Carolyn Forde joins Transatlantic Agency as Senior Agent

Samantha Haywood, President of Transatlantic Agency is pleased to announce that Carolyn Forde, former Literary Agent & Director of International Rights at Westwood Creative Artists has joined Transatlantic Agency as Senior Agent, bringing many of her clients with her. Carolyn’s contact is carolyn@transatlanticagency.com.

Carolyn has represented authors who have won or been nominated for many awards, including but not limited to the following: Governor General’s Award, Scotiabank Giller Prize, RBC Taylor Prize, Writers Trust Hilary Weston Award, Hugo Prix for Best Foreign Thriller (France), LAMDA Awards, as well as many national and international bestsellers. Carolyn is an active member of the literary community, a reguar speaker at conferences and a founding member of the Professional Association of Canadian Literary Agents (PACLA). In 2018 Carolyn participated in a delegation of Canadian publishers and agents to Germany in 2018 in preparation for Canada’s hosting role at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2020. For the last decade Carolyn has traveled to both the London Book Fair and the Frankfurt Book Fair and New York regularly, and she will continue to do so in her new role at Transatlantic Agency.

Says Haywood, “I am thrilled and proud to have Carolyn Forde join us at the Transatlantic. She has a brilliant reputation and her breadth of agenting experience in North America and selling internationally is impressive and well-earned.”

Says Forde, “After 14 great years at Westwood Creative Artists, it was time for a new challenge. I’m delighted to be joining Samantha Haywood and her vibrant and progressive team at Transatlantic. I look forward to championing my authors domestically, and internationally and to finding new and exciting voices to add to my author list.”

Transatlantic Agency is a North American, full-service literary agency specializing in career management for writers and illustrators, covering domestic and international rights, speaking engagements, film/TV and content development, covering the spectrum of commercial to literary fiction and nonfiction of all types and for all ages. Transatlantic is recognized in the industry for integrity, passion and commitment throughout an author’s career. Transatlantic has 16 agents located across North America, with US agents in New York, Boston, and Portland OR, and Canadian agents in Toronto, Vancouver and Nova Scotia. Founded 25 years ago by literary agents David and Lynn Bennett and now headed by Samantha Haywood, the Transatlantic partnership is a vibrant collective of tenacious, independent professionals with diverse backgrounds and specialties. We represent more than 500 clients, who make regular appearances on notable bestseller lists across North America and have won major awards such as the Newbery Medal (US), the Giller Prize (Canada), Michael L. Printz Honor Book (US), and the Governor General’s Award for both adult and children’s literature (Canada).

Shauna Singh Baldwin granted sala’s distinguished creative writer award

Congratulations to Shauna Singh Baldwin for receiving the South Asian Literary Association’s Distinguished Creative Writer Award!
 
The South Asian Literary Association is dedicated to advancing the knowledge and study of South Asian literature, as well as to promoting and disseminating diasporic writing. In recognition of her outstanding body of work, Shauna Singh Baldwin was given the Distinguished Writer Award at the 2019 SALA conference in Chicago.
Shauna Singh Baldwin’s first work of fiction, English Lessons and Other Stories won the 1996 Friends of American Writers Award. Her short story Satya won the 1997 CBC Literary Award.

Since then, Shauna has written three novels published by Knopf Canada: the best-selling What the Body Remembers, which won the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize (Canada and Caribbean); The Tiger Claw, a finalist for the Giller Prize. The Tiger Claw was optioned for film. And The Selector of Souls, which received the 2012 Council for Wisconsin Writers Fiction prize.

Welcoming Susan R Eaton

We’re thrilled to welcome Susan R. Eaton to Transatlantic!

A geoscientist, journalist and explorer, Susan R. Eaton studies the interplay of plate tectonics, oceans, glaciers, climate and life in polar regions. A Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, she explores the world’s oceans—from Antarctica to the Arctic—in the snorkel zone, a unique land-sea-ice-air interface where charismatic animals and snorkelers comingle.

In the past decade, Susan has participated in seven science-based expeditions focused on documenting climate change and ocean change in the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, the Western Antarctic Peninsula, Labrador, Nunavut, Greenland, Svalbard, Spitzbergen and Iceland.

In 2015, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society named Susan one of Canada’s top 100 modern-day explorers and trailblazers. A year later, the same organization named her one of Canada’s 25 greatest female explorers. In 2018, Ocean Geographic named her one of the “Ocean’s Best” 18 most influential women leaders in ocean conservation.

