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Frances Backhouse www.backhouse.ca is a biologist and MFA grad, a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists and the Canadian Science Writers' Association. The author of award-winning books and articles, Frances Backhouse has a strong media skills and has written for Audubon, New Scientist, Canadian Geographic and numerous other magazines. Her training and experience as a biologist inform her environmental writing, including her books about owls and woodpeckers. Her other three books reflect her ongoing fascination with Klondike gold rush history.

WOMEN OF THE KLONDIKE (Whitecap Books, 1995). Optioned for film by Snitch Pictures, 2017.

HIKING WITH GHOSTS: The Chilkoot Trail, Then and Now (Raincoast Books, 1999: rights have reverted.)

WOODPECKERS OF NORTH AMERICA (Firefly Books, 2005)

OWLS OF NORTH AMERICA, (Firefly Books, 2008)

CHILDREN OF THE KLONDIKE, (Whitecap Books, 2010). Although the Klondike gold rush was largely an adult event, a few children-from newborns to toddlers to teenagers-were swept up in this amazing, turn-of-the-century adventure. Children of the Klondike will bring their stories together for the first time.

Children of the Klondike won the 2010 City of Victoria Butler Book Prize.

Once They Were Hats: In Search of the Mighty Beaver. With its buckteeth, paddle tail and pride of place on the ubiquitous nickel, Castor canadensis is one of North America’s most widely recognized wildlife species. But how well do we really know this Canadian icon? A few years ago, that question launched biologist, historian and award-winning author Frances Backhouse on a cross-country tour to investigate the beaver’s past, present and future, and to contemplate our multifaceted association with this remarkable rodent. What she found was a charismatic history maker and invaluable landscape shaper, which easily ranks as Canada’s most influential animal.

Nominated for The Butler Book Prize and shortlisted for the Lane Anderson Award. See the stories Radio Canada International, the Chicago Tribune, the Seattle Times, and Publishers Weekly.

RIGHTS SOLD: World, ECW, 2013. Audio to audible.

Arthur Black www.basicblack.com was the popular host of CBC - Radio's Basic Black for 19 years. His live broadcasts filled auditoriums across Canada. He is three-time winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour.

Arthur is the author of a dozen volumes of collected humour essays, the most recent of which is LOOKING BLACKWARDS (Harbour Publishing 2012).

Kelli Deeth is a 1998 graduate of UBC's MFA program in creative writing where she received a fellowship and an award for her one-act play. Her short fiction has been published in Dalhousie Review and The Antigonish Review.

THE GIRL WITHOUT ANYONE (166 pp) is a dazzling debut collection of linked stories about Leah, the girl without anyone, full of funny and poignant insecurities, struggling to grow up in the suburbs.

Right sold: Canada, HarperCollins, 2001; Denmark, Gylndenal, 2002

THE OTHER SIDE OF YOUTH a collection of stories, is a meditation on the nature of love within couples and families. The characters, searching for connection, permanence, and certainty, discover that life is full complex choices, upsets and unexpected disappointments.

Right sold: Canada, Arsenal Pulp Press, 2013

Holly Dobbie has a U.B.C. BEd. degree and is a former high school English, Journalism, Social Studies, Women’s Studies and Stagecraft teacher. Her volunteer work includes the Red Cross Child Abuse Prevention Program, The Pacific Association for Autistic Citizens, Big Brothers and Big Sisters as a school mentor, and The Hub for at risk and homeless youth. First place winner of a snow shovel for the Vancouver Sun’s illustrious best one-liner winter joke competition.

15.9 is the story of Aggie, who doesn’t live the way most fifteen-year old girls do, she and her alcoholic mother are street scavengers who hoard the discarded junk they find, and can’t afford toothpaste. One day, when her house is broken into and the front door is left open, the entire neighbourhood, including the Idiot Boys from her class, learn about her deplorable existence. Secretly, Aggie tries various ways to cope with her loneliness but her circumstances just become increasingly worse, as does the violent and relentless bullying she endures at her high school.
Unexpectedly, Aggie receives an anonymous ticket to the most sought-after event of the year, and her heart is enticed by the possibility of romance, yet she suffers alone inside her romantic fantasies until she realizes that she has nothing to lose, and decides that the torment at the “Torture Chamber” has to stop. She joins together with the other school misfit warriors and they find an ingenious way to avenge the persecutors, end the bullying, and make the school a safer place for every student. Aggie finally figures out what love is supposed to look like, and that the gift of true friendship will help her survive anything.

Right sold: World, Dancing Cat Books, 2017

Terri Favro terrifavro.ca is the author of the novel, The Proxy Bride (Quattro Books, 2012) and has collaborated on two published graphic novels. She has been a winner and a shortlisted finalist in numerous literary competitions, including the CBC Creative Non-fiction Prize. In 2014, she won the Accenti Magazine Award for short fiction, awarded at Montreal’s Blue Metropolis Literary Festival. She has been published in numerous magazines such as ROOM, Write, Geist, Prism, Event and Grain. She has received grants from Toronto Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Council Writers’ Reserve Program.

In SPUTNIK'S CHILDREN, Debbie Biondi created the comic book Sputnik Chick, Girl With No Past in the aftermath of the Challenger space shuttle disaster, when the hands of the Clock of the Atomic Scientists stood chillingly close to midnight. A horny, butt-kicking, foul-mouthed twenty-something, Sputnik Chick made a time hop from an alternate reality, known as Atomic Mean Time, in order to avert a nuclear disaster in her slightly-darker version of Planet Earth. As a side effect of changing history and switching time continuums, Sputnik Chick’s identity disappears and she is forgotten by everyone she has known and loved.

Sputnik Chick was an underground hit in its day but with changing times and slower sales, Debbie decides to write the origin story for Sputnik Chick in order to come to terms with her own troubled past, including estrangement from most of her family, and the loss of her first love, John Kendal, who is poised to become Canada’s first black Prime Minister. But Sputnik Chick's origin story is Debbie's own–– from her childhood in a space race-obsessed immigrant family in rustbelt Niagara, to a radioactive love affair with a young John Kendal in a burnt-out candy store nicknamed Postapocalyptica, and a destiny to prevent World War Three by hopping from her own timeline to ours.

Rights sold: World, ECW Press, 2015.

GENERATION ROBOT is a memoir about our infatuation with futuristic technologies from Star Trek and The Jetsons to the rise of computers, robots, and artificial intelligence. Covering a century of science fiction, fact and speculation Generation Robot is written from the point of Generation Jones - the tech-savvy late-boomer generation which never got to live in the moon colonies they were promised, but are now seeing the pop cult robots of their childhoods become reality –– from Siri, self-driving cars, and the Internet of Things, to automated kitchens, sex dolls that make AI-driven pillow talk, humanoid caregivers, and a system called anticipatory shipping that delivers purchases to us before we know we want them.

Rights sold: World, Skyhorse, 2016.

MEG FEDERICO regularly writes humor for the National Post. Her work has appeared in the Globe and Mail, the Shambhala Sun, and Agni Journal (Boston University Press). She also writes commentary for CBC Radio (which she often performs). For several years, she wrote a highly successful column, "Transitions: Issues in Caregiving," for The Halifax Daily News.

