual abuse and harassment scandals for Penguin Press.
All Best Books Lists, Condensed: Determining the best books of 2017 by combining 21 Best Books of 2017 lists and mining them for data.
A Sequel to 'Ready Player One': During a Facebook Live event, author Ernest Cline confirmed that he was working on a sequel to the bestselling book.
A New Chapter for U.K. Publishing: Authors, agents, activists, and publishers discuss their ideas for improving the prospects for writers of color in British publishing.
DFW's 'Derivative Sport' of Journalism: Editors and writers discuss the ways David Foster Wallace’s journalistic work influenced them and what it was like to work with him.

PW Bestsellers

Hardcover Fiction Bestseller List
'The Rooster Bar' by John Grisham is the #1 bestseller on PW's adult hardcover fiction bestseller list. See the full list » »
REVIEW OF THE DAY

'Moral Combat: How Sex Divided American Christians and Fractured American Politics' by R. Marie Griffith
"Religion historian Griffith takes a sweeping look at the roots of today’s culture wars over abortion, sexual identity, and the intersection of sexuality and racial differences in this exceptional cultural history." more » »

SHELFTALKER
Some thoughts on aiding the quest of Philip Pullman’s new Book of Dust in a bookselling eddy.




PICTURE OF THE DAY

A Medal for Mr. Snyder
Pulitzer Prize–winning author Gary Snyder (l.), with California Governor Jerry Brown, following the former's induction into the California Hall of Fame on Tuesday, December 5.

Courtesy Counterpoint Press

PW LitCast: A Conversation with Jane Issac
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PW Children's Bookshelf: Breaking children's and YA publishing news, author interviews, bestsellers lists and reviews.
Earth Verse by Sally M. Walker
In the Spotlight
The Next Wave of Children's Bookstores: Part One
This is the first in a two-part series, providing an in-depth look at new and soon-to-open children’s bookstores.

We asked a number of children's booksellers, both new and established, about how they're finding innovative ways to reach local readers. more

In the News
'People of Color in Publishing': Striving for More Industry Diversity
Publishing staffers from a number of houses and agencies have recently gathered to form a grassroots organization addressing the need for greater inclusivity within all areas of children’s and adult publishing. "I wanted a place for activism and organizing," said founder Patrice Caldwell at the group's launch party on December 6. more

Wide-Awake Bear by Pat Zietlow Miller
Global Kids Connect
GKC 2017: 'Breaking Through the Clutter' with Attention-Grabbing Content
Publishing experts spoke about strategies for standing out in a crowded marketplace at the third annual GKC conference, held in New York City on December 4. more

GKC 2017: Publishers Tackle Hot Topics
Four top children’s book publishers and agents closed out this year's GKC conference with a discussion of global trends, including the dominance of Amazon, evolving technologies, and efforts to diversify the industry. more

Obituary
Kathleen Karr
Best known for her numerous historical children’s novels such as The Great Turkey Walk, Karr died on December 6 at the age of 71. Editor Wesley Adams said, “Kathleen gave young readers historical-fiction heroes to cheer for, kids as feisty and fun on the page as she was in real life." more

Book News
What Matt de la Peña and Loren Long Talk About When They Talk About 'Love'
Newbery Medalist de la Peña's (l.) forthcoming picture book, Love, illustrated by Long, is a poetic reckoning of the importance of love in a child’s life. We spoke with the author and the illustrator about their collaboration, and the experience of sharing the book with young readers. more

