Happy Book Birthday to Boys: What It Means to Become a Man!

Today we’re saying Happy Book Birthday to Rachel Giese on the publication of BOYS: What It Means to Become a Man! It is also set to publish in the Fall 2018 with Seal Press in the US!

From the Publisher: The successes of feminism have led to greater opportunities for girls, by challenging stifling stereotypes about femininity and broadening the understanding of what it means to be female. While boys have travelled alongside this transformation, narrow definitions of masculinity and manliness haven’t faced the same degree of scrutiny. Whether they’re being urged to “man up” or warned that “boys don’t cry,” young men are subjected to damaging messages about manliness: they must muzzle their emotions and never show weakness, dominate girls and compete with one another.

Boys: What It Means to Become a Man examines how these toxic rules can hinder boys’ emotional and social development. If girls can expand the borders of femaleness, could boys also be set free of limiting, damaging expectations about manhood and masculinity? Could what’s been labelled “the boy crisis” be the beginning of a revolution in how we raise young men?

Drawing on extensive research and interviews with educators, activists, parents, psychologists, sociologists, and young men, Giese–mother to a son herself–examines the myths of masculinity and the challenges facing boys today. She reports from boys-only sex education classes and recreational sports leagues; talks to parents of transgender children and plays video games with her son. She tells stories of boys navigating the transition into manhood and how the upheaval in cultural norms about sex, sexuality and the myths of masculinity have changed the coming of age process for today’s boys. With lively reportage and clear-eyed analysis, Giese reveals that the movement for gender equality has the potential to liberate us all.

Advance Praise

“Giese is highly successful at applying ideas that might otherwise feel academic or abstract. Through a combination of original reportage, personal experience, and scholarly research, Giese makes a strong case. She argues, for instance, that no child is biologically drawn to a truck versus a doll; after she leads you through the maze of gender-reveal baby showers to expose a toy industry driven to make “boy” and “girl” versions of everything in order to increase sales, it’s very hard to disagree.” –Quill & Quire

“Deeply researched, but also deeply considered, Boys is something quite rare in the pages of non-fiction, a page-turner. This is a must read for everyone who loves boys.” –
Tabatha Southey, writer and columnist

“These are not good times to be or raise a boy. The toxic expectations of traditional masculinity block and distort healthy, humane development and communications, while many social institutions seem to go out of their way to help girls get ahead, not boys. But in this compassionately written, carefully researched book, covering school, sports, sex, gaming and the complexities of gender, Rachel Giese presents a critical but ultimately encouraging view of the possibilities for affirming change. It’s both hopeful and helpful.” – Bruce Kidd, Professor, Kinesiology and Physical Education, University of Toronto

“Boys is a multifaceted exploration of masculinity by one of Canada’s most talented journalists. Rachel Giese’s vision of boyhood — and therefore manhood —is an enlarging, humane one. This is a beautifully reasoned work that should be required reading for anyone interested in detoxifying masculinity.” Michael Redhill, author of Giller-winning novel Bellevue Square

“A broad, readable take on the limits of modern-day masculinity, and how to push its boundaries to better serve our children and ourselves. It’s full of love but unsentimental, with new tidbits for scholars of gender, race and identify, and valuable insight for parents of little boys, like me.” – Denise Balkissoon, columnist, The Globe and Mail

“If ‘the future is female’ where does that leave our boys? Rachel Geise brings her talents as a journalist, a refreshing lack of jargon and her insights as a mother of a charming, ADHD, hockey-loving son to this urgently important matter— of how to raise stronger, kinder boys. As we say ‘enough’ to the very worst of male behavior – gun violence and sexual assault – we need to imagine and invest in the best of it as well. This book about re-inventing the culture of masculinity could not be more timely or wise.” – Marni Jackson, author of The Mother Zone and Home Free: The Myth of the Empty Nest

“With Boys, Rachel Giese shows that there is indeed a ‘boy crisis,’ but it’s not the one we keep hearing about, and it’s a crisis whose solutions lie in expanding the limits of boyhood and manhood to enable boys and men to be true to themselves and reach their full potential. I loved this book, such an absorbing and inspiring read, and it left me with hope and admiration for today’s boys—and the men they’re on their way to becoming.” – Kerry Clare, author of Mitzi Bytes

Welcoming Djamila Ibrahim!

