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1. Trinity University Press Has Acquired Maverick Publishing

tupTrinity University Press has acquired the assets of Maverick Publishing Company, an imprint dedicated to publishing books about the Southwest.

Beginning next year, Trinity will launch a new imprint called Maverick Books. The line will include more than 40 backlist titles from the Maverick collection and will publish new titles dedicated to the history and culture of Texas and the American Southwest. Lewis F. Fisher, the founder of Maverick will work with Trinity University Press as an editorial advisor, which will include acquiring and writing books for the imprint.

“Trinity University Press has enjoyed significant growth and success nationally and internationally during its first ten-plus years of publishing,” says Thomas Payton, associate director of Trinity University Press. “Core to our mission is a commitment to explore the history and culture of Texas and its peoples, as well as the Southwest more broadly. The Maverick acquisition helps to deepen our catalog of available print and ebook titles.”

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2. Nobel Prize Winner Patrick Modiano Inks Deal With Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Patrick ModianoHoughton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) will publish an English language edition of Patrick Modiano’s latest novel. Gallimard, Modiano’s publisher in France, released the book back in October 2014 and it has become a bestseller.

HMH has scheduled a publication date for So You Don’t Get Lost in the Neighborhood in late 2015. Bruce Nichols, the company’s general interest publisher, negotiated the deal with literary agent Georges Borchardt (who represented Gallimard).

According to the announcement, Euan Cameron has signed on to serve as the translator for this project. The book “is a haunting novel of suspense, in which a single, unexpected phone call to a man living quietly in Paris launches a chain of menacing encounters and events, unlocking a dark secret he had erased from memory.”

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3. Michelle Miller Lands Six-Figure Deal With G.P. Putnam’s Sons

The UnderwritingMichelle Miller, a former banker at JPMorgan Chase & Co., has signed a six-figure book deal with G.P. Putnam’s Sons. Miller had originally published The Underwriting in twelve installments on the internet. According to The Associated Press , the story “is billed as The Social Network meets The Wolf of Wall Street.”

Miller plans to write five books for this thriller fiction series; the Penguin Random House imprint has only acquired the first two books. The release date for book one has been set for May 26, 2015. Tara Singh-Carlson served as the editor for this project.

Here’s more from The Underwriting website: The Underwriting initially aired on this website as a 12-part weekly serial in the spring of 2014. Episodes, which took about 30 minutes to read, were released each Wednesday, free to read for 24 hours, or available for purchase as text or audio files. The series was accompanied by DJ playlists, photography, finance tutorials and brand sponsorships, and found a global audience whose loyalty to the story and its delivery was, for its author, the stuff of much skin-tingling.”

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4. Cecily McMillan Lands Memoir Deal

Nation Books LogoCecily McMillan, a former Occupy Wall Street activist, has landed a memoir deal for her book, The Emancipation of Cecily McMillan.

Alessandra Bastagli, an editor at Nation Books, negotiated the deal with Roz Foster of the Sandra Dijkstra literary agency.

The book will chronicle McMillan’s journey from becoming emancipated from her parents at age 16, getting involved with the Occupy movement, and her experience at Rikers Island.

A student at the time, McMillan was arrested during an Occupy Wall Street demonstration in New York in 2012. During the protest, McMillan was involved in a fight with police and this year was convicted of assaulting an NYPD officer. She defended herself, claiming that she elbowed the cop as a reaction to his grabbing her breast. She served 3 months on Rikers Island.

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5. David Graeber Lands Deal With Melville House

Melville HouseDavid Graeber landed a deal with Melville House for a new book entitled The Utopia of Rules: On Technology, Stupidity, and the Secret Joys of Bureaucracy.

Graeber, an anthropology professor at the London School of Economics, served as one of the principal organizers of the Occupy Wall Street movement. According to the press release, he coined the famous “We are the 99%” slogan for the protest.

With this work, Graeber “traces the peculiar and unexpected ways we relate to bureaucracy today, and reveals how it shapes our lives in ways we may not even notice.” A publication date has been scheduled for February 24, 2015.

 

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6. Kara Thomas Inks Two-Book Deal

Kara ThomasKara Thomas, a novelist and television writer, has signed a two-book deal with Delacorte Press.

Thomas (pictured, via) plans to write a mystery entitled Darkest Corners. The Penguin Random House imprint has scheduled a release date for Spring 2016.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the book features “a True Detective-meets-Gillian Flynn’s Dark Places story, it follows two estranged childhood friends whose lives are upended the summer after their high school graduation when the serial killer they helped send to prison might go free. What do you think?

