Welcoming Jason Carter Eaton to Transatlantic!

A warm welcome to Jason Carter Eaton, who joins us as a new client. Jason is an award-winning author and screenwriter. His children’s books have won a host of awards, been translated into numerous languages, and have sold close to a quarter million copies worldwide. His bestselling picture book How to Train a Train (Candlewick) was profiled in both the NY Times and Washington Post, and was listed as one of the Best Books of 2013 by the NY Public Library. Its sequel, How to Track a Truck was on School Library Journal‘s Best Books of 2016.

SLJ listed his picture book Great, Now We’ve Got Barbarians! (Candlewick) as one of the Funniest Books of 2017, and it was just his week chosen for the International Literacy Association Children’s Choices Reading List. The Catawampus Cat (Crown) was on Huffington Post‘s Most Charming Books of 2017. Jason’s middle-grade novel The Facttracker (HarperCollins) sold to MGM and 21 Laps (Stranger Things, Night at the Museum) with David Silverman (The Simpsons Movie) attached to direct in a bidding war for $1 million.

Jason has three new picture books coming out in 2018-2019, Pop! (First Second) Fro (Macmillan) and Bad Brows (Abrams), as well as his second middle-grade novel, Rick Stickley. His various humor pieces have appeared in venues ranging from McSweeney’s to BBC Radio.

As a screenwriter, Jason has done extensive work at Fox Animation’s Blue Sky Studios, where he wrote the screenplay for in-house project Imaginary Friend and his original idea, Spartacus Lobster. He also wrote the story for Fox Animation’s biggest box office success to-date, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs. Additionally, Jason sold his original screenplay The Snitts to Cartoon Network’s live-action feature division, and completed the screenplay adaptation of his novel, The Facttracker for MGM. He recently worked for a year at Warner Bros. TV Animation developing alongside the Roald Dahl Estate on a show set in the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory universe.

Jason is proudly represented by Fiona Kenshole.

DEAL NEWS: THE LOST SISTER BY ANDREA GUNRAJ

DEAL NEWS: Canadian rights to the sophomore novel from Andrea Gunraj, titled THE LOST SISTER – which explores topics of gender, race, and class dynamics through two parallel stories of child abuse, neglect, and abduction, and is partially inspired by real-life experiences of a former Nova Scotia Home for Coloured Children resident – have been sold to Whitney Moran at Vagrant Press by Stephanie Sinclair for publication in Fall 2019.

END OF THE ROPE by Jan Redford U.S. roundup

It’s been a week since END OF THE ROPE by Jan Redford published in the U.S. with Counterpoint Press​ and we’re loving the reviews flooding in already. See below for some great highlights!

Rave Reviews:

“The book is a welcome addition to mountain literature, where women’s voices (and stories like lactating all over yourself in the woods while on the job) are still noticeably rare.”
Outsideonline.com 

“The book…makes a powerful case for motherhood in the outdoors and feeds into a growing concern about the ways we have cut women off from nature.”
Romper.com

End of the Rope is a must-read for any young woman challenged with forging her way in a space that is still largely dominated by men. It’s a tome to both harnessing and pushing against fear, and the power of arriving on the other side.”
Bustle.com

Read an excerpt from this powerful memoir here: Rockandice.com

“I wasn’t looking for pretty stories. I wanted messy, ugly, honest secrets.”
– an article by Jan Redford on writing about her ex husband via Catapult, Catapult.co

Book Lists:

“13 Books We Can’t Wait to Read in May”
Purewow.com

“8 Books to Read for Mother’s Day”
Bookriot.com

“11 books coming out this week that you don’t want to miss!”
Hellogiggles.com

“19 Books Feminists Should Read in May”
Bitchmedia.org

Three Transatlantic authors named winners at 2018 Atlantic Book Awards gala!

The 2018 Atlantic Book Awards were presented last night at a gala ceremony held in Paul O’Regan Hall, Halifax Central Library and we’re congratulating three Transatlantic authors this morning!

POWERED BY LOVE: A Grandmothers’ Movement to End AIDS in Africa by Joanna Henry with Ilana Landsberg-Lewis (Goose Lane Editions) is the winner of the Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association’s Best Atlantic-Published Book Award; David Huebert‘s PENINSULA SINKING (Biblioasis) is the winner of the Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award – Fiction; and Sarah Faber‘s ALL IS BEAUTY NOW (McClelland & Stewart) is the winner of the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award – Fiction.

The Atlantic Book Awards are twelve annual awards that strive to promote and acknowledge excellence in Atlantic Canadian writing and book publishing. For more information about the awards and a full list of winners, please visit Atlanticbookawards.ca.

