Newsletter 68: January 2017

Up And Coming For Submission

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Is age just a number? Are there things we can do every day to boost longevity? At 98 years old, Tao Porchon-Lynch prompts you to ask those questions. Millions across the globe have been enthralled by her fantastical journey — from marching with Mahatma Gandhi and helping Jews escape the Nazis in World War II to modeling for top couture designers and acting under contract with MGM. Still with a fearless nature, her current life is just as impressive. Tao was deemed a “yoga celebrity” in The New York Times , and Dr. Deepak Chopra calls her a “mentor” and example of Ageless Body, Timeless Mind. Two years ago, at 96 years old, she wowed judges on America’s Got Talent  dancing with her 26-year-old partner. Since starting competitive ballroom dancing at age 87, she has won over 740 First Place Awards. From driving her Smart Car to donning her signature high heels, she is constantly on the move — traveling, teaching, dancing, and enjoying each experience. She exemplifies her mantra: “There is nothing you cannot do.” Now, in her new as-yet untitled book, she shares insights from her philosophy on aging and her “secrets” to longevity. She invites readers to learn simple strategies to live with intention and say “yes” to life and discover how to “think yourself young” and use self-massage to “turn back the hands of time.” One doesn’t have to be a yogi to have a sound mind, strong body and resilient spirit. With joy and wit, Porchon-Lynch encourages people from all walks of life to be inspired to boost their own vitality and craft a vibrant “Tao-like” life.

At the dawn of the information age, technology promised to transform American politics into something close to a pure democracy. Each voter would be able to easily register his or her opinion on a variety of issues. Lawmakers would know exactly how their constituents felt. Consensus could be reached on how to fix even the nation’s most intractable problems. During the 1992 presidential campaign, billionaire populist Ross Perot waged an independent candidacy based on these ideas. He proposed “electronic town halls” — an idea he first advanced in 1969 — which would allow voters to give near-instant feedback to their elected officials using their televisions and phones. Perot’s idea was so powerful that it was partly adopted during the campaign with town hall-style debates where audiences posed the questions instead of journalists. That conceit has been a fixture of debate season ever since. But even as information technology has advanced to the point where most Americans have a computer in their pocket, our politics has gotten worse. Much worse. We’re more connected than ever—yet our elected officials are more divided, less gets done, and voters are more angry than ever. What Perot and other proponents of electronic democracy didn’t foresee was how technology can be used to divide and splinter us. In DEBUGGING AMERICA: HOW TO STOP TECHNOLOGY FROM DESTROYING OUR DEMOCRACY, digital pioneers and political analysts Taegan Goddard, founder of the influential blog Political Wire, and Chris Riback outline how the intersection of technology and politics took our democracy offline—and, importantly, what’s needed to get us back on track.

The year Stephanie March turned 39, her appendix burst, she had four additional surgeries, she was fired by her agent, suffered a painful, public divorce, her mother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and she lost her homes. But by the time she turned 42, she had expanded her business, traveled around the world, moved into a new apartment, her mother was in remission, and she fell in love. After 15 years of working in show business, marriage to a celebrity chef, seasons in the Hamptons and a good education, March thought she was fairly savvy and very settled. She had built a house, starred on a hit TV show, seen the Taj Mahal and met the president. Little did she know that an 18-month period would render everything she thought she knew about her life (and herself) utterly false. It was the beginning of an exploration of the real meaning of love, friendship, and what being a working woman in the ever-shifting landscape of show business entails.  Musings and recollections spanning from her childhood in Texas to her debut on the Great White Way to her travels to Kenya, India, and beyond, her thoughtful and often humorous collection of essays, GROWING UP, is a recounting (and holding accountable) of her journey to so-called success and stardom and the tumultuous events that forced a reevaluation of what those really mean. Told with candor and good grace, this is the conversation you have with a best girlfriend about what happens…and then what really happens. March has written for Lonely Planet, Refinery 29, and is a contributing editor to FATHOM. She’s best known for her role as Alexandra Cabot on Law & Order: SVU and is the co-founder of Rouge, New York’s first make-up salon, and the mother of TacoCat (@therealtacocat).

