DEAL NEWS – FRONTIER CITY BY SHAWN MICALLEF

msfrontiercityFRONTIER CITY is a book about a city with Los Angeles sized proportions, with both the prosperity and poverty associated with such vastness and an infrastructure that struggles to support its growing population; a city that’s in the throes of an identity crisis – but on the launching pad to being a great world city. Author Shawn Micallef walks and talks through the city, finding the beauty that’s often overlooked and a force for change that’s been building for decades as people move there from every corner of the globe. FRONTIER CITY is a revelatory view of the Toronto of today and an inspiring vision of the Toronto of the near future. To Tim Rostron at Signal/McClelland & Stewart, Penguin Random House Canada by Samantha Haywood (Canada English).

DEAL NEWS – MEMOIR FROM GOLD MEDALIST PARALYMPIAN JESSICA LONG

Longbw72The 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.

Jessica has already won one silver medal in Rio for the women’s S8 400m freestyle, bringing her medal count to 18 for Team USA. She has eight more races to go–join us in wishing Jessica the best of luck!

DEAL NEWS – THEY LEFT US EVERYTHING BY PLUM JOHNSON

JPTheyLeftEverything2016covFeature 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.

DEAL NEWS – CATCH MY DRIFT BY GENEVIEVE SCOTT

Scott72bwGenevieve 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).