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7. ‘The Beach Boys’ Singer Mike Love Inks Memoir Deal

Blue-Rider-Logo_200Mike Love, best known as one of the founding members of The Beach Boys, has inked a memoir deal with Blue Rider Press.

James S. Hirsch, a journalist and biographer, will help Love with writing this project. The publisher plans to release the book in the Summer 2016.

Here’s more from The Associated Press: “According to Blue Rider, the 73-year-old Love will discuss his ‘complex’ relationship with Brian Wilson, his cousin and the Beach Boys’ leader during their peak years in the 1960s. Love and Wilson have fought over songwriting credits and creative control of the group.” (via Entertainment Weekly)

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8. Chris Colfer to Work On Multiple New Book Projects

201575_215x340Glee star Chris Colfer has landed a deal with Little, Brown Books for Young Readers for several new projects. Editorial director Alvina Ling will continue to work with Colfer on his manuscripts.

According to The Associated Press, Colfer plans to write two more installments for the Land of Stories middle grade series. Book four will come out in July 2015 and book five will follow in July 2016.

Colfer has also agreed to create two picture books set in the Land of Stories universe. He will also be working on a new young adult novel that stars “a young actor and his fans on ‘a once-in-a-lifetime cross-country road trip.’”

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9. Ellen DeGeneres Inks Deal With Grand Central Publishing

EllenTalk show host Ellen DeGeneres (pictured, via) has landed a deal with Grand Central Publishing to write a book about interior design.

According to the press release, “DeGeneres, who has bought and renovated over a dozen properties, most recently launched a line of home goods on QVC and will launch Ellen’s Design Challenge, a new show on HGTV, in January of 2015.” Home will be released in Fall 2015.

Deb Futter, the editor-in-chief of hardcovers at the imprint, negotiated the deal with Esther Newberg, a literary agent of ICM Partners. Karen Murgolo, editorial director of Grand Central Life & Style, will edit the manuscript.

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10. Eddie Izzard Lands Memoir Deal

Eddie IzzardEnglish stand-up comedian Eddie Izzard (pictured, via) has inked a deal with Blue Rider Press. According to SFGate, “the book will detail Izzard’s career from London street performer to his work onstage and in Hollywood.”

Executive editor Sarah Hochman managed the acquisitions process for this memoir. The publisher has not scheduled a definite publication date; it may be in the Winter of either 2015 or 2016.

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11. Weinstein Books to Publish Ebola Memoir

WeinsteinBookslogo“The love of my life and the father of my son came to America to marry me. It was supposed to be the first happy day of a new life of joy for us all. But before we could make our new family, he died a terrible death in a quarantined room… I am writing this book to tell people about Eric, about our love story, about our family, and about my faith that has been tested but not broken.”

These are the words of Louise Troh, whose fiancé Thomas Eric Duncan became the first man on American soil to be diagnosed with the Ebola virus, and then, the first to die of the disease in America. She will tell her story for the first time in a book to be published in April 2015 by Weinstein Books, which is a joint venture of The Weinstein Company and The Perseus Books Group.

Harvey Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Company, said, “This is a heartbreaking, emotional family story. Spanning continents and decades, Louise shows faith and grace through it all.”

According to AP, Troh says she will use part of the book proceeds for a down payment on a new home.

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12. Drew Daywalt & Oliver Jeffers to Create a Sequel For ‘The Day The Crayons Quit’

The Day The Crayons QuitChildren’s books creators Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers will reunite to collaborate on a sequel to The Day The Crayons Quit.

Publisher Michael Green negotiated the deal with Steven Malk of Writers House and Paul Moreton of Bell, Lomax, Moreton Agency. Philomel Books, an imprint at Penguin Young Readers Group, will publish the new picture book in August 2015.

Green had this statement in the press release: “It’s gratifying to see the Crayons finally getting their due, yet many revealing tales remain untold. I have a feeling every child, crayon, and crayon activist will be inspired by this latest tale of artistic heroism.”

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13. Susan Cain Lands Deal With Penguin Young Readers Group

Susan CainSusan Cain (pictured, via) will pen a children’s book edition of her hit nonfiction title, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in A World That Can’t Stop Talking. Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group, will release Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverts, in May 2015.

Here’s more from the press release: “The original book focused on the workplace and on advice for parents, and Susan realized that a version for kids was also badly needed. In this book, kids will be able to read about their own sphere—school, extracurriculars, family life, and friendship. They’ll read about actual kids who have tackled the challenges of not being extroverted and who have made a mark in their own quiet way.”

