WCA Deal Report for April 19, 2024

  • Doug Pepper, Publisher of Signal/McClelland & Stewart, has bought World (excl. French) rights to author of THE DUEL John Ibbitson’s CRUCIBLE, the first-ever comprehensive social, political and military history of Canada in the First World War, to be published in 2027. The deal was arranged by John Pearce at Westwood Creative Artists.
  • Arthur Ellis Award winner Dean Jobb’s MURDER IN THE CARDS, a real-life whodunit investigating the unsolved murder of a famed Jazz Age bridge expert—at a time when the game was all the rage—that immerses readers in the high society glamor of Manhattan and Palm Beach and aims to answer the century-old question: Who killed Joe Elwell? to Amy Gash at Algonquin, in an exclusive submission, for publication in fall 2027, by Hilary McMahon at Westwood Creative Artists (world). Canadian rights sold to Janice Zawerbny at HarperCollins, by Algonquin.

Foreign rights:

  • Craig Shreve’s THE AFRICAN SAMURAI to One More Page/Fabula (Ukraine), by Tatjana Zoldnere at Eastern European and Asian Rights Agency Ltd., on behalf of Meg Wheeler at Westwood Creative Artists for Chris Casuccio.
  • Roy Ratnavel’s PRISONER #1056 to Discovery Publications (India), by Michael Levine at Westwood Creative Artists.
  • Josef Skvorecky’s THE MOURNFUL DEMEANOUR OF LIEUTENANT BORUVKA to Braumüller Verlag (Germany), by Susanne Schettler at Liepman, on behalf of Meg Wheeler.
  • Yann Martel’s THE HIGH MOUNTAINS OF PORTUGAL renewed to Frassinelli (Italy), by Caterina Galimberti at The Italian Literary Agency, on behalf of Meg Wheeler for Jackie Kaiser.