Finnish Parody Draws Interest
A parody book that takes on the recent trend in adult coloring books has sold in 12 international sales over the course of two weeks. The Little Book of Bad Moods by Lotta Sonninen has sold to Bruna (Netherlands), Livre de Poche (France), and Vigmostad Bjørke (Norway), as well as to publishers in the U.S., U.K., and Germany, among other territories. Elina Ahlback Literary controls rights, and at press time the agency confirmed there was an auction underway in Sweden.
Venezuelan Novel Sells to HarperCollins and Others
The Spanish Woman’s Daughter by Venezuelan-born Karina Sainz Borgo has sold to Judith Curr’s new literary imprint at HarperCollins for world English rights, and to Patakis in Greece. Lumen/Penguin Random House (Spain), has also acquired, and will be making it a lead title for fall 2019. Set in Venezuela, the book is about a woman who must fight for her survival after the death of her mother, in a country where food, medicine, and basic necessities have becomes scarce. Casanovas Lynch Literary is handling rights.
Norwegian Novel with Two Parallel Storylines Sells to Knopf
Keep Saying Their Names by Simon Stranger has been sold to Knopf in the U.S., as well as publishers in Germany, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic and Hungary. Oslo Literary Agency controls all rights to the book–Aschehoug Forlag in Norway is the originating publisher–which follows two parallel storylines, one about a Norwegian who became a Nazi double agent, and another about a Jewish family.
French Book on Birds Sells in Germany
A Short Philosophy of Birds by Philippe J. Dubois Elise Rousseau, published by Editions de la Martinière Littérature in France this month, has sold to Droemer in Germany. The 2 Seas Agency brokered the deal on behalf of the publisher. The book examines, through 22 short essays, what humans can learn from birds and nature.
Dutch Thriller Moves to Germany
Anita Terpstra’s Spark has sold to Blanvalet in Germany. The book is about a powerhouse ballet couple and if one of them is responsible for a fire that breaks out in their home. While they recuperate in the hospital after the fire, they each tell their version of events in alternating chapters, and the police try to sort out what is true and what is false. The Dutch publisher Cargo controls world rights to the book, and they published in July. Terpstra is the author of Night Flight and Together.