Transatlantic Agency congratulates our agency clients who are finalists on the 2018 Forest of Reading Awards shortlists! 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.
SHORT FOR CHAMELEON (HarperCollins Canada) by Vicki Grant (Red Maple Fiction Award)
A SQUIGGLY STORY (Kids Can Press) written by Andrew Larsen and illustrated by Mike Lowery (Blue Spruce Award)
ALL THE DIRT: A History of Getting Clean (Annick Press) written by Katherine Ashenburg and illustrated by Capucine Mazille (Golden Oak Award)
MEATLESS?: A Fresh Look at What You Eat (Owlkids) written by Sarah Elton and illustrated by Julie McLaughlin (Silver Birch Non-fiction Award)
Transatlantic would also like to congratulate all of the other authors who are finalists for this year’s Forest of Reading Awards.
We are thrilled to announce that Sonja Larsen has won the prestigious Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-fiction for her book RED STAR TATTOO: My Life as a Girl Revolutionary (Random House Canada)! The award is administered by Wilfrid Laurier University and honours Canadian writers who have written a first or second work of non-fiction, and carries an award of $10,000.
From Award Juror Bruce Gillespie:
“As is the case with lives themselves, all memoirs are unique, but this seems especially true of Sonja Larsen’s Red Star Tattoo: My Life as a Girl Revolutionary. In this coming-of-age story, she looks back at a childhood and adolescence spent searching for a sense of connection and purpose beyond her family, first in a commune and later as part of what she eventually recognized as a cult whose purported goal was to incite an American communist revolution. She captures the environment of paranoia, violence, and futility in which she grew up in a stark, frank style that never tugs on readers’ heartstrings or asks for their pity. Instead, Larsen presents a clear-eyed look at her almost unbelievable past and crafts a character study in resilience that is eminently engaging.”
Sonja Larsen will be celebrated at two events at Wilfrid Laurier University on November 9th and November 10th.
Please visit the following link for more information: https://wlu.ca/news/news-releases/2017/oct/sonja-larsen-named-2017-winner-of-the-prestigious-edna-staebler-award-for-creative-non-fiction.html
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Transatlantic would like to congratulate Kathleen Winter, Carol Off and Paul Harbridge whose books have been named finalists for the 2017 Governor General’s Awards! Winter’s LOST IN SEPTEMBER (Knopf Canada) is a finalist for Fiction, Off’s ALL WE LEAVE BEHIND (Random House Canada) is a finalist for Non-Fiction and Harbridge’s WHEN THE MOON COMES, illustrated by Matt James (Tundra Books) is a finalist for Young People’s Literature, Illustrated Books.
Each year, the Canada Council for the Arts honours the best in Canadian literature with its Governor General’s Literary Awards (the GGs). As Canada’s national literary awards, the GGs represent the rich diversity of Canadian literature. For each category, a peer assessment committee, comprised of fellow authors, translators and illustrators, makes the final selection. Each GG winner receives $25,000; each nonwinning finalist receives $1,000. The publisher of each winning book receives $3,000 to help promote the book.
The winners will be announced on November 1st. For the full list of finalists, please visit GGbooks.ca.
We are so proud to represent the rights to Joanne Bischof‘s much heralded historical romance novel, THE LADY AND THE LIONHEART which has just finaled in its category for the 18th annual CHRISTY AWARDS™
After many declines declaring it was too outside the conventions of its category at the time, THE LADY AND THE LIONHEART was ultimately self published in the US by the author.
Now, it is also available in audio (Blackstone) and German (Brunnen Verlag) and is currently under consideration for film, and with several Transatlantic International co-agents. We just love that this beautiful dark horse of a story is beginning to find its way in the world in earnest.
We are absolutely delighted to congratulate both Caroline Pignat and Kit Pearson on being shortlisted for the 2017 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Awards! SHOOTER (Razorbill Canada) by Caroline Pignat is nominated for both the Amy Mather and John Spray Awards and A DAY OF SIGNS AND WONDERS (HarperCollins Canada) by Kit Pearson is among the finalists for the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award! These awards honour some of the best work by Canadian authors and illustrators, and we are pleased that these two are among them. Congratulations to the authors and their fellow finalists.
