North American English rights to I OVERCAME MY AUTISM AND ALL I GOT WAS THIS LOUSY ANXIETY DISORDER by Sarah Kurchak — an examination of all of the steps the author took to become an autistic “success story”, how it almost ruined her life, and how she is now trying to recover; tackling everything from autism parenting culture, to love, sex, alcohol, obsessions, and professional pillow fighting, Kurchak challenges current perceptions about autism and asks what can really make the lives of autistic people healthier, happier, and more fulfilling — to Douglas & McIntyre for Spring 2020 by Stephanie Sinclair.
This summer Maisie needs that escape more than ever. But now everything on Kingfisher has changed: Una has returned from her mainland school a sophisticated young woman too mature for childish games, and even worse, she has an all-consuming infatuation with David Meyer, both an old friend and an older man. Soon Maisie finds herself playing second fiddle—jealous of Una and David’s closeness, and unsure of what those feelings mean.
When Maisie’s greatest attempt to maintain the special magic of her friendship with Una goes up in smoke, it seems as though all is lost. But with an enormous revelation, and a heartrending intervention, Maisie may finally discover the strength she needs to find the same peace that the island has brought her within herself.
“This is Kit Pearson at the top of her game, leading us heart, line and sinker into a touching story of self-discovery.” – Sarah Ellis, award-winning author of Outside In and Dodger Boy
“Compelling, moving and utterly believable. . . . This is the book I needed when I was twelve. I am so glad it is finally here for all the kids who need it now.” – Robin Stevenson, Stonewall Honor Award-winning author of Pride
DEAL NEWS: Canada English rights to Harriet Alida Lye’s NATURAL KILLER – an intimate and gripping memoir examining the interconnectedness of life and death, what it means for your body to turn against itself, self-destructing from within; and how to reconcile that with the magical banality of creating a life; with the searing honesty of A Life’s Work by Rachel Cusk and lyricism of On Immunity by Eula Biss, weaving in source material from the year the author lived in the hospital, this memoir is told in narrative, snapshots, and raw observations turned inward and out – to Jared Bland at McClelland & Stewart for Spring 2020 by Stephanie Sinclair.
Meg Mahoney is a Pediatric Intensive Care doctor in Calgary, Alberta, where she lives with her husband and three children. An avid reader and writer of stories, Meg’s writing was pushed aside as she completed medical school, residency and fellowship. As she began to see her children swept away by the same words, poetry and imagination that had captivated her, she rediscovered her passion for writing. Meg is a member of SCBWI and CANSCAIP and is currently working on her debut middle grade novel.
Meg is represented by Elizabeth Bennett.
EBB & FLOW by Heather Smith (Kids Can Press, 2018) was longlisted for the Winterset Award, which celebrates excellence in Newfoundland and Labrador writing. The award is given in honour of the memory of Sandra Fraser Gwyn, the St. John’s-born social historian, prize-winning author, and passionate promoter of Newfoundland and Labrador arts. Her husband, journalist and author Richard Gwyn established the award in 2000, which is managed by ArtsNL.
Written in free verse, EBB & FLOW tells the poignant story of Jett, who is spending the summer with his unconventional grandmother after a year where his father went to jail and he started a new school have him caught in a cycle of poor decisions that culminated in the betrayal of a friend. EBB & FLOW was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award last fall, and is on the Silver Birch list.
Heather Smith is also the author of two young adult novels, Baygirl and The Agony of Bun O’Keefe, and two picture books. Originally from Newfoundland, she now lives in Waterloo, Ontario.
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By turns biting, funny, poetic, and heartbreaking, Megan Gail Coles’ debut novel rips into the inner lives of a wicked cast of characters, building towards a climax that will shred perceptions and force a reckoning. This is blistering Newfoundland Gothic for the twenty-first century, a wholly original, bracing, and timely portrait of a place in the throes of enormous change, where two women confront the traumas of their past in an attempt to overcome the present and to pick up a future.
MEGAN GAIL COLES is a graduate of the Memorial University of Newfoundland and the National Theatre School of Canada and is completing an MFA at the University of British Columbia. She has completed numerous plays, and her first fiction collection of short stories, Eating Habits of the Chronically Lonesome, won the BMO Winterset Award, the ReLit Award, and the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award and earned her the one-time Writers’ Trust 5×5 prize. Small Game Hunting at the Local Coward Gun Club is her first novel. Originally from Savage Cove on the Great Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland, Megan now resides in St. John’s, where she is the Executive Director of Riddle Fence and Projects Manager at Eastern Edge Gallery.
“Small Game Hunting is a singular, beautiful, burning story — not only a piercing page-turner but a sharp and essential portrait of an island and its people in our times that will draw you in and then pull you under. It is an ocean of a book. Not to be missed.”
— Elisabeth de Mariaffi, author of Hysteria
“No mistake, Megan Gail Coles is a driven, consequential writer who plays for keeps. Her seemingly off-the-cuff voice is controlled and quite intricate, and commands revisiting. Small Game Hunting at the Local Coward Gun Club is as important a novel as any that’s hit Canadian literature in years.”
— Joel Thomas Hynes, author of We’ll All Be Burnt in Our Beds Some Night
“Each character is rendered with such stunning details and unflinching insights that you can’t leave this novel’s pages without being changed. To read Megan Gail Coles’s masterful debut is to become obsessed with it.”
— Alicia Elliott, author of A Mind Spread Out on the Ground
World English rights to Chantal Braganza’s GUARDIAN FLESH – a collection broaching race, ethnicity and identity in motherhood offering readers a new way to think about how we build our sense of self, our sense of family and our sense of belonging – to Haley Cullingham at Strange Light for Fall 2020 by Stephanie Sinclair.
Penguin Canada editor David Ross has commissioned Billy-Ray Belcourt, the youngest ever winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize, for a book of essays. Drawing on intimate personal experience, A HISTORY OF MY BRIEF BODY is a meditation on grief, joy, love, and sex at the intersection of indigeneity and queerness. It will be published under the Hamish Hamilton imprint and is currently scheduled for a May 2020 release.
Billy-Ray Belcourt is from the Driftpile Cree Nation. He is a Ph.D. student and 2018 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar in the Department of English & Film Studies at the University of Alberta. His first book, This Wound is a World, won the 2018 Canadian Griffin Poetry Prize, the 2018 Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize, and a 2018 Indigenous Voices Award. It was also named the best “Canadian poetry” collection of 2017 by CBC Books.
“Billy-Ray Belcourt is one of the most exciting new voices in Canadian literature,” says Ross. “His writing is simultaneously devastating and beautiful, and I’m humbled to be working with him as he experiments with form and genre. I can’t wait for the power of his words to reach whole new audiences.”
The deal was arranged by Stephanie Sinclair.
World rights to Amanda Leduc’s “DISFIGURED: On Fairy Tales, Disability, and Making Space for Oneself in the World”, which looks at several prominent, recognizable fairy tale traditions and archetypes and examines how these ideas have played out in history and recent popular culture, and draws on Amanda’s own experience as a physically disabled woman with cerebral palsy, to compare and contrast the treatment of disability in these stories, have been sold to Alana Wilcox at Coach House Books in a deal by Samantha Haywood at Transatlantic Agency for publication in Feb 2020.