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London Book Fair 2012 Rights List



Michelle Andelman Markus Hoffmann Lauren Pearson

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Adam Arvidsson & Nicolai Peitersen Swedish-born Adam Arvidsson is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Milan and an Adjunct Professor at the Copenhagen Business School. His research concerns the dynamics of the information economy, in particular brands, creative industries, new forms of labor and production. His focus is on the particular emergence of ‘Open’ formats, like Open Design, Open Business and userled innovation, finance and the relation between value and ethics. Nicolai Peitersen was born in Denmark and worked for the Danish Central Bank and the investment bank JP Morgan Chase, where he was part of the team that was voted the best global research team by Institutional Investor. He is an entrepreneurial social

visionary and founder of the renowned cross-disciplinary think thank Kesera, which brings together cutting-edge artists and scientists. Peitersen is frequently invited to provide progressive input on global issues, including at the G20 Emergency Congress and the World Business Summit on Climate Change.

THE ETHICAL ECONOMY Columbia University Press; editor Anne Routon. Delivery of edited MS imminent. Pub Winter 2013.

In THE ETHICAL ECONOMY, Arvidsson and Peitersen describe the paradigm shift that is underway in how we think about economic activity at a moment when it is becoming clearer and clearer

that “business as usual” will not be able to meet the formidable challenges of the future. The authors go beyond advocating a simplistic “businesses must be ethical” approach and argue instead that in order to succeed in the 21st century, businesses need the ability to construct significant social relations with consumers – that is, they need to fully integrate ethics into their economic activity and find metrics for what so far have been considered intangibles. What Arvidsson and Peitersen outline is no utopian pipedream: as they convincingly demonstrate, the ethical economy is already here, in brand management, in advanced forms of knowledge work, in financial markets, and in the rapidly expanding range of autonomous

forms of social production – from P2P software, via fan communities to alternative forms of agriculture and food distribution – that have evolved around new information and communication technologies. And its impact is set to grow with the further diffusion and evolution of those technologies. THE ETHICAL ECONOMY offers a first coherent theory of this new economic model, examining its origins, its present dynamics and its future potential, and drawing out the implications of this epochal shift for business, politics and society. The Ethical Economy: • World English: Columbia University Press • Translation: Regal Literary. Sold in China (Citic). • Film rights: Regal Literary

Don’t forget that April 23 is World Book Night, which this year will be celebrated in the UK, Ireland, Germany, and the US! Regal Literary is proud that Audrey Niffenegger’s THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE has been chosen as one of huge 25 books that book lovers all over the UK will gift to their nearest and dearest. 3


Josh Bazell

JOSH BAZELL is a doctor and novelist. He has a BA in writing from Brown University, where he was awarded the ClarksonCollins Prize in American Marine History, and an MD from Columbia University. He has worked as a screenwriter and, while in medical school, investigated suspicious deaths for the Chief Medical Examiner of the City of New York. His fiction debut, BEAT THE REAPER (Little, Brown, 2009), was a New York Times and international bestseller, a Barnes & Noble Discover Pick, the #1 Indie Next Pick for January 2009, one of Time magazine’s Top 10 Books of 2009 and the winner of the 2010 Strand Magazine Critics Award. Reviewers and readers just couldn’t put BEAT THE REAPER down: The Washington Post called it “a hypochondriac’s nightmare but a reader’s dream.” Time thought it was “electrifyingly hilarious in that Elmore Leonard way.” And The New York Observer raved: “Josh Bazell writes with the seamless ease of a natural – all grace and no flash – which is especially impressive given that Beat the Reaper is his


debut.” The novel sold in thirty countries and and is currently being developed as a TV series by HBO.

WILD THING Little, Brown/Reagan Arthur Books; editor Reagan Arthur. Finished copies available. Pub Feb 2012.

The lakeside town of Ford, Minnesota, has a monster problem: something’s eating its teenagers. Dr. Pietro Brnwa, recently recovered from a great deal of self-inflicted pain, has an employment problem: it’s hard to find work as a doctor when, for somewhat complicated reasons, you can’t use the name on your medical license. So hard, in fact, that a job protecting a sexy but self-destructive paleontologist on the world’s worst field assignment starts to look downright good. Even if it means that an army of murderers, mobsters, and international drug dealers – not to mention the occasional lake monster – are about to have a Pietro Brnwa problem. WILD THING is the long-awaited second outing for Dr. Pietro Brnwa. An unholy mix of sex, violence, politics, and science, it is even faster, funnier, and more relentless than BEAT THE REAPER – and

