Four Transatlantic Authors on The Ontario Library Association’s 2018 Teen Committee Summer Reading List

The teens have spoken! The Ontario Library Association’s 2018 Teen Committee Summer Reading List has picked 36 QUESTIONS THAT CHANGED MY MIND ABOUT YOU (Running Press Kids) by Vicki Grant, 90 DAYS OF DIFFERENT (Orca Book Publishers) by Eric Walters, THE AGONY OF BUN O’KEEFE (Penguin Teen) by Heather Smith, and PRINCE OF POT (Groundwood Books) by Tanya Lloyd Kyi in their list of the outstanding books of the summer. The programme is part of the Forest of Reading.

http://www.accessola.org/WEB/Documents/OLA/Forest/Resources/2018/Teen%20Committee%20List%202018.pdf

Happy US Book Birthday to The Honey Farm by Harriet Alide Lye!

Happy Book Birthday to Harriet Alida Lye on Liveright’s US publication of THE HONEY FARM! The novel was just published in Canada with Vagrant Press and in Australian with Penguin Random House Australia. Film rights have been optioned by Hawkeye Pictures.

THE HONEY FARM is a Barnes & Noble​ Discover Pick! Barnesandnoble.com/2018-bn-discover-great-new-writers-selections and we expect some exciting reviews in the coming weeks.

From the publisher:

Lily King meets Patricia Highsmith in this slyly seductive debut set on an eerily beautiful farm teeming with secrets.

The drought has discontented the bees. Soil dries into sand; honeycomb stiffens into wax. But Cynthia knows how to breathe life back into her farm: offer it as an artists’ colony with free room, board, and “life experience” in exchange for backbreaking labor. Silvia, a wide-eyed graduate and would-be poet, and Ibrahim, a painter distracted by constant inspiration, are drawn to Cynthia’s offer, and soon, to each other.

But something lies beneath the surface. The Edenic farm is plagued by events that strike Silvia as ominous: taps run red, scalps itch with lice, frogs swarm the pond. One by one, the other residents leave. As summer tenses into autumn, Cynthia’s shadowed past is revealed and Silvia becomes increasingly paralyzed by doubt. Building to a shocking conclusion, The Honey Farm announces the arrival of a bold new voice and offers a thrilling portrait of creation and possession in the natural world.

Advance Praise

“An aura of mystery, faintly tinged with menace, permeates Canadian author Lye’s sensuous debut novel. . . . An achingly lyrical excursion into a lost Eden.” — Publishers Weekly

“Lush, poetic. . . . Each lyrical line feels like a gift left at the reader’s altar. A honey-mouthed debut ruminating on creation, possession, and faith.” — Kirkus Reviews

“Lye evokes gothic tropes and an aura of foreboding that recall Shirley Jackson and Daphne du Maurier by way of the tortured Catholicism of Flannery O’Connor.”
-Editor’s Pick Quill and Quire

“Mysterious, suspenseful, and unnerving, The Honey Farm offers a thrilling narrative that examines the distorted realities and conflicting perceptions that often exist in the quietest places.” — Iain Reid, bestselling author of I’m Thinking of Ending Things

“The Honey Farm delves into the intimate mysteries of art, madness, religion, and love through a story built with beautiful language and lush sensory detail. Gothic and subtly menacing, it’s a book as rich as the sweet substance at its core.” — Grace O’Connell, author of Magnified World

“The secret world of bees and the sensuous natural order in all its peril and glory come alive in this mesmerizing, suspenseful novel. Harriet Alida Lye is a writer of prodigious talent and The Honey Farm a thrilling, chills-inducing debut. Brava!” — Carol Bruneau, award-winning author of Glass Voices and These Good Hands

“I loved this book. The way Harriet Alida Lye captures and registers moments of encounter with gentleness and specificity, like bees bumping against flowers – there’s magic afoot here.” — Lauren Elkin, author of Flaneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice, and London

“Harriet Alida Lye has created a modern-day Eden, shot through with innocence and foreboding. The landscape of this gripping debut is alive with tension and temptation, and I found myself seduced alongside Lye’s unforgettable characters. Laying bare faith, identity, and love, this book presents a world where nothing is quite as it seems.” — Adrienne Celt, author of The Daughters

“In this sensuous debut, the honey is golden and enchanting, with an unexpected taste. Relatable as they are, Lye’s characters are true artists—it was impossible to fathom what they’d do next (and with whom!). Impetuous and passionate and utterly unpredictable, you’ll want to spend your entire summer on The Honey Farm.” — Courtney Maum, author of Touch

“Beguiled by the promise of a writers’ retreat, Silvia leaves her staunchly Catholic family home for the uncertain territory of a honey farm in Northern Ontario. The Honey Farm offers readers an accomplished meditation on love, creativity and the wonder of the natural world, and a gripping exploration of a community that is perhaps not as it seems.” — Cathy Marie Buchanan, New York Times bestselling author of The Painted Girls

“The Honey Farm is a delightful and mistily enigmatic story…I am putting The Honey Farm on the 2018 longlist for a ‘Very Best!’ Book Award for fiction.”
The Miramichi Reader

Maureen Fergus’s THE DAY DAD JOINED THE SOCCER TEAM featured on The New York Times Children’s Book Review Twitter

Feeling exceptionally proud today! For its very first Twitter live post, The New York Times Children’s Book Review editor Maria Russo joined the NYTBR editor Rumaan Allam with their picks for books for Father’s Day. Maureen Fergus‘s picture book THE DAY DAD JOINED THE SOCCER TEAM was their final selection! https://twitter.com/nytimes/status/998609415451262976

Three Transatlantic Authors Shortlisted for 2018 Trillium Award!

Three Transatlantic authors have been shortlisted for the 2018 Trillium Award! Rebecca Rosenblum‘s SO MUCH LOVE (McClelland & Stewart Canada), Catherine Hernandez‘s SCARBOROUGH (Arsenal Pulp Press) and Leanne Betasamosake Simpson‘s THE ACCIDENT OF BEING LOST (House of Anansi Press) are all in the running for Ontario’s leading literary award.

This annual award honours the quality and diversity of Ontario’s writers and writing. The winners will be announced on June 21. Congratulations to you all and good luck!

For further information about the award and the full shortlist, please visit: OMDC.on.ca//Finalists_2018_Trillium_Book_Award

Joshua Whitehead is a 2018 finalist for the Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ Emerging Writers!

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!

Welcoming Jason Carter Eaton to Transatlantic!

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: THE LOST SISTER BY ANDREA GUNRAJ

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.

END OF THE ROPE by Jan Redford U.S. roundup

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!

Rave Reviews:

“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.”
Outsideonline.com 

“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.”
Romper.com

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.”
Bustle.com

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

Book Lists:

“13 Books We Can’t Wait to Read in May”
Purewow.com

“8 Books to Read for Mother’s Day”
Bookriot.com

“11 books coming out this week that you don’t want to miss!”
Hellogiggles.com

“19 Books Feminists Should Read in May”
Bitchmedia.org