SHOOTER by Caroline Pignat Shortlisted for the 2017 Arthur Ellis Awards

She shoots…she scores! Congratulations to Caroline Pignat, whose “Breakfast Club”-type YA novel, SHOOTER (Penguin Random House of Canada) has been shortlisted for the 2017 Arthur Ellis Awards for Excellence in Canadian Crime Writing. It is nominated in the category of Best Juvenile/YA Book.

The 2017 Arthur Ellis Awards Gala will take place on Thursday May 25, 2017 at 7:00pm at the Arts & Letters Club in Toronto. Please visit the following link for more information about the event and how to purchase tickets:
www.crimewriterscanada.com/awards/annual-awards-events/awards-banquet

Please visit the following link for the full list of nominations:
www.crimewriterscanada.com/

Phoebe Sounds It Out by Julie Zwillich Publishes with Owlkids!

Happy book birthday to Julie Zwillich! Her adorable debut picture book, PHOEBE SOUNDS IT OUT, has just been published by Owlkids​. Phoebe is learning to spell her name, but unfortunately it doesn’t look quite like it sounds! Kirkus Reviews​ says PHOEBE SOUNDS IT OUT “makes a point about fun with fonicks”.

 

SARAH POLLEY OPTIONS ZOE WHITTALL’S BESTSELLING NOVEL THE BEST KIND OF PEOPLE

Having optioned Margaret Atwood’s classic book Alias Grace, adapted it, and executive produced it as an upcoming 6 part Netflix/CBC limited series, Sarah Polley has set her sights on her next project.  Polley has optioned Zoe Whittall’s provocative novel THE BEST KIND OF PEOPLE.  Polley will write the screenplay and plans to direct the feature film.  The book- in which a local schoolteacher is arrested for a heinous crime, leaving his family to wrestle with the possibility of his guilt- reveals the cracks along the seams of even the most perfect American family.  The book, published by House of Anansi in Canada, was a national bestseller there where it was shortlisted for the Giller Prize, Indigo Best Book of the Year, Heather’s Pick, Globe and Mail Best Book, Toronto Life Best Book of 2016, Walrus Magazine Best Book of 2016.  It will be published in the US by Ballantine Random House in the Fall.

Having started her career as an actress in films such as Atom Egoyan’s The Sweet Hereafter, Zack Snyder’s Dawn Of The Dead, and Doug Limon’s Go, Sarah Polley has since emerged as one of the most interesting and versatile directors of her generation.  Her films include Away From Her, which won both Polley and its star Julie Christie Academy Award nominations, Take This Waltz starring Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen, and most recently the innovative Stories We Tell which won the Los Angeles Film Critic’s Award for Best Documentary.  She’s repped by WME, Circle of Confusion, Canada-based Gary Goddard Agency and Jackoway Tyerman, Wertheimer.

Zoe Whittall’s previous novel, HOLDING STILL FOR AS LONG AS POSSIBLE, won a 2011 Lambda Literary Award and was an honour book for the American Library Association’s Stonewall Book Award. Her debut novel, BOTTLE ROCKET HEARTS, was named a Globe and Mail Top 100 and made the CBC Canada Reads Top Ten Essential Novels of the decade. Her third poetry book, Precordial Thump, was nominated for a ReLit Award. She won the 2016 KM Hunter Award for Literature, and the Writers’ Trust Dayne Ogilvie Award in 2008. Fashion Magazine recently named her one of ten favourite feminist role models. Her writing has appeared in The Believer, The Walrus, The Globe & Mail, among others. Whittall lives in Toronto where she has written for the television shows Degrassi, The Baroness Von Sketch Show, Schitt’s Creek, and Crawford. She’s repped by Paradigm on behalf of Samantha Haywood of Transatlantic Agency.

Full press release here: Hollywoodreporter.com/news/

Baseball Life Advice by Stacey May Fowles Publishes

Happy Book Birthday to Stacey May Fowles! Her book BASEBALL LIFE ADVICE: Loving the Game that Saved Me publishes April 11 with McClelland & Stewart!

From the publisher:  “A passionate ode to baseball, its culture, and its community, which both celebrates and challenges the game – and reminds us why it really matters.
 
What is it about a man hitting a small white ball with a slim wooden bat out of a park that’s so beautiful? In this entertaining and thoughtful book, Stacey May Fowles gives us a refreshingly candid and personal perspective on Stacey May Fowlessubjects ranging from bat flips to bandwagoners, from the romance of spring training to the politics of booing, from the necessity of taking a hard look at players’ injuries and mental health issues to finding solace at the ballpark. Fowles confronts head-on the stereotype that female fans lack real knowledge about the game, and calls out the “boys will be boys” attitude and its implications both on and off the field. She also offers exhilarating snapshots of the Toronto Blue Jays’ 2015 and 2016 seasons. With remarkable humanity, intelligence, and an unabashed enthusiasm for the game, Fowles explores how we can use the lens of baseball to examine who we are. A must-read for both diehard and casual fans.”

