WCA Deal Report for September 29, 2023
- House of Anansi Press’ Shirarose Wilensky has acquired World rights to Su Chang‘s THE TROUBLE WITH LEAVING. The debut novel is described as a generational story spanning from the Cultural Revolution to the start of Xi’s presidency in which a young immigrant is haunted by her painful Shanghai upbringing and must confront both her nationalist Chinese suitor and the dark past of her mother – a West-obsessed former Red Guard who leads a life of deception as a state journalist; pitched for readers of Celeste Ng, Madeleine Thien, Min Jin Lee, and Ayad Akhtar. Publication is expected for winter 2025. The deal was arranged by Chris Casuccio of Westwood Creative Artists.
- Harbour Publishing has acquired North American rights to Sam Wiebe‘s OCEAN DRIVE. The book is described as a Pacific Northwest crime thriller, in which ex-convict Cameron Shaw infiltrates a cross-border crime syndicate, while the murder-by-arson of a young student leads small-town detective Meghan Quick to investigate the same organization; the pair soon find themselves unlikely allies against a sinister conspiracy reaching from the streets to the upper echelons of society. Publication is expected for spring 2024. The deal was arranged by Chris Casuccio of Westwood Creative Artists.