like Bazell’s debut was showered in praise by critics: in Time, Lev Grossman said: “Reading [Bazell] is like being able to monopolize the attention of the most interesting person at a party . . . It’s so rare that you see a really brilliant writer who is committed, 100%, in every sentence, to giving you a good time. Bazell is, and he does.” Marilyn Stasio, the #1 crime reviewer in the US, agreed in The New Times Book Review: “Insanely funny... the work of a crackpot genius.” The Washington Post called WILD THING: “A rousing, fast-paced sequel... The novel is packed with witty footnotes, and when Brnwa isn’t lusting after the paleontologist, he’s a profanely trenchant social observer.” In a starred review, Publishers Weekly said: “Bazell expertly blends action, farce, and political satire, and his wide-ranging imagination bodes well for the future of the series.” And the San Francisco Chronicle loved the novel as well: “Bazell’s inventiveness and a series of plot twists ensure that WILD THING never lets up . . . For suspense, the monster plot sinks its claws in, blending the best of ‘Jaws’ with the comic sense of your favorite episode of ‘Scooby-Doo.’ At its heart, this book is wildly fun.”

Wild Thing: • UK, Translation: Regal Literary. Sold in Brazil (Rocco), Bulgaria (Obsidian), China (Beijing Booky Company), Denmark (Hr. Ferdinand), Finland (Siltala), France (Lattès), Germany (S. Fischer), Israel (Matar), Italy (Stile Libero), Norway (Aschehoug), Poland (Rebis), Russia (Corpus), Spain (Anagrama), and Spain/Catalan (Bromera) • Film rights: Regal Literary Beat the Reaper: • UK, Translation: Regal Literary. Sold in Brazil (Rocco), Bulgaria (Obsidian), China (Beijing Booky Company), Croatia (Fraktura), Czech Republic (Vikend), Denmark (Hr Ferdinand), Estonia (Fookus Meedia), Finland (Siltala), France (Lattès), Germany (S. Fischer), Greece (Enalios), Hungary (Partvonal), Iceland (Bjartur), Indonesia (Penerbit Erlangga), Israel (Matar), Italy (Stile Libero), Japan (Shinchosha), Korea (Golden Bough), Norway (Aschehoug), Poland (Rebis), Portugal (Civilizaçao), Romania (RAO), Russia (Inostranka), Spain (Anagrama), Spain/Book Club (Círculo), Spain/Catalan (Bromera), Sweden (Svante Weyler), Taiwan (Crown), Thailand (Pearl), Turkey (Inkilap Kitabevi), and the UK (William Heinemann) • Film rights: Optioned by New Regency; in development with HBO as a TV series


Peter Fuda DR. PETER FUDA is one of Australia’s top business advisors, as well as a researcher and media commentator. He is the founder and Principal of The Alignment Partnership (TAP), a management consultancy specializing in business transformation and alignment, based in Sydney and servicing clients around the globe. In 2010, Fuda completed his doctorate on Leadership Transformation at the Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM). His work has been endorsed by the likes of TED star Prof. Brené Brown (www. and featured in leading publications around the world, including in the November 2011 issue of the Harvard Business Review. (See fire-snowball-mask-moviehow-leaders-spark-andsustain-change/ar/1.) Fuda’s wide-ranging consulting practice with TAP and his in-depth doctoral research into mechanisms of change have provided compelling evidence for the establishment of a new paradigm for thinking about leadership.

BEYOND THE SUPERHERO: HOW ORDINARY MANAGERS BECOME EXTRAORDINARY LEADERS Amazon Publishing; editor David Moldawer. Proposal available. Pub Summer 2013.

Peter Fuda’s first book gathers his insides in a book that is truly for our times: Fuda describes the processes of leadership transformation through the use of seven compelling metaphors (Fire, Snowball, Master Chef, Coach, Mask, Movie, and Russian Dolls) that form a rich resource for business leaders and consultants alike. Fuda has also developed sophisticated multimedia materials that bring to life the metaphors and offer innovative marketing opportunities. Samples can be found here: html. Beyond the Superhero: • UK: Amazon Publishing • Translation: Regal Literary • Film rights: Regal Literary

