WCA Deal Report for March 31, 2023

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  • Author of YA thriller THE GIRLS FROM HUSH CABIN, Marie Hoy-Kenny‘s PLANTS ARE NOT BORING!, the author’s picture book debut, about a girl who wants a pet and gets stuck with a plant, only to discover this plant has more personality than she bargained for, illustrated by Mike Deas, to Sarah Howden at Orca Book Publishers, by Emmy Nordstrom Higdon at Westwood Creative Artists (world).

WCA Deal Report for March 24, 2023

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  • Mawenzi House has acquired World rights to Monia Mazigh‘s GENDERED ISLAMAPHOBIA, a passionate book about the author’s struggles as a hijab-wearing Muslim woman, who was born and raised in a Muslim country, but has spent most of her adult years in Quebec, Canada as an immigrant. Mazigh describes her multiple identities and her multiple struggles against Islamophobia as it applies to women, who consistently get stereotyped as silent and dominated by their men. The deal was arranged by Michael Levine at Westwood Creative Artists for publication in Spring 2023.

WCA Deal Report for March 17, 2023

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  • Random House Canada executive editor Anne Collins has acquired Canadian English rights to THE CURE FOR DROWNING by Loghan Paylor. The historical novel debut is described as a boundary-pushing love story centering queer and non-binary characters that follows Kit McNair, the child of immigrant Irish farmers in rural Ontario whose life is touched by magic and who never seems to fit in, and Rebekah Kromer, the elegant daughter of the local German doctor who moves to town just before the outbreak of the Second World War and who sees Kit for exactly who they are, as they fall in love, are separated by war, and find themselves again in the post-war world. The deal was arranged by Meg Wheeler at Westwood Creative Artists.
  • Linh S. Nguyen‘s NO PLACE LIKE HOME, a portal fantasy about an 11-year-old recent immigrant to Canada from Vietnam who falls into the pages of her latest read and learns she is a budding witch, to Meghan Maria McCullough at Inkyard Press, in a nice deal, for publication in fall 2023, on behalf of Emmy Nordstrom Higdon at Westwood Creative Artists.

WCA Deal Report for March 3, 2023

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  • Laura Dosky at Penguin Canada has acquired World rights to Dr. Erin Boynton and Eric Wong’s book THE INJURY GUIDE, from Michael Levine at Westwood Creative Artists. The book offers readers the basic science needed to understand their bodily injuries, and practical advice to treat those injuries and maintain their activity as they age, for publication in Spring 2025.
  • Nick Garrison from Penguin Canada has acquired world rights to Shefa Siegel’s THE ORIGIN OF AVARICE: A JOURNEY OF GREED, GOLD, AND LOVE IN A TIME OF SCARCITY from Michael Levine at Westwood Creative Artists. The book, an erudite, humorous, and even romantic journey, finds the origins of our modern environmental crisis in the co-evolution of mining and greed. Through an entertaining mix of travel and memoir, Shefa Siegel traces a three-thousand year story of mining and greed that has resulted in one of humanity’s great crises, the scarcity of essential minerals. The book is due for publication in Spring 2024.
  • Greystone Books has acquired world rights to award-winning writer and poet Jordan Scott’s I STUTTER, I LIE. The provisionally titled nonfiction book is described as combining creative nonfiction, autobiography, poetry, and critical inquiry to make connections among stuttering, power, and the perception of truth and lies. Publication is expected for fall 2024. The deal was arranged by Hilary McMahon at Westwood Creative Artists.

And the following foreign rights deals:

  • Don Thompson’s ORANGE BALLOON DOG renewed to Atticus-Azbooka (Russia), by Synopsis Agency, on behalf of Meg Wheeler at Westwood Creative Artists for John Pearce.
  • John Ralston Saul’s THE UNCONSCIOUS CIVILIZATION renewed to Shanghai Sanhui Culture and Press Ltd. (China), by Claire Cai at Big Apple China, on behalf of Meg Wheeler at Westwood Creative Artists for Michael Levine.
  • Yann Martel’s LIFE OF PI renewed to Crown Publishing (Taiwan), by Whitney Hsu at Andrew Nurnberg Taiwan, on behalf of Meg Wheeler at Westwood Creative Artists for Jackie Kaiser.
  • Yann Martel’s LIFE OF PI to Mazmundama (Kazakhstan), by Tatjana Zoldnere at ANA Baltic, on behalf of Meg Wheeler at Westwood Creative Artists for Jackie Kaiser.
  • Michael Ignatieff’s ISAIAH BERLIN renewed to Yilin Press (China), by Conor Cheng and Jackie Huang at ANA Beijing, on behalf of Meg Wheeler at Westwood Creative Artists for Michael Levine.
  • Josef Skvorecky’s THE MIRACLE GAME renewed to Gallimard (France), by Marie-France Heinic at Anna Jarota Agency, on behalf of Meg Wheeler at Westwood Creative Artists.

WCA Deal Report for February 10, 2023

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Film/TV:

  • Film and TV rights to Shyam Selvadurai’s CINNAMON GARDENS, which is set in 1920 Colonial Sri Lanka in the elite neighbourhood of Cinnamon Gardens, and explores the lives of two Tamil families, has been optioned by Ian Benson’s Blue Bear Film and Television, and award-winning actor and writer Nimmi Harasgam. The deal was arranged by Michael Levine at Westwood Creative Artists on behalf of Bruce Westwood.

