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Deal of the Week
31054-v3-120x.PNG‘Sh*tty Media Men’ Creator to Scribner
Moira Donegan, creator of the “Shitty Media Men” list, sold a primer on sexual harassment to Scribner at auction. Kathy Belden took North American rights to the book, which the publisher described as “the perfect introduction to the political and moral challenges of the #MeToo movement.” Donegan created the crowdsourced Google spreadsheet that came to be known as Shitty Media Men—it featured the names of men in the media industry, detailing their alleged acts of sexual harassment and/or assault—and is currently being sued for defamation by author Stephen Elliott. (Elliott was on the list.) Monika Woods at Curtis Brown represented Donegan.
27974-v12-120x.PNGSaunders’s ‘Masterclass’ to Random
Man Booker winner George Saunders sold Masterclass to Random House; the publisher said the book "draws on the author’s two decades” of teaching Russian authors to MFA students. Esther Newberg at ICM Partners represented Saunders in the world rights agreement with Andy Ward. RH elaborated that the book, subtitled Reading the Russians, is “a kind of Story Theory seminar in book form” that asks “how do great stories work, how do you write them, and what are their political and moral implications?"
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31470-v3-120x.PNGKeneally Explores 'Science' at Atria
Author of Schindler’s List, Thomas Keneally, sold The Book of Science and Antiquities. Peter Borland at Atria Books nabbed U.S. and Canadian rights to the book from Amanda Urban at ICM Partners. The S&S division said the novel features two narrators: “the first human known to have lived in Australia 42,000 years ago” and a present-day documentary filmmaker researching the discovery of the ancient man’s remains.
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31471-v3-120x.PNGAnappara’s ‘Djinn’ Lands at RH
Debut author Deepa Anappara’s Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line sold in a North American rights deal to Caitlin McKenna at Random House. McKenna preempted the book, after reading it overnight while in London, from Peter Straus at Rogers, Coleridge & White. Set outside a sprawling Indian city, the novel, which RH said "set all of London publishing abuzz," is based on a true story. It follows three children trying to find out who has been snatching kids from the settlement where they live.

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27556-v3-120x.PNGPortfolio Buys Cohan’s GE Book
The bestselling author of House of Cards, William D. Cohan, closed a world rights agreement with Portfolio for a book about the rise and fall of General Electric. Joy Harris, who has an eponymous shingle, represented Cohan in the deal with Adrian Zackheim. Calling Cohan “one of the great chroniclers of American capitalism,” Zackheim said the book will explore the “GE tragedy,” examining how one of the most profitable companies became emblematic of corporate decline.
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31473-v3-120x.PNGD’day Kids Gets Starry with Marj
In a six-figure, 12-book deal, Frances Gilbert at Doubleday Books for Young Readers bought world rights to a series of Zodiac-themed board books by debut author-illustrator Roxy Marj. The titles are all set to publish in 2020 and will, per Doubleday, “share gentle thoughts about the characteristics of a child born under each star sign.” Marj, who was represented by Erica Rand Silverman at Stimola Literary Studio, has a background in product design and has worked for companies such as Crate & Barrel.
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31474-v3-120x.PNGDayton Prize Winner to HMH
Winner of this year’s Dayton Literary Peace Prize Hala Alyan sold The Arsonists’ City, in a rumored six-figure deal, to Lauren Wein at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. The sophomore novel is, Wein said, about “a fractured family returning to Beirut from various locales to sell their ancestral home, tracing their allegiances and betrayals across decades and continents.” Alyan, who grew up in the Middle East and has a doctorate in psychology, divides her time between teaching (at NYU and CUNY) and private practice. She was represented by Michelle Tessler at the Tessler Agency.
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31545-v1-120x.PNGLittle A Moves Into Conn’s ‘Shadow’
For Amazon’s Little A imprint, Hafizah Geter bought North American rights to Bobi Conn’s debut memoir In the Shadow of the Valley from Adriann Ranta Zurhellen at Foundry Literary + Media. Little A, comparing the book to titles like White Trash, said it “offers a beautifully written examination of class, poverty, gender, and rural America for the #MeToo generation” and “examines what both the Left and Right have gotten wrong about the plight of Americans who live beyond cities and below the poverty line.” Conn grew up in rural Kentucky.
Behind the Deal
18728-v15-120x.JPGThe story behind the intermingled publication of Beautiful Boy and Tweak is one Amanda Urban recalls well. The ICM Partners agent, who sold both memoirs, has a personal connection to both authors: the father-son pair of David and Nic Sheff. The books, which are the basis of the movie Beautiful Boy (released earlier this month), almost never came to be. David Sheff, a journalist, is a longtime friend of Urban’s, so she was well-versed on Nic’s struggle with addiction. When David proposed writing a book about raising Nic, Urban thought a work delving into how addiction affects families would be unique. Editors disagreed. Until Sheff published a piece in the New York Times Magazine, “My Addicted Son” (2005), which went viral. Then, the big houses came calling. While fielding requests for David, Urban was contacted by a children’s editor at S&S who wanted a book by Nic. Both memoirs were published in 2008. Although the movie has been nearly a decade in the making, Urban thinks the wait has paid off. “When you look at the addiction problem in America right now,” she noted, the timing of the film seems, well, prescient.

