Doubleday Canada, an imprint of Penguin Random House Canada, has acquired Gold Mettle by sports broadcaster and retired Canadian Olympian and World Champion Perdita Felicien. In her debut book, Felicien will trace her family story, beginning with her mother’s remarkable flight from St. Lucia to Canada, and the tumultuous experiences of her childhood, including domestic abuse, and how it influenced Felicien’s rise to become one of the best hurdlers in the world. Canadian rights were acquired by Bhavna Chauhan, Editor, Doubleday Canada. Samantha Haywood of Transatlantic Agency arranged the deal.
“The opportunity to work with Perdita on her first book is a special one, and we are absolutely thrilled to be part of this project,” says Marion Garner, Vice President, Deputy Publisher, Penguin Random House Canada. “We’ve long followed Perdita’s public life as an athlete—we’ve cheered her on, and watched her rise as one of the top hurdlers in the world; now, we finally have the chance to get to know her personal story. Gold Mettle will inspire and uplift, and resonate with so many Canadians.”
Perdita Felicien is an Olympian, 10-time National Champion, and the first Canadian woman to win a World Championship gold medal in track and field. During her career as a 100-metre hurdler she earned numerous honours, including Canada’s Athlete of the Year, Keys to the City of Pickering, and the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal. Felicien retired from professional sport in 2013 and is now a broadcast journalist. She was part of CBC’s broadcast team at the 2016 summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and was inducted into Athletics Canada’s Hall of Fame. This winter she will receive her Certificate in Creative Writing in nonfiction at the University of Chicago’s Writer’s Studio.
Gold Mettle will be the first time Felicien has fully revealed the inspiring story of her life and career in such intimate detail. In related news, Felicien will also be available to share the key messaging of the book with live audiences as a newly announced addition to the Speakers’ Spotlight agency roster. Based in Toronto, Speakers’ Spotlight is one of the world’s largest and most respected speakers’ agencies.
About Doubleday Canada: One of Canada’s most prominent publishers for over seventy-five years, Doubleday Canada’s books have won an impressive number of awards including the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Governor General’s Literary Awards for Fiction and Non-fiction, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, the Costa Award and the Orange Prize. Doubleday Canada is known for the critical and commercial successes of its program publishing many best-selling writers and is proud to have nurtured some of the country’s most exciting new talents. Doubleday Canada is also home to many celebrated international writers. In addition to its hard-hitting and thoughtful non-fiction program, Doubleday Canada also publishes bestselling commercial non-fiction.
About Penguin Random House Canada: Penguin Random House Canada is the Canadian division of Penguin Random House. Penguin Random House is dedicated to nourishing a universal passion for reading as the world’s first truly global trade book publisher. Penguin Random House employs more than 10,000 people globally across almost 250 editorially and creatively independent imprints and publishing houses that collectively publish more than 15,000 new titles annually. Its publishing lists include more than 70 Nobel Prize laureates and hundreds of the world’s most widely read authors. www.penguinrandomhouse.com.
Perdita Felicien’s Speakers’ Spotlight profile is available at www.speakers.ca/speakers/perdita-felicien
For additional details please contact:
Josh Glover, Penguin Random House Canada
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