Below I’ve gathered some of the most noteworthy book deals announced in August, featuring both fiction and nonfiction titles in a variety of genres.
The St. Louis Post Dispatch reported that Representative Cori Bush, who represents Missouri’s 1st Congressional District, disclosed a book deal on her latest financial disclosure to write The Cori Chronicles for Knopf Doubleday Publishing. The book advance was listed in the filing as being in the $50,001-$100,000 range and the advance was “reviewed and approved by House Committee on Ethics.” Rep. Bush was recently credited by fellow members of Congress with being instrumental in securing a 60-day moratorium on evictions for most renters from the Centers for Disease Control.
Chelsea Clinton’s She Persisted children’s book series with Philomel Books will expand in 2022, with picture book She Persisted in Science: Brilliant Women Who Made a Difference, illustrated by Alexandra Boiger, to be published March 1. Women whose lives will be covered in the book include Florence Nightingale, Rebecca Lee Crumpler, Ynes Enriquetta Julietta Mexia, Grace Hopper, Rosalind Franklin, Gladys West, Jane Goodall, Flossie Wong-Staal, Temple Grandin, Zaha Hadid, Ellen Ochoa, Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha & Mari Copeny, and Autumn Peltier, Greta Thunberg and Wanjiru Wathuti. A Spanish-language edition, Ella persistió en la ciencia, will be published concurrently. Additionally, 10 80-page chapter book installments from the overall series, aimed at readers ages six to nine and written by various award-winning authors, will be published starting in January, each with an introduction by Clinton, cover art Boiger, and black and white interior illustrations by Gillian Flint.
Five “major deals” worth $500,000 or more have been listed in Publishers Marketplace in August so far. New York Times
Other major deals include a two-book audio deal for A.G. Riddle with Recorded Books, which includes The Extinction Trials, to be published in November 2021, “in which six strangers wake up in an underground research facility after a mysterious global event known only as ‘The Change,’ where they learn they’re part of the extinction trials—a scientific experiment to restart the human race.” Columbia University’s Earth Institute climate scientist Kate Marvel PhD’s Human Nature: The Story of Climate Change in Nine Emotions, sold to Ecco, and will explore “the science, history, and future of the climate through nine different feelings, arguing that we need to embrace a range of emotions in order to better understand and support our changing planet.” Kingsley Tufts Award winner Dawn Lundy Martin’s “essayistic memoir” When a Person Goes Missing sold to Pantheon at auction, and will chronicle “the disappearances of her family members and probing the personal costs to Black exceptionalism, as well as weaving throughout a critical yet intimate consideration of how race, gender, sexuality, and the limitations and possibilities of freedom unfold in a person’s life.”
Eight “significant deals” valued between $250,000-$499,000 have been listed in Publishers Marketplace in August thus far, including: Ayse Birsel’s Design The Life You Love, to be published by Running Press in fall 2022; Yi-Ling Liu’s nonfiction book The Wall Dancers, “a narrative-driven examination of contemporary China” to Penguin Press, Amanda Held Opelt’s A Hole in the World: Rediscovering Rituals of Grief and Healing in a two-book deal at auction to Worthy, Christopher Rufo’s America’s Cultural Revolution: Race, Power, and the New Ideological Regime, “about the origins and influence of critical race theory” to Broadside at auction, Iain Thomas’ and Jasmine Wang’s nonfiction religion/spirituality title prose collection What Makes Us Human, “promising to reveal truths about humanity and the universe from artificial intelligence” to Sounds True and Laura Griffin’s women’s fiction/romance novel Sun Solo to Berkley in a four-book deal. Young adult novel deals include Trang Thanh Tran’s “coming-of-age ghost story” She Is a Haunting to be published by Bloomsbury Children’s in winter 2023 and Jade Adia’s “comedic debut” There Goes The Neighborhood, in a two-book deal at auction to Disney-Hyperion.