February 16, 2016
Simon & Schuster Canada vice-president and editorial director Nita Pronovost and editor Brendan Man have acquired a memoir by Tima Kurdi, the Vancouver-based aunt of Alan Kurdi, the young boy who became an emblem for the plight of Syrian refugees when his body was pictured washed ashore on the Mediterranean in September 2015.The Boy on the Beach: A Syrian Family’s Story of Love, Loss, and Hope During the Global Refugee Crisis tells the story behind the photograph and the Kurdi family’s journey. The memoir will publish in spring 2018. The deal was arranged by Martha Webb at the McDermid Agency.
January 13, 2017
Doubleday Canada Associate Editor Zoe Maslow has bought Canadian rights to Our Animal Hearts, a debut novel by Dania Tomlinson, set deep in BC in the early 20th century, where a blend of Welsh and indigenous myths of a predatory lake monster start to take a real shape for young Iris, as she contends with the harsh realities of war and unrequited love. The book is slated for publication in Spring 2018. Martha Webb of the McDermid Agency arranged the deal.
January 12, 2017
Toronto Star reporter Katie Daubs’s true crime debut on the unsolved 1919 disappearance of theatre entrepreneur Ambrose Small. Publication of the is set for 2019. McClelland & Stewart publisher Jared Bland has acquired Canadian rights in a deal arranged by Martha Webb at the McDermid Agency.
January 11, 2017
Laurie Petrou’s novel SISTER OF MINE, which won the inaugural Half-the-World prize for fiction, has been sold to HarperCollins Canada Editorial Director Jennifer Lambert for publication in spring 2018, in a deal arranged by Martha Webb at the McDermid Agency.
November 4, 2016
Award-winning journalist, Omar El Akkad’s AMERICAN WAR, an audacious and powerful debut novel about a second American Civil War, a devastating plague, and one family caught deep in the middle—a story that asks what might happen if America were to turn its most devastating policies and deadly weapons upon itself, has been sold to Knopf, US, M&S, Canada, Picador, UK, Fischer Verlag, Germany, Flammarion, France, Rizzoli, Italy, and De Geus, Holland. The deal to Knopf, US, was arranged by Anne McDermid at The McDermid Agency.
October 25, 2016
Globe and Mail Sports Editor, Shawna Richer’s YOUNG LEAFS: HOW AUSTON MATTHEWS AND HIS BAND OF BROTHERS MADE A CITY BELIEVE, the behind-the-scenes account of Auston Matthews & Mitch Marner’s rookie year with the Toronto Maple Leafs, the youth movement that is remaking the team and the league, the vision that reshaped the franchise and brought hope to long-suffering Leaf fans and the city of Toronto, commissioned by Brendan May at Simon & Schuster Canada, by Chris Bucci at The McDermid Agency (NA).
October 14, 2016
Shamus finalist Sam Wiebe’s INVISIBLE DEAD, in the Dave Wakeland noir series, pitched as Raymond Chandler meets Ian Rankin, set in an atmospheric Vancouver where the hero’s search for a missing woman leads him to interview a serial killer, but that interview turns up a far more dangerous suspect, to Nathaniel Marunas at Quercus US, in a two-book deal, by Chris Bucci at The McDermid Agency (world excluding Canada – previously Canada to Random House).
October 13, 2016
August 2, 2016
UK Commonwealth rights to Martin Gibala and Chris Shulgan’s THE ONE-MINUTE WORKOUT, sold to Richard Lennox at Vermilion/Ebury.
August 2, 2016
Russian rights to Martin Gibala and Chris Shulgan’s THE ONE-MINUTE WORKOUT, sold to Eksmo.
June 16, 2016
Former vice president of research, development and planning at GM, and current advisor to Google Self-Driving Cars, Larry Burns’ untitled inside look at the current arms race among the auto industry and silicon valley to build and perfect the driverless car—an innovation that will likely be the most disruptive change to our way of life since the advent of the smart phone, written with Christopher Shulgan, to Denise Oswald at Ecco, in an exclusive submission, by Chris Bucci at The McDermid Agency (world).
June 1, 2016 – HIGHWAY OF TEARS: THE MISSING, THE MURDERED, THE MYSTERY by Jessica McDiarmid (US)
Jessica McDiarmid’s HIGHWAY OF TEARS: THE MISSING, THE MURDERED, THE MYSTERY, the stories of the Indigenous girls and women who vanished from British Columbia’s infamous Highway 16 – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently opened an official inquiry into the matter – by an investigative journalist who grew up on the Highway of Tears during the height of the disappearances, to Rakesh Satyal at Atria, in a pre-empt, by Chris Bucci at The McDermid Agency (US).
May 24, 2016 – HIGHWAY OF TEARS: THE MISSING, THE MURDERED, THE MYSTERY by Jessica McDiarmid
Jessica McDiarmid’s HIGHWAY OF TEARS: THE MISSING, THE MURDERED, THE MYSTERY, tells the stories of the Indigenous girls and women who vanished from BC’s infamous highway 16, by an investigative journalist who grew up on the Highway of Tears during the height of the disappearances, to Martha Kanya Forstner at Doubleday Canada, by Chris Bucci at The McDermid Agency.
