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Book Deals: Week of September 18, 2023

In the world of book publishing, the week of September 18, 2023, brought several exciting deals and acquisitions. Atria secured the rights to Zakiya Dalila Harris’s upcoming novel, “Kinfolk Island,” which explores themes of Black excellence and legacy. Marisel Vera’s “The Girls from Humboldt Park,” set in the turbulent 1970s Chicago Puerto Rican neighborhood, found a home with Liveright. Algonquin acquired Viktoria Lloyd-Barlow’s acclaimed novel, “All the Little Bird-Hearts,” while Blackstone Publishing signed a deal for Jeneva Rose’s sequel to “The Perfect Marriage.” Additionally, Kazuo Ishiguro’s collection of lyrics will be published by Knopf, and Regnery acquired Liz Truss’s memoir, “Ten Years to Save the West,” featuring encounters with world leaders. These book deals promise to bring readers a diverse range of captivating stories in the coming years.

Book Deals: Week of September 18, 2023

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Atria Lands Harris’s ‘Island’

Book Summary

Atria has acquired the rights to Zakiya Dalila Harris’s novel “Island.” The book follows a young couple who travel to a lush, exclusively Black island off the coast of North Carolina for escape and renewal, only to find hidden horrors beneath its promised magic. The novel explores issues of Black excellence, legacy, and what we owe to our ancestors.

Deal Details

The deal for “Island” was brokered by Lindsay Sagnette at Atria and Stephanie Delman at Trellis Literary Management. The exact amount of the deal was not disclosed, but it is reported to be a seven-figure deal. The agreement covers North American rights for two books from Zakiya Dalila Harris.

Publication Date

“Island” is set to be published in the summer of 2025.

Vera’s ‘Girls’ Head to Liveright

Book Summary

Liveright has acquired the rights to Marisel Vera’s novel “The Girls from Humboldt Park.” The book is set in the 1970s and follows four young women as they struggle against the tyranny of low expectations in Chicago’s Puerto Rican neighborhood. Marisel Vera is known for her poetic writing style and her previous book, “The Taste of Sugar,” was recognized as one of the Washington Post’s 50 Notable Works of Fiction in 2020.

Deal Details

The deal for “The Girls from Humboldt Park” was brokered by Gina Iaquinta, the senior editor at Liveright. The exact details of the deal were not disclosed. The agreement covers world rights to Marisel Vera’s novel.

Publication Date

“The Girls from Humboldt Park” is set to be published in the summer of 2025.

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Little Birds Fly to Algonquin

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Algonquin has acquired the North American rights to Viktoria Lloyd-Barlow’s novel “All the Little Bird-Hearts.” The book, which was longlisted for the 2023 Booker Prize, explores themes of familial love, friendship, class, prejudice, and trauma with psychological acuity and wit. The story is told from the point of view of an autistic mother as she and her headstrong teenage daughter are befriended by a glamorous, charismatic couple with dark ulterior motives.

Deal Details

The deal for “All the Little Bird-Hearts” was made by Amy Gash, an editor at Algonquin, and Susan Golomb at Writers House. The exact details of the deal were not disclosed. The agreement covers North American rights to Viktoria Lloyd-Barlow’s novel.

Publication Date

“All the Little Bird-Hearts” is set to be published in December.

Blackstone Makes Perfect Purchase

Book Summary

Blackstone Publishing has acquired the rights to Jeneva Rose’s novel “The Perfect Divorce.” The book is a sequel to Rose’s bestselling thriller “The Perfect Marriage” and continues the gripping story of a troubled relationship. The film and TV rights to “The Perfect Marriage” were already optioned by Picture Perfect Federation.

Deal Details

The deal for “The Perfect Divorce” and a second, untitled novel was brokered by Sandy Lu at Book Wyrm Literary Agency and Josh Stanton at Blackstone Publishing. The exact amount of the deal was not disclosed, but it is reported to be a seven-figure deal. The agreement covers world rights to Jeneva Rose’s novels.

Publication Date

“The Perfect Divorce” is set to be published in April 2025.

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Ishiguro Sings for Knopf

Book Summary

Kazuo Ishiguro, acclaimed writer, has written a collection of lyrics for jazz singer Stacey Kent. Titled “The Summer We Crossed Europe in the Rain,” the book features an introduction by Ishiguro, the lyrics to 16 songs, and full-color illustrations by Italian artist Bianca Bagnarelli. This unique collaboration showcases Ishiguro’s writing in a new and exciting form.

Deal Details

The deal for “The Summer We Crossed Europe in the Rain” was made by Jordan Pavlin, senior v-p and editor-in-chief at Alfred A. Knopf, and Amanda Urban at CAA. The exact details of the deal were not disclosed. The agreement covers North American rights to Kazuo Ishiguro’s collection.

Publication Date

“The Summer We Crossed Europe in the Rain” is set to be released in the U.S. in March 2024.

Regnery Buys Truss Tale

Book Summary

Regnery Publishing has acquired the rights to Liz Truss’s memoir “Ten Years to Save the West.” Truss, the former British prime minister with the shortest tenure in the country’s history, will recount her experiences in the memoir. The book will cover Truss being asked by Queen Elizabeth II to form a government just two days before the monarch’s death, as well as her encounters with world leaders such as Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping.

Deal Details

The deal for “Ten Years to Save the West” was brokered by Harry Crocker at Regnery Publishing and Dylan Colligan at Javelin. The exact details of the deal were not disclosed. The agreement covers North American rights to Liz Truss’s memoir.

Publication Date

“Ten Years to Save the West” is set for release in April 2024.

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Promising Fiction Debuts This Fall

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Noteworthy Nonfiction Debuts This Fall

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Books to Make You a Better Writer

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