Welcoming Chelsea Vowel!

A warm Transatlantic welcome to best-selling author Chelsea Vowel!

Chelsea is Métis from manitow-sâkahikan (Lac Ste. Anne) Alberta, currently residing in amiskwaciwâskahikan (Edmonton). Mother to six girls, she has a BEd and LLB, and is currently a graduate student in Native Studies.

Chelsea is a public intellectual, writer, speaker, and educator whose work intersects language, gender, Métis self-determination, and resurgence. Her essays have been featured in the National Post, The Globe and Mail, The Guardian, Chatelaine, Today’s Parent, Maclean’s, Briarpatch, Canadian Art, and many other publications. Chelsea is the author of the national bestseller, Indigenous Writes: A Guide to First Nations, Métis & Inuit Issues in Canada, which won the Manuela Dias Book Design award, and was shortlisted for the Mary Scorer Award for Best Book as well as the Quebec Writer’s Federation Concordia First Book Prize and the Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-Fiction.

Cohost of Indigenous feminist sci-fi podcast Métis in Space, her first fiction piece “Dirty Wings” was published in On Spec in spring of 2018, her poem “No Appeal” will appear in Refuse: CanLit in Ruins (Book*hug, 2019), and her Indigenous futurisms chapter “Kitaskînaw 2350” caps off the graphic novel anthology This Place: 150 Years Retold (Highwater Press, 2019). Chelsea is currently writing a collection of short stories that envision Métis people into the near and far future, exploring the concept of Indigeneity in post-singularity, and post-human contexts.

Chelsea blogs at apihtawikosisan.com and makes legendary bannock. She is represented by Stephanie Sinclair.

We are thrilled to welcome Avery Swartz to Transatlantic Agency!

Avery Swartz is a Toronto-based tech expert. She is the founder and CEO of Camp Tech, the tech workshop company for non-technical people. Avery is the resident tech expert on CTV’s Your Morning, where she talks about tech trends and highlights the latest tech gadgets for a national audience. She writes articles about tech and the modern woman for Chatelaine, writes about tech and small business for The Globe and Mail, and hosts the Camp Tech podcast. Avery acts as a digital advisor to a number of charities (including the Art Canada Institute and Canadian Cancer Society), hosts the Gather North retreat for women who make the web, and is #5 on the Top 50 Women in Marketing list by Search Engine Journal.

Avery is represented by Samantha Haywood.

D&Q’s SABRINA by Nick Drnaso long-listed for the 2018 Man Booker Prize!

We’re celebrating our client Drawn and Quarterly for an unprecedented accomplishment – D&Q’s title SABRINA by Nick Drnaso has been long-listed for the 2018 The Man Booker Prize!! This marks the first time a graphic novel has been nominated for the main fiction category for this award. CONGRATS to D&Q and Nick Drnaso!

We’re proud to represent the foreign rights to this title, which has sold to Granta in the UK, Coconino in Italy, Ginkgo in China, Salamandra in Spain and Presque Lune in France. SABRINA published in North American with D&Q in May 2018.

The Man Booker Prize was established in 1969 and is recognized as the leading prize for literary fiction written in English. This year’s 13 long-listed books were selected from 171 submissions, the highest number of submissions in the prize’s 50-year history.

FROM THE JURY: “Given the changing shape of fiction, it was only a matter of time before a graphic novel was included on the Man Booker longlist. Sabrina makes demands on the reader in precisely the way all good fiction does. Oblique, subtle, minimal, unmanipulative: the style of the pictures is the book’s worldview. Drnaso uses images to express an idea about what’s invisible – an idea about uncertainty, and the different kinds of holes that missing people leave in our lives.”

The shortlist will be announced on September 20th, with the winner being announced on October 16th. Best of luck to D&Q and Nick Drsano!

For more information about the award and the full long list, please visit: Themanbookerprize.com/man-booker-prize-2018-longlist

We’re excited to welcome Sofi Papamarko to Transatlantic!

Sofi is an award-winning writer and matchmaker (love, not sulphur) who lives in Toronto.

She is a former regular columnist for The Toronto Star, Sun Media Newspapers and Metro Canada. She’s also written for The Globe & Mail, Chatelaine, Flare, CBC, Reader’s Digest, Salon, Exclaim! and many more.

Sofi recently completed her debut short fiction collection, Radium Girls, for which she was awarded Ontario Arts Council Writers’ Reserve Grant, a Toronto Arts Council grant and an emerging writer grant from the Canada Council for the Arts.

Her short stories have appeared in Taddle Creek, Maisonneuve, Room and The Toronto Star.

Represented by Samantha Haywood.

We are excited to welcome Melanie Florence to Transatlantic Agency!

