ALL WE LEAVE BEHIND by Carol Off Wins the 2018 BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction!

Congratulations to Carol Off, whose book ALL WE LEAVE BEHIND (Random House Canada) has won the 2018 BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction! This is one of Canada’s leading literary non-fiction prizes with an award of $40,000.

BC Achievement Foundation Chair, Scott McIntyre says, “Congratulations to Carol Off and all the 2018 finalists. Their work provides a compelling lens into issues and stories that have genuine impact on our everyday life. We are blessed with a remarkable pool of writing talent in Canada, demonstrated by this year’s shortlisted authors.”

The 2018 jury panelists included Jan Walter, Jury Chair, editor, publishing executive, bookseller and former Chair of the Kingston WritersFest Board; Rick Antonson, author, book publisher, lecturer and former CEO of Tourism Vancouver; and, Eliza Reid, co-founder of the Iceland Writers’ Retreat, writer, editor and currently the First Lady of Iceland.

From the Jury: 

All We Leave Behind is a timely memoir that offers both context to and a close-up of uncomfortable truths: the failures of the West’s involvement in Afghanistan, the hurdles confronting refugees who seek safety in Canada, and the dilemma of a combat journalist expected to maintain professional distance from her sources.

Carol Off relied on Asad Aryubwal’s willingness to reveal the crimes of warlords on whom NATO pinned its hopes for stability after the reign of the Taliban, but his on-camera testimony put him and his family at risk. After precarious years in exile, the Aryubwals hoped for refugee status in Canada; Off decided she had to help. Then began a harrowing seven-year battle with corrupt or hostile bureaucracies, abroad and at home. With bracing insight and a skillfully crafted narrative, this work forces a rethinking of our attitudes to those who ask us for sanctuary.

Transatlantic also wishes to congratulate the shortlisted authors.

To read the press release, please visit www.bcachievement.com/nonfiction/winner.php.

Deal News: Third Act by Emily Urquhart

Author of Beyond the Pale, a multi-award nominated memoir, comes Emily Urquhart’s THIRD ACT, a work of narrative nonfiction based on her essay in The Walrus that makes the case for late in life creativity, featuring stories of creative seniors from a variety of backgrounds—such as poets, physicists, musicians, scientists, and actors—with her visual artist father’s story woven throughout, and buoyed by voices of leading experts on ageing and creativity and through examples of progressive senior-led arts organizations from across North America, smashing ageist stereotypes and telling a new story about the possibilities of our third act, sold to Sarah MacLachlan at House of Anansi Press (Walrus Imprint) for Spring 2020 by Samantha Haywood of the Transatlantic Agency (world rights) for film/tv contact: samantha@transatlanticagency.com

Deal News: Frying Plantain by Zalika Reid-Benta

Sarah Maclachlan at House of Anansi Press has acquired world rights to Columbia MFA grad and Banff Centre alum Zalika Reid-Benta’s debut story collection FRYING PLANTAIN for publication under the Astoria imprint in spring 2019. FRYING PLANTAIN is a series of interconnected stories rooted in the Toronto neighbourhood of Eglinton West and Marlee. The reader follows the protagonist, Kara Davis, who transitions from girlhood to young womanhood during the span of the collection. Artfully dealing with family dysfunction and intergenerational cycles, Reid-Benta uses everyday experiences to explore the conflation of Canadian and Jamaican identity. The deal was arranged by Amy Tompkins.

Solomon’s Ring by Mary Jennifer Payne Publishes with Dundurn Press!

Happy book birthday to Mary Jennifer Payne, whose YA novel SOLOMON’S RING was published on January 6th with Dundurn Press!

In this second book of the Daughters of Light series, the demon-hunted Seers are in a race against time to return a stolen ring. Twin sisters Jade and Jasmine are finally together after a five-year separation, but there’s no time to enjoy the reunion. As Seers, the sisters are being hunted by demons spilling through the rift, and the city is on high alert against terrorist threats. The Protectors at Beaconsfield have gathered as many Seers as possible, as the countries that haven’t been destroyed by climate change are starting to close their borders. On top of it all, Jasmine discovers that someone has stolen a ring with the power to control the demons, and the Final Battle between the Daughters of Light and the forces of darkness is approaching more quickly than anyone predicted.

Canadian Materials called SOLOMON’S RING, and the first book in the series, FINDING JADE, “enjoyable reads for fans of dystopic urban fantasy”.

