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August 31, 2018

BBC COMMISSIONS TV SERIES FOR UNIVERSITY CHALLENGE ALL STARS ERIC MONKMAN & BOBBY SEAGULL

BBC University Challenge's Eric Monkman and Bobby Seagull’s GENIUS GUIDE TO BRITAIN, a four-part TV series in which the two team captains travel up and down Britain in search of the country’s most remarkable scientific and technological achievements, to Simon Dickson and Lorraine Phillips at Label1 for BBC Two, by Joseph Veltre at Gersh, on behalf of Sally Harding at CookeMcDermid for Monkman and Robert Gwyn Palmer at Gwyn Palmer Associates for Seagull.  


August 27, 2018

WORLD ENGLISH RIGHTS TO ERIN DIONNE's SECRETS OF A FAN GIRL to SCHOLASTIC

Erin Dionne's middle grade novel SECRETS OF A FAN GIRL, about a 12-year-old popular athlete who becomes the frontrunner in a fantasy book fan contest and must decide between living her popular girl life and losing, or winning and going public with her geeky self, to Erin Black at Scholastic, for publication in 2019, by Sally Harding at CookeMcDermid (world English).

Translation rights: rights@cookeinternational.com


July 25, 2018

AUDIO RIGHTS TO Shannon Lee Simmons's WORRY-FREE MONEY to KOBO

Shannon Lee Simmons's WORRY-FREE MONEY: THE GUILT-FREE APPROACH TO MANAGING YOUR MONEY AND YOUR LIFE, to Kobo, by Ron Eckel at Cooke Agency International on behalf of Martha Webb at CookeMcDermid.

Translation rights: rights@cookeinternational.com


July 6, 2018

Two-book deal for Jesse Wente to penguin random house canada

World rights to Jesse Wente's yet-to-be-titled memoir, which will frame Wente’s love of baseball, movies, and radio against the discrimination, cultural appropriation, and problematic representations experienced by Indigenous communities in Canada, to PRHC vice-president Scott Sellers and Penguin Canada vice-president and publisher Nicole Winstanley, to be edited by Penguin publishing director Diane Turbide, for publication in fall 2019, and a yet-to-be-titled children’s picture book, to vice-president and publisher of PRHC Young Readers Tara Walker, to appear under the Tundra Books imprint in fall 2020.

Both deals were arranged by Ron Eckel at CookeMcDermid.


July 3, 2018

World rights to Erin Dionne's BALLETBALL to charlesbridge

World rights to Erin Dionne's picture book BALLETBALL, illustrated by Gillian Flint, about a reluctant baseball player who brings her love of ballet to the outfield and, with twirls and pliés, ends up leading her team to victory, to Karen Boss at Charlesbridge. Publication is slated for spring 2020. Sally Harding at CookeMcDermid represented the author, and James Burns at the Bright Agency represented the illustrator. 


June 7, 2018

WORLD FRENCH RIGHTS TO RUPI KAUR'S THE SUN AND HER FLOWERS TO NiL Editions

World French, excluding North America, rights to #1 New York Times bestselling poet Rupi Kaur's the sun and her flowers to NiL Éditions by Ron Eckel at Cooke International, working in association with Anna Jarota of Anna Jarota Agency, on behalf of Suzanne Brandreth at CookeMcDermid.

