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September 12, 2019

Michelle Good’s FIVE LITTLE INDIANS Acquired by Harper Collins Canada

Winner of the 2018 HarperCollins/UBC Prize for Best New Fiction Michelle Good's FIVE LITTLE INDIANS, told from the alternating points of view of five former residential school students as they struggle to survive in 1960s Vancouver—one finding her way into the dangerous world of the American Indian movement; one finding unexpected strength in motherhood; and one unable to escape his demons - and the bonds of friendship that sustain them, inspired by the author's experiences, to Jennifer Lambert at Harper Canada, with Janice Zawerbny editing, for publication in May 2020, by Rachel Letofsky at CookeMcDermid (world).

Rights: Lisa.Rundle@Harpercollins.com

September 9, 2019

Tara Moss’s The War Widow Acquired by Harper Collins Canada

Bestselling author and prominent rights activist Tara Moss's THE WAR WIDOW, in which investigator Billie Walker--a staunchly feminist, champagne-swilling, fast-driving Nazi hunter based in glamorous post-WWII Sydney--and her suave assistant Sam race against a ticking clock to find a missing young boy who may have gotten mixed up with a group of dangerous war criminals, plus a two more books featuring Billie Walker, in a pre-empt to Jennifer Lambert at HarperCollins Canada by Chris Bucci of CookeMcDermid. US rights for two books also sold in a preempt to Lindsey Rose at Dutton.

Rights: rights@cookeinternational.com

 

August 13, 2018

Film rights optioned to A. Lee Martinez’s THE LAST ADVENTURE OF CONSTANCE VERITY

A. Lee Martinez's THE LAST ADVENTURE OF CONSTANCE VERITY, a series about a young woman thrust into battle with the supernatural from an early age, who now wants to sample what she missed out on -- a boyfriend, a normal job, best friends -- but it's not easy to walk away from a life of adventure when you are the chosen one, optioned to Legendary Entertainment with Awkwafina to star, by Joseph Veltre of Gersh Agency, on behalf of Sally Harding of CookeMcDermid. 

Rights: rights@cookeinternational.com

August 13, 2019

World English rights sold to Vivek Shraya’s The Subtweet

Musician, visual artist, filmmaker, publisher and model Vivek Shraya's THE SUBTWEET, delving into the hearts and minds of two brown female musicians as they try to navigate fame, friendship, betrayal and the ever-present impact of social media on their lives and self-images, to Jen Knoch at ECW Press, for publication in spring 2020, by Rachel Letofsky at CookeMcDermid.

Rights: admin@cookemcdermid.com

July 25, 2019

Film rights optioned to Timothy Taylor’s STANLEY PARK 

Film rights to Timothy Taylor’s bestselling novel, STANLEY PARK, have been optioned by John Bolton at Opus 59 Films with Tristin Morton writing the screenplay. Chef, Kris Barnholden, and Michael Barnholdenan, author of Street Stories: 100 Years Of Homelessness in Vancouver, are acting as consultants. This project has received development support from Telefilm Canada and Creative BC. The deal was arranged by Paige Sisley at CookeMcDermid, on behalf of Dean Cooke at CookeMcDermid.

Rights: rights@cookeinternational.com

July 23, 2019

World Rights Sold to Ariel Henley’s A FACE FOR PICASSO

Grace Kendall, Senior Editor at Farrar, Straus, Giroux, has acquired world rights, in a six-figure pre-empt, to Ariel Henley’s A Face for Picasso, a fiercely honest teen memoir about growing up with Crouzon syndrome and the nature of beauty. Henley and her twin sister struggled to come to terms with their disfiguring condition and the painful appearance-altering surgeries that kept them alive, while changing their faces forever. Publication is set for Winter 2021. Rachel Letofsky at CookeMcDermid arranged the deal for World rights.

