DEAL NEWS: HARPERCOLLINS ACQUIRES SAMRA ZAFAR’S A GOOD WIFE

We are so pleased to share this fantastic announcement! Kate Cassaday, executive editor at HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, has acquired ­­­English-language rights in Canada to a memoir by international speaker and human rights activist Samra Zafar. Zafar’s book, A Good Wife, will be published in spring 2019. Samra Zafar’s book deal was brokered by Samantha Haywood, literary agent and president of Transatlantic Agency, and Stephanie Sinclair, senior agent. Cassaday said of the acquisition, “From the first moment I met Samra, I knew that I wanted to share her powerful story. Every page of this important memoir is guided by Samra’s strength and humanity.”

At fifteen, Samra Zafar had big dreams. She was going to go to university and forge her own path. Then, with almost no warning, those dreams were snatched away from her. She was suddenly married to a stranger at seventeen and had to leave behind her family in Pakistan to move to Canada. Her new husband and his family promised that the marriage and the move would be a fulfillment of her dreams, not a betrayal of them. But as the walls of their home slowly became a prison, Samra realized the promises were empty ones.

Desperate to get out and refusing to give up, Samra hatched an escape plan for herself and her two daughters. Somehow, she found the strength not only to build a new future but to walk away from her past, ignoring the pleas of her family and risking cultural isolation by divorcing her husband.

A Good Wife tells the harrowing and inspiring story of a young girl with big dreams, becoming a woman who has found strength in the face of oppression and battled through to empowerment. Samra said of the decision to share her story, “I decided to speak up because I knew my story is not just mine. I hope that by raising my voice, I will help others find their voices. I’m grateful to the wonderful team at Transatlantic Agency and HarperCollins for making that happen!”

Samra’s personal essay on her marriage, published in Toronto Life magazine, went viral in 2017, and her piece on Yahoo! News has been viewed more than 12 million times worldwide. She is an international speaker, social entrepreneur, scholar, author, and human rights activist, connecting with people around the world and empowering others through her advocacy and non-profit work. She also serves as a governor for the University of Toronto. Samra’s free time is dedicated to her two beautiful daughters.

(Full press release.)

Welcoming Kirsten Madsen

A big Transatlantic welcome to author Kirsten Madsen!

Kirsten is a writer based in Whitehorse, Yukon. She was runner-up for the 2015 CBC Short Story Prize, and her fiction has been published in The Walrus, Prairie Fire, The New Quarterly and elsewhere. She was a finalist in both the Malahat Review and The New Quarterly fiction awards in 2017, and the Writers’ Union of Canada short story competition in 2011 and 2015. Kirsten has an MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia, where her thesis novel, The Cantilevered Universe, was shortlisted for the 2013 HarperCollins Canada / UBC Prize for Best New Fiction.

The Cantilevered Universe is a contemporary literary novel about the inner workings of an unconventional family. After a move to an isolated Northern town, teenage Emily begins to unravel after becoming increasingly withdrawn as her siblings forsake her in search of their own lives. Nearly twenty years later, her sister Louise seeks to come to terms with Emily’s disintegration while forging a new relationship of her own. The novel exposes a family embroiled in conflict while at the same time united in their desire to protect their youngest and most troubled member. This stunning debut will be ready for consideration in January.

Kirsten is represented by Stephanie Sinclair.

Billy-Ray Belcourt is a Recipient of the 2019 Indspire Awards!

Congratulations to Billy-Ray Belourt on being named a candidate for the 2019 Indspire Awards! Billy-Ray is being honoured for his work as an award-winning poet and published author.

Indspire is a national Indigenous charity that supports and celebrates Indigenous education and achievement in Canada. The Indspire Awards honours extraordinary individuals from the Indigenous community. There will be a nationally-broadcast ceremony in which the recipients will receive their awards, to take place in Calgary, Alberta on February 22, 2019.

For more information about the award, please visit https://indspire.ca/news_postings/indspire-announces-recipients-of-the-2019-indspire-awards/

Congratulations to Ottawa Book Awards Finalists Nina Berkhout and Joanne Proulx

Double the congratulations today as we celebrate two authors shortlisted for this year’s Ottawa Book Awards under English Fiction – Nina Berkhout’s THE MOSAIC (Groundwood Books) and Joanne Proulx’s WE ALL LOVE THE BEAUTIFUL GIRLS (Penguin Random House Canada)! These annual awards recognize outstanding English and French books published in the past year by local authors. The winners of each category will be announced on October 17 at a ceremony at Ottawa City Hall. For more information about the awards and the full list of finalists, please visit https://ottawa.ca/en/news/city-announces-2018-ottawa-book-awards-and-prix-du-livre-dottawa-finalists

Happy Book Birthday to CLIFFORD by Harold Johnson!

Happy book birthday to Harold Johnson‘s CLIFFORD, publishing today with House of Anansi Press!

