RED STAR TATTOO by Sonja Larsen now available on Audible!

New to Audible​ for your listening pleasure, Sonja Larsen‘s RED STAR TATTOO!

RED STAR TATTOO explores the seductions and dangers of extremism, and asks what it takes to survive a childhood scarred by loss, abuse and the sometimes violent struggle for belonging.

This unforgettable memoir won the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction and was a finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction.

To purchase a copy, click the link below!

Kris Bertin’s BAD THINGS HAPPEN wins 2017 ReLit Award for Short Fiction

We’re sending big congratulations to Kris Bertin, who has won the 2017 ReLit Award for Short Fiction for his book, BAD THINGS HAPPEN (Biblioasis)!

These annual awards celebrate the best Canadian literature published by independent presses and have been deemed by The Globe and Mail as “The country’s pre-eminent literary prize recognizing independent presses”.

Winners receive the ReLit Ring, which has four moveable dials, each one struck with the entire alphabet. The ring was designed by Newfoundland jewellery designer Christopher Kearney.

For the full list of winners, please visit:

Transatlantic Agency announces US expansion with Jill Corcoran Literary Agency

Effective immediately, Samantha Haywood, President of Transatlantic Agency, is pleased to announce that Jill Corcoran, President of JCLA, joins Transatlantic as a Partner & Senior Agent, with Jodell Sadler joining as a Senior Agent, and Timothy Travaglini and Elizabeth Bennett joining as Literary Agents. Those JCLA clients moving with their agents will be represented under the Transatlantic Agency banner which now comprises 17 active agents in total.

Says Haywood, “Jill Corcoran is a powerhouse and her dynamic agents are well respected for good reason. Jill, Jodell, Elizabeth and Tim have terrific industry experience and excellent taste. They will be a great addition to our group. We are simply delighted to welcome them and their remarkable author and illustrator clients to Transatlantic, growing our already successful children’s and YA list, and increasing our presence in the US market.”

Says Corcoran, “Transatlantic offers JCLA agents and clients an entrepreneurial environment, with a powerful, hands-on foreign rights and dramatic rights program, and a robust back office. I am excited to combine Transatlantic and JCLA’s market insights and strategies, and consolidate our operations and administration. Together we offer our clients a dynamic and growing agency that has the scale and in-house specializations for all their career needs.”

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 now has 17 agents located across North America, with US agents in New York, Boston, Chicago, Portland OR, and LA, 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).

For more information contact: Samantha Haywood at

Book Release: SONS OF BLACKBIRD MOUNTAIN by Joanne Bischof

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.




Happy Book Birthday to Claire Holden Rothman’s LEAR’S SHADOW!

LEAR’S SHADOW by Claire Holden Rothman is out today with Penguin Random House Canada!

For readers of Ann Patchett, Governor General’s Award finalist and twice longlisted Scotiabank Giller Prize author Claire Holden Rothman’s LEAR’S SHADOW tells the mesmerizing story of Beatrice Rose who, after losing her career and the love of her life, has lost her way and finds herself stuck caring for her aging father only to discover the fascinating world of an urban Shakespeare troupe which unveils new meanings, a new love, and a new life.

If you want to see Claire and get a copy of LEAR’S SHADOW find her at one of these events:

July 10- Book Launch at Westmount Park United Church (5-7pm)

July 11- Repercussion Theatre- show attendance and book giveaway

July 12- In-conversation event at Cote St Luc Library (2pm)

September 13- Reading & discussion at QWF’s Writing Out Loud series

Blue Metropolis Festival

Congratulations Claire, and Happy Book Birthday! We’re proud to be on your team!

Advance praise for LEAR’S SHADOW

“’Love like a shadow flies…,’ wrote Shakespeare, and this is a story of love in its shifting shades. Desire, duty, and the fellowship of theatre, rendered in Rothman’s tender, clear-eyed prose.”
—Sean Michaels,Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning author of Us Conductors

“A delicately wrought, heartfelt novel about the injuries we carry in mind and body, and the power of art to heal us all.
Katrina Onstad, author of Everybody Has Everything

“Lear’s Shadow 
exudes warmth—for Montreal and its theatre scene brought to vibrant life on the page.”
—Joan Thomas, author of The Opening Sky


Good covers provide hints about what’s between the pages of a book. Great covers do so with style!

Kudos to the design team at Harper Collins/Blink YA for the design of BETWEEN BEFORE & AFTER, the next title by Transatlantic YA author Maureen McQuerry.

