Welcoming Carey Sookocheff to Transatlantic Agency!

Welcome Carey Sookocheff, a new client for Fiona Kenshole. Carey Sookocheff is the illustrator of the critically acclaimed BUDDY AND EARL series by Maureen Fergus, now publishing its 5th title with Groundwood Books. She is also the author/illustrator of WET (Macmillan Children’s), which was included in the Society Of Illustrators Original Art Exhibition in 2017, and SOLUTIONS FOR COLD FEET AND OTHER LITTLE PROBLEMS (Tundra Books), which is currently a selection for the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Her most recent picture book is SPROUT SEED, SPROUT! which will publish in 2019 with Owlkids

A graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design, she has worked for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Real Simple. Her editorial work has received recognition from Society Of Illustrators, American Illustration, Communication Arts and National Magazine Awards.

Since pursuing children’s book illustration in 2014, she has worked on nine picture books. She is also a recent recipient of an Ontario Arts Recommender Grant for Writers. So pleased to be working with you, Carey!

More great foreign rights deal news for THE COACHING HABIT by Michael Bungay Stanier!

Greek rights to THE COACHING HABIT by Michael Bungay Stanier to Papasotiriou Publishing by JLM Literary Agency in association with Stephanie Sinclair on behalf of Page Two Strategies.

Portuguese rights to THE COACHING HABIT by Michael Bungay Stanier to ASA Leya’s commercial nonfiction imprint Lua de Papel by Julia Garrigos in association with Stephanie Sinclair on behalf of Page Two Strategies.

Mongolia rights to THE COACHING HABIT by Michael Bungay Stanier to Gerelmaa Partners LLC by Stephanie Sinclair on behalf of Page Two Strategies.

Brazilian rights to THE COACHING HABIT by Michael Bungay Stanier to Sextante by Julia Garrigos in association with Stephanie Sinclair on behalf of Page Two Strategies.

Two Transatlantic Authors Long-Listed for the JOURNEY PRIZE!

We’re thrilled to congratulate two Transatlantic authors long-listed for this year’s Journey Prize! Alicia Elliott is in the running for her story “Tracks” published by The New Quarterly: Canadian Writers & Writing and Jess Taylor is nominated for her story “Two Sex Addicts Fall in Love” published by This Magazine – congrats to you both!

The Writers’ Trust of Canada/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize is awarded annually to an emerging writer of distinction for a short story originally published in a Canadian literary magazine.

This year’s shortlist will be announced on September 12. For more information on the award and the full long-list, please visit here.


Welcoming Alison Taylor!

We’re delighted to welcome Alison Taylor to Transatlantic!
Alison is a writer, stand-up comic and video artist whose work has screened internationally. She has an MFA in film from York University and is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers. She has previously published in Exile Literary Quarterly and her upcoming novel is about an oxy-addicted mother, her university-dropout daughter and the shared trauma that haunts their past. She is currently working on her next novel, in which two estranged siblings are forced to reunite after their mother suffers a debilitating stroke. Originally from Hamilton, Ontario, Alison currently splits her time between Toronto, where she works as a television editor, and Fredericton, where her partner lives with their two cats.
Alison is represented by Samantha Haywood.

FOE by Iain Reid publishes today with Simon & Schuster Canada!

The day has arrived! Iain Reid‘s highly-anticipated sophomore novel, FOE, publishes today with Simon & Schuster Canada​ – happy book birthday, Iain!!

The US edition with Simon & Schuster​ drops on September 4th, with editions in 6 other territories (so far!) to follow. Not to mention that we also have a film to look forward to from Anonymous Content who have optioned the rights.

For fans of the hit series Black Mirror, FOE is an unsettling philosophical thriller that churns with unease from its first page, and memorably blurs the boundaries of literary, horror, and science fiction. FOE explores the struggle between desperation and fear, delusion and obligation, marriage and individuality.

Advance Praise

Selected as one of the Indigo, Chapters and Coles​ Most Anticipated Books of 2018

Selected as an airport pick, featured prominently in 65 stores across Canada

Featured on CBC​’s “100 writers in Canada you need to know now”. Listen at 6:50 for a spotlight on Iain: CBC.ca/player

“Reid proves once again that he is a master of atmosphere and suspense. Readers won’t be able to put this one down.”
-Publishers Weekly​

“Reid builds to a deeply unsettling climax. As much a surgical dissection of what makes a marriage as an expertly paced, sparsely detailed psychological thriller, this is one to read with the lights on.”
-Kirkus Reviews​

“movie producers are simply confirming what the literary community already knows: Iain Reid just might be the most exciting and excitingly unclassifiable author working in Canadian fiction today.”
-The Globe and Mail

“Reid writes it all with controlled understatement, stark beauty in each word, doled out with the care of a parent spoon-feeding a baby.”
-Literary Review of Canada

Foe reads like a house on fire, and is almost impossible not to finish in one sitting…an otherworldly hothouse of introversion and fantasy.”
-Toronto Star

“I’m not sure that humans have hackles, but something was creeping up my spine as I read this book, and I welcomed the shivers of shock and delight…. A mind-bending and genre-defying work of genius.”
-Liz Nugent, author of Unraveling Oliver and Lying in Wait

Blogger and Reviewer Quotes:

“This book was a very great book . . . It’s a fabulous read that will have you guessing and wondering the whole way through!”
-Books on the Bookshelf

“The whole time I was reading it, I knew that something was a little off and it was fun to throw out guesses – nothing I guessed was correct, which made it even more fun.”
-Reading in Winter

Foe is the kind of novel that probably benefits from the shock of it all; the need to get out there and find someone else who has read it just so you can discuss it endlessly over coffee.”
-Every Read Thing

“Detail oriented, quiet, unsettling . . . beautiful . . . definitely one I want to re-read.”

