Happy Book Birthday to Harriet Alida Lye on Liveright’s US publication of THE HONEY FARM! The novel was just published in Canada with Vagrant Press and in Australian with Penguin Random House Australia. Film rights have been optioned by Hawkeye Pictures.
THE HONEY FARM is a Barnes & Noble Discover Pick! Barnesandnoble.com/2018-bn-discover-great-new-writers-selections and we expect some exciting reviews in the coming weeks.
From the publisher:
Lily King meets Patricia Highsmith in this slyly seductive debut set on an eerily beautiful farm teeming with secrets.
The drought has discontented the bees. Soil dries into sand; honeycomb stiffens into wax. But Cynthia knows how to breathe life back into her farm: offer it as an artists’ colony with free room, board, and “life experience” in exchange for backbreaking labor. Silvia, a wide-eyed graduate and would-be poet, and Ibrahim, a painter distracted by constant inspiration, are drawn to Cynthia’s offer, and soon, to each other.
But something lies beneath the surface. The Edenic farm is plagued by events that strike Silvia as ominous: taps run red, scalps itch with lice, frogs swarm the pond. One by one, the other residents leave. As summer tenses into autumn, Cynthia’s shadowed past is revealed and Silvia becomes increasingly paralyzed by doubt. Building to a shocking conclusion, The Honey Farm announces the arrival of a bold new voice and offers a thrilling portrait of creation and possession in the natural world.
“An aura of mystery, faintly tinged with menace, permeates Canadian author Lye’s sensuous debut novel. . . . An achingly lyrical excursion into a lost Eden.” — Publishers Weekly
“Lush, poetic. . . . Each lyrical line feels like a gift left at the reader’s altar. A honey-mouthed debut ruminating on creation, possession, and faith.” — Kirkus Reviews
“Lye evokes gothic tropes and an aura of foreboding that recall Shirley Jackson and Daphne du Maurier by way of the tortured Catholicism of Flannery O’Connor.”
-Editor’s Pick Quill and Quire
“Mysterious, suspenseful, and unnerving, The Honey Farm offers a thrilling narrative that examines the distorted realities and conflicting perceptions that often exist in the quietest places.” — Iain Reid, bestselling author of I’m Thinking of Ending Things
“The Honey Farm delves into the intimate mysteries of art, madness, religion, and love through a story built with beautiful language and lush sensory detail. Gothic and subtly menacing, it’s a book as rich as the sweet substance at its core.” — Grace O’Connell, author of Magnified World
“The secret world of bees and the sensuous natural order in all its peril and glory come alive in this mesmerizing, suspenseful novel. Harriet Alida Lye is a writer of prodigious talent and The Honey Farm a thrilling, chills-inducing debut. Brava!” — Carol Bruneau, award-winning author of Glass Voices and These Good Hands
“I loved this book. The way Harriet Alida Lye captures and registers moments of encounter with gentleness and specificity, like bees bumping against flowers – there’s magic afoot here.” — Lauren Elkin, author of Flaneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice, and London
“Harriet Alida Lye has created a modern-day Eden, shot through with innocence and foreboding. The landscape of this gripping debut is alive with tension and temptation, and I found myself seduced alongside Lye’s unforgettable characters. Laying bare faith, identity, and love, this book presents a world where nothing is quite as it seems.” — Adrienne Celt, author of The Daughters
“In this sensuous debut, the honey is golden and enchanting, with an unexpected taste. Relatable as they are, Lye’s characters are true artists—it was impossible to fathom what they’d do next (and with whom!). Impetuous and passionate and utterly unpredictable, you’ll want to spend your entire summer on The Honey Farm.” — Courtney Maum, author of Touch
“Beguiled by the promise of a writers’ retreat, Silvia leaves her staunchly Catholic family home for the uncertain territory of a honey farm in Northern Ontario. The Honey Farm offers readers an accomplished meditation on love, creativity and the wonder of the natural world, and a gripping exploration of a community that is perhaps not as it seems.” — Cathy Marie Buchanan, New York Times bestselling author of The Painted Girls
“The Honey Farm is a delightful and mistily enigmatic story…I am putting The Honey Farm on the 2018 longlist for a ‘Very Best!’ Book Award for fiction.”
