We’re proud to announce that Joshua Whitehead is a finalist for this year’s Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ Emerging Writers!
This annual award is presented to an emerging Canadian writer from the LGBTQ community who demonstrates great promise through a body of work of exceptional quality.
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. Joshua is the author of full-metal indigiqueer (Talonbooks) and the forthcoming Jonny Appleseed (Arsenal Pulp Press).
Joshua 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 winner will be announced at an event in Toronto on June 16th. For more information about the award and the full list of finalists, please visit Writerstrust.com/Awards/Dayne-Ogilvie-Grant.
Congratulations, Joshua, and good luck!
A warm welcome to Jason Carter Eaton, who joins us as a new client. Jason is an award-winning author and screenwriter. His children’s books have won a host of awards, been translated into numerous languages, and have sold close to a quarter million copies worldwide. His bestselling picture book How to Train a Train (Candlewick) was profiled in both the NY Times and Washington Post, and was listed as one of the Best Books of 2013 by the NY Public Library. Its sequel, How to Track a Truck was on School Library Journal‘s Best Books of 2016.
SLJ listed his picture book Great, Now We’ve Got Barbarians! (Candlewick) as one of the Funniest Books of 2017, and it was just his week chosen for the International Literacy Association Children’s Choices Reading List. The Catawampus Cat (Crown) was on Huffington Post‘s Most Charming Books of 2017. Jason’s middle-grade novel The Facttracker (HarperCollins) sold to MGM and 21 Laps (Stranger Things, Night at the Museum) with David Silverman (The Simpsons Movie) attached to direct in a bidding war for $1 million.
Jason has three new picture books coming out in 2018-2019, Pop! (First Second) Fro (Macmillan) and Bad Brows (Abrams), as well as his second middle-grade novel, Rick Stickley. His various humor pieces have appeared in venues ranging from McSweeney’s to BBC Radio.
As a screenwriter, Jason has done extensive work at Fox Animation’s Blue Sky Studios, where he wrote the screenplay for in-house project Imaginary Friend and his original idea, Spartacus Lobster. He also wrote the story for Fox Animation’s biggest box office success to-date, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs. Additionally, Jason sold his original screenplay The Snitts to Cartoon Network’s live-action feature division, and completed the screenplay adaptation of his novel, The Facttracker for MGM. He recently worked for a year at Warner Bros. TV Animation developing alongside the Roald Dahl Estate on a show set in the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory universe.
Jason is proudly represented by Fiona Kenshole.
DEAL NEWS: Canadian rights to the sophomore novel from Andrea Gunraj, titled THE LOST SISTER – which explores topics of gender, race, and class dynamics through two parallel stories of child abuse, neglect, and abduction, and is partially inspired by real-life experiences of a former Nova Scotia Home for Coloured Children resident – have been sold to Whitney Moran at Vagrant Press by Stephanie Sinclair for publication in Fall 2019.
DEAL NEWS: World rights have been acquired by Nancy Paulsen at Nancy Paulsen books/Penguin to the next two books in cartoonist and author Cinders McLeod’s Moneybunnies picture books series, titled GIVE IT! and SAVE IT!, which playfully teaches young children how money works. Publication is slated for 2019 and 2020. Deal arranged by Samantha Haywood.
It’s been a week since END OF THE ROPE by Jan Redford published in the U.S. with Counterpoint Press and we’re loving the reviews flooding in already. See below for some great highlights!
“The book is a welcome addition to mountain literature, where women’s voices (and stories like lactating all over yourself in the woods while on the job) are still noticeably rare.”
“The book…makes a powerful case for motherhood in the outdoors and feeds into a growing concern about the ways we have cut women off from nature.”
“End of the Rope is a must-read for any young woman challenged with forging her way in a space that is still largely dominated by men. It’s a tome to both harnessing and pushing against fear, and the power of arriving on the other side.”
Read an excerpt from this powerful memoir here: Rockandice.com
“I wasn’t looking for pretty stories. I wanted messy, ugly, honest secrets.”
– an article by Jan Redford on writing about her ex husband via Catapult, Catapult.co
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Korean rights to YOUR AD IGNORED HERE by Tom Fishburne to Minumsa by Koleen Agency in association with Stephanie Sinclair on behalf of Page Two Strategies.
The 2018 Atlantic Book Awards were presented last night at a gala ceremony held in Paul O’Regan Hall, Halifax Central Library and we’re congratulating three Transatlantic authors this morning!
POWERED BY LOVE: A Grandmothers’ Movement to End AIDS in Africa by Joanna Henry with Ilana Landsberg-Lewis (Goose Lane Editions) is the winner of the Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association’s Best Atlantic-Published Book Award; David Huebert‘s PENINSULA SINKING (Biblioasis) is the winner of the Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award – Fiction; and Sarah Faber‘s ALL IS BEAUTY NOW (McClelland & Stewart) is the winner of the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award – Fiction.
The Atlantic Book Awards are twelve annual awards that strive to promote and acknowledge excellence in Atlantic Canadian writing and book publishing. For more information about the awards and a full list of winners, please visit Atlanticbookawards.ca.
We’re welcoming Sarah Kurchak to Transatlantic today!
Sarah is a writer, autist, and retired professional pillow fighter from Toronto. Her work as an autistic self advocate and essayist has appeared in Hazlitt, Catapult, The Guardian, CBC, Vox, and Electric Literature. She’s also written autistically about pop culture and MMA for various outlets. She is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers.
Sarah is currently working on I Overcame My Autism and All I Got Was This Lousy Anxiety Disorder, a collection of essays about how she learned to hide her autism, make friends, and influence people… and how she’s currently trying to recover from that ostensible success story.
Sarah is represented by Stephanie Sinclair.
Korean rights to REST, PLAY, GROW by Dr. Deborah MacNamara to HANMUNHWA MULTIMEDIA by Koleen Agency in association with Stephanie Sinclair on behalf of Page Two Strategies.
We’re pleased to announce both David Huebert’s PENINSULA SINKING (Biblioasis) and Lori McNulty’s LIFE ON MARS (Goose Lane Editions) have made the 2017 Danuta Gleed Literary Award Short List!
This annual award recognizes the best first collection of short fiction by a Canadian author published in the previous year in the English language.
This shortlist of five was selected by a jury from 39 submitted collections. The winners will be announced at the Canadian Writers’ Summit (June 14–17) in Toronto.
From the Jury:
David Huebert, PENINSULA SINKING (Biblioasis)
“A sense of wonderment penetrates the everyday lives of characters from the Maritimes in this well-crafted, compelling collection that displays a mastery of classical short-story structure and technique. Huebert’s vibrant language juxtaposes tough characters with tender preoccupations, creating narratives that are unsettling and mesmerizing, making ordinary moments in relationships thrilling and dangerous.”
From the Jury:
Lori McNulty, LIFE ON MARS (Goose Lane Editions)
“This marvellous collection displays a deep understanding of human nature through its gritty, complex, vivid, and believable characters, who find themselves experiencing alienation no matter where they live or travel in the world. McNulty’s language is lucid, fluid, and precise, employing inventive similes and metaphors. The work highlights the fragile, random unpredictability of life: we are victims of our circumstances, our natures, and our bodies.”
Congratulations David and Lori! We’re wishing you the best of luck.
For more information and the full short list, please visit Writersunion.ca/short-list-2017-danuta-gleed-literary-award