Welcoming Deborah Hemming to Transatlantic Agency

We’re extending a warm Transatlantic welcome to author Deborah Hemming!

Deborah is a writer and librarian from the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia. She holds a Master of Arts in English from McGill University, a Master of Library and Information Studies from Dalhousie University, and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of King’s College. For many years, she worked as a food writer. Deborah currently splits her time between Vancouver and Wolfville, NS.

Deborah’s forthcoming novel with Nimbus Press is a rural coming-of-age story set in the Gaspereau Valley. The novel explores the contours of young friendship and the development of powerful new appetites in adolescence.

Deborah is represented by Stephanie Sinclair.

DEAL NEWS: Kate Inglis’s A GREAT BIG NIGHT

World rights to Hackmatack and Red Cedar–nominated author Kate Inglis’s picture book A GREAT BIG NIGHT, a rhythmic playful story about three frogs who ride bicycles through the woods, singing and playing instruments for the other animals, until a huge storm wins them an unexpected fan, have been acquired by Whitney Moran at Nimbus Publishing for publication in Fall 2020. The book will be illustrated by Marilyn Baillie–Award-winning artist Josée Bisaillon. Amy Tompkins handled the deal for the author.

9 Transatlantic authors shortlisted for 2018 Forest of Reading Awards

A whopping nine Transatlantic authors have made the 2019 Forest of Reading Awards shortlists and we can’t congratulate them all enough! These awards recognize the best work by Canadian authors and illustrators. Over a quarter of a million readers participate in the program through schools, public libraries, literacy centres and within their homes. These awards encourage a love of reading through programs aimed at children and adults who vote for the winning books.

Below is the full list of nominated Transatlantic authors:

Silver Birch Award, fiction category:
EBB & FLOW by Heather Smith
ELEPHANT SECRET by Eric Walters

Silver Birch Award, Express category:
THE LION UNDER THE TREE by Cary Fagan

Red Maple Award, fiction:
FOURTH DIMENSION, by Eric Walters
TRACKER’S CANYON by Pam Withers

Red Maple Award, non-fiction:
EVERY FALLING STAR: THE TRUE STORY OF HOW I SURVIVED AND ESCAPED NORTH KOREA, Written by Sungju Lee and Susan McClelland

White Pine Award:
36 QUESTIONS THAT CHANGED MY MIND ABOUT YOU by Vicki Grant
THE AGONY OF BUN O’KEEFE by Heather Smith
THE MOSAIC by Nina Berkhout
PRINCE OF POT by Tanya Lloyd Kyi

We have our fingers crossed for you all. For the full shortlist and more about these awards, please visit Accessola.org/web/OLA/Forest_of_Reading/Nominated_Lists.

Three Transatlantic Authors Shortlisted for the 2018 Haackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award

Congratulations to three Transatlantic authors on this year’s Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award shortlist – Rachelle Delaney‘s THE BONAVENTURE ADVENTURES (Penguin Random House Canada), Melanie Florence‘s HE WHO DREAMS (Orca Book Publishers) and Sarah Elton‘s MEATLESS? (Owlkids), we’ll be rooting for you all!

This literary program is designed for young readers in Atlantic Canada. Each year the Hackmatack Selection Committee nominates renowned Canadian books for young readers to the Hackmatack shortlist. Thousands of children in grades four to six read from the selection of outstanding Canadian books and vote for their favourites.

For the full shortlist and more about the program, please visit: Hackmatack.ca.

Happy book birthday to Fran Kimmel’s NO GOOD ASKING!

Happy book birthday to Fran Kimmel‘s NO GOOD ASKING, published yesterday with ECW Press!
 
NO GOOD ASKING is a profoundly moving novel about secrets and longings, kindnesses and cruelties, and the remarkable tenacity of the human spirit to find its way home.
 
Fran Kimmel’s writing portfolio includes fiction, newspaper and magazine features, teen magazine columns, radio drama, educational videos, and corporate writing. In 2013, Fran’s debut novel, The Shore Girl, was shortlisted for an Alberta trade fiction award, named a CBC Top 40 Book, and won the Alberta Readers’ Choice Award. Fran’s short stories have appeared in literary journals from coast to coast and have twice been selected for The Journey Prize Stories anthology. Her radio plays and theatre scripts have also won CBC and Scripts at Work awards.
 
