Welcoming new client Alessandra Naccarato!

We’re welcoming author Alessandra Naccarato to Transatlantic today!

Alessandra is a writer based between Salt Spring Island, BC and Toronto, Ontario. She is the recipient of the 2017 CBC Poetry Prize and the 2015 Bronwen Wallace Award in poetry from the Writer’s Trust of Canada, runner-up for Event Magazine’s Creative Non-Fiction Prize, and two-time finalist the Edna Steabler Personal Essay Prize and Arc Magazine’s Poem of Year, as well as The Constance Rooke Creative Non-Fiction Prize, among other recognitions. Alessandra holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia, and her poetry and non-fiction have appeared in literary magazines across Canada, including Room Magazine, EVENT, The New Quarterly, CV2, ARC Poetry Magazine, and elsewhere. She is the managing editor of Write Bloody North Publications, a newly released imprint of Write Bloody Publications (Los Angeles). Her debut poetry collection, Re-Origin of Species, is forthcoming with Book*hug Press in September 2019.

Alessandra’s non-fiction debut, RESTING PAIN FACE, is a collection of personal essays that explore chronic pain, gender, and the twisting road of recovery. With lyricism and wit, this book maps the landscape of her journey: from the first stranger to tell her to smile, to her numb face in a neurologist’s office two decades later, querying the impact of intergenerational trauma, medical doubt, and community care.

Alessandra is represented by Stephanie Sinclair.

Welcoming Liz Anelli

Welcome Liz Anelli, award-winning illustrator! Liz delights in complex scenes and is well known for her large scale illustrated city maps and murals.

Her illustrations for children’s books have been extensively recognized – In 2018 Ten Pound Pom won The EPA Educational Picture Book of the Year and was shortlisted for CBCA Picture Book for the Year.

Desert Lake won the Scholastic Australia Standing Orders Librarians’ Choice Award 2016 and in 2017 was a Notable Book in the CBCA Book of the Year Awards in two categories, shortlisted for Educational Publishing Awards, NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, NSW Premier’s Young People’s History Award, Speech Pathology Awards and the Environment Award for Children’s Literature 2017. Other picture books are Howzat!, Grace and Katie and Maddie’s First Day with Dry to Dry and The Biscuit Maker scheduled for 2020. See more of her work at Lizanelli-illustration.com.

DEAL NEWS: THERE HAS TO BE A KNIFE by Adnan Khan

World English rights to Adnan Khan’s THERE HAS TO BE A KNIFE – a debut novel that investigates themes of race, class and masculinity – both intimate and political- on brown men, exploring ideas of cultural identity and the tropes we use to represent them all the while telling a beautiful contemporary story about love- to Arsenal Pulp Press for publication in Fall 2019 by Stephanie Sinclair of the Transatlantic Agency.

Happy book birthday to Cindy Stulberg and Ron Frey’s FEELING BETTER

Happy book birthday to Cindy Stulberg and Ron Frey‘s FEELING BETTER: Beat Depression and Improve Your Relationships with Interpersonal Psychotherapy, which published yesterday with New World Library!

This is the first-ever book to put the research-proven technique of Interpersonal Psychotherapy, IPT, into the hands of the general public, teaching readers skills and tools that will allow you to set and achieve goals, articulate feelings, and make constructive decisions.

Cindy Stulberg, DCS, CPsych, is a psychologist, teacher, wife, mother, mother-in-law, and grandmother. With Dr. Ronald Frey, Cindy cofounded the Institute for Interpersonal Psychotherapy, which trains, supervises, and certifies mental health clinicians in interpersonal psychotherapy. She lives in Ontario.

Ron Frey, PhD, CPsych, is a former acting chief psychologist for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and a registered forensic and clinical psychologist. He lives in Quebec.

Pre-publication praise:

“The authors share a 12-week program based on Interpersonal Psychotherapy to help readers in virtually every life situation, from ‘consciously uncoupling,’ to coping with loss and dealing with addiction”
Spirituality & Healthy‘s list of 100 must-have books in 2018

“The encouraging, clear voice of the book empowers its readers, and the practical elements make real change seem possible. . . . Feeling Better unlocks the power of community and relationships for health and wholeness.”
— Foreword

“Building on the fundamental truth that our closest relationships are central to our happiness, Feeling Better is an indispensable guide to overcoming depression by changing ineffective patterns of relating. This accessible, evidence-based treatment program, rooted in interpersonal psychotherapy, provides highly effective tools with which to change your relationships, your mood, and your life.”
— Matthew McKay, PhD, coauthor of Thoughts & Feelings and Self-Esteem

