Newsletter 69: May 2017



On November 4, 1966, the River Arno burst its banks and unleashed a torrent through the Italian city of Florence. A toxic mix of river water, street garbage and heating oil rose to the second story of buildings, destroyed homes and killed 35 people. It also ravaged some of the world’s most important artworks, including thousands of medieval and Renaissance canvases, murals, sculptures and books. Among the victims were Giorgio Vasari’s Last Supper, a monumental wood-paneled painting from 1546, and the hanging crucifix of 13th century Florentine painter Cimabue. What happened next was remarkable. Young people from around the world who had heard about the flood began arriving by bus, truck and train. These “Mud Angels,” as they were dubbed, came from Europe, Africa, and the United States. Sleeping in rail wagons, churches, and schools, they joined with art experts to launch a massive rescue effort for the city’s ruined treasures. Florence became a laboratory — with experimentation, mistakes and disagreements — for new methods in artistic restoration. The lessons learned there transformed the field of art and book conservation in Europe and the U.S. The rescue efforts were also prescient of the left-wing movements that would soon grip Italy and the rest of Europe. The same desire for civic and social justice that drew young people to Florence after the flood would fuel the political and social tumult of later years. MUD ANGELS is a compelling narrative by a journalist who wishes to remain anonymous at this time, which explores this remarkable chapter in Italian and art history through the personal stories of a handful of Mud Angels, describing how they ended up in Florence, the artworks they helped rescue, and how their lives were marked by the experience. For just as the Mud Angels rescued Florence, the city changed their lives forever.

Stories about boxing have intrigued us since the sport’s inception. From the perspective of the fighter, the trainer, the fan, boxing captures our attention for its grit as well as its grace. But there is a side of the story that has never been told. Dr. Linda Dahl spent three and a half years as a ringside physician for the New York State Athletic Commission. With little understanding of the sport and zero preparation, she was drawn to the job as a means of escape. But she didn’t anticipate the impact invading this very masculine world would have on her. Now a successful Manhattan Ear, Nose and Throat physician caring for performers from Broadway, film and television, she recounts in THE FIGHT DOCTOR how boxing first helped her survive her internship in the Bronx. After residency, when she was hired into a dream practice on the Upper East Side, she thought she would finally have the life she deserved. But instead, surrounded by the wealthy elite, she felt even more out of place. Boxing came to the rescue when a patient mentioned he could help her work as a fight doctor. Keeping it a secret from her boss, she led a double life, maintaining expectations in her office while adapting to her newfound role in the ring. A far cry from the small venues she expected, she found herself ringside at Madison Square Garden, working with fighters like Klitschko, Cotto, Mosley, and Ibragimov. From behind the scenes at pre-flight physicals to a serendipitous meeting with Mike Tyson in Las Vegas, THE FIGHT DOCTOR chronicles the journey that transformed Dahl from a helpless misfit to a confident doctor and enabled her walk through the world of men as a strong and powerful woman.

Savannah balances her heavy homework load with the demands of raising her infant son. Armando shines on the soccer field but lives in the shadows of Chicago’s undocumented residents. Jasmine struggles to maintain her motivation, let alone her trademark smile, as she copes with the sudden murder of her estranged father. All of them started high school miles behind their affluent suburban peers. Guiding these resilient students is a dedicated team of unconventional educators. Biology teacher Kashawndra Wilson paid rent for her own apartment in high school so she could avoid her alcoholic mother and achieve her dream of going to Spelman College. Coach Jason Ronai is a former professional baseball player who raises a kindergartener while caring for a wife with brain cancer. LaVaughn Cain is a 22-year Marine Corps veteran and motivational mastermind who was living out of his car five nights a week before he decided to try teaching PE. In EVERY SINGLE DAY, DJ Cashmere takes us inside the lives of students and teachers at Bulls Prep, a Noble Network charter school and one of the country’s most transformative inner city high schools. The book unflinchingly examines the struggles facing these students and teachers, from gang violence and police brutality to a centuries-long cycle of failure within Chicago’s school system. But it also shines light on stories of genuine triumph, as empowered students gain acceptance to, attend, and graduate from college at unprecedented rates. EVERY SINGLE DAY explores this success and makes an argument for what is possible in urban education, proving that a hard-working team can systematically reshape the futures of America’s most vulnerable children.

