Deal News: They Left Us Everything by Plum Johnson

Audio rights to winner of the RBC Taylor Prize and beloved Canadian bestseller, THEY LEFT US EVERYTHING by Plum Johnson sold at auction to Rebecca Best of Rakuten Kobo, rights previously sold to Putnam US, Brandon Culture in China and Gads Forlag in Denmark. The deal was arranged by Samantha Haywood of the Transatlantic Agency.

Deal News: The Last Resort by Marissa Stapley

Bestselling author Marissa Stapley’s new novel THE LAST RESORT, for fans of Big Little Lies -two couples arrive at The Harmony Retreat for couples therapy on the shores of Tulum Mexico where they hope to fix their marriages with the help of celebrity therapists Miles and Grace Markell. But all is not as it seems, and when Miles mysteriously disappears, the complex truth behind the façade of love, marriage and professional success begins to unravel, leaving room for romance to blossom in unexpected ways. Rights sold to Nita Pronovost of S&S Canada, previously sold to Brittany Lavery of Graydon House US and Rowholt Germany by Samantha Haywood of the Transatlantic Agency.

Book Birthday: FIND YOU IN THE DARK by Naben Ruthnum

Happy Book Birthday to Naben Ruthnum‘s, writing as Nathan Ripley, FIND YOU IN THE DARK published on March 6th with Simon & Schuster in Canada! It’s also due to publish in Australia with Text Publishing on April 2nd 2018, and in the US in June 2018 with Atria Books!

Visit the Simon & Schuster website at the following link for more information and to read an excerpt: www.simonandschuster.ca/books/Find-You-in-the-Dark/Nathan-Ripley/9781501179037

Simon & Schuster will host the official launch tonight at Ben McNally Books – stay tuned for photos from the event!

We are thrilled to congratulate Naben Ruthnum, writing as Nathan Ripley, on FIND YOU IN THE DARK being named a Loblaws Book of the Moment!

FIND YOU IN THE DARK is also a Paul’s Pick, which will bring this this novel to 60 stores in airports across the country.

“Fans of Dexter will enjoy FIND YOU IN THE DARK” – Naben sat down with CTV​’s Your Morning​, full interview here: Ctv.ca/YourMorning/Find-You-in-the-Dark

Naben’s CBC Books​’s Magic 8 Q&A: Cbc.ca/thriller-writer-nathan-ripley-on-the-highs-and-lows-that-came-with-writing-his-debut-novel

Advance Praise: 

“Acclaimed fiction writer and journalist Naben Ruthnum debuts his alter-ego Nathan Ripley with this fast-paced, smart, unsettling thriller.” – The Globe and Mail

“A wickedly smart thriller that manages to be both chilling and wry. The page-turning plot . . . is thickened by a great cast of characters and Nathan Ripley’s fantastic eye for detail and dialogue. Just when you think you’ve got a grasp on it, the story twists to new and darker places.”– Amy Stuart, bestselling author of Still Mine

“A fast-paced, morbidly addictive novel of chilling infatuation. Ripley’s impressive debut is a rich and innovative thriller.” – Iain Reid, bestselling author of I’m Thinking of Ending Things

“It’s not always easy diving into the mind of an obsessive protagonist, but Martin Reese’s fixation on finding dead bodies makes for one heck of an addictive thriller. Find You in the Dark by Nathan Ripley is an original, inventive take on what happens when you go looking where you shouldn’t. Start reading early in the day, or you’ll be up all night like I was! A standout debut novel.”– Jennifer Hillier, author of Jar of Hearts and Wonderland

“An unsettling exploration of obsession you won’t soon forget. Nathan Ripley delivers a first novel that fans of Patricia Highsmith psychological thrills and Thomas Harris cat-and-mouse suspense will devour. I certainly did.”– Andrew Pyper, author of The Demonologist and The Only Child

“Crafty and dark, Nathan Ripley’s novel toys with the lines between predator and prey, his sentences as careful and considered as the crimes he depicts. Ripley is a truly exciting new voice in the thriller world.”– Roz Nay, bestselling author of Our Little Secret

From the Publisher: In this chilling debut thriller, in the vein of Dexter and The Talented Mr. Ripley, a family man obsessed with digging up the undiscovered remains of serial killer victims catches the attention of a murderer prowling the streets of Seattle.

Martin Reese is obsessed with murder. 

For years, he has been illegally buying police files on serial killers and studying them in depth, using them as guides to find missing bodies. He doesn’t take any souvenirs, just photos that he stores in an old laptop, and then he turns in the results to the police anonymously. Martin sees his work as a public service, a righting of wrongs that cops have continuously failed to do.

Detective Sandra Whittal sees it differently. On a meteoric rise in police ranks due to her case-closing efficiency, Whittal is suspicious of the mysterious caller—the Finder, she names him—leading the police to the bodies. Even if the Finder isn’t the one leaving bodies behind, who’s to say that he won’t start soon?