On January 18, 1966, a radio in the dining hall at Moron Air Force Base in southern Spain crackled with the news that one of its C-135 refueling jets had collided with a B-52 bomber carrying four U.S. hydrogen bombs. Nolan Watson, a K-9 handler who provided security at the base, was just getting off work when a captain asked him to pack a duffel bag for three days. Soon, he joined a dozen other servicemen on a bus headed six hours south to the small tomato farming village of Palomares. Leonora LaPeter Anton, winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting, chronicles the story of a band of servicemen who hunted for the four missing bombs and cut down the plutonium-laced tomato fields. At the time, none of them were told of the dangers of radiation and most of them wore military fatigues as they searched for plane parts in the rustic terrain of southern Spain. Fifty years later, one by one, the men who were on that bus and many others that followed have either died or are sick with cancers often associated with plutonium-poisoning, among them Nolan, who is now 73 with inoperable kidney cancer, and who must undergo dialysis three times a week to live. The Air Force rejected his claim, maintaining that none of the men were harmed by the radiation. LaPeter Anton’s powerful narrative takes a look at the science and the history of the military’s handling of nuclear weapons and its neglect of those who cleaned up these radioactive bomber crashes.

Donald Trump lost the popular vote by more than 2.5 million votes to Hillary Clinton, but became the 45th president of the United States because he won a lot of votes in very white parts of the country. Patrick Thornton grew up in one of those counties in Ohio: 97 percent white with strong Trump support. He had one Hispanic classmate, two Asian classmates and zero Muslim classmates. He didn’t know a single openly gay person growing up. Based on his personal experience growing up in Ohio and moving to a more diverse part of the country, Thornton wound up writing “I’m a Coastal Elite From the Midwest: The Real Bubble is Rural America,” for Roll Call, which was one of the most-read pieces explaining the 2016 election and the most popular piece in the newspaper’s history. THE WHITE BUBBLE builds on and expands on his article to examine and chronicle how many white Americans, particularly white, rural Americans in the Midwest live in an unrepresentative bubble. How could so many white people vote for someone who said and did such racist and bigoted things?  In the aftermath of the election, Thornton seeks to shed light with THE WHITE BUBBLE on how this attitude impacts white American empathy; in particular, why many white voters were willing to let racist or bigoted statements slide in this election. In this smart and timely book, Thornton pushes back against the idea that coastal elites don’t understand the heartland; rather, the heartland is out of touch with much of modern America.

Jacqueline Raposo is thirty-five, in debt, single, sick, and struggling to sustain her multiple careers. She is disciplined. A life of chronic illness means strict food regimes, alternative therapies, cleanses, and positive thinking are her norm. She lives by her passions, working as a freelance writer and relationship radio show host. She is content, but disconnected. Unfulfilled. Not sure if feeling placated by enough is… enough. When another guy she met online ‘ghosts’ without warning, she makes a decision: to face her personal disappointments in the real world moment by moment, without distraction. And so on June 21st, 2016, she goes off all social media and dating apps for forty days: enough time to break habits, digest discoveries, and reset patterns. She weeps when dismally lonely and absorbs joyful moments, instead of diluting them in the feeds on her phone. Revitalized, she ponders what other practices blind her from clearly facing life. In MY YEAR OF ABSTINENCE: ADDING, ABSTAINING, AND OBSERVING EVERY DAY FOR ONE YEAR, Jacqueline investigates her health, social interactions, and sense of self. With naked vulnerability, she faces a newly unearthed capacity for anger when a romantic rejection, shocking election results, and illness collide while she’s abstaining from sugar and alcohol. Ninety days of “no shopping” relieve her budget… but also highlight the value of buying succor while sick. When she neither gives nor receives holiday gifts, relationships suffer. Healthier morning rituals, a month practicing “zero waste”, and an online business program await. With unapologetic honesty, MY YEAR OF ABSTINENCE weaves Jacqueline’s personal journey with insight from leaders in psychology, medicine, STEM, and self-help. Will a shift in habit bring her health, wealth, and romance? Will living with intention make “enough” truly enough?  Like The Happiness Project, this book will explore what it means to live a fulfilling life. (Please note: This project is represented by Stacey Glick.)

In THE ETERNAL HARVEST: OUR ENDURING RELATIONSHIP WITH WHEAT, professor and plant and soil ecologist Catherine Zabinski explores our long and extraordinary entanglement with this humble grain.  As it turns out, the story of wheat is the story of civilization, from the wild grasses first cultivated in the fertile crescent through the ancient and modern empires where control over wheat prompted their rise or led to their fall , through to the present day, where anxieties surrounding gluten allergies, GMO, and food scarcity inhabit our headlines and our kitchens.  The Eternal Harvest will introduce readers to the evolutionary history of the grass family, how our ancestors discovered and exploited the grass species that became our bread wheat, the science behind the Green Revolution, what drawn-from-science-fiction advances like bioballistic guns and CRISPR molecules mean for the safety of our food, and the prospects for bridging the gap between sustainable food production and feeding the masses.   Interwoven throughout is a lucid, lyrical explanation of the remarkable mechanisms of plant evolution and how we use those to our benefit or detriment to alter food crops. Aimed at readers of popular science, foodies interested in the politics of agriculture, and for the throngs worried about the health effects of a wheat-based diet, Lab Girl meets the Ominovore’s Dilemma with a dash of Wheat Belly, this biography of a world-changing plant will forever alter the way we understand our daily bread. (Please note: this project is represented by Jessica Papin.)

