Diane Schoemperlen, Sharon Bala and Carol Off recognized at 2017 Writers’ Trust Awards

Congratulations to all of our authors who were recognized at last night’s Writers’ Trust of Canada Awards ceremony, one of Canada’s most prestigious literary honours.
 
Diane Schoemperlen won the Matt Cohen Award, which recognizes a lifetime of distinguished work by a Canadian writer.
 
From the jury – “Through her 33 years as a writer, Diane has definitely lived the writer’s life. In the process, she has dissected not only genres but words themselves, penetrating the arcane elements of language as a means of getting at what is fundamental to the human heart.”
 
Sharon Bala took home the Journey Prize for her short story “Butter Tea at Starbucks” originally published in The New Quarterly: Canadian Writers & Writing.
 
From the jury – “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.”
 
And Carol Off was one of five finalists for the Hilary Weston Prize for Nonfiction.
From the jury – “The book is an insightful contemplation of journalism’s mission, and its impact on the lives of the people who dare to speak out in the name of truth.”
 
The awards were a wonderful opportunity to celebrate all of your accomplished works!

HEAVY FREIGHT by Sigmund Brouwer publishes with Orca Book Publishers!

Happiest of book birthdays to Sigmund Brouwer whose book HEAVY FREIGHT publishes today with Orca Book Publishers!

This high-interest/low vocabulary novel follows Maxwell Stone, a fifteen-year-old who has been surviving and thriving in the tough part of West Vancouver by being smart and fast. But when a drug deal goes wrong, Max suddenly finds himself on the run from both the bad guys and the cops. Desperate to escape, Max impulsively decides to hop on a moving freight train. His first attempt to climb aboard fails, but at the last second a hand reaches down and pulls him in. Joseph has been riding the rails for years, and his tales inspire Max to take a journey to the last place he ever expected to go.

Resource Links Magazine says, “The East Hastings neighbourhood and the rolling geography of Canada are outstanding settings, so well done despite the short length of this novel for struggling readers. Dialogue is casual and colloquial, easily understood by the intended reader. Themes of survival, poverty and honesty will appeal to all middle school readers.”

Pick up your copy today: Orcabook.com/Heavy-Freight

THE MOSAIC by Nina Berkhout Roundup

Nina Berkhout‘s THE MOSAIC has made Indigo’s Best Teen Books of 2017 list and we couldn’t be happier! Published in September, this beautifully written and thought-provoking novel about a teen facing the collision of love, ideals and uncertainty about her own future has garnered well-deserved accolades, see below!

View the full list and pick up your copy of THE MOSAIC here: Chapters.indigo.ca/best-teen-books-of-2017

Nina BerkhoutPraise:

At McNally Robinson Booksellers, they give kids and teens the opportunity to be Two Thumbs Up reviewers, and one of them by the name of Sophia has high praise for Nina Berkhout’s The Mosaic, which she says is “an engaging artful novel.” She further writes, “Full of loving descriptions of American Prairie, and moving stories of soldiers living with the after effects of war, this book really makes you think. Realistic portrayal of human emotions and the painstaking process of creating art, both take center stage in this heartbreaking read. Avid readers will finish this book in a matter of days. Maybe one of the best books I’ve ever read.”
– Full review available here: Mcnallyrobinson.com/The-Mosaic-by-Nina-Berkhout

The Mosaic will interest all kinds of readers as there are so many different aspects to the story….Truly something for everyone.”
Umanitoba.ca/themosaic

“With this moving novel of self-discovery, Berkhout (The Gallery of Lost Species, 2016) offers a mindful, timely reminder about the perils of blind faith and the power of change.” – Booklist

Kim Bolan to be honoured with Tara Singh Hayer Memorial Award

Congratulations to Kim Bolan who is one of three women that will receive an award on November 30 from the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE)​ for their courage in reporting.

Kim of The Vancouver Sun​ will be honoured with the Tara Singh Hayer Memorial Award. This award recognizes a journalist who has made an important contribution to reinforcing and promoting the principle of freedom of the press in Canada or elsewhere, and who has taken personal risks or suffered physical reprisals for their work.

The award is being given to Kim for her reportage of an alleged murder plot against herself at the time when she was covering a murder trial of a former leader of the United Nations gang.

For more information and Gala tickets please visit:
CJFE.org/2017_gala

German edition of THINGS TO DO WHEN IT’S RAINING by Marissa Stapley publishes with Rowohlt Verlag!

