Deal News: The Bird House by Fran Kimmel

World rights to Fran Kimmel’s sophomore novel, THE BIRD HOUSE– following a troubled family who shelters an orphan over the holidays, the novel illuminates the surprising ways we heal one another and how love can sometimes be found in the most unexpected places- to ECW Press Senior Editor Jen Knoch by Stephanie Sinclair of Transatlantic Agency for Fall 2018.

Deal News: The Centaur’s Wife by Amanda Leduc

In the tradition of Station Eleven and The Leftovers comes THE CENTAUR’S WIFE by Amanda Leduc, a dark and exciting post-apocalyptic story about despair, redemption, and magic. Starting the day after asteroids hit the planet, THE CENTAUR’S WIFE follows a ragtag group of people with mysterious connections to centaurs living in a nearby mountain–centaurs whose magic might just teach the others to navigate a world that is dying and being reborn all at once. Canada (English) rights to Anne Collins, Publisher of Random House Canada for spring/summer 2018. World rights ex Canada and TV/film available. Contact: samantha@transatlanticagency.com

SARAH POLLEY OPTIONS ZOE WHITTALL’S BESTSELLING NOVEL THE BEST KIND OF PEOPLE

Having optioned Margaret Atwood’s classic book Alias Grace, adapted it, and executive produced it as an upcoming 6 part Netflix/CBC limited series, Sarah Polley has set her sights on her next project.  Polley has optioned Zoe Whittall’s provocative novel THE BEST KIND OF PEOPLE.  Polley will write the screenplay and plans to direct the feature film.  The book- in which a local schoolteacher is arrested for a heinous crime, leaving his family to wrestle with the possibility of his guilt- reveals the cracks along the seams of even the most perfect American family.  The book, published by House of Anansi in Canada, was a national bestseller there where it was shortlisted for the Giller Prize, Indigo Best Book of the Year, Heather’s Pick, Globe and Mail Best Book, Toronto Life Best Book of 2016, Walrus Magazine Best Book of 2016.  It will be published in the US by Ballantine Random House in the Fall.

Having started her career as an actress in films such as Atom Egoyan’s The Sweet Hereafter, Zack Snyder’s Dawn Of The Dead, and Doug Limon’s Go, Sarah Polley has since emerged as one of the most interesting and versatile directors of her generation.  Her films include Away From Her, which won both Polley and its star Julie Christie Academy Award nominations, Take This Waltz starring Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen, and most recently the innovative Stories We Tell which won the Los Angeles Film Critic’s Award for Best Documentary.  She’s repped by WME, Circle of Confusion, Canada-based Gary Goddard Agency and Jackoway Tyerman, Wertheimer.

Zoe Whittall’s previous novel, HOLDING STILL FOR AS LONG AS POSSIBLE, won a 2011 Lambda Literary Award and was an honour book for the American Library Association’s Stonewall Book Award. Her debut novel, BOTTLE ROCKET HEARTS, was named a Globe and Mail Top 100 and made the CBC Canada Reads Top Ten Essential Novels of the decade. Her third poetry book, Precordial Thump, was nominated for a ReLit Award. She won the 2016 KM Hunter Award for Literature, and the Writers’ Trust Dayne Ogilvie Award in 2008. Fashion Magazine recently named her one of ten favourite feminist role models. Her writing has appeared in The Believer, The Walrus, The Globe & Mail, among others. Whittall lives in Toronto where she has written for the television shows Degrassi, The Baroness Von Sketch Show, Schitt’s Creek, and Crawford. She’s repped by Paradigm on behalf of Samantha Haywood of Transatlantic Agency.

Full press release here: Hollywoodreporter.com/news/

DEAL NEWS – WAG by ZAZIE TODD

We’re delighted to report that we’ve sold World English rights to WAG: The Science of Making Your Dog Happyby dog trainer and popular Companion Animal Psychology blogger Zazie Todd, to Greystone Books.

WAG is an essential book for any dog owner concerned about her dog’s happiness, for the readers of Inside of a Dog and The Other End of the Leash. It’s an evidence-based guide to what makes dogs happy in all aspects of their lives, from exercise to grooming to training, veterinary visits, playing and sleeping through to difficult decisions in end of life care. In it, Zazie Todd unpacks cutting-edge research from around the world to help dog owners understand how to improve their animals’ lives. Readers will learn the science behind how to motivate their dog; how to make their dog enjoy being handled and be less stressed at the vet; and how to provide socialization and enrichment for their dog. Most importantly of all, they will learn to better recognize when their dog is happy – and when they are not.

Todd has a PhD in Psychology (Nottingham) and an MFA in Creative Writing from UBC. She is an honours graduate of The Academy for Dog Trainers (known as “the Harvard of Dog Training”), gives talks and workshops on scientific dog training, and is a volunteer at the BC SPCA. Companion Animal Psychology has been mentioned by The Daily Mail, io9.com, Scientific American blogs, the Smithsonian magazine, Victoria Stilwell’s positively.com, and The New Inquiry, and Zazie also writes Fellow Creatures, a blog at Psychology Today.

Deal News: Short for Chameleon by Vicki Grant

French rights to Vicki Grant’s SHORT FOR CHAMELEON have sold to Bayard by Lora Fountain of Lora Fountain & Associates, in a deal arranged by Fiona Kenshole. This YA caper follows a teenaged rent-a-relative, an elderly scam-buster and a beautiful girl with a devastating past as they find the meaning of family.

Deal News: Things to Do When It’s Raining by Marissa Stapley

German rights to THINGS TO DO WHEN IT’S RAINING in a three book deal by bestselling author Marissa Stapley sold at auction in a six figure deal to Silke Jellinghaus at Wunderlich, Rowohlt, rights previously to Nita Pronovost at Simon & Schuster Canada and Brittany Lavery at Graydon House for US and UK, publishing Spring 2018 by Hannah Fosh at Liepman Agency on behalf of Samantha Haywood at Transatlantic Agency, for readers of Jojo Moyes and Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney comes a poignant generational story about Mae Summers and Gabe Broadbent, childhood best friends and sweethearts who are reunited as adults at the idyllic Summers’ Inn and dealing with aging parents, heartbreak and secrets that will either bring them together or forever leave them as two islands.

Deal News: The Truth About Love, Hockey and Ballroom Dancing by Jennifer Irwin

Amy Tompkins has sold English rights in Canada to Jennifer Irwin’s debut novel THE TRUTH ABOUT LOVE, HOCKEY AND BALLROOM DANCING to Patricia Ocampo at Simon & Schuster Canada. THE TRUTH ABOUT LOVE, HOCKEY AND BALLROOM DANCING is a middle grade novel that’s both poignant and laugh-out-loud funny. Set in the ‘80s, it’s best described as Billy Elliot meets Judy Blume’s Then Again, Maybe I Won’t. For publication in 2018.

Deal News: Mother Nature’s Son by Kate Inglis

World rights to Kate Inglis’s MOTHER NATURE’S SON to Beth Frankl at Shambhala Publications. Part memoir, part self-help book, MOTHER NATURE’S SON is a book of reflection for parents healing after the death of a child. Kate Inglis, a published author, TEDx speaker, and founder of the bereavement community Glow in the Woods, is represented by Amy Tompkins.