Transatlantic Agency congratulates Jill Corcoran on her move to Smithsonian Enterprises

Please join us at the Transatlantic Agency in congratulating our colleague and friend, Jill Corcoran, on her new position with Smithsonian Enterprises as Director, Published Licensing Sales. This is an exciting opportunity for Corcoran, who was the first and only literary agent for Smithsonian Enterprises and will now be going in-house. She is moving to Washington to start her post on October 1st. Corcoran’s Transatlantic clients will be represented by its seven (7) passionate and experienced children’s agents based throughout New York, Boston, Portland OR, Toronto and Chicago.

Says Haywood, Transatlantic’s President, “I’m sorry to see Jill leave literary agenting, but we wish her nothing but success and are thrilled that the talented literary agents who moved to Transatlantic with her – Elizabeth Bennett, Jodell Sadler and Tim Travaglini – will all remain with us and they and the other Transatlantic agents are in talks with Jill’s clients.”

Says Corcoran, “I feel like I am leaving one dream job for another. I am so thankful to Samantha Haywood and her dynamic team for enthusiastically and genuinely welcoming my talented clients into the Transatlantic family.”

Transatlantic Agency is a North American, full-service literary agency specializing in career management for writers and illustrators, covering domestic and international rights, speaking engagements, film/tv and content development, covering the spectrum of commercial to literary fiction and nonfiction of all types and for all ages. Transatlantic is recognized in the industry for integrity, passion and commitment throughout an author’s career. Transatlantic has 16 agents, half adult publishing/half children’s publishing, located across North America, with US agents in New York, Boston, Chicago, Portland OR, and Canadian agents in Toronto, Vancouver and Nova Scotia. Founded 25 years ago by literary agents David and Lynn Bennett and now headed by Samantha Haywood, the Transatlantic partnership is a vibrant collective of tenacious, independent professionals with diverse backgrounds and specialties. Representing more than 500 clients, who make regular appearances on notable bestseller lists across North America and have won major awards such as the Newbery Medal (US), the Giller Prize (Canada), Michael L. Printz Honor Book (US), and the Governor General’s Award for both adult and children’s literature (Canada).

For more information contact: Samantha Haywood at

Welcoming Gwen Benaway

Today, we’re welcoming a truly extraordinary and singular author to the Transatlantic family. Gwen Benaway is a trans girl of Anishinaabe and Métis descent. She has published three collections of poetry, Ceremonies for the DeadPassage, and most recently, Holy Wild. She has received many distinctions and awards, including the Dayne Ogilvie Honour of Distinction for Emerging Queer Authors from the Writers’ Trust of Canada. Her poetry and essays have been published in national publications and anthologies, including The Globe and Mail, Maclean’s Magazine, CBC Arts, and many others. She is a Ph.D student at the Women and Gender Studies Institute at the University of Toronto.  
The manuscript for her first volume of prose, fifteen linked personal essays called trans girl in love is currently available. With searing honesty, an arrestingly frank literary voice, and a poet’s skill to dig deeply, Gwen uncovers her life in its many complexities, contradictions, emptiness and fullness. trans girl in love illuminates the bittersweet longing and joy at the heart of trans feminine desire, exploring the many moments that make up a world of vibrant living. Gwen has lots of illuminating things to say on Twitter, so do follow her @GwenBenaway. Also visit her website: We’re somewhere beyond proud to have Gwen on our roster! She is represented by Marilyn Biderman.

DEAL NEWS: HUNGOVER by Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall

HUNGOVER: The Morning After and One Man’s Quest for the Cure by Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall, forthcoming from Penguin US and HarperCollins Canada in November 2018 has some exciting international deal news to report!

UK Commonwealth (ex Can) rights to Blink Publishing by Stephanie Sinclair on behalf of Samantha Haywood.

Polish rights to Bukowy Las by Agata Zabowska of Book/Lab in association with Stephanie Sinclair on behalf of Samantha Haywood.

Korean rights to Cassiopeia Publisher by BC Agency in association with Stephanie Sinclair on behalf of Samantha Haywood.


