Each year we like to look back and celebrate our clients’ achievements and each year there’s more to celebrate. Our clients continue to earn award nominations and wins, make bestseller lists and garner countless rave reviews.
In 2017, the agency has finalized 137 North American deals and 86 foreign rights deals.
We’ve welcomed 94 new clients to the team and attended 5 fairs and conferences, including the annual London, Bologna and Frankfurt book fairs.
Transatlantic clients were finalists for 42 awards this year, 17 of which were winners.
Thank you to all of our authors, illustrators and speakers for trusting us with your talent. Here’s to a new year of accolades and exciting list of projects in 2018!
UK Commonwealth (ex. Canada) rights to SABRINA by Nick Drnaso to Alex Bowler at Granta, a timely and articulate graphic novel about the disappearance of an airman in the U.S. Air Force, and the depiction of a modern world devoid of personal interaction and responsibility, where relationships are stripped of intimacy through glowing computer screens, and a contemplation of the dangers of a fake news climate, by Samantha Haywood on behalf of Drawn and Quarterly. Contact: email@example.com
DEAL NEWS: World rights to a collection of writing centering on women’s personal experiences of surviving and healing after sexual assault, co-edited by authors Stacey May Fowles and Jen Sookfong Lee to Greystone Books for fall 2018. The deal was arranged by Samantha Haywood of the Transatlantic Agency and Carolyn Swayze of the Carolyn Swayze Literary Agency.
Italian rights to Joanne Proulx’s award-winning debut novel ANTHEM OF A RELUCTANT PROPHET sold to Fanucci Editore by Erica Berla of Berla & Griffini Rights Agency on behalf of Samantha Haywood. And Russian rights to Palmyra Publishers by Samantha Haywood. The novel tells the gripping story of 17-year old Luke Hunter after he discovers he can foretell death, a ‘gift’ he’d rather not have. Film rights previously optioned by Sepia Films, and originally published in 2007 by Penguin Canada, Arena Netherlands, Picador UK and Soho Press US. For translation rights contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
World French rights to award-winning graphic novelist Scott Chantler‘s forthcoming new original graphic novel, BIX, a mostly wordless black and white graphic biography highlighting the career of Leon Bix Beiderbecke, an early jazz cornet player, who rose rapidly to fame in the 1920s before falling just as quickly from grace due to a wretched dependence on alcohol, to Frederic Gauthier of La Pasteque, NA previously to Ed Schlesinger of Gallery 13, Simon & Schuster by Samantha Haywood. For UK and translation and tv/film rights contact: email@example.com
Congratulations to Gary Barwin whose novel YIDDISH FOR PIRATES has won the Hamilton Literary Award for fiction!
YIDDISH FOR PIRATES is a brilliant novel filled with Jewish takes on classic pirate tales – fights, prison escapes, and exploits on the high seas – but it’s also a tender love story. Rich with puns, colourful language, post-colonial satire and Kabbalistic hijinks, YIDDISH FOR PIRATES is also a compelling examination of mortality, memory, identity and persecution, from one of this country’s most talented writers.
This singular novel is the winner of the 2017 Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour, and was shortlisted for both the Governor General’s Literary Award for fiction and the Scotiabank Giller Prize.
We’re happy to be celebrating yet another achievement for Gary Barwin! For more information about this year’s winners, please visit: Thespec.com/yiddish-for-pirates-wins-hamilton-literary-award.
A memoir/fiction/thought experiment/fantasy by Harold Johnson, author of the bestselling nonfiction work and GG finalist FIREWATER, about his brother Clifford, a scientist in the making whose life was cut too short — To Sarah MacLachlan and Janie Yoon at House of Anansi Press for Fall 2018 (World).
Deal arranged by Stephanie Sinclair.
Congratulations to Caroline Pignat whose novel SHOOTER (Razorbill Canada) is the winner of the 2017 John Spray Mystery Award! This annual award recognizes excellence in the mystery genre. The winning book must be of high literary quality and written by a Canadian.
SHOOTER is “The Breakfast Club meets We Need to Talk About Kevin“. Told in five unique voices through prose, poetry, text messages, journals and homework assignments, things take a twist when Isabelle gets a text that changes everything: NOT A DRILL!! Shooter in the school! And one of them knows more about the shooter than they realized…
From the Jury:
“Pignat tells an incredible story through the eyes of five very different characters who have to face a situation no one could ever be prepared for…The entire story takes place over the course of one nail-biting hour, and a countdown timer at the beginning of each chapter ramps up the tension…The gripping storyline makes this impossible to put down.”
Congratulations to Sharon Bala, who has won the 2017 Writers’ Trust/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize, for her story “Butter Tea at Starbucks” (first published in The New Quarterly: Canadian Writers & Writing)!
From the Jury: “Tense and expertly plotted, the story is also packed with rich, sensory detail. This is writing that wades, unafraid, into complexity and controversy, but which is nuanced enough to wrangle finely drawn, utterly human characters to moments of aching vulnerability, confused pain, and unexpected joy. Bala takes big risks and reaps big rewards in this unforgettable story.”
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. Previous winners of The Journey Prize include Yann Martel, Alissa York, Jessica Grant, YasukoThanh, Timothy Taylor and Miranda Hill. The prize holds a $10,000 prize for the winner, and $1,000 for the finalist. $2,000 goes to the the journal that originally published the winning story.
Sharon’s highly anticipated debut novel, THE BOAT PEOPLE, is forthcoming from McClleland & Stewart Canada and Doubleday US in January 2018.