News for September

At the beginning of the month, Hachette put together a press release, which got picked up by the Irish Writer's Centre (check it out) and Irish Publishing News (have a look). It was overwhelming seeing all this in print - somehow makes it real. 

I also found out that the book is actually available for pre-order on amazon.com and amazon.co.uk.  No cover yet, as you can see, and the final edits aren't in place, but still. More proof that this is actually going to happen.

If you'd like to have a look at that press release without going through the links, here it is:

HACHETTE BOOKS IRELAND

PRESS RELEASE

29 August 2012

Hachette Books Ireland sign book deal with 2012 Irish Writers' Centre Novel Fair Winner

Hachette Ireland have just acquired World Rights for Irish-by-marriage Canadian born author Janet E Cameron's

stunning debut Cinnamon Toast and the End of the World in a deal struck with literary agent Jonathan Williams.

Janet was one of the winners of the Irish Writers' Centre inaugural Novel Fair earlier this year which gave writers the opportunity to meet with and present  their work to publishers and agents. Janet says of securing the deal: 'I can hardly believe it. I've spent the last two years with this story, working on it almost constantly, and couldn't be happier and more relieved that these characters are going to find an audience.'

Cinnamon Toast and the End of the World is set in a small town in rural Nova Scotia, Canada during the spring of 1987. The protagonist, Stephen Shulevitz, is a socially awkward seventeen-year-old who has less than three months before he leaves for college. As Stephen prepares for the rest of his life, he finds himself in falling in love with the wrong person and, just like that, everything changes.

With evocative, powerful prose Cinnamon Toast and the End of the World is a quirky, subtly humorous exploration of burgeoning sexuality, growing up in the confines of a small town community in the 80s while trying to come to terms with who you are.

Ciara Doorley of Hachette Ireland says: 'We're thrilled to be publishing Cinnamon Toast and the End of the World. The town our protagonist Stephen grows up in could be any small town in Ireland so it feels at once familiar and exotic. Janet's writing is like a breath of fresh air and we're really excited to be publishing this new literary talent.'

About the book

It's the spring of 1987 and with less than three months of high school to go, Stephen Shulevitz is bored with the small town in rural Nova Scotia where he's
spent most of his life.  His father is an emotionally distant ex-hippy whose constant rejections are a continuing source of heartbreak and frustration, and his well-meaning mother over compensates for the abandonment of Stephen's father. But all this is nothing compared to the realisation that he's fallen in love with the wrong person. What follows is emotionally devastating but Stephen survives with his compassion and sense of humour intact and, at the end, he is ready to accept himself and take steps towards finding happiness on his own terms.

About the author

Born in Nova Scotia, Janet moved to Ireland in 2002 after she met her husband an Irish journalist while travelling in Japan. In November 2011, she completed a Master's of Philosophy in Creative Writing from Trinity College Dublin. She has been shortlisted for the Fish Short Story Prize (2008) and the Fish Short Memoir Prize (2012) and has published an adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream for younger ESL learners (2010, Black Cat Publishing, Genoa).  She now teaches part-time at Dublin Business School and is working on her second novel.

Cinnamon Toast and the End of the World will be published by Hachette Books Ireland in spring of 2013.

The author is available for interview. For more information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. PH: 00 353 1 824
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Get your copy of Cinnamon Toast and the End of the World here

...in Ireland and the UK 

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In the U.S.A.

In Canada...or try here. Or go independent.

"...astonishingly good....a juicy coming-of-age story...also an important read." The Globe and Mail

"...poignant...heart-wrenching. This stunning debut will surely appeal to both teenage readers and adults." Quill & Quire, starred review

"Witty, devastating, with a melancholy humour..." Sunday Business Post

"...page-turning, top drawer stuff..." BGE Book Club

"...warm, witty, heartfelt and utterly engaging..." The Irish News

"A stunning debut. I loved it." The Irish Examiner