Welcoming Kirsten Madsen

A big Transatlantic welcome to author Kirsten Madsen!

Kirsten is a writer based in Whitehorse, Yukon. She was runner-up for the 2015 CBC Short Story Prize, and her fiction has been published in The Walrus, Prairie Fire, The New Quarterly and elsewhere. She was a finalist in both the Malahat Review and The New Quarterly fiction awards in 2017, and the Writers’ Union of Canada short story competition in 2011 and 2015. Kirsten has an MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia, where her thesis novel, The Cantilevered Universe, was shortlisted for the 2013 HarperCollins Canada / UBC Prize for Best New Fiction.

The Cantilevered Universe is a contemporary literary novel about the inner workings of an unconventional family. After a move to an isolated Northern town, teenage Emily begins to unravel after becoming increasingly withdrawn as her siblings forsake her in search of their own lives. Nearly twenty years later, her sister Louise seeks to come to terms with Emily’s disintegration while forging a new relationship of her own. The novel exposes a family embroiled in conflict while at the same time united in their desire to protect their youngest and most troubled member. This stunning debut will be ready for consideration in January.

Kirsten is represented by Stephanie Sinclair.

Dr. Lee Airton’s GENDER: YOUR GUIDE one-week round up

We’re proud to see Dr. Lee Airton‘s GENDER: Your Guide stimulating important discussions on programs across Canada and the US just a week post publication.

Publisher Simon & Schuster calls this book “An authentic and accessible guide to understanding—and engaging in—today’s gender conversation.”

The Globe and Mail‘s Harvey Schachter says, “Airton offers a warm, inviting guide to a complicated area, and discusses their own transition in university from female to non-binary.”

Click on links below for informative interviews with Dr. Lee Airton:

TV
CTV’s Your Morning
Ctv.ca/YourMorning//What-to-say-and-what-to-do-in-the-new-gender-culture

RADIO
KGO 810’s The Chip Franklin Show
Omny.fm/shows/the-chip-franklin-show/october-22-2018-trump-goes-after-trans

Dr. Lee Airton is an Assistant Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies in Education at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. As a researcher, blogger, advocate and speaker, Dr. Airton focuses on enabling individuals and institutions to welcome gender and sexual diversity in everyday life. Dr. Airton founded They Is My Pronoun, a Q+A-based blog about gender-neutral pronoun usage and user support. Dr. Airton is also the founder of the No Big Deal Campaign, a social media initiative that helps people show support for transgender peoples’ right to have their pronouns used. In recognition of their pronoun advocacy, Dr. Airton received a 2017 Youth Role Model of the Year Award from the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity. Dr. Airton’s scholarly work has appeared in the journals Sex Education, Curriculum Inquiry, and Teachers College Record. Learn more at LeeAirton.com and genderyourguide.com.

DEAL NEWS: BETWEEN BEFORE AND AFTER BY MAUREEN DOYLE MCQUERRY

Once in awhile, finding the right place for a novel is like following a trail of crumbs. We put this one away for a decade while Maureen released other novels, but this tale’s time has finally come.

BETWEEN BEFORE AND AFTER is Maureen McQuerry’s dual narrated generational novel about a girl in 1955 San Jose who discovers there may be more to her family than meets the eye; and her Brooklyn born mother who was forced to make drastic decisions in the aftermath of the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918.

The novel takes readers down a trail of clues and family stories until the past and present literally collide, revealing a secret that had hid in the shadows too long. A retelling of Hansel and Gretel weaves between the chapters.

David Bennett and I have our own tales to tell about the sale of this work. But that’s a story for another day. In the meantime, we’re just over the moon to share the news that this novel has found its way home, and will release in February 2019 from Harper Collins/Blink YA.

Congratulations, Maureen, from all of us at Transatlantic.

Represented by Sandra Bishop
Film inquiries contact sandra@transatlanticagency.com

For more detail about the author, see Maureen’s website

SALMON SISTERS BOOK DEAL NOW ON DECK!

