And the CHRISTY AWARD for Historical Fiction goes to …

 

 

… Joanne Bischof, whose acclaimed historical romance novel, THE LADY AND THE LIONHEART, received yet another award — a CHRISTY, the highest honor in inspirational fiction.

 

 

The award was Presented by Karen Kingsbury at a gala in Nashville, Tennesee which also marked the 50th anniversary of the award’s namesake, the groundbreaking inspirational novel, Christy by Catherine Marshall.

Here’s what Romantic Times has to say in a rare 5-star review of this 2016 Inspirational Romance of the Year, and 2017 Christy Award winning historical romance: 

“The sights, sounds and people of a turn-of-the-century circus come alive in this novel that captivates from word one. Every sentence is pitch perfect, while the characters embed themselves soul deep. Charlie Lionheart is the hero of heroes and a reflection of the fairy tale “Beast.” He is so brilliantly multidimensional that he could easily live outside the pages. The romance between Charlie and Ella is heartachingly beautifuland the redemption organically sewn into the story’s tent flaps will linger with readers for years.”

 

 

Our warmest congratulations (again!) to Joanne. 

For rights inquiries, contact Sandra Bishop at sandra@transatlanticagency.com.

Penguin Random House selects Sharon Bala’s THE BOAT PEOPLE for One World, One Book campaign

We are immensely proud to announce Sharon Bala‘s debut novel, THE BOAT PEOPLE, has been selected for Penguin Random House’s One World, One Book campaign!

One World, One Book is an exclusive global program recognizing 1-3 titles on the Penguin Random House list per year that have international relevance and international bestseller potential. The campaign supports the selected title to the highest level to ensure the book is celebrated worldwide.

For readers of Khaled Hosseini and Chris Cleave, THE BOAT PEOPLE is an extraordinary novel about a group of refugees who survive a perilous ocean voyage only to face the threat of deportation amid accusations of terrorism.

When a rusty cargo ship carrying Mahindan and five hundred fellow refugees from Sri Lanka’s bloody civil war reaches Vancouver’s shores, the young father thinks he and his sixyear-old son can finally start a new life. Instead, the group is thrown into a detention processing center, with government officials and news headlines speculating that among the “boat people” are terrorists now posing a threat to Canada’s national security.

THE BOAT PEOPLE will be available in North America (Doubleday US, McClelland & Stewart Canada) on January 9, 2018 and exported internationally in March 2018.

Sharon Bala’s short fiction has won three Newfoundland and Labrador Arts & Letters Awards and been published, or is forthcoming, in: Grain, PRISM international, The New Quarterly, Room, Riddle Fence, and in a collection called Racket. Two of Sharon’s short stories, “Reading Week” and “Butter Tea at Starbucks”, were longlisted for the 2017 Journey Prize with the latter continuing to the shortlist as well. THE BOAT PEOPLE is her debut novel.


Pre-publication Praise for THE BOAT PEOPLE

“This earnest debut novel forcefully explores the issues surrounding immigration…deeply moving and nuanced, The Boat People asks what price a country is willing to pay when public safety comes at the cost of human lives.”
-Booklist

“A real ship of refugees inspires a novel about the messy consequences of war Memorable…Chilling…”
-Kirkus Reviews

The Boat People will – and should… – linger long in the mind as an almost Graham-Greene-esque thriller about Canada’s Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora. Homeric in her narrative arc, Bala’s novel is rhetorically purposive – but poetically, softly rhetorical…Bala is ahead by a century in the cricket score of politically powerful contemporary fiction.”
Atlantic Books Today

“The Boat People is a powerful, gripping moral drama told with deep compassion and humanity. Sharon Bala takes us behind the headlines about refugees and asylum seekers straight into the beating hearts of unforgettable human beings. A timely tale and a beautiful, remarkable debut.”
-Lynne Kutsukake, author of The Translation of Love

“This wise and compassionate novel is an intimate portrait of one of the great humanitarian crises of our time. Its power lies in its breadth, for it examines not just those who come to our country seeking refuge, but also those who determine their fate. As such it implicates us all in the ongoing crisis.”
-Shyam Selvadurai, author of The Hungry Ghosts and Funny Boy

