Kristen den Hartog and Tracy Kasaboski‘s new work, THE SWEETEST MUSIC, a sweeping, working-class family memoir, begins with a young cowkeeper and his wife who arrive in 1840s London, England from Wales to escape poverty but instead plunge into it, then follows their descendants through 100 years to the big band era of the 1920s and 1930s in London, Ontario. World English rights to Anna Comfort-O’Keeffe at Douglas & McIntyre by Samantha Haywood of Transatlantic Agency.
Penguin Canada managing editor David Ross has acquired world rights to Toronto writer Samra Habib’s WE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN HERE, a memoir of the transformative experiences that have shaped her identity as a queer Muslim, to be published under the Viking imprint in spring 2019. The deal was arranged by Samantha Haywood of the Transatlantic Agency.
HOME ICE: Reflections of a Reluctant Hockey Mom by Angie Abdou chronicles and illuminates a full season in the life of a hockey parent, crafting a nuanced and unflinching self-portrait of a mother dedicated to supporting her son’s passion for amateur hockey but struggling with ambivalence over our society’s often troubling sport culture and its impact on her family. Canadian English rights sold at auction to Susan Renouf at ECW Press by Jesse Finkelstein & Samantha Haywood of the Transatlantic Agency (Fall 2018).
From the award-winning author of the debut novel Anthem of a Reluctant Prophet, recently adapted as a feature film starring Juliette Lewis and Cameron Monaghan, comes the incredible new novel, WE ALL LOVE THE BEAUTIFUL GIRLS by Joanne Proulx. For readers of propulsive family dramas, Proulx’s second novel calls to mind The Ice Storm and The Best Kind of People. World rights ex: Canada sold to Executive Editor Millicent Bennett of Grand Central Publishing in a six-figure deal for publication in the US in 2018. Canadian rights previously acquired by Nicole Winstanley for Viking Penguin for publication in Canada in Fall 2017. Both deals arranged by Samantha Haywood of Transatlantic Agency.
CROSS UPS 2 by Sylvia Chiang has been acquired by Katie Hearn and Rick Wilks at Annick Press in a deal for world rights. The second book in the CROSS UPS series of middle grade novels with a video game theme. Amy Tompkins handled the deal.
World English rights to THE CAMPAIGN and a second untitled middle grade novel by Tanya Lloyd Kyi in a two-book deal to Lynne Missen at Penguin Random House Canada for publication under the Tundra imprint in 2018. THE CAMPAIGN is a middle-grade story of one girl’s journey toward concerned citizenship and digital domination. Amy Tompkins arranged the deal.
Blackstone Publishing has acquired Atz Kilcher’s memoir about growing up with a hard father in a hard land. SON OF A MIDNIGHT LAND offers readers a realistic look at the emotional price this eldest of eight children paid for his father’s dream to homestead in Alaska’s remote wilderness.
Known to many as the patriarch of Discovery Channel’s Emmy-shortlisted program Alaska: The Last Frontier, Kilcher is also an artist, a writer, a musician, and the man who taught his daughter Jewel how to sing and perform.
Kilcher’s tough upbringing in the Alaskan frontier is described vividly in this memoir. His mother, a cultured Swiss woman, struggled to adapt to the family’s new way of life, far from civilization, while his father was determined to make their new life work. Atz (prounounced AHHTZ) reflects on the survival skills he took on because of this upbringing—some that served him well and others from which he later had to learn to free himself in order to become a better man and a good father to his own children.
Throughout the memoir, Kilcher’s message conveys an important revelation the junior Kilcher has come to in his later years: that his father’s harsh manner was essentially fallout from his own fear of failure; relational intimacy was a luxury he simply didn’t have time for. Letting his father off the hook sets Kilcher free to optimistically cultivate the good things—and the good land—his father worked so hard to create.
We couldn’t be happier about placing Atz’s book with Blackstone, who is making it one of their first non-fiction releases from their new print line, set to release simultaneously alongside the audio version read by the author, a natural oral storyteller.
Atz Kilcher is represented by Sandra Bishop. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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, 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.
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.