–The Miramichi Reader
Happy Book Birthday to Sarah Selecky on the publication of RADIANT SHIMMERING LIGHT with HarperCollins Canada and Blackstone Audio! It will publish in the US later this year with Bloomsbury on December 4, 2018.
Sarah will be launching the novel on May 14th at Type Books. Full details are here:
Monday May 14th, 6:30-8:30pm, Type Books, 883 Queen St West.
The link is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/578037859262068/
In addition, she’ll have two other Ontario book launches. Visit the following link for full information — https://www.sarahselecky.com/2018/ontario-launch-parties-for-radiant-shimmering-light/
Listen to her The Secret Library Podcast — https://www.secretlibrarypodcast.com/episodes/
Also, check out Sarah’s interview with Carmen Spagnola here: http://www.carmenspagnola.com/2018/04/tnp102-sarah-selecky-radiant-shimmering-light/
Read an interview with Sarah at Quill & Quire here: LINK HERE
RADIANT SHIMMERING LIGHT was featured in Quill & Quire‘s and 49th Shelf‘s spring previews for 2018: https://quillandquire.com/omni/spring-preview-2018-fiction/
Another great podcast, an interview with Kim Mandar at Bookish Radio is here, starting 15 minutes into the podcast: https://bookishradio.ca/
From the Publisher: “A sharply funny and wise debut novel about female friendship, the face we show the world online and letting your own light shine, from the Scotiabank Giller Prize–shortlisted author of This Cake Is for the Party
Lilian Quick has looked up to her cousin Florence her whole life. Florence is everything Lilian is not—brave, confident, quick to find adventure and American. The women have been out of touch for years due to a family rift, but Lilian, childless, single and self-employed as a pet portraitist, has been watching Florence for years. Florence is now Internet-famous as Eleven Novak, the face of a compelling new feminine lifestyle empowerment brand.
When Eleven comes to town as part of her sales tour, she offers Lilian a place at the Temple, her Manhattan office. Despite twenty years of silence, Eleven welcomes her long-lost cousin with open arms, and the two women begin a new relationship. Lilian quickly enrols in the Ascendency, Eleven’s signature program: an expensive three-month training seminar on empowered leadership, spiritual awakening, and sales and marketing. Eleven is going to help her cousin rise up to be her highest self: confident, affluent and self-actualized.
Lilian’s sensitive, artistic nature is stretched by the work she does in the Ascendency, and pushed even further by her cousin’s careful life coaching. In just three months, Lilian’s life changes drastically and becomes everything she’s dreamed of. But is it everything she wants? And can she trust everything Eleven says?”
“Warm, sharp and deceptively light, with smart things to say about the commodification of spirituality; I ate it up.” —Lisa Gabriele, author of Tempting Faith DiNapoli and The Almost Archer
“Our online world provides endless humorous possibility and here is a book that’s witty, timely, and smart with regard to social media. But then, quite wonderfully, Selecky’s story turns more complicated than it first appeared. Bursting with energy and color, every page delights and provokes. This book is a dazzler.” —Karen Joy Fowler, author of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
“The human desire to belong is at the heart of Sarah Selecky’s radiant, shimmering novel. In the person of Lilian Quick, Selecky has created an irresistible heroine. She has once again proven that she is a writer perfectly attuned to the music of the present moment.”
—Barbara Gowdy, author of Little Sister
“Radiant Shimmering Light is inventive and modern. Sarah Selecky delivers a cast of characters who are both recognizable and utterly unique in
this novel that is as luminous as its title.”