Happy book birthday to Marissa Stapley whose German edition of THINGS TO DO WHEN IT’S RAINING (Rowohlt Verlag​) publishes today!

From the bestselling author of Mating for Life, THINGS TO DO WHEN IT’S RAINING is a poignant generational story about family and secrets. With honesty and heart, Marissa Stapley reminds us of the redemptive power of love and forgiveness, and that, ultimately, family is a choice.

This novel will be available in North America in February 2018 with Simon & Schuster Canada​ and Graydon House Books in the U.S.

Advance Praise:

Things to Do When It’s Raining has heart and soul and guts, and it has achingly beautiful prose and characters so dear and real I couldn’t bear to say goodbye when I reached its final page. It’s a book about friendship and secrets, grief and regret, the peculiar shape of families and the redemptive nature of love. And it is, quite frankly, one of the best books I have read in a very long time.”
–Jennifer Robson, bestselling author of Moonlight over Paris

“Fans of Nicholas Sparks will adore Things to Do When It’s Raining, an irresistible tribute to first love, second chances and the powerful legacy of the past. Elegant and heartfelt, Marissa Stapley’s writing is a gift.”
–Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author of The Orphan’s Tale

“There is something so intimate and true in the sentence, ‘Every marriage harbors secrets, secrets about why it works or why it doesn’t work, secrets between two people that the rest of the world can never be privy to.’ Profound and intimate, raw and real—Things to Do When It’s Raining is hard to put down. Loved the ending but hated to have it end!” –Nan Rossiter, New York Times bestselling author of Firefly Summer

“Written with compassion and insight, Things to Do When It’s Raining is a truly captivating novel with exquisite prose and moments of bittersweet tenderness.”
–Nicola Moriarty, author of The Fifth Letter

DEAL NEWS: THE HONEY FARM by HARRIET ALIDA LYE

ANZ rights to Harriet Alida Lye‘s THE HONEY FARM, in which two budding artists move to a remote farm and begin a romance, as creepy, inexplicable events, possibly orchestrated by the enigmatic woman in charge, start to unfold around them, to Kimberley Atkins at Penguin Random House Australia (Previous rights sold to Liveright US, in a pre-empt and in Canada to Nimbus Press, Summer 2018) by Stephanie Sinclair.

Kimberley says, “I personally can’t remember a time that I found a novel so atmospheric and foreboding – it’s a really clever thriller that seduces you from the start, then builds to that thunderous conclusion.”

Advance Praise:

“Beguiled by the promise of a writers’ retreat, Silvia leaves her staunchly Catholic family home for the uncertain territory of a honey farm in Northern Ontario. The Honey Farm offers readers an accomplished meditation on love, creativity and the wonder of the natural world, and a gripping exploration of a community that is perhaps not as it seems.”
—Cathy Marie Buchanan, New York Times bestselling author of The Painted Girls

“I loved this book. The way Harriet Alida Lye captures and registers moments of encounter with gentleness and specificity, like bees bumping against flowers—there’s magic afoot here.” —Lauren Elkin, author of Flaneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice, and London (A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice)

“Mysterious, suspenseful, and unnerving, The Honey Farm offers a thrilling narrative that examines the distorted realities and conflicting perceptions that often exist in the quietest places.”
–Iain Reid, bestselling author of I’m Thinking of Ending Things, an NPR Best Book of the Year, 2016

“In THE HONEY FARM, Harriet Alida Lye has created a modern-day Eden, shot through with innocence and foreboding. The landscape of this gripping debut is alive with tension and temptation, and I found myself seduced alongside Lye’s unforgettable characters. Laying bare faith, identity, and love, this book presents a world where nothing is quite as it seems.” —Adrienne Celt, author of The Daughters

“The Honey Farm delves into the intimate mysteries of art, madness, religion, and love through a story built with beautiful language and lush sensory detail. Gothic and subtly menacing, it’s a book as rich as the sweet substance at its core.”
—Grace O’Connell, author of Be Ready for the Lightning

“The secret world of bees and the sensuous natural order in all its peril and glory come alive in this mesmerizing, suspenseful novel. Harriet Alida Lye is a writer of prodigious talent and The Honey Farm a thrilling, chills-inducing debut. Brava!”
—Carol Bruneau, award-winning author of Glass Voices and These Good Hands

TWO TRANSATLANTIC AUTHORS LONGLISTED FOR BC NATIONAL AWARD FOR NON-FICTION

Congratulations to Carol Off and Pauline Dakin whose books ALL WE LEAVE BEHIND (Random House Canada) and RUN, HIDE, REPEAT (Penguin Books Canada), respectively, have been longlisted for the 2017 BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction. This is one of Canada’s leading literary non-fiction prizes with an award of $40,000.

