Congratulations to Marq de Villiers on his nomination for the prestigious 2015/16 Donner Prize forBack to the Well: Rethinking the Future of Water (Goose Lane).
The largest and most prestigious prize of its kind, the Donner Prize rewards excellence and innovation in public policy writing by Canadians. A $50,000 cheque will be awarded to the author of the winning book, with $7,500 awarded to each of the other shortlisted titles. The Prize will be announced at a ceremony in Toronto on April 27th, 2016. For more information, visit: http://www.donnerbookprize.com/s/the-shortlist/
Leslie Vryenhoek has been nominated for the 2015 BMO Winterset Award for her beautiful novel, Ledger of the Open Hand (Breakwater Books). The prize will be awarded at a Government House ceremony in St. John’s on March 24th. The BMO Winterset award was established in 2000 by journalist and author Richard Gwyn in honour of his late wife, author and social historian Sandra Fraser Gwyn. The award is managed by ArtsNL. Contact: email@example.com
Penguin Random House Canada has acquired North American English rights to The Only Café, the next novel from Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning author Linden MacIntyre. The Only Café explores a son’s search for the truth about his father’s disappearance five years after he went missing. It leads him from contemporary Toronto to the Middle East, to the war on terror, and to the massacre at the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps. Publication is scheduled for August, 2017. The deal was done by Shaun Bradley of the Transatlantic Agency, with Anne Collins. The book will appear under the Random House Canada imprint.
Carol Off, award-winning author and host of CBC Radio’s As It Happens, will publish a new work of nonfiction with Random House Canada in the spring of 2017. When Home Won’t Let You Stay is a multi-faceted exploration of the international refugee experience. As a journalist, Off documents the harrowing and often grinding journey that refugees and their families face. But at its heart, this is a more personal narrative. It is the story of Asadullah Aryubwal and his family – refugees from Afghanistan, personally sponsored by Off – and their eight year journey to move from one side of the globe to the other, all in an effort to find safe harbour and a new place to call “home.” The deal was arranged jointly by Anne Collins and Pamela Murray at Random House Canada with Shaun Bradley.
Knopf Canada has commissioned Kathleen Winter (Annabel and Boundless) to create a book for the Canadian sesquicentennial in 2017. The work — to be in the genre of the author’s choosing — will be based on the life of General James Wolfe, the commander who famously led the British to overthrow the French in Quebec at the Plains of Abraham in 1759 . The work (as yet untitled) will be based on letters written by Wolfe — primarily to his mother – from the age of thirteen through to two weeks before his death. These letters are held by the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library at the University of Toronto, and will form the core of Winter’s narrative. The deal was done by Shaun Bradley, with Lynn Henry and Amanda Lewis at Penguin Random House Canada.
We are looking forward to the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, April 4-7, 2016, and the London Book Fair, April 12-14, 2016.
Bologna Children’s Book Fair:Fiona Kenshole and Marie Campbell will be representing Transatlantic Agency at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, while Amy Tompkins will be attending on behalf of Orca Book Publishers. Amy Tompkins will be representing Orca’s titles at the Orca table in Hall 29, D7 on April 4-6, 2016. Fiona Kenshole and Marie Campbell will be at the Transatlantic table in the Agents Centre on April 4-7, 2016. For an appointment, please email Marie Campbell at firstname.lastname@example.org, Amy Tompkins at email@example.com, or Fiona Kenshole at firstname.lastname@example.org.
London Book Fair: David Bennett, Stephanie Sinclair, Shaun Bradley, and Fiona Kenshole will be representing Transatlantic Agency at the London Book Fair. Shaun Bradley and Stephanie Sinclair will be presenting titles at table #18F in the International Rights Centre on April 12-14, 2016. For an appointment, please contact Shaun Bradley at email@example.com. Fiona Kenshole will be in attendance at the London Book Fair on April 12 and 13 (contact: firstname.lastname@example.org) and David Bennett will be there from April 12 to 14 (contact: email@example.com).
Director Deepa Mehta’s Hamilton Mehta Productions has acquired film rights to Kathleen Winter’s 2010 debut novel Annabel, after the expiry of a previous agreement.
Annabel has been published in 18 countries and was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, Orange Prize for Fiction, and Governor General’s Literary Award. Mehta is known for other book-to-film adaptations, including Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children, and for her Academy Award-nominated Water. Her latest work, Beeba Boys, debuted at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival and will open internationally in October.
The deal was arranged by Shaun Bradley at the Transatlantic Agency.
World Rights to Five Roses, the newest novel from Alice Zorn (Arrhythmia (NeWest, 2011) and Ruins & Relics (NeWest, 2009)), have been sold to Shannon Whibbs at Dundurn Press for publication in 2016. Five Roses takes place in Montreal, and explores the lives of three women, each of whom has suffered a loss in her life. Their lives are intertwined in a variety of overt and tangential ways, unbeknownst to any of them. It is a brilliant testament to the power of love and forgiveness, by one of Canada’s rising literary talents. The deal was arranged by Transatlantic’s Shaun Bradley.
Congratulations to Diane Schoemperlen and Kathleen Winter for both appearing on the longlist for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. Diane Schoemperlen is nominated for BY THE BOOK and Kathleen Winter for THE FREEDOM IN AMERICAN SONGS.
Since its start in 2005, the Frank O’Connor award has been the world’s largest and most prestigious prize for short story collections. The shortlist will be announced in early June. See the full longlist here.