Happy Book Birthday to CLIFFORD by Harold Johnson!

Happy book birthday to Harold Johnson‘s CLIFFORD, publishing today with House of Anansi Press!

CLIFFORD has been lauded as a “genre-dying” work, bridging the imagined and the true in one breathtaking story that starts with the author going home for his brother Clifford’s funeral and a chair that stands on three legs.

From the publisher: “Exquisitely crafted, funny, visionary, and wholly moving, Clifford is an extraordinary work for the way it defies strict category and embraces myriad forms of storytelling. To read it is to be immersed in a home, a family, a community, the wider world, the entire cosmos.”

Join Harold on October 2nd for a reading of CLIFFORD at McNally Robinson Winnipeg. More information about the event available here: Mcnallyrobinson.com//An-Evening-with-Harold-R-Johnson

Advance Praise and Accolades for CLIFFORD:

On the CBC Books list of “10 Canadian books coming out in August we can’t wait to read

Open Book interview: “Harold R. Johnson’s newest book combines his expertise in fiction and non-fiction, in a genre-blending work that is being hailed as the crown jewel of an already acclaimed oeuvre.”

“Memoir, fantasy, fiction? Genre bends in Clifford. Clifford, refuses to distinguish fact from fantasy or fiction from biography…the story’s meditations on loss, family, and fateful actions prove absorbing from the opening page.”
Toronto StarThestar.com/memoir-fantasy-fiction-genre-bends-in-clifford

Clifford is a luminous, genre-bending memoir. Heartache and hardship are no match for the disarming whimsy, the layered storytelling shot through with love. The power of land, the pull of family, the turbulence of poverty are threads woven together with explorations of reality, tackling truth with a trickster slant.”
—Eden Robinson, author of Son of a Trickster

“Harold R. Johnson is a wonderful writer, and Clifford is his best
work yet. For fans of Jack Finney and Richard Matheson, this terrific book is a wonderfully human tale of memory both bitter and sweet, as well as a poignant exploration of time’s hold over all of us.”
—Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award–winning author of Quantum Night

Clifford is a story only Harold Johnson could tell. By turns soft and harsh, intellectual and emotional, Johnson weaves truth, fiction, science, and science fiction into a tapestry that is rich with meaning and maybes. A natural storyteller, Johnson seeks imagined pasts and futurity with equal parts longing and care. This work allows readers and writers the possibility of new and ancient modes of storytelling.”
—Tracey Lindberg, author of Birdie

Clifford is unlike anything I’ve read—it is at once a story of science and magic, love and loss, and a case for the infi nite potential of humanity. It is a book of profound wisdom—an unpacking of the deepest truths of science in an effort to transform the pain of grief and regret into healing and forgiveness.”
—Patti Laboucane-Benson, author of The Outside Circle

DEAL NEWS FOR SUSAN SWAN’S THE BIGGEST MODERN WOMAN OF THE WORLD AND THE DEAD CELEBRITIES CLUB

We have incredible news to share – Temple Street, a division of Boat Rocker Studios and producers of Orphan Black, have secured television rights to multiple prize finalist and internationally bestselling author Susan Swan‘s debut novel, THE BIGGEST MODERN WOMAN OF THE WORLD!! The deal was arranged by Samantha Haywood, full press release below.

Plus this great news too (!!) Swan’s newest novel, THE DEAD CELEBRITIES CLUB, a timely and satirical novel featuring the hedge fund whale, Dale Paul, a witty, self-absorbed rogue and raconteur for fans of The Wolf of Wall Street and The Sellout by Paul Beatty, will be published by Cormorant Books in 2019, world ex: Canada rights now available. Contact: samantha@transatlanticagency.com.

Press release continued:

Originally published in 1983, and now a contemporary classic, THE BIGGEST MODERN WOMAN OF THE WORLD tells the extraordinary true story of a seven-foot-six giantess who exhibited with P.T. Barnum, and will be adapted for television by Hannah Moscovitch, one of Canada’s leading writers.

Susan Swan’s critically acclaimed fiction has been published in 15 countries, translated into eight languages and received multiple prize nominations. Her novels include What Casanova Told Me, The Western Light and The Wives of Bath, a bestseller that was adapted as the film Lost And Delirious.

Hannah Moscovitch is an award winning playwright, radio, film and television dramatist who has risen to international prominence with works such as This is War, The Russian Play and East of Berlin, and television dramas XCompany and Played.

Kerry Appleyard, SVP Temple Street, said: “Susan Swan’s wonderful novel examines Western culture’s obsession with size and abnormality as Anna’s astonishing life unfolds. Ultimately it is an unlikely story of triumph over adversity which will resonate deeply with audiences worldwide. We’re delighted that we have one of the strongest voices in Canada, the multiple award-winning Hannah Moscovitch, to adapt the series.”

