Canongate bags Erica Berry's 'powerful meditation on fear'

Canongate bags Erica Berry's 'powerful meditation on fear'

Canongate is to publish Erica Berry's latest non-fiction work, Cry Wolf, after winning a six-way auction this week. 

Hannah Knowles, editorial director at Canongate, acquired UK and Commonwealth rights from Emma Leong at Janklow & Nesbit (UK).

The book examines fear through the relationship between people and wolves. The synopsis explains: "From environmental researcher, 2018 Steinberg Prize-winner, and essayist for the New York Times, Guardian, and elsewhere, Erica Berry’s Cry Wolf is a powerful meditation on fear through a kaleidoscopic inquiry into the relationship between humans and wolves, anchored in the dual stories of wolves as vital environmental force and the author’s coming of age in a gendered landscape of predator and prey."

Commenting on the deal, Knowles said: "Erica’s writing is imbued with self-awareness, intelligence and a musicality of prose that is intoxicating to read. Her honesty in examining her own experiences of fear – both of being afraid and of instilling fear in others – allows her to explore the subject in a way that will resonate greatly with anyone who reads her words."

Berry added: "As a reader, I have long been inspired by Canongate's lyrical and fiercely thought-provoking books, so it is an absolute dream to join them as an author. A good chunk of research for the book was done in and around England, and I am so looking forward to working with Canongate to bring this book to UK audiences."

The publisher will release Cry Wolf alongside Flatiron Books in the US, with a publication date yet to be confirmed.