The Old World by Cary Fagan Publishes March 18th

We’re celebrating Cary Fagan’s book birthday – THE OLD WORLD publishes with House of Anansi on March 18!

From the publisher: These thirty-five brief stories — and the found photographs that inspired them — are by turns realistic and surreal, bloody and tender, delightful and appalling. Award-winning author Cary Fagan has created a mesmerizing series of narrative tales, giving readers a vivid peek into lives of strangers.

 

Advance Praise:

“Deftly marrying vision and language with memory and imagination, Fagan paints an intimate portrait of forgotten lives that is profound, generous, and highly entertaining.” – 49th Shelf

“Clever and funny.” – Quill & Quire

“I absolutely loved this collection of very short stories inspired by a series of wonderful found photographs. Cary Fagan has a real ear for dialogue and a way of making each perfectly formed vignette surprising, whether that’s taking a surreal turn in ‘We Have to Be Careful,’ introducing the macabre in ‘Who I’ve Come For,’ or quietly breaking my heart, in ‘Where We Are Now.’” – Claire Fuller, author of Swimming Lessons 

“What a dazzlingly imaginative thing to do — Cary Fagan has taken a group of orphaned photographs from the past and turned them into a cabinet of wonders! Inventive, satisfying, and deft, The Old World gets right to the heart of the storytelling craft.” – Marni Jackson, author of Don’t I Know You?

Rights Sold: House of Anansi Press, World, All Languages

French Edition of The Eating Habits of the Chronically Lonesome Publishes with Editions Marchand de Feuilles

The French edition of Megan Gail Coles’ THE EATING HABITS OF THE CHRONICALLY LONESOME, entitled in French Les habitudes alimentaires des mal-aimés, publishes today with Editions Marchand de Feuilles. Happy book birthday to Megan!

THE EATING HABITS OF THE CHRONICALLY LONESOME is a collection of short stories, previously published in English by Killick Press,  that explores starvation and consumption in each story.

 

Check out an early review of the collection from Le Devoir: www.ledevoir.com/culture/livres/491351/fiction-canadienne-en-manger-toute-une

 

FRONTIER CITY by Shawn Micallef Publishes Today

We are wishing Shawn Micallef a very happy book birthday! FRONTIER CITY: Toronto on the Verge of Greatness publishes today with McClelland & Stewart, an imprint of Penguin Random House Canada!

From the publisher: “It began as a series of reports from the civic drama of the 2014 elections. But beyond the municipal circus, writer and commentator Shawn Micallef discovered the much bigger story of a city emerging into greatness. He walked and talked with candidates from all over Greater Toronto, and observed how they energized their communities, never shying away from the problems that exist within them — poverty, violence, racism, and drugs — but advocating solutions that bring peShawn Micallefople together. Shawn Micallef introduces us to those fighting for a more inclusive vision of Toronto and reveals the promise and potential for a city that has been suffering through a severe identity crisis but is now on a steep upturn. Toronto, he says, is set fair to be a new urban model for cities all over the world. Micallef reveals Toronto in all its rich variety. It is hard, he says, to grasp the vast size and scope of Toronto until you spend a few hours walking through unfamiliar neighbourhoods. Each reveals another adjacent to it, and then another, and another. The city goes on and on, into unheralded ravines and oblique views of the downtown skyline. Hiding in all that geography is not only great beauty, but a force for change that’s been building for decades as people arrived here from every corner of the globe. Frontier City is a revelatory view of the Toronto of today and an inspiring vision of the Toronto of the near future.”

Advance Praise

“Cities are our future but they are also becoming more unequal and unaffordable. Combining on-the-ground reporting with an urbanist’s eye for the big picture, Shawn Micallef takes a deep dive into his own Toronto to illuminate the opportunities and challenges facing its people and those of aspiring cities across the globe. A must read for builders of cities and anyone who lives in one.” —Richard Florida, author of The Rise of the Creative Class and Who’s Your City?

“There was a time when foreign governments would have sought out Shawn Micallef, so natural a sleuth he is: walking streets and neighbourhoods, crashing Rob Ford parties, and the listening companion of councillors and urban advocates, all the while viewing the city’s disparate corners with relish and an unprejudiced eye. ‘It’s a Canadian thing,’ says Micallef, ‘not to tell our own stories enough.’ We can be thankful that he is the exception.” —Noah Richler, author of The Candidate: Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail

“Toronto is a city of subtleties, one that doesn’t lend itself to easy description, but there is no one who knows and writes Toronto better than Shawn Micallef and Frontier City proves that. It is a book for everyone who has ever loved, and held one’s breath for, any city.”
—Tabatha Southey, writer, columnist with The Globe and Mail

Please visit the following link to order the book: www.amazon.ca

For further information about the book, please visit the Penguin Random House Canada website: www.penguinrandomhouse.ca/books/250510/frontier-city#9780771059322

Rights Sold: Penguin Random House Canada, McClelland and Stewart, Canadian English

A GOOD DEATH by Sandra Martin Wins the 2017 BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction!

We are proud to announce that A GOOD DEATH: Making the Most of Our Final Choices (HarperCollins Canada) by Sandra Martin is the winner of the 2017 BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction! A jury comprising of Hal Wake, Jan Walter, and John Burns selected Sandra’s book as the winner after considering over 141 books submitted by over 46 publishers. At a ceremony today, she was presented $40,000, one of Canada’s largest book prizes, by Hon. Peter Fassbender, BC’s Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development.

The Jury Citation:
“Sandra Martin’s A Good Death will make an enormous contribution to our ongoing, often contentious public debate on the issue. Her careful and thorough research provides historical context, legislative precedents, the effect of medical technology and philosophical and religious insights. What truly distinguishes this book is the reportage on individuals and families who have fought to arrange for a better death, sometimes successfully, sometimes not. These firsthand experiences are the beating heart of a timely and powerful examination.”