WELCOME TO THE DEPARTURE LOUNGE is a laugh out loud travelogue of the author's two-year tour of duty as manager of her wealthy parents' homecare in suburban New York-from her home in Nova Scotia, a thousand miles away. When the author's eighty year old mother and newly minted step-father were finally forced to accept full-time home care, Federico imagined them settling into a Norman-Rockwellian life of docile dependency but contrary to expectations, her parents turned into terrible teens in a world where gravity didn't apply.

Rights sold: World rights to Random House USA. Canadian publication by Doubleday Canada. Italian rights to Sperling Kupfer and stage rights sold to producers Jean Cheever and Tom Polum. For all territories contact: dcronin@randomhouse.com

LAINE FERNDALE teaches literature and writing to pay for a fairly serious chai latte habit. She lives with her husband and her adorably needy cat. Find her at LaineFerndale.com, on Facebook and on Twitter @laineferndale.

THE SCANDALOUS MRS. WILSON is a sparkling western romance from a promising debut talent whisks readers away to the bustling Candian frontier town of Fraser Springs in the early 1900s.

Jo Wilson has seen her share of tragedy, but she’s determined to keep her late husband’s bathhouse afloat, even if her all-female staff raises eyebrows. She’s holding her own against the Fraser Springs society ladies’ public scorn, but a handsome new customer poses a different threat.

Bored with writing adventure novels, author Owen Sterling arrives in the tiny Canadian town hoping to launch a serious journalism career with an exposé on the titillating rumors swirling around Wilson’s Bathhouse. But the beguiling Jo is honest and upright and her respectable business is not at all what he expected.

Book One in the Fraser Springs series.

Rights sold: World, Crimson Romance (S&S), 2017.

THE INFAMOUS MISS ILSA, in which a woman escapes a difficult life in Vancouver for a fresh start in Fraser Springs and now, as the right-hand woman at Wilson's Bathhouse, has left all traces of her old life behind her. But then a new doctor, whose family once employed her as a housemaid, comes to town and complications arise. Books two in the Fraser Springs Series.

Rights sold: World, Crimson Romance (S&S), 2017.

Books three and four in the series, THE WAYWARD MISS WHEELER and THE SHOCKING MISS MCSHEEN, are forthcoming.

RM GREENAWAY has been: a typesetter and a waitress, she's operated a darkroom, travelled the province as a court reporter, and worked at the probation office. She writes the Dion/Leith West Coast Crime series, the first of which, COLD GIRL, won the 2014 Arthur Ellis Unhanged award, with books two and three to follow.

In COLD GIRL Constable Dion is young urbanite, smart and dashing and popular. He's not designed for snow and silence and scary dark forests, yet that's where he finds himself, after a head injury that nearly puts him out of the job. Now he's back in uniform, dumb as a rock, afraid of everything, and posted in northern BC, where he's supposed to help find the Rockabilly Princess, a local country-singing pop star who's vanished, leaving no trace but her abandoned truck up a blizzardy mountain logging road. Prince Rupert Detective David Leith has his own demons to fry, with a serial killer loose in the area and a missing celebrity who may just be victim number four. The last thing he needs is Dion on his team, a dumbass newbie cop not fit to carry a pen, let alone a gun. Working badly out of sync, Leith and his team push and pull the case to its grim conclusion, and Leith is finally free to beeline back to Prince Rupert, happy that he'll never have to work with Dion again. Little does he know...

Rights sold: World to Dundurn, 2015.

UNDERTOW: A B.C. Blues Crime Novel. In the second in the series, a heartbreaking set of murders bring detectives Leith and Dion together in the Lower Mainland, where violence flows like a riptide. Last summer the inlet waters washed an unknown woman’s body onto the rocks of North Vancouver’s Neptune shipyards. Nameless and unclaimed, Jane Doe has become yesterday’s news by the time detectives David Leith and Cal Dion arrive in Vancouver. Another killing is demanding all Leith's attention as he tries to fit into his new posting in North Vancouver: Why would anyone beat a regular guy like electrician Lance Liu to death, and then track down his young wife and baby girl to finish them off? The only survivor from the family, four-year-old Joey, is unable to describe the killer. Meanwhile, Cal Dion is back on his home ground, but more alienated than ever as he watches his hopes of reintegration fade with every mistake. But another savage killing keeps Dion busy. Oscar Roth, a nightclub owner, is found gutted and asphyxiated in his upscale home. But with Dion not feeling his best, Oscar’s associates are all too distracting. The killings are adding up, but something is missing — something that will take both detectives to unravel, if they make it that far.

Rights sold: World to Dundurn, 2016. Will appear March 2017.

Four additional titles in the series have been sold: Creep, Flights & Falls, Liars and Five Ways to Disappear.

Cameron Gunn (www.camerongunn.ca) is a lawyer, prosecutor and writer living in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. He is decidedly unqualified to write a book on virtue. That, however, is precisely what qualifies him to follow Franklin. As a prosecutor, the Author is faced with daily ethical dilemmas and as a husband and father he is required to constantly grapple with the quandary of trying to lead a virtuous life as an example to his children. Who could have a greater need for a course dedicated to moral perfection?

Attorney, dad, and wife-described sloth Cameron Gunn's BEN & ME, relates his humbling and often hilarious attempt to live by each of Benjamin Franklin's thirteen virtues one week at a time, from Temperance and Chastity to Sincerity, Silence, and Moderation, with Humility and a few others thrown in for good measure. BEN & ME: From Temperance to Humility--Stumbling Through Ben Franklin's Thirteen Virtues, One Unvirtuous Day at a Time is the chronicle of one man's attempt to take up Franklin's challenge, overcome the crushing burden of mediocrity, and stumble in the path of greatness. As he chronicles his successes and failures, the author examines the motivation behind his own journey and western society's seemingly insatiable appetite for self-improvement schemes.

Rights sold: World to Perigee (Penguin USA), publication 2010. Complex Chinese rights sold to Rye Field, Korean rights to Book 21.

Carla Gunn www.carlagunn.com is an educator and writer in Fredericton, N.B. She has written extensively for The Globe and Mail and The National Post and has been heard on CBC radio.

In AMPHIBIAN quirky nine-year-old Phineas William Walsh lives in a world of paradox. On the one hand, the adults in his life assure him that everything is just fine while on the other hand, his own steel-trap logic and the Green Channel point to the desperate importance of treating the earth with more respect. Along with the everyday routine of school, playing with his best friend, Bird, sparring with the class bully, and negotiating with his irreverent mother, Phin struggles to convince those around him to consider the evidence of their senses. Much to the chagrin of his teacher, the frustration of his psychologist and the horror of his mother, he stubbornly boycotts products made at the expense of orangutans, talks incessantly about animal welfare and makes saving the class frog his mission.

Rights sold: Canada, Coach House, 2009, German rights sold to btb bertelsman, French Canadian rights to Prise de Parole, Spanish rights to Planeta/Editorial Noguer, Stage Rights to Ellen Close and Braden Griffiths (Downstage Theatre), Italian rights to Miraviglia Editore.

  • Shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book (Canada and Caribbean region)
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  • Named one of five top fiction debuts of 2009 by Globe and Mail's Jim Bartley

  • Longlisted for the Canada Also Reads competition

  • Called "one of the year's most original literary voices" in Quill and Quire's Best Books of 2009 edition

  • Named one of the National Post's "Best Books of 2009"

Alexandra Holden is an English literature student at university in Calgary where she often neglects her homework to write stories. She is the author of numerous plays that have been performed locally.