Translation rights: rights@cookeinternational.com   


May 17, 2018

Four-book deal for Cherie Dimaline to penguin random house canada

Bestselling and award-winning author of THE MARROW THIEVES Cherie Dimaline’s THE LITHOPEDION OF WINTERSON CEMETERY, following a Métis girl as she tries to save her father’s job at a failing crematorium, relying on the help of her best friend, a budding ghost hunter; her cousin, a part-time phone psychic; and Mrs. Dingleberry, a morbidly obese pug-chihuahua mix to bring the ‘Ghost of Winterson Cemetery’ to life in order to keep the business from dying, for publication in spring 2020, and an untitled YA novel, release date to be determined, to Tara Walker and Lynne Missen at Penguin Random House Canada Young Readers, and EMPIRE OF WILD, a play on Red Riding Hood and the traditional Métis story of the Rougarou, in which a broken-hearted woman believes her missing fiancé has returned as Reverend Wolff, a Walmart parking lot revivalist attempting to lure people off their traditional lands and into the arms of Jesus, right where greedy and corrupt commercial resource companies want them, for publication in fall 2019, and an untitled adult novel, for publication in fall 2021, to Anne Collins at Random House Canada, in a four-book deal, by Dean Cooke and Rachel Letofsky at CookeMcDermid.


May 14, 2018

film rights to kevin hardcastle's in the cage to jason buxton/festina lente productions

Kevin Hardcastle's IN THE CAGE, about a Mixed Martial Arts cage fighter who begins moonlighting as muscle for his childhood-friend-turned-gangster when his athletic career is derailed by injury, to Jason Buxton at Festina Lente Productions, by Paige Sisley at CookeMcDermid on behalf of Dan Wells at Biblioasis, and by Drew MacKenzie at Great North Artists Management on behalf of Buxton/Festina Lente Productions.


May 14, 2018

Canada English rights to robyn doolittle's had it coming to penguin canada

Investigative reporter and the Canadian National Newspaper Awards' 2017 Journalist of the Year RobynDoolittle's HAD IT COMING, telling the personal stories of men and women caught in the fraught territory of sexual assault—in and out of the courtroom—and depicting the current climate about the meaning of consent and the legal framework around sexual assault, to Diane Turbide at Penguin Canada, for publication in 2019, by Martha Webb at CookeMcDermid.

Translation rights: rights@cookeinternational.com   


May 11, 2018

World Italian rights to Tima Kurdi's THE BOY ON THE BEACH to Piemme

World Italian rights to Tima Kurdi's THE BOY ON THE BEACH to Piemme, in a pre-mept, in a 5-figure deal, by Ron Eckel at Cooke International, working in association with Federica Graceffa at The Italian Literary Agency, on behalf of Martha Webb at CookeMcDermid.

Translation rights: rights@cookeinternational.com   


April 23, 2018

 

 

TV rights to Neil Smith's Boo optioned to fresh tv

Neil Smith's BOO, about a boy who must start over in the afterlife when he finds out his killer might be in Heaven too, optioned to Fresh TV (Backstage, My Babysitter's A Vampire), by Paige Sisley on behalf of Dean Cooke at CookeMcDermid, in association with Jeff Alpern and Ivy Follett at The Alpern Group.

Translation rights: rights@cookeinternational.com   


April 23, 2018

 

 

Film rights to guy vanderhaeghe's my present age & three short stories optioned to lair

Three-time Governor General's Award-winning author Guy Vanderheaghe's short stories "The Watcher," "Sam, Soren and Ed," and "Man Descending," from his short story collection MAN DESCENDING, and Vanderhaeghe's novel MY PRESENT AGE, a continuation of "Sam, Soren and Ed," to LAIR, by Paige Sisley on behalf of Dean Cooke at CookeMcDermid, in association with Jeff Alpern and Ivy Follett at The Alpern Group.


April 23, 2018

Film rights to Amy Jones's WE'RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER optioned to Katie Boland

Amy Jones’s bestselling debut novel, WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER, about a dysfunctional family forced to start acting like a real one when their matriarch plummets over a waterfall, lives to tell the tale, and a video capturing the whole thing goes viral, optioned to Katie Boland who will adapt, direct and star in the project, represented by Perry Zimel at Oscars Abrams Zimel & Associates, by Rena Zimmerman at Great North Artists Management, on behalf of Chris Bucci at CookeMcDermid. 

