First Second Buys Two More!

Comics and Graphic Novels, Coming soon

First Second has acquired rights to Sarah Goetter and Natalie Riess’s DUNGEON CRITTERS, a middle grade, fantasy adventure graphic novel about a tight-knit squad of animal companions investigating a sinister botanical conspiracy among the furry nobility, to be published in the winter of 2020.


Also in 2020, First Second will publish KITTY SWEET TOOTH, about a cat who manages a movie theater where she serves the audience special desserts, written by Abby Denson and illustrated by Utomaru.KITTY SWEET TOOTH

LOVE THAT BUNCH Coming Out May 1st!

Author news, Comics and Graphic Novels, Coming soon, Uncategorized

LOVE THAT BUNCHOn May 1st, Drawn & Quarterly will publish Love That Bunch, Aline Kominsky-Crumb’s unabashedly unfiltered autobiographical comics recounting the thoughts and desires of a woman coming of age in the 1960’s.






Aline will be in New York, Toronto, Montreal, and the Bay Area to promote her book. Here are the dates and locations:

Montreal – Tuesday, April 24, 2018 – 7:00pm
Toronto – Wednesday, April 25, 2018 – 7:00pm
Berkeley, CA – Saturday, April 28, 2018 – 10:00am to Sunday, April 29, 2018 – 5:00pm
Downtown Berkeley, locations TBC
San Francisco, CA – Friday, May 4, 2018 – 7:30pm
in conversation with Hillary Chute (Why Comics?)
New York, NY – Wednesday, May 9, 2018 – 7:00pm


Do not miss JANE, UNLIMITED!

Coming soon, News and reviews, YA fiction

This fantastic review of Kristin Cashore’s upcoming new book, JANE, UNLIMITED, is just too good not to share!


” Jane, Unlimited isn’t just completely different from what Cashore has done before, it’s unlike anything I’ve read—mysterious, precise, and possessed of a pure, clear mood that stays intact even through the genre shifts. It’s a wild gift for readers who like books that take them to unexpected places, by unexplored avenues, reminding us of the thrillingly infinite possibilities of story.”


Read the full review here.



JANE, UNLIMITED is more than just another good Young Adult title; it’s a true crossover between YA and adult fiction. Kristin Cashore is a writer not to be missed!

The New York Times has said of Kristin Cashore’s writing: “Some authors can tell a good story; some can write well. Cashore is one of the rare novelists who do both.”




And the rights go to, Coming soon, New from our clients, YA fiction

Melissa Albert’s debut novel, THE HAZEL WOOD, is creating big waves!

During the Frankfurt Book Fair last week, it was a hot topic among international YA publishers. On Monday, the German rights were pre-empted by Oetinger, and on Tuesday night, before the fair had officially opened, we closed a deal for Portuguese Brazilian rights, with Ana Bergins at Rocco making a pre-empt.

Now, auctions are under way in the UK, France, Italy and Spain, so watch this space for more announcements!







Melissa Albert (Photo credit: Publishers Weekly)


Coming soon, New from our clients, YA fiction

Here’s a last-minute announcement before Lora leaves for Frankfurt:

In the final hours before the fair begins, Faye Bender of the Book Group has accepted a huge pre-emptive offer for North American rights to a brilliant new book from Sarah Barley at Flatiron Books!

In  THE HAZEL WOOD, Melissa Albert has crossed contemporary fantasy with the worst nightmares from all those fairy tales that made you look under the bed before you turned out the lights.

Here’s a little bit about it to whet your appetite:

 Bad luck wears many faces, and 17-year-old Alice has seen them all, from abduction, fire, and flood to strange visitors in the night. She and her mother have spent most of her life on the road, always a step ahead of the vicious bad luck biting at their heels.

But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: The man who kidnapped her more than a decade ago tracks her to a coffee shop. An intruder leaves her a terrifying gift. And her mother is stolen away—by a figure who claims to have come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set. Alice’s only lead on finding her mother is the message she left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.”

A web of fairy-tale menace tightens around Alice as she allies with Finch, a classmate and Hinterland superfan  with his own reasons for wanting to help her. To rescue her mother and uncover the twisted secrets behind her bad-luck life, she must journey first to the Hazel Wood, then into the heart of the world where her grandmother’s stories began—and where her bad luck could finally be ended.

THE HAZEL WOOD will appeal to readers who love Jasper Fforde’s THURSDAY NEXT Novels, Lev Grossman’s MAGICIANS series, and who can’t wait to get their hands on Stephanie Garber’s CARAVAL. It’s a dream come true for anyone who has ever mainlined fairy tales.

Melissa Albert is the founding editor of the Barnes & Noble Teen Blog and the managing editor of She has written for Time Out Chicago, SparkLife, MTV, McSweeney’s and more.

Since we represent Faye for UK, French, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Brazilian and Israeli rights, Lora is going to have a very busy fair this year!