Salmon SistersWe are truly proud to announce that Claire Neaton & Emma Teal Laukitis — sisters, commercial fisherman, business partners and co-founders of The Salmon Sisters, are now also co-authors of a cookery and lifestyle book coming ashore in spring 2020 from Sasquatch Books.

 

Their book will feature original recipes, showcase Emma’s unique illustrations, and include stories about the sisters’ current work as commercial fisherman & their early lives growing up on a remote homestead on the edge of Alaska’s Isanotski Strait (the US mainland’s westernmost tip), with contributions from Alaskan photographer Scott Dickerson and food & nature photographer Brian Grobleski.

The Salmon Sisters’ abiding appreciation for their unique upbringing in the Aleutian Islands & their work on their family’s commercial fishing boat in the Bering Sea, combined with Sasquatch’s mission to work with the most gifted writers, chefs, naturalists, artists, and thought leaders in the Pacific Northwest make this publishing partnership a natural fit.

Nice catch, Sasquatch! And congratulations Emma and Claire! It’s an honor to navigate this exciting project with you.

Represented by Sandra Bishop. Rights inquires: sandra@transatlanticagency.com

For a peek into Claire and Emma’s unique lifestyle, and the work they do as fisherman and advocates of sustainable fishing and wild salmon, check out this inspiring video:

Video by Camrin Dengel

Stephanie Sinclair promoted to Senior Agent and Rights Manager for Samantha Haywood’s clients

Stephanie Sinclair

Associate Agent Stephanie Sinclair has been promoted to Senior Agent and will oversee international rights sales for clients represented by Samantha Haywood. Sinclair joined Transatlantic in 2012. She has been an Associate Agent for five years, while also working as Samantha Haywood’s Executive Assistant, a role she left last Spring. In addition to becoming a Senior Agent, she will take on the role of International Rights Manager for Samantha Haywood’s author and corporate clients. Haywood will continue to work exclusively with her authors in the North American markets and for TV/film and will oversee the strategy for their international sales. Haywood’s client list includes Iain Reid, Zoe Whittall, and publisher client Drawn & Quarterly.

Page Two, a private corporate client owned and operated by Transatlantic agents Jesse Finkelstein and Trena White have also hired Sinclair to oversee international sales for select clients.

Within her own list, Sinclair represents writers of award-winning fiction and nonfiction including Journey Prize winner Sharon Bala’s THE BOAT PEOPLE and the Indigenous writers Harold Johnson and Billy Ray Belcourt. She co-represents (along with Haywood) CURRY author Naben Ruthnum/Nathan Ripley and Alicia Elliott.

Said Haywood, “Stephanie is an excellent agent and a tireless promoter of our authors. She has great literary instincts and is a pleasure to have in the team. I have confidence we will continue to work well together on my client’s international rights deals.”

Transatlantic Agency is the largest literary agency in North America with experienced agents in both the United States and Canada actively covering adult and children’s books in every market and a growing Speakers Division. Transatlantic has 13 literary agents located in the US and Canada representing over 350 clients. Founded more than 20 years ago, Transatlantic is a vibrant collective of tenacious, independent, publishing professionals with diverse backgrounds and specialties.

For more information contact: Samantha Haywood at samantha@transatlanticagency.com.

Deal News: Harold Johnson’s new memoir/fiction/thought experiment/fantasy

A memoir/fiction/thought experiment/fantasy by Harold Johnson, author of the bestselling nonfiction work and GG finalist FIREWATER, about his brother Clifford, a scientist in the making whose life was cut too short — To Sarah MacLachlan and Janie Yoon at House of Anansi Press for Fall 2018 (World).

Deal arranged by Stephanie Sinclair.

TWO TRANSATLANTIC AUTHORS LONGLISTED FOR BC NATIONAL AWARD FOR NON-FICTION

Congratulations to Carol Off and Pauline Dakin whose books ALL WE LEAVE BEHIND (Random House Canada) and RUN, HIDE, REPEAT (Penguin Books Canada), respectively, have been longlisted 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, “This year’s longlist proves once again that Canadian writers of non-fiction, and their books, are alive and well…This is a sterling longlist: congratulations to all the writers, and thanks to our distinguished jury.”

