Accolades for SHOPLIFTER by Michael Cho

Congrats to SHOPLIFTER by MicCho2014bwhael Cho which has received wonderful accolades this year including among others, A Boston Globe Best Book of 2014, a Globe and Mail Best 100 Books and appearing on the front page of the New York Times Weekend Arts section. The NYT holiday gift guide calls it “engrossing reading, with smart dialogue and lush images in black, white, and pink.” SHOPLIFTER by Michael Cho (Pantheon) follows Corrina Park, a twenty-something copywriter who escapes the ennui of her life through shoplifting. It debuted on the NYT Bestseller list for Graphic Novels in September 2014.

Michael Cho is represented by Samantha Haywood.

The Mystics of Mile End Deal Announcement

Sigal SamuelDebut literary novelist and Jewish Daily Forward editor Sigal Samuel’s THE MYSTICS OF MILE END has been sold to Lisa Sharkey, SVP and Director of Creative Development HarperCollins and Carrie Feron SVP, Executive Editor, William Morrow for trade paperback at William Morrow for Fall 2015 by Samantha Haywood.

SegalSMysticsMileEnd72Reminiscent of THE HISTORY OF LOVE by Nicole Krauss and THE BEE SEASON by Myla Goldberg, THE MYSTICS OF MILE END weaves together four distinct voices to tell the story of a dysfunctional family with a dangerous mystical obsession in climbing the Kabbalah’s Tree of Life.

Canadian rights previously sold to Deborah Willis of Freehand Books for Spring 2015 (world ex: Canada). Foreign rights: Carolyn Bodkin carolyn.bodkin@harpercollins.com; film rights:samantha@transatlanticagency.com

Award News: Plum Johnson and Kathleen Winter

RBC Charles Taylor Prize logoThe Transatlantic Agency congratulates Plum Johnson (They Left Us Everything, Penguin) and Kathleen Winter (Boundless: Tracing Land and Dreams in a New Northwest Passage, House of Anansi) who have both been longlisted for the 2015 Charles Taylor Prize, one of Canada’s most esteemed awards for literary nonfiction.

The Charles Taylor Prize recognizes excellence in literary nonfiction. Finalists receive $2000. The winner receives $25,000. The shortlist will be announced on January 15th in Toronto. For further details, please visit the Charles Taylor Prize website.

JohnsonPlum2013bwPlum 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. She is an award-winning author, artist and entrepreneur living in Toronto. She was the founder of KidsCanada Publishing Corp., publisher of KidsToronto; and co-founder of Help’s Here! resource magazine for seniors & caregivers. For more information, contact Samantha Haywood, samantha@transatlanticagency.com.

Kathleen WinterKathleen 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.

Our congratulations go out to all the longlisted authors.

The Globe 100

The Globe 100 is out! Among the 100 best books of 2014 are Transatlantic’s THE SEARCH FOR HEINRICH SCHLOGEL (by Martha Baillie), SHOPLIFTER (Michael Cho), THE TROUBLE WITH BRUNCH (Shawn Micallef), WILL STARLING (Ian Weir) and THE FREEDOM IN AMERICAN SONGS (Kathleen Winter). Congratulations to all the authors on the list.

Cary Fagan Wins the 2014 Vicky Metcalf Award

Transatlantic is delighted to announce that Cary Fagan has been awarded the 2014 Vicky Metcalf Award for Literature for Young People by the Writers’ Trust of Canada.

The Vicky Metcalf Award is awarded to the author of a body of work in children’s literature, as selected by a three-member independent judging panel. In their citation, the jury said that “Organic prose and authentic dialogue are defining features of Cary Fagan’s prolific body of work, which covers the range of children’s genres from picture books to novels. With a kid’s eye-view Fagan navigates the ups and downs of life with genuine warmth and a wry sense of humour …Fagan is a master storyteller.”