2014 Awards and Bestsellers

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

Award News: Plum Johnson and Kathleen Winter

RBC Charles Taylor Prize logoThe 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.

JohnsonPlum2013bwPlum 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, samantha@transatlanticagency.com.

Kathleen WinterKathleen 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@transatlanticagency.com.

Our congratulations go out to all the longlisted authors.

The Globe 100

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.

PAULA TODD and KATHLEEN WINTER Get Major Prize Nominations

The Transatlantic Agency is excited to congratulate Paula Todd (Extreme Mean: Trolls Bullies and Predators Online, Signal/M&S) and Kathleen Winter (Boundless: Tracing Land and Dream in a New Northwest Passage, House of Anansion their nominations for the 2014 Hilary Weston Writer’s Trust Prize for Nonfiction, the richest nonfiction award in Canada.

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 14th at a ceremony in Toronto. For further details, visit: http://www.writerstrust.com/awards/hilary-weston-writers-trust-prize.aspx

Extreme MeanPaula Todd’s EXTREME MEAN examines the growing trend of cyber-bullying and the psychological damage it brings to its victims. Paula Todd is a journalist, professor and lawyer who has previously written the best-selling A Quiet Courage: Inspiring Stories from All of Us and Finding Karla: How I Tracked Down an Elusive Serial Killer and Discovered a Mother of Three.  For more information, contact Samantha Haywood, samantha@transatlanticagency.com

From the Weston Prize jury:

“Paula Todd’s Extreme Mean is an essential eye-opening investigation of internet use, misuse, and abuse. Detailing infamous case studies such as those of Amanda Todd and Rebecca Black, and examining numerous websites dedicated to the unleashing of hatred protected by anonymity and “virtual” reality, Todd connects disturbing dots, pointing to a shocking trend of cyber-violence that is as nefarious–if not more so–than violence in the “real world.” Investigative research with profound social, legal, and philosophical implications. Overwhelmingly persuasive. A book every parent–or anyone online–must read.”

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@transatlanticagency.com

From the Weston Prize jury:

Boundless is a sensual, philosophical, myth-busting journey through the high Arctic on a search for a grounded meaning of the North West Passage. Its transcendent writing and superb weaving of action, interview, memoir, history, geology, flora, and fauna transmits Kathleen Winter’s personal, and profoundly universal, natural awareness.Boundless opens our minds and senses, and enriches our spiritual connection to ourselves through nature. This quirky, eloquent paean to the land blesses readers with its bounty.

CBC announces top 100 must-read Canadian novels

CBC announced their top 100 must-read novels written by Canadian authors. Transatlantic congratulates ANNABEL by Kathleen Winter, HOLDING STILL FOR AS LONG AS POSSIBLE by Zoe Whittall, THE BISHOP’S MAN by Linden MacIntyre, WHAT THE BODY REMEMBERS by Shauna Singh Baldwin and WHALE MUSIC by Paul Quarrington, and all novelists of CBC’s “100 Novels that make you proud to be Canadian.”

When making the selection, CBC Books considered aspects such as cultural impact, reader response and critical reception.

For the full list please visit the CBC website.

 

Deal News – Boundless

ANNABEL author Kathleen Winter’s BOUNDLESS: Mapping Geography and the Spirit in The Northwest Passage, written in alternating chapters, chronicling the literal and spiritual voyage of the author as she travels from Toronto to Greenland then sails across Baffin Bay and into the Northwest Passage, following the route of the doomed Franklin Expedition, German rights to btb (Random House) in Germany, on proposal, by Shaun Bradley.

World Rights Available Ex:
North America English, House of Anansi
UK (incl. A/Z), Jonathan Cape
German, btb, Random House

Deal News – Annabel

Korean rights for Kathleen Winter’s Award winning debut novel, ANNABEL, have been sold to Jaeum & Moeum by Shaun Bradley.

World Rights Available Ex:
Canada (English): House of Anansi; UK(incl. Aus/NZ): Jonathan Cape; US (English): Grove Atlantic; Brazil: Novo Fronteira; China (simplified rights): Beijing Green Beans Books Company; China (complex rights): Ten Points Publishing; France (ex. Quebec): Editions Christian Bourgois; Germany: btb (Random House); Hebrew: Matar Publishing House; Italy: Bompiani; Netherlands: The House of Books; Norway: Forlaget Oktober; Portugal: ASA Editores; Quebec: Editions Du Boreal; Romania: Polirom; Spain (including Basque edition): Erein Argitaletxea; Sweden: Kabusa; Audio, North America: Recorded Books; Korea, Jauem & Moeum.