LOST IN SEPTEMBER & SUN OF A DISTANT LAND Shortlisted for the Quebec Writers’ Federation Literary Awards!

We are delighted to share that LOST IN SEPTEMBER (Random House Canada) by Kathleen Winter and SUN OF A DISTANT LAND (Vehicule Press) translated by Claire Holden Rothman are among the finalists for the Quebec Writers’ Federation Literary Awards! Kathleen’s novel is among three selections that are shortlisted for the Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction, which were chosen by jury members Peggy Herring, La Florya Gauthier, and Vish Khanna. Claire’s novel is shortlisted for the Cole Foundation Prize for Transatlation, selected by jury members Renee Desjardins, Jeffrey Moore, and Greg Robinson. Congratulations to Kathleen, Claire, and their fellow nominees on these great accomplishments!

Please visit the following link for the full list of nominations.

http://www.qwf.org/awards/pdfs/19th%20QWF%20Awards%202017%20Finalists%20and%20Jurors.pdf

 

The Ontario Library Association Announces the Forest of Reading Shortlists!

Transatlantic Agency congratulates our agency clients who are finalists on the 2018 Forest of Reading Awards shortlists! These awards recognize the best work by Canadian authors and illustrators. Over a quarter of a million readers participate in the program through schools, public libraries, literacy centres and within their homes. These awards encourage a love of reading through programs aimed at children and adults who vote for the winning books.

SHORT FOR CHAMELEON (HarperCollins Canada) by Vicki Grant (Red Maple Fiction Award)

A SQUIGGLY STORY (Kids Can Press) written by Andrew Larsen and illustrated by Mike Lowery (Blue Spruce Award)

ALL THE DIRT: A History of Getting Clean (Annick Press) written by Katherine Ashenburg and illustrated by Capucine Mazille (Golden Oak Award)

MEATLESS?: A Fresh Look at What You Eat (Owlkids) written by Sarah Elton and illustrated by Julie McLaughlin (Silver Birch Non-fiction Award)

 

Transatlantic would also like to congratulate all of the other authors who are finalists for this year’s Forest of Reading Awards.

For a full list of the nominees, please see the Ontario Library Association’s announcement at the following link www.accessola.org/web/OLA/Forest_of_Reading/Nominated_Lists/.

The Shoe on the Roof Publishes with Simon & Schuster

Today THE SHOE ON THE ROOF by Scotiabank Giller-Prize winner Will Ferguson publishes with Simon & Schuster Canada! Even before publication, the novel has already received a great deal of praise and attention. We are so proud that it was named a Loan Stars top 10 picks for October 2017! Check out some of the great media coverage and rave reviews below!

Praise

“The book is genuinely enjoyable to read, and there’s no denying Ferguson’s charm.”- Quill and Quire 

“WOW. A-MAZ-ING. I absolutely adored this insightful adventure! I will be playing catch up on more by this author for sure. Thank you to Simon and Schuster & Indigo for providing this ARC and introducing me to another great read!”
-Izsy (Indigo Loyalty), 5/5 star review

“An AMAZING New Read for your Autumn Must Read Pile. This book made me laugh out loud, and had me thinking. It is riveting, and I could not put it down – devoured in one sitting. On sale October 17th – make sure you get yourself a copy of this and jump it to the top of your #tbrpile – the PERFECT autumn read!” – Candice (Indigo Loyalty/Goodreads/Instagram), 5/5 star review

“I absolutely loved every bit of this.”
– RadioActiveBookWorm (Goodreads, also on her blog here: http://bit.ly/2wR1eTs), 5/5 star review

“Bravo, another winning book from this talented author!” – Kendra (Goodreads), 4/5 star review

“this book does not disappoint.” – Hilary (Goodreads, also mentioned on her blog here: http://bit.ly/2gfv2Gd), 4/5 star review

Media and Events

Tonight he’ll be at Blue Heron Books in Uxbridge! Visit the following link for full details: https://blueheronbooks.com//?q=h.calevent&eid=347

Check out an excerpt of the novel here: https://www.muskokaregion.com/news-story/7496264-summer-reads-the-shoe-on-the-roof-by-will-ferguson

