Meadowlark by Wendi Stewart Publishes in Germany

Ciww9-LUUAAYwBPMEADOWLARK by Wendi Stewart publishes in Germany with Nagel & Kimche today! First published in Canada by NeWest Press, MEADOWLARK has already received extensive praise and we couldn’t be prouder of Wendi and her continued success. Happy Book Birthday Wendi!

In MEADOWLARK by Wendi Stewart, when her family’s car goes through the ice on Rainy Lake one cold March day in 1962, six-year-old Rebecca Archer is the only person her father is able to pull from the sinking vehicle. But as Rebecca grows up in a farmhouse haunted by the absence of her mother and baby brother, raised by a man left nearly paralyzed with grief, she wonders if her father really did save her after all. In her debut novel, Wendi Stewart tells the luminous, deeply imagined story of a young woman’s hard-won triumph over heartbreaking personal tragedy and the restorative power of friendship.

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  • 2016, Shortlisted, Alberta Book Publishing Awards, Trade Fiction Book of the Year and Cover Design Categories
  • 2016, Shortlisted, second annual Kobo Emerging Writer Prize, Literary Fiction

Reviews 

“Stewart’s story reflects self-discovery in the midst of suffering. Meadowlark is a novel of tragedy infused with hope and survival.” – Quill & Quire

“Wendi Stewart has a smart and compelling heroine in Rebecca Archer, and Meadowlark tells the story of her resilience in the face of stacked odds.” – The National Post

Rights Sold: NeWest Press, Canada; Nagel & Kimche, Germany

Meadowlark and The Mystics of Mile End Shortlisted for the 2016 Alberta Book Publishing Awards!

We are excited to share that the Book Publishers Association of Alberta has announced that MEADOWLARK by Wendi Stewart (NeWest Press) and THE MYSTICS OF MILE END (Freehand Books) by Sigal Samuel have been shortlisted for the 2016 Alberta Book Publishing Awards! MEADOWLARK has been shortlisted in the Trade Fiction Book of the Year and Cover Design categories while THE MYSTICS OF MILE END has been nominated in the Trade Fiction Book of the Year category. The Alberta Book Publishing Awards are awarded every year to books by Alberta publishers, and this year there were over 77 entries for the 12 award categories.

SWMeadowlarkcovIn MEADOWLARK by Wendi Stewart, when her family’s car goes through the ice on Rainy Lake one cold March day in 1962, six-year-old Rebecca Archer is the only person her father is able to pull from the sinking vehicle. But as Rebecca grows up in a farmhouse haunted by the absence of her mother and baby brother, raised by a man left nearly paralyzed with grief, she wonders if her father really did save her after all. In her debut novel, Wendi Stewart tells the luminous, deeply imagined story of a young woman’s hard-won triumph over heartbreaking personal tragedy and the restorative power of friendship.

SSMysticsCADcovTHE MYSTICS OF MILE END by Sigal Samuel weaves together four distinct voices to tell the story of the dysfunctional Meyer family with a dangerous mystical obsession. Living in Mile End, home to hipsters and Hasidic Jews, David, a professor of religion, is diagnosed with a heart murmur and becomes convinced that his heart is whispering divine secrets. When David’s attempts to ascend the Tree of Life lead to tragedy, his daughter Samara believes it is up to her to finish what he started, and her brother documents her increasingly strange behaviour. It falls to next-door neighbour Chaim Glassman to shatter the silence that divides the members of the Meyer family.

The winners will be announced on September 16th at a gala at the Hotel Arts in Calgary. To purchase tickets for the event, please visit www.bookpublishers.ab.ca

Congratulations to Wendi Stewart and Sigal Samuel, as well as to the other nominees!

To view the shortlists in all categories, visit http://bookpublishers.ab.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Media-Release-Shortlist-2016-Book-Publishing-Awards.pdf

Second Annual Kobo Emerging Writer Prize Shortlist Announced!

Congratulations to Emily Urquhart and Wendi Stewart for their nominations for the second annual Kobo Emerging Writer Prize! Emily Urquhart is shortlisted in the Non-Fiction category for BEYOND THE PALE: Folklore, Family, and the Mystery of Our Hidden Genes (HarperCollins Canada) and Wendi Stewart has received her nomination in the Literary Fiction category for MEADOWLARK (NeWest Press).

