Archive | August, 2013

My Heart Is Not My Own hits bookshelves…

5 Aug

Michael’s book hits bookshelves across Canada starting tomorrow, and I cannot stress how beneficial it would be to you and your bookshelf if you were to acquire a copy of My Heart Is Not My Own.

I think it’s safe to assume that everyone who worked on this book is super excited to see the end result hit bookstores tomorrow. Beyond the excitement, I know we are all (Penguin, and The Rights Factory) of the opinion that this book is special and deserving of attention, and we are hopeful that the readers will share in our enthusiasm. I truly do foresee great things for Michael and this book!

To better promote My Heart Is Not My Own, Penguin has launched some book events out West. As his agent, I wanted the book to receive some coverage in the Toronto area, and so our agency is hosting a book launch for Michael at Type Books on September, 23rd. If you are interested in attending the event at Type, please drop me a line at drea@therightsfactory.com and I will add you to the mailing list for the official evite.

To further promote the book, Michael is going to be a contributing editor to the National Post for four articles starting August 6th and running until August 9th. I will be posting the links on here and via Twitter.

I am just so thrilled for Michael, and am so happy that we’ve had this opportunity to work together. I am also incredibly grateful to Adrienne Kerr over at Penguin for spotting the potential in M’s work and taking the time to work with Michael to make the book the best that it could be. I will no doubt be rushing into several of Toronto’s bookstores tomorrow to see where the book has been placed (and maybe pulling a Celeste, and moving the book to the staff picks area) and have already pitched the book as a fall read for multiple Toronto based book clubs who seem eager to get their hands on a copy.

My Heart Is Not My Own can be found in all good Canadian bookstores starting August 6th, 2013. The book will also be available for purchase on Amazon. But I would urge you to buy a copy from your favourite indie bookstore. Please support the independents, and keep the indie bookstores doors open.

Speaking of independent bookstores, this is a video Type Books created last year. I think it is going to be the perfect venue for the launch! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKVcQnyEIT81002584_353942654736428_1672091179_n

Introduction to Global Chorus

1 Aug

Besides my obvious love of literature, another one of my passions in life is the environment. In everything I do, I strive to lead a sustainable lifestyle. As of late, it has been a dream of mine to represent more non-fiction projects. Specifically, non-fiction works that deal in some way with the environment. 

So you can imagine my joy, when I was approached to rep a book that deals directly with the topic of the current state of the environment, and whether or not there is hope that our planet will still be inhabitable for generations to come. 

From the Global Chorus website:

Today we are confronting the greatest challenge ever faced by a group of beings in the 4 billion year history of this planet: how to ensure not only the survival of the human race but the preservation of the rest of life on Earth.

Little by little, we have broadened our understanding of humanity’s role in determining the fate of the planet and its species. But this awareness hasn’t clearly translated into collective action. We have yet to bring together into one boundary-crossing book the visionaries of our times, our brightest minds, our most influential leaders, our most passionate voices. And now more than ever we need to hear their counsel on the future of the planet.

Global Chorus: A 365-Person Anthology of Worldwide Concern and Enduring Hopewill give us this chance.

How it is being done is simple. 365 people from all over the world are in the process of being contacted with invitations for responses for Global Chorus. The invitation list includes writers, environmentalists, spiritual leaders, politicians, professors, doctors, athletes, businesspeople, farmers, chefs, yogis, painters, architects, musicians, TV personalities, humanitarians, children, concerned students and senior citizens, carpenters, factory workers, activists, CEO’s, scientists, and essentially those who have something passionate and insightful to say about humanity’s place upon Earth. Well known people on the list include environmentalists such as David Suzuki, Paul Hawken and Jane Goodall; scientists such as Stephen Hawking and Edward O. Wilson; celebrities such as Robert Redford, Oprah Winfrey, and Bono; humanitarians such as Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu; political figures such as Mikhail Gorbachev, Prince Charles and Elizabeth May; writers like Dave Eggers and Eric Schlosser; and spiritual leaders like The Dalai Lama, Eckhart Tolle, and Thich Nhat Hanh.

Each contributor will provide a one-page response to the following line of questioning:

 “Do you think that humanity can find a way past the current global environmental and social crises? Will we be able to create the conditions necessary for our own survival, as well as that of other species on the planet? What would these conditions look like? In summary, then, and in the plainest of terms, do we have hope, and can we do it?”

Responses will be framed as a set of 365 daily meditations, thereby providing a practical means for readers to ingest this diversity of thoughts and ideas. In this way, Global Chorus is sure to be both shocking in its truths and predictions as well as inspirational in its messages of hope and optimism.

The man responsible for bringing this awe-inspiring project to life is Todd MacLean. Todd is a writer, freelance journalist, and musician based out of P.E.I. I have been working with him for a few months now, and it has been such a pleasure participating in this project. 

To promote GC, Todd is being interviewed tomorrow morning on Island Morning on CBC 96.1 at 8:15 am Atlantic time. If you are unable to catch it live, there should be a podcast made available so that you can tune in that way. 

It is our hope that this interview (with more to come in the future) will spread the word on just how timely and important Global Chorus’ message is. To learn more about the project/book, go to the Global Chorus website: http://globalchorus.ca/

The book is currently out on submission, with interest from a lovely publisher from out west. We are hopeful that a partnership will soon be forged, taking GC to the next level.