Welcoming Rachel Matlow!

We’re delighted to welcome CBC’s arts and culture journalist/audio producer Rachel Matlow to Transatlantic Agency as a new client! She’s represented by Samantha Haywood.

Rachel Matlow worked at Q/q for eight crazy years as well as Spark, Day 6, The Sunday Edition, The Doc Project and The Current. Her writing has appeared in The Globe and Mail, National Post, CBC.ca and The Believer. She recently won a 2016 Third Coast International Audio Festival award and a 2017 Gabriel Award for her audio documentary ‘Dead Mom Talking’. She is at work on her debut memoir, a true dark comedy (a traumedy!), about her eccentric mother’s cancer journey called “Dead Mom Walking,” which is best described as a cross between Tig Notaro’s dark comedy One Mississippi and Chris Kelly’s devastatingly funny Other People, with a queer dose of Alison Bechdel and a Jewish dollop of Transparent. Proposal materials available shortly. Contact: samantha@transatlaticagency.com

Deal News: Two Roads Home by Daniel Griffin

Pitched in the tradition of Snow Falling on Cedars, Daniel Griffin’s TWO ROADS HOME, a literary novel with eco-thriller overtones, reimagining the 1993 Clayoquot Sound protests when the fall-out from a bomb blast at a logging company warehouse ends in the unplanned death of a security guard, to Dirk Vaihiner of Nagel & Kimche of Hanser Verlag by Hannah Fosh of Liepman Agency, on behalf of  Samantha Haywood of the Transatlantic Agency, Canada English and US rights previously sold to Freehand Books (September, 2017).

Welcoming Alicia Elliott!

Join us in welcoming the amazing Alicia Elliott, who is represented by Samantha Haywood and Stephanie Sinclair! We are so pleased that she’s now part of the agency.

Alicia Elliott is a Tuscarora writer living in Brantford, Ontario with her husband and daughter. Her writing has been published by The Malahat Review, The Butter, Room, Grain, The New Quarterly, CBC, Globe and Mail, Vice, Maclean’s, Maisonneuve, Today’s Parent and Reader’s Digest. She’s currently Associate Nonfiction Editor at Little Fiction | Big Truths, and a consulting editor with The New Quarterly. Her essay, “A Mind Spread Out on the Ground” won a National Magazine Award. She will be the 2017-2018 Geoffrey and Margaret Andrew Fellow at UBC, working with their Creative Writing Department. Alicia is currently at work on a collection of essays entitled A MIND SPREAD OUT ON THE GROUND, which explores the wider connections between colonialism, race, mental health, poverty, art and parenthood through the lens of her own personal experiences.

DEAL NEWS: BIX BY SCOTT CHANTLER

Award-winning graphic novelist Scott Chantler‘s BIX, an experimental and mostly wordless black and white graphic biography highlighting the career of Leon Bix Beiderbecke, an early jazz cornet player, who rose rapidly to fame in the 1920s before falling just as quickly from grace due to a wretched dependence on alcohol, to Ed Schlesinger of Gallery 13, Simon & Schuster by Samantha Haywood (North America).

The Best Canadian Sports Writing Publishes with ECW Press!

THE BEST CANADIAN SPORTS WRITING, which is Stacey May Fowlesedited by Stacey May Fowles and Pasha Malla, publishes today with ECW Press! Happy Book Birthday Stacey May and Pasha! The book contains 38 pieces that showcases some of the best sports writing in Canada!

From the Publisher: “For 25 years, sports journalists south of the border have been collected in best-of anthologies. With Best Canadian Sports Writing, editors Stacey May Fowles and Pasha Malla offer a long overdue rejoinder from the North, showcasing top literary sports writing from diverse homegrown talent.

This extraordinary anthology of recent writing mixes columns and long-form journalism, profiles and reportage, new voices and well-known favourites such as Stephen Brunt, Rachel Giese, Eric Koreen, Morgan Campbell, and Cathal Kelly. The assembled pieces offer polished prose, unusual perspectives, and rare insight, whether it’s Shireen Ahmed taking on Kobe Bryant, Anshuman Iddamsetty aspiring for sumo size, or Eva Holland tracing the rise and fall of ski ballet. With its many voices and approaches, Best Canadian Sports Writing expands the genre into more democratic and conversational territory, celebrating the perspectives of both fans and experts alike.

These remarkable pieces offer lasting insight that, like sport itself, excites, inspires, and never fails to reveal the truth about ourselves.”

