Frankenstink Wins the 2016 Lillian Shepherd Award for Excellence in Illustration

LRFrankenstinkCovCongratulations to Ron Lightburn, who was awarded the Lillian Shepherd Award for Excellence in Illustration for FRANKENSTINK!: Garbage Gone Bad (Tundra Books). The Lillian Shepherd Award for Excellence, one of fourteen awards given out this year as part of the 2016 Atlantic Book Awards, is granted to an illustrator residing in Atlantic Canada. The winner is awarded a $500 prize funded by the Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association and the Atlantic Provinces Publishers’ Representatives. The award was granted at a gala event at Moncton’s Capitol Theatre in New Brunswick on April 27th, 2016.

To learn more about the 2016 Atlantic Book Awards, please visit To read up on the Lillian Shepherd Award for Excellence in Illustration, please visit

Deal News- Sofie & Cecilia By Katherine Ashenburg

Internationally bestselling nonfiction author Katherine Ashenburg’s debut novel SOFIE & CECILIA, set in the art world of Sweden in the late 19th/early 20th century, a story of life-long female friendship between two women married to famous artists inspired by Carl Larsson and Anders Zorn, revealing the pre-feminist pressures and secrets of marriage, career and family. For readers of Elena Ferrante and Paula McLain, Canadian English rights sold to Lynn Henry of Knopf Canada for New Face of Fiction, Spring 2018, by Samantha Haywood of the Transatlantic Agency.

Zoe Whittall Wins the 2016 K.M. Hunter Artist Award for Literature

zwhittallCongratulations to Zoe Whittall who is the winner of the 2016 K.M. Hunter Artist Award for Literature!

The K.M. Hunter Artist Award is granted in six categories (Dance, Literature, Media Arts, Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts) to Ontario residents in mid-career with a reasonable body of work. Each winner is awarded $8000. These awards are meant to propel artists to reach the next level in their careers.

The six winners will be honoured by the K.M. Hunter Charitable Foundation, who finances the prizes, at an event at the Gladstone event at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto later in May.

Transatlantic would also like to congratulate the other five winners!

For further information about the awards, please visit

4 Star Romantic Times Review for Ane Mulligan’s latest …

HOME TO CHAPEL SPRINGS coverAne Mulligan has received a 4 Star review from Romantic Times for her delightful HOME TO CHAPEL SPRINGS, the third of four fun titles, releasing in May 2016 from indie press Lighthouse of the Carolinas.

From the review: Chapel Springs: where anything can happen, and usually does. Claire and her best friend Patsy are as lovable as ever; even with all the new problems they face, they keep their sense of humor. The storyline is believable, and readers will identify with issues that are mentioned in the book. Mulligan writes with humor and wit. This book does not disappoint. – See more at:

Second Annual Kobo Emerging Writer Prize Shortlist Announced!

Congratulations to Emily Urquhart and Wendi Stewart for their nominations for the second annual Kobo Emerging Writer Prize! Emily Urquhart is shortlisted in the Non-Fiction category for BEYOND THE PALE: Folklore, Family, and the Mystery of Our Hidden Genes (HarperCollins Canada) and Wendi Stewart has received her nomination in the Literary Fiction category for MEADOWLARK (NeWest Press).

In its second year, the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize is awarded to talented debut authors in three different categories including Non-Fiction, Literary Fiction, and Romance. The three judges in their respective categories are Gail Anderson-Dargatz (Literary Fiction), Camilla Gibb (Non-Fiction), and Lynsay Sands (Romance). The winners in each category will receive $10,000 and will be chosen on or before June 8, 2016.

Beyond the Pale cover imageBEYOND THE PALE: Folklore, Family, and the Mystery of Our Hidden Genes by Emily Urquhart follows Emily’s experience  following the birth of her daughter and the unexpected discovery that her daughter was born with a shock of white hair, pale blue eyes, and fair skin and diagnosed with albinism. The author embarks on a three-year journey across North America and parts of Eastern Africa to discover how we explain human differences by examining a wide range of folklore and cultural beliefs.


In MEADOWLARK by Wendi Stewart, when her family’s car goes through the ice on Rainy Lake one cold March day in 1962, six-year-old Rebecca Archer is the only person her father is able to pull from the sinking vehicle. But as Rebecca grows up in a farmhouse haunted by the absence of her mother and baby brother, raised by a man left nearly paralyzed with grief, she wonders if her father really did save her after all. In her debut novel, Wendi Stewart tells the luminous, deeply imagined story of a young woman’s hard-won triumph over heartbreaking personal tragedy.

For further information about the award, please visit

Transatlantic would also like to congratulate all the other nominees!

Deal News- Best Canadian Sports Writing by Stacey May Fowles and Pasha Malla

Stacey May FowlesECW editor Jen Knoch has acquired world rights to BEST CANADIAN SPORTS WRITING, edited by Stacey May Fowles and Pasha Malla, for release in Fall 2017. BEST CANADIAN SPORTS WRITING collects recent journalism that draws a clear picture of why sports mean so much to us and what they say about our broader culture. The deal was arranged by Samantha Haywood of the Transatlantic Agency and Martha Webb of the McDermid Agency.

Deal News- End of the Rope by Jan Redford

Redfordbw72Jan Redford’s debut, END OF THE ROPE: A Mountain Memoir, in the tradition of Wild by Cheryl Strayed, set in the Rockies, starting as a rash young climber bouncing from mountain to mountain and relationship to relationship, to losing the love of her life in a climbing accident, then becoming pregnant with his friend’s baby and struggling in a stormy marriage, to finally breaking free to make her own way in life and graduate from UBC’s MFA program in Creative Writing. Canada English rights to Amanda Lewis at Random House Canada for Spring 2018 by Samantha Haywood of Transatlantic Agency.

Publishers Weekly Starred Review of I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS by Iain Reid

RII'mThinkingofEndingThingsUSBannerCovIain Reid has received yet another starred review for his incredible and haunting thriller I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS (Forthcoming June 2016 from Scout Press/Simon & Schuster Canada/Text Australia & UK/and soon thereafter from Presse de la Cite France and Rocco Brazil), this time from Publishers Weekly! The review says of the novel “Capped with an ending that will shock and chill, this twisty tale invites multiple readings.” This is the third starred review Iain’s debut novel has received, having previously received rave reviews from Kirkus and Booklist!

Beware That Girl by Teresa Toten at the Bologna Book Fair


The Book of the Fair: Transatlantic Literary agents Marie Campbell, Fiona Kenshole, and Amy Tompkins at the Bologna Book Fair with the German, Canadian and Spanish publishers of BEWARE THAT GIRL by Teresa Toten. Offers came in during the Fair for Toten’s taut YA psychological thriller in multiple other territories.

Rights currently still available:

World Rights Available Ex:
U.S., Delacorte, Spring 2016
Canada English, Doubleday Canada, Spring 2016
Spanish, Penguin Random House, 2017
German, Fischer, 2017
Film, Awesomeness Films
Represented by Marie Campbell

Book Launch – Gary Barwin’s ‘Yiddish for Pirates’ Maclean’s bestseller list

Congratulations to Gary Barwin, whose brilliant novel, Yiddish for Pirates, has debuted at #6 on the Maclean’s national bestseller list in its first week of publication.  Help to celebrate this wonderful new work as Ben McNally’s The Fine Print presents Gary Barwin on April 25th at the Dora Keough in Toronto.