Abrams buys Soulless: The Case Against R Kelly

Rights - NonFiction Friday, 08 February 2019

The author Jim DeRogatis has spent almost 20 years uncovering allegations of sexual exploitation by the American singer


Abrams Press, which is distributed in the UK by Abrams & Chronicle Books, has named June 4 as the publication date of Soulless: The Case Against R. Kelly by reporter Jim DeRogatis. Abrams Press’ executive editor Jamison Stoltz acquired World English language and audio rights from DeRogatis’s literary agent, Monika Woods of Curtis Brown.

According to the acquisition statement: 'In November 2000, after receiving an anonymous fax alleging that singer R. Kelly had a "problem with young girls," journalist Jim DeRogatis broke wide open the shocking story by publishing the allegations that the R&B superstar had groomed girls, sexually abused them, and paid them off.

'DeRogatis thought his investigative journalism would have an impact; instead Kelly’s career flourished. Now, close to 20 years later, the full story will finally be told. Not only has DeRogatis never stopped pursuing this story - the New York Times called him "the reporter who never gave up" - but his reporting is ongoing, including in-depth interviews with a number of key figures who have never spoken publicly before.

'The recent TV documentary Surviving R. Kelly has sparked major interest in R. Kelly. Soulless: The Case Against R. Kelly is the only book to tell this complete story, as well as the story behind the story. As Tarana Burke, the founder of the Me Too movement and a supporter of his work, has said, "There really isn’t anyone more qualified to write about the saga of R. Kelly than Jim DeRogatis. Jim has done the work. He’s built the relationships. He’s cared about the outcome for almost two decades."'

Stoltz said: "DeRogatis is already a legend for this work, and Soulless will cement his legacy as a reporter, a cultural critic, and an essential voice of conscience. This is an outrageous, darkly riveting account of predation, neglect, and fractured lives that will make news and spark conversations."

DeRogatis is an associate professor of instruction at Columbia College Chicago and the host, with Greg Kot, of the nationally syndicated public radio show Sound Opinions. He spent 15 years as the pop music critic at the Chicago Sun-Times.

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