WCA Deal Report for February 3rd, 2023

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  • Douglas & McIntyre’s Anna Comfort O’Keeffe has acquired North American English rights to Jennilee Austria-Bonifacio’s REUNITING WITH STRANGERS: A NOVEL TOLD IN STORIES. The debut collection is told through linked perspectives from the Filipino-Canadian diaspora and follows families who have separated and reunited through the caregiver program, exploring themes of estrangement, displacement, healing, and belonging. Publication is slated for Fall 2023. The deal was arranged by Hilary McMahon and Bridgette Kam at Westwood Creative Artists.

Foreign rights:

  • Sandra Gulland’s THE JOSEPHINE TRILOGY to Saga-Egmont (Denmark), by Monique Oosterhof at MO Literary Services, on behalf of Meg Wheeler at Westwood Creative Artists for Jackie Kaiser.
  • Yann Martel’s LIFE OF PI, BEATRICE & VIRGIL, and THE FACTS BEHIND THE HELSINKI ROCCAMATIOS renewed to S. Fischer Verlag (Germany), by Hannah Nuspliger-Fosh at Liepman, on behalf of Meg Wheeler at Westwood Creative Artists for Jackie Kaiser.
  • Craig Shreve’s THE AFRICAN SAMURAI to Anubis Publishing (Greece), by John Moukakos at JLM Literary Agency, on behalf of Meg Wheeler at Westwood Creative Artists for Chris Casuccio.
  • Craig Shreve’s THE AFRICAN SAMURAI To Porto (Portugal), by Sandra Bruna at Sandra Bruna Literary Agency, on behalf of Meg Wheeler at Westwood Creative Artists for Chris Casuccio.
  • Craig Shreve’s THE AFRICAN SAMURAI to İthaki Yayıncılık (Turkey), by Atilla Izgi Turgut at Ackali Agency, on behalf of Meg Wheeler at Westwood Creative Artists for Chris Casuccio.

WCA Deal Report for January 27, 2023

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  • Putnam’s Kate Dresser has acquired World English excluding Canada rights to Leanne Toshiko Simpson’s NEVER BEEN BETTER. The debut novel is pitched as My Best Friend’s Wedding meets The Silver Linings Playbook, about the “three musketeers of the psych ward” who reunite one year later for a picture-perfect destination wedding in Turks and Caicos, where the third wheel must hold it together while deciding whether to confess her feelings for the groom. The deal was arranged by Jackie Kaiser at Westwood Creative Artists.

WCA Deal Report for January 20, 2023

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Foreign rights:

  • Annabel Lyon’s THE SWEET GIRL and THE GOLDEN MEAN renewed to Editions de la Table Ronde (France), by Marie-France Heinic at Anna Jarota Agency, on behalf of Meg Wheeler at Westwood Creative Artists for Jackie Kaiser.
  • Yann Martel’s 101 LETTERS TO A PRIME MINISTER renewed to ThinKingdom Media Group Ltd. (China), by Jackie Huang at Andrew Nurnberg Associates Beijing, on behalf of Meg Wheeler at Westwood Creative Artists for Jackie Kaiser.
  • Thomas Trofimuk’s THE ELEPHANT ON KARLUV BRIDGE to Laguna (Serbia), by Nada Perisic at Plima, on behalf of Meg Wheeler at Westwood Creative Artists for Hilary McMahon.
  • Josef Skvorecky‘s THE ENGINEER OF HUMAN SOULS to Dritan Editions (Albania), by Vuk Perisic at Plima, on behalf of Meg Wheeler at Westwood Creative Artists.

WCA Deal Report for January 12, 2023

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  • Creators of THE BIG BATH HOUSE, author Kyo Maclear and illustrator Gracey Zhang’s NOODLES ON A BICYCLE, about Tokyo’s bicycle food deliverers, to Ann Kelley at Random House Studio, for publication in fall 2024, by Jackie Kaiser at Westwood Creative Artists for the author, and Hannah Mann at Writers House for the illustrator (world).

WCA Deal Report for December 16, 2022

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Foreign rights:

  • Kyo Maclear‘s UNEARTHING, to Laura Macaulay at ONE at Pushkin Press, by Meg Wheeler at Westwood Creative Artists on behalf of Jackie Kaiser (UK/Commonwealth, excl. Canada).
  • Shyam Selvadurai’s MANSIONS OF THE MOON to Penguin India, by Millie Hoskins at United Agents, on behalf of Meg Wheeler at Westwood Creative Artists for Meg Wheeler and Bruce Westwood.
  • Yann Martel’s LIFE OF PI renewed to Jakkajungsin (Korea), by Tae Eun Kim at Shinwon Agency, on behalf of Meg Wheeler at Westwood Creative Artists for Jackie Kaiser.
  • Josef Skvorekcy’s THE COWARDS to Matica hrvatska (Croatia), by Vuk Perisic at Plima, on behalf of Meg Wheeler at Westwood Creative Artists for Bruce Westwood.
  • Craig Shreve’s THE AFRICAN SAMURAI to MTS (Russia – digital) and Arkadia (Russia – print), by Natalia Sanina at Synopsis, on behalf of Meg Wheeler at Westwood Creative Artists for Chris Casuccio.