Rights Roundup: Book Catalogues for Torino, and More

In Feature Articles by Porter Anderson

In this Rights Roundup, we have work that originated in the United Kingdom, Sweden, Switzerland, France, Brazil, and Denmark.

At the Salone Internazionale del Libro di Torino, running through Monday. Image: SILT

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

The Giunti and Bompiani Torino Catalogues
As we look this month at the Salone Internazionale del Libro di Torino underway through Monday, we thought we’d offer you a look at two sister rights lists being offered by one of Italy’s most prominent publishing groups, the Florence-based Giunti.

First, there’s the Torino 2024 Fiction and Cinema catalogue from Bompiani, which you can find in PDF here.

  • Of special interest in that one, Gesualdo Bufalino’s Night Lies in a new edition to be released in June, with a 60,000-copy track record already.
  • And there’s also Pier Vittorio Tondelli’s Separate Rooms, from Classici Contemporanei, with 25,000 copies in print and an English translation available.
  • Lastly, we’d mention Giuseppe Conte’s masterfully titled No One Can Destroy Medusa, which features a professor of Greek whose name is Homer Grant, a tale of Sicilian infatuation and power, coming in September with a 5,000-copy initial print run.

And then there’s the Torino 2024 Fiction catalogue from Giunti Editore, which you can find in PDF here.

  • Here, we’d mention The Keys to the House by Paolo Ricchiuto, which was released in September 2023 and has 17,000 copies in print, a book that Silvia Stucchi has called “a diabolically perfect thriller.”
  • Then there’s one we’ve mentioned before in Rights Roundup, Carlo Vecce’s Leonardo, A Life, released April 10 with a first print run of 7,000 copies. This might be the only book we mention today that runs to 660 pages.
  • Lastly from this catalogue, Ester Manzini’s Since You’ve Been Here releases on May 29 with an initial run of 6,000 copies, a story about male relationship accessed through socio-economic contexts in Due Case in Piazzola.

And more in our Rights Edition is here today from Torino, where we’ve kept an eye on the book fair’s rights center.

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


The Land of Lost Things

By Andy Griffiths
Illustrated by Bill Hope

  • Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books, London
  • Rights contact: Lauren Morely-Fletcher, Macmillan
  • Book info: Read more here

Reported rights sales:

  • Newest – Hungary: Maxim
  • Brazil: Editora Fundamento
  • Finland: Otava
  • Germany: Bastei Lübbe/Baumhaus
  • Israel: Keter
  • Italy: Salani
  • The Netherlands: Lannoo
  • Norway: Fontini
  • Romania: Art
  • Serbia: Propolis
  • Sweden: Alfabeta

Author Andy Griffiths, left, and illustrator Bill Hope

This is a new series from the author behind the multimillion-copy bestselling ‘Treehouse’ series, Andy Griffiths, and the illustrator here is Bill Hope.

“Remember the time we flew to the moon without a rocket? And the time we went to the bottom of the ocean and fought a high-voltage octopus? And how about the time we got lost in the Land of Lost Things? That was one of our most exciting adventures yet.

“Lose yourself in The Land of Lost Things – you’ll never want to be found.”


Stella, Stop Barking
(Snälla Stella, sluta skälla)

By Ted Forsström
Illustrated by Åsa Lucander

  • Publisher: Förlaget (Finland-Swedish), Stockholm
  • Rights contact: Sten-Erik Tammemäe, Elina Ahlback Literary Agency
  • Book info: Read more here

Reported rights sales:

  • Newest – Poland: Widnokrag
  • Finnish: Etana Editions
  • Denmark: Gads Forlag
  • Estonia: Tammerraamat
  • Germany: Mixtvision
  • Hungary: Cerkabella
  • North Macedonia: Ars Lamina

Author Ted Forsström, left, and illustrator Åsa Lucander

“A father tries to put his child to bed, but keeps getting interrupted by Stella the dog, who starts barking hysterically. Something unexpected always happens, and the reader is treated to Stella’s lively imaginings: it may be a door opening or a car driving by, but Stella is strongly convinced it’s Grandma coming to give her food—or that squirrels have built a nest in the toaster.

“Anyone who has ever tried to bring a child to bed knows how cozy yet fragile the situation is. It requires the right amount of patience and determination. The right bedtime story can be the key to a successful, quiet night.”

The book is described as an “interactive and playful bedtime story for toddlers.”