TANGLED IN TENNESSEE is the story of Mackenzie Tanner, an eighteen-year-old girl with big dreams and ambition to match, who moves to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue songwriting. While in Music City she befriends a world famous boy band and they quickly turn her summer into the biggest adventure of her life.

Right sold: World English, Inkspell, 2015

Philip Huynh's stories have been widely published in literary journals including The New Quarterly, Event, Prairie Schooner, The Malahat Review, Ricepaper, and Prairie Fire. His fiction has also been anthologized in The Journey Prize Stories and cited in The Best American Stories. He studied at the University of British Columbia and the University of California at Berkeley, and lives in Richmond B.C. with his wife and twin daughters. He is the co-winner of the Asian Canadian Writers’ Workshop 2015 Emerging Writer Award for fiction.

The Vietnamese diaspora is featured in each of the linked stories in TOAD POEM, though the stories feature a diverse array of themes and characters -- a son discovering the secret behind his refugee father's investment, a woman of faith embroiled in a kind-of love triangle, two prep school kids from the opposite sides of the track find sanctuary from bullies in a computer programming class , children searching for the secrets to their parents' histories, a man who escaped to Canada during the Vietnam War returns to Hoi An in his retirement to compose a “toad poem” to his departed parents, a swimmer on a remote island finding solace among some fellow divers. They also range broadly in setting -- from Vancouver and Winnipeg, to New York City, Vietnam, and Korea. The stories capture some of the diversity in the experiences and sensibilities of a vast and far-flung community, but are ultimately linked by the shared urgency that binds the lives depicted on these and other shores -- the drives for love, prosperity, acceptance, and self-understanding.

Right sold: World English, Goose Lane Editions, 2017 .

Harry Karlinsky is a Clinical Professor within the Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia, Canada. He is the founding and ongoing Director of the award-winning Frames of Mind Mental Health Film Series and Festival and writes film reviews. This is his first novel.

THE EVOLUTION OF INANIMATE OBJECTS: A NOVEL. While carrying out historical research at Ontario's London Asylum, psychiatrist Harry Karlinsky comes across a familiar surname in the register, one Thomas Darwin of Down, England. Could this Thomas, involuntarily admitted to the asylum in 1879, be a relation of the eminent scientist Charles Darwin? In a narrative woven from letters, memoir abstracts, photographs and illustrations, what emerges is a sketch of Thomas's life -- from his earliest days at Down House and schooling, through his scholarly works, to his confinement and death within a North American asylum.

RIGHTS SOLD: World English (excluding Canada) to Harpercollins UK (The Friday Project).

THE STONEHENGE LETTERS: While carrying out historical investigations at the Nobel Museum in Stockholm, Sweden, a psychiatrist makes an unusual discovery. Diligent research eventually uncovers that Alfred Nobel's will contained a secret codicil, "a prize - reserved exclusively for Nobel laureates - was to be awarded to the person who solves the mystery of Stonehenge." In a narrative woven from a range of doctored and invented primary sources, a fascinating secret competition slowly unfolds, replete with unusual, albeit luminous, submissions and a contentious prize-awarding process. Along the way readers will be reintroduced to the powerful imagery of Stonehenge, the unusual life and legacy of Alfred Nobel, and brilliant Nobel Laureates who each in their own way solved the mystery of Stonehenge.

RIGHTS SOLD: World English to Harpercollins UK (The Friday Project). Greek rights to Alexandria.

Pamela Klaffke www.pamelaklaffke.comis a former newspaper and magazine journalist who now works as a novelist and photographer. She is the author of two novels and the non-fiction book, Spree: A Cultural History of Shopping (2003). She also writes My Analogue Life, a weekly column that appears in the Analogue Lifestyle section of Lomography Magazine.

Her dreamy, vintage-inspired photographs are shot exclusively with analogue cameras using expired and/or damaged film. Her work has appeared in art publications and advertisements around the globe and prints of her work reside in private collections worldwide. Pamela is also the founder and chief curator of the Secret Society of Analogue Art, an organization that encourages the creative fusion of analogue and digital communication and media by offering an ongoing series of participatory art projects.

SNAPPED! Sara B. is having a meltdown. She's teetering on the edge of forty and struggling to maintain her persona as Montreal's premier trend-spotter. Snapped! careens through Sara's world as she drinks, smokes, stirs up social melodrama, and becomes increasingly unhinged.

Rights sold: World, Mira Books, publish date 2010.

EVERY LITTLE THING
If it's not one thing, it's her mother Britt, San Francisco's brassy scandal queen, filled her newspaper column with juicy details of her many marriages, cosmetic surgeries and everything about her only daughter, Mason. Then Britt dies. So Mason-now thirty-five and vehemently un-Britt-like in every way returns home to settle her affairs...though some affairs are not so easy to settle. Mason finds herself thrust back into the spotlight, and this time it's her own doing.

Rights sold: World, Mira Books, publish date 2011.

HELLO CUTIE! Adventures in Cute Culture, which looks at the history of cute culture from a pop-culture perspective covering everything from scented Strawberry Shortcake dolls and Hello Kitty, to the history of the teddy bear and the current boom in kitsch crafting.

Rights sold: World, Arsenal Pulp Press, 2012.

W. P. (Bill) Kinsella was the legendary author of dozens of published works, as well as plays. His stories appear in numerous anthologies around the world. Buy the Shoeless Joe e-book. Visit wpkinsella.com for more information.

BUTTERFLY WINTER is an extraordinary and entertaining blend of baseball yarn, magic realism, and political satire, from a master storyteller. It's the account of Julio and Esteban Pimental, twins whose divine destiny for baseball includes games of catch in the womb. In his aging years the Wizard, a mysterious figure who travels by hot air balloon and controls events behind the scenes, tells the story of the twins and their family to a skeptical journalist.

Rights sold: Canada, Great Plains, 2011, Steerforth Press US and HarperCollins (Friday Project)UK 2012. Winner of the 2011 Colophon Prize.

W.P. Kinsella’s The Thrill of the Grass will appear in a new Penguin Modern Classic edition in October 2017.

THE VERY BEST OF W. P. KINSELLA. This retrospective collection, including four stories that were previously uncollected, represents Kinsella’s finest work. In addition to many of his baseball tales are his notorious First Nation narratives of indigenous Canadians, and a literary homage to J. D. Salinger. Alongside the “real” story of the 1951 Giants and the afterlife of Roberto Clemente, are the legends of a pirated radio station and a hockey game rigged by tribal magic.

Rights sold: Tachyon Publications for 2015 publication.

RUSSIAN DOLLS, is one long story with smaller stories inside it. In Vancouver in 1979, a struggling author lives in a rooming house where he meets a woman, whom he believes to be his Muse; his stories begin to sell after she starts telling him dark, dangerously inconsistent stories of her past, including that she has been stalked for years by thugs, but do they exist, or is the enticing, erratic woman simply the better storyteller of the two?

Rights sold: Canada, Coteau Books, for 2017 publication.

