Waiting for the Cyclone by Leesa Dean Shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award!

WAITING FOR THE CYCLONE (Brindle & Glass) by Leesa Dean has been shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award! As Ontario’s most prestigious literary award, which honours “the quality and diversity of Ontario’s writers and writing,” the award gives a prize to the winner of $20,000 and $2,500 to their publisher. Congratulations to Leesa and her fellow nominees!

The winners will be announced on June 20, 2017. A Public Authors Reading Event will be held on June 19, 2017 at the Bram & Bluma Appel Salon at the Toronto Reference Library in Toronto.

For further information about the award, please visit www.omdc.on.ca/book/trillium_book_award.htm. To view the shortlist, please visit www.omdc.on.ca/book/trillium_book_award/Finalists___2017_Trillium_Book_Award.htm.

I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid Longlisted for the Frank Hegyi Award!

The Ottawa Independent Writers (OIW) have announced the longlist for the Frank Hegyi Award for Emerging Authors and we are happy to share that I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS by Iain Reid is one of the titles chosen! The longlist consists of 10 titles chosen from 41 submissions across Canada, and it was announced at the Wakefield Writers Festival’s Writers Pride Evening in Wakefield, Quebec.

This is a new award that will be offered annually with a cash prize of $500 to the winner and two years of a free OIW membership. The shortlist will be announced on May 16 and the awards ceremony will take place on June 10, 2017 at Prose in the Park.

Congratulations to Iain and his fellow longlisted authors on this achievement! To learn more about the award and to view the full longlist, please visit: www.ottawaindependentwriters.com/frank-hegyi-award

I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid Voted a 2016 Shirley Jackson Awards Nominee

We are incredibly proud to share that I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS by Iain Reid has been voted a 2016 Shirley Jackson Awards nominee in the Novel category! The Shirley Jackson Awards honours the late author Shirley Jackson’s writing by acknowledging outstanding literature focusing on psychological suspense, horror, and dark fantasy. Congratulations to Iain and all the other nominees!

The award will be presented at Readercon 28 on July 16.

For a full list of nominees and more information about the award, please visit www.shirleyjacksonawards.org/nominees/.

Deal News: Find You In The Dark by Naben Ruthnum

Reminiscent of The Talented Mr. Ripley, with elements of Red Dragon and the hit series Dexter, comes Journey Prize winner Naben Ruthnum, writing as Nathan Ripley’s debut thriller, FIND YOU IN THE DARK. Following the story of Martin Reese, 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. Sold in a two-book deal, at auction, in a six-figure deal, to Rakesh Satyal of Atria and Laurie Grassi of Simon & Schuster Canada (NA) by Stephanie Sinclair & Samantha Haywood of the Transatlantic Agency. TV/film rights sold in a pre-empt to eOne by Dana Spector of Paradigm Agency.

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

SO MUCH LOVE shortlisted for the Amazon.ca First Novel Award

Congratulations to Rebecca Rosenblum​ whose debut novel SO MUCH LOVE has been named a finalist for the Amazon.ca​ First Novel Award! This annual award recognizes the outstanding achievement of a first-time Canadian author and has launched the careers of some of Canada’s most beloved novelists.

SO MUCH LOVE is a stunning first novel about the unexpected reverberations the abduction of a young woman has on a small community.

The winner will be announced on May 25th.

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/

A GOOD DEATH by Sandra Martin shortlisted for the 2016/17 DONNER PRIZE

We’re honoured to announce that Sandra Martin’s A GOOD DEATH: Making the Most of Our Final Choices has been shortlisted for the 2016/17 Donner Prize!

The Donner Prize is a $50, 000 annual award that recognizes the best public policy book by a Canadian.

Kenneth Whyte, Chair of the Donner Canadian Foundation, shares his thoughts on the shortlisted titles, “Our five finalists are leading academics and award-winning writers who offer Canadians insight into highly topical subjects, elevating the public policy discourse in our country. Each of these books deserves a wide-readership, and in announcing the shortlist we invite Canadians to join the conversation.”

