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.
Danish rights to Dr. Deborah MacNamara‘s Rest Play Grow: Making Sense of Preschoolers (and Anyone Who Acts Like One) to Blue Pearl, arranged by Trena White. Rights previously sold include Italian, French, German, Russian, and Spanish. Based on the work of one of the world’s foremost child development experts, Rest, Play, Grow offers a road map to making sense of young children, and is what every toddler, preschooler, and kindergartner wishes we understood about them.
Audio rights to Dr. Deborah MacNamara‘s Rest Play Grow: Making Sense of Preschoolers (and Anyone Who Acts Like One) to Laura Gachko at Audible by Trena White. Based on the work of one of the world’s foremost child development experts, Rest, Play, Grow offers a road map to making sense of young children, and is what every toddler, preschooler, and kindergartner wishes we understood about them.
Giller Prize shortlisted author Sarah Selecky‘s debut novel RADIANT SHIMMERING LIGHT is a nuanced satire that probes the blurred lines between empowerment, spirituality, and consumerism in our online lives. Both hilarious and disconcerting, RADIANT SHIMMERING LIGHT follows Lilian Quick, a 40-year-old struggling pet portrait artist whose life changes drastically when she starts working for her motivational guru cousin Eleven Novak. The job helps Lilian improve her finances, connect with her inner feminine power, and publicly confront a love affair gone wrong, which explodes her online following. Lilian is indebted to Eleven for all her success… But is Eleven really looking out for Lilian’s best interests? Sold to Lea Beresford of Bloomsbury US and Jennifer Lambert of HarperCollins for publication in 2018 by Samantha Haywood of the Transatlantic Agency. Contact for film/tv and world ex: North America: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pitched in the tradition of Snow Falling on Cedars, Daniel Griffin’s TWO ROADS HOME, a literary novel with eco-thriller overtones, reimagining the 1993 Clayoquot Sound protests when the fall-out from a bomb blast at a logging company warehouse ends in the unplanned death of a security guard, to Dirk Vaihiner of Nagel & Kimche of Hanser Verlag by Hannah Fosh of Liepman Agency, on behalf of Samantha Haywood of the Transatlantic Agency, Canada English and US rights previously sold to Freehand Books (September, 2017).
Award-winning screenwriter, producer and novelist, Ian Weir‘s THE DEATH AND LIFE OF STROTHER PURCELL, a riveting frontier Western epic for fans of Ron Rash, Cormac McCarthy and the HBO hit series Deadwood, a novel about the two cursed brothers, the shifting nature of truth, and the yearnings of that treacherous sonofabitch the human heart, Canada English rights to Bethany Gibson of Goose Lane Editions for publication Fall 2018 by Samantha Haywood of the Transatlantic Agency (for world ex: Canada contact: email@example.com)
In 2016 I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS by Iain Reid was simultaneously published in the U.S., Canada, UK, Australia, the Netherlands and Turkey to incredible acclaim! Making Book Soup’s bestseller list in May 2017, the novel was also nominated for the Frank Heygi Award for Emerging Authors, the 2016 Shirley Jackson Award, and named a best book of 2016 by The Globe & Mail, 49th Shelf, Amazon, and NPR. We are absolutely thrilled to share that it has just sold in its 17th territory – a staggering accomplishment! To date the territories include the following:
U.S. (Scout Press), Canada (Simon & Schuster Canada), U.K. & A.N.Z.
(Text Publishing), The Netherlands (Prometheus), Brazil (Rocco), France
(Presses de la Cite), Israel (HaKursa), Denmark (Lindhardt og Ringhof),
Germany (Droemer), Turkey (Teas), Poland (Prosznski), Thailand
(WeLearn), China (United Sky), Korea (Arumdri Media Publishing),
Centrepolygraph Publishers (Russia), and Bjartur & Verold (Iceland).
Check out the praise the novel has received so far below!