Anthony Johnston & Sam Hart ANTONY JOHN- THE COLDEST CITY STON is an award-winning, New York Times bestselling Oni Press; editor James Lucas author of comics, graphic Jones. eGalley available. novels, video games and Pub May 2012. books, with titles including WASTELAND, DAREBerlin, the Autumn of DEVIL, DEAD SPACE, 1989: as Communism colJULIUS, and FRIGHTEN- lapses and the Berlin Wall ING CURVES. He has also crumbles, an undercover adapted books by best- MI6 spy is killed while carselling novelist Anthony rying priceless informaHorowitz, collaborated tion — a list containing with comics legend Alan the name of every spy in Moore, and reinvented Berlin. Marvel’s flagship character But no list is found on Wolverine for manga. His his body. titles have been translated MI6 sends veteran opthroughout the world and erative Lorraine Broughton optioned for film. He lives to recover the list. But she and works in England. walks into a powder keg SAM HART was born of social unrest, counterin the UK and lives in espionage, defections gone Brazil. He has worked in bad, and secret assassinanewspaper and magazine tions… And you just illustration as well as happened the to THE COLDEST CITY have the Kupetski cover advertising industry as awith you. is a brand new spy thriller storyboarder. His comic from author Antony JohnI took it deliberately. lt and artist Sam Hart art credits include STARston was inevitable I'd have to cross at SHIP TROOPERS, JUDGEsome point. that revitalizes classic espiDREDD, OUTLAW: THE onage fiction and revels in LEGEND OF ROBIN the paranoia and mistrust HOODWe and EXCALIBUR: boiling over at the end of didn't think so. That's why we didn't THEgive LEGEND OF KING the Cold War. With respect, you a viable sir, I was the cover one in theatre. ARTHUR.for it. I believed it was worth the risk. The Coldest City: • UK, Translation: Regal Literary • Film rights: Oni Press

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Kristiana Kahakauwila KRISTIANA KAHAKAUWILA is Native Hawaiian, born and raised in Southern California. The separation of place and culture is a recurring theme in her writing, as are questions regarding Western and Oceanic notions of tradition, ownership, and ethnic identity. Kahakauwila earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Comparative Literature from Princeton University. She subsequently worked as a magazine editor before earning a Master of Fine Arts degree in Fiction from the University of Michigan. Kahakauwila lives in Hawai`i, where she teaches at Chaminade University of Honolulu. THIS IS PARADISE is her fiction debut, and she is currently work-

ing on her first novel.

THIS IS PARADISE The Hogarth Press; editor Lindsay Sagnette. Edited MS available May 2012. Pub Summer 2013.

In six poignant and elegant stories, told in a classical style reminiscent of the tales of Pushkin or Chekhov, and set against the beguiling background of the Hawaiian Islands, THIS IS PARADISE explores the predicament of people coming face to face with the inevitability of change and the need to define who they are against the forces of tradition and expectation. In the collection’s

title story, three different groups of Hawaiian women observe and comment on the progress of an American tourist through one day and one night in Honolulu, up until its disconcerting conclusion; in “Wanle,” a young woman decides to take revenge on the man who had her father murdered – only to find that her father wasn’t who she thought he was; “The Road to Hana” leads a young couple to an encounter with a stray dog that shakes their relationship to the core; and in “Portrait of a Good Father,” an old photograph suggests a deceptively idyllic moment in the life of a family-to-be that will subsequently be torn apart by infidelity and

a tragic accident. Throughout THIS IS PARADISE, Kahakauwila is a careful observer of her protagonists’ actions – and, sometimes, their inaction. Her portrayal of people whose lives have lost their centre of gravity is acute, often heartbreaking, and suffused with a deeply felt empathy. Lindsay Sagnette at The Hogarth Press acquired World English rights in a six-figure, two-book deal (also including the novel-in-progress) at auction. This Is Paradise & Untitled Novel: • UK: The Hogarth Press • Translation: Regal Literary • Film rights: Oni Press

Kiran Nagarkar One of India’s leading writers, KIRAN NAGARKAR is the author of RAVAN & EDDIE, a classic novel about contemporary Bombay – just acquired by the illustrious New York Review Books for the new Discoveries series – as well as the historical epic CUCKOLD, which won India’s highest literary award, the Indian Academy of Letters (Sahitya Akademi) Award for Best Novel of the Year, in 2000, and, most recently, GOD’S LITTLE SOLDIER (HarperCollins India, 2006), a gripping quest novel about true and false prophets.

THE EXTRAS Fourth Estate India. Finished copies available. Pub January 2012.


