ECW editor Jen Knoch has acquired world rights to Best Canadian Sports Writing, edited by Stacey May Fowles and Pasha Malla, for release in fall 2017. Best Canadian Sports Writing collects recent journalism that draws a clear picture of why sports mean so much to us and what they say about our broader culture. The deal was arranged by Samantha Haywood of the Transatlantic Agency and Martha Webb of the McDermid Agency.
Penguin Canada Publishing Director Diane Turbide has acquired world rights to an urgent book that every Canadian should read. Better Now: Six Big Ideas to Improve the Health of All Canadians by renowned physician Dr. Danielle Martin uses real patient histories to illustrate what works in our healthcare and what doesn’t. She proposes bold fixes that are both achievable and affordable. The deal was arranged by Chris Bucci of the McDermid Agency and the book is scheduled for release in January 2017, under the Allen Lane imprint.
Penguin Random House Canada editor-in-chief Martha Kanya-Forstner and Random House of Canada Scott Sellers VP and Associate Publisher have acquired Canadian English-language rights to The Globe and Mail’s national sports columnist Cathal Kelly’s first book, a memoir in essays touching on such topics as Star Wars, George Orwell, and the mid-80s Blue Jays. The book will appear on Doubleday Canada’s list in Fall 2018. Martha Webb of The McDermid Agency Inc. arranged the deal.
Zoey Leigh Peterson’s debut novel Next Year, For Sure, about a young couple trying out an open relationship, has sold in the US to Scribner for publication in 2017. Doubleday Canada previously bought the Canadian rights.
Doubleday Canada associate editor Kiara Kent has acquired Vancouver author Zoey Leigh Paterson’s debut novel, Next Year, For Sure, about a couple who tests the boundaries of their love by pursuing an open relationship. Martha Webb arranged the deal.
Susan Renouf at ECW Press has bought World English rights to a fiction-writing guide by authors Annabel Lyon and Nancy Lee, both professors in UBC’s Creative Writing programme and creators of forthcoming creative writing courses for Edx, the online open learning portal co-founded by Harvard and MIT. Bricks and Mortar: The Fundamentals of Fiction Craft will be published in spring 2017. Martha Webb arranged the deal.
CBC Literary Award winner Amy Jones’s debut novel, We’re All in This Together, has been acquired by Anita Chong at McClelland & Stewart. The two-book deal was arranged by Chris Bucci. The novel is pitched as being in the tradition of Karen Russell’s Swamplandia!, Kevin Wilson’s The Family Fang, and Jonathan Tropper’s This Is Where I Leave You, about a dysfunctional family forced to start acting like a real one when their matriarch survives plummeting over a waterfall in a barrel, a feat captured on a video that goes viral.
First Nations lawyer, activist Caleb Behn signs with HarperCollins
Caleb Behn, First Nations lawyer, activist and recently the subject of the critically acclaimed documentary Fractured Land, which premiered at the Hot Docs Festival in Toronto in April 2015, will see his first book published by HarperCollins in 2017.
Caleb Behn, who is 33 and based in BC, specializes in environmental law and sustainability. His mother’s people come from the Dunne-Za territory in northeastern BC, and his father’s people are Eh-Cho Dene. Several in Behn’s family have been chiefs, including his mother. Behn straddles two worlds: the traditional world of his ancestors, who lived in tune with nature, and the contemporary realities of the petroleum industry.
Behn grew up infused with his family’s traditions, but at the same time his youth coincided with the explosion of commerce in the oil industry in BC and Alberta. His mother is senior in the Canadian oil and gas industry, and his upbringing presented a paradox: how to balance his people’s quest to protect the environment with the world’s relentless need for energy.
“Caleb Behn is one of the most impressive Canadians I’ve met: a lawyer, an activist, a champion axe thrower,” said Jim Gifford, Editorial Director of Non-fiction at HarperCollinsCanada. “His often provocative ideas about how we can improve our relationship with the environment and with each other will make for a compelling book that every Canadian should read.”
Behn’s book, with the working title The Tip of the Spear, will be a truly personal account of his world, giving readers an extraordinary perspective on the state of our country, the consequences of the path we’ve chosen so far, and the possible futures of the world we will leave our children.
“With privilege comes responsibility. I have been privileged to be educated in both the western and the indigenous traditions of my ancestors. This work with HarperCollinsCanada is an attempt to live up to the responsibility intrinsic to that education and experience,” said Caleb Behn. “This work follows protocol. I commit to gifting readers a frank and vulnerable analysis, and I believe that in return they will gift me a chance to change their hearts and minds.
“I commit to being vulnerable and unapologetically honest with readers about what I have seen, what I have done, and concrete ways to address our vicious history and create a just future that isn’t built by ‘decrepit dinosaurs’ above ground sucking up rotting dinosaurs below. Canada will be a lesson for the future of this species. The question is whether we choose to be a lesson never to be repeated.”
“Caleb has such a distinctive voice, and he challenges longstanding opinions at every opportunity,” said Iris Tupholme, Senior Vice President and Executive Publisher at HarperCollins. “His message is supremely important, and he is uniquely situated to write this essential book.”
The deal was arranged by Martha Webb.
Simon & Schuster Canada announces the publication of What’s Happened to Politics? by Bob Rae, a timely examination of the fractured state of Canadian politics. The book is set for release in August 2015.
Bob Rae’s career has led him to leadership and opposition roles in both provincial and federal government, as well as in two political parties. He offers a forthright vision here for the future of Canadian politics, arguing that, as progressive citizens, we must demand a more inclusive process and educate ourselves about the realities of political parties in the twenty-first century.
As Rae notes, “This book is not a memoir or an exercise in nostalgia. It is a reflection on some lessons learned, many after defeats rather than victories. More than anything, it is meant to open a conversation, one which, as a country, we desperately need to have.”
“What’s Happened to Politics? will be the touchstone book for all Canadians seeking to understand current events surrounding the next election, regardless of their political affiliation,” says Kevin Hanson, President and Publisher of the Simon & Schuster Canada Publishing Group. “Bob Rae’s absorbing argument will provoke debate and discussion across the country.”