Michelle Parise has been a producer for CBC Radio and Television for over two decades. Born and raised in Toronto in a gigantic Italian immigrant family, Michelle was surrounded by storytellers, and as a child she wrote hundreds of short stories about her life. When she was 11-years-old she wrote a feminist novella in response to a book she’d taken issue with on the Grade 7 reading list. The teacher made it part of the curriculum in the years following. Her commitment to honest storytelling started early, is what we’re getting at, and is part of everything she creates, continually striving to make connection through shared experience. With over 2.5 million downloads to date, she is the creator of the memoir ALONE: A Love Story, a story of love, marriage and life after betrayal resonates with audiences all over the world. Originally conceived as a memoir, Alone: A Love Story is an intensely relatable tale of heartbreak and hope that taps into the loneliness inside all of us. No matter how many times love kicks her in the shins, Parise doesn’t give up on hope or on herself. The only thing to do once you’ve hit bottom is to swim back up! And for those who are fans of Season One, check out the highly anticipated Season Two (available for free download) which just released on April 4th!
DEAL NEWS: Canada English rights to ELEMENTAL by Catherine Bush, a provocative, compelling and urgent novel that through a propulsive narrative weaves together climate change, love, loyalty, family and Shakespeare’s The Tempest, set on a fictionalized version of Fogo Island, off the coast of Newfoundland, where a storm whips up enough force to rip through houses and lives, to Bethany Gibson at Goose Lane Editions for Spring 2020 publication by Samantha Haywood.
Join author Jan Redford in Nelson, BC on April 16th! Jan will be speaking at Civic Theatre at 7:30pm ahead of a showing of “Dirtbag”, a documentary about legendary climber Fred Beckey. To purchase tickets, please follow the link: https://civictheatre.ca/whats-on/now-playing-and-tickets/
Please also visit Jan Redford’s website at the following link, for further exciting events: www.janredford.com
A week post-publication of Jan’s stunning memoir, END OF THE ROPE, we’re excited to share the great reviews below:
“With its vivid storytelling, fascinating glimpse into the world of mountaineering, and insights into the healing power of wilderness, End of the Rope proves a promising debut. Not to mention an invaluable addition to the canon of chronicles by women climbers.”
– The Vancouver Sun, http://vancouversun.com/…/review-end-of-the-rope-sheds-ligh…
“This 400-page book is like reading through your best friend’s diary. It’s a captivating, compelling and heart-warming story about a remarkable woman sharing her innermost feelings. Many life lessons to be learned.”
– Nelson Star News, https://www.nelsonstar.com/com…/redfords-remarkable-journey/
Also, visit the links below for more media coverage!
Happy Book Birthday to Judy Rebick, whose memoir HEROES IN MY HEAD publishes today with House of Anansi Press! We’re incredibly excited by the release, and it’s available in both paperback and digital form.
From the Publisher: “In this riveting memoir, renowned feminist Judy Rebick tells the story of the eleven personalities she developed in order to help her cope with, and survive, childhood sexual abuse. In Heroes in My Head, Rebick chronicles her struggle with depression in the 1980s, when she became a high-profile spokesperson for the pro-choice movement during the fight to legalize abortion. It was in the 1990s, when she took
on her biggest challenge as a public figure by becoming president of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women, that her memories began to surface and became too persistent to ignore.
Rebick reveals her moment of discovery: meeting the eleven personalities; uncovering her repressed memories of childhood sexual abuse; and then communicating with each personality in therapy and on the page in a journal—all of this while she is leading high-profile national struggles against a Conservative government.
Heroes in My Head is a fascinating, heartbreaking, but ultimately empowering story. With courage and honesty, Rebick lays bare the public and private battles that have shaped her life.”
For more information about the book, please visit https://houseofanansi.com/products/heroes-in-my-head.
Today we’re very excited to welcoming highly acclaimed writer Shani Mootoo to Transatlantic! She is joining as a new client of Samantha Haywood’s!
