Iain Reid‘s debut novel I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS launched last month on June 14th and has since made waves. With sales in 12 territories to date, this chilling novel has been rapidly collecting accolades. We’re excited to share a few notable accomplishments – congratulations Iain!
RIGHTS SOLD: Scout Press, S&S US; S&S Canada; Text Publishing UK & ANZ; Prometheus, The Netherlands; Rocco Brazil; Presses de la Cite, France; HaKursa, Israel; Lindhardt og Ringhof, Denmark; Droemer, Germany; Teas, Turkey; Prosznski, Poland and WeLearn, Thailand
FOUR STARRED REVIEWS, INCLUDING KIRKUS, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY AND BOOKLIST
“…Reid’s preternaturally creepy debut unfolds like a bad dream, the kind from which you desperately want to wake up yet also want to keep dreaming so you can see how everything fits together—or, rather, falls apart…Reid’s tightly crafted tale toys with the nature of identity and comes by its terror honestly, building a wall of intricately layered psychological torment so impenetrable it’s impossible to escape.” –Kirkus, starred review
“Nonfiction author Reid (The Truth About Luck) fuses suspense with philosophy, psychology, and horror in his unsettling first novel set in an unspecified locale…Capped with an ending that will shock and chill, this twisty tale invites multiple readings.” –Publishers Weekly, starred review
“The construct of this book is brilliant and unusual and should appeal to fans of psychological thrillers, as well as to some horror fans. A dark and compelling debut novel, it is a most uncomfortable read but utterly unputdownable.” –Booklist, starred review
COUNTLESS RAVE REVIEWS
“This is a deliciously frightening novel, Reid has a light, idiosyncratic touch but never lets his vice-like grip of suspense slacken for a second. Once finished, you will be hard pressed not to start the whole terrifying journey all over again.” –The Independent
“The boldest and most original literary thriller to appear in some time. . . In addition to Cronenberg, the ghost of Stephen King hovers over these pages.” –Chicago Tribune
“Your dread and unease will mount with every passing page of this relationship tale.” –Entertainment Weekly
And for more insight into why Iain wrote this book, watch one of his publisher’s, Text Publishing, video interviews:
APPEARANCES ON BESTSELLER AND PICKS LISTS
– Bestseller on all three national newspapers in Canada: The Globe and Mail, National Post and Toronto Star – Newsday’s list of Best Summer Reads
– Amazon SPOTLIGHT PICKS list for June
– Indie Next Pick for June
– Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week
– Amazon mid-year Best of List
– A Readings Book Club Pick in Australia
– A Love Reading selection in the UK
– The Globe and Mail’s List of Most Anticipated Books of 2016
– CBC‘s 5 Books To Read in June
I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS WAS ALSO FEATURED AS A FULL PAGE AD IN THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
Check out this lovely photo of Samantha Haywood, Marni Jackson, and Amy Einhorn of Flatiron Books in attendance at media and bookseller lunch hosted by Jamie Broadhurst and Laurie Grassi of Raincoast Books on July 13, 2016! They gathered at Le Select Bistro in Toronto in celebration of Marni’s upcoming collection of short stories, DON’T I KNOW YOU? (Flatiron Books). We are incredibly excited for its release on September 26, 2016!
We are excited to share that the Book Publishers Association of Alberta has announced that MEADOWLARK by Wendi Stewart (NeWest Press) and THE MYSTICS OF MILE END (Freehand Books) by Sigal Samuel have been shortlisted for the 2016 Alberta Book Publishing Awards! MEADOWLARK has been shortlisted in the Trade Fiction Book of the Year and Cover Design categories while THE MYSTICS OF MILE END has been nominated in the Trade Fiction Book of the Year category. The Alberta Book Publishing Awards are awarded every year to books by Alberta publishers, and this year there were over 77 entries for the 12 award categories.
In MEADOWLARK by Wendi Stewart, when her family’s car goes through the ice on Rainy Lake one cold March day in 1962, six-year-old Rebecca Archer is the only person her father is able to pull from the sinking vehicle. But as Rebecca grows up in a farmhouse haunted by the absence of her mother and baby brother, raised by a man left nearly paralyzed with grief, she wonders if her father really did save her after all. In her debut novel, Wendi Stewart tells the luminous, deeply imagined story of a young woman’s hard-won triumph over heartbreaking personal tragedy and the restorative power of friendship.
