FOE by Iain Reid is an instant bestseller!

FOE by Iain Reid is an INSTANT bestseller, debuting #6 on the The Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star and CBC Books Canadian Fiction lists only a week out from publication!! Major congrats, Iain.

FOE was also front-page news in the Kingston Whig-Standard and
Globe Arts section this week, both profiling the author’s incredible success, so far, and what’s to come in his career:

“Reid’s prose is gripping to an absurdly confident degree…Also critical to Reid’s propulsive style is his knack for making the imaginary feel as if it’s been ripped from reality, to the point of uncomfortable intimacy.”
The Globe and Mail,

“If I start writing it’s because I don’t know the answers, a kernel of uncertainty in whatever I’m writing about, and it helps me get closer to an understanding or maybe leads me to more questions.”
-Iain Reid in The Whig profile,


Lauren CarterCanadian English rights to Lauren Carter‘s THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH YOU, about a young woman grappling with the reality that her mother murdered her father and her father’s girlfriend, sold to Kelsey Attard at Freehand Books for publication in Fall 2019 in a deal by Samantha Haywood.

For fans of Miriam Toews and Karen Joy Fowler, THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH YOU is a complex character-driven novel that explores how we are tied to each other, how you can’t outrun grief, and how sometimes, it’s your turn to take care of your family.

Lauren Carter is the author of the novel Swarm, named by CBC as one of forty books that could change Canada, as well as Lichen Bright, a poetry collection which was described as “a stunning debut” by Canadian Book Review Annual. A transplanted Ontarian, she lives near Winnipeg, Manitoba. Visit her online at

Welcoming Sally Cooper to Transatlantic Agency!

We’re delighted to welcome author Sally Cooper to Transatlantic Agency!

Sally is the author of two acclaimed novels: Love Object (Dundurn, 2002) and Tell Everything (Dundurn, 2008) and the linked story collection Smells Like Heaven (ARP, 2017). Her writing has appeared in CNQ: Canadian Notes & QueriesElectric Literature; Event; The Feathertale Review; The Globe and Mail; Grain; The Millions and TNQ: The New Quarterly. In 2017, her writing was longlisted for the Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest, the Short Works Prize and the Vancouver Women in Film and Television From Our Dark Side Contest. Sally is a Senior Editor of Hamilton Review of Books. Her third novel, With My Back to the World, is forthcoming in 2019 with Wolsak & Wynn.

Visit Sally at her website:

Sally is represented by Samantha Haywood.

Welcoming Carey Sookocheff to Transatlantic Agency!

Welcome Carey Sookocheff, a new client for Fiona Kenshole. Carey Sookocheff is the illustrator of the critically acclaimed BUDDY AND EARL series by Maureen Fergus, now publishing its 5th title with Groundwood Books. She is also the author/illustrator of WET (Macmillan Children’s), which was included in the Society Of Illustrators Original Art Exhibition in 2017, and SOLUTIONS FOR COLD FEET AND OTHER LITTLE PROBLEMS (Tundra Books), which is currently a selection for the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Her most recent picture book is SPROUT SEED, SPROUT! which will publish in 2019 with Owlkids

A graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design, she has worked for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Real Simple. Her editorial work has received recognition from Society Of Illustrators, American Illustration, Communication Arts and National Magazine Awards.

Since pursuing children’s book illustration in 2014, she has worked on nine picture books. She is also a recent recipient of an Ontario Arts Recommender Grant for Writers. So pleased to be working with you, Carey!

Welcoming Alison Taylor!

We’re delighted to welcome Alison Taylor to Transatlantic!
Alison is a writer, stand-up comic and video artist whose work has screened internationally. She has an MFA in film from York University and is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers. She has previously published in Exile Literary Quarterly and her upcoming novel is about an oxy-addicted mother, her university-dropout daughter and the shared trauma that haunts their past. She is currently working on her next novel, in which two estranged siblings are forced to reunite after their mother suffers a debilitating stroke. Originally from Hamilton, Ontario, Alison currently splits her time between Toronto, where she works as a television editor, and Fredericton, where her partner lives with their two cats.
Alison is represented by Samantha Haywood.

