Happy Book Birthday to Pat Schmatz!

We’re delighted to be saying Happy Book Birthday to Pat Schmatz! In her latest novel, THE KEY TO EVERY THING, published by Candlewick Press, Pat Schmatz introduces readers to a tenacious, fiercely loyal girl struggling to let go of the fantasies and fears of her childhood . . . and say yes to everything that lies ahead. This middle grade novel is emotionally true, incredibly moving and a literary tour de forcePat Schmatz is the author of the critically acclaimed Bluefish as well as Lizard Radio, which won the James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award for exploring and expanding the understanding of gender. Pat Schmatz lives in Minneapolis.

Get a free preview of the book here: http://insight.randomhouse.com/widget/v4/?width=600&height=860&isbn=9780763695668&shortCode=&author=Pat%20Schmatz&title=The%20Key%20to%20Every%20Thing&refererURL=www.penguinrandomhouse.com

Advance Praise

“The novel will take some readers outside their comfort zones, into the sometimes scary arena of health care facilities and the never-easy subject of death. But the strong presentation of Tash’s viewpoint is reassuring, and so is the straightforward depiction of her discomfort, anger, jealousy, remorse, reconciliation, and sadness. A simply written, emotionally resonant narrative.” —Booklist, starred review

“The author skilfully creates empathy for the prickly Tash, a complex and challenging character…Readers will relate to Tash’s grit in finding a way to deal with life when it doesn’t go to plan.” —BayViews

“Traumatized by past neglect at the hands of an alcoholic parent, an ‘almost-sixth-grader’ faces her phobia of being alone after her elderly friend is injured…Tash’s volatile emotions and Kevin’s gentle steadiness ring true, adding dimension to the tear-jerking trope…A bittersweet but hopeful take on loss, trauma, and the many meanings of family.
Kirkus Reviews

Happy Book Birthday to Boys: What It Means to Become a Man!

Today we’re saying Happy Book Birthday to Rachel Giese on the publication of BOYS: What It Means to Become a Man! It is also set to publish in the Fall 2018 with Seal Press in the US!

From the Publisher: The successes of feminism have led to greater opportunities for girls, by challenging stifling stereotypes about femininity and broadening the understanding of what it means to be female. While boys have travelled alongside this transformation, narrow definitions of masculinity and manliness haven’t faced the same degree of scrutiny. Whether they’re being urged to “man up” or warned that “boys don’t cry,” young men are subjected to damaging messages about manliness: they must muzzle their emotions and never show weakness, dominate girls and compete with one another.

Boys: What It Means to Become a Man examines how these toxic rules can hinder boys’ emotional and social development. If girls can expand the borders of femaleness, could boys also be set free of limiting, damaging expectations about manhood and masculinity? Could what’s been labelled “the boy crisis” be the beginning of a revolution in how we raise young men?

Drawing on extensive research and interviews with educators, activists, parents, psychologists, sociologists, and young men, Giese–mother to a son herself–examines the myths of masculinity and the challenges facing boys today. She reports from boys-only sex education classes and recreational sports leagues; talks to parents of transgender children and plays video games with her son. She tells stories of boys navigating the transition into manhood and how the upheaval in cultural norms about sex, sexuality and the myths of masculinity have changed the coming of age process for today’s boys. With lively reportage and clear-eyed analysis, Giese reveals that the movement for gender equality has the potential to liberate us all.

Advance Praise

“Giese is highly successful at applying ideas that might otherwise feel academic or abstract. Through a combination of original reportage, personal experience, and scholarly research, Giese makes a strong case. She argues, for instance, that no child is biologically drawn to a truck versus a doll; after she leads you through the maze of gender-reveal baby showers to expose a toy industry driven to make “boy” and “girl” versions of everything in order to increase sales, it’s very hard to disagree.” –Quill & Quire

“Deeply researched, but also deeply considered, Boys is something quite rare in the pages of non-fiction, a page-turner. This is a must read for everyone who loves boys.” –
Tabatha Southey, writer and columnist

“These are not good times to be or raise a boy. The toxic expectations of traditional masculinity block and distort healthy, humane development and communications, while many social institutions seem to go out of their way to help girls get ahead, not boys. But in this compassionately written, carefully researched book, covering school, sports, sex, gaming and the complexities of gender, Rachel Giese presents a critical but ultimately encouraging view of the possibilities for affirming change. It’s both hopeful and helpful.” – Bruce Kidd, Professor, Kinesiology and Physical Education, University of Toronto

