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.

The Ontario Library Association Announces the finalists for the Forest of Reading 2018 Evergreen Award 2018

The Ontario Library Association has announced their Evergreen Award finalists, including Carol Off‘s ALL WE LEAVE BEHIND (Random House Canada) and Catherine Hernandez‘s SCARBOROUGH (Arsenal Pulp Press) – congratulations to you both!

The Forest of Reading 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.

For the full list of nominees, please visit: Accessola.org/web/OLA/Forest_of_Reading/Nominated_Lists/

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

Gary Barwin’s YIDDISH FOR PIRATES wins Hamilton Literary Award for fiction

Congratulations to Gary Barwin whose novel YIDDISH FOR PIRATES has won the Hamilton Literary Award for fiction!

YIDDISH FOR PIRATES is a brilliant novel filled with Jewish takes on classic pirate tales – fights, prison escapes, and exploits on the high seas – but it’s also a tender love story. Rich with puns, colourful language, post-colonial satire and Kabbalistic hijinks, YIDDISH FOR PIRATES is also a compelling examination of mortality, memory, identity and persecution, from one of this country’s most talented writers.

This singular novel is the winner of the 2017 Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour, and was shortlisted for both the Governor General’s Literary Award for fiction and the Scotiabank Giller Prize.

We’re happy to be celebrating yet another achievement for Gary Barwin! For more information about this year’s winners, please visit: Thespec.com/yiddish-for-pirates-wins-hamilton-literary-award.

SHOOTER by Caroline Pignat wins 2017 John Spray Mystery Award

Congratulations to Caroline Pignat whose novel SHOOTER (Razorbill Canada) is the winner of the 2017 John Spray Mystery Award! This annual award recognizes excellence in the mystery genre. The winning book must be of high literary quality and written by a Canadian.

SHOOTER is “The Breakfast Club meets We Need to Talk About Kevin“. Told in five unique voices through prose, poetry, text messages, journals and homework assignments, things take a twist when Isabelle gets a text that changes everything: NOT A DRILL!! Shooter in the school! And one of them knows more about the shooter than they realized…

From the Jury:

“Pignat tells an incredible story through the eyes of five very different characters who have to face a situation no one could ever be prepared for…The entire story takes place over the course of one nail-biting hour, and a countdown timer at the beginning of each chapter ramps up the tension…The gripping storyline makes this impossible to put down.”

 

Diane Schoemperlen, Sharon Bala and Carol Off recognized at 2017 Writers’ Trust Awards

Congratulations to all of our authors who were recognized at last night’s Writers’ Trust of Canada Awards ceremony, one of Canada’s most prestigious literary honours.
 
Diane Schoemperlen won the Matt Cohen Award, which recognizes a lifetime of distinguished work by a Canadian writer.
 
From the jury – “Through her 33 years as a writer, Diane has definitely lived the writer’s life. In the process, she has dissected not only genres but words themselves, penetrating the arcane elements of language as a means of getting at what is fundamental to the human heart.”
 
Sharon Bala took home the Journey Prize for her short story “Butter Tea at Starbucks” originally published in The New Quarterly: Canadian Writers & Writing.
 
From the jury – “This is writing that wades, unafraid, into complexity and controversy, but which is nuanced enough to wrangle finely drawn, utterly human characters to moments of aching vulnerability, confused pain, and unexpected joy. Bala takes big risks and reaps big rewards in this unforgettable story.”
 
And Carol Off was one of five finalists for the Hilary Weston Prize for Nonfiction.
From the jury – “The book is an insightful contemplation of journalism’s mission, and its impact on the lives of the people who dare to speak out in the name of truth.”
 
The awards were a wonderful opportunity to celebrate all of your accomplished works!

Sharon Bala Wins the Journey Prize!

Congratulations to Sharon Bala, who has won the 2017 Writers’ Trust/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize, for her story “Butter Tea at Starbucks” (first published in The New Quarterly: Canadian Writers & Writing)!

From the Jury: “Tense and expertly plotted, the story is also packed with rich, sensory detail. This is writing that wades, unafraid, into complexity and controversy, but which is nuanced enough to wrangle finely drawn, utterly human characters to moments of aching vulnerability, confused pain, and unexpected joy. Bala takes big risks and reaps big rewards in this unforgettable story.”

The Writers’ Trust of Canada/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize is awarded annually to an emerging writer of distinction for a short story originally published in a Canadian literary magazine. Previous winners of The Journey Prize include Yann Martel, Alissa York, Jessica Grant, YasukoThanh, Timothy Taylor and Miranda Hill. The prize holds a $10,000 prize for the winner, and $1,000 for the finalist. $2,000 goes to the the journal that originally published the winning story. 

Sharon’s highly anticipated debut novel, THE BOAT PEOPLE, is forthcoming from McClleland & Stewart Canada and Doubleday US in January 2018.

For full information about the award, please visit: www.writerstrust.com/Awards/Journey-Prize.aspx