Deal News: My Year of Living Spiritually by Anne Bokma

Anna Comfort O’Keeffe, managing editor at Douglas & McIntyre, has acquired English rights in Canada and the United States to Anne Bokma’s debut nonfiction book, My Year of Living Spiritually: One Woman’s Secular Search for a More Soulful Life.

Anne Bokma is an award-winning writer and editor from Hamilton, Ontario who has been honoured with more than two dozen journalism awards throughout her 30-year career. A long-time contributor to the United Church Observer, the national magazine of  Canada’s largest Protestant denomination, Anne has been the monthly “Spiritual But Secular” columnist ( for the past four years, reporting on the habits of the growing demographic known as the Spiritual-But-Not Religious (SBNR).

My Year of Living Spiritually is based on her blog of the same name, which appeared biweekly in the Observer in 2017. It is scheduled for publication in fall 2019.

Anne Bokma is represented by Amy Tompkins.

Praise for HOME ICE by Angie Abdou

The praise is piling as high as autumn leaves for Angie Abdou’s HOME ICE (ECW Press).

HOME ICE chronicles and illuminates a full season in the life of a hockey parent, offering a nuanced and unflinching self-portrait of a mother dedicated to supporting her son’s passion for amateur hockey but struggling with ambivalence over our society’s often troubling sport culture and its impact on her family.

Here’s what everyone is saying about HOME ICE:

“The author brings a novelist’s eye to the story, telling it in first-person present tense; with its sharp characterizations and dialogue in place of autobiographical exposition, the book is a first-rate memoir and a fine example of narrative nonfiction. It’s also a must-read for parents with youngsters who play organized sports.” –Booklist, starred review

“This is a lively, honestly written account of parenting that will resonate with readers who are fully involved in their children’s sports.” –Publishers Weekly

“Home Ice is page-turning and compelling in a whole different way. It’s about Abdou, her family, her relationships with her husband and two children, and her role as a parent; or, as Abdou said, consider it a ‘voyeuristic peek into the writer’s life.’” –Society for International Hockey Research

“You don’t get to pick your kids’ marriages or their sports, and he wants to play hockey.” – CBC Radio Sunday Edition

“It’s a unflinching and revealing account of the toll sports (especially hockey) can take on family dynamics and fortunes.” – CBC Radio Daybreak Alberta (19 min audio clip)

CTV’s The Social (11 min video clip)

“As much as Home Ice skewers Canadian hockey for its escalating costs and obsession with competitiveness, that criticism is balanced by an athlete’s appreciation for the heady benefits of training hard and excelling in a sport.” –Active For Life

“[T]his is a memoir told with humility, and throughout the book, Abdou lets her happy and sensitive son shine through. We see his sense of fairness and justice, his quirky stick-handling, his love for the rowdy speed and sweaty camaraderie of the sport.” –

University of Texas Arlington Sports Literature Association

“…she leaves the reader with as much knowledge and information on both sides of the coin to allow the reader to make a decision on the game’s safety rather than her imposing her decision onto the reader. One gets a sense that Miss Abdou did this with intent, and I feel it really opens the door to thoughtful and intelligent debate…” –Hockey Blog In Canada

About the Author:

Angie Abdou has published four books, including three novels: The Bone Cage (a CBC Canada Reads finalist in 2011), The Canterbury Trail (a Banff Mountain Book finalist in 2011) and Between (2014, Arsenal Press). Angie is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Athabasca University. Her nonfiction has appeared in various magazines and newspapers, including National Post and Elle Magazine. Her novel IN CASE I GO launched with Arsenal Pulp Press Fall 2017.


McClelland & Stewart publisher Jared Bland has acquired Canadian English rights to Griffin-Poetry-Prize-winner Jordan Abel‘s non-fiction debut, NISHGA, for publication in Spring 2020.

NISHGA is a deeply personal and autobiographical book that attempts to address the complications of contemporary Indigenous existence. Drawing on autobiography, a series of interconnected documents (including pieces of memoir, transcriptions of talks, and photography), the book explores the ways in which the colonial violence originating at the Coqualeetza Indian Residential School impacted Abel’s grandparent’s generation, then his father’s generation, and ultimately his own generation.

The deal was arranged by Stephanie Sinclair on exclusive submission.

Welcoming author Susan Olding

We’re welcoming author Susan Olding to Transatlantic Agency!