Between twenty and fifty percent of new teachers leave in the first five years. This kind of teacher attrition is due to a combination of systemic, cultural, and political factors, but ultimately the problem is this: teachers don’t really have a voice. Not only do new teachers feel powerless, but they also feel alone. LOVE, TEACH: Very Real Stories and Semi-Professional Advice on Surviving the Rookie Years of Teaching Without Crying Under Your Desk is for those teachers taking their first steps into the teaching world (according to NEA, about half a million each year) and for those feeling shaky in a career they thought they’d love. Kelly Treleaven is the writer behind the blog Love, Teach, which brings in a quarter million visitors a month. Her real advice about the teaching life alongside the narrative thread of how she herself survived creates a realistic, funny how-to for new or prospective educators and the administration supporting them. The stories will say “You’re not alone,” and the advice will say, “You’re not powerless.” Teachers deserve a voice that is smart, relatable, and real, and Kelly Treleaven is that voice. Her Love, Teach posts have been picked up by the Washington Post and National Geographic and she has been a guest on NPR’s Morning Edition. Her book will be a must-have for the 300k teachers who follow her writing at WeAreTeachers.com, an ideal gift for every student teacher graduating from an education program, and an valuable resource for parents and educators. (Please note: this project is represented by Sharon Pelletier.)

Last May, the front page of the Sunday New York Times’s Metropolitan section was devoted to the story of an unlikely hero living in our midst. Justus Rosenberg, shockingly spry at 95 and teaching a full load of World Literature classes at Bard College, turns out to have been instrumental in saving countless lives during the Holocaust. Born in Danzig (now Gdansk), Rosenberg fled to France in 1937 and, remarkably, remained there throughout the war, passing as a Gentile, fighting with the Resistance, escaping from a detention camp whose internees were destined for Auschwitz, and joining the underground network of Varian Fry. Fry, a journalist who helped over two thousand artists and intellectuals escape Europe for the safety of the U.S.—including Marc Chagall, Franz Werfel, Alma Mahler, Hannah Arendt, Max Ernst, and André Breton–put 19-year-old Rosenberg to work running dangerous missions that included scouting border crossings, procuring false documents, and getting those documents into the hands of refugees. Rosenberg is now considered to be the last living member of Fry’s courageous band of rescuers. Since coming to the U.S. just after the war in 1946, Rosenberg has not only been teaching; he has also founded the Justus and Karin Rosenberg Foundation, which is dedicated to counteracting hatred in general and anti-Semitism in particular. In the face of world events of the past few months, Rosenberg’s story is more relevant and gripping than ever. After years of living a quiet life in upstate New York, Rosenberg is finally ready to tell his own tale, one that resonates today in a world still torn by hatred, with white supremacy resurging, and too many people still in need of rescue.  (Please note, this project is represented by Eric Myers.)

