Chef and activist Joshna Maharaj’s untitled work, a social gastronomy manifesto and practical guide for transforming the way people eat in hospitals, schools, prisons, and community food centers, to Jennifer Knoch at ECW Press, in a nice deal, for publication in Spring 2020, by Jesse Finkelstein (world English; French).
North American rights to Dr. Christian Smith’s THE SCIENTIST AND THE PSYCHIC sold on a pre-empt to Amanda Betts and Anne Collins at Random House Canada by Stephanie Sinclair. As a child, Dr. Smith watched his mother become a world-renowned psychic and as an adult, whose education and research challenges the existence of the paranormal, he embarks on a quest to uncover and investigate the science underlying psychic phenomena.
English Canadian rights to Pauline Dakin’s childhood memoir, RUN, HIDE, REPEAT, have been sold to Diane Turbide, Publishing Director at Penguin Books Canada, for publication in the fall of 2017. This is the riveting story of a childhood steeped in unexplained fear and bizarre behavior as her family runs from the mafia. It reads like a thriller — complete with hit-men, doubles, and undercover agents. Pauline Dakin is a Halifax-based journalist who has worked in television, radio, film, and print. She is the Senior Producer of Current Affairs Programming for CBC Nova Scotia, the host of the regional documentary program, “Atlantic Voice,” and was the long-time network health reporter for CBC National News. Contact: Shaun Bradley
A graduate of the UBC Creative Writing MFA program, Nazanine Hozar’s BETWEEN THE WIND AND US is a debut novel set in Iran, tracing the emotional journey of blue-eyed Aria, orphaned as an infant on the streets of Tehran. She is abused by her first adoptive mother, rescued by a second, and through her relationships and chance encounters with a complex web of characters grows into a strong and sophisticated young woman. Canada English rights sold on exclusive submission to Lynn Henry, Publishing Director of Knopf Canada for the Spring 2018 New Face of Fiction program, deal by Samantha Haywood of the Transatlantic Agency.
UK Commonwealth rights to Emily Urquhart’s debut memoir BEYOND THE PALE: A Mother’s Journey towards Understanding her Child’s Difference, after her daughter is born with a shock of white hair, pale blue eyes, and fair skin — and later diagnosed with albinism — the author embarks on a three-year journey across North America and parts of Eastern Africa to discover how we explain human differences by examining a wide range of folklore and cultural beliefs, to Jacaranda Books (Canadian rights previously sold to Iris Tupholme of HarperCollins Canada) by Samantha Haywood of Transatlantic Agency.
Brazilian rights to acclaimed memoirist and newspaper essayist Iain Reid’s haunting debut novel, I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS reminiscent of high-concept master Jose Saramago with the chilling psychological force of The Shining, about a young couple on an eerie road trip and the full story isn’t unlocked until the very last words, US rights previously sold to the new imprint Scout at Simon & Schuster, Canadian rights previously sold to Simon & Schuster Canada, UK/ANZ rights to Text Publishing, to Rocco, deal arranged by Teresa Vilarrubla of The Foreign Office on behalf of Samantha Haywood of the Transatlantic Agency.
MEADOWLARK by Wendi Stewart has sold to Dirk Vaihinger from Nagel & Kimche publishers, a Swiss-based Hanser affiliate, on a preempt, deal arranged by Hannah Fosh of the Liepman Agency on behalf of Stephanie Sinclair.
When her family’s car goes through the ice on Rainy Lake one cold March day in 1962, six-year-old Rebecca Archer is the only
person her father is able to pull from the sinking vehicle. But as Rebecca grows up in a farmhouse haunted by the absence of her mother and baby brother, raised by a man left nearly paralyzed with grief, she wonders if her father really did save her after all. Eventually, though, Rebecca finds solace in the company of her friends: Chuck, the sensitive son of a violently abusive father; and Lissie, an aboriginal girl being raised alone by a perfectionist white mother. As these three young people protect and support one another, Rebecca discovers that by saving Chuck and Lissie, she may also save herself. In her debut novel, Wendi Stewart tells the luminous, deeply imagined story of a young woman’s hard-won triumph over heartbreaking personal tragedy.
MEADOWLARK has already received phenomenal praise and was recently included in Publisher’s Weekly’s Hot Fall Adult Titles list of Canadian publications, in the good company of Margaret Atwood and Patrick deWitt.