Translation rights: rights@cookeinternational.com   


April 23, 2018

TV RIGHTS TO AMy stuart's still mine optioned to lark productions

Amy Stuart's #1 national bestseller, STILL MINE, about a woman who flees an abusive husband only to find herself investigating the disappearance of another woman, their fates colliding in a derelict former mining town whose eccentric residents have their own secrets to guard, optioned to Lark Productions, by Joseph Veltre of The Gersh Agency, on behalf of Chris Bucci at CookeMcDermid. 

Translation rights: rights@cookeinternational.com   


April 20, 2018

 

 

 

Czech rights to Sandy Skotnicki's BEYOND SOAP sold to Euromedia

Czech rights to BEYOND SOAP: THE REAL TRUTH ABOUT WHAT YOU ARE DOING TO YOUR SKIN AND HOW TO FIX IT FOR A BEAUTIFUL, HEALTHY GLOW, to Euromedia, by Suzanne Brandreth at The Cooke Agency International on behalf of Chris Bucci at CookeMcDermid, and by Kristin Olson at Kristin Olson Literary Agency.

Translation rights: rights@cookeinternational.com   


April 9, 2018

Canada English rights to Justin Ling's true crime book sold to McClelland & Stewart

Journalist Justin Ling's untitled book, about the investigation into accused serial killer Bruce McArthur, and a look at the uneasy relationship between marginalized citizens and the police, to Jared Bland and Jenny Bradshaw at McClelland & Stewart, for publication in 2019, by Martha Webb at CookeMcDermid. 

Translation rights: rights@cookeinternational.com   
Film rights: psisley@cookemcdermid.com

You can read the full press release here.


April 4, 2018

Canada English rights to Anshuman Iddamsetty's untitled non-fiction book sold to Strange Light

Two-time National Magazine Award finalist Anshuman Iddamsetty's untitled book about the pursuit of a future for the fat body that will blend cultural criticism with memoir, and include conversations with furries, feeders, fat activists and sex workers, and ask what, if anything, can truly repair a culture that ruthlessly deploys the specter of his body to mask systemic injustice, to Jordan Ginsberg at Strange Light, for publication in spring 2019, by Martha Webb at CookeMcDermid (Canada).

Translation rights: rights@cookeinternational.com   


April 4, 2018

 

 

 

Canada English rights to Sara Peters's I BECOME A DELIGHT TO MY ENEMIES sold to Strange Light

Stanford Stegner Fellow Sara Peters's I BECOME A DELIGHT TO MY ENEMIES, a work of experimental fiction that uses many different voices and forms to tell the stories of the women who live in an uncanny town and uncovers their experiences of shame, fear, cruelty, and transcendence, to Jordan Ginsberg and Martha Kanya-Forstner at Strange Light, for publication in spring 2019, by Martha Webb at CookeMcDermid (world English).

Translation rights: rights@cookeinternational.com   


March 15, 2018

 

 

 

Film and TV rights to Deborah Campbell's A DISAPPEARANCE IN DAMASCUS optioned to Terry George (Hotel Rwanda)

Deborah Campbell's A DISAPPEARANCE IN DAMASCUS, about her experience in Tehran and her friendship with her female Iraqi fixer, optioned by Seamus Productions and is being developed into a feature or limited series for Terry George (HOTEL RWANDA) to direct, by Lucy Stille at APA on behalf of Martha Webb at CookeMcDermid.

Translation rights: rights@cookeinternational.com   


February 2, 2018

World excl. Canada English rights to Sarah Henstra's WE CONTAIN MULTITUDES sold to Little, Brown

Sarah Henstra's WE CONTAIN MULTITUDES, about boys who are partnered in English class and must write letters to one another in a weekly pen pal assignment, and begin to develop a friendship that grows into love, even in the face of homophobia, bullying, and abuse, to Kheryn Callender at Little, Brown Children's, for publication in Spring 2019, by Rachel Letofsky and Martha Webb at CookeMcDermid (World excluding Canada).