Will Starling by Ian Weir Longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award

willstarlingmockWe are excited to share that Ian Weir’s historical novel WILL STARLING has been longlisted for the 2016 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

Set in London at the height of the Romantic era, WILL STARLING follows the title character as he gets embroiled in the lucrative world of grave robbery. Ian Weir has previously published the novel DANIEL O’THUNDER.

The International Dublin Literary Award, managed by Dublin City Council’s library service, offers a prize of €100,000 to the author of the winning book. This years longlist consists of 160 nominees, including 10 Canadian novels that were nominated by Libraries in Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Ottawa, Saint John, St. John’s, Sydney, Toronto and Winnipeg for the 2016 award.

Ian WeirThe 2016 Judging Panel includes Australian novelist, Meaghan Delahunt; Ian Sansom, British novelist, critic and academic; Irish writer, Carlo Gébler; Iglika Vassileva, Bulgarian translator and Mexican writer Juan Pablo Villalobos. The non-voting Chairperson is Eugene R.
Sullivan (USA).

The shortlist will be revealed on April 12, 2016 and the winner will be announced on June 9, 2016.

We would like to offer a huge congratulations to Ian Weir on his nomination, as well as to all the other longlisted authors!

For further information about the International Dublin Literary Award and to view the longlist, please visit http://www.dublinliteraryaward.ie/nominees/.

Beyond the Pale Longlisted for the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction

Beyond the Pale cover imageWe are thrilled to announce that BEYOND THE PALE: Folklore, Family, and the Mystery of Our Hidden Genes (HarperCollins) by Emily Urquhart has been longlisted for the 2016 BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, which carries one of Canada’s largest book prizes!

BEYOND THE PALE follows the author’s journey following the birth of her daughter, who is diagnosed with albinism, across North America and parts of Eastern Africa to discover how we explain human differences by examining a wide range of folklore and cultural beliefs.

The BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, which offers a $40,000 prize, is presented by the British Columbia Achievement Foundation, a foundation that celebrates excellence in the arts, humanities, enterprise, and community service. This year, the 12th year in which this award will be presented, 137 books by 35 publishers were emily-urquhartselected nominated by the prize jury, which includes Anne Giardini, Richard Gwyn, and Hal Wake.

We would like to offer a huge congratulations to Emily Urquhart and the publisher, and all the other authors who have been longlisted!

For further information about the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction please visit www.bcachievement.com. To view the longlist, please visit http://www.bcachievement.com.

Deal News – Beyond the Pale by Emily Urquhart

emily-urquhartUK Commonwealth rights to Emily Urquhart’s debut memoir BEYOND THE PALE: A Mother’s Journey towards Understanding her Child’s Difference, after her daughter is born with a shock of white hair, pale blue eyes, and fair skin — and later diagnosed with albinism — the author embarks on a three-year journey across North America and parts of Eastern Africa to discover how we explain human differences by examining a wide range of folklore and cultural beliefs, to Jacaranda Books (Canadian rights previously sold to Iris Tupholme of HarperCollins Canada) by Samantha Haywood of Transatlantic Agency.

The Silent Wife Goes Into Production in 2016

HSSilentWifeCovWe are thrilled to share the exciting news that the movie adaptation of the #2 New York Times bestseller THE SILENT WIFE by A.S.A Harrison, her debut psychological thriller now published in over 30 territories, with over a million copies sold internationally, has been fully financed and begins shooting in 2016. Initially optioned by Nicole Kidman as a “passion project” specifically to play the lead Jodi Brett, the team now includes Oscar-nominated Fatal Attraction director Adrian Lyne and Hollywood screenwriter Billy Ray (Captain Phillips and Hunger Games). Film deal arranged by Dana Spector of Paradigm on behalf of Samantha Haywood of the Transatlantic Agency.

Full story in Screen Daily:

EXCLUSIVE: Fatal Attraction director boards script from Captain Phillips writer Billy Ray.

Oscar-nominated Fatal Attraction director Adrian Lyne is set to make his directorial come-back on Nicole Kidman thriller The Silent Wife.

FilmNation has swooped on international sales rights to the package, which is seen as one of the hottest prestige titles heading into the AFM.

In Billy Ray’s (Captain Phillips) buzzed-about screenplay, Kidman will play Jodi, a dedicated wife who, despite her husband Todd’s frequent indiscretions, continues to play the part with immaculate precision.

When confronted with the brutal truth of him leaving her for a younger woman, Jodi will not accept defeat. What begins as a tragic dissolution of a marriage quickly spirals into a game of cat and mouse with calamitous stakes.

First reported on two years ago, the long-time Kidman passion project – based on the original bestselling book by A.S.A. Harrison – has now got fresh impetus through Oscar-nominee Ray’s script and suspense thriller-drama specialist Lyne.

Kidman and Per Saari’s Blossom Films (Rabbit Hole) are producing with Paula Mazur and Mitchell Kaplan’s Mazur/Kaplan Company (Nim’s Island) and Lyne.

Lyne, known for 80’s hits including Flashdance and 1990 romance-drama Indecent Proposal, made his last directorial outing on 2002 romance-thriller Unfaithful, which starred Richard Gere and Diane Lane.

CAA, which represents Lyne, Kidman, and Ray, will handle US sales and brokered the deal with FilmNation for the latter to handle international sales.

The production will next look to cast the male lead before a potential 2016 shoot.

“The Silent Wife is reminiscent of thrillers such as Fatal Attraction, Gone Girl and Unfaithful,” said Mazur.

“In Adrian’s Lyne’s masterful hands, audiences can expect to be thrilled and entertained.”

Kidman, who stars in Ray’s upcoming adaptation of Oscar-winning Spanish-language hit The Secret In Their Eyes, is also represented by attorney Alan Wertheimer at Jackowa Tyerman and Media Talent Group.

Ray is also represented by attorney Peter Nichols at Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler & Feldman. Mazur/Kaplan is represented by Shelley Surpin of Surpin & Mayersohn.

This year, FilmNation has produced Denis Villeneuve’s Story Of Your Life, starring Amy Adams, and John Lee Hancock’s The Founder with Michael Keaton.

Glen Basner’s New York outfit is in development on The Good House, set to star Meryl Streep and Robert De Niro.

Among Blossom’s development titles is an adaptation of best-seller Reconstructing Amelia, set at HBO, and a biography of singer Dusty Springfield.

Blossom is partnered with Reese Witherspoon’s Pacific Standard Productions on Jean-Marc Vallee’s Big Little Lies, a limited HBO series that will begin filming in January of 2016 and star Kidman and Witherspoon.

Book-cenrtic Mazur/Kaplan’s development slate includes The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society and All The Bright Places set to star Elle Fanning.