People & Publishing Roundup, July 2022


QUENTIN BLAKE, SALMAN RUSHDIE, and MARINA WARNER all received the High Award Companion of Honour dis­tinction in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. IAN RANKIN received the Knights Bachelor distinction, while JOANNE HARRIS and MICHAEL FOREMAN received the Officer of the Order of the Brit­ish Empire distinction for services to literature. JAMES DAUNT, head of Waterstones in the UK and CEO of Barnes & Noble in the US, received the Commander of the Order of the British Empire dis­tinction for services to publishing.

Cadwell Turnbull (2019)

CADWELL TURNBULL’s No Gods, No Monsters (Blackstone) won a Lambda Literary Award in the LGBTQ Speculative Fiction category. The “Lammys” celebrate “the best lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender books.” KAL­YNN BAYRON won the $3,000 Randall Kenan Prize for Black LGBTQ Fic­tion, given by the Lambda Literary Foundation to “a Black LGBTQ writer whose fiction explores themes of Black LGBTQ life, cul­ture, and/or his­tory.”

Astronaut CHRIS HAD­FIELD’s SF thriller The Apollo Murders (Mulholland) is on the six-title shortlist for the £10,000 Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize in the Best Published Novel category. The winner will be announced September 22, 2022.

RACHEL CORDASCO re­ceived the third annual Space Cowboy Award, given for “sup­port and excellence in the field of Science Fiction.” The award is ad­ministered by science fiction book­store Space Cowboy Books, based in Joshua Tree CA.

IDZA LUHUMYO’s SF story “Five Years Next Sunday” (Dis­ruption: New Short Fiction from Africa) is one of five finalists for the 2022 AKO Caine Prize for African Writing. The winner will be announced at a ceremony to be held in London on July 18, 2022.

Genre historian MALLORY O’MEARA’s Girly Drinks: A World History of Women and Alcohol (Hanover Square) won a 2022 James Beard Media Award, honoring “food authors, broadcast producers, hosts, journalists, pod­casters, and social media content creators.”



PETER S. BEAGLE sold an updated version of classic fantasy The Last Unicorn, featuring “the author’s restored text” and an in­troduction by PATRICK ROTH­FUSS, to Ace Books. Ace will also publish related collection The Way Home, including Hugo and Neb­ula Award-winning novella “Two Hearts” and a new sequel, “Sooz”.

SAMUEL R. DELANY’s new novel This Short Day of Frost and Sun is being serialized in The Georgia Review, starting in the Sum­mer 2022 issue. Delany explained on Facebook, “It might take them as much as three or four years to finish up the whole thing. I’m fiddling with it as I feed them chapters.”

Nalo Hopkinson (2019)

NALO HOP­KINSON’s fan­tasy novel Black­heart Man sold to Joe Monti at Saga Press via Donald Maass of the Don­ald Maass Literary Agency. Hopkin­son, STEPHEN R. BISSETTE, and JOHN JENNINGS sold alter­nate history horror graphic novel Night Comes Walking to Abrams via Anjali Singh and Donald Maass.

BETH CATO sold “swashbuck­ling fantasy adventure” A Thou­sand Recipes for Revenge and a sequel to Adrienne Procaccini at 47North via Rebecca Strauss of DeFiore and Company.

DAVID D. LEVINE sold SF novel The Kuiper Belt Job to Le­zli Robyn at Caezik SF & Fantasy via Paul Lucas of Janklow & Nes­bit.

CHLOE NEILL sold the fifth book in the Heirs of Chicagoland series to Jessica Wade at Berkley via Lucienne Diver of The Knight Agency.

QUAN BARRY sold collection Daily at the Gate of the Temple Which Is Called Beautiful: Sto­ries and literary horror My God Is Godly: A Novel to Deborah Garrison at Pantheon via Jennifer Lyons of Jennifer Lyons Liter­ary Agency.

NICOLE GLOV­ER sold The Im­provisers and The Starseekers, latest in the Murder and Mag­ic series, to Jaime Levine at Voyager via Jennie Goloboy of Donald Maass Liter­ary Agency.

GEETANJALI SHREE’s epic fantasy set in India and Pakistan, Tomb of Sand, translated by Daisy Rockwell, sold to Gretchen Schmid at Harper Via via Julia Sanches at Tilted Axis Press.

ARIEL KAPLAN’s The Pome­granate Gate, inspired by Jewish folklore, and two more books went to Sarah Guan at Erewhon via Han­nah Bowman of Liza Dawson As­sociates. Amy Borsuk acquired UK rights for Solaris.

