Author of Beyond the Pale, a multi-award nominated memoir, comes Emily Urquhart’s THIRD ACT, a work of narrative nonfiction based on her essay in The Walrus that makes the case for late in life creativity, featuring stories of creative seniors from a variety of backgrounds—such as poets, physicists, musicians, scientists, and actors—with her visual artist father’s story woven throughout, and buoyed by voices of leading experts on ageing and creativity and through examples of progressive senior-led arts organizations from across North America, smashing ageist stereotypes and telling a new story about the possibilities of our third act, sold to Sarah MacLachlan at House of Anansi Press (Walrus Imprint) for Spring 2020 by Samantha Haywood of the Transatlantic Agency (world rights) for film/tv contact: email@example.com
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
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.
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:
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
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
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
Congratulations to Emily Urquhart and Wendi Stewart for their nominations for the second annual Kobo Emerging Writer Prize! Emily Urquhart is shortlisted in the Non-Fiction category for BEYOND THE PALE: Folklore, Family, and the Mystery of Our Hidden Genes (HarperCollins Canada) and Wendi Stewart has received her nomination in the Literary Fiction category for MEADOWLARK (NeWest Press).
In its second year, the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize is awarded to talented debut authors in three different categories including Non-Fiction, Literary Fiction, and Romance. The three judges in their respective categories are Gail Anderson-Dargatz (Literary Fiction), Camilla Gibb (Non-Fiction), and Lynsay Sands (Romance). The winners in each category will receive $10,000 and will be chosen on or before June 8, 2016.
BEYOND THE PALE: Folklore, Family, and the Mystery of Our Hidden Genes by Emily Urquhart follows Emily’s experience following the birth of her daughter and the unexpected discovery that her daughter was born with a shock of white hair, pale blue eyes, and fair skin and diagnosed with albinism. The author embarks on a three-year journey across North America and parts of Eastern Africa to discover how we explain human differences by examining a wide range of folklore and cultural beliefs.
In 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.
For further information about the award, please visit https://store.kobobooks.com/p/emergingwritershortlist
Transatlantic would also like to congratulate all the other nominees!
The finalists of the 2016 BC Book Prizes have been announced and we are so thrilled that BEYOND THE PALE (HarperCollins Publishers) by Emily Urquhart is shortlisted for the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize! The Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize is awarded to the best work of literary non-fiction.
BEYOND THE PALE tells the true story of the birth of the author’s daughter who was born with albinism, and the subsequent journey Emily took across North America and Africa to explore the cultural beliefs surrounding albinism.
The award will be presented to the winning author by the West Coast Book Prize Society at the 32nd Annual Lieutenant Governor’s BC Book Prizes Gala on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at Government House in Victoria.
Congratulations to Emily Urquhart and the other authors who are shortlisted!
For further information about the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize, please visit http://www.bcbookprizes.ca/about/details/hubert-evans-non-fiction-prize/. To view the shortlist for the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize, please visit http://www.bcbookprizes.ca/winners/2016#non-fiction.
As we near the end 2015, we are excited 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 2016! Happy Holidays!
Transatlantic Agency’s 2015 Adult Author Award & News Citations:
THE SILENT WIFE by ASA Harrison, previously optioned by Nicole Kidman’s Blossom Films and Mazur Kaplan, has been fully financed and will be going into production with a script written by Billy Ray (Captain Phillips and The Hunger Games) and will be directed by Adrian Lyne (Fatal Attraction and Unfaithful)
ANNABEL, Kathleen Winter’s multiple award-winning novel, has been optioned for film by Academy Award-nominated screenwriter/director Deepa Mehta, for development through her company, Hamilton Mehta Productions
THEY LEFT US EVERYTHING by Plum Johnson winner of the RBC Charles Taylor Prize and nominated for the Leacock Medal for Humour and the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize
WALT by Russell Wangersky winner of the 2015 CBC Bookie Prize, Best Thriller, Horror, Mystery or Crime
THIEF OF GLORY by Sigmund Brouwer winner Christy Award for Book of the Year and Christy Award for Best Book in the Historical Romance category, winner of the Alberta Readers’ Choice Award
IAIN REID named recipient of the 2015 RBC Taylor Emerging Writer Award
SHARON BALA winner of the Percy Janes First Novel Award and shortlisted for the Fresh Fish Award
MEGAN COLES winner of the Writers Trust 5×5 Award and the 2014 BMO Winterset Award
SMOKE RIVER by Krista Foss winner of the Hamilton Literary Award for Fiction
DAVE BIDINI won the Anne Green Award at Calgary Wordfest 2015
CONSUMED by Sarah Elton winner of the Choice Magazine (American Library Association) CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title Award
TELL IT TO THE WORLD by Eliott Behar finalist for the Hilary Weston Prize for Nonfiction
BOUNDLESS by Kathleen Winter was nominated for the RBC Charles Taylor Prize, the Hilary Weston Prize and the Mavis Gallant Prize for Nonfiction. In the US it has received multiple starred reviews and will be on Booklist’s Best of the Year list.