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Rights Report
Jordan Brown at HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray has acquired PW Flying Starts author Phoebe North's new YA novel, If You Should Ever Leave Me. When a teen boy vanishes, his sister suspects he's fled into the make-believe fantasy world they invented as children. But when he reappears, she's forced to confront the dark worlds she's created, both real and fantastical, to save what's left of her family. Publication is slated for winter 2020; Victoria Marini at the Irene Goodman Agency handled the two-book deal for world English rights.
Namrata Tripathi at Dial has acquired Fake Chinese Sounds, a graphic novel by Jing Jing Tsong. As she enters fifth grade, Mei faces off with a school buddy, questions her relationship with her BFF, and meets her Taiwanese grandmother for the first time, which helps her better understands her sense of self and place in the world, and gain a fresh perspective on her Asian-American heritage. Publication is planned for fall 2019; Rubin Pfeffer of RP Content negotiated the deal for world rights.
Stephanie Stein at HarperCollins has bought world rights to Lee Edward Födi's middle grade novel The Secret of Zoone, about a boy who, with the help of a flying tiger, stumbles through a secret door and into a magical station at a crossroads between worlds. Publication is scheduled for winter 2019, to be followed by the next two books in the series; Rachel Letofsky of the CookeMcDermid Agency brokered the six-figure deal for world rights.
Nick Thomas at Scholastic/Levine has acquired Aida Salazar's debut novel, The Moon Within. The free verse middle grade novel tells the story of 11-year-old Cely, whose life swirls with questions about her changing body, her first attraction to a boy, her best friend's exploration of what it means to be genderfluid, and her mother's insistence she have a Chicana moon ceremony for her first menses. Publication is slated for spring 2019; Marietta B. Zacker of the Gallt and Zacker Literary Agency negotiated the deal for North American English and Spanish rights.
Shana Corey at Random House has bought Are You Still There? author Sarah Lynn Scheerger's debut middle grade novel, Operation Frog Effect. The book is told in journals, including one in graphic novel form, by eight diverse fifth graders who find their own voices and learn to make a difference after a project-based lesson at a homeless shelter puts their teacher's job in jeopardy. Publication is set for spring 2019; Deborah Warren of East West Literary Agency did the deal for world rights.
Jocelyn Davies at HarperCollins has acquired Katherine Sparrow's debut middle grade novel, Little Apocalypse. Pitched as Coraline with a Tim Burton flair, the story is about a lonely girl who must save her city from monsters that are invisible to everyone except children—and hopefully, in the process, make a friend. Publication is planned for winter 2019; Linda Epstein of Emerald City Literary Agency brokered the deal for North American rights.
Margaret Ferguson at Holiday House/Ferguson has bought world rights to Newbery Honor author Margi Preus's chapter book, The Littlest Voyageur, about an adventurous squirrel who travels with 18th-century French-Canadian explorers. No publication date has been set yet; Stephen Fraser at the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency negotiated the deal.
Emily Easton at Crown has acquired, at auction, Caldecott Honor author and illustrator John Rocco's How We Got to the Moon, an illustrated middle grade exploration of how JFK's daring "moon shot" challenge mobilized almost a half million people to invent the science and technological innovation needed to get humans to the moon. Publication is scheduled for fall 2020; Rob Weisbach at Rob Weisbach Creative Management handled the deal for world rights.
Jon Anderson and Jeffrey Salane at Little Simon have bought world English rights to two board books by Sandra Boynton. The first book, Here, George!, will be illustrated by New Yorker cartoonist George Booth, and stars a big dog. This marks the first time Boynton has collaborated with another illustrator on any of her books. The second book, But Not the Armadillo, written and illustrated by Boynton, is the followup to her 1982 book But Not the Hippopotamus. Here, George! will publish on May 1, 2018, followed by But Not the Armadillo on September 4; Boynton and Booth represented themselves.
Alessandra Balzer at HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray has acquired world rights to Snow Much Fun by Knopf senior executive editor Nancy Siscoe (l.), illustrated by Sabina Gibson. The picture book is a celebration of cold cozy fun, as bear, squirrel, and fox revel in all the ways that they are snow excited about winter. Publication is slated for fall 2019; the author represented herself, and Kirsten Hall at Catbird Productions represented the artist.
Liz Szabla at Feiwel and Friends has bought North American rights to Old MacDonald Had a Baby by Emily Snape (l.), illustrated by K-Fai Steele. In a twist on the classic rhyme, Old MacDonald is reimagined as a youngish new father and farmer, trying to handle a baby on his own. Publication is planned for fall 2019; John Rudolph of Dystel, Goderich & Bourret represented the author, and Erica Rand Silverman of Stimola Literary Studio represented the illustrator.
Sahra Correia at Clavis Books has acquired two picture books by The Green Umbrella author Jackie Azua Kramer (l.), That's for Babies! and Miles Won't Smile, about a preschooler and her baby brother. Lisa Brandenburg will illustrate; the books will be published in both English and Dutch-language editions in 2018 and 2019. Stephen Fraser of the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency negotiated the deal for world rights on behalf of the author, and the illustrator represented herself.
Kristin Rens at HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray has bought world rights, in a preempt, to Bethany Hegedus's (l.) Hard Work but It's Worth It: The Life of Jimmy Carter. The first picture book biography of the 39th President of the United States traces Carter's life of service from his early days as the son of a peanut farmer to his post-White House days and his continuing work as a humanitarian. Kyung Eun Han will illustrate; publication is set for fall 2019. Alexandra Penfold of Upstart Crow Literary represented the author, and Kate Sederstrom and Anne Moore Armstrong of the Bright Agency represented the illustrator.
Christian Trimmer at Henry Holt has acquired author Jonathan Stutzman and illustrator Heather Fox's latest collaboration, Llama Destroys the World, in which Llama, upon eating too much cake and dancing a little too hard, sets off a series of events with world-ending consequences. Publication is scheduled for winter 2020; Elena Giovinazzo at Pippin Properties brokered the deal for North American rights on behalf of both the author and the illustrator.
Marilyn Brigham at Amazon/Two Lions has bought world rights to Joy Jordan-Lake's (l.) picture-book debut, A Crazy-Much Love, illustrated by Sonia Sánchez. The story follows an adopted child, her parents, and the family dog on their journey of becoming a family. Publication is planned for fall 2019; the author represented herself, and Teresa Kietlinski of Bookmark Literary represented the illustrator.
To see all of this week's deals, click here.