The Boat People is a beautifully crafted story with a big heart. This novel has an urgency and relevance that cuts to the bone and will resonate with readers of all stripes. Bala offers no easy answers and no political posturing, but her magnificent storytelling will leave readers wondering about their own convictions, asking themselves, ‘What would I do? What would I have done?’ I love this book and, somehow, I empathized and understood every character’s motivation and heart, despite their seemingly opposing stances. The spirits of Bala’s complicated, well-developed characters will linger with you like ghosts; you will look for them in the newspaper, on the evening news, everywhere, and when you encounter them, you will pause and wonder, not only about them but about yourself.”
-Michel Stone, author of Border Child

The Boat People is a burning flare of a novel, at once incendiary and illuminating. With a rare combination of precision, empathy and insight, Sharon Bala has crafted an unflinching examination of what happens when the fundamental human need for safety collides with the cold calculus of bureaucracy. In the best tradition of fearless literature, it shatters our comfortable illusions about who we really are and reveals just how asymmetrical the privilege of belonging can be. This is a brilliant debut – a story that needs to be told, told beautifully.”
-Omar El Akkad, author of American War

THE MOSAIC by Nina Berkhout Roundup

Nina Berkhout‘s THE MOSAIC has made Indigo’s Best Teen Books of 2017 list and we couldn’t be happier! Published in September, this beautifully written and thought-provoking novel about a teen facing the collision of love, ideals and uncertainty about her own future has garnered well-deserved accolades, see below!

View the full list and pick up your copy of THE MOSAIC here: Chapters.indigo.ca/best-teen-books-of-2017

Nina BerkhoutPraise:

At McNally Robinson Booksellers, they give kids and teens the opportunity to be Two Thumbs Up reviewers, and one of them by the name of Sophia has high praise for Nina Berkhout’s The Mosaic, which she says is “an engaging artful novel.” She further writes, “Full of loving descriptions of American Prairie, and moving stories of soldiers living with the after effects of war, this book really makes you think. Realistic portrayal of human emotions and the painstaking process of creating art, both take center stage in this heartbreaking read. Avid readers will finish this book in a matter of days. Maybe one of the best books I’ve ever read.”
– Full review available here: Mcnallyrobinson.com/The-Mosaic-by-Nina-Berkhout

The Mosaic will interest all kinds of readers as there are so many different aspects to the story….Truly something for everyone.”
Umanitoba.ca/themosaic

“With this moving novel of self-discovery, Berkhout (The Gallery of Lost Species, 2016) offers a mindful, timely reminder about the perils of blind faith and the power of change.” – Booklist

Kim Bolan to be honoured with Tara Singh Hayer Memorial Award

Congratulations to Kim Bolan who is one of three women that will receive an award on November 30 from the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE)​ for their courage in reporting.

Kim of The Vancouver Sun​ will be honoured with the Tara Singh Hayer Memorial Award. This award recognizes a journalist who has made an important contribution to reinforcing and promoting the principle of freedom of the press in Canada or elsewhere, and who has taken personal risks or suffered physical reprisals for their work.

The award is being given to Kim for her reportage of an alleged murder plot against herself at the time when she was covering a murder trial of a former leader of the United Nations gang.

For more information and Gala tickets please visit:
CJFE.org/2017_gala

German edition of THINGS TO DO WHEN IT’S RAINING by Marissa Stapley publishes with Rowohlt Verlag!

Happy book birthday to Marissa Stapley whose German edition of THINGS TO DO WHEN IT’S RAINING (Rowohlt Verlag​) publishes today!

From the bestselling author of Mating for Life, THINGS TO DO WHEN IT’S RAINING is a poignant generational story about family and secrets. With honesty and heart, Marissa Stapley reminds us of the redemptive power of love and forgiveness, and that, ultimately, family is a choice.

This novel will be available in North America in February 2018 with Simon & Schuster Canada​ and Graydon House Books in the U.S.

