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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)

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 Essential 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.

RIGHTS SOLD: World, ECW, 2013

LEON BERGER is the author of two literary fiction novels in hard cover and 3 commercial fiction, including 2 recent thrillers. He was reviewed in Globe & Mail, La Presse and Time and featured on Book TV.

BOOK 1: THE KENNEDY IMPERATIVE: While the construction of the Berlin Wall challenges JFK with the first major crisis of his presidency, young CIA agent Philip Marsden is sent on his first mission across into East Berlin. Here he becomes a fugitive as he tries to discover the truth about his Russian-born mother who was once a double agent.

BOOK 2: THE KENNEDY MOMENTUM: The Cold War reaches its zenith with the installation of Soviet nuclear missiles in Cuba threatening the US. While JFK and his brother face deep divisions in trying to diffuse the crisis, Philip Marsden is sent on a mission to Cuba where he becomes trapped, betrayed by a CIA-Mafia joint operation.

BOOK 3: THE KENNEDY REVELATION: In the immediate aftermath of the JFK assassination, Philip Marsden investigates the coincidental murder of his own Cuban-American wife. As evidence builds and the threats begin to mount, he discovers that the two deaths might not be unrelated.

RIGHTS SOLD: World English, Open Road, 2013

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

Leah Douglas is a new mother and an avid gourmet. She holds a Ph.D. in social work from McGill University, and she teaches at University of the Fraser Valley. She has worked in health care for many years and is happy to combine her passions for delicious food, healthy living and family life.

The Gourmet Pregnancy is a lighthearted cookbook filled with chic recipes, beautiful photos and inspirational narratives about cooking and entertaining throughout pregnancy. It is a celebration of pregnancy and women's bodies, with a positive focus on food, eating and socializing. It encourages women to take pleasure in their pregnancy and promotes diverse and healthy food options.

Rights sold: John Wiley & Sons, 2009.

kc dyer (www.kcdyer.com) has published four novels for young adults (Dundurn) and a new series with Doubleday.

A WALK THROUGH THE WINDOW. Darby Christopher is stuck in a one-lobster town for the summer with a pair of weird grandparents and not much to do. Then Darby meets mysterious Gabe and walks with through the stone window of an old ruin she finds herself in another world. Darby observes the stories of different families as they made their way to Canada - via the Underground Railroad; the coffin ships of the Irish Potato famine; and the Bering land bridge into North America.

Book 2: FACING FIRE. Vignettes in this book tell the stories of West Coast First Nations, Chinese railroad experience and the gold rush in Barkerville.

Rights sold: Canada, Doubleday Canada, 2008

M. A. C. (Marion) Farrant is the acclaimed author of over a dozen books of fiction, non-fiction, and memoir. Her writing has been widely anthologized in North America, has been dramatized for television and serialized for CBC radio. Her stage play, My Turquoise Years, premiers with the Arts Club Theatre of Vancouver, B.C., April 4 - May 4, 2013.

DARWIN ALONE IN THE UNIVERSE, is "an antidote to the stranglehold the corporate media has on the public's imagination, and is a place where uncontaminated thought can still be found." (Talon Books, 2003)

MY TURQUOISE YEARS Marion's memoir of growing up as a motherless child nurtured by an opinionated aunt, and a small involved family who all try to fathom her selfish spendthrift mother (Canada and US, Greystone Books, 2004).

THE SECRET LIVES OF LITTERBUGS. "These twenty essays in the tradition of David Sedaris are funny, sharp, and completely original while describing an utterly familiar world. They include stories about Farrant's childhood, her parenthood, and her writing life; parallels emerge bringing a strong cohesiveness to the collection." Ebook available here

Rights sold: Canada, Key Porter, 2008

DOWN THE ROAD TO ETERNITY--NEW AND SELECTED FICTION. (Talon Books, 2009)

The Strange Truth about Us (Talon Books, 2011).

The World Afloat: One Hundred Miniature Stories (Talonbooks, for 2014 publication).

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

Mark Frutkin www.markfrutkin.com is the author of six books of fiction and three of poetry. His work has been published in Canada, UK, US, Holland, and India.

