Behrouz Boochani Wins Australia’s Richest Literary Prize!

  NO FRIEND BUT THE MOUNTAINS, Kurdish-Iranian journalist Behrouz Boochani’s memoir of life as a detainee on Manus Island’s detention camp (on Papua New Guinea) for more than five years, has won both the Victorian Premier’s Literary Prize 2019 for Literature and for Non-fiction.     The combined value of the two prizes is AU$125,000.   Previously, Behrouz had won Amnesty International Australia’s 2017…

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LAURA DEAN KEEPS BREAKING UP WITH ME by Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O’Connell             and THIS WAS OUR PACT by Ryan Andrews were featured on Summer 2019 Kids’ Indie Next List– “Inspired Recommendations for Kids from Indie Booksellers.” LAURA DEAN KEEPS BREAKING UP WITH ME appeared on The AV Club, an online newspaper and entertainment website with all of the…

Two New Clients for Graphic Novels

We are extremely pleased to announce that we are now representing the American graphic novelist Jennifer Hayden for world rights! Her graphic memoir, THE STORY OF MY TITS, has already been published in both Spain and Italy, but other rights are still available.                       Our…

YA Titles Just Out in France

      HONOR CODE by Kiersi Burkhart is now available from Fleurus under the title AU ROYAUME DES MENTEURS         and   Milan have just published Vicki Grant’s hilarious SHORT FOR CHAMELEON as  FAMILLE A LOUER.             Both authors are with the Transatlantic Agency in Toronto.

A New Anne Perry Christmas Story in French

A new Christmas novella by the queen of Victorian crime fiction will be out in French – just in time for this Christmas! 10/18 will publish Le Curieux Noël de Mrs Ellison (A CHRISTMAS RETURN) in November, and here’s their gorgeous cover:

How Many More Refugees Must Die?

    After the recent Australian election, Behrouz Boochani, Kurdish-Iranian author of NO FRIEND BUT THE MOUNTAINS and a refugee imprisoned on Manus Island for the past six years, writes that he has never seen the prisoners so depressed. In just the past few weeks, there have been at least 26 suicide attempts or acts…

NO FRIEND BUT THE MOUNTAINS Wins Another Australian Award!

A special award of $10,000 was made to Manus Island refugee Behrooz Boochani for his book No Friend but the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison (Picador) at the 2019 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards yesterday.  Boochani’s book was not eligible for the regular awards, which require that authors be Australian citizens. The book won the top prize at the Victorian…

Nominations for the 2019 Eisner Awards!

The nominees for the 2019 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards have just been announced, and many of our clients are nominated in the graphic novel categories: MONK! by Moroccan author Youssef Daoudi (First Second) is nominated for an Eisner Award in the category Best Reality-Based Work.                  …

THE YIELD Goes to Actes Sud!

Actes Sud have acquired French rights to Indigenous writer Tara June Winch’s most recent novel, THE YIELD.   “Profoundly moving and exquisitely written, The Yield is the story of a people and a culture dispossessed. But it is as much a celebration of what was and what endures, and a powerful reclaiming of Indigenous language, storytelling and identity.”  …

CITY OF SAINTS AND THIEVES Nominated for German Prize!

Natalie C. Anderson’s CITY OF SAINTS AND THIEVES has been nominated for the German Youth Literature Award 2019, the most prestigious and valuable prize the German children’s book industry gives out every year.Other nominees in the Young Adult Literature category include Neal Shusterman and Lauren Wolk, so Natalie is in stellar company!          …

A New Title from the Book Group!

Caitlyn Dlouhy at Atheneum/Dlouhy has acquired Jamaican-born author Desmond Hall‘s debut YA novel, Your Corner Dark, in a preempt. Set on the unforgiving streets and majestic mountains surrounding Kingston, Jamaica, the novel tells the story of Frankie, an ambitious high school student who has just earned a ticket out with a full ride scholarship to college…