The longlist was selected from 150 books from 45 publishers.

The BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction will announce its shortlist on December 1st and the award will be presented in Vancouver in early 2018.

For more information and a list of all ten longlisted titles, please visit: Globenewswire.com/news-release/Longlist-Announced-for-BC-s-National-Award

New President and Agency expansion at Transatlantic Agency

 

Transatlantic Agency announces change of ownership and company expansion with two new agents

David Bennett, President of Transatlantic Agency, has sold his controlling interest in the agency to partner Samantha Haywood, who becomes President of the company. David Bennett remains at the company as Chairman Emeritus, Lynn Bennett will remain Treasurer.

Haywood joined Transatlantic in 2004, becoming a partner in 2013. She is a founding member and current President of the newly-formed Professional Association of Canadian Literary Agents. She represents award-winning and bestselling fiction, nonfiction and graphic novels including THE SILENT WIFE by A.S.A Harrison and THE BEST KIND OF PEOPLE by Zoe Whittall. Haywood specializes in international publishing, and handles foreign rights for Drawn & Quarterly.

Rob Firing photoRob Firing joins Transatlantic as a Speakers’ Agent & Literary Agent to create a Speakers’ Division. He has already signed Paulette Bourgeois, Karen Le Billon, and Zarqa Nawaz. Firing was Senior Director of Publicity, Communications and Speakers’ Bureau at HarperCollins in Canada and brings with him nearly  a decade of experience negotiating speaking engagements for some of the most influential speakers in Canada and around the world.

Marilyn Biderman photoMarilyn Biderman, previously of Marilyn Biderman Literary Management, joins Transatlantic as Senior Literary Agent, bringing her clients to Transatlantic including Katherena Vermette, the internationally bestselling author of The Break. Biderman established her own boutique agency in 2010 after twenty years of experience inbook publishing, most recently as Vice President, Marilyn Biderman Director, Rights and Contracts, at McClelland & Stewart Ltd.

David Bennett, who co-founded the Transatlantic Agency with Lynn Bennett, said of the changes, “Lynn and I are thrilled to be passing the torch to Samantha Haywood at a time when the agency is thriving and expanding. Samantha Haywood has always led by example, and will contribute dynamic energy and vision necessary to drive the company’s continued success.”

Said Haywood, “I am excited to invest in the agency and its talented agents. This company has helped me grow significantly as an agent over the past decade, and working hard for my clients will continue to be a top priority while I look forward to building the agency further together.”

Said Firing, “Transatlantic is one of the most dynamic and energetic agencies in Canada or anywhere. Incorporating a speakers’ division seems completely natural. I look forward to working with my current clients under this highly regarded banner, and to exploring new opportunities for Transatlantic’s impressive roster of authors.”

Said Biderman, “I am so excited about this new phase in my publishing career, and so happy to join the strong team at Transatlantic. Many of the agents are people I’ve worked with in the past, and long admired. I’m so grateful for their warm and enthusiastic welcome.”

Rob Firing has managed high-profile media relations and marketing campaigns for over 20 years. He was co-founder and partner in his own publicity and marketing firm before moving to HarperCollins Canada in 2002. He has negotiated paid engagements for celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, rock legend Gene Simmons, renowned explorer and scientist Tim Flannery, Little Mosque on the Prairie creator Zarqa Nawaz, General Rick Hillier, and many others.

At MBLM, Marilyn Biderman helped launch the careers of several prize-winning début authors. At McClelland & Stewart, she sold internationally the works of many acclaimed and bestselling authors, including Leonard Cohen, Alistair MacLeod, Anne Michaels, and Madeleine Thien. She is a lawyer, secretary of the newly-formed Professional Association of Canadian Literary Agents, a member of the Advisory Board of Ryerson University’s Publishing Program and Sheridan College’s Creative Writing and Publishing Program, and is a frequent guest-lecturer at publishing courses and writers’ seminars.

