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

Silver Birch Award, Express category:

Red Maple Award, fiction:

Red Maple Award, non-fiction:

White Pine Award:
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.

Cover Reveal: THE LAST RESORT by Marissa Stapley

It may be fall but this gorgeous cover has us eager for summer! Add THE LAST RESORT (Simon and Schuster Canada, Graydon House) by Marissa Stapley to your reading list for June 2019.

The Last Resort Marissa StapleyFrom bestselling author Marissa Stapley comes a gripping novel about marriage, loyalty, and the deadly secrets that unravel over the course of a two-week couples’ therapy retreat in Mexico.

Miles Markell is missing, and everyone is a suspect.

To the guests at The Harmony Resort, Doctors Miles and Grace Markell appear to be a perfect power couple. They run a couples’ therapy retreat in a luxurious resort in the Mayan Riviera where they help spouses deal with their marriage struggles.

Johanna and Ben’s relationship looks great on the surface, but in reality, they don’t know each other at all. Shell and Colin fight constantly—Colin is a workaholic, and Shell always comes second.But what has really torn them apart is too devastating to talk about. When both couples begin Harmony’s intensive therapy program, it becomes clear that Harmony is not all that it seems—and neither are Miles and Grace. What are they hiding, and what price will these couples pay for finding out their secrets?

As a powerful hurricane descends on the coast, trapping both the hosts and their guests, confidences are revealed, loyalties are tested, and not one single person—or marriage—will ever be the same.

A gripping exploration of relationships and trust, The Last Resort is a propulsive read about all the big truths we hide, even from ourselves.

Deal News from Frankfurt Book Fair 2018

We are thrilled to share the following deals that Stephanie Sinclair & Samantha Haywood accepted at the Frankfurt Book Fair last week!

Polish rights to RADIANT SHIMMERING LIGHT by Sarah Selecky to Wizard Media Limited by Book/Lab in association with Stephanie Sinclair of the Transatlantic Agency on behalf of Samantha Haywood.

Complex Chinese rights to I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS by Iain Reid to Faces by The Grayhawk Agency in association with Stephanie Sinclair of the Transatlantic Agency on behalf of Samantha Haywood.

French rights to FOE by Iain Reid to Presses de la Cite by the Anna Jarota Agency in association with Stephanie Sinclair of the Transatlantic Agency on behalf of Samantha Haywood

“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

Three Transatlantic Authors Shortlisted for the 2018 Haackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award

Congratulations to three Transatlantic authors on this year’s Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award shortlist – Rachelle Delaney‘s THE BONAVENTURE ADVENTURES (Penguin Random House Canada), Melanie Florence‘s HE WHO DREAMS (Orca Book Publishers) and Sarah Elton‘s MEATLESS? (Owlkids), we’ll be rooting for you all!

This literary program is designed for young readers in Atlantic Canada. Each year the Hackmatack Selection Committee nominates renowned Canadian books for young readers to the Hackmatack shortlist. Thousands of children in grades four to six read from the selection of outstanding Canadian books and vote for their favourites.

For the full shortlist and more about the program, please visit: Hackmatack.ca.

DEAL NEWS: PING by Ani Castillo

Megan Tingley at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers has acquired, in a preempt, world rights to three works by debut author-illustrator Ani Castillo, launching with PING, a picture book that movingly and humorously explores the challenges and joys of self-expression and social connection. Publication is planned for Fall 2019, the deal was brokered by Samantha Haywood and Amy Tompkins at Transatlantic Agency.

In the era of social media, this wise and timely book about the fragile art of personal connection will strike a chord with readers of all ages

With the visual ingenuity of Press Here and the emotional resonance of What Do you Do with a Problem? this picture book debut explores the challenges and joys of self-expression and social connection. Using an imaginative visual metaphor to bring to life how we send out (ping!) and receive (pong!) communications, feelings, and ideas, Ani Castillo’s words and pictures combine to create an empowering, inspiring message for anyone who has experienced fear of meeting new people, sharing opinions, and expressing emotion. Fans of Peter Reynolds and Todd Parr will appreciate this positive message delivered in an artful, child-friendly package.

Happy book birthday to Fran Kimmel’s NO GOOD ASKING!

