WCA Deal Report for August 21, 2020

By August 21, 2020Deals

Allison Cohen at Running Press has bought world rights to Governor-General’s Award finalist Alison Hughes’s OVER THE TOP, a middle grade novel about a young girl adapting to a new (pink!) home and school while making friends and facing off with the school’s mean girls. Publication is scheduled for Summer 2021. Hilary McMahon at Westwood Creative Artists brokered the deal for the author.

Jamal Saeed’s THE ROAD FROM DAMASCUS, which tells the story of the author’s twelve years in Syria’s most notorious military prisons, but also his poetic life and eventual escape during the country’s dramatic changes; chronicling the life of a modern Syria and its descent from a country of potential to the pawn of cynical and corrupt powers to Michael Holmes at ECW, for publication in Spring 2022 by Chris Casuccio at Westwood Creative Artists for the author (world English).

Susan Swinwood at Graydon House has acquired US rights to Damhnait Monaghan’s NEW GIRL IN LITTLE COVE from Lisa Rundle at HarperCollins Canada, for publication in May 2021. Janice Zawerbny previously acquired North American rights to the debut novel from Hilary McMahon at Westwood Creative Artists.  The debut romantic comedy is about a teacher from the big city who takes a job at a Catholic school in a small Newfoundland fishing village, much to the consternation of the locals whom she must try to win over, pitched as ‘Derry Girls’ meets ‘Come From Away.’

Pamela Murray at Knopf Canada has acquired North American (English) rights to Julian Sher’s THE WRATH TO COME: CANADA AND THE CIVIL WAR PLOTS AGAINST LINCOLN, a multi-character narrative that weaves the extraordinary stories of eight men and women, ranging from Confederate conspirators in Montreal to a Canadian woman who disguised herself as a male Union nurse on the battlefields, into one big narrative that climaxes in Lincoln’s assassination and its aftermath. The deal was arranged by John Pearce at Westwood Creative Artists, for publication in Fall 2022.