Hyperion Acquires Gossip Girl Author's First Book For Adults

Cum Laude, that Cecily von Ziegesar book for grown-ups we wrote about last week, has found a home at Hyperion, where it was acquired by publisher Ellen Archer, possibly as part of a two-book deal.

No more details on the deal just now, though we did hear that Ms. von Ziegesar’s agent, Suzanne Gluck of the William Morris Agency, had at least one offer for the book in the seven figures before it even went to auction. Ms. von Ziegesar, of course, is the author of the Gossip Girl series, a YA phenomenon recently made famous by the critic Janet Malcolm in the pages of The New Yorker.

According to an editor who read the proposal when it went out on submission last month, Cum Laude is a murder story involving a preppy girl from Greenwich, CT, a hippie from the city, a jock-turned-artist from the suburbs, and a brother-sister duo.