Welcoming Rachel Matlow!

We’re delighted to welcome CBC’s arts and culture journalist/audio producer Rachel Matlow to Transatlantic Agency as a new client! She’s represented by Samantha Haywood.

Rachel Matlow worked at Q/q for eight crazy years as well as Spark, Day 6, The Sunday Edition, The Doc Project and The Current. Her writing has appeared in The Globe and Mail, National Post, CBC.ca and The Believer. She recently won a 2016 Third Coast International Audio Festival award and a 2017 Gabriel Award for her audio documentary ‘Dead Mom Talking’. She is at work on her debut memoir, a true dark comedy (a traumedy!), about her eccentric mother’s cancer journey called “Dead Mom Walking,” which is best described as a cross between Tig Notaro’s dark comedy One Mississippi and Chris Kelly’s devastatingly funny Other People, with a queer dose of Alison Bechdel and a Jewish dollop of Transparent. Proposal materials available shortly. Contact: samantha@transatlaticagency.com

Welcoming Alicia Elliott!

Join us in welcoming the amazing Alicia Elliott, who is represented by Samantha Haywood and Stephanie Sinclair! We are so pleased that she’s now part of the agency.

Alicia Elliott is a Tuscarora writer living in Brantford, Ontario with her husband and daughter. Her writing has been published by The Malahat Review, The Butter, Room, Grain, The New Quarterly, CBC, Globe and Mail, Vice, Maclean’s, Maisonneuve, Today’s Parent and Reader’s Digest. She’s currently Associate Nonfiction Editor at Little Fiction | Big Truths, and a consulting editor with The New Quarterly. Her essay, “A Mind Spread Out on the Ground” won a National Magazine Award. She will be the 2017-2018 Geoffrey and Margaret Andrew Fellow at UBC, working with their Creative Writing Department. Alicia is currently at work on a collection of essays entitled A MIND SPREAD OUT ON THE GROUND, which explores the wider connections between colonialism, race, mental health, poverty, art and parenthood through the lens of her own personal experiences.

DEAL NEWS: BIX BY SCOTT CHANTLER

Award-winning graphic novelist Scott Chantler‘s BIX, an experimental and mostly wordless black and white graphic biography highlighting the career of Leon Bix Beiderbecke, an early jazz cornet player, who rose rapidly to fame in the 1920s before falling just as quickly from grace due to a wretched dependence on alcohol, to Ed Schlesinger of Gallery 13, Simon & Schuster by Samantha Haywood (North America).

ALL WE LEAVE BEHIND BY CAROL OFF SHORTLISTED FOR THE HILARY WESTON WRITERS’ TRUST PRIZE!

We’re proud to announce that Carol Off‘s ALL WE LEAVE BEHIND has be shortlisted for the 2017 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust of Canada Prize!
 
This annual prize recognizes the best in Canadian non-fiction, the winner will be revealed on November 14th, 2017.
 
All We Leave Behind follows the desperate family as they become caught up in the largest refugee crisis since the 1940s. With clear, page-turning prose, Off embarks on a rigorous and honest examination of her role in the family’s fate, first as a journalist, but ultimately as a friend, when she crosses the line of dispassionate reportage and becomes deeply involved in their bid to reach Canada. The book is an insightful contemplation of journalism’s mission, and its impact on the lives of the people who dare to speak out in the name of truth.” -2017 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction jury Susan Harada, Arno Kopecky, and Siobhan Roberts
 
For more information about the finalists and the prize, please visit Writerstrust.com/Weston-Prize-Finalists-17
 
Congratulations on this wonderful achievement, Carol!

ALL WE LEAVE BEHIND by Carol Off publishes with Random House Canada

Happy book birthday to Carol Off‘s ALL WE LEAVE BEHIND, publishing today with Random House Canada.

One of Canada’s most respected journalists – currently the host of CBC radio’s flagship program “As It Happens” – Carol Off, relates the gripping story of a family’s desperate attempts to escape Afghan warlords, Taliban oppression, and the persecutions of refugee life.

ALL WE LEAVE BEHIND is an action-packed and complex story of lives intertwined on opposite sides of the world. In the tradition of The Land Between, it explores the intensity of raising a family in a constant state of limbo – all guided by the good faith and convictions of a journalist who could not simply walk away. Not this time. The result is a deeply personal, emotional journey that took over a decade to complete – a journey from one home in search of another.

About the Author
Carol Off has covered conflicts in the Middle East, Haiti, the Balkans and the sub-continent, as well as events in the former Soviet Union, Europe, Asia, the US and Canada. She reported the fallout from the 9/11 disasters with news features and documentaries from New York, Washington, London, Cairo and Afghanistan.

Off is the author of the best-selling books The Lion, the Fox and the Eagle: A Story of Generals and Justice in Yugoslavia and Rwanda, and The Ghosts of Medak Pocket: The Story of Canada’s Secret War, which won the prestigious Dafoe Foundation Award. Bitter Chocolate: Investigating the Dark Side of the World’s Most Seductive Sweet, was a finalist for the National Business Book Award and was nominated for the prestigious Shaughnessy Cohen Award for Political Writing.

