Squawk Publishes with Playwrights Canada Press!

Happy Book Birthday to Megan Gail Coles on the publication of her book SQUAWK, which has just been released by Playwrights Canada Press!

From the Publisher: “This daring new play from Newfoundland playwright Megan Gail Coles showcases a bold and refreshing approach to theatre for young audiences. Coles deftly interweaves Canada’s colonial history with online gaming as our Indigenous protagonist struggles to understand and reconcile her past, present and future.

Annie Runningbird doesn’t have time for the games boys want her to play. She’s aging out of foster care on her next birthday. The system has decided she is an adult, so Annie must make adult decisions. Where will she live? How will she make money? Demanding grown-up choices preoccupy the young girl’s mind as she navigates relationships with boys and men in her company. Does she like Isaac, a cute yet naive boy she met at the mall food court? Can she trust Louis, her older and increasingly overbearing foster care worker? Who can Annie depend on in her ever-shifting world? This intel is important. Because Annie needs to win the very real game she’s playing. She must save herself to save the day.”

Rights Sold: World English, Playwrights Canada Press Ltd.

Welcome Frances Peck!

We’re delighted to be welcoming Frances Peck to the Transatlantic team today!

Frances is a Vancouver-based writer, teacher, and speaker about the finer points of language. She’s the author of the collection Peck’s English Pointers, a co-author of the popular HyperGrammar website, and an essayist and blogger whose work has appeared in The Editors’ Weekly, West Coast Editor, Language Update, and Geist. Frances wrote fiction and poetry until her early twenties, when she stopped (ironically) to become a professional writer. Now she’s rediscovering the magic of making things up. THE BROKEN PLACES is her first novel.
 
Frances is represented by Stephanie Sinclair.

The Boat People Pre-Order Promotion

We’re delighted to share that you can now pre-order Sharon Bala‘s highly anticipated debut novel, THE BOAT PEOPLE! The novel officially publishes with Doubleday US and McClelland & Stewart Canada on January 9, 2018. THE BOAT PEOPLE will be exported internationally in March 2018. On her website, Sharon shares some fascinating details about the wonderful designs of each cover: www.sharonbala.com/blog/feast

For readers of Khaled Hosseini and Chris Cleave, THE BOAT PEOPLE is an extraordinary novel about a group of refugees who survive a perilous ocean voyage only to face the threat of deportation amid accusations of terrorism.

When a rusty cargo ship carrying Mahindan and five hundred fellow refugees from Sri Lanka’s bloody civil war reaches Vancouver’s shores, the young father thinks he and his sixyear-old son can finally start a new life. Instead, the group is thrown into a detention processing center, with government officials and news headlines speculating that among the “boat people” are terrorists now posing a threat to Canada’s national security.

Visit the following links to preorder!:

www.amazon.ca/Boat-People-Sharon-Bala

www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/the-boat-people/9780771024290-item.html?ikwid=sharon+bala&ikwsec=Home&ikwidx=0

https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/the-boat-people-

www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/549833/the-boat-people-by-sharon-bala/

Sharon Bala’s short fiction has won three Newfoundland and Labrador Arts & Letters Awards and been published, or is forthcoming, in: GrainPRISM internationalThe New Quarterly, RoomRiddle Fence, and in a collection called Racket. Two of Sharon’s short stories, “Reading Week” and “Butter Tea at Starbucks”, were longlisted for the 2017 Journey Prize with the latter continuing to the shortlist as well. THE BOAT PEOPLE is her debut novel.


Pre-publication Praise for THE BOAT PEOPLE

“This earnest debut novel forcefully explores the issues surrounding immigration…deeply moving and nuanced, The Boat People asks what price a country is willing to pay when public safety comes at the cost of human lives.”
-Booklist

“A real ship of refugees inspires a novel about the messy consequences of war Memorable…Chilling…”
-Kirkus Reviews

The Boat People will – and should… – linger long in the mind as an almost Graham-Greene-esque thriller about Canada’s Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora. Homeric in her narrative arc, Bala’s novel is rhetorically purposive – but poetically, softly rhetorical…Bala is ahead by a century in the cricket score of politically powerful contemporary fiction.”
Atlantic Books Today

“The Boat People is a powerful, gripping moral drama told with deep compassion and humanity. Sharon Bala takes us behind the headlines about refugees and asylum seekers straight into the beating hearts of unforgettable human beings. A timely tale and a beautiful, remarkable debut.”
-Lynne Kutsukake, author of The Translation of Love