May 10, 2016 – Foreign deals
French and Brazilian rights to Dan Rubenstein’s Born to Walk to Quebec Amerique and Martins Fontes on behalf of The Cooke Agency International in association with the McDermid Agency.
Australian rights to Kirstine Stewart’s Our Turn to Black Inc., Australia on behalf of The Cooke Agency International in association with the McDermid Agency.
French rights to Nino Ricci’s Sleep to Lemeac, Quebec on behalf of The Cooke Agency International in association with the McDermid Agency.
Polish and Japanese rights to Marta Zaraska’s Meathooked to Czarna Owca, Poland and Intershift, Japan on behalf of The Cooke Agency International in association with the McDermid Agency
May 4, 2016 – STOP WASHING! by Dr. Sandy Skotnicki
Owner and medical director of the Bay Dermatology Centre, Dr. Sandy Skotnicki, STOP WASHING! THE TRUTH ABOUT YOUR SKINCARE REGIMEN AND THE LIES ABOUT YOUR BEAUTY PRODUCTS, argues not only do we not need most beauty and skincare products—some of them do actual harm to the skin and the rest of our bodies, to Andrea Magyar at Penguin Canada, by Chris Bucci at The McDermid Agency
April 19, 2016 – BEST CANADIAN SPORTS WRITING By Stacey May Fowles and Pasha Malla
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.
March 7, 2016 – STILL MINE by Amy Stuart
US rights to Amy Stuart’s debut novel, STILL MINE, an instant bestseller in Canada upon its March 1, 2016 publication, pitched as THE GOOD GIRL meets THE SILENT WIFE, about a woman who flees an abusive husband only to be found by a private investigator who forces her to investigate the disappearance of another woman, to Tara Parsons of Touchstone, by Nita Pronovost and Kevin Hanson at Simon & Schuster Canada.
February 11, 2016 – Memoir by Cathal Kelly
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.
February 04, 2016 – VAROSHA, by Steven Heighton
Penguin Canada publisher Nicole Winstanley has acquired world rights to a forthcoming novel by author and poet Steven Heighton. Tentatively titled Varosha, the story follows a secret community of Greeks exiled on the Turkish side of Cyprus. The book will appear under the Hamish Hamilton imprint in 2017.
The deal was arranged by Martha Webb at the McDermid Agency.
THE MCDAVID EFFECT by Marty Klinkenberg
Globe and Mail reporter Marty Klinkenberg’s The McDavid Effect, the behind-the-scenes account of phenom Connor McDavid’s rookie year with the Edmonton Oilers, looking at the fulfillment of a dream, the future of the league and the future of the city of Edmonton, sold to Brendan May at Simon & Schuster Canada, in a pre-empt.
December 02, 2015 – THE SCHOOL YEAR SURVIVAL COOKBOOK by Ceri Marsh and Laura Keogh
Penguin Random House editor Bhavna Chauhan has acquired World rights to The School Year Survival Cookbook by Ceri Marsh and Laura Keogh, a follow-up to their bestselling first book, How to Feed a Family. The new book will be a guidebook for parents for navigating the challenges of feeding their family healthy and nutritious food during the school year, when full schedules, homework, and extracurricular activities seem to take over. Publication is scheduled for Summer 2017, on the Appetite by Random House list.
The deal was arranged by Chris Bucci at the McDermid Agency.
December 02, 2015 – MURDER AT THE HOUSE OF ROOSTER HAPPINESS by David Casarett
Finnish rights to David Casarett’s MURDER AT THE HOUSE OF ROOSTER HAPPINESS to Otava, by Little Brown/Orbit
November 30, 2015 – NEXT YEAR, FOR SURE by Zoey Leigh Peterson
Liese Mayer at Scribner has acquired US rights to Vancouver author Zoey Leigh Peterson’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.
November 23, 2015 – BE READY FOR THE LIGHTNING by Grace O’Connell
Penguin Random House Canada editor Amanda Betts has acquired a new novel by Toronto author Grace O’Connell. Be Ready for the Lightning, about a woman caught in a bus hijacking in New York City, will appear under the Random House imprint in 2017. The deal was arranged by Martha Webb
October 28, 2015 – RIVER THIEVES by Michael Crummey
Polish rights to Michael Crummey’s RIVER THIEVES, to Wiatr and Morza , by Agata Zabowska at Book/lab Literary Agency on behalf of The Cooke Agency International in association with the McDermid Agency.
September 8, 2015 – FRENCH KIDS EAT EVERYTHING by Karen Le Billon
Japanese rights to Karen Le Billon’s French Kids Eat Everything to Wave Publishers by The English Agency on behalf of The Cooke Agency International in association with the McDermid Agency.
September 8, 2015 – NEXT YEAR, FOR SURE by Zoey Leigh Peterson
Doubleday Canada associate editor Kiara Kent has acquired Vancouver author Zoey Leigh Peterson’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.
