Three Transatlantic authors named winners at 2018 Atlantic Book Awards gala!

The 2018 Atlantic Book Awards were presented last night at a gala ceremony held in Paul O’Regan Hall, Halifax Central Library and we’re congratulating three Transatlantic authors this morning!

POWERED BY LOVE: A Grandmothers’ Movement to End AIDS in Africa by Joanna Henry with Ilana Landsberg-Lewis (Goose Lane Editions) is the winner of the Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association’s Best Atlantic-Published Book Award; David Huebert‘s PENINSULA SINKING (Biblioasis) is the winner of the Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award – Fiction; and Sarah Faber‘s ALL IS BEAUTY NOW (McClelland & Stewart) is the winner of the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award – Fiction.

The Atlantic Book Awards are twelve annual awards that strive to promote and acknowledge excellence in Atlantic Canadian writing and book publishing. For more information about the awards and a full list of winners, please visit Atlanticbookawards.ca.

 

David Huebert’s PENINSULA SINKING and Lori McNulty’s LIFE ON MARS shortlisted for 2017 Danuta Gleed Literary Award!

We’re pleased to announce both David Huebert’s PENINSULA SINKING (Biblioasis) and Lori McNulty’s LIFE ON MARS (Goose Lane Editions) have made the 2017 Danuta Gleed Literary Award Short List!

This annual award recognizes the best first collection of short fiction by a Canadian author published in the previous year in the English language.

This shortlist of five was selected by a jury from 39 submitted collections. The winners will be announced at the Canadian Writers’ Summit (June 14–17) in Toronto.

From the Jury:
David Huebert, PENINSULA SINKING (Biblioasis)
“A sense of wonderment penetrates the everyday lives of characters from the Maritimes in this well-crafted, compelling collection that displays a mastery of classical short-story structure and technique. Huebert’s vibrant language juxtaposes tough characters with tender preoccupations, creating narratives that are unsettling and mesmerizing, making ordinary moments in relationships thrilling and dangerous.”

From the Jury:
Lori McNulty, LIFE ON MARS (Goose Lane Editions)
“This marvellous collection displays a deep understanding of human nature through its gritty, complex, vivid, and believable characters, who find themselves experiencing alienation no matter where they live or travel in the world. McNulty’s language is lucid, fluid, and precise, employing inventive similes and metaphors. The work highlights the fragile, random unpredictability of life: we are victims of our circumstances, our natures, and our bodies.”

Congratulations David and Lori! We’re wishing you the best of luck.

For more information and the full short list, please visit Writersunion.ca/short-list-2017-danuta-gleed-literary-award

ALICIA ELLIOTT WINS 2018 RBC TAYLOR EMERGING WRITER AWARD

We’re proud to announce that Alicia Elliott has been named the winner of the 2018 RBC Taylor Emerging Writer Award by Tanya Talaga! The $10,000 annual prize, awarded by RBC and the Taylor Prize, recognizes a Canadian published author who is working on a first draft of a writing project, especially in literary non-fiction. Alicia will also receive mentorship from Tanya Talaga. Congratulations, Alicia!

Alicia Elliott has been published by The Malahat Review, The Butter, Room, Grain, The New Quarterly, CBC, The Globe and Mail, Vice, Maclean’s, Maisonneuve, Today’s Parent and Reader’s Digest. She’s currently Associate Nonfiction Editor at Little Fiction | Big Truths, and a consulting editor with The New Quarterly. Her essay, “A Mind Spread Out on the Ground” won a National Magazine Award. Alicia was the 2017-2018 Geoffrey and Margaret Andrew Fellow at UBC.

For more information, please visit: (http://www.rbctaylorprize.ca/)

Sharon Bala’s THE BOAT PEOPLE is a finalist for the 2018 Amazon.ca First Novel Award!

Congratulations to Sharon Bala whose timely and stunningly written debut novel, THE BOAT PEOPLE (McClelland & Stewart Canada), has been named a finalist for the Amazon.ca​ First Novel Award! This annual award recognizes the outstanding achievement of a first-time Canadian author and has launched the careers of some of Canada’s most beloved novelist

THE BOAT PEOPLE follows a group of refugees who survive a perilous ocean voyage only to face the threat of deportation amid accusations of terrorism. This debut is a Globe and Mail and CBC Books bestseller and is a Penguin Random House One World, One Book Selection. THE BOAT PEOPLE was also shortlisted for Canada Reads 2018.