Quill & Quire, Winnipeg Free Press, The Globe and Mail, and CBC Books each included mentions of THE SHOE ON THE ROOF. Visit the following links to their fall previews below:

https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/arts-and-life/entertainment/books/sizzling-stories-439862913.html

https://beta.theglobeandmail.com/arts/books-and-media/the-most-anticipated-books-of-the-rest-of2017/article35959642/

http://www.cbc.ca/books/20-works-of-canadian-fiction-we-re-excited-to-read-1.4249720

www.quillandquire.com/omni/fall-preview-2017-fiction

From the Publisher: “From the Giller Prize–winning novelist of 419 comes the startling, funny, and heartbreaking story of a psychological experiment gone wrong.

Ever since his girlfriend ended their relationship, Thomas Rosanoff’s life has been on a downward spiral. A gifted med student, he has spent his entire adulthood struggling to escape the legacy of his father, an esteemed psychiatrist who used him as a test subject when he was a boy. Thomas lived his entire young life as the “Boy in the Box,” watched by researchers behind two-way glass.

But now the tables have turned. Thomas is the researcher, and his subjects are three homeless men, all of whom claim to be messiahs—but no three people can be the one and only saviour of the world. Thomas is determined to “cure” the three men of their delusions, and in so doing save his career—and maybe even his love life. But when Thomas’s father intervenes in the experiment, events spin out of control, and Thomas must confront the voices he hears in the labyrinth of his own mind.

The Shoe on the Roof is an explosively imaginative tour de force, a novel that questions our definitions of sanity and madness, while exploring the magical reality that lies just beyond the world of scientific fact.”

Rights Sold: Canada English, Simon & Schuster Canada

 

Fuss-Free Vegan Favourites Publishes with Appetite!

We are delighted to say a Happy Book Birthday to Sam Turnbull, author of FUSS-FREE VEGAN: 101 Everyday Comfort Food Favorites, Veganized, which publishes today with Appetite by Random House!

From the Publisher: 

“Being vegan doesn’t have to mean living off kale and quinoa, or spending your money on fancy and expensive ingredients. And it definitely doesn’t have to mean feeling limited for choices of what to eat! What if “vegan food” could mean cheesy nachos and pizza, hearty burritos, gooey spinach and artichoke dip, decadent chocolate cake or even crème brûlée? Well, it can. In Fuss-Free Vegan, Sam Turnbull shows you that “vegan” does not equal unappetizing dishes, complicated steps, ingredients you have never heard of, or even food that tastes healthy. Instead, she gives you drool-worthy yet utterly fuss-free recipes that will bring everyone together at the table, vegans and non-vegans alike, in a chorus of rave reviews.

This is the cookbook Sam wishes she had when she went vegan: one that recreates and veganizes the dishes she loved most in her pre-vegan days, like fluffy pancakes and crispy bacon, cheesy jalapeño poppers and pizza pockets, creamy Caesar salad and macaroni and cheese, rich chocolate brownies and holiday-worthy pumpkin pie, to name just a few. (And there’s no hummus recipe in sight.)

Say goodbye to searching endlessly around for that one special ingredient that you can’t even pronounce, or cooking dishes that don’t deliver on their promise of yumminess; instead, say hello to ingredients you can pick up at your local grocery store, step-by-step techniques, and Sam’s enthusiastic voice cheering you on throughout this fun, approachable cookbook. With 101 tried-and-tested, one-of-a-kind vegan recipes for every meal, from breakfasts to lunches to dinners, and even snacks, desserts, appetizers and vegan staples, as well as handy menu plans and tips to amp up the recipes and your vegan life, Sam Turnbull and Fuss-Free Vegan are your ultimate guides in the new vegan kitchen.”

