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December 12, 2012
3:58 PM

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Deals: M&S signs Paula Todd to two-book deal; ECW to publish Arjun Basu’s debut novel; and more

McClelland & Stewart president and publisher Doug Pepper has commissioned two works of non-fiction from investigative reporter and author Paula Todd, to be published by M&S’s Signal imprint. Samantha Haywood of the Transatlantic Literary Agency arranged the deal.

ECW Press co-publisher Jack David has acquired the first novel by Montreal writer Arjun Basu. Waiting for the Man, about a dissatisfied copywriter who becomes a media sensation by following his distinctive inner voice, will be published in spring 2014.

Random House Canada publisher Anne Collins has acquired Canadian rights to an untitled novel by Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer. The story follows a 14-year-old Vietnamese “Boat Boy” whose skill as a street fighter leads him and his severely deformed sister into the carnival circuit of mid-1980s Toronto. Publication is slated for spring 2014. Martha Magor Webb of Anne McDermid & Associates arranged the deal.

Goose Lane Editions publisher Susannne Alexander has signed Nova Scotian forensic anthropologist and investigator Debra Komar to a two-book deal. The Ballad of Joseph Peck and The Lynching of Peter Wheeler investigate historical miscarriages of justice in the Atlantic provinces. Publication is set for spring 2013 and 2014, respectively. Carolyn Swayze of the Carolyn Swayze Literary Agency arranged the deal.

Patrick Crean of HarperCollins Canada has acquired Canadian English-language rights to Extraordinary, a new novel from Governor General’s Literary Award winner David Gilmour. Set over the course of an evening, the novel is about a man who reminisces with his half-sister about their lives as they prepare for her assisted death. Extraordinary will be published in fall 2013 as the debut title under the Patrick Crean Editions imprint. Sam Hiyate of The Rights Factory arranged the deal.

Doubleday Canada senior editor Tim Rostron has acquired Canadian English-language rights to former BBC correspondent and UBC professor Alfred Hermida’s Tell Everyone: How the Stories We Share Shape What We Know and Why it Matters. The book is intended to help readers understand, manage, and use today’s constant torrent of information. Sally Harding at The Cooke Agency arranged the deal.

Doubleday Canada senior editor Nita Pronovost has pre-empted Canadian English-language rights to Lottie Moggach’s debut novel, Kiss Me First, about a solitary young woman who impersonates a glamorous but desperate woman online. Publication is scheduled for summer 2013. Dean Cooke at The Cooke Agency arranged the deal.

ChiZine Publications has acquired a novel by Canadian-born author Geoff Ryman. The Warrior Who Carried Life follows a young woman who uses magic to transform herself into a male warrior to seek revenge on the evil that killed her mother. Antony Harwood of Antony Harwood Ltd. arranged the deal.

International buy-ins:

ChiZine Publications has acquired rights to U.S. author Chandler Klang Smith’s novel Goldenland Past Dark, about the ringmaster of a travelling circus who is targetted by a hostile stranger, and whose only hope for survival is a 16-year-old hunchbacked midget. Joy Tutela of the David Black Literary Agency arranged the deal.

ChiZine has also acquired U.S. author Karen Heuler’s dystopian short-story collection, The Inner City. The deal was arranged without an agent.

Foreign front:

Sally Harding at The Cooke Agency has sold world rights to U.S. author Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy to Farrar, Straus and Giroux in a six-figure deal.

U.K. and Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada) to Anakana Schofield’s novel Malarky have been sold to Oneworld. Publication is scheduled for summer 2013. Marilyn Biderman of Marilyn Biderman Literary Management arranged the deal.

Turkish-language rights to Dimitri Nasrallah’s novel Niko have sold to Everest. Publication is slated for spring 2014. AnatoliaLit arranged the deal on behalf of Marilyn Biderman Literary Management.  

German-language rights to David Bergen’s The Age of Hope have been sold to btb Verlag by the Liepman Agency, in association with Laura Cook and Jackie Kaiser at Westwood Creative Artists.

Italian rights to Gina Buonaguro and Janice Kirk’s The Wolves of St. Peter’s have been sold to Newton Compton by the Marco Vigevani Agency, in association with Laura Cook and John Pearce at Westwood Creative Artists.

Korean rights to Yann Martel’s 101 Letters to a Prime Minister have been sold to Jakkajungsin by the Shinwon Agency, in association with Laura Cook and Jackie Kaiser at Westwood Creative Artists.

Brazilian rights to Carol Shaben’s Into the Abyss have been sold to Record by the Sandra Bruna Agency, in association with Laura Cook and Jackie Kaiser at Westwood Creative Artists.

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