Nagarkar’s new novel is called THE EXTRAS, and it may well be his masterpiece. A “high-spirited” (Tehelka) and “riveting” (Hindustan Times) Rabelaisian mock-epic that’s wonderfully alive to the rhythms and polyphonies of Bombay, it follows the tragicomic adventures of the irrepressible Ravan and Eddie as they struggle to fulfill their dreams and ambitions. Needless to say that, since they’ve grown up during Bollywood’s Golden Age, those dreams and ambitions revolve around music and film. Alas, while both Ravan and Eddie are talented musicians, their naivety – and the fact that they’re from the wrong side of the tracks – often gets in the way of success: Ravan’s band is being ripped off by every father who hires

them to play at his daughter’s wedding, while Eddie’s Elvis impersonation goes down surprisingly badly at the American Consulate when he tries to apply for an artist’s visa… And then, of course, there are Pieta and Belle. Pieta is Eddie’s sister and the woman Ravan has been secretly in love with for longer than he can remember. Unfortunately, Pieta’s mother hates Ravan (and not without reason), and Pieta herself pays no attention whatsoever to him – until one day he becomes the one to save her life. Even then, though, it’s far from certain that Pieta will ever stoop so low as to even consider Ravan as a suitor. Eddie, meanwhile, is trying to understand what exactly it is his girlfriend, Belle, who is of mixed Anglo-Indian parentage, wants

from him, and by the time he’s gotten things figured out, it may just be too late… Through all their trials and tribulations, which also include the Bombay traffic system, illegal watering holes, a very sexy bride, and a philosophical mafia don, Ravan and Eddie never lose faith – well, at least never for long – until in THE EXTRAS’s memorable finale, they get to experience their short moment in the spotlight. A national bestseller in India, THE EXTRAS was met with universal praise by reviewers: India Today said: “Nagarkar is a wonderful story-teller and his story tumbles out in torrents . . . The dark, humorous prose of RAVAN & EDDIE seems to have evolved through the years into something more compassionate, but no less


Adam Jay Epstein & Andrew Jacobson ADAM JAY EPSTEIN and ANDREW JACOBSON have been writing for film and television since they met in college, including “Not Another Teen Movie” and extensive work with MTV. Adam lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Jane, their daughter, Penny, and a black-and-white alley cat who hangs out in their backyard. Andrew lives four traffic lights away. They are the authors of the bestselling middle-grade series THE FAMILIARS (HarperCollins Children’s Books; editor Barbara Lalicki), which has been sold in 14 countries and is being developed into a motion picture by Sony Animation, with Sam Raimi

(“Spiderman”) attached to produce and Doug Sweetland, veteran Pixar animator and Academy Award nominee for his 2009 short “Presto” to direct.

funny, meandering through whimsical riffs . . . THE EXTRAS is a rambunctious celebration of life.” And The Asian Age was delighted that “Ravan and Eddie are back! And they are bigger, brasher and guaranteed to have you laughing louder than ever.”

• US, UK & Translation: Regal Literary. Sold in Germany (A1 Verlag/S. Fischer)

The Extras: • India: HarperCollins • US, UK & Translation: Regal Literary. Sold in Germany (A1 Verlag/S. Fischer)

THE STARBOUNDERS SERIES HarperCollins Children’s Books; editor Barbara Lalicki. Edited MS of vol. 1 available. Pub March 2013.

Epstein and Jacobson’s brand-new middle grade series is an exciting sci-fi adventure. It introduces Zachary Night, a twelve-year-old Starbounder preparing to join the Inter-Planetary De-

fense League (IPDL), just like his parents, and their parents, did many decades ago. At Indigo 8, the IPDL’s training academy, hidden away in New York State’s Adirondack Mountains, Zachary quickly befriends Ryic, a long-limbed extraterrestrial from the planet Klenarog, and the human teenager Kaylee, who fires up Zachary’s competitive spirit (and maybe something else as well). Just as quickly, the trio find themselves flouting the rules at Indigo 8 and being punished with having to do disciplinary duty (aka mopping the floors) on an IPDL freighter – and missing out on the much more exciting galactic safari for the other

first-years at the academy. It’s not exactly how Zachary had imagined his outerspace debut. But it’s aboard the Dreadnought Epsilon that things start going seriously wrong – and suddenly Zachary, Ryic, and Kaylee find themselves in the middle of a galactic conflict that threatens the very existence of earth… Witty, richly imagined, and superbly plotted, STARBOUNDERS launches Epstein and Jacobson’s new series in page-turning style. Starbounders: • UK, Translation: Regal Literary • Film Rights: Regal Literary, coagent Howard Sanders at UTA

