Bradford Literary Agency

Recent Deals

THE AWAKENING OF MALCOLM X, a collab with Tiffany Jackson

Malcolm X’s third daughter, educator, and activist Ilyasah Shabazz with Coretta Scott King – John Steptoe Award for New Talent-winning author Tiffany Jackson’s THE AWAKENING OF MALCOLM X, focusing on the transformation of Malcolm X that happened during his time in prison and during his adolescence prior to becoming the political icon we know him as today, to Grace Kendall at Farrar, Straus Children’s, for publication in spring 2020, by Jason Anthony at Massie & McQuilkin for Shabazz and Natalie Lakosil at Bradford Literary Agency for Jackson (world).

Ukrainian rights for VOX
Christina Dalcher's VOX

Christina Dalcher’s VOX, to BookChef (Ukraine), by Anastasya Markova at Synopsis Agency, on behalf of Taryn Fagerness Agency and Laura Bradford at Bradford Literary Agency.

**Starred review from Booklist for LET ME HEAR A RHYME

“Jackson repeatedly proves that she is a titan among her peers…Hip-hop is more than a musical genre; it’s a culture and a way of life. Jackson embraces that truth and explores it with uninhibited style in her new novel.”-Booklist, starred review

**Starred review from Publisher’s Weekly for LET ME HEAR A RHYME

“Jackson (Monday’s Not Coming) deftly chronicles the timely story of bold young talent gone too soon and the survivors who struggle to keep it alive. The year is 1998 and aspiring teen rap artist Stephon Davis Jr. is dead in Brooklyn, the victim of an apparent street shooting perpetrated by persons unknown. Determined not to let his musical genius die with him, Steph’s heartbroken best friends, Quadir and Jarrell, and his grief-stricken sister, Jasmine, hatch a plan to pretend that Steph is still alive in order to turn him into a rap superstar like his recently slain idol, Biggie Smalls. As Quadir and Jarrell hawk Steph’s posthumous demos (with lyrics written by Malik-16) and a record label rep shows interest in meeting the young artist, an increasingly haunted Jasmine delves into the suspicious circumstances surrounding her brother’s murder. From obscure rap and hip-hop references to invocations of scalding hot combs, Jackson scores a bull’s-eye with her passionate homage to black city life in the late ’90s, yet it’s her earnest takes on creativity, love, and loss that are timeless. Ages 13–up.”-Publisher’s Weekly, starred review

Two-book deal for debut author Juliana Brandt

Juliana Brandt’s THE WOLF OF CAPE FEN, set during the harsh winter in an isolated coastal town, following a girl who must break a magical bargain before an enchanted wolf steals her sister away, only to discover her sister isn’t the only one whose life is in danger, to Annie Berger at Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, in a two-book deal, for publication in summer 2020, by Natalie Lakosil at Bradford Literary Agency (World English).

New picture book from Andria Rosenbaum

Andria Warmflash Rosenbaum’s BOATS WILL FLOAT, following every kind of boat imaginable though their busy days and into their nighttime moorings, illustrated by Brett Curzon, moving to Barb McNally at Sleeping Bear Press, for publication in spring 2020, by Natalie Lakosil at Bradford Literary Agency for the author, and by Christy Tugeau Ewers at CATugeau for the illustrator (world).

The Modern Caravan is coming to town

Creator of The Modern Caravan Kate Oliver’s visually-driven DIY design and renovation book featuring diverse mobile living spaces, from Airstreams to buses, throughout the world, to Rachel Hiles at Chronicle, in a very nice deal, by Jennifer Chen Tran at Bradford Literary Agency (world).

Foreign rights for Lane

Soraya M. Lane’s WIVES OF WAR, to Gianni La Corte at La Corte (Italy), by Thesis Contents Agency; also to Alexandra Matyi at Alexandra (Hungary), by Norbert Uzseka at Lex Copyright Office; and to Sarka Kadlecova at Euromedia (Czech Republic), by Tereza Krobotova at Kristin Olson Literary Agency; on behalf of Alexandra Levenberg at Amazon Publishing and Laura Bradford at Bradford Literary Agency.

Spanish rights for Aguirre

Ann Aguirre’s VANGAURD, to Oceano (Mexico), by Sandra Bruna Literary Agency, on behalf of Taryn Fagerness Agency and Laura Bradford of Bradford Literary Agency.

Polish rights for Bennett

Jenn Bennett’s STARRY EYES and SERIOUS MOONLIGHT, to IUVI (Poland), in a two-book deal, by Justyna Pelaska at Graal, on behalf of Taryn Fagerness Agency and Laura Bradford at Bradford Literary Agency.