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  • Francine Toon, an editor at Sceptre, sold a buzzed-about debut gothic thriller called Pine to Doubleday Ireland (for U.K. and Commonwealth rights). The book, set in the Scottish Highlands, was sold by Emma Paterson at Aitken Alexander. [The Bookseller].
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  • French house Éditions de L’Iconoclaste is reporting brisk sales for Adeline Dieudonne’s La wraie vie (in English, Real Life). Having sold 80,000 copies in France since its August release, the publisher said auctions have now closed in, among other countries, Italy and Spain. The publisher called the title a “dramatic coming-of-age novel.” [PW]
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  • U.K. publisher HQ has bought the debut by Luan Goldie, who won last year's Cost Award. [The Bookseller]


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  • Liane Moriarty's novel The Hypnotist's Love Story, about a hypnotherapist feeling hopeful about her new boyfriend after being unlucky in love, has been optioned for series development by ABC. Heather Graham is attached to star. [Deadline]
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  • Stephen King sold the option to one of his short stories, "Stationary Bike," to a group of Welsh teenagers in film school, for $1. [L.A. Times]


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The industry made small improvements on such hot-button issues as pay disparity and workforce diversification in 2017—but sexual harassment remains an issue. more
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Bestselling author Sarah Dessen has left her longtime publisher, Viking, and will publish her newest novel, 'The Rest of the Story,' with HarperCollins Children’s Books, under the Balzer + Bray imprint. more
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Peachtree has announced that Trustbridge has acquired the Atlanta-based children's book publisher. Margaret Quinlin will continue to serve as president and publisher. more
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HBG has moved Hachette Books into the Perseus Books Group and consolidated the publishing teams of FaithWords and Worthy in the company's Nashville division. The moves have resulted in an unspecified number or layoffs, including that of Hachette Books publisher Mauro DiPreta. more
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Deal of the Week
31054-v4-120x.PNGSimone’s ‘Child’ Runs to Hachette
Lisa Simone, daughter of jazz singer Nina Simone, sold world rights to her memoir, tentatively titled Child In Me, to Krishan Trotman at Hachette Books. Lisa, a performer in her own right—she has released a number of CDs and appeared on Broadway in hits such as Rent and Aida—chronicles her tumultuous childhood and relationship with her mother, as well as the path she forged to build her own career. Jason Anthony at Massie & McQuilkin, who represented Simone, said the book will chronicle how she “did not experience the privilege and open doors one might expect” but nonetheless managed to “carve her own path... after tumultuous teen years of nomadic existence.” Simone is writing the book with journalist Samantha Marshall.
27974-v2-120x.PNGDisney Channel Star to Crown
Star of such Disney Channel shows as Bunk’d and Jessie, Skai Jackson sold Reach for the Skai to Crown for six figures at auction. The middle grade book, subtitled How to Inspire, Empower and Clapback, will, Crown said, explore the author’s “lessons on life and rise to stardom, as well as the negative experiences that sometimes come with living in the spotlight.” Samantha Gentry took world rights to the book, slated for fall 2019, from Alyssa Reuben at the Paradigm Talent Agency. Jackson, known as an activist as well as an actress, was nominated for an NAACP Image Award in 2016.
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31470-v2-120x.PNGDutton Checks Beckman’s ‘Math’
In a North American rights acquisition, Stephen Morrow at Dutton bought Milo Beckman’s Math Without Numbers. The author is a journalist for FiveThirtyEight and, per Dutton, was named one of Harvard’s “Fifteen Most Interesting Seniors” in 2015. Also a crossword puzzle maker for the New York Times, Beckman’s book will offer, Dutton went on, a “conversational guide to the very highest levels of abstract mathematics.” Jay Mandel at William Morris Endeavor sold the title, which is set for fall 2020.
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31471-v2-120x.PNGWasserman Gets ‘Paid’ at Gallery
Founder of the organization Ladies Get Paid, Claire Wasserman sold a same-titled book to Karyn Marcus at Gallery. The personal finance title will, the Simon & Schuster imprint explained, be “an empowering guide that provides women real tools and insight to strategically navigate the workplace, achieve career success, and become leaders at their organizations.” Marcus preempted North American rights to the book, set for spring 2020, from Alexandra Machinist at ICM Partners. Ladies Get Paid (the group, not the book) has, Gallery said, roughly 30,000 members.
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31474-v2-120x.PNGHC Nabs Binbaum’s ‘Dr.’
