THE BEST KIND OF PEOPLE is Target’s September Book Club Pick

Zoe Whittall’s THE BEST KIND OF PEOPLE is having the best kind of September! Just this month, the US paperback edition published with a whole new cover and was chosen as Target’s September Book Club Pick.

That’s in addition to being a National Bestseller, a 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize finalist, a National Post 99 Best Books of the Year, a Indigo Best Book of the Year and Globe and Mail Best 100 Books of 2016.

Read an excerpt of The Best Kind of People; you’ll be piling on the praise and accolades too.

 

Praise:

The Best Kind of People gets into the hearts and minds of an ordinary family forced to confront the monstrous. This novel is a timely discussion of what we owe those who abuse and those who are targeted in our communities.”—Kaitlyn Greenidge, author of We Love You, Charlie Freeman
 
“I am obsessed with this book.”—Samantha Irby, author of We Are Never Meeting in Real Life

“In our post–Harvey Weinstein world [this book] feels more timely and urgent than ever. . . . It draws an elegant line between rape culture, patriarchy, and privilege.”—Claire Cameron, The Millions
 
The Best Kind of People examines the effects of rape culture on an entire community with rare nuance and insight. Every character is fully rounded, flawed, and achingly human. It puts me in mind of a twenty-first-century Ordinary People.”—Kate Harding, author of Asking for It
 
“Sure to provoke debate and send book discussion groups into overtime.”—Library Journal (starred review)

“A powerful page-turner.”—Cosmopolitan

“A gripping novel, one that shines a light on family dynamics under extreme pressure.”—The Vancouver Sun

“Zoe Whittall’s undisputed talent as a writer shines, as does her understanding into the complexity of our sympathies, our morality, and our humanity. With incredible empathy and undeniable skill this book is sure to spark much-needed dialogue, vital debate, and richly deserved acclaim.”—Stacey May Fowles, author of Infidelity

“Flawless…Whittall overturns the typical cultural narrative…This may just be Whittall’s breakout novel, and deservedly so.”—The Winnipeg Review

“Taut, compassionate and clever.”—Toronto Star

“If you are looking for a mystery to grip you this fall, pick up Whittall’s The Best Kind of People.” – Indiana Daily Student – idsnews http://www.idsnews.com/article/2017/08/ent-columnbook

“A humane, clear-eyed attempt to explore the ripple effects of sexual crime.” –Kirkus Reviews

DEAL NEWS: AFTERSHOCK by Alison Taylor

Canadian English rights to the stunning debut novel AFTERSHOCK by Alison Taylor, a compulsively readable story for fans of Gail Honeyman, about an opiate addicted mother and her millennial lesbian daughter and their charged relationship rooted in the painful emotional impact of the tragic and mysterious death of the baby sister, years prior, sold to Iris Tupholme at HarperCollins Canada in a deal by Samantha Haywood of Transatlantic Agency

Welcoming Catherine Odell to Transatlantic Agency

A very warm welcome to Catherine Odell, who has joined Transatlantic as a client of Fiona Kenshole. Catherine’s childhood spanned the globe, and helped her to develop an appreciation for all the different lives a person can live. She was a keen observer and people watcher from the beginning, learning to read gestures and emotions without always understanding the language.

She earned a Bachelor of Industrial Design at Syracuse University, and continued to develop her observational skills while working as a product designer at Ziba Design, seeking to understand the lifestyles, habits, decision making, and the physical and emotional experiences of people and the everyday objects they encounter.

She took a slight detour from the design world, to travel and experience life on the road as a cellist in a touring band, before returning to her first love, drawing. While working to develop her personal style as an illustrator, she began selling her art at local street fairs and now spends her weekends at the Portland Saturday Market.

Catherine now approaches her art as a means to tell stories and connect with others, illustrating her own interpretations of small everyday moments as well as the more imaginative and slightly ridiculous. She values humor as well as the quiet and melancholy.

Her first illustrated book, I’M DONE written by Gretchen McClellan, comes out this fall from Holiday House, and her first written and illustrated book, PEPPER AND FRANNIE will be released on March 23, 2019 by Page Street Kids.

She has illustrated for both public presentation and internal concept storyboarding, counting Pampers, Thomas & Friends, Intel, Starbucks, John Prine, Comet Skateboards, OHSU Children’s Hospital and The New York Times among her list of past clients.

HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY TO BODY SWAP BY SYLVIA MCNICOLL

It’s here! BODY SWAP by Sylvia McNicoll is available now, published by Dundurn Press.

