TRUE BLUE by Sigmund Brouwer and Cindy Morgan publishes with Orca Book Publishers!

Happy Book Birthday to Sigmund Brouwer and Cindy Morgan whose YA novel TRUE BLUE published with Orca Book Publishers!
 
Elle is on the road as an opening act for Johnny James, the biggest star in country music. Touring is everything she’s ever dreamed of, but it has unexpected downsides: crazy fans, jealous backup singers, weird rules on the tour bus. But when something goes terribly wrong during a performance, Elle struggles to figure out how she can make things right with her fans, her father, her record company and with her friend Webb.

Sharon Bala’s THE BOAT PEOPLE Two-Week Round Up

It’s been 2 weeks today since the publication of Sharon Bala‘s THE BOAT PEOPLE (McClelland & Stewart Canada, Doubleday Books US) and it has been received with overwhelming enthusiasm. We’re starting this week with fresh news and reviews of this striking debut novel, including being selected as an iBooks Best Books of the Month!

“Bala displays her talent as a compassionate, reflective author…This is a work of fiction, but it’s so very real…Ultimately, this is a novel comprised of both beautiful and uncomfortable truths, written by an author who understands there are multiple sides to every issue – and to every human being…Bala has vividly conjured worlds, both on Canadian soil and back in Sri Lanka, that show the dualities of living in any country…What we also get from a novel like this is a new way of seeing.”
-The Globe and Mail

“Cinematic details transport us to a tension-rich drama. Bala moves fluidly from past to present, mixing memories with current crises…juxtapositions build and maintain suspense all the way to the last line, where readers are left hanging, as if justice is in our hands…The Boat People reminds us of the fragile nature of truth.”
-BookPage

Interviews:
The Sunday Edition: Cbc.ca/thesundayedition/new-novel-about-tamil-asylum-seekers-reveals-canada-s-split-personality-about-refugees

CBC Books: Cbc.ca/books/why-canada-reads-longlisted-novelist-sharon-bala-abhors-corporate-speak

Metro Toronto News: Metronews.ca/award-winning-novel-inspired-by-arrival-of-sri-lankans-by-boat-in-vancouver

Stephanie Sinclair promoted to Senior Agent and Rights Manager for Samantha Haywood’s clients

Stephanie Sinclair

Associate Agent Stephanie Sinclair has been promoted to Senior Agent and will oversee international rights sales for clients represented by Samantha Haywood. Sinclair joined Transatlantic in 2012. She has been an Associate Agent for five years, while also working as Samantha Haywood’s Executive Assistant, a role she left last Spring. In addition to becoming a Senior Agent, she will take on the role of International Rights Manager for Samantha Haywood’s author and corporate clients. Haywood will continue to work exclusively with her authors in the North American markets and for TV/film and will oversee the strategy for their international sales. Haywood’s client list includes Iain Reid, Zoe Whittall, and publisher client Drawn & Quarterly.

Page Two, a private corporate client owned and operated by Transatlantic agents Jesse Finkelstein and Trena White have also hired Sinclair to oversee international sales for select clients.

Within her own list, Sinclair represents writers of award-winning fiction and nonfiction including Journey Prize winner Sharon Bala’s THE BOAT PEOPLE and the Indigenous writers Harold Johnson and Billy Ray Belcourt. She co-represents (along with Haywood) CURRY author Naben Ruthnum/Nathan Ripley and Alicia Elliott.

Said Haywood, “Stephanie is an excellent agent and a tireless promoter of our authors. She has great literary instincts and is a pleasure to have in the team. I have confidence we will continue to work well together on my client’s international rights deals.”

Transatlantic Agency is the largest literary agency in North America with experienced agents in both the United States and Canada actively covering adult and children’s books in every market and a growing Speakers Division. Transatlantic has 13 literary agents located in the US and Canada representing over 350 clients. Founded more than 20 years ago, Transatlantic is a vibrant collective of tenacious, independent, publishing professionals with diverse backgrounds and specialties.

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

Catherine Hernandez’s SCARBOROUGH longlisted for Canada Reads 2018!

We’re thrilled to congratulate Catherine Hernandez whose novel SCARBOROUGH (Arsenal Pulp Press) has been longlisted for Canada Reads 2018! Canada Reads is an annual contest in which five Canadian celebrity panellists champion a chosen work of Canadian fiction based on the novel’s literary qualities. The debates are broadcast on CBC Radio One, CBC-TV and can be live streamed at Cbcbooks.ca. Books are voted off by the panellists until one book is chosen as the title the entire country should read.
 
From the publisher: SCARBOROUGH employs a multitude of voices to tell the story of a tight-knit neighbourhood under fire…It offers a raw yet empathetic glimpse into a troubled community that locates its dignity in unexpected places: a neighbourhood that refuses to be undone.
 
SCARBOROUGH was also a City of Toronto Book Award finalist and a Globe and Mail 100 Best Book of the Year.
 
Congratulations on this well-deserved achievement, Catherine!
For the full longlist, please visit Cbc.ca/books/canadareadslonglist2018.
 