Advance Praise: 

“Sam Turnbull has done it all! Mouthwatering easy-to-follow recipes that will work for any cook. There are show-stoppers such as lentil loaf wrapped in puff pastry, crème brûlée, creamy rosé linguine, as well as all the classics such as burgers, soups, salads, mac and cheese, and so many more that are truly fuss-free! The photos alone make me want to jump right into the book!” – Chloe Coscarelli – Vegan chef and cookbook author

“This delightful cookbook knocks vegan cooking right off the proverbial pedestal and brings it down to earth for all.  Through Sam’s simply spectacular recipes you’ll not just enjoy a wildly flavourful meal but you’ll learn lots along the way about this powerful lifestyle choice.” – Chef Michael Smith, author of Make Ahead Meals

“Curious about going vegan but don’t want to give up your favorite foods? Fuss-Free Vegan is the book you need! From cozy waffles to hot, cheesy pizza and decadent brownies, Sam recreates all our food favorites – in fine vegan fashion! With engaging photos and even more engaging spirit, Sam invites us into her cheery vegan kitchen, showing us that fuss-free is by no means flavor-free!” – Dreena Burton, bestselling author, plantpoweredkitchen.com

“In Fuss-Free Vegan, Sam Turnbull’s friendly, fun-loving, compassionate personality shines through on every page. With witty notes, delicious and approachable recipes, and drool-worthy photography, she proves that even after you go vegan, you can have your (*insert whatever food you think you’ll miss by going vegan*) and eat it too.” -Kristy Turner, author of But I Could Never Go Vegan! and But My Family Would Never Eat Vegan!

“Cooking in restaurants over the past four decades, I’ve noticed a rather steep spike in interest in vegan cooking. Nary a service goes by without someone inquiring as to what vegan dishes on the menu. For me, it has been a decade-long scramble to respond. Thankfully, Sam Turnbull has given me some wonderful inspiration in Fuss-free Vegan.” – Jamie Kennedy C.M. Chef and owner Jamie Kennedy Kitchens

Please visit the following link for more information: penguinrandomhouse.ca/books/541812/fuss-free-vegan#9780147530356

Rights Sold: World Rights, Appetite by Random House. TV Rights Available. 

POWERED BY LOVE Publishes with Goose Lane Editions

Happy Book Birthday to our client Ilana Landsberg-Lewis and fellow author Joanna Henry on their new book POWERED BY LOVE: A Grandmothers’ Movement to End Aids in Africa! It released last week on October 10th with Goose Lane Editions.

Watch the launch of the book here:

From the Publisher: 

“By the time the AIDS pandemic in Africa had reached its height in the early 2000s, millions of children had been orphaned. In the face of overwhelming loss, the grandmothers of Africa stepped in to hold families and communities together. Author Joanna Henry and photographer Alexis MacDonald visited eight African countries, interviewing and photographing hundreds of grandmothers (including Sarah Obama, Barack Obama’s grandmother) who are reclaiming hope and resurrecting lives. The extraordinary images and stories of resourceful women fighting for a better future make Powered by Love an inspiration for everyone.

Writes journalist-social activist Michele Landsberg, “We thought we knew what was happening in Africa when the AIDS pandemic raged across the continent, sweeping away 35 million lives. But we never knew it the way this book reveals it, in the shockingly intimate voices of the grandmothers who had to save the abandoned children when no one else was left alive. These voices will leap straight into your heart. Their unguarded faces, in portraits that glow with character, pain and humour, will captivate you.”

In 2006, the Stephen Lewis Foundation launched a campaign to engage Canadian grandmothers to support their African sisters. The Grandmothers Campaign, now a movement 10,000 strong, has raised over $25 million that has gone directly into the hands of African grandmothers and their grassroots organizations. Powered by Lovejoins this campaign by telling the story of these indomitable women and by directing all royalties from the sale of the book to African grandmothers raising children orphaned by AIDS.”

To learn more about the book, please visit: https://gooselane.com/products/powered-by-love

Rights Sold: World Rights, Goose Lane Editions

Sonja Larsen Wins the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-fiction!

We are thrilled to announce that Sonja Larsen has won the prestigious Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-fiction for her book RED STAR TATTOO: My Life as a Girl Revolutionary (Random House Canada)! The award is administered by Wilfrid Laurier University and honours Canadian writers who have written a first or second work of non-fiction, and carries an award of $10,000.