THE MYSTICS OF MILE END by Sigal Samuel weaves together four distinct voices to tell the story of the dysfunctional Meyer family with a dangerous mystical obsession. Living in Mile End, home to hipsters and Hasidic Jews, David, a professor of religion, is diagnosed with a heart murmur and becomes convinced that his heart is whispering divine secrets. When David’s attempts to ascend the Tree of Life lead to tragedy, his daughter Samara believes it is up to her to finish what he started, and her brother documents her increasingly strange behaviour. It falls to next-door neighbour Chaim Glassman to shatter the silence that divides the members of the Meyer family.
The winners will be announced on September 16th at a gala at the Hotel Arts in Calgary. To purchase tickets for the event, please visit www.bookpublishers.ab.ca
Congratulations to Wendi Stewart and Sigal Samuel, as well as to the other nominees!
David Bennett, President of the Transatlantic Agency, announced that Andrea Cascardi will be re-joining the agency as a literary agent based in New York, and establishing a new client list.
Andrea Cascardi was recruited to serve as the Publisher and Managing Director of Egmont USA from 2013 to 2015. Before that she pursued a successful ten-year career as a literary agent with the Transatlantic Agency.
Said Cascardi, “I am delighted to be returning to agenting with Transatlantic, a company I know and trust, after a period of three years on the other side of the desk. I am very excited about working closely with authors and illustrators and I look forward to bringing a new perspective to my work as an agent.”
David Bennett said, “We are so pleased that Andrea is returning to the agency to represent a broad range of talent in different genres from her base in New York.”
Before her period as a literary agent, Andrea held senior editorial positions at Disney Publishing and Random House US.
We are very proud to share that Justin Rutledge has joined Transatlantic. He will be represented by Stephanie Sinclair.
Justin Rutledge is a Juno Award-winning songwriter who resides in Wellington, Ontario. Born in Toronto, Justin studied English Literature at the University of Toronto before recording his first album, No Never Alone (2005), which was originally released in the UK to rave reviews and critical acclaim—the NME called the album “an incredible breakthrough.” Justin’s other albums include The Devil On A Bench In Stanley Park (2006), Man Descending (2008), The Early Widows (2010), Valleyheart (2013—Juno Award, Canadian Folk Music Award), Daredevil (2014), and East (2016).
In addition, Justin is also an actor. Working closely with Michael Ondaatje to stage Divisadero (2010), Justin also appeared in CanStage’s The Arsonists (2012), and in 2014, Justin was awarded a Montreal English Theatre Award for best composition in the Segal Centre’s production of The Graduate. He is currently developing a feature film with Hannah Moscovitch and The Film Farm entitled Unsettled.
Pitched in the tradition of Snow Falling on Cedars, Daniel Griffin’s TWO ROADS HOME, a literary novel with eco-thriller overtones, reimagining the 1993 Clayoquot Sound protests when the fall-out from a bomb blast at a logging company warehouse ends in the unplanned death of a security guard, to Freehand Books by Samantha Haywood of the Transatlantic Agency for Fall 2017 publication (Canada English).
McClelland & Stewart senior editor Anita Chong has acquired North American rights to PERFECT GAME by Stacey May Fowles, for release in Spring 2017. PERFECT GAME is a collection of insightful and heartfelt essays about baseball, its culture, and its community, which both celebrates and challenges the game – and reminds us why it really matters. The deal was arranged by Samantha Haywood of the Transatlantic Agency. Preorder your copy of the book today at http://bit.ly/FowlesPerfectGame.
Dutch rights to Iain Reid’s I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS, to Prometheus by Jeanine Langenberg of the Sebes Agency on behalf of Samantha Haywood of the Transatlantic Agency. Rights previously sold: Scout Press, Simon & Schuster US, Simon & Schuster Canada, Text for UK/ANZ rights, for simultaneous publication June 2016; Rocco Brazil, Presses de la Cite in France, HaKursa in Israel, Lindhardt & Ringhof in Denmark, WeLearn in Thailand.