Dr. Lee Airton’s GENDER: YOUR GUIDE one-week round up

We’re proud to see Dr. Lee Airton‘s GENDER: Your Guide stimulating important discussions on programs across Canada and the US just a week post publication.

Publisher Simon & Schuster calls this book “An authentic and accessible guide to understanding—and engaging in—today’s gender conversation.”

The Globe and Mail‘s Harvey Schachter says, “Airton offers a warm, inviting guide to a complicated area, and discusses their own transition in university from female to non-binary.”

Click on links below for informative interviews with Dr. Lee Airton:

TV
CTV’s Your Morning
Ctv.ca/YourMorning//What-to-say-and-what-to-do-in-the-new-gender-culture

RADIO
KGO 810’s The Chip Franklin Show
Omny.fm/shows/the-chip-franklin-show/october-22-2018-trump-goes-after-trans

Dr. Lee Airton is an Assistant Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies in Education at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. As a researcher, blogger, advocate and speaker, Dr. Airton focuses on enabling individuals and institutions to welcome gender and sexual diversity in everyday life. Dr. Airton founded They Is My Pronoun, a Q+A-based blog about gender-neutral pronoun usage and user support. Dr. Airton is also the founder of the No Big Deal Campaign, a social media initiative that helps people show support for transgender peoples’ right to have their pronouns used. In recognition of their pronoun advocacy, Dr. Airton received a 2017 Youth Role Model of the Year Award from the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity. Dr. Airton’s scholarly work has appeared in the journals Sex Education, Curriculum Inquiry, and Teachers College Record. Learn more at LeeAirton.com and genderyourguide.com.

DEAL NEWS: Sofi Papamarko’s RADIUM GIRLS

English rights in North America to award-winning writer Sofi Papamarko‘s debut short story collection, RADIUM GIRLS, in the vein of early Lorrie Moore, Barbara Gowdy and ZsuZsi Gartner, plumbing the depths of loneliness and seeking to understand how human beings cope, break and triumph in the face of it, sold to Paul Vermeersch at Buckrider Books (an imprint of Wolsak and Wynn) in a deal by Samantha Haywood.

Welcoming Pamela Korgemagi to Transatlantic

We’re thrilled to welcome Pamela Korgemagi to Transatlantic!

After graduating from York University’s creative writing program Pamela moved to Toronto where she has worked at various jobs throughout the city including being a game tester at a video game studio, receptionist at an industrial engine repair site, and human money counter in a vault. Calling to mind The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway and The Bear by William Faulkner and for readers of Life of Pi by Yann Martel, THE HUNTER AND THE OLD WOMAN is Pamela’s first novel, which follows a female cougar as she attempts the most remarkable of feats: survival in the forest.

Pamela is represented by Samantha Haywood.

Welcoming Deborah Hemming to Transatlantic Agency

We’re extending a warm Transatlantic welcome to author Deborah Hemming!

Deborah is a writer and librarian from the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia. She holds a Master of Arts in English from McGill University, a Master of Library and Information Studies from Dalhousie University, and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of King’s College. For many years, she worked as a food writer. Deborah currently splits her time between Vancouver and Wolfville, NS.

Deborah’s forthcoming novel with Nimbus Press is a rural coming-of-age story set in the Gaspereau Valley. The novel explores the contours of young friendship and the development of powerful new appetites in adolescence.

Deborah is represented by Stephanie Sinclair.

DEAL NEWS: Kate Inglis’s A GREAT BIG NIGHT

World rights to Hackmatack and Red Cedar–nominated author Kate Inglis’s picture book A GREAT BIG NIGHT, a rhythmic playful story about three frogs who ride bicycles through the woods, singing and playing instruments for the other animals, until a huge storm wins them an unexpected fan, have been acquired by Whitney Moran at Nimbus Publishing for publication in Fall 2020. The book will be illustrated by Marilyn Baillie–Award-winning artist Josée Bisaillon. Amy Tompkins handled the deal for the author.

9 Transatlantic authors shortlisted for 2018 Forest of Reading Awards

A whopping nine Transatlantic authors have made the 2019 Forest of Reading Awards shortlists and we can’t congratulate them all enough! These awards recognize the best work by Canadian authors and illustrators. Over a quarter of a million readers participate in the program through schools, public libraries, literacy centres and within their homes. These awards encourage a love of reading through programs aimed at children and adults who vote for the winning books.