July 10, 2019

North American rights sold to Fiona Foster’s THE CAPTIVE

Fiona Foster's THE CAPTIVE, a feminist noir set in a secessionist rural state, about a woman who finds a dangerous fugitive hiding in her shed, beats and binds him, and travels miles through the woods with her family in tow in order to collect the bounty on his head, and to protect her children from the trauma of her past, sold to Zack Wagman at Ecco, by Lisa Rundle at Harper Canada, and to Jennifer Lambert at Harper Canada, in a good deal, at auction, by Martha Webb at CookeMcDermid (NA).

Rights: rights@cookeinternational.com

July 10, 2019

North American rights sold to Scaachi Koul’s I HOPE LIGHTNING FALLS ON YOU

Author of ONE DAY WE'LL ALL BE DEAD AND NONE OF THIS WILL MATTER and senior culture writer for BuzzFeed Scaachi Koul's I HOPE LIGHTNING FALLS ON YOU, a collection of essays on creating space for conflict in our lives, and how engaging in fights can be both liberating and limiting as we try to understand and resist the forces against us, sold to Anna deVries at St. Martin's, by Ron Eckel at CookeMcDermid (US). Canadian Rights sold to Kiara Kent at Doubleday Canada.

Rights:rights@cookeinternational.com

June 14, 2019

Polish rights sold to Michael Crummey’s The Innocents 

Presses de la Cité and Wiatr od Morza have acquired, respectively, world French (excluding North America and world Polish rights) to Michael Crummey’s upcoming novel, The Innocents. The deals were arranged by Hana El Niwairi at Cooke International, working in association with Anna Jarota Agency and Book/Lab Agency, on behalf of Martha Webb at CookeMcDermid.

Rights:rights@cookeinternational.com

May 27, 2019

Canadian rights sold to Farzana Doctor’s Seven

Activist and social worker Farzana Doctor's SEVEN, about a woman who accompanies her husband on a marriage-saving trip to India, where she decides to research her great-great-grandfather and his four wives, uncovering secrets about her family's long and complicated history on both sides of the Khatna debate and her own deeply buried personal history, to Kathryn Lane at Dundurn Press, for publication in summer 2020, by Rachel Letofsky at CookeMcDermid (NA).

Rights:rights@cookeinternational.com

May 17, 2019

US English Rights sold to Brian Francis’s BREAK IN CASE OF EMERGENCY

Debut Canadian author Brian Francis's BREAK IN CASE OF EMERGENCY, which follows a 15-year-old girl whose plans to escape her small farming town are thrown off by the sudden return of her absentee father, a world-renowned female impersonator on the downswing of fame, sold to Natashya Wilson at Inkyard Press, for publication in February 2020, by Ron Eckel and Carolyn Buszynski at Cooke Agency International, on behalf of Dean Cooke at CookeMcDermid.

Rights: rights@cookeinternational.com

May 7, 2019

 Television rights Optioned to Kevin Chong’s MY YEAR OF THE RACEHORSE

Kevin Chong's memoir MY YEAR OF THE RACEHORSE: FALLING IN LOVE WITH THE SPORT OF KINGS, about a young man who makes the unconventional decision to buy a racehorse and his resulting revelation that a meaningful life can arise from the most unexpected of circumstances, optioned by Shannon Farr and John Brunton to executive produce at Insight Productions, for adaptation as a comedy series, by Rena Zimmerman at Great North Artist Management and Paige Sisley at CookeMcDermid on behalf of Martha Webb at CookeMcDermid.

Rights: rights@cookeinternational.com

May 7, 2019

Television rights OPTIONED to Sam Wiebe’s Invisible Dead

Sam Wiebe's INVISIBLE DEAD, the first book in his noir thriller Wakeland series, about a cop-turned-PI investigating a woman's unsolved disappearance 11 years after she went missing, optioned by Grant Harvey and Kelly Senecal, with Harvey to direct and Senecal to adapt, by Rena Zimmerman at Great North Artists Management and Paige Sisley at CookeMcDermid, on behalf of Chris Bucci at CookeMcDermid.

