Happy book birthday to ELEPHANT SECRET by Eric Walters!

Happy Book Birthday to Eric Walters, whose 100th book, ELEPHANT SECRET, publishes today with Puffin in Canada and Clarion in America!

ELEPHANT SECRET is We Bought a Zoo meets Jurassic Park in a gripping story featuring the evergreen appeal of human-animal friendships and set in an elephant sanctuary, about a thirteen-year-old girl, a cast of elephants, and a surprising new arrival—a woolly mammoth.

Sam was born and raised in an elephant sanctuary. When a beloved elephant dies giving birth, Sam develops a connection with baby Woolly—who isn’t actually an elephant but was cloned from woolly mammoth DNA. And the billionaire genius behind the cloning experiment will stop at nothing to protect his investment. Smart, determined, and loving, Sam stands up to this powerful adversary to protect the sanctuary and her herd. In the best tradition of child-animal friendship stories, ELEPHANT SECRET explores the strong and complex bond between Sam and her elephants while offering a fascinating, authentic glimpse into elephant—and human—behavior.

This middle grade novel has already received fantastic reviews:

“Walters’ depiction of the bond that exists between Sam and her elephants is captivating. The elephants, who are presented as majestic and intelligent creatures with humanlike characteristics and rich emotional lives, will leave readers awestruck.”
-School Library Journal

“Cliffhangers and elephants will keep readers engaged.” -Kirkus

“Walters interweaves his beautiful family story with a thorough description of elephant behavior—their intellect, compassion, and loyalty—and factual scientific possibilities of cloning an extinct species…A must-read for anyone with an interest in elephants and their welfare.” -Booklist

Happy Book Birthday to CLIFFORD by Harold Johnson!

Happy book birthday to Harold Johnson‘s CLIFFORD, publishing today with House of Anansi Press!

CLIFFORD has been lauded as a “genre-dying” work, bridging the imagined and the true in one breathtaking story that starts with the author going home for his brother Clifford’s funeral and a chair that stands on three legs.

From the publisher: “Exquisitely crafted, funny, visionary, and wholly moving, Clifford is an extraordinary work for the way it defies strict category and embraces myriad forms of storytelling. To read it is to be immersed in a home, a family, a community, the wider world, the entire cosmos.”

Join Harold on October 2nd for a reading of CLIFFORD at McNally Robinson Winnipeg. More information about the event available here: Mcnallyrobinson.com//An-Evening-with-Harold-R-Johnson

Advance Praise and Accolades for CLIFFORD:

On the CBC Books list of “10 Canadian books coming out in August we can’t wait to read

Open Book interview: “Harold R. Johnson’s newest book combines his expertise in fiction and non-fiction, in a genre-blending work that is being hailed as the crown jewel of an already acclaimed oeuvre.”

“Memoir, fantasy, fiction? Genre bends in Clifford. Clifford, refuses to distinguish fact from fantasy or fiction from biography…the story’s meditations on loss, family, and fateful actions prove absorbing from the opening page.”
Toronto StarThestar.com/memoir-fantasy-fiction-genre-bends-in-clifford

Clifford is a luminous, genre-bending memoir. Heartache and hardship are no match for the disarming whimsy, the layered storytelling shot through with love. The power of land, the pull of family, the turbulence of poverty are threads woven together with explorations of reality, tackling truth with a trickster slant.”
—Eden Robinson, author of Son of a Trickster

“Harold R. Johnson is a wonderful writer, and Clifford is his best
work yet. For fans of Jack Finney and Richard Matheson, this terrific book is a wonderfully human tale of memory both bitter and sweet, as well as a poignant exploration of time’s hold over all of us.”
—Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award–winning author of Quantum Night

Clifford is a story only Harold Johnson could tell. By turns soft and harsh, intellectual and emotional, Johnson weaves truth, fiction, science, and science fiction into a tapestry that is rich with meaning and maybes. A natural storyteller, Johnson seeks imagined pasts and futurity with equal parts longing and care. This work allows readers and writers the possibility of new and ancient modes of storytelling.”
—Tracey Lindberg, author of Birdie

Clifford is unlike anything I’ve read—it is at once a story of science and magic, love and loss, and a case for the infi nite potential of humanity. It is a book of profound wisdom—an unpacking of the deepest truths of science in an effort to transform the pain of grief and regret into healing and forgiveness.”
—Patti Laboucane-Benson, author of The Outside Circle

DEAL NEWS FOR SUSAN SWAN’S THE BIGGEST MODERN WOMAN OF THE WORLD AND THE DEAD CELEBRITIES CLUB

We have incredible news to share – Temple Street, a division of Boat Rocker Studios and producers of Orphan Black, have secured television rights to multiple prize finalist and internationally bestselling author Susan Swan‘s debut novel, THE BIGGEST MODERN WOMAN OF THE WORLD!! The deal was arranged by Samantha Haywood, full press release below.

