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 www.bcachievement.com. To view the shortlist, please visit http://www.bcachievement.com/media/news.php?id=146.

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 http://www.dublinliteraryaward.ie/nominees/. For more information about the Canadian nominations, please visit the press release at the following link: http://www.dublinliteraryaward.ie/news/14-canadian-novels-on-the-2017-longlist/.

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: www.olasuperconference.ca

For more information about the Evergreen Award, please visit www.accessola.org/web/OLA/Forest_of_Reading/Individual_Trees.aspx#Evergreen

To view the press release, please visit: www.accessola.org/web/Documents/OLA/News/2016/News-Release-Forest-Evergreen-Winner-2016.pdf.

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 BCachievement.com/nonfiction/longlist

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. 


fminvisibillcovINVISIBILL (Tundra Books) by Maureen Fergus, illustrated by Dušan Petričić (Blue Spruce)

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 www.accessola.org/web/OLA/Forest_of_Reading/Nominated_Lists/.


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 Ggbooks.ca/gglafinalists2016


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 Cjlawards.ca/winners2016
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.


LSRedStarcovWe’re proud to announce Sonja Larsen‘s RED STAR TATTOO has been named a finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction!
This annual prize recognizes the best in Canadian non-fiction, the winner will be revealed on November 2nd, 2016.
RED STAR TATTOO explores the seductions and dangers of extremism, and asks what it takes to survive a childhood scarred by loss, abuse and the sometimes violent struggle for belonging.
Larsen2014BW“The amount of freedom Larsen experienced as a child is truly mind-blowing. …I picked up the book in an afternoon and—each page turned in steady anticipation—did not put it down until I was finished.”
—The Globe and Mail
“An eloquent, stranger-than-fiction memoir … thoughtful and poignant.” —Toronto Star
“A triumphant affirmation of the story teller’s art.” —The National Post
For more information about this award, please visit Writerstrust.com/Hilary-Weston-Writers-Trust-Prize

The Best Kind of People and Yiddish for Pirates Shortlisted for the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize

zwhittallThe 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize shortlist has been announced today, and we are delighted to Barwin2014bwcongratulate Zoe Whittall on being shortlisted for her novel THE BEST KIND OF PEOPLE (House of Anansi Press) and Gary Barwin on his nomination for YIDDISH FOR PIRATES (Random House Canada)! Selected from a longlist of 12 books, the jury members Lawrence Hill (jury chair), Jeet Heer, Kathleen Winter, Samantha Harvey and Alan Warner originally read a staggering 161 books submitted by 69 publisher imprints from every region of the country in order to reach their decision.

In TWZBestPeoplecovHE BEST KIND OF PEOPLE by Zoe Whittall, George Woodbury, an affable teacher and beloved husband and father, is arrested for sexual impropriety at a prestigious prep school. With George locked up, how do the members of his family pick up the pieces and keep living their lives? How do they defend someone they love while wrestling with the possibility of his guilt?

With exquisite emotional precision, award-winning author Zoe Whittall explores issues of loyalty, truth and the meaning of happiness through the lend of all-American family on the brink of collapse.

YIBGYiddishbannercovDDISH 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.

Jury Citations:

YIDDISH FOR PIRATES: Across time and across continents, Gary Barwin’s novel “parrots” in an altogether new way. In a ferment of salty witticism, parroty puns and unforgettable Yiddish vocabulary, this is a novel borne not just on the wings of its feathery narrator, but on its own jubilant and alluring language; its own voice. Playful, mocking, using history with audacious abandon, Yiddish for Pirates is a resplendent enjoyment. But, literally viewed from above, the novel also admonishes us about man’s inexhaustible zeal for butchery, for incessant genocide, and for affliction. We have had animal narrators throughout literary history, but Aaron the African grey parrot, from the shoulder of his pirate master, will lift you to new heights.

THE BEST KIND OF PEOPLE: The jury found Zoe Whittall’s The Best Kind of People urgent and timely, nuanced and brave. This gripping story challenges how we hear women and girls, and dissects the self-hypnosis and fear that prevent us from speaking disruptive truth. With subversive precision and solid veracity, Whittall calls into question pervasive forms of silence and acquiescence.

The winner will be announced on November 7th, 2016. For venue and ticket information, please visit: Scotiabankgillerprize.ca.

To view the full shortlist and to read excerpts from the books, please visit www.scotiabankgillerprize.ca/finalists/2016-shortlist/.

Squawk Shortlisted for the Montreal English Theatre Awards

Coles72bwWe are happy to share that SQUAWK by playwright Meg Coles has been nominated for a METAs – Montreal English Theatre Awards in the category of Outstanding New Text (Original or Adaptation)! Congratulations Megan!

The winners will be announced at the Rialto Theatre for the 4th Annual Ceremony on October 24th, 2016.

For more information about the Montreal English Theatre Awards and to view the shortlists, please visit metas.ca/.