MEREDITH MOORING’s queer science fantasy Redsight went to Amy Borsuk at Solaris via Ernie Chiara of Fuse Literary.

CAIT CORRAIN’s Crown of Starlight, “an irreverent, snarky, sexy and queer reimagining of the myth of Ariadne and Dionysus,” and a second book went to Anne Groell at Del Rey and Amanda Fer­reira at Random House Canada via Rebecca Podos of Rees Literary Agency.

AMANDA FOODY’s SF novel The Whisper Between Worlds and two more books sold to Brit Hvide at Orbit via Whitney Ross of Irene Goodman Agency.

A.K. MULFORD’s self-pub­lished five-book queer fantasy ro­mance series The Five Crowns of Okrith went to David Pomerico at Voyager, along with a new fantasy romance trilogy, The Golden Court series, beginning with A River of Golden Bones, in a seven-figure deal via Jessica Watterson of San­dra Dijkstra Literary Agency. UK Rights sold to Natasha Bardon at Voyager UK.

SIM KERN’s alternate history The Free People’s Village sold to Irene Vazquez at Levine Querido via Rebecca Podos of Rees Liter­ary Agency.

REBECCA ROWLAND sold collection White Trash & Re­cycled Nightmares, with “tales of cosmic, creature, and quiet horror,” to Shawn Macomber at Stygian Sky Media.

ANNA BILLER sold Bluebeard’s Castle, inspired by the story of Blue­beard and “novels such as Rebecca, Dracula, and Jane Eyre,” to Cian Mc­Court at Verso Fic­tion.

Mexican author DANIEL SAL­DANA PARIS sold post-apocalyptic nov­el The Dance and the Fire, trans­lated by Christina MacSweeney, to Lizzie Davis at Coffee House Press via Maria Lynch and Gabriela El­lena Castellotti of Casanovas & Lynch Agency.

PRESTON FASSEL sold hor­ror novel Beasts of 42nd Street to Kevin Lucia at Cemetery Dance.

J.L. KIEFER’s survival horror novel That Wretched Valley went to Rebecca Gyllenhaal at Quirk Books via Lane Heymont of The Tobias Literary Agency.

JOHN MANTOOTH sold Holy Ghost Road to Kevin Lucia at Cemetery Dance via Alec Shane of Writers House.

KRAZEKODE sold SF The 3rd Law of Cultivation: Qi = Mc^2, and four more books to Rhett Bru­no at Aethon.

LINDY RYAN’s horror novel Bless Your Heart – “Grady Hen­drix meets Charlaine Harris” – and a second title sold to Alexandra Se­hulster at Minotaur in a pre-empt via Italia Gandolfo of Gandolfo Helin and Fountain Literary Man­agement.

BRAD ABDUL’s humorous fan­tasy The Devil’s Advisor sold to Don D’Auria at Flame Tree Press via Maria Napolitano of Bookcase Literary Agency.

J.M. DONELLAN sold specula­tive thriller Lenore’s Last Funeral and two more books to Shawn Reilly Simmons at Level Best via Cindy Bullard of Birch Literary.

MOUSSA OULD EBNOU’s SF novel Barzakh: The Land In- Between, translated by Marybeth Timmermann, sold to Kenechi Uzor at Iskanchi Press.

SHEILA CONNOLLY sold SF novel Black Sails to Sunward and two more books to Cate Pearce at Hansen. Elizabeth Jeannel will edit.

EMILY MCINTIRE sold Hooked, Scarred, and Wretched in the Never After series to Christa Desir at Bloom Books in a pre-empt.

WREN MICHAELS sold Blood and Thunder, second in the Thunderbird Brotherhood series, to Lisa Green at Mystic Owl.

ANGELA SYLVAINE’s horror novel Frost Bite sold to Rob Car­roll at Dark Matter Ink.

J.E. MCDONALD’s fantasy Caged Fury went to Heather Mc­Corkle at Mystic Owl.

MELISSA KARIBIAN’s A Chorus of Ashes and Shadows, the sequel to A Song of Silver and Gold, went to Elizabeth Jeannel at Hansen, for publication in June 2023.

JOSHUA BADER sold fantasy novel Discord to Yelena Casale at City Owl Press.

E.M. ANDERSON’s fantasy novel The Remarkable Retire­ment of Edna Fisher sold to Cate Pearce at Hansen.

CAMRI KOHLER’s fantasies Peachy, Pared, and Buried sold to Brittany Weisrock at Lake Country Press.