Susan Swan said: “This novel is very close to my heart and I’m thrilled that the television series will be created by Temple Street and Hannah. It’s the ideal dream team to bring Anna Swan’s incredible true story to life!”

Executive Producer Hannah Moscovitch said: “I am beyond thrilled to be working with the award-winning team at Temple Street, to bring Susan Swan’s novel about the extraordinary Anna to our screens. Part truth, part legend, The Biggest Modern Woman of the World is a saucy romp through traditional categories of gender, sexuality and nationality and working on it is going to be a huge pleasure. ”

Co-chairmen Boat Rocker Media David Fortier and Ivan Schneeberg will executive produce the television series based on The Biggest Modern Woman of the World by Susan Swan, along with Trish Williams (Killjoys, Saving Hope). Creator Hannah Moscovitch is also executive producer.

Temple Street is the premium scripted division of Boat Rocker Studios and produces a wide range of content including prime-time television dramas and comedies. Since 2005, Temple Street has been recognized with more than 120 awards and nominations, earning a global reputation for the quality of its programming. A selection of our productions include Orphan Black (BBC America, Space), Killjoys (Syfy, Space), X Company (CBC, Ovation), Being Erica (CBC, SOAPnet), Billable Hours (Global, Showcase), and Queer as Folk (Showtime, Showcase).

Book Release: SONS OF BLACKBIRD MOUNTAIN by Joanne Bischof

It’s always such fun to unbox agency copies of our client’s latest books.

Today, when I stopped at my mail store to pick up my agent copies of Joanne Bischof’s latest historical romance, SONS OF BLACKBIRD MOUNTAIN and opened it up so I could recycle the packaging on the spot, the mail clerk literally swooned at the cover when she peeked inside.

Of course I was happy to pass along a copy, promising that if she’s a fan of historical fiction (she is!) she’d really enjoy the story.

What I didn’t pass along are some of the “other” stories that came to mind: what the author was going through personally while writing it; why she chose to write a hero who uses American Sign Language, or ASL, to communicate; and that she felt compelled to try hard cider for research, but discovered she doesn’t really like it terribly much!!

Congratulations to you, Joanne. We’re proud to be a part of your stories — told and untold.

“Transported” seems to be one of the key words readers use when describing their response when reading Joanne’s books. Check out for yourself what first readers are saying about SONS OF BLACKBIRD MOUNTAIN on Bookbub and Goodreads.

And for further insight into Joanne’s books, visit her website.

Joanne is represented by Sandra Bishop.

 

 

 

Welcoming Edward Lee!

Today we’re delighted to welcome Edward Lee to Transatlantic! He’s represented by Stephanie Sinclair.

Edward Lee is a Toronto lawyer and arbitrator. Born and raised in Montreal, his fiction and creative non-fiction have appeared in Descant Magazine, The Toronto Star, The Globe and MailStrike the Wok, an Anthology of Contemporary Chinese Canadian FictionTOK, Writing the New Toronto, and other literary magazines. He is also the author of a radio play, Canasian Eh? His novel, The Laundryman’s Boy, is the story of Hoi Wing Woo, a Chinese teenager who comes to St. Catharines, Ontario in 1913 to work in a hand laundry. Arriving in the late fall, Hoi Wing struggles against the harsh demands of his employer, the bitter climate, and the casual bigotry of the townspeople, but he also experiences the pain and elation of first love when he befriends a young Irish scullery maid.

The novel is loosely based on the lives of the author’s grandfathers, both of whom came to Canada at the turn of the twentieth century.

Welcoming Djamila Ibrahim!

Today we’re welcoming Djamila Ibrahim to Transatlantic as a new client of Samantha Haywood and Stephanie Sinclair’s!

Djamila Ibrahim’s debut short story collection Things Are Good Now was one of Now Magazine’s 10 Books To Be Excited About in 2018, and has made several CBC lists of Books/Writers To Watch For in 2018. Things Are Good Now has been reviewed favourably in the Toronto Star, Literary Review of Canada (LRC), Quill and Quire, This Magazine and Toronto Life. Djamila’s stories have been shortlisted for the University of Toronto’s Penguin Random House Canada Student Award for Fiction and Briarpatch Magazine’s creative writing contest.

Djamila was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She was formerly a Senior Advisor for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.  She now lives in Toronto.

Welcoming Jeremy Allingham!

We’re delighted to be welcoming award-winning journalist Jeremy Allingham as a new client! He’ll be represented by Samantha Haywood and Rob Firing.
 
