DEAL NEWS: Turkish rights to Sharon Bala‘s bestselling debut novel THE BOAT PEOPLE, about a group of refugees who survive a perilous ocean voyage only to face the threat of deportation amid accusations of terrorism to Mevsimler by Nazli Gurkas of the Kalem Agency on behalf of Stephanie Sinclair.
We’re already looking forward to the March 6th release of Rebecca Eanes’ The Positive Parenting Workbook: An Interactive Guide for Strengthening Emotional Connection. Becky is an immensely popular blogger (994k Facebook followers and building) and trusted voice among parents looking to chart a new way of parenting by fostering greater emotional awareness, clearer communication, empowered kids, and more joy. This interactive guide was developed to accompany her 2016 “Must Have/Life Changing” book POSITIVE PARENTING: THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE.
Published by Perigee, edited by Marian Lizzi. Rebecca is represented by Sandra Bishop.
Julie Matysik at Running Press Kids has acquired #OwnVoices author Natasha Deen’s NIRA PAINTS THE SKY IN B-FLAT, a contemporary, coming-of-age YA story about a Guyanese girl who must find the balance between her parents’ cultural expectations and traditions while pursuing her dream of being a great trumpeter. Publication is scheduled for April 2019. Amy Tompkins at Transatlantic Agency brokered the deal for North American rights.
We are thrilled to announce that WHEN THE MOON COMES by Paul Harbridge & illustrated by Matt James, and THE AGONY OF BUN O’KEEFE by Heather Smith are on the USBBY 2018 Outstanding International Books List: Slj.com/38-must-titles-usbbys-2018
Toronto-based ARTEMIS PICTURES has optioned JOANNE PROULX’S sophomore novel, We All Love the Beautiful Girls. A Globe “Best Book of 2017”, published in 2017 by Penguin Canada and soon to be published by Grand Central in the US (Fall 2018), We All Love the Beautiful Girls calls to mind the movie The Ice Storm and television series The Slap and Big Little Lies.
Like the novel, the television adaptation will be a propulsive family drama tackling such provocative issues as misogyny, violence against women, betrayal and loss, with surprising touches of humour and poignant moments of joy and love.
One frigid winter night, the lives of three affluent families begin to unravel when MIA and MICHAEL SLATE discover that their close friend, PETER CONRAD, who is also Michael’s business partner, has cheated Michael out of his share of the business. That same night, the Slate’s teenaged son, FINN, passes out in the snow during a party at the KELLYS’ house, where he is abandoned by his jealous friend and nearly freezes to death. The two events on this single night send shockwaves through the suburban community, leading to acts of infidelity, betrayal, and violence.
Praise for We All Love the Beautiful Girls:
“An emotional thrill-ride that manages to capture the tenderness and rage unique to adolescence and middle-age, the heartbreak of first love, and the fragility of even the most stable-seeming marriage.” – Zoe Whittall, bestselling author of The Best Kind of People
“We All Love the Beautiful Girls has the ability to leave a reader breathless. The plot twists are daring. The characters and their dialogue capture the ways in which adversity can alter people. Lovers’ wounds are plastered across every page and the veneer of civility becomes shockingly thin. And yet, in the end, love, decency, and forgiveness triumph. Think of the 1986 David Lynch film, Blue Velvet, in which brutality lurks just beneath the surface of everyday life, then erupts ferociously before disappearing back into the depths.” – Quill & Quire
ARTEMIS PICTURES, is a partnership between Oscar nominated industry veteran and founding partner of Rhombus Media, BARBARA WILLIS SWEETE, seasoned television executive, JOAN JENKINSON, and international business and economics specialist, SUSANNE RITZAU. The partners have long-established careers in scripted television, feature films and documentaries – with a rich background in the performing arts. Their primary focus is to develop and produce high end scripted content for television and the cinema for an international audience.
“Joanne’s novel is an engrossing page-turner, full of dynamic characters, plot twists and strong emotions. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to adapt it for television,” says Barbara Willis Sweete.
A feature film adaptation of Proulx’s debut novel, Anthem of a Reluctant Prophet, with movie stars CAMERON MONAGHAN (Shameless), PEYTON LIST (BUNK’D) and JULIETTE LEWIS (Natural Born Killers) is currently in post-production and will soon be released. Anthem of a Reluctant Prophet was published internationally by Penguin Canada; Soho US; Picador MacMillan UK; and Arena, Netherlands. It was selected by Borders in 2008 for their prestigious Best New Voices series, was the recipient of Canada’s Sunburst Award for Fantastic Fiction and named a best debut of 2007 by Kirkus and The Globe and Mail.
