Rights Roundup: Frankfurt Pilgrims and Dreams in Hurricane Season

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From Oslo, Helsinki, Paris, Mexico City, New York, Jerusalem, Zurich, and the Basque region’s San Sebastian, here is a roundup of new rights deals ahead of this year’s Frankfurter Buchmesse.

Authors whose work is represented in our Rights Roundup today are, clockwoise from upper left. Emily Blaine; Fernanda Melchor; Dolores Redondo; Gard Sveen; Daniela Krien; Sylvia Day; Mia Kankmäki; and Einat Tsarfati

By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson

Books on Offer, Pre-Frankfurt
A month ahead of the October 16 to 20 Frankfurter Buchmesse–and your meeting slots already are full, right?–we’re here with one of our Rights Roundups today (September 19), and its range is impressive.

Representing the work of seven women and one male author this time, our material ranges from literature for young people from Israel and Finland to romance from the States, women’s fiction from Switzerland and France and adult commercial/literary fiction from Norway, Mexico, and Spain (by way of New Orleans).

If you’ll be engaged in rights trading while at Frankfurt this year, remember that the Literary Agents and Scouts Center, the LitAg, will be in the Festhalle, near Messe Frankfurt’s “City” entrance, as part of the “Future Frankfurt” refurbishment and rebuild of some of the fair’s buildings. More details of that, and a ground plan, can be found in our coverage here.

As in each roundup, we use some of the promotional copy supplied to us by agents and rights directors, editing that copy to give you an idea about a book’s nature and tone. If you’d like to submit a deal to Publishing Perspectives, see the instructions at the end of this article.


Den siste pilegrimen
(The Last Pilgrim)

By Gard Sveen

  • Publisher: Cappelen Damm, Oslo
  • Rights contact: Eriko Ågren, Nordin Agency
  • Book info: Read more here

Reported rights sales:

  • Newest – Japan: Take Shobou
  • Italy: Marsilio

In promotional text about the book, we read, “Carl Oscar Krogh is found dead, gruesomely murdered in the middle of the day.

“A couple of weeks earlier some human remains are found in Nordmarka, seemingly dating from World War II. Tommy Bergmann, a stubborn police inspector, starts looking for a connection between the murder of Krogh and the old skeletons.

“The hunt for Krogh’s killer becomes a race against the clock—back to a time when truth was the first victim, love was a battlefield, and survival its only glory.


The Bookshop of Suspended Dreams

By Emily Blaine

  • Publisher: HarperCollins France, Paris
  • Rights contact: Gregory Messina, Linwood Messina Literary Agency
  • Book info: Read more here

Reported rights sales:

  • Newest – Germany: Piper
  • Italy: Tre60

From the book’s descriptive material: “Sarah owns a struggling bookshop in a small village. Maxime is a movie star and a notorious bad boy with a quick temper. In order to avoid time in prison for his latest fight, Sarah becomes his savior.

“A mutual friend arranges for Sarah to house Maxime for two months. In exchange, he has to help her with repairs in the shop.

“These two people from different worlds will need to tolerate each other for two months to get what they need. They just may discover that what they need is each other.”


Temporada de Huracanes
(Hurricane Season)

By Fernanda Melchor

  • Publisher: Penguin Random House Mexico, Mexico City
  • Rights contact: Andrea Vogel, Michael Gaeb Literary Agency
  • Book info: Read more here

Reported rights sales:

  • Newest – UK: Fitzcarraldo
  • USA: New Directions
  • Australia: Text Publishing
  • France: Grasset
  • Germany: Wagenbach
  • Greece: Enalios
  • Israel: Maaboret
  • Italy: Bompiani
  • Netherlands: Wereldbibliotheek
  • Turkey: Redingot
  • Film rights: WOO production company

Promotional copy tells us, “Inspired by a real event in rural Mexico, Hurricane Season takes place in a world filled with superstition and violence.

“The village is rife with rumors about the murder of a feared and respected woman who carried out the community’s shamanic customs. In visceral language, Melchor extracts humanity from brutal characters and spins a heartrending tale of dark suspense.

“This crime investigation is also a timeless tale of love and hatred.”


The North Face of the Heart

By Dolores Redondo

  • Publisher: Planeta / Ediciones Destino, Barcelona
  • Rights contact: Maria Cardona, Pontas Literary
  • Book info: Read more here

Reported rights sales:

  • Newest – World English: Amazon Crossing
  • Basque: Erein
  • Catalan: Columna
  • Galician: Xerais
  • Italian: DeA Planeta Libri
  • Portuguese (Brazil): Planeta
  • Portuguese (Portugal): Planeta

Promotional copy about this new novel from one of Spain’s most reliable bestsellers tells us, in part that “the new novel is set between New Orleans and the Baztan Valley.

“Amaia Salazar is a 25-year-old detective in Pamplona when she unexpectedly becomes part of an FBI special unit working to apprehend a serial killer, who only murders during natural disasters–on the eve of Hurricane Katrina.

“During the investigation, a call from her aunt in Elizondo will awaken old ghosts from her childhood, exposing herself, once again, to ‘the north face of the heart.'”