September 1, 2015 – SNIFFER & TINNI by Torgeir Berge and Berit Helberg
North American rights to children’s picture book SNIFFER & TINNI, the real-life fox and hound story as seen on BuzzFeed to Eliza Berkowitz at Sterling Publishing by Monica Pacheco at The McDermid Agency on behalf of Gresvik Forlag
August 31, 2015 – HARMLESS by James Grainger
James Grainger’s HARMLESS, pitched as The Big Chill meets Deliverance and The Dinner, in which a tense weekend reunion of old friends at a remote farm takes a disturbing turn when the adults return from a nostalgic drug-fuelled bender to discover two of their teenage daughters have vanished, to Atom Egoyan, Academy Award nominated Director (THE SWEET HEREAFTER), by Rena Zimmeran at Great North Artists Management
August 21, 2015 – MURDER AT THE HOUSE OF ROOSTER HAPPINESS by David Casarett
Author of STONED: A Doctor’s Case for Medical Marijuana, David Casarett MD’s debut novel MURDER AT THE HOUSE OF ROOSTER HAPPINESS, pitched as being in the tradition of Alexander McCall Smith’s The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency, about a nurse at Chiang Mai’s Sriphat hospital in Thailand who is forced to become a detective when her hospital’s excellent reputation is threatened because a mysterious woman known as ‘Peaflower’ is killing middle-aged men, to Devi Pillai at Redhook, in a two-book deal, by Chris Bucci of The McDermid Agency Inc.
August 17, 2015 – THE JUNGLE SOUTH OF THE MOUNTAIN by Andrew Westoll
HarperCollins Canada senior vice-president and executive publisher Iris Tupholme and editor Jane Warren have acquired Canadian rights to the first novel by RBC Taylor Prize–winning author Andrew Westoll. The Jungle South of the Mountain follows a monkey researcher in a South American rainforest and is slated for fall 2016 publication. The deal was arranged by Martha Webb.
August 12, 2015 – SON OF FRANCE by Todd Babiak
Jennifer Lambert, HarperCollins Canada editorial director, has acquired the second instalment in Edmonton author Todd Babiak’s Christopher Kruse series. The yet-untitled novel, in which Kruse works for the mayor of Paris during a terrorist attack, is due in spring 2016. The deal was arranged by Martha Webb.
August 12, 2015 – WHITE ELEPHANT by Catherine M. Cooper
Freehand Books acquisitions editor and submissions co-ordinator Deborah Willis has acquired Canadian rights to New Zealander–Canadian author Catherine M. Cooper’s debut novel, White Elephant, which follows a doctor who moves his dysfunctional family to Sierra Leone amid civil unrest. The title will appear in spring 2016. Martha Webb arranged the deal.
July 23, 2015 – THE RED WORD by Sarah Henstra
Sarah Henstra’s THE RED WORD, a literary campus novel set in the mid-’90s in which a group of radical feminists takes aim at rape culture, sparking a war with a popular all-male frat house, and exposing not only the tacit acceptance of sexual violence on campus but the collateral damage of erecting heroes, to Amy Hundley at Grove/Atlantic, by Monica Pacheco at The McDermid Agency (World, excl. Canada).
June 22, 2015 – BRICKS AND MORTAR: The Fundamentals of Fiction Craft by Annabel Lyon and Nancy Lee
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.
June 15, 2015 – WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER by Amy Jones
CBC Literary Award winner Amy Jones’s debut novel, We’re All in This Together, 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, to Anita Chong at McClelland & Stewart. The two-book deal was arranged by Chris Bucci.
June 8, 2015 – SWEETLAND by Michael Crummey
North American French-language rights to Michael Crummey’s 2014 novel Sweetland, about the sole remaining inhabitant of a remote Newfoundland island who refuses to leave his home and memories behind, have been sold to Leméac Editeur in a deal arranged by Martha Webb.
June 3, 2015 – THE TIP OF THE SPEAR by Caleb Behn (Press Release)
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. 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. The deal was arranged by Martha Webb.
May 11, 2015 – I HEAR SHE’S A REAL BITCH by Jen Agg (Quill and Quire Deal Spotlight)
Random House Canada president and publisher Kristin Cochrane, associate editor Bhavna Chauhan, and Appetite by Random House publisher Robert McCullough have acquired North American rights to Toronto restaurateur Jen Agg’s memoir I Hear She’s a Real Bitch. The title will appear in fall 2016. The deal was arranged by Martha Webb.
May 20, 2015 – TESTAMENT by Nino Ricci
Film/TV rights to Nino Ricci’s Testament, an award-winning historical novel about the life of Jesus of Nazareth, have been optioned by Christina Piovesan of First Generation Films. Jerry Kalajian at Intellectual Property Group Management arranged the deal on behalf of Martha Webb.
May 14, 2015 – WHAT’S HAPPENED TO POLITICS? by Bob Rae
Former Premier of Ontario and interim leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Bob Rae’s WHAT’S HAPPENED TO POLITICS?, offering a forthright vision 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, to Kevin Hanson at Simon & Schuster Canada, for publication August 2015, by Chris Bucci.
April 8, 2015 – CHELSEA LOAM by Sam Wiebe
Unhanged Arthur Award–winning Last of the Independents author Sam Wiebe’s CHELSEA LOAM, in the Dave Wakeland noir series, pitched as Raymond Chandler meets Ian Rankin, set in an atmospheric Vancouver where the hero’s search for a missing woman leads him to interview a serial killer, but that interview turns up a far more dangerous suspect, to Craig Pyette at Random House Canada, in a two-book deal, by Chris Bucci.
