Deal News: Games’ End and Lark Takes a Bow by Natasha Deen!

World English rights to GAMES’ END by Natasha Deen have been sold to Stephanie Berrington at Great Plains Publications for publication in fall 2017. GAMES’ END is the third book in the YA fantasy Guardian trilogy. Book Two in the series, GATEKEEPER, was recently shortlisted for the Alberta Readers’ Choice Award. Amy Tompkins arranged the deal.

LARK TAKES A BOW by Natasha Deen has been sold to Andrew Wooldridge and Liz Kemp at Orca Book Publishers for publication in 2018 in a deal for world rights. The latest title in the Lark Ba chapter book series. Amy Tompkins handled the sale.

ANNA MAXYMIW’S THE LODGE SELLS AT AUCTION TO MCCLELLAND & STEWART!

Anna Maxymiw‘s THE LODGE, for readers of Eating Dirt by Charlotte Gill and Fire Season by Philip Connors, this extraordinary memoir offers a glimpse into the joy, fear, filth, and ferocity of working at a remote fishing lodge in the boreal forest.

McClelland & Stewart publisher Jared Bland has acquired Canadian English-language rights at auction. An excerpt from the forthcoming memoir won Silver in the Humour category at the National Magazine Awards, where the piece was also nominated in the Personal Journalism category. Maxymiw’s work has been published in the Globe and Mail, Hazlitt, The Walrus, The Malahat Review, and Maisonneuve. The Lodge is slated for publication in May 2019 with senior editor Jenny Bradshaw and publishing manager Kelly Joseph editing. The deal was arranged by Stephanie Sinclair at the Transatlantic Literary Agency.

Zoe Whittall Signs Two-Book Deals with HarperCollins and Ballantine!

HarperCollins Canada and Ballantine US announced today that Zoe Whittall has signed two-book deals with the companies. Iris Tupholme, SVP, Executive Publisher of HarperCollins, won a heated auction in Canada with a very strong six-figure deal. Whittall’s American editor, Andra Miller, Executive Editor of Ballantine, who is publishing The Best Kind of People in Fall 2017, again acquired US rights, also in a six figure two-book deal. Whittall’s upcoming novel, The Spectacular, is scheduled to publish in Canada and the US in the fall of 2019. The deals were organized by Samantha Haywood of Transatlantic Agency.

Whittall’s most recent novel, The Best Kind of People, was shortlisted for the prestigious Scotiabank Giller Prize and was selected as Indigo’s #1 Best Book of 2016. It was also named a Best Book of the Year by The Globe and Mail, the National Post, The Walrus and Toronto Life.

“Zoe Whittall is one of the finest writers of her generation, the rare writer who captures in her fiction both the finer details of our fragile human lives and the big, vibrant story arc that is irresistible to readers. Her characteristic ability to choose themes that resonate with contemporary readers gives her work freshness and immediacy.” —Iris Tupholme

“Zoe Whittall possesses the rare talent of being able to tackle the issues of our time with both sensitivity and ferocity. She understands what drives us, what complicates our lives, and the nuances of our family relationships. It’s a privilege to be publishing her in the US at Ballantine—she is one of our bright stars.”—Andra Miller

“Zoe Whittall is a writer of immense talent, who keeps getting stronger with each book. Finding her a home with the dynamic team at HarperCollins, and a devoted editor and champion as skilled as Iris Tupholme, is deeply satisfying.” —Samantha Haywood

The Spectacular begins in the late 1990s. Ruth is 80 and secretly enjoying a hot affair with a widower neighbour in suburban Montreal when she finds out she is dying. She decides to throw herself a farewell party in the seaside village where she spent her childhood, on the Aegean, in Turkey. She hopes to take along Missy, her granddaughter, a cello player in a notorious art-rock orchestra experiencing a wave of commercial success. Missy doesn’t want to stop touring; she’s happy travelling with her best friends, and has a lover in almost every city.

But she’s forced to leave the tour after an incident at the border involving a forgotten flap of cocaine. She reluctantly joins Ruth on her journey, even though they disagree in almost every way about what a woman should expect from life—something that keeps them from telling each other a secret that could bring them closer together. We follow Missy and Ruth during three crucial turning points in their lives, via several interlocking narratives, as they negotiate who they wish they could be in a world that doesn’t always give them that freedom.