Praise for Carol Off
“The CBC reporter steers by her own conscience and that is to tell the story from the point of view of the powerless.” —Vancouver Sun

“One of our country’s finest and most prolific journalists…Off’s journalistic style reveals a deep humanity in the stories she tells about Canadians and people around the world.” —Richard Hardacre, ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists) National President

“There are a number of terms one could choose to describe Carol Off…most of which may appear incongruous when taken together. High-school dropout. Single mother. Award-winning filmmaker. Author. Arts reporter. War correspondent. She’s a woman who’s comfortable in many roles…The urge to put the story first is typical of Off…Off loves to report on the artistic scene, with its colourful and passionate characters, and rich and complex narratives. She loves the challenge and the struggle to engage viewers who don’t always care. But even though this beat always piques her curiosity, she is always drawn back to current affairs.” —Alexandra Shimo, The Globe and Mail

“Off writes with a meticulous sense for disconcerting details that resonate with ugly truth.” —Calgary Straight

WELCOMING RYAN MCMAHON!

We are excited and honoured to announce that Ryan McMahon is joining the Transatlantic Agency as a client of Samantha Haywood & Stephanie Sinclair. Ryan McMahon is an Anishinaabe comedian, writer, media maker & community activator originally from Treaty 3 territory (Couchiching First Nation). Armed with a degree in Theatre & as a graduate of the prestigious Second City Conservatory (Toronto), Ryan’s comedic storytelling style is fast paced, loose & irreverent as he explores the good, the bad & the ugly between Indian Country & the mainstream.

Since 2010, McMahon has recorded 3 National comedy specials (Welcome To Turtle Island Too, UnReserved & Red Man Laughing) & 2 taped Gala sets at the prestigious Winnipeg Comedy Festival. In 2012, McMahon became the 1st Native comedian to ever record a full mainstream comedy special with CBC TV (Ryan McMahon – UnReserved). Later that year made his debut at the prestigious Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, QC where he was named to the NEW FACES LIST at the festival. Ryan’s latest full length CBC comedy special, Red Man Laughing, aired Nationally on CBC Radio 1 in 2015. McMahon’s new live show, Wreck-On Silly Nation, is scheduled to tour across Canada in 2018. Ryan has written for the GLOBE & MAIL, VICE, CBC, CBC Indigenous, APTN among others.

McMahon’s latest major project, the documentary, “Colonization Road,” just had its worldwide premiere at the imagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival and was sold to CBC TV and it aired Nationally in January 2017. Currently, Ryan is producing Season 6 of his hit podcast, Red Man Laughing, and when not busy with that he is also a host with the CANADALAND franchise, co-hosting, Canadaland Commons, a podcast about politics in Canada.

This week Ryan appears on Turtle Island Reads, discovering the best of Canadian Indigenous writing. He is defendingSon of a Trickster by Eden Robinson.

On the book side of things: Ryan’s hotly anticipated debut work of fiction THE GREAT NDN PARADOX is forthcoming from Robin Egg’s Books of Arsenal Pulp Press in October 2018.

Plus he is writing his first book of nonfiction based on his popular column with VICE called Canada 2167 which peels back the layers on the last 150 years in Canada and explores the path to the next 150 years in Canada. Find out more about the VICE series at: Video.vice.com/what-i-think-canada-should-look-like-150-years-from-now.

2167: Future Reason For This Country will be available for submission in late 2017/early 2018. For rights inquires contact: samantha@transatlanticagency.com

Visit his website to learn more: ryanmcmahoncomedy.com

LOST IN SEPTEMBER by KATHLEEN WINTER publishes with Knopf Canada!

Happy book birthday to Kathleen Winter​’s LOST IN SEPTEMBER, this thrilling new novel just published with Alfred A. Knopf Canada​!

This brilliant high-concept novel reimagines an eleven-day period in the life of General James Wolfe (1727-1759), an iconic figure in the military history of Canada. Legend portrays him as fearless and determined, but his voluminous personal correspondence (some of which is housed at Toronto’s Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library) reveals a lifelong struggle with melancholy and trauma.

Wolfe began his military career at the age of 15. By 25, after a decade of hard soldiering, he begged, and was awarded, a month of study leave in Paris. But before he could embark, Britain adopted Europe’s Gregorian calendar, and the entire country had to adjust its dates: September 2, 1752 was followed by September 14, and Wolfe lost eleven days of his precious sabbatical.

In LOST IN SEPTEMBER, Wolfe is reimagined as Jimmy, a PTSD-afflicted veteran wandering the streets of contemporary Montreal, determined to reclaim those lost days and to fathom what became of his youth—and of the British North America for whose gain he’d abandoned all hope of personal happiness. His search dislodges unsettling questions about the price war exacts from soldiers of all empires, past and present. In this poetic and imaginative work, Winter skillfully interweaves the factual past with an imagined present, while bridging more than 300-years of time.