Below is the full list of nominated Transatlantic authors:

Silver Birch Award, fiction category:
EBB & FLOW by Heather Smith
ELEPHANT SECRET by Eric Walters

Silver Birch Award, Express category:
THE LION UNDER THE TREE by Cary Fagan

Red Maple Award, fiction:
FOURTH DIMENSION, by Eric Walters
TRACKER’S CANYON by Pam Withers

Red Maple Award, non-fiction:
EVERY FALLING STAR: THE TRUE STORY OF HOW I SURVIVED AND ESCAPED NORTH KOREA, Written by Sungju Lee and Susan McClelland

White Pine Award:
36 QUESTIONS THAT CHANGED MY MIND ABOUT YOU by Vicki Grant
THE AGONY OF BUN O’KEEFE by Heather Smith
THE MOSAIC by Nina Berkhout
PRINCE OF POT by Tanya Lloyd Kyi

We have our fingers crossed for you all. For the full shortlist and more about these awards, please visit Accessola.org/web/OLA/Forest_of_Reading/Nominated_Lists.

Cover Reveal: THE LAST RESORT by Marissa Stapley

It may be fall but this gorgeous cover has us eager for summer! Add THE LAST RESORT (Simon and Schuster Canada, Graydon House) by Marissa Stapley to your reading list for June 2019.

The Last Resort Marissa StapleyFrom bestselling author Marissa Stapley comes a gripping novel about marriage, loyalty, and the deadly secrets that unravel over the course of a two-week couples’ therapy retreat in Mexico.

Miles Markell is missing, and everyone is a suspect.

To the guests at The Harmony Resort, Doctors Miles and Grace Markell appear to be a perfect power couple. They run a couples’ therapy retreat in a luxurious resort in the Mayan Riviera where they help spouses deal with their marriage struggles.

Johanna and Ben’s relationship looks great on the surface, but in reality, they don’t know each other at all. Shell and Colin fight constantly—Colin is a workaholic, and Shell always comes second.But what has really torn them apart is too devastating to talk about. When both couples begin Harmony’s intensive therapy program, it becomes clear that Harmony is not all that it seems—and neither are Miles and Grace. What are they hiding, and what price will these couples pay for finding out their secrets?

As a powerful hurricane descends on the coast, trapping both the hosts and their guests, confidences are revealed, loyalties are tested, and not one single person—or marriage—will ever be the same.

A gripping exploration of relationships and trust, The Last Resort is a propulsive read about all the big truths we hide, even from ourselves.

Deal News from Frankfurt Book Fair 2018

We are thrilled to share the following deals that Stephanie Sinclair & Samantha Haywood accepted at the Frankfurt Book Fair last week!

Polish rights to RADIANT SHIMMERING LIGHT by Sarah Selecky to Wizard Media Limited by Book/Lab in association with Stephanie Sinclair of the Transatlantic Agency on behalf of Samantha Haywood.

Complex Chinese rights to I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS by Iain Reid to Faces by The Grayhawk Agency in association with Stephanie Sinclair of the Transatlantic Agency on behalf of Samantha Haywood.

French rights to FOE by Iain Reid to Presses de la Cite by the Anna Jarota Agency in association with Stephanie Sinclair of the Transatlantic Agency on behalf of Samantha Haywood

“Washington Voices Award” to Maureen McQuerry at 2018 Washington State Book Awards

 

Maureen McQuerry, Award Winning Author and Poet

We’ve just heard the fantastic news that Transatlantic Author Maureen Doyle McQuerry will receive a special “Washington Voices Award” this weekend alongside Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall and 127 other poets who contributed to WA 129, an anthology published in 2017 by Sage Hill Press of Spokane.

This special award, presented by the Washington Center for the Book, “recognizes the significance of the anthology in the literary landscape of Washington.”

 

The Washington Center for the Book is a partnership of The Seattle Public Library and Washington State Library.

Washington State Book Awards honors works of outstanding literary merit by Washington authors. An award is given based on the strength of the publication’s literary merit, lasting importance and overall quality to an author who was born in Washington state or is a current resident and has maintained residence here for at least three years.

The 2018 Washington State Book Awards are made possible in part by the generous support of the Amazon Literary Partnership.

McQuerry’s next book, BETWEEN BEFORE AND AFTER, releases in February, 2019.

Maureen is represented by Sandra Bishop. For inquires, contact sandra@transatlanticagency.com

Three Transatlantic Authors Shortlisted for the 2018 Haackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award

Congratulations to three Transatlantic authors on this year’s Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award shortlist – Rachelle Delaney‘s THE BONAVENTURE ADVENTURES (Penguin Random House Canada), Melanie Florence‘s HE WHO DREAMS (Orca Book Publishers) and Sarah Elton‘s MEATLESS? (Owlkids), we’ll be rooting for you all!

This literary program is designed for young readers in Atlantic Canada. Each year the Hackmatack Selection Committee nominates renowned Canadian books for young readers to the Hackmatack shortlist. Thousands of children in grades four to six read from the selection of outstanding Canadian books and vote for their favourites.

For the full shortlist and more about the program, please visit: Hackmatack.ca.