 

Welcoming Sarah Kurchak to Transatlantic!

We’re welcoming Sarah Kurchak to Transatlantic today!

Sarah is a writer, autist, and retired professional pillow fighter from Toronto. Her work as an autistic self advocate and essayist has appeared in Hazlitt, Catapult, The Guardian, CBC, Vox, and Electric Literature. She’s also written autistically about pop culture and MMA for various outlets. She is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers.

Sarah is currently working on I Overcame My Autism and All I Got Was This Lousy Anxiety Disorder, a collection of essays about how she learned to hide her autism, make friends, and influence people… and how she’s currently trying to recover from that ostensible success story.

Sarah is represented by Stephanie Sinclair.

David Huebert’s PENINSULA SINKING and Lori McNulty’s LIFE ON MARS shortlisted for 2017 Danuta Gleed Literary Award!

We’re pleased to announce both David Huebert’s PENINSULA SINKING (Biblioasis) and Lori McNulty’s LIFE ON MARS (Goose Lane Editions) have made the 2017 Danuta Gleed Literary Award Short List!

This annual award recognizes the best first collection of short fiction by a Canadian author published in the previous year in the English language.

This shortlist of five was selected by a jury from 39 submitted collections. The winners will be announced at the Canadian Writers’ Summit (June 14–17) in Toronto.

From the Jury:
David Huebert, PENINSULA SINKING (Biblioasis)
“A sense of wonderment penetrates the everyday lives of characters from the Maritimes in this well-crafted, compelling collection that displays a mastery of classical short-story structure and technique. Huebert’s vibrant language juxtaposes tough characters with tender preoccupations, creating narratives that are unsettling and mesmerizing, making ordinary moments in relationships thrilling and dangerous.”

From the Jury:
Lori McNulty, LIFE ON MARS (Goose Lane Editions)
“This marvellous collection displays a deep understanding of human nature through its gritty, complex, vivid, and believable characters, who find themselves experiencing alienation no matter where they live or travel in the world. McNulty’s language is lucid, fluid, and precise, employing inventive similes and metaphors. The work highlights the fragile, random unpredictability of life: we are victims of our circumstances, our natures, and our bodies.”

Congratulations David and Lori! We’re wishing you the best of luck.

For more information and the full short list, please visit Writersunion.ca/short-list-2017-danuta-gleed-literary-award

Happy Book Birthday to Claire Tacon’s IN SEARCH OF THE PERFECT SINGING FLAMINGO!

Happy book birthday to Claire Tacon whose sophomore novel IN SEARCH OF THE PERFECT SINGING FLAMINGO publishes today with Wolsak and Wynn!

IN SEARCH OF THE PERFECT SINGING FLAMINGO, is equally heart-warming as it is heart-breaking. This novel is ultimately the story of a father, struggling to let his daughters grow up, and of a working class family, struggling against hard odds, to take care of each other when the world lets them down.

Claire Tacon’s first novel, In the Field, was the winner of the 2010 Metcalf-Rooke Award. Her fiction has been shortlisted for the Bronwen Wallace Award, the CBC Literary Prizes and the Playboy College Fiction Contest, and has appeared in journals and anthologies such as the New Quarterly, SubTerrain and Best Canadian Short Stories. She has an MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia and is a past fiction editor of PRISM international. Claire is a lecturer at St. Jerome’s University and runs the fiction podcast The Oddments Tray with Chioke I’Anson.

Pre-publication Praise:
“Hilarious and humane, uproarious and unpredictable, Claire Tacon’s In Search of the Perfect Singing Flamingo hums with infectious power. Imagine George Saunders and Meg Wolitzer co-authored a book about a Chuck E. Cheese franchise in North York, only then might you get some idea of what Claire Tacon has accomplished here. It’s a story about regret, siblinghood, parenthood, fertility, nostalgia and disappointment, which is perhaps just a long way of saying: it’s a story about a family.”
– Michael Christie, author of If I Fall, If I Die

“Written with humour and grace, In Search of the Perfect Singing Flamingo centres on Henry Robinson, a father struggling to be his best in his relationship with his daughters, a father learning to hold on tighter and to let go in equal measure. Add to that a funhouse and a road trip and a cast of characters you won’t soon forget, and you have a novel that manages to be clever and funny and wrenching and captivating all at once. Tacon’s writing is full of quiet magic, mixing the ordinary with the extraordinary as only great fiction can do. I couldn’t put it down until I’d reached its final page.”
– Amy Stuart, author of Still Mine