Plenty of guides have been written targeting LGBTQ teens, but what about the guy who has just graduated high school or college and is about to step into the big gay world on his own as an adult? It can be a minefield out there, and author, journalist, and army veteran Rob Smith is here to help navigate it.  MAN UP! THE GAY GUY’S BOOT CAMP FOR SURIVIVING YOUR 20S AND BEYOND is the natural follow-up to Smith’s 2015 Indie Excellence winner and Lambda Literary nominee Closets, Combat, and Coming Out: Coming of Age As a Gay Man in the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Army,  which painted a vivid picture of his life as a gay African American soldier who served in Iraq. Now a Columbia Journalism School graduate and an on-camera TV reporter and commentator for numerous outlets including NBC News, Huffington Post Live, and HLN, Smith has interviewed dozens of young gay men all over the country during his assignments and his numerous speaking engagements. The result is MAN UP!, which will speak to an increasingly diverse, multi-ethnic, social media-connected generation of young gay men about the issues and concerns they are facing, including online hookups, changing attitudes towards HIV/AIDS, and the option of same-sex marriage. Bursting with candid anecdotes and tough-love advice given with military precision, MAN UP! will be an invaluable guide for young men getting through these challenging years. (Please note, this project is represented by Eric Myers.)
Before the National Enquirer, People, and Gawker, before TMZ, there was Confidential magazine. In the 1950s, Confidential was the original Bad Boy of tabloid celebrity journalism in America. With screaming headlines and bold, scandalous accusations of affairs, addictions, and breakdowns, Confidential destroyed stars’ reputations and careers. Not a single major star of the time was spared “the Confidential treatment.” Marilyn Monroe, Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra, Ava Gardner, Lana Turner, Desi Arnaz, Elizabeth Taylor, Kim Novak, Clark Gable, Joan Crawford, Tab Hunter, John Wayne, and Liberace, among others, were exposed in its pages. Written in a crude, slangy, tabloid style, the magazine specialized in then-taboo sex, especially interracial sex and homosexuality. Using hidden tape recorders, zoom lenses, and private investigators and prostitutes as informants, publisher Robert Harrison demolished Hollywood’s carefully-constructed star images and built a media empire. Between 1955 and 1957, Confidential was the bestselling magazine in the nation, and it initiated our culture of no-holds-barred celebrity gossip. Historian, law professor, and author Samantha Barbas (Louella Parsons: The First Lady of Hollywood) shows how Confidential transformed us from a nation of innocents to a more jaded, sophisticated people, wise to the constructed nature of film-industry fame. Based on exhaustive research into court records, newspapers, magazines, FBI files, historical archives, and other untapped sources, CONFIDENTIAL CONFIDENTIAL tells the untold story of Confidential magazine, and through it, the origins of celebrity scandal journalism in America. (Please note, this project is represented by Eric Myers.)

FICTION

Lydia Montrose dreams of a romantic world like the ones she reads about, where she’s the heroine, and not the secondary character to her beautiful and charming older sister, Catherine; a world where heroes ride through the night to save their lady loves. When Lydia and her family leave their comfortable lives in Boston behind for a fresh start in the country and their new house, Willow Hall, Lydia finally gets her chance.  Here she meets the enigmatic John Barrett, who brings her beloved novels to life, the perfect embodiment of every dashing hero about whom she’s fantasized. But everything is not as it seems at Willow Hall. There’s a sorrowful force in their new home; a prickly melancholy that shrouds the grand house, where children’s laughter haunts Lydia’s dreams, and eyes follow her in the woods. It awakens an eerie darkness in her that she had long forgotten she possessed. When tragedy after tragedy strikes, Lydia will have to make a choice: does she follow her heart and win her hero using her dark powers, or does she put her happiness aside and save what’s left of her family. If she doesn’t choose, Willow Hall might swallow them all.

Hester Fox’s dark and captivating debut WILLOW HALL is an atmospheric Gothic romance set in 1820s rural Massachusetts. Lydia is a damsel in distress who can save herself, despite the claustrophobia of a small town and a house that is every bit as alive and tortured as the people who live within. Think NORTHANGER ABBEY meets WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE with a cast that is the 19th century equivalent of the Borgias.

Jan Fletcher, newly turned 32, is on holiday, a reunion with friends in the place where they first met five years ago, on the remote sun drenched and myth-laden Greek island of Crete. She’s there with her now estranged boyfriend, Marcus, two other couples, and a mystery woman who could be Marcus’s new girlfriend. It’s supposed to be a celebration of friendship, of life, of the successes they have achieved since they were last all together. Except that Jan’s successes have been few, something she hides from herself and others, a negative trait of her personality that has constantly held her back personally and professionally. In simple terms, Jan tells lies. Constantly and self-deludingly, stories that comfort her and make her feel like her life story is better than it actually is. But she’s not the only one with problems; all is not well within the group, and as their week passes, old tensions and frustrations intensify, revealing scars which seem to go back to events from their last gathering in this seemingly idyllic place. It is then that we begin to learn the reunion has taken a very dark turn, one that has resulted in Jan being locked in a dark room somewhere with little memory of how she got there and seemingly covered in someone else’s blood. As the drama unfolds we learn what has happened to get her there, what she does to escape, which of her friends wants her dead, and what strange and awful events from the past they are trying to keep buried. That is assuming we can trust Jan’s version of events… She does, after all, tell lies, some of which will wind up being THE LIES THAT BIND US, A.J. Hartley’s terrifying thriller that will keep readers up at night. (Please note: This project is represented by Stacey Glick.)