April 2, 2015 – ONE-MINUTE WORKOUT by Martin Gibala with Christopher Shulgan
McMaster University exercise researcher and the guru behind High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) Martin Gibala’s ONE-MINUTE WORKOUT, revealing how we can get substantial health benefits from just one minute of intense physical activity, to Caroline Sutton at Avery, in a pre-empt, by Chris Bucci.
March 6, 2015 – WHAT LOVE IS AND WHAT IT COULD BE by Carrie Jenkins
Philosopher Carrie Jenkins’s WHAT LOVE IS AND WHAT IT COULD BE: A Theory of the Nature of Romantic Love, a bold new philosophy that reckons with love’s humanistic and scientific qualities to challenge and change how we live and love, to Quynh Do at Basic, by Martha Webb (World).
February 2, 2015 – ALMOST CRIMINAL by E.R. Brown
Dundurn Press vice-president Beth Bruder has sold Japanese world print and ebook rights to E.R. Brown’s Almost Criminal to Hayakawa Publishing. The Tuttle Mori Agency assisted with the deal.
January 19, 2015 – THIRTEEN SHELLS by Nadia Bozak
House of Anansi Press editorial director Janie Yoon has acquired Nadia Bozak’s short-story collection Thirteen Shells for spring 2016 publication under the press’s Astoria imprint. Martha Webb arranged the deal.
January 19, 2015 – CONGRATULATIONS ON EVERYTHING by Nathan Whitlock
ECW Press senior editor Michael Holmes has acquired world rights to Q&Q contributing editor Nathan Whitlock’s darkly comic novel Congratulations on Everything in a deal arranged by Martha Webb. Publication is slated for spring 2016.
February 24, 2015 – THE BROKEN HOURS by Jacqueline Baker
Jacqueline Baker’s THE BROKEN HOURS, a novel about H.P. Lovecraft told through the eyes of his newly arrived live-in assistant, who grows increasingly fearful of his reclusive employer and the strange happenings at 66 College Street, to Nicole Frail at Talos Press, for publication in Spring 2016, by Martha Webb and Anne McDermid. Canadian rights previously sold to Harper Canada.
January 8, 2015 – Michael Crummey
SWEETLAND author Michael Crummey’s next three books, to Martha Kanya Forstner at Doubleday Canada, in a significant deal, by Martha Webb. The first is a non-fiction work based on Crummey’s father’s life, followed by two novels.
December 12, 2014 – THE VALLEY by Alison Pick
Knopf Canada publishing director Lynn Henry has acquired Canadian rights to a new novel by Alison Pick. The Valley follows a young Russian Jew in 1920 as she joins Ein Harod, the first kibbutz, now acknowledged as the crucible of modern Zionism. A publication date has not yet been set. Martha Webb arranged the deal.
November 27, 2014 – COMPANY TOWN by Madeline Ashby
In a two-book deal, Monica Pacheco has sold North American rights to Ottawa Citizen columnist Madeline Ashby’s futuristic thriller Company Town and an untitled second novel to Tor Books. The first book will appear in spring 2016.
November 12, 2014 – Polish rights to Michael Crummey’s SWEETLAND
Polish rights to Michael Crummey’s SWEETLAND, to Wiatr and Morza, by Dominika Bojanowska at Anna Jarota Agency Poland, on behalf of Rogers, Coleridge and White, in association with Anne McDermid & Associates.
September 8, 2014 – FLOATING CITY by Kerri Sakamoto
Author of One Hundred Million Hearts and The Electrical Field, winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book, Kerri Sakamoto’s FLOATING CITY, weaving together an origin story of the city of Toronto, with a fable of a man’s vaulting ambition born of oppression and deprivation, to Craig Pyette at Knopf Canada, by Chris Bucci.
August 20, 2014 – Author of DRUNK MOM Jowita Bydlowska’s debut novel GUY
Author of DRUNK MOM Jowita Bydlowska’s debut novel GUY, about sex and twisted love from the point of view of a misogynist who believes he’s God’s gift to women, but succumbs to the pull of love he so despises, to Paul Vermeesch at Wolsak & Wynn, by Chris Bucci.
August 2014 – TV Rights to CRIMES AGAINST MY BROTHER by David Adams Richards
Producer Seaton McLean has acquired television rights to David Adams Richards’ novel Crimes Against My Brother. Anne McDermid arranged the deal with Great North Artists Management.
August 18, 2014 – KNUCKLEHEAD by Matt Lennox
Matt Lennox’s KNUCKLEHEAD, a backwoods crime novel pitched in the vein of Winter’s Bone, about a small-town bouncer who becomes embroiled in a shady drug operation involving his best friend, Mexican farm workers, and the love of his life who mysteriously disappears, to Jennifer Lambert at Harper Canada, by Martha Webb.
June 25, 2014 – CASH CRASH JUBILEE and THE NAKED WORLD by Eli K.P. William
Eli K.P. William’s CASH CRASH JUBILEE and THE NAKED WORLD, the first two books in the speculative fiction series the Jubilee Cycle, set in a near-future Tokyo where every action from blinking to sexual intercourse is intellectual property owned by corporations, pitched as a post-cyberpunk saga in the tradition of The Matrix and William Gibson’s Neuromancer, to Jason Katzman at Talos Press, for publication in Spring 2015, by Monica Pacheco (world rights excluding Japan).
