Deal News: The Death and Life of Strother Purcell by Ian Weir

Ian WeirAward-winning screenwriter, producer and novelist, Ian Weir‘s THE DEATH AND LIFE OF STROTHER PURCELL, a riveting frontier Western epic for fans of Ron Rash, Cormac McCarthy and the HBO hit series Deadwood, a novel about the two cursed brothers, the shifting nature of truth, and the yearnings of that treacherous sonofabitch the human heart, Canada English rights to Bethany Gibson of Goose Lane Editions for publication Fall 2018 by Samantha Haywood of the Transatlantic Agency (for world ex: Canada contact: samantha@transatlanticagency.com)

SHOOTER and A DAY OF SIGNS AND WONDERS Shortlisted for the 2017 CCBC Awards!

We are absolutely delighted to congratulate both Caroline Pignat and Kit Pearson on being shortlisted for the 2017 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Awards! SHOOTER (Razorbill Canada) by Caroline Pignat is nominated for both the Amy Mather and John Spray Awards and A DAY OF SIGNS AND WONDERS (HarperCollins Canada) by Kit Pearson is among the finalists for the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award! These awards honour some of the best work by Canadian authors and illustrators, and we are pleased that these two are among them. Congratulations to the authors and their fellow finalists.

From the Jury:

A DAY OF SIGNS AND WONDERS

“In this fictional story about two historical figures — the young Emily Carr and Victoria’s socialite, Kitty O’Reilly — Pearson delves with astute perception into the qualities and psyches of two very different personalities… Both characters are surprising and convincing, and Pearson’s respect for children’s emotions and intelligence — both her characters’ and her readers’ — is admirably apparent throughout.”

SHOOTER

“Pignat tells an incredible story through the eyes of five very different characters who have to face a situation no one could ever be prepared for… The entire story takes place over the course of one nail-biting hour, and a countdown timer at the beginning of each chapter ramps up the tension… The gripping storyline makes this impossible to put down.”

The English-language awards will be presented at an invitation-only gala at The Carlu in Toronto on November 21, 2017. The Amy Mather and John Spray Awards each come with a prize of $5000 while the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award holds a prize of $30000.

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The Mosaic Publishes with Groundwood Books!

Happy book birthday to Nina Berkhout‘s THE MOSAIC, which publishes today with Groundwood Books!

About the Book
Twyla Jane Lee has one goal: to finish senior year so she can escape her military hometown of Halo, Montana, with her boyfriend Billy Goodwin. But to graduate, Twyla needs to complete 40 hours of community service. When she reluctantly signs up for the Help a Vet program, she is paired with the rude and withdrawn former football star, Gabriel Finch.

As the two form an unexpected bond over the secret buried in the missile facility, Twyla begins to unearth Gabriel’s ghosts from the Middle East Wars. Her discoveries force her to question her view on the wars and she realizes that even if she gets out of Halo, she won’t ever be able to leave Gabriel Finch’s story behind her.

Nina BerkhoutAbout the Author
THE MOSAIC is Nina’s debut YA novel. Nina is the author of five poetry collections, most recently Elseworlds (Seraphim Editions) which received the 2013 Archibald Lampman Award for the year’s best poetry. Her earlier work has been shortlisted for THIS magazine’s Great Canadian Literary Hunt, The Archibald Lampman Award and the John Hirsch Award. Her debut novel, GALLERY OF LOST SPECIES, was published by House of Anansi.

Pre-publication Praise
“Berkhout provides a realistic view of the complex effect wars have on veterans, and people’s varying perspectives on the subject. Poignant descriptions ignite the setting. The characters have depth; readers will empathize with Gabriel as a survivor of PTSD, and will revel in the two’s compassionate connection.” – School Library Journal

“A rich and jumbled mix of war and peace by an author to watch.” – Kirkus Reviews

“Berkhout creates a cinematic feel with her evocative language and scene setting.”
– Quill & Quire

Selected for the Toronto Star‘s “Five upcoming Young Adult books that make a statement” list.

