They Left Us Everything Wins the Evergreen Award!

JPTheyLeftEverything2016covCongratulations to Plum Johnson on being awarded the Evergreen Award for THEY LEFT US EVERYTHING (Penguin Random House Canada), one of the 2017 Forest of Reading Awards! The Evergreen Award is a program aimed at adult readers of all ages who participate in the program through public libraries and book clubs, and the books are selected for the program by expert librarians who share their favourite Canadian non-fiction and fiction with the adult readers. Readers from over 120 libraries participated, and THEY LEFT US EVERYTHING was a clear favourite!

THEY LEFT UJohnsonPlum2013bwS EVERYTHING is a funny, touching memoir about what parents leave behind.

The award will be presented at OLA’s Super Conference in Toronto on February 2, 2017. Please visit the following link for details of the conference: www.olasuperconference.ca

For more information about the Evergreen Award, please visit www.accessola.org/web/OLA/Forest_of_Reading/Individual_Trees.aspx#Evergreen

To view the press release, please visit: www.accessola.org/web/Documents/OLA/News/2016/News-Release-Forest-Evergreen-Winner-2016.pdf.

Congratulations to all the finalists of this award!

The Ontario Library Association Announces the Forest of Reading Shortlists!

Transatlantic Agency congratulates agency clients and Orca authors who are finalists on the 2017 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. 

Children

fminvisibillcovINVISIBILL (Tundra Books) by Maureen Fergus, illustrated by Dušan Petričić (Blue Spruce)

EVERYDAY HERO (Orca Book Publishers) by Kathleen Cherry (Silver Birch Fiction)

DEEP ROOTS: How Trees Sustain Our Planet (Orca Book Publishers) by Nikki Tate (Silver Birch Non-Fiction)

TANK & FIZZ: The Case of the Battling Bots (Orca Book Publishers) by Liam O’Donnell and Mike Deas (Silver Birch Express)PCShooter72Banner

SHOOTER (Razorbill) by Caroline Pignat (Red Maple Fiction)

SHATTERED (Orca Book Publishers) by Teresa Toten (Red Maple Fiction)

THE UNQUIET PAST (Orca Book Publishers) by Kelley Armstrong (Red Maple Fiction)

DNA DETECTIVE (Annick Press), by Tanya Kyi, illustrated by Lil Crump (epicgameRed Maple Non-Fiction)

PRIDE (Orca Book Publishers) by Robin Stevenson (Red Maple Non-Fiction)

RODENT (Orca Book Publishers) by Lisa J. Lawrence (White Pine)

EPIC GAME (Orca Book Publishers) by William Kowalski (Golden Oak)

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THEY LEFT US EVERYTHING (Penguin Canada) by Plum Johnson (Evergreen)

PUNISHMENT (Vintage Canada) by Linden MacIntyre (Evergreen)

Transatlantic would also like to congratulate all of the other authors who are finalists for this year’s Forest of Reading Awards.

For a full list of the nominees, please see the Ontario Library Association’s announcement at the following link www.accessola.org/web/OLA/Forest_of_Reading/Nominated_Lists/.

SIGAL SAMUEL’S THE MYSTICS OF MILE END WINNER OF THE 2016 CANADIAN JEWISH LITERARY AWARDS IN FICTION

SSMysticsCADcovCongratulations to Sigal Samuel whose novel THE MYSTICS OF MILE END has been awarded the 2016 Canadian Jewish Literary Award for fiction.
 
The Canadian Jewish Literary Awards chooses 8 winners from 60 works that demonstrate specific Jewish themes.
 
The gala awards ceremony will be held on October 30, 2016 at 2 pm Sigal Samuelin the Tribute Communities Recital Hall, Accolade East Building, York University 4700 Keele St. Admission is free and open to all! For more information visit Cjlawards.ca/winners2016
 
THE MYSTICS OF MILE END by Sigal Samuel weaves together four distinct voices to tell the story of the dysfunctional Meyer family with a dangerous mystical obsession. Living in Mile End, home to hipsters and Hasidic Jews, David, a professor of religion, is diagnosed with a heart murmur and becomes convinced that his heart is whispering divine secrets. When David’s attempts to ascend the Tree of Life lead to tragedy, his daughter Samara believes it is up to her to finish what he started, and her brother documents her increasingly strange behaviour. It falls to next-door neighbour Chaim Glassman to shatter the silence that divides the members of the Meyer family.

RED STAR TATTOO BY SONJA LARSEN SHORTLISTED FOR HILARY WESTON WRITERS’ TRUST PRIZE

LSRedStarcovWe’re proud to announce Sonja Larsen‘s RED STAR TATTOO has been named a finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction!
 
This annual prize recognizes the best in Canadian non-fiction, the winner will be revealed on November 2nd, 2016.
 
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.
 
