People & Publishing Roundup, August 2021


Ta-Nehisi Coates (by David Shankbone under CCA 3.0 license)

TA-NEHISI COATES is joining the faculty of Howard University, his alma mater.

NNEDI OKORAFOR accepted an appointment at Arizona State University as a Professor of practice as part of the Interplanetary Initia­tive and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

TADE THOMPSON has been voted vice president of the British Science Fiction Association.

RB KELLY is now represented by the John Jarrold Literary Agency.


KEVIN J. ANDERSON and W. MICHAEL GEAR were inducted into the Colorado Authors’ Hall of Fame in the Living category, and ROBERT A. HEINLEIN in the Legacy category. A nonprofit founded in 2014, the Authors’ Hall of Fame is “dedicated to recogniz­ing and preserving the history about the accomplishments of past and present authors who have created and published books.”

Author JOY WILLIAMS will receive the 2021 Library of Con­gress Prize for American Fiction “for a lifetime of outstanding work.” Williams will be honored in an online award ceremony during the National Book Festival, to be held September 17-26, 2021.

CATHERINE LACEY‘s Pew (Farrar, Straus, Giroux) won the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award. The $10,000 prize is awarded “each spring to a writer age 35 or younger for a novel or a collection of short stories” by a panel of judges.

DARREN CHARLTON‘s Wranglestone (Stripes/Little Ti­ger) won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize in the Older Readers category. Each category winner receives £2,000.

Nathan Niigan Noodin Adler

NATHAN NIIGAN NOODIN ADLER‘s Ghost Lake (Kegedonce) won the Indigenous Voices Award for the Published Prose in English: Fiction category, announced June 21, 2021, National Indigenous Peoples Day, in a virtual gala.


JENNIFER EGAN sold The Candy House, sequel to Pulitzer Prize winner A Visit from the Goon Squad, to Scribner in the US and Corsair in the UK.

JANE YOLEN‘s collection The Scarlet Circus sold to Jacob Weisman at Tachyon via Elizabeth Harding of Curtis Brown.

LAVIE TIDHAR has sold Neom to Jacob Weisman at Tachyon via John Berlyne of Zeno Agency. Jill Roberts will edit.

CHARLIE JANE ANDERS sold fantasy The Humanities and a second title to Miriam Wein­berg at Tor via Russell Galen of Sco­vil Galen Ghosh Literary Agency.

Jennifer Egan (by Larry D. Moore under CCAxSA 3.0 license)

JUSTINA IRELAND & TES­SA GRATTON sold YA fantasy Chaos and Flame and a second title to Ruta Rimas at Razorbill via Ed­die Schneider of JABberwocky Lit­erary Agency for Ireland and Laura Rennert of Andrea Brown Literary Agency for Gratton.

URSULA VERNON, writing as T. KINGFISHER, sold What Moves the Dead, “a modern take on Edgar Allan Poe’s classic story ‘The Fall of the House of Usher’,” to Lindsey Hall at Nightfire via Hel­en Breitwieser of Cornerstone Literary.

TIMOTHY ZAHN‘s space op­era The Icarus Plot went to Toni Weisskopf at Baen via Russell Ga­len of Scovil Galen Ghosh Literary Agency.

KAREN HEULER sold fantasy The Splendid City to Gemma Cref­field at Angry Robot, and resold collection The Inner City to John Betancourt at Wildside Press, all via Christine Cohen of the Virginia Kidd Literary Agency.

ADAM CESARE sold Clown in a Cornfield 2: Frendo Lives to David Linker at Harper via Alec Shane of Writers House.

R.W.W. GREENE, sold Mer­cury Rising (“alternative history with aliens, an immortal misan­thrope and sci-fi tropes aplenty”) and a second book to Angry Robot via Sara Megibow of KT Literary.

JASON STARR sold The Next Time I Die, “a cross between Cornell Woolrich and Philip K. Dick,” to Charles Ardai at Hard Case Crime.

TERRY MILES sold the second novel in the world of the Rabbits podcast (about an alternate real­ity game and parallel universes) to Anne Groell at Del Rey via Marc Gerald of Europa Content.

KENNETH JOHNSON sold Holmes Coming, about Sherlock Holmes devising a method to “hi­bernate” in 1899 and waking up in modern San Francisco, to Lysa Wil­liams at Blackstone via Renee Foun­tain and Italia Gandolfo of Gan­dolfo Helin and Fountain Literary Management.

JOHN MILAS sold contem­porary gothic horror The Militia House to Caroline Zancan at Holt in a pre-empt via Julia Kardon of HG Literary.