HarperCollins' Terry Karten took U.S. rights to Daniel Birnbaum’s Dr. B. The debut dutch historical novel, which Elisabet Brännström at Bonnier Rights sold, grew out of a discovery the author made in his attic: that of a box of letters written by his grandfather. Bonnier explained that, expanding on what was found in the letters, the book presents “a larger-than-life true story of a hitherto unknown WWII drama, played out in the world of book publishing, and featuring emigres, spies and diplomates in 1940s Stockholm.” (Elaborating on the publishing element of the story, Bonnier said that the author’s grandfather, Immanuel Birnbaum, “worked at exile publishing house Behrmeann-Fischer in Sweden during the second World War.”) The book, Bonnier added, has drawn comparisons to Lara Prescott’s forthcoming We Were Never Here (which Knopf bought for seven figures in June); it has also sold to publishers in, among other countries, Germany, Italy, and the U.K.
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27556-v3-120x.PNGAlexander ‘Volunteers’ for Algonquin
In a world rights acquisition, Betsy Gleick at Algonquin bought Jerad W. Alexander’s memoir Volunteers at auction. Alexander is a former U.S. Marine and current NYU graduate student in the school’s literary reportage program. (He’s set to finish the program in 2020.) The book, subtitled A Memoir of War, Manhood, and America, is, Gleick said, a “sharply observed coming-of-age narrative about growing up on military bases in the U.S. and abroad” and how “the soldier is taken as the enduring ideal of American masculinity.” Alexander was represented by Elias Altman at Massie & McQuilkin.
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31473-v2-120x.PNGWiggs Gets Seven Figures at Morrow
Susan Wiggs inked a new three-book, seven-figure, world rights deal with her current publisher, William Morrow. Rachel Kahan brokered the agreement with Meg Ruley and Annelise Robey at the Jane Rotrosen Agency. Wiggs, a major bestseller, has written over 60 titles and is published in 30 languages. She also recently closed a TV development deal, for her Lakeshore Chronicles series, with production company The Cartel (Christmas Connection); this was handled by Lucy Stille at APA.
Behind the Deal
18728-v2-120x.PNGMontlake Inks Trio of Authors to 7-Fig Deals
After a flurry of seven-figure deal action at Amazon Publishing’s Thomas & Mercer unit—it recently re-upped Barry Eisler and T.R. Ragan to multi-title deals for seven figures each—Montlake Romance is getting in on the action. Amazon Publishing’s romance imprint has just closed three seven-figure agreements with Catherine Bybee (pictured), Melinda Leigh and Kendra Elliot. Bybee, with Montlake since 2012, signed with senior editor Maria Gomez to pen five books that will launch a new series. Jane Dystel at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret handled the world rights deal. Editorial director Anh Schluep bought four tites by Leigh that will be part of a new suspense series; Leigh was represented by Jill Marsal at Marsal & Lyon. Schluep also closed the Elliot deal, contracting her to write four romantic suspense titles set to launch a new suspense series; Elliot was represented by Meg Ruley at the Jane Rotrosen Agency.

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International
  • Marco Balzano’s Resto qui (I’m Staying Here), published in Italy earlier this year, sold at auction to Neil Belton at Head of Zeus in the U.K. Piergiorgio Nicolazzini, who has an eponymous shingle, handled the sale. The agency said the novel follows the people of the village of Curon, who “fought for years against war and devastation [to ensure] their beloved land [was not] torn apart.” [PW]
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  • James Meek’s nonfiction work about Brexit, Dreams of Leaving and Remaining, has been acquired by Leo Hollis at Verso Books in the U.K. The publisher, which took world English rights to the title, called it a “masterly portrait of an anxious nation;” it plans to publish in March 2019. [The Bookseller]
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  • The Women in Black, originally published in 1993, sold during the recent Frankfurt Book Fair to Albin Michel (France) and Garzanti (Italy). Text Publishing in Australia controls rights to the book, by Madeline St John, and republished it in 2009 (after it went out of print in 2006). It's about, per the PW review, "the loneliness and ennui of three department store employees." A film based on the book was recently released in Australia. [PW]
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  • The Women I Think About At Night by Mia Kankimäki sold to Orlando in the Netherlands. There are also offers in on the book from publishers in the U.S. and Germany. Published earlier this year by Finnish house Otava, the book, a blend of memoir and travelogue, follows a woman who travels to the homes of female historical figures for inspiration on living a better life. Elina Ahlback Literary controls all rights to the title. [PW]
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  • A novel about a magical piece of wood that figures in peoples lives over the span of a century, called Cursed Wood, has sold to btb/Luchterland in Germany. De Bezige Bij in the Netherlands controls all rights to the title, by Johan de Boose, and published it in September. [PW]
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  • Another hot book for De Bezige Bij is The Burgundians by Bart Van Loo, which will be published in January and recently sold to House of Zeus in the U.K. and C.H. Beck Verlag in Germany. The history title explores the Burgundians--a tribe that lived in what is now Poland during the Roman Empire--from their beginning as a Germanic group, to the 15th century, when their power waned. [PW]


