Deadpoint by Nikki Tate Publishes with Orca!

Happy Book Birthday to Nikki Tate, whose YA mystery novel about rock climbing, DEADPOINT, Orca Sports series, publishes today with Orca Book Publishers!

From the publisher: “Ayla loves climbing. But she prefers to climb indoors, with all her safety harnesses in place and soft mats to land on. Her climbing partner and best friend, Lissy, is much more adventurous and loves the outdoors. When Lissy starts hanging out with Carlos, the new thrill-seeking guy in town, Ayla wants to keep an eye on her and finds herself tagging along on a weekend climbing trip up Black Dog Mountain. But things go very wrong when Lissy and her dad, the only adult in the group, are badly injured high on the side of the mountain. Suddenly the risks of climbing become very real. Ayla and Carlos need to figure out how to get help, and every decision they make could have catastrophic consequences.”

Check out the book trailer below!

View an excerpt from the novel at CM: www.umanitoba.ca/cm/vol23/no7/deadpoint.html

Purchase and learn more about the book at the following link: www.orcabook.com/Deadpoint-P1252.aspx

Rights Sold: Orca Book Publishers, World

Welcome to Simona Ceccarelli

A big welcome to Simona Ceccarelli who has just joined the team at Transatlantic!

Simona was born in Italy and, after an exceptionally nerdy childhood, entered adult life with a passion for both art and science, a large library (which has been growing without control ever since) and the idea that life should rather be wide than long – better still if generous in both dimensions. She went on to study science, move to Germany and then to Switzerland, work as a research scientist, and travel the world.

Art eventually called her back to pursue “the road not taken.” Since 2011 she has done illustration and animation projects for magazines, advertising, corporate marketing and scientific education and has been Creative Director in Corporate Communications.

Simona earned a MFA in Visual Development from the Academy of Art University, San Francisco. She currently lives in Basel, Switzerland with her husband and two children and enjoys the view of the river Rhein while painting.

Simona is represented by Andrea Cascardi.

A GOOD DEATH by Sandra Martin Wins the 2017 BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction!

We are proud to announce that A GOOD DEATH: Making the Most of Our Final Choices (HarperCollins Canada) by Sandra Martin is the winner of the 2017 BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction! A jury comprising of Hal Wake, Jan Walter, and John Burns selected Sandra’s book as the winner after considering over 141 books submitted by over 46 publishers. At a ceremony today, she was presented $40,000, one of Canada’s largest book prizes, by Hon. Peter Fassbender, BC’s Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development.

The Jury Citation:
“Sandra Martin’s A Good Death will make an enormous contribution to our ongoing, often contentious public debate on the issue. Her careful and thorough research provides historical context, legislative precedents, the effect of medical technology and philosophical and religious insights. What truly distinguishes this book is the reportage on individuals and families who have fought to arrange for a better death, sometimes successfully, sometimes not. These firsthand experiences are the beating heart of a timely and powerful examination.”

We would like to offer a huge congratulations to Sandra Martin and the publisher, and all the other authors who were considered!

For further information about the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction please visit www.bcachievement.com. To view the press release, please visit http://www.bcachievement.com/media/news.php?id=146.

The V-Word Honored by Rainbow Book List

Today we were humbled to learn that THE V-WORD, edited by Amber Keyser, was selected for the Rainbow Book List 2017. The Rainbow Book List honors children and young adult literature with significant LGBTQI content. This year the list also features authors such as Rick Riordan and transgender teen Jazz Jennings. THE V-WORD is a selection of women’s stories about first-time sex and includes pieces by Amber Keyser, Kiersi Burkhart, and Sarah Mirk, among other writers. Read the full Rainbow Book List here. Congratulations to Amber and all of the contributors.

Amber, Kiersi, and Sarah are all represented by Fiona Kenshole. THE V-WORD is published by Beyond Words/Simon & Schuster.

Warm Welcome to Atz Kilcher, Sr.

Photo Credit – Scott Dickerson

Atz Kilcher grew up the eldest son of Yule and Ruth Kilcher, who emigrated Switzerland in the late 1930’s and settled in the Kenai Peninsula of Alaska, joining some of Homer’s earliest pioneer homesteaders.

Today, Atz performs music around the country, occasionally alongside his singer-songwriter daughter, Jewel. When he’s not singing or writing, he spends his time cross-country skiing with his wife Bonnie; supporting the endeavors of his three grown sons; weaving root baskets; riding herd at the head of Kachemak Bay; hunting; yodeling; and appearing regularly on Discovery Channel’s popular show, ALASKA: The Last Frontier.

Atz Kilcher is represented by Sandra Bishop

For more information about Atz, see atzkilcher.com   For a look at the popular Discovery program about his homesteading family, see Alaska: The Last Frontier

Deal News: A Girl Named Lovely by Catherine Porter

Catherine PorterFormer Toronto Star columnist, starting this month as a correspondent for New York Times, Catherine Porter’s A GIRL NAMED LOVELY, recounting Catherine’s journeys in post-earthquake Haiti as she bonds with the family of a miraculous child survivor and witnesses the realities of international aid, to Brendan May at Simon & Schuster Canada, by Samantha Haywood (NA).