Larsen2014BW“The amount of freedom Larsen experienced as a child is truly mind-blowing. …I picked up the book in an afternoon and—each page turned in steady anticipation—did not put it down until I was finished.”
—The Globe and Mail
“An eloquent, stranger-than-fiction memoir … thoughtful and poignant.” —Toronto Star
 
“A triumphant affirmation of the story teller’s art.” —The National Post
 
For more information about this award, please visit Writerstrust.com/Hilary-Weston-Writers-Trust-Prize

The Best Kind of People and Yiddish for Pirates Shortlisted for the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize

zwhittallThe 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize shortlist has been announced today, and we are delighted to Barwin2014bwcongratulate Zoe Whittall on being shortlisted for her novel THE BEST KIND OF PEOPLE (House of Anansi Press) and Gary Barwin on his nomination for YIDDISH FOR PIRATES (Random House Canada)! Selected from a longlist of 12 books, the jury members Lawrence Hill (jury chair), Jeet Heer, Kathleen Winter, Samantha Harvey and Alan Warner originally read a staggering 161 books submitted by 69 publisher imprints from every region of the country in order to reach their decision.

In TWZBestPeoplecovHE BEST KIND OF PEOPLE by Zoe Whittall, George Woodbury, an affable teacher and beloved husband and father, is arrested for sexual impropriety at a prestigious prep school. With George locked up, how do the members of his family pick up the pieces and keep living their lives? How do they defend someone they love while wrestling with the possibility of his guilt?

With exquisite emotional precision, award-winning author Zoe Whittall explores issues of loyalty, truth and the meaning of happiness through the lend of all-American family on the brink of collapse.

YIBGYiddishbannercovDDISH FOR PIRATES by Gary Barwin is a brilliant novel filled with Jewish takes on classic pirate tales – fights, prison escapes, and exploits on the high seas – but it’s also a tender love story. Rich with puns, colourful language, post-colonial satire and Kabbalistic hijinks, YIDDISH FOR PIRATES is also a compelling examination of mortality, memory, identity and persecution, from one of this country’s most talented writers.

Jury Citations:

YIDDISH FOR PIRATES: Across time and across continents, Gary Barwin’s novel “parrots” in an altogether new way. In a ferment of salty witticism, parroty puns and unforgettable Yiddish vocabulary, this is a novel borne not just on the wings of its feathery narrator, but on its own jubilant and alluring language; its own voice. Playful, mocking, using history with audacious abandon, Yiddish for Pirates is a resplendent enjoyment. But, literally viewed from above, the novel also admonishes us about man’s inexhaustible zeal for butchery, for incessant genocide, and for affliction. We have had animal narrators throughout literary history, but Aaron the African grey parrot, from the shoulder of his pirate master, will lift you to new heights.

THE BEST KIND OF PEOPLE: The jury found Zoe Whittall’s The Best Kind of People urgent and timely, nuanced and brave. This gripping story challenges how we hear women and girls, and dissects the self-hypnosis and fear that prevent us from speaking disruptive truth. With subversive precision and solid veracity, Whittall calls into question pervasive forms of silence and acquiescence.

The winner will be announced on November 7th, 2016. For venue and ticket information, please visit: Scotiabankgillerprize.ca.

To view the full shortlist and to read excerpts from the books, please visit www.scotiabankgillerprize.ca/finalists/2016-shortlist/.

Squawk Shortlisted for the Montreal English Theatre Awards

Coles72bwWe are happy to share that SQUAWK by playwright Meg Coles has been nominated for a METAs – Montreal English Theatre Awards in the category of Outstanding New Text (Original or Adaptation)! Congratulations Megan!

The winners will be announced at the Rialto Theatre for the 4th Annual Ceremony on October 24th, 2016.

For more information about the Montreal English Theatre Awards and to view the shortlists, please visit metas.ca/.

THE BEST KIND OF PEOPLE AND YIDDISH FOR PIRATES LONGLISTED FOR THE SCOTIABANK GILLER PRIZE

It is with great joy that we announce that Zoe Whittall’s THE BEST KIND OF PEOPLE (House of Anansi) and Gary Barwin’s YIDDISH FOR PIRATES (Random House Canada) have been longlisted for this year’s prestigious Scotiabank Giller Prize – two of 12 longlisted titles! Each year The Scotiabank Giller Prize strives to acknowledge the best in Canadian fiction. An esteemed five-member panel selected this longlist from 161 submitted novels, they say “The quality and depth of Canadian fiction made it challenging to select the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist.”

WZBestPeoplecovTHE BEST KIND OF PEOPLE by Zoe Whittall – George Woodbury, an affable teacher and beloved husband and father, is arrested for sexual impropriety at a prestigious prep school. With George locked up, how do the members of his family pick up the pieces and keep living their lives? How do they defend someone they love while wrestling with the possibility of his guilt?

With exquisite emotional precision, award-winning author Zoe Whittall explores issues of loyalty, truth and the meaning of       happiness through the lend of all-American family on the brink of collapse.

Barw_Yiddish_comp-r6-1YIDDISH FOR PIRATES by Gary Barwin is a brilliant novel filled with Jewish takes on classic pirate tales – fights, prison escapes, and exploits on the high seas – but it’s also a tender love story. Rich with puns, colourful language, post-colonial satire and Kabbalistic hijinks, YIDDISH FOR PIRATES is also a compelling examination of mortality, memory, identity and persecution, from one of this country’s most talented writers.