LAUGHING ALL THE WAY TO THE MOSQUE by Zarqa Nawaz shortlisted for the Leacock Medal for Humour, the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize and Saskatchewan Book Awards
BEYOND THE PALE by Emily Urquhart shortlisted for the BC National Award for Canadian Nonfiction
EXTREME MEAN by Paula Todd shortlisted for the Arthur Ellis Award for Crime Writing
WILL STARLING by Ian Weir longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award and nominated for the Sunburst Awards
THE UMBRELLA MENDER by Christine Fischer Guy has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize for her story SALT, which appeared in The Austin Review
THE BLONDES by Emily Schultz was released in the US, received multiple starred reviews, and is an NPR Top 50 Books selection, a Kirkus Best Fiction of 2015 pick and a BookPage Best Book of 2015. It will be released as a Picador paperback in 2016.
LEDGER OF THE OPEN HAND by Leslie Vryenhoek’s makes the Writer’s Trust List of Best Books of 2015, as chosen by Michael Crummey
Transatlantic Agency’s 2015 Young Adult & Children’s Author Award and News Citations:
THE GOSPEL TRUTH by Caroline Pignat: winner of the Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature, finalist for the 2015 Canadian Children’s Book Centres Awards (Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction and the Amy Mathers Teen Book Award), finalist for the 2015 Red Maple Award. Her novel UNSPEAKABLE was also a finalist for the Geoffrey Bilson Award, and both UNSPEAKABLE and THE GOSPEL TRUTH were shortlisted for the CLA Young Adult Book of the Year Award.
ERIC WALTERS admitted into the Order of Canada and he was also named a finalist for the 2015 Canadian Children’s Book Centres Award for HOPE SPRINGS (which won the 2014 Christopher Award), winner of the 2015 Red Maple Award for THE RULE OF THREE, and WALKING HOME was a finalist for the CLA Book of the Year for Children and a 2016 Red Maple finalist
DEAD MAN’S SWITCH by Sigmund Brouwer winner of the 2015 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Juvenile/YA Crime Book, finalist for the 2015 Canadian Children’s Book Centre John Spray Mystery Award, and a finalist for the 2015 Red Maple
GRACE by Mary Casanova (2015 American Girl of the Year) was winner of the 2015 Parents’ Choice Approved Award, winner of the 2015 National Parenting Publications (NAPPA) Gold Award
THE METRO DOGS OF MOSCOW by Rachelle Delaney winner of the B.C. Chocolate Lily Award, and THE CIRCUS DOGS OF PRAGUE was shortlisted for the CLA Book of the Year for Children
THE DAY MY MOM CAME TO KINDERGARTEN by Maureen Fergus, winner of the 2015 Blue Spruce Award. Her book BUDDY AND EARL also made it on the Boston Globe best books of 2015 list.
FACE-OFF by Michael Betcherman, finalist for the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Juvenile/YA Crime Book
THE VOICE INSIDE MY HEAD by S.J. Laidlaw, finalist for the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Juvenile/YA Crime Book, finalist for the CLA Young Adult Book of the Year, and finalist for the John Spray Mystery Award
WATER CAN BE by Laura Purdie Salas finalist for the 2015 Minnesota Book Awards
HAVE YOU HEARD THE NESTING BIRD? by Rita Gray, New England Book Show Winner, children’s books
TIME OUT OF TIME: Beyond the Door by Maureen McQuerry, Middle Grade finalist for the 2015 Washington State Scandiuzzi Children’s Book Awards
SNEAKER CENTURY by Amber Keyser nominated for the 2015 YALSA Award
STARTING FROM SCRATCH by Sarah Elton, finalist for the Norma Fleck Award for Non-Fiction
THE SHOW TO END ALL SHOWS by Cary Fagan, finalist for the John Spray Mystery Award and MR ZINGER’S HAT was the TD Grade One Give-Away Book for 2015
WE’RE ALL FRIENDS HERE by Nancy Wilcox Richards, illustrated by Tom Goldsmith, finalist for the 2016 Blue Spruce
Silver Birch finalists and Express finalists for 2016: WHEN THE WORST HAPPENS by Tanya Lloyd Kyi, and HOPE SPRINGS by Eric Walters, illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes
WHEN THE WORST HAPPENS by Tanya Lloyd Kyi finalist for 2016 Golden Oak Award
STORMSTRUCK by John Macfarlane was selected for Kirkus Best of the Year
SEE YOU NEXT YEAR by Andrew Larsen was picked by 49th shelf amongst its favorite picture books of the year.