Podcasting — a term most people had never heard of three years ago — is now the fastest growing platform in the media world. In the U.S., one-in-four adults listens to a podcast at least monthly. While there is a lot of listening going on, there’s also an amazing amount of creation happening. More than 350,000 English-language podcasts are available right now, and that rate grows by several hundred every day. Yet here’s another statistic that surprises many people: more than half of those who start podcasts abandon them within a few months. They become frustrated by the struggle to articulate what they want to say and the struggle of creating something that stands out in the crowded space. Despite all this interest from both sides, there is very little to help enthusiastic creators understand the medium and figure out how to be great. There’s little that helps them harness their potential to be distinct voices and great storytellers. In THINK LIKE THEY LISTEN: A CREATOR’S GUIDE TO PODCASTING AND GREAT AUDIO STORYTELLING, Eric Nuzum, who began many of NPR’s most beloved programs and podcasts (and is now doing similar work at Audible), shares secrets of how to tell great stories in audio. Including interviews with and contributions from a “who’s who” of the podcasting world, THINK LIKE THEY LISTEN will be the first book to step back and offer analysis of the medium, examining its promise, its drawbacks, what it offers to creators, and how to bring it all together.

LARGE LADIES: HOW WOMEN CHANGED THE NEWS by two long-time journalists, Kristin Gilger and Julia Wallace, tells the previously untold stories of the smart, funny and often profane women who fought their way to the top of U.S. news organizations over the past four decades and what happened when they got there. These women started at the bottom rungs of newsrooms and ended up running multi-million dollar operations that determine a large part of what Americans read, view and think about the world. For a time, it seemed that they had toppled the barriers that kept women out of key news positions for so many years, but now their progress has stalled. Today, fewer women lead major newsrooms than ten years ago, raising questions about what it takes for a woman to make it to the top-and stay there. Based on dozens of interviews with leading women journalists, including Jill Abramson, the first female editor of The New York Times; Susan Goldberg, the first woman to edit National Geographic; Rashida Jones, senior vice president of news at NBC; and Judy Woodruff of the PBS NewsHour, LARGE LADIES is illuminating for any woman who finds herself in the cultural crosswinds of corporate America. Julia Wallace was a top Cox Media Group executive and a leading editor of newspapers in Atlanta, Phoenix and Chicago, and Kristin Gilger served in editing roles at five newspapers before becoming senior associate dean at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

Readers may think they know Ken Kesey — literary wunderkind, author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, the writer his generation voted “most-likely-to-go-the-distance.” In the popular mind, Ken Kesey was the guy who went nuts, gobbled tabs of acid like M&M’s and drove a busload of crazies across the country. But there’s also the Ken Kesey few outside his close circle ever got to know. He led a rich and satisfying life that he turned into an enduring work of art and for the first time, Kesey’s whole story is told in TARNISHED GALAHAD, a full-scale epic biography of the iconoclastic writer. With the full cooperation of the Kesey Estate and access to the Merry Prankster archive, writer William McKeen does what he did for Hunter S. Thompson in his Outlaw Journalist biography — gets behind the facade and the misleading public image to tell the gripping story of the man behind the myth. It’s a tale with a cast of thousands, including the Hell’s Angels, the Grateful Dead, the Merry Pranksters and the best minds of a generation. In The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, Tom Wolfe told of Kesey’s spiritual quest in the 1960s, but that’s only one side of his story. In TARNISHED GALAHAD, McKeen reveals the rest of the tale.

Misdiagnosis in America is catastrophic, costly, and all too common, affecting one in ten adults every year. Veteran parenting and healthcare journalist Helene Epstein knows this all too well. Her son was misdiagnosed over 15 times in his first 15 years of life by many of the top doctors in the greater New York City area. When the National Academy of Medicine’s landmark study on diagnostic error was released in September 2015, it was news to most of the medical community, but not to Helene, who immediately started work on THE SICK KID. She interviewed leading experts on diagnostic error at the 2015 Diagnosis in Medicine conference, followed by over a year speaking and working with many more: doctors and researchers, patients and their parents, and patient advocates. What Helene discovered is startling: children are even harder to diagnose than adults, and when they’re misdiagnosed they suffer greater harm. Even after the 22nd specialist told her to just accept that Brandon’s life would continue to consist of crippling pain, severe memory loss, narcolepsy, and tremors, Helene never gave up, recognizing that her son’s journey was symptomatic of a serious issue facing countless other families in America. THE SICK KID shares Brandon’s story — and the stories of the families she spoke with — of hope and despair, of love and tenacity, of mystery and miracles, and examines why and how the healthcare industry is failing our children when they need its help the most.

