Joshua Whitehead’s JONNY APPLESEED longlisted for 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize!

It is with great joy we announce that Joshua Whitehead‘s JONNY APPLESEED (Arsenal Pulp Press) has been long-listed for the 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize! Each year the prestigious Scotiabank Giller Prize strives to acknowledge the best in Canadian fiction. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the prize.

From the esteemed five-member panel: “This list reflects the landscape of the current Canadian imagination: diverse, bold, edgy, exciting, reflective, aware, angry and joyous…These are stories about and beyond Canada, a list so exciting, exhibiting such pure excellence, it stands up to any list in the world, and it is great, great fun to read.”

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.

JONNY APPLESEED IS Joshua’s debut novel. Joshua is the author of full-metal indigiqueer (Talonbooks) and 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 Scotiabank Giller Prize shortlist will be announced on October 1st. For the full long-list and for more information on the prize, please visit Scotiabankgillerprize.ca/2018-longlist.

Endless congratulations to Joshua, and to all the long-listed authors.

Welcome, David Young!

We’re very pleased to welcome David Young as a client of Transatlantic.

David Young published two novels in his twenties and wrote a series of award-winning plays (Fire, Glenn, Inexpressible Island, No Great Mischief, Clout), which were widely produced in Canada and abroad. He was a founding director of both The Writers’ Trust of Canada and the Griffin Poetry Prize.

Currently on offer, his début novel, Field of Vision employs an artfully-constructed plot that weaves together the lives of its eclectic protagonists. It opens with a group of strangers who have come to an isolated cabin in the New Mexican desert for the rare chance to encounter the Field of Vision, an enigmatic art installation, which consists of a vast grid of lightning rods, and is said to induce life-changing experiences, fantastical coincidences, and harmonious synchronicities in the lives of those who engage with it. The experience the group shared during that single night in the desert will intertwine their futures in ways they cannot yet imagine. With razor-sharp social satire contrasted with serious philosophical interrogation about how to truly see and become one’s best self; with themes of the power of art, nature, and story, the destructiveness of addictions, and how love can ruin, redeem, and heal, Young has unleashed his truly singular voice to write Field of Vision.

David Young lives in Toronto, and in recent years, has worked extensively on HIV/AIDS interventions in Sub-Saharan Africa. He is represented by Marilyn Biderman. Welcome, David!

Welcoming Tara McGuire to Transatlantic Agency

We’re very pleased to welcome Tara McGuire to the Transatlantic Agency.

Tara​’s short stories have been broadcast on The Sunday Edition and The Vinyl Cafe on CBC Radio and published in local and international publications, such as Impact Magazine, Australian Yoga Life, The Vancouver Province, and West Coast Families. Her personal essay “Hook an Anger” was shortlisted for the 2018 Writer’s Union of Canada Short Prose Competition for Emerging Writers. The new anthology, Always With Me: Parents Talk About the Death of a Child includes Tara’s prose essays “Mourning Sickness” and “Hole Family” and her poems, “Go Away” and “On Sunday.” During Tara’s twenty-nine-year career as a radio broadcaster, she interviewed many extraordinary people, including: Isabel Allende, Sarah Ferguson, Robert Redford, Roberta Bondar, Queen Noor, Goldie Hawn, Madeleine Albright, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Sally Field, Isabella Rosselini, Lily Tomlin, Irish Prime Minister Mary Robinson, Billy Jean King, and many others. Tara holds an Honours Diploma in Radio Journalism from the British Columbia Institute of Technology, is a graduate of The Writer’s Studio at Simon Fraser University, and is currently working on her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia. She is writing her first volume-length work: a personal exploration of the opioid crisis, by examining events surrounding the overdose death of her son, Holden. Tara McGuire lives in Vancouver.

Follow Tara on Twitter @tarajmcguire and taramcguire.com. We look forward to supporting you on your journey with writing!

Tara is represented by Marilyn Biderman.

Welcoming writer Karen McBride

We’re extending a warm and excited welcome to writer Karen McBride!

Karen is an Algonquin Anishnaabe writer from the Timiskaming First Nation in the territory that is now Quebec. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music and English, as well as a Bachelor of Education from the University of Ottawa. Most recently, Karen graduated with a Master of Arts in the Field of Creative Writing from the University of Toronto.

