Kris Bertin’s BAD THINGS HAPPEN wins 2017 ReLit Award for Short Fiction

We’re sending big congratulations to Kris Bertin, who has won the 2017 ReLit Award for Short Fiction for his book, BAD THINGS HAPPEN (Biblioasis)!

These annual awards celebrate the best Canadian literature published by independent presses and have been deemed by The Globe and Mail as “The country’s pre-eminent literary prize recognizing independent presses”.

Winners receive the ReLit Ring, which has four moveable dials, each one struck with the entire alphabet. The ring was designed by Newfoundland jewellery designer Christopher Kearney.

For the full list of winners, please visit:

Transatlantic Agency announces US expansion with Jill Corcoran Literary Agency

Effective immediately, Samantha Haywood, President of Transatlantic Agency, is pleased to announce that Jill Corcoran, President of JCLA, joins Transatlantic as a Partner & Senior Agent, with Jodell Sadler joining as a Senior Agent, and Timothy Travaglini and Elizabeth Bennett joining as Literary Agents. Those JCLA clients moving with their agents will be represented under the Transatlantic Agency banner which now comprises 17 active agents in total.

Says Haywood, “Jill Corcoran is a powerhouse and her dynamic agents are well respected for good reason. Jill, Jodell, Elizabeth and Tim have terrific industry experience and excellent taste. They will be a great addition to our group. We are simply delighted to welcome them and their remarkable author and illustrator clients to Transatlantic, growing our already successful children’s and YA list, and increasing our presence in the US market.”

Says Corcoran, “Transatlantic offers JCLA agents and clients an entrepreneurial environment, with a powerful, hands-on foreign rights and dramatic rights program, and a robust back office. I am excited to combine Transatlantic and JCLA’s market insights and strategies, and consolidate our operations and administration. Together we offer our clients a dynamic and growing agency that has the scale and in-house specializations for all their career needs.”

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 now has 17 agents located across North America, with US agents in New York, Boston, Chicago, Portland OR, and LA, 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. We represent 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).

For more information contact: Samantha Haywood at

Three-month roundup for Harriet Alida Lye’s THE HONEY FARM

Just shy of the three-month pubaversary, this roundup of new reviews for Harriet Alida Lye‘s stunning debut novel, THE HONEY FARM, made our day a whole lot sweeter!

“A Buzzworthy Debut About a Mysterious and Secluded Artists’ Retreat…Reminiscent of an Agatha Christie mystery…”
-The New York Times Book Review

“With a strong command of tone and a haunting sense of atmosphere, Lye’s first novel will transfix readers. At times lyrical, biblical, and otherworldly, The Honey Farm is a suspenseful and well-crafted story.” -Booklist

“As the story beneath the surface begins to reveal itself…the novel builds to a twisted conclusion that you won’t see coming. The Honey Farm is one of the most satisfying books you’ll read all summer.” -HelloGiggles

“Lye’s debut is a lush psychological suspense, an intricately woven tale that balances vivid descriptions of the natural world with some complex character work. Told from the perspective of two young artists in residence at a beleaguered farm(alternating between perspectives), The Honey Farm adds layer upon layer of unsettling revelation, mounting tension as the farm’s problems mount…Something is wrong on the Honey Farm, and the more we learn about what that might be, the more disturbed we become. A strong debut from a writer with a great deal of promise.

“Richly detailed prose, vivid imagery and effective pacing combine to make this first novel a memorable one.”
-Minneapolis Star Tribune

Welcoming Gia de Cadenet to Transatlantic!

We are so pleased to welcome Gia de Cadenet to Transatlantic Agency!

Gia de Cadenet is a business school professor, former translator and editor for UNESCO. A native Floridian, she took her first French class at age seven and fell in love with the language. After achieving her dream job in politics, her desire to live in France became too great to ignore. She put her professional life on hold for two years to get a master’s degree in international relations in Paris. But a few short weeks after arrival, she bumped into a red-headed Frenchman and her fate was sealed.