When we think of the phrase “an actor’s actor,” only a few names come to mind. Frank Langella’s has topped that list in Hollywood and on Broadway since 1970, when he took to the screen with quiet swagger and sensitivity in Diary of a Mad Housewife. Broadway stardom came with his portrayal of the most devastatingly seductive Dracula of all time, a rare merging of sexual charisma and intellectual intensity that would be his lifelong signature as an artist of the first rank. In a career spanning more than half a century, Langella has lived the public life of a consummate star — winner of four Tony Awards and an Oscar nomination for Frost/Nixon among his many plaudits — and the private life of a physical and intellectual adventurer determined to transcend the roots of an upbringing as the son of immigrants in Bayonne, New Jersey. Familiar now to millions from his role on The Americans, and esteemed as perhaps the last great star, Langella opens up on his life to cultural critic and biographer (Wynn, Place, Show) Jeremy Gerard, whose career highlights include staff positions at The New York Times, New York Magazine and contributions to publications including Vanity Fair, The New York Times Magazine, and Esquire, among others.

Four hundred years after founding a nation on genocide and slavery, Americans are maybe waking up to the sad reality that our racial politics are (still) garbage. But as our country increasingly confronts race and racism, we are faced with a barrage of messy, hard-to-explain contradictions. How could the same nation that twice voted for an Ivy-league educated black president then elect an overt racist who can barely string together two coherent sentences? Why do white liberals who can’t even confront their Trump-supporting friends and family think they can lead the “Resistance?” What explains the fact that Democrats ignored mass deportations under Obama but suddenly care now that a Republican is in charge? Whose bright idea was it to crown Don Lemon an “expert” on race? Why does Rachel Dolezal exist? Everyone has an opinion about race but 99% of the population has never studied it. And even textbooks that “talk about race” are often filled with lies, inaccuracies and alternative facts. With so much racial stupidity in the world, how will we ever find our way to that glorious mountaintop Martin Luther King glimpsed right before white people killed him? HOW TO BE LESS STUPID ABOUT RACE is your essential guide to breaking through the cesspool of dumb ideas, half-truths and ridiculous misconceptions that have thoroughly corrupted the way race is represented in the classroom, pop culture, media and politics. Combining no-holds-barred social critique, humorous personal anecdotes and leading research on racism, Dr. Crystal Marie Fleming (Resurrecting Slavery, Temple 2017) provides a unique, irreverent take on everything that’s wrong with our pathetic “national conversation about race.” Using the same voice that has earned her a growing Twitter following (@alwaystheself), and drawing on interdisciplinary scholarship, Fleming shows how systematic racism socializes us all to be racial idiots—and explains what we precisely can do to join the fight against racial stupidity. HOW TO BE LESS STUPID ABOUT RACE is the class you never took in college, the book you wish your racist grandpa and/or dumbass coworkers would read, the scalding tea you need to sip before you go about your day: it’s the Fifty-Shades-of-White-Supremacy bitchslap you’ve been waiting for your entire life. (Please note: this project is represented by Michael Bourret.)

In-demand interior designer. Hot shot hotelier. Travel journalist hopscotching across the globe in search of trends. There is a canyon of difference between a job and a career and another gulch between an average career and one that emanates glamour and passion. So, how did these experts arrive at the top of their game? And, how can you rip a page from their playbook and develop the pluck to sell the most important product on the market: YOU. Like Jen Sincero’s You Are A Badass, HUSTLER chronicles how Amy Tara Koch, a sassy Jewess from the mean streets of North Miami Beach said “no” to the blah, bagel-lined life encouraged by her parents and finessed her way into la dolce vita, complete with killer marriage, kids and a career that involves traveling the world for the New York Times, Vogue, Wall Street Journal, Food & Wine, and Travel + Leisure. There is plenty of career advice, often irreverent: channel your agitas; master the high art of low key name dropping; how to sex up sales; career hip hop, decoded; achievement as your opiate. But, the centerpiece of the book is all about anecdotes that spotlight moxie. Dogged ambition. The evolution of youthful scrappiness— forging mom’s signature to get tested for the gifted program in fourth grade— into a world class hustler with the ability to schmooze anyone from the building maintenance man to the CEO of Sony Music to move the needle on a project. Landing your dream life is possible, but riddled with pitfalls. The struggles, the process, the grind is what infuses success with that intoxicatingly sweet scent. You have to do the work. You have to rewire your brain to harness passion into action. You have to hustle to get what you want. Amy Tara Koch will show you how. (Please note: this project is represented by Stacey Glick.)

