Kelly Delaney at Knopf has acquired at auction In This Together Media’s anthology Nevertheless, We Persisted, a collection of essays from actors, activists, politicians, athletes, business leaders, and others — including DeRay McKesson, Alia Shawkat, Azure Antoinette, and many more. Each author’s essay will include a time in their teen years when they were held back due to their race, gender, sexual identity, or other factors, but refused to take no for an answer. Publication is planned for fall 2018; Jess Regel at Foundry Literary + Media negotiated the deal for North American rights. 10% of royalties will be donated to Girls Write Now.
Jacquelyn Mitchard at Merit Press has acquired film producer Emily Ziff Griffin‘s debut novel, Light Years, in which a virus sweeping the globe is more than just a disease, and brilliant teenage coder Luisa Vazquez-Jones is more than just your average girl. Publication is set for May 2017; Jess Regel at Foundry Literary + Media brokered the deal for North American rights on behalf of the author and In This Together Media.