WCA Deal Report for August 12, 2022

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  • Lynne Missen at Tundra Books has acquired World rights to Kern Carter’s young adult novel, AND THEN THERE WAS US, which tells the story of Coi, who after the death of her mother, struggles to find kindness in her heart for the woman who threw her out of the house, but through her half-sister and maternal grandmother, learns to see parts of her mother she never knew. Publication is expected for Spring 2024. The deal was arranged by Chris Casuccio of Westwood Creative Artists.
  • Governor General’s Award-winning author of BLACK WATER: FAMILY, LEGACY, AND BLOOD MEMORY and the bestselling middle-grade fantasy series THE MISEWA SAGA, member of Norway House Cree Nation David Robertson’s THE THEORY OF CROWS, a debut adult novel about a troubled Indigenous father and his estranged teenage daughter who head out onto the land in search of the family trapline, and find their way back to themselves and to each other, to Jennifer Lambert at HarperCollins Canada, for publication in September 2022, by Jackie Kaiser at Westwood Creative Artists (Canada English).
  • Governor General’s award-winning author of TO THE RIVER: LOSING MY BROTHER and of the novel LONG CHANGE Don Gillmor’s BREAKING AND ENTERING, about a gallery owner looking to get out of a rut discovers her talent for lock-picking and breaks into her neighbours’ houses, hoping that uncovering their secrets may lead her to understand her own, to Dan Wells at Biblioasis, for publication in Spring 2023, by Jackie Kaiser at Westwood Creative Artists (North America English).
  • Author of THE COLONY OF UNREQUITED DREAMS Wayne Johnston‘s JENNIE’S BOY: A NEWFOUNDLAND CHILDHOOD, the story of a tragicomic childhood in a part of Newfoundland whose way of life is fast disappearing, to Chip Fleischer at Steerforth Press, for publication in February 2023, by Jackie Kaiser at Westwood Creative Artists (U.S.). Canada English rights previously to Anne Collins at Knopf Canada.

WCA Deal Report for July 29, 2022

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  • Linh S. Nguyễn is a Vietnamese immigrant to Canada, writer, consultant, and workshop facilitator. NO PLACE LIKE HOME, her debut novel, is a middle grade portal fantasy like no other. The author draws on her cultural heritage and elements of the classic Wizard of Oz to create a whimsical narrative for the bookworm in all of us that asks the question, how do you redefine a lost home? Acquired by Suzanne Sutherland at HarperCollins Canada Children’s, with Yash Kesanakurthy editing, for publication on March 14, 2023, by Emmy Nordstrom Higdon at Westwood Creative Artists (world). Rights contact(s): lisa.rundle@harpercollins.com
  • HarperCollins Canada has signed Susan Juby to continue her bestselling Helen Thorpe mystery series that launched with MINDFUL OF MURDER. Iris Tupholme took world rights to A MEDITATION OF MAYHEM, where Helen’s charge is a social media-obsessed young heiress implicated in a murder near a Rocky Mountain chateau, and CONTEMPLATION OF A CRIME, where Helen’s posting at a Wyoming ranch has her serving the deeply unhappy Dandy family after the suspicious death of their patriarch, for publication in spring 2024 and spring 2025 respectively. Hilary McMahon at Westwood Creative Artists represented Juby in the negotiations.