“Boys is a multifaceted exploration of masculinity by one of Canada’s most talented journalists. Rachel Giese’s vision of boyhood — and therefore manhood —is an enlarging, humane one. This is a beautifully reasoned work that should be required reading for anyone interested in detoxifying masculinity.” Michael Redhill, author of Giller-winning novel Bellevue Square

“A broad, readable take on the limits of modern-day masculinity, and how to push its boundaries to better serve our children and ourselves. It’s full of love but unsentimental, with new tidbits for scholars of gender, race and identify, and valuable insight for parents of little boys, like me.” – Denise Balkissoon, columnist, The Globe and Mail

“If ‘the future is female’ where does that leave our boys? Rachel Geise brings her talents as a journalist, a refreshing lack of jargon and her insights as a mother of a charming, ADHD, hockey-loving son to this urgently important matter— of how to raise stronger, kinder boys. As we say ‘enough’ to the very worst of male behavior – gun violence and sexual assault – we need to imagine and invest in the best of it as well. This book about re-inventing the culture of masculinity could not be more timely or wise.” – Marni Jackson, author of The Mother Zone and Home Free: The Myth of the Empty Nest

“With Boys, Rachel Giese shows that there is indeed a ‘boy crisis,’ but it’s not the one we keep hearing about, and it’s a crisis whose solutions lie in expanding the limits of boyhood and manhood to enable boys and men to be true to themselves and reach their full potential. I loved this book, such an absorbing and inspiring read, and it left me with hope and admiration for today’s boys—and the men they’re on their way to becoming.” – Kerry Clare, author of Mitzi Bytes

Rob Firing’s Steak Revolution Publishes with HarperCollins Canada!

Happy Book Birthday to Rob Firing! His book STEAK REVOLUTION: All Cuts, All Ways – Perfect Every Time publishes today with HarperCollins Canada!

On April 30th, Rob will be launching his book at The Drake Hotel, with host Ivy Knight. Full details are at the following link: http://www.thedrakehotel.ca/happenings/2018/4/30/86d-w-ivy-knight/

Get a free preview of the book here: https://sample-63d65b9d267b91d5f48148d71db285d3.read.overdrive.com/?p=_eyJzbHVnIjoic3RlYWstcmV2b2x1dGlvbiIsImZvcm1hdCI6IjYxMCJ9

Rob Firing photo

Interview with the Author
On what made him write a book about steak: “I passed by a butcher shop and looked in the window at a nicely aged rack of prime and I heard a voice. A strange muse, to be sure, but I listened, and here I am.” Full interview: http://www.thedrake.ca/blog/2018/04/steak-revolution/

From the Publisher: “Steak isn’t what it used to be!

Take backyard and cottage steak grilling to a whole new dimension. With expert tips and tricks on butchering, trimming and grilling basics, as well as details about different kinds of steak including butcher’s cuts, you’ll cook a perfect, juicy steak exactly right, every time. Steak Revolution is a journey into the sublime: whole bone-in rib-eye cooked with chili paste and its own rendered fat, hanger steak with cheater’s tzatziki, wood-grilled flat iron, Brazilian-style skewered picanha, orange-squeezed grilled culotte and a hundred more tantalizing, mouth-watering steak recipes that will thrill the grill and that speak to the steadily emerging taste for better—and more affordable—cuts of steak.”

 

Deal News: THE SCIENTIST AND THE PSYCHIC by Dr. Christian Smith

North American rights to Dr. Christian Smith’s THE SCIENTIST AND THE PSYCHIC sold on a pre-empt to Amanda Betts and Anne Collins at Random House Canada by Stephanie Sinclair. As a child, Dr. Smith watched his mother become a world-renowned psychic and as an adult, whose education and research challenges the existence of the paranormal, he embarks on a quest to uncover and investigate the science underlying psychic phenomena.

Happy Book Birthday to Judy Rebick!

Happy Book Birthday to Judy Rebick, whose memoir HEROES IN MY HEAD publishes today with House of Anansi Press! We’re incredibly excited by the release, and it’s available in both paperback and digital form.

