Plum Johnson Wins the 2015 RBC Charles Taylor Prize!

they-left-us-everythingThe Transatlantic Agency is delighted to congratulate Plum Johnson and her debut memoir, THEY LEFT US EVERYTHING, (Penguin Canada), the winner of the 2015 Charles Taylor Prize. The RBC Charles Taylor Prize commemorates Charles Taylor’s pursuit of excellence in the field of literary non-fiction. The winner receives $25,000. For more details: http://www.thecharlestaylorprize.ca/2015/winner_15.asp

The Jury Citation:
“BEAUTIFULLY OBSERVED AND WRITTEN with great warmth and wit, They Left Us Everything is an absorbing memoir of grief, growth, and decluttering. Plum Johnson must deal not merely with the legacy of her difficult, ill-matched parents, but is handed the burden of disposing of the seemingly endless contents of their 23-room Lake Ontario home, which becomes a character on its own in the telling. The task, which she initially thinks manageable, proves Herculean, far more complex than she’d imagined, involving understanding her past and packing up its contents, both literal and metaphorical. A story of love, loss, and legacy, written with compassion and humour, it subtly evokes T.S. Eliot’s lines: “We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.”

Plum Johnson 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, (rights available World ex: Canada and film/tv) contact Samantha Haywood: samantha@transatlanticagency.com.

Charles Taylor Prize Shortlist

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.

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 ofHelp’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 finalists.

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.