Today we’re welcoming Djamila Ibrahim to Transatlantic as a new client of Samantha Haywood and Stephanie Sinclair’s!

Djamila Ibrahim’s debut short story collection Things Are Good Now was one of Now Magazine’s 10 Books To Be Excited About in 2018, and has made several CBC lists of Books/Writers To Watch For in 2018. Things Are Good Now has been reviewed favourably in the Toronto Star, Literary Review of Canada (LRC), Quill and Quire, This Magazine and Toronto Life. Djamila’s stories have been shortlisted for the University of Toronto’s Penguin Random House Canada Student Award for Fiction and Briarpatch Magazine’s creative writing contest.

Djamila was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She was formerly a Senior Advisor for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.  She now lives in Toronto.

Sharon Bala’s THE BOAT PEOPLE is a finalist for the 2018 Amazon.ca First Novel Award!

Congratulations to Sharon Bala whose timely and stunningly written debut novel, THE BOAT PEOPLE (McClelland & Stewart Canada), has been named a finalist for the Amazon.ca​ First Novel Award! This annual award recognizes the outstanding achievement of a first-time Canadian author and has launched the careers of some of Canada’s most beloved novelist

THE BOAT PEOPLE follows a group of refugees who survive a perilous ocean voyage only to face the threat of deportation amid accusations of terrorism. This debut is a Globe and Mail and CBC Books bestseller and is a Penguin Random House One World, One Book Selection. THE BOAT PEOPLE was also shortlisted for Canada Reads 2018.

For the full shortlist please visit, https://thewalrus.ca/amazonfirstnovelaward/. This year’s winner will be announced on Tuesday, May 22, 2018.

Best of luck to you, Sharon!

Welcoming Jeremy Allingham!

We’re delighted to be welcoming award-winning journalist Jeremy Allingham as a new client! He’ll be represented by Samantha Haywood and Rob Firing.
 
He currently works for the CBC where some of his most recent and poignant work has included investigating fighting in junior hockey in a series called ‘Major Misconduct: Why We Let Kids Fight On Ice’. He has also delivered in-depth coverage on the opioid crisis, The Northern Gateway Pipeline, the craft beer industry, B.C. politics and pretty much anything music-related.
 
Jeremy’s writing has reached millions of readers on cbc.ca, and vice.com.
 
He has appeared on CBC Radio shows World Report, The World at 6, As It Happens, Definitely Not the Opera, The Story From Here, along with a litany of national specials and local programs.
 
Jeremy is also a critically-acclaimed musician. He released his latest studio album, ‘Run Wild’ in April 2018.

Welcoming Eternity Martis!

We’re honoured to welcome Eternity Martis to Transatlantic!

Eternity is a Toronto-based journalist, and the associate editor at Xtra.

She holds a double honours major from Western University in English Language and Literature and Women’s Studies, as well as a Certificate in Writing. She is also a graduate of Ryerson’s Master of Journalism program.

She writes features, personal essays and longform pieces about race and racism, pop culture, music, relationships and women’s issues. She was nominated for a National Magazine Award in 2017.

Her work has been featured in Vice, Salon, The Huffington Post, CBC, Hazlitt, The Walrus, Canadaland, The Fader and Complex and more.

She is currently working on a collection of personal essays about being a student and woman of colour amidst the growing anti-Black racism, white nationalism and alt-right ideologies in Canada and on Canadian campuses.

Eternity is represented by Stephanie Sinclair.

Rob Firing’s Steak Revolution Publishes with HarperCollins Canada!

Happy Book Birthday to Rob Firing! His book STEAK REVOLUTION: All Cuts, All Ways – Perfect Every Time publishes today with HarperCollins Canada!