Ravan & Eddie: • India: Penguin • US: New York Review of Books. • UK & Translation: Regal Literary. Sold in Germany (A1 Verlag/ List) and Italy (Metropoli d’Asia) Film rights for all titles: Regal Literary

God’s Little Soldier: • India: HarperCollins • US, UK & Translation: Regal Literary. Sold in Germany (A1 Verlag/S. Fischer), France (Buchet Chastel), Italy (Rizzoli), and Spain (Galaxia Gutenberg), Cuckold: • India: HarperCollins



Joe Harris & Brett Weldele “No one writes horror quite like JOE HARRIS,” says Wizard World of the acclaimed writer of numerous comics, graphic novels and movies mixing horror with tales of superheroes and the supernatural. As a young creator at Marvel Comics, Joe launched the cult classic SpiderMan spinoff series SLINGERS and wrote myriad other titles including BISHOP: THE LAST X-MAN. He has written for all major comics publishers and franchises, including X-MEN, SPIDERMAN, AND BATMAN. Joe also conceived and cowrote the screenplay for the hit Sony Pictures film “Darkness Falls” and the politically-themed slasher movie and Fox release “The Tripper” before returning to comics and launching creator-owned properties that brought his experiences in publishing and moviemaking together. His supernatural series GHOST PROJEKT is also published by Oni Press. Called the “Best Miniseries” of 2010 by Wizard and lauded by Ain’t It Cool News as “one of the finest” of the year, the tense tale of ghosts, gambits and Cold War-era secrets is currently being adapted for television by SyFy. Eisner-nominated painter BRETT WELDELE’s work has covered a


wide range of genres including crime, science fiction, and superheroes, and he has worked with Marvel, Top Shelf, Oni Press, Image, and many others. His unique fusion of pen, ink, toner, and paint has caught the eye of fans and critics alike. Projects have included the movie tieins SOUTHLAND TALES: THE PREQUEL SAGA and SE7EN:WRATH as well as the bestselling graphic novel THE SURROGATES (Top Shelf), which was adapted into a major motion picture by Touchstone Films starring Bruce Willis, and its follow up, THE SURROGATES: FLESH AND BONE. An avid follower of music technology, Brett lives in Oregon and spends his free time making experimental music on a Mac.

SPONTANEOUS Oni Press; editor James Lucas Jones. Finished copies available. Pub February 2012.

“Kelvin” Melvin Reyes was only three years old when Spontaneous Human Combustion took his father from him. He’s since devoted his life to exploring the mystery behind the phenomenon, searching for a pattern and predictors so that he might save others from that same fiery fate. But the closer he gets to his goal, the further things lead down a well of secrets, horrors, and terrible truths… Spontaneous: • UK, Translation: Regal Literary. • Film Rights: Oni Press

Elana Johnson ELANA JOHNSON lives and teaches elementary school in central Utah. She maintains a personal writing blog and contributes to a debut YA science fiction/ dystopian blog, both of which can be found through

THE POSSESSION TRILOGY Simon Pulse; editor Anica Rissi. Finished copies of vol. 1 available. Pub June 2011. Edited MS of vol. 2 available. Pub June 2012. Unedited MS of vol. 3 available.

POSSESSION was a smart, “intriguing” (Booklist), and sexy dystopian YA/crossover debut whose gripping ending recalled George Orwell’s 1984. SURRENDER, the second novel in the trilogy, picks up where the first novel left off. Raine Hightower lives by the rules in Freedom. She has no choice. After all, Freedom is the ironically named seat of the Association of Thinkers, the ruling elite whose gift for mind control enables them to maintain a stranglehold over the rest of the population. And Raine’s father is the Director. By day, Raine allows him to press her talent into his service. She uses her extraordinary touch to drain images from rebels of what they want most, and their will to achieve it. And she’s supposed to file reports on the nightmares that plague her new roommate— one Violet Schoenfeld (none other than Vi from POSSESSION, of course). But Director Hightower doesn’t know that his daughter is flirting with both sides of the control situation. By night, Raine secretly recruits gifted teens into the Insiders, a rebel group intent on taking down the Thinkers—and dreams of Gunner, whose voice has the ability to control. Unfortunately he is