The shortlists for the Canadian Children’s Book Centre Awards are announced, and we are cheering at our desks!

Congratulations to Paul Harbridge whose picture book WHEN THE MOON COMES, illustrated by Matt James (Tundra) is shortlisted for the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award and the Martha Baillie Picture Book Award.

MEATLESS? A FRESH LOOK AT WHAT YOU EAT by Sarah Elton and illustrated by Julie McLaughlin (Owlkids Books) is shortlisted for the Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction.

THE AGONY OF BUN O’KEEFE by Heather Smith (Penguin Teen Canada) is shortlisted for both the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People and the Amy Mathers Teen Book Award. Kudos to both!

And finally, we are very proud of our clients Cary Fagan and Melanie Florence who also have books on the lists! Congratulations to all the nominees.

For the full list of nominees and more about the awards, visit the Canadian Children’s Book Centre.

Welcoming author Mark Sampson!

We’re welcoming author Mark Sampson to Transatlantic Agency!

Mark is the author of five books: the novels The Slip (Dundurn Press​, 2017), Sad Peninsula, (Dundurn Press, 2014), and Off Book (Norwood Publishing, 2007), the short story collection, The Secrets Men Keep (Now or Never Publishing, 2015), and the poetry collection, Weathervane, (Palimpsest Press​, 2016). Mark has published many short stories, poems, essays and book reviews in literary journals and magazines across Canada. He holds a journalism degree from the University of King’s College in Halifax and a master’s degree in English from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. Born and raised on Prince Edward Island, he currently lives and writes in Toronto.

Mark’s new novel, ALL THE ANIMALS ON EARTH, brings elements of parody to the standard post-apocalyptic tale. Lowly HR manager Hector Thompson lives in a world ravaged by decades of underpopulation. But when scientists discover a way to transmogrify various species of birds and mammals into humanoid form, Hector finds his life turned utterly upside down. This is a story about unrelenting change, about a society out of control and barely recognizable to itself, and about how one man seeks solace and camaraderie in a world that is clearly moving on without him.

Mark is represented by Stephanie Sinclair.

Welcoming Priyanka Naik to Transatlantic Agency!

Welcome @ChefPriyanka to Transatlantic Agency!

Priyanka Naik is a 2017 Food Network Award Winning Chef, Food Blogger, Editor, and Influencer. Born and raised in Staten Island, NY, Chef Priyanka’s specialty is bringing together ingredients, flavors, and cultures through original vegetarian dishes in an Indian Twist on Global Classics. Her flavor profile and cooking skills landed her a spot on the Food Network Show Cooks vs. Cons, where she defeated two professionals and one amateur cook to take home the title of best cook and the prize of $10,000 – with purely vegetarian food!

She was the first Twitter employee to be a Guest Chef at the Twitter NYC HQ and the third-ever Twitter employee to be a Guest Chef at Twitter San Francisco HQ serving over 2000, thus joining the Twitter Guest Chef “Hall of Fame” amongst Nigella Lawson, Bryant Terry, Virginia Willis, and other world renowned chefs. She is also a contributing editor to her hometown NYC-based newspaper, the Staten Island Advance, builds sponsored content with brands such as Motorola for GQ, Laxmi House of Spices, LUMI, Biena Snacks, is regularly invited to promote NYC restaurants, is a speaker at the 2018 #TECHMunch Conference and is writing her first cookbook.

A glimpse into Priyanka’s lifestyle and cooking style can be found on and YouTube.

DEAL NEWS: 6 foreign rights deals for Iain Reid’s FOE

Iain Reid‘s stellar sophomore novel, FOE, published with Simon & Schuster yesterday in the US and on August 7th in Canada – now we’re thrilled to share 6 more territories publishing this must-read book!

UK Commonwealth ex Canada sold to Suzanne Baboneau, Managing Director of S&S for their Scribner imprint by Stephanie Sinclair and Samantha Haywood.

