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

The Mosaic Publishes with Groundwood Books!

Happy book birthday to Nina Berkhout‘s THE MOSAIC, which publishes today with Groundwood Books!

About the Book
Twyla Jane Lee has one goal: to finish senior year so she can escape her military hometown of Halo, Montana, with her boyfriend Billy Goodwin. But to graduate, Twyla needs to complete 40 hours of community service. When she reluctantly signs up for the Help a Vet program, she is paired with the rude and withdrawn former football star, Gabriel Finch.

As the two form an unexpected bond over the secret buried in the missile facility, Twyla begins to unearth Gabriel’s ghosts from the Middle East Wars. Her discoveries force her to question her view on the wars and she realizes that even if she gets out of Halo, she won’t ever be able to leave Gabriel Finch’s story behind her.

Nina BerkhoutAbout the Author
THE MOSAIC is Nina’s debut YA novel. Nina is the author of five poetry collections, most recently Elseworlds (Seraphim Editions) which received the 2013 Archibald Lampman Award for the year’s best poetry. Her earlier work has been shortlisted for THIS magazine’s Great Canadian Literary Hunt, The Archibald Lampman Award and the John Hirsch Award. Her debut novel, GALLERY OF LOST SPECIES, was published by House of Anansi.

Pre-publication Praise
“Berkhout provides a realistic view of the complex effect wars have on veterans, and people’s varying perspectives on the subject. Poignant descriptions ignite the setting. The characters have depth; readers will empathize with Gabriel as a survivor of PTSD, and will revel in the two’s compassionate connection.” – School Library Journal

“A rich and jumbled mix of war and peace by an author to watch.” – Kirkus Reviews

“Berkhout creates a cinematic feel with her evocative language and scene setting.”
– Quill & Quire

Selected for the Toronto Star‘s “Five upcoming Young Adult books that make a statement” list.

All is Beauty Now Publishes with McClelland & Stewart!

Happy Book Birthday to Sarah Faber, whose stunning and luscious debut novel ALL IS BEAUTY NOW officially publishes in Canada with McClelland & Stewart today!

The US edition come out from Little Brown a few weeks ago and is already receiving great reviews and buzz.

Some of the praise rolling-in for All Is Beauty Now:

“All Is Beauty Now is as redolent and lush as a garden in Rio. Sarah Faber performs a poetic conjuring act of loss, love, and redemption in this haunting novel.”  —Ann-Marie MacDonald, author of Adult Onset and Fall on Your Knees

“Part mystery, part family drama, All Is Beauty Now is a vivid and gripping debut about the pain of living with those among us who burn more brightly and delve deep into the dark. Moving deftly from character to character, Sarah Faber unravels a veritable Gordian knot of family ties, revealing what it takes to stay by a loved one who lives life in extremis—as well as what it takes to cut free.” —Alissa York, author of The Naturalist

“At once an intimate family portrait, a mystery, a romance, and a stylistic tour de force.”  —Johanna Skibsrud, Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning author of The Sentimentalists

“At first blush a deft, kaleidoscopic chronicle of a family’s grief after the disappearance of a 20-year-old daughter off the shores of Rio de Janeiro, All Is Beauty Now is an unflinching look at the pervasive effect of secreted mental illness. Like the brilliant swirl of Carnival, the Maurer family’s story possesses multiple layers of both splendor and affliction. I lost myself in its white sands, birds of paradise, and madness.” —Anne Korkeakivi, author of The Shining Sea

“This novel felt alive in my hands as I read it; the writing thrilled me, the setting transported me, and the characters broke my heart. In All Is Beauty Now, Sarah Faber has achieved the rare feat of mixing both gorgeously poetic prose with a plot so absorbing I could hardly look away from its pages. Faber is an important new voice in fiction, and All Is Beauty Now is a masterful and stunning debut.” —Amy Stuart, author of Still Mine

“For the reader, beauty illuminates every page, the loveliness of Faber’s prose bringing light to even the darkest turns and twists of the Maurers’ story, like stars across the night sky. A magnificent, compassionate, and beguiling novel from a great new talent.” —Rebecca Silver Slayter, author of In the Land of Birdfishes

“Notable for its lovely prose and melancholy empathy….All Is Beauty Now [is] a finely observed consideration of how mental illness impacts an entire family.”–Kirkus

“This debut infuses the fierce familial love with the bitter ache of dreams lost and secrets kept. Faber’s swirling, dreamlike prose paints a wildly beautiful Brazil. Readers will lose themselves in this delicately wrought, heartbreaking tale.”– Publisher’s Weekly

“Richly realized and filled with tantalizing secrets, this novel offers a dramatic look at one family’s struggle to survive.” –Book List