Rights: rights@cookeinternational.com

April 29, 2019

World English Rights Sold to Natalie Zina Walschots's HENCH

Natalie Zina Walschots's HENCH, a crossover novel that examines a world of extraordinary humans through the lens of a millennial struggling to pay her bills when she discovers a remarkable thing about herself: an affinity for data science…and a desire for revenge, sold to David Pomerico at William Morrow, at auction, for publication in fall 2020, by Ron Eckel at CookeMcDermid.

Rights: rights@cookeinternational.com

April 25, 2019

Korean and complex chinese rights sold to Tim Caulfield’s RELAX, DAMMIT!

Timothy Caulfield's RELAX, DAMMIT!: HAPPY AND HEALTHY IN THE AGE OF ANXIETY, sold to ROK Media (Korea, Democratic People's Republic of), by Danny Hong at Danny Hong Agency and Suzanne Brandreth at Cooke Agency International, respectively; also to Meoway (Taiwan, Province of China), by Yichan Peng at The Grayhawk Agency and Hana El Niwairi at Cooke Agency International; on behalf of Chris Bucci at CookeMcDermid.

Rights: rights@cookeinternational.com

April 3, 2019

PORTUGUESE rights in Brazil sold to Andrew Pyper’s THE HOMEComing

Andrew Pyper's THE HOMECOMING, sold to DarkSide Books(Brazil), by Joao Paulo Riff at Riff Agency and Ron Eckel at Cooke Agency International, on behalf of Anne McDermid at CookeMcDermid.

Rights: rights@cookeinternational.com

April 3, 3019

Swedish Language rights sold to Giles Blunt’s FORTY WORDS FOR SORROW, CRIME MACHINE and UNTIL THE NIGHT

Giles Blunt's FORTY WORDS FOR SORROW, THE DELICATE STORM, BLACKFLY SEASON, BY THE TIME YOU READ THIS, CRIME MACHINE, and UNTIL THE NIGHT, sold to Hoi (Sweden), in a multi-book deal, by Gregory Messina at Linwood Messina Literary Agency, and Hana El Niwairi at Cooke Agency International, on behalf of Martha Webb at CookeMcDermid.

rights@cookeinternational.com

April 3, 2019

UK & Commonwealth, excl. Canada, English language rights Sold to The Living Kitchen

Holistic nutritionists and owners of the meal delivery and home cook service The Living Kitchen Tamara Green and Sarah Grossman's THE LIVING KITCHEN: HEALING RECIPES TO SUPPORT YOUR BODY DURING CANCER TREATMENT AND RECOVERY, sold to Tom Asker at Constable & Robinson, by Carolyn Buszynski at Cooke Agency International, on behalf of Suzanne Brandreth and Paige Sisley at CookeMcDermid.

Rights: rights@cookeinternational.com

March 25, 2019

Canadian Rights sold to Vivek Shraya’s armour & AN UNTITLED WORK OF NON-FICTION

David Ross at Penguin Canada has acquired ARMOUR, in a two-book deal, for publication in fall 2021 and fall 2023, by Rachel Letofsky at CookeMcDermid. Multidisciplinary artist and author of I'M AFRAID OF MEN Vivek Shraya's ARMOUR, a collection of personal essays on the cultural significance of fashion, self-image, and personal style, as considered through the lenses of gender, sexuality, and race.

Rights: rights@cookeinternational.com

March 19, 2019

Canadian rights sold John Irving’s DARKNESS AS A BRIDE

Kristin Cochrane at Knopf Canada acquires John Irving's fifteenth novel, DARKNESS AS A BRIDE, for publication in 2020, in a three-book deal, by Dean Cooke at CookeMcDermid.

Translation rights: ila@ila-agency.co.uk

Film/TV: JVeltre@gersh.com

February 27, 2019

DOUBLEDAY ACQUIRES MICHAEL CRUMMEY’S THE INNOCENTS

Lee Boudreaux at Doubleday acquires Michael Crummey's THE INNOCENTS. A story of survival and loyalty, following a brother and sister orphaned in an isolated fishing cove, left with nothing, as they weather storms, hunger, and changes from within their world of two, for publication in fall 2019, by Julie Barer at The Book Group on behalf of Martha Webb at CookeMcDermid (US).