“A republic, madam, if you can keep it.” This oft-repeated warning came from Benjamin Franklin when he was asked what sort of system the constitutional framers had just created. For over 150 years, “voting” was the protagonist of the American political drama. The simple act of raising a hand, checking a box or pushing a lever was thought to carry profound implications for citizens, government and society. Everyone had a seat at the table of what H.G. Wells dubbed our “democratic feast.” But today there’s disdain and distrust of government, a mounting belief that citizens don’t matter and that difficult problems will languish. Even during the disruptive period of the 1960s, three-quarters of Americans thought government was responsive. Today that figure hovers at about 20 percent. What’s the problem? While others point to “tree top” issues like big money or gerrymandered congressional districts, a new manuscript dives much deeper to a more fundamental flaw. Daniel M. Shea, Colby College Professor of Government, takes on this question in SAVING DEMOCRACY. The real issue is that we’ve become an election-crazed nation. Through a novel look at American history and a careful, lively review of empirical evidence, case studies and compelling anecdotes, Shea charts how key changes in the electoral environment have left our system, designed in a very different age and under very different circumstances, impotent. As he wrote in a recent topical article in The Nation, the renewal of America’s democratic spirit — the liberation of our limited government — can’t happen by waiting for the next big election. Many readers will see this fascinating book as call to action; a rationale of how concerned, engaged citizens can compel meaningful change in the years ahead. Americans are worried about the soundness of what Alexander Hamilton dubbed our “grand experiment.” Can we keep our republic? (Please note: this project is represented by Stacey Glick.)

One humid summer afternoon, a group of textile workers in upstate New York began dropping into unconsciousness one by one — certain they had each fallen prey to the bites of small white mites. Decades later, teenage girls in a small manufacturing community began experiencing motor tics and sudden involuntary exclamations, symptoms spreading from one to another like ripples in a pond — certain they were the victims of some sort of water pollutant. Finally and most recently, residents of a small village in Kazakhstan began falling into deep sleep in large numbers, unable to wake for days on end — certain there was some sort of contaminant in the air. All of these victims were wrong about the causes of their symptoms. What’s more, all of their maladies shared one common cause: extreme anxiety brought on by the power of contagious thought. These cases illustrate the deep intrinsic sociality of human beings. We often operate more like honeybees in a hive than we do separate, autonomous beings. With the advent of social media and smartphones, this sociality is sharply escalating — for good and for ill. For the first time in human evolution, we can access each other’s thoughts, emotions, and ideas in real-time and across the globe, using flat little devices that slide into our pockets. In HIVEMIND: How Social Media is Reshaping Our Collective Selves researcher and psychologist Sarah Rose Cavanagh will unpack the psychology and neuroscience of our profoundly social natures, the unprecedented effects new technologies are having on our interconnected minds, and how we can tap into these unseen forces in order to thrive. (Please note: this project is represented by Jessica Papin.)

It’s May of 1935 and Harmon Waley and Bill Dainard have already dug the hole in the woods where their hostage will be chained. The ransom letter has been written. Now they are driving around the Seattle area looking for someone rich enough to kidnap. When they read about a nine-year-old heir to the Weyerhaeuser timber fortune, they are ready. Though both are criminals — bank robbers and thieves — neither has attempted kidnapping. But the 1932 abduction of the Lindberg baby and the huge ransom that was paid has riveted the nation. And now, with millions out of work in the Great Depression, with even the banks too impoverished to rob, kidnapping has become an epidemic. The number of cases reportedly runs into the thousands, and The New York Times keeps the score in a front-page box. Margaret, Harmon’s nineteen-year-old wife, knows nothing of the plan. To the subsequent disappointment of the nation’s newsmen, she’s no platinum-blonde gun moll. She’s just a girl who escaped a bitterly impoverished family of fifteen by marrying a guy she met at a dance. Crime is a popular fascination, and magazine writer Courtney Ryley Cooper, has a great angle: in story after story he promotes a little-known bureaucrat named J. Edgar Hoover as the nation’s “master detective,” showing Hoover winning the war on crime; he leaves criminals no place to hide and makes sure their female “confederates” are shown no mercy. For Cooper and Hoover, image is everything and it may be necessary for Margaret to be convicted of kidnapping — even if she did not actually commit the crime. Diane Simmon‘s THE TRIAL OF MARGARET WALEY: J. EDGAR HOOVER AND THE LAST OF THE BIG TIME KIDNAPPERS is a compelling look at the nascent FBI, the role of women, and a fascinating case at a watershed moment. (Please note: this project is represented by Jessica Papin.)