PRAISE FOR SCARBOROUGH
 
Hernandez goes deeper than most writers dare when it comes to the complexities of racial and cultural violences, unafraid to unpack the explicit and implicit prejudices that inform her characters’ behaviours, white and racialized alike … This is a crucial book for Toronto, and a shining example for writers concerned with the cultural tensions of the now. ―Broken Pencil
 
With its multiplicity of voices and its ability to walk the very fine line between nonjudgmental and nonexculpatory, the book is a sensitive and unvarnished look at a place with more than its fair share of troubles, and Hernandez shows that it is also a place that refuses to give up hope.
Publishers Weekly
 
Scarborough is a celebration of community, a sensitive and compassionate portrayal of how lives are irrevocably changed, moment by moment, through small acts of kindness or cruelty. It’s a novel that deserves to be read widely. Hamilton Review of Books
 
Scarborough is raw yet beautiful, disturbing yet hopeful … It gives voice to people whose stories are often unheard, making this an important book that deserves a wide audience. Booklist
 
Scarborough is important for many reasons; it’s also quite simply storytelling at its finest. PopMatters

Sharon Bala’s THE BOAT PEOPLE longlisted for Canada Reads 2018

We’re overjoyed to announce that Sharon Bala‘s THE BOAT PEOPLE has been longlisted for Canada Reads 2018! Canada Reads is an annual contest in which five Canadian celebrity panellists champion a chosen work of Canadian fiction based on the novel’s literary qualities. The debates are broadcast on CBC Radio One, CBC-TV and can be live streamed at Cbcbooks.ca. Books are voted off by the panellists until one book is chosen as the title the entire country should read.

THE BOAT PEOPLE follows a group of refugees who survive a perilous ocean voyage only to face the threat of deportation amid accusations of terrorism. This striking and important debut novel published with McClelland & Stewart Canada on January 2nd and publishes with Doubleday US on January 9th – pre and post-publication this novel continues to make waves.

THE BOAT PEOPLE has been selected for Penguin Random House’s prestigious ONE WORLD, ONE BOOK campaign, has been selected as an Amazon.com book of the month and has garnered rave pre-publication praise we’re proud to share below.

The shortlist for Canada Reads 2018 will be announced on January 30th. For the full longlist, please visit Cbc.ca/books/canadareads2018longlist.

Congratulations, Sharon, on this well-deserved achievement!

 

 

Pre-publication Praise for THE BOAT PEOPLE

“Timely and engrossing…This is a powerful debut.”
-Publishers Weekly

“This earnest debut novel forcefully explores the issues surrounding immigration…deeply moving and nuanced, The Boat People asks what price a country is willing to pay when public safety comes at the cost of human lives.”
-Booklist

“A real ship of refugees inspires a novel about the messy consequences of war Memorable…Chilling…”
-Kirkus Reviews

The Boat People will – and should… – linger long in the mind as an almost Graham-Greene-esque thriller about Canada’s Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora. Homeric in her narrative arc, Bala’s novel is rhetorically purposive – but poetically, softly rhetorical…Bala is ahead by a century in the cricket score of politically powerful contemporary fiction.”
–Atlantic Books Today

“In this moving novel, hundreds of Sri Lankan refugees make a dangerous voyage to seek asylum in Canada. The threat of deportation soon follows their arrival, sparking questions about compassion and humanity and identity—identity, in all its transformative complexities.”
-Southern Living

“A sharp examination of the global refugee crisis from both human and bureaucratic perspectives.”
-Toronto Life

The Boat People tackles a subject that we all should be thinking about and working on, together, today.”
-SignatureReads

The Boat People is a powerful, gripping moral drama told with deep compassion and humanity. Sharon Bala takes us behind the headlines about refugees and asylum seekers straight into the beating hearts of unforgettable human beings. A timely tale and a beautiful, remarkable debut.”
-Lynne Kutsukake, author of The Translation of Love

“This wise and compassionate novel is an intimate portrait of one of the great humanitarian crises of our time. Its power lies in its breadth, for it examines not just those who come to our country seeking refuge, but also those who determine their fate. As such it implicates us all in the ongoing crisis.”
-Shyam Selvadurai, author of The Hungry Ghosts and Funny Boy

The Boat People is a beautifully crafted story with a big heart. This novel has an urgency and relevance that cuts to the bone and will resonate with readers of all stripes. Bala offers no easy answers and no political posturing, but her magnificent storytelling will leave readers wondering about their own convictions, asking themselves, ‘What would I do? What would I have done?’ I love this book and, somehow, I empathized and understood every character’s motivation and heart, despite their seemingly opposing stances. The spirits of Bala’s complicated, well-developed characters will linger with you like ghosts; you will look for them in the newspaper, on the evening news, everywhere, and when you encounter them, you will pause and wonder, not only about them but about yourself.”
-Michel Stone, author of Border Child

The Boat People is a burning flare of a novel, at once incendiary and illuminating. With a rare combination of precision, empathy and insight, Sharon Bala has crafted an unflinching examination of what happens when the fundamental human need for safety collides with the cold calculus of bureaucracy. In the best tradition of fearless literature, it shatters our comfortable illusions about who we really are and reveals just how asymmetrical the privilege of belonging can be. This is a brilliant debut – a story that needs to be told, told beautifully.”
-Omar El Akkad, author of American War

Sharon Bala’s THE BOAT PEOPLE publishes with McClelland & Stewart Canada today and with Doubleday US on Jan. 9th!

