The Ontario Library Association Announces the Forest of Reading Shortlists!

Transatlantic Agency congratulates agency clients and Orca authors who are finalists on the 2017 Forest of Reading Awards shortlists! These awards recognize the best work by Canadian authors and illustrators. Over a quarter of a million readers participate in the program through schools, public libraries, literacy centres and within their homes. These awards encourage a love of reading through programs aimed at children and adults who vote for the winning books. 


fminvisibillcovINVISIBILL (Tundra Books) by Maureen Fergus, illustrated by Dušan Petričić (Blue Spruce)

EVERYDAY HERO (Orca Book Publishers) by Kathleen Cherry (Silver Birch Fiction)

DEEP ROOTS: How Trees Sustain Our Planet (Orca Book Publishers) by Nikki Tate (Silver Birch Non-Fiction)

TANK & FIZZ: The Case of the Battling Bots (Orca Book Publishers) by Liam O’Donnell and Mike Deas (Silver Birch Express)PCShooter72Banner

SHOOTER (Razorbill) by Caroline Pignat (Red Maple Fiction)

SHATTERED (Orca Book Publishers) by Teresa Toten (Red Maple Fiction)

THE UNQUIET PAST (Orca Book Publishers) by Kelley Armstrong (Red Maple Fiction)

DNA DETECTIVE (Annick Press), by Tanya Kyi, illustrated by Lil Crump (epicgameRed Maple Non-Fiction)

PRIDE (Orca Book Publishers) by Robin Stevenson (Red Maple Non-Fiction)

RODENT (Orca Book Publishers) by Lisa J. Lawrence (White Pine)

EPIC GAME (Orca Book Publishers) by William Kowalski (Golden Oak)


THEY LEFT US EVERYTHING (Penguin Canada) by Plum Johnson (Evergreen)

PUNISHMENT (Vintage Canada) by Linden MacIntyre (Evergreen)

Transatlantic would also like to congratulate all of the other authors who are finalists for this year’s Forest of Reading Awards.

For a full list of the nominees, please see the Ontario Library Association’s announcement at the following link

ALL THE DIRT by Katherine Ashenburg, and Illustrated by Capucine Mazille, Publishes with Annick Press!

all-the-dirtALL THE DIRT: A History of Getting Clean, written by Katherine Asheburg and illustrated by Capucine Mazille, publishes with Annick Press today – Happy Book Birthday to both Katherine and Capucine!

Says the publisher of the book, “All the Dirt is a lively, informative exploration of the evolution of personal hygiene. Starting with a number of myths about cleanliness, the author gives a quick overview of the topic. Throughout most of history, people rejected the notion of keeping clean, with some exceptions—the
ancient Romans were obsessive about it. Readers will
Trans - Katherine Ashenburgdiscover how the definition of cleanliness in one part of the world may differ radically from
another. In Zimbabwe, for example, cleanliness means coating your washed body with a mixture of oil and dirt! There is just enough of a gross factor that young readers will find the book as entertaining as it is enlightening. Colorful spreads, lots of sidebars, humorous illustrations, and photos make it ideal for browsing as cmazillewell as reading in depth.”

Visit Annick’s website to read more and look inside the book!

Purchase the book at



“With its lively writing and presentation, this informative book makes the history of cleanliness unexpectedly fun.” – Booklist

“VERDICT A factual yet witty take on dirt and cleanliness. Highly recommended for school libraries.” – School Library Journal

“The text successfully shows the influences of religion, class distinctions, geography, individual thinkers, and advertising on cleanliness behaviors throughout centuries and over most continents, ending with current practices in Canada and the U.S.—including the ongoing debate about antibacterial products. Colorful pages brim with sidebar anecdotes related to bathhouses, soap, toilets, and surprised international travelers.” – Kirkus Books

Enough by Mary Jennifer Payne Publishes with Orca!

enoughHappy book birthday to Mary Jennifer Payne whose novel ENOUGH publishes this week with Orca Books! ENOUGH is a high-interest novel for YA readers in which main character Lizzie has to protect herself from her mother’s boyfriend while looking out for her younger brother. Congratulations!

Deal News: Megabat by Anna Humphrey

Humphrey72bwMEGABAT by Anna Humphrey, a chapter book, to Samantha Swenson at Tundra Books/Penguin Random House Canada in a two-book deal for world rights. In MEGABAT, a boy moves into a new house and finds a new friend living in his attic bedroom: a talking New Zealand fruit bat with an appreciation for Star Wars! Amy Tompkins arranged the deal.


dlwaitingforcyclonecovHappy book birthday to Leesa Dean whose collection WAITING FOR THE CYCLONE publishes today with Brindle & Glass!