Shani Mootoo was born in Ireland, grew up in Trinidad and lives in Canada. She holds an MA in English from the University of Guelph, writes fiction and poetry, and is a visual artist who has exhibited locally and internationally. Mootoo’s novels include Moving Forward Sideways Like a Crab, long-listed for the Scotia Bank Giller Prize, shortlisted for the Lambda Award; Valmiki’s Daughter, long-listed for the Scotia Bank Giller Prize; He Drown She in the Sea, long-listed for the Dublin IMPAC Award, and Cereus Blooms at Night, shortlisted for the Giller Prize, The Chapters First Novel Award, The Ethel Wilson Book Prize, and long-listed for the Man Booker Prize. She is a K.M. Hunter Arts Award and 2017 Chalmers Fellowship Award, and the James Duggins Outstanding Midcareer Novelist Award recipient. Her visual art has been exhibited locally and internationally, most notably at the Museum of Modern Art, NYC, the Vancouver Art Gallery, and at the Venice Biennale at the Transculture Pavilion. She currently lives in Prince Edward County in Ontario.
We are thrilled to share the news that following a competitive bidding war, Anonymous Content (Spotlight, The Revenant, Mr. Robot, True Detective) has secured feature film rights to the upcoming mind-bending novel Foe, from bestselling Canadian author Iain Reid. Kerry Kohansky-Roberts), and Steve Golin will produce, with Reid set to executive produce the film.
Foe follows the story of Junior and Henrietta, who live a comfortable, solitary life on their farm, far from the city lights, but in close quarters with each other. One day, a stranger from the city arrives with alarming news: Junior has been randomly selected to travel far away from the farm … very far away. The most unusual part? Arrangements have already been made so that when he leaves, Henrietta won’t have a chance to miss him, because she won’t be left alone—not even for a moment. Henrietta will have company. Familiar company. An eerily entrancing page-turner, Foe churns with unease and suspense from the first words to its shocking finale.
Foe will publish in Canada on August 7, 2018, with Scout Press/Simon & Schuster U.S. on September 4, 2018, and Scribner UK in Spring 2019, with other territories to follow. Reid is represented by Paradigm on behalf of Samantha Haywood of Transatlantic Agency.
Iain Reid’s bestselling debut novel, I’m Thinking of Ending Things, has sold in over twenty countries, and is currently in development for feature film at Netflix with Charlie Kaufman attached to adapt and direct, with Reid co-producing. He is also the author of two memoirs. Follow him on Twitter @reid_iain
From the Publisher: “Dr. Archibald Coo, an erudite big-city pigeon, is tired of the way people treat him and the other pigeons. They’re always being shooed and swatted, and they’re never admired the way the other birds are. As Dr. Coo tells his pigeon friends: “It wasn’t always this way.” In ancient times, pigeons were known to accompany the gods. They brought news of the Olympic Games to all of ancient Greece. And more recently, they delivered messages and medicine to soldiers on battlefields. They were heroes! Surely, Dr. Coo reasons, pigeons can find a way to earn the admiration of people once again. And he’s got just the bold plan to do it.
Award-winning journalist Sarah Hampson’s picture book debut is a celebration of the diversity inherent in a big city and a lesson on how looking for the good in others is the best way to get along with them. Through her activist pigeons, she offers a child-friendly example of how to affect change, and shows how cooperation and compromise are the keys for diverse groups to harmoniously coexist — a topical subject. With soft lines and a warm palette, Kass Reich’s illustrations bring a fresh pigeon’s-eye perspective to New York’s inhabitants and cityscapes. This book could be used to spark classroom discussions on respecting differences, working out disagreements, or stepping up to counter injustice, all important subjects for the budding self-awareness and personal development of young children. It also aligns with character education lessons on self-respect, initiative and inclusiveness.”
Please visit the following link for more information: http://www.kidscanpress.com/products/dr-coo-and-pigeon-protest
Happy Book Birthday to Jan Redford, whose book END OF THE ROPE: Mountains, Marriage, and Motherhood is publishing today with Random House Canada! It will also publish on May 8th in the US with Counterpoint Press.