Advance Praise: 

“It’s refreshing to see works by female writers and formerly taboo topics such as sexual assault and minority representation. The stories range from column length to epic, and they cover disparate sports, but all have great writing that holds the book together.” — Publishers Weekly

“We live in one of the best sports nations in the world and our writers are just as great as our athletes. Best Canadian Sports Writing is proof of that — each story will have you hooked.” — Ken Reid, author and Sportsnet broadcaster

“As someone who has lived through the highs and lows of sports, I’m thrilled by this book. Finally, a book that isn’t afraid to tackle the emotional, complex, and triumphant aspects of sports for fans of all stripes.” — Perdita Felicien, Olympian, World Champion, sports broadcaster

Visit the following link to learn more and to pre-order the book! https://ecwpress.com/products/best-canadian-sports-writing

Thank you from all of us at Transatlantic Agency!

On behalf of the agents and office team at Transatlantic Agency, we would like to thank you for your congratulations and well wishes during this exciting time of growth for the agency. ​Your ​thoughtful ​messages add to the electric feeling at the agency.

​The unwavering support ​of our singular clients and colleagues​ is ​greatly appreciated.​ Below is some of the news coverage:​

 
 
From all of us at Transatlantic Agency,
Agents
David Bennett
Lynn Bennett
Marilyn Biderman
Sandra Bishop
Shaun Bradley
Marie Campbell
Andrea Cascardi
Jesse Finkelstein
Rob Firing
Samanatha Haywood
Fiona Kenshole
Stephanie Sinclair
Amy Tompkins
Trena White
Office Team
Barbara Miller
Ana Balmazovic
Megan Philipp

The Transatlantic welcomes Scotiabank Giller Prize winner Will Ferguson to the agency as Samantha Haywood’s new client!

We are thrilled to welcome internationally bestselling author Will Ferguson with his new novel THE SHOE ON THE ROOF forthcoming from Simon & Schuster Canada in October. THE SHOE ON THE ROOF is a tour de force, a startling, funny, and heartbreaking story of a psychological experiment gone wrong. This is a novel that questions our definitions of sanity and madness, while exploring the magical reality that lies just beyond the world of scientific fact. For fans of John Irving, Anne Patchett and Michael Chabon THE SHOE ON THE ROOF follows in the tradition of Will Ferguson’s internationally bestselling debut novel Happiness TM.

Will Ferguson is the author of sixteen books. His most recent novel, 419, won the Scotiabank Giller Prize. He has won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour a record-tying three times and has been nominated for both the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and a Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. He lives in Calgary. Visit him at WillFerguson.ca. For rights inquires contact: samantha@transatlanticagency.com

Two Roads Home by Daniel Griffin

TWO ROADS HOME by Daniel Griffin published withDaniel Griffin Freehand Books earlier this week on September 12th. We’re wishing Daniel a Happy Belated Book Birthday!

From the Publisher: “It is 1993 on Vancouver Island. A group of idealistic environmental activists, convinced their peaceful protests have been in vain, turn to sabotage. But in a single night everything they’ve worked for goes terribly wrong: a security guard arrives just as the group sets off an explosion at a logging company warehouse.

Two Roads Home follows these activists as their lives—and their cause—spiral out of control. Pete, who set the bomb, heads off the grid where he discovers a vibrant community of squatters who have been affected by the explosion in unexpected ways. Meanwhile, Pete’s mother is determined to track him down in hopes she can help clear his name.

In Two Roads Home, Daniel Griffin deftly re-imagines history: what if, instead of the peaceful anti-logging protests of the 1990s, things had gone too far? How far is too far, when it comes to protesting injustice? And what happens when that line is crossed?”

Advance Praise 

“Daniel Griffin’s Two Roads Home is a blistering examination of modern-day radicalism, a society’s collective guilt, and the possibility of redemption. As propulsive as a thriller, with characters so real they draw blood, this is a powerful novel that never lets up.” —Steven Price, author of By Gaslight

“In this darkly beautiful tale, four idealists try to do ‘something good, something important, something no one else seemed willing to stand up and do.’ But it goes wrong and suddenly Pete Osborne is on the run, his mother Tab becomes a sleuth and we’re off into a page-turner of a story. Daniel Griffin’s compassionate eye follows his characters through the lush coastal forests, wilderness and waters of British Columbia, while he maps their emotional terrain keenly as a mind-reader. Two Roads Home is an elegantly crafted, nuanced work that reveals how we stretch our bonds, and sometimes betray them, to belong, matter or survive.” —Shauna Singh Baldwin, author of The Selector of SoulsThe Tiger Claw and What

Deal News: The Death and Life of Strother Purcell by Ian Weir

Ian WeirAward-winning screenwriter, producer and novelist, Ian Weir‘s THE DEATH AND LIFE OF STROTHER PURCELL, a riveting frontier Western epic for fans of Ron Rash, Cormac McCarthy and the HBO hit series Deadwood, a novel about the two cursed brothers, the shifting nature of truth, and the yearnings of that treacherous sonofabitch the human heart, Canada English rights to Bethany Gibson of Goose Lane Editions for publication Fall 2018 by Samantha Haywood of the Transatlantic Agency (for world ex: Canada contact: samantha@transatlanticagency.com)

New President and Agency expansion at Transatlantic Agency

 

Transatlantic Agency announces change of ownership and company expansion with two new agents

David Bennett, President of Transatlantic Agency, has sold his controlling interest in the agency to partner Samantha Haywood, who becomes President of the company. David Bennett remains at the company as Chairman Emeritus, Lynn Bennett will remain Treasurer.

