Welcome to Alexa Dooseman!

Please join us in giving a warm welcome to Alexa Dooseman, Fiona Kenshole’s latest client.

Alexa Dooseman lives in Portland, Oregon where she writes, reads and walks her dog in the rain. Her humor pieces, essays and book reviews have appeared in a variety of places, including McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, The Rumpus and BuzzFeed. She has her MA in English Language and Literature from the University of Virginia, a degree earned mainly by obsessing over every Emily Dickinson dash. Alexa is currently at work on her debut middle grade magical realism novel. It follows an 11 year-old girl who is willed a mysterious, plot-shifting book, leading her to discover a secret society that has protected the magic behind books throughout history. An excerpt won first place in the middle grade category of the 2016 Pacific Northwest Writers Association Conference Contest in Seattle, WA. In her free time, Alexa can be found hiking with her husband and reading her favorite books to her newborn son.

O.S. Klassen Joins Transatlantic

Please give a hearty welcome to our new client, O.S. Klassen!

O.S. Klassen grew up in the Midwest surrounded by older sisters and a loving extended family, amidst endless fields of tall corn, Amish buggies and tornadoes. Sadly, she did not enjoy a single day of school, but things started looking up with the discovery of Jane Eyre. After graduating from the University of Oregon’s art school, she helped raise a family of six children. When not writing, she swims, plays with dogs, ballroom dances with her husband, and dreams about sunnier climates. She is currently working on her debut middle grade novel.

O.S. is represented by Fiona Kenshole.

 

Welcoming to Leah Freeman-Haskin

We’re excited to welcome Leah Freeman-Haskin to the Transatlantic fold. She is represented by Fiona Kenshole.

Leah Freeman-Haskin is a children’s writer in Los Angeles. Born in Boston, MA, Leah holds a degree in English and studio art from Boston College. As the daughter of an artist, she spent many years traveling and living abroad, continuously inspired by art and literature. Though she spent much of her youth writing poetry and creative fiction, it wasn’t until the birth of her son three years ago that she rediscovered her love for children’s picture books. Leah is currently working on her first children’s book, a heartfelt story about defining beauty and self-acceptance.

Welcome, Leah!

Deal News: UK/ANZ Rights to FIND YOU IN THE DARK by NABEN RUTHNUM

UK/ANZ rights to Journey Prize winner Naben Ruthnum writing as Nathan Ripley’s debut FIND YOU IN THE DARK, pitched as reminiscent of The Talented Mr. Ripley with elements of Red Dragon and the hit TV series “Dexter,” which follows the story of a family man whose obsessive need to right the past by digging up the undiscovered skeletal remains of serial killer victims is about to lead to a terrifyingly real encounter with a killer who is very much alive, to Michael Heyward at Text Publishing, at auction, by Stephanie Sinclair and Samantha Haywood (previous rights to Rakesh Satyal of Atria and Laurie Grassi of Simon & Schuster Canada).

Sharon Bala Long-listed for the 2017 Journey Prize, TWICE!

We are doubly thrilled to announce that Sharon Bala has been long-listed twice for the 2017 Journey Prize for her short stories “Butter Tea at Starbucks” (first published in The New Quarterly) and “Reading Week” (first published in PRISM international)! Awarded through The Writer’s Trust of Canada, The McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize lauds an emerging Canadian writer for a short story originally published in a Canadian literary magazine. Previous winners of The Journey Prize include Yann Martel, Alissa York, Jessica Grant, Yasuko Thanh, Timothy Taylor and Miranda Hill. Sharon’s “Butter Tea at Starbucks” and “Reading Week” will appear in The Journey Prize Stories 29, along with the other nominees. The winner will be selected from the anthology’s stories and will receive $10,000 from the Trust.
Sharon’s highly anticipated debut novel, THE BOAT PEOPLE, is forthcoming from McClelland & Stewart Canada and Doubleday US in January 2018.
Congratulations to Sharon and the other long-listed nominees!

 

Deal News: Quintland by Shelley Wood

Shelley Wood‘s mesmerizing debut novel, QUINTLAND™ – a tour de force of imagination, taking readers inside the devastating true story of the Dionne quintuplets through fiction steeped in research. This is a coming-of-age novel bound up in one of the strangest true tales of the past century, to executive editor Lucia Macro at William Morrow, on an exclusive, for Winter 2018 (North America) by Stephanie Sinclair.

Great reviews pour in for Pointe, Claw by Amber Keyser

Amber J. Keyser’s hot-off-the press YA novel, POINTE, CLAW (Carolrhoda Lab) has been getting so many good reviews it’s hard to keep track! Here’s a taster from some of the best (click the links for the full review):

“It might just change your life… I can’t choose the best part of this book. This was the best book I have ever read. Truly. It felt like Keyser just reached in and wrote my soul.” – Olivia, School Library Journal, teen reviewer

“Keyser’s writing shimmers with raw emotion and empathy, and her finale, much like in dance, is poetic, bittersweet, and life affirming.” – Publisher’s Weekly, starred review

“Keyser draws upon her own background in dance and biology to create authentic protagonists, whose complicated family lives add further dimension to the narrative.” – Booklist, starred review

“I was completely immersed in it while I was reading it, and it definitely has a wild, passionate appeal to it.” – Danika, The Lesbrary, queer blog

“This raw, intense novel, reminiscent of those by Sonya Hartnett and Stephanie Kuehn, will leave readers unsettled long after the final page is turned.” – The Horn Book Magazine

“This is absolutely 100% a book about what it means to inhabit a girl’s body. I can’t say enough good things about this strange, disturbing, and extremely compelling look at girlhood, bodies, and identities. Raw, weird, and wonderful.” – Amanda, Teen Library Toolbox, School Library Journal

Thanks to the reviewers and congratulations, Amber!

Amber is represented by Fiona Kenshole.

Deal News: Short for Chameleon by Vicki Grant

French rights to Vicki Grant’s SHORT FOR CHAMELEON have sold to Bayard by Lora Fountain of Lora Fountain & Associates, in a deal arranged by Fiona Kenshole. This YA caper follows a teenaged rent-a-relative, an elderly scam-buster and a beautiful girl with a devastating past as they find the meaning of family.

Deal News: 36 Questions That Changed My Mind About You by Vicki Grant

Italian rights have sold for Vicki Grant’s 36 QUESTIONS THAT CHANGED MY MIND ABOUT YOU to Simona Casonata at Mondadori, in a pre-empt, by Vanessa Maus of Berla & Griffini; Indonesian rights, at auction, have been sold by Nawara Hinkaran of Tuttle-Mori; and Korean rights, at auction, have sold to Frombooks by Sungwoo Ahn of EntersKorea Agency, all on behalf of Fiona Kenshole. The YA romance is about two strangers with heart-breaking secrets who answer 36 questions to see if they can fall in love, inspired by a “Modern Love” column in the New York Times.

Starred Publisher’s Weekly Review for Pointe, Claw by Amber Keyser

What awesome news for a Monday morning: Amber Keyser’s forthcoming POINTE, CLAW received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly! Publishing with Carolrhoda Lab in the spring, POINTE, CLAW is Amber’s compelling YA novel blending ballet and biology through the dual perspectives of protagonists Jessie and Dawn. Both women face fears, physical and mental, in a story about identity and the powerful bond between friends.

Publisher’s Weekly writes: “Keyser’s writing shimmers with raw emotion and empathy, and her finale, much like in dance, is poetic, bittersweet, and life affirming.” Here’s to writing that shimmers! Read the full (and great!) review here. 

Congratulations, Amber!