Adam Stumacher’s novel, BEAUTIFUL MACHINES, takes place inside a single week in Boston’s clamorous Southie High, in the wake of a terrible crime.  A student named Dante and his father are caught on camera, stabbing a man to death outside a convenience store.  The father is captured, but Dante escapes, and the local press soon announces that the murder victim is Southie’s dean of students, a popular, glad-handing, dap-giving fixture of the community known as Rev.  The tightly paced story (less a whodunit than a whydunit) unfolds through the point of view of five characters—a rookie teacher named Sugarman and a seasoned Southie veteran named Fitz, Dante’s Vietnamese girlfriend, Thuy, and his closest friend, Ahmed, as well as the school’s ambitious new principal, Wingate.  Working together and separately, they struggle to piece together what happened, to make meaning from a seemingly inexplicable act of violence, and above all—to find the missing suspect. Adam Stumacher’s fiction has appeared in Granta, Narrative, The Kenyon Review, The Sun, The Massachusetts Review, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere, was anthologized in Best New American Voices, and won the Raymond Carver Short Story Award. He holds degrees from Cornell University and Saint Mary’s College and was the Carol Houck Smith fellow at the University of Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. He has been awarded a tuition scholarship from Bread Loaf and residencies from the Vermont Studio Center, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Spiro Arts, and others. He has taught creative writing at MIT, the University of Wisconsin, Saint Mary’s College, and Grub Street, and he has spent over a decade as an educator in urban high schools, for which he was awarded the Sontag Prize in Urban Education and a fellowship form the Lynch Leadership Academy at Boston College. (Please note: this project is represented by Jessica Papin.)

Dallas Lancaster wants to tell you his story—about how he and Sylvie Blake became notorious—known to a fascinated press and mesmerized public as the Digital Bonnie and Clyde. Dallas, a reformed hacker (and unreconstructed film nerd with an outsize fondness for Michael Caine),  believes their love/crime story is perfect for the big screen: on the run from a relentless federal agent named De Soto as well as a cybercrime boss known only as Apollo Greed, Dallas and Sylvie evade their pursuers by criss-crossing the country on an endless sybaritic vacation.  Holed up in luxury hotels from Miami to Mount Rushmore, they steal cash from ATMs at night. Lots of cash. Their affair is as intense and reckless as their flight, and it’s clear that the mercurial, seductive Sylvie also has a past she’d like to erase, were its lurid evidence not plastered all over the internet.  Although it’s the cash they steal that bankrolls their singular lifestyle, it’s the identities they purloin that keeps their criminal enterprise interesting. They take—and then adopt—their victim’s entire persona (think file sharing, except with identities, Dallas says) until both are all but lost to themselves.  And perhaps to each other.  When their pursuers finally, inexorably catch up, Dallas and Sylvie face a reckoning more profound than what their Hennessy-fueled, weed-mellowed, elaborately costumed year-long party has prepared them for. As Dallas narrates the tale to his cellmate—a fellow would-be auteur with strong feelings about story arc–TRAVELERS blends literary storytelling with genre conventions. Part comic metafiction, part tech-noir, debut novelist Dustin Atkinson has written a love-on-the-run novel that expresses the anxiety of identity in an age of technology.  Atkinson is a Florida State MFA graduate, winner of the Baucum-Fulkerson Award, and a nominee to Best New American Voices. (Please note: this project is represented by Jessica Papin.)

New York is dying, and the only woman who can save it has smaller things on her mind. It’s 1921, the dawn of Prohibition, and Manhattan’s eastside is the one you think you know: dry but civilized.  But west of the massive Broadway fence is a no-man’s-land where metal rusts in the air, objects vanish, and shadows swallow people without a trace. The only westsiders left are the ones too desperate to run—the killers, the thieves, the poets, the drunks, and an indomitable 28 year-old detective. Ignoring the impossible mystery of her father’s disappearance seven years ago, Gilda Carr devotes herself to insignificant cases like finding a missing glove or the perfect roast beef sandwich. When, a merchant captain she’s tailing gets his head blown off—an unusual occurrence on the westside where guns simply do not fire—Gilda is sucked into the orbit of the Seven Bloody Fists: a tangle of bootleggers, smugglers, teenage gangsters, corrupt policemen, and a corset saleswoman with secrets too terrible to tell. Worse are the revelations about her father, who seems to have known everyone connected with the war now threatening to destroy the dark and dirty westside she so loves. As her house begins to disappear, joint by joint, and the people she loves begin to vanish, Gilda races against time—and something greater—to find the truth that took her father. If she’s late, the city burns; if she’s lucky, death will come quick. Spackled with gunfights, jazz, and rotgut moonshine, steeped in the inexplicable, SEVEN BLOODY FISTS is a rollicking historical mystery by W.M. Akers, an award-winning playwright and editor at Narratively. (Please note: this project is represented by Sharon Pelletier.)

