Beating out multiple bids, Knopf Canada has purchased world rights for this extraordinary new collection and slated Bang Crunch to be part of the New Face of Fiction in 2007.
Included in the short story collection Bang Crunch are the stories Green Fluorescent Protein which was included in The Journey Prize Anthology 14, and Isolettes and Scrapbook, which are now included in volumes 16 and 17 respectively. Each story in this collection is incredibly fresh and singular, covering a wide range of topics from childbirth to obscure medical disorders and group therapy sessions. Neil Smith is a spectacularly talented and ambitious new writer.
Praise for Neil Smith’s Bang Crunch:
Winner of the McAuslan First Book Prize
Finalist for the Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction
Shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize Best First Book (Canada/Carribean)
A Best Book of 2008 selection by The Washington Post
“Great fiction does many things. It makes you laugh. It makes you cry. It makes you think. It makes you stop and gasp at the sheer beauty of the language and the wisdom the author offers. It makes you feel human and feel the humanity of others. Neil Smith’s Bang Crunch is great fiction.”
—The Globe and Mail
“Bang Crunch is a wonder. Devastatingly witty, heartfelt and wise. YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK.” —Miriam Toews
“There's plenty of spirited invention and solid storytelling packed into this debut. Bang Crunch? That's the sound of a talented new writer making his mark on CanLit.” —Toronto Star
Length: 256 pp
Setting: Montreal, Canada and elsewhere
World rights, Knopf Canada
French rights, Les Allusifs
German rights, Schoffling
India (English) rights, imprintOne
UK rights, Weidenfeld & Nicolson
US rights, Vintage
Film option, Les Productions Des Derniers Jours
For all other rights contact The Cooke Agency.