June 23, 2014 – BETWEEN GODS by Alison Pick
June 23, 2014 – THREE YEARS WITH THE RAT by Jay Hosking
Neuroscience researcher at Harvard Jay Hosking’s debut THREE YEARS WITH THE RAT, about a young man’s search for his sister and best friend, two scientists who had disappeared, leaving behind a wooden box, a lab rat and a note saying: “this is the only way back for us,” to Nicole Winstanley at Hamish Hamilton Canada, for publication in Fall 2016, by Martha Webb (World).
May 26, 2014 – HUNGRY GHOSTS and UMBRELLA MAN by Peggy Blair
The Beggar’s Opera and The Poisoned Pawn author Peggy Blair’s Inspector Ramirez series, HUNGRY GHOSTS and UMBRELLA MAN, featuring the head of the Major Crimes Unit of the Cuban National Revolutionary Police set against the backdrop of beautiful, crumbling Old Havana, to Kevin Hanson and Alison Clarke at Simon & Schuster Canada, for publication in 2015 and 2016, by Chris Bucci.
May 16, 2014 – Amy Stuart
Amy Stuart’s first novel, pitched as TOP OF THE LAKE meets THE SILENT WIFE, about a woman who flees an abusive husband only to be found by a private investigator who forces her to investigate the disappearance of another woman, to Martha Sharpe of Simon & Schuster Canada, in a two-book deal, by Chris Bucci.
March 18, 2014 – 100 KNIVES IN THE AIR by Pasha Malla
Doubleday Canada publishing director Lynn Henry has acquired Canadian English-language rights to two books by Pasha Malla: a story collection called 100 Knives in the Air and an untitled novel about a young man’s pilgrimage to an ice stalagmite in the Kashmiri Himalayas amidst sectarian violence. Martha Webb arranged the deal.
March 12, 2014 – PRINCIPLES TO LIVE BY by David Adams Richards
March 12, 2014 – TV Rights to DRUNK MOM by Jowita Bydlowska
Jowita Bydlowska’s DRUNK MOM, to LD Entertainment (Albert Nobbs, The Grey, Biutiful), by Rena Zimmeerman at Great North Artists, on behalf of Chris Bucci.
March 12, 2014 – OKANAGAN LAKE by Kate Pullinger
March 12, 2014 – BLOWN RED and DARK TERRITORY by Susan Philpott
Former social worker Susan Philpott’s BLOWN RED and DARK TERRITORY, in a planned series of crime novels about an underground railway for women fleeing domestic abuse, to Alison Clarke at Simon & Schuster Canada, for publication in January 2015 and 2016, by Anne McDermid.
March 12, 2014 – CONFIDENCE by Russell Smith
Biblioasis senior editor John Metcalf has acquired world English-language rights to Confidence, a story collection by Russell Smith. The book will appear in spring 2015. Martha Webb arranged the deal.
March 5, 2014 – CELEBRITIES ARE WRONG ABOUT (ALMOST) EVERYTHING by Timothy Caulfield
Author of The Cure for Everything, health law and policy expert Timothy Caulfield’s CELEBRITIES ARE WRONG ABOUT (ALMOST) EVERYTHING, a personal and professional search for good science that argues our celebrity-centric worldview has contributed to, among other things, our embrace of poor health habits, warped aspirations and the pseudoscientific, to Diane Turbide at Penguin Canada, by Chris Bucci.
February 2014 – GETTING TO YUM by Karen Le Billon
In a deal arranged on behalf of Martha Webb, RCW has sold Brazilian rights to Getting to Yum: The 7 Secrets to Raising Eager Eaters by Karen Le Billon to Editora Alaude.
February 25, 2014 – BETWEEN GODS by Alison Pick
Man Booker-longlisted author of Far to Go Alison Pick’s BETWEEN GODS, a memoir about her uncovering the long-held family secret that her grandparents were Jewish, having fled Europe in the 1930s where many other relatives died, and raised their family as Christian, and the author’s subsequent and difficult conversion to Judaism, to Claire Wachtel at Harper, by Martha Webb (US). Canadian rights previously sold to Lynn Henry at Doubleday Canada.
February 19, 2014 – STONED by David Casarett
Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine David Casarett’s STONED, a physician’s exploration of the science behind medical marijuana, and the industry that’s spring up around it, to Niki Papadopoulos at Current, by Chris Bucci (World).
February 10, 2014 – CRAZY TOWN by Robyn Doolittle
Film and TV rights to Toronto Star reporter Robyn Doolittle’s CRAZY TOWN: The Rob Ford Story, to Daniel Iron and Lance Samuels of Blue Ice Pictures, by Great North Artists Management in association with Anne McDermid and Associates.
January 27, 2014 – THE BROKEN HOURS by Jacqueline Baker
Jacqueline Baker’s THE BROKEN HOURS, about H.P. Lovecraft told through the eyes of his newly arrived live-in assistant, who grows increasingly fearful of his employer and his sinister house, to Jane Warren at Harper Canada, by Martha Webb and Anne McDermid.