Advance Praise:

Things to Do When It’s Raining has heart and soul and guts, and it has achingly beautiful prose and characters so dear and real I couldn’t bear to say goodbye when I reached its final page. It’s a book about friendship and secrets, grief and regret, the peculiar shape of families and the redemptive nature of love. And it is, quite frankly, one of the best books I have read in a very long time.”
–Jennifer Robson, bestselling author of Moonlight over Paris

“Fans of Nicholas Sparks will adore Things to Do When It’s Raining, an irresistible tribute to first love, second chances and the powerful legacy of the past. Elegant and heartfelt, Marissa Stapley’s writing is a gift.”
–Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author of The Orphan’s Tale

“There is something so intimate and true in the sentence, ‘Every marriage harbors secrets, secrets about why it works or why it doesn’t work, secrets between two people that the rest of the world can never be privy to.’ Profound and intimate, raw and real—Things to Do When It’s Raining is hard to put down. Loved the ending but hated to have it end!” –Nan Rossiter, New York Times bestselling author of Firefly Summer

“Written with compassion and insight, Things to Do When It’s Raining is a truly captivating novel with exquisite prose and moments of bittersweet tenderness.”
–Nicola Moriarty, author of The Fifth Letter

TWO TRANSATLANTIC AUTHORS LONGLISTED FOR BC NATIONAL AWARD FOR NON-FICTION

Congratulations to Carol Off and Pauline Dakin whose books ALL WE LEAVE BEHIND (Random House Canada) and RUN, HIDE, REPEAT (Penguin Books Canada), respectively, have been longlisted for the 2017 BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction. This is one of Canada’s leading literary non-fiction prizes with an award of $40,000.

BC Achievement Foundation Chair, Scott McIntyre says, “This year’s longlist proves once again that Canadian writers of non-fiction, and their books, are alive and well…This is a sterling longlist: congratulations to all the writers, and thanks to our distinguished jury.”

The longlist was selected from 150 books from 45 publishers.

The BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction will announce its shortlist on December 1st and the award will be presented in Vancouver in early 2018.

For more information and a list of all ten longlisted titles, please visit: Globenewswire.com/news-release/Longlist-Announced-for-BC-s-National-Award

Cover Reveal and CBS Sports: All in a days work for the UNSINKABLE JESSICA LONG

Today @Jessicalong was a featured guest on @CBSSPORTS groundbreaking series WE NEED TO TALK featuring female athletes, TV & radio personalities, sports and team executives, and journalists discussing leveling the playing field in male-dominated sports.

AND a very happy author sharing the #coverreveal for her upcoming book, UNSINKABLE: From Russian Orphan to Paralympic Swimming World Champion.

#Allinadaysworkforsomepeople #whatdidyoudotoday

Peninsula Sinking Publishes with Biblioasis!

Today PENINSULA SINKING by David Huebert publishes with Biblioasis! Happy Book Birthday David!

From the Publisher: “In Peninsula Sinking, David Huebert brings readers an assortment of Maritimers caught between the places they love and the siren call of elsewhere. From submarine officers to prison guards, oil refinery workers to academics, each character in these stories struggles to find some balance of spiritual and emotional grace in the world increasingly on the precipice of ruin. Peninsula Sinking offers up eight urgent and electric meditations on the mysteries of death and life, of grief and love, and never shies away from the joy and horror of our submerging world.”

PRAISE FOR PENINSULA SINKING

“This book is Noah’s freaking Ark. All of life, animal and human, is intimately crammed inside of it and the whole vessel has been expertly designed to stand the surrounding storm. David Huebert has some of the smartest, saddest, funniest, best stuff I’ve read in years. There are scenes and sentences in here that will stick with you for a very long time.”
—Alexander MacLeod, author of Light Lifting

“David Huebert’s Peninsula Sinking is a marvellous combination of a precise mastery of language and sheer confidence in voice – no matter who or what his characters are, no matter where they go, you believe and you see. His is an unusual gift.”
—Russell Wangersky, author of The Hour of Bad Decisions