Page to Screen
  • In a seven-figure deal, Warner Bros. optioned Reed King’s sf novel FKA USA (Flatiron Books, June 2019). Inkwell Management’s Stephen Barbara, who sold the book in Dec. 2016, pitched it as “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy for the American end of times.” [Deadline]
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  • Samira Ahmed’s Internment (Little, Brown, Mar. 2019) has been optioned by the Gotham Group and Chariot Entertainment. Kim Yau did the sale for Eric Smith at P.S. Literary. The agency said the near-future YA depicts a world where “Muslim Americans are forced into an internment camp, and a 17-year-old must fight against Islamaphobia.” [PW]
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  • The sci-fi novel The One (Hanover Square Press, Feb.), by John Mars, is being adapted into a Netflix series. The streaming company ordered 10 episodes based on the book which, the publisher said, is "set five minutes in the future, in a world where a DNA test can find your perfect partner." [PW]
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  • The Oscar-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman is writing an adaptation of Marcus Sakey's bestselling Brilliance trilogy (Thomas & Mercer) with Shane Salerno and The Story Factory as producers. The book series, which has sold 2 million copies, is being shopped by The Story Factory. [Deadline]
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Amanda Lang is being promoted to senior publicity manager at Simon & Schuster.
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Fain to Leave HBG for Gladwell Podcast
Heather Fain will be leaving Hachette Book Group to pursue a new position as chief marketing officer at Pushkin Industries, the podcast company recently launched by Jacob Weisberg and Malcolm Gladwell. more » »
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Oxford Word of the Year: 'Toxic'
The word has, the publisher said, "added more strings to its poisoned bow during 2018, becoming an intoxicating descriptor for the year’s most talked about topics." more » »
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B&N Brings Back Signed Editions Program for Black Friday
More than 650,000 books, signed by authors including David Baldacci, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Rupi Kaur, and Adriana Trigiani will be available in Barnes & Noble stores next Friday. more » »

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THE ROUNDUP
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ABA Responds to Amazon's HQ2: The American Booksellers Association has protested “providing massive subsidies of public funds and tax incentives” to the mega-corporation.
Books On How to Deal With Wildfires: Three books to read for more information on what is being done to stop wildfires and what it takes to fight them.
Champaneri Wins Immigrant Writing Prize: This year's Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing goes to Priyanka Champaneri for 'The City of Good Death.'
Dostoevsky Banned In Kuwait: The country's information ministry has blacklisted 'The Brothers Karamazov' and other titles from entering a book festival.
Aaron Sorkin's 'Mockingbird': How the prolific screenwriter behind 'The West Wing' came to bring Harper Lee's classic American novel, 'To Kill a Mockingbird,' to Broadway.

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PW Bestsellers
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11557-v79-67x.JPGTrade Paperback Bestseller List
'The Tattooist of Auschwitz' by Heather Morris is the #1 title on PW's trade paperback bestseller list. See the full list » »
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PW DAILY REVIEW OF THE DAY
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11815-v4-67x.JPG'Insurrecto' by Gina Apostol
"Apostol fearlessly probes the long shadow of forgotten American imperialism in the Philippines in her ingenious novel of competing filmmakers." more » »

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SHELFTALKER
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The Power of Silence
Cynthia Compton
A children’s bookseller reflects on those customers who feel strongly but respond quietly.




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PICTURE OF THE DAY
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2169-v1-300x.JPGCelebrating a Moon Palace Bestseller
Author Resmaa Menakem's 'My Grandmother's Hands' (Central Recovery Press) is one of the year's bestselling books at the independent Moon Palace Books in Minneapolis. Pictured here (from l. to r.) are CRP's managing editor Valerie Killeen, Consortium rep Stuart Abraham, CRP's sales and marketing manager Patrick Hughes, and Moon Palace co-owner, Angela Schwesnedl, celebrating the book's success.

