Writers’ Trust and Giller Prize nominated novelist and award-winning children’s book writer, Cary Fagan‘s insightful and powerful new novel THE STUDENT set in the Fall of 1957, follows the life story of Miriam Moscowitz, a headstrong Jewish daughter, the apple of her father’s eye (the worry of her mother’s), a serious and passionate young student of literature who studies hard, goes to college parties, works summers, dates a young Jewish man with a good job, until everything changes when she begins a reckless affair with an American student obsessed with the civil rights clashes in the south, and when the young man abandons her to join the movement back home, Miriam gets on a bus to follow him, no longer sure of anything in her life, Canadian rights sold to Freehand Books for publication in 2019 by Samantha Haywood of Transatlantic Agency. Film/tv available.
We’re celebrating Cary Fagan’s book birthday – THE OLD WORLD publishes with House of Anansi on March 18!
From the publisher: These thirty-five brief stories — and the found photographs that inspired them — are by turns realistic and surreal, bloody and tender, delightful and appalling. Award-winning author Cary Fagan has created a mesmerizing series of narrative tales, giving readers a vivid peek into lives of strangers.
“Deftly marrying vision and language with memory and imagination, Fagan paints an intimate portrait of forgotten lives that is profound, generous, and highly entertaining.” – 49th Shelf
“Clever and funny.” – Quill & Quire
“I absolutely loved this collection of very short stories inspired by a series of wonderful found photographs. Cary Fagan has a real ear for dialogue and a way of making each perfectly formed vignette surprising, whether that’s taking a surreal turn in ‘We Have to Be Careful,’ introducing the macabre in ‘Who I’ve Come For,’ or quietly breaking my heart, in ‘Where We Are Now.’” – Claire Fuller, author of Swimming Lessons
“What a dazzlingly imaginative thing to do — Cary Fagan has taken a group of orphaned photographs from the past and turned them into a cabinet of wonders! Inventive, satisfying, and deft, The Old World gets right to the heart of the storytelling craft.” – Marni Jackson, author of Don’t I Know You?
Rights Sold: House of Anansi Press, World, All Languages
Transatlantic Agency is excited to congratulate our authors who are finalists on the 2015 Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Awards shortlists. These awards recognize some of the best work by Canadian authors and illustrators. The winners will be announced at the Canadian Children’s Literature Awards in Toronto on November 18 and November 10.
UNSPEAKABLE, written by Caroline Pignat, Razorbill Canada (Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction)
THE GOSPEL TRUTH, written by Caroline Pignat, Red Deer Press (Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People, Amy Mathers Teen Book Award)
STARTING FROM SCRATCH: WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT FOOD AND COOKING, written by Sarah Elton and illustrated by Jeff Kulak, Owlkids Books (Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction)
THE VOICE INSIDE MY HEAD, written by S.J. Laidlaw, Tundra Books (John Spray Mystery Award)
THE SHOW TO END ALL SHOWS, written by Cary Fagan, Puffin Canada (John Spray Mystery Award)
Transatlantic would also like to congratulate all of the other authors who are finalists for this year’s Canadian Children’s Book Centre Awards.
For a full list of the nominees, please see the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s announcement.
World rights to the Writers’ Trust and Giller Prize nominated author Cary Fagan’s next work of fiction, JUMP have been sold to Janice Zawerbny at House of Anansi/Astoria imprint in 2017 by Samantha Haywood at Transatlantic Agency. Jump is a collection of stories inspired by the author’s fascination with found black and white photographs, with each story connected to a photograph.
Transatlantic is delighted to announce that Cary Fagan has been awarded the 2014 Vicky Metcalf Award for Literature for Young People by the Writers’ Trust of Canada.
The Vicky Metcalf Award is awarded to the author of a body of work in children’s literature, as selected by a three-member independent judging panel. In their citation, the jury said that “Organic prose and authentic dialogue are defining features of Cary Fagan’s prolific body of work, which covers the range of children’s genres from picture books to novels. With a kid’s eye-view Fagan navigates the ups and downs of life with genuine warmth and a wry sense of humour …Fagan is a master storyteller.”
The Transatlantic Agency is thrilled to congratulate Cary Fagan on being a finalist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize for his novel, A BIRD’S EYE (House of Anansi).
The Jury said of Fagan’s book “A Bird’s Eye isn’t just a book about magic; it is magic.” – read the full citation.
We would also like to congratulate all of the other finalists on their outstanding work this year.
The winner will be revealed on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at the annual Writers’ Trust Awards at Toronto’s Glenn Gould Studio.