FOE by Iain Reid publishes today with Simon & Schuster Canada!

The day has arrived! Iain Reid‘s highly-anticipated sophomore novel, FOE, publishes today with Simon & Schuster Canada​ – happy book birthday, Iain!!

The US edition with Simon & Schuster​ drops on September 4th, with editions in 6 other territories (so far!) to follow. Not to mention that we also have a film to look forward to from Anonymous Content who have optioned the rights.

For fans of the hit series Black Mirror, FOE is an unsettling philosophical thriller that churns with unease from its first page, and memorably blurs the boundaries of literary, horror, and science fiction. FOE explores the struggle between desperation and fear, delusion and obligation, marriage and individuality.

Advance Praise

Selected as one of the Indigo, Chapters and Coles​ Most Anticipated Books of 2018

Selected as an airport pick, featured prominently in 65 stores across Canada

Featured on CBC​’s “100 writers in Canada you need to know now”. Listen at 6:50 for a spotlight on Iain:

“Reid proves once again that he is a master of atmosphere and suspense. Readers won’t be able to put this one down.”
-Publishers Weekly​

“Reid builds to a deeply unsettling climax. As much a surgical dissection of what makes a marriage as an expertly paced, sparsely detailed psychological thriller, this is one to read with the lights on.”
-Kirkus Reviews​

“movie producers are simply confirming what the literary community already knows: Iain Reid just might be the most exciting and excitingly unclassifiable author working in Canadian fiction today.”
-The Globe and Mail

“Reid writes it all with controlled understatement, stark beauty in each word, doled out with the care of a parent spoon-feeding a baby.”
-Literary Review of Canada

Foe reads like a house on fire, and is almost impossible not to finish in one sitting…an otherworldly hothouse of introversion and fantasy.”
-Toronto Star

“I’m not sure that humans have hackles, but something was creeping up my spine as I read this book, and I welcomed the shivers of shock and delight…. A mind-bending and genre-defying work of genius.”
-Liz Nugent, author of Unraveling Oliver and Lying in Wait

Blogger and Reviewer Quotes:

“This book was a very great book . . . It’s a fabulous read that will have you guessing and wondering the whole way through!”
-Books on the Bookshelf

“The whole time I was reading it, I knew that something was a little off and it was fun to throw out guesses – nothing I guessed was correct, which made it even more fun.”
-Reading in Winter

Foe is the kind of novel that probably benefits from the shock of it all; the need to get out there and find someone else who has read it just so you can discuss it endlessly over coffee.”
-Every Read Thing

“Detail oriented, quiet, unsettling . . . beautiful . . . definitely one I want to re-read.”

“Unique, reflective, and mystifying! It’s riveting, entertaining, and certainly worth a read or two.”
-What’s Better Than Books

“…this was truly one of the best books I have read in a long time!”
-Paige, Netgalley reviewer (5 stars)

“I loved everything about this book.” –Jenn, Goodreads reviewer (5 stars)

“Reading this book was like reading an episode of Black Mirror. An utterly compulsive read that, after I finished, I wanted to talk about with anyone who would listen. I absolutely loved it.” -Monica, Goodreads reviewer (5 stars)

“What this author does best, a bit like the King, is to imbue the most innocuous seeming narrative with a feeling of menace”

Welcoming Chelsea Vowel!

A warm Transatlantic welcome to best-selling author Chelsea Vowel!

Chelsea is Métis from manitow-sâkahikan (Lac Ste. Anne) Alberta, currently residing in amiskwaciwâskahikan (Edmonton). Mother to six girls, she has a BEd and LLB, and is currently a graduate student in Native Studies.

