Gary Barwin’s YIDDISH FOR PIRATES wins Hamilton Literary Award for fiction

Congratulations to Gary Barwin whose novel YIDDISH FOR PIRATES has won the Hamilton Literary Award for fiction!

YIDDISH FOR PIRATES 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.

This singular novel is the winner of the 2017 Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour, and was shortlisted for both the Governor General’s Literary Award for fiction and the Scotiabank Giller Prize.

We’re happy to be celebrating yet another achievement for Gary Barwin! For more information about this year’s winners, please visit: Thespec.com/yiddish-for-pirates-wins-hamilton-literary-award.

Gary Barwin Wins the 2017 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour!

We are delighted to share that Gary Barwin, author of YIDDISH FOR PIRATES (Penguin Random House Canada), has won the 2017 Leacock Medal for Humour, one of Canada’s oldest literary prizes. Gary took home a $15,000 cheque from the TD Financial Group and a prestigious Leacock Medal cast in silver. Gary is officially the 69th winner in the history of the award, joining such Canadian literary giants as Mordecai Richler, Robertson Davies, W.O. Mitchell, Terry Fallis and Patrick deWitt.  Congratulations to Gary and his fellow nominees!

Please visit the following link to learn more about the award: https://leacock.ca/2017/06/11/gary-barwin-wins-2017-leacock-medal/

To read Gary’s wonderful acceptance speech, please visit: https://leacock.ca/2017-2/gary-barwin-leacock-medal-acceptance-speech/

Yiddish for Pirates Shortlisted for the 2017 Leacock Medal for Humour Award!

Congratulations to Gary Barwin, author of YIDDISH FOR PIRATES (Penguin Random House Canada), which has been shortlisted for the 2017 Leacock Medal for Humour award!

Founded in 1947, the Leacock Medal for Humour encourages the growth of Canadian humour writing. The winner will be announced at an June 10, 2017 dinner outside of Orillia, Ontario, and will be awarded $15,000 from the TD Financial Group as well as the prestigious Leacock Medal for Humour.

Please visit the following link to view the full shortlist: https://leacock.ca/2017-2/2017-shortlist/.

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

YIDDISH FOR PIRATES BY GARY BARWIN SHORTLISTED FOR THE GOVERNOR GENERAL AWARD

BGYiddishbannercovTransatlantic would like to congratulate Gary Barwin whose novel, YIDDISH FOR PIRATES (Penguin Random House Canada), has been shortlisted the the Governor General’s Award for Fiction!

YIDDISH 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.

Barwin2014bwEach year, the Canada Council for the Arts honours the best in Canadian literature with its Governor General’s Literary Awards (the GGs). As Canada’s national literary awards, the GGs represent the rich diversity of Canadian literature. For each category, a peer assessment committee, comprised of fellow authors, translators and illustrators, makes the final selection. Each GG winner receives $25,000; each nonwinning finalist receives $1,000. The publisher of each winning book receives $3,000 to help promote the book.

The winners will be announced on October 25th. For the full list of finalists, please visit Ggbooks.ca/gglafinalists2016

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/.

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!

Book Launch – Gary Barwin’s ‘Yiddish for Pirates’ Maclean’s bestseller list

Congratulations to Gary Barwin, whose brilliant novel, Yiddish for Pirates, has debuted at #6 on the Maclean’s national bestseller list in its first week of publication.  Help to celebrate this wonderful new work as Ben McNally’s The Fine Print presents Gary Barwin on April 25th at the Dora Keough in Toronto.