The Ontario Library Association Announces the Forest of Reading Shortlists!

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.

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/.

Transatlantic Celebrates our Authors’ Achievements in 2016

As we near the end of 2016, we are proud to recap the many highlights of our agency’s adult and children’s/YA authors’ achievements this year. This year, our clients have received a variety of impressive award nominations and wins, and have been named bestsellers.

Thank you to our wonderful clients, the publishers who published them, and the fantastic readers who have made it all possible! We look forward to beginning a new year of accolades and an exciting list of new projects in 2017! Happy Holidays!

Transatlantic Agency’s 2016 Adult Author Award & News Citations:

YIDDISH FOR PIRATES by Gary Barwin shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the 2016 Governor General’s Award for fiction, Globe and Mail Top 100 Book, National Post Top 99 Book, CBC Books’ Best Debut 2016, and CBC Books’ Best Book of 2016 selection

THE GALLERY OF LOST SPECIES by Nina Berkhout a finalist of the 2016 Ottawa Book Awards in the English Fiction category

THE LADY AND THE LIONHEART by Joanne Bishof received a rare 5 Star/Top Pick Review from Romantic Times

SQUAWK by Megan Gail Coles nominated for the Montreal English Theatre Awards

THE DEVIL YOU KNOW by Elisabeth de Mariaffi longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award and nominated for the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award

BACK TO THE WELL by Marq de Villers nominated for the Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award and the Donner Prize

Kathleen Ernst was named by the Wisconsin Library Association as a 2016 Notable Wisconsin Author, recognizing her body of work of 35 books for adults and young readers

Kathleen Ernst’s A SETTLER’S YEAR: Pioneer Life Through The Seasons, earned a Finalist Award from the Midwest Independent Publishers Association , and from the Indiefab awards for best book from an Independent Publisher

COOK KOREAN by Robin Ha an NPR Best Book of 2016

ALL THE THINGS WE NEVER KNEW by Sheila Hamilton is a contender for a 2017 Oregon Book Award in the Creative Non Fiction category

David Huebert won the Walrus Poetry Prize for “Colloquium: J.T. Henry and Lady Simcoe on Early Ontario Petrocolonialism”

DON’T I KNOW YOU? by Marni Jackson was listed on the Globe & Mail’s Globe 100 list

THEY LEFT US EVERYTHING by Plum Johnson winner of the Evergreen Award. Feature film rights also sold to Buck Productions.

EPIC GAME by William Kowalski shortlisted for the Golden Oak Award

RED STAR TATTOO by Sonja Larsen shortlisted for the Hilary Weston Prize for Nonfiction and a National Post Top 99 Book.

PUNISHMENT by Linden MacIntyre shortlisted for the Evergreen Award

A GOOD DEATH by Sandra Martin shortlisted for the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, featured on the Globe & Mail’s Globe 100 list, a CBC Books’ Best Book of 2016 selection, and on the Walrus best of 2016 list

I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS by Iain Reid on the Globe & Mail’s Globe 100 list and an NPR Best Book of 2016

THE MYSTICS OF MILE END by Sigal Samuel longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award and shortlisted for the 2016 Alberta Book Publishing Awards for Trade Fiction Book of the Year. Winner of the Canadian Jewish Literary Award.

THIS IS NOT MY LIFE by Diane Schoemperlen longlisted for the RBC Taylor Prize and the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, featured on the Globe 100 list, a National Post Top 99 Book, and a CBC Books’ Best Book of 2016 selection

THE BLONDES by Emily Schultz has been optioned for film by Branded Pictures

MEADOWLARK by Wendi Stewart shortlisted for the 2016 Alberta Book Publishing Awards for Trade Fiction Book of the Year and Cover Design. Also shortlisted for the second annual Kobo Emerging Writer Prize.

BEYOND THE PALE by Emily Urquhart shortlisted for the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize and shortlisted for the second annual Kobo Emerging Writer Prize

LEDGER OF THE OPEN HAND by Leslie Vryenhoek’s longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award

THE BEST KIND OF PEOPLE by Zoe Whittall shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Zoe Whittall also was awarded the 2016 K.M. Hunter Artist Award for Literature. Featured on the Globe 100 list, a National Post Top 99 Book, a CBC Books’ Best Book of 2016 selection, and a  Publishers Marketplace best book of the year.

