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Sold: The Book Club Murders to Alibi / Penguin Random House

Fiction: Mystery/Crime. Leslie Nagel’s first three books in The Oakwood Mystery Series, beginning with her Evanovich-like debut The Book Club Murders, in which dress shop owner Charley Carpenter’s investigation into why her fellow book club members keep dropping dead is repeatedly interfered in by distractingly handsome police detective Marcus Trenault, to Alibi / Penguin Random House (World English, excl. audio).

The Globe and Mail Bestsellers: Non-Fiction

Money Talks by Gail Vaz-Oxlade hit #1 on The Globe and Mail non-fiction bestseller list.

Winnipeg Free Press Bestsellers: Non-Fiction

Money Talks by Gail Vaz-Oxlade hit #1 on the Winnipeg Free Press paperback non-fiction bestseller list. Click or tap here to view the complete list.

Sold: Unf*ck Your Habitat to Pan Macmillan

International rights: Non-fiction. UK rights to Unf*ck Your Habitat: You’re Better Than Your Mess have been sold to Pan Macmillan by St. Martin’s Press on behalf of author Rachel Hoffman and P.S. Literary.

Sold: Unf*ck Your Habitat to Tantor Media

Audio rights: Non-fiction: Lifestyle. Audio rights to Unf*ck Your Habitat: You’re Better Than Your Mess have been sold to Tantor Media by St. Martin’s Press on behalf of author Rachel Hoffman and P.S. Literary.

Sold: Unf*ck Your Habitat to St. Martin’s Press

Non-fiction: Lifestyle. Rachel Hoffman’s Unf*ck Your Habitat: You’re Better Than Your Mess, based on her blog of the same name, a less meditative and more pragmatic approach to decluttering that relies on her 20/10 cleaning system and emphasizes accountability, to St. Martin’s Press (World).

Sold: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo to Atria Books

Fiction: General. Maybe in Another Life author Taylor Jenkins Reid’s The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, about an aged reclusive movie star who summons a rookie journalist to tell her never-before-told life story, including her doomed marriages and forbidden love affairs, leading to a shocking and unforgivable confession that changes both women’s lives forever, pitched as Beautiful Ruins meets The Husband’s Secret, to Atria Books (World English).

Sold: 150 Years of Stats Canada! to Penguin Random House Canada

Non-fiction: Humor. Authors of Stats Canada and satiric Twitter phenomenon @Stats_Canada’s 150 Years of Stats Canada!: A Guide to Canada’s Great Country, their second book of parody poking fun at Canadian history, geography, culture and new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, for publication in 2017, Canada’s 150th anniversary, to Penguin Random House Canada (Canada, excl. audio).

Sold: Savage Reckoning to Alibi / Penguin Random House

Fiction: Thriller. C. Hoyt Caldwell’s Backwoods Justice Series, featuring Tennessee deputy Dani Savage, determined to end a decades old child-stealing ring, to Alibi / Penguin Random House, in a two-book deal (World English, excl. audio).

Sold: Maybe in Another Life to Hirmand Publication

International rights: Fiction. Iranian rights to Taylor Jenkins Reid’s Maybe in Another Life, to Hirmand Publication.

Sold: After I Do to ABC Family

Television rights: Taylor Jenkins Reid’s After I Do, when a couple who can’t figure out what went wrong in their marriage decide to take a year off from talking to each other in the hope of finding a way to fall in love again with one rule: absolutely no contact with each other, to ABC Family, for a half hour dramedy with Jenkins Reid adapting.

Sold: Definitions of Indefinable Things to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Fiction: Young Adult. 20-year-old Whitney Taylor’s Definitions of Indefinable Things, a debut that follows three teens in a small town whose lives intersect in ways they never expected, teaching them that there are no one-size-fits-all definitions of depression, friendship, and love, to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s, in a pre-empt, for publication in Spring 2017 (World).

Sold: Wonder Women to Quirk Books

Non-fiction: Pop Culture. Geek culture journalist and author Sam Maggs’ Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History, to Quirk Books (World).

Sold: The Temptation of Adam to Sky Pony Press

Fiction: Young Adult. Dave Connis’ debut The Temptation of Adam, pitched as Don Jon meets The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Paper Towns, in which a sixteen-year-old boy struggles to beat a porn addiction with the help of his family, new friends, and a fellow addict, to Sky Pony Press (World).

Sold: Purely Pumpkin to Skyhorse Publishing

Non-fiction: Cooking. Taste Canada award winner and Whole Bowls author Allison Day’s Purely Pumpkin: More Than 100 Seasonal Recipes to Share, Savor, and Warm Your Kitchen, an autumn-ingredient cookbook featuring pumpkin recipes for every meal including variations on a homemade pumpkin spice latte, to Skyhorse Publishing (World).

Sold: 50 Moments that Defined Major League Baseball to Rowman & Littlefield

Non-fiction: Sports. Baseball columnist and NCAA athletics administrator Rocco Constantino’s 50 Moments that Defined Major League Baseball, with a foreword by MLB All-Star Jeff Montgomery, examining 50 landmark moments-both renowned and obscure-that have moved baseball from the Dead Ball Era, through World War II and on to the modern era, with insight from former pros that have played in each of the past seven decades, to Rowman & Littlefield (World English, excl. audio).

