Book deals: January 2023 edition

A roundup of some of our recent book signings, slated for publication in 2024 and beyond

Let’s face it: The publishing world can be slow-moving. From peer review through editing and design, it takes time—sometimes a lot of it—to produce a polished book. But we’re too excited to keep every signing under wraps. We’re pleased to share details about a few of our latest acquisitions below, including Kristin Hugo’s work on the afterlife of animals. In case you missed it, you can browse several other new signings and forthcoming books in our October 2022 edition.

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Jessica Esquivel, author of forthcoming Our Queer Universe.

Jermey Matthews, senior acquisitions editor, has acquired world English rights to Harvests and Sowings: A Mathematician’s Reflections by Alexander Grothendieck. Lyrically presented by arguably the most influential mathematician of the 20th century, Harvests and Sowings is a personal reflection by one of the greatest thinkers of the 20th century on the nature of mathematics, mathematical research,  and the sometimes unpleasant sociological aspects of the academic community. The book was originally published in French by Gallimard. (Fall 2025)

Matthews has also acquired US/Canada rights to Our Queer Universe: Deconstructing Definitions, Producing Particle Beams, and Examining Entangled Identities by Fermilab physicist Jessica Esquivel. In her debut work, Esquivel describes the physics and engineering of a particle beam and uses it as a metaphor for her journey through academia as a Black, Mexican, neurodivergent, queer woman who also happens to love the ethereal elegance of physics. Hers is a deeply personal, challenging, informative, and inspiring story about the making of a scientist, and about the science that she loved, lost, and is learning to love again. (Fall 2025)

Sabrina Sholts, author of forthcoming The Human Cure.

Bob Prior, executive editor, has acquired world English rights to The Human Cure: How We Create Pandemics and How We Can Save Ourselves by Smithsonian Institution curator Sabrina Sholts. In her debut work, Sholts argues that while humanity will undoubtedly continue to face new pandemics, when it happens, and how bad it becomes, is largely within our highly capable human grasp. (Spring 2024)

Anne-Marie Bono, associate acquisitions editor, has acquired world English rights to The Biology of Kindness: Daily Choices for Health, Well-Being, and Longevity by Immaculata De Vivo and Daniel Lumera. Written by a Harvard professor and an expert in the sciences of well-being and quality of life, The Biology of Kindness explains how our life behaviors can affect our state of health by comparing science and conscience in a revolutionary approach to health, longevity and quality of life. (Spring 2024)

Payal Arora, author of forthcoming Next Billion Ready. (Photo credit M. Muus.)

Noah Springer, acquisitions editor, has acquired world rights outside of the Indian subcontinent to Next Billion Ready: Designing Systems to Include the World by digital anthropologist Payal Arora. Drawing on fieldwork in Brazil, India, Bangladesh, and Nigeria, Arora proposes new ways to envision the next billion users of digital networks not as data sources to be extracted but as the forefront of how we imagine the future. (Fall 2024)

Beth Clevenger, senior acquisitions editor, has acquired world English rights to Carcass: On the Afterlives of Animal Bodies by science journalist Kristin Hugo. In her debut book, Hugo shuns taboo and squeamishness by revealing the fascinating afterlives of animals: how they become our food, clothing, art, science, practical items, decor, soil, nutrients, nature, and more. (Spring 2025)

Philip Laughlin, senior acquisitions editor, has acquired world rights to How to Do the Right Thing by Steven Sloman. How to Do the Right Thing explores the idea of sacred values and aims to show that these non-negotiable beliefs often increase polarization while weakening democracy. Sloman is a professor of Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences at Brown University. (Spring 2024)

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