Book Deals: Week of August 10, 2020
Fiona Hill, former deputy assistant to the president and senior director for European and Russian affairs on the National Security Council, sold There Is Nothing for You Here to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Alex Littlefield nabbed North American rights to the book, subtitled Opportunity in an Age of Decline, from Andrew Nurnberg Associates. HMH said the title, set for fall 2021, will “explain how our current, polarized moment is the result of long historical trends... that have long afflicted Russia and the United Kingdom, and which now are beginning to affect the United States.”
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In a second deal at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Rakia Clark bought a memoir by a couple featured in Brandon Stanton’s Humans of New York social media accounts. Clark acquired world rights to The Redemption of Bobby Love: A Story of Faith, Family and Justice from Brian DeFiore at DeFiore and Co. Husband-and-wife authors Bobby and Cheryl Love, who are writing with Lori L. Tharps, chronicle their relationship in the book—for more than 30 years, she didn’t know he was an escaped convict from the Jim Crow South. Clark said Redemption, which is set for fall 2021, grapples with “marriage, forgiveness, and larger themes about Blackness in America.”
With a six-figure preempt, Colin Harrison at Scribner bought Jason M. Barr’s Ever Upwards: The Global Quest to Build Skyscrapers and Skylines in the 21st Century. Chris Kepner at the Kepner Agency, who sold world rights to the book, said it “chronicles the social, political, and economic ...
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