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Take The Money and Run

Friday, August 4, 2017
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Garden C

The story of what to expect when your book gets optioned for film, with interview quotes from authors I have worked with including Neil Gaiman, Cressida Cowell (How To Train Your Dragon) and Philip Pullman (Amber Spyglass), with inside secrets from the filmmakers.


Fiona Kenshole

Fiona is a literary agent with the Transatlantic Agency, exclusively specializing in children’s books, from debuts to film deals. She is an accredited member of the Association of Authors’ Representatives. Fiona enjoys the editorial midwifery part of being an agent, especially nurturing the creativity of her clients. She maintains close relationships with editors and publishers in New York, London, and Toronto, and film producers and agents in LA. At the Transatlantic Agency, she works with co-agents in 28 countries, selling rights worldwide for her author’s work.

Fiona brings a lifetime of passion and experience of children’s and YA books: She was still just a teen when she started work in a children’s bookshop. After graduating from Cambridge University she went on to spend 20 years as publishing director at Oxford University Press, Hodder (the UK arm of Little, Brown), and HarperCollins. Fiona has worked with major names and debut authors on both sides of the Atlantic: Her authors have won every major British children’s literary award and several have become million copy best sellers. Fiona was nominated for “Editor of the Year” at the British Book Awards.

She moved to the US to spend eight years as Vice President of Development Acquisition at Laika Inc.  working with directors, producers and screenwriters to produce three Oscar nominated films: The Boxtrolls, Coraline, and Paranorman.

She lives and works in Portland, Oregon, though her clients are scattered throughout the US and the rest of the world.