This debut short story collection is comprised of stories behaving like the weather phenomenon they were named for, raising important questions surrounding fidelity, domesticity and motherhood.

Watch the book trailer here:

Deen72Advance Praise:

“Leesa Dean writes strong, complex, unforgettable female characters I’d like to hang out with. Waiting for the Cyclone is a radiant debut—beautifully written, passionate, and whip smart—from a refreshing new voice bound to make her mark in Canadian literature.” – Ayelet Tsabari, author of The Best Place on Earth, winner of the 2015 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature

“Subversive, illicit, and with a knack for final lines packed with innuendo, Waiting for the Cyclone is a pleasure readers need not feel guilty about.” – Quill & Quire

“…there is a weight to these poignant stories that lingers.” – YAM Review

Rights sold: World Rights to Brindle & Glass

Secret Life Publishes with Goose Lane Editions

secret-lifeAnnouncing the launch of Kevin Donovan‘s groundbreaking book SECRET LIFE: The Jian Ghomeshi Investigation with Goose Lane Editions.

Writes the publisher of the book, “In Secret Life, Donovan takes us inside the Star’s investigation. Step by step, he explores the story as only he can: the media frenzy, his own personal and professional doubts, the women who came forward with stories about an alleged dark side of a national idol, and Ghomeshi’s ignominious firing and dramatic criminal trial. Taking us behind the scenes, Donovan sheds light on the journalistic process and the complexity of gathering information about a highly sensitive matter from named and confidential sources, including those
KDonovanbwwomen who feared it was their word against a beloved public figure’s. Secret Life is a thought-provoking account of the landmark Ghomeshi exposé that sparked a nation-wide discussion on sexual assault, the cult of celebrity, and the politics of power and gender in the workplace.”

Read and excerpt from the Toronto Star here:


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For further information about the book, please visit

To purchase SECRET LIFE in either paperback or ebook formats, please visit or

KEVIN DONOVAN is an investigative reporter and editor at the Toronto Star. He has won two Governor General’s Awards (Michener) for public service journalism, three National Newspaper Awards, and three Canadian Association of Journalists Awards. He is also the author of ORNGE: The Star Investigation that Broke the Story.


BGYiddishbannercovTransatlantic would like to congratulate Gary Barwin whose novel, YIDDISH FOR PIRATES (Penguin Random House Canada), has been shortlisted the the Governor General’s Award for Fiction!

YIDDISH FOR PIRATES by Gary Barwin is a brilliant novel filled with Jewish takes on classic pirate tales – fights, prison escapes, and exploits on the high seas – but it’s also a tender love story. Rich with puns, colourful language, post-colonial satire and Kabbalistic hijinks, YIDDISH FOR PIRATES is also a compelling examination of mortality, memory, identity and persecution, from one of this country’s
most talented writers.

Barwin2014bwEach year, the Canada Council for the Arts honours the best in Canadian literature with its Governor General’s Literary Awards (the GGs). As Canada’s national literary awards, the GGs represent the rich diversity of Canadian literature. For each category, a peer assessment committee, comprised of fellow authors, translators and illustrators, makes the final selection. Each GG winner receives $25,000; each nonwinning finalist receives $1,000. The publisher of each winning book receives $3,000 to help promote the book.

The winners will be announced on October 25th. For the full list of finalists, please visit

Deal News: Oma’s Monkey Man by Monique Polak

Polak72bwThe picture book OMA’S MONKEY MAN by Monique Polak to Diane Kerner at Scholastic Canada in a world rights deal by Amy Tompkins. Inspired by the true story of the author’s mother receiving a monkey man necklace as a birthday gift from a kind woman while she was a prisoner in the Terezin concentration camp during World War Two.

Deal News- Beavers: A Superhero Guide by Rachel Poliquin

PoliquinRbwBEAVERS: A SUPERHERO GUIDE by Rachel Poliquin, and three other books in the middle grade SUPERHERO FIELD GUIDES TO THE ANIMAL KINGDOM series to Kate O’Sullivan at Houghton-Mifflin-Harcourt Books for Young Readers, to be illustrated by Nicholas Frith in a deal for World Rights. The first book will publish in fall 2018. A series of humorously informative natural history books that unveil the superhero within all manner of dumpy beasts, snubbed fishes and ridiculed birds such as aardvarks, armadillos, beavers, moles, eels, ostriches, sloths, hedgehogs, and wombats. Amy Tompkins at Transatlantic Agency arranged the deal.