DEAL NEWS – CATCH MY DRIFT BY GENEVIEVE SCOTT

Scott72bwGenevieve Scott’s CATCH MY DRIFT is a novel-in-stories reminiscent of Elizabeth Strout’s Olive Kitteridge, spanning decades in the life of a family, reminding us of our lifelong labor to connect with others, even as we tackle most of life’s complications alone, to Bethany Gibson at Goose Lane Editions for Spring 2018 by Stephanie Sinclair (Canada English).

Meadowlark by Wendi Stewart Publishes in Germany

Ciww9-LUUAAYwBPMEADOWLARK by Wendi Stewart publishes in Germany with Nagel & Kimche today! First published in Canada by NeWest Press, MEADOWLARK has already received extensive praise and we couldn’t be prouder of Wendi and her continued success. Happy Book Birthday Wendi!

In MEADOWLARK by Wendi Stewart, when her family’s car goes through the ice on Rainy Lake one cold March day in 1962, six-year-old Rebecca Archer is the only person her father is able to pull from the sinking vehicle. But as Rebecca grows up in a farmhouse haunted by the absence of her mother and baby brother, raised by a man left nearly paralyzed with grief, she wonders if her father really did save her after all. In her debut novel, Wendi Stewart tells the luminous, deeply imagined story of a young woman’s hard-won triumph over heartbreaking personal tragedy and the restorative power of friendship.

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  • 2016, Shortlisted, Alberta Book Publishing Awards, Trade Fiction Book of the Year and Cover Design Categories
  • 2016, Shortlisted, second annual Kobo Emerging Writer Prize, Literary Fiction

Reviews 

“Stewart’s story reflects self-discovery in the midst of suffering. Meadowlark is a novel of tragedy infused with hope and survival.” – Quill & Quire

“Wendi Stewart has a smart and compelling heroine in Rebecca Archer, and Meadowlark tells the story of her resilience in the face of stacked odds.” – The National Post

Rights Sold: NeWest Press, Canada; Nagel & Kimche, Germany

Meadowlark and The Mystics of Mile End Shortlisted for the 2016 Alberta Book Publishing Awards!

We are excited to share that the Book Publishers Association of Alberta has announced that MEADOWLARK by Wendi Stewart (NeWest Press) and THE MYSTICS OF MILE END (Freehand Books) by Sigal Samuel have been shortlisted for the 2016 Alberta Book Publishing Awards! MEADOWLARK has been shortlisted in the Trade Fiction Book of the Year and Cover Design categories while THE MYSTICS OF MILE END has been nominated in the Trade Fiction Book of the Year category. The Alberta Book Publishing Awards are awarded every year to books by Alberta publishers, and this year there were over 77 entries for the 12 award categories.

SWMeadowlarkcovIn MEADOWLARK by Wendi Stewart, when her family’s car goes through the ice on Rainy Lake one cold March day in 1962, six-year-old Rebecca Archer is the only person her father is able to pull from the sinking vehicle. But as Rebecca grows up in a farmhouse haunted by the absence of her mother and baby brother, raised by a man left nearly paralyzed with grief, she wonders if her father really did save her after all. In her debut novel, Wendi Stewart tells the luminous, deeply imagined story of a young woman’s hard-won triumph over heartbreaking personal tragedy and the restorative power of friendship.

SSMysticsCADcovTHE MYSTICS OF MILE END by Sigal Samuel weaves together four distinct voices to tell the story of the dysfunctional Meyer family with a dangerous mystical obsession. Living in Mile End, home to hipsters and Hasidic Jews, David, a professor of religion, is diagnosed with a heart murmur and becomes convinced that his heart is whispering divine secrets. When David’s attempts to ascend the Tree of Life lead to tragedy, his daughter Samara believes it is up to her to finish what he started, and her brother documents her increasingly strange behaviour. It falls to next-door neighbour Chaim Glassman to shatter the silence that divides the members of the Meyer family.

The winners will be announced on September 16th at a gala at the Hotel Arts in Calgary. To purchase tickets for the event, please visit www.bookpublishers.ab.ca

Congratulations to Wendi Stewart and Sigal Samuel, as well as to the other nominees!

To view the shortlists in all categories, visit http://bookpublishers.ab.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Media-Release-Shortlist-2016-Book-Publishing-Awards.pdf

Welcome to Justin Rutledge

Rutledge2016bwWe are very proud to share that Justin Rutledge has joined Transatlantic. He will be represented by Stephanie Sinclair.

Justin Rutledge is a Juno Award-winning songwriter who resides in Wellington, Ontario. Born in Toronto, Justin studied English Literature at the University of Toronto before recording his first album, No Never Alone (2005), which was originally released in the UK to rave reviews and critical acclaim—the NME called the album “an incredible breakthrough.” Justin’s other albums include The Devil On A Bench In Stanley Park (2006), Man Descending (2008), The Early Widows (2010), Valleyheart (2013—Juno Award, Canadian Folk Music Award), Daredevil (2014), and East (2016).

In addition, Justin is also an actor. Working closely with Michael Ondaatje to stage Divisadero (2010), Justin also appeared in CanStage’s The Arsonists (2012), and in 2014, Justin was awarded a Montreal English Theatre Award for best composition in the Segal Centre’s production of The Graduate. He is currently developing a feature film with Hannah Moscovitch and The Film Farm entitled Unsettled.

Deal News- The Halo Mosaic by Nina Berkhout

Nina BerkhoutCritically-acclaimed author Nina Berkhout’s debut YA novel, THE HALO MOSAIC: The Story of Twyla Jane Lee, a young pacifist trying to leave her hometown of Halo, Montana, and Gabriel Finch, a Marine struggling to leave the war behind him, who form an unexpected bond over a secret buried in a decommissioned nuclear missile silo, to Sheila Barry at Groundwood Books (World, 2017) by Stephanie Sinclair and Samantha Haywood.

