Mosse Moves to Morrow to Close Trilogy
British bestseller Kate Mosse sold U.S. rights to the latest, and final, book in her Labyrinth trilogy, Citadel, to Rachel Kahan at William Morrow. George Lucas at Inkwell Management brokered the deal for Mosse, whose two previous titles in the trilogy—Labyrinth (2006) and Sepulchre (2008)—were published by Putnam. (Mosse moved with Kahan, when she left Putnam for Morrow.) Citadel, released in the U.K. by Orion in October, will be published in the U.S. in spring 2014, and is set during WWII. Morrow said the historical novel follows three women in Nazi-occupied France "who risked their lives to form a clandestine resistance cell."
Esposito Gets Her ‘Way’ at Da Capo
Actress Jennifer Esposito, a mainstay on TV in shows like Blue Bloods and Rescue Me, sold a memoir to Renée Sedliar at Da Capo Lifelong Books. Sedliar acquired world rights to Jennifer’s Way from agent Kari Stuart at ICM. In the book, Esposito, who has celiac disease (and is a spokesperson for the disorder), will, Da Capo, discuss "the seriousness of the condition" and offer "hope for anyone suffering from [it]." The book is scheduled for fall 2013.
‘Very Nearly Honourable’ Takes Off Abroad
After seeing a raft of interest this fall at the Frankfurt Book Fair, the team from the agency Rights People has closed three auctions and accepted a pre-empt for foreign rights on the middle-grade trilogy by author Caroline Carlson, the Very Nearly Honourable League of Pirates. The series will be published in the U.S. next year by HarperCollins, and in the U.K. by Simon & Schuster. The deals cover sales in Brazil, France, Germany, and Spain. Rights People, a U.K. agency, closed the deals on behalf of Sarah Davies at Greenhouse Literary (who is Carlson’s agent, and closed the HC deal). The trilogy follows a girl who escapes her finishing school to, as the agency explained, "set sail with a motley crew including a governess... and a talking gargoyle." The agency said the series was pitched as "Eva Ibbotson meets Lemony Snicket."
Pearson Sells New Trilogy to Holt
In a six-figure, three-book acquisition, Kate Farrell at Henry Holt Books for Young Readers bought North American rights to Mary E. Pearson’s new YA project, the Remnant Trilogy. Rosemary Stimola at Stimola Literary Studio handled the sale for Pearson, who wrote the Jenna Fox Chronicles. The Remnant books follow a 17-year-old princess thrust into the position of potential (and sole) savior of her kingdom. Stimola elaborated: "As unexpected destinies intertwine to change the world, she will have to choose—duty or love—to prevent [her kingdom] from sharing the fate of peoples and times before her." The first book in the trilogy is scheduled for spring 2014.
LBYR Wins Ryan & Davis’s ‘Map’
Winning a four-way auction, Kate Sullivan at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers bought North American rights to the new series by Carrie Ryan and JP Davis, the Pirate Stream. Ryan is an established author (who’s written, among other things, the series the Forest of Hands and Teeth), and Davis, her husband, is a published short story writer who works as a public defender. The series is a quartet, and LBYR acquired all four titles. It follows two children who wind up on a boat, as stowaways, traveling between two worlds. The pair is hunting for a map that can lead them away from their predicament. Merrilee Heifetz at Writers House represented the authors; the first book in the series, The Map to Everywhere, is planned for fall 2014.
Greenberg Exposes AIG, and Himself, for Wiley
Former AIG chief Maurice R. "Hank" Greenberg sold world rights to The AIG Story to Debra Englander at Wiley. Greenberg, who is writing the book with corporate governance expert Lawrence Cunningham, was CEO of the insurance giant for 40 years. In the book, Wiley said, he offers the "complete, inside story of the rise and near-destruction of [the company]." Greenberg was not at AIG in 2008—he stepped down as CEO in 2005—when the insurer’s involvement in credit default swaps came to light as the financial crisis hit. He subsequently filed a lawsuit (with members of the AIG board) against the U.S. Treasury and the Fed, charging that the government’s bailout of the company was unlawful (and ultimately cost AIG shareholders money). Wiley has pushed up the publication date of the book to February 2013; Englander said the rush is because "AIG continues to be in the news" as it has begun to repay the loan it received from the government.