Becky Blake wins the 2017 CBC Nonfiction Prize!

Massive congratulations to Becky Blake who has been announced as the winner of the 2017 CBC Nonfiction Prize for her story “Trust Exercise“!
 
“Trust Exercise” was selected out of more than 1400 submissions. From the jury: “‘Trust Exercise’ is an elegant reminder not only of the malleability of memory, but also of its interruptions,” wrote the jury in a statement. “The writing here breathes like a series of long sighs, and there’s a quiet to the prose the way a flame set to parchment is muted yet alive. The devil is in the details, sure, but this wry story of love glides and swoops, too.”
 
Becky will have her story published in Air Canada enRoute magazine and on CBC Books. She will also have the opportunity to attend a 10-day writing residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.
 
For more information about the award and “Trust Exercise” please visit: Cbc.ca/becky-blake-wins-the-2017-cbc-nonfiction-prize
 
For an inside look on how Becky wrote the story, read her interview with CBC books here: Cbc.ca/books/how-becky-blake-wrote-the-story-that-won-the-cbc-nonfiction-prize
 
Congrats again, Becky!

WELCOMING RYAN MCMAHON!

We are excited and honoured to announce that Ryan McMahon is joining the Transatlantic Agency as a client of Samantha Haywood & Stephanie Sinclair. Ryan McMahon is an Anishinaabe comedian, writer, media maker & community activator originally from Treaty 3 territory (Couchiching First Nation). Armed with a degree in Theatre & as a graduate of the prestigious Second City Conservatory (Toronto), Ryan’s comedic storytelling style is fast paced, loose & irreverent as he explores the good, the bad & the ugly between Indian Country & the mainstream.

Since 2010, McMahon has recorded 3 National comedy specials (Welcome To Turtle Island Too, UnReserved & Red Man Laughing) & 2 taped Gala sets at the prestigious Winnipeg Comedy Festival. In 2012, McMahon became the 1st Native comedian to ever record a full mainstream comedy special with CBC TV (Ryan McMahon – UnReserved). Later that year made his debut at the prestigious Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, QC where he was named to the NEW FACES LIST at the festival. Ryan’s latest full length CBC comedy special, Red Man Laughing, aired Nationally on CBC Radio 1 in 2015. McMahon’s new live show, Wreck-On Silly Nation, is scheduled to tour across Canada in 2018. Ryan has written for the GLOBE & MAIL, VICE, CBC, CBC Indigenous, APTN among others.

McMahon’s latest major project, the documentary, “Colonization Road,” just had its worldwide premiere at the imagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival and was sold to CBC TV and it aired Nationally in January 2017. Currently, Ryan is producing Season 6 of his hit podcast, Red Man Laughing, and when not busy with that he is also a host with the CANADALAND franchise, co-hosting, Canadaland Commons, a podcast about politics in Canada.

This week Ryan appears on Turtle Island Reads, discovering the best of Canadian Indigenous writing. He is defendingSon of a Trickster by Eden Robinson.

On the book side of things: Ryan’s hotly anticipated debut work of fiction THE GREAT NDN PARADOX is forthcoming from Robin Egg’s Books of Arsenal Pulp Press in October 2018.

Plus he is writing his first book of nonfiction based on his popular column with VICE called Canada 2167 which peels back the layers on the last 150 years in Canada and explores the path to the next 150 years in Canada. Find out more about the VICE series at: Video.vice.com/what-i-think-canada-should-look-like-150-years-from-now.

2167: Future Reason For This Country will be available for submission in late 2017/early 2018. For rights inquires contact: samantha@transatlanticagency.com

Visit his website to learn more: ryanmcmahoncomedy.com

Sharon Bala’s “Butter Tea at Starbucks” shortlisted for the 2017 Journey Prize!

Congratulations to Sharon Bala, who has been shortlisted for the 2017 Journey Prize, for her story “Butter Tea at Starbucks” (first published in The New Quarterly)!

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, Yasuko Thanh, Timothy Taylor and Miranda Hill. The 2017 winner will be announced on November 14th.

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

To view the full shortlist, please visit Writerstrust.com/Journey-Prize-Finalists

THIS SIDE OF SAD by Karen Smythe publishes with Goose Lane Editions!

Happy book birthday to Karen Smythe‘s THIS SIDE OF SAD, publishing today with Goose Lane Editions!

For fans of Joan Didion and Sheila Heti, and reminiscent of Jenny Offill’s The Department of Speculation, THIS SIDE OF SAD is a provocative and piercing novel that lingers in mind and heart.

Meditative, philosophical, confessional, elegiac: THIS SIDE OF SAD is a many-sided novel. It is about the disintegration of a marriage, but it’s also about relationship between memory and identity; the enduring colloquy between the living and the dead; the varieties and limitations of love; and how we find meaning in the random architecture of despair and joy that makes and unmakes our lives.

Karen Smythe is the author of Stubborn Bones, a collection of short fiction (Polestar/Raincoast Books, 2001). Karen’s stories have appeared in several literary publications including Grain, Fiddlehead, Antigonish Review, Gaspereau Review, and Water Studies: New Voices in Maritime Fiction. While living in Halifax, she guest-edited the Michael Ondaatje issue of Essays on Canadian Writing and served as the fiction editor of the Pottersfield Portfolio. Figuring Grief, her ground-breaking monograph on Gallant and Munro (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 1992), is still in print and widely cited. Karen is at work on her second novel.