RENEE LAKE’s horror novel The Infested sold to Cate Pearce at Hansen. Elizabeth Jeannel will edit.

ADRIAN VAN YOUNG’s col­lection Midnight Self sold to Di­ane Goettel at Black Lawrence Press.

NATALIA HERNANDEZ sold fantasy The Name-Bearer to Jes­sica Arrieta at Nightshade Publish­ing.

CHAD SMITH’s “futuristic urban fantasy” Killer App sold to Ally Robertson at the Wild Rose Press.

JOHN MAULDIN sold fantasy The Orb to Valerie Mathews at the Wild Rose Press.

TERRY PERSUN’s Bio­mass: Sky People went to Valerie Mathews at The Wild Rose Press.

RUTH FOX sold New Eden, se­quel to Under the Heavens, to Sue Arroyo at CamCat Books. Elana Gibson will edit.

KATRINA KWAN’s fantasy The Last Dragon of the East went to Brittany Weisrock at Lake Coun­try Press.

BEKA WESTRUP’s Song of Dark Tides sold to Brittany Weis­rock at Lake Country Press.

MARIA MEDINA’s YA fantasy Mistress of Bones and a second title sold to Mara Delgado-Sanchez at Wednesday Books at auction via Dorian Maffei of Kimberley Cam­eron & Associates.

MADELEINE ROUX’s YA fan­tasy Now We Hunt the Doe and a second book went to Alyssa Miele at Quill Tree via Kate McKean of Howard Morhaim Literary Agen­cy. Roux’s tie-in fantasy Critical Role: The Mighty Nein – The Nine Eyes of Lucien sold to Sarah Peed at Del Rey.

AXIE OH’s YA fantasy duology The Floating World, described as “Final Fantasy meets Miyazaki’s Castle in the Sky,” sold to Emily Settle at Feiwel and Friends via Pa­tricia Nelson of Marsal Lyon Liter­ary Agency.

K Y L I E SCHACHTE sold queer pirate fantasy Hearts of Gold to Sa­mantha Gentry at Little, Brown Children’s via Margaret Suther­land Brown of Folio Literary Management.

KAMILAH COLE’s YA fantasy So Let Them Burn – a “Jamaican Joan of Arc” inspired by Zendaya’s 2018 Met Gala look – and a second title sold to Alexandra Hightower at Little, Brown Children’s via Emily For­ney of BookEnds.

REBEKAH BERGMAN sold YA SF novel The Museum of Hu­man History to Masie Cochran at Tin House Books at auction for via Alexa Stark of Writers House.

RACHEL MOORE’s para­normal romantic comedy YA The Book of Fades and a second title sold to Sara Schonfeld at Kather­ine Tegen Books for six figures via Claire Friedman of Inkwell Man­agement.

M.K. LOBB sold YA fantasy Disciples of Chaos, sequel to Sev­en Faceless Saints, to Nikki Gar­cia at Little, Brown Children’s via Claire Friedman of Inkwell Man­agement.

DAVID ARNOLD’s YA fantasy romance I Loved You in Another Life went to Dana Leydig at Vi­king Children’s via Daniel Lazar of Writers House.

VANESSA LE sold YA fantasy The Last Bloodcarver and another book to Emilia Sowersby and Emi­ly Feinberg at Roaring Brook Press via Ramona Pina of BookEnds.

CHRISTOPHER HART­LAND’s queer YA fantasy Against the Stars sold to Joshua Dean Per­ry at Tiny Ghost Press.

LAUREL THOMAS sold YA fantasy When Stars Brush Earth to Ally Robertson at the Wild Rose Press.

SCOTT ALEXANDER HOW­ARD’s literary fantasy debut The Other Valley and a second title sold to Loan Le at Atria in a pre-empt via Roz Foster at Frances Goldin Literary Agency. Canadian rights sold to Nita Pronovost, Janie Yoon, and Sarah St. Pierre at Simon & Schuster Canada.

New writer KATE ROBB’s alternate-reality rom-com The Love Cleanse and a second book sold to Emma Caruso at Dial Press via Bibi Lewis at Ethan Ellen­berg Agency.

C H R I S ­TINE GRIL­LO’s debut Hestia Strikes a Match, set in “an America that’s a worse-but-not-worst case scenario,” sold to Jenna Johnson at Farrar, Straus, Giroux in a pre-empt via Naomi Eisenbeiss of Inkwell Management.