THE WAY BACK FROM BROKEN by Amber Keyser made Bustle’s Best YA covers list
A SETTLER’S YEAR: PIONEER LIFE THROUGH THE SEASONS by Kathleen Ernst was chosen by the Wisconsin Center For The Book to represent the state at the Library of Congress National Book Festival in September. The US National Archives invited the author to D.C. in October to present a program about it as part of their noon lecture series. A SETTLER’S YEAR was named a Finalist in the 2015 USA Best Book Awards – United States History category.
Transatlantic Agency’s Bestsellers of 2015:
GALLERY OF LOST SPECIES by Nina Berkhout
THE AMERICAN GIRL SERIES by Mary Casanova
SHOPLIFTER by Michael Cho
OPEN HEART, OPEN MIND by Clara Hughes
THEY LEFT US EVERYTHING by Plum Johnson
PUNISHMENT by Linden MacIntyre
LAUGHING ALL THE WAY TO THE MOSQUE by Zarqa Nawaz
MEADOWLARK by Wendi Stewart
EXTREME MEAN by Paula Todd
BEYOND THE PALE by Emily Urquhart
THE RULE OF THREE by Eric Walters
BOUNDLESS by Kathleen Winter
We are thrilled to announce that BEYOND THE PALE: Folklore, Family, and the Mystery of Our Hidden Genes (HarperCollins) by Emily Urquhart has been shortlisted for the 2016 BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, which carries one of Canada’s largest book prizes! The shortlist was selected by a jury comprising of Anne Giardini, Richard Gwyn, and Hal Wake, who considered over 137 books submitted by over 35 publishers. The winner will receive $40,000. The jury will announce the winner at a ceremony in Vancouver on February 4, 2016.
The Jury Citation:
“Emily Urquhart’s memoir opens with this sentence: ‘My daughter was born with a genetic condition I knew nothing about.’ The condition was albinism and Emily Urquhart’s voyage of discovery in her book Beyond the Pale becomes our own. Harnessing her experience as a folklorist, she tells a moving and personal story with forays into history, science, culture and politics. The many insights of this powerful and sometimes harrowing story are beautifully woven together with prose that is graceful and honest. Ultimately it is a story about being different – how it can define us and how we can learn to understand and accept differences.”
We would like to offer a huge congratulations to Emily Urquhart and the publisher, and all the other authors who have been shortlisted!
For further information about the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction please visit www.bcachievement.com. To view the shortlist, please visit http://www.bcachievement.com/media/news.php?id=133.
The Globe 100, a list featuring Globe editors and reviewers favourite reads of the year, has been revealed! We are thrilled to share that among the Globe’s 100 best books of 2015 are THE DEVIL YOU KNOW by Elisabeth de Mariaffi and BEYOND THE PALE by Emily Urquhart.
In 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.
BEYOND THE PALE by Emily Urquhart follows the author’s journey following the birth of her daughter, who is diagnosed with albinism, across North America and parts of Eastern Africa to discover how we explain human differences by examining a wide range of folklore and cultural beliefs.
Congratulations to Elisabeth and Emily, as well as to all the other authors on the list.
To view the full Globe 100 list, please visit http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/books-and-media/the-globe-100-the-best-books-of-2015/article27607992/.
We are thrilled to announce that BEYOND THE PALE: Folklore, Family, and the Mystery of Our Hidden Genes (HarperCollins) by Emily Urquhart has been longlisted for the 2016 BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, which carries one of Canada’s largest book prizes!
BEYOND THE PALE follows the author’s journey following the birth of her daughter, who is diagnosed with albinism, across North America and parts of Eastern Africa to discover how we explain human differences by examining a wide range of folklore and cultural beliefs.
The BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, which offers a $40,000 prize, is presented by the British Columbia Achievement Foundation, a foundation that celebrates excellence in the arts, humanities, enterprise, and community service. This year, the 12th year in which this award will be presented, 137 books by 35 publishers were selected nominated by the prize jury, which includes Anne Giardini, Richard Gwyn, and Hal Wake.
