Doubleday Canada editor Kiara Kent has acquired Canadian English rights to the 2017-2018 Geoffrey and Margaret Andrew Fellow and National Magazine Award–winning Tuscarora writer Alicia Elliott‘s narrative nonfiction debut, A MIND SPREAD OUT ON THE GROUND. It will explore the links of colonialism, mental illness, art and abuse through a blend of cultural criticism, literary criticism, and political and historical discourse along with the author’s personal narrative. The book will publish in spring 2019. The pre-empt deal was arranged by Samantha Haywood and Stephanie Sinclair. World ex: Canada and tv/film contact: email@example.com.
UK Commonwealth (ex. Canada) rights to SABRINA by Nick Drnaso to Alex Bowler at Granta, a timely and articulate graphic novel about the disappearance of an airman in the U.S. Air Force, and the depiction of a modern world devoid of personal interaction and responsibility, where relationships are stripped of intimacy through glowing computer screens, and a contemplation of the dangers of a fake news climate, by Samantha Haywood on behalf of Drawn and Quarterly. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Norwegian rights to THINGS TO DO WHEN IT’S RAINING by bestselling author Marissa Stapley sold to Cappelen Damm by Jeanine Langenburg of Sebes & Bisseling Literary Agency on behalf of Samantha Haywood. Rights previously S&S Canada, Graydon House US, both editions publishing simultaneously in Spring 2018. And Rowohlt Verlag acquired at auction and published first in Germany in Nov 2017, while Italian rights were sold on a pre-empt to Sperling & Kupfer. For readers of Jojo Moyes, 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. For UK, translation and tv/film contact: email@example.com
DEAL NEWS: World rights to a collection of writing centering on women’s personal experiences of surviving and healing after sexual assault, co-edited by authors Stacey May Fowles and Jen Sookfong Lee to Greystone Books for fall 2018. The deal was arranged by Samantha Haywood of the Transatlantic Agency and Carolyn Swayze of the Carolyn Swayze Literary Agency.
Italian rights to Joanne Proulx’s award-winning debut novel ANTHEM OF A RELUCTANT PROPHET sold to Fanucci Editore by Erica Berla of Berla & Griffini Rights Agency on behalf of Samantha Haywood. And Russian rights to Palmyra Publishers by Samantha Haywood. The novel tells the gripping story of 17-year old Luke Hunter after he discovers he can foretell death, a ‘gift’ he’d rather not have. Film rights previously optioned by Sepia Films, and originally published in 2007 by Penguin Canada, Arena Netherlands, Picador UK and Soho Press US. For translation rights contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
World French rights to award-winning graphic novelist Scott Chantler‘s forthcoming new original graphic novel, BIX, a mostly wordless black and white graphic biography highlighting the career of Leon Bix Beiderbecke, an early jazz cornet player, who rose rapidly to fame in the 1920s before falling just as quickly from grace due to a wretched dependence on alcohol, to Frederic Gauthier of La Pasteque, NA previously to Ed Schlesinger of Gallery 13, Simon & Schuster by Samantha Haywood. For UK and translation and tv/film rights contact: email@example.com
Italian rights to THINGS TO DO WHEN IT’S RAINING by bestselling author Marissa Stapley sold on a pre-empt to Sperling & Kupfer Editori by Erica Berla of Berla & Griffini on behalf of Samantha Haywood. Rights previously to Nita Pronovost at Simon & Schuster Canada, Brittany Lavery at Graydon House for US, both editions publishing simultaneously in Spring 2018. And Rowohlt Verlag acquired at auction and published first in Germany in Nov 2017. 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. For UK, translation and tv/film contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Giller Prize shortlisted author Sarah Selecky‘s debut novel RADIANT SHIMMERING LIGHT is a nuanced satire that probes the blurred lines between empowerment, spirituality, and consumerism in our online lives. Both hilarious and disconcerting, RADIANT SHIMMERING LIGHT follows Lilian Quick, a 40-year-old struggling pet portrait artist whose life changes drastically when she starts working for her motivational guru cousin Eleven Novak. The job helps Lilian improve her finances, connect with her inner feminine power, and publicly confront a love affair gone wrong, which explodes her online following. Lilian is indebted to Eleven for all her success… But is Eleven really looking out for Lilian’s best interests? Sold to Lea Beresford of Bloomsbury US and Jennifer Lambert of HarperCollins for publication in 2018 by Samantha Haywood of the Transatlantic Agency. Contact for film/tv and world ex: North America: email@example.com
From the Publisher: “This daring new play from Newfoundland playwright Megan Gail Coles showcases a bold and refreshing approach to theatre for young audiences. Coles deftly interweaves Canada’s colonial history with online gaming as our Indigenous protagonist struggles to understand and reconcile her past, present and future.
Annie Runningbird doesn’t have time for the games boys want her to play. She’s aging out of foster care on her next birthday. The system has decided she is an adult, so Annie must make adult decisions. Where will she live? How will she make money? Demanding grown-up choices preoccupy the young girl’s mind as she navigates relationships with boys and men in her company. Does she like Isaac, a cute yet naive boy she met at the mall food court? Can she trust Louis, her older and increasingly overbearing foster care worker? Who can Annie depend on in her ever-shifting world? This intel is important. Because Annie needs to win the very real game she’s playing. She must save herself to save the day.”
Rights Sold: World English, Playwrights Canada Press Ltd.
From the bestselling author of Mating for Life, THINGS TO DO WHEN IT’S RAINING is a poignant generational story about family and secrets. With honesty and heart, Marissa Stapley reminds us of the redemptive power of love and forgiveness, and that, ultimately, family is a choice.
“Things to Do When It’s Raining has heart and soul and guts, and it has achingly beautiful prose and characters so dear and real I couldn’t bear to say goodbye when I reached its final page. It’s a book about friendship and secrets, grief and regret, the peculiar shape of families and the redemptive nature of love. And it is, quite frankly, one of the best books I have read in a very long time.”
–Jennifer Robson, bestselling author of Moonlight over Paris
“Fans of Nicholas Sparks will adore Things to Do When It’s Raining, an irresistible tribute to first love, second chances and the powerful legacy of the past. Elegant and heartfelt, Marissa Stapley’s writing is a gift.”
–Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author of The Orphan’s Tale
“There is something so intimate and true in the sentence, ‘Every marriage harbors secrets, secrets about why it works or why it doesn’t work, secrets between two people that the rest of the world can never be privy to.’ Profound and intimate, raw and real—Things to Do When It’s Raining is hard to put down. Loved the ending but hated to have it end!” –Nan Rossiter, New York Times bestselling author of Firefly Summer
“Written with compassion and insight, Things to Do When It’s Raining is a truly captivating novel with exquisite prose and moments of bittersweet tenderness.”
–Nicola Moriarty, author of The Fifth Letter