Clarke Hits ‘Ice’ at S&S
Navah Wolfe took world English rights, in a two-book deal, to Cassandra Rose Clarke’s Our Lady of the Ice for Simon & Schuster’s SF imprint, Saga Press. The novel, S&S said, was pitched as “The Yiddish Policeman’s Union meets The Windup Girl.” In the book, a female investigator tussles with a dangerous gangster just as, Wolfe explained, “both humans and robots agitate for independence in a domed Argentinian colony in Antarctica.” Agent Stacia Decker at Donald Mass Literary represented Clarke, who has written both adult (The Mad Scientist’s Daughter; Angry Robot, 2103) and YA (The Assassin’s Curse; Strange Chemistry, 2012) novels. Our Lady of the Ice is set for fall 2015.
PRH USA, and Canada, Ink Arsenault
Montreal-based illustrator Isabelle Arsenault sold world English rights, in a joint deal with Penguin Random House USA and Penguin Random House Canada, to a picture book called Colette’s Lost Pet. Maria Modugno at Random House, and Tara Walker at Canada’s Tundra Books, bought the title at auction, in a two-book deal, from agent Kirsten Hall at Catbird Productions. The book, Hall said, is about a “little girl trapped within her own tall tale.” The second book, part of a planned Colette series, is currently untitled. Arsenault has won a number of awards for her work; 2011’s Migrant (Groundwood Books), which was written by Maxine Trottier and illustrated by Arsenault, was named one of the 10 best illustrated books of the year by the New York Times. Colette’s Lost Pet is scheduled for spring 2016.