In A MESSAGE FOR THE EMPEROR, Li Wen is on a journey to paint four landscapes, during the year it will take him to travel across southern China to the Song Dynasty Emperor's Court. Seven hundred years later, David McAdams, Curator at the Royal Ontario Museum, rediscovers the lost paintings and begins to retrace the artist's journey. Unaware that one of the paintings depicts a map to an ancient tomb filled with gold and jade artefacts, the curator draws the attention of a Chinese triad gang.

Rights sold: Canada, Vehicule Press, for 2012 publication.

FABRIZIO'S RETURN is a literary novel set in the 17th and 18th-century Italy, in which the Devil's Advocate, a hard-eyed Jesuit, investigates a candidate for sainthood. FABRIZIO'S RETURN is described by Alan Cumyn as "a grand novel full of ossuaries and telescopes, gargoyles and magic potions, apocalyptic paintings, angels, comets, violins, of murmurations of starlings and characters -- such characters! -- to make you fall in love."

Winner of the 2007 Trillium Book Award.
Nominated for the 2007 Sunburst Award.
Nominated for the 2007 Commonwealth Writers Prize (Caribbean/Canada).

Rights sold: Knopf Canada (h/c) 2006, Vintage Canada (p/b) 2007; Proszynski, Poland; Inostranka, Russia; Narae, Korea; Editorial ViaMagna, Spain.

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"

Genni Gunn www.gennigunn.com was born in Trieste, Italy. Before turning to writing full-time, she toured in rock bands (bass guitar, piano, vocals). Her opera libretto, "Alternate Visions," was staged in 2004. A creative writing instructor, she is also a translator of the works of Italian poet Dacia Maraini. Genni's THRICE UPON A TIME won the 1990 Commonwealth Prize for the best First Novel (Canada/Caribbean division). MATING IN CAPTIVITY won the Gerald Lampert Prize for Poetry. She is also the author of TRAVELLING IN THE GAIT OF A FOX and ON THE ROAD.

TRACING IRIS is a complex and exciting literary novel in which a social anthropologist searches for her mother.

Rights sold: Canada, Raincoast Books, 2001 (rights reverted); optioned for film, 2007 (film in post-production); Felici, Italy, audio to audible.

HUNGERS is a mesmerizing collection about yearning, vice and the dark side of love.

Rights sold: Canada, Raincoast Books, 2002 (rights reverted).

ALTERNATE VISIONS: an opera libretto half in French and half in English. Spring 2007

FACELESS a new poetry collection explores landscapes that are fascinating and treacherous, haunted by faces that are obsessively worn and shed, torn off and replaced.

Rights sold: Canada, Signature Editions, 2007

In SOLITARIA, a family discovers that Vito, the brother they thought living in South America, is actually dead, and has been for years. And, even stranger, their sister has been pretending to receive letters from him for decades. Set in southern Italy in 2002, and spanning two decades, Solitaria is a journey through loss, deception, memory and desire. Buy the e-book.

Rights sold: Canada, Signature Editions, 2010; Felici, Italy; Artemis, Netherlands; audio to audible.com.
Longlisted for the Giller Prize.

TRACKS: Journeys in Time and Place. Tracks is a compilation of personal travel essays that range across three continents, from Italy, where Genni Gunn was born and spent her early years, to Canada and Mexico, and through Asia, where she has travelled many times, both reconnecting with her sister and witnessing the emergence of new political realities in Myanmar.

Rights sold: Canada, Signature Editions, 2013

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 SOLUTION: 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).

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 is 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.

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.

Carole Lazar (www.carolelazar.com) practised law for ten years and then was a provincial court judge from 1989 until 2008. This is her first novel.

LUCY UNSTRUNG: What do you do when your mom suddenly decides to abandon her responsibilities and make up for all the fun she missed when she was a teenager? That is the dilemma 13 year old Lucy faces. Convinced that her grandma, God and the Catholic Church are on her side, Lucy tries to make her mother see the error of her ways. When her efforts are unsuccessful, Lucy is faced the loss of her family, her home, her school and perhaps even her best friend. As she struggles to preserve what she can of her past life she finds that while Grandma, God and her church are still there for her, these are problems she has to solve for herself.

