RADIANT SHIMMERING LIGHT tops December Best Of Lists

Radiant Shimmering Light US full cover spread

This week we’re celebrating the US publication of Radiant Shimmering Light by Sarah Selecky. It’s already topping Best of December lists and getting rave reviews. Here are just a few of our favorites:

“…hilarious book that pokes much-needed fun at the world of #blessed empowerment events.

—Mackenzie Dawson for the NY Post

image of Radiant Shimmering Light feature in the print issue of People magazine

If you need a belly laugh, add Radiant Shimmering Light to the top of your reading list. This hilarious satirical novel is about a single 40-year-old woman trying to build her brand as an animal aura portrait artist (lol) and her newly internet-famous cousin who supposedly has all the answers. Prepare for a lot of giggling and a lot of cringing.” —Elizabeth Entenman for Hello Giggles

“Selecky’s vivid, smartly satirical tale will make you feel like you’ve fallen into an exquisite painting, a women’s empowerment cult and a midlife crisis all at once.” –People Magazine

“[T]his darkly hilarious satire … delivers an unforgettable take on authenticity, success, and storytelling in today’s digital age. —Melissa Ragsdale for Bustle

“In the satirical novel Radiant Shimmering Light, author Sarah Selecky holds up a mirror to society’s obsession with creating fantasy lives that don’t accurately reflect their reality.” —Danielle Bauter for Orange County Register

image of Radiant Shimmering Light feature in Real Simple print issue“Selecky’s sharp parody explores female friendship and questions the role of consumerism in women’s empowerment and self-improvement trends.” –Nora Horvath for Real Simple

“If you’ve ever fallen asleep during savasana in yoga class or gotten a headache from your essential-oil mix, Sarah Selecky’s hilarious debut novel about self-help gurus and the people who follow them is for you.” —Bethanne Patrick for The Washington Post

“Selecky bucks expectations in her satirical portrait of estranged cousins Lilian, an artist obsessed with social media and finding enlightenment, and Eleven, a guru behind the cultish organization called the Ascendancy. They collide as only this cultural moment could allow. Lilian goes to work for Eleven and her queasily exploitative firm, selling empowerment for profit, and buys into the baloney. Selecky doesn’t judge her, however, instead offering a radically gentle takedown of capitalist spiritualism. The author sacrifices bite for empathy, but as she scrolls through curated Instagram feeds and transcribes inane seminars, she still finds plenty to make fun of in this ridiculous — yet frighteningly familiar — world.”  David Canfield for Entertainment Weekly

image of Radiant Shimmering Light feature in December issues of Cosmo magazine“An insta-famous motivational guru recruits her cousin to a creepy training program in Sarah Selecky’s Radiant Shimmering Light.” –Cosmopolitan, Best December Ever

From Bloomsbury US:

A nuanced satire–both hilarious and disconcerting–that probes the blurred lines between empowerment, spirituality, and consumerism in our online lives.

Lilian Quick is 40, single, and childless, working as a pet portrait artist. She paints the colored light only she can see, but animal aura portraits are a niche market at best. She’s working hard to build her brand on social media and struggling to pay the rent.

Her estranged cousin has become internet-famous as “Eleven” Novak, the face of a massive feminine lifestyle empowerment brand, and when Eleven comes to town on tour, the two women reconnect. Despite twenty years of unexplained silence, Eleven offers Lilian a place at The Temple, her Manhattan office. Lilian accepts, moves to New York, and quickly enrolls in The Ascendency, Eleven’s signature program: an expensive, three-month training seminar on leadership, spiritual awakening, and marketing. Eleven is going to help her cousin become her best self: confident, affluent, and self-actualized.

In just three months, Lilian’s life changes drastically: She learns how to break her negative thought patterns, achieves financial solvency, grows an active and engaged online following, and builds authentic friendships. She finally feels seen for who she really is. Success! . . . But can Lilian trust everything Eleven says? This compelling, heartfelt satire asks us: How do we recognize authenticity when storytelling and magic have been co-opted by marketing?

