24 September, 2021

Coming to the Stacks

Ever wonder what you’ve got to look forward to?

Has your favorite author inked a deal to bring their books to the screen?

In this segment, we give you the details, from Publisher’s Marketplace on all the new titles (or films and series) that will land on your bookshelves or the big screen in the future.



YA author of The Bone Witch trilogy Rin Chupeco’s SILVER UNDER NIGHTFALL, a queer Gothic fantasy pitched as inspired by Castlevania, following a troubled bounty hunter who must join forces with a royal vampire couple to stop a terrifying new vampiric breed from destroying the kingdom, to Amara Hoshijo at Saga Press, in a pre-empt, in a two-book deal, for publication in spring 2023, by Rebecca Podos at Rees Literary Agency (world English).

Adam Oyebanji’s debut BRAKING DAY, a sci-fi thriller set aboard a fleet of elderly generation ships that are finally approaching their destination, when a young engineer discovers a conspiracy dating back to the first crew that forces him to make an impossible choice: betray his shipmates and their centuries-long mission, or do nothing and watch as his fleet tears itself apart, to Leah Spann at DAW, in a nice deal, for publication in April 2022, by Brady McReynolds at JABberwocky Literary Agency (NA).

Hugo-winning and NYT-bestselling author Timothy Zahn’s THE ICARUS PLOT, in which two star-hopping bounty hunters take on an alien race in a quest for a new star drive that will change life in the galaxy, to Toni Weisskopf at Baen Books, in a nice deal, for publication in 2022, by Russell Galen at Scovil Galen Ghosh Literary Agency (NA).

NYT-bestselling author Holly Black’s debut adult novel BOOK OF NIGHT, a modern dark fantasy of shadowy thieves and secret societies, pitched as in the vein of Ninth House and The Night Circus, to Miriam Weinberg at Tor, in a major deal, for seven figures, in a pre-empt, for publication in May 2022, by Joanna Volpe at New Leaf Literary & Media (NA).

KIM HARRISON’S two new novels in the NYT- and USA Today-bestselling Hollows series, and two additional novels launching a new series that follows a woman who cleans up the bad luck left behind after magic has been cast, to Anne Sowards at Ace, in a four-book deal, by Jennifer Jackson at Donald Maass Literary Agency (world).


Ream Shukairy’s debut THE NEXT NEW SYRIAN GIRL, a poignant and timely YA about the unlikely friendship between a Syrian American boxer and Syrian refugee, the pressures and expectations of the perfect Syrian daughter, and the repercussions of the Syrian Revolution both at home and abroad, to Ruqayyah Daud at Little, Brown Children’s, for publication in winter 2023, by Serene Hakim at Ayesha Pande Literary (world).

Lio Min’s BEATING HEART BABY, a best friends-to-enemies-to-lovers story with AAPI leads, celebrating first love and second chances, anime and indie rock, and transitions of all kinds, set against the background of a competitive high school marching band and the Los Angeles music scene, to Sarah Barley at Flatiron Books, in a pre-empt, for publication in summer 2022, by Dana Murphy at The Book Group (world).

Lili Wilkinson’s A HUNGER OF THORNS, set in a world in which magic is patented by corporations and potions are produced in factories and sweatshops, about a teenage girl whose best friend goes missing, and to find her she must enter the long-forgotten nuclear powerplant on the edge of town, and try not to set free the wild magic that has long been trapped there, to Krista Marino at Delacorte, in a good deal, at auction, in a two-book deal, for publication in spring 2023, by Katelyn Detweiler at Jill Grinberg Literary Management (NA).

Author of THE WITCH KING H.E. Edgmon’s GODLY HEATHENS, pitched as AMERICAN GODS meets ALL OF US VILLAINS, in which a nonbinary Seminole teen from a rural southern town discovers they are the reincarnated god of magic and must hunt down and destroy the one weapon capable of permanently killing a god, before the lives—and loves—they’ve had through the centuries catch up to them, to Sylvan Creekmore at Wednesday Books, in a good deal, at auction, in a three-book deal, by Lee O’Brien and Victoria Marini at Irene Goodman Agency (world).

Margie Fuston’s CRUEL ILLUSIONS, pitched as CARAVAL meets Buffy, about a girl who joins a troupe of stage magicians offering her the chance to hunt the vampire who killed her mom—but only if she puts on the show of her life in a ​sinister competition​ where the magic is all real and the stakes are deadly, to Sarah McCabe at Margaret K. McElderry Books, for publication in fall 2022, by Rebecca Podos at Rees Literary Agency (world).


