CBC Short Story Prize winner David Huebert‘s haunting short story collection PENINSULA SINKING – an assortment of wounded wanderers remind us that we are all marooned on the shores of being, watching oceans rise – to Dan Wells at Biblioasis by Stephanie Sinclair (World English).
The Paralympic Games have just started in Rio and we’re thrilled to cheer on swimmer Jessica Long, Sandra Bishop‘s client! In collaboration with her sister, Hannah Long, Jessica is working on a currently untitled scrapbook-style memoir. Designed to inspire young women in search of a positive role model, her book will include personal anecdotes, photos, letters, and more that recount Jessica’s childhood, her return to Siberia to meet her birth family (a story familiar to many as it was featured during NBC’s airing of the 2014 Olympic games) and her rise to the top of the Paralympic swimming world. The book is set for a spring ’18 release. Acquired by Elizabeth Bennett at HMH Books for Young Readers.
Feature film rights to Plum Johnson’s bestselling and award-winning memoir, THEY LEFT US EVERYTHING, the highly relatable tale of a baby boomer, packing up the eccentric house she grew up in after the death of her mother, to BUCK Productions by Samantha Haywood in association with Samantha London at the Alpern Group.
Genevieve Scott’s CATCH MY DRIFT is a novel-in-stories reminiscent of Elizabeth Strout’s Olive Kitteridge, spanning decades in the life of a family, reminding us of our lifelong labor to connect with others, even as we tackle most of life’s complications alone, to Bethany Gibson at Goose Lane Editions for Spring 2018 by Stephanie Sinclair (Canada English).
Iain Reid‘s debut novel I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS launched last month on June 14th and has since made waves. With sales in 12 territories to date, this chilling novel has been rapidly collecting accolades. We’re excited to share a few notable accomplishments – congratulations Iain!
RIGHTS SOLD: Scout Press, S&S US; S&S Canada; Text Publishing UK & ANZ; Prometheus, The Netherlands; Rocco Brazil; Presses de la Cite, France; HaKursa, Israel; Lindhardt og Ringhof, Denmark; Droemer, Germany; Teas, Turkey; Prosznski, Poland and WeLearn, Thailand
“…Reid’s preternaturally creepy debut unfolds like a bad dream, the kind from which you desperately want to wake up yet also want to keep dreaming so you can see how everything fits together—or, rather, falls apart…Reid’s tightly crafted tale toys with the nature of identity and comes by its terror honestly, building a wall of intricately layered psychological torment so impenetrable it’s impossible to escape.” –Kirkus, starred review
“Nonfiction author Reid (The Truth About Luck) fuses suspense with philosophy, psychology, and horror in his unsettling first novel set in an unspecified locale…Capped with an ending that will shock and chill, this twisty tale invites multiple readings.” –Publishers Weekly, starred review
“The construct of this book is brilliant and unusual and should appeal to fans of psychological thrillers, as well as to some horror fans. A dark and compelling debut novel, it is a most uncomfortable read but utterly unputdownable.” –Booklist, starred review
COUNTLESS RAVE REVIEWS
“This is a deliciously frightening novel, Reid has a light, idiosyncratic touch but never lets his vice-like grip of suspense slacken for a second. Once finished, you will be hard pressed not to start the whole terrifying journey all over again.” –The Independent
“The boldest and most original literary thriller to appear in some time. . . In addition to Cronenberg, the ghost of Stephen King hovers over these pages.” –Chicago Tribune
“Your dread and unease will mount with every passing page of this relationship tale.” –Entertainment Weekly
Hear the NPR interview: NPR.org
Hear the Next Chapter interview: CBC.ca
And for more insight into why Iain wrote this book, watch one of his publisher’s, Text Publishing, video interviews:
APPEARANCES ON BESTSELLER AND PICKS LISTS
– Bestseller on all three national newspapers in Canada: The Globe and Mail, National Post and Toronto Star
– Newsday’s list of Best Summer Reads
– Amazon SPOTLIGHT PICKS list for June
– Indie Next Pick for June
– Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week
– Amazon mid-year Best of List
– A Readings Book Club Pick in Australia
– A Love Reading selection in the UK
– The Globe and Mail’s List of Most Anticipated Books of 2016
– CBC‘s 5 Books To Read in June
I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS WAS ALSO FEATURED AS A FULL PAGE AD IN THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
Toronto, March 23, 2016—Melissa Danaczko of Doubleday (New York) and Anita Chong of McClelland & Stewart (Toronto), have jointly acquired U.S. and Canadian rights to THE BOAT PEOPLE, a debut novel by Sharon Bala. The book was purchased on a pre-empt, for publication in January 2018. The deal was arranged by Stephanie Sinclair.
Says Danaczko: “THE BOAT PEOPLE is an extraordinary novel about a group of Sri Lankan refugees trying to navigate a byzantine immigration system. Bala is a vivid, compassionate writer, immediately pulling you into the mindset of not only the asylum-seekers from a war-torn country but also those whose job it is to decide their fate. A stunning debut that is at once intimate, urgent and universal in the questions it raises.”
Upon the acquisition, Anita Chong added: “Fiction has the power to create bridges of empathy and understanding, and this is what Sharon Bala has done so powerfully in THE BOAT PEOPLE, by illuminating the universal and deeply human aspects of the immigrant and refugee experience in a way that feels both fresh and urgent. From the bones of a little-known, real-life incident, Bala has crafted a beautiful and high-stakes story that asks difficult but necessary questions—questions that will only become increasingly relevant as the world-wide refugee crisis continues. I devoured this novel, and I know readers will do the same.”
The manuscript for Bala’s novel won the Percy Janes First Novel Award (May 2015) and was short listed for the Fresh Fish Award (October 2015), and has already begun to catch the eye of other writers: “THE BOAT PEOPLE is full of drama and character, sharp bold sentences and movement of all sorts, global and interior,” says bestselling author Lisa Moore (Caught and February). This is “gorgeous writing, compassionate and urgent.”
THE BOAT PEOPLE focuses on thirty-five-year-old Mahindan, who has survived the harrowing experiences of civil war, a prison camp, and a perilous ocean voyage from Sri Lanka. When the rusty cargo ship carrying him and 500 fellow refugees reaches safe Canadian shores, he thinks the struggle is finally over. But in reality, his journey has only begun. Set in Vancouver and Sri Lanka, THE BOAT PEOPLE follows Mahindan and his six-year-old son as they are separated, imprisoned, and forced to navigate the morass of the refugee system. Inspired by real life events, THE BOAT PEOPLE is a timely novel about identity and belonging, family secrets and loss, and the rift that can sometimes form between immigrant parents and their third culture children. It is an important contemporary novel that invites us to explore what people leaving everything they know to become strangers in a strange land are going through, and provokes a more compassionate lens through which to view the current refugee crisis.
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