Congratulations to Andrew Wilmot, who has won the ECW Press Best New Speculative Novel contest (out of over 170 applicants)! Their novel, Withered, will be published in 2024, with world rights sold to ECW Press.
North American rights sold for a not-yet-named collection of three novellas by A.G. Pasquella, Why Not a Spider Monkey Jesus?, New Town, and The This and the That, for publication Fall 2022, to Paul Vermeersch at Buckrider Books/Wolsak & Wynn.
World rights sold to Daniel Innes and Christina Wong‘s Denison Avenue, a story told in two parts as a graphic novel and novella, about elderly Wong Cho Sum’s attempt to cope with the death of her husband by taking up bottle and can collecting, amidst the greater theme of the price of progress in cities like Toronto and those it leaves behind, to Jen Sookfong Lee at ECW Press.
Michelle Bilodeau, co-author of HOLY (!) MATRIMONY, was on CTV’s The Social talking about celebrity-approved clean beauty products to add to your skincare routine!
Happy Friday! I’m thrilled to announce two deals:
- The Quiet is Loud by Samantha Garner: Freya Tanangco, whose adult life has been spent in hiding from the troubled literary legacy created by her author father, and from the scrutiny of a society which subjects those with enhanced mental abilities to scorn and violence; when her prophetic dreams take a dangerous turn, she finds herself increasingly forced to sacrifice her own anonymity—and the fragile safety that comes with it—in order to protect those around her. Sold to Bryan Ibeas @ Invisible Publishing, for Fall 2021 publication.
- Letters to Amelia, by Lindsay Zier-Vogel, in which Grace, a heartbroken 30-something library tech in Toronto, begins to piece her life back together by reading letters from and writing letters to Amelia Earhart, the famous pilot who disappeared over the Pacific Ocean in 1937. When Grace’s life takes another turn, she becomes consumed by Amelia’s final flight and begins excavating the pilot’s life to makes sense of her own. Sold to Bookhug, for Fall 2022 publication.
I’ll be helping to handle translation and other rights for these titles.
It’s the time of year when most of us will be travelling and going on vacations (except me, I’m always working). So, here’s a handy guide from The New York Times on tipping while travelling, featuring etiquette expert Karen Cleveland (who also happens to be the co-author of the upcoming Holy (!) Matrimony)!
Catch Erika Nielsen talking about Sound Mind on Global’s The Morning Show!
We’re thrilled to report the following deals!
- World English Audio rights for A.G. Pasquella‘s Yard Dog and Carve the Heart, sold to Dreamscape Audio, for November 2019 publication.
- In Holy (!) Matrimony: A Modern Guide to Conscious Coupling, Toronto writers Karen Cleveland and Michelle Bilodeau take on the wedding industry. Equal parts modern wedding planning guide and feminist manifesto, the book encourages couples to take a critical eye to their nuptials by questioning manufactured “traditions”, outlandish budgets, and the omnipresent pressure for perfection. North American English rights sold to Dundurn Press, for Spring 2021 publication.
- Field Notes from an Unintentional Birder by Julia Zarankin is a thoughtful and witty memoir that follows the author’s peregrinations as she discovers an unexpected passion for birding, along with a new understanding of the world and her own place in it. North American English rights sold to Douglas & McIntyre, for Spring 2020 publication.