SARAH SELECKY‘s breakout debut collection, This Cake Is for the Party, was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book, and was longlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. Her stories have been published in The Walrus, Elle Canada, The New Quarterly, and The Journey Prize anthology, among other publications. She is also the founder of the Sarah Selecky Writing School.

 

Deal News: ALL THE ANIMALS ON EARTH by Mark Sampson

North American rights to ALL THE ANIMALS ON EARTH by Mark Sampson sold to Paul Vermeersch at Buckrider Books, an imprint of Wolsak & Wynn, by Stephanie Sinclair.

With the majority of the world’s population deciding to be childless, scientists develop a process called “pullulation,” which causes certain species of birds and mammals to transmogrify into human form. When an accident occurs turning billions of birds and mammals to humanoids, one man is about to find his quiet life turned upside down. Publication set for Fall 2020.

New Deals for Page Two Strategies

 Turkish rights to THE COACHING HABIT by Michael Bungay Stanier to Sola Yayinari by The Kalem Agency in association with Stephanie Sinclair of the Transatlantic Agency on behalf of Page Two Strategies.

 

 

 

Turkish rights to TALKING ABOUT DEATH WON’T KILL YOU by Kathy Kortes-Miller to Sola Yayinari by The Kalem Agency in association with Stephanie Sinclair of the Transatlantic Agency on behalf of Page Two Strategies.

 

 

 

Rights to EQ APPLIED by Justin Bariso sold to Vahlen, at auction, in Germany by The Liepman Agency; United Creadion, at auction, in mainland China and China Times, at auction, in Taiwan by The Grayhawk Agency; to Metagora, at auction, in Czech by Kristin Olson Literary Agency; and in Russia, at auction, to Bombora Publishers; all by Stephanie Sinclair of the Transatlantic Agency on behalf of Page Two Strategies.

DEAL NEWS: THERE HAS TO BE A KNIFE by Adnan Khan

World English rights to Adnan Khan’s THERE HAS TO BE A KNIFE – a debut novel that investigates themes of race, class and masculinity – both intimate and political- on brown men, exploring ideas of cultural identity and the tropes we use to represent them all the while telling a beautiful contemporary story about love- to Arsenal Pulp Press for publication in Fall 2019 by Stephanie Sinclair of the Transatlantic Agency.

JOCELYN PARR’S UNCERTAIN WEIGHTS AND MEASURES LONGLISTED FOR THE 2019 INTERNATIONAL DUBLIN LITERARY AWARD

We’re pleased to announce that UNCERTAIN WEIGHTS AND MEASURES by Jocelyn Parr (Goose Lane Editions) has been longlisted for the 2019 International Dublin Literary Award!

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. Titles are nominated by invited public libraries around the world on the basis of ‘high literary merit’. 10 books will be shortlisted from this year’s 141 longlisted titles on April 4th, 2019. The winner will be announced on June 12th, 2019.

The nominating librarian says: “Uncertain Weights and Measures is “a historical novel that feels refreshing contemporary… This remarkable debut novel is both a compelling love story and a thoughtful exploration of the human heart and mind”, author Johanna Skibsrud. Main characters Tatiana and Sasha are fully developed, complex and compelling characters, allowing Parr to tackle weighty themes. The novel explores timeless dialectical conflicts between art and science, politics and idealism, rational thought and emotions/love, past and present, producing a historical novel grounded in late 1920s Russia that will resonate with thoughtful contemporary readers. Parr also seamlessly incorporates a wealth of meticulously researched scientific facts. Shortlisted for the Scotia Giller Prize for fiction, this book is an excellent example of the fine literature championed by the New Brunswick independent publisher, Goose Lane Editions.”

JOCELYN PARR was born in New Zealand, but grew up on the West Coast. She holds a PhD in English Literature, which she completed as a cotutelle with the Erasmus Mundus Doctoral programme, graduating from the universities of Tübingen and Perpignan. Her writing has appeared in publications in France and Germany, as well in Canadian literary magazines such as Brick and Grain. Her debut novel, Uncertain Weights and Measures, was shortlisted for the Governor General’s award for English-language fiction.

