Scout Welcomes Burns’s ‘Visitors’
In a U.S.-rights deal at Simon & Schuster’s new literary imprint Scout Press, Alison Callahan bought Catherine Burns’s novel, The Visitors. David Forrer at Inkwell Management brokered the deal for Burns, who is British, on behalf of U.K.-indie Legend Press. Calling the novel “Grey Gardens meets Room,” S&S said The Visitors, which is scheduled for winter 2018, follows a spinster who must confront the “horror” that her brother has kept under lock and key in the basement of their crumbling mansion.
World English rights in THE VISITORS were sold by Jennifer Barclay Books to Legend Press in June. The author, Catherine Burns, was born in Manchester to a trade unionist and a school cleaner. She graduated from Cambridge and worked as a bond trader in the City of London before studying at the Moscow institute of film and teaching film theory at Salford University.