Welcoming Jocelyn Parr to Transatlantic!

We are excited to welcome writer Jocelyn Parr to Transatlantic Agency, as a new client of Stephanie Sinclair’s!

Jocelyn Parr was born in New Zealand, but grew up on the West Coast. She holds a PhD in English Literature, which she completed as a cotutelle with the Erasmus Mundus Doctoral programme, graduating from the universities of Tübingen and Perpignan. Her writing has appeared in publications in France and Germany, as well in Canadian literary magazines such as Brick and Grain. Her debut novel, Uncertain Weights and Measures, was shortlisted for the Governor General’s award for English-language fiction.

Deal News: Girls Need Not Apply by Kelly S. Thompson

We’re celebrating International Women’s Day with this important  deal news. Canadian rights to GIRLS NEED NOT APPLY, a debut memoir by Kelly S. Thompson, a former Captain in the Canadian Armed Forces and graduate of UBC’s MFA program, highlighting truths about life as a woman in the military, to Jenny Bradshaw at McClelland & Stewart, in a preempt, by Stephanie Sinclair 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.

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.

Sharon Bala’s THE BOAT PEOPLE publishes with McClelland & Stewart Canada today and with Doubleday US on Jan. 9th!

Happy book birthday to Journey Prize winner Sharon Bala whose much-anticipated debut novel, THE BOAT PEOPLE, publishes today with McClelland & Stewart Canada and on January 9th with Doubleday US!
This important novel has also been selected for Penguin Random House‘s prestigious ONE WORLD, ONE BOOK campaign, which is an exclusive global program recognizing 1-3 titles on the Penguin Random House list per year that have international relevance and international bestseller potential.
The campaign supports the selected title to the highest level to ensure the book is celebrated worldwide.
For readers of Khaled Hosseini and Chris Cleave, THE BOAT PEOPLE is an extraordinary novel about a group of refugees who survive a perilous ocean voyage only to face the threat of deportation amid accusations of terrorism.
When a rusty cargo ship carrying Mahindan and five hundred fellow refugees from Sri Lanka’s bloody civil war reaches the shores of Vancouver Island, the young father thinks he and his sixyear-old son can finally start a new life. Instead, the group is thrown into a detention processing center, with government officials and news headlines speculating that among the “boat people” are terrorists now posing a threat to Canada’s national security.
Sharon Bala’s short fiction has won three Newfoundland and Labrador Arts & Letters Awards and been published, or is forthcoming, in: Grain, PRISM International, The New Quarterly, Room, Riddle Fence, and in a collection called Racket. Two of Sharon’s short stories, “Reading Week” and “Butter Tea at Starbucks”, were longlisted for the 2017 Journey Prize with the latter continuing on to win the prize. THE BOAT PEOPLE is her debut novel.
Pre-publication Praise for THE BOAT PEOPLE
“Timely and engrossing…This is a powerful debut.”
-Publishers Weekly
“This earnest debut novel forcefully explores the issues surrounding immigration…deeply moving and nuanced, The Boat People asks what price a country is willing to pay when public safety comes at the cost of human lives.”
“A real ship of refugees inspires a novel about the messy consequences of war Memorable…Chilling…”
-Kirkus Reviews
The Boat People will – and should… – linger long in the mind as an almost Graham-Greene-esque thriller about Canada’s Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora. Homeric in her narrative arc, Bala’s novel is rhetorically purposive – but poetically, softly rhetorical…Bala is ahead by a century in the cricket score of politically powerful contemporary fiction.”
–Atlantic Books Today
“In this moving novel, hundreds of Sri Lankan refugees make a dangerous voyage to seek asylum in Canada. The threat of deportation soon follows their arrival, sparking questions about compassion and humanity and identity—identity, in all its transformative complexities.”
-Southern Living
“A sharp examination of the global refugee crisis from both human and bureaucratic perspectives.”
-Toronto Life
The Boat People is a powerful, gripping moral drama told with deep compassion and humanity. Sharon Bala takes us behind the headlines about refugees and asylum seekers straight into the beating hearts of unforgettable human beings. A timely tale and a beautiful, remarkable debut.”
-Lynne Kutsukake, author of The Translation of Love
“This wise and compassionate novel is an intimate portrait of one of the great humanitarian crises of our time. Its power lies in its breadth, for it examines not just those who come to our country seeking refuge, but also those who determine their fate. As such it implicates us all in the ongoing crisis.”
-Shyam Selvadurai, author of The Hungry Ghosts and Funny Boy
The Boat People is a beautifully crafted story with a big heart. This novel has an urgency and relevance that cuts to the bone and will resonate with readers of all stripes. Bala offers no easy answers and no political posturing, but her magnificent storytelling will leave readers wondering about their own convictions, asking themselves, ‘What would I do? What would I have done?’ I love this book and, somehow, I empathized and understood every character’s motivation and heart, despite their seemingly opposing stances. The spirits of Bala’s complicated, well-developed characters will linger with you like ghosts; you will look for them in the newspaper, on the evening news, everywhere, and when you encounter them, you will pause and wonder, not only about them but about yourself.”
-Michel Stone, author of Border Child
The Boat People is a burning flare of a novel, at once incendiary and illuminating. With a rare combination of precision, empathy and insight, Sharon Bala has crafted an unflinching examination of what happens when the fundamental human need for safety collides with the cold calculus of bureaucracy. In the best tradition of fearless literature, it shatters our comfortable illusions about who we really are and reveals just how asymmetrical the privilege of belonging can be. This is a brilliant debut – a story that needs to be told, told beautifully.”
-Omar El Akkad, author of American War


