Harlequin Teen Re-Ups Kagawa for Seven Figures
Harlequin Teen has signed one of its bestselling authors to a seven-figure deal. Julie Kagawa, who writes the Blood Eden and Iron Fey series for the imprint, has inked a multibook contract for a new series. Harlequin said the new books will offer a contemporary story featuring “mythical creatures.” Agent Laurie McLean at Larsen Pomada Literary sold world rights to Natashya Wilson. The first book is the seriesis set for 2015. Iron Fey unfolds over five books and three novellas and has, Harlequin said, been published in over 20 countries; film rights to Blood Eden, the second book of which is coming in May 2013, have been optioned by Palomar Pictures.
Williams Closes Double
In one of two deals she closd this week, Amy Williams at McCormick & Williams sold North American rights to a cookbook by the mother-daughter pair of Alice Randall and Caroline Randall Williams. Rica Allannic at Clarkson Potter acquired the book, which is calle Thrive. Alice, a novelist (The Wind Done Gone) and songwriter, go the idea for the book after writing an op-ed for the New York Times in May 2012 called “Black Women and Fat.” The cookbook will provide healthy recipes for Southern food. (In the essay, Randall discusses the need to recast cultural notions of female beauty in the African-American community, where girth is too often prized at the risk of health.) In addition to recipes, the book will feature, CP said, family stories and “musings on the challenge of eating healthy while... remaining rooted in the culinary heritage of the authors’ African-American forbears.” Caroline is currently getting her M.F.A. at University of Mississippi.
In her second deal, Williams sold a novel by New Orleans author Tom Piazza called A Free State. HarperCollins’s Cal Morgan (his longtime editor) acquired the book. Piazza is best known for works about New Orleans, his adopted city—he’s a writer on the HBO show Treme and his books include the nonfiction Why New Orleans Matters and the Big Easy–set novel City of Refuge—but he grew up on New York’s Long Island. This novel, which is tentatively scheduled for spring 2015, is set in Philadelphia in 1855. Williams, who sold world rights, said the book is about a fugitive slave and banjo player named Henry Slims, “for whom music is at once his greatest gift and his greatest liability.”
Viking Takes Grossman’s Latest
Allison Lorentzen at Viking bought North American rights to the third book in Lev Grossman’s Magicians trilogy, The Magician’s Land. In the novel, Grossman, the book critic for Time and winner of the World Science Fiction Society’s 2011 John W. Campbell award for Best New Writer, offers, Viking said, “an intricate mystery, a fantastical escape, and a fable of love and redemption.” Tina Bennett at William Morris Endeavor brokered the sale, and the book is scheduled for early 2014.
Klam Returns to Riverhead
Megan Lynch at Riverhead bought world English rights to Julie Klam’s currently untitled work (Klam’s last four books were also published by Riverhead). The book, which ICM’s Esther Newberg sold, will be about the nature of celebrity. Klam’s previous titles include You Had Me at Woof and Friendkeeping, and she earned an Emmy for her writing on the VH1 show Pop-Up Video. The new book, set for 2014, will, Riverhead said, “reveal that being famous is nothing like we thought it was.”
Lang Gets Joycean at Scribner
Whitney Frick at Scribner took world rights to the debut novel from Maya Lang, The Sixteenth of June. Lang won the 2012 Bread Loaf-Rona Jaffe Foundation award, and the book, which takes place over a 24-hour period, follows a woman and her relationship with a James Joyce–obsessed family in Philadelphia. The novel is slated to be released in June 2014, on the 110th anniversary of Bloomsday. Agent Miriam Altshuler, who has an eponymous shingle, represented Lang.