Audio rights to winner of the RBC Taylor Prize and beloved Canadian bestseller, THEY LEFT US EVERYTHING by Plum Johnson sold at auction to Rebecca Best of Rakuten Kobo, rights previously sold to Putnam US, Brandon Culture in China and Gads Forlag in Denmark. The deal was arranged by Samantha Haywood of the Transatlantic Agency.
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
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.
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:
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
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
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
Chinese rights to Plum Johnson’s THEY LEFT US EVERYTHING, chronicling the author’s undertaking to sort and empty her beloved childhood home after the death of her elderly parents, a task that triggers difficult memories and unearths new facts, ultimately allowing her to reconcile her relationship with her mother and come to a richer understanding of her family history, and herself, to Brandon Culture by Zoe Hsu at Andrew Nurnberg Associates International Ltd. on behalf of Samantha Haywood of the Transatlantic Agency. Previous rights sold to Putnam, US and Penguin Canada.
Congratulations to Plum Johnson on being awarded the Evergreen Award for THEY LEFT US EVERYTHING (Penguin Random House Canada), one of the 2017 Forest of Reading Awards! The Evergreen Award is a program aimed at adult readers of all ages who participate in the program through public libraries and book clubs, and the books are selected for the program by expert librarians who share their favourite Canadian non-fiction and fiction with the adult readers. Readers from over 120 libraries participated, and THEY LEFT US EVERYTHING was a clear favourite!
The award will be presented at OLA’s Super Conference in Toronto on February 2, 2017. Please visit the following link for details of the conference: www.olasuperconference.ca
For more information about the Evergreen Award, please visit www.accessola.org/web/OLA/Forest_of_Reading/Individual_Trees.aspx#Evergreen
To view the press release, please visit: www.accessola.org/web/Documents/OLA/News/2016/News-Release-Forest-Evergreen-Winner-2016.pdf.
Congratulations to all the finalists of this award!
Transatlantic Agency congratulates agency clients and Orca authors who are finalists on the 2017 Forest of Reading Awards shortlists! These awards recognize the best work by Canadian authors and illustrators. Over a quarter of a million readers participate in the program through schools, public libraries, literacy centres and within their homes. These awards encourage a love of reading through programs aimed at children and adults who vote for the winning books.
EVERYDAY HERO (Orca Book Publishers) by Kathleen Cherry (Silver Birch Fiction)
DEEP ROOTS: How Trees Sustain Our Planet (Orca Book Publishers) by Nikki Tate (Silver Birch Non-Fiction)
SHOOTER (Razorbill) by Caroline Pignat (Red Maple Fiction)
SHATTERED (Orca Book Publishers) by Teresa Toten (Red Maple Fiction)
THE UNQUIET PAST (Orca Book Publishers) by Kelley Armstrong (Red Maple Fiction)
PRIDE (Orca Book Publishers) by Robin Stevenson (Red Maple Non-Fiction)
RODENT (Orca Book Publishers) by Lisa J. Lawrence (White Pine)
EPIC GAME (Orca Book Publishers) by William Kowalski (Golden Oak)
THEY LEFT US EVERYTHING (Penguin Canada) by Plum Johnson (Evergreen)
PUNISHMENT (Vintage Canada) by Linden MacIntyre (Evergreen)
Transatlantic would also like to congratulate all of the other authors who are finalists for this year’s Forest of Reading Awards.
For a full list of the nominees, please see the Ontario Library Association’s announcement at the following link www.accessola.org/web/OLA/Forest_of_Reading/Nominated_Lists/.
Feature film rights to Plum Johnson’s bestselling and award-winning memoir, THEY LEFT US EVERYTHING, the highly relatable tale of a baby boomer, packing up the eccentric house she grew up in after the death of her mother, to BUCK Productions by Samantha Haywood in association with Samantha London at the Alpern Group.
Check out this great book trailer from Putnam US!
After taking Canada by storm, this book club favorite is finally making it’s way to American readers. Some of the highlights since it’s publication by Penguin Canada in 2014 follow:
The Globe and Mail Bestseller – CBC Books Bestseller – Shortlist, First Kobo Emerging Writer Prize, Non-Fiction 2015 – Winner, RBC Charles Taylor Prize, Literary Non-Fiction!
“Generous and heartfelt, Johnson’s book offers an intimate look at family and especially mother-daughter connections. It is an uplifting affirmation of human relationships and the cycle of life itself.” – Kirkus Reviews
“They Left Us Everything is a memoir for baby boomers facing and overcoming the challenges of elderly parents and searching for the fragments of their own childhoods that shaped the adults they became.” – The Waterloo Region Record
“Each word of They Left Us Everything is heartfelt and moving. We are privy to Johnson’s emotional journey to the point that it feels like she is part of our own family. Her story lingers inside, touching the soul, and thus Anne and Alex live on.”- Digital Journal
“Grief has no expiration date. It has no parameters. It can’t be exchanged or coerced. This heartfelt story of one person’s experience expressed honestly and candidly. In the end, she and her siblings learn one of life’s greatest lessons. Parents are people with their own dreams, ambitions, faults, and tragedies. When we stop seeing Mom as mother and we stop seeing ourselves as a wronged child, it is possible to love Plum as Plum and Anne as Anne. And with that knowledge a person regains compassion, understanding and the freedom to move on….” – An Itzey Bitzey Book Blog
Read It Forward named THEY LEFT US EVERYTHING one of their Best of July picks – “A difficult but beautiful read…”
Rights Sold: Penguin Random House Canada, Putnam US
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
Plum Johnson’s THEY LEFT US EVERYTHING is celebrating its sixth week on the Globe and Mail’s Canadian Non-Fiction bestsellers list! The memoir also spent two weeks on the main Non-Fiction bestseller list, has been awarded the RBC Charles Taylor Prize, and was nominated for both the Kobo Emerging Author Award and the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour.
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.
Congratulations to Plum!
Congratulations to Plum Johnson and Zarqa Nawaz for their nominations for the first Kobo Emerging Writer Prize. Both were nominated in the Non-Fiction category, which is judged by the Charles Taylor Prize–shortlisted author Charlotte Gray.
The Kobo Emerging Writer Prize is in its inaugural year and will be awarded to three debut tiles, one each in the Non-Fiction, Fiction, and Mystery categories. Each author will win $10,000 and will get mentorship and support in promoting their work. The winners will be announced on July 7th.
From Zarqa Nawaz, creator of Little Mosque on the Prairie, LAUGHING ALL THE WAY TO THE MOSQUE: THE MISADVENTURES OF A MUSLIM WOMAN is a wonderfully funny memoir about the trials and tribulations of the author; it is Nora Ephron meets Meera Syal.
See the award announcement here and congratulations to all the nominees!