A decade later, Gia got serious about another big dream: becoming a published author. Her first manuscript, a contemporary romance titled NOT THE PLAN, was showcased in the 2017 PitchWars mentorship program. She’s enthusiastic about her upcoming projects which focus on the impact of mental health and race on the expectations we have of ourselves and on the way we love.

Gia is jointly represented by Léonicka Valcius and Samantha Haywood.

Welcoming Erica Ehm to Transatlantic Agency!

We’re delighted to welcome Erica Ehm to Transatlantic Agency!

Not only is Erica one of Canada’s most recognized personalities from her decade hosting shows on MuchMusic, today she runs one of the largest online publishing and marketing brands for the Canadian mom market. She is CEO of Ehm & Co, a digital marketing agency and publisher of its flagship digital platform for parents, Erica is also an author, award-winning songwriter, actor, journalist and broadcaster.

Erica is represented by Jesse Finkelstein.


Former Crown Prosecutor, bestselling author and finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award Harold R. Johnson has been commissioned by McClelland & Stewart to write a book about the failures of the Canadian state to deliver justice to Indigenous people.

The book, tentatively titled PEACE AND GOOD ORDER, will argue a case against Canadian criminal law for its failure to deliver justice to Indigenous people. The book will examine the roots of the justice system’s failures, and explore how those failures have affected Indigenous people. In documenting the struggle for peace and good order for Indigenous people today, it will also reflect on the role the author understands himself to have played in that mismanagement as former Crown Prosecutor.

Harold R. Johnson says, “We have to have a conversation about justice and the over incarceration of Indigenous and marginalized people. We need to talk about changing a culture, not Indigenous culture—we need to change the culture of justice.”

Martha Kanya-Forstner has acquired Canadian English rights for Spring 2019. The deal was arranged by Stephanie Sinclair at the Transatlantic Agency.

Martha Kanya-Fortnser says, “I am profoundly grateful that the outrage and confusion following the verdicts in the deaths of Colten Boushie and Tina Fontaine inspired Harold to write. As a former Crown prosecutor in northern Saskatchewan and a member of the Montreal Lake Cree Nation, he is uniquely and perfectly situated to argue the case against the Canadian justice system.”

Harold R. Johnson is the author of five works of fiction and two non-fiction. His most recent work “Firewater: How Alcohol Is Killing My People (and Yours)” was nominated for the Governor General’s Award for Nonfiction. Born and raised in northern Saskatchewan to Swede Cree parents, Harold has a connection to the land from which he writes. After having had a variety of occupations, Harold attended Harvard University to obtain a Master’s Degree in Law. Harold managed a private law practice for several years before he became a Crown Prosecutor.

He and his wife Joan live at the north end of Montreal Lake, Saskatchewan where they continue the traditions of trapping and commercial fishing. The cabin they built together is off grid and without road access. In this quiet space, except for the howling of a dozen sleigh dogs, and the caw of the occasional raven, he can listen to the sounds the land makes and remember ancient stories.

Welcoming new client Lillian Karabaic!

A very warm welcome to Lillian Karabaic. As the host of Oh My Dollar!, a weekly financial advice radio show, and as an international public speaker, Lillian has built a reputation for talking money without being boring – covering the kinds of modern money issues that millennials face (sometimes in costume.) Her work has been featured on CBS, NPR, Vox Media, the Portland Mercury, the Oregonian, the Journal of Higher Education, Portland Monthly, and in dozens of personal finance blogs and podcasts. A repeat speaker at community events, she has given fun money management talks at over 30 colleges including Wells College, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Reed College, and Portland State University. Her cat-filled purrsonal finance illustrated workbook, Get Your Money Together, was 225% funded on Kickstarter She is represented by Fiona Kenshole.