For further information about the book, and for a list of events that Jan will be involved with, please visit https://penguinrandomhouse.ca/books/549023/end-rope#9780345812315.
As a young teenager Jan Redford runs away from a cottage where her father has just put her down for the zillionth time and throws herself against a 100-foot cliff face. Somewhere in that shaky, outraged kid is a bedrock belief in her right to exist, which carries her to the top. In that brief flash of victory, she sets her sights on becoming a climber.
Falling in love with climbing eventually leads to falling in love with the climbers in her tight-knit western Canadian climbing community. It also means that the people she loves regularly vanish in an instant, caught in an avalanche or by a split second of inattention. It almost crushes Jan when her boyfriend, the gifted climber Dan Guthrie, is killed. Instead of marrying Dan, she marries one of his best friends, a driven climber who was there for her when she was grieving and becomes the father of her two children. Not what either of them planned.
End of the Rope is raw and real. Mountains challenge Jan, marriage almost annihilates her, and motherhood could have been the last straw…but it isn’t. How she climbs out of the hole she digs for herself is as thrilling and inspiring as any of her climbs–and just as much an act of bravery.”
“With a wonderful combination of adventure and introspection, outdoor writer Redford tells of a life lived on the fringes of society and in the heights of the Banff mountains in British Columbia…Redford’s is a truly inspiring and honest account of what it means to be a strong woman who can reach new heights because she isn’t afraid to fall.”—Publishers Weekly
“Her refreshing honesty, especially about her mistakes, is a welcome respite from more self-aggrandizing memoirs, and her refusal to shy away from the more turbulent parts of her past, including a tragic loss, balances well her lighthearted reminiscences…Redford has made her mark through sheer willpower and muscle.”—Booklist
“Climbing mountains becomes a source of both joy and loss for Jan Redford—as she finds her own gutsy route through that other wilderness, of marriage and motherhood. Cheryl Strayed, move over: End of the Rope is a rambunctious, funny, heart-stopping memoir that carries us along on an electric current of risk and courage.” —Marni Jackson, Senior Faculty, The Mountain and Wilderness Writing Program, Banff Centre, and author of The Mother Zone
“A hair-raising triumph—my heart raced on every page, wondering if Jan Redford would seize her lost courage or plummet to physical and psychological annihilation.” —Kathleen Winter, author of Lost in September and Boundless
“Jan Redford is a badass. She is also a born storyteller, and this one—the mountains she has climbed, the men she has loved—and survived—is gritty, funny, tragic, and ultimately victorious. Women’s voices are a conspicuous rarity in the mountaineering world, and tobacco-chewing mother’s voices are even rarer; Redford’s is a bracing and refreshing corrective—intimate, affectionate, loud and clear.” —John Vaillant, author of The Tiger and The Golden Spruce
“Jan Redford is my new favourite feminist anti-heroine: a potty-mouthed, tobacco-chewing, take-no-shit mountain climber who is at once strong-minded and insecure, fierce and vulnerable, loveable and flawed. Redford’s voice pulsates with immediacy and vitality, and she writes her story with a bull’s eye precision and unflinching honesty. Inspiring, funny, heartbreaking, and bold, End of the Rope is a book about survival and courage, about letting go of old dreams and finding new ones. I couldn’t put it down.” —Ayelet Tsabari, author of The Best Place on Earth
“Move over boys—I have a new favourite adventure writer! End of the Rope tells the mountain story I’ve been longing to read. Surrounded by death, Jan Redford must learn to live. In a world dominated by powerful men, she fights for the courage and confidence to lead rather than follow. I love Redford’s grit, her fallibility, her physicality, her honesty. I want to put this memoir into every mountain woman’s hands, every mother’s hands, and the hands of every woman struggling to take charge of her own future. A hearty welcome to a new voice that’s sometimes tough, sometimes vulnerable, but always brave.” —Angie Abdou, author of The Bone Cage and In Case I Go
“End of the Rope is a rare thing, an at once thrilling and thoughtful book. Readers will make their way up perilous slopes and across daunting ridgelines. They will dangle from cliffs in their harnesses and carabineers. But at the end of this book about daring, about doing, about defining oneself in the face of the steepest challenges, readers will also summit with author Jan Redford, exhilarated and moved.” —Timothy Taylor, author of The Rule of Stephens and Stanley Park
From the Publisher: “A surprising, rich and beautiful first novel about women’s friendship for readers of Paula McLain and Elena Ferrante, by a bestselling non-fiction author who has brilliantly turned her hand to fiction.