Haywood joined Transatlantic in 2004, becoming a partner in 2013. She is a founding member and current President of the newly-formed Professional Association of Canadian Literary Agents. She represents award-winning and bestselling fiction, nonfiction and graphic novels including THE SILENT WIFE by A.S.A Harrison and THE BEST KIND OF PEOPLE by Zoe Whittall. Haywood specializes in international publishing, and handles foreign rights for Drawn & Quarterly.

Rob Firing photoRob Firing joins Transatlantic as a Speakers’ Agent & Literary Agent to create a Speakers’ Division. He has already signed Paulette Bourgeois, Karen Le Billon, and Zarqa Nawaz. Firing was Senior Director of Publicity, Communications and Speakers’ Bureau at HarperCollins in Canada and brings with him nearly  a decade of experience negotiating speaking engagements for some of the most influential speakers in Canada and around the world.

Marilyn Biderman photoMarilyn Biderman, previously of Marilyn Biderman Literary Management, joins Transatlantic as Senior Literary Agent, bringing her clients to Transatlantic including Katherena Vermette, the internationally bestselling author of The Break. Biderman established her own boutique agency in 2010 after twenty years of experience inbook publishing, most recently as Vice President, Marilyn Biderman Director, Rights and Contracts, at McClelland & Stewart Ltd.

David Bennett, who co-founded the Transatlantic Agency with Lynn Bennett, said of the changes, “Lynn and I are thrilled to be passing the torch to Samantha Haywood at a time when the agency is thriving and expanding. Samantha Haywood has always led by example, and will contribute dynamic energy and vision necessary to drive the company’s continued success.”

Said Haywood, “I am excited to invest in the agency and its talented agents. This company has helped me grow significantly as an agent over the past decade, and working hard for my clients will continue to be a top priority while I look forward to building the agency further together.”

Said Firing, “Transatlantic is one of the most dynamic and energetic agencies in Canada or anywhere. Incorporating a speakers’ division seems completely natural. I look forward to working with my current clients under this highly regarded banner, and to exploring new opportunities for Transatlantic’s impressive roster of authors.”

Said Biderman, “I am so excited about this new phase in my publishing career, and so happy to join the strong team at Transatlantic. Many of the agents are people I’ve worked with in the past, and long admired. I’m so grateful for their warm and enthusiastic welcome.”

Rob Firing has managed high-profile media relations and marketing campaigns for over 20 years. He was co-founder and partner in his own publicity and marketing firm before moving to HarperCollins Canada in 2002. He has negotiated paid engagements for celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, rock legend Gene Simmons, renowned explorer and scientist Tim Flannery, Little Mosque on the Prairie creator Zarqa Nawaz, General Rick Hillier, and many others.

At MBLM, Marilyn Biderman helped launch the careers of several prize-winning début authors. At McClelland & Stewart, she sold internationally the works of many acclaimed and bestselling authors, including Leonard Cohen, Alistair MacLeod, Anne Michaels, and Madeleine Thien. She is a lawyer, secretary of the newly-formed Professional Association of Canadian Literary Agents, a member of the Advisory Board of Ryerson University’s Publishing Program and Sheridan College’s Creative Writing and Publishing Program, and is a frequent guest-lecturer at publishing courses and writers’ seminars.

About Transatlantic Agency: 
Transatlantic Agency now has 13 literary agents located in the US and Canada representing over 350 clients. It is currently ranked number one for fiction and children’s books in Canada. From the west coast to the east, we are the only literary agency in North America with experienced agents in both the United States and Canada actively covering adult and children’s books in every market. Founded over 20 years ago, the Transatlantic family is a vibrant collective of tenacious, independent, publishing professionals with diverse backgrounds and specialties. Our clients make frequent appearances on notable best-seller lists across North America, and have won major awards such as the Newbery Medal (US), the Giller Prize (Canada), Michael L. Printz Honor Book (US), and the Governor General’s Award for both adult and children’s literature (Canada).

For more information contact: Samantha Haywood at samantha@transatlanticagency.com