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.
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 Mail, Strike the Wok, an Anthology of Contemporary Chinese Canadian Fiction, TOK, 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
UK Commonwealth (ex. Canada) rights to SABRINA by Nick Drnaso to Alex Bowler at Granta, a timely and articulate graphic novel about the disappearance of an airman in the U.S. Air Force, and the depiction of a modern world devoid of personal interaction and responsibility, where relationships are stripped of intimacy through glowing computer screens, and a contemplation of the dangers of a fake news climate, by Samantha Haywood on behalf of Drawn and Quarterly. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org