Today’s political conversation seems synonymous with rage and retweets. As we double down on our preferred positions, friends can feel like strangers and family members sitting across our dinner table feel like enemies. Or worse — we don’t talk about these important issues with our loved ones at all. But there is a better a way of listening to the other side and engaging with respect and empathy, giving grace and being vulnerable when discussing the policies and politicians that impact our lives. This is the kind of political conversation that Sarah (“from the Left”) and Beth (“from the Right”) have perfected on their hit podcast Pantsuit Politics. During the most contentious presidential campaign in modern history, these two recovering lawyers and working moms built a passionate and engaged community by refusing to play by “politics as usual.” Over the past two years they’ve learned to truly listen to each other when they disagree and find ways to compliment the other side — and thousands of listeners have eagerly responded, making their podcast a top-100 hit and catching the attention of outlets like Bustle, Parents, Slate‘s Gabfest, and NPR’s Politics podcast. Now, in KEEP IT NUANCED: A PANTSUIT POLITICS GUIDE TO BETTER POLITICAL CONVERSATION, Sarah Stewart Holland and Beth Silver offer their ten evergreen guidelines for talking about politics in a way that leaves you inspired instead of depleted. At once encouraging and practical, the Pantsuit Politics principles will empower readers to better understand ourselves, each other, our communities, our nation, and the world. (Please note: this project is represented by Sharon Pelletier.)

With his Dogma Debate podcasts garnering over 6 million downloads and nationwide radio syndication, David Smalley has become a leading voice in the Atheist movement. Each Dogma Debate features respectful conversations between David and pastors, preachers, church leaders, lay Christians, and professional apologists on various topics regarding Christianity and politics. Whether it’s in a formal debate setting or a live radio broadcast, David and his guests debate everything from abortion to the death penalty, from school prayer to slavery, all in an effort to understand each other’s worldviews and educate the public through entertainment. Now, with YOU’RE AN ATHEIST AND I CAN PROVE IT: 13 LIES YOU TELL ABOUT GOD, David deconstructs the preconceptions and misconceptions to which people cling when talking about their “God,” and how God as described in the Old and New Testaments is a far cry from the God most people believe in — a God that most would be uncomfortable to worship at best. With lively chapters focusing on God’s supposed “Goodness,” Free Will, and of course, how God “loves” America — a timely topic if ever there was one — YOU’RE AN ATHEIST AND I CAN PROVE IT is a rollicking and thought-provoking examination of Faith that’s sure to resonate with readers of Christopher Hitchens and Bishop John Shelby Spong. (Please note: this project is represented by John Rudolph.)


Sixteen years ago, Sylvie’s sister never came home. Persephone, out too late with the boyfriend she was forbidden to see, was missing for three days before her body was found — and her murder is still unsolved. Now Sylvie’s back in town reluctantly caring for her cancer-stricken mother, Annie. Prone to unexplained Dark Days even before Persephone’s death, Annie’s once-close bond with Sylvie completely dissolved in the days after. To make matters worse, Persephone’s boyfriend Ben is now a nurse at the cancer center where Annie is being treated. Sylvie’s always believed Ben was responsible for the murder—but she’s also carrying her own secret guilt over the night Persephone didn’t come home, guilt that’s trapping her in the past while the world goes on around her. As she navigates the uncomfortably revived relationship with her mother, Sylvie begins to gently dig into the secrets that fill their house—and what really happened the night Persephone died. As it turns out, the truth really will set you free, once you can bear to look at it. Megan Collins‘s PERSEPHONE’S SISTER explores the irreplaceable bonds and the inescapable tensions between mothers and daughters, between sister and sister. Blending heady suspense with insightful emotion, this scorching debut will be an instant conversation starter. (Please note: this project is represented by Sharon Pelletier.)

Done with college and wondering what comes next, Beth Oster leaves her small Midwestern town at the urging of her widowed grandmother, Eva, who has a charming French accent, a knockout figure, and a penthouse in Manhattan. New York is an endless surprise: on her first night, Beth meets Eva’s boyfriend, Lou, and starts a steamy but sweet romance with Lou’s grandson, Max. That night she also discovers a photograph of Eva in a wedding dress beside an unknown man—not Beth’s grandfather— as well as a bundle of letters written in English and French. As the summer of 1999 unfolds, Eva is busy with her glamorous life and Beth is left to her own devices, groping her way through clumsy sexual encounters, finding work as a medical actor for med students, and doing water aerobics at a senior center with Eva’s elderly friends. Eager to understand her grandmother, Beth makes her way through the letters, tracing her grandmother’s journeys through Turkey, Palestine, Vienna, and Paris during the most dangerous years of the 20th century. Hoping to discover the secret to being a woman of grit and grace, she instead finds secrets about Eva’s identity that she never suspected-secrets that complicate Beth’s own confusion about the woman she is trying to become. A glittering, wise, funny, and unforgettable debut by Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduate and Truman Capote Fellowship winner Julia Green, THE QUEEN OF NOWHERE explores a young woman’s effort to understand how her history shapes her future-and how she can intervene in her own present to create the life she wants. (Please note: this project is represented by Sharon Pelletier.)

It’s 1875, and Alva Webster has perfected her stiff upper lip after three years spent being pilloried in the presses of two continents over the scandal of fleeing her abusive husband. Now his death allows her to return to New York to make a fresh start, restoring Liefdehuis, a dilapidated Hyde Park mansion, and hopefully her reputation at the same time. However, fresh starts aren’t as easy as they seem, as Alva discovers when stories of a haunting at Liefdehuis begin to reach her. To make matters worse, she’s being blackmailed by her husband’s twin brother, stirring up traumatic memories of her marriage. So when the eccentric and brilliant professor Samuel Moore appears and informs her that he can get to the bottom of the mystery that surrounds Liefdehuis, she turns him down flat. She doesn’t need any more complications in her life — especially not a handsome, convention-flouting, scandal-raising one like Sam. But Sam, a pioneer in electric lighting and a member of the nationally-adored Moore family of scientists, isn’t good at taking “no” for an answer. Together, the two delve into the tragic secrets wreathing Alva’s new home while Sam attempts to unlock Alva’s history — and her heart. Set during the Gilded Age in New York City, GILDED GHOSTS is a gorgeous debut by Diana Biller, with a darkly Victorian Gothic flair and an intrepid and resilient American heroine who will delight readers of Deanna Raybourn. (Please note: this project is represented by Amy Elizabeth Bishop.)

Grace Ransom has put her days at St. Maria Goretti, a Catholic school for wayward girls, behind her, preferring not to think about those unhappier times. As she was coming of age as Gracie, amid the tumultuous ’60s, all she wanted was freedom, long hair, and a future with “her” Beatles, no matter what it takes. Anything is better than living with her violent father, who views her as incorrigible, a delinquent, and a tramp. So when Gracie is sentenced by a juvenile court judge to St. Maria Goretti, she maintains high hopes for her new life among the nuns and other troubled girls. She soon establishes herself as a ringleader and isn’t shy about voicing her resentments. Yet the nuns identify her high IQ and potential to be an asset to the school right away, and even as she incites riots among her fellow classmates and plots escape, they attempt to mold her into the kind of young woman who finds success after graduation. With the help of the nuns, the resident psychiatrist, and the other young women at St. Maria Goretti, the outspoken and determined Gracie begins to not only find her place at the school, but also reflect on the kind of future she wants to make for herself. Still, those are painful years to remember and when a message from an old classmate asks her to come to a St. Maria Goretti reunion, Grace must decide if she wants to join her present with her past. TRAMPS LIKE US by Hannah Rowan is an intimate and spunky look at a quick-witted bad girl who is determined to have her frustrations and opinions heard by any means necessary—and the kind of woman she becomes. Readers who enjoyed the intense female friendships in Robin Wasserman’s Girls On Fire and the spirited Thea Atwell from Anton DiSclafani’s The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls will be easily captivated by this deftly thoughtful and candid work of women’s fiction. (Please note: this project is represented by Amy Elizabeth Bishop.)


Audible acquired audio rights to ONCE SHE DREAMED, LIKE A MEMORY, and AS SHE FADES by Abbi Glines, MADE FOR YOU, STAY WITH ME, and ONLY WITH ME by Kelly Elliott, TOO LATE by Colleen Hoover, and WARDROBE MALFUNCTION by Samantha Towle. Tantor has rights to FRANCO, SO MUCH MORE, and ALL OF IT by Kim Holden, and DARKER THAN NIGHT by Tom Henderson. Brilliance Audio acquired audio rights to the TIMELESS ROMANCE ANTHOLOGIES and TIMELESS REGENCY ANTHOLOGIES edited by Heather B. Moore.

Film rights to FAIRBANKS FOUR by Brian Patrick O’Donoghue were optioned by Rocklin/Faust with Nicole Rocklin and Blye Faust producing. LAST TEAM STANDING by Matthew Algeo was optioned by 3:59 Development with Nick and Joe Mangianello producing.