ADAM OYEBANJI sold SF novel Braking Day to Leah Spann at DAW via Brady McReynolds of JABberwocky Literary Agency. UK rights went to Jo Fletcher at Jo Fletcher Books.

PAZ PARDO‘s The Shamshine Blind, “a literary noir” set in an al­ternate US, to Peter Borland at Atria via Julie Barer of the Book Group.

LESLYE PENELOPE sold his­torical fantasy The Monsters We Defy and a second book to Nivia Evans at Orbit via Sara Megibow of kt literary.

RANDEE DAWN sold fan­tasy Tune in Tomorrow to Kate Coe at Solaris via Bridget Smith of JABberwocky Literary Agency. Mi­chael Rowley will edit.

VICTOR GISCHLER sold the Kingdom of Ghosts trilogy to Rhett Bruno at Aethon via David Hale Smith of Inkwell Management.

STEPHANIE FELDMAN liter­ary horror novel Saturnalia went to Chris Heiser at Unnamed Press via Stacia Decker of Dunow, Carl­son & Lerner.

RITA ZOEY CHIN sold lit­erary fantasy The Strange In­heritance of Leah Fern to Alyea Canada at Melville House via Janet Silver and Maggie Cooper of Aevi­tas Creative Management.

PHILIP FRACASSI‘s horror novel A Child Alone with Strang­ers sold to Oren Eades at Talos Press via Elizabeth Copps of Copps Literary Services.

MEGAN BANNEN sold first adult novel The Undertaking of Hart & Mercy – “The House in the Cerulean Sea meets You’ve Got Mail” – to Angeline Rodri­guez at Orbit via Holly Root of Root Literary.

NATALKA BURIAN sold lit­erary fantasy The Night Shift to Laura Brown at Park Row Books via Kate Johnson and Rach Craw­ford of Wolf Literary Services.

PHIL SHEEHAN sold Tribu­lations, sequel to Happenstance, to WildBlue Press.

SAMANTHA ALLEN sold hor­ror comedy Patricia Wants to Cud­dle to Sareena Kamath at Zando at auction via Leila Campoli of Stone­song.

M.P.B. CLAIRETTE‘s novel Happisad Memories went to Sheri Williams at TouchPoint Press.

J.E. MCDONALD‘s Ghost of a Vortex, latest in the Wick­wood series, went to Heather Mc­Corkle at City Owl Press.

KIMBERLY VALE sold Dark Tides and the third volume in the Kingdom of Bones series to Deanna McFadden at Wattpad.

KES TRESTER sold The Nine and other titles to Hannah Smith at Owl Hollow Press via Kim Lindman of Stonesong.

REBECCA PHELPS sold Yes­terworld and Everworld, finishing the Down World trilogy, to Deanna McFadden at Wattpad.

CRYSTAL JOHNSON & FE­LICITY VAUGHN sold paranor­mal romance Spellbound to Dean­na McFadden at Wattpad.

ALEXIS MENARD sold Huntress to Lisa Green at Mystic Owl. Heather McCorkle will edit.

H.J. NELSON sold The Last City and The Last Creation, books two and three in a dystopian SF series, to Deanna McFadden at Wattpad.

Yoon Ha Lee (by Liza Groen Trombi)

YOON HA LEE‘s first YA work, the Lancers trilogy of SF novels, sold to Hannah Hill at Delacorte via Seth Fishman of the Gernert Company.

DELILAH S. DAWSON sold YA fantasy Midnight at the Houdi­ni and a second title to Wendy Log­gia at Delacorte via Stacia Decker of Dunow, Carlson & Lerner.

ALEX ASTER‘s YA fantasy Lightlark and two more titles sold to Anne Heltzel at Abrams Chil­dren’s for six figures via Katelyn Detweiler of Jill Grinberg Literary Management.

MINA FEARS sold crossover fairytale novel The Scorpion Queen to Sarah Barley at Flatiron Books in a pre-empt via Jenny Bent of the Bent Agency.

IAN CHO‘s YA fantasy Aisle Nine went to David Linker at Harp­er Teen via Daniel Lazar of Writ­ers House. Australian rights sold to Chren Byng at Harper Australia.

TESSA BARBOSA‘s YA fantasy The Glass Fortress sold to Alex­ander Te Pohe at Entangled Teen via Leonicka Valcius of Transatlan­tic Literary Agency.

ANDREW VARGA sold debut YA The Time Jumpers and the Anglo-Saxon Revelation and a sec­ond title to Mark Sedenquist at Im­brifex via Lloyd Kelly of Kelly Consulting Agency.

