At The Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada, the covers for THE AGONY OF BUN O’KEEFE (Penguin Teen Canada) by Heather Smith, LOST IN SEPTEMBER (Knopf Canada) by Kathleen Winter, and THE ONLY CAFE (Random House Canada) by Linden MacIntyre were recognized as the very best in book design in the prose fiction category! The Alcuin Society Awards is the only national competition for book design in the country, and was judged by Sue Colberg, Shelley Gruendler, and Frank Viva, who had the challenge of choosing the winning titles from 235 submissions, from 10 provinces and 107 publishers. Huge congratulations to Jennifer Griffiths who took home two first prize awards for her work on Heather’s and Kathleen’s novels, and to Terri Nimmo, who won second prize as a designer for Linden’s book!
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.
World rights to the third book in Sylvia Chiang‘s middle grade CROSS-UPS series have been sold to Rick Wilks at Annick Press! Cross-ups is the name of the video game that main character Jaden and his friends can’t stop playing. Due to publish in the spring 2020, rights were sold by Amy Tompkins. Congratulations Sylvia!
World rights to Monique Polak‘s middle grade novel have been sold to A GOOD TURN to Sarah Harvey and Andrew Wooldridge at Orca Books. The book is the story of a group of children who are interned with their teacher, who is also their Brownie leader or Brown Owl, in China during WW II. The story is told from the point of view of one of the girls, who takes comfort from the routines, songs, and mottos of the Brownies, which their teacher maintains despite the difficult circumstances. It is due to publish in 2019.
Rights were sold on behalf of Monique by Amy Tompkins. Congratulations to Monique!
We are thrilled to share that world rights to LARK TAKES THE CAKE by Natasha Deen, the fourth book in the Lark Ba chapter book series, has been sold to Liz Kemp and Andrew Wooldridge at Orca Books! The book is due for publication in 2019. Congratulations Natasha! Rights were sold by Amy Tompkins on behalf of Natasha.
Sarah Maclachlan at House of Anansi Press has acquired world rights to Columbia MFA grad and Banff Centre alum Zalika Reid-Benta’s debut story collection FRYING PLANTAIN for publication under the Astoria imprint in spring 2019. FRYING PLANTAIN is a series of interconnected stories rooted in the Toronto neighbourhood of Eglinton West and Marlee. The reader follows the protagonist, Kara Davis, who transitions from girlhood to young womanhood during the span of the collection. Artfully dealing with family dysfunction and intergenerational cycles, Reid-Benta uses everyday experiences to explore the conflation of Canadian and Jamaican identity. The deal was arranged by Amy Tompkins.
Happy book birthday to Mary Jennifer Payne, whose YA novel SOLOMON’S RING was published on January 6th with Dundurn Press!
In this second book of the Daughters of Light series, the demon-hunted Seers are in a race against time to return a stolen ring. Twin sisters Jade and Jasmine are finally together after a five-year separation, but there’s no time to enjoy the reunion. As Seers, the sisters are being hunted by demons spilling through the rift, and the city is on high alert against terrorist threats. The Protectors at Beaconsfield have gathered as many Seers as possible, as the countries that haven’t been destroyed by climate change are starting to close their borders. On top of it all, Jasmine discovers that someone has stolen a ring with the power to control the demons, and the Final Battle between the Daughters of Light and the forces of darkness is approaching more quickly than anyone predicted.
Canadian Materials called SOLOMON’S RING, and the first book in the series, FINDING JADE, “enjoyable reads for fans of dystopic urban fantasy”.
Mary Jennifer Payne is the author of FINDING JADE, book one in the Daughters of Light Series, the YA novels SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE and ENOUGH, and several YA graphic stories. She lives in Toronto.
Happy book birthday to Natasha Deen whose YA novel GAME’S END is just out from Great Plains Teen! GAME’S END is the conclusion to the paranormal/mystery/romance Guardian trilogy. Can Lit for Little Canadians has said “if you’re a new reader to the Guardian series, you’ve got three books of robust plotting, clever characters and bright banter ahead of you. Enjoy!”
Congratulations to Transatlantic Agency client Paul Harbridge, and illustrator Matt James on a second wonderful review from Kirkus of WHEN THE MOON COMES (Tundra Books)! Kirkus writes, “Harbridge captures the sights, sounds, and smells of the almost spectral, night-time gathering from a child’s point of view, including details that place you, the reader, right there…Matt James’ illustrations, rendered in acrylics and India ink, are dark and mysterious, just like Canadian nights in winter, and full of energy and movement.”
Check out the full review at the following link: