Transatlantic Agency announces the retirement of Partner, Marie Campbell

Senior Agent and Partner, Marie Campbell is retiring from her career in agenting. Marie joined the Transatlantic 15 years ago in 2003 and played a pivotal role in the growth and success of the agency’s Children’s & YA Division. She has agreed to remain on as an advisor to the agency. Her former clients, including Teresa Toten, Eric Walters, Caroline Pignat and Kit Pearson, have received awards recognition from every part of Canada, including the Governor General’s Literary Award and the Canadian Library Association’s Book of the Year Award. A former editor, in-house rights manager, and instructor at Ryerson University’s Publishing Program, she has worked in publishing for over 30 years.

Says Haywood, “Marie Campbell’s expertise, passion, dedication and great friendship to Transatlantic Agency will be deeply missed. We have grown so much from her investment in our clients and colleagues. We wish her happiness and success in her new pursuits.”

Transatlantic Agency is a North American, full-service literary agency specializing in career management for writers and illustrators, covering domestic and international rights, speaking engagements, film/tv and content development, covering the spectrum of commercial to literary fiction and nonfiction of all types and for all ages. Transatlantic is recognized in the industry for integrity, passion and commitment throughout an author’s career. Transatlantic has 15 agents, half adult publishing/half children’s publishing, located across North America, with US agents in New York, Boston, Portland OR, and Canadian agents in Toronto, Vancouver and Nova Scotia. Founded 25 years ago by literary agents David and Lynn Bennett and now headed by Samantha Haywood, the Transatlantic partnership is a vibrant collective of tenacious, independent professionals with diverse backgrounds and specialties. Representing more than 500 clients, who make regular appearances on notable bestseller lists across North America and have won major awards such as the Newbery Medal (US), the Giller Prize (Canada), Michael L. Printz Honor Book (US), and the Governor General’s Award for both adult and children’s literature (Canada).

Please note, Marie’s Transatlantic email address will remain active through 2019.

For more information contact: Samantha Haywood at samantha@transatlanticagency.com.

DEAL NEWS: Bernice Friesen’s ISLAND UNIVERSE

Canadian rights to Bernice Friesen‘s ISLAND UNIVERSE – the story of Charlie – a brilliant but failed astrophysicist, a sometimes stalker, and a mental ward runaway – When a phone number he hasn’t seen in a decade, belonging to a woman he assumed dead, suddenly appears on his call display, Charlie is triggered into a downward spiral stalking the streets of Montreal in search of a lost love – to Freehand Books​ for publication in Fall 2020 by Stephanie Sinclair.

Happy book birthday to Shaunghessy Bishop-Stall’s HUNGOVER

Happy book birthday to Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall‘s HUNGOVER, publishing today with Penguin Random House in the U.S.!

HUNGOVER is forthcoming with HarperCollins Canada (November 27); Dumont Verlag, Germany (Fall 2019); Cassiopeia Publisher, Korea; Bukowy Las, Poland; and was previously published in the U.K. with Blink Publishing (November 15).

HUNGOVER is an irresistible blend of culture, history, science, philosophy and mischievous humour – one intrepid reporter’s quest to learn everything there is to know about hangovers, trying all of the cures he can find and explaining how (and if) they work, all so the rest of us don’t have to.

The pre-publication praise is as strong as the long-standing desire to cure hangovers:

“In his irreverent, well-oiled memoir, HUNGOVER, Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall sets out on a liver-punishing world tour in search of a cure for the condition. With a heavy pour of gonzo styling, the author samples the local culture not only through the bottle but by throwing himself into activities that only a madman would voluntarily do while hung over… Between accounts of pub crawls, Oktoberfest and meetings with the heads of hangover-cure companies, Mr. Bishop-Stall packs his book with humorous and enlightening asides about alcohol in literature (there’s lots of it), athletes as accomplished at the bar as on the field (David Wells pitched a perfect game after a rager) and more.”
—Brian Kelly, The Wall Street Journal

“Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall serves up part travelogue and part confession here. At the outset, he pays some tribute to the hard-drinking English novelist and critic Kingsley Amis, who was no stranger to the hangover. Indeed, Hungover is a tribute to working through what Amis himself once described as the two components of the dreaded ‘morning after’: the physical side (for which there are varied remedies about which he wrote in detail). And then the metaphysical side, which, as Bishop-Stall demonstrates in eleven chapters of often disarmingly personal prose.”
—Forbes.com

