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Portrait of Hana El Niwairi

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Hana El Niwairi

Rights Manager
CookeMcDermid Literary Management

Hana El Niwairi is the Rights Manager and Literary Agent at CookeMcDermid. She leads the rights team in representing the works of agency authors outside of North America: in Asia, Europe, the UK, and more. Since 2017, Hana and her team have placed agency books into over 50 territories around the globe. These include: #1 New York Times bestselling poet Rupi Kaur's the sun and her flowers and home body; internationally bestselling author Thomas Olde Heuvelt's HEX and Echo; 2021 Canada Reads contender Natalie Zena Walschot's Hench; Dr. Britt Wray's Generation Dread: Finding Purpose in an Age of Climate Crisis; and Alicia Elliott's And Then She Fell, among others. Prior to joining the publishing industry, she worked in the non-profit, arts, and culture sectors with organizations such as the Book and Periodical Council, Culture Days, and Paprika Festival. Outside of her role at the agency, Hana is also one of the co-founders of BIPOC of Publishing in Canada.