The V-Word Honored by Rainbow Book List

Today we were humbled to learn that THE V-WORD, edited by Amber Keyser, was selected for the Rainbow Book List 2017. The Rainbow Book List honors children and young adult literature with significant LGBTQI content. This year the list also features authors such as Rick Riordan and transgender teen Jazz Jennings. THE V-WORD is a selection of women’s stories about first-time sex and includes pieces by Amber Keyser, Kiersi Burkhart, and Sarah Mirk, among other writers. Read the full Rainbow Book List here. Congratulations to Amber and all of the contributors.

Amber, Kiersi, and Sarah are all represented by Fiona Kenshole. THE V-WORD is published by Beyond Words/Simon & Schuster.

Oregon Book Awards Finalists Include The Way Back From Broken

We’re so pleased to announce that Amber Keyser’s debut YA novel, THE WAY BACK FROM BROKEN, has been selected as an Oregon Book Awards finalist. Published to acclaim in 2015 by Carolrhoda Lab, the book is a wilderness adventure in which a young boy faces the elements and confronts his grief about his sister’s death. It has been nominated for the Leslie Bradshaw Award for Young Adult Literature and Amber joins the ranks of fellow OBA nominees including Carrie Brownstein and Walidah Imarisha. Winners will be announced on Monday, April 24 at an awards ceremony in Portland. Congratulations, Amber!

Amber is represented by Fiona Kenshole.


Congratulations to Diane Schoemperlen whose book THIS IS NOT MY LIFE has been shortlised for the 2017 RBC Taylor Prize!

The RBC Taylor Prize commemorates Charles Taylor’s pursuit of excellence in the field of literary non-fiction. The winner receives $25,000. The winner will be announced on March 6th at a gala held at the Omni King Edward hotel.  For more information on the finalists and the award, please visit,

“Diane Schoemperlen’s skillful, conversational writing takes the reader on a harrowing journey through hope and happiness to heartbreak. The brutally honest way she describes her love affair with a prisoner serving time for second degree murder is remarkable. In understated but compelling prose she apportions blame for the failed relationship equally, chronicling her own faults as well as those of her lover. This compelling tale of ill-fated love, told with humour as well as humility is also a powerful indictment of the prison system in Canada.”

Born and raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario, DIANE SCHOEMPERLEN has published several collections of short fiction and three novels. Her 1990 story collection, The Man of My Dreams, was shortlisted for both the Governor-General’s Award and the Trillium. Forms of Devotion: Stories and Pictures won the 1998 Governor-General’s Award for English Fiction. Viking Penguin U.S. published In the Language of Love, Forms of Devotion, Our Lady of the Lost and Found, Red Plaid Shirt, and Names of the Dead: An Elegy for the Victims of September 11. Her books have been published internationally in the U.K., Germany, Sweden, Spain, France, Korea, and China. In 2007 she received the Marian Engel Award from the Writers’ Trust of Canada and in 2012, she was Writer-in-Residece at Queen’s University.

A Good Death by Sandra Martin Shortlisted for the 2017 BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction

MSAGoodDeathBannerCovWe are proud to announce that A GOOD DEATH: Making the Most of Our Final Choices (HarperCollins) by Sandra Martin has been shortlisted for the 2017 BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, which carries one of Canada’s largest book prizes! The shortlist was selected by a jury comprising of Hal Wake, Jan Walter, and John Burns who considered over 141 books submitted by over 46 publishers. The winner will receive $40,000. The jury will announce the winner at a ceremony in Vancouver on January 26, 2017.

The Jury Citation:
“It is a curious paradox that despite the inevitability of death, Martin2014bwit is a subject people would rather avoid talking about. But is there a more important issue for us to resolve than how to find a social consensus on making death more humane? Sandra Martin’s A Good Death will make an enormous contribution to our ongoing, often contentious public debate on the issue. Her careful and thorough research provides historical context, legislative precedents, the effect of medical technology and philosophical and religious insights. What truly distinguishes this book is the reportage on individuals and families who have fought to arrange for a better death, sometimes successfully, sometimes not. These firsthand experiences are the beating heart of a timely and powerful examination.”

We would like to offer a huge congratulations to Sandra Martin and the publisher, and all the other authors who have been shortlisted!

For further information about the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction please visit To view the shortlist, please visit

The Devil You Know, The Mystics of Mile End, and Ledger of the Open Hand Longlisted for the 2017 International Dublin Literary Award

We are proud to share that Elisabeth de MariDMEDevilYouKnowCovPanelaffi’s debut literary thriller THE DEVIL YOU KNOW (HarperCollins Canada; Simon & Schuster USA), Sigal Samuel’s novel THE MYSTICS OF MILE END (Freehand Books; William Morrow & Company), and Leslie Vryenhoek’s LEDGER OF THE OPEN HAND (Breakwater Books) are among 14 Canadian books that have been longlisted for the 2017 International DUBLIN Literary Award!

Set in the early 90’s, THE DEVIL YOU KNOW is about a rookie reporter assigned to the Paul Bernardo serial killer investigation, whose memories and personal research into the murder of her SSMysticsUScovchildhood best friend bring danger right back to her doorstep.

THE MYSTICS OF MILE END by Sigal Samuel weaves together four distinct voices to tell the story of the dysfunctional Meyer family, living in Mile End, a home to hipsters and Hasidic Jews, as they process grief and loss which leads the daughter Samara into a dangerous mystical obsession.

