New book deals! Book*hug Press has acquired new fiction, nonfiction, and poetry titles to be published in 2023 and 2024, by Jess Taylor, Natasha Kanapé Fontaine, Anne Cathrine Bomann, Caroline Dawson, Lisa Robertson, Kate Cayley, Sandra Ridley, and Chantal Neveu & Erin Moure.
Book*hug Press has acquired North American rights to Jess Taylor’s PLAY. This debut novel from the author of Just Pervs and Pauls is an exploration of how creativity and the imagination lead to joy or tragedy, provide an escape from trauma, or create yet another prison from which escape is nearly impossible. Publication is expected for spring 2024. The deal was arranged by Marilyn Biderman at Transatlantic Agency.
Book*hug Press has acquired North American English rights to Natasha Kanapé Fontaine’s NAUETAKUAN: SILENCE FOR SOUND. This novel tells the story of an Indigenous woman, who has just dropped out of a degree program in art history, as she goes on a journey to reconnect with her culture and roots. The book will be translated by Howard Scott. Publication is expected for spring 2024. The deal was arranged by Geneviève Lagacé, Rights Manager at XYZ / Groupe HMH.
Book*hug Press has acquired North American rights to BLUE NOTES, the sophomore novel by Anne Cathrine Bomann, author of the international bestseller, Agatha. Blue Notes is a novel about grief, love and science. the search for identity and a place in the world, the exploration of loneliness and the ever difficult relations between people – and of the healing power of love. The book will be translated from Danish by Caroline Waight. Publication is expected for Spring 2024. The novel was first published in 2021 as Blå toner by Danish publisher Lindhardt & Ringhof. The deal was arranged by Jenni Brun of The Grand Agency.
Book*hug Press has acquired North American English rights to Caroline Dawson’s LÀ OÙ JE ME TERRE. This creative nonfiction work takes a look at Dawson’s introduction to Québec culture in 1986 after her parents were forced to uproot their family to flee Pinochet’s Chile. The book will be translated by Anita Anand. Publication is expected for fall 2023. The translation rights deal was negotiated by Julie Findiori of Julie Finidori Agency.
Book*hug Press has acquired North American English rights and world translation rights to Lisa Robertson’s COSMOS IS A DRESS: LECTURES, VERSES, TRANSCRIPTIONS, a book of lyrical essays exploring science, geometry, cosmology, history of linguistics, textiles, and more. Book*hug previously published three other books by Robertson including The Apothecary, The Men, and Nilling. Publication is scheduled for Spring 2024.
Book*hug Press has acquired world rights to Kate Cayley’s poetry collection, LENT. The title poem won the 2021 Mitchell Prize for Faith and Poetry. Publication is expected for spring 2023.
Book*hug Press has acquired world rights to Sandra Ridley’s VIXEN. This work of poetry explores two subjects: the medieval fox hunt and intimate partner violence as informed by Canadian stalking laws. Book*hug previously published two other poetry collections by Ridley, The Counting House and Silvija, which was a finalist for the 2017 Griffin Poetry Prize for Excellence. Publication is expected for fall 2023.
Book*hug Press has acquired world English rights to Chantal Neveu’s YOU. This long poem dives into the idyll—a love affair—from the first irresistible joy through tumult and rupture, emerging to reclaim and affirm life anew. It will be translated by Erín Moure, who won a 2021 Governor General’s Literary Award for her translation of Neveu’s This Radiant Life. Publication is expected for fall 2023. The translation rights deal was arranged by Marie Lannurien at BAM Agency.