Look closely at this gorgeous jacket and you’ll see some fun clues about the story inside.

With a nod to The Brothers Grimm and inspired by the author’s family history, we’re looking forward to the release of this intriguing tale about family secrets and the long shadows they cast.

Read more about it on Maureen’s blog, here.

  • BETWEEN BEFORE & AFTER, Harper Collins/Blink
  • Releasing February 2019
  • For film and other rights inquiries, contact


Three-month roundup for Harriet Alida Lye’s THE HONEY FARM

Just shy of the three-month pubaversary, this roundup of new reviews for Harriet Alida Lye‘s stunning debut novel, THE HONEY FARM, made our day a whole lot sweeter!

“A Buzzworthy Debut About a Mysterious and Secluded Artists’ Retreat…Reminiscent of an Agatha Christie mystery…”
-The New York Times Book Review

“With a strong command of tone and a haunting sense of atmosphere, Lye’s first novel will transfix readers. At times lyrical, biblical, and otherworldly, The Honey Farm is a suspenseful and well-crafted story.” -Booklist

“As the story beneath the surface begins to reveal itself…the novel builds to a twisted conclusion that you won’t see coming. The Honey Farm is one of the most satisfying books you’ll read all summer.” -HelloGiggles

“Lye’s debut is a lush psychological suspense, an intricately woven tale that balances vivid descriptions of the natural world with some complex character work. Told from the perspective of two young artists in residence at a beleaguered farm(alternating between perspectives), The Honey Farm adds layer upon layer of unsettling revelation, mounting tension as the farm’s problems mount…Something is wrong on the Honey Farm, and the more we learn about what that might be, the more disturbed we become. A strong debut from a writer with a great deal of promise.

“Richly detailed prose, vivid imagery and effective pacing combine to make this first novel a memorable one.”
-Minneapolis Star Tribune

Welcoming Gia de Cadenet to Transatlantic!

We are so pleased to welcome Gia de Cadenet to Transatlantic Agency!

Gia de Cadenet is a business school professor, former translator and editor for UNESCO. A native Floridian, she took her first French class at age seven and fell in love with the language. After achieving her dream job in politics, her desire to live in France became too great to ignore. She put her professional life on hold for two years to get a master’s degree in international relations in Paris. But a few short weeks after arrival, she bumped into a red-headed Frenchman and her fate was sealed.

A decade later, Gia got serious about another big dream: becoming a published author. Her first manuscript, a contemporary romance titled NOT THE PLAN, was showcased in the 2017 PitchWars mentorship program. She’s enthusiastic about her upcoming projects which focus on the impact of mental health and race on the expectations we have of ourselves and on the way we love.

Gia is jointly represented by Léonicka Valcius and Samantha Haywood.

Welcoming Erica Ehm to Transatlantic Agency!

We’re delighted to welcome Erica Ehm to Transatlantic Agency!

Not only is Erica one of Canada’s most recognized personalities from her decade hosting shows on MuchMusic, today she runs one of the largest online publishing and marketing brands for the Canadian mom market. She is CEO of Ehm & Co, a digital marketing agency and publisher of its flagship digital platform for parents, Erica is also an author, award-winning songwriter, actor, journalist and broadcaster.

Erica is represented by Jesse Finkelstein.

UNSINKABLE, pictorial memoir by Paralympic swimmer Jessica Long launches off the block today!

Every book has its own story.

Jessica Long’s pictorial memoir, UNSINKABLE launches today, but the story of this book began nearly four years ago on the final day of the 2014 Olympic Games when NBC aired an inspiring 20-minute documentary about, then, 21-year-old 12-time Paralympic gold medalist, Jessica Long.

In that moment all I knew is that this inspiring young woman had a story to tell, and I wanted to help make it happen. We couldn’t have known in the beginning what a team effort it would take to bring it to publication, but here it is, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have played a part in helping Jessica bring this book to the world.

Congratulations, Jessica, and Happy Book Birthday!! We’re proud to be on your team!

Represented by Sandra Bishop

Follow Jessica on Twitter at @JessicaLong and on Instagram @jessicatatianalong.

“Unique in its coverage of Paralympians, and inspirational on so many levels, this is a great addition for middle school collections.”—Booklist, STARRED review

“Even readers who are not sports enthusiasts will appreciate Long’s upbeat account of finding confidence in the water and in life.”–Kirkus

Among “new books for teens [which] explore the first-generation [immigrant] experience…” — Publisher’s Weekly