As a freelance writer, Susan reports on science and technology, business, energy, the environment, space, geotourism and adventure travel. Her articles and photographs have been published in Canadian, American and international magazines and newspapers, including The Geographer, Water Canada, Canadian Geographic, Ocean Geographic, Outpost, Popular Mechanics, Explorer, DIVER Magazine, ALERT Diver, DivePhotoGuide, New Technology, Alberta Oil, Business Edge, the Financial Post, the Edmonton Journal and the Calgary Herald.

Born and raised in Nova Scotia, Susan lives in Cochrane, Alberta, in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains. She is working on a children’s science book (ages 9 to 12 years) that investigates the impacts of disappearing sea ice in the High Arctic.

Learn more at: https://susanreaton.com

Susan is represented by Amy Tompkins.

WELCOME ADDITION TO OUR NONFICTION CLIENT ROSTER … Lowey Bundy Sichol

A warm welcome to Lowey Bundy Sichol, author of entertaining & informative biographies for all ages.

Lowey’s first series, a set of business biographies for kids called “From and Idea to …” kicks off in February with subsequent titles to release throughout 2019 featuring Disney, Google, and LEGO.

Lowey received her MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and her BA from Hamilton College. Her MBA case studies have been read by business school students across the globe and are included in the internationally best-selling marketing book Marketing Management by Philip Kotler & Kevin Lane Keller.

We are excited to add Lowey and her unique work to Transatlantic’s client roster and looking forward to developing new books together for nonfiction readers of all ages who are interested in business, leadership, entrepreneurship, and top figures in sports and the arts.

Lowey lives in Chicago with her husband, three kids, and two dogs whose sneaky shenanigans are often caught on Instagram.

www.LoweyBundySichol.com

Lowey is represented by Sandra Bishop. For inquiries, write sandra@transatlanticagency.com

HOMES and CORVUS Longlisted for Canada Reads 2019

We’re proud to announce that both HOMES (Freehand Books 2018) by Abu Bakr al Rabeeah with Winnie Yeung, and CORVUS (Thistledown Press 2015) by Harold Johnson, have been longlisted for Canada Reads 2019.

HOMES is a “heartbreaking, hopeful and urgently necessary book that provides a window into understanding Syria,” and was a finalist for the 2018 Governor General’s Literary Award for nonfiction.

 

CORVUS “examines the illusions of security we build through technology and presents a scathing satire of a world caught up in climate change denial and the glorification of war,” and was shortlisted for the 2016 Saskatchewan Book Award for Aboriginal Peoples’ Writing.

This year’s list is centered on the theme One Book to Move You. “Spanning separations and reconciliations, wars of the past and present, personal histories and imagined futures, these titles will disturb and disrupt, inspire and incite, and move readers to feel, to think and to act.” Each chosen book has been championed by a celebrity, and the final five books and their champions will be revealed January 31, 2019.

For more information on Canada Reads 2019 and to see the full longlist, please follow this link: https://www.cbc.ca/books/here-is-the-canada-reads-2019-longlist-1.4969716

Best of luck to all the longlisted authors!

Bruce Heyman and Vicki Heyman’s The Art of Diplomacy acquired by Simon & Schuster Canada

Simon & Schuster Canada is proud to announce The Art of Diplomacy: Strengthening the Canada-U.S. Relationship in Times of Uncertainty, a memoir by Bruce Heyman, the former U.S. ambassador to Canada, and his partner Vicki Heyman, to be published on April 30, 2019. The acquisition was handled by Samantha Haywood.

A call to action and a much-needed book about the relationship between Canada and the U.S., The Art of Diplomacy explains why diplomacy matters now more than ever.

Bruce and Vicki narrate their three years in Canada spent journeying across the country and meeting Canadians from all walks of life—including Supreme Court justices, prime ministers, fishermen, farmers, artists, and entrepreneurs. They tell the behind-the-scenes stories of how their team helped bring Obama to Canada and Trudeau to the U.S. They also reveal the importance of creating cultural and artistic exchange between Canada and the U.S., and the importance of protecting one of the most important relationships in the free world today. As the Heymans’ friend President Obama once said, “The world needs more Canada.”

“In the current political climate, we need diplomacy more than ever,” say Bruce and Vicki Heyman. “This book is our tribute to the special friendship shared between Canada and the United States. Diplomacy is about building relationships both personal and political, and about the human connection that transcends the politics of the day.”

“This book reminds us that only by working together to protect our shared values—the environment, social justice and human rights—can nations build a better world for all. We couldn’t be more proud to publish this memoir,” says Kevin Hanson, President and Publisher of Simon & Schuster Canada.

