Canadian English rights to the stunning debut novel AFTERSHOCK by Alison Taylor, a compulsively readable story for fans of Gail Honeyman, about an opiate addicted mother and her millennial lesbian daughter and their charged relationship rooted in the painful emotional impact of the tragic and mysterious death of the baby sister, years prior, sold to Iris Tupholme at HarperCollins Canada in a deal by Samantha Haywood of Transatlantic Agency

Welcome, David Young!

We’re very pleased to welcome David Young as a client of Transatlantic.

David Young published two novels in his twenties and wrote a series of award-winning plays (Fire, Glenn, Inexpressible Island, No Great Mischief, Clout), which were widely produced in Canada and abroad. He was a founding director of both The Writers’ Trust of Canada and the Griffin Poetry Prize.

Currently on offer, his début novel, Field of Vision employs an artfully-constructed plot that weaves together the lives of its eclectic protagonists. It opens with a group of strangers who have come to an isolated cabin in the New Mexican desert for the rare chance to encounter the Field of Vision, an enigmatic art installation, which consists of a vast grid of lightning rods, and is said to induce life-changing experiences, fantastical coincidences, and harmonious synchronicities in the lives of those who engage with it. The experience the group shared during that single night in the desert will intertwine their futures in ways they cannot yet imagine. With razor-sharp social satire contrasted with serious philosophical interrogation about how to truly see and become one’s best self; with themes of the power of art, nature, and story, the destructiveness of addictions, and how love can ruin, redeem, and heal, Young has unleashed his truly singular voice to write Field of Vision.

David Young lives in Toronto, and in recent years, has worked extensively on HIV/AIDS interventions in Sub-Saharan Africa. He is represented by Marilyn Biderman. Welcome, David!

Transatlantic Agency congratulates Jill Corcoran on her move to Smithsonian Enterprises

Please join us at the Transatlantic Agency in congratulating our colleague and friend, Jill Corcoran, on her new position with Smithsonian Enterprises as Director, Published Licensing Sales. This is an exciting opportunity for Corcoran, who was the first and only literary agent for Smithsonian Enterprises and will now be going in-house. She is moving to Washington to start her post on October 1st. Corcoran’s Transatlantic clients will be represented by its seven (7) passionate and experienced children’s agents based throughout New York, Boston, Portland OR, Toronto and Chicago.

Says Haywood, Transatlantic’s President, “I’m sorry to see Jill leave literary agenting, but we wish her nothing but success and are thrilled that the talented literary agents who moved to Transatlantic with her – Elizabeth Bennett, Jodell Sadler and Tim Travaglini – will all remain with us and they and the other Transatlantic agents are in talks with Jill’s clients.”

Says Corcoran, “I feel like I am leaving one dream job for another. I am so thankful to Samantha Haywood and her dynamic team for enthusiastically and genuinely welcoming my talented clients into the Transatlantic family.”

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 has 16 agents, half adult publishing/half children’s publishing, located across North America, with US agents in New York, Boston, Chicago, Portland OR, 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. Representing 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

Welcoming Gwen Benaway

Today, we’re welcoming a truly extraordinary and singular author to the Transatlantic family. Gwen Benaway is a trans girl of Anishinaabe and Métis descent. She has published three collections of poetry, Ceremonies for the DeadPassage, and most recently, Holy Wild. She has received many distinctions and awards, including the Dayne Ogilvie Honour of Distinction for Emerging Queer Authors from the Writers’ Trust of Canada. Her poetry and essays have been published in national publications and anthologies, including The Globe and Mail, Maclean’s Magazine, CBC Arts, and many others. She is a Ph.D student at the Women and Gender Studies Institute at the University of Toronto.  
The manuscript for her first volume of prose, fifteen linked personal essays called trans girl in love is currently available. With searing honesty, an arrestingly frank literary voice, and a poet’s skill to dig deeply, Gwen uncovers her life in its many complexities, contradictions, emptiness and fullness. trans girl in love illuminates the bittersweet longing and joy at the heart of trans feminine desire, exploring the many moments that make up a world of vibrant living. Gwen has lots of illuminating things to say on Twitter, so do follow her @GwenBenaway. Also visit her website: We’re somewhere beyond proud to have Gwen on our roster! She is represented by Marilyn Biderman.


The shortlists for the Canadian Children’s Book Centre Awards are announced, and we are cheering at our desks!

Congratulations to Paul Harbridge whose picture book WHEN THE MOON COMES, illustrated by Matt James (Tundra) is shortlisted for the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award and the Martha Baillie Picture Book Award.

MEATLESS? A FRESH LOOK AT WHAT YOU EAT by Sarah Elton and illustrated by Julie McLaughlin (Owlkids Books) is shortlisted for the Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction.

THE AGONY OF BUN O’KEEFE by Heather Smith (Penguin Teen Canada) is shortlisted for both the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People and the Amy Mathers Teen Book Award. Kudos to both!

And finally, we are very proud of our clients Cary Fagan and Melanie Florence who also have books on the lists! Congratulations to all the nominees.

For the full list of nominees and more about the awards, visit the Canadian Children’s Book Centre.