Chelsea is a public intellectual, writer, speaker, and educator whose work intersects language, gender, Métis self-determination, and resurgence. Her essays have been featured in the National Post, The Globe and Mail, The Guardian, Chatelaine, Today’s Parent, Maclean’s, Briarpatch, Canadian Art, and many other publications. Chelsea is the author of the national bestseller, Indigenous Writes: A Guide to First Nations, Métis & Inuit Issues in Canada, which won the Manuela Dias Book Design award, and was shortlisted for the Mary Scorer Award for Best Book as well as the Quebec Writer’s Federation Concordia First Book Prize and the Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-Fiction.

Cohost of Indigenous feminist sci-fi podcast Métis in Space, her first fiction piece “Dirty Wings” was published in On Spec in spring of 2018, her poem “No Appeal” will appear in Refuse: CanLit in Ruins (Book*hug, 2019), and her Indigenous futurisms chapter “Kitaskînaw 2350” caps off the graphic novel anthology This Place: 150 Years Retold (Highwater Press, 2019). Chelsea is currently writing a collection of short stories that envision Métis people into the near and far future, exploring the concept of Indigeneity in post-singularity, and post-human contexts.

Chelsea blogs at and makes legendary bannock. She is represented by Stephanie Sinclair.

D&Q’s SABRINA by Nick Drnaso long-listed for the 2018 Man Booker Prize!

We’re celebrating our client Drawn and Quarterly for an unprecedented accomplishment – D&Q’s title SABRINA by Nick Drnaso has been long-listed for the 2018 The Man Booker Prize!! This marks the first time a graphic novel has been nominated for the main fiction category for this award. CONGRATS to D&Q and Nick Drnaso!

We’re proud to represent the foreign rights to this title, which has sold to Granta in the UK, Coconino in Italy, Ginkgo in China, Salamandra in Spain and Presque Lune in France. SABRINA published in North American with D&Q in May 2018.

The Man Booker Prize was established in 1969 and is recognized as the leading prize for literary fiction written in English. This year’s 13 long-listed books were selected from 171 submissions, the highest number of submissions in the prize’s 50-year history.

FROM THE JURY: “Given the changing shape of fiction, it was only a matter of time before a graphic novel was included on the Man Booker longlist. Sabrina makes demands on the reader in precisely the way all good fiction does. Oblique, subtle, minimal, unmanipulative: the style of the pictures is the book’s worldview. Drnaso uses images to express an idea about what’s invisible – an idea about uncertainty, and the different kinds of holes that missing people leave in our lives.”

The shortlist will be announced on September 20th, with the winner being announced on October 16th. Best of luck to D&Q and Nick Drsano!

For more information about the award and the full long list, please visit:

Welcoming Norma Dunning!

We’re thrilled to welcome award-winning author Norma Dunning to Transatlantic!

Norma is a southern born and raised Inuit writer. She is a fifth-year doctoral candidate registered at the University of Alberta, Edmonton. Her doctoral work examines the intricacies of policy towards Inuit who are residing outside of their land claims areas.

Norma writes in both prose and poetry. Her debut collection of short stories, Annie Muktuk and Other Stories received the Danuata Gleed Award 2018 and the Howard O’Hagan Award 2018 for best short story, as well as a bronze standing with Foreword Reviews and is being translated into French through a Montreal-based publisher.

Norma is working on a book that critically examines the impact of the Eskimo Identification Canada system. She also working on a second collection of short stories.

Norma is represented by Stephanie Sinclair.

RED STAR TATTOO by Sonja Larsen now available on Audible!

New to Audible​ for your listening pleasure, Sonja Larsen‘s RED STAR TATTOO!

RED STAR TATTOO explores the seductions and dangers of extremism, and asks what it takes to survive a childhood scarred by loss, abuse and the sometimes violent struggle for belonging.

This unforgettable memoir won the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction and was a finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction.

To purchase a copy, click the link below!