FIVE ROSES by Alice Zorn chosen The Writers’ Trust of Canada​ 2016 Best Books of the Year and 49th Shelf Best Books of the Year

Transatlantic Agency’s 2016 Young Adult & Children’s Author Award and News Citations:

DELUSION ROAD by Don Aker named a White Pine Honour Book, was a finalist for the John Spray Mystery Award, and on the CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2016 list

WAKE UP, ISLAND by Mary Casanova was featured on NPR and won the “Honorable Mention” for the National Outdoor Book Award for 2016

ONCE UPON A LINE by Wallace Edwards on the CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2016 list

BUDDY AND EARL GO EXPLORING by Maureen Fergus was a National Post Best Book of the Year and on the CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2016 list

INVISIBILL by Maureen Fergus shortlisted for the Blue Spruce Award and the 2016 Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award and on the CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2016 list

A DOG DAY FOR SUSAN  by Maureen Fergus was ​on the CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2016 list

SMALL BONES by Vicki Grant on the CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2016 list

THE V-WORD by Amber Keyser selected by the New York Public Library as one of the top 50 books for teens in 2016. Also a Chicago Public Library Best Book for Teens.

DNA DETECTIVE by Tanya Lloyd Kyi and illustrated by Lil Crump shortlisted for the Red Maple Non-Fiction Award, finalist for the Red Cedar, Best Bets List Top 10 OLA, Science in Society Book Awards Finalist, Information Book Award Finalist/Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada, Best Book for Kids and Teens 2016/CCBC

EXTREME BATTLEFIELDS by Tanya Lloyd Kyi on the CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2016 list

WHEN THE WORST HAPPENS by Tanya Lloyd Kyi winner of the Silver Birch Honour Book Award, 2016 Rocky Mountain Book Award finalist

THE SQUIGGLY STORY by Andrew Larsen was a Kirkus Best Book for 2016 and
has been shortlisted for the Colorado Libraries Early Learning Award 2017

FRANKENSTINK: Garbage Gone Bad by Ron Lightburn winner of the Lillian Shepherd Award for Excellence in Illustration

STORMSTRUCK by John Macfarlane named a Julia Howe Ward Children’s/Young Adult Highly Recommended Book for 2016

THE SAME PLACE BUT DIFFERENT and A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT PLACE by Perry Nodelman optioned for film to Panthera Productions

ANIMACHINES by Debora Pearson on the CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2016 list

JOCKEY GIRL by Shelley Peterson on the CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2016 list

SHOOTER by Caroline Pignat shortlisted for the Red Maple Fiction Award and on the CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2016 list

THE GOSPEL OF TRUTH by Caroline Pignat winner of the Red Maple Honour Book Award

HAMSTERS ON THE GO! by Kass Reich on the CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2016 list

LIZARD RADIO by Pat Schmatz awarded the 2016 Outstanding Achievement in Children’s Literature from The Wisconsin Library Association, and named the 2016 Bank Street Best Children’s Books of the Year. Also winner of the 2016, Fourteen and Up, Outstanding Merit and the 2015 James Tiptree Jr. Award

DEEP ROOTS: How Trees Sustain our Planet by Nikki Tate shortlisted for the Silver Birch Non-Fiction Award, selected by the New York Public Library as one of the top 50 books for teens in 2016, selected by CBC Books as one of the top books for children of 2016, and on the CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2016 list

BEWARE THAT GIRL by Teresa Toten a CBC Books’ Best Book of 2016 selection and on the CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2016 list

SHATTERED GLASS by Teresa Toten shortlisted for the Red Maple Fiction Award and on the CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2016 list

TODAY IS THE DAY by Eric Walters shortlisted for the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award in the category of Children’s Picture Books, shortlisted for the 2016 Shining Willow Award, and on the CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2016 list

WALKING HOME by Eric Walters shortlisted for the 2016 Snow Willow Award

REGENESIS by Eric Walters shortlisted for the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award in the category of Young Adult/Middle Reader Award

THE RULE OF THREE by Eric Walters a winner of  the Snow Willow at the Willow Awards (Saskatchewan children’s choice)

THE RULE OF THREE: Will to Survive by Eric Walters on the CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2016 list