“Unique, reflective, and mystifying! It’s riveting, entertaining, and certainly worth a read or two.”
-What’s Better Than Books

“…this was truly one of the best books I have read in a long time!”
-Paige, Netgalley reviewer (5 stars)

“I loved everything about this book.” –Jenn, Goodreads reviewer (5 stars)

“Reading this book was like reading an episode of Black Mirror. An utterly compulsive read that, after I finished, I wanted to talk about with anyone who would listen. I absolutely loved it.” -Monica, Goodreads reviewer (5 stars)

“What this author does best, a bit like the King, is to imbue the most innocuous seeming narrative with a feeling of menace”

The New York Times features Drawn and Quarterly’s SABRINA by Nick Drnaso

The New York Times features Drawn & Quarterly’s SABRINA by Nick Drnaso, the first ever graphic novel long-listed for the Man Booker Prize!

And we’ve sealed four foreign rights deals (so far!) for SABRINA, which the NYT previously called “a shattering work of art.” – Spanish rights to Salamandra Graphic; Italian rights to Coconino; French rights to Presque Lune Editions; and Chinese rights to Ginkgo. These deals were arranged by Stephanie Sinclair and Samantha Haywood on behalf of Drawn & Quarterly.

More rights news coming soon!

Welcoming Chelsea Vowel!

A warm Transatlantic welcome to best-selling author Chelsea Vowel!

Chelsea is Métis from manitow-sâkahikan (Lac Ste. Anne) Alberta, currently residing in amiskwaciwâskahikan (Edmonton). Mother to six girls, she has a BEd and LLB, and is currently a graduate student in Native Studies.

Chelsea is a public intellectual, writer, speaker, and educator whose work intersects language, gender, Métis self-determination, and resurgence. Her essays have been featured in the National Post, The Globe and Mail, The Guardian, Chatelaine, Today’s Parent, Maclean’s, Briarpatch, Canadian Art, and many other publications. Chelsea is the author of the national bestseller, Indigenous Writes: A Guide to First Nations, Métis & Inuit Issues in Canada, which won the Manuela Dias Book Design award, and was shortlisted for the Mary Scorer Award for Best Book as well as the Quebec Writer’s Federation Concordia First Book Prize and the Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-Fiction.

Cohost of Indigenous feminist sci-fi podcast Métis in Space, her first fiction piece “Dirty Wings” was published in On Spec in spring of 2018, her poem “No Appeal” will appear in Refuse: CanLit in Ruins (Book*hug, 2019), and her Indigenous futurisms chapter “Kitaskînaw 2350” caps off the graphic novel anthology This Place: 150 Years Retold (Highwater Press, 2019). Chelsea is currently writing a collection of short stories that envision Métis people into the near and far future, exploring the concept of Indigeneity in post-singularity, and post-human contexts.

Chelsea blogs at apihtawikosisan.com and makes legendary bannock. She is represented by Stephanie Sinclair.

We are thrilled to welcome Avery Swartz to Transatlantic Agency!

Avery Swartz is a Toronto-based tech expert. She is the founder and CEO of Camp Tech, the tech workshop company for non-technical people. Avery is the resident tech expert on CTV’s Your Morning, where she talks about tech trends and highlights the latest tech gadgets for a national audience. She writes articles about tech and the modern woman for Chatelaine, writes about tech and small business for The Globe and Mail, and hosts the Camp Tech podcast. Avery acts as a digital advisor to a number of charities (including the Art Canada Institute and Canadian Cancer Society), hosts the Gather North retreat for women who make the web, and is #5 on the Top 50 Women in Marketing list by Search Engine Journal.

Avery is represented by Samantha Haywood.

D&Q’s SABRINA by Nick Drnaso long-listed for the 2018 Man Booker Prize!

We’re celebrating our client Drawn and Quarterly for an unprecedented accomplishment – D&Q’s title SABRINA by Nick Drnaso has been long-listed for the 2018 The Man Booker Prize!! This marks the first time a graphic novel has been nominated for the main fiction category for this award. CONGRATS to D&Q and Nick Drnaso!

We’re proud to represent the foreign rights to this title, which has sold to Granta in the UK, Coconino in Italy, Ginkgo in China, Salamandra in Spain and Presque Lune in France. SABRINA published in North American with D&Q in May 2018.

The Man Booker Prize was established in 1969 and is recognized as the leading prize for literary fiction written in English. This year’s 13 long-listed books were selected from 171 submissions, the highest number of submissions in the prize’s 50-year history.

FROM THE JURY: “Given the changing shape of fiction, it was only a matter of time before a graphic novel was included on the Man Booker longlist. Sabrina makes demands on the reader in precisely the way all good fiction does. Oblique, subtle, minimal, unmanipulative: the style of the pictures is the book’s worldview. Drnaso uses images to express an idea about what’s invisible – an idea about uncertainty, and the different kinds of holes that missing people leave in our lives.”

The shortlist will be announced on September 20th, with the winner being announced on October 16th. Best of luck to D&Q and Nick Drsano!

For more information about the award and the full long list, please visit: Themanbookerprize.com/man-booker-prize-2018-longlist