IN THE MEDIA
From Variety:
Universal options film rights to Jason Reynolds's YA novel Long Way Down. Click here
From NPR:
Ferdinand the Peaceful Bull Gets His First Full-Length Film. Click here
From the New York Times:
Jacqueline Woodson to Explore Belonging in Two Upcoming Children's Books. Click here
From Goodreads:
How National Book Award Winner Robin Benway Overcame Writer's Block. Click here
From the BBC:
Little House on the Prairie: Still a haven for young fans. Click here
From the Horn Book:
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler at 50. Click here
From Brightly:
The Best Children's Books of 2017, According to Kids. Click here
From Deadline:
Netflix and DreamWorks announce The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants TV series. Click here
From Deadline:
Matt Shakman to Direct The Phantom Tollbooth Adaptation. Click here
From Electric Literature:
What a Cross-Dressing Literary Lady Knight Taught Me About Gender and Sexuality. Click here
From School Library Journal:
Nova Ren Suma and Emily X.R. Pan Launch a Platform for YA Short Stories. Click here
From Local 10 News:
Third-graders help save a Daytona Beach bookstore. Click here
From the Guardian:
Harry Potter and the £4.50 chocolate frog. Click here
From Brightly:
The Best YA Books of 2017, According to Teens. Click here
SHELFTALKER
Josie takes some shifts at the Flying Pig and makes some observation about bookselling.
Some thoughts on aiding the quest of Philip Pullman’s new Book of Dust in a bookselling eddy.
Substituting Santa Paws for the jolly old elf at this bookstore has been a gift worth keeping.
You’re going to want to see these photos of the newest bookstore to hit Vermont.
FEATURED REVIEWS
I Walk with Vanessa:
A Story About a Simple Act of Kindness

Kerascoët. Random/Schwartz & Wade, $17.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-5247-6955-0

In this powerful wordless tale by the French duo Kerascoët, a child reaches out to a fellow pupil who has been bullied. Vanessa isn’t the only child of color in her school, but she is new; the teacher introduces her, and she sits by herself. On the way home, she’s accosted by a boy with yellow hair, cries, and runs back to her house. Another girl sees what has happened. more
Pignic
Matt Phelan. Greenwillow, $17.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-06-244339-7

What’s the difference between a picnic and a pignic, aside from the latter’s predominance of porcine participants? With the simplest of texts and lighthearted, luminous watercolors, Phelan lets readers find parallels between their own outdoor festivities and those of his characters. more
The Prince and the Dressmaker
Jen Wang. First Second, $16.99 trade paper (288p) ISBN 978-1-62672-363-4

A talented seamstress and a prince with a secret will win readers’ hearts in Wang’s utterly charming graphic novel. After creating a scandalous dress for an attendee of Prince Sebastian’s 16th birthday party, Frances accepts a position as personal seamstress for a mystery client. She soon discovers that her employer is none other than Prince Sebastian, who wants her to create dazzling gowns for Lady Crystallia, Sebastian’s alter ego, who quickly becomes a fashion icon. more
Hamilton and Peggy!
A Revolutionary Friendship

L.M. Elliott. HarperCollins/Tegen, $17.99 (448p) ISBN 978-0-06-267130-1

Elliott combines a flair for fiction with masterly research to tell the story of Peggy Schuyler, third daughter of Gen. Philip Schuyler, one of George Washington’s right-hand men. Spanning the period from 1777 through 1781, the book presents day-to-day life in Albany and its environs during the Revolutionary War years through the eyes of a young woman witnessing some of its most momentous events. more
December 12, 2017

New York Rights Fair 2018
PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Kiki Prottsman
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Beth Phelan has joined the Gallt and Zacker Literary Agency as an agent. Most recently she was with the Bent Agency; she is also the creator of #DVpit, a Twitter pitch event for marginalized voices. She will continue to represent middle-grade and teen fiction.
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