Gianna Lakenauth at Knopf has bought North American rights to Benny Ramírez and the Nearly Departed, pitched as Coco meets It’s a Wonderful Life, plus an untitled second book by José Pablo Iriarte. This magical realism contemporary middle grade tells the story of 12-year-old Cuban American Benny, who must help the ghost of his rich, famous, and morally bankrupt musician grandfather, Ignacio—whose Miami mansion Benny’s family has recently inherited—cross over to the other side before Ignacio’s New Year’s Eve deadline. Publication is slated for spring 2024 and spring 2025, respectively; Kristin Ostby at Greenhouse Literary negotiated the deal on behalf of Working Partners, and Cameron McClure represented the author.
Booklist: Intriguing and well-plotted fantasy mystery. The author’s fans will welcome the chance to continue exploring Amalo alongside this mild-mannered but tenacious detective.
Booklist: Jackson provides a poignant but uplifting conclusion to his spellbinding, fast-paced Founders Trilogy, expanding the complex world with more innovative concepts and new characters.
SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL
Noor, Nnedi Okorafor (DAW)
The Witness for the Dead, Katherine Addison (Tor; Solaris)
A Broken Darkness, Premee Mohamed (Solaris)
The Death of Jane Lawrence, Caitlin Starling (St. Martin’s)
YOUNG ADULT NOVEL
A Snake Falls to Earth, Darcie Little Badger (Levine Querido)
Machinehood, S.B. Divya (Saga)
The All-Consuming World, Cassandra Khaw (Erewhon)
A Blessing of Unicorns, Elizabeth Bear (Audible Originals 10/20; Asimov’s 9-10/21)
Remote Control, Nnedi Okorafor (Tordotcom)
Fugitive Telemetry, Martha Wells (Tordotcom)
“The Red Mother“, Elizabeth Bear (Tor.com 6/23/21)
“Broad Dutty Water: A Sunken Story”, Nalo Hopkinson (F&SF 11-12/21)
“The Black Pages“, Nnedi Okorafor (Black Stars)
“Proof by Induction“, José Pablo Iriarte (Uncanny 5-6/21)
Kirkus: Bennett is a master of worldbuilding,… Great fun, with nonstop action and… high-spirited mayhem.
Bengali rights to Hugo Award-winner Elizabeth Bear’s untitled short fiction collection, consisting of ten stories never before appearing in Bengali, to Kalpabiswa Publications, by Michael Curry for Jennifer Jackson.
Dutch rights to Annika Martin’s BREAKING THE BILLIONAIRE’S RULES & THE BILLIONAIRE’S FAKE FIANCE, to April Books by Emma Lind and Phillip Sane at Lennart Sane Agency on behalf of Katie Shea Boutillier for Cameron McClure.
French rights to New York Times bestselling author Martha Wells’ THE WIZARD HUNTERS, THE SHIPS OF AIR, and THE GATE OF GODS, the Fall of Ile-Rien trilogy, to Éditions L’Atalante, by Megan Husain at Anna Jarota Agency in association with Michael Curry for Jennifer Jackson.
German rights to Annika Martin’s BILLIONAIRE BUTTDIAL, to Lyx, by Sarah Knofius at Thomas Schlueck Agency on behalf of Katie Shea Boutillier for Cameron McClure.
Publishers Weekly: The well-done cosmic horror and mix of mundane and magical scares make this a standout.
Congratulations to all our DMLA authors who have been selected as 2022 Hugo Award Finalists.
The Kingston Cycle, by C. L. Polk (Tordotcom)
Terra Ignota, by Ada Palmer (Tor Books)
BEST SHORT STORY
“Proof by Induction”, by José Pablo Iriarte (Uncanny Magazine, May/Jun 2021)
S.B. Divya as editor and Premee Mohamed as assistant editor from the Escape Pod team
LODESTAR AWARD FOR BEST YOUNG ADULT BOOK
A Snake Falls to Earth, by Darcie Little Badger (Levine Querido)
ASTOUNDING AWARD FOR BEST NEW WRITER
Micaiah Johnson (2nd year of eligibility)
French rights to New York Times bestselling author Anne Bishop’s CROWBONES, a novel of the Others, to Bragelonne, by Megan Husain at the Anna Jarota Agency in association with Michael Curry for Jennifer Jackson.
German rights to Lara Elena Donnelly’s AMBERLOUGH, to Cross Cult, by Sarah Knofius at Thomas Schlueck Agency, on behalf of Katie Shea Boutillier, for Caitlin McDonald.
German rights to Robert McCammon’s FREEDOM OF THE MASK, to Luzifer, by Sarah Knofius at Thomas Schlueck Agency, on behalf of Katie Shea Boutillier, for Cameron McClure.
Taiwanese/Complex Chinese rights to Micaiah Johnson’s THE SPACE BETWEEN WORLDS, to Apex, by Gray Tan at The Grayhawk Agency, on behalf of Katie Shea Boutillier, for Cameron McClure.