AMBASSADOR BRUCE HEYMAN served as the United States Ambassador to Canada under President Barack Obama from 2014 until 2017. He appears regularly on CBC, Fox Business, Bloomberg, CTV, CNBC and other media outlets as an expert on trade and bilateral issues. He lives in Chicago with his wife and co-author, Vicki Heyman. Connect on Twitter @BruceAHeyman.

VICKI HEYMAN was an American cultural envoy in Canada, leading cross-border conversations and programs related to the arts, social innovation, and youth engagement. She is on the board of the Council for Canadian American Relations, the international advisory board of C2 Montreal, and Chicago Media Project. Vicki lives in Chicago where she and Bruce are co-founders of Uncharted,llc. Connect on Twitter @vshey.

Photo credit: Copyright Avenue Calgary, Shelley Arnusch.

MEGABAT by Anna Humphrey, illustrated by Kass Reich shortlisted for Cybils Awards

Mega congrats to author Anna Humphrey and illustrator Kass Reich whose hilarious chapter book MEGABAT (Tundra), the first book in the series, is a Cybils Awards Early Chapter Books finalist!

These annual awards recognize “children’s and young adult authors and illustrators whose books combine the highest literary merit and popular appeal.”

Winners will be announced on February 14th. For more information on the award and the full list of finalists, please visit Cybils.com/2018-easy-reader-and-early-chapter-book-finalists.

DEAL NEWS: Joshua Whitehead two-book deal

Knopf Canada Publishing Director Lynn Henry has acquired Canadian rights to Giller Prize and GG Literary Award nominated Joshua Whitehead’s next two books, at auction. The first, MAKING LOVE WITH THE LAND, is a braid of forms that ruminates on topics such as Indigeneity, queerness, mental health, body dysmorphia, and chronic pain through a variety of literary forms, including horror, speculative fiction, poetry, and confession—radically upending how we view Indigeneity.

“It is a gift and a privilege to be able to work with Joshua, and I’m deeply moved by his words of reclamation and reinvention,” says Henry. “Joshua not only represents one of the most thrilling young voices among Indigenous writers, but among writers anywhere who are reimagining literary forms in order to say something startling, vital and new.”

The deal was arranged by Stephanie Sinclair.

Welcoming Sarah Richards

We’re thrilled to welcome Sarah Richards to Transatlantic Agency!

Sarah’s debut novel, the thriller CHINA WHITE, was a finalist in the 2018 HarperCollins Best New Fiction Prize. She received an MFA from the University of British Columbia in 2017 and is now an English Instructor at Langara College and a literacy mentor in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Her short stories, reviews, interviews, and non-fiction have appeared in Carte Blanche, Prism International, The Puritan, Rusty Toque, Room Magazine, The Cardiff Review, Lonely Planet, and BBC.com, among others. In her gritty feminist crime thriller CHINA WHITE, Styvie Savard was a damn good cop, that is, until she made a mistake that cost her everything. Now she lives in her car, works a dead-end job, and scrapes by on the fumes of a dwindling savings account. Life couldn’t get much worse, until it does. One morning, Styvie hits a sixteen-year-old girl, Dharma, with her car. When the injured girl flees the scene, Styvie is determined to find her and make things right. In her pursuit, Styvie confronts Dharma’s brother, Jeremy, a violent addict working as a distributor in a fentanyl drug ring, and Dharma’s husband, Glen, who heads a pseudo-eastern-religious cult. Together they expose an opioid drug ring and work towards bringing those responsible to justice.

Sarah is represented by Samantha Haywood and her thriller will be available for consideration in early 2019.

TV rights to Sarah Selecky’s RADIANT SHIMMERING LIGHT acquired by Muse Entertainment

We’re beyond excited to announce that television rights for Sarah Selecky’s debut novel, RADIANT SHIMMERING LIGHT, have been acquired by Muse Entertainment!

Stephanie Kornick (“Transparent”) is attached to write the series adaptation. Muse Entertainment’s Joel Rice, Michael Prupas, and Lydia Storie will serve as executive producers. Meghan Mathes Jacobs will serve as co-producer.

“At Muse Entertainment we are always drawn to stories that resonate, and now could not be a more perfect time to embrace the journeys of two complex, fascinating women who seek to balance financial success with personal fulfillment in a very 21st century way,” said Rice, president of Muse USA. “We’re excited to bring Selecky’s dynamic characters to life.”

Follow the link for more information: Variety.com/sarah-selecky-radiant-shimmering-light-muse-entertainment-series