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
Carol Off, award-winning author and host of CBC Radio’s As It Happens, will publish a new work of nonfiction with Random House Canada in the spring of 2017. When Home Won’t Let You Stay is a multi-faceted exploration of the international refugee experience. As a journalist, Off documents the harrowing and often grinding journey that refugees and their families face. But at its heart, this is a more personal narrative. It is the story of Asadullah Aryubwal and his family – refugees from Afghanistan, personally sponsored by Off – and their eight year journey to move from one side of the globe to the other, all in an effort to find safe harbour and a new place to call “home.” The deal was arranged jointly by Anne Collins and Pamela Murray at Random House Canada with Shaun Bradley.
Knopf Canada has commissioned Kathleen Winter (Annabel and Boundless) to create a book for the Canadian sesquicentennial in 2017. The work — to be in the genre of the author’s choosing — will be based on the life of General James Wolfe, the commander who famously led the British to overthrow the French in Quebec at the Plains of Abraham in 1759 . The work (as yet untitled) will be based on letters written by Wolfe — primarily to his mother – from the age of thirteen through to two weeks before his death. These letters are held by the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library at the University of Toronto, and will form the core of Winter’s narrative. The deal was done by Shaun Bradley, with Lynn Henry and Amanda Lewis at Penguin Random House Canada.