—Marissa Stapley, author of Things To Do When It’s Raining
“Fresh and original, Sarah Selecky’s novel cleverly satirizes our insta-world but also takes its characters seriously enough to give them an ending that’s moving and transcendent.” —Kerry Clare, author of Mitzi Bytes
“Sarah Selecky could easily be the next Alice Munro.” —Chatelaine
“Selecky’s stories are ultra-lush and wise, wickedly wry. She is uncannily accurate about all the tender, blasted-open moments that change us for the good. This Cake… is delicious.” —Lisa Moore, Scotiabank Giller Prize-shortlisted author of Caught
“An elegant collection that weaves between life’s everyday pleasures and everyday pain…a beautiful book” —Torontoist
“Strong, often understated, witty and always compassionate. This Cake is for the Party is more than dessert — it is a veritable feast!” —Halifax Herald
“Vibrant, poetic and salacious… It’s no wonder that Cake came so close to winning the Giller.” —THIS Magazine
Romanian rights to EXACTLY WHAT TO SAY by Phil Jones to California Fitness Romania by Stephanie Sinclair of the Transatlantic Agency on behalf of Page Two Strategies
Today we’re delighted to welcome Edward Lee to Transatlantic! He’s represented by Stephanie Sinclair.
Edward Lee is a Toronto lawyer and arbitrator. Born and raised in Montreal, his fiction and creative non-fiction have appeared in Descant Magazine, The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, Strike the Wok, an Anthology of Contemporary Chinese Canadian Fiction, TOK, Writing the New Toronto, and other literary magazines. He is also the author of a radio play, Canasian Eh? His novel, The Laundryman’s Boy, is the story of Hoi Wing Woo, a Chinese teenager who comes to St. Catharines, Ontario in 1913 to work in a hand laundry. Arriving in the late fall, Hoi Wing struggles against the harsh demands of his employer, the bitter climate, and the casual bigotry of the townspeople, but he also experiences the pain and elation of first love when he befriends a young Irish scullery maid.
The novel is loosely based on the lives of the author’s grandfathers, both of whom came to Canada at the turn of the twentieth century.
Today we’re welcoming Djamila Ibrahim to Transatlantic as a new client of Samantha Haywood and Stephanie Sinclair’s!
Djamila Ibrahim’s debut short story collection Things Are Good Now was one of Now Magazine’s 10 Books To Be Excited About in 2018, and has made several CBC lists of Books/Writers To Watch For in 2018. Things Are Good Now has been reviewed favourably in the Toronto Star, Literary Review of Canada (LRC), Quill and Quire, This Magazine and Toronto Life. Djamila’s stories have been shortlisted for the University of Toronto’s Penguin Random House Canada Student Award for Fiction and Briarpatch Magazine’s creative writing contest.
Djamila was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She was formerly a Senior Advisor for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. She now lives in Toronto.
Eternity is a Toronto-based journalist, and the associate editor at Xtra.
She holds a double honours major from Western University in English Language and Literature and Women’s Studies, as well as a Certificate in Writing. She is also a graduate of Ryerson’s Master of Journalism program.
She writes features, personal essays and longform pieces about race and racism, pop culture, music, relationships and women’s issues. She was nominated for a National Magazine Award in 2017.
Her work has been featured in Vice, Salon, The Huffington Post, CBC, Hazlitt, The Walrus, Canadaland, The Fader and Complex and more.
She is currently working on a collection of personal essays about being a student and woman of colour amidst the growing anti-Black racism, white nationalism and alt-right ideologies in Canada and on Canadian campuses.
Eternity is represented by Stephanie Sinclair.
Michelle Parise has been a producer for CBC Radio and Television for over two decades. Born and raised in Toronto in a gigantic Italian immigrant family, Michelle was surrounded by storytellers, and as a child she wrote hundreds of short stories about her life. When she was 11-years-old she wrote a feminist novella in response to a book she’d taken issue with on the Grade 7 reading list. The teacher made it part of the curriculum in the years following. Her commitment to honest storytelling started early, is what we’re getting at, and is part of everything she creates, continually striving to make connection through shared experience. With over 2.5 million downloads to date, she is the creator of the memoir ALONE: A Love Story, a story of love, marriage and life after betrayal resonates with audiences all over the world. Originally conceived as a memoir, Alone: A Love Story is an intensely relatable tale of heartbreak and hope that taps into the loneliness inside all of us. No matter how many times love kicks her in the shins, Parise doesn’t give up on hope or on herself. The only thing to do once you’ve hit bottom is to swim back up! And for those who are fans of Season One, check out the highly anticipated Season Two (available for free download) which just released on April 4th!