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Posts Tagged ‘Barry Goldblatt’

New Scholarship for Children’s & YA Writers of Color

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Children’s and young adult writers of color are eligible for a new scholarship at Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Literary agent Barry Goldblatt established the Angela Johnson Scholarship in honor of his first client, an author and poet who wrote more than 40 kid’s books.

It is a talent-based grant for writers of color enrolled in the school’s MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults Master of Fine Arts program.

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Cassandra Clare & Holly Black Ink Deal for 5-Book Series

Mortal Instruments author Cassandra Clare and The Spiderwick Chronicles author Holly Black have landed a book deal for a five-book middle grade fantasy series.

Scholastic will publish the first book, The Iron Trial, in 2014. Editorial director David Levithan negotiated the deal with literary agents Russell Galen (for Clare) and Barry Goldblatt (for Black).

Here’s more from the release: “In this exciting new series, twelve-year-old Callum Hunt has grown up knowing three rules by heart. Never trust a magician. Never pass a test a magician gives you. And never let a magician take you to the Magisterium. Callum is about to break all the rules. And when he does, his life will change in ways he can’t possibly imagine.”

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Holly Black Inks Deal for Vampire Novel

The Spiderwick Chronicles author Holly Black has inked a deal for a YA vampire novel titled The Coldest Girl in Coldtown with Little Brown Books for Young Readers. Black (pictured, via) wrote a short story by the same name for a vampire anthology, The Eternal Kiss.

In her blog announcement, Black emphasized that the vampire tale is “loosely based” on her original short story. She also revealed that this project will be “a single, fat stand-alone book” with a release set for fall 2013. Literary agent Barry Goldblatt negotiated the deal with editorial director Alvina Ling. Ling will edit the manuscript.

Here’s more from the release: “The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is set in the not-so-distant future, where the vampire population has surged, resulting in the establishment of Coldtowns, quarantined cities of vampires and humans where predator and prey coexist in a never-ending blood party of revelry. These isolated meccas of debauchery are the pillars of pop culture, with vlogs, live feeds, and YouTube videos constantly streaming from the endless parties at vampire mansions. Drawn into this bizarre and dangerous world is Tana, who willingly enters Coldtown with an infected ex-boyfriend on the brink of turning and a mysterious vampire with a tortured past intent on seeking revenge.”