From the publisher: “When fifteen-year-old Hallie gets knocked flying by a Hurricane SUV, her life ends without her ever having kissed a boy. At an otherworldly carnival, she meets and argues with the eighty-two-year-old driver, Susan. Both return to life, only with one catch—they’ve swapped bodies.

Now Hallie has wrinkled skin and achy joints while Susan deals with a forehead zit and a crush on a guy who’s a player. Hallie faces a life in a long-term care residence. Susan gets picked up for shoplifting.

As they struggle with technology, medications, and each other’s fashion foibles, they start to understand and maybe even like each other. But can they work together to prove that a defect in the Hurricane caused the deadly crash? Or will their time run out?”

Sylvia McNicoll is the author of over thirty novels, including Crush.Candy.Corpse, which was shortlisted for the Red Maple and Arthur Ellis awards. Sylvia lives in Burlington, Ontario.

Advanced Praise:

“Entertaining and enlightening, Body Swap shows how an unlikely pair can bridge generations to take on some of life’s biggest challenges — such as mortality, corporate greed and, of course, first kisses. A fun read!”
-Vicki Grant, award-winning author of 36 Questions That Changed My Mind About You

“A poignant story with humour and heart, McNicoll breathes new life into the proverb: walk a mile in someone’s shoes. Body Swap is a must-read!”
-Mahtab Narsimhan, author of The Tiffin

“In a funny yet poignant way, Sylvia McNicoll explores the stereotypes of youth and age. Throw in a bit of sleuthing and you have a fast-paced, very engaging book that will leave readers, of whatever age, thinking!”
-Gillian Chan, author of The Disappearance and An Ocean Apart

OUT NOW: NOTES FOR THE EVERLOST: A FIELD GUIDE TO GRIEF by KATE INGLIS

Happy publication day to Kate Inglis and her book NOTES FOR THE EVERLOST: A FIELD GUIDE TO GRIEF, publishing with Shambhala Publications!

From the publisher: “When Kate Inglis’s twin boys were born prematurely, one survived and the other did not. Part memoir, part handbook for the heartbroken, this powerful, unsparing account of loss will speak to all who have been bereaved and are grieving, and offers a beacon as we practice integrating loss into life.”

Kate Inglis lives along the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada. She is the author for two novels, The Dread Crew: Pirates of the Backwoods and its sequel Flight of the Griffons, and If I Were A Zombie, a fun-loving monster poetry for children ages four to eight. Notes for the Everlost is her first book for adults.

Advanced Praise:

“Highly recommended for anyone in the throes of grief, recent or past.”
Library Journal, starred review

“An emotional and thought-provoking mix of poetic prose, memories, and beliefs on death, loss, and grief.”
—Kirkus Reviews

Notes for the Everlost is the most beautifully written book I have read in ages, and a great deal more besides: comforting, and sad; full of riddles and wisdom; an unsparing map of grief, with its stubborn terrain and dark jokes and switchback heartbroken roads. This book is great company for terrible times.”
—Elizabeth McCracken, author of Thunderstruck & Other Stories

“Kate Inglis is a wise, flexible, and ultimately hopeful guide through the inhospitable country of mourning. She is also fierce—fiercely angry, fiercely funny and, most of all, fiercely loving.”
—Katherine Ashenburg, author of The Mourner’s Dance

ANNABEL by Kathleen Winter selected as the 2018 One Book Nova Scotia title

Congratulations to Kathleen Winter, whose bestselling debut novel ANNABEL (House of Anansi Press) has been selected as the 2018 One Book Nova Scotia title.

ANNABEL was originally published in 2010, quickly rose to #1 national bestselling status and received several award nominations. Since publication, ANNABEL has sold in 15 countries.

About One Book Nova Scotia: “a province-wide community reading event for adults. Nova Scotians are invited to read/listen to, discuss and get excited about the same book.”

Follow the link for more information: 1bns.ca/annabel

Joshua Whitehead’s JONNY APPLESEED longlisted for 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize!

It is with great joy we announce that Joshua Whitehead‘s JONNY APPLESEED (Arsenal Pulp Press) has been long-listed for the 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize! Each year the prestigious Scotiabank Giller Prize strives to acknowledge the best in Canadian fiction. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the prize.

From the esteemed five-member panel: “This list reflects the landscape of the current Canadian imagination: diverse, bold, edgy, exciting, reflective, aware, angry and joyous…These are stories about and beyond Canada, a list so exciting, exhibiting such pure excellence, it stands up to any list in the world, and it is great, great fun to read.”