WCA Deal Report for July 15, 2022

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  • Anna Comfort O’Keeffe at Douglas & McIntyre has acquired World Rights to Dan Needles’ A GUIDE TO RURAL LIVING, a whimsical and timely observation of the customs and traditions of rural and small town life, as well as the culture clash between villagers and the recent influx of urbanites who discovered during the pandemic that working from home was something they could do anywhere. Publication will be in Fall 2023. The deal was arranged by John Pearce and Chris Casuccio at Westwood Creative Artists.
  • Kim Fu’s LESSER KNOWN MONSTERS OF THE 21ST CENTURY to Héliotrope (World French), by Megan Husain at Anna Jarota Agency, on behalf of Meg Wheeler at Westwood Creative Artists for Jackie Kaiser.
  • Rohinton Mistry’s TALES FROM FIROZSHA BAAG to AST/Neclassics (Russia), by Natalia Sanina at Synopsis Literary Agency, on behalf of Meg Wheeler at Westwood Creative Artists for Bruce Westwood.
  • Rohinton Mistry’s A FINE BALANCE renewed to AST/Neclassics (Russia), by Synopsis Literary Agency, on behalf of Meg Wheeler at Westwood Creative Artists for Bruce Westwood.
  • Gina Buonaguro’s VIRGINS OF VENICE to Laguna (Serbia), by Nada Perisic at Plima, on behalf of Meg Wheeler at Westwood Creative Artists for John Pearce.
  • Glenn Gould’s THE GLENN GOULD READER to Guangxi Normal University Press Group Co. (simplified Chinese), by Claire Qiao at Andrew Nurnberg Associates Beijing, on behalf of Meg Wheeler at Westwood Creative Artists.

WCA Deal Report for June 10, 2022

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  • Greystone Books has acquired world rights to SQUARE THE PUCK, a follow-up to Randi Druzin’s bestseller BETWEEN THE PIPES, profiling 12 legendary goalies and their unique personality traits, ranging from Carey Price and Marc Andre Fleury to Grant Fuhr and Tony Esposito. Publication is set for fall 2023; Hilary McMahon of Westwood Creative Artists inked the deal.
  • Author of MISSING NIMAMA Melanie Florence and author of DOWNSIDE UP Richard Scrimger‘s AUTUMN BIRD AND THE RUNAWAY, a middle grade novel told in alternating narratives about two kids from different worlds whose unexpected friendship is a lens to explore identity and compassion, to Anne Shone at Scholastic Canada, for publication in summer 2022, by Amy Topkins at Transatlantic Literary Agency for Florence and Hilary McMahon at Westwood Creative Artists for Scrimger (world).
  • Yash Kesanakurthy from HarperCollins Canada has acquired World rights to Kevin and Basil Sylvester’s THE NIGHT OF THE LIVING ZED! In this sequel to THE FABULOUS ZED WATSON, Zed and Gabe have a chance to score a big jackpot. All they have to do is spend three nights in a haunted house. Easy! Except there are more than ghosts hidden in the walls. The deal was done by Michael Levine at Westwood Creative Artists for publication in Fall 2024. Contact Lisa Rundle at HarperCollins Canada for rights: lisa.rundle@harpercollins.com

WCA Deal Report for June 3, 2022

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  • Chinese Canadian writer, musician, and filmmaker, and author of THIS CITY IS A MINEFIELD Aaron Chan‘s THE BROKEN HEART; this tender book with identity-inspired LGBTQ2S+ themes is the story of a young girl who likes to fix things, and who sets out to help her brother mend his heart after his relationship with his boyfriend has ended, illustrated by Josiane Vlitos, to Lauri Hornik at Rocky Pond Books, for publication in spring 2024, by Emmy Nordstrom Higdon at Westwood Creative Artists for the author and illustrator (world).
  • Harvard-trained cultural psychologist and Pushcart-nominated writer Christine Ma-Kellams‘s THE BAND, after a K-Pop band member’s latest song inadvertently ruffles the political feathers of three East Asian superpowers, he hides out in the McMansion of a Chinese American psychologist with a savior complex, whom he meets in an H-Mart; meanwhile, in his absence, the band’s producer reflects on his previous creation—a girl group who he built from scratch to stardom before their tragic disbanding, to Loan Le at Atria, in a pre-empt, by Emmy Nordstrom Higdon at Westwood Creative Artists (world).