His Hobemma Indian stories have followed Frank Fencepost and Silas Ermineskin through eight collections: Scars, Dance Me Outside, Moccasin Telegraph, Fencepost Chronicles, Born Indian, The Miss Hobemma Beauty Pagent, Brother Frank's Gospel Hour and The Secret of the Northern Lights.

Sly and whimsical Kinsella short fictions include THE ALLIGATOR REPORT and RED WOLF, RED WOLF. Several films based on these stories have been produced. Lieberman in Love won an Academy Award for best Live Action Short Film.

Bill wrote two warmly comic rural novels, BOX SOCIALS and THE WINTER HELEN DROPPED BY. He also wrote two collections of poetry, THE RAINBOW WAREHOUSE and EVEN AT THIS DISTANCE with his late wife, Ann Knight.

Bill is best known for his baseball fiction, which includes THRILL OF THE GRASS, THE ADVENTURES OF SLUGGER McBATT (GO THE DISTANCE, THE DIXON CORNBELT LEAGUE, IOWA BASEBALL CONFEDERACY, IF WISHES WERE HORSES, MAGIC TIME, JAPANESE BASEBALL and the award-winning, SHOELESS JOE, which became the much-loved movie, Field of Dreams. It is published by Houghton Mifflin US, HarperCollins UK, 66th & 2nd (Italy).

Debra Komar is a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Science and has been a practicing forensic anthropologist and investigator for more than twenty years, specializing in cold case homicides. Formerly a tenured professor at the University of New Mexico, she has worked for the United Nations, investigating genocide and crimes against humanity. She has testified as an expert witness at the International Criminal Court in The Hague as well as throughout the US and Canada. She has written extensively on biohistory - the practice of applying modern forensic methods to historical crimes - and has headed a number high-profile investigations, including the proposed exhumation of the notorious outlaw, Billy the Kid.

THE BALLAD OF JACOB PECK: When a man kills in the name of God, who is to blame? The man who kills? God? Or does the fault lie with the man of God who commands the faithful to take up arms against the wicked? It is not simply a moral question, but a legal one.

More than 200 years ago, in a remote Acadian outpost on New Brunswick's eastern shore, a preacher incited his devote follower to kill in God's name. The follower was hanged. The evangelist escaped all punishment. Now, new research and modern forensic investigation reveals who was culpable for the crime and rights a centuries old injustice.

Rights sold: Canada, Goose Lane Editions, 2013. Audio to audible.

THE LYNCHING OF PETER WHEELER is the second of four books planned by Komar about historic crimes in Canada. The need for swift justice easily morphs into a race to convict, and in our haste, the innocent are sometimes mistaken for the guilty. In the winter of 1896, 14-year-old Annie Kempton was brutally murderedin her family home in Bear River, Nova Scotia. An entire community and a salacious media rose and pointed their finger at one man: Peter Wheeler. Thanks to a Halifax detective, the self-proclaimed Sherlock Holmes of the Maritimes, Wheeler was strung up in the dead of night. The case was among the first in Canada to introduce forensic evidence in a courtroom. Re-examining the evidence using modern techniques, Komar reveals how Peter Wheeler was the victim of a state-sanctioned lynching, executed for a crime he didn’t commit.

Rights sold: Canada, Goose Lane Editions, 2014.

THE BASTARD OF FORT STIKINE: Mutiny, Madness and Murder in the Hudson's Bay Company. This case concerns the 1842 killing of John McLoughlin Junior, chief trader for the HBC trading post Fort Stikine, shot by his own men who claimed it was an act of self-defense; now, exhaustive archival research and modern forensic science -- including ballistics, virtual autopsy and crime scene reconstruction -- unlock the mystery of what really happened.

Rights sold: Canada, Goose Lane Editions, 2014.Audio to audible

BLACK RIVER ROAD: An Unthinkable Crime, an Unlikely Suspect, and the Question of Character. In 1869, in the woods just outside of the bustling port city of Saint John, a group of teenaged berry pickers discovered several badly decomposed bodies. The authorities suspected foul play, but the identities of the victims were as mysterious as that of the perpetrator. From the twists and turns of a coroner’s inquest, an unlikely suspect emerged to stand trial for murder: John Munroe, a renowned architect, well-heeled family man, and pillar of the community. Munroe was arguably the first in Canada’s fledgling judicial system to actively defend himself. His lawyer’s strategy was as simple as it was revolutionary: Munroe’s wealth, education, and exemplary character made him incapable of murder. The press and Saint John’s elite vocally supported Munroe, sparking a debate about character and murder that continues to this day. In re-examining a precedent-setting historical crime with fresh eyes, Komar addresses questions that still echo through the halls of justice more than a century later: is everyone capable of murder, and should character be treated as evidence in homicide trials?

Rights sold: Canada, Goose Lane Editions, 2017.

Jen Sookfong Lee, www.sookfong.com is popular radio personality, the writing columnist for CBC Radio One's On the Coast with Stephen Quinn and All Points West with Jo-Ann Roberts. Her column, Westcoast Words, explores the plethora of words around us--online, on billboards, in magazines, on stages, everywhere--and the people who write them. She also appears regularly as a columnist on The Next Chapter with Shelagh Rogers and is a frequent co-host of the Studio One Book Club. Her first piece of young adult fiction, Shelter, will be published by Annick Press as part of its Single Voice series in January 2011.

THE END OF EAST, about three generations of Chinese Canadians, published h/c in March 2007 by Knopf Canada and in p/b by Vintage in 2008. This is Knopf's New Face of Fiction title.

Other rights sold: USA, Thomas Dunne Books h/c spring 2008, p/b spring 2009. China, Jinan University Press.

THE BETTER MOTHER opens in 1958, when a chance meeting in a Chinatown alley between Danny Lim, then a young boy temporarily escaping his duties at his father's curio shop, and Miss Val, a longtime burlesque dancer at the end of her career, sets the trajectory for a long friendship.

The novel explores coincidental yet fateful relationship between Val, who was once known as The Siamese Kitten, and Danny, a wedding photographer whose life as a gay man is threatened by family obligations and a disease that has not yet been named. The creeping reality of AIDS and a lover from the past force Danny to reassess his fetterless, carefully composed life, while Val, conscious of her own mortality, is haunted by decisions she made twenty-five years earlier. Soon, they are revisiting their secrets together, and peeling back their created illusions to reveal buried identities in the midst of social change, age and loneliness.

Published h/c Knopf Canada 2011 and p/b Vintage Canada 2012. E-book available.

Jen Sookfong Lee's new novel, THE CONJOINED, follows a Vancouver social worker as she struggles to uncover her dead mother's deeply buried secrets.

On a sunny May morning, social worker Jessica Campbell sorts through her mother’s belongings after her recent funeral. In the basement, she makes a shocking discovery — two dead girls curled into the bottom of her mother’s chest freezers. She remembers a pair of foster children who lived with the family in 1988: Casey and Jamie Cheng — troubled, beautiful, and wild teenaged sisters from Vancouver’s Chinatown. After six weeks, they disappeared; social workers, police officers, and Jessica herself assumed they had run away.

As Jessica learns more about Casey, Jamie, and their troubled immigrant Chinese parents, she also unearths dark stories about Donna, whom she had always thought of as the perfect mother. The complicated truths she uncovers force her to take stock of own life.