EMILY TESH sold first novel Some Desperate Glory, “Vorkosi­gan meets Gideon the Ninth set in a world reminiscent of Mass Ef­fect,” and a second book to Ruoxi Chen at Tordotcom and Emily Byron of Orbit UK via Kurestin Armada of Root Literary.

REN HUTCHINGS sold first novel Under Fortunate Stars – “If Firefly crashed into the Vorkosigan Saga” – to David Thom­as Moore at Solaris via Bridget Smith of JABberwocky Literary Agency.

First novelist CHELSEA ABDULLAH sold The Stardust Thief and two more books to Brit Hvide at Orbit and Emily By­ron at Orbit UK at auction via Jen­nifer Azantian of Azantian Literary Agency.

MARY MCMYNE‘s first novel The Book of Gothel, “in the vein of Circe and Spinning Silver,” and a second book went to Brit Hvide at Orbit and Emily Byron at Orbit UK via Sam Farkas of Jill Grinberg Literary Management.

First novelist CLAY HAR­MON‘s Flames of Mira and a second title went to Michael Row­ley at Solaris via Joshua Bilmes of JABberwocky Literary Agency.

New writer VINCENT TI­RADO‘s Burn Down, Rise Up, described as “Stranger Things meets Jordan Peele,” and a second title went to Eliza Swift at Source­books Fire at auction via Kristina Perez at Zeno Agency.

ELIJAH KINCH SPECTOR sold debut novel Kalyna the Sooth­sayer and a second book to Sarah Guan at Erewhon via Hannah Bow­ man of Liza Dawson Associates.

Debut novelist BRIELLE POR­TER sold fantasy Jester to Sue Arroyo at CamCat Books via Col­leen Oefelein of Adventure Write. Bridget McFadden will edit.

LUCY MCLAREN‘s first novel A Child’s Awakening and two more titles went to Andrew Gif­ford at Santa Fe Writers Project. Nicole Catherine Schmidt will edit.

STEWART HOTSTON‘s no­vella Entropy of Loss went to Ian Whates at NewCon Press via John Jarrold.

REBECCA CAMPBELL‘s no­vella The Talosite sold to Michael Kelly at Undertow Publications.

NABEN RUTHNUM sold no­vella Helpmeet to Michael Kelly at Undertow Publications via Samantha Haywood of Transatlantic Agency.

JONATHAN STRAHAN sold and delivered Tomorrow’s Parties: Life in the Anthropocene, latest in the Twelve Tomorrows anthology series, to Susan Buckley at MIT Press. The volume will feature art, an interview, and original stories by James Bradley, Greg Egan, Meg Eli­son, Sarah Gailey, Daryl Gregory, Saad Z. Hossain, Malka Older, Chen Qiufan, Justina Robson, and Tade Thompson.

MARGARET STOHL & JUDY STEPHENS will write non-fiction Super Visible: The Story of the Women of Marvel, with “essays, stories, images, and over 120 ex­clusive interviews with women and non-binary Marvel creators, writers, actors, and more,” for Ed Schlesinger at Gallery via Sven Larsen of Marvel Entertainment.

JARED SHURIN will edit The Big Book of Cyberpunk for Anna Kaufman at Vintage via Ron Eckel of CookeMcDermid.


E.C. TUBB‘s estate sold paper­back and ebook rights to 49 stand­alone SF novels to John Betancourt at Wildside Press via Phil Harbottle.

BRUCE CASSIDAY sold paper­back and ebook rights to House of Vengeance, Queen of the Look­ing-Glass, Nightmare Hall, and The Diabolist to John Betancourt at Wildside Presss via Phil Harbottle on behalf of Cassiday’s estate.


Ginjer Clark (by Lorie Reilly)

Literary agent GINGER CLARK has left Curtis Brown after 16 years to found her own agency, Ginger Clark Literary. She is joined by NICOLE EISENBRAUN as agent and foreign rights manager, also from Curtis Brown. For more: <>.

Former bookseller COURTNEY RUST is now publicity and mar­keting assistant at Coffee House Press, and intern QUYNH VAN has joined as publishing assistant.


BEN WINTERS‘s The Last Policeman will be adapted as TV show The Last Police at Fox, with a pilot ordered, via Joel Begleiter of CAA, Joelle Delbourgo of Joelle Delbourgo Associates, and attorney Bruce Gellman.

RAYA GOLDEN will write and illustrate Voyaging: The Plague Star, volume one of a graphic novel adaptation of GEORGE R.R. MARTIN‘s Tuf Voyaging, for Kai­tlin Ketchum at Ten Speed Press.

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