Each spring, Mystery Writers of America present the Edgar Awards, widely acknowledged to be the most prestigious awards in the genre. We are thrilled to announce that The Cabinets of Barnaby Mayneby Elsa Hart has won the Simon & Schuster Mary Higgins Clark Edgar Award, for the best book most written in the tradition of Mary Higgins Clark. Congratulations Elsa!
Following China, Italy and the Netherlands, we have now agreed with Gallimard in France, dva/C Bertelsmann in Germany, Psichogios in Greece and in Portugal to publish the long-anticipated The Power of Women by Nobel laureate Dr. Denis Mukwege.
North American rights to playwright Jeannie Zusy’s THE FREDRICK SISTERS ARE LIVING THE DREAM, about how the fault lines in a family are exposed when a middle-aged woman must go to the hospital to pick up her diabetic, developmentally disabled older sister who has overdosed on strawberry Jello, and the question becomes who is saving whom? have been sold in a preempt to Trish Todd at Atria by Stephanie Cabot, for publication summer 2022.
Winner of the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award Simon Van Booy’s Night Came With Many Stars, the epic saga of one family’s struggle to survive in the rural United States over 100 years, has sold to Joshua Bodwell at David R. Godine, in a preempt, for publication in Spring 2021.
The next novel from the bestselling author of Wench has been picked up in the US by Berkeley in a major, two-book deal, and in the UK by Phoenix/Orion.
Take My Hand will tell the riveting and courageous story of Civil Townsend, a nurse in Alabama during the 1970’s, who uncovers an unspeakable wrong. She finds to her horror that the Williams sisters, two of her young patients, have been forcibly sterilized, and Civil vows to get to the bottom of the atrocity. What she finds is that this is not an isolated case, and she embarks upon a burning pursuit for justice.
Based loosely on the true story of the Relf sisters, who were forcibly sterilized at 12 and 14 years old at a federally-funded clinic, Take My Hand not only tells a harrowing story, but raises questions of ethics and culpability in a society in which the poor, Black and disabled are deemed unfit for motherhood.
Nobel Prize winner JM Coetzee has delivered this praise for Peter Singer’s forthcoming collection of essays:
“The argument is short, simple, and irrefutable; the supporting detail – what is done to animals in the course of turning them into food for human beings – is profoundly upsetting. Whoever is not persuaded by these essays of Peter Singer’s does not have ears to hear.”
In Why Vegan?, Peter Singer, one of the greatest moral philosophers of our time, brings together the most consequential essays of his career to make a case against our failure to confront what we are doing to animals, to public health, and to our planet.
Why Vegan? is forthcoming from W.W. Norton on October 13th, 2020.
On behalf of Kathy Robbins and The Robbins Office.
SLA author of the forthcoming book The Frontlines of Peace, Séverine Autesserre has just been awarded the Emerging Scholar Award by the International Security Studies Section of the International Studies Association. The award recognizes scholars who have made significant contributions to the field of security studies through their publications. The committee charged with awarding the accolade noted that “Dr. Autesserre’s work has revolutionized the study and practice of peacebuilding, and of security studies more broadly.”
The award will be officially presented to Dr. Autesserre at the International Studies Association’s conference next year in Las Vegas.
Autesserre’s new book, The Frontlines of Peace, is forthcoming with Oxford University Press in March of 2021.
We’re pleased to announce that THE THREE MINUTE PHILOSOPHER, by philosophy and meditation expert Fabrice Midal, will be published in English by Running Press (NA) and Orion Spring (UK/ANZ).
Rights sold to to Bruna (Netherlands), at auction, dtv (Germany), Curtea Veche (Romania), and Orenda (Turkey).
Quarantining like the rest of us, Annabelle Roberts discusses her new book, “Rejection Therapy” and how to tame the dragon of failure.
The Danish film adaption of Puk Damsgårds’ THE ISIS HOSTAGE (SER DU MÅNEN, DANIEL) was just released in Denmark, to great critical reception.
The film was produced by Morten Kaufmann and Signe Leick Jensen at Toolbox Film, directed by Niels Arden Oplev and Anders W. Berthelsen. Screenplay by Anders Thomas Jensen. It stars Esben Smed, Anders W. Berthelsen, Toby Kebbell, Sofie Torp, Sara Hjort Ditlevsen etc.
THE ISIS HOSTAGE, first published in 2015, has been sold in 14 languages to date.