Moving between present and past, this riveting novel unflinchingly examines the myth of social heroism and traces the often-hidden fractures that divide our diverse cities.

Rights Sold: World rights sold to ECW Press. Film option to Golden Orchid Productions, digital rights to Bookchoice.

TRACEY LINDBERG is of Cree-Metis ancestry. She has a doctoral degree in law as well as law degrees from the University of Ottawa, Harvard Law School and the University of Saskatchewan. She has published on numerous academic subjects.

BIRDIE is a darkly comic and moving first novel about the universal experience of recovering from wounds of the past, informed by the lore and knowledge of Cree traditions. Bernice Meetoos, a Cree woman, leaves her home in Northern Alberta following tragedy and travels to Gibsons, BC. She is on something of a vision quest, seeking to understand the messages from The Frugal Gourmet (one of the only television shows available on CBC North) that come to her in her dreams. She is also driven by the leftover teenaged desire to meet Pat Johns, who played Jesse on The Beachcombers, because he is, as she says, a working, healthy Indian man. Bernice heads for Molly’s Reach to find answers but they are not the ones she expected.
With the arrival in Gibsons of her Auntie Val and her cousin Skinny Freda, Bernice finds the strength to face the past and draw the lessons from her dreams that she was never fully taught in life. Part road trip, dream quest and travelogue, the novel touches on the universality of women's experience, regardless of culture or race.

“Birdie roars with life. Tracey Lindberg weaves a gripping account of a painful journey. Her heroine Bernice is by turns lyrical and brutal, gripping and insightful. An uncompromising first novel. “ – Eden Robinson, author of Monkey Beach and Blood Sports

Shortlisted for the Second Annual Kobo Emerging Writer Prize, the 2016 edition of CBC Canada Reads, and the 2016 Alberta Literary Awards (Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction sponsored by The Banff Centre). It is a Canadian bestseller.

Published by HarperCollins Canada, 2015. French rights to Boreal. Audio to Recorded Books. All other rights Lisa.Rundle@harpercollins.com.

Andrea MacPherson www.andreamacpherson.com is a UBC MFA graduate. Her fiction and poetry have been widely published in literary magazines. She is a past editor of Prism International. She teaches Creative Writing and English with University College of the Fraser Valley, and has taught at Malaspina University College, Douglas College and SFU's Writing & Publishing Program.

BEYOND THE BLUE spans the years 1879-1918 in Dundee, Scotland, as the lives of Morag, her two daughers and a fey young niece, echo seminal events of their times -- the Tay Bridge disaster, WW I, the suffragette movement, the Easter Uprising, and the influenza scourge. Morag, a worker in the Bowbridge Jute Mill tries to keep her family intact.

"Beyond the Blue holds a compelling and important story of First Word War Scotland, a time when women redefined the word hope as the world was losing its innocence. Andrea MacPherson writes beautifully, balancing the lives of her characters between history and the poetry of gesture, secrets and love."
-- Ami McKay, author of The Birth House

Rights sold: Random House Canada, spring 2007

WHAT WE ONCE BELIEVED captures those changing times when hippies and peace activists, especially women were breaking free of old expectations and limitations. Adolescent Maybe, living with her grandmother on sleepy Lear Street in Oak Bay comes of age during a sultry summer when her birth mother, Camille, reappears. She's written The Other Mother, a best-selling memoir about motherhood and Women's Liberation, which gives only passing reference to Maybe's existence.

Rights sold: Canada, Caitlin press, 2016.

WHEN SHE WAS ELECTRIC (251 pp) is an intensely passionate first novel which takes place on a small BC farm during the heat wave of 1939. Three generations of women and the neighbouring Indians mix echoes of the past, secrets, and the impending threat of war.

Rights sold: Canada, Polestar Books, 2003
Voted Number 6 on CBC Canada Reads: People's Choice. Rights reverted.

Maria Coletta McLean www.mariacoletta.com is a Canadian-born writer of Italian ancestory. She collected and contributed to MAMA MIA! Good Italian Girls Talk Back (ECW, 2004).

MY FATHER CAME FROM ITALY (176 pp) is a daughter's loving account of reclaiming her aged father's dignity by returning to his home village of Supino. Read the e-book.

Rights sold: Canada, Raincoast Books, 2000. Rights have reverted.

Summers in Supino: Becoming Italian is a sequel, with more village life in Supino.

Rights sold: Canada, ECW Press, 2012. Forthcoming.

Arley McNeney's first novel, Post, was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writer's Prize in the Best First Novel category (Canadian/Caribbean zone) and was named on the Top 10 List of Sports-in-Canadian-Literature Moments by "Canadian Literature." She recently completed her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she also won two national championships with the Fighting Illini women's varsity wheelchair basketball team. As a member of the Canadian women's national team, she won two World Championship gold medals and a bronze medal at the Paralympics. Arley currently resides in Vancouver and is busy blogging about her recent hip replacement on her blog, Young and Hip.

THE TIME WE ALL WENT MARCHING takes place six months after the end of World War II. Throughout their ten-year marriage, Edie MacDonald has heard countless stories from her husband, Slim, but now she's left him unconscious in their unheated apartment during the coldest day of the year and is traveling with their four-year-old son Belly to Vancouver. As the train struggles through a snowstorm, Edie turns again to these stories both to comfort her son and to make a crucial decision: should she leave Belly with his grandmother and strike off on her own?

Rights sold: North America, Goose Lane Editions, 2011.

JOHN OTA brings writing expertise, an academic background in contemporary architecture and historic preservation, exhibition curator skills and professional house design experience to this project. He has written freelance articles for the Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, AZURE magazine, Canadian House and Home magazine and Canadian Architect. He has worked in architecture offices in Toronto, New York and Vancouver and has a Master of Science degree from the School of Architecture at Columbia University. John has chaired the awards committee of the Ontario Association of Architects and also acted as a juror for the OAA awards. John has served as a Board Member on the Toronto Historical Board and has worked at the Ontario Ministry of Culture as the government lead on the Renaissance ROM project, the AGO Transformation project and the Revitalization of Ontario Place. In 2004, he was the lead curator on an exhibition called “Living Spaces, 21 contemporary Canadian houses” that toured Canada. John has acted as a guest critic at the Ryerson University School of Architecture and as an advisor to the Architecture Gallery at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto.

RIGHTS SOLD: World Penguin Random House Canada for 2018 publication.

David Pitt-Brooke originally trained as a biologist and veterinarian. In addition to practicing veterinary medicine, his research and fieldwork involved falcons, caribou, rattlesnakes and grizzly bears. In 2002, he received the Science in Society Journalism award for his outstanding contribution. For the past 12 years Dr. Pitt-Brooke has lived on the west coast of Vancouver Island.

CHASING CLAYOQUOT: A WILDERNESS ALMANAC, seasonal essays.

Rights sold: Canada, Raincoast Books Canada 2004, US 2005. Re-publication, Greystone Books, 2009.

CROSSING HOME GROUND: A Grassland Odyssey Through Southern Interior British Columbia

Rights sold: North America, Harbour Books 2016.

Mary Reid is a mother with two autistic children, one of whom has Asperger Syndrome. Her three romances (“The Camera-Shy Cupid”; “The Gourmet Cupid” and The Electric Cupid”) were originally published by Avalon Books and have been recently bought by Amazon Books for e-book republication. She writes non-fiction articles on parenting and the environment.