Author of MAGGIE FINDS HER MUSE Dee Ernst’s LUCY CHECKS IN, a heartwarming romantic comedy about a hotel manager who takes a job in France in search of a fresh start, but finds love, friendship, and a home along the way, to Alice Pfeifer at Griffin, for publication in spring 2022, by Lynn Seligman (world).

NYT-bestselling author of PEOPLE WE MEET ON VACATION and BEACH READ Emily Henry’s BOOK LOVERS, in which a by-the-book literary agent and a hardheaded editor with far too much in common might finally learn how to be the heroine and hero in their own stories, to Amanda Bergeron at Berkley, for publication in May 2022, by Taylor Haggerty at Root Literary (world English).

Sasha Summers’s SWEETER THAN HONEY, in which a small-town beekeeper is determined to save her beekeeping farm while learning family secrets and going toe-to-toe with the one man who gets under her skin and holds the fate of her family’s apiary in his hands, to Susan Swinwood at HQN, with Johanna Raisanen editing, in a three-book deal, by Jill Marsal at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency (world).

NYT-bestselling author Madeleine Roux’s THE PROPOSITION, a Regency romance in which an unlikely duo team up to exact revenge against a scoundrel of a fiancé, to Shauna Summers at Ballantine, in a pre-empt, in a three-book deal, by Kate McKean at Howard Morhaim Literary Agency.

Sophie Irwin’s A LADY’S GUIDE TO FORTUNE-HUNTING, a debut historical romance that follows the fortunes of an entirely unconventional heroine who throws herself into the London Season in hopes of finding a wealthy husband to save her family from ruin, never suspecting she will also find love in the bargain, to Pamela Dorman at Pamela Dorman Books, at auction, in a two-book deal, for publication in summer 2022, by Madeleine Milburn at Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency (NA).


Pulitzer Prize finalist and author of National Book Award Finalist and NYT 10 Best Book of 2020 A CHILDREN’S BIBLE Lydia Millet’s DINOSAURS, about an Arizona man’s relationship to the family next door, who own a house with one wall made entirely of glass, exploring the web that connects humans and animals, and the existential question of whether it is possible for a man to be good, again to Tom Mayer at Norton, by Maria Massie at Massie & McQuilkin (world English).

Author of DOXOLOGY and MISLAID Nell Zink’s AVALON, pitched as a Cinderella story framed as a confession, complete with a dusty money laundering operation, outlaw bikers, and a handsome prince with cerebral machinations, following her publisher to Daniel Halpern at Knopf, in his first fiction acquisition, in an exclusive submission, in a two-book deal, by Susan Golomb at Writers House (NA).

Author of THE NIGHT CHILD Anna Quinn’s ANGELINE, following a young sister trying to escape her guilty conscience when she is exiled to a radical convent in the Pacific Northwest, where a power awakens within her that could spell the end of the convent and her anonymity, to Addi Black at Blackstone Publishing, by Gordon Warnock at Fuse Literary (world).

NYT bestselling author Paolo Bacigalupi’s NAVOLA, pitched as GAME OF THRONES meets THE GODFATHER, set in an epic fantasy world reminiscent of the high Italian Renaissance, following a young prince as a series of betrayals threaten his family’s power, and the connection he has with an ancient dragon’s eye that may be the unlikely key to his survival, to Tim O’Connell at Knopf, in a major deal, in an exclusive submission, in a two-book deal, for publication in late 2023, by Russell Galen at Scovil Galen Ghosh Literary Agency (NA).

V. Castro’s THE GENERATIONAL CURSE OF LA LLORONA, about a woman suffering from post-partum depression who is haunted by visions of the folkloric figure of La Llorona—and discovers that it may also have happened to previous generations of women in her family, to Tricia Narwani at Del Rey, in a two-book deal, by Beth Marshea at Ladderbird Literary Agency (world).


Clinical psychologist Dr. Julie Smith’s WHY HAS NOBODY TOLD ME THIS BEFORE?, a practical guide to optimizing your mental health that shares tools for readers as they deal with life’s ups and downs, from managing anxiety, dealing with criticism, building self-confidence, finding motivation, and learning to forgive yourself, Anna Paustenbach at Harper One, by Jane Kirby at Penguin Random House UK.

