World English rights for Andrew Reeves’s debut work, OVERRUN: Dispatches from the Asian Carp Crisis, have been sold to ECW Press’s Executive Editor-at-Large, Susan Renouf. While OVERRUN explores the issue of invasive species through the lens of the North American Asian carp crisis, it also portrays a larger “canary in the coal mine” narrative about global environmental issues. Think Rachel Carson’s SILENT SPRING for the modern world. The deal was arranged by Transatlantic’s Shaun Bradley for publication in Spring 2019.
Greek rights sold to Patakis by John L. Moukakos of the John L. Moukakos Agency in association with Stephanie Sinclair on behalf of Samantha Haywood.
Hungarian rights sold to Athenaeum, in a pre-empt, by Peter Bolza of the Katai & Bolza Literary Agency in association with Stephanie Sinclair on behalf of Samantha Haywood.
Macedonian rights sold to Ili-Ili by Stephanie Sinclair on behalf of Samantha Haywood.
Italian rights sold to Rizzoli by Erica Berla of the Berla & Griffini Rights Agency in association with Stephanie Sinclair on behalf of Samantha Haywood.
We are truly proud to announce that Claire Neaton & Emma Teal Laukitis — sisters, commercial fisherman, business partners and co-founders of The Salmon Sisters, are now also co-authors of a cookery and lifestyle book coming ashore in spring 2020 from Sasquatch Books.
Their book will feature original recipes, showcase Emma’s unique illustrations, and include stories about the sisters’ current work as commercial fisherman & their early lives growing up on a remote homestead on the edge of Alaska’s Isanotski Strait (the US mainland’s westernmost tip), with contributions from Alaskan photographer Scott Dickerson and food & nature photographer Brian Grobleski.
The Salmon Sisters’ abiding appreciation for their unique upbringing in the Aleutian Islands & their work on their family’s commercial fishing boat in the Bering Sea, combined with Sasquatch’s mission to work with the most gifted writers, chefs, naturalists, artists, and thought leaders in the Pacific Northwest make this publishing partnership a natural fit.
Nice catch, Sasquatch! And congratulations Emma and Claire! It’s an honor to navigate this exciting project with you.
Represented by Sandra Bishop. Rights inquires: email@example.com
For a peek into Claire and Emma’s unique lifestyle, and the work they do as fisherman and advocates of sustainable fishing and wild salmon, check out this inspiring video:
Video by Camrin Dengel
Czech rights to Marissa Stapley‘s THINGS TO DO WHEN IT’S RAINING have sold to Euromedia Group and Slovak rights to have sold to Ikar, arranged by Tereza Krobotova of the Kristin Olson Literary Agency in association with Stephanie Sinclair on behalf of Samantha Haywood.
In addition, Turkish rights have sold to Marissa Stapley’s THINGS TO DO WHEN IT’S RAINING to Pena, arranged by Nazli Gurkas of the Kalem Agency in association with Stephanie Sinclair on behalf of Samantha Haywood.
We’re already looking forward to the March 6th release of Rebecca Eanes’ The Positive Parenting Workbook: An Interactive Guide for Strengthening Emotional Connection. Becky is an immensely popular blogger (994k Facebook followers and building) and trusted voice among parents looking to chart a new way of parenting by fostering greater emotional awareness, clearer communication, empowered kids, and more joy. This interactive guide was developed to accompany her 2016 “Must Have/Life Changing” book POSITIVE PARENTING: THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE.
Published by Perigee, edited by Marian Lizzi. Rebecca is represented by Sandra Bishop.
Julie Matysik at Running Press Kids has acquired #OwnVoices author Natasha Deen’s NIRA PAINTS THE SKY IN B-FLAT, a contemporary, coming-of-age YA story about a Guyanese girl who must find the balance between her parents’ cultural expectations and traditions while pursuing her dream of being a great trumpeter. Publication is scheduled for April 2019. Amy Tompkins at Transatlantic Agency brokered the deal for North American rights.
We are thrilled to announce that WHEN THE MOON COMES by Paul Harbridge & illustrated by Matt James, and THE AGONY OF BUN O’KEEFE by Heather Smith are on the USBBY 2018 Outstanding International Books List: Slj.com/38-must-titles-usbbys-2018
Toronto-based ARTEMIS PICTURES has optioned JOANNE PROULX’S sophomore novel, We All Love the Beautiful Girls. A Globe “Best Book of 2017”, published in 2017 by Penguin Canada and soon to be published by Grand Central in the US (Fall 2018), We All Love the Beautiful Girls calls to mind the movie The Ice Storm and television series The Slap and Big Little Lies.
