Knopf Canada has commissioned Kathleen Winter (Annabel and Boundless) to create a book for the Canadian sesquicentennial in 2017. The work — to be in the genre of the author’s choosing — will be based on the life of General James Wolfe, the commander who famously led the British to overthrow the French in Quebec at the Plains of Abraham in 1759 . The work (as yet untitled) will be based on letters written by Wolfe — primarily to his mother – from the age of thirteen through to two weeks before his death. These letters are held by the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library at the University of Toronto, and will form the core of Winter’s narrative. The deal was done by Shaun Bradley, with Lynn Henry and Amanda Lewis at Penguin Random House Canada.
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
Annabel has been published in 18 countries and was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, Orange Prize for Fiction, and Governor General’s Literary Award. Mehta is known for other book-to-film adaptations, including Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children, and for her Academy Award-nominated Water. Her latest work, Beeba Boys, debuted at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival and will open internationally in October.
The deal was arranged by Shaun Bradley at the Transatlantic Agency.
Coming in October ILLUMINATION – Portraits of Canadian Literature + Authors
In this innovative new exhibit, award-winning Canadian artist Mark Raynes Roberts illustrates the personalities of some of Canada’s most vibrant and interesting authors through a series of 150 photographs. Exhibits at both the Toronto Reference Library and the Harbourfront Centre’s International Festival of Authors will feature projected portrait installations of some of the following Transatlantic Agency author clients: Martha Baillie, Dave Bidini, Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall, Claire Holden Rothman, Diane Schoemperlen, Paula Todd and Kathleen Winter. Through these works, Raynes Roberts will explore the inner lives of authors and their creative roots.
At the Gardiner Museum, to complement the photography series, Mark Raynes Roberts will present his ethereal glass engraving as visual interpretations of narrative by 12 Canadian authors based upon the theme of Light. For over 30 years, Raynes Roberts has created glass sculpture as medium to examine human transcendence and with this new collection, celebrate artistic culture and Canada’s literary treasury.
ILLUMINATION – Portraits of Canadian Literature – Crystal Art Exhibition
Gardiner Museum – October 26 to November 11, 2015
ILLUMINATION – Portraits of Canadian Authors – Projected Portrait Photography Exhibitions
Toronto Reference Library – October 11 – Nov 1, 2015
International Festival of Authors – October 22 to November 1, 2015.
Learn more at www.raynesillumination.com
Congratulations to Diane Schoemperlen and Kathleen Winter for both appearing on the longlist for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. Diane Schoemperlen is nominated for BY THE BOOK and Kathleen Winter for THE FREEDOM IN AMERICAN SONGS.
Since its start in 2005, the Frank O’Connor award has been the world’s largest and most prestigious prize for short story collections. The shortlist will be announced in early June. See the full longlist here.
Congratulations to all the nominees.
BBC Radio 4 in the UK has chosen Kathleen Winter’s travel memoir, BOUNDLESS: TRACING LAND AND DREAM IN A NEW NORTHWEST PASSAGE (Jonathan Cape) as its Book of the Week. Hear the exquisite 5-part broadcast here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05mqpgd?fb_ref=Default
The Transatlantic Agency congratulates Plum Johnson (THEY LEFT US EVERYTHING, Penguin) and Kathleen Winter (BOUNDLESS: TRACING LAND AND DREAMS IN A NEW NORTHWEST PASSAGE, House of Anansi) who have both been shortlisted for the 2015 Charles Taylor Prize, one of Canada’s most esteemed awards for literary nonfiction.
The Charles Taylor Prize recognizes excellence in literary nonfiction. Finalists receive $2000. The winner receives $25,000. For further details, please visit the Charles Taylor Prize website.
Plum Johnson’s THEY LEFT US EVERYTHING is a funny, touching memoir about the importance of preserving family history to make sense of the past, and nurturing family bonds to safeguard the future. She is an award-winning author, artist and entrepreneur living in Toronto. She was the founder of KidsCanada Publishing Corp., publisher of KidsToronto; and co-founder ofHelp’s Here! resource magazine for seniors & caregivers. For more information, contact Samantha Haywood,samantha@
Kathleen Winter’s BOUNDLESS follows the author’s physical and spiritual journey as she travels into the Northwest Passage on a ship, following the route of the legendary Franklin expedition. She is the author of the award-winning and internationally best-selling novel, Annabel, and has recently released a new collection of short stories, The Freedom in American Songs. For more information, contact Shaun Bradley, shaun@
Our congratulations go out to all the finalists.
We are welcoming the start of 2015 by recapping some of our agency’s adult trade authors’ achievements in 2014. We look forward to beginning a new year of accolades and an exciting list of new projects!
2014 Award Citations:
THEY LEFT US EVERYTHING by Plum Johnson: Longlisted for the 2015 Charles Taylor Prize
BOUNDLESS: TRACING LAND AND DREAMS IN A NEW NORTHWEST PASSAGE by Kathleen Winter: nominated for 2014 Hilary Weston Writer’s Trust Prize for Nonfiction; Longlisted for the 2015 Charles Taylor Prize; listed as a CBC Book’s Best of 2014 list
THE FREEDOM IN AMERICAN SONGS by Kathleen Winter: listed as an Amazon.ca Editor’s 10 Best Canadian Books of the Year, and Amazon.ca Editor’s Best Books of the Year (all categories), a Globe and Mail Top 100 Book for 2014, and was a Library Journal Key Indie Fiction Title, Fall 2014.