Newton Compton acquired Italian rights to FILTHY BEAUTIFUL LUST by Kendall Ryan and LYX acquired German rights to FILTHY BEAUTIFUL LUST and FILTHY BEAUTIFUL FOREVER, while 24 SATA acquired Croatian rights to FILTHY BEAUTIFUL FOREVER. Adel Publishing acquired Hebrew rights to the FILTHY BEAUTIFUL LIES series. French rights to TOO LATE by Colleen Hoover were sold to Hugo & Cie, Hungarian rights were sold to Konyvmolykepzo, and German rights went to dtv. Penelope Douglas‘s PUNK 57 was sold for Russian publication to AST, and PUNK 57 and CORRUPT were sold for Italian publication to Newton Compton. Jack Barsky‘s DEEP UNDERCOVER was sold for Polish publication to ZYSK and for German publication to SCM Verlag. Georgian rights to James Dashner‘s THE KILL ORDER were sold to Palitra, and Pocket Jeunesse acquired French rights to THE SCORCH TRIALS and THE DEATH CURE. LEAVE ME by Gayle Forman will be published in Romanian by RAO and in Russian by Eksmo. Karakter acquired Dutch rights to Abbi Glines‘s BECAUSE OF LOW, while Modan Publishing House acquired Hebrew rights to LIKE A MEMORY. Italian rights for A TRAGIC WRECK by T.K. Leigh were acquired by Newton Compton, and MxM acquired French rights for THE OTHER SIDE OF SOMEDAY. The 10th anniversary edition of VAMPIRE ACADEMY by Richelle Mead will be published in Turkey by Alfa and in Germany by LYX. JA Redmerski‘s REVIVING IZABEL series was sold for Estonian publication to Paikese and THE SWAN & THE JACKAL, SEEDS OF INQUITY, THE BLACK WOLF, and BEHIND THE HANDS THAT KILL went to Ephesus for Turkish publication. Hideko Yamashita‘s DAN-SHA-RI was sold for Portuguese publication to Alma dos Livros, while Polish rights were acquired by Literackie. HEARTFIRE by Kate Boorman will be published in Czech by Host, while PIERCED by Sydney Landon will be published in Hungarian by Konyvmolykepzo. Hungarian rights to Meghan March‘s DIRTY BILLIONAIRE trilogy were acquired by Álomgyár Kiado, while Relacja acquired Polish rights to Beth Gardiner‘s CHOKED. Adam Gazzaley and Larry Rosen‘s THE DISTRACTED MIND was sold for Russian publication to Eksmo. Paralela acquired Romanian rights to Amy Gentry‘s GOOD AS GONE. Polish rights to Amy Harmon‘s THE BIRD AND THE SWORD and RUNNING BAREFOOT were sold to Helion. Filia acquired Polish rights to Kim Holden‘s FRANCO. STILL LIFE WITH TORNADO by A.S. King will be published in Turkey by Pegasus. Victoria Laurie‘s WHEN was sold for Czech publication to Fragment. BAD THINGS, ROCK BOTTOM, and LOVELY TRIGGER by RK Lilley will be published in Polish by Helion. Newton Compton acquired Italian rights to PERFECTION by RL Mathewson. Slovak rights to Tilar Mazzeo‘s IRENA’S CHILDREN were sold to Motyl. The SPRING VACATION COLLECTION and CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ COLLECTION edited by Heather B. Moore will be published in Norwegian by Cappelen Damm. Amy Morin‘s 13 THINGS MENTALLY STRONG PARENTS DON’T DO was sold for Dutch publication to Karakter. FIRST BLOOD by David Morrell was sold for Brazilian publication to Empíreo. Pocket Jeunesse acquired French rights to James Riley‘s STORY THIEVES series. Bulgarian rights for WAKING IN TIME by Angie Stanton went to Era Media. PRETEND and RETURN TO BLACK CREEK by Riley Hart will be published in French by MxM. Bruce Ware Allen‘s THE GREAT SIEGE OF MALTA was sold for Polish publication to Rebis. Hisa Knjig/Zalozba KMS acquired Slovenian rights to EASY by Tammara Webber. GRIST MILL ROAD by Christopher J. Yates was sold for Russian publication to AST. French rights for RHYTHM, CHORD, AND MALYKHIN by Mariana Zapata went to MxM.


YOUR HEALTHIEST HEALTHY by Samantha Harris went to Sterling in a World rights deal by Stacey Glick.

Alisa Kennedy Jones‘s SPAZ: RIDICULOUS TALES OF A GIRL EPILECTIC ELECTRIC went to Imagine (Charlesbridge) in a World rights deal.

World English rights to THE LINE TENDER and a second MG novel by Kate Allen were sold by Michael Bourret to Dutton.

