Granta/Portobello buys three

Granta/Portobello buys three

Granta Books has acquired the rights to publish a new collection of poetry by "acclaimed" poet Ben Lerner, and a "powerful" new work by Cynan Jones. Meanwhile Portobello has bought a new novel from Jenny Erpenbeck, this year's winner of the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize.

Granta acquired UK & Commonwealth rights to Lerner's Collection, No Art, from Copper Canyon Press for hardback publication in autumn 2016. Laura Barber, editorial director of Granta, acquired world English language rights to Cove by Jones from Euan Thorneycroft at A M Heath for publication in autumn 2016.

Granta will bring together Lerner's three "celebrated" volumes, The Lichtenberg Figures, Angle of Yaw and Mean Free Path. The collection will also include some newer poems.

Lerner found success as a novelist with Leaving the Atocha Station (2011) and the Folio shortlisted 10:04 (2014).

Barber said: “Granta Books doesn’t have a poetry list, so this collection will be an exception- for a truly exceptional writer. No Art is an exhilarating argument both with America and with poetry itself, and confirms Ben Lerner as one of the most searching and ambitious poets working today. We are thrilled to be bringing his poetry into print alongside his novels at Granta."

Granta will publish Cove by Jones, who won the Jerwood Award in 2014 for his book The Dig. Cove is a “short, sharp punch of a story” about a man who sets out to sea one morning, only to be struck by lightning in a sudden storm and loses his memory. It is a “powerful” new work from the man hailed by the Independent as “one of the most talented writers in Britain.”

Portobello Books has acquired UK & Commonwealth rights to Go, Went, Gone by Jenny Erpenbeck, this year's winner of the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize for The End of Days.

Barber acquired UK & Commonwealth rights from Random House Germany for publication in 2017, translated by Susan Bernofsky. It will be published in the US by New Directions.

Go, Went, Gone follows the story of an encounter between a retired German professor and a group of migrants newly arrived from Africa.

The novel is a Spiegel bestseller in German and has been shortlisted for the Deutscher Buchpreis. Translation rights have been sold in the Netherlands to Van Gennep and in Norway to Oktober.