For the full shortlist please visit, https://thewalrus.ca/amazonfirstnovelaward/. This year’s winner will be announced on Tuesday, May 22, 2018.

Best of luck to you, Sharon!

Jordan Abel’s Injun long-shortlisted for the 2018 ReLit Awards!

Congratulations to Jordan Abel whose book of poetry, Injun (Talonbooks), has been long-shortlisted for the 2018 ReLit Awards!

These annual awards have been deemed by The Globe and Mail as “The country’s pre-eminent literary prize recognizing independent presses” and have been said to bring a “welcome, back-to-the-books focus to the craft” (Amazon.com) for celebrating the best Canadian literature published by independent presses.

Winners receive the ReLit Ring, which has four moveable dials, each one struck with the entire alphabet. The ring was designed by Newfoundland jewellery designer Christopher Kearney.

For the full Long Shortlists, please visit: Therelitawards.blogspot.ca.

Congratulations to Transatlantic authors long-shortlisted for the The ReLit Awards

The ReLit Long Shortlists are out and we’re proud to congratulate six Transatlantic authors on the lists!

Under the “Novel” category we’re congratulating Zoe Whittall for The Best Kind of People (House of Anansi Press) and Jared Young for Into the Current (Goose Lane Editions). Our congratulations continue for the “Short Fiction” category, under which Russell Wangersky‘s The Path of Most Resistance (Astoria Press), Kris Bertin‘s Bad Things Happen (Biblioasis), Leesa Dean‘s Waiting for the Cyclone (Brindle & Glass), and Chad Pelley‘s Four-Letter Words (Breakwater Books Ltd.) have been long-shortlisted.

These annual awards have been deemed by The Globe and Mail as “The country’s pre-eminent literary prize recognizing independent presses” and have been said to bring a “welcome, back-to-the-books focus to the craft” (Amazon.com) for celebrating the best Canadian literature published by independent presses.

Winners receive the ReLit Ring, which has four moveable dials, each one struck with the entire alphabet. The ring was designed by Newfoundland jewellery designer Christopher Kearney.

For the full Long Shortlists, please visit: Therelitawards.blogspot.ca. Good luck to all the authors up for this year’s ReLit Awards!

Carol Off’s ALL WE LEAVE BEHIND Nominated for the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing

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

Three Transatlantic authors nominated for 2018 Atlantic Book Awards!

Transatlantic heartily congratulates all of our authors who have been shortlisted for the 2018 Atlantic Book Awards! It’s always a joy to see any book be nominated for an award, in this case we get double the joy to see each of these books nominated for two awards!!

PENINSULA SINKING by David Huebert: shortlisted for the Alistair MacLeod Prize for Short Fiction and the Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award (Fiction)

RUN, HIDE, REPEAT by Pauline Dakin: shortlisted for Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award and the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award – Non-Fiction

ALL IS BEAUTY NOW by Sarah Faber: shortlisted for the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award and the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award – Fiction

The Atlantic Book Awards are twelve annual awards that strive to promote and acknowledge excellence in Atlantic Canadian writing and book publishing.

We’re wishing all three authors the best of luck! For the full list of nominees, please visit: Atlanticbookawards.ca/2018-atlantic-book-awards-shortlist/

Great Book Design Recognized at the Alcuin Society Awards!

At The Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada, the covers for THE AGONY OF BUN O’KEEFE (Penguin Teen Canada) by Heather Smith, LOST IN SEPTEMBER (Knopf Canada) by Kathleen Winter, and THE ONLY CAFE (Random House Canada) by Linden MacIntyre were recognized as the very best in book design in the prose fiction category! The Alcuin Society Awards is the only national competition for book design in the country, and was judged by Sue Colberg, Shelley Gruendler, and Frank Viva, who had the challenge of choosing the winning titles from 235 submissions, from 10 provinces and 107 publishers. Huge congratulations to Jennifer Griffiths who took home two first prize awards for her work on Heather’s and Kathleen’s novels, and to Terri Nimmo, who won second prize as a designer for Linden’s book!

2017 Winners

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.