From the Jury:
A DAY OF SIGNS AND WONDERS
“In this fictional story about two historical figures — the young Emily Carr and Victoria’s socialite, Kitty O’Reilly — Pearson delves with astute perception into the qualities and psyches of two very different personalities… Both characters are surprising and convincing, and Pearson’s respect for children’s emotions and intelligence — both her characters’ and her readers’ — is admirably apparent throughout.”
“Pignat tells an incredible story through the eyes of five very different characters who have to face a situation no one could ever be prepared for… The entire story takes place over the course of one nail-biting hour, and a countdown timer at the beginning of each chapter ramps up the tension… The gripping storyline makes this impossible to put down.”
The English-language awards will be presented at an invitation-only gala at The Carlu in Toronto on November 21, 2017. The Amy Mather and John Spray Awards each come with a prize of $5000 while the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award holds a prize of $30000.
We’re ecstatic for Geoff Dembicki who has won the 2017 Dave Greber Freelance Writers Book Award for Social Justice Writing for the chapter “Staying Alive in Paris”, from his book ARE WE SCREWED? How a New Generation is Fighting to Survive Climate Change. The book was published by Bloomsbury in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. in August.
Congratulations to Sharon Bala, who has been long-listed for the 2017 Journey Prize, for her story “Reading Week” (first published in PRISM International)! This is her second nomination for this prize, with the nomination for “Butter Tea at Starbucks” (first published in The New Quarterly) being announced earlier this month.
Awarded through Writers’ Trust of Canada, McClelland & Stewart’s The Journey Prize lauds an emerging Canadian writer for a short story originally published in a Canadian literary magazine. Previous winners of The Journey Prize include Yann Martel, Alissa York, Jessica Grant, Yasuko Thanh, Timothy Taylor and Miranda Hill. Sharon’s “Butter Tea at Starbucks” and “Reading Week” will appear in The Journey Prize Stories 29, along with the other nominees. The winner will be selected from the anthology’s stories and will receive $10,000 from the Trust.
Sharon’s highly anticipated debut novel, THE BOAT PEOPLE, is forthcoming from McClleland & Stewart Canada and Doubleday Books US in January 2018.
We are doubly thrilled to announce that Sharon Bala has been long-listed twice for the 2017 Journey Prize for her short stories “Butter Tea at Starbucks” (first published in The New Quarterly) and “Reading Week” (first published in PRISM international)! Awarded through The Writer’s Trust of Canada, The McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize lauds an emerging Canadian writer for a short story originally published in a Canadian literary magazine. Previous winners of The Journey Prize include Yann Martel, Alissa York, Jessica Grant, Yasuko Thanh, Timothy Taylor and Miranda Hill. Sharon’s “Butter Tea at Starbucks” and “Reading Week” will appear in The Journey Prize Stories 29, along with the other nominees. The winner will be selected from the anthology’s stories and will receive $10,000 from the Trust.
Sharon’s highly anticipated debut novel, THE BOAT PEOPLE, is forthcoming from McClelland & Stewart Canada and Doubleday US in January 2018.
Congratulations to Sharon and the other long-listed nominees!
This week the 2018 Rocky Mountain Book Award nominees were announced, and we are absolutely delighted that ALL THE DIRT: A History of Getting Clean(Annick Press) by Katherine Ashenburg and illustrated by Capuzine Mazille, is on the list! This is an Alberta-based reader’s choice award that invites students in grades 4-7 and their educators to select their favourite books. The winner will be awarded a gold medal. Congratulations to Katherine and Capucine, and their fellow nominees!
We are delighted to share that Gary Barwin, author of YIDDISH FOR PIRATES (Penguin Random House Canada), has won the 2017 Leacock Medal for Humour, one of Canada’s oldest literary prizes. Gary took home a $15,000 cheque from the TD Financial Group and a prestigious Leacock Medal cast in silver. Gary is officially the 69th winner in the history of the award, joining such Canadian literary giants as Mordecai Richler, Robertson Davies, W.O. Mitchell, Terry Fallis and Patrick deWitt. Congratulations to Gary and his fellow nominees!