THE TURING MACHINISTS is a YA novel with a fantastic voice which is both hilarious and heart-breaking (autism! rock bands!). Delmore William Capp is seventeen and he has Asperger Syndrome. He’s fantastic at math and is discovering a gift for composing music but he can’t interpret a facial expression and he cries at the drop of a hat. When his younger sister tells him that their parents are splitting up Del decides that forming a rock band with his autistic classmates will allow him to live out his father’s dream of becoming a rock star, and somehow save his parents’ marriage. But how can six autistic teens who can’t work as a group, perform in front of strangers or even take a bus (or, for drummer Wesley, make it through a meal without vomiting) hope to succeed as rock group? The coming together of the band, The Turing Machinists, helps Del conquer his stutter, make friends for the first time and find a way to connect with Petula, the cute, angry autistic girl he pines for.

Rights sold: World, Dancing Cat Books, 2016 publication.

USA Today bestselling author Roxanne Snopek writes contemporary romance set in small towns, big cities and secluded islands, with families and communities that will warm your heart. Her fictional heroes (like her own real-life hero) are swoon-worthy, ultra-responsible, secretly vulnerable and occasionally dough-headed, but animals love them, which makes everything okay. Roxanne writes from British Columbia, Canada, where she is surrounded by flowers, wildlife and two adoring dogs. She does yoga to stay sane. It works, mostly. For Roxanne at www.roxannesnopek.ca.

In THREE RIVER RANCH: Needing a fresh start from her two-timing fiancé, Aurora McAllister answers a realtor’s ad for a guesthouse on the beautiful,serene Three River Ranch. Cowboy Carson Granger has enough trouble in his life without adding a woman to the mix. There’s the untamed mustang he’s prepping to release into the wild, not to mention his father’s crazy will, which stipulates that if Carson wants to fully inherit Three River, he’ll need to find a bride. Carson wants nothing to do with love and especially not a marriage of convenience

HER RELUCTANT RANCHER, is the second book in the series. The last place city girl Desiree Burke expected to find herself was living at and working on a ranch, much less butting heads with the ranch's sexy cowboy owner, Zach Gamble. But that's exactly where she ends up after an incident at work leads her to her best friend Rory's doorstep. Desiree is a gifted physical therapist, and Rory knows exactly where her brand of tough love is needed the most.

Rights Sold: Entangled Bliss, World.

Fake Fiance, Real Revenge. Real-estate tycoon Mitchell Granger has a problem. In order to secure a lucrative deal with an eccentric client, he told the teeny white lie that he was engaged…and now he needs to prove it. Even worse? The only name that came to mind was Sabrina Becker, the girl he was never good enough for growing up, and who still lives near his family ranch. Sabrina doesn’t mind posing as Mitch’s fake fiancée—no, she doesn’t mind at all. One, she’ll make him pay with new construction for her business. And two, Sabrina’s got a plan to exact revenge on her first love, the boy who left her and Three River Ranch behind. She’ll pretend so well, he’ll fall in love with her…and then he’ll get a taste of what true heartbreak feels like.

Rights Sold: Entangled Bliss, World.

RESISTING THE RANCHER: Country veterinarian Celia Gamble is in trouble. A misunderstanding from her past is rearing its ugly head and the only person she can turn to is Jonah Clarke—her family’s lawyer and, as it turns out, her brother’s best friend and her childhood crush. She always wanted Jonah to see her as a bona fide woman, but as a woman who’s being blackmailed for seducing a married man? Not on her life.

RIGHTS SOLD: World rights, Entangled Publishing. Contact: Rebecca Mancini. French rights sold to Bragelonne. Audio to Audible

THE MILLIONAIRE DADDY ASSIGNMENT, one of the Men of the Zodiac series, is out from Entangled’s Indulgence imprint.

THE CHOCOLATE COMEBACK. Fame, fortune and fashion: that’s aspiring model Deirdre Cash’s ideal life. But when her splashy New York career dries up, she swallows her pride and returns to Marietta, Montana, desperate for any work she can find. Isaac Litton doesn’t want the intrusion of a home care aide for his brother, Mark. But when the young man takes a shine to DeeDee, Isaac decides to give her a chance. Gorgeous and opinionated, DeeDee stirs everything up in the Litton household, including an attraction that Isaac can’t deny. As DeeDee and Isaac start to fall for each other, an unexpected opportunity arises that could launch DeeDee back into the modeling scene.
From Tule Publishing's Love at the Chocolate Shop series.

THE CHOCOLATE CURE, No more chocolate! No more meddling! No more men! New Year’s resolutions are great. Announcing them in a crowded bar, with a chocolate martini in her hand? Not Maddie Cash’s finest moment. It’s time this new realtor got serious about her life and this time, she means it. But when hospital volunteering lands her at the bedside of bruised and battered Mick Meyer, who has no knowledge of Maddie’s reputation, her best-laid plans are put in jeopardy. The hunky bush pilot with the concussion has an old family property to unload. Making this sale could be Maddie’s professional salvation. But when Mick turns on the charm, she’s in danger of forgetting all her best intentions… on chocolate… on meddling… and especially on men.
From Tule Publishing's Love at the Chocolate Shop series.

THIS OLD HOUSE SERIES.

FINDING HOME: Fourteen years after her abrupt departure, Samara Davis is back in Marietta, Montana. Now a widow, all she wants is to give her daughter a happy, stable home. Unfortunately, the heritage house she purchased is nowhere near ready for occupancy. And the man responsible for the delay is none other than high-school golden boy and love of her life Logan Stafford, available, interested and just as swoon-worthy as ever.
THE COWBOY NEXT DOOR: When single mother Leda Plett – who’s doing just fine on her own, thank you very much – goes next door to retrieve her wandering pooch, she doesn’t expect to find the neighbor’s handsome brother lounging about like he owns the place. Eric’s hot gaze makes her weak in the knees but Leda’s track record with men is as bad as it is short. Can she trust the cowboy next door?
A SWEET MONTANA CHRISTMAS: Melinda Sweet loved her husband before she learned of his wealth and she loves him still, despite the fact that it’s gone.Their new – and temporary – life is on his grandfather’s rundown honey farm where Austin Sweet is determined to make his wife proud of him again. But what does he know about bees? Or fixing broken plumbing?

Rights Sold:Tule Publishing, Montana Born Books imprint

SUNSET BAY SANCTUARY, a new contemporary series set on a wellness retreat/dude ranch on the south Oregon coast, full of romance, humor, dogs and colorful characters who are not what they seem to be, ala Olivia Pope’s “fixers” but in cowboy boots and aprons.

RIGHTS SOLD: World rights, Kensington. For publication in 2017/2018.

A graduate of UBC’s MFA program in creative writing, Kara Stanley lives, works and plays on the Sunshine Coast with her musician husband, Simon, and dog Chico. A writer of fiction, non-fiction and song lyrics, Kara is also a teacher of creative writing and a classically-trained Pilates instructor.

