Hachette Ireland Acquires Book By Irish Writers’ Centre Novel Fair Winner

In a move that confirms the Irish Writers’ Centre’s Inaugural Novel Fair as a success, Hachette Ireland have acquired World Rights for Irish-by-marriage Canadian born author Janet E Cameron’s debut novel Cinnamon Toast and the End of the World.

Cameron 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. Cameron said 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.’

Ciara Doorley of Hachette Ireland said, ‘We’re thrilled to be publishing Cinnamon Toast and the End of the World. The town our protagonist Stephen grows up in could be a small town anywhere 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.’

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.

According to the publishers, the novel ‘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.’

Cinnamon Toast and the End of the World will be published by Hachette Books Ireland in the spring of 2013. The deal was struck with literary agent Jonathan Williams.