From the Publisher: “In this riveting memoir, renowned feminist Judy Rebick tells the story of the eleven personalities she developed in order to help her cope with, and survive, childhood sexual abuse. In Heroes in My Head, Rebick chronicles her struggle with depression in the 1980s, when she became a high-profile spokesperson for the pro-choice movement during the fight to legalize abortion. It was in the 1990s, when she took
on her biggest challenge as a public figure by becoming president of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women, that her memories began to surface and became too persistent to ignore.

Rebick reveals her moment of discovery: meeting the eleven personalities; uncovering her repressed memories of childhood sexual abuse; and then communicating with each personality in therapy and on the page in a journal—all of this while she is leading high-profile national struggles against a Conservative government.

Heroes in My Head is a fascinating, heartbreaking, but ultimately empowering story. With courage and honesty, Rebick lays bare the public and private battles that have shaped her life.”

For more information about the book, please visit https://houseofanansi.com/products/heroes-in-my-head.

Welcoming Jordan Abel

Today we’re delighted to welcome Nisga’a writer Jordan Abel to Transatlantic as a new client of Stephanie Sinclair’s!

He resides in BC where he is pursuing a PhD at Simon Fraser University where his research concentrates on Indigenous literature. Abel’s creative work has recently been anthologized in Best Canadian Poetry (Tightrope), The Land We Are: Artists and Writers Unsettle the Politics of Reconciliation (Arbiter Ring), and The New Concrete: Visual Poetry in the 21st Century (Hayword). Abel is the author of The Place of Scraps (winner of the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize), Un/inhabited, and Injun (winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize).

Currently, Jordan is working on a book about intergenerational trauma called NISHGA that interweaves memoir, poetry, and photography together to address the complex and plural life experiences of intergenerational survivors of residential schools. He is also working a novel, tentatively titled Empty Spaces, that repositions descriptions of land from The Last of the Mohicans and then writes over, through, and between those descriptions. Excerpts from that project have been published in Canadian Literature, The Capilano Review, and The New Quarterly.

Welcoming Shani Mootoo!

Today we’re very excited to welcoming highly acclaimed writer Shani Mootoo to Transatlantic! She is joining as a new client of Samantha Haywood’s!

Shani Mootoo was born in Ireland, grew up in Trinidad and lives in Canada. She holds an MA in English from the University of Guelph, writes fiction and poetry, and is a visual artist who has exhibited locally and internationally. Mootoo’s novels include Moving Forward Sideways Like a Crab, long-listed for the Scotia Bank Giller Prize, shortlisted for the Lambda Award; Valmiki’s Daughter, long-listed for the Scotia Bank Giller Prize; He Drown She in the Sea, long-listed for the Dublin IMPAC Award, and Cereus Blooms at Night, shortlisted for the Giller Prize, The Chapters First Novel Award, The Ethel Wilson Book Prize, and long-listed for the Man Booker Prize. She is a K.M. Hunter Arts Award and 2017 Chalmers Fellowship Award, and the James Duggins Outstanding Midcareer Novelist Award recipient. Her visual art has been exhibited locally and internationally, most notably at the Museum of Modern Art, NYC, the Vancouver Art Gallery, and at the Venice Biennale at the Transculture Pavilion. She currently lives in Prince Edward County in Ontario.

Dr. Coo and the Pigeon Protest Publishes with Kids Can Press!

Happy Book Birthday to writer Sarah Hampson and illustrator Kass Reich; their new book DR. COO AND THE PIGEON PROTEST publishes today with Kids Can Press!

From the Publisher: “Dr. Archibald Coo, an erudite big-city pigeon, is tired of the way people treat him and the other pigeons. They’re always being shooed and swatted, and they’re never admired the way the other birds are. As Dr. Coo tells his pigeon friends: “It wasn’t always this way.” In ancient times, pigeons were known to accompany the gods. They brought news of the Olympic Games to all of ancient Greece. And more recently, they delivered messages and medicine to soldiers on battlefields. They were heroes! Surely, Dr. Coo reasons, pigeons can find a way to earn the admiration of people once again. And he’s got just the bold plan to do it.

Award-winning journalist Sarah Hampson’s picture book debut is a celebration of the diversity inherent in a big city and a lesson on how looking for the good in others is the best way to get along with them. Through her activist pigeons, she offers a child-friendly example of how to affect change, and shows how cooperation and compromise are the keys for diverse groups to harmoniously coexist — a topical subject. With soft lines and a warm palette, Kass Reich’s illustrations bring a fresh pigeon’s-eye perspective to New York’s inhabitants and cityscapes. This book could be used to spark classroom discussions on respecting differences, working out disagreements, or stepping up to counter injustice, all important subjects for the budding self-awareness and personal development of young children. It also aligns with character education lessons on self-respect, initiative and inclusiveness.”

