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December 4, 2009
5:50 PM

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Deals: M&S acquires graphic novel by Steve Murray; Arsenal Pulp buys second novel by Daniel Allen Cox

Exile Editions has acquired Canadian rights to D.O. Dodd’s third novel, JEW. A man wakes up naked in a mass grave, with no idea who he is. The deal was arranged without an agent. Exile Editions will release the book in March, 2010. 

McClelland & Stewart
president and publisher Doug Pepper and Susan Renouf, vice president and associate publisher of non-fiction, have acquired Canadian English rights to National Post graphic columnist Steve Murray’s graphic novel on the history of Canada. The book is tentatively titled The True North: Graphic Tales of Canada. Publication is planned for spring 2011. The deal was arranged by Samantha Haywood of the Transatlantic Literary Agency.

Arsenal Pulp Press publisher Brian Lam has purchased rights to Krakow Melt, the second novel by Daniel Allen Cox. The book is about a gay pyromaniac in Poland. Krakow Melt will be published in the fall of 2010.

HarperCollins Canada
editorial director Jennifer Lambert has acquired Canadian rights - in a swift pre-empt - to Pauline Holdstock’s follow-up to her Giller-shortlisted novel Beyond Measure. Into the Heart of the Country tells the story of Molly Norton who is thrust into the wilderness when a remote fort under her father’s despotic rule is attacked by the French. The book will be published in fall 2010. Hilary McMahon of Westwood Creative Artists handled the negotiations.

Foreign front

Lithuanian rights to Antanas Sileika’s Woman in Bronze have been purchased by Versus Aureus. The deal was done on behalf of Anne McDermid & Associates.

Les Editions XYZ
has purchased French Canadian rights to Wayson Choy’s Not Yet: A Memoir of Living and Also Dying (Doubleday Canada). The deal was arranged by The Bukowski Agency. The book will be published in 2012.

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