Advance Praise for NO GOOD ASKING:
“Kimmel’s novel has only a few characters, but they all possess presence and depth and experience honest changes. The strong sense of place serves as an additional relationship for the characters to negotiate.” Library Journal, starred review
 
“Moving…The seemingly mundane scenes — a family dinner, for example — are the most powerful in the story and demonstrate our capacity to heal one another through compassion and kindness.”
Canadian Living
 
“Quietly powerful…In less careful hands, this story could have come across as sentimental or melodramatic; instead, it takes shape as a guardedly hopeful tale of resilience.” —Kirkus Reviews
 
“Quiet and honest, No Good Asking is deeply rooted in western community, and in the small virtues that have large significance for people’s daily lives. With grace and clarity, Fran Kimmel shows how the ordinary milk of human kindness, given the minor catalyst of a child’s despair, can generate new life.”
Marina Endicott, author of Good to a Fault
 
No Good Asking is a complex, emotional exploration of the deeply personal aspects of existing within a family. With care and sensitivity, Kimmel excavates the hopes, dreams, secret desires and profound wounds of a winning cast of characters. This is a novel filled with poignant insights into the truth of human hearts. As I read it I kept it close—like a friend I wanted to get to know better. When it was over, I felt bereft for days. I look forward to what Kimmel writes next.”
—Marissa Stapley, bestselling author of Mating for Life and Things to Do When It’s Raining
 
“Intimate and arresting, honest and profound. From one of Canada’s finest voices in fiction, No Good Asking is a soaring read that explores the messy bonds of family life with humanity and heart.”
—Ali Bryan, award-winning author of Roost and The Figgs
 
“The humanity in Fran Kimmel’s No Good Asking is as big as the hearts of her arresting characters. In genuine, unaffected prose, this story builds from the first page to its satiating finale. An achingly goodstory.” —Lee Kvern, author of 7 Ways to Sunday
 
“An inspiring tale of dramatic shifts in human dynamics, compressed into one week. Fran Kimmel compassionately challenges conventional takes on dysfunction, loss, ways to mend, and the definition of family.” —Rona Altrows, author of At This Juncture
 
“Flawed, human, and fully realized, the cast of characters Fran Kimmel brings to life in No Good Asking will pique your interest, charm, and frustrate you before capturing your heart. This is a book that demonstrates, at a time when we all need it, that sometimes the whole is far greater than the sum of its parts.”
—Joan Crate, author of Black Apple
 
Meet the author at these upcoming events:
Lacombe launch @ Fireside Lounge (5214 50 Ave, Lacombe, AB), October 4, 2018.
 
Calgary launch @ cSPACE (1721 29 Ave SW, Calgary, AB), October 5, 2018.
 
Edmonton launch @ Audrey’s Books (10702 Jasper Ave, Edmonton, AB), October 21, 2018.
 
Library reading and book club @ Elnora Public Library (210 Main St, Elnora, AB), November 13, 2018.

Joshua Whitehead, Billy-Ray Belcourt, and Heather Smith finalists for the 2018 Governor General’s Award!

We’re thrilled to announce three Transatlantic authors have been named finalists for this year’s Governor General Awards! Joshua Whitehead‘s JONNY APPLESEED (Arsenal Pulp Press) has been nominated in the Fiction category, Billy-Ray Belcourt‘s THIS WOUND IS A WORLD (Frontenac House) has been nominated under the Poetry category, Heather Smith‘s EBB & FLOW (Kids Can Press) for the Young People’s Literature category – massive congratulations to you all!

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 October 30th, good luck to Joshua, Billy-Ray and Heather, and to all the nominated authors! For the full list of finalist and more about the award, please visit: Ggbooks.ca/#finalists

Merry Book Birthday to Nikki Tate and Dani Tate-Stratton’s CHRISTMAS

Only 13 Tuesdays until Christmas and we’re wishing a very merry book birthday to Nikki Tate and Dani Tate-Stratton‘s CHRISTMAS, now available with Orca Book Publishers!

From the publisher: “Christmas is a popular holiday celebrated by people all over the world. This informative and engaging exploration of Christmas is aimed at the middle grades but will entertain readers of a much wider age range. Learn about the games played, foods eaten, music played and favorite ways of decorating in different parts of the world. With lots of fun facts (about everything from frumenty to the jolly old man in red himself) and recipes, there’s plenty in this beautifully illustrated volume to satisfy anyone with an interest in the festive season.”

