Congratulations to Plum Johnson and Zarqa Nawaz for their nominations for the first Kobo Emerging Writer Prize. Both were nominated in the Non-Fiction category, which is judged by the Charles Taylor Prize–shortlisted author Charlotte Gray.
The Kobo Emerging Writer Prize is in its inaugural year and will be awarded to three debut tiles, one each in the Non-Fiction, Fiction, and Mystery categories. Each author will win $10,000 and will get mentorship and support in promoting their work. The winners will be announced on July 7th.
Plum Johnson’s THEY LEFT US EVERYTHING is a funny, touching memoir about the importance of preserving family history to make sense of the past, and nurturing family bonds to safeguard the future.
From Zarqa Nawaz, creator of Little Mosque on the Prairie, LAUGHING ALL THE WAY TO THE MOSQUE: THE MISADVENTURES OF A MUSLIM WOMAN is a wonderfully funny memoir about the trials and tribulations of the author; it is Nora Ephron meets Meera Syal.
See the award announcement here and congratulations to all the nominees!
With more than a million books published worldwide, Sharon Siamon was one of Canada’s most prolific writers of teen fiction. We are grateful for her life and writing. Shari will be missed.
Transatlantic is proud to share a remarkable review of Pat Schmatz’s forthcoming novel, LIZARD RADIO, which praises the novel as being “sophisticated, character-driven science fiction, as notable for its genderqueer protagonist as for its intricate, suspenseful plot.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
To read the full review, please visit: https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/pat-schmatz/lizard-radio/
Anton Mueller, Executive Editor of Bloomsbury USA, has acquired world rights to Geoff Dembicki’s first book. Are We Screwed? A Millennial’s Guide to Climate Change keys off 28-year-old Dembicki’s dispatches for Vice, Salon, The Tyee, and others to explain the massive societal shifts Millennials are creating in their response to global warming.
Vancouver-based Geoff Dembicki is a staff reporter for The Tyee, where he writes on energy, climate, and sustainability. His reporting has taken him to emerging 21st-century power centres like San Francisco, New York, Boston, Fort McMurray, South Dakota, Beijing, Calgary, Hawaii, and Washington, D.C. His work has been cited by NPR and the Center for Public Integrity, among others, and he’s been blogged about on the influential media site FishbowlNY. He was awarded a 2012–2013 media fellowship from the Asia-Pacific Foundation of Canada and received a grant from the New York-based Solutions Journalism Network to support the writing of this book.
Dembicki is represented by associate agent Trena White.
Leesa Dean’s debut short story collection, WAITING FOR THE CYCLONE, comprised of stories behaving like the weather phenomenon they were named for, raising important questions surrounding fidelity, domesticity and motherhood, to Taryn Boyd of Brindle & Glass for Fall 2016, by Samantha Haywood (World Rights).