Visit the Penguin Random House Canada website to learn more about the book and read an excerpt: www.penguinrandomhouse.ca/

Read Stacey’s great Elle Canada article here: www.ellecanada.com/life-and-love/article/how-baseball-helped-one-woman-overcome-her-worst-anxieties

Check out The New York Times article featuring Stacey’s book: www.nytimes.com/2017/04/02/books/now-batting-14-new-baseball-books.html?_r=0

Read a starred review from Publishers Weekly!: www.publishersweekly.com/pw/reviews/single/9780771038716?permamore

View Stacey’s interview with Canadian Livingwww.canadianliving.com/life-and-relationships/culture-and-entertainment/article/stacy-may-fowles-is-obsessed-with-baseball-and-you-should-be-too

Also see Canadian Living’s roundup of books featuring BASEBALL LIFE ADVICE: www.canadianliving.com/life-and-relationships/culture-and-entertainment/article/4-amazing-page-turners-that-celebrate-women

Read an excerpt of the book at the Globe & Mail: www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/baseball/going-to-the-ballpark-alone-a-look-inside-stacey-may-fowles-new-book/article34546705/

Subscribe to Stacey’s newsletter!: www.tinyletter.com/staceymayfowles

Also check out this great Stacey May Fowles Recommends feature on the iBookstore!

Advance Praise: 

“This is beautiful. Stacey has used her own experiences at the ballpark to reveal what each and every fan has felt but didn’t know why. She captures what we all love about the game.” — Buck Martinez, author of Change Up and the play-by-play announcer for the Toronto Blue Jays

“Fowles’ writing about her love of the game and the role of baseball in her life is honest, funny, touching, detailed, and charming. You do not need to be a sports fan or a baseball fan to enjoy this book; it is for anyone who appreciates beautiful writing, who has struggled to find their place in this world, or who has loved anything more than they can explain.”
— Jessica Luther, author of Unsportsmanlike Conduct

“By bringing a fresh voice to an old, staid game, everything seems new again…” — Publishers Weekly 

“…a perspective that’s all too rare.” —The New York Times

Rights Sold: McClelland & Stewart; Canada, the United States and the Philippines; English language

DEAL NEWS – WAG by ZAZIE TODD

We’re delighted to report that we’ve sold World English rights to WAG: The Science of Making Your Dog Happyby dog trainer and popular Companion Animal Psychology blogger Zazie Todd, to Greystone Books.

WAG is an essential book for any dog owner concerned about her dog’s happiness, for the readers of Inside of a Dog and The Other End of the Leash. It’s an evidence-based guide to what makes dogs happy in all aspects of their lives, from exercise to grooming to training, veterinary visits, playing and sleeping through to difficult decisions in end of life care. In it, Zazie Todd unpacks cutting-edge research from around the world to help dog owners understand how to improve their animals’ lives. Readers will learn the science behind how to motivate their dog; how to make their dog enjoy being handled and be less stressed at the vet; and how to provide socialization and enrichment for their dog. Most importantly of all, they will learn to better recognize when their dog is happy – and when they are not.

Todd has a PhD in Psychology (Nottingham) and an MFA in Creative Writing from UBC. She is an honours graduate of The Academy for Dog Trainers (known as “the Harvard of Dog Training”), gives talks and workshops on scientific dog training, and is a volunteer at the BC SPCA. Companion Animal Psychology has been mentioned by The Daily Mail, io9.com, Scientific American blogs, the Smithsonian magazine, Victoria Stilwell’s positively.com, and The New Inquiry, and Zazie also writes Fellow Creatures, a blog at Psychology Today.

A Good Death Shortlisted for the John W. Dafoe Book Prize!

We are pleased to report that A GOOD DEATH: Making the Most of Our Final Choices (HarperCollins Canada) by Sandra Martin has been shortlisted for the John W. Dafoe Book Prize! The John W. Dafoe Book Prize, which is named after a prominent Canadian editor, honours non-fiction books about Canada and, as one of Canada’s richest prizes for nonfiction books, awards $10,000 to the winner. The winning book will be announced at a dinner in May. Congratulations to Sandra and the other shortlisted authors!

Please visit the following link to learn more about the award and the other shortlisted books: www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/books-and-media/sandra-martin-robert-wright-among-finalists-for-dafoe-book-prize/article34475843/

To learn about the J.W. Dafoe Foundation, which is responsible for the award, please visit www.dafoefoundation.ca.

Deal News: Things to Do When It’s Raining by Marissa Stapley

German rights to THINGS TO DO WHEN IT’S RAINING in a three book deal by bestselling author Marissa Stapley sold at auction in a six figure deal to Silke Jellinghaus at Wunderlich, Rowohlt, rights previously to Nita Pronovost at Simon & Schuster Canada and Brittany Lavery at Graydon House for US and UK, publishing Spring 2018 by Hannah Fosh at Liepman Agency on behalf of Samantha Haywood at Transatlantic Agency, for readers of Jojo Moyes and Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney comes a poignant generational story about Mae Summers and Gabe Broadbent, childhood best friends and sweethearts who are reunited as adults at the idyllic Summers’ Inn and dealing with aging parents, heartbreak and secrets that will either bring them together or forever leave them as two islands.

Deal News: The Truth About Love, Hockey and Ballroom Dancing by Jennifer Irwin

Amy Tompkins has sold English rights in Canada to Jennifer Irwin’s debut novel THE TRUTH ABOUT LOVE, HOCKEY AND BALLROOM DANCING to Patricia Ocampo at Simon & Schuster Canada. THE TRUTH ABOUT LOVE, HOCKEY AND BALLROOM DANCING is a middle grade novel that’s both poignant and laugh-out-loud funny. Set in the ‘80s, it’s best described as Billy Elliot meets Judy Blume’s Then Again, Maybe I Won’t. For publication in 2018.

Deal News: Mother Nature’s Son by Kate Inglis

World rights to Kate Inglis’s MOTHER NATURE’S SON to Beth Frankl at Shambhala Publications. Part memoir, part self-help book, MOTHER NATURE’S SON is a book of reflection for parents healing after the death of a child. Kate Inglis, a published author, TEDx speaker, and founder of the bereavement community Glow in the Woods, is represented by Amy Tompkins.