Praise for Joanne Proulx’s debut novel, Anthem of a Reluctant Prophet:
“Proulx has a sure hand that renders Luke’s experience painfully, viscerally real. He’s funny, convincing and sympathetic, his voice expressing the subtly shifting balance of vulnerable child and diffident teenage boy … the book combines a dry humour with moments that are deeply and unexpectedly affecting. Luke’s is a thoughtful coming of age that is, above all, utterly engrossing.” –Observer
We’re brimming with joy to see Sharon Bala‘s THE BOAT PEOPLE (McClelland & Stewart Canada, Doubleday US) continued success – this stunning novel debuts #1 on CBC Books’s Canadian Fiction Bestsellers list this week!!
THE BOAT PEOPLE has also been named a Top Contender by Kobo, earning the title of “Most Addictive”.
“Debut author Bala capably establishes the interlocking narratives of three characters, each revealing a different, albeit compelling, perspective…by empathetically exploring each character’s backstory, Bala presents the complex task of balancing a nation’s desire to be compassionate with the need to identify threats to national security, providing a timely examination of the refugee crisis worldwide. Recommended for all fiction collections.”
“The most striking aspect of the novel lies in its quietly confident understanding that everyone is complicit in systems of racial and ethnic violence…and Bala’s assertion that no one is completely innocent intensifies her emotionally vivid prose.” -Quill & Quire
World rights to the third book in Sylvia Chiang‘s middle grade CROSS-UPS series have been sold to Rick Wilks at Annick Press! Cross-ups is the name of the video game that main character Jaden and his friends can’t stop playing. Due to publish in the spring 2020, rights were sold by Amy Tompkins. Congratulations Sylvia!
Today we’re thrilled to say Happy Book Birthday to Marissa Stapley, as her book THINGS TO DO WHEN IT’S RAINING publishes in Canada with Simon & Schuster, in the US with Graydon House, and as an audiobook with Blackstone Audio! Previously, it published in November 2017 in Germany with Rowohlt.
Though it’s only just published in North America, it already is receiving some great praise and attention. See below a selection of advance praise and how it’s been featured in the media!
At Pop Sugar, it was listed among 8 books that remind readers of the hit show This is Us: www.popsugar.com/entertainment/Books-Fans-Us-44450561
It’s also been named a Loblaws Book of the Moment.
From Simon & Schuster:
When secrets tear love apart, can the truth mend it? —from The Globe and Mail-bestselling author Marissa Stapley.
Mae Summers and Gabe Broadbent grew up together in the idyllic Summers’ Inn, perched at the edge the St. Lawrence River. Mae was orphaned at the age of six and Gabe needed protection from his alcoholic father, so both were raised under one roof by Mae’s grandparents, Lily and George. A childhood friendship quickly developed into a first love—a love that was suddenly broken by Gabe’s unexpected departure. Mae grew up and got over her heartbreak, and started a life for herself in New York City.
After more than a decade, Mae and Gabe find themselves pulled back to Alexandria Bay by separate forces. Hoping to find solace within the Summers’ Inn, Mae instead finds her grandparents in the midst of decline and their past unravelling around her. A lifetime of secrets that implicate Gabe and Mae’s family reveal a version of the past that will forever change Mae’s future.
From the bestselling author of Mating for Life comes a poignant generational story about family and secrets. With honesty and heart, Marissa Stapley reminds us of the redemptive power of love and forgiveness, and that, ultimately, family is a choice.
“Things To Do When It’s Raining is commercial fiction at its best. Compelling, heartfelt and well-crafted. A gem of a page-turner.” – The Toronto Star
“The intensity of the lasting love and friendship between Gabe and Mae is emotionally powerful and finely wrought, and Stapley complements this story about the difficult choices family members make for those they love with an evocative setting.”
– Publishers Weekly
“Things to Do When It’s Raining has heart and soul and guts, and it has achingly beautiful prose and characters so dear and real I couldn’t bear to say goodbye when I reached its final page. It’s a book about friendship and secrets, grief and regret, the peculiar shape of families and the redemptive nature of love. And it is, quite frankly, one of the best books I have read in a very long time.”
– Jennifer Robson, bestselling author of Moonlight over Paris
“Fans of Nicholas Sparks will adore Things to Do When It’s Raining, an irresistible tribute to first love, second chances and the powerful legacy of the past. Elegant and heartfelt, Marissa Stapley’s writing is a gift.”
– Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author of The Orphan’s Tale
“Evocative, wise and infused with heart. A deeply moving story about family, love and loss, the novel shows how secrets can either haunt us or set us free, depending on who we trust them with. One of my favorite books this year!”
