Heather Smith won the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award for THE AGONY OF BUN O’KEEFE

Heather Smith won the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award in the Young Adult/Middle Reader category for THE AGONY OF BUN O’KEEFE!

Winners were selected by two juries of young readers. Students read the books and worked together to reach a consensus and select a winner. This process makes it a unique literary award in Canada.

One juror commented “Bun and Busker Boy are my favourite characters of all time!” and praised to protagonist as “one-of-a-kind”.

Congratulations Heather!

 

David Huebert’s Peninsula Sinking Runner Up for Danuta Gleed Literary Award!

We’re delighted to announce David Huebert’s PENINSULA SINKING (Biblioasis) was runner up for the 2017 Danuta Gleed Literary Award – congratulations, David!

This annual award recognizes the best first collection of short fiction by a Canadian author published in the previous year in the English language. PENINSULA SINKING has been selected as the runner up from 39 submitted collections.

From the Jury:
“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.”

PENINSULA SINKING explores the relation between periphery and centre, using the metaphor of rising sea levels to examine the various emotional crises of underemployed Nova Scotians caught between the place they love deeply and the brute fact that opportunity lies elsewhere.

DIANE SCHOEMPERLEN wins The Molson Prize!

Diane Schoemperlen

Canada Council for the Arts Molson Prizes are awarded to two people – one in the arts and the other in social science and humanities, who have distinguished themselves by their outstanding achievements.

“Being awarded a Molson Prize gives me a deep sense of affirmation that it has all been worthwhile and that I have indeed been accomplishing something valuable in my work.” -Diane on winning the Molson Prize.

Warmest congratulations from all of us at the Transatlantic Agency, Diane!

 

 

DEAL NEWS: HUNGOVER by SHAUGHNESSY BISHOP-STALL

UK rights to Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall’s HUNGOVER: A History of the Morning After and One Man’s Quest for the Cure- a journalist’s journey to discover the ultimate hangover cure, drinking and writing his way through the world’s favorite beverages and their vengeful aftermath-to Joel Simons at 535/Blink, part of Bonnier Publishing, by Stephanie Sinclair on behalf of Samantha Haywood

Rights previously sold to Penguin in the US, HarperCollins Canada, and Dumont, Germany for Winter 2018.

Benjamin Hertwig is awarded the Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry!

Congratulations to Benjamin Hertwig who has been awarded the Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry by the Writers’ Guild of Alberta for his debut collection, Slow War (McGill-Queen’s University Press)!

This annual award recognizes excellence in writing by Alberta authors. The 2018 winners were selected from 260 submissions.

Benjamin is the recipient of a National Magazine Award for personal journalism, the Prairie Fire Non Fiction Award and the Glass Buffalo Poetry Prize. His fiction, non-fiction, and poetry have appeared in the New York TimesPrairie Schoonerthe Maine ReviewNPRthe WalrusTHISRicepaperMaisonneuvethe Literary Review of CanadaSouthwordCV2GeezFreefallPleiades, and Alberta Views, among others.

For a full list of this years winners click here: https://bit.ly/2Jtzyun

Welcome to Loredana Cunti!

A warm welcome to Loredana Cunti as she joins us as a client, her picture book text Space Bat: The Partly True Story of the Stowaway Bat is currently on offer!

One of Loredana’s passions is writing for the kid in all of us by finding stories in fun facts. Her very first book To Burp or Not to Burp: A Guide to Your Body in Space, co-authored with Dr. Dave Williams (Annick Press) was shortlisted for a Silver Birch Award, Hackmatack Children’s Choice Award and 2018 Rocky Mountain Book Award and received a starred Kirkus review. The follow up, Go for Lift Off: How to Train Like an Astronaut has been selected as a Best Book for Kids and Teens by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre, an OLA Top Ten Best Bet, and nominated for an American Association for the Advancement of Science SB&F Prize. Mighty Mission Machines and Destination Space are out in 2018 with Annick, and Loredana’s first picture book, Karate Kakapo, is forthcoming in 2019 from Kids Can Press.

She earned a BAA in Radio and Television Arts at Ryerson University and spent many years living and travelling abroad as an executive producer of children’s entertainment. She settled back in Canada to develop ideas for food, family and fiction and has created two original animated series for television that are currently in development. Loredana is a qualified pastry chef from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, but admits she eats more than she bakes. She has two children and lives in Toronto.

Loredana is represented by Amy Tompkins.

Welcoming Amber McMillan!

A warm welcome to Amber McMillan who is joining us as a new client.

Amber is the author of the memoir The Woods: A Year on Protection Island (Nightwood Editions, 2016) and the poetry collection We Can’t Ever Do This Again (Wolsak & Wynn, 2015). In 2017, she won a Penguin Random House award for fiction and was shortlisted for the Montreal International Poetry Award. Her work has appeared in MaisonneuveArc, Global Poetry Anthology, Room, The Walrus and other publications across North America. She lives in New Brunswick and works as editor at Nightwood Editions.

Amber’s debut collection of short fiction, THE RUNNING TREES, asks what constitutes truth, opinion and fact, tapping into the zeitgeist of the current socio-political climate of language-based communication (texting, email). A telephone call between lovers, a confrontation between a child and her mother, even an existential discussion between talking cats. When the truth is unknown or unclear, how do we arrive at an acceptable alternative? These stories ask, in the murky terrain of feeling and memory, what’s real?

Amber is represented by Stephanie Sinclair.