Philomel Makes ‘Friends’ With Carle
Bestselling picture book author Eric Carle (The Very Hungry Caterpillar, among many others) sold world English rights to a new picture book called Friends to Philomel. Don Weisberg, president of Penguin Young Readers Group, struck the deal in concert with Philomel president and publisher Michael Green; Puffin U.K. will be publishing the title in England. The book, which is set for fall 2013, will have an announced first printing of 300,000 copies. It’s about, Penguin said, “the love that binds people and the obstacles they will overcome in order to be together.” Carle did not use an agent in the deal.
Navarro Gets ‘Dangerous’ With Rodale
Rodale Books assistant editor Ruoxi Chen nabbed North American right to Dangerous Personalities by FBI profiler Joe Navarro. Steve Ross, at Abrams Artists Agency, brokered the deal for Navarro, who worked for the federal agency for 25 years, specializing in counterintelligence and counterterrorism. The book, subtitled A Practical Guide to Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones, will, Rodale said, reveal “the most dangerous personalities and the harm they cause.” Elaborating on this, the publisher said Navarro will present the main four personality types that appear among people who violate “the law, trust, boundaries, or proper decorum”; he will also explain how these personalities come into play at home, at work, and in relationships. The book is scheduled for 2014 and Navarro will be working with coauthor Toni Sciarra Poynter.
Bantock Plays the ‘Trickster’ at Perigee
Bestselling author of Griffin & Sabine, Nick Bantock, sold a book called The Trickster’s Hat to Meg Leder at Perigee. Brenda Bowen at Sanford J. Greenburger negotiated the sale, and the book is scheduled for February 2014. Perigee described the title as “a highly illustrated, hands-on creativity apprenticeship, which will help readers and artists more fully mine the imaginative potential that’s waiting just outside their peripheral vision.”
Bosworth Ditches Bio for Autobio
Journalist and biographer Patricia Bosworth is turning her focus inward for her next project. Bosworth sold a memoir called The Men In My Life to Gail Winston at Harper. Winston acquired North American rights at auction from agent Betsy Lerner at Dunow, Carlson, Lerner. In the book, Bosworth chronicles her life in New York City during the 1950s, touching on everything from her marriage and burgeoning stage career to the suicides of her father and brother. Harper said the book will feature “a rich cast of well-known literary and theatrical figures.”
Bob Ryan Goes On Record... About Himself
George Gibson and Pete Beatty at Bloomsbury bought world rights to a currently untitled memoir from sportswriter Bob Ryan. Agent Andrew Blauner brokered the deal. The title, Ryan’s 12th, will chronicle his 44 years working in sports media, covering everything from the Super Bowl and the World Series to the Final Four.
Soho Teen Lands Neat Duo For YA Thriller
Soho Teen editorial director Daniel Ehrenhaft has signed up a new YA mystery by an interesting pair: a successful screenwriter and a Booker-nominated novelist. Mark Bomback (Live Free or Die Hard) and Galaxy Craze (By the Shore) sold North American rights to Mapmaker, which Soho Teen plans to release in spring 2014. Dorian Karchmar at William Morris Endeavor handled the deal for Bomback, while Inkwell Management’s Kim Witherspoon represented Craze. In the book, a thriller, a 17-year-old girl with a knack for cartography lands an internship at the digital map–making company where her dead father once worked. Once there, she begins a search for her 19-year-old mentor (and crush), after he suddenly disappears. Soho Teen said the deal came about after Ehrenhaft introduced the two authors, as he is friendly with both of them.