December 17, 2013 – GETTING TO YUM by Karen Le Billon
Piatkus Books, an imprint of Little, Brown U.K. has acquired U.K. rights to Karen Le Billon’s Getting to Yum, which will appear in Britain as The Seven Secrets of Raising Happy Eaters: Why French Kids Eat Everything and How Yours Can Too. Martha Webb arranged the deal.
December 17, 2013 – THE WRECKAGE by Michael Crummey
Wydawnictwo Wiatr od Morza has acquired Polish-language rights to Michael Crummey’s novel The Wreckage. RCW arranged the deal on behalf of Anne McDermid and Associates.
December 17, 2013 – A DISAPPEARANCE IN DAMASCUS by Deborah Campbell
Random House of Canada executive publisher Louise Dennys has acquired Canadian rights to journalist Deborah Campbell’s non-fiction book A Disappearance in Damascus, about her friendship with a magnetic Iraqi fixer who helped countless refugees settle in Syria until she was imprisoned on suspicion of spying for the U.S. Publication is slated for 2015 with Knopf Canada. Martha Webb arranged the deal.
December 10, 2013 – SPECIMEN by Irina Kovalyova
Former NASA intern and senior lecturer of biochemistry at Simon Fraser University Irina Kovalyova’s short story collection SPECIMEN, an exploration of science and the human heart, the place where physical reality collides with our spiritual and emotional lives, to Janice Zawerbny at House of Anansi, for publication in Spring 2015, by Monica Pacheco (world).
December 10, 2013 – MAD MISS MIMIC by Sarah Henstra
Sarah Henstra’s MAD MISS MIMIC, about a seventeen-year-old girl with a speech impediment that makes it difficult for her to speak but curiously allows her to flawlessly mimic other people’s voices, set in 1870s London against the backdrop of a city under siege by terror attacks, and gripped by opium fever, to Lynne Missen at Penguin Canada, by Monica Pacheco.
December 6, 2013 – OUR TURN by Kristine Stewart
Head of Twitter Canada Kristine Stewart’s OUR TURN: Time For A New Kind Of Leader, a look at women leaders in a time of generational shifts in the workforce and changing corporate values and opportunities, especially in the world of new technologies, to Anne Collins and Kristin Cochrane at Random House Canada, for publication in Spring 2015, by Chris Bucci (Canada). According to a press release, Our Turn is about women in leadership roles “in a time of generational shifts in the workforce and changing corporate values and opportunities.” Derived in part from a speech Stewart gave at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management in October, the book will draw on her experiences in her job at Twitter Canada, as well as her previous roles as CBC English services executive vice-president and programming vice-president for Alliance Atlantis. Stewart will also look at how new-media technologies encourage flexibility and creativity in business, and the opportunities that are opening up for women as a result.
October 21, 2013 – French rights to the author of the story collection DEAD GIRLS
French rights to the author of the story collection DEAD GIRLS, Nancy Lee’s long anticipated debut novel THE AGE, to Buchet Chastel, by Margaret Halton at RCW on behalf of Anne McDermid and Associates.
Rights previously to McClelland & Stewart in Canada and Ambo-Anthos in the Netherlands.
October 17, 2013 – CRAZY TOWN by Robyn Doolittle
Toronto Star reporter Robyn Doolittle’s CRAZY TOWN: THE ROB FORD STORY, about Toronto’s controversial mayor who was allegedly caught on video smoking crack cocaine; the video was verified by Doolittle and two other reporters before it vanished, and new revelations are forthcoming, to Diane Turbide at Penguin Canada, for publication in March 2014, by Martha Webb with Chris Bucci.
October 16, 2013 – Estonian rights to Karen Le Billon’s FRENCH KIDS EAT EVERYTHING
October 16, 2013 – SWEETLAND by Michael Crummey
Rights previously rights to Doubleday Canada and Liveright (US).
October 15, 2013 – MEATHOOKED by Marta Zaraska
September 9, 2013 – GETTING TO YUM by Karen Le Billon
FRENCH KIDS EAT EVERYTHING author Karen Le Billon’s GETTING TO YUM: The Seven Secrets of Raising Eager Eaters, again to Cassie Jones at William Morrow, and to Kate Cassaday at Collins Canada, by Martha Webb.
September 6, 2013 – REV and COMPANY TOWN by Madeline Ashby
Madeline Ashby’s REV, the third installment of the Machine Dynasty series and COMPANY TOWN, about a city-sized oil rig in the thrall of a Singularitarian self-help movement, told from the point of view of a Korean girl and the last organic person left on the rig, to Lee Harris at Angry Robot, in a two-book deal, by Monica Pacheco (World English).
August 26, 2013 – CANADA AND CHINA by David Mulroney
Former Canadian Ambassador to China, David Mulroney’s CANADA AND CHINA, how China’s political and economic rise represents the single biggest challenge to Canadian Foreign Policy, to Diane Turbide at Penguin Canada, by Chris Bucci.