– KARMA BROWN, bestselling author of Come Away with Me
“A generous book about imperfect people, a novel about the family we choose, the mistakes we make, and how love, flawed and searching and messy, is the only path to forgiveness. It’s also a gorgeously written page-turner, and when I finished it, I flipped right back to page one to savor it just a little bit more.”
– Lauren Fox, author of Days of Awe
“A tightly woven story that beautifully illustrates how tragedy and human weakness can cause heartbreaking ripples for years and generations to come.”
– K.A. Tucker, bestselling author of He Will Be My Ruin
“There is something so intimate and true in the sentence, ‘Every marriage harbors secrets, secrets about why it works or why it doesn’t work, secrets between two people that the rest of the world can never be privy to.’ Profound and intimate, raw and real—Things to Do When It’s Raining is hard to put down. Loved the ending but hated to have it end!”
– Nan Rossiter, New York Times bestselling author of Firefly Summer
“The complex and moving saga of a non-traditional family with deep bonds and even deeper secrets. Set against the idyllic background of a far-flung seaside town, the finely drawn characters of this novel test the limits of friendship, love, and forgiveness. A story that lingers long after the final page is turned.”
– Andrea Dunlop, author of Losing the Light
“Spellbinding. . . . I fell in love with Mae Summers from the first page, and I followed her, heart between my teeth, as she uncovered family secrets and reconsidered her place in the world. Full of engaging characters, sensitivity and insight, Marissa Stapley’s newest novel is a beautiful, emotionally acute saga that makes us all reconsider the meaning of love and family.”
– Danila Botha, author of Too Much on the Inside
“A haunting, gripping novel about family secrets and love lost and found. It’s a story that will resonate with anyone who has returned home to find that places have as much power as people to wound, and heal.”
– Elizabeth Renzetti , author of Based on a True Story
“Written with compassion and insight, Things to Do When It’s Raining is a truly captivating novel with exquisite prose and moments of bittersweet tenderness.”
– Nicola Moriarty, author of The Fifth Letter
“Regrets, secrets, and hidden longings swirl beneath the surface of this beautifully atmospheric story of love found, lost, and rediscovered. I couldn’t stop reading.”
– Shelley Noble, NYT bestselling author of Whisper Beach and The Beach At Painter’s Cove
“I enjoyed Things to Do When It’s Raining enormously. A lovely book full of emotion and wisdom.”
– Marian Keyes
Writers’ Trust and Giller Prize nominated novelist and award-winning children’s book writer, Cary Fagan‘s insightful and powerful new novel THE STUDENT set in the Fall of 1957, follows the life story of Miriam Moscowitz, a headstrong Jewish daughter, the apple of her father’s eye (the worry of her mother’s), a serious and passionate young student of literature who studies hard, goes to college parties, works summers, dates a young Jewish man with a good job, until everything changes when she begins a reckless affair with an American student obsessed with the civil rights clashes in the south, and when the young man abandons her to join the movement back home, Miriam gets on a bus to follow him, no longer sure of anything in her life, Canadian rights sold to Freehand Books for publication in 2019 by Samantha Haywood of Transatlantic Agency. Film/tv available.
Léonicka Valcius has joined the Transatlantic Agency as Assistant Agent and will be working closely with Samantha Haywood, Stephanie Sinclair and Amy Tompkins with whom she will be coagenting new clients. Valcius has a particular mandate to represent women of colour for her shared client list at the Transatlantic. As a reminder, Stephanie Sinclair has a mandate for representing Indigenous writers. Valcius is especially looking to recruit new commercial fiction writers of a variety of genres including among others, fantasy, romance, and historical fiction, general non-fiction and YA & children’s authors. Valcius was most recently a Title Analyst with Penguin Random House Canada and before that in various roles with Scholastic Book Fairs Canada and HarperCollins Canada. Valcius is also the Chair of the Board of the FOLD Foundation, which organizes the Festival of Literary Diversity in Brampton, Ontario.
Said Haywood, “Léonicka is impressive on every level as a publishing professional and she is passionate to represent exciting commercial writers from diverse backgrounds. We are lucky to have her join us.”
Celebrating its 25th year the Transatlantic Agency is the largest literary agency in North America with experienced agents in both the United States and Canada actively covering adult and children’s books in every market and a growing Speakers Division. Transatlantic has 13 literary agents located in the US and Canada representing over 350 clients and is a vibrant collective of tenacious, independent, publishing professionals with diverse backgrounds and specialties.
For more information contact: Samantha Haywood at firstname.lastname@example.org.