Shauna Singh Baldwin granted sala’s distinguished creative writer award

Congratulations to Shauna Singh Baldwin for receiving the South Asian Literary Association’s Distinguished Creative Writer Award!
 
The South Asian Literary Association is dedicated to advancing the knowledge and study of South Asian literature, as well as to promoting and disseminating diasporic writing. In recognition of her outstanding body of work, Shauna Singh Baldwin was given the Distinguished Writer Award at the 2019 SALA conference in Chicago.
Shauna Singh Baldwin’s first work of fiction, English Lessons and Other Stories won the 1996 Friends of American Writers Award. Her short story Satya won the 1997 CBC Literary Award.

Since then, Shauna has written three novels published by Knopf Canada: the best-selling What the Body Remembers, which won the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize (Canada and Caribbean); The Tiger Claw, a finalist for the Giller Prize. The Tiger Claw was optioned for film. And The Selector of Souls, which received the 2012 Council for Wisconsin Writers Fiction prize.

HOMES and CORVUS Longlisted for Canada Reads 2019

We’re proud to announce that both HOMES (Freehand Books 2018) by Abu Bakr al Rabeeah with Winnie Yeung, and CORVUS (Thistledown Press 2015) by Harold Johnson, have been longlisted for Canada Reads 2019.

HOMES is a “heartbreaking, hopeful and urgently necessary book that provides a window into understanding Syria,” and was a finalist for the 2018 Governor General’s Literary Award for nonfiction.

 

CORVUS “examines the illusions of security we build through technology and presents a scathing satire of a world caught up in climate change denial and the glorification of war,” and was shortlisted for the 2016 Saskatchewan Book Award for Aboriginal Peoples’ Writing.

This year’s list is centered on the theme One Book to Move You. “Spanning separations and reconciliations, wars of the past and present, personal histories and imagined futures, these titles will disturb and disrupt, inspire and incite, and move readers to feel, to think and to act.” Each chosen book has been championed by a celebrity, and the final five books and their champions will be revealed January 31, 2019.

For more information on Canada Reads 2019 and to see the full longlist, please follow this link: https://www.cbc.ca/books/here-is-the-canada-reads-2019-longlist-1.4969716

Best of luck to all the longlisted authors!

MEGABAT by Anna Humphrey, illustrated by Kass Reich shortlisted for Cybils Awards

Mega congrats to author Anna Humphrey and illustrator Kass Reich whose hilarious chapter book MEGABAT (Tundra), the first book in the series, is a Cybils Awards Early Chapter Books finalist!

These annual awards recognize “children’s and young adult authors and illustrators whose books combine the highest literary merit and popular appeal.”

Winners will be announced on February 14th. For more information on the award and the full list of finalists, please visit Cybils.com/2018-easy-reader-and-early-chapter-book-finalists.

Kit Pearson named to the Order of Canada

New year, new celebrations as we congratulate Kit Pearson on a tremendous achievement – being named to the Order of Canada!

Presented by the governor general, the Order of Canada is one of the country’s highest honours and recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. Kit is appointed for her contributions as an author of Canadian literature for children and young adults. Over her career, Kit has won numerous awards including the Governor General’s Literary Award and the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence.

For more information on the Order of Canada and a full list of recent appointments, please visit Gg.ca/governor-general-announces-103-new-appointments-order-canada.

KATHLEEN WINTER’S LOST IN SEPTEMBER LONGLISTED FOR THE 2019 INTERNATIONAL DUBLIN LITERARY AWARD

We’re proud to announce that Kathleen Winter‘s LOST IN SEPTEMBER (Knopf Canada) has been longlisted for the 2019 International Dublin Literary Award!

The International Dublin Literary Award, managed by Dublin City Council’s library service, offers a prize of €100,000 to the author of the winning book. Titles are nominated by invited public libraries around the world on the basis of ‘high literary merit’. 10 books will be shortlisted from this year’s 141 longlisted titles on April 4th, 2019. The winner will be announced on June 12th, 2019.

From the publisher: “From one of Canada’s most exciting writers comes a gripping, compassionate and stunning novel that overturns and rewrites history…award-winning author Kathleen Winter takes a brief, intensely personal incident in the life of a famous historical figure, and using her incomparable gifts as a fiction writer, powerfully reimagines him. Here is a wrenching, unforgettable portrait–like none you have ever seen or read–of one of the most well-known figures in Canadian history.”

KATHLEEN WINTER’s novel Annabel was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, the Amazon.ca First Novel Award, the Orange Prize, and numerous other awards. It was also a Globe and Mail “Best Book,” a New York Times “Notable” book, a Quill & Quire “Book of the Year” and #1 bestseller in Canada. It has been published and translated worldwide. Her Arctic memoir Boundless (2014) was shortlisted for Canada’s Weston and Taylor non-fiction prizes and has been sold internationally. The Freedom in American Songs (Stories, Biblioasis) also came out in 2014. Born in the UK, Winter lives in Montreal after many years in Newfoundland. The author lives in Montreal, QC.

For more information on the award and for the full longlist, please visit Dublinliteraryaward.ie/nominees.

Best of luck to Kathleen and all the longlisted authors!

Salmon Sisters make Forbes 30Under30 list

When you fully embrace your life and determine to build a brand and messaging that enriches the lives of others, the world becomes a better place. Everyone wins. And … sometimes you win along the way.