August 19, 2013 – HARMLESS by James Grainger
James Grainger’s debut novel, HARMLESS, pitched as The Big Chill meets Deliverance and The Dinner, in which a tense weekend reunion of old friends at a remote farm takes a disturbing turn when the adults return from a nostalgic drug-fuelled bender to discover two of their teenage daughters have vanished, to Anita Chong at McClelland & Stewart, by Chris Bucci.
August 6, 2013 – DRUNK MOM by Jowita Bydlowska
Canadian bestseller Jowita Bydlowska’s DRUNK MOM, a harrowing account of one mother’s relapse into alcoholism after the birth of her son, to Patrick Nolan atPenguin, for publication in 2014, by Chris Bucci (World English excluding Canada and Australia).
June 17, 2013 – SWEETLAND by Michael Crummey
Michael Crummey’s SWEETLAND, the story of the last hold-out among his quirky neighbors for a government relocation deal that would evacuate his remote island home forever, to Katie Henderson Adams at Liveright, by Julie Barer at Barer Literary on behalf of Anne McDermid & Associates (US).
Canadian rights previously to Doubleday Canada.
June 4, 2013 – Simplified Chinese rights to Karen Le Billon’s FRENCH KIDS EAT EVERYTHING
June 4, 2013 – ALL THE BROKEN THINGS by Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer
Storyville’s Sidney Prize-winner Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer’s ALL THE BROKEN THINGS, about a boy and a bear, street-fighting and freak shows, and the lingering by-products of war, to Anne Collins of Random House Canada, by Martha Webb.
June 3, 2013 – THE DEMONOLOGIST and THE KILLING CIRCLE by Andrew Pyper
May 17, 2013 – Slovakian rights to Andrew Pyper’s THE DEMONOLOGIST
May 16, 2013 – Japanese rights to Andrew Pyper’s THE DEMONOLOGIST
May 13, 2013 – ASH by Andrew Pyper
Author of The Demonologist Andrew Pyper’s supernatural thriller ASH, the author of a memoir about his near-death experience at age sixteen that proved the existence of heaven must return to the afterlife — this time to Hell — to confront the vengeful ghost of his twin sister, and a second untitled novel, to Sarah Knight at Simon & Schuster, in a significant deal, by Stephanie Cabot at The Gernert Company on behalf of Anne McDermid (North American).
May 10, 2013 – INTERFERENCE by Michelle Berry
Michelle Berry’s INTERFERENCE, about a series of strange events plagues the neighbors of Edgewood Road, to Michael Holmes at ECW Press for publication in November 2014, by Anne McDermid & Associates (World).
May 10, 2013 – BORN TO WALK by Dan Rubenstein
Former managing editor of Canadian Geographic Dan Rubenstein’s BORN TO WALK, about hiking with some of the world’s visionaries on walking, and rediscovering paths to our physical, mental, spiritual, social, economic, and environmental health, to David Caron at ECW Press for publication in April 2015, by Anne McDermid & Associates (World English).
May 3, 2013 – LANDING GEAR by Kate Pullinger
Winner of the Governor General’s Award for Fiction for THE MISTRESS OF NOTHING, Kate Pullinger’s next novel, LANDING GEAR, about a stowaway from Pakistan who falls out of the landing gear of a plane above a parking lot in London and into the lives of an English family, to Heather Lazare at Touchstone and Nita Pronovostat Doubleday Canada, with several online components, including a multimedia online version of the prologue, by Anne McDermid.
April 30, 2013 – Brazilian rights to Andrew Pyper’s THE DEMONOLOGIST
April 30, 2013 – THE END OF ABSENCE by Michael Harris
Journalist Michael Harris’s THE END OF ABSENCE, an exploration of the Gutenberg-scale shift experienced by those who’ve lived with and without the Internet, focusing on the social, physiological, and psychological changes that come when we are given access to as much information and interaction as we want, pitched as in the tradition of Sherry Turkle and Chris Anderson, to Brooke Carey at Portfolio (world, excl. Canada) and Jennifer Lambert at Harper Canada, by Anne McDermid.
April 10, 2013 – Joan Thomas
Commonwealth Prize-winner Joan Thomas’s story of family betrayals and hard choices, in which the unexpected consequences of a past childhood tragedy reverberate in the present, to Lara Hinchberger at McClelland & Stewart, for publication in 2014, by Martha Webb.
April 10, 2013 – Italian rights to Andrew Pyper’s THE DEMONOLOGIST
April 8, 2013 – Russian rights to Andrew Pyper’s THE DEMONOLOGIST, to Eksmo , by The Van Lear Agency on…
March 27, 2013 – German rights to Pasha Malla’s PEOPLE PARK
March 20, 2013 – NORTHERN DANCER by Kevin Chong
Kevin Chong’s NORTHERN DANCER, about the heyday of horseracing and the legendary racehorse who won the first two legs of the Triple Crown in 1964, to Nick Garrison at Penguin Canada, by Martha Webb (World English).
March 7, 2013 – Spanish rights to Andrew Pyper’s THE DEMONOLOGIST
February 14, 2013 – Turkish rights to Andrew Pyper’s THE DEMONOLOGIST
January 25, 2013 – THE EHRICH WEISZ CHRONICLES by Marty Chan
Marty Chan’s THE EHRICH WEISZ CHRONICLES: Devil’s Island, the first installment of a steampunk series set in an alternate version of 1890s New York where a teenage Harry Houdini teams up with Nikola Tesla to battle demons, to Christie Harkin at Fitzhenry & Whiteside, by Monica Pacheco.