Transatlantic Agency’s Bestsellers of 2016:

YIDDISH FOR PIRATES by Gary Barwin

HOT THAI KITCHEN by Pailin Chongchitnant

SECRET LIFE by Kevin Donovan

WHAT IS PEACE? by Wallace Edwards

STARTLE & ILLUMINATE by Anne and Nicholas Giardini

COOK KOREAN!: A Comic Book with Recipes by Robin Ha

DON’T I KNOW YOU? by Marni Jackson

THEY LEFT US EVERYTHING by Plum Johnson

A GOOD DEATH by Sandra Martin

I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS by Iain Reid

THE RULE OF THREE by Eric Walters

THE BEST KIND OF PEOPLE by Zoe Whittall

Frankenstink Wins the 2016 Lillian Shepherd Award for Excellence in Illustration

LRFrankenstinkCovCongratulations to Ron Lightburn, who was awarded the Lillian Shepherd Award for Excellence in Illustration for FRANKENSTINK!: Garbage Gone Bad (Tundra Books). The Lillian Shepherd Award for Excellence, one of fourteen awards given out this year as part of the 2016 Atlantic Book Awards, is granted to an illustrator residing in Atlantic Canada. The winner is awarded a $500 prize funded by the Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association and the Atlantic Provinces Publishers’ Representatives. The award was granted at a gala event at Moncton’s Capitol Theatre in New Brunswick on April 27th, 2016.

To learn more about the 2016 Atlantic Book Awards, please visit http://atlanticbookawards.ca/536-2/. To read up on the Lillian Shepherd Award for Excellence in Illustration, please visit  http://atlanticbookawards.ca/awards/lillian-shepherd-memorial-award/

Pat Schmatz makes 2016 ALA Rainbow list for GLBTQ books of the year

SPLizardRadioCov1Transatlantic congratulates Pat Schmatz on the recent announcement that Lizard Radio, published by Candlewick in 2015, has been selected as one of the Young Adult GLBTQ books of the year.

The Rainbow Book List is created by the Rainbow Book List Committee of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table of the American Library Association which presents an annual bibliography of quality books with significant and authentic GLBTQ content.

Transatlantic Attending the 2016 London Book Fair and the Bologna Children’s Book Fair

We are looking forward to the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, April 4-7, 2016, and the London Book Fair, April 12-14, 2016.

Bologna Children's Book Fair LogoBologna Children’s Book Fair: Fiona Kenshole and Marie Campbell will be representing Transatlantic Agency at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, while Amy Tompkins will be attending on behalf of Orca Book Publishers. Amy Tompkins will be representing Orca’s titles at the Orca table in Hall 29, D7 on April 4-6, 2016. Fiona Kenshole and Marie Campbell will be at the Transatlantic table in the Agents Centre on April 4-7, 2016. For an appointment, please email Marie Campbell at marie@The London Book Fair Logo 2016transatlanticagency.com, Amy Tompkins at amy@transatlanticagency.com, or Fiona Kenshole at fiona@transatlanticagency.com.

London Book Fair: David Bennett, Stephanie Sinclair, Shaun Bradley, and Fiona Kenshole will be representing Transatlantic Agency at the London Book Fair. Shaun Bradley and Stephanie Sinclair will be presenting titles at table #18F in the International Rights Centre on April 12-14, 2016. For an appointment, please contact Shaun Bradley at shaun@transatlanticagency.com. Fiona Kenshole will be in attendance at the London Book Fair on April 12 and 13 (contact: fiona@transatlanticagency.com) and David Bennett will be there from April 12 to 14 (contact: david@transatlanticagency.com).

Eliott Behar a Nominee for the Hilary Weston Writer’s Trust Prize for Nonfiction

The Transatlantic Agency is excited to congratulate each of the nominees for the 2015 Hilary Weston Writer’s Trust Prize for Nonfiction, including Eliott Behar (TELL IT TO THE WORLD: INTERNATIONAL JUSTICE AND THE SECRET CAMPAIGN TO HIDE MASS MURDER IN KOSOVODundurn Press).