Italian rights in a two-book deal to Rizzoli by Erica Berla of the Berla & Griffini Rights Agency in association with Stephanie Sinclair on behalf of Samantha Haywood.

German rights to Droemer by Hannah Fosh of Liepman Agency in association with Stephanie Sinclair on behalf of Samantha Haywood.

Brazilian rights to Editora Rocco by Marta de Bru de Sala of The Foreign Office in association with Stephanie Sinclair on behalf of Samantha Haywood.

Czech rights in a two book deal to Leda by Stephanie on behalf of Samantha Haywood.

Turkish rights to HEP KITAP as an Imprint of TEAS Yayincilik A.S. by the Kalem Agency in association with Stephanie Sinclair on behalf of Samantha Haywood..

Happy book birthday to Iain Weir’s THE DEATH AND LIFE OF STROTHER PURCELL

Happy book birthday to Ian Weir‘s THE DEATH AND LIFE OF STROTHER PURCELL, published yesterday with Goose Lane Editions​!

An archetypal saga of obsession, treachery, lost love, murder and revenge. A deadpan revisionist Western, refracted through the lens of a Southern Gothic revenge tragedy, THE DEATH AND LIFE OF STROTHER PURCELL is a novel about the power of the past…and the lengths we’ll go in order to invent it.

Ian Weir is a screenwriter, playwright and novelist. His debut novel Daniel O’Thunder, published in 2009, was a finalist for four awards: the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize Best First Book Award, the First Novel Award, the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize and the e Canadian Authors Association’s Award for Fiction. Among his extensive television credits, he was the writer and executive producer of the acclaimed crime thriller Dragon Boys, a CBC miniseries that first aired in 2007. His stage plays have been produced across Canada and in the U.S. and U.K., and he is the author of ten radio dramas. He has won two Geminis, four Leos, a Jessie and the Writers Guild of Canada Canadian Screenwriting Award. His last novel, Will Starling, was longlisted for the Dublin IMPAC and published in Canada and the U.S.


“This is an outstanding novel, alternately tragic and funny, grim and joyous, about spilled blood, shattered lives, and the redemptive power of both the smallest good deed and the grand selfless act.” Publishers Weekly​, starred review

“Ian Weir’s The Death and Life of Strother Purcell is a literary exegesis on truth disguised as a rollicking, tragic Western entertainment. Cain and Abel and the Sisters brothers got nothing on towering Strother Purcell and his club-footed half-brother Elijah Dillashay. When lies are this well-loved they transform into truth and truth into history. On top of all that, it’s hilarious.”
-Hart Hanson, author of Driver and creator of Bones

“Ian Weir takes every trope in the Western’s play-book – the one-eyed avenging lawman, the feckless brother, tarts both with and without hearts, gunslingers, gimps and gamblers – and makes of them something new and utterly wonderful. Any writer who uses ‘walrus’ as verb gets my vote. This wildly entertaining and witty yarn made me gasp, hoot and holler. If Clint doesn’t play Strother Purcell in the movie I’ll eat my stetson.”
-C. C. Humphreys, author of Plague and Chasing the Wind

“What a fantastic yarn, as they say, by turns tragic and droll, intimate and expansive, with every thread stretching taut towards an epic conclusion. The Life and Death of Strother Purcell is also, if you get past the page-turning thrill of it, a fascinating and insightful commentary on how stories are built, and on our determination to see them come to light and be given their due. As for Strother, he strides on the page — epic and tragic—a man trapped in the myths of manhood and gunslinging, a man of a bygone era, who cannot allow bygones to be just that.”
-Claire Mulligan, author of The Reckoning of Boston Jim and The Dark

The Death and Life of Strother Purcell is masterfully crafted storytelling, witty and pacy and scratchy with grit. When it comes to the ‘Canadian Western,’ Ian Weir thrills and heartbreaks in similar ways as Guy Vanderhaeghe, and if that all sounds like a good time – and it is – you ought to read them both.”
-Andrew Pyper, author of The Only Child and The Demonologist