“I’m thrilled to work with Iris Tupholme and the incredible team at HarperCollins and join an esteemed list that includes so many of my Canadian literary heroes, and with Andra Miller and the wonderful folks at Ballantine whose support means so much. I’m honoured to find a home for my next books with such venerable publishers.”—Zoe Whittall

Zoe Whittall is the author of The Best Ten Minutes of Your Life (2001), The Emily Valentine Poems (2006) and Precordial Thump (2008), and is the editor of Geeks, Misfits and Outlaws (2003). Her debut novel, Bottle Rocket Hearts (2007), placed among the Globe and Mail’s Best Books of the Year and CBC Canada Reads’ Top Ten Essential Novels of the Decade.  Her second novel, Holding Still for As Long As Possible (2009), won a Lambda Literary Award and was an American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book. Most recently, The Best Kind of People (2016), has taken the Canadian literary scene by storm, receiving countless accolades, and will be published in the UK (Hodder & Stoughton) and the US (Ballantine) in 2017. Whittall’s writing has appeared in The Walrus, The Believer, The Globe and Mail, the National Post, Fashion and more. She has also worked as a writer and story editor on the TV shows Degrassi: The Next Generation, The Baroness Von Sketch Show and Schitt’s Creek. Born in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, she has an MFA from the University of Guelph and lives in Toronto.

Deal News: The High-Rise in Fort Fierce and Guile by Paul Carlucci

Danuta Gleed Award-winner Paul Carlucci‘s next two books- THE HIGH-RISE IN FORT FIERCE, a provocative linked collection about living in isolation and fear, and GUILE, his debut novel loosely based on 18th century voyageur Alexis St. Martin – to Bethany Gibson at Goose Lane Editions by Stephanie Sinclair of the Transatlantic Agency (Canada).

Deal News: The Honey Farm by Harriet Alida Lye

For fans of Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan and readers of Kazuo Ishiguro’s haunting novel Never Let Me Go, comes Harriet Alida Lye‘s beautifully creepy debut, THE HONEY FARM– a psychological thriller about art, bees and love. When beekeeper Cynthia offers budding artists room and board in exchange for help on the farm; a romance begins between two of the workers. Creepy, inexplicable events, possibly orchestrated by the enigmatic woman in charge, start to unfold around them and they can no longer tell if Cynthia is protector or destroyer. US rights sold on a pre-empt to Katie Henderson Adams at Liveright (Canada English previously sold to Whitney Moran at Vagrant Press) for Summer 2018 by Stephanie Sinclair of the Transatlantic Agency. Film/TV handled by Kim Yau at Paradigm.

Deal News: Find You In The Dark by Naben Ruthnum

Reminiscent of The Talented Mr. Ripley, with elements of Red Dragon and the hit series Dexter, comes Journey Prize winner Naben Ruthnum, writing as Nathan Ripley’s debut thriller, FIND YOU IN THE DARK. Following the story of Martin Reese, a family man whose obsessive need to right the past by digging up the undiscovered skeletal remains of serial killer victims is about to lead to a terrifyingly real encounter with a killer who is very much alive. Sold in a two-book deal, at auction, in a six-figure deal, to Rakesh Satyal of Atria and Laurie Grassi of Simon & Schuster Canada (NA) by Stephanie Sinclair & Samantha Haywood of the Transatlantic Agency. TV/film rights sold in a pre-empt to eOne by Dana Spector of Paradigm Agency.

Deal News: The Bird House by Fran Kimmel

World rights to Fran Kimmel’s sophomore novel, THE BIRD HOUSE– following a troubled family who shelters an orphan over the holidays, the novel illuminates the surprising ways we heal one another and how love can sometimes be found in the most unexpected places- to ECW Press Senior Editor Jen Knoch by Stephanie Sinclair of Transatlantic Agency for Fall 2018.

Deal News: The Centaur’s Wife by Amanda Leduc

In the tradition of Station Eleven and The Leftovers comes THE CENTAUR’S WIFE by Amanda Leduc, a dark and exciting post-apocalyptic story about despair, redemption, and magic. Starting the day after asteroids hit the planet, THE CENTAUR’S WIFE follows a ragtag group of people with mysterious connections to centaurs living in a nearby mountain–centaurs whose magic might just teach the others to navigate a world that is dying and being reborn all at once. Canada (English) rights to Anne Collins, Publisher of Random House Canada for spring/summer 2018. World rights ex Canada and TV/film available. Contact: samantha@transatlanticagency.com

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/