Kathleen Winter’s previous novel Annabel was published in 15 countries and is in development as a film. It was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller, Governor General’s Award, Writers’ Trust and Orange (U.K.) prizes, was a Globe and Mail “Best Book” and a New York Times “Notable,” and was a #1 bestselling Canada Reads selection. Previous to that debut, Kathleen penned the short story collections, boYs and has subsequently published a second collection, The Freedom in American Songs, and an award-nominated travel memoir, Boundless: Tracing Land and Dream in a New Northwest Passage.


Pre-publication Praise:

– A CBC Books selection for “Fall 2017: books you must read this season”
– A Globe and Mail “Most Anticipated” book for the rest of 2017
– Chosen by Canadian librarians as one of their “Favourite Upcoming September Books” (Quill and Quire)
– A Chatelaine “Best Fall Reads” book
– Deemed a highly-anticipated “Sizzling Stories” by the Winnipeg Free Press

Welcoming to Leah Freeman-Haskin

We’re excited to welcome Leah Freeman-Haskin to the Transatlantic fold. She is represented by Fiona Kenshole.

Leah Freeman-Haskin is a children’s writer in Los Angeles. Born in Boston, MA, Leah holds a degree in English and studio art from Boston College. As the daughter of an artist, she spent many years traveling and living abroad, continuously inspired by art and literature. Though she spent much of her youth writing poetry and creative fiction, it wasn’t until the birth of her son three years ago that she rediscovered her love for children’s picture books. Leah is currently working on her first children’s book, a heartfelt story about defining beauty and self-acceptance.

Welcome, Leah!

RUN, HIDE, REPEAT by Pauline Dakin publishes with Penguin Canada!

Happy book birthday to Pauline Dakin whose riveting memoir RUN, HIDE, REPEAT publishes today with Penguin Canada!

A fast-paced, action filled memoir, in the same vein as Mary Karr’s The Liar’s Club or Jeanette Walls’ The Glass Castle, RUN, HIDE, REPEAT explores coming to terms with a lost childhood, and betrayal by those most loved and trusted. But at its core it also explores a profound path of personal discovery – one that is paved with the redemptive powers of love and forgiveness.

Pauline Dakin is an ‎Assistant Professor of Journalism at the University of King’s College. She was the Senior Producer, Current Affairs Programming (Nova Scotia) for CBC Radio, the former national health reporter for CBC News, and was the host of the regional documentary program Atlantic Voice. She is a three-time recipient of fellowships from the National Press Foundation in Washington and was a fellow of the MIT/Knight Science Journalism program. Dakin has worked as a producer, on-air host, assignment editor, and reporter in various media including film, television, radio, and print. She also writes and produces documentaries on a wide range of topics. RUN, HIDE, REPEAT is her first book.

Pre-publication Praise: 

“What happens when ‘Fake News’ takes over your family? This harrowing true story reads like a psychological thriller—I was haunted by it.” —Plum Johnson, author of They Left Us Everything

“From a childhood marked by secrets and sudden moves to an adulthood where truth—and lies—of the past are laid bare, Run, Hide, Repeat is a fascinating story of family, deception, and forgiveness.” —Sonja Larsen, author of Red Star Tattoo

“This twisted page-turner brings the truth to the forefront, while Dakin tries to master the art of forgiveness.” —Canadian Living

The Mosaic Publishes with Groundwood Books!

Happy book birthday to Nina Berkhout‘s THE MOSAIC, which publishes today with Groundwood Books!

About the Book
Twyla Jane Lee has one goal: to finish senior year so she can escape her military hometown of Halo, Montana, with her boyfriend Billy Goodwin. But to graduate, Twyla needs to complete 40 hours of community service. When she reluctantly signs up for the Help a Vet program, she is paired with the rude and withdrawn former football star, Gabriel Finch.

As the two form an unexpected bond over the secret buried in the missile facility, Twyla begins to unearth Gabriel’s ghosts from the Middle East Wars. Her discoveries force her to question her view on the wars and she realizes that even if she gets out of Halo, she won’t ever be able to leave Gabriel Finch’s story behind her.

Nina BerkhoutAbout the Author
THE MOSAIC is Nina’s debut YA novel. Nina is the author of five poetry collections, most recently Elseworlds (Seraphim Editions) which received the 2013 Archibald Lampman Award for the year’s best poetry. Her earlier work has been shortlisted for THIS magazine’s Great Canadian Literary Hunt, The Archibald Lampman Award and the John Hirsch Award. Her debut novel, GALLERY OF LOST SPECIES, was published by House of Anansi.

Pre-publication Praise
“Berkhout provides a realistic view of the complex effect wars have on veterans, and people’s varying perspectives on the subject. Poignant descriptions ignite the setting. The characters have depth; readers will empathize with Gabriel as a survivor of PTSD, and will revel in the two’s compassionate connection.” – School Library Journal

“A rich and jumbled mix of war and peace by an author to watch.” – Kirkus Reviews

“Berkhout creates a cinematic feel with her evocative language and scene setting.”
– Quill & Quire

Selected for the Toronto Star‘s “Five upcoming Young Adult books that make a statement” list.