Week of January 17, 2022

DEAL OF THE WEEK

Grand Central buys Liverbirds Memoir

Mary Dostal and Sylvia Wiggins, who were members of the Liverbirds, the UK’s first all-female rock band, sold a memoir to Grand Central Publishing. Karen Kosztolnyik North American rights caught, in a deal brokered by Susan Golomb at Writers House on behalf of Jenny Hewson at Luytens & Rubinstein in London. The band was featured in a short documentary of the New York Times that Grand Central said has been viewed more than 800,000 times to date. Founded in the 1960s, the Liverbirds toured with the Rolling Stones and the Kinks, but, the publisher explained, their ambitions were derailed by “dramatic life events — as well as events that would only clip the wings of ambitious young women. ” The book, tentatively titled The Liverbirds, is scheduled for 2024.

Fusselman’s first novel goes to Mariner

For mid-six figures, Mariner Books’ Katherine Nintzel preoccupied Amy Fusselmanhis debut novel. sailor said: The resources is “a tragicomic family saga that portrays contemporary issues of class, motherhood and self.” Fusselman, whose 2018 memoir idiophone was nominated for the Believer Book Award, was represented by Monika Woods at Triangle House Literary in the World Rights Agreement. The resources is planned for autumn 2022.

Quill Tree Bows to Shen’s ‘Queens’

For the print of the Quill Tree by HarperCollins, Jennifer Unger two books advanced by EL Shen, the pseudonym of Elizabeth Lee. Lee, an editor at Penguin Young Readers Group and a former intern at Quill Tree, was represented in the North American rights agreement by Marietta Zacker at Gallt & Zacker. The first book, a YA novel titled The Queens of New York, Zacker said, is about “three inseparable best friends as they navigate through first love, grief, racism and heartbreak in one life-changing summer apart.” Queens of New York is scheduled for summer 2023.

Ex-wife Hunter Biden sells memoirs

Kathleen BuhleaHunter Biden’s ex-wife sold a memoir to Crown in a US rights deal. When We Break: A Memory of Marriage, Addiction, and Healing was taken over by Libby Burton by Rob McQuilkin at Massie & McQuilkin Literary Agents. In it, Crown said, Buhle shares “her own story, from her working-class roots on the south side of Chicago to losing her maiden name and becoming a part of herself by becoming Kathleen Biden, to finding a newfound sense of identity, purpose, and joy after the devastating breakdown of her marriage.” Buhle is currently CEO of a civic group she founded in Washington, DC called The House in 1229. if we break is scheduled for June 2022.

TikTok Star keeps ‘house’ at Element

Therapist and TikTok star KC Davis sold How to Keep Your House While You’re Drowning? nasty Leah Wedding Chest at Simon Element for six digits. The book is an expanded edition of Davis’ self-published book of the same name. In it, S&S said, she provides “a radically gentle cleaning and organization system that breaks the stress-clutter cycle.” The book is aimed at those “cooperating with anxiety, depression, ADHD, overwork, or other functional barriers.” Jessica Mileo and Kim Witherspoon at InkWell Management represented Davis in the North American rights agreement. How to Keep Your House While You’re Drowning? is scheduled for April 2022.

CRP Gets Bundy Survivor Book

broken Kara bought from Chicago Review Press A light in the dark, by motivational speaker Kathy Little Ruby, in a worldwide English rights agreement. Rubin survived an attack from Ted Bundy, and CRP said in the book she challenges the serial killer’s story as “a charming, seductive figure” and shares her story, along with that of “the many women whose lives and stories have been diminished by the Bundy legend.” Delia Berrigan Rubin represented at Martin Literary Management.


A version of this article appeared in the 17/01/2022 issue of Publishers Weekly under the headline: Book deals

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