The Path of Most Resistance Publishes on August 20th!

WRPathofMostResistancedraftcovWe are excited to announce that THE PATH OF MOST RESISTANCE by Russell Wangersky publishes with House of Anansi Press on August 20th, 2016! Happy Book Birthday Russell!

Russell’s new book is a thought-provoking and insightful collection of literary stories that explore passive aggression in our everyday lives. Here is a round-up of the media coverage and praise that this amazing book has received so far!

Russell Wangersky

One of 5 books that CBC Books is looking forward to reading in August!

Featured in the CBC Books Fall 2016 preview:


“No one charts the geography of loneliness better than Russell Wangersky. Writing with clarity and precision, he reveals lives lived under a slow compression, of tension that demands release. At turns lyrical, wry, darkly comedic, but always heartfelt, Wangersky’s collection takes the short story to new heights of grace and skill.” – Will Ferguson, author of 419

“Russell Wangersky has mastered the short story. The pieces in this
collection are tender, violent, humorous, sorrowful, and sexy – sometimes
all at the same time. In its exploration of human betrayal and human
connection, The Path of Most Resistance captures the raw physical energy
that simmers just below the surface of everyday life. This collection is a
true gift from one of Canada’s most talented writers of short fiction.” –
Angie Abdou, author of Between

“Wangersky writes with a tightly controlled eye for detail, a skill with description – both emotional and physical – that blossoms into a rare vitality.” Quill & Quire

Rights Sold: House of Anansi Press, World

Elisabeth de Mariaffi and Marq de Villiers Shortlisted for the 2016 East Coast Literary Awards!

We are thrilled to share The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia’s announcement that Elizabeth de Mariaffi and Marq de Villiers are among the nominees for two out of three of the 2016 East Coast Literary Awards! Elisabeth de Mariaffi is nominated for the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award for THE DEVIL YOU KNOW (HarperCollins Canada) while Marq de Villiers is nominated for the Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award for BACK TO THE WELL: Rethinking the Future of Water (Goose Lane). These two awards honour and celebrate quality writing by Atlantic Canadian authors. The Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award grants a prize of $25,000 to the winning author. The Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award awards the winning author $2000.

DMEDevilYouKnowCovPanelIn Elisabeth de Mariaffi’s literary thriller THE DEVIL YOU KNOW, a murderer’s arrest rings too close to home for a rookie reporter, bringing haunting memories of her childhood best friend’s unsolved murder – and a stalker – right to her doorstep.

075-1_deVilliers_BTTW_COMP.inddBACK TO THE WELL by Marq de Villiers examines the fate and future of water and asks difficult questions surrounding who owns water, whether it is a human right to have water, and whose job it is to keep it clean.

The winners of the awards will be announced at the East Coast Literary Awards in Halifax on June 4.

To view the shortlists, please visit

To read about the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award, visit

To learn more about the Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award, please visit

Book Launch – Gary Barwin’s ‘Yiddish for Pirates’ Maclean’s bestseller list

Congratulations to Gary Barwin, whose brilliant novel, Yiddish for Pirates, has debuted at #6 on the Maclean’s national bestseller list in its first week of publication.  Help to celebrate this wonderful new work as Ben McNally’s The Fine Print presents Gary Barwin on April 25th at the Dora Keough in Toronto.

Deal News – Run, Hide, Repeat by Pauline Dakin

English Canadian rights to Pauline Dakin’s childhood memoir, RUN, HIDE, REPEAT, have been sold to Diane Turbide, Publishing Director at Penguin Books Canada, for publication in the fall of 2017.  This is the riveting story of a childhood steeped in unexplained fear and bizarre behavior as her family runs from the mafia.  It reads like a thriller — complete with hit-men, doubles, and undercover agents.  Pauline Dakin is a Halifax-based journalist who has worked in television, radio, film, and print. She is the Senior Producer of Current Affairs Programming for CBC Nova Scotia, the host of the regional documentary program, “Atlantic Voice,” and was the long-time network health reporter for CBC National News. Contact: Shaun Bradley

Marq de Villiers nominated for prestigious 2015/16 Donner Prize

Congratulations to Marq de Villiers on his nomination for the prestigious 2015/16 Donner Prize forMarq de Villiers  Back 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:


Leslie Vryenhoek nominated for Winterset Prize

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. lvryenhoekThe 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:

DEAL NEWS – The Only Café by Linden MacIntyre

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 Linden MacIntyreof the Transatlantic Agency, with Anne Collins.  The book will appear under the Random House Canada imprint.

DEAL NEWS – When Home Won’t Let You Stay by Carol Off

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.

Deal News – Sesquicentennial project by Kathleen Winter

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.

Transatlantic Attending the 2016 London Book Fair and the Bologna Children’s Book Fair

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 LogoBologna 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 marie@The London Book Fair Logo, Amy Tompkins at, or Fiona Kenshole at

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 Fiona Kenshole will be in attendance at the London Book Fair on April 12 and 13 (contact: and David Bennett will be there from April 12 to 14 (contact: