It was definitely exciting when I learned that I was going to be on Global’s The Morning Show. The experience reminded me of the first time going on a ski lift. My publicist and I are waiting in the wings, the broadcast cuts to commercial, and I’m led out onto the set to meet the hosts. Are you in the right spot, are you ready, doesn’t matter, the chair lift’s here, and you’re whisked away to zip down the mountain. Like skiing it was exhilarating and over very quickly. Ironically I was more nervous the following day when I watched the recording. Like the billboards, a surreal experience.

I was very grateful to be featured in Humber College’s ad campaign on university campuses across southern Ontario. These billboards promoted Humber’s School of Creative and Performing Arts (SCAPA), which includes the Humber School for Writers, where I developed Undercard. When they asked me to do a photo shoot, I was told it was for their brochure. I had no idea I was going to end up on billboards. I only found out when friends started sending me pics of my face on bus stops. It was surreal to say the least.

Here I made a list of Canadian sports books, fiction and non, that manage to combine sports with great storytelling. These books also document struggle and engage with societal issues. Exactly what I tried to do in Undercard.

undercard movie rights

This is House of Anansi’s press release letting everyone know that the screen rights of Undercard were sold to the award-winning production company Shaftesbury. The release also details which publishing rights of Undercard have been sold.

Shaftesbury has acquired screen rights for Undercard the debut novel by Toronto based author David Albertyn. House of Anansi Press published Undercard earlier this month. Set over the course of twenty-four exhilarating hours, Undercard is the story of four childhood friends, now in their early thirties, unexpectedly reunited by a high-profile prizefight in a Las Vegas casino . . . and an even higher-profile murder. The deal was negotiated by Michael Levine, Chairman of Westwood Creative Artists. Publishing rights for Undercard have already sold to Dreamscape Media (World English Audio), HarperCollins Germany (German), and HarperCollins France (World French).

“Fast-paced, fearless, and psychologically astute, Undercard is at once a terrific thriller and a sharp commentary on our turbulent times.” — David Bezmozgis, author of The Free World and The Betrayers

Born in Durban, South Africa, DAVID ALBERTYN immigrated to Canada with his family when he was ten years old. Since 2005, Albertyn has been a competitive tennis player and coach. A graduate of Queen’s University and the Humber School for Writers, Albertyn lives in Toronto. Undercard is his first novel.

interview with open book
interview with open book

I did this interview for Open Book, a website that celebrates and profiles Ontario’s literary scene. It was really fun opening up about how Undercard came to be, and my process in developing it.

In this interview I recount the trials and tribulations of my publishing journey, and the wacky coincidence that helped me find my agent.

david albertyn youtube interview

This YouTube interview, conducted by my friend Maya on her channel Just Two Girls…, turned out to be a lot of fun. Because the YouTube format allows for longer interviews, I was able to answer questions in much greater depth than in my TV interview. I discuss, among other things, how my mother helped spark my interest in writing, how I came up with characters’ names, and how a growth mindset helped during the editorial process.

Guest blog post for Anansi
Guest blog post for Anansi

In this blog I wrote for my publisher, House of Anansi, I detail why sports, boxing especially, are featured so prominently in Undercard. A novel is born of many seeds of inspiration, and here I share the seeds that helped my writing grow.

My former school Humber College does a profile on me and the release of Undercard. I really valued, and benefited from, my time developing in their School for Writers. This piece details how my education there helped me improve Undercard and get it sold.