Susan is the author of Pathologies: A Life in Essays, selected by 49th Shelf as one of the top 100 Canadian books to read in a lifetime. Her work has been honoured multiple times by the National Magazine Awards Foundation and has appeared in The Bellingham Review, The L.A. Review of Books, Maisonneuve, The Malahat Review, The New Quarterly, and the Utne Reader, and in many anthologies including Best Canadian Essays, 2016 and In Fine Form, 2nd Edition. A graduate of the MFA program at the University of British Columbia, she lives with her family in Kingston, Ontario, where she holds a Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship in Cultural Studies.

To learn more, visit her website:

Susan is represented by Samantha Haywood.

Happy Book Birthday to Lisa Bolton’s ON BOARDS!

Happy book birthday to Lisa Bolton‘s ON BOARDS: Simple & Inspiring Recipe Ideas to Share at Every Gathering, publishing today with Penguin Random House Canada! With entertaining season upon us this is the perfect book to help make your gatherings unforgettable.

From the publisher: “In On Boards, food stylist Lisa Bolton has put together 50 ideas for instantly approachable boards, all with effortless entertaining in mind, as well as 52 recipes for delectable savory and sweet additions like Beet Hummus, Bourbon Bacon Jam, Mashed Potato Dip and Chocolate Salami. All of the boards can be pulled together in very little time, and all include presentation and styling tips to make them (and you!) shine.”

Lisa Bolton is a freelance food writer, stylist and photographer. She is the creative mind behind the successful blog Food Well Said, a space dedicated to thoughtfully presented and wholesomely prepared meals and recipes. Lisa’s work has appeared in the Huffington Post, Redbook, Canadian Living and she was a former contributor to the Queen Latifah Show and she continues to write monthly columns on the topics of 20 minute meals and food styling.

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Dr. Lee Airton’s GENDER: YOUR GUIDE one-week round up

We’re proud to see Dr. Lee Airton‘s GENDER: Your Guide stimulating important discussions on programs across Canada and the US just a week post publication.

Publisher Simon & Schuster calls this book “An authentic and accessible guide to understanding—and engaging in—today’s gender conversation.”

The Globe and Mail‘s Harvey Schachter says, “Airton offers a warm, inviting guide to a complicated area, and discusses their own transition in university from female to non-binary.”

Click on links below for informative interviews with Dr. Lee Airton:

CTV’s Your Morning

KGO 810’s The Chip Franklin Show

Dr. Lee Airton is an Assistant Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies in Education at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. As a researcher, blogger, advocate and speaker, Dr. Airton focuses on enabling individuals and institutions to welcome gender and sexual diversity in everyday life. Dr. Airton founded They Is My Pronoun, a Q+A-based blog about gender-neutral pronoun usage and user support. Dr. Airton is also the founder of the No Big Deal Campaign, a social media initiative that helps people show support for transgender peoples’ right to have their pronouns used. In recognition of their pronoun advocacy, Dr. Airton received a 2017 Youth Role Model of the Year Award from the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity. Dr. Airton’s scholarly work has appeared in the journals Sex Education, Curriculum Inquiry, and Teachers College Record. Learn more at and


English rights in North America to award-winning writer Sofi Papamarko‘s debut short story collection, RADIUM GIRLS, in the vein of early Lorrie Moore, Barbara Gowdy and ZsuZsi Gartner, plumbing the depths of loneliness and seeking to understand how human beings cope, break and triumph in the face of it, sold to Paul Vermeersch at Buckrider Books (an imprint of Wolsak and Wynn) in a deal by Samantha Haywood.

Welcoming Pamela Korgemagi to Transatlantic

We’re thrilled to welcome Pamela Korgemagi to Transatlantic!

After graduating from York University’s creative writing program Pamela moved to Toronto where she has worked at various jobs throughout the city including being a game tester at a video game studio, receptionist at an industrial engine repair site, and human money counter in a vault. Calling to mind The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway and The Bear by William Faulkner and for readers of Life of Pi by Yann Martel, THE HUNTER AND THE OLD WOMAN is Pamela’s first novel, which follows a female cougar as she attempts the most remarkable of feats: survival in the forest.

Pamela is represented by Samantha Haywood.

Welcoming Deborah Hemming to Transatlantic Agency

We’re extending a warm Transatlantic welcome to author Deborah Hemming!

Deborah is a writer and librarian from the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia. She holds a Master of Arts in English from McGill University, a Master of Library and Information Studies from Dalhousie University, and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of King’s College. For many years, she worked as a food writer. Deborah currently splits her time between Vancouver and Wolfville, NS.

Deborah’s forthcoming novel with Nimbus Press is a rural coming-of-age story set in the Gaspereau Valley. The novel explores the contours of young friendship and the development of powerful new appetites in adolescence.

Deborah is represented by Stephanie Sinclair.