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.
Award-winning journalist and editor-at-large at Chatelaine and regular contributor to CBC Radio, Rachel Giese’s BOYS: What It Means to Become a Man, examining the myths and realities of boy culture and the challenges facing boys, making a strong case that the movement for gender equality has the potential to liberate us all, to Laura Mazer at Seal Press, for publication in Fall 2018, by Samantha Haywood of Transatlantic Literary Agency (world English excluding Canada).
Bestselling author Marissa Stapley’s new novel THE LAST RESORT, for fans of Big Little Lies -two couples arrive at The Harmony Retreat for couples therapy on the shores of Tulum Mexico where they hope to fix their marriages with the help of celebrity therapists Miles and Grace Markell. But all is not as it seems, and when Miles mysteriously disappears, the complex truth behind the façade of love, marriage and professional success begins to unravel, leaving room for romance to blossom in unexpected ways. Rights sold to Nita Pronovost of S&S Canada, previously sold to Brittany Lavery of Graydon House US and Rowholt Germany by Samantha Haywood of the Transatlantic Agency.
We’re celebrating International Women’s Day with this important deal news. Canadian rights to GIRLS NEED NOT APPLY, a debut memoir by Kelly S. Thompson, a former Captain in the Canadian Armed Forces and graduate of UBC’s MFA program, highlighting truths about life as a woman in the military, to Jenny Bradshaw at McClelland & Stewart, in a preempt, by Stephanie Sinclair of the Transatlantic Agency
Happy Book Birthday to Naben Ruthnum‘s, writing as Nathan Ripley, FIND YOU IN THE DARK published on March 6th with Simon & Schuster in Canada! It’s also due to publish in Australia with Text Publishing on April 2nd 2018, and in the US in June 2018 with Atria Books!
Visit the Simon & Schuster website at the following link for more information and to read an excerpt: www.simonandschuster.ca/books/Find-You-in-the-Dark/Nathan-Ripley/9781501179037
Simon & Schuster will host the official launch tonight at Ben McNally Books – stay tuned for photos from the event!
We are thrilled to congratulate Naben Ruthnum, writing as Nathan Ripley, on FIND YOU IN THE DARK being named a Loblaws Book of the Moment!
“Fans of Dexter will enjoy FIND YOU IN THE DARK” – Naben sat down with CTV’s Your Morning, full interview here: Ctv.ca/YourMorning/Find-You-in-the-Dark
Naben’s CBC Books’s Magic 8 Q&A: Cbc.ca/thriller-writer-nathan-ripley-on-the-highs-and-lows-that-came-with-writing-his-debut-novel
“Acclaimed fiction writer and journalist Naben Ruthnum debuts his alter-ego Nathan Ripley with this fast-paced, smart, unsettling thriller.” – The Globe and Mail
“A wickedly smart thriller that manages to be both chilling and wry. The page-turning plot . . . is thickened by a great cast of characters and Nathan Ripley’s fantastic eye for detail and dialogue. Just when you think you’ve got a grasp on it, the story twists to new and darker places.”– Amy Stuart, bestselling author of Still Mine
“A fast-paced, morbidly addictive novel of chilling infatuation. Ripley’s impressive debut is a rich and innovative thriller.” – Iain Reid, bestselling author of I’m Thinking of Ending Things
“It’s not always easy diving into the mind of an obsessive protagonist, but Martin Reese’s fixation on finding dead bodies makes for one heck of an addictive thriller. Find You in the Dark by Nathan Ripley is an original, inventive take on what happens when you go looking where you shouldn’t. Start reading early in the day, or you’ll be up all night like I was! A standout debut novel.”– Jennifer Hillier, author of Jar of Hearts and Wonderland
“An unsettling exploration of obsession you won’t soon forget. Nathan Ripley delivers a first novel that fans of Patricia Highsmith psychological thrills and Thomas Harris cat-and-mouse suspense will devour. I certainly did.”– Andrew Pyper, author of The Demonologist and The Only Child
“Crafty and dark, Nathan Ripley’s novel toys with the lines between predator and prey, his sentences as careful and considered as the crimes he depicts. Ripley is a truly exciting new voice in the thriller world.”– Roz Nay, bestselling author of Our Little Secret
From the Publisher: In this chilling debut thriller, in the vein of Dexter and The Talented Mr. Ripley, a family man obsessed with digging up the undiscovered remains of serial killer victims catches the attention of a murderer prowling the streets of Seattle.
Martin Reese is obsessed with murder.
For years, he has been illegally buying police files on serial killers and studying them in depth, using them as guides to find missing bodies. He doesn’t take any souvenirs, just photos that he stores in an old laptop, and then he turns in the results to the police anonymously. Martin sees his work as a public service, a righting of wrongs that cops have continuously failed to do.
Detective Sandra Whittal sees it differently. On a meteoric rise in police ranks due to her case-closing efficiency, Whittal is suspicious of the mysterious caller—the Finder, she names him—leading the police to the bodies. Even if the Finder isn’t the one leaving bodies behind, who’s to say that he won’t start soon?
On his latest dig, Martin searches for the first kill of Jason Shurn, the early 1990s murderer who may have been responsible for the disappearance of his sister-in-law, whom he never met. But when he arrives at the site, he finds a freshly killed body—a young and recently disappeared Seattle woman—lying among remains that were left there decades ago. Someone else knew where Jason Shurn buried his victims . . . and that someone isn’t happy that Martin has been going around digging up his work.
When a crooked cop with a tenuous tie to Martin vanishes, Whittal begins to zero in on the Finder. Hunted by a real killer and by Whittal, Martin realizes that in order to escape the killer’s trap, he may have to go deeper into the world of murder than he ever thought.
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.
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.
World rights to Monique Polak‘s middle grade novel have been sold to A GOOD TURN to Sarah Harvey and Andrew Wooldridge at Orca Books. The book is the story of a group of children who are interned with their teacher, who is also their Brownie leader or Brown Owl, in China during WW II. The story is told from the point of view of one of the girls, who takes comfort from the routines, songs, and mottos of the Brownies, which their teacher maintains despite the difficult circumstances. It is due to publish in 2019.
Rights were sold on behalf of Monique by Amy Tompkins. Congratulations to Monique!