Sold: Motor City Shakedown to Harlequin Carina Press

Fiction: Thriller. Jonathan Watkins’ first four books in the Bright and Fletcher legal thriller series, beginning with Motor City Shakedown, in which a lawyer struggling to get back in the game reluctantly agrees to team up with a young, freshly-minted attorney to uncover police corruption and track down a ruthless killer on the mean streets of Detroit while trying to resist their ever growing attraction to each other, to Harlequin Carina Press (World English, excl. audio).

Sold: One True Loves to Dreamscape Media

Audio rights: Fiction: Women’s Fiction. Audio rights to One True Loves have been sold to Dreamscape Media by Simon & Schuster on behalf of author Taylor Jenkins Reid and P.S. Literary.

Sold: Motor City Shakedown to Dreamscape Media

Audio rights: Fiction: Thriller. Jonathan Watkins’ first four books in the Bright and Fletcher legal thriller series, beginning with Motor City Shakedown, in which a lawyer struggling to get back in the game reluctantly agrees to team up with a young, freshly-minted attorney to uncover police corruption and track down a ruthless killer on the mean streets of Detroit while trying to resist their ever growing attraction to each other, to Dreamscape Media (World English).

Sold: Losing the Light to Brilliance Audio

Audio rights: Fiction: Women’s Fiction. Audio rights to Losing the Light have been sold to Brilliance Audio by Simon & Schuster on behalf of author Andrea Dunlop and P.S. Literary.

Sold: No Fears, No Excuses to Blackstone Audio

Audio rights: Non-fiction: Business. Audio rights to No Fears, No Excuses: What You Need to Do to Have a Great Career have been sold to Blackstone Audio by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on behalf of author Larry Smith and P.S. Literary.

Sold: The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy to Hors Collection

International rights: Non-fiction. French rights to The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy: A Handbook for Girl Geeks have been sold to Hors Collection by Quirk Books on behalf of author Sam Maggs and P.S. Literary.

Sold: No Fears, No Excuses to Record

International rights: Non-fiction. Brazilian rights to No Fears, No Excuses: What You Need to Do to Have a Great Career have been sold to Record by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on behalf of author Larry Smith and P.S. Literary.

Sold: No Fears, No Excuses to Sinbad Press

International rights: Non-fiction. Korean rights to No Fears, No Excuses: What You Need to Do to Have a Great Career have been sold to Sinbad Press by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on behalf of author Larry Smith and P.S. Literary.

Sold: No Fears, No Excuses to CITIC Press

International rights: Non-fiction. Simplified Chinese rights to No Fears, No Excuses: What You Need to Do to Have a Great Career have been sold to CITIC Press by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on behalf of author Larry Smith and P.S. Literary.

Sold: Number Two to HarperCollins Canada

Non-fiction: Memoir. Author of the national bestseller Anchorboy, Fox Sports Live co-host Jay Onrait’s Number Two: More Short Tales from a Very Tall Man, a sophomore collection of humourous stories about his career in international sportscasting and the outlandish trouble he gets into, to HarperCollins Canada, in a pre-empt (Canada, English).

Sold: No Fears, No Excuses to Nation Group Publishing

International rights: Non-fiction. Thai rights to No Fears, No Excuses: What You Need to Do to Have a Great Career have been sold to Nation Group Publishing by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on behalf of author Larry Smith and P.S. Literary.

Sold: The Mentor Myth to Bibliomotion

Non-fiction: Business. Lean In Foundation platform partner, Young Presidents Organization board member, and CEO of Inspired HR Debby Carreau’s The Mentor Myth: How to Take Control of Your Own Success, examining the mistaken approaches people take to get to the next level of success including relying on others rather than on themselves to create a path towards inspired living, to Bibliomotion (World).

Sold: Forever, Interrupted to Tornado Media Group

International rights: Fiction. Korean rights to Taylor Jenkins Reid’s Forever, Interrupted, to Tornado Media Group.

Sold: No Fears, No Excuses to Urano

International rights: Non-fiction. Spanish rights to No Fears, No Excuses: What You Need to Do to Have a Great Career have been sold to Urano by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on behalf of author Larry Smith and P.S. Literary.

Sold: The Secrets of Lake Road and The Sisters of Blue Mountain to Yabanci Yayinlari

International rights: Fiction. Turkish rights to Karen Katchur’s The Secrets of Lake Road and The Sisters of Blue Mountain, to Yabanci Yayinlari.