“[Peninsula Sinking]establishes Huebert as one of Canada’s most impressive young writers … the stories are far-reaching, but tightly woven, each focused on characters in significant moments of development or change.”
—Robert Wiersma, Quill & Quire

 Peninsula Sinking comes on like weather: A gust, then calm, then a whiteout, then sheet lightning followed by a bone-soaking warmth as another treacherous cloudbank forms in the distance. David Huebert’s prose doesn’t flag, not once. Each sentence is alive and crackling. His turns of phrase will catch your breath in your throat. These stories will sweep you up.”
—Laurie D. Graham, author of Rove

“…one of those young writers who has the ability and confidence to present the everyday in extraordinary ways. Many of his characters are seemingly trapped not only by common demands and current circumstances but also by their own desire to be unambitious. His characters might sometimes be a little lost, but like David Huebert’s writing they often soar far above the mundane and demand to be hard.”
—David Layton, author of The Dictator

PRAISE FOR DAVID HUEBERT

“A paean to intimacy and to things rarely seen, ‘Enigma’ is an eloquent meditation on the mystery of life and death, love and grief, both human and animal. This is a vivid personal narrative of remarkable spiritual and emotional grace.”
—CBC Short Story Prize Jury

“I was impressed by the way that “Colloquium: J.T. Henry and Lady Simcoe on Early Ontario Petrocolonialism” repurposes historical texts to frame the ongoing violence of extraction and dispossession within the language of early settlers.”
—Damien Rogers

“These poems have the keys to the zoo, and they’re ready to let the wild rumpus start.”
—Geoffery Morrison

Please visit the following link for more information: www.biblioasis.com/shop/new-release/peninsula-sinking/

Rights Sold: World English, Biblioasis 

LOST IN SEPTEMBER & SUN OF A DISTANT LAND Shortlisted for the Quebec Writers’ Federation Literary Awards!

We are delighted to share that LOST IN SEPTEMBER (Random House Canada) by Kathleen Winter and SUN OF A DISTANT LAND (Vehicule Press) translated by Claire Holden Rothman are among the finalists for the Quebec Writers’ Federation Literary Awards! Kathleen’s novel is among three selections that are shortlisted for the Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction, which were chosen by jury members Peggy Herring, La Florya Gauthier, and Vish Khanna. Claire’s novel is shortlisted for the Cole Foundation Prize for Transatlation, selected by jury members Renee Desjardins, Jeffrey Moore, and Greg Robinson. Congratulations to Kathleen, Claire, and their fellow nominees on these great accomplishments!

Please visit the following link for the full list of nominations.

http://www.qwf.org/awards/pdfs/19th%20QWF%20Awards%202017%20Finalists%20and%20Jurors.pdf

 

The Ontario Library Association Announces the Forest of Reading Shortlists!

Transatlantic Agency congratulates our agency clients who are finalists on the 2018 Forest of Reading Awards shortlists! These awards recognize the best work by Canadian authors and illustrators. Over a quarter of a million readers participate in the program through schools, public libraries, literacy centres and within their homes. These awards encourage a love of reading through programs aimed at children and adults who vote for the winning books.

SHORT FOR CHAMELEON (HarperCollins Canada) by Vicki Grant (Red Maple Fiction Award)

A SQUIGGLY STORY (Kids Can Press) written by Andrew Larsen and illustrated by Mike Lowery (Blue Spruce Award)

ALL THE DIRT: A History of Getting Clean (Annick Press) written by Katherine Ashenburg and illustrated by Capucine Mazille (Golden Oak Award)

MEATLESS?: A Fresh Look at What You Eat (Owlkids) written by Sarah Elton and illustrated by Julie McLaughlin (Silver Birch Non-fiction Award)

 

Transatlantic would also like to congratulate all of the other authors who are finalists for this year’s Forest of Reading Awards.

For a full list of the nominees, please see the Ontario Library Association’s announcement at the following link www.accessola.org/web/OLA/Forest_of_Reading/Nominated_Lists/.