All is Beauty Now Publishes with McClelland & Stewart!

Happy Book Birthday to Sarah Faber, whose stunning and luscious debut novel ALL IS BEAUTY NOW officially publishes in Canada with McClelland & Stewart today!

The US edition come out from Little Brown a few weeks ago and is already receiving great reviews and buzz.

Some of the praise rolling-in for All Is Beauty Now:

“All Is Beauty Now is as redolent and lush as a garden in Rio. Sarah Faber performs a poetic conjuring act of loss, love, and redemption in this haunting novel.”  —Ann-Marie MacDonald, author of Adult Onset and Fall on Your Knees

“Part mystery, part family drama, All Is Beauty Now is a vivid and gripping debut about the pain of living with those among us who burn more brightly and delve deep into the dark. Moving deftly from character to character, Sarah Faber unravels a veritable Gordian knot of family ties, revealing what it takes to stay by a loved one who lives life in extremis—as well as what it takes to cut free.” —Alissa York, author of The Naturalist

“At once an intimate family portrait, a mystery, a romance, and a stylistic tour de force.”  —Johanna Skibsrud, Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning author of The Sentimentalists

“At first blush a deft, kaleidoscopic chronicle of a family’s grief after the disappearance of a 20-year-old daughter off the shores of Rio de Janeiro, All Is Beauty Now is an unflinching look at the pervasive effect of secreted mental illness. Like the brilliant swirl of Carnival, the Maurer family’s story possesses multiple layers of both splendor and affliction. I lost myself in its white sands, birds of paradise, and madness.” —Anne Korkeakivi, author of The Shining Sea

“This novel felt alive in my hands as I read it; the writing thrilled me, the setting transported me, and the characters broke my heart. In All Is Beauty Now, Sarah Faber has achieved the rare feat of mixing both gorgeously poetic prose with a plot so absorbing I could hardly look away from its pages. Faber is an important new voice in fiction, and All Is Beauty Now is a masterful and stunning debut.” —Amy Stuart, author of Still Mine

“For the reader, beauty illuminates every page, the loveliness of Faber’s prose bringing light to even the darkest turns and twists of the Maurers’ story, like stars across the night sky. A magnificent, compassionate, and beguiling novel from a great new talent.” —Rebecca Silver Slayter, author of In the Land of Birdfishes

“Notable for its lovely prose and melancholy empathy….All Is Beauty Now [is] a finely observed consideration of how mental illness impacts an entire family.”–Kirkus

“This debut infuses the fierce familial love with the bitter ache of dreams lost and secrets kept. Faber’s swirling, dreamlike prose paints a wildly beautiful Brazil. Readers will lose themselves in this delicately wrought, heartbreaking tale.”– Publisher’s Weekly

“Richly realized and filled with tantalizing secrets, this novel offers a dramatic look at one family’s struggle to survive.” –Book List

The novel was featured on Canadian Living:
http://www.canadianliving.com/life-and-relationships/canadian-living-books/article/must-have-books-launching-in-august-2017

Also, please visit the following link for more information about the
book: https://penguinrandomhouse.ca/books/541322/all-beauty-now

Please visit Lithub to read Sarah’s piece about writing about mental
illness: http://lithub.com/do-i-have-the-right-to-inhabit-anothers-mental-illness-in-fiction/

Book pitch from the Publisher: “In the aftermath of the mysterious disappearance of their eldest daughter, a once-golden family prepares to leave behind the seeming paradise of Brazil for the safer, more pragmatic shores of Canada. But as the family counts down the days to their departure, secrets and betrayals surface, threatening their hopes for a new life.

Brazil, 1962: A young woman walks into the waters off a crowded beach and vanishes. A year later, her family – the once-golden family of their privileged little community – prepares to leave behind the seeming paradise of Brazil in the wake of their eldest daughter’s presumed drowning. As they attend a series of goodbye parties and count down the days to their departure, we are taken into the heart of a family whose many charms belie more troubling truths.