Courtesy Central Recovery Press
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In the Spotlight
58574-1.JPGElizabeth Acevedo Wins NBA for Young People's Literature
Upon receiving this year's National Book Award for Young People's Literature on Wednesday evening for her debut novel-in-verse, The Poet X, Elizabeth Acevedo expressed her gratitude to the children's publishing community and said, "Every single time I meet a reader who looks at me and says, ‘I have never seen my story until I read yours,’ I am reminded of why this matters." more more_arrow.gif

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58566-1.JPGNational Book Awards for Young People's Literature in Photos
Our photographer caught up with the six finalists for the Young People’s Literature prize, along with their editors, during Wednesday's ceremony, and was also on hand to capture the award announcement. more more_arrow.gif

In the News
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Abrams Children's Books

Abrams has announced that Emma Ledbetter will be joining the company as editorial director, picture books, effective November 26. Ledbetter most recently served as senior editor at Simon & Schuster’s Atheneum Books for Young Readers imprint. more more_arrow.gif

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Powerful New YA Novel About Mental Health
Josh Baker isn’t sure why his brain tells him to do things that other people don’t need to do: counting cracks in ceilings and always needing to finish a song, for starters. When he is diagnosed with OCD, it’s a blessing and a curse. He is a talented drummer and a math genius, but can he overcome his thoughts, or will they break him? LEARN MORE ►

Cover Reveal
58580-1.JPGAdam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri Hit Upon Interactivity for Their Next Book
We spoke with author Adam Rubin and illustrator Daniel Salmieri, the collaborators behind the bestselling Dragons Love Tacos and its sequel, about their forthcoming picture book comedy, Give High Five, due out next April. Click through to read more about their new project, in our exclusive cover reveal. more more_arrow.gif

On the Scene
58543-1.JPGOn Tour with Markus Zusak
Last month, Australian author Markus Zusak set out on a U.S. tour in celebration of the release of his new YA novel, Bridge of Clay, the highly anticipated follow-up to his 2006 novel, The Book Thief. Over the course of the tour, more than 3,000 fans joined Zusak for readings, signings, and more. Click through to see our selection of photo highlights. more more_arrow.gif

Literacy Report
58552-1.JPGChildren's Literacy Foundation
This article is part of an occasional feature that focuses on literacy organizations and the work they do to promote reading within their communities.

Founded in 1998, the Children's Literacy Foundation serves communities across rural Vermont and New Hampshire, with the goal of instilling a love of reading and writing in kids up to age 12. more more_arrow.gif
Q & A
58577-1.JPGTraci Chee
Two years after being named a PW Flying Start for her debut novel, The Reader, Traci Chee delivers the final book in the Sea of Ink and Gold series, The Storyteller, set in a world where reading and the written word are unheard of and the power of story reigns supreme. Chee spoke with PW about what she hopes readers will take from her series.


Q: After spending so many years immersed in the world of the Sea of Ink and Gold, how does it feel to know the conclusion will soon be in the hands of readers?

A: I have a mix of emotions. On the one hand, I’m really excited. I’ve had this ending in my head for 10 years. So, knowing that I’ve been lucky enough to write is really cool. At the same time, I’m nervous because it’s hard to end something in a way that’s satisfying. After spending so much time with characters, readers want certain things to happen. more more_arrow.gif