February 27, 2019

North American French rights sold to Michael Crummey’s THE INNOCENTS

North American French rights sold to Michael Crummey's THE INNOCENTS, to Lemeac, by Carolyn Buszynski at Cooke Agency International, on behalf of Martha Webb at CookeMcDermid.

Translation Rights: rights@cookeinternational.com

February 27, 2019

UK and Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada) sold to John Irving’s Darkness as a bride

UK and Commonwealth rights(excluding Canada) to John Irving's DARKNESS AS A BRIDE, sold to Kristin Cochrane at Knopf Canada, in a three-book deal, by Dean Cooke of CookeMcDermid. A mother-and-son story and a ghost story, about sexual politics, featuring a competitive slalom racer and her son, a writer; partly set in Aspen, CO, where some of the ghosts are from the days when it was a mining town, is also moving to Ian Chapman at Scribner UK, for publication beginning in 2020.

Translation rights: rights@cookeinternational.com

February 27, 2019

French rights sold to Michael Crummey's THE INNOCENTS

French rights to Michael Crummey's THE INNOCENTS, sold to Frederique Polet at Presses de la Cite (France), for publication in fall 2019, by Deborah Druba at Anna Jarota Agency and Hana El Niwairi at Cooke Agency International, on behalf of Martha Webb at CookeMcDermid

Translation rights: rights@cookeinternational.com

February 27, 2019

Czech Rights sold to Laurie Petrou’s Sister of Mine

Czech rights to Laurie Petrou's SISTER OF MINE, sold to Czech Computer Press (Czech Republic), by Kristin Olson at Kristin Olson Literary Agency and   Hana El Niwairi at Cooke Agency International, on behalf of Martha Webb at CookeMcDermid.

Translation rights: rights@cookeinternational.com

February 1, 2019

APPETITE ACQUIRES MARTA ZARASKA’S GROWING YOUNG: A NO-DIET, NO-EXCERCISE GUIDE TO A LONG LIFE

Science journalist and MEATHOOKED author Marta Zaraska's GROWING YOUNG: A NO-DIET, NO-EXERCISE GUIDE TO A LONG LIFE, a research-driven case for why optimism, kindness, and strong social networks will keep us living longer than any fitness tracker or superfood, to Bhavna Chauhan at Appetite, for publication in May 2020, by Martha Webb at CookeMcDermid.

Translations rights: rights@cookeinternational.com

February 1, 2019

RANDOM HOUSE CANADA ACQUIRES MJ Cates’s Into That Fire

MJ Cates's INTO THAT FIRE, in the vein of THE PARIS WIFE and inspired by the real figure of Dr. Phyllis Greenacre, who forged her way against odds and obstacles as a young doctor at a psychiatric institute in Baltimore during WWI, and the man who loved her from a distance, to Anne Collins at Random House Canada, by Martha Webb at CookeMcDermid (Canada).

Translations rights: rights@cookeinternational.com

December 12, 2018

SPANISH RIGHTS SOLD TO MARTA ZARASKA’s MEATHOOKED: THE HISTORY AND SCIENCE OF OUR 2.5-MILLION-YEAR OBSESSION WITH MEAT

Spanish rights to Marta Zaraska's MEATHOOKED: THE HISTORY AND SCIENCE OF OUR 2.5-MILLION-YEAR OBSESSION WITH MEAT, sold to Plaza y Valdes, by Amaiur Fernandez and Hana El Niwairi at International Editors' and The Cooke Agency International, on behalf of Martha Webb at CookeMcDermid.

Translation rights: rights@cookeinternational.com

December 7, 2018

MCCLELLAND & STEWART ACQUIRES ELAMIN ABDELMAHMOUD’S COLLECTION OF PERSONAL ESSAYS

BuzzFeed editor Elamin Abdelmahmoud's SON OF ELSEWHERE, a collection of personal essays about what happens when you spend years running away from an identity or an idea about yourself, only to run into it head-first at the finish line of adolescence, grappling with notions of belonging, blackness, masculinity, and Muslim-ness (and the mystique of The OC) from the point of view of someone who immigrated from Sudan to Canada as a child, one year before 9/11, to Jared Bland at McClelland & Stewart, for publication in fall 2020, by Martha Webb at CookeMcDermid.