Melanie Florence is an award-winning writer of Cree and Scottish heritage based in Toronto. She was close to her grandfather as a child, a relationship that sparked her interest in writing about Aboriginal themes and characters. She is the author of Missing Nimama, which won the 2016 TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award, the 2017 Forest of Reading Golden Oak Award and was a finalist for the 2017 First Nation Communities READ award. Her most recent picture book, Stolen Words, won the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award and was given a starred review by Kirkus, who listed it as one of the best picture books of 2017 to give readers strength. Her other books include Righting Canada’s Wrongs: Residential Schools and the teen novels He Who DreamsThe MissingOne Night, and Rez Runaway.


Melanie is represented by Amy Tompkins.

Welcoming Norma Dunning!

We’re thrilled to welcome award-winning author Norma Dunning to Transatlantic!

Norma is a southern born and raised Inuit writer. She is a fifth-year doctoral candidate registered at the University of Alberta, Edmonton. Her doctoral work examines the intricacies of policy towards Inuit who are residing outside of their land claims areas.

Norma writes in both prose and poetry. Her debut collection of short stories, Annie Muktuk and Other Stories received the Danuata Gleed Award 2018 and the Howard O’Hagan Award 2018 for best short story, as well as a bronze standing with Foreword Reviews and is being translated into French through a Montreal-based publisher.

Norma is working on a book that critically examines the impact of the Eskimo Identification Canada system. She also working on a second collection of short stories.

Norma is represented by Stephanie Sinclair.

RED STAR TATTOO by Sonja Larsen now available on Audible!

New to Audible​ for your listening pleasure, Sonja Larsen‘s RED STAR TATTOO!

RED STAR TATTOO explores the seductions and dangers of extremism, and asks what it takes to survive a childhood scarred by loss, abuse and the sometimes violent struggle for belonging.

This unforgettable memoir won the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction and was a finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction.

To purchase a copy, click the link below!

Kris Bertin’s BAD THINGS HAPPEN wins 2017 ReLit Award for Short Fiction

We’re sending big congratulations to Kris Bertin, who has won the 2017 ReLit Award for Short Fiction for his book, BAD THINGS HAPPEN (Biblioasis)!

These annual awards celebrate the best Canadian literature published by independent presses and have been deemed by The Globe and Mail as “The country’s pre-eminent literary prize recognizing independent presses”.

Winners receive the ReLit Ring, which has four moveable dials, each one struck with the entire alphabet. The ring was designed by Newfoundland jewellery designer Christopher Kearney.

For the full list of winners, please visit: Therelitawards.blogspot.com

Transatlantic Agency announces US expansion with Jill Corcoran Literary Agency

Effective immediately, Samantha Haywood, President of Transatlantic Agency, is pleased to announce that Jill Corcoran, President of JCLA, joins Transatlantic as a Partner & Senior Agent, with Jodell Sadler joining as a Senior Agent, and Timothy Travaglini and Elizabeth Bennett joining as Literary Agents. Those JCLA clients moving with their agents will be represented under the Transatlantic Agency banner which now comprises 17 active agents in total.

Says Haywood, “Jill Corcoran is a powerhouse and her dynamic agents are well respected for good reason. Jill, Jodell, Elizabeth and Tim have terrific industry experience and excellent taste. They will be a great addition to our group. We are simply delighted to welcome them and their remarkable author and illustrator clients to Transatlantic, growing our already successful children’s and YA list, and increasing our presence in the US market.”

Says Corcoran, “Transatlantic offers JCLA agents and clients an entrepreneurial environment, with a powerful, hands-on foreign rights and dramatic rights program, and a robust back office. I am excited to combine Transatlantic and JCLA’s market insights and strategies, and consolidate our operations and administration. Together we offer our clients a dynamic and growing agency that has the scale and in-house specializations for all their career needs.”

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 now has 17 agents located across North America, with US agents in New York, Boston, Chicago, Portland OR, and LA, 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. We represent 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.

Book Release: SONS OF BLACKBIRD MOUNTAIN by Joanne Bischof

It’s always such fun to unbox agency copies of our client’s latest books.

Today, when I stopped at my mail store to pick up my agent copies of Joanne Bischof’s latest historical romance, SONS OF BLACKBIRD MOUNTAIN and opened it up so I could recycle the packaging on the spot, the mail clerk literally swooned at the cover when she peeked inside.

Of course I was happy to pass along a copy, promising that if she’s a fan of historical fiction (she is!) she’d really enjoy the story.

What I didn’t pass along are some of the “other” stories that came to mind: what the author was going through personally while writing it; why she chose to write a hero who uses American Sign Language, or ASL, to communicate; and that she felt compelled to try hard cider for research, but discovered she doesn’t really like it terribly much!!

Congratulations to you, Joanne. We’re proud to be a part of your stories — told and untold.

“Transported” seems to be one of the key words readers use when describing their response when reading Joanne’s books. Check out for yourself what first readers are saying about SONS OF BLACKBIRD MOUNTAIN on Bookbub and Goodreads.

And for further insight into Joanne’s books, visit her website.

Joanne is represented by Sandra Bishop.