Publisher Lauri Hornik negotiated the deal with Inkwell Management literary agent Richard Pine. The new project will feature comic-style illustrations from artist Grant Snider. Snider drew inspiration from Cain’s popular TED talk, “ The Power of Introverts“, to create his own web comic, “We Are The Introverts.”

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14. Kate DiCamillo Inks Deal with Candlewick Press

Kate DiCamillo (2)Kate DiCamillo (pictured, via) has landed a deal with Candlewick Press for a new middle grade novel.

President Karen Lotz negotiated the terms of this agreement with Pippin Properties literary agent Holly McGhee. Editor Andrea Tompa will edit the manuscript.

The publisher plans to release the book in Spring 2016. According to the press release, the story “features three girls over one tumultuous summer, discovering a friendship that changes their lives.”

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15. Mara Wilson Inks Deal with Penguin Books

mARA wILSONMara Wilson, a former child star best known for starring in the Mrs. Doubtfire and Matilda film adaptations, has landed a deal with Penguin Books.

Wilson (pictured, via) plans to pen a book of personal essays entitled (K) for Kid. According to the press release, the pieces will share Wilson’s ideas on “being young, female, and a little out of place—as the only child on a film set full of adults, the first daughter in a house full of boys, a New Yorker in California and a Californian in New York, and more.”

Editor Lindsey Schwoeri negotiated the deal with Paradigm literary agent Alyssa Reuben. The Penguin Random House imprint will publish the book as its lead nonfiction title sometime in 2016.

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16. 4 Daniel Silva Novels Will be Published in 16 Different Countries

Daniel SilvaThriller writer Daniel Silva has signed a foreign language publishing agreement with HarperCollins. Four of Silva’s novels will be published in sixteen different countries.

The first Silva title, The Heist, will come out in Germany in Fall 2015. From there, the book will reach readers in Brazil, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Hungary, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden. Subsequent publications will be released in those markets as well as Denmark, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, and Spain.

Silva gave this statement in the press release: “I’ve had a great partnership with HarperCollins over the last four years. Now, their increased foreign language footprint provides the opportunity to collaborate in an even more comprehensive, global fashion. It’s a tremendous opportunity to reach more readers in more languages in both digital and print. I couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity.”

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17. TED Curator Chris Anderson Lands Deal For Public Speaking Guide

Chris Anderson 200TED curator Chris Anderson (pictured, via) has inked a deal with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for Talk This Way! The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking.

Senior executive editor Rick Wolff handled this acquisition. This project will be the first in Wolff’s new line of business books.

Anderson gave this statement in the press release: “Many people have something important to say, but are terrified by public speaking. Yet the skills to deliver a compelling talk are teachable. Over the last 10 years, my team and I have had access to the preparation process of many of the world’s best speakers. It’s thrilling to have this opportunity to share what we’ve learned with a broader public, and I look forward to working with Rick and his colleagues at HMH.”

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18. John Leguizamo Inks Deal For ‘Ghetto Klown’ Graphic Novel

Ghetto KlownActor John Leguizamo has landed a deal to create a graphic novel adaptation of his hit one-man Broadway show, Ghetto Klown. ComicArts, an imprint at ABRAMS, has scheduled a release date for Spring 2015.

Cartoonist Christa Cassano has signed on to create the artwork. Executive editor David Cashion negotiated the deal with Foundry Media literary agent Anthony Mattero.

Leguizamo had this statement in the press release: “Ghetto Klown is the history that I probably never should have told anyone but my therapist, but it’s a real lesson that even if you suffer a certain amount (a lot) of self-doubt and anxiety, you can still accomplish great things. It’s a lesson I’m really excited to impart to a whole new audience and in a whole new way with the help of artist Christa Cassano and Abrams Books. My life’s work took me my whole life to figure out, but, hey, better late than never”

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19. Bob Eckstein Inks Deal With Potter Style

Bob EcksteinCartoonist and author Bob Eckstein has landed a book deal with the Potter Style imprint at Random House.

The new project, entitled Footnotes From the World’s Greatest Bookstores, was inspired by Eckstein’s “Bookstores of New York” series. The New Yorker published “part 1” in June and “part 2” earlier this week.

With this work, Eckstein will illustrate and write about the unusual histories behind several beloved independent bookstores. Senior editor Jay Sacher negotiated the deal with Joy Tutela of the David Black Literary Agency.