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.

Deal News: Harold Johnson’s new memoir/fiction/thought experiment/fantasy

A memoir/fiction/thought experiment/fantasy by Harold Johnson, author of the bestselling nonfiction work and GG finalist FIREWATER, about his brother Clifford, a scientist in the making whose life was cut too short — To Sarah MacLachlan and Janie Yoon at House of Anansi Press for Fall 2018 (World).

Deal arranged by Stephanie Sinclair.

Welcome Frances Peck!

We’re delighted to be welcoming Frances Peck to the Transatlantic team today!

Frances is a Vancouver-based writer, teacher, and speaker about the finer points of language. She’s the author of the collection Peck’s English Pointers, a co-author of the popular HyperGrammar website, and an essayist and blogger whose work has appeared in The Editors’ Weekly, West Coast Editor, Language Update, and Geist. Frances wrote fiction and poetry until her early twenties, when she stopped (ironically) to become a professional writer. Now she’s rediscovering the magic of making things up. THE BROKEN PLACES is her first novel.
Frances is represented by Stephanie Sinclair.

Sharon Bala Wins the Journey Prize!

Congratulations to Sharon Bala, who has won the 2017 Writers’ Trust/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize, for her story “Butter Tea at Starbucks” (first published in The New Quarterly: Canadian Writers & Writing)!

From the Jury: “Tense and expertly plotted, the story is also packed with rich, sensory detail. This is writing that wades, unafraid, into complexity and controversy, but which is nuanced enough to wrangle finely drawn, utterly human characters to moments of aching vulnerability, confused pain, and unexpected joy. Bala takes big risks and reaps big rewards in this unforgettable story.”

The Writers’ Trust of Canada/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize is awarded annually to an emerging writer of distinction for a short story originally published in a Canadian literary magazine. Previous winners of The Journey Prize include Yann Martel, Alissa York, Jessica Grant, YasukoThanh, Timothy Taylor and Miranda Hill. The prize holds a $10,000 prize for the winner, and $1,000 for the finalist. $2,000 goes to the the journal that originally published the winning story. 

Sharon’s highly anticipated debut novel, THE BOAT PEOPLE, is forthcoming from McClleland & Stewart Canada and Doubleday US in January 2018.

For full information about the award, please visit: www.writerstrust.com/Awards/Journey-Prize.aspx