TellItTotheWorldCovEliott Behar’s TELL IT TO THE WORLD follows the investigation by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, into an event of ethnic cleansing in Kosovo, in which, on April 5, 1999, local police in Serbia found a truck floating in the Danube River, which was filled with human bodies. Eliott Behar, a former war crimes prosecutor at the Tribunal, tells this story through the eyewitnesses, victims, and perpetrators who testified. For more information, contact Stephanie Sinclair, stephanie@transatlanticagency.com, and David Bennett, david@transatlanticagency.com.

This award succeeds the Writers’ Trust Nonfiction Prize, which was established in 1997. Finalists receive $5,000 and the winner $60,000. The award will be presented on October 6th at a ceremony in Toronto. For further details, visit: http://www.writerstrust.com/awards/hilary-weston-writers-trust-prize.aspx

Praise for Lizard Radio by Pat Schmatz

SPLizardRadioCov1Transatlantic is proud to share a remarkable review of Pat Schmatz’s forthcoming novel, LIZARD RADIO, which praises the novel as being “sophisticated, character-driven science fiction, as notable for its genderqueer protagonist as for its intricate, suspenseful plot.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

To read the full review, please visit: https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/pat-schmatz/lizard-radio/

 

Praise for Eliott Behar’s TELL IT TO THE WORLD

Behar2015bwWe are proud to share some of the remarkable praise for former prosecutor Eliott Behar’s TELL IT TO THE WORLD– a book that examines the causes and consequences of mass violence, identifying a powerful and disturbing connection between the justice we seek and the injustices we commit.

The book received this insightful review in Quill & Quire: “Tell It to the World is a difficult read, but a necessary one, given that, to paraphrase Life magazine’s rationale for publishing Robert Capa’s graphic 1930s Spanish Civil War photographs, the dead need to be spoken about so that they did not die in vain.” http://www.quillandquire.com/review/tell-it-to-the-world-international-justice-and-the-secret-campaign-to-hide-mass-murder-in-kosovo/?utm_medium=email

See Eliott on the CBC show The Current – you can download the podcast, or go to: CBC’s The Current

The book was covered by the Canadian International Council. To see an excerpt of the book, for which Eliott wrote an introduction: http://opencanada.org/features/telling-your-truth-stories-behind-a-war-crimes-trial/

The book received this phenomenal review by Blacklock’s Reporter in Ottawa: “Tell It To The World is a haunting and poignant and remarkable book. To read it is to gain some greater understanding of humanity.”  http://www.blacklocks.ca/review-one-cold-morning-in-kosovo/

Eliott Behar developed an early interest in international human rights, criminal justice, and human psychology. Following his graduation from law school he became a Crown Attorney in Toronto, where he prosecuted cases ranging from fraud to murder, argued complex criminal appeals, and provided legal advice to the Attorney General on issues from hate crimes to child abductions. In 2008, Eliott became a war crimes prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague, an experience that provided the impetus for his recent book. His varied career has also seen him prosecute police officers as part of a specialized trial unit, appear twice at the Supreme Court of Canada, and investigate cyber crime for Apple in California.

For any questions or inquiries, please email David Bennett at david@transatlanticagency.com or Stephanie Sinclair at stephanie@transatlanticagency.com

Nominations for the Saskatchewan Book Awards

Congratulations to Zarqa Nawaz (LAUGHING ALL THE WAY TO THE MOSQUE) and Suzanne North (FLYING TIME) for their nominations for the Saskatchewan Book Awards. LAUGHING ALL THE WAY TO THE MOSQUE has been nominated for the O’Reilly Insure Ltd., The Co-Operators First Book Award and the Drs. Morris & Jacqui Shumiatcher Regina Book Award, and FLYING TIME for the City of Saskatoon and Public Library Saskatoon Book Award.

NZLaughingWayMosqueCovLAUGHING ALL THE WAY TO THE MOSQUE: THE MISADVENTURES OF A MUSLIM WOMAN is  a wonderfully funny memoir about the trials and tribulations of Zarqa Nawaz; it is Nora Ephron meets Meera Syal.

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FLYING TIME is the story of the unusual friendship between Kay Jeynes, a working-class Canadian woman, and Hero Miyashita, the only Japanese businessman in Calgary, set in the turbulent and racially-charged times of the Second World War.

Since 1993, the SBA has been celebrating Saskatchewan authors and publishers through 14 annual and semi-annual awards. The awards ceremony will take place on April 25 at the Conexus Art Centre in Regina.