Plus this great news too (!!) Swan’s newest novel, THE DEAD CELEBRITIES CLUB, a timely and satirical novel featuring the hedge fund whale, Dale Paul, a witty, self-absorbed rogue and raconteur for fans of The Wolf of Wall Street and The Sellout by Paul Beatty, will be published by Cormorant Books in 2019, world ex: Canada rights now available. Contact: samantha@transatlanticagency.com.

Press release continued:

Originally published in 1983, and now a contemporary classic, THE BIGGEST MODERN WOMAN OF THE WORLD tells the extraordinary true story of a seven-foot-six giantess who exhibited with P.T. Barnum, and will be adapted for television by Hannah Moscovitch, one of Canada’s leading writers.

Susan Swan’s critically acclaimed fiction has been published in 15 countries, translated into eight languages and received multiple prize nominations. Her novels include What Casanova Told Me, The Western Light and The Wives of Bath, a bestseller that was adapted as the film Lost And Delirious.

Hannah Moscovitch is an award winning playwright, radio, film and television dramatist who has risen to international prominence with works such as This is War, The Russian Play and East of Berlin, and television dramas XCompany and Played.

Kerry Appleyard, SVP Temple Street, said: “Susan Swan’s wonderful novel examines Western culture’s obsession with size and abnormality as Anna’s astonishing life unfolds. Ultimately it is an unlikely story of triumph over adversity which will resonate deeply with audiences worldwide. We’re delighted that we have one of the strongest voices in Canada, the multiple award-winning Hannah Moscovitch, to adapt the series.”

Susan Swan said: “This novel is very close to my heart and I’m thrilled that the television series will be created by Temple Street and Hannah. It’s the ideal dream team to bring Anna Swan’s incredible true story to life!”

Executive Producer Hannah Moscovitch said: “I am beyond thrilled to be working with the award-winning team at Temple Street, to bring Susan Swan’s novel about the extraordinary Anna to our screens. Part truth, part legend, The Biggest Modern Woman of the World is a saucy romp through traditional categories of gender, sexuality and nationality and working on it is going to be a huge pleasure. ”

Co-chairmen Boat Rocker Media David Fortier and Ivan Schneeberg will executive produce the television series based on The Biggest Modern Woman of the World by Susan Swan, along with Trish Williams (Killjoys, Saving Hope). Creator Hannah Moscovitch is also executive producer.

Temple Street is the premium scripted division of Boat Rocker Studios and produces a wide range of content including prime-time television dramas and comedies. Since 2005, Temple Street has been recognized with more than 120 awards and nominations, earning a global reputation for the quality of its programming. A selection of our productions include Orphan Black (BBC America, Space), Killjoys (Syfy, Space), X Company (CBC, Ovation), Being Erica (CBC, SOAPnet), Billable Hours (Global, Showcase), and Queer as Folk (Showtime, Showcase).

DEAL NEWS: Brenda Brooks’ HONEY

North American English rights to poet and novelist Brenda Brooks’ HONEY, a novel about friendship, seduction and murder. For fans of the hit films Carol and Bound with neo noir hints of Zoe Heller’s Notes On A Scandal, HONEY is above all, a story about what we’d do for someone we love — even if we might not know them at all, sold to Jen Knoch at ECW Press for publication in Fall 2019 in a deal by Samantha Haywood of Transatlantic Agency.

Brenda Brooks has published two poetry collections and a novel, Gotta Find Me an Angel, a finalist for the Amazon.ca/BooksIn
Canada First Novel Award. Her work has been included in anthologies in the U.S., Canada, and the UK. She lives and works on Saltspring Island, BC. Honey is her second novel, she is at work on her third.

DEAL NEWS: TV RIGHTS FOR JENNIFER PAN’S REVENGE by KAREN K. HO

Rights to journalist Karen K. Ho‘s 2015 viral true crime article JENNIFER PAN’S REVENGE, about a young Vietnamese-Canadian woman who hired hit men to kill her parents when the lies about her academic success began to unravel, optioned by Cineflix for adaptation as a television movie in a deal by Samantha Haywood.

Karen K. Ho is a business, culture, and media writer based in New York City and Toronto. Her work has appeared in Toronto Life, The Walrus, GQ, TIME and many other publications. Karen was born and raised in Toronto, a city she loves very much. Visit her website, Karenho.ca or find her on Twitter: @karenkho

WE ARE PLEASED TO WELCOME FILMMAKER LULU KEATING

We’re very pleased to welcome filmmaker Lulu Keating to Transatlantic as a new client of Samantha Haywood’s!