The novel was featured on Canadian Living:
http://www.canadianliving.com/life-and-relationships/canadian-living-books/article/must-have-books-launching-in-august-2017

Also, please visit the following link for more information about the
book: https://penguinrandomhouse.ca/books/541322/all-beauty-now

Please visit Lithub to read Sarah’s piece about writing about mental
illness: http://lithub.com/do-i-have-the-right-to-inhabit-anothers-mental-illness-in-fiction/

Book pitch from the Publisher: “In the aftermath of the mysterious disappearance of their eldest daughter, a once-golden family prepares to leave behind the seeming paradise of Brazil for the safer, more pragmatic shores of Canada. But as the family counts down the days to their departure, secrets and betrayals surface, threatening their hopes for a new life.

Brazil, 1962: A young woman walks into the waters off a crowded beach and vanishes. A year later, her family – the once-golden family of their privileged little community – prepares to leave behind the seeming paradise of Brazil in the wake of their eldest daughter’s presumed drowning. As they attend a series of goodbye parties and count down the days to their departure, we are taken into the heart of a family whose many charms belie more troubling truths.

There is the family’s charismatic father, whose emotional extremes are becoming increasingly disturbing; his long-suffering wife, who made a mistake that has shattering consequences for the family she meant to protect; and their two remaining daughters, both on the precipice of joining the adult world with all its secrets and lies. Then there is the lost daughter herself, a woman undone by her attempts to grasp at happiness.

With settings ranging from the opulence of the legendary Copacabana Club to the poverty of Rio’s fishing villages, this sensual and beautifully written novel reveals the soul of a family living in the shadow of tragedy, one poised on the brink of a new life, if only they could make peace with the past.”

 

If Clara by Martha Baillie Publishes With Coach House Books!

Today IF CLARA by Martha Baillie publishes with Coach House Books and we couldn’t be more excited! Happy Book Birthday Martha!

From the Publisher: A mysterious manuscript falls into a bed-ridden writer’s lap in this novel of broken bones, Syrian folktales, and plummets of all varieties.

In If Clara, nobody stands on firm ground. Daisy, an author confined to her home, her leg in a cast from hip to ankle, receives a parcel containing the manuscript of a novel about a Syrian refugee, and is asked to pose as its writer. Julia, a curator of installation art, has no idea that her sister, Clara, has written a novel. However, she does know that Clara suffers from a debilitating mental illness that renders her wildly unpredictable. And Maurice’s life is changed by a pair of binoculars welded to the wall of Julia’s gallery. These stories collide in a most unexpected way.

Please visit the following link for more information about the book: chbooks.com/Books/I/If-Clara

Also, please join Martha Baillie on September 19th! In partnership with the IFOA and Toronto Lit Up, Coach House Books is launching IF CLARA. Doors open at 7 and readings will begin at 7:30. Don’t miss the chance to see her on October 5th at the Coach House Books Fall Launch. She will attend alongside fellow Transatlantic Agency client Naben Ruthnum. Full event details can be found at the following link: chbooks.com/Events

Praise: 

“Baillie’s mastery distinguishes each voice. Even the neat and sentimental conclusion offers solace as the characters’ complexity resonates beyond the page…Baillie’s novel will appeal to many and please the literary-minded too.” – Quill & Quire

Rights Sold: Coach House Books, World, All Languages ex. French

Earn It! by Cinders McLeod Publishes

We are delighted that EARN IT! by Cinders McLeod is finally here, having officially published with Nancy Paulsen Books today! Happy Book Birthday Cinders!

From the Publisher: “In this delightful introduction to the simple concept of earning money, an exuberant little bunny learns that fame and fortune must be earned.

Bun wants to be rich and famous. She loves to sing and knows she’s meant for a career on stage. It should all be pretty easy—her mom can just drive her to the concert hall to perform! But her mom reminds her that most good things, like the garden they are growing, take time and work. At first, Bun isn’t terribly excited by the idea of singing lessons and practice, but as she does the math and daydreams about her future singing career, the more she starts to like the idea of earning her way to stardom—a feeling just as good as being rich and famous!”

Get a preview of the inside of the book here.

Earlier this month it made CBC’s The Children’s Book Council “Hot Off the Press” reading list! View it here: www.cbcbooks.org/hot-off-the-press/

 

I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS Celebrates its 17th Territory!