Karen is currently writing a novel that follows the story of Hazel, a young Algonquin woman who returns home to her reservation to reconcile the death of her father and the legacy left in his wake. With the aid of the trickster, Nanabush, Hazel begins to unravel a web of deceit that, if left untouched, could destroy her family and her home on both sides of the Medicine Wheel.

Presently, Karen is working as an elementary school teacher on her home reservation.

Karen is represented by Stephanie Sinclair.

Happy Book Birthday to Heather Smith’s ANGUS ALL AGLOW!

Happy book birthday to Heather Smith‘s ANGUS ALL AGLOW, illustrated by Alice Carter, publishing today with Orca Book Publishers!

From the publisher: “A gentle story of acceptance, generosity and friendship, Angus All Aglow reminds us that it only takes one kind gesture to restore your sparkle, and returning the kindness can make you glow from the inside out.”

Heather Smith’s YA novel, The Agony of Bun O’Keefe, received starred reviews from Kirkus and Quill & Quire, was named a best book of 2017 by Kirkus, Bank Street College of Education, The Globe and Mail, and Quill & Quire (honorable mention), and won the Ruth & Sylvia Schwartz Award. Her recent middle grade verse novel, Ebb & Flow (Kids Can Press, 2018) received starred reviews from School Library Journal and Quill & Quire. Smith is originally from Newfoundland, and now lives in Waterloo, Ontario, with her husband and three children. ANGUS ALL AGLOW is her first picture book.

Advance Praise:

“The tale is one of inclusion, acceptance, diversity, friendship, and kindness, but all are subtly included and take a back seat to the story. This book’s sweet message leaves you glowing from the inside out, just like Angus.” -Booklist

“A heartwarming story that emphasizes the individuality and creativity that each child brings to the world and the challenges children face as they try to communicate their uniqueness to others.” -CM magazine

“Smith’s story accomplishes some great things: It introduces readers to new reach-word vocabulary, and Angus’ love of sparkle isn’t tied directly to sexuality or gender identity, allowing it to reach the heterosexual cis boys who love a little glitz and glimmer.”
-Kirkus Reviews

“At once unique, but understandable…Angus’ experience will also bring hope to those who may feel like a lone unicorn in a herd of horses.” -Resource Links

“A heartwarming and sparkly story of friendship. Angus is a lovable and charmingly original character, and his story holds an important message: we all glow a little more brightly when we are able to be ourselves.”
-Robin Stevenson, award-winning author Pride: Celebrating Diversity & Community

Pauline Dakin’s RUN, HIDE, REPEAT is shortlisted for the 2018 Edna Staebler Award!

We’re honoured to congratulate Pauline Dakin whose electric memoir RUN, HIDE, REPEAT: A Memoir of a Fugitive Childhood (Viking Books) has been shortlisted for the 2018 Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction!

The jury on this year’s shortlist: “The books on this year’s shortlist demonstrate the breadth of what creative non-fiction can be…All unique in their own way, these books are expertly written and compelling reads.”

The winner will be announced later this month. For more information about the award and for the full shortlist, please visit wlu.ca/news/edna-staebler-award-shortlist.

Happy Book Birthday to Sylv Chiang’s ANYONE’S GAME!

Happy book birthday to Sylv Chiang‘s ANYONE’S GAME, illustrated by Connie Choi, the second book in the Cross Ups series publishing today with Annick Press!

From the publisher: “With its sharp dialogue and relatable characters, Anyone’s Game chronicles the ups and downs of middle school with a relevant, contemporary twist.”

Sylv Chiang is a middle grade teacher by day and a writer of middle grade fiction by night. She wrote Tournament Trouble to appeal to the students in her grade five class who are more interested in video games than books. She lives in Pickering, Ontario.

Praise for the Cross Ups series:

“A fast-paced escapade that draws real-life parallels to gaming culture.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“Realistic and relatable.” —School Library Journal

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 samantha@transatlanticagency.com.

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: gwenbenaway.com. We’re somewhere beyond proud to have Gwen on our roster! She is represented by Marilyn Biderman.