BC Achievement Foundation Chair, Scott McIntyre says, “This year’s longlist proves once again that Canadian writers of non-fiction, and their books, are alive and well…This is a sterling longlist: congratulations to all the writers, and thanks to our distinguished jury.”

The longlist was selected from 150 books from 45 publishers.

The BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction will announce its shortlist on December 1st and the award will be presented in Vancouver in early 2018.

For more information and a list of all ten longlisted titles, please visit: Globenewswire.com/news-release/Longlist-Announced-for-BC-s-National-Award

THE SEARCH FOR HEINRICH SCHLOGEL by Martha Baillie Governor General’s Award finalist for Paule Noyart’s French translation

We’re happy to announce Martha Baillie‘s THE SEARCH FOR HEINRICH SCHLOGEL (Leméac éditeur) is a finalist for the 2017 Governor General’s French books awards for Paule Noyart fantastic translation of this novel. Congrats to Martha and Paule!

Each year, the Canada Council for the Arts honours the best in Canadian literature with its Governor General’s Literary Awards (the GGs). As Canada’s national literary awards, the GGs represent the rich diversity of Canadian literature. For each category, a peer assessment committee, comprised of fellow authors, translators and illustrators, makes the final selection. Each GG winner receives $25,000; each nonwinning finalist receives $1,000. The publisher of each winning book receives $3,000 to help promote the book.

The winners will be announced on November 1st. For a full list of the French books nominated this year, please visit: Ggbooks.ca.

Kathleen Winter, Carol Off and Paul Harbridge Finalists for 2017 Governor General’s Awards

Transatlantic would like to congratulate Kathleen Winter, Carol Off and Paul Harbridge whose books have been named finalists for the 2017 Governor General’s Awards! Winter’s LOST IN SEPTEMBER (Knopf Canada) is a finalist for Fiction, Off’s ALL WE LEAVE BEHIND (Random House Canada) is a finalist for Non-Fiction and Harbridge’s WHEN THE MOON COMES, illustrated by Matt James (Tundra Books) is a finalist for Young People’s Literature, Illustrated Books.

Each year, the Canada Council for the Arts honours the best in Canadian literature with its Governor General’s Literary Awards (the GGs). As Canada’s national literary awards, the GGs represent the rich diversity of Canadian literature. For each category, a peer assessment committee, comprised of fellow authors, translators and illustrators, makes the final selection. Each GG winner receives $25,000; each nonwinning finalist receives $1,000. The publisher of each winning book receives $3,000 to help promote the book.

The winners will be announced on November 1st. For the full list of finalists, please visit GGbooks.ca.

Author Martha Baillie Fall Events

Mark your calendars with these fantastic fall events with Martha Baillie​, author of recently published IF CLARA (Coach House Books​). Her previous novel, THE SEARCH FOR HEINRICH SCHLOGEL, has just been released in French by Actes Sud​.

October 4, 7 pm: LITERARY ENCOUNTER – “THE SEARCH FOR HEINRICH SCHLÖGEL”: MUSIC AND POST CARDS (Lecture in French)

Martha Baillie, a Canadian novelist, will discuss her latest book published by Actes Sud: The Search for Heinrich Schlögel, accompanied by Sophie Perceval, journalist and cultural entrepreneur, and the novel`s translator, Paule Noyart, three-time winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award for her translations.

Canadian composer, Nic Gotham, wrote a piece inspired by this literary work. Rick Sacks (percussion), Jonno Lightstone (clarinet), Stephen Clarke (piano) and Anne Bourne (cello) will interpret Gotham’s work for this occasion, blending music, literary, fantasy, and self-discovery.

Spadina Theatre
24 spadina road
M5R 2S7 Toronto,
Alliance-francaise.ca/the-search-for-heinrich-schloege-music-and-post-cards

October 5, 7-10 pm: COACH HOUSE FALL LAUNCH
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (12 Alexander St.)

October 17, 7-8:30 pm: EH LIST READING
More details here – Torontopubliclibrary.ca/EhList

October 22: IFOA: International Festival of Authors​ – moderating panel of European Writers.

November 15, 7-8:30 pm: READING AT BLUE HERON
62 Brock St W, Uxbridge