Week of August 15, 2022
OFFER OF THE WEEK
“Art Spy” heads to HarperOne
In a deal supposed to be in the high six figures, Peter Steinberg of Fletcher & Company sold the North American rights The Art Spy: The Untold Story of WWII Resistance Spy Rose Valland at Elizabeth Mitchell at HarperOne. The non-fiction work of Michael Young, said Steinberg, examines the role of Rose Valland, a member of the French Resistance and an art historian, in the search for works of art looted throughout Europe during World War II. She is credited with providing the information that prevented the last train of stolen artworks from leaving France just before the end of the war. Young is the founder of untapped new york, a web magazine dedicated to New York’s hidden history. She studied art history at Harvard and holds a master’s degree in urban planning from Columbia. No release date has been set.
Coulter Sticks with Morrow
May Chen to William Morrow acquired the next novel by Catherine Coulterfrom the series starring FBI agents Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock. Robert Gottlieb at Trident Media Group handled the seven-figure North American rights sale for what will be the 27th entry in the series. The most recent title, Accountwas published by Morrow on August 2. The new book, currently untitled, does not yet have a release date.
Applause wins Papp’s “Audience”
John Cerullo from Applause Theater and Cinema Books have acquired worldwide rights, excluding audio and performance rights, to Public/Private: My Life with Joe Papp at the Public Theater by Gail Merrifield Papp. Philip Turner and Ewan Turner of Philip Turner Book Productions were co-agents in the deal. Papp worked in the theater world for most of her career, including the 26 years she was married to Public Theater founder Joe Papp, who died in 1991. Philip Turner described Public-private as “a highly entertaining book” that blends “a moving memoir” of Papp’s life alongside her husband with “a behind-the-scenes portrait of the influential theatre’s dazzling history”. Publication in the fall of 2023 is planned.
Astra House becomes “happy”
Deborah Ghimassociate editor at Astra House, acquired worldwide English rights to Happythe debut novel by the Berlin-based author and curator Celina Baljeet Basra, in a preemption. Basra is a graduate of the Free University of Berlin, where she studied art history, and her debut, the editor said, “follows a charming young foodie and film buff, Happy Singh Soni, who leaves his village rural Punjab with big dreams, only to find himself working in restaurant kitchens and farms across southern Europe.The deal was brokered by Alexandre Reubert at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates, and Astra plans to release Happy in the fall of 2024.
A reimagined ‘Macbeth’ goes to Del Rey
In a preemption, Tricia Narwani at Del Rey acquired the North American rights to Lady Makbeth by Ava Reid (The wolf and the woodcutter) as part of a two-book deal. Del Rey said the novel was billed as “Circe meets Wolf Hall– a “reimagining of Shakespeare’s play in which Lady Makbeth is given a voice, a past and a power that transforms the story men have written for her”. Sarah Landis at Sterling Lord Literistic represented Reid. Lady Makbeth is scheduled for publication in 2024.
‘Sharks’ swim to anchor
Anna Kaufman at Anchor Books has acquired, at auction, the worldwide rights to Jasmine Grahamit is Sharks don’t sink. Graham is a marine biologist and her story centers on how she co-founded Minorities in Shark Sciences, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing support and opportunities for other young women of color in marine studies. Chad Luibl at Janklow & Nesbit Associates handled the sale.
A version of this article originally appeared in the 08/15/2022 issue of Weekly editors under the title: Book offers