Chinese rights to Plum Johnson’s THEY LEFT US EVERYTHING, chronicling the author’s undertaking to sort and empty her beloved childhood home after the death of her elderly parents, a task that triggers difficult memories and unearths new facts, ultimately allowing her to reconcile her relationship with her mother and come to a richer understanding of her family history, and herself, to Brandon Culture by Zoe Hsu at Andrew Nurnberg Associates International Ltd. on behalf of Samantha Haywood of the Transatlantic Agency. Previous rights sold to Putnam, US and Penguin Canada.
We are proud to announce that A GOOD DEATH: Making the Most of Our Final Choices (HarperCollins) by Sandra Martin has been shortlisted for the 2017 BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, which carries one of Canada’s largest book prizes! The shortlist was selected by a jury comprising of Hal Wake, Jan Walter, and John Burns who considered over 141 books submitted by over 46 publishers. The winner will receive $40,000. The jury will announce the winner at a ceremony in Vancouver on January 26, 2017.
The Jury Citation:
“It is a curious paradox that despite the inevitability of death, it is a subject people would rather avoid talking about. But is there a more important issue for us to resolve than how to find a social consensus on making death more humane? Sandra Martin’s A Good Death will make an enormous contribution to our ongoing, often contentious public debate on the issue. Her careful and thorough research provides historical context, legislative precedents, the effect of medical technology and philosophical and religious insights. What truly distinguishes this book is the reportage on individuals and families who have fought to arrange for a better death, sometimes successfully, sometimes not. These firsthand experiences are the beating heart of a timely and powerful examination.”
We would like to offer a huge congratulations to Sandra Martin and the publisher, and all the other authors who have been shortlisted!
For further information about the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction please visit www.bcachievement.com. To view the shortlist, please visit http://www.bcachievement.com/media/news.php?id=146.
The RBC Taylor Prize commemorates Charles Taylor’s “pursuit of excellence in the ﬁeld of literary non-ﬁction. The Prize will be awarded to the author whose book best combines a superb command of the English language, an elegance of style, and a subtlety of thought and perception.”
The shortlist will be announced on January 11, 2017 and the winner will be announced at a gala on March 6, 2017.
For a full list of the longlisted titles, please visit: Thecharlestaylorprize.ca/latest-news
DEAL NEWS – World rights to Palliative care advocate Kathy Kortes-Miller‘s DYING MATTERS, tackling our last taboo – talking openly with our loved ones about death and dying, to Susan Renouf at ECW Press, in a nice deal, for publication in Spring 2018, by Jesse Finkelstein.
Korean rights to Iain Reid‘s I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS, to Arumdri Media Publishing Co by Mihai Taru at Book Cosmos on behalf of Samantha Haywood. Rights previously to Scout Press, Simon & Schuster US, Simon & Schuster Canada, Text for UK/ANZ rights, for simultaneous publication June 2016; Prometheus, The Netherlands; Rocco Brazil; Presses de la Cite, France; HaKursa, Israel; Lindhardt og Ringhof, Denmark; Droemer, Germany; Teas, Turkey; Prosznski, Poland; Droemer Knaur, Germany and WeLearn, Thailand.
We are proud to share that Elisabeth de Mariaffi’s debut literary thriller THE DEVIL YOU KNOW (HarperCollins Canada; Simon & Schuster USA), Sigal Samuel’s novel THE MYSTICS OF MILE END (Freehand Books; William Morrow & Company), and Leslie Vryenhoek’s LEDGER OF THE OPEN HAND (Breakwater Books) are among 14 Canadian books that have been longlisted for the 2017 International DUBLIN Literary Award!
Set in the early 90’s, THE DEVIL YOU KNOW is about a rookie reporter assigned to the Paul Bernardo serial killer investigation, whose memories and personal research into the murder of her childhood best friend bring danger right back to her doorstep.
THE MYSTICS OF MILE END by Sigal Samuel weaves together four distinct voices to tell the story of the dysfunctional Meyer family, living in Mile End, a home to hipsters and Hasidic Jews, as they process grief and loss which leads the daughter Samara into a dangerous mystical obsession.
The shortlist will be revealed on April 11, 2017 and the winner will be announced on June 21, 2017.
For further information about the International DUBLIN Literary Award, and to view the longlist, please visit http://www.dublinliteraryaward.ie/nominees/. For more information about the Canadian nominations, please visit the press release at the following link: http://www.dublinliteraryaward.ie/news/14-canadian-novels-on-the-2017-longlist/.
Italian rights to Marni Jackson’s linked stories DON’T I KNOW YOU?, exploring one woman’s life from 16 to 60, and what happens when certain celebrities – Neil Young, John Updike, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray, Gwyneth Paltrow, Adam Driver – start turning up in her private life, at the spa, in the middle of a break-up, even on the operating table, to Bompiani by Erica Berla at Berla & Griffini on behalf of Samantha Haywood of the Transatlantic Agency.
We’ve been waiting with baited breath to officially announce this deal! World English rights of Vicki Grant’s YA novel, 36 QUESTIONS THAT CHANGED MY MIND ABOUT YOU have sold to Adrienne Szpyrka at Running Press. The deal was arranged by Fiona Kenshole and is due to publish in the fall of 2017.
36 QUESTIONS is the story of two teens with two heartbreaking secrets–and the 36 questions it takes to see if they can fall in love. Inspired by a “Modern Love” column in the New York Times, the novel is told in the language of modern romance, including texting, Q&A, and IM. Congratulations, Vicki!
Congratulations to Plum Johnson on being awarded the Evergreen Award for THEY LEFT US EVERYTHING (Penguin Random House Canada), one of the 2017 Forest of Reading Awards! The Evergreen Award is a program aimed at adult readers of all ages who participate in the program through public libraries and book clubs, and the books are selected for the program by expert librarians who share their favourite Canadian non-fiction and fiction with the adult readers. Readers from over 120 libraries participated, and THEY LEFT US EVERYTHING was a clear favourite!
The award will be presented at OLA’s Super Conference in Toronto on February 2, 2017. Please visit the following link for details of the conference: www.olasuperconference.ca
For more information about the Evergreen Award, please visit www.accessola.org/web/OLA/Forest_of_Reading/Individual_Trees.aspx#Evergreen
To view the press release, please visit: www.accessola.org/web/Documents/OLA/News/2016/News-Release-Forest-Evergreen-Winner-2016.pdf.
Congratulations to all the finalists of this award!
Audio rights to Elizabeth Philips‘s THE AFTERLIFE OF BIRDS to Susie Bright at Audible by Stephanie Sinclair on behalf of Freehand Books.