Rights sold: Canada, Tundra, 2009,

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

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.

John Lekich is a freelance journalist, screenwriter, and film critic. He has a B.Ed. from UBC, and taught high school English and drama until writing took over his life. He is the co-author of MIKE HARCOURT'S PLAN B: ONE MAN'S JOURNEY FROM TRAGEDY TO TRIUMPH.

THE LOSERS' CLUB (247 pp), a young adult novel for anyone who has ever been bullied, was a finalist for: Governor General's Award, Book of the Year (Foreward Magazine), White Pine, BC Book Prize's Sheila A. Egoff Award, Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award, Canadian Library Association - Young Adult Canadian Book Award, Best Books for Young Adults Award.

Rights sold: Canada, Annick Press, 2002; UK, Macmillan Young Picador, 2004; France, Bayard Jeuness, 2004, Italy, Mondadori

REEL ADVENTURES: The Savvy Teen's Guide to Great Movies (170 pp), is a highly-recommended resource.

Rights sold: Canada, Annick Press, 2002

KING OF THE LOST & FOUND is a young adult novel with heart and humour in which 15-year-old Raymond endures the teasing which comes from his mysterious fainting spells. The only bright spot in Raymond's life is in running the Lost & Found in the school basement. When the principal decides to close the operation, Raymond turns to devious and entrereneurial activities.

Rights sold: North America, Raincoast Books, 2007

PRISONER OF SNOWFLAKE FALLS centers around the misadventures of a resourceful fifteen-year-old thief named Henry Thelonius Holloway. Henry tends to commit random acts of kindness during break-ins but when when he gets caught in the act he is sent to the titular small town, where he discovers the true meaning of family and friendship.

Rights sold: World right to Orca Books for spring 2012.

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.

BUFFALO GAL is Bernice Meetoos, a big Cree woman from northern Saskatchewan. When a tragedy occurs in her family home, she begins to travel to B.C. on a vision quest. The Frugal Gourmet has been coming to her in dreams and telling her ingredients. Paired with this is her desire to meet Pat Johns (Jesse from The Beachcombers), who is, as Bernice says, a working, healthy Indian man. Part road trip, dream quest and travelogue, the novel touches on the universality of women's experience, regardless of culture or race.

To be published by HarperCollins Canada. 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

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.

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.

GRASSLAND JOURNEY

Rights sold: Canada, Greystone Books 2011.

Gabrielle Prendergast is the author of the middle grade novel Hildegarde (Harper Collins Australia), which was also made into a feature film, starring Richard E Grant. Her middle grade sports novel Wicket Season will be published by Lorimer Publishers in spring 2012. All about Gabrielle and a great blog here: angelhorn.com.

AUDACIOUS, a young adult novel in verse.

Sixteen year old Raphaelle is that girl who says the wrong thing, who crosses the wrong person, who has the wrong hair, the wrong body, the wrong attitude, the totally wrong clothes. She can't do anything right, except draw, but she draws the wrong pictures. When her father moves the family to a small prairie city, Raphaelle wants to leave behind the misfit rebel, the outcast, the vengeful trouble-maker she was. Reborn as "Ella," she plans fit in at her new school, while her perfect younger sister goes to the Catholic girls' school and her emotionally fragile mother looks for a job.

But Ella might just be a different kind of misfit. She's drawn to a brooding boy in her art class, Samir, and expresses her confused feelings in an explicit artwork. When a classmate texts a photo of Ella's art to a younger friend, the horrendous fallout spreads though Ella's life like an uncontrollable disease. Ella is expelled from school and faces pornography charges, her mother is hospitalized, her sister fails all her classes, and her distant father finally notices something is wrong.

Rights sold: World, Orca Books 2011, 2013 publication. Two book deal includes a sequel.

CAPRICIOUS: Ella’s grade-eleven year was a disaster (Audacious), but as summer approaches, things are looking up. She’s back together with her brooding boyfriend, Samir, although they both want to keep that a secret. She’s also best buddies with David and still not entirely sure about making him boyfriend number two. Though part of her wants to conform to high school norms, the temptation to be radical is just too great.