CLIFFORD has been lauded as a “genre-dying” work, bridging the imagined and the true in one breathtaking story that starts with the author going home for his brother Clifford’s funeral and a chair that stands on three legs.

From the publisher: “Exquisitely crafted, funny, visionary, and wholly moving, Clifford is an extraordinary work for the way it defies strict category and embraces myriad forms of storytelling. To read it is to be immersed in a home, a family, a community, the wider world, the entire cosmos.”

Join Harold on October 2nd for a reading of CLIFFORD at McNally Robinson Winnipeg. More information about the event available here: Mcnallyrobinson.com//An-Evening-with-Harold-R-Johnson

Advance Praise and Accolades for CLIFFORD:

On the CBC Books list of “10 Canadian books coming out in August we can’t wait to read

Open Book interview: “Harold R. Johnson’s newest book combines his expertise in fiction and non-fiction, in a genre-blending work that is being hailed as the crown jewel of an already acclaimed oeuvre.”

“Memoir, fantasy, fiction? Genre bends in Clifford. Clifford, refuses to distinguish fact from fantasy or fiction from biography…the story’s meditations on loss, family, and fateful actions prove absorbing from the opening page.”
Toronto StarThestar.com/memoir-fantasy-fiction-genre-bends-in-clifford

Clifford is a luminous, genre-bending memoir. Heartache and hardship are no match for the disarming whimsy, the layered storytelling shot through with love. The power of land, the pull of family, the turbulence of poverty are threads woven together with explorations of reality, tackling truth with a trickster slant.”
—Eden Robinson, author of Son of a Trickster

“Harold R. Johnson is a wonderful writer, and Clifford is his best
work yet. For fans of Jack Finney and Richard Matheson, this terrific book is a wonderfully human tale of memory both bitter and sweet, as well as a poignant exploration of time’s hold over all of us.”
—Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award–winning author of Quantum Night

Clifford is a story only Harold Johnson could tell. By turns soft and harsh, intellectual and emotional, Johnson weaves truth, fiction, science, and science fiction into a tapestry that is rich with meaning and maybes. A natural storyteller, Johnson seeks imagined pasts and futurity with equal parts longing and care. This work allows readers and writers the possibility of new and ancient modes of storytelling.”
—Tracey Lindberg, author of Birdie

Clifford is unlike anything I’ve read—it is at once a story of science and magic, love and loss, and a case for the infi nite potential of humanity. It is a book of profound wisdom—an unpacking of the deepest truths of science in an effort to transform the pain of grief and regret into healing and forgiveness.”
—Patti Laboucane-Benson, author of The Outside Circle

Happy US Book Birthday to The Honey Farm by Harriet Alide Lye!

Happy Book Birthday to Harriet Alida Lye on Liveright’s US publication of THE HONEY FARM! The novel was just published in Canada with Vagrant Press and in Australian with Penguin Random House Australia. Film rights have been optioned by Hawkeye Pictures.

THE HONEY FARM is a Barnes & Noble​ Discover Pick! Barnesandnoble.com/2018-bn-discover-great-new-writers-selections and we expect some exciting reviews in the coming weeks.

From the publisher:

Lily King meets Patricia Highsmith in this slyly seductive debut set on an eerily beautiful farm teeming with secrets.

The drought has discontented the bees. Soil dries into sand; honeycomb stiffens into wax. But Cynthia knows how to breathe life back into her farm: offer it as an artists’ colony with free room, board, and “life experience” in exchange for backbreaking labor. Silvia, a wide-eyed graduate and would-be poet, and Ibrahim, a painter distracted by constant inspiration, are drawn to Cynthia’s offer, and soon, to each other.

But something lies beneath the surface. The Edenic farm is plagued by events that strike Silvia as ominous: taps run red, scalps itch with lice, frogs swarm the pond. One by one, the other residents leave. As summer tenses into autumn, Cynthia’s shadowed past is revealed and Silvia becomes increasingly paralyzed by doubt. Building to a shocking conclusion, The Honey Farm announces the arrival of a bold new voice and offers a thrilling portrait of creation and possession in the natural world.