Translation rights: rights@cookeinternational.com

Dec 5, 2018

Canadian rights sold to Joan Thomas’s FIVE WIVES

Joan Thomas's FIVE WIVES, based on the true story of the disastrous evangelical Christian mission to convert the indigenous Waorani people of Ecuador in 1956, told by the women left behind, sold to Jennifer Lambert at Harper Canada, for publication in fall 2019, by Martha Webb at CookeMcDermid (Canada).

Translation rights: rights@cookeinternational.com

December 4, 2018

HARPERCOLLINS CANADA ACQUIRES DEBUT YA NOVEL by Brian Francis

Brian Francis's BREAK IN CASE OF EMERGENCY, about a fifteen-year old whose plans to escape her small farming town are thrown off by the sudden return of her absentee father, a world-renowned female impersonator on the downswing of fame, to Suzanne Sutherland at Harper Canada, for publication in fall 2019, by Dean Cooke at CookeMcDermid (Canada).

Translation rights: rights@cookeinternational.com

December 4, 2018

RANDOM HOUSE CANADA ACQUIRES CANADA ENGLISH AUDIO RIGHTS TO HELEN MARSHALL’S FORTHCOMING DEBUT NOVEL

British Fantasy Award, World Fantasy Award, and Shirley Jackson Award-winner Helen Marshall's THE MIGRATION, the story of a girl who, after her younger sister drowns in a terrible storm, is determined to steal the body so she can discover for herself what dying means in a time of extraordinary transformation, to Amanda Betts at Random House Canada, for publication in March 2019, by Sally Harding at CookeMcDermid (Canada).

Translation rights: rights@cookeinternational.com

November 26, 2018

HARPERCOLLINS CANADA ACQUIRES WORLD RIGHTS TO Alison Wearing MEMOIR

Alison Wearing's MOMENTS OF GLAD GRACE, a memoir set in Ireland, about aging, familial love, and the hunt for roots and belonging, to Susan Renouf at ECW Press, for publication in fall 2019, by Martha Webb at CookeMcDermid (world).

November 20, 2018

ST. MARTIN’S ACQUIRES DR. CYNDI GILBERT’S INTRO GUIDE TO FOREST BATHING

St. Martin’s Press vice president and editorial director of St. Martin's Essentials Joel Fotinos has acquired world rights to naturopathic doctor Dr. Cyndi Gilbert’s FOREST BATHING, introducing readers to the art and science of forest bathing, the deceptively simple Japanese practice of spending time in the forest as a way to find peace, rejuvenation, and to promote health. It is scheduled for publication in spring 2019, as part of St. Martins Essential's Start Here Guide for Beginners series. The deal was arranged by Suzanne Brandreth at CookeMcDermid.

November 14, 2018

PENGUIN CANADA ACQUIRES NORTH AMERICAN RIGHTS TO GARE JOYCE’S SIDNEY CROSBY BOOK

Gare Joyce's untitled book on Sidney Crosby, which will tell the story of arguably the most influential player ever to skate in the NHL, and the way the game he helped create could make his every shift his last, to Nick Garrison at Penguin Canada, for publication in fall 2019, by Chris Bucci at CookeMcDermid (North America).

Translation rights: rights@cookeinternational.com

November 12, 2018

MCCLELLAND & STEWART ACQUIRES DEBUT NOVEL FROM CEDAR BOWERS

Debut author Cedar Bowers's THE DECAHEDRON, pitched as in the tradition of OLIVE KITTERIDGE and 13 WAYS OF LOOKING AT A FAT GIRL, in which we see an enigmatic woman over the course of her life through the eyes of a varied cast of characters—who, by turns, want to befriend, rescue, control, escape, change, and be her, to Anita Chong at McClelland & Stewart, by Martha Webb at CookeMcDermid (Canada).

