All the Dirt by Katherine Ashenburg Nominated for the 2018 Rocky Mountain Book Award!

This week the 2018 Rocky Mountain Book Award nominees were announced, and we are absolutely delighted that ALL THE DIRT: A History of Getting Clean (Annick Press) by Katherine Ashenburg and illustrated by Capuzine Mazille, is on the list! This is an Alberta-based reader’s choice award that invites students in grades 4-7 and their educators to select their favourite books. The winner will be awarded a gold medal. Congratulations to Katherine and Capucine, and their fellow nominees!

Please visit the following link for a full list of the nominees: www.rmba.info/rmba/nominees/2018/

To learn more about the award, you may visit www.rmba.info/about/

Gary Barwin Wins the 2017 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour!

We are delighted to share that Gary Barwin, author of YIDDISH FOR PIRATES (Penguin Random House Canada), has won the 2017 Leacock Medal for Humour, one of Canada’s oldest literary prizes. Gary took home a $15,000 cheque from the TD Financial Group and a prestigious Leacock Medal cast in silver. Gary is officially the 69th winner in the history of the award, joining such Canadian literary giants as Mordecai Richler, Robertson Davies, W.O. Mitchell, Terry Fallis and Patrick deWitt.  Congratulations to Gary and his fellow nominees!

Please visit the following link to learn more about the award: https://leacock.ca/2017/06/11/gary-barwin-wins-2017-leacock-medal/

To read Gary’s wonderful acceptance speech, please visit: https://leacock.ca/2017-2/gary-barwin-leacock-medal-acceptance-speech/

THE BEST KIND OF PEOPLE Selected as a 2017 Hamilton Reads Title

Zoe Whittall​’s Scotiabank Giller Prize​-shortlisted novel THE BEST KIND OF PEOPLE (House of Anansi Press​) is the Hamilton Reads 2017 title! Hamilton Reads is a large book club hosted by the Hamilton Public Library​.

The novel has been hugely successful, having been previously selected as Indigo’s #1 Best Book of 2016. It was also named a Best Book of the Year by The Globe and Mail​, National Post​, The Walrus and Toronto Life. It will be reaching a new audience when it publishes with Hodder & Stoughton in the UK this summer and with Ballantine US Fall 2017.

Check out the link below for information about the Hamilton Reads book club, great discussion questions, and information about Zoe and her book!

http://www.hpl.ca/news/hamilton-reads-2017

 

Diane Schoemperlen’s Short Story Collection Publishes with Biblioasis

Happy Book Birthday to Diane Schoemperlen, whose collection of short stories, FIRST THINGS FIRST: Selected Stories, publishes with Biblioasis today!

From the publisher: “A reSet original, First Things First gathers 18 of the best of Diane Schoemperlen’s earliest and uncollected stories, with several being published in book form for the first time. Playfully inventive, comic, moving and profound, this collection will reinforce Schoemperlen’s importance as one of the leading short story writers of her generation.”

From June 5 to 12 she will be attending the Woodbridge Farm Retreat. She will host an already sold out day-long memoir writing workshop on June 10. Her short story collection will launch on June 11 at an outdoor reading with Marty Gervais and Daniel Lockhart, an event that is open to everyone. Please find full details about the retreat at the following link: https://thewoodbridgefarm.com/events/

On June 22 Diane will launch her short story collection at Novel Idea in Kingston, while on June 28 she will launch in Toronto at Ben McNally’s. Full details are in the posters!

 

 

 

 

Praise for Diane Schoemperlen

“There is no mistaking a Schoemperlen story—devoted to form, faithful to the mysteries of the everyday.”—The Globe & Mail

“Schoemperlen takes off from the modest launchpad of these seemingly simple concepts, soaring away in wholly unexpected directions. And we follow, thrilled by her quicksilver prose, warm humor, sexiness, precision, and tenderness.”—Booklist

“Schoemperlen’s inventive language and narrative structures encourage readers to be free ‘from the prison of everyday thinking.’”—The New York Times Book Review

“Lovely, clever [and] imaginative.”—The Wall Street Journal

Rights Sold: Biblioasis, World English

Deal News: The Campaign by Tanya Lloyd Kyi

Tanya Lloyd KyiWorld 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.

All the Dirt and Deep Roots Shortlisted for the 2018 Red Cedar Non-fiction Award!

The 2018 Red Cedar Non-fiction Award shortlist has been announced, and we are delighted to share that both Katherine Ashenburg and Nikki Tate are receiving acknowledgement for their amazing books! Katherine’s book ALL THE DIRT: A History of Getting Clean (Annick Press) and Nikki’s book DEEP ROOTS: How Trees Sustain Our Planet (Orca Book Publishers) are on the list. This is British Columbia’s reader’s choice award, in which thousands of children between grades 4 and 7 from across BC read from nominated lists of fiction and non-fiction and vote for their favourites in April of each year. We’re not surprised that these books are two of them!

Please visit the following link to view the full shortlist: www.redcedaraward.ca/blog/2017/05/26/the-20172018-red-cedar-nominees-for-information-are/

Also check out the following link to learn more about the award: www.redcedaraward.ca/group-leader-resources/about-red-cedar/

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.