Advance Praise

https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/sarah-hampson/dr-coo-pigeon-protest/

Dr. Coo and the Pigeon Protest

Please visit the following link for more information: http://www.kidscanpress.com/products/dr-coo-and-pigeon-protest

Happy Book Birthday to Jan Redford’s END OF THE ROPE!

Happy Book Birthday to Jan Redford, whose book END OF THE ROPE: Mountains, Marriage, and Motherhood is publishing today with Random House Canada! It will also publish on May 8th in the US with Counterpoint Press.

For further information about the book, and for a list of events that Jan will be involved with, please visit https://penguinrandomhouse.ca/books/549023/end-rope#9780345812315.

From the Publisher: In the tradition of Cheryl Strayed’s Wild, the gritty, funny, achingly honest story of a young climber’s struggle to become whole by testing herself on mountains and life.

As a young teenager Jan Redford runs away from a cottage where her father has just put her down for the zillionth time and throws herself against a 100-foot cliff face. Somewhere in that shaky, outraged kid is a bedrock belief in her right to exist, which carries her to the top. In that brief flash of victory, she sets her sights on becoming a climber.

Falling in love with climbing eventually leads to falling in love with the climbers in her tight-knit western Canadian climbing community. It also means that the people she loves regularly vanish in an instant, caught in an avalanche or by a split second of inattention. It almost crushes Jan when her boyfriend, the gifted climber Dan Guthrie, is killed. Instead of marrying Dan, she marries one of his best friends, a driven climber who was there for her when she was grieving and becomes the father of her two children. Not what either of them planned.

End of the Rope is raw and real. Mountains challenge Jan, marriage almost annihilates her, and motherhood could have been the last straw…but it isn’t. How she climbs out of the hole she digs for herself is as thrilling and inspiring as any of her climbs–and just as much an act of bravery.”

Advance Praise

“With a wonderful combination of adventure and introspection, outdoor writer Redford tells of a life lived on the fringes of society and in the heights of the Banff mountains in British Columbia…Redford’s is a truly inspiring and honest account of what it means to be a strong woman who can reach new heights because she isn’t afraid to fall.”—Publishers Weekly 

“Her refreshing honesty, especially about her mistakes, is a welcome respite from more self-aggrandizing memoirs, and her refusal to shy away from the more turbulent parts of her past, including a tragic loss, balances well her lighthearted reminiscences…Redford has made her mark through sheer willpower and muscle.”—Booklist

“Climbing mountains becomes a source of both joy and loss for Jan Redford—as she finds her own gutsy route through that other wilderness, of marriage and motherhood. Cheryl Strayed, move over: End of the Rope is a rambunctious, funny, heart-stopping memoir that carries us along on an electric current of risk and courage.” —Marni Jackson, Senior Faculty, The Mountain and Wilderness Writing Program, Banff Centre, and author of The Mother Zone

“A hair-raising triumph—my heart raced on every page, wondering if Jan Redford would seize her lost courage or plummet to physical and psychological annihilation.” —Kathleen Winter, author of Lost in September and Boundless

“Jan Redford is a badass. She is also a born storyteller, and this one—the mountains she has climbed, the men she has loved—and survived—is gritty, funny, tragic, and ultimately victorious. Women’s voices are a conspicuous rarity in the mountaineering world, and tobacco-chewing mother’s voices are even rarer; Redford’s is a bracing and refreshing corrective—intimate, affectionate, loud and clear.” —John Vaillant, author of The Tiger and The Golden Spruce

“Jan Redford is my new favourite feminist anti-heroine: a potty-mouthed, tobacco-chewing, take-no-shit mountain climber who is at once strong-minded and insecure, fierce and vulnerable, loveable and flawed. Redford’s voice pulsates with immediacy and vitality, and she writes her story with a bull’s eye precision and unflinching honesty. Inspiring, funny, heartbreaking, and bold, End of the Rope is a book about survival and courage, about letting go of old dreams and finding new ones. I couldn’t put it down.” —Ayelet Tsabari, author of The Best Place on Earth