He currently works for the CBC where some of his most recent and poignant work has included investigating fighting in junior hockey in a series called ‘Major Misconduct: Why We Let Kids Fight On Ice’. He has also delivered in-depth coverage on the opioid crisis, The Northern Gateway Pipeline, the craft beer industry, B.C. politics and pretty much anything music-related.
 
Jeremy’s writing has reached millions of readers on cbc.ca, and vice.com.
 
He has appeared on CBC Radio shows World Report, The World at 6, As It Happens, Definitely Not the Opera, The Story From Here, along with a litany of national specials and local programs.
 
Jeremy is also a critically-acclaimed musician. He released his latest studio album, ‘Run Wild’ in April 2018.

Welcoming Michelle Parise!

We’re delighted to be welcoming Michelle Parise to Transatlantic as a new client of Samantha Haywood’s!

Michelle Parise has been a producer for CBC Radio and Television for over two decades. Born and raised in Toronto in a gigantic Italian immigrant family, Michelle was surrounded by storytellers, and as a child she wrote hundreds of short stories about her life. When she was 11-years-old she wrote a feminist novella in response to a book she’d taken issue with on the Grade 7 reading list. The teacher made it part of the curriculum in the years following. Her commitment to honest storytelling started early, is what we’re getting at, and is part of everything she creates, continually striving to make connection through shared experience. With over 2.5 million downloads to date, she is the creator of the memoir ALONE: A Love Story, a story of love, marriage and life after betrayal resonates with audiences all over the world. Originally conceived as a memoir, Alone: A Love Story is an intensely relatable tale of heartbreak and hope that taps into the loneliness inside all of us. No matter how many times love kicks her in the shins, Parise doesn’t give up on hope or on herself. The only thing to do once you’ve hit bottom is to swim back up! And for those who are fans of Season One, check out the highly anticipated Season Two (available for free download) which just released on April 4th!

Welcome to Chantal Braganza

Today we’re welcoming Toronto-based writer and editor Chantal Braganza to Transatlantic as a new client of Stephanie Sinclair’s!

By day she produces stories about social justice for Ontario public broadcaster TVO, and writes about books, food and pop culture in her spare time.

Braganza has reported on jazz icons, bank fraudsters and porn academia, and written personal essays on bilingualism, miscarriage and the cultural history of dunking foods. Her work has been nominated multiple times for National Magazine and Digital Publishing awards, and has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Hazlitt, the Globe and Mail, Toronto Life, Reader’s Digest, FASHION Magazine and Maisonneuve, among others.

Welcoming Jordan Abel

Today we’re delighted to welcome Nisga’a writer Jordan Abel to Transatlantic as a new client of Stephanie Sinclair’s!

He resides in BC where he is pursuing a PhD at Simon Fraser University where his research concentrates on Indigenous literature. Abel’s creative work has recently been anthologized in Best Canadian Poetry (Tightrope), The Land We Are: Artists and Writers Unsettle the Politics of Reconciliation (Arbiter Ring), and The New Concrete: Visual Poetry in the 21st Century (Hayword). Abel is the author of The Place of Scraps (winner of the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize), Un/inhabited, and Injun (winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize).

Currently, Jordan is working on a book about intergenerational trauma called NISHGA that interweaves memoir, poetry, and photography together to address the complex and plural life experiences of intergenerational survivors of residential schools. He is also working a novel, tentatively titled Empty Spaces, that repositions descriptions of land from The Last of the Mohicans and then writes over, through, and between those descriptions. Excerpts from that project have been published in Canadian Literature, The Capilano Review, and The New Quarterly.

Welcoming Shani Mootoo!

Today we’re very excited to welcoming highly acclaimed writer Shani Mootoo to Transatlantic! She is joining as a new client of Samantha Haywood’s!

Shani Mootoo was born in Ireland, grew up in Trinidad and lives in Canada. She holds an MA in English from the University of Guelph, writes fiction and poetry, and is a visual artist who has exhibited locally and internationally. Mootoo’s novels include Moving Forward Sideways Like a Crab, long-listed for the Scotia Bank Giller Prize, shortlisted for the Lambda Award; Valmiki’s Daughter, long-listed for the Scotia Bank Giller Prize; He Drown She in the Sea, long-listed for the Dublin IMPAC Award, and Cereus Blooms at Night, shortlisted for the Giller Prize, The Chapters First Novel Award, The Ethel Wilson Book Prize, and long-listed for the Man Booker Prize. She is a K.M. Hunter Arts Award and 2017 Chalmers Fellowship Award, and the James Duggins Outstanding Midcareer Novelist Award recipient. Her visual art has been exhibited locally and internationally, most notably at the Museum of Modern Art, NYC, the Vancouver Art Gallery, and at the Venice Biennale at the Transculture Pavilion. She currently lives in Prince Edward County in Ontario.