FALLEN. In 2008 Kara's husband, Simon, fell off a section of unsecured scaffold and suffered a serious brain and spinal cord injury. FALLEN is a memoir covering the story of his fall and subsequent recovery, incorporating a brief overview of the history of neuroscience and current ideas regarding brain plasticity. There is a focus on music throughout, both in Simon's life prior to his accident and the impact it has had in his healing.

Rights Sold: Greystone Books, Canada, 2014.

GHOST WARNING is a new novel in which a heroine's predictable small town life is suddenly ruptured when her father dies and she moves to Toronto to live with her brother, where she investigates the disappearance of Stella, an elderly woman who is a regular at the bakery where she works, and attempts to reconcile unanswerable questions about her father's death.

Rights Sold: Caitlin Press, Canada, 2016.

William Steele is a professor of English at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee. He has been a tenured professor of English at both Cascade College (Portland, Oregon) and Oklahoma Christian University (Edmond, Oklahoma) before returning to his alma mater. He is the author of A Member of the Local Nine: Baseball and Identity in the Fiction of W. P. Kinsella (Mcfarland & Co), the first in-depth critical analysis of Kinsella’s baseball novels and the book, which led Kinsella to approach him with the opportunity to write the biography. Steele has published interviews and book reviews in various journals and magazines. He was recently named co-editor of NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture, published by the University of Nebraska Press.

GOING THE DISTANCE: THE LIFE AND WORKS OF W. P. KINSELLA. When Field of Dreams first appeared in movie theatres in the spring of 1989 moviegoers were introduced to the story of Ray Kinsella and his pursuit of building a baseball field on his Iowa farm. The film, however, also gave many viewers an introduction to the name William Patrick “W. P.” Kinsella, the writer whose novel Shoeless Joe was the basis for the movie. Despite the fact that he was unknown to many readers in the United States before the film’s release, Kinsella was already a widely known and popular author, having published twelve books between 1978 and 1989.

As the baseball stories struck a chord with American readers, there emerged a body of critical scholarship which explored a variety of issues, including magic realism, religion, cultural identity, and class struggles. GOING THE DISTANCE: THE LIFE AND WORKS OF W. P. KINSELLA is the first book to explore Kinsella’s life and give a critical examination of his fiction. Having been granted full access to his personal diaries, correspondence, and unpublished notes, and with several hours of personal interviews with Kinsella, his friends, and his family, this book offers insight into Kinsella’s personal life while balancing it with the critical analysis and commentary his fiction has inspired.

Rights Sold: Douglas & McIntyre Publishing, Canada, 2017.

Tyler Trafford is a the author of the Sun on the Mountains series (Thisteldown).

ALMOST A GREAT ESCAPE is a memoir about the author's mother, Alice, and the mysterious gift she left him whens he died. In a long-hidden album he finds pages filled with photographs and Luftwaffe-censored letters from Jens Müller - the Norwegian WWII Spitfire pilot famous for his escape from Stalag Luft III. It took two years and a trip to Norway to make sense of this final gift. More information on Tyler's website.

Rights Sold, Canada, Goose Lane Editions for 2013 publication. Italian rights to Sperling Kupfer.

Andrea Warner is a writer, music critic, and author of the acclaimed 2015 book, We Oughta Know: How Four Women Ruled the '90s and Changed Canadian Music (Eternal Cavalier Press). Andrea is an associate producer at CBC Music and co-hosts the weekly pop culture podcast, Pop This!. Her radio work includes a weekly music column on CBC's Radio's On the Coast and she's part of CBC Radio's Day 6 music panel. She also serves on the jury for the Polaris Music Prize. Bylines include Pitchfork, Exclaim!, the Georgia Straight, the Literary Review of Canada, and the Globe and Mail. Pop culture, art, and feminism make her happy. @_AndreaWarner

Andrea is writing a new biography which will delve into the life of award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter, artist, educator and Indigenous activist Buffy Sainte-Marie. She is working closely with Buffy Sainte-Marie to a bring us a powerful, intimate look at the life of a beloved artist and everything that she has accomplished in her 76 years (and counting).

Rights sold: World, Greystone Books, 2017 for 2018 release.

Richard Van Camp www.richardvancamp.org is an aboriginal writer from the North. His stories have been widely anthologized. In 1996 he won the Air Canada/Canadian Authors Association for Most Promising Young Author under 30. He has had two picture books, illustrated by George Littlechild, published by Children's Book Press (US), A MAN CALLED RAVEN, and WHAT'S THE MOST BEAUTIFUL THING YOU KNOW ABOUT HORSES? Stories selected from ANGEL WING SPLASH PATTERN (Kegedonce, 2002), was published in 2004 by Aufbau Taschenbuch Verlag of Berlin.

THE LESSER BLESSED (119 pp), a bravura first novel, is a hyperkinetic look at the harsh realities of teen life is a small northern town. It won the prestigious German Jugendlitteraturpreis, 2001.

Rights sold: Canada, Douglas & McIntyre, 1996, 2004; Germany, Ravensburger, 2000, re-publication 2008 and 2012; France, Gaia, 2003; 10/18 French language pocketbook rights. Film produced by First Generation Films, first screening at Toronto Internation Film Festival, Sept. 9/12

Alison Watt is the author of The Last Island, A Naturalist's Sojourn on Triangle Island (Harbour Publishing, Pender Harbour, BC) which was nominated for two BC Book Prizes and won the Edna Staebler Award in 2002. Her second book, Circadia (Pedlar Press, Toronto, 2004), is a book of poetry (which includes work which has been widely published in Canadian poetry journals and won prizes in SubTerrain Magazine and Prairie Fire poetry competitions.) She has recently completed an MFA in Creative Writing at UBC with Joseph Boyden as her supervisor.

DAZZLE PATTERNS is the story of Clare, who works in a factory in Halifax in 1917, checking glass for flaws. She waits for the return of Leo, her fiancé, who is fighting in France. When two ships collide in the busy harbour resulting in the Halifax Explosion, flying window glass injures one of Clare's eyes. She is taken to hospital by one of the glassmakers, Fred, a German immigrant.

Clare loses her eye and is unable to find a glass one which matches her own unusual iris. She also, unknowingly, suffers from Charles Bonnet Syndrome (hallucinations associated with loss of vision) and becomes addicted to laudanum. She eventually turns to drawing as a way of coping with her visions. Fred, who is a design student by night, introduces Clare to the art school (at that time under direction of a Arthur Lismer) where she begins art studies in earnest.

In France, Leo is declared missing. Having been taken prisoner, he escapes on foot across the German lines. He is shot in the leg by a French woman, Natalie, who nurses him back to health. Depleted physically and mentally, Leo remains with Natalie, living the life of her husband, until she dies in the last days of the war. Fred also becomes a prisoner, in his own country, interned under suspicion of spying, in Amherst, Nova Scotia.

Rights sold: World, Freehand Books, 2016.

Chris F Westbury is a research psychologist at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, where he focuses on understanding the neurological underpinnings and psychological structure of language processes. This is his first novel.