Marcus Waters thought he had seen the last of the Kingfisher thirty years ago. He had made his name as a reporter covering the enigmatic superhero’s five years of cleaning up Chicago’s streets. Then police identified a mutilated body as the Kingfisher, Chicago resumed its violent turmoil, and Marcus slid back into obscurity. Now retired, Marcus is dumbfounded when the police commissioner calls him down to the office in the middle of the night to show him a grainy video: A masked gunman kills a hostage on-screen, then announces that the Kingfisher is still alive; he simply tired of defending his city. If the Chicago Police Department don’t release evidence that they helped fake the superhero’s death, more hostages will die. The gunman wears the same mask made famous by the Liber-teens, a hacktivist collective who until now have focused their efforts on redistributing wealth, wiping out student loans, and other redressals of wrongs. Wasp is the newest member of the Liber-teens and finds herself caught between her loyalty to the group and her inner voice of justice as, instead of disavowing the gunman, they seize the global spotlight. Meanwhile, disgraced officer Lucinda Tillman is convinced that the files from thirty years ago hold the explanation for this masked man so convinced of the Kingfisher’s hoax. If the bureau isn’t going to listen to her, she’s going to go it alone. Marcus, Tillman, and Wasp’s paths converge as they trace the three decades of corruption and chaos to figure out if the vigilante hero died tragically, or gave up hope and abandoned the city—and for the hostages, the clock is still ticking. Exhilarating and timely, THE KINGFISHER by T.J. Martinson is a singular, glowing debut that finds hope in disillusionment, courage in compromise. Fans hooked on LUKE CAGE will be enthralled and readers of David Mitchell and Karen Russell will take notice of a daring new voice in speculative fiction. (Please note: this project is represented by Sharon Pelletier.)

Lilia Franklin is about to board the last US evacuation shuttle ahead of a planet-ending asteroid when she instead gives up her seat for an abandoned little girl. Unable to explain her own action, Lilia watches in horror as her husband and son take off for safety, leaving her alone in nearly-empty middle America. After a couple days of paralyzed wallowing, Lilia tracks down her long-lost best friend, Magda, who has remained on Earth to fulfill a personal vow for revenge. Magda hasn’t once questioned her decision to stay behind and focus on her furious mission, but when Lilia finds her, Magda’s unwilling to let her travel alone through a rapidly decaying society. Together they track down Lilia’s cousin Zane—ineligible for a US shuttle due to his prison record—and then make a run for the last Canadian shuttle launch. On their trek across the Midwest the trio find themselves dodging dangerous criminals left behind in a lawless world—true bad guys, and regular citizens turned criminal in desperation. Lilia is determined to get back to her boys, but the journey will require a toughness she’s not sure she has. And Magda must make another choice: avenge her painful past or embrace the possibility of a future. Above all, they must make it to the shuttle before it’s too late. Emotionally rich and laced with adrenaline, THOSE WE LEFT BEHIND by Elissa Dickey is Thelma & Louise meets The Martian as these two fierce but flawed women set a course for survival. (Please note: this project is represented by Sharon Pelletier.)

Rights Round Up

Audible acquired audio rights to PUNK 57 by Penelope Douglas, SIFT by LD Davis, THE PLAYBOOK by Kelly Elliott, UNSUITABLE by Samantha Towle, as well as TOUCH THE SKY and CHASE THE SUN by Nyrae Dawn and Christina Lee. Audible UK has rights to Andrew Hartley’s STEEPLEJACK trilogy, while Recorded Books has rights to THE CODE ECONOMY by Philip Auerswald. Tantor acquired audio rights to SUCH GOOD BOYS by Tina Dirmann, as well as ROSE and AIDAN by Sydney Landon.  Audiobooks.com has rights to THE BIRD AND THE SWORD by Amy Harmon. Dreamscape acquired audio rights to THE NIGHT SHE WON MISS AMERICA by Michael Callahan. Listening Library will publish Chris Grabenstein’s BANANA SHACK SHAKE-UP.

Film rights to WORKING STIFF by Judy Melinek and TJ Mitchell were optioned by Sony Entertainment with Carol Mendelsohn producing. GLORY O’BRIEN’S HISTORY OF THE FUTURE by A.S. King was optioned by Universal Television. Kim Eisler’s REVENGE OF THE PEQUOT was optioned by Tanya Hamilton.

