World English audio rights to Emmy award-winning author Kathleen Ernst’s OLD WORLD MURDER, THE HEIRLOOM MURDERS, and THE LIGHT KEEPER’S LEGACY, the first three books in the popular CHLOE ELLEFSON MYSTERY SERIES. These cozy mysteries feature an unlikely crime-solving duo, one a curator of Old World Wisconsin, the other a cop, who solve murders and more in their midwestern small town while romantic sparks fly between them. Audio rights sold to Ron Formica at Tantor Audio, for publication in Feb 2017, by Fiona Kenshole and Sarah Binns.
We’ve been waiting with baited breath to officially announce this deal! World English rights of Vicki Grant’s YA novel, 36 QUESTIONS THAT CHANGED MY MIND ABOUT YOU have sold to Adrienne Szpyrka at Running Press. The deal was arranged by Fiona Kenshole and is due to publish in the fall of 2017.
36 QUESTIONS is the story of two teens with two heartbreaking secrets–and the 36 questions it takes to see if they can fall in love. Inspired by a “Modern Love” column in the New York Times, the novel is told in the language of modern romance, including texting, Q&A, and IM. Congratulations, Vicki!
We’d like to give a warm welcome to Stephanie Young, Fiona Kenshole‘s new client!
Stephanie Farris Young grew up in a family that talked about food as if it were another family member. It was only natural for her to blend storytelling and cooking into fictional novels about life, love, and enjoying every bite. When she’s not inventing new recipes and characters to go with them, Stephanie is a digital writer and studio editorial director at Hallmark Cards Inc. On the side, she helps fight hunger at local food banks, goes to culinary school, runs a pie shop, and writes food blogs. She has a B.A. from Missouri State University. Learn more about Stephanie at her website, https://heartyeaters.com/.
We’re proud to announce that Rosanne Parry has joined Transatlantic. She is represented by Fiona Kenshole.
Rosanne Parry is the author of four award-winning middle grade novels at Random House. Her most recent novel, The Turn of the Tide, has starred reviews from School Library Journal and Booklist. Rosanne’s books have more than 20 awards to their name, including a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year (Heart of a Shepherd, 2009) and a Bank Street Children’s Best Book of the Year (Written in Stone, 2013). She is a part-time book monger at legendary Portland, Oregon bookstore, Annie Bloom’s, and an adjunct instructor in the Masters in Book Publishing program at Portland State University. She lives with her family in an historic farmhouse and writes in a treehouse in her backyard.
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.
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)
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)
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)
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/.
Wanna know a secret? You, too can squeal about American Girl dolls, even if you’re 30! I couldn’t contain my excitement this afternoon when I opened our early copies for The American Girl Ultimate Visual Guide, co-authored by Erin Falligant! The book is beautiful and brimming with colorful, fun, full-page spreads about all of your favorite American Girl dolls, from Beforever characters like Felicity and Molly to Girls of the Year like Grace and Caroline. The American Girl Ultimate Visual Guide published with Dorling Kindersley on September 6, 2016. Congratulations, Erin!
Erin Falligant is represented by Fiona Kenshole.
We are delighted to announce that DELUSION ROAD by Don Aker and INVISIBILL, written by Maureen Fergus and illustrated by Dušan Petričić, are finalists for the 2016 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Awards (CCBC)! DELUSION ROAD is shortlisted for the John Spray Mystery Award while INVISIBILL is nominated for the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award.
The John Spray Mystery Award awards a prize of $5,000 and the Marillyn Baillie Picture Book Award offers a prize of $20,000 to the winning book. The winners of these English-language awards will be announced at an invitation-only gala event at The Carlu in Toronto on November 17, 2016.
DELUSION ROAD: “Aker’s excellent storytelling abilities shine through in this thrilling mystery novel… Filled with action, tension and suspense, Aker keeps us on the edge of our seats as the story unfolds and reaches its terrifying climax… Edgy and raw in both its narrative style and word choice, Delusion Road is perfect for older readers seeking an authenticity to their reading experience… This is just the type of novel young mystery enthusiasts will clamour to read!”
INVISIBILL: “Readers of all ages will relate to this hilarious story about a family dinner where everyone is too busy to pass the potatoes…Petričić’s marvellous illustrations move us along and perfectly complement Fergus’s narrative…Both laugh-out-loud funny and touching, this is a gem of a book…A great read aloud and reminder to pay attention to each other.”
We are pleased to offer a huge congratulations to Don Aker and Maureen Fergus, as well as to all the other authors and illustrators who are shortlisted!
To view the full list of finalists, please visit: bookcentre.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Finalists-Announced-for-2016-CCBC-Awards.pdf
Rita is known for her beautiful and critically-acclaimed rhyming picture books, including HAVE YOU HEARD THE NESTING BIRD? and FLOWERS ARE CALLING. Kirkus Reviews writes that the gentle lullaby of WHEN THE WORLD IS DREAMING “stuns in its quiet simplicity.” Congratulations to Rita and happy book birthday!
Rita Gray is represented by Fiona Kenshole.
Happy book birthday to Mary Casanova, whose YA novel Ice-Out publishes today with University of Minnesota Press! The follow-up to 2012’s Frozen, Ice-Out transports readers to Prohibition-era Minnesota with a captivating (and cold!) coming-of-age story. Congratulations, Mary!
Rave Reviews and Praise
“Nineteen-year-old Owen Jensen dreams of starting a car dealership. But when his father dies suddenly, it falls to him to run the creamery and take care of his family… Unless he can figure out how to navigate the dangerous world of organized crime as well as the brutal winter, he will lose everything. This richly detailed look at the Roaring ’20s is vastly different from the usual cosmopolitan portrayal filled with flappers, jazz, and tommy-gun–toting gangsters…” – From Kirkus Reviews
“Mary Casanova gives us the best of historical fiction: characters you love and love to travel with in a critical time in American history. Following Owen Jensen through his coming-of-age year in northern Minnesota during Prohibition is a rugged joy.” – Chris Crutcher, author of Whale Talk
“A historical novel that makes the past as fresh and compelling as the present, Ice-Out is a story of dreams, determination, loyalty, and the grays that infuse black-and-white issues. Mary Casanova has created a hero we cheer for as he struggles to surmount obstacles placed before him by the times, by the place, and by his choices.” – Lorna Landvik, author Best to Laugh
“With compelling detail, Mary Casanova weaves true historical characters and events with the fictional story of Owen, a young man determined to fight the odds. In this gripping adventure, Rainy Lake becomes a metaphor for life and possibilities: the deadly risks of the capricious ice in winter, the strength that comes from natural beauty.” – Polly Carlson-Voiles, author of Summer of the Wolves
Rights Sold: University of Minnesota Press, English in North America
“[The] very best picture books appeal to several audiences at the same time. These include parents, fellow bookmakers, librarians, award givers and, one hopes, even children. Four new books about books manage to thread that needle.” – Frank Viva, The New York Times Book Review.
How delightful that one of these books appealing to multiple audiences happens to be A SQUIGGLY STORY, by our very own Andrew Larsen! The New York Times Book Review calls Larsen’s latest picture book, “… a charming little book that may help first-time storytellers keep trying to write stories, even if they lack the ability to draw proper letterforms….” It’s great to see A SQUIGGLY STORY highlighted in the NYT Review, especially as it celebrates creativity and writing in young kids.
There’s an added bonus to the review: SQUIGGLY illustrator Mike Lowery also created the artwork for THE DAY MY MOM CAME TO KINDERGARTEN by Transatlantic author Maureen Fergus.