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.
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.
Russian rights to Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall’s HUNGOVER: The Morning After and One Man’s Quest for the Cure – a journalist’s journey to discover the ultimate hangover cure, drinking and writing his way through the world’s favorite beverages and their vengeful aftermath- to Bookmate Limited. Previous rights sold: HarperCollins; Penguin Books US; Dumont Verlag, Germany; Blink Publishing, UK; Cassiopeia Publisher, Korea; Bukowy Las, Poland. All deals by Stephanie Sinclair on behalf of Samantha Haywood.
World rights for THE JUSTICE PROJECT, a new YA mystery by Michael Betcherman, the author of BREAKAWAY and FACE-OFF, to Ruth Linka at Orca Books for publication Fall 2019, by Amy Tompkins at Transatlantic Literary Agency. THE JUSTICE PROJECT is about an 18 year-old boy who despairs for the future after an accident ends his promising football career and leaves him with a permanent limp. He gets a summer job working with an organization that defends the wrongly convicted where he investigates the case of a man he is convinced is innocent, and in the process realizes that there is light at the end of the tunnel.
World rights to EMMA’S PET, written by Ted Staunton (author of WHAT BLOWS UP in the Almost Epic Squad Series) and illustrated by Ruth Ohi, were sold to Anne Shone at Scholastic Canada by Amy Tompkins on behalf of the author. EMMA’S PET will be about a girl who loses her favorite stuffed animal “pet” and auditions several replacements and will be published in 2020.
Anna Comfort O’Keeffe, managing editor at Douglas & McIntyre, has acquired English rights in Canada and the United States to Anne Bokma’s debut nonfiction book, My Year of Living Spiritually: One Woman’s Secular Search for a More Soulful Life.
Anne Bokma is an award-winning writer and editor from Hamilton, Ontario who has been honoured with more than two dozen journalism awards throughout her 30-year career. A long-time contributor to the United Church Observer, the national magazine of Canada’s largest Protestant denomination, Anne has been the monthly “Spiritual But Secular” columnist (http://annebokma.com/) for the past four years, reporting on the habits of the growing demographic known as the Spiritual-But-Not Religious (SBNR).
My Year of Living Spiritually is based on her blog of the same name, which appeared biweekly in the Observer in 2017. It is scheduled for publication in fall 2019.
Anne Bokma is represented by Amy Tompkins.
Bethany Gibson, fiction editor at Goose Lane Editions, has acquired English Canada and World French rights for Tyler Enfield’s dazzling sophomore novel, The Dynamite Kid.
Enfield is an Edmonton-based writer and photographer. He is the author of Madder Carmine (Great Plains Publications, 2015), which won the 2016 High Plains Book Award, and was a finalist for the Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Prize.
The Dynamite Kid is an offbeat, slightly magical and entirely original retelling of Aladdin as an American western – a rich combination of classic love story, a quest novel, and a tribute to boyhood enthusiasm. While not as esoteric as Gary Barwin’s Yiddish for Pirates, it portrays an equally unique and magical landscape.
Tyler Enfield is represented by Shaun Bradley.
Double the deal news for author Shani Mootoo!
Film/TV rights to Shani Mootoo’s haunting debut CEREUS BLOOMS AT NIGHT, now a contemporary classic and past finalist for the Giller Prize, the Chapters/Books in Canada First Novel Award, and the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, an exquisite cross-generational history filled with thrilling passion and alluring mystery, set in the fictional Caribbean town of Paradise, and unveils the mystery surrounding Mala Ramchandin, an aging, notoriously supposedly crazy woman suspected of murdering her father, optioned by Aaron Barnett at Bitter Boy Productions in a deal by Samantha Haywood.
Canadian English rights to one of Canada’s most widely acclaimed literary fiction authors, Shani Mootoo’s POLAR VORTEX, a seductive and tension-filled new novel about a lesbian couple receiving an unexpected visit from an old male friend that throws questions of true intentions into the mix of their previously monogamous commitment, told with a Mrs. Dalloway stream-of-consciousness narration, for readers of Herman Koch and Rachel Cusk, sold to Jay and Hazel Millar at Book*hug Press for publication in early 2020 in a deal by Samantha Haywood.