January 23, 2013 – Taiwanese rights to Andrew Pyper’s THE DEMONOLOGIST
Taiwanese rights to Andrew Pyper’s THE DEMONOLOGIST, to Locus, by Sally Riley of Aitken Alexander Associates on behalf of Anne McDermid.
January 17, 2013 – OH, MY DARLING by Shaena Lambert
January 17, 2013 – BEHIND GOD’S BACK by Sabrina Ramnanan
Sabrina Ramnanan’s debut BEHIND GOD’S BACK (working title), a tale of forbidden teenage love set in a gossipy, selectively pious Trinidadian village, to Lynn Henry at Doubleday Canada, by Martha Webb.
January 11, 2013 – Czech rights to Karen Le Billon’s FRENCH KIDS EAT EVERYTHING
December 19, 2012 – Rights to Andrew Pyper’s THE DEMONOLOGIST
December 10, 2012 – A BUNCH OF PRETTY THINGS I DIDN’T BUY by Sarah Lazarovic
Artist and writer Sarah Lazarovic’s illustrated meditation on shopping, A BUNCH OF PRETTY THINGS I DIDN’T BUY, based on the author’s Hairpin essay about her pledge to paint, rather than buy, the things she covets, to Patrick Nolan at Penguin, with Caitlin O’Shaughnessy editing, by Martha Webb (world).
November 6, 2012 – Finnish rights to Karen Le Billon’s FRENCH KIDS EAT EVERYTHING
August 21, 2012 – Rights to Karen Le Billon’s FRENCH KIDS EAT EVERYTHING
June 27, 2012 – CONFESSIONS OF A FAIRY’S DAUGHTER by Alison Wearing
Alison Wearing’s CONFESSIONS OF A FAIRY’S DAUGHTER, a tender and humorous memoir about the author’s relationship with her father, who came out of the closet when she was a teenager in the early 1980s, chronicling his struggle to live openly as a gay man as well as a devoted father, and her path to acceptance, toDeirdre Molina at Knopf Canada, to publication in May 2013, by Martha Webb.
June 27, 2012 – SWEET POTATO CHRONICLES COOKBOOK by Ceri Marsh and Laura Keogh
Sweet Potato Chronicles website founders Ceri Marsh and Laura Keogh’s SWEET POTATO CHRONICLES COOKBOOK, delivering recipes, nutrition information, and parenting strategies, for people who believe in making real food not “kid food”, to Robert McCullough at Random House Appetite, for publication in 2013, by Chris Bucci.
May 15, 2012 – Swedish rights to Esi Edugyan’s HALF-BLOOD BLUES, to Leopard , on behalf of Anne McDermid & Associates
May 15, 2012 – Rights to Karen Le Billon’s FRENCH KIDS EAT EVERYTHING
Rights to Karen Le Billon’s FRENCH KIDS EAT EVERYTHING, to Sindbad in Russia, to Korea National Open University Press in Korea, and for complex Chinese rights to Business Weekly in Taiwan, on behalf of Martha Magor Webb.
May 15, 2012 – Australian and New Zealand rights to Jowita Bydlowska’s DRUNK MOM, to Harper Australia
April 13, 2012 – Australian rights to Jowita Bydlowska’s DRUNK MOM, to Jeanne Ryckmans at Harper Australia
Rights previously to Doubleday Canada.
April 11, 2012 – THE TROUBLE WITH BILLIONAIRES by Linda McQuaig and Neil Brooks
Linda McQuaig and public finance scholar Neil Brooks’s THE TROUBLE WITH BILLIONAIRES, arguing that the concentration of economic power that billionaires represent reverberates throughout society in ways that threaten the quality of life and the very functioning of democracy, to Mike Harpley at Oneworld, by Chris Bucci.
Rights previously to Penguin Canada and Beacon.
March 12, 2012 – THE DEMONOLOGIST by Andrew Pyper
New York Times bestelling author of Lost Girls, Andrew Pyper’s THE DEMONOLOGIST, the story of a Columbia University professor and expert in the literature of demonology, most notably Milton’s Paradise Lost, who must save his daughter from the underworld after she seemingly commits suicide by demonic possession, toSarah Knight at Simon & Schuster, for publication in 2013, by Stephanie Cabot at The Gernert Company, on behalf of Anne McDermid (NA).
March 1, 2012 – ONE FOOT AFTER THE OTHER by Ben Kaplan
February 23, 2012 – DRUNK MOM by Jowita Bydlowska
February 24, 2011 – THE GUARDIANS by Andrew Pyper
February 24, 2011 – GROWING UP GOURMET by Karen Le Billon
Karen Le Billon’s GROWING UP GOURMET: How French Kids Eat Everything (and How Yours Can Too), an account of the author’s move to France, where she learns how to foster healthy eating in her children without food battles or painstaking disguising of ingredients, to Cassie Jones at William Morrow, in a pre-empt, in a good deal; to Kate Cassaday at Harper Canada, at auction, in a very nice deal; for publication in August 2012, by Martha Webb.