FIND YOU IN THE DARK by Nathan Ripley (Naben Ruthnum) U.S. and audio editions now available!

Not only does the U.S. edition of Naben Ruthnum‘s (writing as Nathan Ripley) FIND YOU IN THE DARK publish today with Atria Books, but both the U.S. and Canadian audio editions drop today too! Now it’s up to you to decide how you’d like to experience your goosebumps.

Published by Simon & Schuster Canada in March, this bestselling debut thriller sold at auction in Canada and the U.S., and has sold on a pre-empt to eOne and at auction in the U.K. to Text Publishing.

In the vein of The Talented Mr. Ripley, FIND YOU IN THE DARK follows a family man obsessed with digging up the undiscovered remains of serial killer victims and soon catches the attention of a murderer prowling the streets of Seattle.


“[A] gripping debut thriller. . . Dexter fans will enjoy the creepy vibe.”
-Publishers Weekly

“Ripley’s debut offers a twist on the typical serial-killer story. . . . a unique spin with just enough creepy details to keep suspense readers interested.” -Booklist

“Engrossing. . . . This debut thriller by the pseudonymous Ripley (Journey Prize winner Naben Ruthnum) is highly recommended for fans of Lee Child and C.J. Box.”
-Library Journal

“There is something unsettling about this story and readers will feel that tension grow as they consume Find You in The Dark. Contrasting and conflicting emotions will dominate, making it impossible to stop until the chase is complete.” -The BOLO Books review

“Ripley . . . has come up with a fresh angle to the serial murder game. . . . clever and diabolical . . . This unusual debut thriller has a lot going for it.” -Kirkus Reviews

“A well-crafted crime novel that proves utterly absorbing. . . . with vivid scenes and complex psychology, Find You in the Dark lingers long after the last page has been devoured. And Ripley proves a stellar addition to the Canadian crime novel scene. An addictive debut.” -Toronto Star

“A fast-paced book . . . akin to dark British crime TV dramas such as Broadchurch or Luther, satisfyingly sinister and unsettling in their explorations of the violent possibilities of humanity…” -The Globe and Mail


We’re thrilled to congratulate Michelle Parise who has won Gold at The New York Festivals Radio Awards for her CBC Radio podcast ALONE: A LOVE STORY!

The NYF’s International Radio Program Awards for The World’s Best Radio Programs honours “the exceptional and innovative content being created today on all continents and seen across all platforms.”

With over 3.5 million downloads to date, this podcast memoir of love, marriage and life after betrayal resonates with audiences all over the world.

ALONE: A LOVE STORY is an intensely relatable tale of heartbreak and hope that taps into the loneliness inside all of us. No matter how many times love kicks her in the shins, Parise doesn’t give up on hope or on herself. The only thing to do once you’ve hit bottom is to swim back up!

Michelle Parise has been a producer for CBC Radio and Television for over two decades. Born and raised in Toronto in a gigantic Italian immigrant family, Michelle was surrounded by storytellers, and as a child she wrote hundreds of short stories about her life. When she was 11-years-old she wrote a feminist novella in response to a book she’d taken issue with on the Grade 7 reading list. The teacher made it part of the curriculum in the years following. Her commitment to honest storytelling started early, is what we’re getting at, and is part of everything she creates, continually striving to make connection through shared experience.

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Canadian English rights to Eternity Martis THEY SAID THIS WOULD BE FUN sold to Jared Bland and Haley Cullingham at McClelland & Stewart, in a two book pre-emptive deal by Stephanie Sinclair.

In this debut memoir in essays, Eternity explores what happens when a woman of colour tries to have the epic university experience seen in movies – and finds out it’s not possible when you don’t fit into the predetermined culture. Weaving compelling personal experience with sharp criticism of the ongoing racial tensions across Canada and university campuses, the book takes a fiercely unapologetic look at the challenges that students of colour face today amidst growing anti-Black racism, white nationalism and alt-right ideologies.