Review: Taylor Jenkins Reid’s Maybe in Another Life

Kirkus (starred review). “Reid’s latest (After I Do, 2014, etc.) explores two parallel universes in which a young woman hopes to find her soul mate and change her life for the better. After ending an affair with a married man, Hannah Martin is reunited with her high school sweetheart, Ethan, at a bar in Los Angeles. Should she go home with her friends and catch up with him later, or should they stay out and have another drink? It doesn’t seem like either decision would have earth-shattering consequences, but Reid has a knack for finding skeletons in unexpected closets. Two vastly different scenarios play out in alternating chapters: in one, Hannah and Ethan reconnect as if no time has passed; in the other, Hannah lands in the hospital alone after a freak accident that marks the first of many surprising plot twists. Hannah’s best friend, Gabby, believes in soul mates, and though Hannah has trouble making decisions-even when picking a snack from a vending machine-she and Gabby discover how their belief systems can alter their world as much as their choices. “Believing in fate is like living on cruise control,” Hannah says. What follows is a thoughtful analysis of free will versus fate in which Hannah finds that disasters can bring unexpected blessings, blessings can bring unexpected disasters, and that most people are willing to bring Hannah her favorite cinnamon rolls. “Because even when it looks like she’s made a terrible mistake,” Hannah’s mother observes, “things will always work out for Hannah.” The larger question becomes whether Hannah’s choices will ultimately affect her happiness-and it’s one that’s answered on a hopeful note as Hannah tries to do the right thing in every situation she faces. Entertaining and unpredictable; Reid makes a compelling argument for happiness in every life.” — Copyright © Kirkus Media LLC. All rights reserved.

Sold: No Fears, No Excuses to Penguin Random House UK

International rights: Non-fiction. UK & Commonwealth rights to No Fears, No Excuses: What You Need to Do to Have a Great Career have been sold to Penguin Random House UK by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on behalf of author Larry Smith and P.S. Literary.

Sold: The Book of Letters I Didn’t Know Where to Send to Goose Lane Editions

Non-fiction: Humor. Award-winning stand-up comedian and Canada’s funniest debate moderator as host of CBC Radio One’s The Debaters Steve Patterson’s The Book of Letters I Didn’t Know Where to Send, a collection of mischievous missives that tackles everything from asinine world ambassadors to overzealous minivan drivers as well as everyone (and everything) in between, to Goose Lane Editions (Canada, English).

Sold: The New Canadian Garden to Dundurn Press

Non-fiction: Gardening. Canada AM’s gardening expert and bestselling author with over 500,000 books in print including A Greener Thumb, the bestselling gardening book in Canada ever, Mark Cullen’s The New Canadian Garden, tackling the how-to’s of gardening for a new generation of enthusiasts, to Dundurn Press (Canada, English).

Sold: No Fears, No Excuses to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Non-fiction: Business. Based on his TEDx talk which has now generated more than 5 million views, University of Waterloo economics professor Larry Smith’s No Fears, No Excuses: What You Need to Do to Have a Great Career, a “tough-love” approach to finding and then chasing one’s real passion in life, to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (World, excl. Canada).

Sold: No Fears, No Excuses to HarperCollins Canada

Non-fiction: Business. Based on his TEDx talk which has now generated more than 5 million views, University of Waterloo economics professor Larry Smith’s No Fears, No Excuses: What You Need to Do to Have a Great Career, a “tough-love” approach to finding and then chasing one’s real passion in life, to HarperCollins Canada (Canada).

Sold: I Can’t Believe it’s Not Better to Red Deer Press

Non-fiction: Humor. Monica Heisey’s I Can’t Believe it’s Not Better: A Woman’s Guide to Coping With Life, a how-to parody based on her She Does The City column The Grown Ass Woman’s Guide, to Red Deer Press (World).

Sold: Money Talks to HarperCollins Canada

Non-fiction: Finance. Popular television host of Til Debt Do Us Part, Princess and Money Moron and #1 bestselling author of Debt-Free Forever and Money Rules, personal finance expert Gail Vaz-Oxlade’s Money Talks: When to Say Yes and How to Say No, bringing the author’s razor-sharp insight to helping people solve their thorniest financial problem: the people with whom they share their money, to HarperCollins Canada (Canada, English).

Sold: Growing Up Gourmet to Atria Books

Non-fiction: Cooking. Organic baby food company Baby Gourmet founder Jennifer Carlson’s Growing Up Gourmet: 125 Healthy Meals for Everybody and Every Baby, a baby and toddler cookbook featuring 125 natural recipes, with a mix of new recipes and Baby Gourmet favorites, to Atria Books (World).

Sold: Whole Bowls to Skyhorse Publishing

Non-fiction: Cooking. YummyBeet.com blogger and food photographer Allison Day’s Whole Bowls: Complete Gluten-free and Vegetarian Meals to Power Your Day, recipes for plant-based meal-sized bowl combinations with an easy to follow ‘Whole Bowls Formula’ to mix sauces, grains, proteins, and vegetables for your own healthy one dish meals, to Skyhorse Publishing (World).

Sold: Forever, Interrupted, Maybe in Another Life and One True Loves to Mlada Fronta

International rights: Fiction. Czech rights to Taylor Jenkins Reid’s Forever, Interrupted, Maybe in Another Life and One True Loves, to Mlada Fronta.

Sold: Forever, Interrupted, After I Do and Maybe in Another Life to Corint

International rights: Fiction. Romanian rights to Taylor Jenkins Reid’s Forever, Interrupted, After I Do and Maybe in Another Life, to Corint.