There is the family’s charismatic father, whose emotional extremes are becoming increasingly disturbing; his long-suffering wife, who made a mistake that has shattering consequences for the family she meant to protect; and their two remaining daughters, both on the precipice of joining the adult world with all its secrets and lies. Then there is the lost daughter herself, a woman undone by her attempts to grasp at happiness.

With settings ranging from the opulence of the legendary Copacabana Club to the poverty of Rio’s fishing villages, this sensual and beautifully written novel reveals the soul of a family living in the shadow of tragedy, one poised on the brink of a new life, if only they could make peace with the past.”

 

We All Love the Beautiful Girls Publishes with Viking Books

Happy Book Birthday to Joanne Proulx‘s highly anticipated new novel WE ALL LOVE THE BEAUTIFUL GIRLS publishing with Viking Penguin Canada today!! And in the US from Grand Central Publishing in 2018. Proulx’s internationally bestselling debut novel Anthem of a Reluctant Prophet is forthcoming as a feature film with movie stars Cameron Monaghan (Shameless), Peyton List (BUNK’D) and Juliette Lewis (Natural Born Killers).

For fans of propulsive family dramas, calling to mind The Ice Storm and American Beauty, WE ALL LOVE THE BEAUTIFUL GIRLS by Joanne Proulx is a story about marriage, power, financial dependence, instinct, sex and survival in contemporary society, and if, or how, love fits in.

Who do the lucky become when their luck sours?

One frigid winter night, the happily prosperous Mia and Michael Slate discover that a close friend and business partner has cheated them out of their life savings. On the same night, their son, Finn, passes out in the snow at a party – a mistake with shattering consequences.

Everyone finds their own ways of coping with the ensuing losses. For Finn, it’s Jess, a former babysitter who sneaks into his bed at night, even as she refuses to leave her boyfriend. Mia and Michael find themselves forgoing tenderness for rougher sex and seeking solace outside their marriage: Mia in a flirtation with a former colleague, whose empty condo becomes a blank canvas for a new life, and Michael at an abandoned baseball diamond, with a rusty pitching machine and a street kid eager to catch balls in Finn’s old glove. As they creep closer to the edge – of betrayal, infidelity, and revenge – the story moves into more savage terrain.

With honesty, compassion, and tough emotional precision, award-winning author Joanne Proulx explores the itch of the flesh, sexual aggression, the reach of love and anger, and the question of who ultimately suffers when the privileged stumble.

The rave reviews for this highly anticipated novel are already coming in, first from The Toronto Star, “It’s striking because it’s not a conversation we’re used to having.” Full review here: Thestar.com/reviews/joanne-proulx

Pre-publication Praise:

“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

“‘Be good,’ one character tells another early in We All Love the Beautiful Girls. No one in this devastating novel heeds this advice. Proulx has written a story that’s as gorgeous as the winter stars overhead. You will all love this beautiful book.” Neil Smith, author of Boo

We All Love the Beautiful Girls is a gripping tale of love gone awry, In a lively plot filled with twists and turns, Joanne Proulx’s characters flail about and pay a high price for their impulsiveness and rage. This is a book to keep readers glued to the page, and enthralled by the author’s skill and wisdom.” Lynne Sharon Schwartz, author of Two-Part Inventions

“Joanne Proulx is a rare talent.” Lauren B. Davis

Joanne Proulx’s debut novel Anthem of a Reluctant Prophet, published internationally (Penguin Canada; Soho US; Picador MacMillan UK; Arena, Netherlands), was selected by Border’s in 2008 for their prestigious Best New Voices series and was the recipient of Canada’s Sunburst Award for Fantastic Fiction and named a best debut of 2007 by The Globe and Mail. Proulx is an MFA graduate of the Bennington Writing Seminars where she workshopped We All Love the Beautiful Girls.