not only on Raine’s recruitment list, but also on her dad’s… Gunn, meanwhile, rooms with one Zenn Bower. Zenn, who seemed to be a mere puppet for the Thinkers at the end of POSSESSION, is actually Insider-friendly; he’s working with Raine to keep the most talented amongst them out of the Thinkers’ training programs. They failed with Vi, but they won’t again. Gunn, Zenn, and Raine work with the other Insiders against her Director dad’s ends, even as Raine must keep up appearances and continue to drain those whom the Association of Thinkers considers dangerous. When Jag Barque, Zenn’s rival for Vi’s heart, shows up in the lab, and he’s the next Raine is expected to drain—so his rebel desires can be revealed and the Insiders squashed— Raine’s trapped. Does she do what’s right for some? Or what she’s been told is best for all in society? Her dad is waiting… No matter what, she’ll have to lie about what she “saw” when she touched Vi. The trilogy’s concluding volume, ABANDON, will shift the focus to Jag and Zenn, Vi’s two love interests from POSSESSION, who find themselves pitched against each other in the fight between control and freedom. Possession (vol. 1): • UK, Translation: Regal Literary. Sold in France (Michel Lafon), Poland (Amber), and Turkey (Dogan Egmont) Surrender (vol. 2): • UK, Translation: Regal Literary. Sold in Poland (Replika) Abandon (vol. 3): • UK, Translation: Regal Literary. Sold in Poland (Replika) Film rights for all titles: Regal Literary


Ted Naifeh TED NAIFEH first appeared in the independent comics scene in 1999 as the artist for GLOOMCOOKIE, the goth romance comic he co-created with Serena Valentino for SLG Publishing. After a successful run, Ted decided to strike out on his own, writing and drawing COURTNEY CRUMRIN AND THE NIGHT THINGS, a spooky children’s fantasy series about a grumpy little girl and her adventures with her Warlock uncle. Nominated for an Eisner Award for best limited series, COURTNEY CRUMRIN’s success paved the way for POLLY AND THE PIRATES, another children’s book, this time about a prim and proper girl kidnapped by pirates convinced she was the daughter of their long-lost queen. Over the next few years, Ted wrote four volumes of COURTNEY CRUMRIN, plus a spin off book about her uncle. He also co-created HOW LOATHSOME with Tristan Crane, and, more recently, illustrated THE GOOD NEIGHBORS, a three-volume graphic novel series written by New York Times best-selling author Holly Black, published by Scholastic. In 2011, Ted wrote the sequel to POLLY AND THE PIRATES, and illustrated several BATMAN short stories for DC Comics. He is currently writing and illustrating the ongo-

ing COURTNEY CRUMRIN series, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Ted lives in San Francisco, because he likes dreary weather.

COURTNEY CRUMRIN AND THE NIGHT THINGS Oni Press; editor James Lucas Jones. eGalley available. Pub April 2012.

Courtney Crumrin grumbles about everything, but now she’s really got something to grumble over: having run out of credit cards, her parents are moving to the wealthy suburb of Hillsborough, to live rent free with their creepy old uncle Aloysius, making Courtney an outcast among her rich, snobby classmates. And if that weren’t bad enough, the musty, decrepit old mansion that she now calls home is occupied by stranger creatures than just her parents or Uncle Aloysius. They crawl about the house, just out of sight. They crunch bones in the corner. They climb up on the bed and watch Courtney while she sleeps. Mom and Dad don’t notice them, but Uncle Aloysius calls them – the Night Things. Ted Naifeh’s series has long been a cult classic – and is now being rereleased by Oni Press in gorgeous color. Courtney Crumrin and the Night Things: • UK, Translation: Regal Literary • Film Rights: Oni Press

Phoebe North As a child, PHOEBE NORTH lugged innumerable library books home to read in the bathtub, at the dinner table, in front of the television, and under the blankets with a flashlight when she should have been asleep. After college she took off for warmer climes, receiving a Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from the University of Florida. She now lives in New York State with her husband, her cat, and entirely too many books. She is an articles editor and reviewer for the online speculative fiction magazine Strange Horizons, and she blogs at,, and

THE STARGLASS DUOLOGY Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; editor Navah Wolfe. Unedited MS of vol. 1 available. Pub Summer 2013 (vol. 1) and Summer 2014 (vol. 2).