LEDGEVLLedgeroftheOpenHandCovR OF THE OPEN HAND looks at the intimate power of money and emotional debt through the eyes of a woman trying to grab hold of her own life.

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. This years longlist consistsdeMariaffi2013bw of 147 nominees.

The shortlist will be revealed on April 11, 2017 and the winner will be announced on June 21, 2017.

We wouSigal Samuelld like to offer a huge congratulations to Elisabeth de Mariaffi, Sigal Samuel, and Leslie Vryenhoek on their nominations, as well as to all the other longlisted authors!

For further information about the International DUBLIN Literary Award, and to view the longlist, please visit For more information about the Canadian nominations, please visit the press release at the following link:

They Left Us Everything Wins the Evergreen Award!

JPTheyLeftEverything2016covCongratulations to Plum Johnson on being awarded the Evergreen Award for THEY LEFT US EVERYTHING (Penguin Random House Canada), one of the 2017 Forest of Reading Awards! The Evergreen Award is a program aimed at adult readers of all ages who participate in the program through public libraries and book clubs, and the books are selected for the program by expert librarians who share their favourite Canadian non-fiction and fiction with the adult readers. Readers from over 120 libraries participated, and THEY LEFT US EVERYTHING was a clear favourite!

THEY LEFT UJohnsonPlum2013bwS EVERYTHING is a funny, touching memoir about what parents leave behind.

The award will be presented at OLA’s Super Conference in Toronto on February 2, 2017. Please visit the following link for details of the conference:

For more information about the Evergreen Award, please visit

To view the press release, please visit:

Congratulations to all the finalists of this award!


SDThisIsNotMyLifeBannerCongratulations to Diane Schoemperlen and Sandra Martin whose books THIS IS NOT MY LIFE (HarperCollins Canada) and A GOOD DEATH (HarperCollins Canada), respectively, have been longlisted for the 2017 BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction.

BC Achievement Foundation chair Keith Mitchell says, “This year’s lineup of Canadian non-fiction titles continues a strong tradition of excellence among our national writers.”

This is one of Canada’s leading literary non-fiction prizes. The longlist was selected from 137 books from 35 publishers.

MSAGoodDeathBannerCovThe BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction will announce its shortlist in December and the award will be presented in Vancouver in early 2017.

For more information and for a list of all ten longlisted books, please visit

The Ontario Library Association Announces the Forest of Reading Shortlists!

Transatlantic Agency congratulates agency clients and Orca authors who are finalists on the 2017 Forest of Reading Awards shortlists! 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. 


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EVERYDAY HERO (Orca Book Publishers) by Kathleen Cherry (Silver Birch Fiction)

DEEP ROOTS: How Trees Sustain Our Planet (Orca Book Publishers) by Nikki Tate (Silver Birch Non-Fiction)

TANK & FIZZ: The Case of the Battling Bots (Orca Book Publishers) by Liam O’Donnell and Mike Deas (Silver Birch Express)PCShooter72Banner

SHOOTER (Razorbill) by Caroline Pignat (Red Maple Fiction)

SHATTERED (Orca Book Publishers) by Teresa Toten (Red Maple Fiction)

THE UNQUIET PAST (Orca Book Publishers) by Kelley Armstrong (Red Maple Fiction)

DNA DETECTIVE (Annick Press), by Tanya Kyi, illustrated by Lil Crump (epicgameRed Maple Non-Fiction)

PRIDE (Orca Book Publishers) by Robin Stevenson (Red Maple Non-Fiction)

RODENT (Orca Book Publishers) by Lisa J. Lawrence (White Pine)

EPIC GAME (Orca Book Publishers) by William Kowalski (Golden Oak)


THEY LEFT US EVERYTHING (Penguin Canada) by Plum Johnson (Evergreen)

PUNISHMENT (Vintage Canada) by Linden MacIntyre (Evergreen)

Transatlantic would also like to congratulate all of the other authors who are finalists for this year’s Forest of Reading Awards.

For a full list of the nominees, please see the Ontario Library Association’s announcement at the following link


BGYiddishbannercovTransatlantic would like to congratulate Gary Barwin whose novel, YIDDISH FOR PIRATES (Penguin Random House Canada), has been shortlisted the the Governor General’s Award for Fiction!

YIDDISH FOR PIRATES by Gary Barwin 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.

Barwin2014bwEach 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 25th. For the full list of finalists, please visit


SSMysticsCADcovCongratulations to Sigal Samuel whose novel THE MYSTICS OF MILE END has been awarded the 2016 Canadian Jewish Literary Award for fiction.
The Canadian Jewish Literary Awards chooses 8 winners from 60 works that demonstrate specific Jewish themes.
The gala awards ceremony will be held on October 30, 2016 at 2 pm Sigal Samuelin the Tribute Communities Recital Hall, Accolade East Building, York University 4700 Keele St. Admission is free and open to all! For more information visit
THE MYSTICS OF MILE END by Sigal Samuel weaves together four distinct voices to tell the story of the dysfunctional Meyer family with a dangerous mystical obsession. Living in Mile End, home to hipsters and Hasidic Jews, David, a professor of religion, is diagnosed with a heart murmur and becomes convinced that his heart is whispering divine secrets. When David’s attempts to ascend the Tree of Life lead to tragedy, his daughter Samara believes it is up to her to finish what he started, and her brother documents her increasingly strange behaviour. It falls to next-door neighbour Chaim Glassman to shatter the silence that divides the members of the Meyer family.