This annual award recognizes the best first collection of short fiction by a Canadian author published in the previous year in the English language.
From the Jury:
David Huebert, PENINSULA SINKING (Biblioasis)
“A sense of wonderment penetrates the everyday lives of characters from the Maritimes in this well-crafted, compelling collection that displays a mastery of classical short-story structure and technique. Huebert’s vibrant language juxtaposes tough characters with tender preoccupations, creating narratives that are unsettling and mesmerizing, making ordinary moments in relationships thrilling and dangerous.”
From the Jury:
Lori McNulty, LIFE ON MARS (Goose Lane Editions)
“This marvellous collection displays a deep understanding of human nature through its gritty, complex, vivid, and believable characters, who find themselves experiencing alienation no matter where they live or travel in the world. McNulty’s language is lucid, fluid, and precise, employing inventive similes and metaphors. The work highlights the fragile, random unpredictability of life: we are victims of our circumstances, our natures, and our bodies.”
Congratulations David and Lori! We’re wishing you the best of luck.
For more information and the full short list, please visit Writersunion.ca/short-list-2017-danuta-gleed-literary-award
We’re delighted to be saying Happy Book Birthday to Pat Schmatz! In her latest novel, THE KEY TO EVERY THING, published by Candlewick Press, Pat Schmatz introduces readers to a tenacious, fiercely loyal girl struggling to let go of the fantasies and fears of her childhood . . . and say yes to everything that lies ahead. This middle grade novel is emotionally true, incredibly moving and a literary tour de force. Pat Schmatz is the author of the critically acclaimed Bluefish as well as Lizard Radio, which won the James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award for exploring and expanding the understanding of gender. Pat Schmatz lives in Minneapolis.
Get a free preview of the book here: http://insight.randomhouse.com/widget/v4/?width=600&height=860&isbn=9780763695668&shortCode=&author=Pat%20Schmatz&title=The%20Key%20to%20Every%20Thing&refererURL=www.penguinrandomhouse.com
“The novel will take some readers outside their comfort zones, into the sometimes scary arena of health care facilities and the never-easy subject of death. But the strong presentation of Tash’s viewpoint is reassuring, and so is the straightforward depiction of her discomfort, anger, jealousy, remorse, reconciliation, and sadness. A simply written, emotionally resonant narrative.” —Booklist, starred review
“The author skilfully creates empathy for the prickly Tash, a complex and challenging character…Readers will relate to Tash’s grit in finding a way to deal with life when it doesn’t go to plan.” —BayViews
“Traumatized by past neglect at the hands of an alcoholic parent, an ‘almost-sixth-grader’ faces her phobia of being alone after her elderly friend is injured…Tash’s volatile emotions and Kevin’s gentle steadiness ring true, adding dimension to the tear-jerking trope…A bittersweet but hopeful take on loss, trauma, and the many meanings of family.
IN SEARCH OF THE PERFECT SINGING FLAMINGO, is equally heart-warming as it is heart-breaking. This novel is ultimately the story of a father, struggling to let his daughters grow up, and of a working class family, struggling against hard odds, to take care of each other when the world lets them down.
Claire Tacon’s first novel, In the Field, was the winner of the 2010 Metcalf-Rooke Award. Her fiction has been shortlisted for the Bronwen Wallace Award, the CBC Literary Prizes and the Playboy College Fiction Contest, and has appeared in journals and anthologies such as the New Quarterly, SubTerrain and Best Canadian Short Stories. She has an MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia and is a past fiction editor of PRISM international. Claire is a lecturer at St. Jerome’s University and runs the fiction podcast The Oddments Tray with Chioke I’Anson.
“Hilarious and humane, uproarious and unpredictable, Claire Tacon’s In Search of the Perfect Singing Flamingo hums with infectious power. Imagine George Saunders and Meg Wolitzer co-authored a book about a Chuck E. Cheese franchise in North York, only then might you get some idea of what Claire Tacon has accomplished here. It’s a story about regret, siblinghood, parenthood, fertility, nostalgia and disappointment, which is perhaps just a long way of saying: it’s a story about a family.”