Lulu Keating has been writing for over 35 years.  As a filmmaker, she has written eight feature length screenplays (two have been produced) and numerous short fiction scripts.  For several years, Keating had a regular column for What’s Up Yukon, featuring profiles of colourful characters and visitors to her home town, Dawson City Yukon.  She has also had work published in The Globe and Mail, the Journal of Canadian Studies, Geist Magazine and Yukon: North of Ordinary.

The middle child of eleven, Keating was born and raised in Antigonish Nova Scotia.  Her family was the focus of her award-winning animated film, The Moody Brood, co-produced with CBC Television.  As a university student, Keating volunteered in the Congo Zaire.  This pivotal experience inspired the movie she wrote and directed, The Midday Sun.  While she continues to make at least one film a year, Keating is currently adapting Klondike Kalahari, her screenplay, into a novel with the same name.

FOE by Iain Reid is an instant bestseller!

FOE by Iain Reid is an INSTANT bestseller, debuting #6 on the The Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star and CBC Books Canadian Fiction lists only a week out from publication!! Major congrats, Iain.

FOE was also front-page news in the Kingston Whig-Standard and
Globe Arts section this week, both profiling the author’s incredible success, so far, and what’s to come in his career:

“Reid’s prose is gripping to an absurdly confident degree…Also critical to Reid’s propulsive style is his knack for making the imaginary feel as if it’s been ripped from reality, to the point of uncomfortable intimacy.”
The Globe and Mail, Theglobeandmail.com/the-eternal-darkness-of-iain-reids-spotless-mind

“If I start writing it’s because I don’t know the answers, a kernel of uncertainty in whatever I’m writing about, and it helps me get closer to an understanding or maybe leads me to more questions.”
-Iain Reid in The Whig profile, Thewhig.com/next-chapter-for-reid

DEAL NEWS: THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH YOU BY LAUREN CARTER

Lauren CarterCanadian English rights to Lauren Carter‘s THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH YOU, about a young woman grappling with the reality that her mother murdered her father and her father’s girlfriend, sold to Kelsey Attard at Freehand Books for publication in Fall 2019 in a deal by Samantha Haywood.

For fans of Miriam Toews and Karen Joy Fowler, THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH YOU is a complex character-driven novel that explores how we are tied to each other, how you can’t outrun grief, and how sometimes, it’s your turn to take care of your family.

Lauren Carter is the author of the novel Swarm, named by CBC as one of forty books that could change Canada, as well as Lichen Bright, a poetry collection which was described as “a stunning debut” by Canadian Book Review Annual. A transplanted Ontarian, she lives near Winnipeg, Manitoba. Visit her online at www.laurencarter.ca.

Welcoming Sally Cooper to Transatlantic Agency!

We’re delighted to welcome author Sally Cooper to Transatlantic Agency!

Sally is the author of two acclaimed novels: Love Object (Dundurn, 2002) and Tell Everything (Dundurn, 2008) and the linked story collection Smells Like Heaven (ARP, 2017). Her writing has appeared in CNQ: Canadian Notes & QueriesElectric Literature; Event; The Feathertale Review; The Globe and Mail; Grain; The Millions and TNQ: The New Quarterly. In 2017, her writing was longlisted for the Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest, the Short Works Prize and the Vancouver Women in Film and Television From Our Dark Side Contest. Sally is a Senior Editor of Hamilton Review of Books. Her third novel, With My Back to the World, is forthcoming in 2019 with Wolsak & Wynn.

Visit Sally at her website: www.sallycooper.ca.

Sally is represented by Samantha Haywood.

Welcoming Carey Sookocheff to Transatlantic Agency!

Welcome Carey Sookocheff, a new client for Fiona Kenshole. Carey Sookocheff is the illustrator of the critically acclaimed BUDDY AND EARL series by Maureen Fergus, now publishing its 5th title with Groundwood Books. She is also the author/illustrator of WET (Macmillan Children’s), which was included in the Society Of Illustrators Original Art Exhibition in 2017, and SOLUTIONS FOR COLD FEET AND OTHER LITTLE PROBLEMS (Tundra Books), which is currently a selection for the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Her most recent picture book is SPROUT SEED, SPROUT! which will publish in 2019 with Owlkids

A graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design, she has worked for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Real Simple. Her editorial work has received recognition from Society Of Illustrators, American Illustration, Communication Arts and National Magazine Awards.

Since pursuing children’s book illustration in 2014, she has worked on nine picture books. She is also a recent recipient of an Ontario Arts Recommender Grant for Writers. So pleased to be working with you, Carey!