Fiction—Jane Novak Literary Agency has sold Spanish-language rights to Voss (Patrick White) to Impedimenta; and German-language rights to The Twyborn Affair, The Eye of the Storm, A Fringe of Leaves and The Vivisector (Patrick White) to Piper Verlag. Penguin Random House has sold French-language rights to Amber & Alice and Just Breathe (both Janette Paul); and Turkish- and Czech-language rights to The Girl in Kellers Way (Megan Goldin). Scribe has sold Russian rights to Berlin Syndrome (Melanie Joosten) to Ripon; Indian English-language rights to Mama Tandoori (Ernest van der Kwast) to Jaico Publishing; and world English-language audio rights to Nightmare in Berlin (Hans Fallada) to Blackstone Audio.
Nonfiction—Black Inc. has sold German-language rights to It’s Alive! Artificial Intelligence from the Logic Piano to Killer Robots (Toby Walsh) to Edition Körber; UK & Commonwealth audio rights to The Wonder of Birds (Jim Robbins) to Audible; world audio rights to The Motivation Hoax: A Smart Person’s Guide to Inspirational Nonsense (James Adonis) to Audible; world audio rights to the ‘Writers on Writers’ series (various authors) to Audible; UK & Commonwealth audio rights to High Voltage: The Life of Angus Young—ACDC’s Last Man Standing (Jeff Apter) to Bolinda. Penguin Random House has sold Romanian-language rights to Modern Family Survival Guide (Nigel Latta); and UK rights to Absolutely Beautiful Things (Anna Spiro). Scribe has sold Indian English-language rights to Revolution (Emmanuel Macron) to HarperCollins India; Indian English-language rights to A World of Three Zeroes (Mohammad Yunus) to Hachette India; Turkish rights to Digital vs Human (Richard Watson) to Umay Kitap; and UK & Commonwealth audio rights to The Quantum Astrologer’s Handbook (Michael Brooks) to Audible.
Children’s—Penguin Random House has sold German- and Dutch-language rights to the 13th and 14th books of the ‘Ranger’s Apprentice’ series (John Flanagan); Lithuanian-language rights to Brotherband: Slaves of Socorro (John Flanagan); Czech-language rights to the first two titles in the ‘Vet Cadets’ series (Rebecca Johnson); Turkish-language rights to How to Stop an Alien Invasion Using Shakespeare and How to Beat Genghis Khan in an Arm Wrestle (both Nick Falk & Tony Flowers); Japanese-language rights in Saurus Street: A Plesiosaur Broke My Bathub (Nick Falk & Tony Flowers); Bulgarian-language rights to The Piper’s Son (Melina Marchetta); and Turkish-language rights to Pieces of You (Eileen Merriman). Scholastic has sold Canadian English-language rights to the first three books in the ‘Countdown to Danger’ series (Jack Heath); Canadian English-language rights to Twinkle (Nick Bland); US, UK and Canadian English-language rights to Pig the Elf (Aaron Blabey); UK rights to Mopoke (Philip Bunting); Catalan-language rights to the first four books in ‘The Bad Guys’ series (Aaron Blabey); Catalan-language rights to Thelma the Unicorn (Aaron Blabey); Catalan-language rights The Octopuppy (Martin McKenna); Chinese rights to Too Many Sheep (Christina Booth); Chinese rights to Where’s Dad Hiding? (Ed Allen & Anil Tortop); Brazilian Portuguese-language rights to Fabulous Friend Machine (Nick Bland); Dutch rights to 300 Minutes of Danger and 400 Minutes of Danger (both Jack Heath); Dutch rights to Ella Diaries: Dreams Come True and Ella Diaries: Pony School Showdown (Meredith Costain & Danielle McDonald); Taiwanese rights to I Need a Hug (Aaron Blabey); and Danish rights to Dinosaur Rescue: Velocitchy-Raptor (Kyle Mewburn & Donovan Bixley).
Nonfiction—Black Inc. has acquired world rights to Writers on Writers: On David Malouf (Nam Le); and ANZ rights to The Hidden Life of Trees: A Visual Celebration of a Magnificent World (Peter Wohlleben) from Greystone. Scribe has acquired world rights (ex ANZ) to Dark Emu (Bruce Pascoe) from Magabala Books, and will release the US edition in May 2018 and the UK edition in June 2018.
Category: Rights round-up