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20. Patrick Ness Inks Deal For 2 YA Novels with HarperCollins

Patrick NessWriter Patrick Ness (pictured, via) has signed a two-book deal with HarperCollins Children’s Books.

Editorial director Rosemary Brosnan negotiated the deal with literary agent David McMillan. According to the press release, the first book, entitled The Rest of Us Just Live Here, will be released in Fall 2015.

This novel examines “what it would be like to live in a world that’s a lot like a YA novel, where some kids in school are battling forces of evil, and some kids just want to go to prom and graduate before someone goes and blows up the high school again.” The second book which will also feature a stand-along story; no other details have been announced.

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21. J. Randy Taraborrelli to Write Biography On Beyoncé Knowles

BeyoncéAuthor J. Randy Taraborrelli has landed a deal to write a biography about Beyoncé Knowles. This project will be the the first comprehensive biographical profile on the Grammy Award-winning singer (pictured, via).

Grand Central Publishing, a division of the Hachette Book Group, will publish the not-yet-titled book in Fall 2015. President Jamie Raab negotiated the terms of the agreement with literary agent Mitch Douglas.

According to the press release, Taraborrelli conducted exclusive interviews with people who share important personal and professional relationships with the diva. In the past, he has written biographies on music icons including Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, and Madonna.

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22. Stephanie Danler Lands 2-Book Deal After a Chance Meeting With Peter Gethers

Knopf LogoStephanie Danler was working as a waitress in New York City when she encountered Penguin Random House senior vice president and editor-at-large Peter Gethers. While she was serving him, she told him she was writing a novel.

After this meeting, Melissa Flashman, Danler’s literary agent, sent the manuscript to Gethers and he immediately recommended it for acquisition to editor Claudia Herr. Danler signed a pre-emptive, six-figure, two-book deal.

The New York Times reports that the first book, entitled Sweetbitter, “is both a coming-of-age and coming-to-New York story, and a novel about the seductive pleasures of food and wine. The story unfolds inside the glamorous, cutthroat and sometimes seedy world of elite Manhattan restaurants.” The Alfred A. Knopf imprint has scheduled a release date for 2016.

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23. Stephanie Clifford Inks Deal With St. Martin’s Press

stmartins130Journalist Stephanie Clifford has landed a deal for her debut novel, Everybody Rise. St. Martin’s Press will release the book in 2016.

Executive editor Charles Spice negotiated the terms of the agreement with literary agent Elisabeth Weed. The film rights for this title have been sold to Fox 2000 Pictures.

Here’s more from the press release: “Set in 2006 Manhattan of the young and privileged, a new generation of heirs and strivers are jockeying for social power and discovering that class, especially on the Upper East Side, still holds sway.  Into this world arrives an irresistibly flawed heroine who hides her insecurity behind sharp intelligence and biting wit.  In order to be accepted by this rarefied set, she must be seen as someone with established old money. Her lies start small, but quickly grow.  As she relentlessly elbows her way up the social ladder, the ground underneath her begins to give way.”

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24. Kristin Cast Inks Deal With Diversion Books

Kristin Cast (2)Kristin Cast has signed a deal for a paranormal romance series.

Cast (pictured, via) has become well-known for collaborating with her mother, P. C. Cast, on the House of Night young adult series. Diversion Books will publish book one, the first installment of five, in Summer 2015.

According to the press release, the story follows “Alek, a handsome and headstrong young man from the underworld of Tartarus has been commanded to venture earthward to save Eva, who is being hunted by a serial killer, the killer’s motives seemingly centuries old. As Alek and Eva’s worlds come ever closer to coming together, a sinister threat looms heavy, threatening to tear the very fabric of both worlds apart.”

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25. Whoopi Goldberg to Write a Book On the Pitfalls of Marriage

Whoopi GoldbergLegendary entertainer Whoopi Goldberg (pictured, via) has landed a deal to write a book on the negative attributes and pitfalls of marriage.

Hachette Books will publish the not-yet-titled book in September 2015. Goldberg, who has been married three times, will look back on her own personal experiences for this project.

Goldberg had this statement in the press release: “I get to hear from a lot of different people about relationships and this got me trying to figure out why the divorce rate is SO high. It occurred to me that as one who has done it badly often, I might have some insight into why a person might not put her best foot forward in a relationship. I’ve realized there are certain things you have to come to terms with in life, like managing your own expectations, telling the truth, reconciling true love with other aspects of your life, including wealth or even celebrity. It’s hard to really know the other person’s agenda, but if someone says ‘you complete me’…RUN!!!”

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