Mary Jennifer Payne is the author of FINDING JADE, book one in the Daughters of Light Series, the YA novels SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE and ENOUGH, and several YA graphic stories. She lives in Toronto.

DEAL NEWS: Rest Play Grow by Deborah MacNamara

Danish rights to Dr. Deborah MacNamara‘s Rest Play Grow: Making Sense of Preschoolers (and Anyone Who Acts Like One) to Blue Pearl, arranged by Trena White. Rights previously sold include Italian, French, German, Russian, and Spanish. Based on the work of one of the world’s foremost child development experts, Rest, Play, Grow offers a road map to making sense of young children, and is what every toddler, preschooler, and kindergartner wishes we understood about them.

DEAL NEWS: Rest Play Grow by Deborah MacNamara

Audio rights to Dr. Deborah MacNamara‘s Rest Play Grow: Making Sense of Preschoolers (and Anyone Who Acts Like One) to Laura Gachko at Audible by Trena White. Based on the work of one of the world’s foremost child development experts, Rest, Play, Grow offers a road map to making sense of young children, and is what every toddler, preschooler, and kindergartner wishes we understood about them.

DEAL NEWS: FIND YOU IN THE DARK by Nathan Ripley

Spanish rights to Journey Prize winner Naben Ruthnum writing as Nathan Ripley‘s thriller debut FIND YOU IN THE DARK, pitched as reminiscent of The Talented Mr. Ripley, which follows the story of a family man whose obsessive need to right the past by digging up the undiscovered skeletal remains of serial killer victims is about to lead to a terrifyingly real encounter with a killer who is very much alive, to Ediciones Siruela by Marta de Bru de Sala of The Foreign Office on behalf of Stephanie Sinclair and Samantha Haywood, rights previously sold to Atria US, and S&S Canada, Text UK & ANZ, Lubbe Verlag in Germany and eOne on a pre-empt for tv/film.

DEAL NEWS: A Mind Spread Out on the Ground by Alicia Elliott

Doubleday Canada editor Kiara Kent has acquired Canadian English rights to the 2017-2018 Geoffrey and Margaret Andrew Fellow and National Magazine Award–winning Tuscarora writer Alicia Elliott‘s narrative nonfiction debut, A MIND SPREAD OUT ON THE GROUND. It will explore the links of colonialism, mental illness, art and abuse through a blend of cultural criticism, literary criticism, and political and historical discourse along with the author’s personal narrative. The book will publish in spring 2019. The pre-empt deal was arranged by Samantha Haywood and Stephanie Sinclair. World ex: Canada and tv/film contact: samantha@transatlanticagency.com.

DEAL NEWS: THINGS TO DO WHEN IT’S RAINING by Marissa Stapley

Norwegian rights to THINGS TO DO WHEN IT’S RAINING by bestselling author Marissa Stapley sold to Cappelen Damm by Jeanine Langenburg of Sebes & Bisseling Literary Agency on behalf of Samantha Haywood. Rights previously S&S Canada, Graydon House US, both editions publishing simultaneously in Spring 2018. And Rowohlt Verlag acquired at auction and published first in Germany in Nov 2017, while Italian rights were sold on a pre-empt to Sperling & Kupfer. For readers of Jojo Moyes, comes a poignant generational story about Mae Summers and Gabe Broadbent, childhood best friends and sweethearts who are reunited as adults at the idyllic Summers’ Inn and dealing with aging parents, heartbreak and secrets. For UK, translation and tv/film contact: samantha@transatlanticagency.com

All We Leave Behind Shortlisted for the 2017 BC National Award for Canadian Non-fiction!

Congratulations to Carol Off, whose book ALL WE LEAVE BEHIND (Random House Canada) is among the finalists for the 2017 BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction. This is one of Canada’s leading literary non-fiction prizes with an award of $40,000.

BC Achievement Foundation Chair, Scott McIntyre says, “Writers are the essential lifeblood of our culture, and while they may labour in isolation, their words help us understand who we are, and our place in the world. This year’s shortlist of four exceptional books of non -fiction, selected from 156 submissions, exemplifies everything our Award stands for.”

The BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction will be presented in Vancouver in on February 1, 2018.

For more information and a list of the shortlisted titles, please visit: www.bcachievement.com/nonfiction/finalists.php