Week of July 25, 2022


Obama’s “light” shines on the crown

In a global rights acquisition, the CEO of Penguin Random House Markus Dohle and david drake, president of PRH’s Crown imprint, bought michelle obamait is The Light We Carry: Overcoming in Uncertain Times. The title, which Deneen C. Howell at Williams & Connolly sold, will be published by Crown on November 15. Slated for an announced first printing of 2.75 million copies, the book, PRH said, will contain “a series of fresh stories and insightful reflections on change, challenge and power.” It will also see, said the publisher, its author share “the habits and principles she has developed to successfully adapt to change and overcome various obstacles”.

Gaines sells “stories” to Harper Select

For the Nashville-based Harper Select imprint of HarperCollins, matt baugher acquired Joanna Gainesit is The stories we tell. The title is slated for release in November and will be the first solo memoir by Gaines, whose books, according to the publisher, have sold more than 10 million copies to date. The stories we tell, which will go to press for an announced first printing of 1.5 million copies, is, said Harper, “a raw, authentic and deeply vulnerable journey into the author’s story”, as well as a ” guide to deconstructing the lies we tell ourselves”. and a way to strip fear of its power. Gaines was represented by Byrd Level at UTA.

HBR breaks through with Pfizer Exec

After an auction, Jeff Kehoe at Harvard Business Review won Sally Susmanit is Drill for six digits. Susman is Pfizer’s Corporate Affairs Director, and the book, subtitled Communicate to open minds, move hearts and change the worldis scheduled for March 2023. Jill Grinberg at Jill Grinberg Literary Management, who represented Susman, said the book argues that “communications can no longer be considered a ‘soft skill’ in today’s high-stakes, media-saturated world,” and that “the ability to direct and lead the public conversation is a foolproof skill.

The ‘Fifteen’ of Geroux pile up at the Crown

William Gerouxit is The fifteenth was acquired by Paul Whitlock to Crown as part of a global rights agreement. The author’s non-fiction book The Mathews Men, Crown said, chronicles “a series of grisly murders of German soldiers in American POW camps, revealing an extraordinary, almost forgotten story of Nazi power games taking place in Americans’ backyards.” The publisher added that the book also follows “the parallel events of American prisoners of war in Europe who became pawns in a high-stakes diplomatic struggle between Germany and the United States in the chaotic final days of the war. “. Farley Chase at the Chase Literary Agency represented Geroux.

Verde gets “nice” to Abrams

Abrams Pictures Rebecca Kaplan took over worldwide rights to Suzanne Greenher first book for adults, say a nice thing. Verde is a children’s yoga instructor who has written a number of bestselling picture books. this title is a collection of essays about his experiences as a parent. Erica Rand Silverman at the Stimola Literary Studio, which represented Verde, explained that say a nice thing recounts “Verde’s life as a parent and a person on the path to self-acceptance”. According to Silverman, Verde’s I Am picture book series has sold over 1.5 million copies.

Blackstone takes two from Brown

In a six-figure global rights deal, Blackstone Publishing has purchased the next two military thrillers in Dale Brownfrom the series featuring U.S. Air Force officer Nick Flynn. Rick Bleiweiss acquired the books of Robert Gottlieb at Trident Media Group. The first book under contract, which is currently untitled, will mark the third entry in the series.

A version of this article originally appeared in the 07/25/2022 issue of Weekly editors under the title: Book offers

Lucas E. Kelly