Winstanley Snaps Up Two Novels from Scotiabank Giller Prize Finalist Colin McAdam
August 24, 2011 – Toronto – Nicole Winstanley, Publisher at Penguin Canada, has acquired two novels from Colin McAdam for Hamish Hamilton Canada, the company's boutique literary imprint. Colin McAdam's Fall, one of the first two Canadian novels published under the Hamish Hamilton Canada imprint in 2009, was short-listed for Canada's prestigious Scotiabank Giller Prize and won the Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction. The deal was brokered by Doug Stewart of Sterling Lord Literistic.
McAdam's debut novel, Some Great Thing, also received widespread critical acclaim and is published by Penguin in paperback. It won the Amazon/Books in Canada First Novel Award and was a finalist for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book, the Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction and the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize in the UK. McAdam is widely recognized for originality of voice and pitch-perfect observation.
McAdam's next novel, says Winstanley, is “unlike anything she has ever read before and is simultaneously inventive, heartbreaking and smart.” Told simultaneously from the perspective of humans and chimpanzees, readers will be transported by the novel and never want to return. Publication is scheduled for 2013. The second novel is not yet scheduled.