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In Brief
58560-1.JPGIn Brief: November 15, 2018
This week, Jarrett J. Krosoczka and Jack Gantos share a stage; Elizabeth Verdick's characters are in tow; YA authors speak at the Portland Book Festival; and Sarai Gonzalez returns to her old school as a published author. more more_arrow.gif
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Rights Report
32032-1.JPGNicole Sclama at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has acquired Emily Bain Murphy's YA historical fantasy Splinters of Scarlet, pitched as Downton Abbey with magic. The novel is set in 19th-century Copenhagen and follows an orphaned seamstress who goes to work for a retired ballerina and uses her magic to investigate her father's mysterious death while working for the same family years ago. Publication is slated for spring 2020; Pete Knapp at Park Literary & Media negotiated the deal for world English rights.
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32033-1.JPGAmy Fitzgerald at Lerner/Carolrhoda has bought Jerkbait author Mia Siegert's YA novel Somebody Told Me. After an assault, bigender teen Aleks/Alexis goes to live with their uncle, a Catholic priest, and must make difficult choices after discovering that they can overhear parishioners' confessions through their bedroom wall. Publication is planned for spring 2020; Travis Pennington at the Knight Agency did the deal for world rights.
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32034-1.JPGLauren Knowles at Page Street has acquired world rights to Naomi Hughes's Refraction, a YA science fiction novel about a teen wrestling with obsessive compulsive disorder while working as a black market mirror dealer in a world where reflections spawn deadly cracks in the fabric of reality. Publication is set for fall 2019; Naomi Davis at BookEnds brokered the deal.
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32035-1.JPGCassandra Pelham Fulton at Scholastic/Graphix has bought, in a four-house auction, two Clementine Fox graphic novels by Leigh Luna. The humorous debut middle-grade series features a cast of animal friends who set off for a day of exploration at a mysterious local island; what follows is an unexpected day of adventure, friendship, and lessons learned. Book one is scheduled for 2020; Jen Linnan at Linnan Literary Management negotiated the deal for world rights.
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32036-1.JPGAlvina Ling at Little, Brown has acquired world rights to Julie Abe's debut middle grade novel, Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch, and a sequel. The book is set in a Japanese-inspired world where a 12-year-old witch must travel to a seaside town in order to complete her Adept Witch training, or risk losing her magic forever. Publication is slated for spring 2020; Sarah Landis at Sterling Lord Literistic did the deal.
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32037-1.JPGHeather Alexander at Audible Originals has bought world English audio rights to Night Magick, a middle grade novel by Suri Rosen. A boy goes on a dangerous puzzle-solving quest across Las Vegas, using his repertoire of tricks and illusions to evade capture and to find a mysterious book of dark magic, which may hold the key to his father's death. Publication is planned for summer 2019; Sarah Davies at Greenhouse Literary brokered the deal.
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32038-1.JPGGeorgia McBride at Month9Books has acquired Hank's Big Day author Evan Kuhlman (l.) and Heaven Is for Real and Mulan II screenwriter Chris Parker's Bertie's Book of Spooky Wonders, written as Ocelot Emerson. In the book, a precocious 11-year-old girl who doesn't always make great choices brings trouble with her when she and her mother move to a new town. The book will publish in fall 2019; Joe Veltre at Gersh negotiated the deal for North American rights.
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32039-1.JPGGina Gagliano at Random House Graphic has bought world rights to Kaeti Vandorn's early chapter book graphic novel Crabapple Trouble, set in a magical world where everyone has a fruit or vegetable for a head. In the story, Calla Crabapple's siblings convince her to make an entry in the state fair; then must tackle her fears about not being good enough, with the help of a friend and some fairies. Publication is set for 2020; Vandorn is unagented.
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32040-1.JPGAnne Schwartz at Random House/Schwartz & Wade has acquired What Is a Refugee? written and illustrated by Elise Gravel, which explores what it means to be a refugee in kid-friendly terms and illustrations. Publication is scheduled for fall 2019; Lori Nowicki at Painted Words did the deal for world rights, excluding French Canadian.
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32042-1.JPGNancy Paulsen at Penguin/Paulsen has acquired Jia Liu's debut author-illustrated picture book, I Don't Need Friends!, featuring a self-absorbed little bird who makes all the wrong moves in his eagerness to make friends, but figures out a way to turn things around. The book is planned for spring 2021; Claire Easton represented Liu in the deal for world rights.
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32043-1.JPGMabel Hsu at HarperCollins/Tegen has bought author-illustrator Anya Glazer's The Story of Thesaurus, about a synonym-using, book-loving dinosaur who must hide his passion for stories from the rest of the dinosaurs. Publication is scheduled for summer 2020, with a second, untitled picture book due in summer 2021; Alice Sutherland-Hawes at Madeleine Milburn Limited brokered the two-book deal for world rights.
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32041-1.JPGRotem Moscovich at Disney-Hyperion has bought Marcy Campbell's (l.) Something Good, a picture book in which a young narrator describes the aftermath of “something” (readers are never told what) being written on the girls' bathroom wall, first feeling her community may never recover, but ultimately seeing it come together to heal and embrace a new kind of school pride. Corinna Luyken will illustrate; publication is slated for summer 2021. Steven Malk at Writers House represented both the author and the illustrator in the deal for world rights.
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32044-1.JPGAmy Novesky and Nina Gruener at Cameron Kids have acquired world rights to The President Sang Amazing Grace by Zoe Mulford, a picture book featuring the song of the same name, illustrated by Jeff Scher. Adapted from the music video for the song performed by Joan Baez, the book is about the day former president Obama sang “Amazing Grace” to a grieving congregation and nation, following the mass shooting in an historic black church in Charleston, S.C. Publication is set for fall 2019; the author and illustrator represented themselves.
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32045-1.JPGChristy Cox at Little Bigfoot has bought world English rights to Just Like Beverly, a picture book biography of Beverly Cleary by Vicki Conrad (l.), illustrated by David Hohn. Publication is slated for fall 2019; both the author and the illustrator were unagented.
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IN THE MEDIA
From the Horn Book:
The CCBC's Diversity Statistics: Spotlight on LGBTQ+ Stories. Click here more_arrow.gif
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From the Hollywood Reporter:
Jennifer Aniston Plays Former Pageant Queen in Dumplin' Trailer. Click here more_arrow.gif
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From the NZ Herald:
Hairy Maclary is named as the bestselling book of the decade in New Zealand. Click here more_arrow.gif
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From the Bookseller:
Imagine That launches U.S. office. Click here more_arrow.gif
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From the Guardian:
'Thanks, J.K. Rowling, but I’ve had it with Harry Potter.' Click here more_arrow.gif
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From Romper:
The Gender Gap in Children's Books Is the Real Monster in the Room. Click here more_arrow.gif
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From Romper:
'Miffy,' the Dutch Children's Book Series, Helped Me Bond with My Toddler. Click here more_arrow.gif
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From Romper:
The Picture Books That Defined 2018. Click here more_arrow.gif
SHELFTALKER