New Yorker contributor and TimeOutNY Comic to Watch Zach Zimmerman’s ON YOUR RIGHT, FIRE AND BRIMSTONE, a humorous collection of essays on love, religion, sex, money, dating, and the pursuit of self-discovery as an ex-Bible-Belt-dweller-turned-New-York-queer-vegetarian-atheist, to Rebecca Hunt at Chronicle, at auction, for publication in fall 2022, by Robert Guinsler at Sterling Lord Literistic (world).

K.E. Flann’s HOW TO SURVIVE A HUMAN ATTACK, a guide for vampires, swamp monsters, and other cryptids on how best to avoid the world’s most dangerous creatures: humans, to Jess Riordan at Running Press, for publication in fall 2021, by Courtney Miller-Callihan at Handspun Literary (world).

Author of THE TWELVE LIVES OF ALFRED HITCHCOCK Edward White’s DIANAWORLD, a portrait of Diana, Princess of Wales—the person, the cultural figure, and the enduring mythology of the “People’s Princess”—exploring her relationships with those who knew her intimately, those who worked with and for her, and the many ordinary people from Britain, America, and elsewhere who felt connected to her, again to John Glusman at Norton, by Chris Parris-Lamb at The Gernert Company (NA).

USA Today Washington bureau chief Susan Page’s FASCINATING PEOPLE: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF BARBARA WALTERS, a biography of the legendary journalist who became a pop culture icon, examining her early beginnings as the daughter of a Jewish producer of the Zeigfeld Follies to her emergence as a trailblazing journalist who inspired a generation of women, and became a friend, confidante, and antagonist to presidents and princes, pop stars and sports legends, while facing private heartaches and fierce rivalries, to Priscilla Painton at Simon & Schuster, for publication in 2023, by Matt Latimer and Keith Urbahn at Javelin (world).

Journalist and author of JANIS: HER LIFE AND MUSIC Holly George-Warren’s JACK KEROUAC: A WRITER’S LIFE, an estate-sanctioned biography of the legendary author and cultural touchstone that illuminates his complicated and in many ways tragic life, examines the evolution of his writing process and style, and faces head-on the difficult aspects of his story, including how his ideas about race, sexual identity, and gender changed throughout his life, allowing readers to view him through a fresh, 21st-century lens, to Paul Slovak at Viking, at auction, by Laura Nolan at Aevitas Creative Management for George-Warren, and by Jeff Posternak at The Wylie Agency for the Kerouac Estate (NA).


Jowita Bydlowska’s DRUNK MOM, an account of the ways substance abuse took control of the author’s life—the binges and blackouts, the humiliations, the extraordinary risk-taking—as well as her fight toward recovery as a young mother, optioned to Colombian actress and producer Marcela Mar at Ganas Producciones, by Samantha Haywood at Transatlantic Agency.

Octavia E. Butler’s PARABLE OF THE SOWER, to A24, with Garrett Bradley directing and Paul Mezey producing, by Anonymous Content, on behalf of Merrilee Heifetz at Writers House.

Tony Hillerman and Anne Hillerman’s DARK WINDS series, featuring the iconic characters Joe Leaphorn, Jim Chee, and Bernadette Manuelito of the Navajo Nation, to producers Robert Redford, George R. R. Martin, and executive producer Graham Roland (Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan), and Tina Elmo, joining showrunner Vince Calandra and director Chris Eyre (Smoke Signals) for AMC and AMC +; the crime drama series will star Zahn McClarnon (Fargo), who is also executive producer, and Kiowa Gordon (The Red Road), in a major deal, for release in 2022, by Susan Schulman at Susan Schulman Literary, Agency on behalf of Holly Frederick at Curtis Brown Agency for the Tony Hillerman Estate and Liz Trupin-Pulli at JET Literary Associates for Anne Hillerman.

Ruth Ware’s THE TURN OF THE KEY, the story of a young woman who stumbles an ad to take on a position as a live-in nanny at a high-tech “smart house” in the Scottish Highlands, yet all is not what it seems, optioned to Working Title with Max Minghella and Jamie Bell to write the adaptation, by The Gotham Group on behalf of Eve White Literary Agency.

Stacey Abrams’s just-published thriller WHILE JUSTICE SLEEPS, to Katy Rozelle at Working Title Television, for adaptation as a series, at auction, by UTA, on behalf of The Loewenthal Company.

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