We are beyond thrilled to announce that Janet E Cameron’s début novel Cinnamon Toast and the End of the World has been acquired by Hachette Ireland and will be published in spring 2013. Janet was one of the winners of the inaugural Novel Fair Competition.
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 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.’
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 short-listed 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.
Congratulations Janet! We’re so delighted!
Watch this space – interview with Janet up soon!