First professional literary agent association formed in Canada

PACLA president and Transatlantic Agency literary agent Samantha Haywood

Thirty-eight Canadian literary agents from 13 agencies announced the formation of the Professional Association of Canadian Literary Agents on Jan. 23. The organization echoes similar long-standing international organizations, such as the Australian Literary Agents’ Association and the U.K.’s Association of Author’s Agents.

PACLA’s agents – led by president Samantha Haywood, of the Transatlantic Agency, and an executive committee comprising vice-president Jackie Kaiser (Westwood Creative Artists), treasurer Hilary McMahon (WCA), and secretary Marilyn Biderman – collectively represent more than 1,000 authors and illustrators.

Haywood says there has long been a need for such an organization in Canada, and its creation will result in better communication with other members of the publishing community both domestically and overseas.
“Many agents in Canada have been wanting to form an association for some time, and we need one that can concentrate on publishing issues that face Canadian authors in particular,” Haywood says. “Agents are the intermediaries between publishers and writers, and as a result we have a privileged perspective on the publishing ecosystem in Canada and abroad. … We hope to keep in regular communication with [other agent] organizations about our shared industry issues.”

PACLA’s main aim will be to advocate for authors, and also to provide professional development and standards of practice for agents. It will support endeavours like the Fair Contracts Initiative for equitable author contract terms, first launched by the U.S. Authors Guild in 2015.

“As the Writers’ Union and other organizations have pointed out, it’s never been more difficult to make a living as an author. While our association won’t be directly negotiating new terms with publishers, we will be actively advocating on behalf of what we feel is just and fair for authors in Canada,” Haywood says.

Deal News: If Clara by Martha Baillie

World Rights Ex: France/Quebec to Martha Baillie‘s exquisite new novel, IF CLARA – looking at family, friendship, memory, and the anxiety of contemporary life as if through a kaleidoscope, the colourful shards keep rearranging themselves. Flawlessly woven together are characters that fall and break their bones, dive into erotic love, drop from the sky, and plummet into mental illness. Their lives, they quickly discover, are inextricably intertwined. To Alana Wilcox at Coach House Books for Fall 2017.

A Plea for Constant Motion by Paul Carlucci Publishes with House of Anansi Press

A PLEA FOR CONSTANT MOTION, a collection of short stories by award-winning author Paul Carlucci publishes on January 21, 2017 with House of Anansi Press! Happy Book Birthday Paul!

From the Publisher: “Quietly atmospheric and darkly foreboding, A Plea for Constant Motion is an ominous, and occasionally unnerving, new work of fiction by award-winning author Paul Carlucci.

Penetrating and visceral, yet always offset by small moments of tenderness and humour, A Plea for Constant Motion is a powerful examination of the innate desire in everyone to change their lives and strive for something better.

Two couples share a disastrous dinner after their children are killed in a botched kidnapping overseas. A teacher with a passion for cartography orchestrates a bizarre apology after intentionally hitting a student. Desperate to be friends, a man ignores his neighbour’s strange behaviour to the peril of himself and others. A young girl babysits for a family friend, dimly aware that her presence is required for more than just childcare.”

View an interview with Paul at littlefiction.com and also listen to a story-by-story playlist of his new collection here.

Also check out Paul’s In Character interview with Open Book!

Reviews

“Paul Carlucci’s A Plea for Constant Motion is a visceral, vibrant, take-no-prisoners collection. Its characters keep talking in your head even after you put the stories down, coming back when you least expect it. Bright like nightmares, yet gauzy like half-remembered dreams — a unique touch.” Russell Wangersky, author of The Path of Most Resistance

“Paul Carlucci’s collection thrums with violence. The damaged, deranged, and dangerous are flayed open on the page by vivid, razor-sharp prose. These stories, steeped in darkness, disturb and captivate in equal measure.” Laura Trunkey, author of Double Dutch

“Paul Carlucci has a gift for the dark and the heartbreaking. In this myriad collection of stories, we meet people who have been confronted with all manner of quiet disasters. It’s a testament to the careful brilliance of Carlucci’s prose that this disaster exists hand-in-hand with redemption; these are tales of unlikely triumph, wistfully poignant and played out with a master hand.” Amanda Leduc, author of The Miracles of Ordinary Men

“Whether Paul Carlucci’s characters are dealing with class conflict, prejudice, or incomprehensible cruelty, the precision and dark, vivid humour of his stories deliver new angles on literary and societal conventions, demonstrating that the sidelines are often where the real emotional action is.” Naben Ruthnum, Journey Prize-winning author and National Post columnist

Rights Sold: House of Anansi Press, World