PAULA TODD and KATHLEEN WINTER Get Major Prize Nominations

The Transatlantic Agency is excited to congratulate Paula Todd (Extreme Mean: Trolls Bullies and Predators Online, Signal/M&S) and Kathleen Winter (Boundless: Tracing Land and Dream in a New Northwest Passage, House of Anansion their nominations for the 2014 Hilary Weston Writer’s Trust Prize for Nonfiction, the richest nonfiction award in Canada.

This award succeeds the Writers’ Trust Nonfiction Prize, which was established in 1997. Finalists receive $5,000 and the winner $60,000. The award will be presented on October 14th at a ceremony in Toronto. For further details, visit: http://www.writerstrust.com/awards/hilary-weston-writers-trust-prize.aspx

Extreme MeanPaula Todd’s EXTREME MEAN examines the growing trend of cyber-bullying and the psychological damage it brings to its victims. Paula Todd is a journalist, professor and lawyer who has previously written the best-selling A Quiet Courage: Inspiring Stories from All of Us and Finding Karla: How I Tracked Down an Elusive Serial Killer and Discovered a Mother of Three.  For more information, contact Samantha Haywood, samantha@transatlanticagency.com

From the Weston Prize jury:

“Paula Todd’s Extreme Mean is an essential eye-opening investigation of internet use, misuse, and abuse. Detailing infamous case studies such as those of Amanda Todd and Rebecca Black, and examining numerous websites dedicated to the unleashing of hatred protected by anonymity and “virtual” reality, Todd connects disturbing dots, pointing to a shocking trend of cyber-violence that is as nefarious–if not more so–than violence in the “real world.” Investigative research with profound social, legal, and philosophical implications. Overwhelmingly persuasive. A book every parent–or anyone online–must read.”

Kathleen 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

From the Weston Prize jury:

Boundless is a sensual, philosophical, myth-busting journey through the high Arctic on a search for a grounded meaning of the North West Passage. Its transcendent writing and superb weaving of action, interview, memoir, history, geology, flora, and fauna transmits Kathleen Winter’s personal, and profoundly universal, natural awareness.Boundless opens our minds and senses, and enriches our spiritual connection to ourselves through nature. This quirky, eloquent paean to the land blesses readers with its bounty.