We are excited to announce that Rotem Moscovich at Knopf has acquired world rights for Ode to Grapefruit: How James Earl Jones Found His Voice, written by Speech Pathologist Kari Lavelle, and illustrated by Caldecott Honoree Bryan Collier

This picture book biography tells the story of James Earl Jones, a stutterer who finds his voice through poetry after not speaking for eight years as a child. Publication is scheduled for Summer 2024.

Elizabeth Bennett of Transatlantic Agency represented the author, and Marcia Wernick at Wernick & Pratt Agency represented the illustrator.