For more information on the award and for the full longlist, please visit Dublinliteraryaward.ie/nominees.

Congratulations to Jocelyn and all the longlisted authors!

COVER REVEAL! WE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN HERE by Samra Habib

We are so proud to reveal the cover of Samra Habib’s queer muslim memoir! Read the full description from Viking Canada below.

How do you find yourself when the world tells you that you don’t exist?

Samra Habib has spent most of her life searching for the safety to be herself. As an Ahmadi Muslim growing up in Pakistan, she faced regular threats from Islamic extremists who believed the small, dynamic sect to be blasphemous. From her parents, she internalized the lesson that revealing her identity could put her in grave danger.

When her family came to Canada as refugees, Samra encountered a whole new host of challenges: bullies, racism, the threat of poverty, and an arranged marriage. Backed into a corner, her need for a safe space — in which to grow and nurture her creative, feminist spirit — became dire. The men in her life wanted to police her, the women in her life had only shown her the example of pious obedience, and her body was a problem to be solved.

So begins an exploration of faith, art, love, and queer sexuality, a journey that takes her to the far reaches of the globe to uncover a truth that was within her all along. A triumphant memoir of forgiveness and family, both chosen and not, We Have Always Been Here is a rallying cry for anyone who has ever felt out of place and a testament to the power of fearlessly inhabiting one’s truest self.

DEAL NEWS: HARPERCOLLINS ACQUIRES SAMRA ZAFAR’S A GOOD WIFE

We are so pleased to share this fantastic announcement! Kate Cassaday, executive editor at HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, has acquired ­­­English-language rights in Canada to a memoir by international speaker and human rights activist Samra Zafar. Zafar’s book, A Good Wife, will be published in spring 2019. Samra Zafar’s book deal was brokered by Samantha Haywood, literary agent and president of Transatlantic Agency, and Stephanie Sinclair, senior agent. Cassaday said of the acquisition, “From the first moment I met Samra, I knew that I wanted to share her powerful story. Every page of this important memoir is guided by Samra’s strength and humanity.”

At fifteen, Samra Zafar had big dreams. She was going to go to university and forge her own path. Then, with almost no warning, those dreams were snatched away from her. She was suddenly married to a stranger at seventeen and had to leave behind her family in Pakistan to move to Canada. Her new husband and his family promised that the marriage and the move would be a fulfillment of her dreams, not a betrayal of them. But as the walls of their home slowly became a prison, Samra realized the promises were empty ones.

Desperate to get out and refusing to give up, Samra hatched an escape plan for herself and her two daughters. Somehow, she found the strength not only to build a new future but to walk away from her past, ignoring the pleas of her family and risking cultural isolation by divorcing her husband.

A Good Wife tells the harrowing and inspiring story of a young girl with big dreams, becoming a woman who has found strength in the face of oppression and battled through to empowerment. Samra said of the decision to share her story, “I decided to speak up because I knew my story is not just mine. I hope that by raising my voice, I will help others find their voices. I’m grateful to the wonderful team at Transatlantic Agency and HarperCollins for making that happen!”

Samra’s personal essay on her marriage, published in Toronto Life magazine, went viral in 2017, and her piece on Yahoo! News has been viewed more than 12 million times worldwide. She is an international speaker, social entrepreneur, scholar, author, and human rights activist, connecting with people around the world and empowering others through her advocacy and non-profit work. She also serves as a governor for the University of Toronto. Samra’s free time is dedicated to her two beautiful daughters.

(Full press release.)

Deal News: My Year of Living Spiritually by Anne Bokma

Anna Comfort O’Keeffe, managing editor at Douglas & McIntyre, has acquired English rights in Canada and the United States to Anne Bokma’s debut nonfiction book, My Year of Living Spiritually: One Woman’s Secular Search for a More Soulful Life.