Sold: After I Do, Maybe in Another Life and One True Loves to Amber

International rights: Fiction. Polish rights to Taylor Jenkins Reid’s After I Do, Maybe in Another Life and One True Loves, to Amber.

Sold: After I Do to Sperling

International rights: Fiction. Italian rights to Taylor Jenkins Reid’s After I Do, to Sperling.

Sold: Losing the Light to Atria Books

Fiction: Women’s Fiction. Andrea Dunlop’s Losing the Light, a smart, obsessive, and sexy novel about a young American woman studying abroad in France, who finds herself in a glamorous world of art, money and decadence–and in the middle of a dark and dangerous love triangle, to Atria Books (World English).

Sold: Forever, Interrupted to Gidden Media

Film rights: Taylor Jenkins Reid’s Forever, Interrupted, starring Dakota Johnson, about a young widow who struggles with how to grieve the loss of her nine-day marriage and who must also forge a relationship with her new mother-in-law, who didn’t know she existed, to Gidden Media.

Sold: The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy to Quirk Books

Non-fiction: Pop Culture. Geek culture journalist Sam Maggs’ The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy: A Handbook for Girl Geeks, an illustrated handbook of fandom and feminism to help lady geeks live their nerdiest life, to Quirk Books (World).

Sold: Forever, Interrupted, After I Do, Maybe in Another Life and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo to Yabanci Yayinlari

International rights: Fiction. Turkish rights to Taylor Jenkins Reid’s Forever, Interrupted, After I Do, Maybe in Another Life and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, to Yabanci Yayinlari.

Sold: Forever, Interrupted and After I Do to Urano

International rights: Fiction. Spanish and Catalan rights to Taylor Jenkins Reid’s Forever, Interrupted and After I Do, to Urano.

Sold: After I Do, Maybe in Another Life and One True Loves to Cappelen Damm

International rights: Fiction. Norwegian rights to Taylor Jenkins Reid’s After I Do, Maybe in Another Life and One True Loves, to Cappelen Damm.

Sold: Forever, Interrupted and After I Do to Presenca

International rights: Fiction. Portuguese rights to Taylor Jenkins Reid’s Forever, Interrupted and After I Do, to Presenca.

Sold: After I Do and Maybe in Another Life to Record

International rights: Fiction. Brazilian rights to Taylor Jenkins Reid’s After I Do and Maybe in Another Life, to Record.

Sold: The Secrets of Lake Road to Thomas Dunne Books

Fiction: Women’s Fiction. Karen Katchur’s The Secrets of Lake Road, in which the disappearance of a seven-year-old girl one summer in the Poconos dredges up secrets from the past, devastating a mother and daughter, two families, and a quiet lakeside town, to Thomas Dunne Books, in a two-book deal (North America).

Sold: Faking Perfect to Kensington Publishing

Fiction: Young Adult. Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Finalist Rebecca Phillips’s Faking Perfect, an issue-driven teen romance between a girl, whose parents include an alcoholic and a former drug addict, and the high school bad boy who she falls in love with despite her best attempts to hide her true self behind a perfect life, to Kensington Publishing, in a two-book deal (World).

Sold: After I Do, Maybe in Another Life and One True Loves to Diana Verlag

International rights: Fiction. German rights to Taylor Jenkins Reid’s After I Do, Maybe in Another Life and One True Loves, to Diana Verlag.

Sold: The Stone Thrower to Groundwood Books

Non-fiction: Picture Book. CBC Bookie Award winner Jael Ealey Richardson’s The Stone Thrower, the story of her father, the first African American Canadian Football League Rookie of the Year, based on her father-daughter memoir of the same name, with illustrations by Governor General’s award-winner Matt James, to Groundwood Books (World).

Sold: Forever, Interrupted and One True Loves to Sefer Lakol

International rights: Fiction. Hebrew rights to Taylor Jenkins Reid’s Forever, Interrupted and One True Loves, to Sefer Lakol.

Sold: Maybe in Another Life to Atria Books

Fiction: Women’s Fiction. Taylor Jenkins Reid’s Maybe in Another Life, pitched as reminiscent of Sliding Doors, in which a woman returns to L.A. to start over when two parallel universes develop into radically different stories-in one, she accepts a ride home from a party with her best friend; in the other, she goes home with her ex-boyfriend-raising questions about fate and true love, to Atria Books, in a two-book deal (World English).

Sold: The Wellness Kitchen to Adams Media

Non-fiction: Cooking. Registered Dietitian, Director of Nutrition at the California Health & Longevity Institute, and former Nutrition Expert on ABC’s Extreme Weight Loss Paulette Lambert’s The Wellness Kitchen: Fresh, Flavorful Recipes for a Healthier You, featuring the delicious, healthy, and disease preventative recipes that have already helped thousands of Americans lose weight on TV and at home, to Adams Media (World).

Winnipeg Free Press Bestsellers: Fiction

Not Quite the Classics by Colin Mochrie hit #1 on the Winnipeg Free Press hardcover fiction bestseller list. Click or tap here to view the complete list.