“This wise and compassionate novel is an intimate portrait of one of the great humanitarian crises of our time. Its power lies in its breadth, for it examines not just those who come to our country seeking refuge, but also those who determine their fate. As such it implicates us all in the ongoing crisis.”
-Shyam Selvadurai, author of The Hungry Ghosts and Funny Boy

The Boat People is a beautifully crafted story with a big heart. This novel has an urgency and relevance that cuts to the bone and will resonate with readers of all stripes. Bala offers no easy answers and no political posturing, but her magnificent storytelling will leave readers wondering about their own convictions, asking themselves, ‘What would I do? What would I have done?’ I love this book and, somehow, I empathized and understood every character’s motivation and heart, despite their seemingly opposing stances. The spirits of Bala’s complicated, well-developed characters will linger with you like ghosts; you will look for them in the newspaper, on the evening news, everywhere, and when you encounter them, you will pause and wonder, not only about them but about yourself.”
-Michel Stone, author of Border Child

The Boat People is a burning flare of a novel, at once incendiary and illuminating. With a rare combination of precision, empathy and insight, Sharon Bala has crafted an unflinching examination of what happens when the fundamental human need for safety collides with the cold calculus of bureaucracy. In the best tradition of fearless literature, it shatters our comfortable illusions about who we really are and reveals just how asymmetrical the privilege of belonging can be. This is a brilliant debut – a story that needs to be told, told beautifully.”
-Omar El Akkad, author of American War

Kirkus Praises WHEN THE MOON COMES!

Congratulations to Transatlantic Agency client Paul Harbridge, and illustrator Matt James on a second wonderful review from Kirkus of WHEN THE MOON COMES (Tundra Books)! Kirkus writes, “Harbridge captures the sights, sounds, and smells of the almost spectral, night-time gathering from a child’s point of view, including details that place you, the reader, right there…Matt James’ illustrations, rendered in acrylics and India ink, are dark and mysterious, just like Canadian nights in winter, and full of energy and movement.”

Check out the full review at the following link:

https://www.kirkusreviews.com/features/winter-winners/#continue_reading_post

Penguin Random House selects Sharon Bala’s THE BOAT PEOPLE for One World, One Book campaign

We are immensely proud to announce Sharon Bala‘s debut novel, THE BOAT PEOPLE, has been selected for Penguin Random House’s One World, One Book campaign!

One World, One Book is an exclusive global program recognizing 1-3 titles on the Pengun Random House list per year that have international revelance and international bestseller potential. The campagin supports the selected title to the highest level to ensure the book is celebrated worldwide.

For readers of Khaled Hosseini and Chris Cleave, THE BOAT PEOPLE is an extraordinary novel about a group of refugees who survive a perilous ocean voyage only to face the threat of deportation amid accusations of terrorism.

When a rusty cargo ship carrying Mahindan and five hundred fellow refugees from Sri Lanka’s bloody civil war reaches Vancouver’s shores, the young father thinks he and his sixyear-old son can finally start a new life. Instead, the group is thrown into a detention processing center, with government officials and news headlines speculating that among the “boat people” are terrorists now posing a threat to Canada’s national security.

THE BOAT PEOPLE will be available in North America (Doubleday US, McClelland & Stewart Canada) on January 9, 2018 and exported internationally in March 2018.

Sharon Bala’s short fiction has won three Newfoundland and Labrador Arts & Letters Awards and been published, or is forthcoming, in: Grain, PRISM international, The New Quarterly, Room, Riddle Fence, and in a collection called Racket. Two of Sharon’s short stories, “Reading Week” and “Butter Tea at Starbucks”, were longlisted for the 2017 Journey Prize with the latter continuing to the shortlist as well. THE BOAT PEOPLE is her debut novel.


Pre-publication Praise for THE BOAT PEOPLE

“This earnest debut novel forcefully explores the issues surrounding immigration…deeply moving and nuanced, The Boat People asks what price a country is willing to pay when public safety comes at the cost of human lives.”
-Booklist

“A real ship of refugees inspires a novel about the messy consequences of war Memorable…Chilling…”
-Kirkus Reviews

The Boat People will – and should… – linger long in the mind as an almost Graham-Greene-esque thriller about Canada’s Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora. Homeric in her narrative arc, Bala’s novel is rhetorically purposive – but poetically, softly rhetorical…Bala is ahead by a century in the cricket score of politically powerful contemporary fiction.”
Atlantic Books Today

“The Boat People is a powerful, gripping moral drama told with deep compassion and humanity. Sharon Bala takes us behind the headlines about refugees and asylum seekers straight into the beating hearts of unforgettable human beings. A timely tale and a beautiful, remarkable debut.”
-Lynne Kutsukake, author of The Translation of Love