The winner will be announced on November 7th, 2016. For venue and ticket information, please visit: Scotiabankgillerprize.ca

For more information on The Scotiabank Giller Prize please visit: Scotiabankgillerprize.ca/longlist

Congratulations to Zoe Whittall and Gary Barwin, as well as the other longlisted authors!

Meadowlark and The Mystics of Mile End Shortlisted for the 2016 Alberta Book Publishing Awards!

We are excited to share that the Book Publishers Association of Alberta has announced that MEADOWLARK by Wendi Stewart (NeWest Press) and THE MYSTICS OF MILE END (Freehand Books) by Sigal Samuel have been shortlisted for the 2016 Alberta Book Publishing Awards! MEADOWLARK has been shortlisted in the Trade Fiction Book of the Year and Cover Design categories while THE MYSTICS OF MILE END has been nominated in the Trade Fiction Book of the Year category. The Alberta Book Publishing Awards are awarded every year to books by Alberta publishers, and this year there were over 77 entries for the 12 award categories.

SWMeadowlarkcovIn MEADOWLARK by Wendi Stewart, when her family’s car goes through the ice on Rainy Lake one cold March day in 1962, six-year-old Rebecca Archer is the only person her father is able to pull from the sinking vehicle. But as Rebecca grows up in a farmhouse haunted by the absence of her mother and baby brother, raised by a man left nearly paralyzed with grief, she wonders if her father really did save her after all. In her debut novel, Wendi Stewart tells the luminous, deeply imagined story of a young woman’s hard-won triumph over heartbreaking personal tragedy and the restorative power of friendship.

SSMysticsCADcovTHE MYSTICS OF MILE END by Sigal Samuel weaves together four distinct voices to tell the story of the dysfunctional Meyer family with a dangerous mystical obsession. Living in Mile End, home to hipsters and Hasidic Jews, David, a professor of religion, is diagnosed with a heart murmur and becomes convinced that his heart is whispering divine secrets. When David’s attempts to ascend the Tree of Life lead to tragedy, his daughter Samara believes it is up to her to finish what he started, and her brother documents her increasingly strange behaviour. It falls to next-door neighbour Chaim Glassman to shatter the silence that divides the members of the Meyer family.

The winners will be announced on September 16th at a gala at the Hotel Arts in Calgary. To purchase tickets for the event, please visit www.bookpublishers.ab.ca

Congratulations to Wendi Stewart and Sigal Samuel, as well as to the other nominees!

To view the shortlists in all categories, visit http://bookpublishers.ab.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Media-Release-Shortlist-2016-Book-Publishing-Awards.pdf

Eric Walters Shortlisted for the 40th Annual Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Awards!

WETodayIstheDayCovCongratulations to Eric Walters, who has been nominated for two Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Awards! He is nominated in the Children’s Picture Book Award category for TODAY IS THE DAY, illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes (Tundra Books). He is also shortlisted in Young Adult/Middle Reader Award for REGENESIS (Doubleday Canada). The two awards, which are presented annually, recognize the artistic excellence in writing and illustration in English-language Canadian children’s literature. The winner in each category will receive $6,000.

The winners in eachWERegenesiscov category will be chosen by student juries from Toronto’s Scarborough Village Alternative Public School and the announcement will take place at an assembly on Wednesday, June 22.

For further information about the awards and to view the shortlists, please visit http://www.arts.on.ca/Page6243.aspx?DateTime=635986392600000000&PageMode=View.

Congratulations to all the other authors and illustrators who are nominated!

Elisabeth de Mariaffi and Marq de Villiers Shortlisted for the 2016 East Coast Literary Awards!

We are thrilled to share The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia’s announcement that Elizabeth de Mariaffi and Marq de Villiers are among the nominees for two out of three of the 2016 East Coast Literary Awards! Elisabeth de Mariaffi is nominated for the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award for THE DEVIL YOU KNOW (HarperCollins Canada) while Marq de Villiers is nominated for the Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award for BACK TO THE WELL: Rethinking the Future of Water (Goose Lane). These two awards honour and celebrate quality writing by Atlantic Canadian authors. The Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award grants a prize of $25,000 to the winning author. The Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award awards the winning author $2000.

DMEDevilYouKnowCovPanelIn Elisabeth de Mariaffi’s literary thriller THE DEVIL YOU KNOW, a murderer’s arrest rings too close to home for a rookie reporter, bringing haunting memories of her childhood best friend’s unsolved murder – and a stalker – right to her doorstep.

075-1_deVilliers_BTTW_COMP.inddBACK TO THE WELL by Marq de Villiers examines the fate and future of water and asks difficult questions surrounding who owns water, whether it is a human right to have water, and whose job it is to keep it clean.

The winners of the awards will be announced at the East Coast Literary Awards in Halifax on June 4.

To view the shortlists, please visit http://writers.ns.ca/blog/2016-east-coast-literary-awards-shortlist-announced.html

To read about the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award, visit http://writers.ns.ca/wfns-book-prizes/thomas-head-raddall-atlantic-fiction-award.html

To learn more about the Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award, please visit http://writers.ns.ca/wfns-book-prizes/evelyn-richardson-memorial-non-fiction-award.html