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…

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…

TOO MUCH LIP on Stella Prize Shortlist!

Melissa Lucashenko’s TOO MUCH LIP (UQP) is one of the six finalists for the 2019 Stella Prize for extraordinary books by Australian women! The judges’ report says: Too Much Lip is a fearless, searing and unvarnished portrait of generational trauma cut through with acerbic humour. A family drama a hundred years in the making unfolds in…

Happy International Women’s Day

Celebrating a day early with Canadian author Vicki Grant (36 QUESTIONS THAT MADE ME FALL IN LOVE WITH YOU) and editor Maëlle Allen at Le Fumoir.

PASHMINA Goes to Netflix!

Netflix have acquired the rights to adapt PASHMINA, the best-selling graphic novel by Nidhi Chanani (First Second) into an original CG animated musical! Read the full announcement HERE. We love the book and can’t wait to see the film! Italian rights have already been sold to Il Castoro. Other rights are still free.

PTSD Now Out in France!

Guillaume Singelin’s graphic novel PTSD,which just came out from First Second, is now available in French, too. Ankama published on 1 March:                           All other rights are still free.        

EN LA OSCURIDAD Is Out in Spain

EN LA OSCURIDAD, Sara Soler’s graphic novel adaptation of Spanish journalist Antonio Pampliega’s story of being kidnapped by Al Quaida in Syria in 2015, has just been published by Planeta Cómic, and it’s already getting great press! Here’s the first article in RTVE. Sara Soler’s stark black and white illustrations perfectly capture the terrible isolation experienced by Antonio Pampliega…

Another Starred Review for a First Second Title!

LAURA DEAN KEEPS BREAKING UP WITH ME by Mariko Tamaki (THIS ONE SUMMER) and Rosemary Varlero-O’Connell has just received a starred review from Publishers Weekly! Read it here. The book will be published in May by First Second.   Rights have already been sold for : French (Rue de Sèvres), Italian (Bao), Norwegian (Cappelen Damm), Portuguese…