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October 19, 2011
1:08 PM

Filed under Deals, News

Deals: New books by Ray Robertson, Lorna Crozier, Doug Saunders, and more

Chris Labonté, acquiring editor for fiction at Douglas & McIntyre, has acquired world English-language rights to Nicole Lundrigan’s untitled fifth novel. Set in war-torn Serbia in the 1950s, the story follows childhood friends as they try to survive poverty and violence, and make sense of the secrets and disappearances that have punctuated their lives. D&M will publish the book in fall 2013. The deal was arranged by Hilary McMahon at Westwood Creative Artists.

Trena White, associate publisher and acquiring editor of non-fiction at Douglas & McIntyre, has secured world rights to former CBC executive Richard Stursberg’s book Tower of Babble: Sins, Secrets and Successes Inside the CBC, about the author’s six-year attempt to widen the public broadcaster’s audience appeal. The book will be published in April 2012. The deal was arranged by Suzanne DePoe from CTI Artists Management.

Greystone Books has acquired world rights to Lorna Crozier’s poetry collection The Book of Marvels, a series of lyrical meditations on everyday objects. Publication is scheduled for September 2012. The deal was arranged without an agent.

Five Rivers Publishing has acquired two short story collections by speculative fiction writer H.A. Hargreaves. Scheduled for print and e-book publication in early 2012, North by 2000+ includes previously released stories (published as North by 2000), five new stories, a foreword from the author, and an introduction by Dr. Robert Runte. Growing Up Bronx, a new story collection about prominent figures in the author’s life, will also be released in 2012.

Sylvia McConnell, acquisitions editor at Dundurn Press, has acquired Emerald Key by children’s author Christopher Dinsdale. The historical fiction YA novel follows a young Irish man as he travels to Canada in 1847 to find his kidnapped brother and a stolen artifact he has sworn to protect. The book will be published in 2013. No agent was involved.

Dundurn president and publisher Kirk Howard has acquired J. Patrick Boyer’s Raw Life, in which the author highlights how little social attitudes have changed since the 1800s by revisiting cases his magistrate great-grandfather tried in 19th century Ontario. The book will be released in spring 2012. No agent was involved.

Simon & Schuster Canada president Kevin Hanson has acquired Canadian rights to Ian Thornton’s debut novel. Currently untitled, the novel looks at Johan Thoms, the last-minute replacement chauffeur to Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie on their visit to Sarajevo in June 1914. The deal was arranged by Bruce Westwood and Carolyn Forde of Westwood Creative Artists.

Dan Wells, publisher and editor at Biblioasis, has acquired North American rights to Ray Robertson’s new novel I Was There the Night He Died and non-fiction title Lives of Poets (with Guitars). Biblioasis has also acquired North American rights to reprint the novel Heroes, first published in 2000; U.S. rights to reprint the novel What Happened Later, first published in 2007; and U.S. rights and Canadian paperback rights to reprint the novel David, first published in 2009. Samantha Haywood of the Transatlantic Literary Agency arranged the deal.

Penguin Canada publishing director Diane Turbide has acquired rights to 28 Seconds, a memoir by Michael Bryant, the former Attorney General of Ontario charged with killing cyclist Darcy Sheppard in Toronto in 2009. Publication under Penguin’s Viking imprint is set for fall 2012. The deal was negotiated by Rick Broadhead of Rick Broadhead & Associates.

Anne Collins, publisher at Knopf Canada, with Vintage/Knopf U.S., has acquired North American rights to Donner Prize–winning journalist Doug SaundersThe Myth of a “Muslim Tide, in which the author debunks the misinformation and scare-mongering broadcast by far-right commentators, linking it to ongoing anti-immigration rhetoric. The book will be released simultaneously in Canada and the U.S. in fall 2012. John Pearce of Westwood Creative Artists arranged the deal.

Foreign front:

ECW Press has sold Finnish-language rights to five books by Canadian rocker Neil PeartGhost Rider, Traveling Music, The Masked Rider, Far and Away, and Roadshow – to Paasilinna Publishing. Also included in the deal is Contents Under Pressure: 30 Years of Rush at Home and Away, Martin Popoff’s authorized book about the band.

Ron Eckel and Suzanne Brandreth of The Cooke Agency International have negotiated the sale of U.K. and Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada) to Tanis Rideout’s debut novel Above All Things (McClelland & Stewart, 2012) to Penguin U.K. The deal was arranged on behalf of Ellen Seligman and Anita Chong at McClelland & Stewart.

U.S. rights to Ian Brown’s next non-fiction title, Regret (Random House Canada, 2013), have been sold to St. Martin’s Press. Carolyn Forde of Westwood Creative Artists arranged the deal on behalf of Bruce Westwood.

U.S. rights to M.G. Vassanji’s new novel The Magic of Saida (Doubleday Canada, 2012) have been sold to Knopf/Doubleday, in a deal arranged by Bruce Westwood of Westwood Creative Artists.

French rights to The Klondike by Zach Worton have been sold to Éditions Cambourakis. Samantha Haywood of the Transatlantic Literary Agency negotiated the deal on behalf of Drawn & Quarterly.

Reel deals:

Feature film and TV rights to Joe Ollmann’s graphic novel Mid-Life have been optioned to Les Productions de l'Abreuvoir. Samantha Haywood of the Transatlantic Literary Agency arranged the deal.

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