Recent acquisitions

January and February were a bit of a blur. I covered a colleague’s sabbatical for all of January, and was visiting my family on the West Coast for most of February. In that time I acquired a few books…here are the announcements from Quill & Quire.

Coming out this fall, in the year of Jane Jacobs! (Jane would have been 100 this year.) Penguin Random House Canada will publish a collection of essays, articles, and other works by Jane Jacobs, the renowned Canadian-American writer, journalist, and activist. Vital Little Plans: The Short Works of Jane Jacobs will be edited by U.S. urban historians Nathan Storring and Samuel Zipp, and will appear under the Random House Canada imprint. World rights, excluding Canada, were acquired by Random House U.S.

Penguin Random House Canada editor Amanda Lewis has acquired world rights to Lost Fairy Tales, a new collection of stories by Franz Xaver von Schönwerth, translated by Shelley Tanaka, and illustrated by Willow Dawson. The collection will appear under the Knopf Canada imprint in fall 2017. The deal was arranged without an agent.

Knopf Canada/Penguin Random House Canada publishing director Lynn Henry and editor Amanda Lewis have commissioned a new title to honour Canada’s sesquicentennial from Boundless author Kathleen Winter. The book, which will be in the genre of Winter’s choosing, will chronicle the life of General James Wolfe, the British commander who overthrew the French in Quebec in 1759. Written correspondences from Wolfe (mostly to his mother) housed at the University of Toronto’s Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library will serve as the factual basis of the story. The deal was arranged by Shaun Bradley at the Transatlantic Agency.



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