UK/ANZ rights to Journey Prize winner Naben Ruthnum writing as Nathan Ripley’s debut FIND YOU IN THE DARK, pitched as reminiscent of The Talented Mr. Ripley with elements of Red Dragon and the hit TV series “Dexter,” which follows the story of a family man whose obsessive need to right the past by digging up the undiscovered skeletal remains of serial killer victims is about to lead to a terrifyingly real encounter with a killer who is very much alive, to Michael Heyward at Text Publishing, at auction, by Stephanie Sinclair and Samantha Haywood (previous rights to Rakesh Satyal of Atria and Laurie Grassi of Simon & Schuster Canada).
Jan Redford’s debut, END OF THE ROPE: Braving Mountains, Marriage and Motherhood, in the tradition of Cheryl Strayed’s Wild, set in the Rockies, in which a rash young climber bounces from mountain to mountain and relationship to relationship, then loses the love of her life in a climbing accident, becomes pregnant with his friend’s baby and struggles in a stormy marriage until she finally breaks free to pursue higher education and make her own way in life. US English rights to Jack Shoemaker at Counterpoint with Megha Majumdar editing, previously to Random House Canada for Spring 2018 by Samantha Haywood of Transatlantic Agency.
Kristen den Hartog and Tracy Kasaboski‘s new work, THE SWEETEST MUSIC, a sweeping, working-class family memoir, begins with a young cowkeeper and his wife who arrive in 1840s London, England from Wales to escape poverty but instead plunge into it, then follows their descendants through 100 years to the big band era of the 1920s and 1930s in London, Ontario. World English rights to Anna Comfort-O’Keeffe at Douglas & McIntyre by Samantha Haywood of Transatlantic Agency.
This week the 2018 Rocky Mountain Book Award nominees were announced, and we are absolutely delighted that ALL THE DIRT: A History of Getting Clean (Annick Press) by Katherine Ashenburg and illustrated by Capuzine Mazille, is on the list! This is an Alberta-based reader’s choice award that invites students in grades 4-7 and their educators to select their favourite books. The winner will be awarded a gold medal. Congratulations to Katherine and Capucine, and their fellow nominees!
To learn more about the award, you may visit www.rmba.info/about/
Zoe Whittall’s Scotiabank Giller Prize-shortlisted novel THE BEST KIND OF PEOPLE (House of Anansi Press) is the Hamilton Reads 2017 title! Hamilton Reads is a large book club hosted by the Hamilton Public Library.
The novel has been hugely successful, having been previously selected as Indigo’s #1 Best Book of 2016. It was also named a Best Book of the Year by The Globe and Mail, National Post, The Walrus and Toronto Life. It will be reaching a new audience when it publishes with Hodder & Stoughton in the UK this summer and with Ballantine US Fall 2017.
Check out the link below for information about the Hamilton Reads book club, great discussion questions, and information about Zoe and her book!
Penguin Canada managing editor David Ross has acquired world rights to Toronto writer Samra Habib’s WE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN HERE, a memoir of the transformative experiences that have shaped her identity as a queer Muslim, to be published under the Viking imprint in spring 2019. The deal was arranged by Samantha Haywood of the Transatlantic Agency.
HOME ICE: Reflections of a Reluctant Hockey Mom by Angie Abdou chronicles and illuminates a full season in the life of a hockey parent, crafting a nuanced and unflinching self-portrait of a mother dedicated to supporting her son’s passion for amateur hockey but struggling with ambivalence over our society’s often troubling sport culture and its impact on her family. Canadian English rights sold at auction to Susan Renouf at ECW Press by Jesse Finkelstein & Samantha Haywood of the Transatlantic Agency (Fall 2018).
From the publisher: “A reSet original, First Things First gathers 18 of the best of Diane Schoemperlen’s earliest and uncollected stories, with several being published in book form for the first time. Playfully inventive, comic, moving and profound, this collection will reinforce Schoemperlen’s importance as one of the leading short story writers of her generation.”
From June 5 to 12 she will be attending the Woodbridge Farm Retreat. She will host an already sold out day-long memoir writing workshop on June 10. Her short story collection will launch on June 11 at an outdoor reading with Marty Gervais and Daniel Lockhart, an event that is open to everyone. Please find full details about the retreat at the following link: https://thewoodbridgefarm.com/events/
Praise for Diane Schoemperlen
“There is no mistaking a Schoemperlen story—devoted to form, faithful to the mysteries of the everyday.”—The Globe & Mail
“Schoemperlen takes off from the modest launchpad of these seemingly simple concepts, soaring away in wholly unexpected directions. And we follow, thrilled by her quicksilver prose, warm humor, sexiness, precision, and tenderness.”—Booklist
“Schoemperlen’s inventive language and narrative structures encourage readers to be free ‘from the prison of everyday thinking.’”—The New York Times Book Review
“Lovely, clever [and] imaginative.”—The Wall Street Journal
Rights Sold: Biblioasis, World English
From the award-winning author of the debut novel Anthem of a Reluctant Prophet, recently adapted as a feature film starring Juliette Lewis and Cameron Monaghan, comes the incredible new novel, WE ALL LOVE THE BEAUTIFUL GIRLS by Joanne Proulx. For readers of propulsive family dramas, Proulx’s second novel calls to mind The Ice Storm and The Best Kind of People. World rights ex: Canada sold to Executive Editor Millicent Bennett of Grand Central Publishing in a six-figure deal for publication in the US in 2018. Canadian rights previously acquired by Nicole Winstanley for Viking Penguin for publication in Canada in Fall 2017. Both deals arranged by Samantha Haywood of Transatlantic Agency.
The 2018 Red Cedar Non-fiction Award shortlist has been announced, and we are delighted to share that both Katherine Ashenburg and Nikki Tate are receiving acknowledgement for their amazing books! Katherine’s book ALL THE DIRT: A History of Getting Clean (Annick Press) and Nikki’s book DEEP ROOTS: How Trees Sustain Our Planet (Orca Book Publishers) are on the list. This is British Columbia’s reader’s choice award, in which thousands of children between grades 4 and 7 from across BC read from nominated lists of fiction and non-fiction and vote for their favourites in April of each year. We’re not surprised that these books are two of them!
Please visit the following link to view the full shortlist: www.redcedaraward.ca/blog/2017/05/26/the-20172018-red-cedar-nominees-for-information-are/
Also check out the following link to learn more about the award: www.redcedaraward.ca/group-leader-resources/about-red-cedar/