In its second year, the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize is awarded to talented debut authors in three different categories including Non-Fiction, Literary Fiction, and Romance. The three judges in their respective categories are Gail Anderson-Dargatz (Literary Fiction), Camilla Gibb (Non-Fiction), and Lynsay Sands (Romance). The winners in each category will receive $10,000 and will be chosen on or before June 8, 2016.

Beyond the Pale cover imageBEYOND THE PALE: Folklore, Family, and the Mystery of Our Hidden Genes by Emily Urquhart follows Emily’s experience  following the birth of her daughter and the unexpected discovery that her daughter was born with a shock of white hair, pale blue eyes, and fair skin and diagnosed with albinism. The author embarks on a three-year journey across North America and parts of Eastern Africa to discover how we explain human differences by examining a wide range of folklore and cultural beliefs.

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In MEADOWLARK by Wendi Stewart, when her family’s car goes through the ice on Rainy Lake one cold March day in 1962, six-year-old Rebecca Archer is the only person her father is able to pull from the sinking vehicle. But as Rebecca grows up in a farmhouse haunted by the absence of her mother and baby brother, raised by a man left nearly paralyzed with grief, she wonders if her father really did save her after all. In her debut novel, Wendi Stewart tells the luminous, deeply imagined story of a young woman’s hard-won triumph over heartbreaking personal tragedy.

For further information about the award, please visit https://store.kobobooks.com/p/emergingwritershortlist

Transatlantic would also like to congratulate all the other nominees!

Deal News – MEADOWLARK by Wendi Stewart

SWMeadowlarkcovMEADOWLARK by Wendi Stewart has sold to Dirk Vaihinger from Nagel & Kimche publishers, a Swiss-based Hanser affiliate, on a preempt, deal arranged by Hannah Fosh of the Liepman Agency on behalf of Stephanie Sinclair.

When her family’s car goes through the ice on Rainy Lake one cold March day in 1962, six-year-old Rebecca Archer is the only
person her father is able to pull from the sinking vehicle. But as Wendi StewartRebecca grows up in a farmhouse haunted by the absence of her mother and baby brother, raised by a man left nearly paralyzed with grief, she wonders if her father really did save her after all. Eventually, though, Rebecca finds solace in the company of her friends: Chuck, the sensitive son of a violently abusive father; and Lissie, an aboriginal girl being raised alone by a perfectionist white mother. As these three young people protect and support one another, Rebecca discovers that by saving Chuck and Lissie, she may also save herself. In her debut novel, Wendi Stewart tells the luminous, deeply imagined story of a young woman’s hard-won triumph over heartbreaking personal tragedy.

MEADOWLARK has already received phenomenal praise and was recently included in Publisher’s Weekly’s Hot Fall Adult Titles list of Canadian publications, in the good company of Margaret Atwood and Patrick deWitt.

Praise for Meadowlark by Wendi Stewart

SWMeadowlarkcovWe are thrilled to congratulate Wendi Stewart on her phenomenal praise on her haunting debut novel, MEADOWLARK. Wendi was also recently included on Publisher’s Weekly’s Hot Fall Adult Titles list of Canadian publications, in the good company of Margaret Atwood and Patrick deWitt!

For the Quill and Quire review- http://www.quillandquire.com/review/meadowlark/

Deal News – Meadowlark

Wendi StewartCanada English rights to debut novelist Wendi Stewart’s MEADOWLARK sold by Stephanie Sinclair to Newest Press for 2015.

Reminiscent of CROW LAKE by Mary Lawson and THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES by Sue Monk Kidd, MEADOWLARK is the story of what happens after the Archer family car goes through the ice on Rainy Lake one cold March day in 1962, claiming the lives of Rebecca’s mother and infant brother, and leaving her on a battlefield in a war of grief with her devastated father. Rebecca manages to find purpose in protecting her new friend Chuck from the hand of his violent and abusive father and offers guidance to Lissie, a young aboriginal girl adopted and raised in a white home by a single mother who demands preciseness and perfection. She soon discovers that in saving Chuck and Lissie, Rebecca may be able to save herself.