– Michael Christie, author of If I Fall, If I Die
“Written with humour and grace, In Search of the Perfect Singing Flamingo centres on Henry Robinson, a father struggling to be his best in his relationship with his daughters, a father learning to hold on tighter and to let go in equal measure. Add to that a funhouse and a road trip and a cast of characters you won’t soon forget, and you have a novel that manages to be clever and funny and wrenching and captivating all at once. Tacon’s writing is full of quiet magic, mixing the ordinary with the extraordinary as only great fiction can do. I couldn’t put it down until I’d reached its final page.”
– Amy Stuart, author of Still Mine
Happy Book Birthday to Sarah Selecky on the publication of RADIANT SHIMMERING LIGHT with HarperCollins Canada and Blackstone Audio! It will publish in the US later this year with Bloomsbury on December 4, 2018.
Sarah will be launching the novel on May 14th at Type Books. Full details are here:
Monday May 14th, 6:30-8:30pm, Type Books, 883 Queen St West.
The link is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/578037859262068/
In addition, she’ll have two other Ontario book launches. Visit the following link for full information — https://www.sarahselecky.com/2018/ontario-launch-parties-for-radiant-shimmering-light/
Listen to her The Secret Library Podcast — https://www.secretlibrarypodcast.com/episodes/
Also, check out Sarah’s interview with Carmen Spagnola here: http://www.carmenspagnola.com/2018/04/tnp102-sarah-selecky-radiant-shimmering-light/
Read an interview with Sarah at Quill & Quire here: LINK HERE
RADIANT SHIMMERING LIGHT was featured in Quill & Quire‘s and 49th Shelf‘s spring previews for 2018: https://quillandquire.com/omni/spring-preview-2018-fiction/
Another great podcast, an interview with Kim Mandar at Bookish Radio is here, starting 15 minutes into the podcast: https://bookishradio.ca/
From the Publisher: “A sharply funny and wise debut novel about female friendship, the face we show the world online and letting your own light shine, from the Scotiabank Giller Prize–shortlisted author of This Cake Is for the Party
Lilian Quick has looked up to her cousin Florence her whole life. Florence is everything Lilian is not—brave, confident, quick to find adventure and American. The women have been out of touch for years due to a family rift, but Lilian, childless, single and self-employed as a pet portraitist, has been watching Florence for years. Florence is now Internet-famous as Eleven Novak, the face of a compelling new feminine lifestyle empowerment brand.
When Eleven comes to town as part of her sales tour, she offers Lilian a place at the Temple, her Manhattan office. Despite twenty years of silence, Eleven welcomes her long-lost cousin with open arms, and the two women begin a new relationship. Lilian quickly enrols in the Ascendency, Eleven’s signature program: an expensive three-month training seminar on empowered leadership, spiritual awakening, and sales and marketing. Eleven is going to help her cousin rise up to be her highest self: confident, affluent and self-actualized.
Lilian’s sensitive, artistic nature is stretched by the work she does in the Ascendency, and pushed even further by her cousin’s careful life coaching. In just three months, Lilian’s life changes drastically and becomes everything she’s dreamed of. But is it everything she wants? And can she trust everything Eleven says?”
“Warm, sharp and deceptively light, with smart things to say about the commodification of spirituality; I ate it up.” —Lisa Gabriele, author of Tempting Faith DiNapoli and The Almost Archer
“Our online world provides endless humorous possibility and here is a book that’s witty, timely, and smart with regard to social media. But then, quite wonderfully, Selecky’s story turns more complicated than it first appeared. Bursting with energy and color, every page delights and provokes. This book is a dazzler.” —Karen Joy Fowler, author of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
“The human desire to belong is at the heart of Sarah Selecky’s radiant, shimmering novel. In the person of Lilian Quick, Selecky has created an irresistible heroine. She has once again proven that she is a writer perfectly attuned to the music of the present moment.”