ANNABEL by Kathleen Winter: named to the Amazon.ca/49thShelf list of 100 Canadian Books to Read in a Lifetime
Clea Young: nominated for the 2014 Writer’s Trust of Canada McClelland & Stewart Journey Trust Prize
Lori McNulty: nominated for the 2014 Writer’s Trust of Canada McClelland & Stewart Journey Trust Prize
THE SEARCH FOR HEINRICH SCHLOGEL by Martha Baillie: listed on The Globe and Mail’s Best 100 Books of 2014; oprah.com pick for Best Books of September 2014; listed as a Publisher’s Weekly Pick of the Week
SHOPLIFTER by Michael Cho: listed on The Globe and Mail’s Best 100 Books of 2014; picked as a Boston Globe Best Book of 2014; appeared on the front page of the New York Times Weekend Arts section and listed in the NYT holiday gift guide
WILL STARLING by Ian Weir: listed on The Globe and Mail’s Best 100 Books of 2014
THE TROUBLE WITH BRUNCH by Shawn Micallef: listed on The Globe and Mail’s Best 100 Books of 2014
WALT by Russell Wangersky: appeared on CBC Books 2014 holiday gift guide
PUNISHMENT by Linden MacIntyre: appeared on CBC Books 2014 holiday gift guide
EXTREME MEAN: TROLLS, BULLIES AND PREDATORS ONLINE by Paula Todd: nominated for 2014 Hilary Weston Writer’s Trust Prize for Nonfiction; appeared on CBC Books 2014 holiday gift guide
THE UMBRELLA MENDER by Christine Fischer Guy: featured as one of six fiction titles hand-picked by independent booksellers for Quill & Quire.
THE HUNDRED HEARTS by William Kowalski: won the Thomas Head Raddall Award
THE SILENT WIFE by A. S. A. Harrison: shortlisted for CWA New Blood Award, nominated for the Ontario Library Association’s 2014 Evergreen Prize
THE LONELY END OF THE RINK by Grant Lawrence: winner of the BC Book Prize for Book of the Year
INFIDELITY by Stacey May Fowles: winner of Silver in Popular Fiction at Independent Publisher Awards
AND THEN THERE WERE NUNS by Jane Christmas: shortlisted for Word Award; finalist for the Stephen Leacock Award
DIRTY BIRD by Keir Lowther: shortlisted for the Prince Edward Island Book Award
THE OIL MAN AND THE SEA by Arno Kopecky: won the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction; shortlisted for the 2014 Governor General’s Literary Award; shortlisted for the Hubert Evan’s Non-Fiction Prize, shortlisted for the Lane Anderson Award for science writing, shortlisted for the Banff Mountain Book Competition, and received a Special Jury Mention at the Banff Mountain Book Competition
MY HOPE IS FOUND by Joanne Bischof: named Novel of the Year by San Diego Christian Writer’s Guild
UNDER A BLACKBERRY MOON by Serena Miller: finalist in the 2014 Christy Awards.
CHAPEL SPRINGS REVIVAL by Ane Mulligan: nominated for the 2014 INSPY Awards.
SWEET DREAMS by Carla Stewart: finalist for the Oklahoma Book Awards
2014 National Bestsellers:
PUNISHMENT by Linden McIntyre: Globe and Mail
BOUNDLESS by Kathleen Winter: Globe and Mail
THE SILENT WIFE by ASA Harrison: Globe & Mail and New York Times
SHOPLIFTER by Michael Cho: New York Times
MATING FOR LIFE by Marissa Stapley: Globe and Mail
LAUGHING ALL THE WAY TO THE MOSQUE by Zarqa Nawaz: Globe and Mail
EXTREME MEAN by Paula Todd: Globe and Mail
WELL HEELED by Lesley-Anne Scorgie: Globe and Mail
CHAPEL SPRINGS REVIVAL by Ane Mulligan: Amazon in the Hot New Releases category
HANDS FREE MAMA by Rachel Macy Stafford: New York Times
The Transatlantic Agency congratulates Plum Johnson (They Left Us Everything, Penguin) and Kathleen Winter (Boundless: Tracing Land and Dreams in a New Northwest Passage, House of Anansi) who have both been longlisted for the 2015 Charles Taylor Prize, one of Canada’s most esteemed awards for literary nonfiction.
The Charles Taylor Prize recognizes excellence in literary nonfiction. Finalists receive $2000. The winner receives $25,000. The shortlist will be announced on January 15th in Toronto. For further details, please visit the Charles Taylor Prize website.
Plum Johnson’s THEY LEFT US EVERYTHING is a funny, touching memoir about the importance of preserving family history to make sense of the past, and nurturing family bonds to safeguard the future. She is an award-winning author, artist and entrepreneur living in Toronto. She was the founder of KidsCanada Publishing Corp., publisher of KidsToronto; and co-founder of Help’s Here! resource magazine for seniors & caregivers. For more information, contact Samantha Haywood, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kathleen Winter’s BOUNDLESS follows the author’s physical and spiritual journey as she travels into the Northwest Passage on a ship, following the route of the legendary Franklin expedition. She is the author of the award-winning and internationally best-selling novel, Annabel, and has recently released a new collection of short stories, The Freedom in American Songs. For more information, contact Shaun Bradley, email@example.com.
Our congratulations go out to all the longlisted authors.
The Globe 100 is out! Among the 100 best books of 2014 are Transatlantic’s THE SEARCH FOR HEINRICH SCHLOGEL (by Martha Baillie), SHOPLIFTER (Michael Cho), THE TROUBLE WITH BRUNCH (Shawn Micallef), WILL STARLING (Ian Weir) and THE FREEDOM IN AMERICAN SONGS (Kathleen Winter). Congratulations to all the authors on the list.