U.S. agent Sandra Bishop joins Transatlantic

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Sandra BishopThe Transatlantic Agency is pleased to announce that SANDRA BISHOP has joined the company as its newest literary agent. Bishop has been an agent for six years in the U.S., where she was a Vice President with MacGregor Literary. While there she was named 2010 “Agent of the Year” by ACFW, an international organization of inspirational authors, an area in which she specializes.

Sandra represents writers of both fiction and non-fiction across a variety of categories – from serious narrative to inspirational romance. Among her most noted books are HANDS FREE MAMA by Rachel Macy Stafford; GUNNY’S RULES by R. Lee. Ermey; 100 WAYS TO SAY I LOVE YOU TO YOUR KIDS by Jay K. Payleitner; THE MEASURE OF KATIE CALLAWAY by Serena B. Miller; BEYOND THE DOOR by Maureen Doyle McQuerry; and SWEETHAVEN SUMMER by Courtney Walsh.

“Sandra’s considerable experience as an agent and the range of authors she represents dovetails perfectly with Transatlantic’s already-existing offerings. We now have four agents on the west coast – two each in Canada and the U.S. — giving us substantial representation in the region. We’re thrilled to welcome her aboard,” said Transatlantic’s President, David Bennett.

“I’m very pleased that Transatlantic recognizes the value my current clients will bring to the agency,” said Bishop. “I couldn’t be happier about the invitation to join a group of such diversely talented and experienced agents. It’s humbling and exciting, and I’m eager to get to work!”

Sandra Bishop lives in Portland, Oregon, where she will work alongside fellow Transatlantic agent Fiona Kenshole, who joined the agency in 2013.

DEAL NEWS – GOOD MEDICINE

World rights to Philip Hebert’s GOOD MEDICINE sold to Martha Kanya-Forstner of Doubleday Canada by Samantha Haywood for publication in 2016.

Drawing on his extensive experience as both a medical practitioner and a patient, award-winning physician and ethicist Philip Hebert creates in GOOD MEDICINE a brave and intimate portrait of the complex ethical questions raised by revolutionary advances in medical diagnosis and treatment.

DEAL NEWS – THE DIRT ON CLEAN

From Katherine Ashenburg, author of the international bestseller, THE DIRT ON CLEAN: AN UNSANITIZED HISTORY, comes a middle-grade adaptation of this social history of washing our bodies.

Katherine AshenburgLooking at Western culture through a soap bubble, THE DIRT ON CLEAN allows kids to discover that the everyday acts of showering and washing are a lens through which to see a surprising amount of history.

North American rights sold to Rick Wilks of Annick Press by Samantha Haywood at Transatlantic Agency

PAULA TODD and KATHLEEN WINTER Get Major Prize Nominations

The Transatlantic Agency is excited to congratulate Paula Todd (Extreme Mean: Trolls Bullies and Predators Online, Signal/M&S) and Kathleen Winter (Boundless: Tracing Land and Dream in a New Northwest Passage, House of Anansion their nominations for the 2014 Hilary Weston Writer’s Trust Prize for Nonfiction, the richest nonfiction award in Canada.

This award succeeds the Writers’ Trust Nonfiction Prize, which was established in 1997. Finalists receive $5,000 and the winner $60,000. The award will be presented on October 14th at a ceremony in Toronto. For further details, visit: http://www.writerstrust.com/awards/hilary-weston-writers-trust-prize.aspx

Extreme MeanPaula Todd’s EXTREME MEAN examines the growing trend of cyber-bullying and the psychological damage it brings to its victims. Paula Todd is a journalist, professor and lawyer who has previously written the best-selling A Quiet Courage: Inspiring Stories from All of Us and Finding Karla: How I Tracked Down an Elusive Serial Killer and Discovered a Mother of Three.  For more information, contact Samantha Haywood, samantha@transatlanticagency.com

From the Weston Prize jury:

“Paula Todd’s Extreme Mean is an essential eye-opening investigation of internet use, misuse, and abuse. Detailing infamous case studies such as those of Amanda Todd and Rebecca Black, and examining numerous websites dedicated to the unleashing of hatred protected by anonymity and “virtual” reality, Todd connects disturbing dots, pointing to a shocking trend of cyber-violence that is as nefarious–if not more so–than violence in the “real world.” Investigative research with profound social, legal, and philosophical implications. Overwhelmingly persuasive. A book every parent–or anyone online–must read.”

Kathleen Winter’s BOUNDLESS follows the author’s physical and spiritual journey as she travels into the Northwest Passage on a ship, following the route of the legendary Franklin expedition. She is the author of the award-winning and internationally best-selling novel, Annabel, and has recently released a new collection of short stories, The Freedom in American Songs.  For more information, contact Shaun Bradley, shaun@transatlanticagency.com

From the Weston Prize jury:

Boundless is a sensual, philosophical, myth-busting journey through the high Arctic on a search for a grounded meaning of the North West Passage. Its transcendent writing and superb weaving of action, interview, memoir, history, geology, flora, and fauna transmits Kathleen Winter’s personal, and profoundly universal, natural awareness.Boundless opens our minds and senses, and enriches our spiritual connection to ourselves through nature. This quirky, eloquent paean to the land blesses readers with its bounty.

Award News – My October

The Transatlantic Agency congratulates Claire Holden Rothman, whose wonderful new novel MY OCTOBER (Penguin Canada, September 2014) has been longlisted for the 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize.

MY OCTOBER is a masterful novel weaving together three unique voices of a family torn apart by the power of language and the weight of history. Claire Holden Rothman is the author of two story collections and a best-selling novel, The Heart Specialist, longlisted for the 2009 Scotiabank Giller Prize and published in six countries. A full description of MY OCTOBER follows below.

Since 1994 The Giller Prize has recognized the best in Canadian long and short-form fiction, and it has been awarded to such luminaries as Margaret Atwood, Linden MacIntyre and Alice Munro. In celebration of the 21st anniversary of the award The Scotiabank Giller Prize has increased the prize purse to $100,000.00 for the winner and $10,000.00 for each shortlisted author. The shortlist will be announced October 6th.

Our congratulations go out to all the longlisted authors.

My OctoberMY OCTOBER by Claire Holden Rothman

world rights ex: Canada available. Represented by Samantha Haywood, contact:samantha@transatlanticagency.com

October 1970. FLQ terrorists kidnap a British diplomat in Montreal and hold him hostage for fifty-nine days. More than thirty years later, the story continues to reverberate.

Luc Lévesque is a celebrated Quebec writer and the anointed Voice of a Generation.  In his home town of Montreal, he is revered as much for his novels about the working-class neighbourhood of Saint-Henri as for his separatist views. But this is 2001. The dreams of a new nation are dying and Luc himself is increasingly dissatisfied with his life.

Hannah is Luc’s wife. She is also the daughter of a man who served as a special prosecutor during the October Crisis. For years, Hannah has worked faithfully as Luc’s English translator. She has also spent her adult life distancing herself from her English-speaking family. But at what cost?

Hugo is their troubled fourteen-year-old son. Living in the shadow of a larger-than-life father, Hugo is struggling with his own identity. In confusion and anger, he commits a reckless act that puts everyone around him on a collision course with the past.

Weaving together three unique voices, My October is a masterful tale of a modern family torn apart by the power of language and the weight of history. Spare and insightful, Claire Holden Rothman’s new novel explores the fascinating and sometimes shocking consequences of words left unsaid.

Claire Holden Rothman is the author of two story collections and a best-selling novel, The Heart Specialist, longlisted for the 2009 Scotiabank Giller Prize and published in six countries. Her translation of Canada’s first novel, L’influence d’un livre (The Influence of a Book) by Philippe-Ignace-François Aubert de Gaspé, won the John Glassco Translation Prize.  She lives in Montreal with playwright Arthur Holden.

Praise for My October:

“Rothman (The Heart Specialist) expertly weaves the intimate story of this family with the political history of Quebec. This novel about power, language and acceptance should resonate with those who have felt torn between languages and cultures, as well as those who have felt like outsiders in their own city or country.”

-Publisher’s Weekly

“Deftly rendering the inner voice of each of her protagonists – Hugo, Hannah, and Luc – she presents a nuanced network of perspectives, challenging the divisive dichotomy that generally characterizes Quebec politics.”

-Montreal Review of Books

“For western Canadian readers, the October Crisis might not be the easiest entry point for a novel. But by giving us this story in English, Claire Holden Rothman has provided an intimate window into the scars left by that era, unique to that place and time. Good stories take the specific and make it universal. This compelling, finely crafted novel accomplishes that beautifully.”

-The Winnipeg Free Press

“We’ve all heard the old Chekhov directive that if a gun appears at a certain point, it has to go off by a certain point. What Holden Rothman does with that is just one of the many ways she subverts expectations in a book whose dramatic ironies and emotional depths deepen with practically every page.”

-Ian McGillis, The Montreal Gazette