Generations aboard the intergalactic spaceship Asherah have lived within strict rules meant to help them survive the journey to their promised land, Zehava – a planet they’ve never seen and which may or may not be habitable, a question whose imperative only grows in the dwindling months before touch down. Fifteen-year-

old Terra has been doing her best to stay afloat. She keeps her mouth shut when the Council gives her a job she hates as the botanist’s apprentice. Starved for intimacy, she’s ready to fulfill her father’s wish that she bind her life to a boy she doubts can ever love her back. But when Terra witnesses the Captain’s guard murder an innocent man, she’s drawn into a secret rebellion bent on restoring power to the people. The rebels know how to press Terra into their service. Their assassination plot means poisoning the Captain’s apprentice. And avenging her mother’s death. Terra realizes that doing her duty isn’t always as easy as it seems. Especially when she begins to fall for the boy she’s supposed to kill… This work of Young Adult science-fiction provocatively explores Jewish themes in deep-space diaspora, the impact of losing a parent when one is young, and it offers a wide readership all the interstellar romance and intrigue of Beth Revis’s ACROSS THE UNIVERSE and Patrick Ness’s THE KNIFE OF NEVER LETTING GO. Starglass: • UK, Translation: Regal Literary • Film Rights: Regal Literary



Liesel Shurtliff LIESL SHURTLIFF grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah as the fourth child in a crazy combined family of eight. She studied Music, Dance, and Theater at Brigham Young University, where she earned her B.F.A. Shurtliff is the author of several short stories for young readers published in Guideposts Sweet 16, Hopscotch for Girls, and The Friend. She writes book reviews for Deseret News and she’s a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She maintains the blog Writer Ropes and Hopes (http://writerropes. Liesl currently resides in Chicago, Illinois with her husband and three children.

RUMP Knopf Children’s; editor Katherine Harrison. Edited MS available. Pub April 2013.

This funny, heartwarming middle-grade retelling of Rumpelstiltskin is a magical debut novel. Says Kirby Larson, author of 2007 Newbery Honor book Hattie Big Sky: “Liesl Shurtliff does more than spin words into gold - she gets us rooting for Rumpelstiltskin, a most magical feat.” The story of this most infamous of names unfolds in a fairytale world populated by pixies with gold fever, sludge-slurping trolls, and aunts who are witches. It tenderly contours a

Childhood is a much darker world than most adults care to remember. If anything, childhood is even more full of terror and passion than life becomes after a few decades spent killing off brain cells. Small children are straight outta nature, all id, tribal survivalists to the core. They drive the weak away from the village, instinctively hating those who are different, ugly, or slow. Sure, they’re preoccupied with stockpiling toys instead of guns, but the principle is always the same. Behind the big shiny eyes and dimples is The Lord of the Flies, ticking and buzzing. We learn sweetness and the ability to sit still later on in order to fit into society and get grownup things like jobs and apartments and girl- or boyfriends, things that seem yucky and boring until the moment we’re ready for them. Among the byproducts that boil off and are lost in the process of growing up are simplicity, lots of


legend, recasting the reviled character of Rumpelstiltskin as a 12-year-old boy you can’t help but feel for as he searches for his name and destiny. Rump is a lousy name. Everyone knows your name is your destiny, and Rump’s destiny really stinks. Because his mother only spoke aloud part of his name before she died, Rump is only part of a person. He’s puny and apparently an idiot for thinking the world is round when everyone in town says it’s flat. When Rump discovers his mother’s magic of spinning straw to gold, he thinks his destiny is golden, until the miller manipulates Rump into handing over the gold. The

magic that allows Rump to spin the gold binds him to take whatever others offer in exchange. The miller’s daughter strikes the most foolish bargain: offering and obliging Rump to accept her first-born child. To free himself of the miller’s greed and the magic’s bargains, Rump learns of rumpel, magic that traps you, and of stiltskins, magic that frees you. He’s got the trapped part down. If only he could find a stiltskin. If only Rump knew his whole name. Rump: • UK, Translation: Regal Literary • Film Rights: Regal Literary, coagent Howard Sanders at UTA

dreams, and a huge amount of fear. The only children’s stories that are truly classic, timeless, and beloved are also subversively honest about life’s ugliness. Kids experience reality on a much simpler level than adults, and don’t buy stories that are too sugary. They’re realists in the sense that they know there’s much more to reality than what we see around us every day or what we learn in school. There almost has to be a tragic, a bitter, or a vicious edge to the story, or they know it for the load of bull it is. Mark Twain, Roald Dahl, and Judy Blume, three of the all-time best-beloved children’s authors, knew this. Their books are often banned from schools and libraries because of parents’ need to believe that children are innocent of pain and cruelty and can be protected from knowledge about the darkness of human nature. —Ted Naifeh


Dispatches from Around the World BLIND BOY REDISCOVERS VANISHED KINGDOM From the Island at the Top of the World, news has reached us that a blind orphan boy by the name of Peter Nimble has rediscovered the Vanished Kingdom. Older readers of this publication may recall the dramatic disappearance of said kingdom a number of years ago. Nimble, who was accompanied on his adventure by the pocket-sized Sir Tode, reveals his remarkable life story in PETER NIMBLE AND HIS FANTASTIC EYES, written by his confidant Jonathan Auxier. The book has already been keenly embraced in the US (where close to 25,000 young readers have been cheering Peter on) and Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Korea, Turkey, and the UK.

