Deal News: BOYS by Rachel Giese

Award-winning journalist and editor-at-large at Chatelaine and regular contributor to CBC Radio, Rachel Giese’s BOYS: What It Means to Become a Man, examining the myths and realities of boy culture and the challenges facing boys, making a strong case that the movement for gender equality has the potential to liberate us all, to Laura Mazer at Seal Press, for publication in Fall 2018, by Samantha Haywood of Transatlantic Literary Agency (world English excluding Canada).

Deal News: They Left Us Everything by Plum Johnson

Audio rights to winner of the RBC Taylor Prize and beloved Canadian bestseller, THEY LEFT US EVERYTHING by Plum Johnson sold at auction to Rebecca Best of Rakuten Kobo, rights previously sold to Putnam US, Brandon Culture in China and Gads Forlag in Denmark. The deal was arranged by Samantha Haywood of the Transatlantic Agency.

Deal News: The Last Resort by Marissa Stapley

Bestselling author Marissa Stapley’s new novel THE LAST RESORT, for fans of Big Little Lies -two couples arrive at The Harmony Retreat for couples therapy on the shores of Tulum Mexico where they hope to fix their marriages with the help of celebrity therapists Miles and Grace Markell. But all is not as it seems, and when Miles mysteriously disappears, the complex truth behind the façade of love, marriage and professional success begins to unravel, leaving room for romance to blossom in unexpected ways. Rights sold to Nita Pronovost of S&S Canada, previously sold to Brittany Lavery of Graydon House US and Rowholt Germany by Samantha Haywood of the Transatlantic Agency.

Deal News: Girls Need Not Apply by Kelly S. Thompson

We’re celebrating International Women’s Day with this important  deal news. Canadian rights to GIRLS NEED NOT APPLY, a debut memoir by Kelly S. Thompson, a former Captain in the Canadian Armed Forces and graduate of UBC’s MFA program, highlighting truths about life as a woman in the military, to Jenny Bradshaw at McClelland & Stewart, in a preempt, by Stephanie Sinclair of the Transatlantic Agency

Deal News: Nira Paints the Sky in B-Flat by Natasha Deen

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.

Deal News: The Student by Cary Fagan

Writers’ Trust and Giller Prize nominated novelist and award-winning children’s book writer, Cary Fagan‘s insightful and powerful new novel THE STUDENT set in the Fall of 1957, follows the life story of Miriam Moscowitz, a headstrong Jewish daughter, the apple of her father’s eye (the worry of her mother’s), a serious and passionate young student of literature who studies hard, goes to college parties, works summers, dates a young Jewish man with a good job, until everything changes when she begins a reckless affair with an American student obsessed with the civil rights clashes in the south, and when the young man abandons her to join the movement back home, Miriam gets on a bus to follow him, no longer sure of anything in her life, Canadian rights sold to Freehand Books for publication in 2019 by Samantha Haywood of Transatlantic Agency. Film/tv available.

Deal News: A Good Turn by Monique Polak

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!

Deal News: Frying Plantain by Zalika Reid-Benta

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.