Praise for Joanne Proulx’s debut novel: ANTHEM OF A RELUCTANT PROPHET by Joanne Proulx

  • Winner 2008 Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic, Best YA Title
  • The Globe and Mail Best Debut Book of 2007
  • Shortlisted for the Ottawa Book Award

“Proulx channels ennui, insecurity and inner yearnings of a teenage boy to produce a fast-moving tale of struggling youth.” –Publishers Weekly

“[Proulx] weaves a compelling narrative about seeking faith and deftly channels the voice of a disaffected stoner.” –Entertainment Weekly

“Proulx is pitch-perfect in her portrayal of the potty-mouthed, weed-smoking, angst-ridden adolescent narrator. A debut novel that’s sharp, edgy and slightly skewed – all qualities Luke consummately embodies.” –Kirkus Reviews

“…believable and engaging” –Booklist

“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

“Ottawa writer Joanne Proulx’s debut novel rocks, and her teenage protagonist, Luke Hunter, the reluctant prophet of the title, rules. Forgive me for sounding juvenile, but I can’t help myself. This is a great book, and Proulx’s rendering of teenage angst is crafted with such precision and compassion that the reader rides the waves of fear, depression and elation that propel Luke’s chaotic life, paying little attention to the skill that drives the narrative. But after the breathless, lyric close that leaves Luke on the brink of adulthood, it is impossible not to marvel at Proulx’s mastery. The degree of her accomplishment — it is rare that a novel is so finely realized — resides largely in the first-person voice that claims this coming-of-age story…With undeniable candour and perfect pitch, Proulx renders Luke’s abject tale, his articulation of a life in perpetual crisis and his search for meaning in his uncanny ability to predict death…Her ability to evoke the day-to-day concerns and interior life of a teenager is as uncanny as Luke’s own prophesying…” –National Post

“An assured first novel… Proulx’s inspired opening salvo settles into a detailed, chatty character study. The anecdotal voice is all Luke’s, a narrative rippling with author’s insight slyly encoded in the hormone itch and cooler-than-thou posturing of a mixed-up teen…The beauty of this story is its complete and beguiling faithfulness to Luke’s inner world. I felt I was back inside 17, plagued by self-doubt, social blunders and sexual angst, stumbling toward some kind – any kind – of identity…Proulx’s message is expertly wrapped in her storytelling. Unaware, you watch Luke, recognize him, worry for him, until gradually you feel his ache, and his aching entry to adulthood, in your bones.” –The Globe and Mail

If Clara by Martha Baillie Publishes With Coach House Books!

Today IF CLARA by Martha Baillie publishes with Coach House Books and we couldn’t be more excited! Happy Book Birthday Martha!

From the Publisher: A mysterious manuscript falls into a bed-ridden writer’s lap in this novel of broken bones, Syrian folktales, and plummets of all varieties.

In If Clara, nobody stands on firm ground. Daisy, an author confined to her home, her leg in a cast from hip to ankle, receives a parcel containing the manuscript of a novel about a Syrian refugee, and is asked to pose as its writer. Julia, a curator of installation art, has no idea that her sister, Clara, has written a novel. However, she does know that Clara suffers from a debilitating mental illness that renders her wildly unpredictable. And Maurice’s life is changed by a pair of binoculars welded to the wall of Julia’s gallery. These stories collide in a most unexpected way.

Please visit the following link for more information about the book: chbooks.com/Books/I/If-Clara

Also, please join Martha Baillie on September 19th! In partnership with the IFOA and Toronto Lit Up, Coach House Books is launching IF CLARA. Doors open at 7 and readings will begin at 7:30. Don’t miss the chance to see her on October 5th at the Coach House Books Fall Launch. She will attend alongside fellow Transatlantic Agency client Naben Ruthnum. Full event details can be found at the following link: chbooks.com/Events

Praise: 

“Baillie’s mastery distinguishes each voice. Even the neat and sentimental conclusion offers solace as the characters’ complexity resonates beyond the page…Baillie’s novel will appeal to many and please the literary-minded too.” – Quill & Quire

Rights Sold: Coach House Books, World, All Languages ex. French

Earn It! by Cinders McLeod Publishes

We are delighted that EARN IT! by Cinders McLeod is finally here, having officially published with Nancy Paulsen Books today! Happy Book Birthday Cinders!