Sold: Bench Bosses to Fenn/McClelland & Stewart

Non-fiction: Sports. Professional historian and hockey columnist Matthew DiBiase’s Bench Bosses: The NHL’s Coaching Elite, with a foreword by Scotty Bowman, a fact-based look at hockey coaches–to determine the top fifty of all time–using a unique ranking method that examines stats, coaching styles, idiosyncrasies, techniques and achievements to establish coaching success, to Fenn/McClelland & Stewart (North America).

Sold: Saving for School to HarperCollins Canada

Non-fiction: Finance. Bestselling author and popular television host of Til Debt Do Us Part, Princess and Money Moron, personal finance expert Gail Vaz-Oxlade’s Saving for School: Understand RESPs, Take Control of Your Savings, Minimize Student Debt, to HarperCollins Canada (Canada, English).

Client News: Taylor Jenkins Reid

Taylor Jenkins Reid’s Forever, Interrupted was chosen by Kirkus for their list, 11 Debut Novels We Love.

The Globe and Mail Bestsellers: Canadian non-fiction

Teaching: It’s Harder Than It Looks by Gerry Dee hit #1 on The Globe and Mail Canadian non-fiction bestseller list for 4 consecutive weeks.

Sold: Not Quite the Classics to Diversion Books

Fiction: Humor. Whose Line Is It Anyway? star and comedian Colin Mochrie’s Not Quite the Classics, a collection of humorous rewrites of modern classic short stories based on the Second City improv game, “First Line, Last Line”, to Diversion Books (World English, excl. Canada).

Sold: Forever, Interrupted to Cappelen Damm

International rights: Fiction. Norwegian rights to Taylor Jenkins Reid’s Forever, Interrupted, to Cappelen Damm.

Review: Taylor Jenkins Reid’s Forever, Interrupted

Publishers Weekly (starred review). “In her touching and powerful debut, Reid masterfully grabs hold of the heartstrings and doesn’t let go. A mere six months after their chance meeting at a pizza joint, Elsie Porter and Ben Ross impulsively elope, confident in the knowledge they’ll be happy forever. Nine days later, happily-ever-after evaporates when Ben’s bike collides with a truck, killing him instantly. Soon, Elsie is navigating the shoals of planning a funeral with Ben’s initially hostile mother, Susan, and learning how to live without her true love. The author beautifully weaves Ben and Elsie’s courtship throughout the narrative, showing the reader the deep love that has bloomed—and the utter capriciousness of the fate that has taken that away. As Elsie and Susan begin to heal, they offer each other strength borne of their shared experience—which helps each of them open doors, once again, to the possibility of love. A stunning first novel.” —Copyright © PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Sold: Yellow Vengeance to Insomniac Press

Fiction: Mystery/Crime. Author of Red Rover and Oranges and Lemons Liz Bugg’s Yellow Vengeance, the author’s third Calli Barnow mystery, this time the Toronto PI takes on a cold case and soon finds that the line between her personal and professional life blurs, to Insomniac Press (World English).

Sold: Stats Canada to Penguin Canada

Non-fiction: Humor. Stats Canada: Satire on a National Scale, a book of essays, graphs, timelines, maps, and photo illustrations from the anonymous creators of the Twitter parody account @Stats_Canada, to Penguin Canada (Canada).

BookNet Bestsellers: Canadian Non-Fiction

BookNet’s Canadian non-fiction bestsellers list, for the two weeks ending January 13, 2013, contains three entries from our client Gail Vaz-Oxlade who appears at #1 (Money Rules), #17 (Money-Smart Kids) and #20 (Debt-Free Forever).

Sold: Money Rules to Munhakdongne Publishing Group

International rights: Non-fiction. Korean rights to Gail Vaz-Oxlade’s Money Rules: Rule Your Money, Or Your Money Will Rule You, to Munhakdongne Publishing Group.

Sold: In Sights to The History Press

Non-fiction: Memoir. Former soldier and battalion photographer in the Welsh Guards Tim Rees’ In Sights: The Story of a Welsh Guardsman, portraying the pride, tragedy and fellowship of a soldier’s life, from the Falklands War, Cold-War Germany and Northern Ireland, with previously unpublished photographs, to The History Press (World).

Sold: Ella and the Balloons in the Sky to Tundra Books

Fiction: Picture Book. Author Danny Appleby and illustrator Lauren Pirie’s debut Ella and the Balloons in the Sky, a whimsical story of a young girl coming to terms with the loss of her pets and learning to keep their memory alive, to Tundra Books (World).

Sold: Forever, Interrupted to Record

International rights: Fiction. Brazilian rights to Taylor Jenkins Reid’s Forever, Interrupted, to Record.

Sold: Forever, Interrupted and Maybe in Another Life to Ambo|Anthos

International rights: Fiction. Dutch rights to Taylor Jenkins Reid’s Forever, Interrupted and Maybe in Another Life, to Ambo|Anthos.