James Dashner’s THE FEVER CODE was sold for Bulgarian publication to Bard, Hebrew publication to Hakibbutz, Norwegian publication to Cappelen Damm, and Romanian publication to Litera (the latter two in a two-book deal with THE KILL ORDER). TEAS Press acquired Azerbaijani rights to THE MAZE RUNNER series.  Czech rights to I WILL FIND YOU by Joanna Connors were sold to Albatros, and Slovak rights were sold to Absynt. Adam Gazzaley and Larry Rosen’s THE DISTRACTED MIND were sold for German publication to Redline/MVG, for Romanian publication to Trei, and Chinese publication to Beijing Mediatime Books Company.  Kiwi acquired Spanish rights to JUST FOR NOW by Abbi Glines, Sextante acquired Portuguese rights to BREATHE and BECAUSE OF LOW, while Maxim acquired Hungarian rights to CEASELESS, and Pascal acquired Polish rights to SOMETIMES IT LASTS and MISBEHAVING. Karakter acquired Dutch audio rights to her FALLEN TOO FAR, NEVER TOO FAR, and FOREVER TOO FAR. Aaron Starmer’s SPONTANEOUS was sold for Italian publication to DANA/RW Edizioni, UK publication to Canongate, and Turkish publication to Pegasus. Hebrew rights to Katie Ashley’s DROP DEAD SEXY were sold to Opus Publishing House, and PT Elex Media Komputindo acquired Indonesian rights to THE PAIRING. ADDIE BELL’S SHORTCUT TO GROWING UP by Jessica Brody will be published in German by Fischer KJB and in Hebrew by Modan Publishing. MxM acquired French rights to Nyrae Dawn and Christina Lee’s TOUCH THE SKY. Danish rights for JUST ONE NIGHT by Gayle Forman were acquired by Gyldendal, and Eksmo acquired Russian rights. THE BIRD AND THE SWORD by Amy Harmon will be published in Germany by LYX/Bastei and in Italy by Newton Compton. Riley Hart’s BROKEN PIECES series was sold for German publication to Sieben. Hugo & Cie acquired French rights to RK Lilley’s MR. BEAUTIFUL, while Hebrew rights to her ROCK BOTTOM were acquired by Bou(k)tique Publishers. Amy Plum’s DREAMFALL and NEVERWAKE will be published in Hungarian by Libri and in Turkish by Arkadas. Croatian rights to Kendall Ryan’s HITCHED series were acquired by 24 SATA, and Newton Compton acquired Italian rights to her FILTHY BEAUTIFUL LOVE. Samantha Towle’s TAMING THE STORM, THE STORM, and UNSUITABLE were sold for German publication to Sieben. Aufbau acquired German rights to Mary Basson’s SAVING KANDINSKY. Korean rights to Gary Belsky and Thomas Gilovich’s WHY SMART PEOPLE MAKE BIG MONEY MISTAKES were sold to Proje. Arrow Publishing acquired Thai rights to Peter T. Coleman’s THE FIVE PERCENT. CHOKED by Beth Gardiner will be published in the UK by Portobello Books UK. Kim Holden’s SO MUCH MORE was sold for Polish publication to Filia. GOOD AS GONE by Amy Gentry will be published in Ukrainian by Ranok. Yaniv Publishing House acquired Hebrew rights to ZEROBOXER by Fonda Lee. Turkish rights to Nicole McInnes’s 100 DAYS were sold to Pegasus. Amy Morin’s 13 THINGS MENTALLY STRONG PEOPLE DON’T DO was sold for Marathi publication to MyMirror Publishing House.  SECRET ORIGINS by James Riley was sold for German publication to Thienemann. Festa acquired German rights to CJ Roberts’s CAPTIVE IN THE DARK. Dutch rights for WINGER by Andrew Smith went to De Fontein. VALENTINE  by Samantha Young will be published in Bulgarian by Orange Books. Suzanne Young’s ALL IN PIECES was sold for Polish publication to JK Publishers. Konyvmolykepzo acquired Hungarian rights to THE WALL OF WINNIPEG AND ME by Mariana Zapata.  GEM & DIXIE by Sara Zarr was sold for Turkish publication to Pegasus.

RECENT SALES

THE ULTIMATE INTERPLANETARY TRAVELER’S GUIDE by Jim Bell went to Sterling in a World rights deal by Michael Bourret.

Thomas O’Keefe and Joe Oestreich’s WAITING TO DERAIL went to Skyhorse in a World rights deal by John Rudolph.

World rights to GOING BROKE: WHY AMERICANS CAN’T HOLD ON TO THEIR MONEY (revised) by Stuart Vyse were sold by Jessica Papin to Oxford University Press.

Sharon Pelletier sold North American rights for A MURDER IN NASHVILLE by Michael Bishop to Prometheus Books.

UNTITLED NOVELLA by Nancy Herkness went to Montlake (Amazon) in a World rights deal.

Chicago Review Press bought World rights to THIS NOBLE WOMAN by Michael Greenburg in a deal by John Rudolph.

