Salmon Sisters make Forbes 30Under30 list

When you fully embrace your life and determine to build a brand and messaging that enriches the lives of others, the world becomes a better place. Everyone wins. And … sometimes you win along the way.

Congratulations, Emma and Claire, for making the list of Forbes 2018 30under30. We are proud to represent you and eager to keep watching your story unfold.

photo by Scott Dickerson

The Salmon Sisters, Emma Teal Laukitis and Claire Neaton, grew up on the remote Aleution Islands of Alaska, working on their family’s commercial fishing boat. Inspired by the sustainable fishing culture around them, the founded a fishery and clothing line to raise awareness of the role of wild sustainable seafood. Additionally for every item sold, the duo donates a can of wild salmon to the Food Bank of Alaska.

Their first book, a collection of stories, recipes, and original artwork will release from Sasquatch Books in early 2020.

Rights Inquiries: sandra@transatlanticagency.com

Media Inquires: kate@risingtidealaska.com

 

Welcoming Kirsten Madsen

A big Transatlantic welcome to author Kirsten Madsen!

Kirsten is a writer based in Whitehorse, Yukon. She was runner-up for the 2015 CBC Short Story Prize, and her fiction has been published in The Walrus, Prairie Fire, The New Quarterly and elsewhere. She was a finalist in both the Malahat Review and The New Quarterly fiction awards in 2017, and the Writers’ Union of Canada short story competition in 2011 and 2015. Kirsten has an MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia, where her thesis novel, The Cantilevered Universe, was shortlisted for the 2013 HarperCollins Canada / UBC Prize for Best New Fiction.

The Cantilevered Universe is a contemporary literary novel about the inner workings of an unconventional family. After a move to an isolated Northern town, teenage Emily begins to unravel after becoming increasingly withdrawn as her siblings forsake her in search of their own lives. Nearly twenty years later, her sister Louise seeks to come to terms with Emily’s disintegration while forging a new relationship of her own. The novel exposes a family embroiled in conflict while at the same time united in their desire to protect their youngest and most troubled member. This stunning debut will be ready for consideration in January.

Kirsten is represented by Stephanie Sinclair.

Welcoming Moira Welsh to Transatlantic!

We’re delighted to welcome Moira Welsh to Transatlantic Agency!

Moira has been a journalist with The Toronto Star for 25 years. During that time she has covered news, the environment and social justice and, as an investigative reporter, has long had an interest in issues related to people living in long term care and retirement homes. Moira has co-authored investigations that have won three National Newspaper Awards and a Michener Award for Public Service Journalism. She lives in Toronto with her family.

Moira is represented by Samantha Haywood.

Photo Credit: Toronto Star

Welcoming Sam Shelstad to Transatlantic!

An excited Transatlantic welcome to author Sam Shelstad!
 
Sam was longlisted for the 2014 CBC Short Story Prize and was a runner up for the 2014 Thomas Morton Memorial Prize. He regularly contributes to McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and has been published in many literary magazines, including The New Quarterly, The Fiddlehead, and Joyland. His debut story collection, COP HOUSE (Nightwood Editions, 2017), was compared to the work of George Saunders in Quill and Quire, where they remarked, “it is precisely this blend of humour and pathos that give Shelstad’s stories their disarming power.” Sam lives in Toronto, Ontario.
 
Sam is represented by Samantha Haywood.

Paul Harbridge’s WHEN THE MOON COMES wins 2018 Martha Baillie Picture Book Award

Major congrats to Paul Harbridge whose picture book WHEN THE MOON COMES (Tundra Books), illustrated by Matt James, has won the 2018 Martha Baillie Picture Book Award!

FROM THE JURY: “This nostalgia filled adventure with friends will resonate with those who love the moon, nature and hockey… The friends’ anticipation and excitement for their nighttime excursion is palpable… James’ strong illustrations emphasize the beauty of winter, the wonder of a dark night, the power of the moon and the fun of an escapade with friends.”

The Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award honours excellence in the illustrated picture book format and is given to outstanding books of the picture book genre in which the author and illustrator achieve artistic and literary unity.

For more information about this award, please visit: Bookcentre.ca/awards/marilyn-baillie-picture-book-award

Welcoming Deborah Hemming to Transatlantic Agency

We’re extending a warm Transatlantic welcome to author Deborah Hemming!

Deborah is a writer and librarian from the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia. She holds a Master of Arts in English from McGill University, a Master of Library and Information Studies from Dalhousie University, and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of King’s College. For many years, she worked as a food writer. Deborah currently splits her time between Vancouver and Wolfville, NS.

Deborah’s forthcoming novel with Nimbus Press is a rural coming-of-age story set in the Gaspereau Valley. The novel explores the contours of young friendship and the development of powerful new appetites in adolescence.

Deborah is represented by Stephanie Sinclair.

9 Transatlantic authors shortlisted for 2018 Forest of Reading Awards

A whopping nine Transatlantic authors have made the 2019 Forest of Reading Awards shortlists and we can’t congratulate them all enough! 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.

Below is the full list of nominated Transatlantic authors:

Silver Birch Award, fiction category:
EBB & FLOW by Heather Smith
ELEPHANT SECRET by Eric Walters

Silver Birch Award, Express category:
THE LION UNDER THE TREE by Cary Fagan

Red Maple Award, fiction:
FOURTH DIMENSION, by Eric Walters
TRACKER’S CANYON by Pam Withers

Red Maple Award, non-fiction:
EVERY FALLING STAR: THE TRUE STORY OF HOW I SURVIVED AND ESCAPED NORTH KOREA, Written by Sungju Lee and Susan McClelland

White Pine Award:
36 QUESTIONS THAT CHANGED MY MIND ABOUT YOU by Vicki Grant
THE AGONY OF BUN O’KEEFE by Heather Smith
THE MOSAIC by Nina Berkhout
PRINCE OF POT by Tanya Lloyd Kyi

We have our fingers crossed for you all. For the full shortlist and more about these awards, please visit Accessola.org/web/OLA/Forest_of_Reading/Nominated_Lists.

“Washington Voices Award” to Maureen McQuerry at 2018 Washington State Book Awards

 

Maureen McQuerry, Award Winning Author and Poet

We’ve just heard the fantastic news that Transatlantic Author Maureen Doyle McQuerry will receive a special “Washington Voices Award” this weekend alongside Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall and 127 other poets who contributed to WA 129, an anthology published in 2017 by Sage Hill Press of Spokane.

This special award, presented by the Washington Center for the Book, “recognizes the significance of the anthology in the literary landscape of Washington.”

 

The Washington Center for the Book is a partnership of The Seattle Public Library and Washington State Library.

Washington State Book Awards honors works of outstanding literary merit by Washington authors. An award is given based on the strength of the publication’s literary merit, lasting importance and overall quality to an author who was born in Washington state or is a current resident and has maintained residence here for at least three years.

The 2018 Washington State Book Awards are made possible in part by the generous support of the Amazon Literary Partnership.

McQuerry’s next book, BETWEEN BEFORE AND AFTER, releases in February, 2019.

Maureen is represented by Sandra Bishop. For inquires, contact sandra@transatlanticagency.com

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).