Translation rights: rights@cookeinternational.com

November 7, 2018

DUTCH RIGHTS TO AMY JONES’S EVERY LITTLE PIECE OF ME to de fontein

Amy Jones's EVERY LITTLE PIECE OF ME, to De Fontein (Netherlands), by Marianne Schoenbach at Marianne Schoenbach Literary Agency, on behalf of Suzanne Brandreth and Hana El Niwairi at Cooke International, for Chris Bucci at CookeMcDermid.

Translation rights: rights@cookeinternational.com

November 5, 2018

WORLD RIGHTS TO VIKKI VANSICKLE’S NEXT TWO PICTURE BOOKS TO TUNDRA BOOKS

Vikki VanSickle's TEDDY BEAR OF THE YEAR, about a well-loved but ordinary teddy bear who begins to wonder if he'll ever do anything special and brave enough to win teddy bear of the year at the annual teddy bear's picnic, illustrated by Sydney Hanson, to Samantha Swenson at Tundra Books, in a two-book deal, for publication in spring 2020, by Rachel Letofsky and Sally Harding at CookeMcDermid for the author, and by Justin Rucker at Shannon Associates for the illustrator (world).

Translation rights: rights@cookeinternational.com

November 5, 2018

AUDIO RIGHTS TO SHANNON LEE SIMMONS’S LIVING DEBT-FREE TO KOBO

Personal finance guru, New School of Finance founder, and WORRY-FREE MONEY author Shannon Lee Simmons's LIVING DEBT-FREE: THE NO-SHAME, NO-BLAME GUIDE TO GETTING RID OF YOUR DEBT, which helps readers build a realistic debt payment plan—one that allows you to finally get rid of debt, start fresh, and feel good about your money again, to Rakuten Kobo, by Ron Eckel at The Cooke Agency International, and Harper Canada, on behalf of Martha Webb at CookeMcDermid Agency.

Translation rights: rights@cookeinternational.com

October 24, 2018

UK RIGHTS TO LAURIE PETROU’S SISTER OF MINE AND HER NEXT NOVEL TO NO EXIT PRESS

Laurie Petrou's SISTER OF MINE, a psychological suspense about two sisters, one act of violence, and the weight of a debt that can never be repaid, to No Exit Press, in a two-book deal, by Carolyn Buszynski at Cooke Agency International on behalf of Martha Webb at CookeMcDermid.

Translation rights: rights@cookeinternational.com

October 24, 2018

CANADIAN RIGHTS TO LILIAN NATTEL’S HISTORICAL FICTION NOVEL GIRL AT THE EDGE OF SKY TO RANDOM HOUSE CANADA

Author of WEB OF ANGELS Lilian Nattel's GIRL AT THE EDGE OF SKY, which imagines what might have happened to real-life Soviet fighter pilot Lydia "Lilya" Litvyak, one of only two women in history to earn the title of flying ace, who's believed to have been shot down by German planes during WWII, but whose body and aircraft were never found, to Anne Collins at Random House Canada, in a two-book deal, for publication in fall 2019, by Dean Cooke at CookeMcDermid.

Translation rights: rights@cookeinternational.com

October 24, 2018

CANADIAN RIGHTS TO TIM CAULFIELD’S ANTI-ANXIETY GUIDE RELAX DAMMIT! TO PENGUIN CANADA

Author of IS GWYNETH PALTROW WRONG ABOUT EVERYTHING? and star of Netflix's A USER'S GUIDE TO CHEATING DEATH Timothy Caulfield's RELAX DAMMIT!: HEALTHY AND HAPPY IN THE AGE OF ANXIETY, which walks readers through a typical day to debunk pervasive health myths that distract and distress us in favor of effective, science-backed choices we can make for our health and happiness on a daily basis, to Diane Turbide at Penguin Canada, for publication in February 2020, by Chris Bucci at CookeMcDermid (Canada).

