German rights at auction to Amy Parks’ YA romance THE QUANTUM WEIRDNESS OF THE ALMOST KISS to Marie-Ann Helle at Rowohlt for the new WJB imprint, by Barbara Küper Literarische Agentur+Medienservice in association with Amy Tompkins, on behalf of Elizabeth Bennett.
World rights to two new middle grade nonfiction titles by Sigmund Brouwer: TERROR BAY, about forensic science and the Franklin Expedition, and SUMMIT SEVENTY-TWO, about the 1972 Canada/Russia Summit Series, to senior editor Yasemin Uçar at Kids Can Press by Amy Tompkins, for publication in 2021 and 2022.
English rights in North America to Heather Smith’s next YA novel, pitched as Derry Girls meets Roddy Doyle, and titled BARRY SQUIRES, FULL TILT, in a two-book deal, to Lynne Missen at Penguin Teen/Penguin Random House Canada Young Readers, for publication in fall 2020, by Amy Tompkins at the Transatlantic Agency.
World rights to BROKEN CRAYONS STILL COLOR by multi-award-winning author Eric Walters to Andrew Wooldridge at Orca Book Publishers, by Amy Tompkins at the Transatlantic Agency. Thirteen-year-old Robbie is growing up in poverty, all but ignored by his single father. His world is cracked open by Harmony, the new kid in school who has been placed in a local foster home.
North American English-language rights for Gary Barwin’s novel, NOTHING THE SAME, EVERYTHING HAUNTED, to Anne Collins at Random House Canada for publication in Spring 2021. This extraordinary work is a cross-pollination between cowboy fiction and Holocaust literature, featuring Motl, a middle-aged Lithuanian Jew, who imagines he’s in a Western novel as a way of surviving the displacement and genocide of WWII. Barwin’s debut work, Yiddish for Pirates (Random House Canada), was the winner of the 2017 Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour, the Canadian Jewish Literary Award, and the Hamilton Literary Award, and a finalist for both the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Governor General’s Award for Fiction. The deal was arranged by Shaun Bradley of the Transatlantic Agency.
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.
ANZ rights to Bestselling author Marissa Stapley‘s new novel THE LAST RESORT to Allen & Unwin. For fans of Big Little Lies – two couples arrive at The Harmony Retreat for couples therapy on the shores of Tulum Mexico where they hope to fix their marriages with the help of celebrity therapists Miles and Grace Markell. But all is not as it seems, and when Miles mysteriously disappears, the complex truth behind the façade of love, marriage and professional success begins to unravel, leaving room for romance to blossom in unexpected ways. Previous rights sold to Simon & Schuster Canada, Graydon House U.S. and Rowholt Germany. Deal arranged by Stephanie Sinclair on behalf of Samantha Haywood.