From Award Juror Bruce Gillespie: 

“As is the case with lives themselves, all memoirs are unique, but this seems especially true of Sonja Larsen’s Red Star Tattoo: My Life as a Girl Revolutionary. In this coming-of-age story, she looks back at a childhood and adolescence spent searching for a sense of connection and purpose beyond her family, first in a commune and later as part of what she eventually recognized as a cult whose purported goal was to incite an American communist revolution. She captures the environment of paranoia, violence, and futility in which she grew up in a stark, frank style that never tugs on readers’ heartstrings or asks for their pity. Instead, Larsen presents a clear-eyed look at her almost unbelievable past and crafts a character study in resilience that is eminently engaging.”

Sonja Larsen will be celebrated at two events at Wilfrid Laurier University on November 9th and November 10th.

Please visit the following link for more information: https://wlu.ca/news/news-releases/2017/oct/sonja-larsen-named-2017-winner-of-the-prestigious-edna-staebler-award-for-creative-non-fiction.html

World Rights Available Ex: Canada English, Random House Canada

Represented by Trena White

Welcoming Rachel Matlow!

We’re delighted to welcome CBC’s arts and culture journalist/audio producer Rachel Matlow to Transatlantic Agency as a new client! She’s represented by Samantha Haywood.

Rachel Matlow worked at Q/q for eight crazy years as well as Spark, Day 6, The Sunday Edition, The Doc Project and The Current. Her writing has appeared in The Globe and Mail, National Post, CBC.ca and The Believer. She recently won a 2016 Third Coast International Audio Festival award and a 2017 Gabriel Award for her audio documentary ‘Dead Mom Talking’. She is at work on her debut memoir, a true dark comedy (a traumedy!), about her eccentric mother’s cancer journey called “Dead Mom Walking,” which is best described as a cross between Tig Notaro’s dark comedy One Mississippi and Chris Kelly’s devastatingly funny Other People, with a queer dose of Alison Bechdel and a Jewish dollop of Transparent. Proposal materials available shortly. Contact: samantha@transatlaticagency.com

The Lady and the Lionheart by Joanne Bischof Has Finaled in 18th Annual Christy Awards!

We are so proud to represent the rights to Joanne Bischof‘s much heralded historical romance novel, THE LADY AND THE LIONHEART which has just finaled in its category for the 18th annual CHRISTY AWARDS™

After many declines declaring it was too outside the conventions of its category at the time, THE LADY AND THE LIONHEART was ultimately self published in the US by the author.

Now, it is also available in audio (Blackstone) and German (Brunnen Verlag) and is currently under consideration for film,  and with several Transatlantic International co-agents. We just love that this beautiful dark horse of a story is beginning to find its way in the world in earnest.

For further rights inquiries, contact Sandra Bishop at sandra@transatlanticagency.com

Deal News: Two Roads Home by Daniel Griffin

Pitched in the tradition of Snow Falling on Cedars, Daniel Griffin’s TWO ROADS HOME, a literary novel with eco-thriller overtones, reimagining the 1993 Clayoquot Sound protests when the fall-out from a bomb blast at a logging company warehouse ends in the unplanned death of a security guard, to Dirk Vaihiner of Nagel & Kimche of Hanser Verlag by Hannah Fosh of Liepman Agency, on behalf of  Samantha Haywood of the Transatlantic Agency, Canada English and US rights previously sold to Freehand Books (September, 2017).

Welcoming Alicia Elliott!

Join us in welcoming the amazing Alicia Elliott, who is represented by Samantha Haywood and Stephanie Sinclair! We are so pleased that she’s now part of the agency.

Alicia Elliott is a Tuscarora writer living in Brantford, Ontario with her husband and daughter. Her writing has been published by The Malahat Review, The Butter, Room, Grain, The New Quarterly, CBC, Globe and Mail, Vice, Maclean’s, Maisonneuve, Today’s Parent and Reader’s Digest. She’s currently Associate Nonfiction Editor at Little Fiction | Big Truths, and a consulting editor with The New Quarterly. Her essay, “A Mind Spread Out on the Ground” won a National Magazine Award. She will be the 2017-2018 Geoffrey and Margaret Andrew Fellow at UBC, working with their Creative Writing Department. Alicia is currently at work on a collection of essays entitled A MIND SPREAD OUT ON THE GROUND, which explores the wider connections between colonialism, race, mental health, poverty, art and parenthood through the lens of her own personal experiences.