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WCA Deal Report for March 23, 2017

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Linda BailyBestselling children’s author Linda Bailey has multiple publishers in place for her new middle grade novel The Tiny Hero of Ferny Creek Library, about a book-loving bug named Eddie who devises a clever-though-perilous plan to save the school library, inspired by characters in his favorite books. Tara Walker at Tundra Books acquired Canadian rights, and Virginia Duncan at Greenwillow Books acquired world excluding Canada, and in turn did a deal for Turkish rights with Alfa.  Hilary McMahon of Westwood Creative Artists is Bailey’s agent.  The book will be published in summer 2017.

WCA Deal Report for March 9, 2017

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Icelandic rights to Alice Kuipers‘s debut 2007 novel Life on the Refrigerator Door have been sold to Odinsauga in a deal arranged by Monique Oosterhof at Mo Literary Services with Carolyn Forde, on behalf of Jackie Kaiser at Westwood Creative Artists.

World French-language rights to Roz Nay’s debut thriller Our Little Secret, forthcoming from Simon & Schuster Canada in June, have been sold to Hugo et Cie by David Camus at Anna Jarota Agency with Carolyn Forde at Westwood Creative Artists.

German rights to Glenn Dixon’s 2017 bestseller Juliet’s Answer: One Man’s Search for Love and the Elusive Cure for Heartbreak have been sold to Kiepenheuer & Witsch by Hannah Fosh at Liepman Agency and Carolyn Forde, on behalf of Hilary McMahon at Westwood Creative Artists.

Russian rights to filmmaker and journalist Alexandre Trudeau’s 2016 debut title Barbarian Lost: Travels in the New China have been sold to Ivan Limbakh in a deal arranged by Natalia Sanina at Synopsis Literary Agency with Carolyn Forde, on behalf of Michael Levine at Westwood Creative Artists.

Arabic rights to Jay Ingram’s 2015 non-fiction title The End of Memory: A Natural History of Aging and Alzheimer’s have been sold to King Saud University in a deal arranged by Carolyn Forde, on behalf of Jackie Kaiser at Westwood Creative Artists.

Latvian rights to Marc Lewis’s 2015 non-fiction work The Biology of Desire: Why Addiction Is Not a Disease have been sold to Lietusdarzs by Tatjana Zoldnere at Andrew Nurnberg Associates Baltic with Carolyn Forde, on behalf of Michael Levine at Westwood Creative Artists.

WCA Deal Report for February 2, 2017

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Managing Editor Anna Comfort-O’Keefe at D&M has acquired North American English rights to Bill Gaston’s seventh short-story collection THE MARINER’S GUIDE TO SELF-SABOTAGE.   Though an accomplished novelist—The World, Sointula, The Good Body, The Cameraman—it’s his short fiction for which he gains the most critical acclaim. His previous collection, Juliet Was A Surprise, earned a Governor General’s Award nomination, as did the collection previous to that, Gargoyles. The one prior to that, Mount Appetite, was shortlisted for the Giller Prize. Publication is planned for Fall 2017. The deal was arranged by Carolyn Forde of Westwood Creative Artists.

Taryn Boyd has acquired World rights to Julie Roorda’s A THOUSAND CONSOLATIONS for Brindle & Glass. The story of Paula, a maker of wish-laden candles grappling with the grief of loss, and her relationship with a charming and witty new immigrant from Mexico, Hector, whose past may not be exactly as he’s portrayed it.  This is Roorda’s first adult novel (she’s published 3 volumes of poetry and a YA novel previously).  Publication is set for Fall 2017. The deal was arranged by Carolyn Forde at Westwood Creative Artists.

WCA Deal Report for January 18, 2017

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St. Martin’s Press Senior Editor Daniela Rapp has acquired US rights to Roz Nay’s debut psychological thriller OUR LITTLE SECRET, for publication in early 2018.  Simon & Schuster Canada VP and Editorial Director Nita Pronovost and Assistant Editor Sarah St. Pierre will publish in Canada in June 2017. Dutch rights were acquired by Xander and audio rights by Audible.  The deal was arranged by Carolyn Forde of Westwood Creative Artists.

WCA Deal Report for December 22, 2016

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Film and television rights to Dean Jobb’s Empire of Deception (HarperCollins/Algonquin Books) have been optioned by Bill Holderman, producer most recently of “A Walk in the Woods,” and Erin Simms for their company Sine Qua Non Productions Inc.  Jerry Kalajian at Intellectual Property Group negotiated the deal on behalf of Hilary McMahon at Westwood Creative Artists.

WCA Deal Report for December 7, 2016

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Susanne Alexander from Goose Lane has acquired Canadian rights to journalist Lauren McKeon’s F-BOMB, a witty and insightful nonfiction narrative that explores why women are abandoning feminism in unprecedented numbers, why the feminist movement is losing ground, and what we as a society can do about it, for publication in fall 2017.  World rights excluding Canada have been bought by BenBella Books.  Hilary McMahon of Westwood Creative Artists negotiated both deals.

WCA Deal Report for November 24, 2016

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Douglas & McIntyre managing editor Anna Comfort O’Keeffe has acquired North American rights to LEGION CAFE: A STORY OF CANADA TOLD THROUGH CHINESE RESTAURANTS by Ann Hui, the national food reporter for The Globe and Mail. Hui intersperses her journeys to the country’s Chinese restaurants with the more intimate story of her own family’s immigration to Canada. The title is slated for fall 2018. The deal was arranged by John Pearce at Westwood Creative Artists in association with Chris Casuccio.

Douglas & McIntyre managing editor Anna Comfort O’Keeffe has acquired Canadian rights to a new title by art-market commentator Don Thompson. THE ORANGE BALLOON DOG‚ due in spring 2017‚ takes a critical look at the high end of the contemporary art market. The deal was arranged by John Pearce at Westwood Creative Artists. Czech rights have also been sold to Kniha Zlin by Kristen Olsen Literary Agency, on behalf of Carolyn Forde at Westwood Creative Artists.

WCA Deal Report for October 26, 2016

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Tundra Books has acquired world rights to DOG NIGHT AT THE STORY ZOO, a humorous middle grade graphic novel by Audrey (Cow) author Dan Bar-el, with Samantha Swenson editing and publication slated for July 2017. Hilary McMahon of Westwood Creative Artists represented Bar-el in the deal.  Tundra brought in Vicki Nerino to illustrate.