CARISSA ORLANDO sold first novel The September House, “about a woman who is determined to stay in her dream home even after it becomes a haunted night­mare,” and a second book to Jes­sica Wade at Berkley in a pre-empt via Sharon Bowers and Katherine Odom-Tomchin of Folio Literary Management.

MARK CECIL’s first novel Bunyan, about Paul Bunyan and John Henry “on an epic adventure in a mythic Gilded Age America,” sold to Anna Kaufman at Anchor via Tina Pohlman of Ross Yoon Agency.

BETHANY JACOBS sold de­but space opera These Burning Stars and two more titles to Pri­yanka Krishnan at Orbit via Bridg­et Smith of JABberwocky Literary Agency.

ALEX WOODROE’s debut “horror-fantasy” Whisperwood sold to Don D’Auria at Flame Tree Press.

PATRICK BARB’s first collec­tion Pre-Approved for Haunting went to Ryan Smernoff at Keylight.

KELSEY BLODGET, writing as KELSEY JAMES, sold debut historical horror The Woman in the Castello and two more books to John Scognamiglio at John Scognamiglio Books via Danielle Egan-Miller of Browne & Miller Literary Associates.

VAN ESSLER’s first novel The Sublime Spectacle, “a mélange of steampunk and gothic horror,” went to Jennifer Barnes at Dog Star Books. Heidi Ruby Miller will edit.

New writer LEIGH HEASLEY sold time-travel novel Kairos to Fiona Simpson at W by Wattpad via Ashleigh Gardner of Wattpad WEBTOON Studios.

ANN FOX’s debut fantasy The Blood Hours sold to Brittany Weisrock at Lake Country Press.

ERIN MAINORD’s debut fan­tasy The Blood That Binds Us and two more books sold to Brittany Weisrock at Lake Country Press.

First novelist RACHEL GREENWOOD’s vampire novel Like Salt and Ash sold to Brittany Weisrock at Lake Country Press.

Sofia Samatar (2013)

SOFIA SAMATAR sold SF novella The Practice, the Ho­rizon, and the Chain to Emily Goldman at Tordotcom via Sally Harding of CookeMcDermid. The White Mosque: A Memoir resold to Hurst in the UK at auction via Rachel Clements of Abner Stein on behalf of Marleen Seegers of 2 Sea Agency for US publisher Catapult.

MARISCA PICHETTE’s poet­ry collection Rivers in Your Skin, Sirens in Your Hair sold to Justine Norton-Kertson at Android. J.D. Harlock will edit.



ALEXENE FAROL FOLL­MUTH, writing as OLIVIE BLAKE, sold self-published book Alone with You in the Ether to Lindsey Hall at Tor via Amelia Ap­pel at TriadaUS Literary Agency. Bella Pagan at Tor UK bought UK rights via Chris Scheina at Mac­millan. Blake also sold three new books, and resold the self-pub­lished Masters of Death, One for My Enemy, and Twelfth Knight, to Hall at Tor for seven figures via Appel.

CESCA MAJOR resold time-loop novel Maybe Next Time and ro­mance If I Were You to Tessa Wood­ward at William Morrow via Kristyn Keene Benton of ICM on behalf of Alice Lutyens of Curtis Brown UK. HarperCollins has UK rights.

TRAVIS BALDREE sold US rights to Legends & Lattes and an­other book to Lindsey Hall at Tor via Jon Mitchell of Pan Macmillan.



Bella Pagan (2018)

BELLA PAGAN has been promoted from publishing di­rector to publisher at Tor UK, and will now report to Pan Macmillan publisher Lucy Hale. GEORGIA SUM­MERS has been promoted to editor from assistant editor.

CLARA MADRIGANO has joined SEAN WAL­LACE as co-editor of horror maga­zine The Dark.

CHIMEDUM OHAEGBU is stepping down as man­aging and poetry editor at Uncanny at the end of 2022. Current assistant editor MONTE LIN will take over as man­aging editor with the January/February 2023 issue.



Film rights to LIZ HARMER’s SF novel The Ama­teurs were optioned by Jason Char­ters and Liam Romalis at Riddle Films, for development with Eleva­tion Pictures, via Samantha Haywood and Laura Cameron of Transatlantic Agency. Harmer and Charters will co-write the screenplay.

MICHELLE JABES CORPO­RA sold Bring Your Dollies Three and another title in “a Holly Horror series” created in association with CloudCo Entertainment to Gabriela Taboas Zayas at Penguin Workshop via Allison Hellegers of Stimola Lit­erary Studio.

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