“Move over boys—I have a new favourite adventure writer! End of the Rope tells the mountain story I’ve been longing to read. Surrounded by death, Jan Redford must learn to live. In a world dominated by powerful men, she fights for the courage and confidence to lead rather than follow. I love Redford’s grit, her fallibility, her physicality, her honesty. I want to put this memoir into every mountain woman’s hands, every mother’s hands, and the hands of every woman struggling to take charge of her own future. A hearty welcome to a new voice that’s sometimes tough, sometimes vulnerable, but always brave.” —Angie Abdou, author of The Bone Cage and In Case I Go

“End of the Rope is a rare thing, an at once thrilling and thoughtful book. Readers will make their way up perilous slopes and across daunting ridgelines. They will dangle from cliffs in their harnesses and carabineers. But at the end of this book about daring, about doing, about defining oneself in the face of the steepest challenges, readers will also summit with author Jan Redford, exhilarated and moved.” —Timothy Taylor, author of The Rule of Stephens and Stanley Park

Book Birthday: HYSTERIA by Elisabeth de Mariaffi

Happy Book Birthday to Elisabeth de Mariaffi! Her new book HYSTERIA publishes on March 6th with HarperCollins Canada, and already the rave reviews and praise for this novel is flowing in. Check out the reviews, media highlights, a description of the book and more below. Also, watch for the novel to publish in the UK with Titan Publishing Group in the future!

Read a sample of the novel here: www.sample-c86ea2bd73711f591a04dccfc62e6b57.read.overdrive.com/?p=_eyJzbHVnIjoiaHlzdGVyaWEtNmIyNThhIiwiZm9ybWF0IjoiNjEwIn0=

Advance Praise: 

“In Hysteria, Elisabeth de Mariaffi has crafted an epic and haunting story that manages to be both rich in character and setting and breakneck in pace. You will find yourself thinking about it long after you’ve turned the last pages.” —Amy Stuart, author of Still Mine

“Hysteria is a creepy, at times terrifying, thrill ride—taut and smart, and totally unpredictable.” —Zoe Whittall, author of the Scotiabank Giller Prize finalist The Best Kind of People

Hysteria is shout-out-from-the-rooftops good. It is unpredictable, laced with evil and mystery, and impossible to put down. A horrifying modern-day fairy tale, Hysteria is finely written, haunting in its construction, and compelling from the first page to the last.” —Lawrence Hill, bestselling author of The Book of Negroes and The Illegal

“The story moves at a breakneck pace. . . . Hysteria not only provides the thrills of a suspenseful, disturbing read. On a deeper level, the novel highlights the manipulation, coercion, and abuse of women, that sadly, remains an urgent issue today.” —Quill & Quire

Hysteria is a novel about many things-a mother’s love, the institution of psychiatry. But at heart, it is a novel about the ordinary corruptibility of plot: how certain men wield narrative to manipulate women, to convince them that they are crazy and the world that denies them their happiness is sane…Hysteria imagines a woman’s world as a safer, more just, place.” – The Walrus 

Shelagh Rogers tweeted about HYSTERIA calling it a “page-turner” and calling Elisabeth de Mariaffi a “master!”

From the Publisher:The closer she gets to the truth, the faster it slips away.

Heike Lerner’s life looks perfect from the outside: she’s settled into an easy routine of caring for her young son, Daniel, and spends her days wandering the woods near their summer house, while her nights are filled with clinking glasses and charming conversation. It all helps to keep her mind at ease—or at least that’s what her husband, Eric, tells her. But lately, Heike’s noticed there are some things out of place: a mysterious cabin set back in the trees and a strange little girl who surfaces alone at the pond one day, then disappears—while at home Eric is becoming increasingly more controlling. Something sinister that Heike cannot quite put her finger on is lingering just beneath the surface of this idyllic life.

It’s possible Heike’s worries are all in her head, but when the unthinkable happens—Daniel vanishes while she and Eric are at a party one night—she can no longer deny that something is very wrong.

Desperate to find her son, Heike will try anything, but Eric insists on a calm that feels so cold she wonders if she can trust him at all.

Could Eric be involved in Daniel’s disappearance? Or has some darker thing taken him? The closer Heike gets to the truth, the faster it slips away. But she will not rest until she finds her son.”

Media: 

Hysteria

www.cbc.ca/books/24-works-of-canadian-fiction-to-watch-for-in-the-first-half-of-2018-1.4481582