From the Publisher: “In this delightful introduction to the simple concept of earning money, an exuberant little bunny learns that fame and fortune must be earned.

Bun wants to be rich and famous. She loves to sing and knows she’s meant for a career on stage. It should all be pretty easy—her mom can just drive her to the concert hall to perform! But her mom reminds her that most good things, like the garden they are growing, take time and work. At first, Bun isn’t terribly excited by the idea of singing lessons and practice, but as she does the math and daydreams about her future singing career, the more she starts to like the idea of earning her way to stardom—a feeling just as good as being rich and famous!”

Get a preview of the inside of the book here.

Earlier this month it made CBC’s The Children’s Book Council “Hot Off the Press” reading list! View it here: www.cbcbooks.org/hot-off-the-press/

 

I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS Celebrates its 17th Territory!

In 2016 I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS by Iain Reid was simultaneously  published in the U.S., Canada, UK, Australia, the Netherlands and Turkey to incredible acclaim! Making Book Soup’s bestseller list in May 2017, the novel was also nominated for the Frank Heygi Award for Emerging Authors, the 2016 Shirley Jackson Award, and named a best book of 2016 by The Globe & Mail, 49th Shelf, Amazon, and NPR. We are absolutely thrilled to share that it has just sold in its 17th territory – a staggering accomplishment! To date the territories include the following:

U.S. (Scout Press), Canada (Simon & Schuster Canada), U.K. & A.N.Z.
(Text Publishing), The Netherlands (Prometheus), Brazil (Rocco), France
(Presses de la Cite), Israel (HaKursa), Denmark (Lindhardt og Ringhof),
Germany (Droemer), Turkey (Teas), Poland (Prosznski), Thailand
(WeLearn), China (United Sky), Korea (Arumdri Media Publishing),
Centrepolygraph Publishers (Russia), and Bjartur & Verold (Iceland).

Check out the praise the novel has received so far below!

Praise

“I’m Thinking of Ending Things is an ingeniously twisted nightmare road trip through the fragile psyches of two young lovers. My kind of  fun!” -Academy-award winning writer Charlie Kaufman

“The boldest and most original literary thriller to appear in some time. . . In addition to Cronenberg, the ghost of Stephen King hovers over these pages.” –Chicago Tribune

“Your dread and unease will mount with every passing page of this relationship tale.” – Entertainment Weekly

“This is a deliciously frightening novel, Reid has a light, idiosyncratic touch but never lets his vice-like grip of suspense slacken for a second. Once finished, you will be hard pressed not to start the whole terrifying journey all over again.” –The Independent

“I’m Thinking of Ending Things is one of the best debut novels I’ve ever read. Iain Reid has crafted a tight, ferocious little book, with a persistent tenor of suspense that tightens and mounts toward its visionary, harrowing final pages.” -Scott Heim, author of Mysterious Skin and We Disappear

“An addictive metaphysical investigation into the nature of identity, one which seduces and horrifies in equal measure. Reid masterfully explores the perversity of loneliness and somehow also creates a very entertaining thriller. I found myself yelling at the characters to put their feet on the pedal and drive.” -Heather O’Neill, author of
Lullabies for Little Criminals and Daydreams of Angels

“Here are some near-certainties about I’m Thinking of Ending Things. Number One: You’re going to read it fast. Over the course of an afternoon or an evening. The momentum is unstoppable—once you start, you won’t be able to stop. And Two: once you race to the end and  understand the significance of those final pages, you won’t be able to stop thinking about it. This novel will find a spot in your heart and head and it will live there—for days, weeks, months, or (in my case) the rest of your life. Yes. It really is that good.” -Craig Davidson (aka Nick Cutter), author of Cataract City and The Deep