Translation rights: rights@cookeinternational.com

October 23, 2018

US RIGHTS TO SASHA CHAPIN’S LOVE AND LOSING: A CHESS MEMOIR TO DOUBLEDAY

NYT Magazine, Buzzfeed, and Hazlitt contributor Sasha Chapin's LOVE AND LOSING: A CHESS MEMOIR, a globe-trotting romp through the world of ultra-competitive chess, in which the author submits himself to humiliating defeats and the tutelage of ornery mentors in his search for glory—a celebration of the purity, violence, and beauty of the game, to Yaniv Soha at Doubleday, by Martha Webb at CookeMcDermid (US).

Canadian rights previously sold to McClelland & Stewart.

October 18, 2018

NORTH AMERICAN RIGHTS TO CANCER CARE COOKBOOK TO APPETITE BY RANDOM HOUSE

Holistic nutritionists and owners of the meal delivery and home cook service The Living Kitchen Tamara Green and Sarah Grossman's THE LIVING KITCHEN: HEALING RECIPES TO SUPPORT YOUR BODY DURING CANCER TREATMENT AND RECOVERY, a full-colour cookbook with recipes for every symptom and side effect, meant to provide nourishment to cancer patients and support to caregivers at every stage in the treatment process, to Bhavna Chauhan at Appetite, for publication in January 2019, by Suzanne Brandreth and Paige Sisley at CookeMcDermid (NA).

Translation rights: rights@cookeinternational.com

October 17, 2018

RUPI KAUR’S THE SUN AND HER FLOWERS SOLD ACROSS EUROPE AND ASIA

Rupi Kaur's THE SUN AND HER FLOWERS, to Ciela (Bulgaria), by Zlatka Mironova at Anthea Agency; also to Dook (China), by Gray Tan at The Grayhawk Agency; to Kepustakaan Populer Gramedia (Indonesia), by Itzel Hsu at The Grayhawk Agency; to Mono Generation (Thailand), by Itzel Hsu at The Grayhawk Agency; and to Eksmo (Russian Federation), by Anastasya Markova at Synopsis Agency; on behalf of Hana El Niwairi at Cooke International, for Suzanne Brandreth at CookeMcDermid.

October 16, 2018

ESTONIAN RIGHTS TO GILES BLUNT’S FORTY WORDS FOR SORROW TO ERAM

Giles Blunt's FORTY WORDS FOR SORROW, to Eram (Estonia), by Tatjana Zoldnere at Andrew Nurnberg Associates, on behalf of Suzanne Brandreth at Cooke International, for Martha Webb at CookeMcDermid.

Translation rights: rights@cookeinternational.com

October 16, 2018

ALANNA MITCHELL’S THE SPINNING MAGNET SELLS IN CHINA AND JAPAN

Alanna Mitchell's THE SPINNING MAGNET, to Commercial Press Shanghai (China), by Zoe Hsu at The Grayhawk Agency; also to Kobunsha (Japan), by Hamish Macaskill at The English Agency; by Ron Eckel at Cooke International, on behalf of CookeMcDermid.

Translation rights: rights@cookeinternational.com

October 15, 2018

CaNADIAN FRENCH RIGHTS TO RUPI KAUR'S THE SUN AND HER FLOWERS TO GUY SAINT-JEAN

Rupi Kaur's THE SUN AND HER FLOWERS to Jean Pare at Guy Saint-Jean, by Ron Eckel at Cooke Agency International, on behalf of Suzanne Brandreth at CookeMcDermid.

Translation rights: rights@cookeinternational.com   

October 8, 2018

ITALIAN RIGHTS TO CLAUDIA DEY’S HEARTBREAKER TO BLACK COFFEE PRESS

Claudia Dey's HEARTBREAKER, to Black Coffee Press (Italy), by Federica Graceffa at The Italian Agency, on behalf of Hana El Niwairi at Cooke Agency International and Martha Webb at CookeMcDermid.

Translation rights: rights@cookeinternational.com

October 4, 2018

film and tv RIGHTS TO JOAN CRATE’S BLACK APPLE optioned TO LUCENT FILMS

Joan Crate's BLACK APPLE, about a young Blackfoot girl who grows up in the residential school system on the Canadian prairies, to Lucent Films, by Paige Sisley and Rena Zimmerman of Great North Artists Management at CookeMcDermid on behalf of Martha Webb at CookeMcDermid.

