About Us

Founded in September 2009, The Cooke Agency International (Cooke International) represents foreign rights for Appetite by Random House, ChiZine Publications, The Cooke Agency, Doubleday Canada, Knopf Canada, McClelland & Stewart, The McDermid Agency, Penguin Canada, Random House Canada, Rick Broadhead & Associates, Tundra Books and Small Beer Press. With its clients, Cooke International brings the best of the world to the world, whether it is literary fiction, genre fiction, practical non-fiction, narrative-driven non-fiction or children’s books.


Suzanne Brandreth

Suzanne has worked in publishing for nearly twenty years, having previously worked as an independent bookseller, a non-fiction proposal writer, a ghost writer, an editor at Doubleday Canada, and as a literary agent and subsidiary rights director for The Cooke Agency before joining Cooke International in September 2009 as subsidiary rights director. Suzanne has strong working relationships around the world, is a frequent attendee of the London and Frankfurt book fairs, and has participated in numerous international publishing fellowships, most recently as a fellow by the prestigious Jerusalem Fellowship. Suzanne is a hands-on agent and works with her clients to develop their book projects, fiction and non-fiction alike, helping to brainstorm and fine tune book ideas, craft proposals, and substantively edit the works before submission and publication. She has helped develop and place international rights to numerous bestselling titles, including Dr. Piers Steel's The Procrastination Equation, Emily White's Lonely: A Memoir, CS Richardson's The End of the Alphabet, and Tanis Rideout's Above All Things. Suzanne's nightstand is a tower of books, magazines, and gadgets, with a mix of contemporary women's fiction, literary fiction, self-help, nutrition, alternative health, special diet cookbooks, memoirs, and cutting-edge thinking in the areas of business, science, psychology, and current affairs — reading that reflects her interests as an agent.


Ron Eckel

A graduate of Simon Fraser University's Master of Publishing program and an eighteen-year veteran of Canadian publishing, Ron began his career writing for and editing Hockey Times, an independent amateur hockey magazine in Waterloo, Ontario. Ron worked with Penguin Group Canada, Westwood Creative Artists, and Random House of Canada Limited before joining Cooke International. Among Ron’s many rights deals are the sale of Irshad Manji’s The Trouble with Islam Today into twenty-five territories, as well as significant foreign rights deals for Dianne Warren’s GG winner Cool Water (US title: Juliet in August), Linden MacIntyre’s Giller winner The Bishop’s Man, Tanis Rideout’s Above All Things, and the works of A. Lee Martinez and Karen Lord. Ron devours equal amounts of fiction and non-fiction but is particularly drawn to contemporary literature, SFF and horror, kids and YA, and any biography, authorized or not, of the Ramones.


Hana El Niwairi

Hana joined The Cooke Agency International in January 2017, coming with a background in arts administration where she worked with organizations such as the Book and Periodical Council and Culture Days. She is the liaison between Cooke International's clients, co-agents and scouts, in addition to working on marketing materials and translation contracts, and providing support to Ron and Suzanne. Hana is a graduate of Humber College’s Arts Administration and Cultural Management program and holds a BA Honors in Creative Writing and English with a major in Psychology from Western University. Hana enjoys reading a wide range of genres, including fantasy, poetry, graphic novels of all kinds, and nonfiction that forces you to re-examine your worldview.


Leah Shangrow

Leah joined The Cooke Agency International in November 2014 as Agency Assistant, providing both general and operational support for the agents, and working closely with Cooke International's clients and co-agents on all financial and tax matters. She is a graduate of Humber College's Creative Book Publishing Program, holds an Honours BA in English literature from Dalhousie University and has a BA in Philosophy from York University. Before pursuing a career in the publishing industry, she worked for seven years as an Accounting Clerk in the calibration and NDT industries. She will devour any cultural artifact that makes her think or makes her laugh. Preferably both.

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