“Finally, a book that makes interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) accessible to everyone. The effectiveness of IPT has been rigorously demonstrated by clinical research and should be more widely available to individuals struggling with depression and other mental health issues. It also makes sense that the quality of our relationships is central to our mental health. Feeling Better could be used for self-help or in combination with treatment by a qualified therapist. If you want to feel better, read this book!”
— Dr. Allan B. Steingart, founder and CEO of Psychotherapy Matters and assistant professor of psychiatry, University of Toronto

“The title says it all. I love this proactive approach to mental health. I can see it giving people a sense of empowerment over their depression, which goes a long way, in my experience! I’m a fan of this book because (a) it gives validating encouragement and simple, proactive steps toward positive change; and (b) it’s cheaper than pills.”
— Jessica Holmes, comedian, member of Air Farce, and author of Depression: The Comedy

JOCELYN PARR’S UNCERTAIN WEIGHTS AND MEASURES LONGLISTED FOR THE 2019 INTERNATIONAL DUBLIN LITERARY AWARD

We’re pleased to announce that UNCERTAIN WEIGHTS AND MEASURES by Jocelyn Parr (Goose Lane Editions) has been longlisted for the 2019 International Dublin Literary Award!

The International Dublin Literary Award, managed by Dublin City Council’s library service, offers a prize of €100,000 to the author of the winning book. Titles are nominated by invited public libraries around the world on the basis of ‘high literary merit’. 10 books will be shortlisted from this year’s 141 longlisted titles on April 4th, 2019. The winner will be announced on June 12th, 2019.

The nominating librarian says: “Uncertain Weights and Measures is “a historical novel that feels refreshing contemporary… This remarkable debut novel is both a compelling love story and a thoughtful exploration of the human heart and mind”, author Johanna Skibsrud. Main characters Tatiana and Sasha are fully developed, complex and compelling characters, allowing Parr to tackle weighty themes. The novel explores timeless dialectical conflicts between art and science, politics and idealism, rational thought and emotions/love, past and present, producing a historical novel grounded in late 1920s Russia that will resonate with thoughtful contemporary readers. Parr also seamlessly incorporates a wealth of meticulously researched scientific facts. Shortlisted for the Scotia Giller Prize for fiction, this book is an excellent example of the fine literature championed by the New Brunswick independent publisher, Goose Lane Editions.”

JOCELYN PARR was born in New Zealand, but grew up on the West Coast. She holds a PhD in English Literature, which she completed as a cotutelle with the Erasmus Mundus Doctoral programme, graduating from the universities of Tübingen and Perpignan. Her writing has appeared in publications in France and Germany, as well in Canadian literary magazines such as Brick and Grain. Her debut novel, Uncertain Weights and Measures, was shortlisted for the Governor General’s award for English-language fiction.

For more information on the award and for the full longlist, please visit Dublinliteraryaward.ie/nominees.

Congratulations to Jocelyn and all the longlisted authors!

Transatlantic Agency announces the retirement of Partner, Marie Campbell

Senior Agent and Partner, Marie Campbell is retiring from her career in agenting. Marie joined the Transatlantic 15 years ago in 2003 and played a pivotal role in the growth and success of the agency’s Children’s & YA Division. She has agreed to remain on as an advisor to the agency. Her former clients, including Teresa Toten, Eric Walters, Caroline Pignat and Kit Pearson, have received awards recognition from every part of Canada, including the Governor General’s Literary Award and the Canadian Library Association’s Book of the Year Award. A former editor, in-house rights manager, and instructor at Ryerson University’s Publishing Program, she has worked in publishing for over 30 years.

Says Haywood, “Marie Campbell’s expertise, passion, dedication and great friendship to Transatlantic Agency will be deeply missed. We have grown so much from her investment in our clients and colleagues. We wish her happiness and success in her new pursuits.”

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 15 agents, half adult publishing/half children’s publishing, located across North America, with US agents in New York, Boston, 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).

Please note, Marie’s Transatlantic email address will remain active through 2019.

For more information contact: Samantha Haywood at samantha@transatlanticagency.com.

DEAL NEWS: Bernice Friesen’s ISLAND UNIVERSE

Canadian rights to Bernice Friesen‘s ISLAND UNIVERSE – the story of Charlie – a brilliant but failed astrophysicist, a sometimes stalker, and a mental ward runaway – When a phone number he hasn’t seen in a decade, belonging to a woman he assumed dead, suddenly appears on his call display, Charlie is triggered into a downward spiral stalking the streets of Montreal in search of a lost love – to Freehand Books​ for publication in Fall 2020 by Stephanie Sinclair.