On his latest dig, Martin searches for the first kill of Jason Shurn, the early 1990s murderer who may have been responsible for the disappearance of his sister-in-law, whom he never met. But when he arrives at the site, he finds a freshly killed body—a young and recently disappeared Seattle woman—lying among remains that were left there decades ago. Someone else knew where Jason Shurn buried his victims . . . and that someone isn’t happy that Martin has been going around digging up his work.

When a crooked cop with a tenuous tie to Martin vanishes, Whittal begins to zero in on the Finder. Hunted by a real killer and by Whittal, Martin realizes that in order to escape the killer’s trap, he may have to go deeper into the world of murder than he ever thought.

Book Birthday: HYSTERIA by Elisabeth de Mariaffi

Happy Book Birthday to Elisabeth de Mariaffi! Her new book HYSTERIA publishes on March 6th with HarperCollins Canada, and already the rave reviews and praise for this novel is flowing in. Check out the reviews, media highlights, a description of the book and more below. Also, watch for the novel to publish in the UK with Titan Publishing Group in the future!

Read a sample of the novel here: www.sample-c86ea2bd73711f591a04dccfc62e6b57.read.overdrive.com/?p=_eyJzbHVnIjoiaHlzdGVyaWEtNmIyNThhIiwiZm9ybWF0IjoiNjEwIn0=

Advance Praise: 

“In Hysteria, Elisabeth de Mariaffi has crafted an epic and haunting story that manages to be both rich in character and setting and breakneck in pace. You will find yourself thinking about it long after you’ve turned the last pages.” —Amy Stuart, author of Still Mine

“Hysteria is a creepy, at times terrifying, thrill ride—taut and smart, and totally unpredictable.” —Zoe Whittall, author of the Scotiabank Giller Prize finalist The Best Kind of People

Hysteria is shout-out-from-the-rooftops good. It is unpredictable, laced with evil and mystery, and impossible to put down. A horrifying modern-day fairy tale, Hysteria is finely written, haunting in its construction, and compelling from the first page to the last.” —Lawrence Hill, bestselling author of The Book of Negroes and The Illegal

“The story moves at a breakneck pace. . . . Hysteria not only provides the thrills of a suspenseful, disturbing read. On a deeper level, the novel highlights the manipulation, coercion, and abuse of women, that sadly, remains an urgent issue today.” —Quill & Quire

Hysteria is a novel about many things-a mother’s love, the institution of psychiatry. But at heart, it is a novel about the ordinary corruptibility of plot: how certain men wield narrative to manipulate women, to convince them that they are crazy and the world that denies them their happiness is sane…Hysteria imagines a woman’s world as a safer, more just, place.” – The Walrus 

Shelagh Rogers tweeted about HYSTERIA calling it a “page-turner” and calling Elisabeth de Mariaffi a “master!”

From the Publisher:The closer she gets to the truth, the faster it slips away.

Heike Lerner’s life looks perfect from the outside: she’s settled into an easy routine of caring for her young son, Daniel, and spends her days wandering the woods near their summer house, while her nights are filled with clinking glasses and charming conversation. It all helps to keep her mind at ease—or at least that’s what her husband, Eric, tells her. But lately, Heike’s noticed there are some things out of place: a mysterious cabin set back in the trees and a strange little girl who surfaces alone at the pond one day, then disappears—while at home Eric is becoming increasingly more controlling. Something sinister that Heike cannot quite put her finger on is lingering just beneath the surface of this idyllic life.

It’s possible Heike’s worries are all in her head, but when the unthinkable happens—Daniel vanishes while she and Eric are at a party one night—she can no longer deny that something is very wrong.

Desperate to find her son, Heike will try anything, but Eric insists on a calm that feels so cold she wonders if she can trust him at all.

Could Eric be involved in Daniel’s disappearance? Or has some darker thing taken him? The closer Heike gets to the truth, the faster it slips away. But she will not rest until she finds her son.”

Media: 

Hysteria

www.cbc.ca/books/24-works-of-canadian-fiction-to-watch-for-in-the-first-half-of-2018-1.4481582

 

THINGS TO DO WHEN IT’S RAINING Publishes in Canada and the US!

Today we’re thrilled to say Happy Book Birthday to Marissa Stapley, as her book THINGS TO DO WHEN IT’S RAINING publishes in Canada with Simon & Schuster, in the US with Graydon House, and as an audiobook with Blackstone Audio! Previously, it published in November 2017 in Germany with Rowohlt.

Though it’s only just published in North America, it already is receiving some great praise and attention. See below a selection of advance praise and how it’s been featured in the media!

At Pop Sugar, it was listed among 8 books that remind readers of the hit show This is Us: www.popsugar.com/entertainment/Books-Fans-Us-44450561

It’s also been named a Loblaws Book of the Moment.

