World English audio rights to award-winning author Helen Epstein’s astounding memoir, THE LONG HALF-LIVES OF LOVE, the story begins with the author, in mid-life, deciding to revisit her adolescent love, Robbie, and, as the daughter of Czech refugees from communism, she embarks on a journey to piece her story together, helping Epstein understand and come to terms with her intimate history, sold to Rena Ayer at Audible in a deal by Samantha Haywood.
This week we’re celebrating the US publication of Radiant Shimmering Light by Sarah Selecky. It’s already topping Best of December lists and getting rave reviews. Here are just a few of our favorites:
“…hilarious book that pokes much-needed fun at the world of #blessed empowerment events.
—Mackenzie Dawson for the NY Post
“If you need a belly laugh, add Radiant Shimmering Light to the top of your reading list. This hilarious satirical novel is about a single 40-year-old woman trying to build her brand as an animal aura portrait artist (lol) and her newly internet-famous cousin who supposedly has all the answers. Prepare for a lot of giggling and a lot of cringing.” —Elizabeth Entenman for Hello Giggles
“Selecky’s vivid, smartly satirical tale will make you feel like you’ve fallen into an exquisite painting, a women’s empowerment cult and a midlife crisis all at once.” –People Magazine
“[T]his darkly hilarious satire … delivers an unforgettable take on authenticity, success, and storytelling in today’s digital age. —Melissa Ragsdale for Bustle
“In the satirical novel Radiant Shimmering Light, author Sarah Selecky holds up a mirror to society’s obsession with creating fantasy lives that don’t accurately reflect their reality.” —Danielle Bauter for Orange County Register
“If you’ve ever fallen asleep during savasana in yoga class or gotten a headache from your essential-oil mix, Sarah Selecky’s hilarious debut novel about self-help gurus and the people who follow them is for you.” —Bethanne Patrick for The Washington Post
“Selecky bucks expectations in her satirical portrait of estranged cousins Lilian, an artist obsessed with social media and finding enlightenment, and Eleven, a guru behind the cultish organization called the Ascendancy. They collide as only this cultural moment could allow. Lilian goes to work for Eleven and her queasily exploitative firm, selling empowerment for profit, and buys into the baloney. Selecky doesn’t judge her, however, instead offering a radically gentle takedown of capitalist spiritualism. The author sacrifices bite for empathy, but as she scrolls through curated Instagram feeds and transcribes inane seminars, she still finds plenty to make fun of in this ridiculous — yet frighteningly familiar — world.” —David Canfield for Entertainment Weekly
A nuanced satire–both hilarious and disconcerting–that probes the blurred lines between empowerment, spirituality, and consumerism in our online lives.
Lilian Quick is 40, single, and childless, working as a pet portrait artist. She paints the colored light only she can see, but animal aura portraits are a niche market at best. She’s working hard to build her brand on social media and struggling to pay the rent.
Her estranged cousin has become internet-famous as “Eleven” Novak, the face of a massive feminine lifestyle empowerment brand, and when Eleven comes to town on tour, the two women reconnect. Despite twenty years of unexplained silence, Eleven offers Lilian a place at The Temple, her Manhattan office. Lilian accepts, moves to New York, and quickly enrolls in The Ascendency, Eleven’s signature program: an expensive, three-month training seminar on leadership, spiritual awakening, and marketing. Eleven is going to help her cousin become her best self: confident, affluent, and self-actualized.
In just three months, Lilian’s life changes drastically: She learns how to break her negative thought patterns, achieves financial solvency, grows an active and engaged online following, and builds authentic friendships. She finally feels seen for who she really is. Success! . . . But can Lilian trust everything Eleven says? This compelling, heartfelt satire asks us: How do we recognize authenticity when storytelling and magic have been co-opted by marketing?
SARAH SELECKY‘s breakout debut collection, This Cake Is for the Party, was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book, and was longlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. Her stories have been published in The Walrus, Elle Canada, The New Quarterly, and The Journey Prize anthology, among other publications. She is also the founder of the Sarah Selecky Writing School.
BEAVERS, the first book in the new middle-grade nonfiction SUPERHERO FIELD GUIDE series by Rachel Poliquin and award-winning illustrator Nicholas John Frith, is a delightfully informative, laugh-out-loud full-color look at the most unsuspecting of animal heroes, perfect for readers who like their facts served with a large dose of humor.