We would like to offer a huge congratulations to Emily Urquhart and the publisher, and all the other authors who have been longlisted!
UK Commonwealth rights to Emily Urquhart’s debut memoir BEYOND THE PALE: A Mother’s Journey towards Understanding her Child’s Difference, after her daughter is born with a shock of white hair, pale blue eyes, and fair skin — and later diagnosed with albinism — the author embarks on a three-year journey across North America and parts of Eastern Africa to discover how we explain human differences by examining a wide range of folklore and cultural beliefs, to Jacaranda Books (Canadian rights previously sold to Iris Tupholme of HarperCollins Canada) by Samantha Haywood of Transatlantic Agency.
Transatlantic is extremely proud to celebrate the launch of Emily Urquhart’s BEYOND THE PALE. “Part memoir, part cultural critique, and part genetic travelogue, BEYOND THE PALE is a brave, intimate investigation into the secret histories that each of us carries in our genes and an inspiring and beautiful memoir about parenting a child with a disability – and building a better future for that child.” Urquhart has received phenomenal praise so far and we wanted to share some of that with you here. This is a must read this Spring!
Praise for Emily Urquhart’s BEYOND THE PALE (TV/Film rights available. World rights available ex, HarperCollins: World English, April 2015)
- Maclean’s – “The Most Anticipated Books of 2015”
- The Globe and Mail – “The 50 Most Anticipated Books of 2015”
- Toronto Star – “The 25 Books We Can’t Wait to Read”
- Maclean’s has a terrific feature
“A graceful, perceptive rendering of a misunderstood condition.” –Kirkus Reviews
“The book does a stellar job of raising awareness and dispelling myths. (People with albinism do not have pink eyes.) Beyond the Pale will undoubtedly seal Urquhart’s position as an eloquent spokesperson and passionate activist for this mysterious and misunderstood condition. She’s highly relatable both as a typical exhausted first-time mom and as the parent of a child with a genetic disorder, and she writes with an aching honesty.” –Toronto Star
“The way Urquhart struggles with these questions ultimately reflects her greatest quality as a writer. From the start she isn’t afraid to make the personal political, to delve into her particular experience while also acknowledging its limits and investigating what lies beyond them. Urquhart’s as interested in championing individuality as she is in embracing our shared humanity. But she never shies away from the fact that cherishing both can be a knotty, contradictory affair.” –The Globe & Mail
“Beyond the Pale is a brave, thoughtful, clear, and always graceful journey through the terrifying randomness of genetics and the unexpected ways genetic anomalies can mark not just children, but all the lives around them. Best of all, it ends with a surprise—one that will interest anyone thinking of having a family.” —Ian Brown, author of The Boy in the Moon
“Driven by a mother’s love and a scholar’s curiosity, Beyond the Pale is a warm and unflinching memoir about hope and the resilience of the human spirit. Rich with stories that both horrify and inspire, the result is a haunting and moving journey—one that says far less about genes than it does the power of people to overcome.” —Caroline Abraham, author of The Juggler’s Children: Journey into Family, Legend and the Genes that Bind Us
“Emily Urquhart has written a courageous and ambitious book. Beyond the Pale offers an intimate account about raising a daughter with albinism, a lucid portrait of related genetic, medical and social issues, and a disturbing reminder of the brutal violence that many people with albinism continue to face today.” —Lawrence Hill, author of The Book of Negroes
“Beyond the Pale is a powerful story about maternal love, the long reach of family and the ways—good and evil—we react to disability. And what a guide we have in Emily Urquhart—a wonderful writer who is generous, honest and not afraid to pose the hardest questions. This book took me by the hand on the first page and never let me go.” —Katherine Ashenburg, author of The Dirt on Clean: An Unsanitized History
“Beyond the Pale is an elegant, complex wonder. Urquhart carries a light into a world of shadows as she confronts ancient fears and violence on behalf of her child. In probing what makes us different from each other and what unites us—how we are forged by both our genes and our stories—she creates a legacy of belonging for her daughter and a beautiful contemporary fable for all of us.” —Maria Mutch, author of Know the Night: A Memoir of Survival in the Small Hours
“Beyond the Pale is a beautiful weaving of the threads of history and lore that combine to make a family, gathered with the fierce, exhaustive love that overtakes us when we become parents.” —Gill Deacon, author of There’s Lead in Your Lipstick: Toxins in Our Everyday Bodycare and How to Avoid Them