“Fans of Mary Roach will delight in Bishop-Stall’s similar knack for collecting stories and anecdotes from a quirky cast of experts, as well as his similar proclivity for fascinating tangents… Hungover is a world tour of a party, with a raucous cast of winos and experts, figures cultural and political… Reading Hungover is akin to watching The Hangover… his sense of adventure and one-liners make for a similarly uproarious ride.”
—Shelf Awareness

“Hangovers have haunted humans since the invention of beer and will follow us like a dirty, drunk shadow until the end of our days. But there are a few hopefuls among us who say we are not doomed to that fate. In Hungover, journalist Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall tests out hangover cures like polar bear swims and saline IV drips in an effort to figure out how to make Sunday mornings a bit more sufferable. He sorts through the fact and the fiction so you don’t have to.”
—Inverse.com

Sharon Bala’s THE BOAT PEOPLE longlisted for 2019 Aspen Words Literary Prize

We can’t congratulate Sharon Bala enough whose novel, THE BOAT PEOPLE (Doubleday Books), has been longlisted for the 2019 Aspen Words Literary Prize! This annual prize is awarded to “an influential work of fiction that illuminates a vital contemporary issue and demonstrates the transformative power of literature on thought and culture.”

THE BOAT PEOPLE is Sharon Bala’s bestselling debut that follows a group of refugees who survive a perilous ocean voyage only to face the threat of deportation amid accusations of terrorism.

The shortlist will be announced on February 20, 2019, and the winner will be revealed on April 11, 2019 at an awards ceremony in NYC.
For the full longlist, please visit: Aspenwords.org/programs/literary-prize/longlist/.

In Memoriam of Priscilla Galloway

Transatlantic is saddened by the passing of long-time client and dear friend Priscilla Galloway.

Priscilla earned a B.A. in English from Queen’s University, as well as a M.A. and a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in English and Educational Theory respectively. As a part-time author Priscilla published several books, taught in high-schools and universities, and worked as a language arts consultant with children of all ages. Priscilla became a full-time author in 1993, fulfilling a lifelong dream of being a professional writer.

Priscilla has written 25 acclaimed books, winning numerous awards including the international Bologna Ragazzi award in 2000 for Too Young to Fight: Memories from our Youth During World War II, the first Canadian book to win this award. Priscilla’s non-fiction writing benefitted from her breadth of knowledge; her fictional characters were richly human and emanated Priscilla’s personal strength and conviction.

We have been honoured to work alongside Priscilla for so many of those years, she will be missed by us all.

Welcoming Katie Zdybel to Transatlantic

We’re thrilled to welcome award-winning author Katie Zdybel to Transatlantic!
 
Katie’s first collection of short stories, titled Equipoise, was shortlisted for the 2018 HarperCollins/UBC Prize for Best New Fiction. She is the winner of the 2018 Peter Hinchcliffe Short Fiction Award and the 2017 UBC Brissenden award for excellence in creative writing, as well as two Yukon Advanced Artist Awards. She is published in The New Quarterly, PRISM International, The Northern Review, CBC Canada Writes, and elsewhere. Currently completing an MFA in Creative Writing through UBC, she is also a graduate of the Humber College Creative Writing by Correspondence Program.
 
The short stories of Equipoise explore the invisible bowlines that tie people together. A young woman forms her own idea of feminine sexuality while skinny-dipping during a thunderstorm; a naive bride returns to her beloved Ontario farm country and suddenly sees her husband in a sobering new light; a middle-aged woman facing her last chance at motherhood flees North only to be confronted with unexpected complexities of life in the Yukon. The heroines of these stories are fastened to other women as well as contoured by their geography.
 
Katie is represented by Stephanie Sinclair.

KATHLEEN WINTER’S LOST IN SEPTEMBER LONGLISTED FOR THE 2019 INTERNATIONAL DUBLIN LITERARY AWARD

We’re proud to announce that Kathleen Winter‘s LOST IN SEPTEMBER (Knopf Canada) has been longlisted for the 2019 International Dublin Literary Award!

The International Dublin Literary Award, managed by Dublin City Council’s library service, offers a prize of €100,000 to the author of the winning book. Titles are nominated by invited public libraries around the world on the basis of ‘high literary merit’. 10 books will be shortlisted from this year’s 141 longlisted titles on April 4th, 2019. The winner will be announced on June 12th, 2019.

From the publisher: “From one of Canada’s most exciting writers comes a gripping, compassionate and stunning novel that overturns and rewrites history…award-winning author Kathleen Winter takes a brief, intensely personal incident in the life of a famous historical figure, and using her incomparable gifts as a fiction writer, powerfully reimagines him. Here is a wrenching, unforgettable portrait–like none you have ever seen or read–of one of the most well-known figures in Canadian history.”

KATHLEEN WINTER’s novel Annabel was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, the Amazon.ca First Novel Award, the Orange Prize, and numerous other awards. It was also a Globe and Mail “Best Book,” a New York Times “Notable” book, a Quill & Quire “Book of the Year” and #1 bestseller in Canada. It has been published and translated worldwide. Her Arctic memoir Boundless (2014) was shortlisted for Canada’s Weston and Taylor non-fiction prizes and has been sold internationally. The Freedom in American Songs (Stories, Biblioasis) also came out in 2014. Born in the UK, Winter lives in Montreal after many years in Newfoundland. The author lives in Montreal, QC.

For more information on the award and for the full longlist, please visit Dublinliteraryaward.ie/nominees.

Best of luck to Kathleen and all the longlisted authors!

DEAL NEWS: Moira Welsh’s HAPPILY EVER OLDER

Photo credit: Toronto Star

World rights to investigative journalist with the Toronto Star Moira Welsh‘s HAPPILY EVER OLDER: How Boomers are Bringing Life Back to Long Term Care, a book for readers of health and wellness greats such as Daniel J. Siegel or Oliver Sacks that shows a massive movement in the making in North America, a revelation in long term care techniques that provide happiness and contentment at the end of life, instead of loneliness and isolation, sold to Jack David with Susan Renouf editing at ECW Press in a deal by Samantha Haywood.

Welcome to Teva Harrison

We’re extending a warm welcome to award-winning artist, writer and cartoonist Teva Harrison!

Teva is the author of the bestselling, award-winning, critically-acclaimed hybrid graphic memoir, In-Between Days, published by House of Anansi Press. The book won the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize for Non-Fiction and was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction and the Joe Shuster Award for Cartoonist/Auteur.

45 works from In-Between Days have been exhibited in a solo show at the Winnipeg Art Gallery.

Teva is Principal Illustrator for the National Film Board/National Theatre production of playwright Jordan Tannahill’s Draw Me Close: A Memoir, a virtual reality theatrical experience blending live theatre and virtual reality technology.

She is a Canadian Magazine Award and National Magazine Award finalist whose writing and/or comics have appeared in The Walrus, Granta, Quill & Quire, HuffingtonPost, Courriel International, Reader’s Digest (Canada, International and US editions), The Globe and Mail, and more. She is a regular commentator on CBC Radio, in the Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, and has appeared on programs including Canada AM, The Agenda with Steve Paikin, Space TV’s InnerSpace, The Morning Show, in Maclean’s, Chatelaine, Rabble, and more.

Teva regularly speaks on creativity and leads workshops on telling life stories.

In-Between Days and Teva’s adult colouring book The Joyful Living Colouring Book are available in stores across Canada and the United States, and can be ordered directly from House of Anansi’s website.

Born and raised in rural Oregon, Teva currently lives in Toronto with her husband.

Teva is represented by Samantha Haywood.

DEAL NEWS: Kris Bertin’s USE YOUR IMAGINATION!

Canadian rights to USE YOUR IMAGINATION! – stories about stories, about the way we define and give shape to ourselves through all kinds of narratives, true or not. In six long stories, Kris Bertin examines the complex labyrinth of lies, delusions, compromise and fabrication that makes up our personal history and mythology. Sometimes funny, strange or frightening, these stories represent Bertin’s follow-up to his critically-acclaimed, award-winning debut, Bad Things Happen – to Vagrant Press for publication in spring 2019 by Stephanie Sinclair and Samantha Haywood.