Rachel Poliquin is a writer engaged in all things orderly and disorderly in the natural world. With a cross-disciplinary background in visual arts, cultural history and natural history, she holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of British Columbia and a Post-Doctoral Degree in History from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Poliquin is the author of the SUPERPOWER FIELD GUIDE series, and has also written for Science Friday, The Believer Magazine, and The New York Times.
“Eager beavers who likewise find these redoubtable rodents ‘utterly gobsmackable!’ will find a chewy array of print and web resources to sink their teeth into at the end.”
– Booklist, STARRED review
“Well worth the purchase.”
– Kirkus Reviews
“Clear and friendly.”
– School Library Journal
BREAKING NEWS: We’re in casting heaven following the news that Oscar-winning actress Brie Larson will star in Charlie Kaufman’s Netflix adaptation of Iain Reid‘s international bestseller I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS!
Kaufman is also producing with Likely Story’s Anthony Bregman and Stefanie Azpiazu with Reid set to co-produce.
We can’t wait to see the rest of the cast come together!
With the majority of the world’s population deciding to be childless, scientists develop a process called “pullulation,” which causes certain species of birds and mammals to transmogrify into human form. When an accident occurs turning billions of birds and mammals to humanoids, one man is about to find his quiet life turned upside down. Publication set for Fall 2020.
Turkish rights to THE COACHING HABIT by Michael Bungay Stanier to Sola Yayinari by The Kalem Agency in association with Stephanie Sinclair of the Transatlantic Agency on behalf of Page Two Strategies.
Turkish rights to TALKING ABOUT DEATH WON’T KILL YOU by Kathy Kortes-Miller to Sola Yayinari by The Kalem Agency in association with Stephanie Sinclair of the Transatlantic Agency on behalf of Page Two Strategies.
Rights to EQ APPLIED by Justin Bariso sold to Vahlen, at auction, in Germany by The Liepman Agency; United Creadion, at auction, in mainland China and China Times, at auction, in Taiwan by The Grayhawk Agency; to Metagora, at auction, in Czech by Kristin Olson Literary Agency; and in Russia, at auction, to Bombora Publishers; all by Stephanie Sinclair of the Transatlantic Agency on behalf of Page Two Strategies.
Eliza Berkowitz at Sterling Children’s Books has acquired world rights to Invent-a-Pet by Vicky Fang (l.), illustrated by Tidawan Thaipinnarong. Pitched as Dear Zoo meets Ada Twist, Scientist, the STEM-based picture book introduces basic coding concepts as a girl programs a mysterious machine in a quest to develop the perfect pet. Publication is set for spring 2020; Rachael Stein will edit. Elizabeth Bennett represented the author.
Alessandra is a writer based between Salt Spring Island, BC and Toronto, Ontario. She is the recipient of the 2017 CBC Poetry Prize and the 2015 Bronwen Wallace Award in poetry from the Writer’s Trust of Canada, runner-up for Event Magazine’s Creative Non-Fiction Prize, and two-time finalist the Edna Steabler Personal Essay Prize and Arc Magazine’s Poem of Year, as well as The Constance Rooke Creative Non-Fiction Prize, among other recognitions. Alessandra holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia, and her poetry and non-fiction have appeared in literary magazines across Canada, including Room Magazine, EVENT, The New Quarterly, CV2, ARC Poetry Magazine, and elsewhere. She is the managing editor of Write Bloody North Publications, a newly released imprint of Write Bloody Publications (Los Angeles). Her debut poetry collection, Re-Origin of Species, is forthcoming with Book*hug Press in September 2019.
Alessandra’s non-fiction debut, RESTING PAIN FACE, is a collection of personal essays that explore chronic pain, gender, and the twisting road of recovery. With lyricism and wit, this book maps the landscape of her journey: from the first stranger to tell her to smile, to her numb face in a neurologist’s office two decades later, querying the impact of intergenerational trauma, medical doubt, and community care.
Alessandra is represented by Stephanie Sinclair.
Her illustrations for children’s books have been extensively recognized – In 2018 Ten Pound Pom won The EPA Educational Picture Book of the Year and was shortlisted for CBCA Picture Book for the Year.
Desert Lake won the Scholastic Australia Standing Orders Librarians’ Choice Award 2016 and in 2017 was a Notable Book in the CBCA Book of the Year Awards in two categories, shortlisted for Educational Publishing Awards, NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, NSW Premier’s Young People’s History Award, Speech Pathology Awards and the Environment Award for Children’s Literature 2017. Other picture books are Howzat!, Grace and Katie and Maddie’s First Day with Dry to Dry and The Biscuit Maker scheduled for 2020. See more of her work at Lizanelli-illustration.com.