Advance Praise:

“The conversational tone is as delightful and jovial as Santa Claus himself…[A] survey of the holiday in a pretty package, made a bit more special with its personal touches.”
-Kirkus Reviews

Welcoming acclaimed author Lee Maracle to Transatlantic

We are extraordinarily proud to welcome Lee Maracle to Transatlantic Agency.

Lee, a member of the Stó:lō nation, is one of Canada’s most prolific and celebrated authors. In addition to receiving the Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts (2014), the Anne Green Award (2016), and the Bonham Centre Award (2017), Maracle is an instructor in Indigenous Studies at the University of Toronto and the recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal (2009) for her work encouraging writing among Indigenous youth. An exceptional author and teacher, Maracle’s diverse body of work includes poetry, short stories, collaborative anthologies, and novels, including the best-selling novel Celia’s Song (2014), which was longlisted for Canada Reads.

Maracle is the recipient of the Ontario Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, Word Craft Circle writer of the year award, the JT Stewart Minority Voices Award, the Anne Greene Award, Hedgebrook Award, The Montreal First Nation’s Literary Award, Blue Metropolis International Grand Literary Prize and the Harbourfront Festival Prize (2018). Her new book My Conversations with Canadians is short-listed for the Toronto Book Award. Maracle was also recently appointed officer to the Order of Canada (2018) for her contributions to Canada’s literary landscape.

Maracle is currently an instructor at the University of Toronto in the Indigenous Studies program. She is working on a novel and a new nonfiction project examining feminism, women, nationhood, decolonization, colonialism, settlers, allies and sovereignty.

Lee is represented by Stephanie Sinclair.

Happy Book Birthday to Anna Humphrey’s CLARA HUMBLE AND THE KITTEN CABOODLE!

Happy book birthday to Anna Humphrey‘s CLARA HUMBLE AND THE KITTEN CABOODLE, illustrated by Lisa Cinar, now published with Owlkids!

When Clara and her best friend, Bradley, go treasure hunting in an abandoned lot, they stumble upon something even better—a cat about to have kittens! To Clara, their mission is clear: make the best shelter ever and secretly care for the feline family until they can convince their parents to adopt the cats. But Clara and Bradley agree less than ever, and keeping the cats fed comes with a cost. Clara hatches a brilliant plan to raise kibble cash by producing the cutest internet cat video ever. But when condo developers start to bulldoze the lot, Clara and Bradley have to work together to save the kittens. Can Clara pull it off? Or will it turn into one big cat-astrophe?

Anna Humphrey is the author of several books for young readers, including the Clara Humble series and MEGABAT. When she isn’t hard at work on a new book, she can usually be found watching internet cat videos. She lives in Kitchener, Ontario, with her two kids, two cats, and one husband.

Advance Praise:

“A fun, funny, and friendly episode in the saga of the indomitable Clara Humble.”
—Kirkus Reviews

Welcoming Catherine Odell to Transatlantic Agency

A very warm welcome to Catherine Odell, who has joined Transatlantic as a client of Fiona Kenshole. Catherine’s childhood spanned the globe, and helped her to develop an appreciation for all the different lives a person can live. She was a keen observer and people watcher from the beginning, learning to read gestures and emotions without always understanding the language.

She earned a Bachelor of Industrial Design at Syracuse University, and continued to develop her observational skills while working as a product designer at Ziba Design, seeking to understand the lifestyles, habits, decision making, and the physical and emotional experiences of people and the everyday objects they encounter.

She took a slight detour from the design world, to travel and experience life on the road as a cellist in a touring band, before returning to her first love, drawing. While working to develop her personal style as an illustrator, she began selling her art at local street fairs and now spends her weekends at the Portland Saturday Market.

Catherine now approaches her art as a means to tell stories and connect with others, illustrating her own interpretations of small everyday moments as well as the more imaginative and slightly ridiculous. She values humor as well as the quiet and melancholy.

Her first illustrated book, I’M DONE written by Gretchen McClellan, comes out this fall from Holiday House, and her first written and illustrated book, PEPPER AND FRANNIE will be released on March 23, 2019 by Page Street Kids.

She has illustrated for both public presentation and internal concept storyboarding, counting Pampers, Thomas & Friends, Intel, Starbucks, John Prine, Comet Skateboards, OHSU Children’s Hospital and The New York Times among her list of past clients.