Like the novel, the television adaptation will be a propulsive family drama tackling such provocative issues as misogyny, violence against women, betrayal and loss, with surprising touches of humour and poignant moments of joy and love.
One frigid winter night, the lives of three affluent families begin to unravel when MIA and MICHAEL SLATE discover that their close friend, PETER CONRAD, who is also Michael’s business partner, has cheated Michael out of his share of the business. That same night, the Slate’s teenaged son, FINN, passes out in the snow during a party at the KELLYS’ house, where he is abandoned by his jealous friend and nearly freezes to death. The two events on this single night send shockwaves through the suburban community, leading to acts of infidelity, betrayal, and violence.
Praise for We All Love the Beautiful Girls:
“An emotional thrill-ride that manages to capture the tenderness and rage unique to adolescence and middle-age, the heartbreak of first love, and the fragility of even the most stable-seeming marriage.” – Zoe Whittall, bestselling author of The Best Kind of People
“We All Love the Beautiful Girls has the ability to leave a reader breathless. The plot twists are daring. The characters and their dialogue capture the ways in which adversity can alter people. Lovers’ wounds are plastered across every page and the veneer of civility becomes shockingly thin. And yet, in the end, love, decency, and forgiveness triumph. Think of the 1986 David Lynch film, Blue Velvet, in which brutality lurks just beneath the surface of everyday life, then erupts ferociously before disappearing back into the depths.” – Quill & Quire
ARTEMIS PICTURES, is a partnership between Oscar nominated industry veteran and founding partner of Rhombus Media, BARBARA WILLIS SWEETE, seasoned television executive, JOAN JENKINSON, and international business and economics specialist, SUSANNE RITZAU. The partners have long-established careers in scripted television, feature films and documentaries – with a rich background in the performing arts. Their primary focus is to develop and produce high end scripted content for television and the cinema for an international audience.
“Joanne’s novel is an engrossing page-turner, full of dynamic characters, plot twists and strong emotions. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to adapt it for television,” says Barbara Willis Sweete.
A feature film adaptation of Proulx’s debut novel, Anthem of a Reluctant Prophet, with movie stars CAMERON MONAGHAN (Shameless), PEYTON LIST (BUNK’D) and JULIETTE LEWIS (Natural Born Killers) is currently in post-production and will soon be released. Anthem of a Reluctant Prophet was published internationally by Penguin Canada; Soho US; Picador MacMillan UK; and Arena, Netherlands. It was selected by Borders in 2008 for their prestigious Best New Voices series, was the recipient of Canada’s Sunburst Award for Fantastic Fiction and named a best debut of 2007 by Kirkus and The Globe and Mail.
Praise for Joanne Proulx’s debut novel, Anthem of a Reluctant Prophet:
“Proulx has a sure hand that renders Luke’s experience painfully, viscerally real. He’s funny, convincing and sympathetic, his voice expressing the subtly shifting balance of vulnerable child and diffident teenage boy … the book combines a dry humour with moments that are deeply and unexpectedly affecting. Luke’s is a thoughtful coming of age that is, above all, utterly engrossing.” –Observer
We’re brimming with joy to see Sharon Bala‘s THE BOAT PEOPLE (McClelland & Stewart Canada, Doubleday US) continued success – this stunning novel debuts #1 on CBC Books’s Canadian Fiction Bestsellers list this week!!
THE BOAT PEOPLE has also been named a Top Contender by Kobo, earning the title of “Most Addictive”.
“Debut author Bala capably establishes the interlocking narratives of three characters, each revealing a different, albeit compelling, perspective…by empathetically exploring each character’s backstory, Bala presents the complex task of balancing a nation’s desire to be compassionate with the need to identify threats to national security, providing a timely examination of the refugee crisis worldwide. Recommended for all fiction collections.”
“The most striking aspect of the novel lies in its quietly confident understanding that everyone is complicit in systems of racial and ethnic violence…and Bala’s assertion that no one is completely innocent intensifies her emotionally vivid prose.” -Quill & Quire