Susan Renouf at ECW Press has acquired North American English-language rights to THE RECKONING, Anna Porter’s second art-world thriller featuring Helena Marsh after THE APPRAISAL. The deal was arranged by John Pearce of Westwood Creative Artists for Spring 2021 publication.
CBC News executive and Toronto Star contributor Cathrin Bradbury‘s THE BRIGHT SIDE: RELEARNING THE ART OF OPTIMISM AFTER A BROKEN YEAR, a frank, digressive, funny and inspiring voice-driven memoir that describes how a modern person’s life can change utterly in a single year, even, or perhaps especially, when she is in her pre-dotage years, to Nicole Winstanley and Diane Turbide at Penguin, for publication in Spring 2021, by Jackie Kaiser at Westwood Creative Artists (Canada English).
Troy Wilson (Dog vs. Ultra Dog)’s GOLDIBOOKS AND THE WEE BEAR has been acquired by Running Press Kids for publication in fall 2020. The picture book inverts the classic tale to feature an inquisitive, book-loving bear who raids Goldi’s house for something to read. Hilary McMahon at Westwood Creative Artists represented the author in the world rights deal.
Thomas King‘s DreadfulWater mystery series, to Alire (French in North America), by Anna Jarota at Anna Jarota Agency, on behalf of Meg Wheeler of Westwood Creative Artists for Jackie Kaiser.
Patricia Joudry and Maurie Pressman’s TWIN SOULS, renewed by Ankh Hermes (Netherlands), by Stijn De Vries at Marianne Schonbach Agency, on behalf of Meg Wheeler of Westwood Creative Artists for Bruce Westwood.
M.G. Vassanji’s THE BOOK OF SECRETS, to Mamdouh Adwan Publishing House (Arabic), by Meg Wheeler of Westwood Creative Artists for Bruce Westwood.
Douglas & McIntyre has aquired Canadian English rights to adventure traveller Bruce Kirkby‘s KINGDOM OF THE SKY: From Distraction to Stillness, a Family Journey in the Forgotten Himalaya, a memoir which focuses primarily on the Kirkby family’s three months spent living amongst the Lamas of Zanskar Valley, and explores the themes of modern distraction, the loss of ancient wisdom, and the author’s personal coming to terms with his elder son’s diagnosis on the autism spectrum. The deal was arranged by Anna Comfort O’Keeffe at D&M and John Pearce and Chris Casuccio at Westwood Creative Artists for Fall 2020 publication.
Katie Hearn at Annick Press acquired world rights to Tiffany Stone’s new picture book TALLULAH PLAYS THE TUBA, about a diminutive but resourceful girl determined to master her favourite instrument, for publication in October 2019. Hilary McMahon of Westwood Creative Artists represented Stone on the deal. Sandy Nichols was brought on board by Annick to illustrate.
Anna Comfort O’Keeffe at Douglas & McIntyre has acquired North American English-language rights to three novels (two adult and one YA) by Charles Demers, author of Property Values. The two adult novels are mysteries featuring a psychiatrist, Acadian-born Dr Annick Boudreau, as the detective. Each mystery in the series will spotlight a different mental-health issue. PRIMARY OBSESSIONS and SUICIDAL THOUGHTS will be published in 2020 and 2021 respectively. The YA book, entitled THE GODSON, features a young boy who is fighting back against bullying and prejudice at a US military base where his father, a former mobster who has enrolled in Witness Protection, is being held. Deals for all three books were arranged by John Pearce of Westwood Creative Artists.
Harriet Low at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has bought Calgary writer Alexandra Latos‘s debut YA novel UNDER SHIFTING STARS, about twins struggling for belonging: Audrey, who feels responsible for her brother’s tragic death and wants to leave her alternative classroom for public school, and Clare, who is hiding the turmoil she’s feeling about her sexuality and gender. Publication is scheduled for fall 2020; Hilary McMahon at Westwood Creative Artists brokered the deal for world rights.
Mondadori have renewed their license for Spanish rights to Rohinton Mistry’s A FINE BALANCE. The deal was arranged by Sandra Bruna & Jordi Ribolleda of Sandra Bruna Agency on behalf of Meg Wheeler of Westwood Creative Artists for Bruce Westwood.
Romanian rights to Jay Ingram’s THE SCIENCE OF WHY 3 to Editura Niculescu. The deal was arranged by Andreea Focsaneanu of Simona Kessler Agency on behalf of Meg Wheeler of Westwood Creative Artists for Jackie Kaiser.
French rights to Darrel McLeod’s MAMASKATCH to VLB Editeur/Groupe VilleMarie Litterature, at auction. The deal was arranged by Meg Wheeler of Westwood Creative Artists.
Bhavna Chauhan at Appetite (an imprint of Penguin Random House Canada) has acquired World English Rights to Tara Henley‘s LEAN OUT: A MEDITATION ON THE MADNESS OF MODERN LIFE. Part memoir, part travelogue and part journalistic investigation, Lean Out explores the stresses of the 24/7 work world – and the radical communities around the globe that are resisting it.The deal was arranged by John Pearce at Westwood Creative Artists in association with Chris Casuccio and will be published in Spring 2020.
Senior editor Laurie Grassi of Simon & Schuster Canada has acquired world English rights to film and tv producer (Story of a Girl) Liz Levine’s NOBODY EVER TALKS ABOUT ANYTHING BUT THE END: A MEMOIR OF LOSS; a haunting, heartbreaking, yet often humorous account of life and loss, family and friendship, this portrait of grief and mental illness reveals what it means to try to keep moving forward, in spite of everything. Hilary McMahon at Westwood Creative Artists represented Levine in the deal, for publication in spring 2020.
Tiffany Stone (Tree Song) inked a two book picture book deal with Kate Harrison at Dial, for the pun-filled KNOT CANNOT, in which a piece of rope envies the freedom and abilities of his friend Snake, until danger threatens and he learns the value in his own form, and a follow-up in the same vein, Wood Could. Publication of the first title is planned for spring 2020; Hilary McMahon at Westwood Creative Artists negotiated the deal at auction for world rights.
German rights to Karma Brown’s RECIPE FOR A PERFECT WIFE to C.Bertelsmann. The deal was arranged by Hannah Fosh at Liepman Agency on behalf of Carolyn Forde at Westwood Creative Artists.
Polish audio rights to Sandra Gulland’s four novels; THE MANY LIVES AND SECRET SORROWS OF JOSEPHINE B, TALES OF PASSION TALES OF WOE, THE LAST GREAT DANCE ON EARTH and MISTRESS OF THE SUN have been acquired by Storytel. The deal was arranged by Graal Literary Agency with Carolyn Forde of Westwood Creative Artists on behalf of Jackie Kaiser.
Irish language rights to Yann Martel’s LIFE OF PI to Coiscéim foilsitheoirí. The deal was arranged by Carolyn Forde on behalf of Jackie Kaiser at Westwood Creative Artists.
Robert McCullough at Appetite (an imprint of Penguin Random House Canada) has acquired World Rights to Christine Tizzard’s EVERY LAST BITE: YOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO ZERO FOOD WASTE. This cookbook features 100 extraordinary recipes anyone can cook and everyday solutions everybody can participate in to help battle the global challenge of food waste, and it’s full of tips that will save precious food dollars, with the bonus of eating delicious whole foods and helping the environment. The deal was arranged by Bruce Westwood at Westwood Creative Artists in association with Chris Casuccio and will be published in Spring 2021.