THE BRIDE STRIPPED BARE BY HER BACHELORS, EVEN (the title of a complex sculpture by the French Dadaist artist, Marcel Duchamp) is the story of two charming and germ-phobic obsessive compulsives, Isaac and Greg, who take a road trip from Boston to Philadelphia (which has the world’s largest collection of Duchamp’s work). The two men are driven in a (disinfected) Winnebago by Kelly, a beautiful art scholar who smells like a mixture of lemons and fresh sawdust. In Philadelphia, Isaac plans to pick up an artwork he has commissioned, a working sculptural copy of an ancient chocolate grinder based on one of Duchamp's paintings. Isaac meticulously grinds his own pure chocolate, which prevents the build-up of arterial plaque, because his mother died of a stroke. Along the way Isaac hopes to overcomes his many obsessions and re-enter the real world, with all its germs, imperfections and wonder. (Take that, Duchamp!)

Rights sold: World, Counterpoint, for 2014 publication

JC (Jennifer) Villamere knew how to drive a Ski-Doo by age 8, her body is 90 per cent maple syrup and among her prized possessions is a signed 8x10 glossy of Shelagh Rogers. She is the most Canadian woman in the world.

JC (Jennifer) Villamere is an alumna of the Banff Centre for the Arts who studied journalism at Carleton University. She has worked as a senior editor at Canadian Living and Hamilton Magazine. Her writing has appeared in The Globe and Mail, Canadian Living, Style at Home, Elle Canada, Flare, The Stone Slide Corrective, Tin Roof Press, Hamilton Magazine, Interiors and more. She’s won two National Magazine Awards and her work has been shortlisted for CBC’s Canada Writes competition.

Since 2011, she’s been blogging about Canadian culture at villamere.com as Villamere: Chief She-Hoser. In 2015, she launched an acclaimed print magazine, Villamere: The Lowbrow Magazine of High-End CanLit. She currently writes about pop music for Entertainment Tonight Canada.

IS CANADA EVEN REAL? is a humorous nostalgia trip for Canadians couched in a hipster quiz book and presented in a context that’s inviting and accessible to those beyond our borders. It’s a fun history lesson, a blast from-the-past, and a quirky ode to a quirky land. Our repeated faithfulness to the national fable has the rest of the world — and at times, Canadians themselves — asking: Is Canada even real? It’s a question that’s being asked with increasing frequency as those outside our borders become aware of our waterproof, see-through, mythically maple-scented currency and our improbably hot new prime minister’s assertions that Santa lives here.

Rights sold: World, Dundurn, 2016

Mark Zuehlke www.zuehlke.ca is a career author with numerous guide books and fact books to his credit. He is best known for his meticulously researched and accessible military histories. He is the recipient of the 2007 Thompson Rivers University Distinguished Alumni Award and the 2014 Governor General’s History Award for Popular Media, The Pierre Berton Award.


Elias McCann series about a lay coroner. First published by Dundurn. Contact carolyn@swayzeagency.com for all rights inquiries.

Arthur Ellis prize winners. Each title is a tai chi move. Hands Like Clouds (2000), Carry Tiger to Mountain (2002), and Sweep Lotus (2004).


CANADIAN BATTLE SERIES

Published by Douglas & McIntyre

Canadians in the Italian Campaign.
ORTONA:
Canada's Epic World War II Battle (2003).
THE LIRI VALLEY: Canada's World War II Breakthrough to Rome (2003). Audio to aubile.
THE GOTHIC LINE: Canada's Month of Hell in World War II Italy (2004).
OPERATION HUSKY: The Canadian Invasion of Sicilty. An account of the heroic work of the Canadian troops during the battle for Sicily in WWII. (2008)
THROUGH BLOOD AND SWEAT: A Remembrance Trek Across Sicily's World War II Battlegrounds takes readers on a memorable, thought-provoking 300-kilometre march in the footsteps taken by the soldiers of 1st Canadian Infantry Division in 1943. As part of Operation Husky 2013, a group of Canadians walked this route to honour the memory of the nation’s soldiers who fought in Sicily seventy years earlier and whose sacrifice has been largely forgotten. zuehlke uses this arduous and poignant task as a focal point for a contemplative look at the culture of remembrance and the experience of war. (2015)

Canadians in the Normandy Campaign.
JUNO BEACH
: Canada's D-Day Victory, June 6, 1944 (2004). Audio to audible.
HOLDING JUNO: CANADA'S HEROIC DEFENCE OF THE D-DAY BEACHES, June 7 - 12, 1944(2005). Winner of 2006 Victoria Butler Book Prize.
BREAKOUT FROM JUNO: First Canadian Army in Normandy, July-August, 1944. Fall 2011
TRAGEDY AT DIEPPE: Operation Jubilee, August 19, 1942. Fall 2012.

DECISION ON THE RHINE: First Canadian Army's Rhineland Campaign, February 8-March 10, 1945. Forthcoming

TERRIBLE VICTORY: First Canadian Army and the Scheldt Estuary Campaign September 13-November 6, 1944. (2007).
ON TO VICTORY. The Canadian Liberation of the Netherlands, March 23 to May 5, 1945.

All audio sold to audible.com.


FOR HONOUR'S SAKE: The War of 1812 and the Brokering of an Uneasy Peace The military, diplomatic and political history leading to a pivotal event in Canada-US relations. Winner: Lela Common Canadian Authors Prize for History.
Finalist for the Victoria Butler Prize.

Rights sold: Knopf Canada, fall 2006

Brave Battalion: The Remarkable Saga of the 16th Battalion (Canadian Scottish) in the First World War presents the story of four Canadian Scottish regiments that were banded together as the 16th Battalion.

Rights sold: John Wiley & Sons, fall 2008


SCOUNDRELS, DREAMERS & SECOND SONS: British Remittance Men in the Canadian West - revised second edition. Rights sold: Canada, Dundurn Press, 2001 Republished by Harbour Books, 2016.

THE GALLANT CAUSE: Canadians in the Spanish Civil War 1936-39. Personal accounts of those who fought against facism. Among their numbers were Dr. Norman Bethune and Jean Watts, one of the few women to volunteer in the legendary International Brigades. Published by Whitecap in 1996; Wiley Canada 2007

THE CANADIAN MILITARY ATLAS: The Nation's Battlefields from the French and Indian Wars to Kosovo with cartographer C. Stuart Daniel.

Published by Stoddart in 2001, re-published as FOUR CENTURIES OF CONFLICT: FROM NEW FRANCE TO KOSOVO by Douglas & McIntyre, fall 2006


Orca Rapid Reads Series.
Perfect book for young readers, reluctant readers, or anyone just looking for a quick, absorbing, and informative look at one of the most significant chapters in Canada's World War II history. Published by Raven Books, an imprint of Orca Book Publishers.

ORTONA STREET FIGHT. December 20, 1943. Two Canadian infantry battalions and a tank regiment stand poised on the outskirts of a small Italian port town. They expect to take Ortona quickly. But the German 1st Parachute Division has other ideas. Hitler has ordered the city held to the last man. Ortona Street Fight is a riveting account of what is considered one of the most epic battles Canadian soldiers ever fought. Published 2011.

ASSAULT ON JUNO. Dawn, June 6, 1944. Off the Normandy coast 5,000 ships carry 131,000 Allied troops. This is D-Day, the long-awaited Allied invasion of German-occupied Europe. The Allies will storm five beaches. The Canadians will land on a five-mile stretch of sand code-named Juno Beach. They either break the German defences or die trying. Piling out of small, frail landing craft, they struggle through bullet-whipped water to gain the sand. And the bloody battle for Juno Beach begins.

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