“I’m Thinking of Ending Things is an ingeniously twisted nightmare road trip through the fragile psyches of two young lovers. My kind of fun!” -Academy-award winning writer Charlie Kaufman
“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
“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
“I’m Thinking of Ending Things is one of the best debut novels I’ve ever read. Iain Reid has crafted a tight, ferocious little book, with a persistent tenor of suspense that tightens and mounts toward its visionary, harrowing final pages.” -Scott Heim, author of Mysterious Skin and We Disappear
“An addictive metaphysical investigation into the nature of identity, one which seduces and horrifies in equal measure. Reid masterfully explores the perversity of loneliness and somehow also creates a very entertaining thriller. I found myself yelling at the characters to put their feet on the pedal and drive.” -Heather O’Neill, author of
Lullabies for Little Criminals and Daydreams of Angels
“Here are some near-certainties about I’m Thinking of Ending Things. Number One: You’re going to read it fast. Over the course of an afternoon or an evening. The momentum is unstoppable—once you start, you won’t be able to stop. And Two: once you race to the end and understand the significance of those final pages, you won’t be able to stop thinking about it. This novel will find a spot in your heart and head and it will live there—for days, weeks, months, or (in my case) the rest of your life. Yes. It really is that good.” -Craig Davidson (aka Nick Cutter), author of Cataract City and The Deep
“Iain Reid’s I’m Thinking of Ending Things is an engaging and bizarre dialogue between normality and weirdness, where ‘normal’ equals dishonesty and ‘weird’ is synonymous with vulnerability. In a novel this twisted it shouldn’t come as a surprise that its ending is even stranger than the narrative route that takes us there…but it does. Reid’s novel is a road trip to the heart of creepyness.” – Sjón, author of The Blue Fox, From the Mouth of the Whale, and The Whispering Muse
“This is the most unsettling book I have ever read…deliciously sinister, dark, and harrowing.” –Book Riot
“Iain Reid’s book is somewhat of a philosophical tract as well as a novel. The narrator often muses over big life-and-death ideas such as the one above, but in a disarming way that renders these thoughts to feel like a seamless part of the narrative. It’s an incredibly hard thing to achieve, and Reid has done it to perfection: introducing ideas
to the reader without taking them out of the narrative.” –Electric Literature
“A superbly crafted psychological thriller, with forays into the metaphysical, which promises to keep you up at night.” –Macleans
“I picked up I’m Thinking of Ending Things one afternoon this past summer at a bookstore outside a movie theatre, planning to read the first chapter or so before my matinee started. Two and a half hours later, I’d missed the film entirely…” – Hazlitt
“I’m Thinking of Ending Things rocked my world. This slim novel about a man on a trip with his unhappy girlfriend is a total mindbender, and when it ended, I immediately started flipping back through it to re-experience old scenes with new knowledge. Don’t risk spoiling it for yourself by reading reviews; just be brave and buckle up.” -Powell’s
“I’m Thinking of Ending Things is an utterly compelling modern Gothic that stakes its claim in the inner precincts of horror. Reid builds tension the way Edgar Allen Poe builds brick walls in his basement.” -Wayne Grady, author of Emancipation Day
“Smart, dangerous and spooky as hell. Iain Reid takes you on a harrowing road trip that keeps you riveted until the final destination.” -Brian
Francis, author of Fruit and Natural Order
UK Commonwealth Ex Canada rights to Giller Prize-longlisted author Elisabeth de Mariaffi’s haunting new novel I REMEMBER YOU, now titled HYSTERIA in North America, for fans of Hitchcock and readers of Sarah Waters, when a young German woman encounters a strange little girl in the woods, she begins to fear what lies beneath the shiny veneer of the 1950s upstate New York community where she lives with her young son and her husband, a controlling American psychiatrist, but when her son suddenly goes missing, she finds herself torn between the possibility that her husband is involved in the boy’s disappearance and the dark suggestion that something otherworldly has taken him, to Miranda Jewess of Titan Publishing Group by Samantha Haywood of the Transatlantic Agency, previously to Iris Tupholme, Publisher of HarperCollins Canada for 2018.
Shelley Wood‘s mesmerizing debut novel, QUINTLAND™ – a tour de force of imagination, taking readers inside the devastating true story of the Dionne quintuplets through fiction steeped in research. This is a coming-of-age novel bound up in one of the strangest true tales of the past century, to executive editor Lucia Macro at William Morrow, on an exclusive, for Winter 2018 (North America) by Stephanie Sinclair.
CBC Short Story Prize Winner Becky Blake‘s debut novel, SCRATCH, about a young thief and aspiring artist on the run from an assault charge in Toronto who attempts to start her life over on the streets of Barcelona, entering an underground world of pickpockets, squatters and graffiti artists. North American rights to Wolsak & Wynn’s Buckrider Books for Spring 2019 by Stephanie Sinclair of the Transatlantic Agency.