—Barbara Gowdy, author of Little Sister
“Radiant Shimmering Light is inventive and modern. Sarah Selecky delivers a cast of characters who are both recognizable and utterly unique in
this novel that is as luminous as its title.”
—Marissa Stapley, author of Things To Do When It’s Raining
“Fresh and original, Sarah Selecky’s novel cleverly satirizes our insta-world but also takes its characters seriously enough to give them an ending that’s moving and transcendent.” —Kerry Clare, author of Mitzi Bytes
“Sarah Selecky could easily be the next Alice Munro.” —Chatelaine
“Selecky’s stories are ultra-lush and wise, wickedly wry. She is uncannily accurate about all the tender, blasted-open moments that change us for the good. This Cake… is delicious.” —Lisa Moore, Scotiabank Giller Prize-shortlisted author of Caught
“An elegant collection that weaves between life’s everyday pleasures and everyday pain…a beautiful book” —Torontoist
“Strong, often understated, witty and always compassionate. This Cake is for the Party is more than dessert — it is a veritable feast!” —Halifax Herald
“Vibrant, poetic and salacious… It’s no wonder that Cake came so close to winning the Giller.” —THIS Magazine
Romanian rights to EXACTLY WHAT TO SAY by Phil Jones to California Fitness Romania by Stephanie Sinclair of the Transatlantic Agency on behalf of Page Two Strategies
We’re proud to announce that Alicia Elliott has been named the winner of the 2018 RBC Taylor Emerging Writer Award by Tanya Talaga! The $10,000 annual prize, awarded by RBC and the Taylor Prize, recognizes a Canadian published author who is working on a first draft of a writing project, especially in literary non-fiction. Alicia will also receive mentorship from Tanya Talaga. Congratulations, Alicia!
Alicia Elliott has been published by The Malahat Review, The Butter, Room, Grain, The New Quarterly, CBC, The Globe and Mail, Vice, Maclean’s, Maisonneuve, Today’s Parent and Reader’s Digest. She’s currently Associate Nonfiction Editor at Little Fiction | Big Truths, and a consulting editor with The New Quarterly. Her essay, “A Mind Spread Out on the Ground” won a National Magazine Award. Alicia was the 2017-2018 Geoffrey and Margaret Andrew Fellow at UBC.
For more information, please visit: (http://www.rbctaylorprize.ca/)
When Korean born, non-English speaking, 14-year old, Robin Ha is abruptly transplanted from Seoul, Korean to Huntsville, Alabama with her single mom, she must grapple with culture shock, learning English, and her new Korean stepfamily. In the tradition of graphic novel memoirs such as AMERICAN BORN CHINESE by Gene Yang, ALMOST AMERICAN GIRL is a deeply moving, funny, and insightful story about how art can save a life.
The deal for North American rights was negotiated by Samantha Haywood. For publication in Winter 2020.
Photo credit: Michael Z. Daryabeygi
Today we’re delighted to welcome Edward Lee to Transatlantic! He’s represented by Stephanie Sinclair.
Edward Lee is a Toronto lawyer and arbitrator. Born and raised in Montreal, his fiction and creative non-fiction have appeared in Descant Magazine, The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, Strike the Wok, an Anthology of Contemporary Chinese Canadian Fiction, TOK, Writing the New Toronto, and other literary magazines. He is also the author of a radio play, Canasian Eh? His novel, The Laundryman’s Boy, is the story of Hoi Wing Woo, a Chinese teenager who comes to St. Catharines, Ontario in 1913 to work in a hand laundry. Arriving in the late fall, Hoi Wing struggles against the harsh demands of his employer, the bitter climate, and the casual bigotry of the townspeople, but he also experiences the pain and elation of first love when he befriends a young Irish scullery maid.
The novel is loosely based on the lives of the author’s grandfathers, both of whom came to Canada at the turn of the twentieth century.