W&N buys stories by New Yorker pick

Weidenfeld & Nicolson has acquired a collection of stories by Nathan Englander, one of the New Yorker's "20 Writers for the 21st Century", whose previous works have been published by Faber.

Editorial director Arzu Tahsin bought UK and Commonwealth rights from Arabella Stein at the Abner Stein Literary Agent on behalf of Nicole Aragi in an auction. What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank will be published in February 2012, with Knopf to publish in the US.

Tahsin said: "This is a truly lovely collection. Nathan Englander's storytelling is riveting and his writing superb. I have followed his career from the start and it's wonderful to have him on the Weidenfeld list."

Englander's other works include short story collection For the Relief of Unbearable Urges and a novel, The Ministry of Special Cases. Both were published by Faber in the UK.