Second Annual Kobo Emerging Writer Prize Shortlist Announced!

Congratulations to Emily Urquhart and Wendi Stewart for their nominations for the second annual Kobo Emerging Writer Prize! Emily Urquhart is shortlisted in the Non-Fiction category for BEYOND THE PALE: Folklore, Family, and the Mystery of Our Hidden Genes (HarperCollins Canada) and Wendi Stewart has received her nomination in the Literary Fiction category for MEADOWLARK (NeWest Press).

In its second year, the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize is awarded to talented debut authors in three different categories including Non-Fiction, Literary Fiction, and Romance. The three judges in their respective categories are Gail Anderson-Dargatz (Literary Fiction), Camilla Gibb (Non-Fiction), and Lynsay Sands (Romance). The winners in each category will receive $10,000 and will be chosen on or before June 8, 2016.

Beyond the Pale cover imageBEYOND THE PALE: Folklore, Family, and the Mystery of Our Hidden Genes by Emily Urquhart follows Emily’s experience  following the birth of her daughter and the unexpected discovery that her daughter was born with a shock of white hair, pale blue eyes, and fair skin and diagnosed with albinism. The author embarks on a three-year journey across North America and parts of Eastern Africa to discover how we explain human differences by examining a wide range of folklore and cultural beliefs.

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In MEADOWLARK by Wendi Stewart, when her family’s car goes through the ice on Rainy Lake one cold March day in 1962, six-year-old Rebecca Archer is the only person her father is able to pull from the sinking vehicle. But as Rebecca grows up in a farmhouse haunted by the absence of her mother and baby brother, raised by a man left nearly paralyzed with grief, she wonders if her father really did save her after all. In her debut novel, Wendi Stewart tells the luminous, deeply imagined story of a young woman’s hard-won triumph over heartbreaking personal tragedy.

For further information about the award, please visit https://store.kobobooks.com/p/emergingwritershortlist

Transatlantic would also like to congratulate all the other nominees!

McClelland & Stewart and Doubleday U.S. Make Joint Pre-empt for First Novel The Boat People by Sharon Bala

BalaSbwToronto, March 23, 2016—Melissa Danaczko of Doubleday (New York) and Anita Chong of McClelland & Stewart (Toronto), have jointly acquired U.S. and Canadian rights to THE BOAT PEOPLE, a debut novel by Sharon Bala. The book was purchased on a pre-empt, for publication in January 2018. The deal was arranged by Stephanie Sinclair.

Says Danaczko: “THE BOAT PEOPLE is an extraordinary novel about a group of Sri Lankan refugees trying to navigate a byzantine immigration system. Bala is a vivid, compassionate writer, immediately pulling you into the mindset of not only the asylum-seekers from a war-torn country but also those whose job it is to decide their fate. A stunning debut that is at once intimate, urgent and universal in the questions it raises.”

Upon the acquisition, Anita Chong added: “Fiction has the power to create bridges of empathy and understanding, and this is what Sharon Bala has done so powerfully in THE BOAT PEOPLE, by illuminating the universal and deeply human aspects of the immigrant and refugee experience in a way that feels both fresh and urgent. From the bones of a little-known, real-life incident, Bala has crafted a beautiful and high-stakes story that asks difficult but necessary questions—questions that will only become increasingly relevant as the world-wide refugee crisis continues. I devoured this novel, and I know readers will do the same.”

The manuscript for Bala’s novel won the Percy Janes First Novel Award (May 2015) and was short listed for the Fresh Fish Award (October 2015), and has already begun to catch the eye of other writers: “THE BOAT PEOPLE is full of drama and character, sharp bold sentences and movement of all sorts, global and interior,” says bestselling author Lisa Moore (Caught and February). This is “gorgeous writing, compassionate and urgent.”

THE BOAT PEOPLE focuses on thirty-five-year-old Mahindan, who has survived the harrowing experiences of civil war, a prison camp, and a perilous ocean voyage from Sri Lanka. When the rusty cargo ship carrying him and 500 fellow refugees reaches safe Canadian shores, he thinks the struggle is finally over. But in reality, his journey has only begun. Set in Vancouver and Sri Lanka, THE BOAT PEOPLE follows Mahindan and his six-year-old son as they are separated, imprisoned, and forced to navigate the morass of the refugee system. Inspired by real life events, THE BOAT PEOPLE is a timely novel about identity and belonging, family secrets and loss, and the rift that can sometimes form between immigrant parents and their third culture children. It is an important contemporary novel that invites us to explore what people leaving everything they know to become strangers in a strange land are going through, and provokes a more compassionate lens through which to view the current refugee crisis.

For more information, please contact:

Stephanie Sinclair, 416.488.9214stephanie@transatlanticagency.com

Deal News- Henry & Starr by Claire Tacon

TaconbwNorth American rights to Claire Tacon’s HENRY & STARR- the story of a father, struggling to let his daughters grow up, and of a working class family, struggling against hard odds, to take care of each other when the world lets them down- to Paul Vermeersch at Buckrider Books, imprint at Wolsak & Wynn by Stephanie Sinclair of the Transatlantic Agency.

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 2016transatlanticagency.com, Amy Tompkins at amy@transatlanticagency.com, or Fiona Kenshole at fiona@transatlanticagency.com.

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 shaun@transatlanticagency.com. Fiona Kenshole will be in attendance at the London Book Fair on April 12 and 13 (contact: fiona@transatlanticagency.com) and David Bennett will be there from April 12 to 14 (contact: david@transatlanticagency.com).