WCA Deal Report for May 27, 2022

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  • Random House Canada’s Craig Pyette has acquired Canadian English rights to Luis Najera’s DARK CORNERS. The memoir tells the story of the author’s life with the drug cartels of Mexico – growing up amidst their influence, reporting on their atrocities as a journalist, witnessing Calderón’s war on drugs from a position within the police force, fleeing to Canada to save his family from criminal threats, and the hardships of finding his and his family’s way in a new country and new language. Publication is expected for spring 2024. The deal was arranged by Chris Casuccio and John Pearce of Westwood Creative Artists.
  • Elizabeth Philips at Thistledown Press has acquired English Canadian rights to author of WAITING FOR COLUMBUS Thomas Trofimuk’s THE ELEPHANT ON KARLUV BRIDGE.  Narrated by the 600-year-old Charles Bridge, the novel follows Sal, an elephant who has escaped from the Prague Zoo, and the people she meets in the night, all wrestling with profound questions about life and love. Publication is set for August 2022; Hilary McMahon of Westwood Creative Artists inked the deal.

WCA Deal Report for May 13, 2022

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  • Rohinton Mistry’s SUCH A LONG JOURNEY to Beijing Publishing Group Ltd. (China), by Claire Qiao at Andrew Nurnberg Associates Beijing, on behalf of Meg Wheeler at Westwood Creative Artists for Bruce Westwood.
  • Alice Kuiper’s LIFE ON THE REFRIGERATOR DOOR to Daugavpils Teatris (Latvia), by Tatjana Zoldnere at Andrew Nurnberg Associates Baltic, on behalf of Meg Wheeler at Westwood Creative Artists for Jackie Kaiser.
  • Rohinton Mistry’s A FINE BALANCE renewed to Book Asia Publishers (Korea), by Tae Eun Kim at Shinwon Agency, on behalf of Meg Wheeler at Westwood Creative Artists for Bruce Westwood.

WCA Deal Report for May 6, 2022

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  • Nikki Ray Media Agency has acquired scripted rights to Jennifer Robertson’s bestselling memoir BITCOIN WIDOW, about the fairy-tale romance she shared with Quadriga founder Gerald Cotten, and the massive investment scandal caused by his unexpected death that left more than 100,000 investors looking for their millions and Jennifer questioning how well she knew her husband. The deal was arranged by Max Tremblay at Westwood Creative Artists for Hilary McMahon.

WCA Deal Report for April 14, 2022

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  • Scholastic Canada’s Anne Shone has acquired world rights to Kern Carter’s IS THERE A BOY LIKE ME. The middle-grade novel tells the story of a 13-year-old boy who creates a video series that explores what his life would be like if he could truly be who he wanted to be; when the vlog goes viral, it starts a global conversation about what being a boy really means. Publication is expected for fall 2024. The deal was arranged by Chris Casuccio of Westwood Creative Artists.
  • Dan Lubetkin at Corner Lot Media has optioned the film rights to Kim Fu’s story #CLIMBNATION from LESSER KNOWN MONSTERS OF THE 21ST CNETURY, about an obsessed fan who crashes the memorial of her favorite influencer after he dies in a suspicious rock-climbing accident, only to uncover a dark revenge plot. The deal was arranged by Max Tremblay at Westwood Creative Artists for Jackie Kaiser.
  • Michael Ignatieff’s ON CONSOLATION to Kristeligt Dagblads Forlag (Denmark), by Monique Oosterhof at MO Literary Services, on behalf of Meg Wheeler at Westwood Creative Artists for Michael Levine.
  • Rahaf Mohammed’s REBEL to Rahva Raamat (Estonia), by Tatjana Zoldnere at Andrew Nurnberg Associates Baltic, on behalf of Meg Wheeler at Westwood Creative Artists for Chris Casuccio and John Pearce.
  • Richard Wagamese’s MEDICINE WALK renewed to Editions Zoe (French), by Marie-France Heinic at Anna Jarota Agency on behalf of Meg Wheeler at Westwood Creative Artists for John Pearce and Chris Casuccio.

WCA Deal Report for April 8, 2022

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  • Karen Li at Groundwood Books bought world rights to THE LITTLE GREEN ENVELOPE by Gillian Sze (MY LOVE FOR YOU IS ALWAYS), illustrated by Claudine Crangle.  An homage to snail mail and a celebration of our own unique journeys in life, the picture book features a forgotten envelope finally rescued from a drawer when a girl reaches out to a friend who has moved away.  Publication is scheduled for August 2023; Hilary McMahon at Westwood Creative Artists represented the author, and the illustrator represented herself.