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A New Novel Written Entirely in Verse: Announcing Jane Yolen’s Finding Baba Yaga

Tor.com Publishing is proud to announce that we will be publishing Jane Yolen’s next book Finding Baba Yaga, a verse novel exploring the legacy of the great, iconic, Russian fairy tale witch who lives in a house in the woods that walks about on chicken feet. Finding Baba Yaga was acquired for Tor.com Publishing by Senior Editor Susan Chang in a deal facilitated by Elizabeth Harding at Curtis Brown Ltd.

Jane Yolen, often called “the Hans Christian Andersen of America,” is the author of over 350 books, including Owl Moon, The Devil’s Arithmetic, and How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight. A graduate of Smith College, with a Masters in Education from the University of Massachusetts, she was recently named an unsung heroine of Massachusetts (though she’d say, “Hey—I’m sung!”) Her books and stories have won two Nebulas, a World Fantasy Award, a Caldecott Medal, three Golden Kite awards, three Mythopoeic awards, two Christopher Medals, a nomination for the National Book Award, and the Jewish Book Award, among many others. She was the first woman to give the Scottish St Andrews University’s Andrew Lang lecture since the lecture series was started in 1927 and the first writer in the Connecticut Valley to win the New England Public Radio’s Arts and Humanities Award. Six colleges and universities have given her honorary doctorates. She is a Grandmaster three times: for SFWA, SFPA, and the World Fantasy Association.  Also worthy of note, her Skylark Award—given by NESFA, the New England Science Fiction Association, set her good coat on fire.

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Photo credit: Jason Stemple

Jane Yolen had this to say about the sale:

It’s been a while since I’ve had a book with Tor, and for them to take Finding Baba Yaga, which is a book of my heart, makes me doubly delighted to be back in the Tor fold. Especially since this is a difficult and special book, a verse novel, and one I’ve been thinking about for a number of years. Also I get to work with three people I both love and admire: Susan Chang, Patrick Nielsen Hayden, and Irene Gallo. Can’t get better than that.

Senior Editor Susan Chang had this to say about the sale:

I’ve always wanted to work with Jane Yolen. I even wrote her a fan letter back when I was an editor at Hyperion Books for Children. That was many years ago. So I am delighted beyond words to be working with Jane on her first YA novel-in-verse for Tor.com. Finding Baba Yaga is one of those magical books that feels utterly timeless—as if it already exists in a perfect universe—but we are discovering it for the first time. I can’t wait for you all to read it!

Look forward to Finding Baba Yaga in 2018.

Top image: Baba Yaga’s Chicken Leg Hut artwork by Magdalena Pagowska.

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