Congratulations, Emma and Claire, for making the list of Forbes 2018 30under30. We are proud to represent you and eager to keep watching your story unfold.

photo by Scott Dickerson

The Salmon Sisters, Emma Teal Laukitis and Claire Neaton, grew up on the remote Aleution Islands of Alaska, working on their family’s commercial fishing boat. Inspired by the sustainable fishing culture around them, the founded a fishery and clothing line to raise awareness of the role of wild sustainable seafood. Additionally for every item sold, the duo donates a can of wild salmon to the Food Bank of Alaska.

Their first book, a collection of stories, recipes, and original artwork will release from Sasquatch Books in early 2020.

Rights Inquiries: sandra@transatlanticagency.com

Media Inquires: kate@risingtidealaska.com

 

Paul Harbridge’s WHEN THE MOON COMES wins 2018 Martha Baillie Picture Book Award

Major congrats to Paul Harbridge whose picture book WHEN THE MOON COMES (Tundra Books), illustrated by Matt James, has won the 2018 Martha Baillie Picture Book Award!

FROM THE JURY: “This nostalgia filled adventure with friends will resonate with those who love the moon, nature and hockey… The friends’ anticipation and excitement for their nighttime excursion is palpable… James’ strong illustrations emphasize the beauty of winter, the wonder of a dark night, the power of the moon and the fun of an escapade with friends.”

The Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award honours excellence in the illustrated picture book format and is given to outstanding books of the picture book genre in which the author and illustrator achieve artistic and literary unity.

For more information about this award, please visit: Bookcentre.ca/awards/marilyn-baillie-picture-book-award

9 Transatlantic authors shortlisted for 2018 Forest of Reading Awards

A whopping nine Transatlantic authors have made the 2019 Forest of Reading Awards shortlists and we can’t congratulate them all enough! 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.

Below is the full list of nominated Transatlantic authors:

Silver Birch Award, fiction category:
EBB & FLOW by Heather Smith
ELEPHANT SECRET by Eric Walters

Silver Birch Award, Express category:
THE LION UNDER THE TREE by Cary Fagan

Red Maple Award, fiction:
FOURTH DIMENSION, by Eric Walters
TRACKER’S CANYON by Pam Withers

Red Maple Award, non-fiction:
EVERY FALLING STAR: THE TRUE STORY OF HOW I SURVIVED AND ESCAPED NORTH KOREA, Written by Sungju Lee and Susan McClelland

White Pine Award:
36 QUESTIONS THAT CHANGED MY MIND ABOUT YOU by Vicki Grant
THE AGONY OF BUN O’KEEFE by Heather Smith
THE MOSAIC by Nina Berkhout
PRINCE OF POT by Tanya Lloyd Kyi

We have our fingers crossed for you all. For the full shortlist and more about these awards, please visit Accessola.org/web/OLA/Forest_of_Reading/Nominated_Lists.

“Washington Voices Award” to Maureen McQuerry at 2018 Washington State Book Awards

 

Maureen McQuerry, Award Winning Author and Poet

We’ve just heard the fantastic news that Transatlantic Author Maureen Doyle McQuerry will receive a special “Washington Voices Award” this weekend alongside Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall and 127 other poets who contributed to WA 129, an anthology published in 2017 by Sage Hill Press of Spokane.

This special award, presented by the Washington Center for the Book, “recognizes the significance of the anthology in the literary landscape of Washington.”

 

The Washington Center for the Book is a partnership of The Seattle Public Library and Washington State Library.

Washington State Book Awards honors works of outstanding literary merit by Washington authors. An award is given based on the strength of the publication’s literary merit, lasting importance and overall quality to an author who was born in Washington state or is a current resident and has maintained residence here for at least three years.

The 2018 Washington State Book Awards are made possible in part by the generous support of the Amazon Literary Partnership.

McQuerry’s next book, BETWEEN BEFORE AND AFTER, releases in February, 2019.

Maureen is represented by Sandra Bishop. For inquires, contact sandra@transatlanticagency.com

Joshua Whitehead, Billy-Ray Belcourt, and Heather Smith finalists for the 2018 Governor General’s Award!

We’re thrilled to announce three Transatlantic authors have been named finalists for this year’s Governor General Awards! Joshua Whitehead‘s JONNY APPLESEED (Arsenal Pulp Press) has been nominated in the Fiction category, Billy-Ray Belcourt‘s THIS WOUND IS A WORLD (Frontenac House) has been nominated under the Poetry category, Heather Smith‘s EBB & FLOW (Kids Can Press) for the Young People’s Literature category – massive congratulations to you all!

Each year, the Canada Council for the Arts honours the best in Canadian literature with its Governor General’s Literary Awards (the GGs). As Canada’s national literary awards, the GGs represent the rich diversity of Canadian literature. For each category, a peer assessment committee, comprised of fellow authors, translators and illustrators, makes the final selection. Each GG winner receives $25,000; each nonwinning finalist receives $1,000. The publisher of each winning book receives $3,000 to help promote the book.

The winners will be announced on October 30th, good luck to Joshua, Billy-Ray and Heather, and to all the nominated authors! For the full list of finalist and more about the award, please visit: Ggbooks.ca/#finalists