The Path of Most Resistance Publishes on August 20th!

WRPathofMostResistancedraftcovWe are excited to announce that THE PATH OF MOST RESISTANCE by Russell Wangersky publishes with House of Anansi Press on August 20th, 2016! Happy Book Birthday Russell!

Russell’s new book is a thought-provoking and insightful collection of literary stories that explore passive aggression in our everyday lives. Here is a round-up of the media coverage and praise that this amazing book has received so far!

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One of 5 books that CBC Books is looking forward to reading in August! www.cbc.ca/books/2016/08/5-books-we-cant-wait-to-read-in-august.html

Featured in the CBC Books Fall 2016 preview: www.cbc.ca/books/2016/08/fall-2016-preview-canadian-fiction.html

Reviews:

“No one charts the geography of loneliness better than Russell Wangersky. Writing with clarity and precision, he reveals lives lived under a slow compression, of tension that demands release. At turns lyrical, wry, darkly comedic, but always heartfelt, Wangersky’s collection takes the short story to new heights of grace and skill.” – Will Ferguson, author of 419

“Russell Wangersky has mastered the short story. The pieces in this
collection are tender, violent, humorous, sorrowful, and sexy – sometimes
all at the same time. In its exploration of human betrayal and human
connection, The Path of Most Resistance captures the raw physical energy
that simmers just below the surface of everyday life. This collection is a
true gift from one of Canada’s most talented writers of short fiction.” –
Angie Abdou, author of Between

“Wangersky writes with a tightly controlled eye for detail, a skill with description – both emotional and physical – that blossoms into a rare vitality.” Quill & Quire

Rights Sold: House of Anansi Press, World

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

Russell Wangersky Book Deal

Russell WangerskyWorld rights to Russell Wangersky’s newest collection of short stories, The Path of Most Resistance, have been sold to Janice Zawerbny at House of Anansi, for publication in 2016.  This is the follow-up to his Scotibank Giller Prize-nominated collection from 2012, Whirl Away, and his award-winning 2014 novel, Walt.  The deal was arranged by Transatlantic’s Shaun Bradley.

Whirl Away by Russell Wangersky

Transatlantic congratulates Russell Wangersky for winning the prestigious 2013 Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award for Whirl Away, the same collection that was shortlisted for the 2012 Scotiabank Giller Prize. Four stories in the collection have been optioned for film.

Whirl Away, published by Thomas Allen Publishers, is award-winning Canadian writer Russell Wangersky’s fifth book. Russell Wangersky’s memoir, Burning Down the House, was the winner of the 2009 BC National Non-Fiction Prize, the Rogers Cable Non-fiction Prize (NL) and the Edna Staebler Award for Non-Fiction. It was also chosen as a Top 100 Books of 2008 by The Globe & Mail, and was shortlisted for the 2008 Writers Trust Award. Wangersky’s short story collection, The Hour of Bad Decisions, was longlisted for the 2006 Scotiabank Giller Prize and shortlisted for the 2006 Commonwealth Writer’s Prize.  He is also the author of one novel, The Glass Harmonica. He lives and works in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award was established by the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia and the Writers’ Development Trust to honour the achievement of Thomas H. Raddall and to recognize the best Atlantic Canadian adult fiction. The $25,000 prize is offered annually. Previous recipients include David Adams Richards, Wayne Johnston, Kathleen Winter and Michael Crummey. The 2013 award was presented at a gala celebration on September 21, 2013.

More information about the WFNS Literary Awards can be found
http://writersns.hosting.ca/competitions/wfns-book-prizes.html

Lowther and Wangersky Shortlisted for Thomas Raddall Award

The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (WFNS) have announced the shortlists for their 2013 awards, and two out of the three choices for the Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award are Keir Lowther and Russell Wangersky, our very own Transatlantic clients.  Lowther’s Dirty Bird (Tightrope Books), Wangersky’s Whirl Away (Thomas Allen & Son) and Donna Morrissey’s The Deception of Livvy Higgs (Penguin Group) are the three finalist titles.

The award, named for the late Nova Scotia author Thomas Raddall, is for the best work of adult fiction published in the previous year by a writer from the Atlantic provinces. Winners will be announced and awards presented at the WFNS Literary Awards Ceremony in Halifax on September 21, following a day of public events and readings celebrating the awards. The shortlisted writers will appear at Halifax’s Word on the Street Book and Magazine Festival on Sunday September 22.

Keir Lowther and Russell Wangersky are represented by Shaun Bradley.

 

The Glass Harmonica

The Glass Harmonica by Russell Wangersky has been awarded the 2010 BMO Winterset Award.

When retiree Keith O’Reilly witnesses the murder of his neighbour – an architect and “come-from-away” named Dennis Conners – by a pizza delivery man one night during a snowstorm, a unique series of stories begins to unfold.

Travelling through the changing viewpoints of a more than a dozen of people in a small residential neighbourhood in St. John’s, Newfoundland, The Glass Harmonica looks at the way common memories and shared experiences bend and warp as individuals recall the events of their lives, and how these distortions influence both the character’s and the reader’s understanding of the truth.

The BMO Winterset Award is awarded to an outstanding literary work in any writing genre (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, published drama etc.) regardless of the subject matter. The over-riding consideration will be excellence in writing by Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, as determined by the jury.

The BMO Winterset Award was established to honour the memory of Sandra Fraser Gwyn, award-winning social historian. An ardent advocate and promoter of Newfoundland and Labrador culture, she was granted an honorary degree from Memorial University, made a member of the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council’s Hall of Honour, and an Officer of the Order of Canada.

The BMO Winterset Award is designed to encourage and promote excellence in all genres of writing. One prize of $10,000, and two prizes of $2,000 are awarded annually.

More information about the award can be found on the website of the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council.