Sold: Anchorboy to HarperCollins Canada

Non-fiction: Memoir. Gemini Award winning TSN SportsCentre host Jay Onrait’s Anchorboy: True Tales from the World of Sportscasting, very humorous essays, personal anecdotes and insider information about sportscasting in the tradition of David Sedaris, to HarperCollins Canada (North America).

Sold: Marriage Rescue to New Horizon Press

Non-fiction: Relationships. Host of the television show Newlywed Nearly Dead? and one of North America’s leading marriage experts Gary Direnfeld’s Marriage Rescue: Overcoming Ten Deadly Sins in Failing Relationships, to New Horizon Press (World).

Sold: Forever, Interrupted to Sperling

International rights: Fiction. Italian rights to Taylor Jenkins Reid’s Forever, Interrupted, to Sperling, in a pre-empt.

Sold: Forever, Interrupted to Diana Verlag

International rights: Fiction. German rights to Taylor Jenkins Reid’s Forever, Interrupted, to Diana Verlag, at auction.

Sold: Forever, Interrupted to Atria Books

Fiction: Women’s Fiction. Taylor Jenkins Reid’s Forever, Interrupted, a captivating love story about a young widow who struggles with how to grieve the loss of her nine-day marriage and who must also forge a relationship with her new mother-in-law, who didn’t know she existed, to Atria Books, in a two-book deal (World English).

The 2012 BookExpo America – New York, June 4-7

The P.S. Literary team attended BookExpo America 2012 at the Javits Center in NYC June 4 to 7 representing client titles to a host of editors and scouts. In addition to attending BookExpo, PSLA spent the week criss-crossing NYC meeting with editors at numerous publishing houses.

The 2012 London Book Fair – London, April 16-18

The P.S. Literary team attended the 2012 London Book Fair at Earls Court April 16th to 18th presenting clients’ titles to sub-agents, scouts and foreign editors. The successful meetings led to two new partnerships: P.S. Literary will now be representing Futa Fata, Ireland, picture books in North America; and P.S. Literary will now be working with Joseph Veltre at the Gersh Agency who will represent film and television rights on behalf of the agency.

London Book Fair 2012

Sold: The Holders to Strange Chemistry

Fiction: Young Adult. Julianna Scott’s new YA series beginning with The Holders where The Summoning meets Evernight, which tells the story of two teen holders of supernatural powers, pawns in a rivalry between the good and evil of their kind, and the fight for knowledge, love, and their own lives set against the backdrop of their Irish boarding school community, to Strange Chemistry, in a two-book deal, for publication in 2013 and beyond (World English).

BookNet Bestsellers: Canadian Non-Fiction

BookNet’s Canadian non-fiction bestsellers list, for the two weeks ending January 29, 2012, contains four entries from our client and personal finance guru Gail Vaz-Oxlade who appears at #6 (It’s Your Money), #7 (Debt-Free Forever), #16 (Money-Smart Kids) and #19 (Never Too Late).

Sold: Not Quite the Classics to Penguin Canada

Fiction: Humor. Whose Line Is It Anyway? comedian Colin Mochrie’s Not Quite the Classics, a fun literary spin-off of the Second City improv game First Line, Last Line taking the first line and last line from classic books, poems, and songs and recasting the stories in directions that will delight and entertain readers, to Penguin Canada, at auction (Canada, English).

Sold: Teaching to Doubleday Canada

Non-fiction: Humor. Top-three finalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing season 5 and star of the CBC sitcom Mr. D. Gerry Dee’s Teaching: It’s Harder Than It Looks, riffing on the trials of teaching, reminiscing about his own school days and revealing the truths of parenthood, to Doubleday Canada (World English).

Sold: Once Upon a Second Chance to Omnific Publishing

Fiction: Women’s Fiction. Marian Vere’s debut Once Upon a Second Chance, a contemporary retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion where a young woman breaks off her engagement only for her fiancee to come back into her life eight years later begging the question ‘what about the one that got away?’, to Omnific Publishing (World).

Sold: Oranges and Lemons to Insomniac Press

Fiction: Mystery/Crime. Author of Red Rover Liz Bugg’s Oranges and Lemons, the author’s second Calli Barnow mystery, this time the intrepid PI finds herself in the glamorous world of advertising following a twisted money trail that leads to murder, to Insomniac Press (World English).

The 2011 International Visitors Programme – Toronto, October 24

Principal Agent Curtis Russell, and Associate Agent Carly Watters, took over a dozen meetings at the International Festival of Authors with publishing professionals from five countries.

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Media: Author Gail Vaz-Oxlade and Her Editor on the Writer/Editor Relationship

Bestselling author Gail Vaz-Oxlade and her editor Kate Cassaday at HarperCollins Canada discuss the writer/editor relationship on The Next Chapter with Shelagh Rogers on CBC Radio.

Sold: The 10-Pound Shred to Global Vision Press

International rights: Non-fiction. English-language rights in India to Tommy Europe’s The 10-Pound Shred: From Flab to Fit in 4 Weeks, to Global Vision Press.

Sold: Debt-Free Forever to Global Vision Press

International rights: Non-fiction. English-language rights in India to Gail Vaz-Oxlade’s Debt-Free Forever: Take Control of Your Money and Your Life, to Global Vision Press.