Cynthia Compton
The Power of Silence
A children’s bookseller reflects on those customers who feel strongly but respond quietly.
A bold solution meets the challenges made by a second Amazon headquarters, which will span six states.
Grandmothers like this longtime customer make me not resist holiday prep quite so much.
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Meghan Dietsche Goel
Looking Beyond Sherman Alexie
Author Cynthia Leitich Smith offers Indigenous intersections for bookstore displays.
FEATURED REVIEWS
32015-2.JPGA Hug Is for Holding Me
Lisa Wheeler, illus. by Lisk Feng. Appleseed, $14.99 (24p) ISBN 978-1-4197-2826-6

A father figure and his daughter meander through a springtime landscape. Using allusions to nature, Wheeler writes lyrically about what a hug can be. Detailed art by Feng has a retro feel. The ornamentlike abundance of insects, flowers, and other natural objects brushes this familial journey with magic. more more_arrow.gif
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32016-2.JPGHow Do I Love Thee?
Jennifer Adams, illus. by Christopher Silas Neal. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray, $17.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-06-239444-6

Beginning with the famed opening line, “How do I love thee?/ Let me count the ways,” Adams restages Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s sonnet using modernized language. In clear, spacious scenes by Neal, children lie hand in hand beneath a tree, dash through the rain, and climb on a large stone lion. Adams includes brief biographical lines about Browning, as well as the original poem, which she honors through this accessible adaptation. more more_arrow.gif
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32017-3.JPGGlimmer of Hope: How Tragedy Sparked a Movement
The Founders of March for Our Lives. Razorbill/Dutton, $18 (208p) ISBN 978-1-984-83609-0

Through the collective voices of students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, following the events of Feb. 14, 2018, a rallying cry for fighting gun violence emerges. Chapters are told in rotating perspectives that represent multiple students and focus less on the shooting itself and more on their processing of the trauma. Through honest and stirring narratives, the contributors encourage readers to join a movement of monumental importance. more more_arrow.gif
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32018-2.JPGParkland Speaks: Survivors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas Share Their Stories
Edited by Sarah Lerner. Crown, $17.99 (192p) ISBN 978-1-9848-4999-1

This poignant and hard-hitting collection of poems, essays, and journal entries by students, accompanied by their artwork and photographs, reinforces the piercing and lingering effects of the Feb. 2018 shootings. Edited by Lerner, an English and journalism teacher and yearbook advisor at the school, this anthology has a spontaneous design, with some entries handwritten, driving home the missives’ deeply personal and heartfelt nature. more more_arrow.gif
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32020-1.JPGWe Say #NeverAgain: Reporting by the Parkland Student Journalists
Edited by Melissa Falkowski and Eric Garner. Crown, $17.99 (272p) ISBN 978-1-9848-4996-0

Falkowski and Garner, teachers of journalism and broadcasting, respectively, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas, offer gripping introductions to this compelling anthology of student writing. Throughout, the students express appreciation for peers and faculty who exhibited courage during the shootings, and they stress the importance of journalistic integrity. more more_arrow.gif
TALES FROM THE SLUSH PILE
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November 15, 2018
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PW Religion BookLine: Religious publishing news, reviews, author interviews and upcoming books.
Beaming Books Spring 2019 Catalog
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58517-v1-67x.JPGNew Christian Retail Association Takes Shape
Bob Munce of the newly formed Christian Retail Association hopes to both liven up the industry and attract retailers with lower annual membership dues and innovative programs. more religion_more_arrow.jpg