Happy book birthday to Fran Kimmel‘s NO GOOD ASKING, published yesterday with ECW Press!
NO GOOD ASKING is a profoundly moving novel about secrets and longings, kindnesses and cruelties, and the remarkable tenacity of the human spirit to find its way home.
Fran Kimmel’s writing portfolio includes fiction, newspaper and magazine features, teen magazine columns, radio drama, educational videos, and corporate writing. In 2013, Fran’s debut novel, The Shore Girl, was shortlisted for an Alberta trade fiction award, named a CBC Top 40 Book, and won the Alberta Readers’ Choice Award. Fran’s short stories have appeared in literary journals from coast to coast and have twice been selected for The Journey Prize Stories anthology. Her radio plays and theatre scripts have also won CBC and Scripts at Work awards.
Advance Praise for NO GOOD ASKING:
“Kimmel’s novel has only a few characters, but they all possess presence and depth and experience honest changes. The strong sense of place serves as an additional relationship for the characters to negotiate.” Library Journal, starred review
“Moving…The seemingly mundane scenes — a family dinner, for example — are the most powerful in the story and demonstrate our capacity to heal one another through compassion and kindness.”
Canadian Living
“Quietly powerful…In less careful hands, this story could have come across as sentimental or melodramatic; instead, it takes shape as a guardedly hopeful tale of resilience.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Quiet and honest, No Good Asking is deeply rooted in western community, and in the small virtues that have large significance for people’s daily lives. With grace and clarity, Fran Kimmel shows how the ordinary milk of human kindness, given the minor catalyst of a child’s despair, can generate new life.”
Marina Endicott, author of Good to a Fault
No Good Asking is a complex, emotional exploration of the deeply personal aspects of existing within a family. With care and sensitivity, Kimmel excavates the hopes, dreams, secret desires and profound wounds of a winning cast of characters. This is a novel filled with poignant insights into the truth of human hearts. As I read it I kept it close—like a friend I wanted to get to know better. When it was over, I felt bereft for days. I look forward to what Kimmel writes next.”
—Marissa Stapley, bestselling author of Mating for Life and Things to Do When It’s Raining
“Intimate and arresting, honest and profound. From one of Canada’s finest voices in fiction, No Good Asking is a soaring read that explores the messy bonds of family life with humanity and heart.”
—Ali Bryan, award-winning author of Roost and The Figgs
“The humanity in Fran Kimmel’s No Good Asking is as big as the hearts of her arresting characters. In genuine, unaffected prose, this story builds from the first page to its satiating finale. An achingly goodstory.” —Lee Kvern, author of 7 Ways to Sunday
“An inspiring tale of dramatic shifts in human dynamics, compressed into one week. Fran Kimmel compassionately challenges conventional takes on dysfunction, loss, ways to mend, and the definition of family.” —Rona Altrows, author of At This Juncture
“Flawed, human, and fully realized, the cast of characters Fran Kimmel brings to life in No Good Asking will pique your interest, charm, and frustrate you before capturing your heart. This is a book that demonstrates, at a time when we all need it, that sometimes the whole is far greater than the sum of its parts.”
—Joan Crate, author of Black Apple
Meet the author at these upcoming events:
Lacombe launch @ Fireside Lounge (5214 50 Ave, Lacombe, AB), October 4, 2018.
Calgary launch @ cSPACE (1721 29 Ave SW, Calgary, AB), October 5, 2018.
Edmonton launch @ Audrey’s Books (10702 Jasper Ave, Edmonton, AB), October 21, 2018.
Library reading and book club @ Elnora Public Library (210 Main St, Elnora, AB), November 13, 2018.

Joshua Whitehead, Billy-Ray Belcourt, and Heather Smith finalists for the 2018 Governor General’s Award!

We’re thrilled to announce three Transatlantic authors have been named finalists for this year’s Governor General Awards! Joshua Whitehead‘s JONNY APPLESEED (Arsenal Pulp Press) has been nominated in the Fiction category, Billy-Ray Belcourt‘s THIS WOUND IS A WORLD (Frontenac House) has been nominated under the Poetry category, Heather Smith‘s EBB & FLOW (Kids Can Press) for the Young People’s Literature category – massive congratulations to you all!

Each 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 30th, good luck to Joshua, Billy-Ray and Heather, and to all the nominated authors! For the full list of finalist and more about the award, please visit: Ggbooks.ca/#finalists

Billy-Ray Belcourt is a Recipient of the 2019 Indspire Awards!

Congratulations to Billy-Ray Belourt on being named a candidate for the 2019 Indspire Awards! Billy-Ray is being honoured for his work as an award-winning poet and published author.

Indspire is a national Indigenous charity that supports and celebrates Indigenous education and achievement in Canada. The Indspire Awards honours extraordinary individuals from the Indigenous community. There will be a nationally-broadcast ceremony in which the recipients will receive their awards, to take place in Calgary, Alberta on February 22, 2019.

For more information about the award, please visit https://indspire.ca/news_postings/indspire-announces-recipients-of-the-2019-indspire-awards/


World rights to Jason McBride‘s biography on leading post-modern provocateur Kathy Acker, KATHY ACKER: Her Revolutionary Life and Work, drawing on unprecedented access to her personal papers, manuscripts and letters, as well as extensive, exclusive interviews with Acker’s family, friends, lovers and rivals, and chronicling a life of uncommon drama and cultural excitement, sold to Ira Silverberg at Simon & Schuster in a deal by Samantha Haywood.