“This wise and compassionate novel is an intimate portrait of one of the great humanitarian crises of our time. Its power lies in its breadth, for it examines not just those who come to our country seeking refuge, but also those who determine their fate. As such it implicates us all in the ongoing crisis.”
-Shyam Selvadurai, author of The Hungry Ghosts and Funny Boy

The Boat People is a beautifully crafted story with a big heart. This novel has an urgency and relevance that cuts to the bone and will resonate with readers of all stripes. Bala offers no easy answers and no political posturing, but her magnificent storytelling will leave readers wondering about their own convictions, asking themselves, ‘What would I do? What would I have done?’ I love this book and, somehow, I empathized and understood every character’s motivation and heart, despite their seemingly opposing stances. The spirits of Bala’s complicated, well-developed characters will linger with you like ghosts; you will look for them in the newspaper, on the evening news, everywhere, and when you encounter them, you will pause and wonder, not only about them but about yourself.”
-Michel Stone, author of Border Child

The Boat People is a burning flare of a novel, at once incendiary and illuminating. With a rare combination of precision, empathy and insight, Sharon Bala has crafted an unflinching examination of what happens when the fundamental human need for safety collides with the cold calculus of bureaucracy. In the best tradition of fearless literature, it shatters our comfortable illusions about who we really are and reveals just how asymmetrical the privilege of belonging can be. This is a brilliant debut – a story that needs to be told, told beautifully.”
-Omar El Akkad, author of American War

Peninsula Sinking Publishes with Biblioasis!

Today PENINSULA SINKING by David Huebert publishes with Biblioasis! Happy Book Birthday David!

From the Publisher: “In Peninsula Sinking, David Huebert brings readers an assortment of Maritimers caught between the places they love and the siren call of elsewhere. From submarine officers to prison guards, oil refinery workers to academics, each character in these stories struggles to find some balance of spiritual and emotional grace in the world increasingly on the precipice of ruin. Peninsula Sinking offers up eight urgent and electric meditations on the mysteries of death and life, of grief and love, and never shies away from the joy and horror of our submerging world.”

PRAISE FOR PENINSULA SINKING

“This book is Noah’s freaking Ark. All of life, animal and human, is intimately crammed inside of it and the whole vessel has been expertly designed to stand the surrounding storm. David Huebert has some of the smartest, saddest, funniest, best stuff I’ve read in years. There are scenes and sentences in here that will stick with you for a very long time.”
—Alexander MacLeod, author of Light Lifting

“David Huebert’s Peninsula Sinking is a marvellous combination of a precise mastery of language and sheer confidence in voice – no matter who or what his characters are, no matter where they go, you believe and you see. His is an unusual gift.”
—Russell Wangersky, author of The Hour of Bad Decisions

“[Peninsula Sinking]establishes Huebert as one of Canada’s most impressive young writers … the stories are far-reaching, but tightly woven, each focused on characters in significant moments of development or change.”
—Robert Wiersma, Quill & Quire

 Peninsula Sinking comes on like weather: A gust, then calm, then a whiteout, then sheet lightning followed by a bone-soaking warmth as another treacherous cloudbank forms in the distance. David Huebert’s prose doesn’t flag, not once. Each sentence is alive and crackling. His turns of phrase will catch your breath in your throat. These stories will sweep you up.”
—Laurie D. Graham, author of Rove

“…one of those young writers who has the ability and confidence to present the everyday in extraordinary ways. Many of his characters are seemingly trapped not only by common demands and current circumstances but also by their own desire to be unambitious. His characters might sometimes be a little lost, but like David Huebert’s writing they often soar far above the mundane and demand to be hard.”
—David Layton, author of The Dictator

PRAISE FOR DAVID HUEBERT

“A paean to intimacy and to things rarely seen, ‘Enigma’ is an eloquent meditation on the mystery of life and death, love and grief, both human and animal. This is a vivid personal narrative of remarkable spiritual and emotional grace.”
—CBC Short Story Prize Jury

“I was impressed by the way that “Colloquium: J.T. Henry and Lady Simcoe on Early Ontario Petrocolonialism” repurposes historical texts to frame the ongoing violence of extraction and dispossession within the language of early settlers.”
—Damien Rogers

“These poems have the keys to the zoo, and they’re ready to let the wild rumpus start.”
—Geoffery Morrison

Please visit the following link for more information: www.biblioasis.com/shop/new-release/peninsula-sinking/

Rights Sold: World English, Biblioasis 

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.