Happy book birthday to Journey Prize winner Sharon Bala whose much-anticipated debut novel, THE BOAT PEOPLE, publishes today with McClelland & Stewart Canada and on January 9th with Doubleday US!
 
This important novel has also been selected for Penguin Random House‘s prestigious ONE WORLD, ONE BOOK campaign, which is an exclusive global program recognizing 1-3 titles on the Penguin Random House list per year that have international relevance and international bestseller potential.
The campaign supports the selected title to the highest level to ensure the book is celebrated worldwide.
 
For readers of Khaled Hosseini and Chris Cleave, THE BOAT PEOPLE is an extraordinary novel about a group of refugees who survive a perilous ocean voyage only to face the threat of deportation amid accusations of terrorism.
 
When a rusty cargo ship carrying Mahindan and five hundred fellow refugees from Sri Lanka’s bloody civil war reaches the shores of Vancouver Island, the young father thinks he and his sixyear-old son can finally start a new life. Instead, the group is thrown into a detention processing center, with government officials and news headlines speculating that among the “boat people” are terrorists now posing a threat to Canada’s national security.
 
Sharon Bala’s short fiction has won three Newfoundland and Labrador Arts & Letters Awards and been published, or is forthcoming, in: Grain, PRISM International, The New Quarterly, Room, Riddle Fence, and in a collection called Racket. Two of Sharon’s short stories, “Reading Week” and “Butter Tea at Starbucks”, were longlisted for the 2017 Journey Prize with the latter continuing on to win the prize. THE BOAT PEOPLE is her debut novel.
 
Pre-publication Praise for THE BOAT PEOPLE
 
“Timely and engrossing…This is a powerful debut.”
-Publishers Weekly
“This earnest debut novel forcefully explores the issues surrounding immigration…deeply moving and nuanced, The Boat People asks what price a country is willing to pay when public safety comes at the cost of human lives.”
-Booklist
 
“A real ship of refugees inspires a novel about the messy consequences of war Memorable…Chilling…”
-Kirkus Reviews
 
The Boat People will – and should… – linger long in the mind as an almost Graham-Greene-esque thriller about Canada’s Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora. Homeric in her narrative arc, Bala’s novel is rhetorically purposive – but poetically, softly rhetorical…Bala is ahead by a century in the cricket score of politically powerful contemporary fiction.”
–Atlantic Books Today
 
“In this moving novel, hundreds of Sri Lankan refugees make a dangerous voyage to seek asylum in Canada. The threat of deportation soon follows their arrival, sparking questions about compassion and humanity and identity—identity, in all its transformative complexities.”
-Southern Living
“A sharp examination of the global refugee crisis from both human and bureaucratic perspectives.”
-Toronto Life
The Boat People is a powerful, gripping moral drama told with deep compassion and humanity. Sharon Bala takes us behind the headlines about refugees and asylum seekers straight into the beating hearts of unforgettable human beings. A timely tale and a beautiful, remarkable debut.”
-Lynne Kutsukake, author of The Translation of Love
 
“This wise and compassionate novel is an intimate portrait of one of the great humanitarian crises of our time. Its power lies in its breadth, for it examines not just those who come to our country seeking refuge, but also those who determine their fate. As such it implicates us all in the ongoing crisis.”
-Shyam Selvadurai, author of The Hungry Ghosts and Funny Boy
 
The Boat People is a beautifully crafted story with a big heart. This novel has an urgency and relevance that cuts to the bone and will resonate with readers of all stripes. Bala offers no easy answers and no political posturing, but her magnificent storytelling will leave readers wondering about their own convictions, asking themselves, ‘What would I do? What would I have done?’ I love this book and, somehow, I empathized and understood every character’s motivation and heart, despite their seemingly opposing stances. The spirits of Bala’s complicated, well-developed characters will linger with you like ghosts; you will look for them in the newspaper, on the evening news, everywhere, and when you encounter them, you will pause and wonder, not only about them but about yourself.”
-Michel Stone, author of Border Child
 
The Boat People is a burning flare of a novel, at once incendiary and illuminating. With a rare combination of precision, empathy and insight, Sharon Bala has crafted an unflinching examination of what happens when the fundamental human need for safety collides with the cold calculus of bureaucracy. In the best tradition of fearless literature, it shatters our comfortable illusions about who we really are and reveals just how asymmetrical the privilege of belonging can be. This is a brilliant debut – a story that needs to be told, told beautifully.”
-Omar El Akkad, author of American War