Michelle Parise has been a producer for CBC Radio and Television for over two decades. Born and raised in Toronto in a gigantic Italian immigrant family, Michelle was surrounded by storytellers, and as a child she wrote hundreds of short stories about her life. When she was 11-years-old she wrote a feminist novella in response to a book she’d taken issue with on the Grade 7 reading list. The teacher made it part of the curriculum in the years following. Her commitment to honest storytelling started early, is what we’re getting at, and is part of everything she creates, continually striving to make connection through shared experience. With over 2.5 million downloads to date, she is the creator of the memoir ALONE: A Love Story, a story of love, marriage and life after betrayal resonates with audiences all over the world. Originally conceived as a memoir, Alone: A Love Story is an intensely relatable tale of heartbreak and hope that taps into the loneliness inside all of us. No matter how many times love kicks her in the shins, Parise doesn’t give up on hope or on herself. The only thing to do once you’ve hit bottom is to swim back up! And for those who are fans of Season One, check out the highly anticipated Season Two (available for free download) which just released on April 4th!
We’re congratulating three Transatlantic authors for making Bank Street’s Best Children’s Books of the Year 2018!
Patricia Lakin‘s Made By Hand books (Simon & Schuster), SKATEBOARDS and BICYCLES, were both starred selections on the Nine to Twelve list! Two of Patricia Lakin’s books in the History of Fun Stuff series were also selected for the Five to Nine list. Additionally, Heather Smith‘s THE AGONY OF BUN O’KEEFE (Penguin Random House Canada) and Tim Tingle‘s NO MORE NO NAME (7th Generation) are on the Fourteen and Up and Twelve to Fourteen lists, respectively.
For the full lists please visit, Bankstreet.edu/best-books-year/2018-edition.
Chef and activist Joshna Maharaj’s untitled work, a social gastronomy manifesto and practical guide for transforming the way people eat in hospitals, schools, prisons, and community food centers, to Jennifer Knoch at ECW Press, in a nice deal, for publication in Spring 2020, by Jesse Finkelstein (world English; French).
North American rights to Dr. Christian Smith’s THE SCIENTIST AND THE PSYCHIC sold on a pre-empt to Amanda Betts and Anne Collins at Random House Canada by Stephanie Sinclair. As a child, Dr. Smith watched his mother become a world-renowned psychic and as an adult, whose education and research challenges the existence of the paranormal, he embarks on a quest to uncover and investigate the science underlying psychic phenomena.
Today we’re welcoming Toronto-based writer and editor Chantal Braganza to Transatlantic as a new client of Stephanie Sinclair’s!
By day she produces stories about social justice for Ontario public broadcaster TVO, and writes about books, food and pop culture in her spare time.
Braganza has reported on jazz icons, bank fraudsters and porn academia, and written personal essays on bilingualism, miscarriage and the cultural history of dunking foods. Her work has been nominated multiple times for National Magazine and Digital Publishing awards, and has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Hazlitt, the Globe and Mail, Toronto Life, Reader’s Digest, FASHION Magazine and Maisonneuve, among others.
DEAL NEWS: Canada English rights to ELEMENTAL by Catherine Bush, a provocative, compelling and urgent novel that through a propulsive narrative weaves together climate change, love, loyalty, family and Shakespeare’s The Tempest, set on a fictionalized version of Fogo Island, off the coast of Newfoundland, where a storm whips up enough force to rip through houses and lives, to Bethany Gibson at Goose Lane Editions for Spring 2020 publication by Samantha Haywood.
Join author Jan Redford in Nelson, BC on April 16th! Jan will be speaking at Civic Theatre at 7:30pm ahead of a showing of “Dirtbag”, a documentary about legendary climber Fred Beckey. To purchase tickets, please follow the link: https://civictheatre.ca/whats-on/now-playing-and-tickets/
Please also visit Jan Redford’s website at the following link, for further exciting events: www.janredford.com
A week post-publication of Jan’s stunning memoir, END OF THE ROPE, we’re excited to share the great reviews below:
“With its vivid storytelling, fascinating glimpse into the world of mountaineering, and insights into the healing power of wilderness, End of the Rope proves a promising debut. Not to mention an invaluable addition to the canon of chronicles by women climbers.”
– The Vancouver Sun, http://vancouversun.com/…/review-end-of-the-rope-sheds-ligh…
“This 400-page book is like reading through your best friend’s diary. It’s a captivating, compelling and heart-warming story about a remarkable woman sharing her innermost feelings. Many life lessons to be learned.”
– Nelson Star News, https://www.nelsonstar.com/com…/redfords-remarkable-journey/
Also, visit the links below for more media coverage!
DEAL NEWS: Italian rights to Tanya Lloyd Kyi’s middle grade novel MYA’S STRATEGY TO SAVE THE WORLD, in which twelve-year-old Mya devises a multi-pronged strategy to save the world and convince her parents to buy her a cell phone, have sold in a pre-empt to Stephanie Di Mella at Rizzoli. Vanessa Maus at Berla & Griffini handled the sale on behalf of Amy Tompkins. World English rights were previously sold to Tundra/Penguin Random House Canada, for publication in early 2019.
From the jury: “Blending the resources of love song and elegy, prayer and manifesto, Billy-Ray Belcourt’s This Wound is a World shows us poetry at its most intimate and politically necessary. Mindful of tangled lineages and the lingering erasures of settler colonialism, Belcourt crafts poems in which ‘history lays itself bare’…Belcourt pursues original forms with which to chart the constellations of queerness and indigeneity, rebellion and survival, desire and embodiedness these poems so fearlessly explore. Between its bold treatment of sexuality and wary anatomy of despair, This Wound is a World peels back the layers of feeling and experience to offer, finally, the glimmerings of hope…”
This prize is awarded annually, recognizing excellence in English-language poetry internationally and in Canada. The shortlisted poets will take part in the annual Griffin shortlist readings on June 6th and the winners will be announced on June 7th.
Congratulations Billy-Ray! We’re wishing you the best of luck.
For more information please visit: Griffinpoetryprize.com/announcing-2018-shortlist/
These annual awards have been deemed by The Globe and Mail as “The country’s pre-eminent literary prize recognizing independent presses” and have been said to bring a “welcome, back-to-the-books focus to the craft” (Amazon.com) for celebrating the best Canadian literature published by independent presses.
Winners receive the ReLit Ring, which has four moveable dials, each one struck with the entire alphabet. The ring was designed by Newfoundland jewellery designer Christopher Kearney.
For the full Long Shortlists, please visit: Therelitawards.blogspot.ca.