The Agony of Bun O’Keefe receives a starred review

Kirkus Reviews has given Heather Smith’s YA fiction novel, THE AGONY OF BUN O’KEEFE, a starred review!

The book tells the story of Bun O’Keefe, a 14 year old girl living on the streets of St. John’s, Newfoundland, in 1986. Heather Smith’s writing is commended: “Smith’s talent lies in deftly handling numerous heavy topics: suicide, sexual abuse, neglect, AIDS, homophobia, transphobia, and racism, without making them feel forced or gratuitous.”

According to Kirkus Reviews, “Although Bun is 14, she possesses the endearing naiveté and honesty of a child, but her first-person narration isn’t sappy or immature.”

THE AGONY OF BUN O’KEEFE will be available from Penguin Teen on September 5, 2017.

Carson Crosses Canada Tops the CBC Bestseller List at #1!

Thrilling news for  Canada Day! Transatlantic Agency client Kass Reich has topped the CBC bestseller list with the #1
bestselling kids’ book for the Sesquicentennial! An amazing achievement for Kass’s debut picture book. Thrilled for CARSON CROSSES CANADA, Kass, Linda Bailey and
Tundra Books.

www.cbc.ca/books/2017/06/the-bestselling-books-in-canada-june-11-to-17-2017.html

Deal News: End of the Rope by Jan Redford

Jan Redford’s debut, END OF THE ROPE: Braving Mountains, Marriage and  Motherhood, in the tradition of Cheryl Strayed’s Wild,  set in the Rockies, in which a rash young climber bounces from mountain to mountain and relationship to relationship, then loses the love of her life in a climbing accident, becomes pregnant with his friend’s baby and struggles in a stormy marriage until she finally breaks free to pursue higher education and make her own way in life. US English rights to Jack Shoemaker at Counterpoint with Megha Majumdar editing, previously to Random House Canada for Spring 2018 by Samantha Haywood of Transatlantic Agency.

Deal News: The Sweetest Music by Kristen den Hartog and Tracy Kasaboski

Kristen den Hartog and Tracy Kasaboski‘s new work, THE SWEETEST MUSIC, a sweeping, working-class family memoir, begins with a young cowkeeper and his wife who arrive in 1840s London, England from Wales to escape poverty but instead plunge into it, then follows their descendants through 100 years to the big band era of the 1920s and 1930s in London, Ontario. World English rights to Anna Comfort-O’Keeffe at Douglas & McIntyre by Samantha Haywood of Transatlantic Agency.

All the Dirt by Katherine Ashenburg Nominated for the 2018 Rocky Mountain Book Award!

This week the 2018 Rocky Mountain Book Award nominees were announced, and we are absolutely delighted that ALL THE DIRT: A History of Getting Clean (Annick Press) by Katherine Ashenburg and illustrated by Capuzine Mazille, is on the list! This is an Alberta-based reader’s choice award that invites students in grades 4-7 and their educators to select their favourite books. The winner will be awarded a gold medal. Congratulations to Katherine and Capucine, and their fellow nominees!

Please visit the following link for a full list of the nominees: www.rmba.info/rmba/nominees/2018/

To learn more about the award, you may visit www.rmba.info/about/

Gary Barwin Wins the 2017 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour!

We are delighted to share that Gary Barwin, author of YIDDISH FOR PIRATES (Penguin Random House Canada), has won the 2017 Leacock Medal for Humour, one of Canada’s oldest literary prizes. Gary took home a $15,000 cheque from the TD Financial Group and a prestigious Leacock Medal cast in silver. Gary is officially the 69th winner in the history of the award, joining such Canadian literary giants as Mordecai Richler, Robertson Davies, W.O. Mitchell, Terry Fallis and Patrick deWitt.  Congratulations to Gary and his fellow nominees!

Please visit the following link to learn more about the award: https://leacock.ca/2017/06/11/gary-barwin-wins-2017-leacock-medal/

To read Gary’s wonderful acceptance speech, please visit: https://leacock.ca/2017-2/gary-barwin-leacock-medal-acceptance-speech/

THE BEST KIND OF PEOPLE Selected as a 2017 Hamilton Reads Title

Zoe Whittall​’s Scotiabank Giller Prize​-shortlisted novel THE BEST KIND OF PEOPLE (House of Anansi Press​) is the Hamilton Reads 2017 title! Hamilton Reads is a large book club hosted by the Hamilton Public Library​.

The novel has been hugely successful, having been previously selected as Indigo’s #1 Best Book of 2016. It was also named a Best Book of the Year by The Globe and Mail​, National Post​, The Walrus and Toronto Life. It will be reaching a new audience when it publishes with Hodder & Stoughton in the UK this summer and with Ballantine US Fall 2017.

Check out the link below for information about the Hamilton Reads book club, great discussion questions, and information about Zoe and her book!

http://www.hpl.ca/news/hamilton-reads-2017

 

Samra Habib’s debut memoir to Viking Canada

Penguin Canada managing editor David Ross has acquired world rights to Toronto writer Samra Habib’s WE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN HERE, a memoir of the transformative experiences that have shaped her identity as a queer Muslim, to be published under the Viking imprint in spring 2019. The deal was arranged by Samantha Haywood of the Transatlantic Agency.

Deal News: Home Ice by Angie Abdou

HOME ICE: Reflections of a Reluctant Hockey Mom by Angie Abdou chronicles and illuminates a full season in the life of a hockey parent, crafting 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. Canadian English rights sold at auction to Susan Renouf at ECW Press by Jesse Finkelstein & Samantha Haywood of the Transatlantic Agency (Fall 2018).

Diane Schoemperlen’s Short Story Collection Publishes with Biblioasis

Happy Book Birthday to Diane Schoemperlen, whose collection of short stories, FIRST THINGS FIRST: Selected Stories, publishes with Biblioasis today!

From the publisher: “A reSet original, First Things First gathers 18 of the best of Diane Schoemperlen’s earliest and uncollected stories, with several being published in book form for the first time. Playfully inventive, comic, moving and profound, this collection will reinforce Schoemperlen’s importance as one of the leading short story writers of her generation.”

From June 5 to 12 she will be attending the Woodbridge Farm Retreat. She will host an already sold out day-long memoir writing workshop on June 10. Her short story collection will launch on June 11 at an outdoor reading with Marty Gervais and Daniel Lockhart, an event that is open to everyone. Please find full details about the retreat at the following link: https://thewoodbridgefarm.com/events/

On June 22 Diane will launch her short story collection at Novel Idea in Kingston, while on June 28 she will launch in Toronto at Ben McNally’s. Full details are in the posters!

 

 

 

 

Praise for Diane Schoemperlen

“There is no mistaking a Schoemperlen story—devoted to form, faithful to the mysteries of the everyday.”—The Globe & Mail

“Schoemperlen takes off from the modest launchpad of these seemingly simple concepts, soaring away in wholly unexpected directions. And we follow, thrilled by her quicksilver prose, warm humor, sexiness, precision, and tenderness.”—Booklist

“Schoemperlen’s inventive language and narrative structures encourage readers to be free ‘from the prison of everyday thinking.’”—The New York Times Book Review

“Lovely, clever [and] imaginative.”—The Wall Street Journal

Rights Sold: Biblioasis, World English