The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony on May 15th. The ceremony will be hosted by former Deputy Prime Minister Anne McLellan, who served as Donner Prize Jury Chair from 2009-2016.

For more information about the finalists and this award, please visit Donnerbookprize.com/press.

Baseball Life Advice by Stacey May Fowles Publishes

Happy Book Birthday to Stacey May Fowles! Her book BASEBALL LIFE ADVICE: Loving the Game that Saved Me publishes April 11 with McClelland & Stewart!

From the publisher:  “A passionate ode to baseball, its culture, and its community, which both celebrates and challenges the game – and reminds us why it really matters.
 
What is it about a man hitting a small white ball with a slim wooden bat out of a park that’s so beautiful? In this entertaining and thoughtful book, Stacey May Fowles gives us a refreshingly candid and personal perspective on Stacey May Fowlessubjects ranging from bat flips to bandwagoners, from the romance of spring training to the politics of booing, from the necessity of taking a hard look at players’ injuries and mental health issues to finding solace at the ballpark. Fowles confronts head-on the stereotype that female fans lack real knowledge about the game, and calls out the “boys will be boys” attitude and its implications both on and off the field. She also offers exhilarating snapshots of the Toronto Blue Jays’ 2015 and 2016 seasons. With remarkable humanity, intelligence, and an unabashed enthusiasm for the game, Fowles explores how we can use the lens of baseball to examine who we are. A must-read for both diehard and casual fans.”

Visit the Penguin Random House Canada website to learn more about the book and read an excerpt: www.penguinrandomhouse.ca/

Read Stacey’s great Elle Canada article here: www.ellecanada.com/life-and-love/article/how-baseball-helped-one-woman-overcome-her-worst-anxieties

Check out The New York Times article featuring Stacey’s book: www.nytimes.com/2017/04/02/books/now-batting-14-new-baseball-books.html?_r=0

Read a starred review from Publishers Weekly!: www.publishersweekly.com/pw/reviews/single/9780771038716?permamore

View Stacey’s interview with Canadian Livingwww.canadianliving.com/life-and-relationships/culture-and-entertainment/article/stacy-may-fowles-is-obsessed-with-baseball-and-you-should-be-too

Also see Canadian Living’s roundup of books featuring BASEBALL LIFE ADVICE: www.canadianliving.com/life-and-relationships/culture-and-entertainment/article/4-amazing-page-turners-that-celebrate-women

Read an excerpt of the book at the Globe & Mail: www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/baseball/going-to-the-ballpark-alone-a-look-inside-stacey-may-fowles-new-book/article34546705/

Subscribe to Stacey’s newsletter!: www.tinyletter.com/staceymayfowles

Also check out this great Stacey May Fowles Recommends feature on the iBookstore!

Advance Praise: 

“This is beautiful. Stacey has used her own experiences at the ballpark to reveal what each and every fan has felt but didn’t know why. She captures what we all love about the game.” — Buck Martinez, author of Change Up and the play-by-play announcer for the Toronto Blue Jays

“Fowles’ writing about her love of the game and the role of baseball in her life is honest, funny, touching, detailed, and charming. You do not need to be a sports fan or a baseball fan to enjoy this book; it is for anyone who appreciates beautiful writing, who has struggled to find their place in this world, or who has loved anything more than they can explain.”
— Jessica Luther, author of Unsportsmanlike Conduct

“By bringing a fresh voice to an old, staid game, everything seems new again…” — Publishers Weekly 

“…a perspective that’s all too rare.” —The New York Times

Rights Sold: McClelland & Stewart; Canada, the United States and the Philippines; English language

STARRED Publishers Weekly review for BASEBALL LIFE ADVICE by Stacey May Fowles

We’re thrilled to share a starred Publishers Weekly review of BASEBALL LIFE ADVICE by Stacey May Fowles.

From PW – “By bringing a fresh voice to an old, staid game, everything seems new again…fans anywhere will relate to her love of the ballpark as her ‘favorite place in the world.'”

BASEBALL LIFE ADVICE is an engaging collection of essays about baseball, its culture, and its community, which celebrates and challenges the game – and reminds us why it really matters.

Available for purchase on April 11th.