In 2016 I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS by Iain Reid was simultaneously  published in the U.S., Canada, UK, Australia, the Netherlands and Turkey to incredible acclaim! Making Book Soup’s bestseller list in May 2017, the novel was also nominated for the Frank Heygi Award for Emerging Authors, the 2016 Shirley Jackson Award, and named a best book of 2016 by The Globe & Mail, 49th Shelf, Amazon, and NPR. We are absolutely thrilled to share that it has just sold in its 17th territory – a staggering accomplishment! To date the territories include the following:

U.S. (Scout Press), Canada (Simon & Schuster Canada), U.K. & A.N.Z.
(Text Publishing), The Netherlands (Prometheus), Brazil (Rocco), France
(Presses de la Cite), Israel (HaKursa), Denmark (Lindhardt og Ringhof),
Germany (Droemer), Turkey (Teas), Poland (Prosznski), Thailand
(WeLearn), China (United Sky), Korea (Arumdri Media Publishing),
Centrepolygraph Publishers (Russia), and Bjartur & Verold (Iceland).

Check out the praise the novel has received so far below!

Praise

“I’m Thinking of Ending Things is an ingeniously twisted nightmare road trip through the fragile psyches of two young lovers. My kind of  fun!” -Academy-award winning writer Charlie Kaufman

“The boldest and most original literary thriller to appear in some time. . . In addition to Cronenberg, the ghost of Stephen King hovers over these pages.” –Chicago Tribune

“Your dread and unease will mount with every passing page of this relationship tale.” – Entertainment Weekly

“This is a deliciously frightening novel, Reid has a light, idiosyncratic touch but never lets his vice-like grip of suspense slacken for a second. Once finished, you will be hard pressed not to start the whole terrifying journey all over again.” –The Independent

“I’m Thinking of Ending Things is one of the best debut novels I’ve ever read. Iain Reid has crafted a tight, ferocious little book, with a persistent tenor of suspense that tightens and mounts toward its visionary, harrowing final pages.” -Scott Heim, author of Mysterious Skin and We Disappear

“An addictive metaphysical investigation into the nature of identity, one which seduces and horrifies in equal measure. Reid masterfully explores the perversity of loneliness and somehow also creates a very entertaining thriller. I found myself yelling at the characters to put their feet on the pedal and drive.” -Heather O’Neill, author of
Lullabies for Little Criminals and Daydreams of Angels

“Here are some near-certainties about I’m Thinking of Ending Things. Number One: You’re going to read it fast. Over the course of an afternoon or an evening. The momentum is unstoppable—once you start, you won’t be able to stop. And Two: once you race to the end and  understand the significance of those final pages, you won’t be able to stop thinking about it. This novel will find a spot in your heart and head and it will live there—for days, weeks, months, or (in my case) the rest of your life. Yes. It really is that good.” -Craig Davidson (aka Nick Cutter), author of Cataract City and The Deep

“Iain Reid’s I’m Thinking of Ending Things is an engaging and bizarre dialogue between normality and weirdness, where ‘normal’ equals dishonesty and ‘weird’ is synonymous with vulnerability. In a novel this twisted it shouldn’t come as a surprise that its ending is even stranger than the narrative route that takes us there…but it does. Reid’s novel is a road trip to the heart of creepyness.” – Sjón, author of The Blue FoxFrom the Mouth of the Whale, and The Whispering Muse

“This is the most unsettling book I have ever read…deliciously sinister, dark, and harrowing.” –Book Riot

“Iain Reid’s book is somewhat of a philosophical tract as well as a novel. The narrator often muses over big life-and-death ideas such as the one above, but in a disarming way that renders these thoughts to feel like a seamless part of the narrative. It’s an incredibly hard thing to achieve, and Reid has done it to perfection: introducing ideas
to the reader without taking them out of the narrative.” –Electric Literature

“A superbly crafted psychological thriller, with forays into the metaphysical, which promises to keep you up at night.” –Macleans

“I picked up I’m Thinking of Ending Things one afternoon this past summer at a bookstore outside a movie theatre, planning to read the first chapter or so before my matinee started. Two and a half hours later, I’d missed the film entirely…” – Hazlitt

“I’m Thinking of Ending Things rocked my world. This slim novel about a man on a trip with his unhappy girlfriend is a total mindbender, and when it ended, I immediately started flipping back through it to re-experience old scenes with new knowledge. Don’t risk spoiling it for yourself by reading reviews; just be brave and buckle up.” -Powell’s
Books

“I’m Thinking of Ending Things is an utterly compelling modern Gothic that stakes its claim in the inner precincts of horror. Reid builds tension the way Edgar Allen Poe builds brick walls in his basement.” -Wayne Grady, author of Emancipation Day

“Smart, dangerous and spooky as hell. Iain Reid takes you on a harrowing road trip that keeps you riveted until the final destination.” -Brian
Francis, author of Fruit and Natural Order