Harper books Leonard deal

News Corp. unit also acquires 26 backlist titles

NEW YORK — HarperCollins Publishers said Tuesday that its William Morrow imprint has acquired North American rights to three new books by Elmore Leonard, as well as the author’s most recent bestseller, “Pagan Babies.”

The News Corp. division also acquired the rights to 26 backlist titles, formerly the property of Dell/Delacorte. HarperCollins has 10 Leonard books on its backlist, and the deal gives it print and audio rights to his complete works.

VP and exec editor Marjorie Braman will serve as Leonard’s inhouse editor; Jackie Farber, who previously worked with Leonard at Delacorte, will be retained as his outside editor.

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