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Adult Trade Newsletter

FALL 2012

in this issue
:: Canadian and North American Deals
:: Awards and Accolades
:: Foreign Rights News
:: Drawn & Quarterly Rights News
:: New Clients
:: From the Press

Dear Friends,


Welcome to September! As the publishing industry gets back to business, we are delighted to send you this Fall newsletter, including the latest sales, praise and award nominations for our wonderful clients. We are also happy to welcome back our colleague, Samantha Haywood, from her recent maternity leave.


Transatlantic Front List Fall 2012 
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As a reminder, we will not be attending the Frankfurt Book Fair this fall.
However, we plan to be there again in 2013, as well as in London next
spring. Despite this scheduling hiccup, we will keep the new titles rolling your way! Our Fall 2012 International Rights catalogue is now available. The supplementary catalogue for Drawn & Quarterly will also soon be ready for download at our regular website.


Awards season is also underway in Canada. October and November will include announcements of finalists and winners of the Writers Trust Prize for Fiction, the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Hilary Weston Writers Trust Prize for Non-Fiction, and the Governor General Awards. We have a lot to look forward to!


Finally, we are busy "reimagining" TLA, and hope to launch both a new corporate logo and a new website before the end of the year. Stay tuned!

All best,
Shaun, Samantha, and Meggie  

North American Deals




Catherine Bush Canadian rights in Accusation by Catherine Bush, which explores how charges of wrongdoing have a life of their own that cannot be extinguished, to Susanne Alexander and Bethany Gibson at Goose Lane Editions. Contact:   


William Kowalski Canadian rights for The Hundred Hearts, a contemporary novel about war, love, responsibility, and the scars we carry on the inside, by William Kowalski to Janice Zawerbny at Thomas Allen Publishers for Spring 2013. Contact: 


A. S. A. Harrison World rights to ASA Harrison's debut thriller The Silent Wife to Tara Singh at Penguin Books US (sold separately to Penguin Canada, Headline UK, House of Books NL). The Silent Wife is a beautifully wrought, emotionally charged psychological thriller about a marriage in the throes of dissolution and a couple headed for catastrophe. Contact: Tara Singh  

Michael Aronovitz US rights in the chilling new novel by Michael Aronovitz, Alice Walks, about three friends who dare each other to gaze into the eyes of a dead child, unleashing powers none of them could have imagined, to Jerad Walters at Centipede Press for Fall 2013. Contact:   





Sarah Elton World rights to a non-fiction book by Sarah Elton, author of Locavore and the forthcoming Consumed, about food for 9 -13 years old that introduces young readers to the magic of food by exploring food culture and teaching kids the secrets behind good home cooking to Karen Boersma at Owl Books, to be published in 2014. Contact:   

Awards and Accolades

Whirl Away Congratulations to Russell Wangersky, whose stunning short story collection Whirl Away (Thomas Allen Publishers) is longlisted for the 2012 Scotiabank Giller Prize. Shortlist finalists will be announced October 1st.

Hot Art Hot Art: Chasing Thieves and Detectives Through the Secret World of Stolen Art byJosh Knelman has won the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Non-Fiction of 2012 and has been shortlisted for the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction.

Kristen den Hartog

Kristen den Hartog's And Me Among Them was a finalist for the 25th Annual Trillium Award for Fiction.

The Curiosity of School
Zander Sherman's debut work The Curiosity of School: Education and the Dark Side of Enlightenment (Penguin Canada) is a Globe and Mail Bestseller less than two weeks after publication on August 7th.
The Blondes

Congratulations to Emily Schultz for her novel The Blondes, which debuted on the Maclean's Magazine national bestseller list in its first week of publication.

Writing Gordon Lightfoot Dave Bidini's Writing Gordon Lightfoot: The Man, The Music, and The World in 1972 (McClelland & Stewart) has been shortlisted for the 2012 Toronto Book Awards.

Congratulations also to our nominees of the 2012 ReLit Awards: Pan Bouyoucas for his newest novel, The Tattoo (Cormorant Books; Editions XYZ), Dani Couturefor Algoma (Invisible Publishing), and Greg Kearney for his short story "Pretty" (Exile Editions).