Sold: Money Rules to HarperCollins Canada

Non-fiction: Finance. Star of CNBC’s and Slice network’s personal finance TV shows Til Debt Do Us Part and Princess and author of Debt-Free Forever and Never Too Late Gail Vaz-Oxlade’s Money Rules: Rule Your Money, Or Your Money Will Rule You, to HarperCollins Canada (Canada, English).

Sold: Gunship Ace to Casemate Publishers

Non-fiction: Biography. Journalist and author of Barrel of a Gun Al J. Venter’s Gunship Ace: The Wars of Neall Ellis, Helicopter Pilot and Mercenary, chronicling the career of the best-known mercenary combat aviator alive, to Casemate Publishers (World).

The 2011 BookExpo America – New York, May 23-26

The P.S. Literary team attended BookExpo America 2011 at the Javits Center in NYC May 23 to 26. We took several meetings and attended panel sessions discussing everything from e-books to online book discovery to global publishing issues. We can happily report a robust fair with buzzing industry discourse and bridging of new literary connections to support our growing list of clients.

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Sold: The Happiness Equation to Hankyu Communications

International rights: Non-fiction. Japanese rights to Dr. Nattavudh (Nick) Powdthavee’s The Happiness Equation: The Surprising Economics of Our Most Valuable Asset, to Hankyu Communications.

Sold: The Happiness Equation to Totem Books

Non-fiction: Science. Dr. Nattavudh (Nick) Powdthavee’s The Happiness Equation: The Surprising Economics of Our Most Valuable Asset, to Totem Books (US).

Sold: Endangered to Egmont

International rights: Fiction. German rights to Pamela Beason’s first three titles, beginning with Endangered, in the Summer “Sam” Westin mystery series, to Egmont, at auction.

BookNet Bestsellers: Canadian Non-Fiction

BookNet’s Canadian non-fiction bestsellers list, for the two weeks ending January 30, 2011, contains multiple entries from our client and personal finance guru Gail Vaz-Oxlade who appears at #1 (Never Too Late), #6 (Easy Money) and #7 (Debt-Free Forever).

Sold: Blackjack Secrets to Skyhorse Publishing

Non-fiction: How-To. Author of The Most Powerful Blackjack Manual Jay Moore’s Blackjack Secrets: A Handbook for Beginners, to Skyhorse Publishing (World).

Sold: Endangered to Berkley

Fiction: Mystery/Crime. Daphne du Maurier Award winner Pamela Beason’s Endangered: A Summer “Sam” Westin Mystery, when a two-year-old boy vanishes from a campground and the television news instantly convicts the park’s cougars, wildlife reporter Sam Westin is forced to battle a media blitz, the hysterical public, and a flash flood to expose the human kidnapper she believes is hiding in the wilderness, to Berkley, in a three-book deal (World English).

Media: Gail Vaz-Oxlade on NBC’s Today

Gail Vaz-Oxlade, author of Debt-Free Forever, appeared on NBC’s Today show with Al Roker.

Sold: Debt-Free Forever to Editions Transcontinental

Non-fiction: Finance. French-Canadian rights to Gail Vaz-Oxlade’s #1 national bestseller Debt-Free Forever: Take Control of Your Money and Your Life, to Editions Transcontinental.

The 2010 BookExpo America – New York, May 25-27

P.S. Literary Agency attended this year’s BookExpo, the largest publishing event in North America. To quote Publishers Weekly, “…BookExpo America concluded its first run as a midweek show May 27 with many calling the show a success.”

Sold: The 10-Pound Shred to HarperCollins Canada

Non-fiction: Health & Fitness. Former NFL and CFL defensive back turned fitness coach, personal trainer and star of The Last 10 Pounds Bootcamp and Bulging Brides Tommy Europe’s The 10-Pound Shred: From Flab to Fit in 4 Weeks, to HarperCollins Canada (Canada, English).

Media: An Interview with Bestselling Author Gail Vaz-Oxlade

Gail Vaz-Oxlade discusses her #1 national bestseller, Debt-Free Forever. Click or tap here to view the complete interview.

Sold: Never Too Late to HarperCollins Canada

Non-fiction: Finance. Bestselling author of Debt-Free Forever and host of Til Debt Do Us Part and Princess Gail Vaz-Oxlade’s Never Too Late: Take Control of Your Retirement and Your Future, to HarperCollins Canada (Canada, English).

Sold: The Happiness Equation to Icon Books

International rights: UK Non-fiction. Lecturer in the Department of Economics & Related Studies at the University of York in Great Britain and one of the leading young scholars in the new science of happiness, Dr. Nattavudh (Nick) Powdthavee’s The Happiness Equation: The Surprising Economics of Our Most Valuable Asset, drawing on the author’s research that it’s possible to accurately measure happiness and exploring the potential impact on society. For instance, using the new science of happiness to award compensation to non-market events (like death) in courts, or, government’s use of these findings to create new policies to maximize the happiness of its people, to Icon Books (UK/Commonwealth).