ZOMBIES INVADE HOLLYWOOD – AGAIN Even though there is little agreement within the scientific community about the most basic characteristics of zombies – do they shuffle, walk, or run? Are they intelligent or brain-dead? Are they the scourge of humankind or merely misunderstood? – one thing is for sure: Hollywood loves them. And they love Hollywood. The latest evidence comes in the form of WARM BODIES, a heartbreaking novel about two star-crossed lovers by Isaac Marion that, after having been published to great acclaim all over the world (US, Brazil, Bulgar-

ia, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Spain, Spain/Catalan, Taiwan, Turkey, and the UK), will be hitting the big screen in the US in February 2013 and internationally in the subsequent months. Produced by Summit Films (“Twilight”) and directed by Jonathan Levine (“The Wackness,” “50/50”), the flick will star Nicholas Hoult (“Skins,” “X-Men: First Class”) as “R” (aka the most lovable zombie ever), Teresa Palmer (“I Am Number Four”) as Julie, and John Malkovich as Julie’s father, Grigio.

MOUNTAIN SHADOW LOOMS LARGE Gregory David Roberts, author of the sensational SHANTARAM, won’t be keeping his worldwide fan base waiting for much longer. He is on track to deliver his much-awaited sequel, THE MOUNTAIN SHADOW, in 2013. Early reports confirm that it will have been worth the wait.

STUNNING, TRAGIC BREAKTHROUGH IN AI Our speculative science correspondent Gordon Dahlquist has filed an extraordinary report from an undisclosed island location, where an encounter with four highly sophisticated androids has “changed my worldview forever.” Look out for our exclusive, in-depth coverage of Dahlquist’s story, THE DIFFERENT GIRL, in our forthcoming special

edition, issued in association with Dutton Children’s Books (Summer 2013).

GORGEOUS GWEN DAVIES TELL-ALL She has long been the unacknowledged queen of women’s wrestling: 50s icon Gorgeous Gwen Davies retired from the sport a long time ago, but her bouts with Screaming Mimi Hollander and others have become part of our collective cultural memory. But who is the person behind the persona she so gloriously presented to the world? After decades of silence, Davies has found a sympathetic chronicler of her not-always-glamorous life in Angelina Mirabella. THE SWEETHEART will tell her fascinating story. Coming to editorial desks everywhere soon.

HOLIDAYS IN EDEN? THINK AGAIN! In November 1961, Michael Rockefeller, one of the heirs of the vast Rockefeller Empire, disappeared without a trace during an expedition in the Asmat region of southwestern Netherlands New Guinea. He was declared legally dead in 1964, but what tragic fate befell him has never been established. Until now! Adventurer and travel writer Carl Hoffman, who retraced Rockefeller’s journey into one of the most remote parts of the world, has uncovered sensational and incontrovertible evidence that solves the mystery of Rockefeller’s death. Look out for SOMEWHERE IN EDEN, coming from William Mor-

row in 2013.

IS THERE NO END TO HER TALENTS? The talented Audrey Niffenegger, visual artist extraordinaire and author of one of the most beloved novels of the last decade, has a very special treat in store for us: she is developing an original ballet for the Spring 2013 season of the UK’s Royal Ballet at Covent Garden. Set to open in May 2013, RAVEN GIRL will bring to life Niffenegger’s magical, dark imagination in a way never experienced before.

TEACHER’S SHOCKING CONFESSION EMBARRASSES BROOKLYN SCHOOL The recent leaking on the internet of a confessional manuscript by Lion Livingston, former teacher at the Cripplebush Classical Academy, has caused a wave of parents’ protests in this Brooklyn neighborhood. Livingston, who now lives and teaches in Manhattan, reveals having had an apparently consensual relationship with one of his students and, what’s more, casts a disturbing light on the unexplained death of Daniel Kauffman, who under the name of Daniel Coffey had taught history at the Academy. Novelist Alexander Nazaryan discovered and was captivated by Livingston’s story and, with Livingston’s consent, plans to arrange for publication in book form of this cautionary tale. Working title: FAREWELL, STRANGER.


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