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32005-v1-67x.JPGReligion & Spirituality Update 2018: All Our Coverage
Ahead of the annual meeting between the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature on Nov. 17-20 this year, PW looks at the latest trends in academic religion book publishing, including issues surrounding race, political division, and more. more religion_more_arrow.jpg

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58527-v1-67x.JPGChristy Awards 2018 in Photos
The 2018 Christy Awards recognized 10 works of Christian fiction in Nashville, Tenn. on November 7, including 'True to You' by Becky Wade, which was named Book of the Year. And adjacent to the Christy Awards, the second annual Art of Writing conference doubled its attendance from last year. more religion_more_arrow.jpg

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31556-1.JPGNew from Loyola Press!
Elders from over 30 countries share wisdom carved from lifetimes of experience. Every story is a testament to the power of faith, perseverance, human resilience, and love. Pope Francis contributes as a fellow elder, offering the preface and his own story in each chapter, while also reflecting on dozens of others’ stories. (Sponsored) More religion_more_arrow.jpg

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Working Class Rage A Field Guide to White Anger and Pain by Tex Sample
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32006-v1-67x.JPGMore Books on Merton, 50 Years After his Death
New titles by and about Trappist monk Thomas Merton are still emerging as the 50th anniversary of his death approaches this year. more religion_more_arrow.jpg

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31321-v3-67x.JPGReligion as Survival: PW Talks to Elaine Pagels
In ‘Why Religion,’ Princeton religion professor Elaine Pagels searches for meaning, hope, and courage following the death of her young son as well as her husband one year later. more religion_more_arrow.jpg

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58526-v1-67x.PNGReligion Book Deals: November 14, 2018
Relationship blogger Ashley Willis is bringing her next book to FaithWords, IVP signed a book of letters from a mother to her son about race, and more. more religion_more_arrow.jpg

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31608-v2-67x.PNGOctober Religion Bestsellers: Megachurch Pastors Dominate; Kingsbury Returns to #1
New releases by David Jeremiah and Joel Osteen break into the top five on the Religion Nonfiction Bestsellers list; Karen Kingsbury takes #1 in Religion Fiction with the latest installment to her Baxter Family series. more religion_more_arrow.jpg

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Reviews
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15726-v7-67x.JPGAmerican Cosmic: UFOs, Religion, and Technology
D. W. Pasulka, a professor of religious studies at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, approaches UFO believers with an open mind in her irresistible debut, diving into how technology and media are creating a new religious experience for them. more religion_more_arrow.jpg

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16185-v74-67x.JPGTouching Ground: Devotion and Demons Along the Path of Enlightenment
In this posthumously published memoir, Buddhist monk Tim Testu recounts misguided adventures through his youth and his eventual spiritual development through his experiences with Chan Buddhism. more religion_more_arrow.jpg

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24445-v21-67x.JPGLet Her Fly: A Father’s Journey
Ziauddin Yousafzai, father of the Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai, movingly tells his life story, focusing primarily on his journey from the Swat Mountains of Northwest Pakistan to Birmingham, England to protect his daughter. more religion_more_arrow.jpg

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23378-v15-67x.JPGTaste and See: Discovering God Among Butchers, Bakers, and Fresh Food Makers
Speaker and teacher Margaret Feinberg (Scouting the Divine) explores the foods of the Bible in this delightful book of scriptural lessons, travel anecdotes, and recipes. more religion_more_arrow.jpg

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News Briefs
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Call for Information: Books on Gun Control
This feature will look at forthcoming books on the issue of gun control: fiction and nonfiction, and adult and children's books. Pub dates: March–December 2019. New titles only, please; no reprints. Please email pitches and links to artwork to features@publishersweekly.com by December 3 and put “Call for Info: Gun Control Books” in the subject line.
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Photo of the Day
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Dr. John Perkins, author of One Blood: Parting Words to the Church on Race and Love
(Moody Publishers, April 2018), was honored during the Grace & Grit Gala in Chicago, Ill. on November 2 for his work in Christian community development. The event was hosted by the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) & The John and Vera Mae Perkins Foundation (JVMPF). Pictured (from l.-r.): Howard Ahmanson Jr., Priscilla Perkins, Dr. John Perkins, Mandisa, and Elizabeth Perkins.
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