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!
Today we’re welcoming Toronto-based writer and editor Chantal Braganza to Transatlantic as a new client of Stephanie Sinclair’s!
By day she produces stories about social justice for Ontario public broadcaster TVO, and writes about books, food and pop culture in her spare time.
Braganza has reported on jazz icons, bank fraudsters and porn academia, and written personal essays on bilingualism, miscarriage and the cultural history of dunking foods. Her work has been nominated multiple times for National Magazine and Digital Publishing awards, and has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Hazlitt, the Globe and Mail, Toronto Life, Reader’s Digest, FASHION Magazine and Maisonneuve, among others.
DEAL NEWS: Canada English rights to ELEMENTAL by Catherine Bush, a provocative, compelling and urgent novel that through a propulsive narrative weaves together climate change, love, loyalty, family and Shakespeare’s The Tempest, set on a fictionalized version of Fogo Island, off the coast of Newfoundland, where a storm whips up enough force to rip through houses and lives, to Bethany Gibson at Goose Lane Editions for Spring 2020 publication by Samantha Haywood.
Join author Jan Redford in Nelson, BC on April 16th! Jan will be speaking at Civic Theatre at 7:30pm ahead of a showing of “Dirtbag”, a documentary about legendary climber Fred Beckey. To purchase tickets, please follow the link: https://civictheatre.ca/whats-on/now-playing-and-tickets/
Please also visit Jan Redford’s website at the following link, for further exciting events: www.janredford.com
A week post-publication of Jan’s stunning memoir, END OF THE ROPE, we’re excited to share the great reviews below:
“With its vivid storytelling, fascinating glimpse into the world of mountaineering, and insights into the healing power of wilderness, End of the Rope proves a promising debut. Not to mention an invaluable addition to the canon of chronicles by women climbers.”
– The Vancouver Sun, http://vancouversun.com/…/review-end-of-the-rope-sheds-ligh…
“This 400-page book is like reading through your best friend’s diary. It’s a captivating, compelling and heart-warming story about a remarkable woman sharing her innermost feelings. Many life lessons to be learned.”
– Nelson Star News, https://www.nelsonstar.com/com…/redfords-remarkable-journey/
Also, visit the links below for more media coverage!
Congratulations to Carol Off, who has been shortlisted for the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing for ALL WE LEAVE BEHIND (Random House Canada)! This prize, which awards $25,000 to the winner, is given out annually to an exceptional literary nonfiction work on a political subject.
The winner will be announced on May 9th at Politics and the Pen in Ottawa.
For more information, please visit the following link: https://writerstrust.com/Awards/Shaughnessy-Cohen-Prize-for-Political-Writing.aspx
World French rights to Sharon Bala’s THE BOAT PEOPLE to Mémoire d’encrier by Stephanie Sinclair! Previous rights sold to Turkey (Mevsimler) and Syria (Fawasel). THE BOAT PEOPLE has spent ten consecutive weeks on the bestseller list here in Canada and this week hit international shelves. Congratulations, Sharon!
Can you hear the buzzing getting louder? We are thrilled to share THE HONEY FARM by Harriet Alida Lye is a Barnes & Noble Discover Pick! Barnesandnoble.com/2018-bn-discover-great-new-writers-selections
Only a few, short weeks away from publication, we’re also excited by the well-deserved praise this debut is receiving. Stop at your local bookstore on April 15th to get your hands on a copy and join the author on April 24th for her launch at the Gladstone Hotel. Congrats, Harriet!
A Quill & Quire Editor’s Pick
Selected as an April Top Ten for Loan Stars! “A creepy (in the best way) dark tale set on a remote Ontario honey farm. For fans of The Poisonwood Bible or the novels of Jane Smiley or Louise Erdrich.”
“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.”
-Quill and Quire
“An aura of mystery, faintly tinged with menace, permeates Canadian author Lye’s sensuous debut novel …Lye offers an achingly lyrical excursion into a lost Eden”
“Each lyrical line feels like a gift left at the reader’s altar. A honey-mouthed debut ruminating on creation, possession, and faith.”
“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
Plus an interview with the author via The Varsity: Thevarsity.ca/writer-harriet-alida-lye-on-creativity-and-the-writing-process/
From the Publisher: “A surprising, rich and beautiful first novel about women’s friendship for readers of Paula McLain and Elena Ferrante, by a bestselling non-fiction author who has brilliantly turned her hand to fiction.
In Sofie & Cecilia, beloved non-fiction author and journalist Katherine Ashenburg draws upon her formidable skill and maturity as a writer to craft an extraordinary and splendid debut novel. This is the story of a lifelong female friendship, set in the fascinating art world of Sweden between 1900 and 1940, just as modern art and the beginnings of the Scandinavian mid-century modern design movement were inspiring a creative revolution across northern Europe. Loosely based on the lives of celebrated artists Carl Larsson and Anders Zorn (“Nils Olsson” and “Lars Vogt” in the novel), Ashenburg transports us behind both the public and domestic scenes–and canvasses–of these larger-than-life men to reveal the lesser-known but equally astounding and rich stories of the women who married them: restlessly creative artist-in-her-own-right Sofie Olsson, and fiercely private and intelligent curator Cecilia Vogt.
Here is a gorgeous gem of a book: surprising, unique, layered with insight into the nuances of female friendship as it stretches, changes, and deepens in unexpected ways over a lifetime. Woven effortlessly through this tapestry, like a beautiful motif, is absorbing detail about Scandinavian painting, design, and textile work; European history and sexual politics; the country life, city salons, vibrant art, and folklore of Sweden; and the secrets and challenges of bright, talented women juggling marriage, career, individual aspirations, and family life inside an artist’s household in the early twentieth century.”
“Closely and beautifully observed. . . . As readers, we experience both the affirmation of women’s friendships, and the challenge of devoting oneself to a life of artistic creation.” —Jane Urquhart
“Sofie & Cecilia paints a marvelously detailed, slyly witty portrait of two women of talent married to successful painters in early twentieth-century Sweden—when girls might dabble in drawing lessons, but must put aside any artistic ambitions after marriage. Their growing independence is fueled by their friendship, sustained over the length of their lives. Fans of Elena Ferrante (not to mention Jane Austen and Virginia Woolf, whose books are a bonding point) will revel in this wise and intensely moving story of two women navigating a world that expected women to weave, knit and embroider in the shadow of the real artists, their husbands. Nevertheless, they persisted.” —Marni Jackson
“Katherine Ashenburg slips her needle delicately beneath the skin to reveal the anatomy of an artist. This is the best kind of writing about art that is an art itself. So many pleasures here for the reader: delights of dress and décor and food and furnishings, all of the made things that make life better. Through the graceful procession of the years, strong strands of friendship tie these women together: their love of art, and books, and intelligent observation of the tangled knot of marriage.” —Marina Endicott, Giller shortlisted author of Good to a Fault
“Against the luscious backdrop of the early twentieth-century Swedish art world, Sofie & Cecilia offers a fascinating, intimate look at the many variations of female love: maternal love, marital love, love of industry and craft, love of beauty. Most of all it is a celebration of the love that can exist between women friends. An intelligent, tender, highly pleasurable novel.” —Barbara Gowdy, author of Little Sister and The Romantic
Visit the following link for more information: https://penguinrandomhouse.ca/books/550386/sofie-cecilia#9780735272682