Advance Praise

“An aura of mystery, faintly tinged with menace, permeates Canadian author Lye’s sensuous debut novel. . . . An achingly lyrical excursion into a lost Eden.” — Publishers Weekly

“Lush, poetic. . . . Each lyrical line feels like a gift left at the reader’s altar. A honey-mouthed debut ruminating on creation, possession, and faith.” — Kirkus Reviews

“Lye evokes gothic tropes and an aura of foreboding that recall Shirley Jackson and Daphne du Maurier by way of the tortured Catholicism of Flannery O’Connor.”
-Editor’s Pick Quill and Quire

“Mysterious, suspenseful, and unnerving, The Honey Farm offers a thrilling narrative that examines the distorted realities and conflicting perceptions that often exist in the quietest places.” — Iain Reid, bestselling author of I’m Thinking of Ending Things

“The Honey Farm delves into the intimate mysteries of art, madness, religion, and love through a story built with beautiful language and lush sensory detail. Gothic and subtly menacing, it’s a book as rich as the sweet substance at its core.” — Grace O’Connell, author of Magnified World

“The secret world of bees and the sensuous natural order in all its peril and glory come alive in this mesmerizing, suspenseful novel. Harriet Alida Lye is a writer of prodigious talent and The Honey Farm a thrilling, chills-inducing debut. Brava!” — Carol Bruneau, award-winning author of Glass Voices and These Good Hands

“I loved this book. The way Harriet Alida Lye captures and registers moments of encounter with gentleness and specificity, like bees bumping against flowers – there’s magic afoot here.” — Lauren Elkin, author of Flaneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice, and London

“Harriet Alida Lye has created a modern-day Eden, shot through with innocence and foreboding. The landscape of this gripping debut is alive with tension and temptation, and I found myself seduced alongside Lye’s unforgettable characters. Laying bare faith, identity, and love, this book presents a world where nothing is quite as it seems.” — Adrienne Celt, author of The Daughters

“In this sensuous debut, the honey is golden and enchanting, with an unexpected taste. Relatable as they are, Lye’s characters are true artists—it was impossible to fathom what they’d do next (and with whom!). Impetuous and passionate and utterly unpredictable, you’ll want to spend your entire summer on The Honey Farm.” — Courtney Maum, author of Touch

“Beguiled by the promise of a writers’ retreat, Silvia leaves her staunchly Catholic family home for the uncertain territory of a honey farm in Northern Ontario. The Honey Farm offers readers an accomplished meditation on love, creativity and the wonder of the natural world, and a gripping exploration of a community that is perhaps not as it seems.” — Cathy Marie Buchanan, New York Times bestselling author of The Painted Girls

“The Honey Farm is a delightful and mistily enigmatic story…I am putting The Honey Farm on the 2018 longlist for a ‘Very Best!’ Book Award for fiction.”
The Miramichi Reader

DEAL NEWS: EXACTLY WHAT TO SAY by Phil Jones

Taiwanese rights to EXACTLY WHAT TO SAY by Phil Jones to Domain publishing by Nurnberg Taiwan in association with Stephanie Sinclair of the Transatlantic Agency on behalf of Page Two Strategies

Romanian rights to EXACTLY WHAT TO SAY by Phil Jones to California Fitness Romania by Stephanie Sinclair of the Transatlantic Agency on behalf of Page Two Strategies

ALICIA ELLIOTT WINS 2018 RBC TAYLOR EMERGING WRITER AWARD

We’re proud to announce that Alicia Elliott has been named the winner of the 2018 RBC Taylor Emerging Writer Award by Tanya Talaga! The $10,000 annual prize, awarded by RBC and the Taylor Prize, recognizes a Canadian published author who is working on a first draft of a writing project, especially in literary non-fiction. Alicia will also receive mentorship from Tanya Talaga. Congratulations, Alicia!

Alicia Elliott has been published by The Malahat Review, The Butter, Room, Grain, The New Quarterly, CBC, The Globe and Mail, Vice, Maclean’s, Maisonneuve, Today’s Parent and Reader’s Digest. She’s currently Associate Nonfiction Editor at Little Fiction | Big Truths, and a consulting editor with The New Quarterly. Her essay, “A Mind Spread Out on the Ground” won a National Magazine Award. Alicia was the 2017-2018 Geoffrey and Margaret Andrew Fellow at UBC.

For more information, please visit: (http://www.rbctaylorprize.ca/)

DEAL NEWS: Six foreign rights deals for Michael Bungay Stanier’s THE COACHING HABIT

We’re thrilled to announce six foreign rights deals for Michael Bungay Stanier’s THE COACHING HABIT:
 
Dutch rights to Nubiz by Jeanine Langenberg of the Sebes Agency in association with Stephanie Sinclair on behalf of Page Two Strategies.
 
Italian rights to LSWR by Erica Berla of the Berla & Griffini Rights Agency in association with Stephanie Sinclair on behalf of Page Two Strategies.
 
Spanish rights to Arpa by Julia Garrigos of The Foreign Agency in association with Stephanie Sinclair on behalf of Page Two Strategies
 
German rights to Vahlen Verlag by Hannah Fosh of the Liepman Agency in association with Stephanie Sinclair on behalf of Page Two Strategies.
 
French rights to Diateino by Deborah Druba of Anna Jarota Agency in association with Stephanie Sinclair on behalf of Page Two Strategies.
 
Thai rights to Nokhook Publishing by Pumi Boonyatud of Tuttle-Mori in association with Stephanie Sinclair on behalf of Page Two Strategies.