Sold: Debt-Free Forever to The Experiment

Non-fiction: Finance. Star of the CNBC personal finance TV show Til Debt Do Us Part Gail Vaz-Oxlade’s Debt-Free Forever: Take Control of Your Money and Your Life, whose no-nonsense, tough-love approach to money management is now seen every Saturday following The Suze Orman Show, to The Experiment (US).

The 2009 Frankfurt Book Fair – October 14-18

P.S. Literary Agency was in attendance at this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair, the world’s largest trade fair for books. It afforded a great opportunity to network with our international rights partners from across the globe.

Sold: Barrel of a Gun to Casemate Publishers

Non-fiction: Memoir. Journalist and author of War Dog Al J. Venter’s Barrel of a Gun: A War Correspondent’s Misspent Moments in Combat, chronicling the author’s nearly forty years of covering conflicts around the globe, to Casemate Publishers (World).

Sold: Debt-Free Forever to HarperCollins Canada

Non-fiction: Finance. Bestselling author and television host Gail Vaz-Oxlade’s Debt-Free Forever: Take Control of Your Money and Your Life, to HarperCollins Canada (Canada, English).

The 2008 Frankfurt Book Fair – October 15-19

Our team made its debut at the Frankfurt Book Fair, the global gathering place for the book world, to meet with our international rights partners from countries as diverse as China, Turkey and Korea to name a few.

Sold: What Burns Within and The Frailty of Flesh to Shueisha

International rights: Fiction. Japanese rights to Sandra Ruttan’s What Burns Within, and The Frailty of Flesh, to Shueisha.

The 2008 BookExpo America – Los Angeles, May 30 – June 1

This year’s BookExpo proved to be light on attendance, but for the members of our team it afforded an excellent opportunity to network with industry colleagues, and gauge industry trends. BEA returned to Los Angeles for the first time since 2003.

Review: Sandra Ruttan’s What Burns Within

Publishers Weekly. “Three Vancouver constables—son-of-a-sergeant Craig Nolan, bombshell in the boys’ club Ashlyn Hart, and stolidly antisocial cop Tain—are drawn together as the rapes, arsons and child abductions they’re working on respectively converge. The three, who have a beef over a prior case gone bad, must get over their personal differences and chase scant leads before another raped woman, burned building or missing girl turns up. Ruttan manages to keep the multiple leads and seconds on the same page admirably: she doesn’t drop too many clues in their laps or allow the tension to flag. The child abduction and sex crime aspects of the story are handled without exploitation or kid gloves; the straight proceduralism from Ruttan (Suspicious Circumstances) serves the story well through the rewarding climax.” —Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Sold: What Burns Within and The Frailty of Flesh to Dorchester Publishing

Fiction: Mystery/Crime. Sandra Ruttan’s What Burns Within, a debut police procedural series set in the Vancouver Area, and the second book The Frailty of Flesh, in a two-book deal, to Dorchester Publishing (World English).

The 2007 BookExpo America – New York, June 1-3

Our team attended this year’s BookExpo and were among the many who jammed the aisles. To quote Publishers Weekly, “It was hot and crowded in most areas of the convention hall, but booksellers and publishers were upbeat about being back in New York.”

Sold: World Famous to AMACOM Books

Non-fiction: Business. David Tyreman’s World Famous: How to Give Your Business a Kick-Ass Brand Identity, to AMACOM Books (World).

Sold: Outsourcing and Management to Palgrave Macmillan

Non-fiction: Business. Dr. Thomas N. Tunstall’s Outsourcing and Management: Why the Market Benchmark Will Topple Old School Management Styles, revealing how and why governance structures, outsourcing techniques, and fluid enterprise boundaries will determine organizational success, to Palgrave Macmillan (World).

The 2006 BookExpo America – Washington DC, May 19-21

A few members of our team were at the 2006 BookExpo America. BEA returned to Washington for the first time in nearly 20 years. Attendees in general seemed to be pleased to be back in the Capital despite the maze-like navigation of the Center.

The 2005 Word On The Street Fair – Toronto, Sept. 25

From The Word On The Street: “You and your family, friends and neighbours are invited to celebrate the joy of reading at The Word on the Street Book & Magazine Fair. From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the last Sunday in September, Vancouver, Calgary, Kitchener, Toronto and Halifax will unite Canada in a national celebration of literacy and the printed word.”

The 2005 BookExpo Canada – Toronto, June 26-27

P.S. Literary Agency was in attendance at this year’s BookExpo Canada. It was a great opportunity to meet the best authors, publishers and editors that Canada has to offer.

The 2005 BookExpo America – New York, June 3-5

The BEA made its triumphant return to New York City. To quote Publishers Weekly, “Traffic on the show floor ranged from heavy to gridlock.” Our team enhanced their knowledge base with educational sessions, networked with industry professionals, and caught up on industry developments.

Sold: The Most Powerful Blackjack Manual to Kensington Publishing

Non-fiction: How-To. Jay Moore’s The Most Powerful Blackjack Manual: A Complete Guide for Both Beginners and Experienced Players, to Kensington Publishing (World).