In Sofie & Cecilia, beloved non-fiction author and journalist Katherine Ashenburg draws upon her formidable skill and maturity as a writer to craft an extraordinary and splendid debut novel. This is the story of a lifelong female friendship, set in the fascinating art world of Sweden between 1900 and 1940, just as modern art and the beginnings of the Scandinavian mid-century modern design movement were inspiring a creative revolution across northern Europe. Loosely based on the lives of celebrated artists Carl Larsson and Anders Zorn (“Nils Olsson” and “Lars Vogt” in the novel), Ashenburg transports us behind both the public and domestic scenes–and canvasses–of these larger-than-life men to reveal the lesser-known but equally astounding and rich stories of the women who married them: restlessly creative artist-in-her-own-right Sofie Olsson, and fiercely private and intelligent curator Cecilia Vogt.
Here is a gorgeous gem of a book: surprising, unique, layered with insight into the nuances of female friendship as it stretches, changes, and deepens in unexpected ways over a lifetime. Woven effortlessly through this tapestry, like a beautiful motif, is absorbing detail about Scandinavian painting, design, and textile work; European history and sexual politics; the country life, city salons, vibrant art, and folklore of Sweden; and the secrets and challenges of bright, talented women juggling marriage, career, individual aspirations, and family life inside an artist’s household in the early twentieth century.”
“Closely and beautifully observed. . . . As readers, we experience both the affirmation of women’s friendships, and the challenge of devoting oneself to a life of artistic creation.” —Jane Urquhart
“Sofie & Cecilia paints a marvelously detailed, slyly witty portrait of two women of talent married to successful painters in early twentieth-century Sweden—when girls might dabble in drawing lessons, but must put aside any artistic ambitions after marriage. Their growing independence is fueled by their friendship, sustained over the length of their lives. Fans of Elena Ferrante (not to mention Jane Austen and Virginia Woolf, whose books are a bonding point) will revel in this wise and intensely moving story of two women navigating a world that expected women to weave, knit and embroider in the shadow of the real artists, their husbands. Nevertheless, they persisted.” —Marni Jackson
“Katherine Ashenburg slips her needle delicately beneath the skin to reveal the anatomy of an artist. This is the best kind of writing about art that is an art itself. So many pleasures here for the reader: delights of dress and décor and food and furnishings, all of the made things that make life better. Through the graceful procession of the years, strong strands of friendship tie these women together: their love of art, and books, and intelligent observation of the tangled knot of marriage.” —Marina Endicott, Giller shortlisted author of Good to a Fault
“Against the luscious backdrop of the early twentieth-century Swedish art world, Sofie & Cecilia offers a fascinating, intimate look at the many variations of female love: maternal love, marital love, love of industry and craft, love of beauty. Most of all it is a celebration of the love that can exist between women friends. An intelligent, tender, highly pleasurable novel.” —Barbara Gowdy, author of Little Sister and The Romantic
Visit the following link for more information: https://penguinrandomhouse.ca/books/550386/sofie-cecilia#9780735272682
Award-winning journalist and editor-at-large at Chatelaine and regular contributor to CBC Radio, Rachel Giese’s BOYS: What It Means to Become a Man, examining the myths and realities of boy culture and the challenges facing boys, making a strong case that the movement for gender equality has the potential to liberate us all, to Laura Mazer at Seal Press, for publication in Fall 2018, by Samantha Haywood of Transatlantic Literary Agency (world English excluding Canada).