Happy book birthday to Shaunghessy Bishop-Stall’s HUNGOVER

Happy book birthday to Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall‘s HUNGOVER, publishing today with Penguin Random House in the U.S.!

HUNGOVER is forthcoming with HarperCollins Canada (November 27); Dumont Verlag, Germany (Fall 2019); Cassiopeia Publisher, Korea; Bukowy Las, Poland; and was previously published in the U.K. with Blink Publishing (November 15).

HUNGOVER is an irresistible blend of culture, history, science, philosophy and mischievous humour – one intrepid reporter’s quest to learn everything there is to know about hangovers, trying all of the cures he can find and explaining how (and if) they work, all so the rest of us don’t have to.

The pre-publication praise is as strong as the long-standing desire to cure hangovers:

“In his irreverent, well-oiled memoir, HUNGOVER, Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall sets out on a liver-punishing world tour in search of a cure for the condition. With a heavy pour of gonzo styling, the author samples the local culture not only through the bottle but by throwing himself into activities that only a madman would voluntarily do while hung over… Between accounts of pub crawls, Oktoberfest and meetings with the heads of hangover-cure companies, Mr. Bishop-Stall packs his book with humorous and enlightening asides about alcohol in literature (there’s lots of it), athletes as accomplished at the bar as on the field (David Wells pitched a perfect game after a rager) and more.”
—Brian Kelly, The Wall Street Journal

“Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall serves up part travelogue and part confession here. At the outset, he pays some tribute to the hard-drinking English novelist and critic Kingsley Amis, who was no stranger to the hangover. Indeed, Hungover is a tribute to working through what Amis himself once described as the two components of the dreaded ‘morning after’: the physical side (for which there are varied remedies about which he wrote in detail). And then the metaphysical side, which, as Bishop-Stall demonstrates in eleven chapters of often disarmingly personal prose.”
—Forbes.com

“Fans of Mary Roach will delight in Bishop-Stall’s similar knack for collecting stories and anecdotes from a quirky cast of experts, as well as his similar proclivity for fascinating tangents… Hungover is a world tour of a party, with a raucous cast of winos and experts, figures cultural and political… Reading Hungover is akin to watching The Hangover… his sense of adventure and one-liners make for a similarly uproarious ride.”
—Shelf Awareness

“Hangovers have haunted humans since the invention of beer and will follow us like a dirty, drunk shadow until the end of our days. But there are a few hopefuls among us who say we are not doomed to that fate. In Hungover, journalist Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall tests out hangover cures like polar bear swims and saline IV drips in an effort to figure out how to make Sunday mornings a bit more sufferable. He sorts through the fact and the fiction so you don’t have to.”
—Inverse.com

Sharon Bala’s THE BOAT PEOPLE longlisted for 2019 Aspen Words Literary Prize

We can’t congratulate Sharon Bala enough whose novel, THE BOAT PEOPLE (Doubleday Books), has been longlisted for the 2019 Aspen Words Literary Prize! This annual prize is awarded to “an influential work of fiction that illuminates a vital contemporary issue and demonstrates the transformative power of literature on thought and culture.”

THE BOAT PEOPLE is Sharon Bala’s bestselling debut that follows a group of refugees who survive a perilous ocean voyage only to face the threat of deportation amid accusations of terrorism.

The shortlist will be announced on February 20, 2019, and the winner will be revealed on April 11, 2019 at an awards ceremony in NYC.
For the full longlist, please visit: Aspenwords.org/programs/literary-prize/longlist/.

In Memoriam of Priscilla Galloway

Transatlantic is saddened by the passing of long-time client and dear friend Priscilla Galloway.

Priscilla earned a B.A. in English from Queen’s University, as well as a M.A. and a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in English and Educational Theory respectively. As a part-time author Priscilla published several books, taught in high-schools and universities, and worked as a language arts consultant with children of all ages. Priscilla became a full-time author in 1993, fulfilling a lifelong dream of being a professional writer.

Priscilla has written 25 acclaimed books, winning numerous awards including the international Bologna Ragazzi award in 2000 for Too Young to Fight: Memories from our Youth During World War II, the first Canadian book to win this award. Priscilla’s non-fiction writing benefitted from her breadth of knowledge; her fictional characters were richly human and emanated Priscilla’s personal strength and conviction.

We have been honoured to work alongside Priscilla for so many of those years, she will be missed by us all.