Strangers on the Beach Publishers Weekly has named Strangers on the Beach, the new mystery by Josh Pahigian (North American rights: Islandport Press, October 2012), one of its Indie Sleepers To Watch For, Fall 2012.


Foreign Rights News



German rights to Tangles by Sarah Leavitt, finalist for the Writers' Trust Non-fiction Prize, to Beltz by arrangement with Suzanne de Roche at the Liepman Agency. 

Drawn & Quarterly




Paying for It English language rights to the Indian subcontinent in Paying For It by Chester Brown to Neelini Sarkar at HarperCollins India


Also for Paying for It, Polish rights to Centrala by arrangement with Renata Paczewska at Andrew Nurnberg Associates 
Spanish rights in Spent by Joe Matt again to Cesar Sanchez at Fulgencio Pimentel 


Wimbledon Green  
Portuguese rights in Brazil for Wimbledon Green by Seth to Rachel Gontijo Araujo at A Bolha Editora by arrangement with Laura Riff and Joao Paulo Riff at Agencia Riff



Jar of Fools 
Serbian rights in Jar of Fools by Jason Lutes to Goran Lakicevic at Izdavacko Preduzece Bezna Kobila Doo 


The Great Brotherhood of Northern Cartoonists
Polish rights in The Great Northern Brotherhood of Canadian Cartoonists by Seth to Centrala by arrangement with Renata Paczewska at Andrew Nurnberg Associates


Polish rights in It's A Good Life, If You Don't Weaken by Seth to Gildia Internet Services by arrangement with Renata Paczewska at Andrew Nurnberg Associates 
We are on Our Own Polish rights in We Are On Our Own by Miriam Katin to Gildia Internet Services by arrangement with Renata Paczewska at Andrew Nurnberg Associates  


  The Little Man 
Spanish rights in The Little Man by Chester Brown to Montserrat Terrones at Ediciones La Cupula 

New Clients

A warm welcome to our newest adult trade clients.

Kerry Clare

Kerry Clare is a writer and editor in Toronto. Her short stories, essays and reviews have appeared in journals including The New Quarterly, Canadian Notes & Queries, University of Toronto Magazine, Reader's Digest, Today's Parent, and the Globe & Mail. She is editor of the website 49thShelf, and has written about books and reading on her own blog Pickle Me This since 2006. In 2011, her essay "Love is a Let-Down" received an Honourable Mention at the National Magazine Awards, and was published in Best Canadian Essays 2011 (Tightrope Books).  Contact:


Michael Hingston

Michael Hingston is a writer based in Edmonton, Alberta. His book reviews appear regularly in newpapers and magazines across Canada, including The National Post, The Globe and Mail, The Edmonton Journal, and Alberta Views. He has also written for The Rumpus and McSweeney's Internet Tendency. As of September 2012, Michael is the incumbent books columnist for The Edmonton Journal. Since 2009, Hingston has run the literary blog Too Many Books in the Kitchen (, which has been mentioned by Largehearted Boy and the print edition of New York Magazine. His first novel, The Dilettantes, about a group of university students desperate to save their newspaper from an aggressive invader, is currently on offer, an excerpt of which appeared in the debut issue of the Incongrous Quarterly (July 2010).  Contact: 

Barry Lord Barry Lord is Co-President of the international consulting firm Lord Cultural Resources (, which is devoted to fostering cultural capital around the world. His previous work, The History of Painting in Canada: Toward A People's Art (NC Press, 1974), changed the way Canadians look at their national art. His five museum planning books are utilized by cultural institutions around the world, from the King Abdulaziz Centre for World Culture to the Tate Modern to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Co-authored with his wife and partner, Gail, Artists, Patrons and the Public: Why Culture Changes (AltaMira Press, 2010) addresses the intrinsic and symbiotic relationship between creators, supporters, and their audience.  His newest work, The Cultures of Energy, builds on his research into cultural imperatives and addresses the energy debate in a new and engaging way. Contact: 
Stephanie Verge Stéphanie Verge lives in Montreal, where she is a senior editor at Reader's Digest. Previously, she was the culture editor at Toronto Life. In 2010, she won a National Magazine Award for her feature article about the spread of infectious diseases in Ontario hospitals. Her writing has appeared in various publications, including the anthology The Edible City: Toronto's Food from Farm to Fork. She has worked as a translator, fact-checker, researcher and, for many years, bartender. The Bar Chef, her collaboration with Toronto mixologist Frankie Solarik, is her first book. Contact: 
Rave Reviews:

Selector of Souls The Selector of Souls by Shauna Singh Baldwin (Knopf Canada, September 2012; Simon & Schuster UK/India; Epsilon Yayincilik Turkey):

"The Selector of Souls is a bold and vivid dramatization of the charged choices shaping women's lives in 1990s India. Shauna Singh Baldwin has a gift for warm-hearted and incisive storytelling. This is a novel expansive in its vision and defiantly human in its embrace of the contradictions that animate us all."
- Catherine Bush, author of The Rules of Engagement and Claire's Head

"A canvas of rich images, a cast of memorable characters with all of their strengths and flaws, important moral questions, gripping stories intertwined. Shauna Singh Baldwin has the skill to mix these ingredients, add her humanist touch and come up with a superb novel."
- Frances Itani, author of Requiem, Remembering the Bones and Deafening

"From its opening lines, in which a mundane scene of domestic life is slowly transformed into horror, The Selector of Souls catapults the reader into an finely imagined space. Shauna Singh Baldwin writes compellingly of the conventions that curtail and threaten the lives of Indian women. Her polished language and original imagery consistently stir and surprise."
- Erna Paris, author of Long Shadows: Truth, Lies, and History

"In this tender twister of a tale, Shauna Singh Baldwin takes us inside a world where women murder or abort their daughters to help us understand how gender-loathing and its attendant horrors can be transformed by sympathy and love."
- Susan Swan, author of What Casanova Told Me and The Wives of Bath

"A mesmerizing novel, bravely revealing the harsh realities of an entrenched patriarchy bound by the forces of history. Baldwin's lush details are vivid and luminous, drawing us into the multitude of cultures and religions, the richly-textured worlds of India at the end of the last century. Sweeping and evocative, but most of all: illuminating."
- Sandra Gulland, author of The Josephine B. Trilogy and Mistress of the Sun

The Curiosity of School The Curiosity of School by Zander Sherman (World Rights: Viking Canada, August 2012:
"[P]rovocative in the purest sense of the word-meaning, it makes you think; provokes discussion-while never overstepping the bounds of reason. It should certainly stir up some much-needed debate on the subject."
- Will Ferguson

"This book is excellent in two ways. First, it's an excellent intellectual adventure. Chasing down the concept and structure of schools takes the reader to some surprising places. Secondly, this book is funny! So you can have your HAHA experience simultaneously with your AHA experience, thereby effectuating a substantial savings of time."
-Andre Kukla, author of Mental Traps (a Globe 100 book)

"The Curiosity of School is a sweeping indictment of every aspect of schooling, from primary schools to university, offering cunningly crafted insights and an alternative vision... "
- Montreal Gazette

"[T]he most stimulating Canadian contribution to the Great Education Debate in decades... Sherman's The Curiosity of School is not only a rollicking good read; it's just the kind of "creative disruption" needed to shake the foundations of today's secular temples of edu-babble. He will likely be vilified as a bête noir by the Canadian professorate and education administrators, but - among more critical observers - he will become the "good anarchist" on a far bigger scale than he ever dreamed of in high school."
- Halifax Chronicle Herald

"[The Curiosity of School] successfully gores several sacred cows, including standardized university entrance examinations (which have their origins in the eugenics movement) and the much ballyhooed rankings of Canadian universities in Maclean's. Sherman also remains true to his goal of avoiding prescriptions. The guiding dynamic of true education, after all, is rooted in the stimulative quality of questions, not the definitive finality of answers."
- Quill and Quire

The Blondes The Blondes by Emily Schultz (Doubleday Canada, September 2012):

