Deal News: Frying Plantain by Zalika Reid-Benta

Sarah Maclachlan at House of Anansi Press has acquired world rights to Columbia MFA grad and Banff Centre alum Zalika Reid-Benta’s debut story collection FRYING PLANTAIN for publication under the Astoria imprint in spring 2019. FRYING PLANTAIN is a series of interconnected stories rooted in the Toronto neighbourhood of Eglinton West and Marlee. The reader follows the protagonist, Kara Davis, who transitions from girlhood to young womanhood during the span of the collection. Artfully dealing with family dysfunction and intergenerational cycles, Reid-Benta uses everyday experiences to explore the conflation of Canadian and Jamaican identity. The deal was arranged by Amy Tompkins.

DEAL NEWS: Rest Play Grow by Deborah MacNamara

Danish rights to Dr. Deborah MacNamara‘s Rest Play Grow: Making Sense of Preschoolers (and Anyone Who Acts Like One) to Blue Pearl, arranged by Trena White. Rights previously sold include Italian, French, German, Russian, and Spanish. Based on the work of one of the world’s foremost child development experts, Rest, Play, Grow offers a road map to making sense of young children, and is what every toddler, preschooler, and kindergartner wishes we understood about them.

DEAL NEWS: Rest Play Grow by Deborah MacNamara

Audio rights to Dr. Deborah MacNamara‘s Rest Play Grow: Making Sense of Preschoolers (and Anyone Who Acts Like One) to Laura Gachko at Audible by Trena White. Based on the work of one of the world’s foremost child development experts, Rest, Play, Grow offers a road map to making sense of young children, and is what every toddler, preschooler, and kindergartner wishes we understood about them.

DEAL NEWS: A Mind Spread Out on the Ground by Alicia Elliott

Doubleday Canada editor Kiara Kent has acquired Canadian English rights to the 2017-2018 Geoffrey and Margaret Andrew Fellow and National Magazine Award–winning Tuscarora writer Alicia Elliott‘s narrative nonfiction debut, A MIND SPREAD OUT ON THE GROUND. It will explore the links of colonialism, mental illness, art and abuse through a blend of cultural criticism, literary criticism, and political and historical discourse along with the author’s personal narrative. The book will publish in spring 2019. The pre-empt deal was arranged by Samantha Haywood and Stephanie Sinclair. World ex: Canada and tv/film contact: samantha@transatlanticagency.com.

Deal News: SABRINA by Nick Drnaso

UK Commonwealth (ex. Canada) rights to SABRINA by Nick Drnaso to Alex Bowler at Granta​, a timely and articulate graphic novel about the disappearance of an airman in the U.S. Air Force, and the depiction of a modern world devoid of personal interaction and responsibility, where relationships are stripped of intimacy through glowing computer screens, and a contemplation of the dangers of a fake news climate, by Samantha Haywood on behalf of Drawn and Quarterly​. Contact: samantha@transatlanticagency.com

DEAL NEWS: THINGS TO DO WHEN IT’S RAINING by Marissa Stapley

Norwegian rights to THINGS TO DO WHEN IT’S RAINING by bestselling author Marissa Stapley sold to Cappelen Damm by Jeanine Langenburg of Sebes & Bisseling Literary Agency on behalf of Samantha Haywood. Rights previously S&S Canada, Graydon House US, both editions publishing simultaneously in Spring 2018. And Rowohlt Verlag acquired at auction and published first in Germany in Nov 2017, while Italian rights were sold on a pre-empt to Sperling & Kupfer. For readers of Jojo Moyes, 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. For UK, translation and tv/film contact: samantha@transatlanticagency.com

DEAL NEWS: A collection co-edited by Stacey May Fowles and Jen Sookfong Lee

Stacey May FowlesDEAL NEWS: World rights to a collection of writing centering on women’s personal experiences of surviving and healing after sexual assault, co-edited by authors Stacey May Fowles and Jen Sookfong Lee to Greystone Books for fall 2018. The deal was arranged by Samantha Haywood of the Transatlantic Agency and Carolyn Swayze of the Carolyn Swayze Literary Agency.

Deal News: ANTHEM OF A RELUCTANT PROPHET by Joanne Proulx

Italian rights to Joanne Proulx’s award-winning debut novel ANTHEM OF A RELUCTANT PROPHET sold to Fanucci Editore by Erica Berla of Berla & Griffini Rights Agency on behalf of Samantha Haywood. And Russian rights to Palmyra Publishers by Samantha Haywood. The novel tells the gripping story of 17-year old Luke Hunter after he discovers he can foretell death, a ‘gift’ he’d rather not have. Film rights previously optioned by Sepia Films, and originally published in 2007 by Penguin Canada, Arena Netherlands, Picador UK and Soho Press US. For translation rights contact: samantha@transatlanticagency.com

Deal News: BIX by Scott Chantler

World French rights to award-winning graphic novelist Scott Chantler‘s forthcoming new original graphic novel, BIX, a mostly wordless black and white graphic biography highlighting the career of Leon Bix Beiderbecke, an early jazz cornet player, who rose rapidly to fame in the 1920s before falling just as quickly from grace due to a wretched dependence on alcohol, to Frederic Gauthier of La Pasteque, NA previously to Ed Schlesinger of Gallery 13, Simon & Schuster by Samantha Haywood. For UK and translation and tv/film rights contact: samantha@transatlanticagency.com

Deal News: THINGS TO DO WHEN IT’S RAINING BY MARISSA STAPLEY

Italian rights to THINGS TO DO WHEN IT’S RAINING by bestselling author Marissa Stapley sold on a pre-empt to Sperling & Kupfer Editori by Erica Berla of Berla & Griffini on behalf of Samantha Haywood. Rights previously to Nita Pronovost at Simon & Schuster Canada, Brittany Lavery at Graydon House for US, both editions publishing simultaneously in Spring 2018. And Rowohlt Verlag acquired at auction and published first in Germany in Nov 2017. 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. For UK, translation and tv/film contact: samantha@transatlanticagency.com