Samson and Nadezhda
(Also known as: The Silver Bone)
(Samson i Nadežda)

By Andrej Kurkov

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

Reported rights sales:

  • Newest – Dutch: Borgerhoff & Lamberigts
  • Arabic: Sefsafa
  • Croatian: Božičević
  • English/UK: MacLehose
  • English/US: HarperVia
  • Estonian: Tänapäev
  • French: Liana Levi
  • German: Diogenes
  • Greek: Kastaniotis
  • Italian: Marsilio
  • Polish: Noir sur Blanc
  • Portuguese: Porto
  • Romanian: Paralela 45
  • Russian: Folio
  • World Spanish: Alfaguara
  • Turkish: Siren
  • Ukrainian: Folio

Andrej Kurkov

(World rights are being handled by Diogenes except Russian and Ukrainian rights.)

“In the tumultuous wake of the Russian revolution, the young, recently orphaned Samson finds himself almost accidentally signed up to the new Soviet police force in Kyiv. His first case is a perplexing mystery involving a severed ear, a bone made of pure silver, and a decidedly unusual suit tailored from fine English cloth. Luckily, Samson meets the ingenious Nadezhda, who aids him in his investigation.”

Kurkov’s book was longlisted for this year’s International Booker Prize in its English translation by Boris Dralyuk, though is has not been moved by the jury to the shortlist.


Choose Your Age:
The Latest Scientific Discoveries to Extend Your Youth

By Jean-Marc Lemaître

  • Publisher: Allary Éditions, Paris
  • Rights contact: Marleen Seegers, 2 Seas Agency
  • Book info: Read more here

Reported rights sales:

  • Italy: Capricorno Espress

Jean-Marc Lemaître

“A book that’s both reader-friendly and fueled by the latest scientific data, showing us concretely how to extend our youth.

“The author, Jean-Marc Lemaître, is an expert in longevity mechanisms at France’s National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM)” in the Institute of Regenerative Medicine and Biotherapy.

ResearchGate listings on Lemaître’s work can be found here.


History of the Amazon:
From Pre-Columbian Times to the Challenges of the 21st Century

By Márcio Souza

  • Publisher: Editora Record, Rio de Janeiro
  • Rights contact: Stéphane Chao, SC literary agency
  • Book info: Read more here

Reported rights sales:

  • France: Métailié éditions

“The Amazon, which has always attracted travelers and explorers as an unknown and mysterious destination, occupies a privileged place in Márcio Souza’s work.

Márcio Souza

“Combining his perspectives as a sociologist, historian and literary critic, Souza dedicated himself to the task of recording this History of the Amazon: From Pre-Columbian Times to the Challenges of the 21st Century, covering the geographic and historical territory interspersed with social and power relations.

“Until now, it’s been a story told in a fragmentary way, by people from the metropolis, by scientists from North America and Europe, by professors from national universities, forever marking the way of reading the region’s social phenomena. But the history of the Amazon is something that interests everyone who decided to get involved in its construction, whether interpreters, supporting actors, or protagonists.

“The region is not just a geography, and its history is much more than a breeding ground for exotic creatures with an uncertain future. It’s the story of a part of the planet inhabited by human beings, which, being a geographical territory, is also a space in which humanity can learn a little more about itself.”


The Aquarium
(Akvariet)

By Anne Cathrine Bomann

  • Publisher: Lindhardt & Ringhof, Copenhagen
  • Rights contact: Jenni Brunn, Grand Agency
  • Book info: Read more here

Reported rights sales:

  • Newest – Quebec, Canada (French): Éditions La Peuplade
  • Germany: Hanserblau
  • France: Éditions La Peuplade

“Vigga has always felt as though there’s a glass wall between her and the lives that people around her are living. Try as she might, she can’t get to the other side—only with her best friend, Maiken, does the wall come down. But when Maiken becomes pregnant, she slowly but surely begins to withdraw from their relationship.

“As Maiken’s belly grows, Vigga is assigned a work placement at Denmark’s largest aquarium. There she’s expecting to go through her usual antisocial routine: show up, eat lunch alone, go back home without having spoken to a single person. Six months, then on to the next placement. But when she meets Rosa, an octopus, things begin to shift for Vigga.”

Anne Cathrine Bomann is a psychologist based in Copenhagen,  a 12-time table tennis champion whose dog is named Camus.


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