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.”

THE SILENT WIFE – Evergreen Prize Shortlist

Transatlantic Agency is delighted to announce that ASA Harrison’s international bestseller THE SILENT WIFE has been shortlisted for the Ontario Library Association’s 2014 Evergreen Prize.

THE SILENT WIFE is a finely wrought, emotionally charged psychological thriller about a marriage in the throes of dissolution, a couple headed for catastrophe, concessions that can’t be made, and promises that won’t be kept. Expertly plotted, THE SILENT WIFE ensnares the reader from page one and doesn’t let go.

The Evergreen Prize is presented annually by the OLA, a body comprised of members from public, school and special libraries throughout Ontario. The award recognizes the best in Canadian fiction and non-fiction adult titles. It is one of eight prizes in the Forest of Trees, Canada’s largest recreational reading program.

Our congratulations go out to all the other nominees.

For more information on the award and a full list of nominees, visit the prize page here:

Paul Harbridge launches short novel, BEAVER POND

Transatlantic author Paul Harbridge, author of the hockey picture book When the Moon Comes, forthcoming from Tundra, is launching his satirical short novel, Beaver Pond, via Twitter on October 6th. Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has made headlines around the world, but just as newsworthy has been the obsession of citizens and the media with his notoriety. Toronto author Paul Harbridge takes the frenzy at City Hall as the starting point for his story.

Evocative of George Orwell’s Animal Farm, Beaver Pond is the darkly humorous tale of an abrasive porcupine named Rock who, accompanied by his brother Digger, takes over the leadership of a hapless beaver colony, thoroughly rattling the establishment before succumbing to his own prickly demons. Shortly after being named Grand Rodent by the High Council of Beavers, a rumour starts to circulate that Rock has been spotted down at Cranberry Corners, the nefarious hangout of losers and ne’er-do-wells. (Everyone knows the scandalous effect ripe cranberries have on rodents!) Rock disrupts the lives of the good citizens of the Big Flood, including cultural maven Margaret Eatwood and adolescent troublemaker Dustin Beaver, and even tries to cancel the flying squirrels’ annual Glide Parade. The tension between the anti- and pro-porcupine camps is only heightened by the dark jokes made every evening down at the river bank by that irascible scamp Jimmy Otter. The aim of the book is not to judge but to take a humorous look at how we all reacted to someone who disturbed our complacency.

The story will be presented in a ground-breaking format never before used on Twitter and take place over 12 days, beginning October 6, 2014. Beaver Pond will amalgamate the dialogue of 26 characters (each with their own Twitter account) into a single Twitter account (@Beaver_Pond) to tell the story. Beaver Pond’s Twitter debut coincides with its release in e-book format for Kobo and Kindle on October 5th.

Governor General’s Literary Awards – Claire Holden Rothman

Transatlantic is excited to announce that Claire Holden Rothman has been nominated for the 2014 Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction for her novel MY OCTOBER (Penguin Canada, September 2014).

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.

The Governor General’s Award is one of the most prestigious literary prizes in Canada. Since 1937 it has been awarded to the best in Canadian literature in both French and English and has honoured some of the most prominent Canadian authors. The winners of each category are awarded $45,000 and finalists $1,000, and the winners will be announced on November 18th.

Our congratulations go out to all the nominated authors.


MY OCTOBER by Claire Holden Rothman

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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

Award News – Clea Young

Transatlantic is excited to congratulate Clea Young for her nomination for the 2014 Writer’s Trust of Canada McClelland & Stewart Journey Trust Prize for her short story JUVENILE (published in The Fiddlehead).

Clea YoungThe award honours the best of the year’s short stories published by a new and developing writer in a Canadian literary publication. It began in 1988 thanks to a generous donation from James A. Michner out of the royalties from his novel Journey. The winner is decided by a three-member independent panel and will be announced at the Writer’s Trust Awards on November 4.

JUVENILE follows a chance encounter between a former couple on a B.C. ferry, where old grievances and desires resurface with surprising results. This story is Clea Young’s third appearance in The Journey Prize Stories. She has also been nominated for the CBC Short Story Prize in 2012. Her stories have been published in EVENT, Grain, The Fiddlehead, the Malahat Review, Prairie Fire, Room and Coming Attractions. Currently, she is the Artistic Associate at the Vancouver Writer’s Fest and lives in Vancouver with her husband and son.