About Transatlantic Agency: 
Transatlantic Agency now has 13 literary agents located in the US and Canada representing over 350 clients. It is currently ranked number one for fiction and children’s books in Canada. From the west coast to the east, we are the only literary agency in North America with experienced agents in both the United States and Canada actively covering adult and children’s books in every market. Founded over 20 years ago, the Transatlantic family is a vibrant collective of tenacious, independent, publishing professionals with diverse backgrounds and specialties. Our clients make frequent appearances on notable best-seller lists across North America, and have won major awards such as the Newbery Medal (US), the Giller Prize (Canada), Michael L. Printz Honor Book (US), and the Governor General’s Award for both adult and children’s literature (Canada).

For more information contact: Samantha Haywood at samantha@transatlanticagency.com

The Mosaic Publishes with Groundwood Books!

Happy book birthday to Nina Berkhout‘s THE MOSAIC, which publishes today with Groundwood Books!

About the Book
Twyla Jane Lee has one goal: to finish senior year so she can escape her military hometown of Halo, Montana, with her boyfriend Billy Goodwin. But to graduate, Twyla needs to complete 40 hours of community service. When she reluctantly signs up for the Help a Vet program, she is paired with the rude and withdrawn former football star, Gabriel Finch.

As the two form an unexpected bond over the secret buried in the missile facility, Twyla begins to unearth Gabriel’s ghosts from the Middle East Wars. Her discoveries force her to question her view on the wars and she realizes that even if she gets out of Halo, she won’t ever be able to leave Gabriel Finch’s story behind her.

Nina BerkhoutAbout the Author
THE MOSAIC is Nina’s debut YA novel. Nina is the author of five poetry collections, most recently Elseworlds (Seraphim Editions) which received the 2013 Archibald Lampman Award for the year’s best poetry. Her earlier work has been shortlisted for THIS magazine’s Great Canadian Literary Hunt, The Archibald Lampman Award and the John Hirsch Award. Her debut novel, GALLERY OF LOST SPECIES, was published by House of Anansi.

Pre-publication Praise
“Berkhout provides a realistic view of the complex effect wars have on veterans, and people’s varying perspectives on the subject. Poignant descriptions ignite the setting. The characters have depth; readers will empathize with Gabriel as a survivor of PTSD, and will revel in the two’s compassionate connection.” – School Library Journal

“A rich and jumbled mix of war and peace by an author to watch.” – Kirkus Reviews

“Berkhout creates a cinematic feel with her evocative language and scene setting.”
– Quill & Quire

Selected for the Toronto Star‘s “Five upcoming Young Adult books that make a statement” list.

A HALE AND HEARTY “WELCOME ABOARD” TO THE SALMON SISTERS

We’re riding high since adding Emma Teal Laukitis and Claire Neaton, aka THE SALMON SISTERS to Transatlantic’s client roster. These two young women have already lived a life dreams are made of and there’s so much more for them on the horizon. Having grown up on one of the world’s most unique and remote places — the Aleutian Islands of Alaska, they still work on their family’s boats commercial fishing for salmon and halibut in the Bering Sea.

Their love of life at sea and their deep respect for the ocean is apparent in everything they do. When they’re not fishing, they’re designing original sea inspired clothing, home goods and adventure gear for use on and off the water, marketing Wild Alaska seafood, supporting their Give Fish Project, writing, cooking, and generally advancing awareness about the importance of sustainable fisheries and the role of wild sustainable seafood in our food chain. These bold seafaring young women are two of the world’s most natural advocates for the vitality of a fisherman’s livelihood, and we are proud to represent them and their future writing and publishing endeavors.

Have a look at their beautiful writing, work, and unique merchandise at http://WWW.aksalmonsisters.com

Represented by Sandra Bishop

Photos by Scott Dickerson, Homer Alaska