We would like to offer a huge congratulations to Sandra Martin and the publisher, and all the other authors who were considered!

For further information about the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction please visit www.bcachievement.com. To view the press release, please visit http://www.bcachievement.com/media/news.php?id=146.

Deal News: A Girl Named Lovely by Catherine Porter

Catherine PorterFormer Toronto Star columnist, starting this month as a correspondent for New York Times, Catherine Porter’s A GIRL NAMED LOVELY, recounting Catherine’s journeys in post-earthquake Haiti as she bonds with the family of a miraculous child survivor and witnesses the realities of international aid, to Brendan May at Simon & Schuster Canada, by Samantha Haywood (NA).

First professional literary agent association formed in Canada

PACLA president and Transatlantic Agency literary agent Samantha Haywood

Thirty-eight Canadian literary agents from 13 agencies announced the formation of the Professional Association of Canadian Literary Agents on Jan. 23. The organization echoes similar long-standing international organizations, such as the Australian Literary Agents’ Association and the U.K.’s Association of Author’s Agents.

PACLA’s agents – led by president Samantha Haywood, of the Transatlantic Agency, and an executive committee comprising vice-president Jackie Kaiser (Westwood Creative Artists), treasurer Hilary McMahon (WCA), and secretary Marilyn Biderman – collectively represent more than 1,000 authors and illustrators.

Haywood says there has long been a need for such an organization in Canada, and its creation will result in better communication with other members of the publishing community both domestically and overseas.
“Many agents in Canada have been wanting to form an association for some time, and we need one that can concentrate on publishing issues that face Canadian authors in particular,” Haywood says. “Agents are the intermediaries between publishers and writers, and as a result we have a privileged perspective on the publishing ecosystem in Canada and abroad. … We hope to keep in regular communication with [other agent] organizations about our shared industry issues.”

PACLA’s main aim will be to advocate for authors, and also to provide professional development and standards of practice for agents. It will support endeavours like the Fair Contracts Initiative for equitable author contract terms, first launched by the U.S. Authors Guild in 2015.

“As the Writers’ Union and other organizations have pointed out, it’s never been more difficult to make a living as an author. While our association won’t be directly negotiating new terms with publishers, we will be actively advocating on behalf of what we feel is just and fair for authors in Canada,” Haywood says.

Deal News: If Clara by Martha Baillie

World Rights Ex: France/Quebec to Martha Baillie‘s exquisite new novel, IF CLARA – looking at family, friendship, memory, and the anxiety of contemporary life as if through a kaleidoscope, the colourful shards keep rearranging themselves. Flawlessly woven together are characters that fall and break their bones, dive into erotic love, drop from the sky, and plummet into mental illness. Their lives, they quickly discover, are inextricably intertwined. To Alana Wilcox at Coach House Books for Fall 2017.

DEAL NEWS – THINGS TO DO WHEN IT’S RAINING BY MARISSA STAPLEY

For readers of The Nest and The Notebook comes THINGS TO DO WHEN IT’S RAINING, by bestselling author Marissa Stapley – 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. World English rights ex: Canada to Brittany Lavery at Graydon House by Samantha Haywood, previously to Nita Pronovost at Simon & Schuster Canada (Spring 2018).

Deal News: Lear’s Shadow by Claire Holden Rothman

Claire Holden RothmanFor readers of Ann Patchett, Governor General’s Award finalist and twice longlisted Scotiabank Giller Prize author Claire Holden Rothman’s LEAR’S SHADOW tells the mesmerizing story of Beatrice Rose who, after losing her career and the love of her life, has lost her way and finds herself stuck caring for her aging father only to discover the fascinating world of an urban Shakespeare troupe which unveils new meanings, a new love, and a new life — to Shima Aoki and Nicole Winstanley at Penguin Canada for Fall 2018 by Samantha Haywood of the Transatlantic Agency (Canada, English).

THIS IS NOT MY LIFE BY DIANE SCHOEMPERLEN SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2017 RBC TAYLOR PRIZE!

Congratulations to Diane Schoemperlen whose book THIS IS NOT MY LIFE has been shortlised for the 2017 RBC Taylor Prize!

The RBC Taylor Prize commemorates Charles Taylor’s pursuit of excellence in the field of literary non-fiction. The winner receives $25,000. The winner will be announced on March 6th at a gala held at the Omni King Edward hotel.  For more information on the finalists and the award, please visit, Thecharlestaylorprize.ca/2017/finalists

THE JURY CITATION:
“Diane Schoemperlen’s skillful, conversational writing takes the reader on a harrowing journey through hope and happiness to heartbreak. The brutally honest way she describes her love affair with a prisoner serving time for second degree murder is remarkable. In understated but compelling prose she apportions blame for the failed relationship equally, chronicling her own faults as well as those of her lover. This compelling tale of ill-fated love, told with humour as well as humility is also a powerful indictment of the prison system in Canada.”

Born and raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario, DIANE SCHOEMPERLEN has published several collections of short fiction and three novels. Her 1990 story collection, The Man of My Dreams, was shortlisted for both the Governor-General’s Award and the Trillium. Forms of Devotion: Stories and Pictures won the 1998 Governor-General’s Award for English Fiction. Viking Penguin U.S. published In the Language of Love, Forms of Devotion, Our Lady of the Lost and Found, Red Plaid Shirt, and Names of the Dead: An Elegy for the Victims of September 11. Her books have been published internationally in the U.K., Germany, Sweden, Spain, France, Korea, and China. In 2007 she received the Marian Engel Award from the Writers’ Trust of Canada and in 2012, she was Writer-in-Residece at Queen’s University.