Pre-publication Praise:

“Smythe’s prose is powerful…The author’s choice of narrative perspective ensures that this book is likely to provoke lively debate.” – Quill & Quire

“It’s always wonderful to stumble upon what could be a sleeper, and leave it Goose Lane to have one on offer. Karen Smythe’s THIS SIDE OF SAD is due in September and it’s a stunner.” – 49th Shelf

“Karen Smythe is a bright original. Her writing is wry, visceral, intriguing, and very moving. What Smythe has done here is really quite brilliant: she has found new ways to write about a difficult subject — the peculiar passion that is longing — and to make it palpable, leaving the reader with something profound to hang onto.” –Diane Schoemperlen, award-winning author of Forms of Devotion

“Mesmerizing.” –Antanas Sileika, author of Underground

Interviews with the Author:

“I spent a lot of time actually on bulletin boards with thumbnail tacks and little paces of paper, moving them around. So that’s how it came to be.” – a captivating interview with Karen Smythe about the inner-workings of her novel THIS SIDE OF SAD via Queen Mob’s Teahouse

Karen sit down with Humber College and talks about writing this novel after graduating Humber’s Creative Writing program: Humber.ca/this-side-of-sad

Join Karen on September 21st as she launches THIS SIDE OF SAD at the eBar in Guelph on 41 Quebec Street from 7:00pm to 9:00pm!

Sharon Bala Long-listed for the 2017 Journey Prize for “Reading Week”

Congratulations to Sharon Bala, who has been long-listed for the 2017 Journey Prize, for her story “Reading Week” (first published in PRISM International)! This is her second nomination for this prize, with the nomination for “Butter Tea at Starbucks” (first published in The New Quarterly) being announced earlier this month.

Awarded through Writers’ Trust of Canada​, McClelland & Stewart​’s The Journey Prize​ lauds an emerging Canadian writer for a short story originally published in a Canadian literary magazine. Previous winners of The Journey Prize include Yann Martel, Alissa York, Jessica Grant, Yasuko Thanh, Timothy Taylor and Miranda Hill. Sharon’s “Butter Tea at Starbucks” and “Reading Week” will appear in The Journey Prize Stories 29, along with the other nominees. The winner will be selected from the anthology’s stories and will receive $10,000 from the Trust.

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

To view the full longlist, please visit www.writerstrust.com/Awards/Journey-Prize.aspx.

Deal News: UK/ANZ Rights to FIND YOU IN THE DARK by NABEN RUTHNUM

UK/ANZ rights to Journey Prize winner Naben Ruthnum writing as Nathan Ripley’s debut FIND YOU IN THE DARK, pitched as reminiscent of The Talented Mr. Ripley with elements of Red Dragon and the hit TV series “Dexter,” 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 Michael Heyward at Text Publishing, at auction, by Stephanie Sinclair and Samantha Haywood (previous rights to Rakesh Satyal of Atria and Laurie Grassi of Simon & Schuster Canada).

Sharon Bala Long-listed for the 2017 Journey Prize, TWICE!

We are doubly thrilled to announce that Sharon Bala has been long-listed twice for the 2017 Journey Prize for her short stories “Butter Tea at Starbucks” (first published in The New Quarterly) and “Reading Week” (first published in PRISM international)! Awarded through The Writer’s Trust of Canada, The McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize lauds an emerging Canadian writer for a short story originally published in a Canadian literary magazine. Previous winners of The Journey Prize include Yann Martel, Alissa York, Jessica Grant, Yasuko Thanh, Timothy Taylor and Miranda Hill. Sharon’s “Butter Tea at Starbucks” and “Reading Week” will appear in The Journey Prize Stories 29, along with the other nominees. The winner will be selected from the anthology’s stories and will receive $10,000 from the Trust.
Sharon’s highly anticipated debut novel, THE BOAT PEOPLE, is forthcoming from McClelland & Stewart Canada and Doubleday US in January 2018.
Congratulations to Sharon and the other long-listed nominees!

 

Deal News: Quintland by Shelley Wood

Shelley Wood‘s mesmerizing debut novel, QUINTLAND™ – a tour de force of imagination, taking readers inside the devastating true story of the Dionne quintuplets through fiction steeped in research. This is a coming-of-age novel bound up in one of the strangest true tales of the past century, to executive editor Lucia Macro at William Morrow, on an exclusive, for Winter 2018 (North America) by Stephanie Sinclair.

DEAL News: SCRATCH by Becky Blake

CBC Short Story Prize Winner Becky Blake‘s debut novel, SCRATCH, about a young thief and aspiring artist on the run from an assault charge in Toronto who attempts to start her life over on the streets of Barcelona, entering an underground world of pickpockets, squatters and graffiti artists. North American rights to Wolsak & Wynn’s Buckrider Books for Spring 2019 by Stephanie Sinclair of the Transatlantic Agency.

ANNA MAXYMIW’S THE LODGE SELLS AT AUCTION TO MCCLELLAND & STEWART!

Anna Maxymiw‘s THE LODGE, for readers of Eating Dirt by Charlotte Gill and Fire Season by Philip Connors, this extraordinary memoir offers a glimpse into the joy, fear, filth, and ferocity of working at a remote fishing lodge in the boreal forest.

McClelland & Stewart publisher Jared Bland has acquired Canadian English-language rights at auction. An excerpt from the forthcoming memoir won Silver in the Humour category at the National Magazine Awards, where the piece was also nominated in the Personal Journalism category. Maxymiw’s work has been published in the Globe and Mail, Hazlitt, The Walrus, The Malahat Review, and Maisonneuve. The Lodge is slated for publication in May 2019 with senior editor Jenny Bradshaw and publishing manager Kelly Joseph editing. The deal was arranged by Stephanie Sinclair at the Transatlantic Literary Agency.