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/

DEAL NEWS – WAG by ZAZIE TODD

We’re delighted to report that we’ve sold World English rights to WAG: The Science of Making Your Dog Happyby dog trainer and popular Companion Animal Psychology blogger Zazie Todd, to Greystone Books.

WAG is an essential book for any dog owner concerned about her dog’s happiness, for the readers of Inside of a Dog and The Other End of the Leash. It’s an evidence-based guide to what makes dogs happy in all aspects of their lives, from exercise to grooming to training, veterinary visits, playing and sleeping through to difficult decisions in end of life care. In it, Zazie Todd unpacks cutting-edge research from around the world to help dog owners understand how to improve their animals’ lives. Readers will learn the science behind how to motivate their dog; how to make their dog enjoy being handled and be less stressed at the vet; and how to provide socialization and enrichment for their dog. Most importantly of all, they will learn to better recognize when their dog is happy – and when they are not.

Todd has a PhD in Psychology (Nottingham) and an MFA in Creative Writing from UBC. She is an honours graduate of The Academy for Dog Trainers (known as “the Harvard of Dog Training”), gives talks and workshops on scientific dog training, and is a volunteer at the BC SPCA. Companion Animal Psychology has been mentioned by The Daily Mail, io9.com, Scientific American blogs, the Smithsonian magazine, Victoria Stilwell’s positively.com, and The New Inquiry, and Zazie also writes Fellow Creatures, a blog at Psychology Today.

Deal News: Short for Chameleon by Vicki Grant

French rights to Vicki Grant’s SHORT FOR CHAMELEON have sold to Bayard by Lora Fountain of Lora Fountain & Associates, in a deal arranged by Fiona Kenshole. This YA caper follows a teenaged rent-a-relative, an elderly scam-buster and a beautiful girl with a devastating past as they find the meaning of family.

Deal News: 36 Questions That Changed My Mind About You by Vicki Grant

Italian rights have sold for Vicki Grant’s 36 QUESTIONS THAT CHANGED MY MIND ABOUT YOU to Simona Casonata at Mondadori, in a pre-empt, by Vanessa Maus of Berla & Griffini; Indonesian rights, at auction, have been sold by Nawara Hinkaran of Tuttle-Mori; and Korean rights, at auction, have sold to Frombooks by Sungwoo Ahn of EntersKorea Agency, all on behalf of Fiona Kenshole. The YA romance is about two strangers with heart-breaking secrets who answer 36 questions to see if they can fall in love, inspired by a “Modern Love” column in the New York Times.