From Simon & Schuster:

When secrets tear love apart, can the truth mend it? —from The Globe and Mail-bestselling author Marissa Stapley.

Mae Summers and Gabe Broadbent grew up together in the idyllic Summers’ Inn, perched at the edge the St. Lawrence River. Mae was orphaned at the age of six and Gabe needed protection from his alcoholic father, so both were raised under one roof by Mae’s grandparents, Lily and George. A childhood friendship quickly developed into a first love—a love that was suddenly broken by Gabe’s unexpected departure. Mae grew up and got over her heartbreak, and started a life for herself in New York City.

After more than a decade, Mae and Gabe find themselves pulled back to Alexandria Bay by separate forces. Hoping to find solace within the Summers’ Inn, Mae instead finds her grandparents in the midst of decline and their past unravelling around her. A lifetime of secrets that implicate Gabe and Mae’s family reveal a version of the past that will forever change Mae’s future.

From the bestselling author of Mating for Life comes a poignant generational story about family and secrets. With honesty and heart, Marissa Stapley reminds us of the redemptive power of love and forgiveness, and that, ultimately, family is a choice.

Advance Praise

Things To Do When It’s Raining is commercial fiction at its best. Compelling, heartfelt and well-crafted. A gem of a page-turner.” – The Toronto Star 

“The intensity of the lasting love and friendship between Gabe and Mae is emotionally powerful and finely wrought, and Stapley complements this story about the difficult choices family members make for those they love with an evocative setting.”
– Publishers Weekly

Things to Do When It’s Raining has heart and soul and guts, and it has achingly beautiful prose and characters so dear and real I couldn’t bear to say goodbye when I reached its final page. It’s a book about friendship and secrets, grief and regret, the peculiar shape of families and the redemptive nature of love. And it is, quite frankly, one of the best books I have read in a very long time.”
– Jennifer Robson, bestselling author of Moonlight over Paris

“Fans of Nicholas Sparks will adore Things to Do When It’s Raining, an irresistible tribute to first love, second chances and the powerful legacy of the past. Elegant and heartfelt, Marissa Stapley’s writing is a gift.”
– Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author of The Orphan’s Tale

“Evocative, wise and infused with heart. A deeply moving story about family, love and loss, the novel shows how secrets can either haunt us or set us free, depending on who we trust them with. One of my favorite books this year!”
– KARMA BROWN, bestselling author of Come Away with Me

“A generous book about imperfect people, a novel about the family we choose, the mistakes we make, and how love, flawed and searching and messy, is the only path to forgiveness.  It’s also a gorgeously written page-turner, and when I finished it, I flipped right back to page one to savor it just a little bit more.”
– Lauren Fox, author of Days of Awe

“A tightly woven story that beautifully illustrates how tragedy and human weakness can cause heartbreaking ripples for years and generations to come.”
– K.A. Tucker, bestselling author of He Will Be My Ruin

“There is something so intimate and true in the sentence, ‘Every marriage harbors secrets, secrets about why it works or why it doesn’t work, secrets between two people that the rest of the world can never be privy to.’ Profound and intimate, raw and real—Things to Do When It’s Raining is hard to put down. Loved the ending but hated to have it end!”
– Nan Rossiter, New York Times bestselling author of Firefly Summer

“The complex and moving saga of a non-traditional family with deep bonds and even deeper secrets. Set against the idyllic background of a far-flung seaside town, the finely drawn characters of this novel test the limits of friendship, love, and forgiveness. A story that lingers long after the final page is turned.”
– Andrea Dunlop, author of Losing the Light

“Spellbinding. . . . I fell in love with Mae Summers from the first page, and I followed her, heart between my teeth, as she uncovered family secrets and reconsidered her place in the world. Full of engaging characters, sensitivity and insight, Marissa Stapley’s newest novel is a beautiful, emotionally acute saga that makes us all reconsider the meaning of love and family.”
– Danila Botha, author of Too Much on the Inside

“A haunting, gripping novel about family secrets and love lost and found. It’s a story that will resonate with anyone who has returned home to find that places have as much power as people to wound, and heal.”
– Elizabeth Renzetti , author of Based on a True Story

“Written with compassion and insight, Things to Do When It’s Raining is a truly captivating novel with exquisite prose and moments of bittersweet tenderness.”
– Nicola Moriarty, author of The Fifth Letter

“Regrets, secrets, and hidden longings swirl beneath the surface of this beautifully atmospheric story of love found, lost, and rediscovered.  I couldn’t stop reading.”
– Shelley Noble, NYT bestselling author of Whisper Beach and The Beach At Painter’s Cove

“I enjoyed Things to Do When It’s Raining enormously. A lovely book full of emotion and wisdom.”
– Marian Keyes