Managing two secret boyfriends proves harder than Ella expected, especially when Samir and David face separate family crises, and Ella finds herself at the center of an emotional maelstrom. Someone will get hurt. Someone risks losing true love. Someone might finally learn that self-serving actions can have public consequences. And that someone is Ella.

Rights sold: World, Orca Books 2014.

THE FRAIL DAYS is forthcoming in the Orca LImelights series.

Rights sold: World, Orca Books 2014.

Gayla Reid was born in Australia, coming to Canada to do graduate work. Her short stories and articles received many awards. Her first collection, TO BE THERE WITH YOU, (Douglas & McIntyre, Allan & Unwin), won the Ethel Wilson Prize for fiction.

COME FROM AFAR is a beautiful and complex novel of the Spanish Civil War. After an unusual childhood in a remote ghost town and an unsuccessful marriage to an English archaeologist, Australian nurse Clancy arrives to help the Republic during the Spanish Civil War. Clancy’s chance for happiness amid the chaos comes when she meets a young Canadian volunteer, Douglas Ross.

Rights sold: Canada, Cormorant Books, 2010. Cormorant will republish ALL THE SEAS OF THE WORLD and CLOSER APART.

ALL THE SEAS OF THE WORLD is a sweeping, finely calibrated saga of two women whose intense connection is forged during their childhood in rural Australia. Through their lives they experience Saigon at Tet and the Dirty War in Argentina.

CLOSER APART: The Ardara Variations depicts the lives of women in the McGinty family in Australia during the years 1901 &emdash; 2001, as the century's wars drum ceaselessly in the background.

These two books were published to high critical acclaim. Both were shortlisted for the Ethel Wilson Prize for fiction.

Janet Romain is an organic farmer and writer. More at janetromain.com.

GRANDPERE is Simon Walker, a native elder living his final years with his Metis granddaughter, Anzel. His health is failing and Anzel writes down his stories. The family grows when a thirteen year-old, previously unknown granddaughter named Angel needs sanctuary. Simon provides unique, sometimes shamanistic help through death, divorce, revenge and healing.

Rights Sold: Caitlin Press, Canada, 2010.

Michael V. Smith www.michaelvsmith.com is a UBC MFA grad, who is a screenwriter, poet and cabaret performer known as Miss Cookie LaWhore.

WHAT YOU CAN'T HAVE, a collection of poetry exploring desire and longing in its many forms. Signature Editions, spring 2006.

CUMBERLAND (295 pp) is a literary novel in which set in a dying mill town where lonely people look for love and some form of family. With highly favorable reviews (see author's web site), this sophisticated work was shortlisted for the books in Canada/amazon.ca Best First Novel Award.

Rights sold: Canada, Cormorant books, 2002

PROGRESS
When his small home town is being moved in its entirety to make way for a power dam, Robert returns after a fifteen-year absence to find his parents dead and buried. His sister, Helen, is resisting the government Power Authority which is pressuring her to sign off on the relocation of the family home. Naively, she uses a fatal accident that she witnessed on the dam site as leverage in her negotiations. Robbie struggles to repair the damage when he reveals the compromising circumstances of his sudden disappearance when he and his sister were teenagers.

Rights sold: Canada, Cormorant books, 2009. Publication date Spring 2011.

Writing as RG Willems, Roxanne Snopek's Shelby James mystery, TARGETS of AFFECTION was published by Cormorant, 2006. She has published several non-fiction books, including Great Dog Stories, Great Cat Stories, and Wildlife in the Kitchen. A veterinary technician, she has been widely published in veterinary medicine journals and in popular publications such as Readers Digest and Women's World. Follow Roxanne at www.roxannesnopek.ca.

In THREE RIVER RANCH, a young pregnant woman enters into a marriage of convenience with a sexy cowboy so that he can inherit his father's ranch, only to find herself wanting it to be real.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.


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).
SICILY: an account of the heroic work of the Canadian troops during the battle for Sicily in WWII. (2008)

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.

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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