October 3, 2018

canadian english RIGHTS TO shannon lee simmons’S living debt-free TO harpercollins canada

Author of WORRY-FREE MONEY Shannon Lee Simmons's LIVING DEBT-FREE: THE NO-SHAME, NO-BLAME GUIDE TO GETTING RID OF YOUR DEBT, which will help readers build a realistic debt payment plan—one that allows you to finally get rid of debt, start fresh and feel good about your money again, to Kate Cassaday at Harper Canada, for publication in January 2019, by Martha Webb at CookeMcDermid.

Translation rights: rights@cookeinternational.com

October 3, 2018

North American RIGHTS TO curt petrovich’S blamed and broken TO dundern press

Investigative journalist Curt Petrovich's BLAMED AND BROKEN, which takes a closer look at 2007's taser death of Robert Dziekanski at Vancouver International Airport and the twisty, decade-long aftermath that resulted in two RCMP officers being convicted, two RCMP officers being acquitted, and one RCMP officer's suicide, with participation and insight from the officers involved, to Dundurn Press, for publication in January 2019, by Ron Eckel at CookeMcDermid (NA).

Translation rights: rights@cookeinternational.com

October 3, 2018

world english RIGHTS TO andrew pyper’S the homecoming TO simon & Schuster canada

Andrew Pyper's THE HOMECOMING, about a family that must spend thirty consecutive days at a vast rainforest property in the Pacific Northwest without any communication with the outside world in order to claim their father's inheritance, plunging them into a terrifying journey of discovery, to Laurie Grassi at Simon & Schuster Canada, for publication in February 2019, by Anne McDermid at CookeMcDermid (world English).

Translation rights: rights@cookeinternational.com

October 3, 2018

film and tv RIGHTS TO zoey leigh peterson’S next year, for sure optioned TO simon mcnabb

Zoey Leigh Peterson's NEXT YEAR, FOR SURE, an intimate portrait of a couple who resist tradition and test the boundaries of their love for one another by pursuing an open relationship, to Simon McNabb (Murdoch Mysteries), by Rena Zimmerman of Great North Artists Management on behalf of Martha Webb at CookeMcDermid.

Translation rights: rights@cookeinternational.com

October 3, 2018

film and tv RIGHTS TO jesse ruddock’S shot-blue optioned TO broken head pictures and serendipity point films

Jesse Ruddock's SHOT-BLUE, about a boy raised in the extreme north, where he's left to fend for himself when a lodge is built on the land that used to be his home, to Broken Head Pictures and Serendipity Point Films, by Paige Sisley at CookeMcDermid and Rena Zimmerman of Great North Artists Management on behalf of Martha Webb at CookeMcDermid.

September 25, 2018

ITALIAN RIGHTS TO TIMA KURDI’S THE BOY ON THE BEACH TO PIEMME

Tima Kurdi's THE BOY ON THE BEACH, to Piemme (Italy), by Ron Eckel at Cooke Agency International, on behalf of Martha Webb at CookeMcDermid Agency.

Translation rights: rights@cookeinternational.com

September 5, 2018

SLOVENIAN RIGHTS TO MICHAEL HARRIS’S SOLITUDE TO MODRIJAN

Michael Harris's SOLITUDE, to Modrijan (Slovenia), by Vuk Perisic at Plima Literary Agency, in association with Hana El Niwairi at Cooke Agency International, on behalf of Anne McDermid at CookeMcDermid.

Translation rights: rights@cookeinternational.com

GERMAN RIGHTS TO MERILYN SIMONDS’S REFUGE TO BTB

Merilyn Simonds's REFUGE, to BtB (Germany), by Hannah Fosh at The Liepman Agency, in association with Ron Eckel and Suzanne Brandreth, on behalf of Martha Webb at CookeMcDermid.

Translation rights: rights@cookeinternational.com

September 4, 2018

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).