Anne Bokma is an award-winning writer and editor from Hamilton, Ontario who has been honoured with more than two dozen journalism awards throughout her 30-year career. A long-time contributor to the United Church Observer, the national magazine of  Canada’s largest Protestant denomination, Anne has been the monthly “Spiritual But Secular” columnist (http://annebokma.com/) for the past four years, reporting on the habits of the growing demographic known as the Spiritual-But-Not Religious (SBNR).

My Year of Living Spiritually is based on her blog of the same name, which appeared biweekly in the Observer in 2017. It is scheduled for publication in fall 2019.

Anne Bokma is represented by Amy Tompkins.

Praise for HOME ICE by Angie Abdou

The praise is piling as high as autumn leaves for Angie Abdou’s HOME ICE (ECW Press).

HOME ICE chronicles and illuminates a full season in the life of a hockey parent, offering a nuanced and unflinching self-portrait of a mother dedicated to supporting her son’s passion for amateur hockey but struggling with ambivalence over our society’s often troubling sport culture and its impact on her family.

Here’s what everyone is saying about HOME ICE:

“The author brings a novelist’s eye to the story, telling it in first-person present tense; with its sharp characterizations and dialogue in place of autobiographical exposition, the book is a first-rate memoir and a fine example of narrative nonfiction. It’s also a must-read for parents with youngsters who play organized sports.” –Booklist, starred review

“This is a lively, honestly written account of parenting that will resonate with readers who are fully involved in their children’s sports.” –Publishers Weekly

“Home Ice is page-turning and compelling in a whole different way. It’s about Abdou, her family, her relationships with her husband and two children, and her role as a parent; or, as Abdou said, consider it a ‘voyeuristic peek into the writer’s life.’” –Society for International Hockey Research

“You don’t get to pick your kids’ marriages or their sports, and he wants to play hockey.” – CBC Radio Sunday Edition

“It’s a unflinching and revealing account of the toll sports (especially hockey) can take on family dynamics and fortunes.” – CBC Radio Daybreak Alberta (19 min audio clip)

CTV’s The Social (11 min video clip)

“As much as Home Ice skewers Canadian hockey for its escalating costs and obsession with competitiveness, that criticism is balanced by an athlete’s appreciation for the heady benefits of training hard and excelling in a sport.” –Active For Life

“[T]his is a memoir told with humility, and throughout the book, Abdou lets her happy and sensitive son shine through. We see his sense of fairness and justice, his quirky stick-handling, his love for the rowdy speed and sweaty camaraderie of the sport.” –

University of Texas Arlington Sports Literature Association

“…she leaves the reader with as much knowledge and information on both sides of the coin to allow the reader to make a decision on the game’s safety rather than her imposing her decision onto the reader. One gets a sense that Miss Abdou did this with intent, and I feel it really opens the door to thoughtful and intelligent debate…” –Hockey Blog In Canada

About the Author:

Angie Abdou has published four books, including three novels: The Bone Cage (a CBC Canada Reads finalist in 2011), The Canterbury Trail (a Banff Mountain Book finalist in 2011) and Between (2014, Arsenal Press). Angie is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Athabasca University. Her nonfiction has appeared in various magazines and newspapers, including National Post and Elle Magazine. Her novel IN CASE I GO launched with Arsenal Pulp Press Fall 2017.

DEAL NEWS: THE DYNAMITE KID BY TYLER ENFIELD

Bethany Gibson, fiction editor at Goose Lane Editions, has acquired English Canada and World French rights for Tyler Enfield’s dazzling sophomore novel, The Dynamite Kid.

Enfield is an Edmonton-based writer and photographer. He is the author of Madder Carmine (Great Plains Publications, 2015), which won the 2016 High Plains Book Award, and was a finalist for the Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Prize.

The Dynamite Kid is an offbeat, slightly magical and entirely original retelling of Aladdin as an American western – a rich combination of classic love story, a quest novel, and a tribute to boyhood enthusiasm.  While not as esoteric as Gary Barwin’s Yiddish for Pirates, it portrays an equally unique and magical landscape.

Tyler Enfield is represented by Shaun Bradley.