Deal News: The Student by Cary Fagan

Writers’ Trust and Giller Prize nominated novelist and award-winning children’s book writer, Cary Fagan‘s insightful and powerful new novel THE STUDENT set in the Fall of 1957, follows the life story of Miriam Moscowitz, a headstrong Jewish daughter, the apple of her father’s eye (the worry of her mother’s), a serious and passionate young student of literature who studies hard, goes to college parties, works summers, dates a young Jewish man with a good job, until everything changes when she begins a reckless affair with an American student obsessed with the civil rights clashes in the south, and when the young man abandons her to join the movement back home, Miriam gets on a bus to follow him, no longer sure of anything in her life, Canadian rights sold to Freehand Books for publication in 2019 by Samantha Haywood of Transatlantic Agency. Film/tv available.

Deal News: Third Act by Emily Urquhart

Author of Beyond the Pale, a multi-award nominated memoir, comes Emily Urquhart’s THIRD ACT, a work of narrative nonfiction based on her essay in The Walrus that makes the case for late in life creativity, featuring stories of creative seniors from a variety of backgrounds—such as poets, physicists, musicians, scientists, and actors—with her visual artist father’s story woven throughout, and buoyed by voices of leading experts on ageing and creativity and through examples of progressive senior-led arts organizations from across North America, smashing ageist stereotypes and telling a new story about the possibilities of our third act, sold to Sarah MacLachlan at House of Anansi Press (Walrus Imprint) for Spring 2020 by Samantha Haywood of the Transatlantic Agency (world rights) for film/tv contact: samantha@transatlanticagency.com

Stephanie Sinclair promoted to Senior Agent and Rights Manager for Samantha Haywood’s clients

Stephanie Sinclair

Associate Agent Stephanie Sinclair has been promoted to Senior Agent and will oversee international rights sales for clients represented by Samantha Haywood. Sinclair joined Transatlantic in 2012. She has been an Associate Agent for five years, while also working as Samantha Haywood’s Executive Assistant, a role she left last Spring. In addition to becoming a Senior Agent, she will take on the role of International Rights Manager for Samantha Haywood’s author and corporate clients. Haywood will continue to work exclusively with her authors in the North American markets and for TV/film and will oversee the strategy for their international sales. Haywood’s client list includes Iain Reid, Zoe Whittall, and publisher client Drawn & Quarterly.

Page Two, a private corporate client owned and operated by Transatlantic agents Jesse Finkelstein and Trena White have also hired Sinclair to oversee international sales for select clients.

Within her own list, Sinclair represents writers of award-winning fiction and nonfiction including Journey Prize winner Sharon Bala’s THE BOAT PEOPLE and the Indigenous writers Harold Johnson and Billy Ray Belcourt. She co-represents (along with Haywood) CURRY author Naben Ruthnum/Nathan Ripley and Alicia Elliott.

Said Haywood, “Stephanie is an excellent agent and a tireless promoter of our authors. She has great literary instincts and is a pleasure to have in the team. I have confidence we will continue to work well together on my client’s international rights deals.”

Transatlantic Agency is the largest 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 and a growing Speakers Division. Transatlantic has 13 literary agents located in the US and Canada representing over 350 clients. Founded more than 20 years ago, Transatlantic is a vibrant collective of tenacious, independent, publishing professionals with diverse backgrounds and specialties.

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

DEAL NEWS: FIND YOU IN THE DARK by Nathan Ripley

Spanish rights to Journey Prize winner Naben Ruthnum writing as Nathan Ripley‘s thriller debut FIND YOU IN THE DARK, pitched as reminiscent of The Talented Mr. Ripley, which follows the story of a family man whose obsessive need to right the past by digging up the undiscovered skeletal remains of serial killer victims is about to lead to a terrifyingly real encounter with a killer who is very much alive, to Ediciones Siruela by Marta de Bru de Sala of The Foreign Office on behalf of Stephanie Sinclair and Samantha Haywood, rights previously sold to Atria US, and S&S Canada, Text UK & ANZ, Lubbe Verlag in Germany and eOne on a pre-empt for tv/film.

DEAL NEWS: A Mind Spread Out on the Ground by Alicia Elliott

Doubleday Canada editor Kiara Kent has acquired Canadian English rights to the 2017-2018 Geoffrey and Margaret Andrew Fellow and National Magazine Award–winning Tuscarora writer Alicia Elliott‘s narrative nonfiction debut, A MIND SPREAD OUT ON THE GROUND. It will explore the links of colonialism, mental illness, art and abuse through a blend of cultural criticism, literary criticism, and political and historical discourse along with the author’s personal narrative. The book will publish in spring 2019. The pre-empt deal was arranged by Samantha Haywood and Stephanie Sinclair. World ex: Canada and tv/film contact: samantha@transatlanticagency.com.