Weinstein Books gets rights to 'Cures'

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NEW YORK -- Weinstein Books has acquired U.S. rights to Vincent Lam's medical school novel "Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures" and a untitled Lam novel that will feature one of the main characters from "Bloodletting."

"Cures," now a Canadian bestseller, follows the personal and professional lives of four young medical students. It will be published by Weinstein domestically next fall, with the sequel set for a 2008 release.

Toronto-based Shaftesbury Films obtained Canadian television rights to "Cures" last month, but Weinstein Books CEO Rob Weisbach said a feature film version is still a possibility. "It definitely has very strong cinematic potential," he said. "It combines rich literary prose with a more commercial page-turning quality. If you love "Grey's Anatomy" or 'House,' you'll recognize the same qualities that make them special."

This year "Cures" won the Giller Prize, the first time an author's debut has landed the top Canadian fiction honor. Lam is an emergency physician on staff at a Toronto hospital.

Weisbach negotiated the deal with Christy Fletcher of Fletcher & Parry acting on behalf of Lam and Anne McDermid & Associates in Canada.
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