ICE-OUT BY MARY CASANOVA PUBLISHES

bk_ice-out_200Happy book birthday to Mary Casanova, whose YA novel Ice-Out publishes today with University of Minnesota Press! The follow-up to 2012’s FrozenIce-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

Transatlantic Agency Celebrates Our Authors’ Achievements In 2015

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

Deal news – Ice Out and Goodnight, Forest

Mary CasanovaMary Casanova’s ICE OUT, in which a budding relationship gets tangled up with the suspicious death of a federal agent,  blackmail and boot-legging in 1920’s Minnesota, a sequel to FROZEN, and a children’s picture book GOODNIGHT, FOREST, at day’s end, as a child is tucked up in bed at a cabin, other creatures in nature are also finding their way to their dens and their nests, but wait! not every creature is sleeping, the sequel to WAKE UP ISLAND, to Erik Anderson at University of Minnesota Press, for publication in Fall 2016 and Fall 2015, by Fiona Kenshole.