World rights to Liz Harmer’s debut novel THE AMATEURS, a post-apocalyptic examination of nostalgia, loss and the possibility of starting over in a future where one-way time-travel ports have become as common as TVs, resulting in the disappearance of the majority of the world’s population—reminiscent of Margaret Atwood and Karen Thompson Walker, to Amanda Lewis of Knopf Canada in a two-book deal, arranged without an agent.
I am very happy to (finally!) announce this deal. I’ve been working with Liz on her first novel for about a year, and it’s mind-blowingly good, one of the best novels I have read in recent years. After I spoke about it at spring 2017 launch two weeks ago, sales reps came up to me demanding to see a manuscript. It will be one of our New Face of Fiction titles for 2017.
I have another exciting acquisition to announce.
Jan Redford’s debut, END OF THE ROPE: A Mountain Memoir, in the tradition of Wild by Cheryl Strayed, set in the Rockies, starting as a rash young climber bouncing from mountain to mountain and relationship to relationship, to losing the love of her life in a climbing accident, then becoming pregnant with his friend’s baby and struggling in a stormy marriage, to finally breaking free to make her own way in life and graduate from UBC’s MFA program in Creative Writing. Canada English rights to Amanda Lewis at Random House Canada for Spring 2018 by Samantha Haywood of Transatlantic Agency.
I first met Jan over email in 2012, and was impressed by her spirit and her immense work ethic. I had the pleasure of meeting Jan in person when I was in Vancouver in March. We’re working away on the revisions now.
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.
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