Television and film option rights to Giller Prize-nominated author Elisabeth de Mariaffi’s riveting debut literary thriller THE DEVIL YOU KNOW, for fans of Gone Girl and Broadchurch, set in the early 90’s about a rookie reporter assigned to the Paul Bernardo serial killer investigation, whose memories and personal research into the murder of her childhood best friend bring danger right back to her doorstep to Mark Montefiore and Patrick O’Sullivan of New Metric Media by Samantha Haywood of Transatlantic Agency, published in January 2015 by HarperCollins Canada, Touchstone S&S and Titan UK.
Transatlantic is thrilled to celebrate the launch of Suzanne Alyssa Andrew’s debut novel, CIRCLE OF STONES – (Film/TV rights available. World rights: Dundurn)— by sharing some of the impressive media attention the book has received so far.
“Circle of Stones is a stunning reading experience, a novel that spans the country, evoking the goth clubs of Ottawa as strongly as it does the beachfront communities of Vancouver Island (where the author grew up), bringing to life a panoply of characters, any one of whom could anchor a novel in their own right. Despite the complexities of the structure, the novel is easily accessible, owing largely to the crystalline quality of Andrew’s prose, her deft skill with detail and setting, and the accessibility, the humanity, of her characters.”–Vancouver Sun
“A stunning mosaic, where isolated individuals are intriguingly interwined.” –National Post
“Characters are startlingly realized in vivid, stark lines. The reader is amazed all these people… have been born from just one writer’s pen.” –Pickle Me This
“In Circle of Stones, Andrew has taken an innovative approach to a timeless subject.” –Quill and Quire
“Suzanne Alyssa Andrew’s novel reveals the secret lives of the almost-invisible strangers we encounter every day—the timid elderly woman next door, the sullen street kid, the stone-faced government worker—and traces the hidden connections among them. In this enthralling, character-driven book, nobody is quite as they seem, and routine interactions have surprising layers of meaning. Andrew brings a sweet vulnerability to her unwittingly entwined protagonists, and sets a compelling mystery at the heart of it all.” -Jessica Westhead, author of And Also Sharks and Pulpy & Midge
“Suzanne Alyssa Andrew’s writing is sinuous, polished and deceptively simple, drawing you closer to her characters, their fears and longings, and all the mysteries they are trying to penetrate. This novel is a dragonfly’s view on a complex story of love, loss, and art, in twelve chapters. I enjoyed the shifting point of view because it makes the reading experience both exciting and challenging—as a reader, I was also a fully engaged participant in the novel, finding connections, and empathy, with and for the characters.” -Rebecca Rosenblum, author of Once and The Big Dream
Transatlantic is very proud to be bringing Canadian Olympic champion, Clara Hughes‘ inspiring story to readers all over the country. Clara Hughes is the only athlete in history to have ever won multiple medals in both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games. She is also one of Canada’s most passionate and inspiring advocates for mental health.
In her forthcoming memoir, Open Heart, Open Mind, from Simon & Schuster Canada (English) and Éditions Libre Expression (French) scheduled for September 2015, Clara shares her
remarkable journey to becoming an elite athlete and her turbulent but ultimately redemptive relationship with her family. With over twenty years competing in the endurance sports of speed skating and cycling, Clara speaks candidly about her personal triumph over physical and mental pain and her many successes and struggles both on and off the track. “I want to share my experience,” she says. “Hopefully it will encourage people to better understand the struggle of mental illness and most importantly let people know they are not alone.” Told with honesty, passion, and humour, Clara’s story is sure to touch the hearts of all Canadians.
Contact: Samantha Haywood, email@example.com
Transatlantic is extremely proud to celebrate the launch of Emily Urquhart’s BEYOND THE PALE. “Part memoir, part cultural critique, and part genetic travelogue, BEYOND THE PALE is a brave, intimate investigation into the secret histories that each of us carries in our genes and an inspiring and beautiful memoir about parenting a child with a disability – and building a better future for that child.” Urquhart has received phenomenal praise so far and we wanted to share some of that with you here. This is a must read this Spring!
Praise for Emily Urquhart’s BEYOND THE PALE (TV/Film rights available. World rights available ex, HarperCollins: World English, April 2015)
- Maclean’s – “The Most Anticipated Books of 2015”
- The Globe and Mail – “The 50 Most Anticipated Books of 2015”
- Toronto Star – “The 25 Books We Can’t Wait to Read”
- Maclean’s has a terrific feature
“A graceful, perceptive rendering of a misunderstood condition.” –Kirkus Reviews
“The book does a stellar job of raising awareness and dispelling myths. (People with albinism do not have pink eyes.) Beyond the Pale will undoubtedly seal Urquhart’s position as an eloquent spokesperson and passionate activist for this mysterious and misunderstood condition. She’s highly relatable both as a typical exhausted first-time mom and as the parent of a child with a genetic disorder, and she writes with an aching honesty.” –Toronto Star
“The way Urquhart struggles with these questions ultimately reflects her greatest quality as a writer. From the start she isn’t afraid to make the personal political, to delve into her particular experience while also acknowledging its limits and investigating what lies beyond them. Urquhart’s as interested in championing individuality as she is in embracing our shared humanity. But she never shies away from the fact that cherishing both can be a knotty, contradictory affair.” –The Globe & Mail
“Beyond the Pale is a brave, thoughtful, clear, and always graceful journey through the terrifying randomness of genetics and the unexpected ways genetic anomalies can mark not just children, but all the lives around them. Best of all, it ends with a surprise—one that will interest anyone thinking of having a family.” —Ian Brown, author of The Boy in the Moon
“Driven by a mother’s love and a scholar’s curiosity, Beyond the Pale is a warm and unflinching memoir about hope and the resilience of the human spirit. Rich with stories that both horrify and inspire, the result is a haunting and moving journey—one that says far less about genes than it does the power of people to overcome.” —Caroline Abraham, author of The Juggler’s Children: Journey into Family, Legend and the Genes that Bind Us
“Emily Urquhart has written a courageous and ambitious book. Beyond the Pale offers an intimate account about raising a daughter with albinism, a lucid portrait of related genetic, medical and social issues, and a disturbing reminder of the brutal violence that many people with albinism continue to face today.” —Lawrence Hill, author of The Book of Negroes
“Beyond the Pale is a powerful story about maternal love, the long reach of family and the ways—good and evil—we react to disability. And what a guide we have in Emily Urquhart—a wonderful writer who is generous, honest and not afraid to pose the hardest questions. This book took me by the hand on the first page and never let me go.” —Katherine Ashenburg, author of The Dirt on Clean: An Unsanitized History
“Beyond the Pale is an elegant, complex wonder. Urquhart carries a light into a world of shadows as she confronts ancient fears and violence on behalf of her child. In probing what makes us different from each other and what unites us—how we are forged by both our genes and our stories—she creates a legacy of belonging for her daughter and a beautiful contemporary fable for all of us.” —Maria Mutch, author of Know the Night: A Memoir of Survival in the Small Hours
“Beyond the Pale is a beautiful weaving of the threads of history and lore that combine to make a family, gathered with the fierce, exhaustive love that overtakes us when we become parents.” —Gill Deacon, author of There’s Lead in Your Lipstick: Toxins in Our Everyday Bodycare and How to Avoid Them
Don’t miss an amazing segment on CTV’s Canada AM with Emily Urquhart on her new memoir BEYOND THE PALE and what she learned after her child was born with albinism. Watch it here