Jim McCarthy sold World rights for TOIL & TROUBLE by Tess Sharpe and Jessica Spotswood to Harlequin Teen.

MRS. JACOB KLEIN’S STORY by V.A. Shannon went to Kensington in a World rights deal.

Random House Children’s Books bought World rights to WHO TOOK MY NAP? by Chris Grabenstein.

World rights to Jacqueline Mroz‘s GIRL TALK were sold to Seal Press.

Vanessa Simkins‘s POWER BLENDER REVOLUTION went to Harvard Common Press in a World rights deal by Stacey Glick.

Jim McCarthy sold PARKER BELL: A KEEN EYE FOR SCIENCE by Cynthia Platt to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in a World rights deal.

World rights to Leslie C. Youngblood‘s LOVE LIKE SKY and UNTITLED BOGALUSA NOVEL were sold to Hyperion in a deal by John Rudolph.

LITTLE PENGUIN I CAN READ #1 and #2 by Tadgh Bentley were sold to Balzer & Bray in a World rights deal by John Rudolph.

World rights to BITS TO BITCOINS: KEYS TO OUR DIGITAL WORLD by Mark Stuart Day were sold to MIT Press in a deal by Jessica Papin.

Haben Girma‘s KEYED UP went to Twelve in a World rights deal.

THE HAVING by Suhyoon Lee and Joo Yun Hong was sold to Harmony Books in a World (minus Korea) deal.

Rutgers University Press bought World English rights to AMERICAN PALACE by David Freeland.

World rights to I CAN’T DATE JESUS by Michael Arceneaux were sold to Atria in a deal by Jim McCarthy.

World rights to TYLER JOHNSON WAS HERE by Jay Coles were sold to Little, Brown Books for Young Readers in a deal by Lauren Abramo.

Bernard Schaffer‘s THE THIEF OF ALL LIGHT and BOOK 2 were sold to Kensington in a World rights deal by Sharon Pelletier.

Jessica Papin sold World rights to CLAP: THE SCIENCE OF SEX AND ITS LEAST INTENDED CONSEQUENCE by Ina Park, MD to Harper Wave.

HOW TO BECOME A GUERILLA by Justus Rosenberg went to William Morrow in a World English rights deal.

Fonda Lee‘s JADE CITY and JADE CITY Books 2 & 3 were sold to Orbit for World rights in a deal by Jim McCarthy.

World rights to CYCLO by Lydia Kang were sold to Entangled Teen.

Jim McCarthy sold World rights to Eric Gansworth‘s UNTITLED to Scholastic/Arthur Levine Books.

LADYSITTING by Lorene Cary were sold to W.W. Norton in a North American rights deal.

Llewellyn Worldwide bought North American rights to ESSENTIAL OILS FOR THE MIND, SPIRIT, AND SOUL by Vannoy Fite.

Samantha Barbas‘s CONFIDENTIAL CONFIDENTIAL was sold to Chicago Review Press in a World English rights deal.

SUPER-YOU: BECOMING THE KIND OF PERSON WHO CAN SAVE THE WORLD by John Pavlovitz went to Simon & Schuster in a World English rights deal by Sharon Pelletier.

Lake Union (Amazon) bought World rights to THE LIES THAT BIND US by Andrew Hart, in a deal by Stacey Glick.

J. Zulick Ferruolo‘s RUBY IN THE SKY and UNTITLED BOOK 2 were sold to FSG Books for Young Readers in a North American rights deal by Stacey Glick.

TAO ON LONGEVITY by Tao Porchon-Lynch went to Running Press in an World rights deal.

Pam Krauss Books/Avery bought World rights to SON OF A SOUTHERN CHEF by Lazarus Lynch.

DIALA’S KITCHEN by Diala Canelo went to Penguin Random House Canada in a World rights deal by Stacey Glick.

Kelly Treleaven‘s LOVE, TEACH was sold to Avery in a World rights deal by Sharon Pelletier.

THE ETERNAL HARVEST by Catherine Zabinski went to University of Chicago Press in a World English rights deal by Jessica Papin.

Prometheus Books bought World rights to POLAR MADNESS by John V.H. Dippel.

World rights to HALF-WAY HOTEL by Sean Easley went to Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers in a deal by Erin Young.

Bernadette Rossetti-Shustak‘s I LOVE YOU THROUGH AND THROUGH AT CHRISTMAS was sold to Scholastic in a World rights deal by Michael Bourret.

THE VOICE OF MADNESS by Jim Robenalt went to Chicago Review press in a North American deal.

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