The Women I Think About at Night

By Mia Kankimäki

  • Publisher: Otava, Helsinki
  • Rights contact: Elina Ahlback, Alback Literary Agency
  • Book info: Read more here

Reported rights sales:

  • Newest – Denmark: Bilgrav Publishing
  • China: Winshare Publishing
  • Czech Republic: Albatros Media/Motto
  • Estonia: Varrak
  • Germany: btb Verlag/RandomHouse
  • Latvia: Zvaigzne
  • Lithuania: Gelmes Publishing
  • The Netherlands: Uitgeverij Orlando
  • Norway: Gursli Berg Forlag
  • Russia: Eksmo Publishing
  • United States: Simon & Schuster

In promotional descriptive material on the book, we read, “The Women I Think About at Night is a narrative nonfiction piece about some of the bravest and most inspiring women in history.

“To write this book—part travelogue and part biography—Kankimäki left her job, sold her apartment, and traveled to many parts of the world in the footsteps of 19th-century women explorers.

“She went to Africa to see where Danish author, baroness, and coffee farmer Karen Blixen lived; to Japan to research Yayoi Kusama; and to Italy to look for forgotten Renaissance women painters of the Uffizi in Florence.”


Butterfly in Frost

By Sylvia Day

  • Publisher: Amazon Publishing / Montlake Romance
  • Rights contact: Alexandra Levenberg, Amazon Publishing; Kimberly Whalen, Whalen Agency
  • Book info: Read more here

Reported rights sales:

  • Newest – Portuguese, Brazil: Penguin Random House / Companhia das Letras
  • French: Amazon Crossing
  • German: Amazon Crossing
  • Greek: Psichogios
  • Hebrew: Matar
  • Hungarian: Alomgyar
  • Italian: Amazon Crossing
  • Polish: Swiat Ksiazki
  • Portuguese, Portugal: Porto Editora
  • Romanian: Grup Media Litera
  • Spanish: Amazon Crossing and Planeta Spain
  • Swedish: Bookmark Forlag

Promotional descriptive copy for the book reads, “From the author of the Crossfire series,” Day’s novel features a woman whose comfortable life is disrupted when Garrett Frost moves in next door.

“He’s obstinate and too bold, a raging force of nature that disrupts the careful order of my life.

“I recognize the ghosts that haunt him, the torment driving him. Garrett would be risky in any form, but wounded, he’s far more dangerous. I fear I’m too fragile for the storm raging inside him, too delicate to withstand the pain that buffets him. But he’s too determined…and too tempting.”


Die Liebe im Ernstfall (Love in Case of Emergency)

By Daniela Krien

  • Publisher: Diogenes, Zurich
  • Rights contact: Susanne Bauknecht, Diogenes Verlag
  • Book info: Read more here

Reported rights sales:

  • Newest – English: HarperVia
  • Catalan: Bromera
  • Chinese, simplified characters: Beijing October Literature & Art
  • Danish: Arvids
  • Dutch: Ambo|Anthos
  • English/UK: MacLehose Press
  • French: Albin Michel
  • Italian: Corbaccio
  • Lithuanian: Gelmes
  • Romanian: Humanitas
  • Slovene: Mladinska Knjiga
  • Spanish: Grijalbo

Promotional copy for this title tells us, “Their names are Paula, Judith, Brida, Malika, and Jorinde. They know each other because fate or kinship holds them together.

“They are as different as they could be and yet their search for happiness unites them. But happiness is fleeting, turns sour and becomes pain, which the five women stand up against with all their might.

“This new book is a touching and moving novel about five women, five lives, five fates.”


Sand Castle

By Einat Tsarfati, author and illustrator

  • Publisher: Keter Publishing, Jerusalem
  • Rights contact: Stephanie Barrouillet, SB Rights Agency
  • Book info: Read more here

Reported rights sales:

  • Newest – English: Candlewick Press
  • French: Cambourakis
  • Spanish: Tramuntana
  • Catalan: Tramuntana
  • Italian: Il Castoro
  • China: Beijing Publishing Group

In promotional details, we read, “A young girl is on the beach with her parents and she builds a sand castle. But not just any sand castle. She builds a real castle with banquets, balls and tournaments.

“Everyone seems to be having fun until at breakfast they discover sand in the royal strudel,  and in the fig milk bath, and everywhere.

“This is a ground-breaking story about children’s imagination and problem solving.”

The author-illustrator Einat Tsarfati discusses Sand Castle and its messages for young readers in this video:


Submit Rights Deals to Publishing Perspectives

Do you have rights deals to report? Agents and rights directors can use our rights deal submission form to send us the information we need. If you have questions, please send them to Porter@PublishingPerspectives.com.

As you can see, it’s of high importance in titles we choose to list that images be made available to us, both of the book’s cover and of its author. In a sale listing, we also require not only the language/territory into which the title has been sold but also the name of the publisher to which the title has been sold in that territory.

The correct format is:

  • Country, Language or Territory: Publisher

We look forward to hearing from you.


More of Publishing Perspectives‘ Rights Roundups are here, more from us on rights issues overall is here, and more on the Frankfurter Buchmesse is here.

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Porter Anderson

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Porter Anderson has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's 2019 International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for trade and indie authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson also has worked as a senior producer, editor, and anchor with CNN.com, CNN International, and CNN USA, and as an arts critic (National Critics Institute) with The Village Voice and Dallas Times Herald.

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