World rights to Abbi Glines’s FIELD PARTY BOOKS 4 & 5 were sold to Simon Pulse.

Robin Talley’s PULP and UNTITLED BOOK 2 went to Harlequin Teen in a World English rights deal by Jim McCarthy.

Jessica Papin sold THE CHERRY TREE by Lauren Oakes to Basic Books in a World English rights deal.

World rights to Sarah Seidelmann’s WHAT THE WALRUS KNOWS were sold to Sounds True.

World rights to KEEPING IT HOT by Sydney Landon were sold to NAL.

BACKWARD by Ben Montgomery was sold to Little, Brown & Co. in a World rights deal.

Susan Harlan’s GREAT HOUSE THERAPY went to Abrams in a World rights deal by Jim McCarthy.

BLOOD/WATER/PAINT by Joy McCullough was sold to Dutton by Jim McCarthy in a World English rights deal.

HarperOne bought World rights to THE TRUTH ABOUT FOOD by David Katz in a deal by Jessica Papin.

World rights to A PROPHET FOR HIS TIME by Joseph Berger were sold to Yale University Press/Jewish Lives Series.

North American rights to THE CAMPOUT by Jen Stevenson were sold to Artisan in a deal by Stacey Glick.

Colleen Hoover’s TWO UNTITLED NOVELS was sold to Simon & Schuster/Atria in a World rights deal.

Jim McCarthy sold World English rights to UNTITLED MG TWEEN POP BODY SWAP by Jessica Brody to Delacorte.

BEING BONNIE by Jenni L. Walsh went to Tor/Forge in a World English rights deal by Stacey Glick.

Christopher Yates’s GRIST MILL ROAD was sold to Picador for North American rights in a deal by Jessica Papin.

World rights to BARBED WIRE HEART by Tess Sharpe were sold to Grand Central in a deal by Jim McCarthy.

John Rudolph sold World rights to Wendy Wahman’s NANNY PAWS to Two Lions (Amazon).

NOT QUITE #6, WEEKDAY BRIDES #9 and FOUR UNTITLED BOOKS by Catherine Bybee were sold to Montlake (Amazon) in a World rights deal.

Countryman Press/W.W. Norton bought World English rights to THE BIG, BAD, BUFFALO SAUCE COOKBOOK by Arthur Bovino in a deal by Stacey Glick.

Matthew Kirby’s third book in the LAST DESCENDANTS series was sold to Scholastic in a World rights deal by Michael Bourret.

JOURNALING THE SUTRAS by Kelly DiNardo and Amy Hayden-Pearce went to Shambhala in a World rights deal by Jessica Papin.

Balzer & Bray bought USPCOM** rights to UNTITLED LITTLE PENGUIN PICTURE BOOK and UNTITLED PICTURE BOOK by Tadgh Bentley, in a deal by John Rudolph.

Mariama Lockington’s MAKEDA AND THE GEORGIA BELLES was sold to FSG Books for Young Readers in a World English rights deal.

ABE’S HONEY by Tadgh Bentley went to Katherine Tegen Books in an USPCOM rights deal by John Rudolph.

Chicago Review Press bought World rights to THE ART OF THE CATAPULT (2nd edition) by Bill Gurstelle.

Tehlor Kay Mejia’s BETWEEN THE SHADOW AND THE SOUL and UNITLED BOOK 2 was sold to Katherine Tegen Books in a World English rights deal by Jim McCarthy.

WITHOUT ANSWERS by Laura Silverman went to Sourcebooks in a World rights deal by Jim McCarthy.

INSTANT POT COOKBOOK by Dan Shumski went to Workman in a World rights deal by Stacey Glick.

Dzanc Books bought World rights to 37 by Peter Stenson in a deal by Jim McCarthy.

World rights to GOING CRAZY WORKING FOR LEONARD BERNSTEIN by Charlie Harmon went to Imagine (Charlesbridge) in a deal by Eric Myers.

Steve Hofstetter’s TRUE STORIES OF A HIGH SCHOOL DORK was sold to Abrams in a World rights deal.

THE END OF ANIMAL FARMING by Jacy Reese went to Beacon in a North American rights deal by Stacey Glick.

Kensington bought North American rights (print only) to THE LIST, AFRAID, and ENDURANCE by J.A. Konrath.

World rights to THE DARKEST NIGHT and THE END OF STARS by Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell went to Simon Pulse in a deal by Jim McCarthy.

Ashley Rodriguez’s FAMILY NIGHT IN was sold to Running Press in a World rights deal by Stacey Glick.

UNTITLED PICTURE BOOK by Carlos Aponte went to Grosset & Dunlap in a North American rights deal by John Rudolph.

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