Joshua Whitehead is a Two-Spirit/ Oji-Cree/nehiyaw member of Peguis First Nation (Treaty 1) in Manitowapow. He is currently a doctoral student at the University of Calgary where he focuses on Indigenous Literatures and Cultures in the English Department.

JONNY APPLESEED IS Joshua’s debut novel. Joshua is the author of full-metal indigiqueer (Talonbooks) and is currently working on a third book tentatively titled, Making Love to the Land – a hybrid form of nehiyaw storytelling that includes poetry, fiction, and personal essay on ways of reading the land from a queer Indigenous perspective. Pieces from the manuscript have been published with Arc Poetry Magazine, in Refuse: CanLit in Ruins, and forthcoming work in Prairie Fire’s NDN Country and The Fiddle.

The Scotiabank Giller Prize shortlist will be announced on October 1st. For the full long-list and for more information on the prize, please visit Scotiabankgillerprize.ca/2018-longlist.

Endless congratulations to Joshua, and to all the long-listed authors.

Welcome, David Young!

We’re very pleased to welcome David Young as a client of Transatlantic.

David Young published two novels in his twenties and wrote a series of award-winning plays (Fire, Glenn, Inexpressible Island, No Great Mischief, Clout), which were widely produced in Canada and abroad. He was a founding director of both The Writers’ Trust of Canada and the Griffin Poetry Prize.

Currently on offer, his début novel, Field of Vision employs an artfully-constructed plot that weaves together the lives of its eclectic protagonists. It opens with a group of strangers who have come to an isolated cabin in the New Mexican desert for the rare chance to encounter the Field of Vision, an enigmatic art installation, which consists of a vast grid of lightning rods, and is said to induce life-changing experiences, fantastical coincidences, and harmonious synchronicities in the lives of those who engage with it. The experience the group shared during that single night in the desert will intertwine their futures in ways they cannot yet imagine. With razor-sharp social satire contrasted with serious philosophical interrogation about how to truly see and become one’s best self; with themes of the power of art, nature, and story, the destructiveness of addictions, and how love can ruin, redeem, and heal, Young has unleashed his truly singular voice to write Field of Vision.

David Young lives in Toronto, and in recent years, has worked extensively on HIV/AIDS interventions in Sub-Saharan Africa. He is represented by Marilyn Biderman. Welcome, David!

Welcoming Tara McGuire to Transatlantic Agency

We’re very pleased to welcome Tara McGuire to the Transatlantic Agency.

Tara​’s short stories have been broadcast on The Sunday Edition and The Vinyl Cafe on CBC Radio and published in local and international publications, such as Impact Magazine, Australian Yoga Life, The Vancouver Province, and West Coast Families. Her personal essay “Hook an Anger” was shortlisted for the 2018 Writer’s Union of Canada Short Prose Competition for Emerging Writers. The new anthology, Always With Me: Parents Talk About the Death of a Child includes Tara’s prose essays “Mourning Sickness” and “Hole Family” and her poems, “Go Away” and “On Sunday.” During Tara’s twenty-nine-year career as a radio broadcaster, she interviewed many extraordinary people, including: Isabel Allende, Sarah Ferguson, Robert Redford, Roberta Bondar, Queen Noor, Goldie Hawn, Madeleine Albright, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Sally Field, Isabella Rosselini, Lily Tomlin, Irish Prime Minister Mary Robinson, Billy Jean King, and many others. Tara holds an Honours Diploma in Radio Journalism from the British Columbia Institute of Technology, is a graduate of The Writer’s Studio at Simon Fraser University, and is currently working on her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia. She is writing her first volume-length work: a personal exploration of the opioid crisis, by examining events surrounding the overdose death of her son, Holden. Tara McGuire lives in Vancouver.

Follow Tara on Twitter @tarajmcguire and taramcguire.com. We look forward to supporting you on your journey with writing!

Tara is represented by Marilyn Biderman.

Welcoming writer Karen McBride

We’re extending a warm and excited welcome to writer Karen McBride!

Karen is an Algonquin Anishnaabe writer from the Timiskaming First Nation in the territory that is now Quebec. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music and English, as well as a Bachelor of Education from the University of Ottawa. Most recently, Karen graduated with a Master of Arts in the Field of Creative Writing from the University of Toronto.

Karen is currently writing a novel that follows the story of Hazel, a young Algonquin woman who returns home to her reservation to reconcile the death of her father and the legacy left in his wake. With the aid of the trickster, Nanabush, Hazel begins to unravel a web of deceit that, if left untouched, could destroy her family and her home on both sides of the Medicine Wheel.

Presently, Karen is working as an elementary school teacher on her home reservation.

Karen is represented by Stephanie Sinclair.