“Iain Reid’s I’m Thinking of Ending Things is an engaging and bizarre dialogue between normality and weirdness, where ‘normal’ equals dishonesty and ‘weird’ is synonymous with vulnerability. In a novel this twisted it shouldn’t come as a surprise that its ending is even stranger than the narrative route that takes us there…but it does. Reid’s novel is a road trip to the heart of creepyness.” – Sjón, author of The Blue FoxFrom the Mouth of the Whale, and The Whispering Muse

“This is the most unsettling book I have ever read…deliciously sinister, dark, and harrowing.” –Book Riot

“Iain Reid’s book is somewhat of a philosophical tract as well as a novel. The narrator often muses over big life-and-death ideas such as the one above, but in a disarming way that renders these thoughts to feel like a seamless part of the narrative. It’s an incredibly hard thing to achieve, and Reid has done it to perfection: introducing ideas
to the reader without taking them out of the narrative.” –Electric Literature

“A superbly crafted psychological thriller, with forays into the metaphysical, which promises to keep you up at night.” –Macleans

“I picked up I’m Thinking of Ending Things one afternoon this past summer at a bookstore outside a movie theatre, planning to read the first chapter or so before my matinee started. Two and a half hours later, I’d missed the film entirely…” – Hazlitt

“I’m Thinking of Ending Things rocked my world. This slim novel about a man on a trip with his unhappy girlfriend is a total mindbender, and when it ended, I immediately started flipping back through it to re-experience old scenes with new knowledge. Don’t risk spoiling it for yourself by reading reviews; just be brave and buckle up.” -Powell’s
Books

“I’m Thinking of Ending Things is an utterly compelling modern Gothic that stakes its claim in the inner precincts of horror. Reid builds tension the way Edgar Allen Poe builds brick walls in his basement.” -Wayne Grady, author of Emancipation Day

“Smart, dangerous and spooky as hell. Iain Reid takes you on a harrowing road trip that keeps you riveted until the final destination.” -Brian
Francis, author of Fruit and Natural Order

Sharon Bala Long-listed for the 2017 Journey Prize for “Reading Week”

Congratulations to Sharon Bala, who has been long-listed for the 2017 Journey Prize, for her story “Reading Week” (first published in PRISM International)! This is her second nomination for this prize, with the nomination for “Butter Tea at Starbucks” (first published in The New Quarterly) being announced earlier this month.

Awarded through Writers’ Trust of Canada​, McClelland & Stewart​’s The Journey Prize​ lauds an emerging Canadian writer for a short story originally published in a Canadian literary magazine. Previous winners of The Journey Prize include Yann Martel, Alissa York, Jessica Grant, Yasuko Thanh, Timothy Taylor and Miranda Hill. Sharon’s “Butter Tea at Starbucks” and “Reading Week” will appear in The Journey Prize Stories 29, along with the other nominees. The winner will be selected from the anthology’s stories and will receive $10,000 from the Trust.

Sharon’s highly anticipated debut novel, THE BOAT PEOPLE, is forthcoming from McClleland & Stewart Canada and Doubleday Books​ US in January 2018.

To view the full longlist, please visit www.writerstrust.com/Awards/Journey-Prize.aspx.

Deal News: I REMEMBER YOU by Elisabeth de Mariaffi

UK Commonwealth Ex Canada rights to Giller Prize-longlisted author Elisabeth de Mariaffi’s haunting new novel I REMEMBER YOU, now titled HYSTERIA in North America, for fans of Hitchcock and readers of Sarah Waters, when a young German woman encounters a strange little girl in the woods, she begins to fear what lies beneath the shiny veneer of the 1950s upstate New York community where she lives with her young son and her husband, a controlling American psychiatrist, but when her son suddenly goes missing, she finds herself torn between the possibility that her husband is involved in the boy’s disappearance and the dark suggestion that something otherworldly has taken him, to Miranda Jewess of Titan Publishing Group​ by Samantha Haywood of the Transatlantic Agency, previously to Iris Tupholme, Publisher of HarperCollins Canada for 2018.