"The Blondes is ... being touted as her breakout work, and it's easy to see why. The story weaves together elements of suspense and satire, with an academic overlay of critical cultural theory, but at its essence it is a fast-paced, unpretentious read. Bounced through threats that feel creepily familiar, off-kilter in the way of Atwoodian speculative fiction ...The Blondes is streaked with honest sentiment and a surprisingly feel-good ending: dark enough to have weight, light enough to read at the beach." 
- Globe & Mail

"I like a writer with style - the literary, not the fashion, kind. Emily Schultz has it big time. It's not only that her characters aren't exactly the kind you'd want as friends. It's that she has a particular vision, fuelled by implausible premises that never prevent you from going along for the ride. The Blondes could be Schultz's breakout book."
- NOW Magazine

"It's a testament to author Emily Schultz's immense gifts with tone, detail and the crafting of a compelling first-person voice that this novel is never less than engaging. She creates a clever, idea-layered landscape of speculative fiction in which she can deposit a very real, complex, somewhat self-absorbed yet ultimately sympathetic character, one who just by looking, feeling and responding to events both extraordinary and banal, speaks to myriad perceptions of women both real and invented."
- National Post

"Emily Schultz gives new meaning to the term "femme fatale" in her apocalyptic, darkly satirical new novel. A gripping and unsettling story."
- Toronto Star

"Emily Schultz's The Blondes is part hysterical dystopia, part coming-of-age story, and devastatingly moving throughout. Shultz's warped world - which paints all platinum-haired characters as violent and ferocious power-wielders - is so finely realized that you just might rethink summer highlights forever."  
- FASHION Magazine

"Schultz flips between past and present, weaving satiric wit and astute observations with elements both real and supernatural." 
- Quill & Quire
"With echoes of "Contagion" and "Blindness," The Blondes is garnering strong reviews and being called a "breakout" for Schultz." 
- Canadian Press

The Girl Giant The Girl Giant/And Me Among Them by Kristen den Hartog (Freehand Books Canada; Simon & Schuster US):

"[A] delicately-drawn portrait . . . Innocent and dreamy, combining fairy tale and true giants in history, den Hartog's simple story offers a sweetly insightful mix of anguish and tenderness."
- Kirkus Review

"Gorgeously written and tremendously moving . . . More than a coming-of-age tale, this is the story of a whole family and the secrets that haunt each member. Every sentence sparkles."
-Karen Thompson Walker, New York Times bestselling author of The Age of Miracles

"Deceptively slim, And Me Among Them presents an uncanny world guided by a uniquely heightened perspective. As she grows up (and up, and up), the girl giant Ruth stretches everyone's consciousness, seeing into, above, and beyond the minds and dreams of her parents. Kristen den Hartog opens so many doors that every meaning is magnified, shifted, and understood anew - a magical, wonderful novel like no other."
- Trillium Book Award Jury Citation

"With exquisite insight and boundless imagination, Kristen den Hartog takes me inside the soul and body of a young giant, letting me experience her bliss, her shame, her wisdom. Heartbreaking and exhilarating."
-Ursula Hegi, author of Children and Fire
"Den Hartog's small-in-scale novel about an enormous girl . . . [r]eads like both an expanded bedtime story and a quiet, coming-of-age novel."

Seen Reading Seen Reading by Julie Wilson (Freehand Books, April 2012; HarperCollins eBook):

"Seen Reading might be one of the most whimsical books I've read in a long time. Wilson has created a book about seeing people read that requires readers, it requires the space between the reader and the text, it requires us to look at it, take it in, judge it, to be voyeurs. Taken as such, the best possible conceptual fate for this book would be to only be allowed to be seen reading Seen Reading on a subway or bus somewhere."
- The Globe and Mail

"At times [Seen Reading] seems less of a book of fiction than a sort of public art project, a voyeur's fantasia that would work just as well - or, probably, in terms of wider comment, even better - arranged on a gallery wall or replacing a bus stop ad or even as a witty game among friends as a printed book. I am quite sure that any time you stop reading, though, you're exceedingly likely to look up and start wondering about the human world around you, and that is a very fine quality for any book to have."
- The National Post

"Seen Reading explores reading in public as an emotional experience. The physical books chart an internal journey while readers venture to and from their destinations. Seen Reading is a whimsical, charming and thought-provoking book best read in public.'
- Telegraph Journal


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