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Film rights to Kathleen Winter’s Annabel sold, thanks to Goldfrapp tune

A song by U.K. band Goldfrapp has led to a film deal for Kathleen Winter’s 2010 novel Annabel (House of Anansi Press).

After reading the novel, musician Alison Goldfrapp was inspired to write a song of the same name. Filmmaker Lisa Gunning (editor on Seven Psychopaths, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen) was commissioned to create a video for the song, and has now optioned the book’s feature-film rights. The deal was arranged through the Independent Talent Group via Shaun Bradley of the Transatlantic Agency.

Annabel is also one of five books vying for this year’s CBC’s Canada Reads title. Starting March 3, actress Sarah Gadon will defend the book against four other titles as the “one novel to change our nation.”