On April 30th, Rob will be launching his book at The Drake Hotel, with host Ivy Knight. Full details are at the following link: http://www.thedrakehotel.ca/happenings/2018/4/30/86d-w-ivy-knight/

Get a free preview of the book here: https://sample-63d65b9d267b91d5f48148d71db285d3.read.overdrive.com/?p=_eyJzbHVnIjoic3RlYWstcmV2b2x1dGlvbiIsImZvcm1hdCI6IjYxMCJ9

Rob Firing photo

Interview with the Author
On what made him write a book about steak: “I passed by a butcher shop and looked in the window at a nicely aged rack of prime and I heard a voice. A strange muse, to be sure, but I listened, and here I am.” Full interview: http://www.thedrake.ca/blog/2018/04/steak-revolution/

From the Publisher: “Steak isn’t what it used to be!

Take backyard and cottage steak grilling to a whole new dimension. With expert tips and tricks on butchering, trimming and grilling basics, as well as details about different kinds of steak including butcher’s cuts, you’ll cook a perfect, juicy steak exactly right, every time. Steak Revolution is a journey into the sublime: whole bone-in rib-eye cooked with chili paste and its own rendered fat, hanger steak with cheater’s tzatziki, wood-grilled flat iron, Brazilian-style skewered picanha, orange-squeezed grilled culotte and a hundred more tantalizing, mouth-watering steak recipes that will thrill the grill and that speak to the steadily emerging taste for better—and more affordable—cuts of steak.”

 

Welcoming Ani Castillo!

We’re extending a warm, Transatlantic welcome to Ani Castillo!

Ani was born in Guadalajara, Mexico. At a young age, she became a successful blogger which gave her the opportunity to work as a cartoonist for Mexican newspapers and TV.

One fateful day, through Myspace, she met her now husband and moved to Canada to live with him. The adventure was thrilling but challenging, since she had to leave her people behind, speak in a new language and re-start her career from scratch. All while becoming a mother, redefining her identity and working hard towards overcoming her social anxiety.

Her work has been published in Mexican and Canadian newspapers and exhibited in galleries around North America. The humanistic nature of her work has opened the doors to partnering with institutions like Mental Health America, Doctors Without Borders and the Canadian Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

Ani is at work on a picture book exploring the nature of giving and receiving in human relationships, a story with beautiful art and philosophy for all ages called PING.

Ani lives in Toronto with her two daughters and her husband. She is co-represented by Samantha Haywood and Amy Tompkins.

Welcoming Michelle Parise!

We’re delighted to be welcoming Michelle Parise to Transatlantic as a new client of Samantha Haywood’s!

Michelle Parise has been a producer for CBC Radio and Television for over two decades. Born and raised in Toronto in a gigantic Italian immigrant family, Michelle was surrounded by storytellers, and as a child she wrote hundreds of short stories about her life. When she was 11-years-old she wrote a feminist novella in response to a book she’d taken issue with on the Grade 7 reading list. The teacher made it part of the curriculum in the years following. Her commitment to honest storytelling started early, is what we’re getting at, and is part of everything she creates, continually striving to make connection through shared experience. With over 2.5 million downloads to date, she is the creator of the memoir ALONE: A Love Story, a story of love, marriage and life after betrayal resonates with audiences all over the world. Originally conceived as a memoir, Alone: A Love Story is an intensely relatable tale of heartbreak and hope that taps into the loneliness inside all of us. No matter how many times love kicks her in the shins, Parise doesn’t give up on hope or on herself. The only thing to do once you’ve hit bottom is to swim back up! And for those who are fans of Season One, check out the highly anticipated Season Two (available for free download) which just released on April 4th!

Three Transatlantic authors make Bank Street’s Best Children’s Books of the Year 2018!

We’re congratulating three Transatlantic authors for making Bank Street’s Best Children’s Books of the Year 2018!

Patricia Lakin‘s Made By Hand books (Simon & Schuster), SKATEBOARDS and BICYCLES, were both starred selections on the Nine to Twelve list! Two of Patricia Lakin’s books in the History of Fun Stuff series were also selected for the Five to Nine list. Additionally, Heather Smith‘s THE AGONY OF BUN O’KEEFE (Penguin Random House Canada) and Tim Tingle‘s NO MORE NO NAME (7th Generation) are on the Fourteen and Up and Twelve to Fourteen lists, respectively.

For the full lists please visit, Bankstreet.edu/best-books-year/2018-edition.