THE SILENT WIFE Celebrates it’s 35th Territory!

Silent Wife CollageOn June 25th, 2013, THE SILENT WIFE, ASA Harrison’s debut psychological thriller was published in North America by Penguin Books US and Penguin Canada before taking the world by storm. We are absolutely thrilled to share that THE SILENT WIFE has just sold in its 35th territory – a staggering accomplishment! To date the territories include the following:

UK & C (Headline Book Publishing), Canada (Penguin Canada, co-pub with Penguin US), Arabic (Arab Scientific Publishers), Bahasa Indonesian (Noura Books), Bulgarian (Ciela Norma), Simplified Chinese (ThinKingdom Media Group), Complex Chinese (The Eurasian Publishing Group), Croatian (Znanje d.o.o.), Czech (Pavel Dobrovsky), Danish (JP/Politikens Forlagshus), Dutch (The House of Books), Estonian (Eram Books Ou), French (Librairie Générale Française, Le Livre De Poche), Georgian (Palitra L Publishing), German (Berlin Verlag in der Piper Verlag GmbH), Greek (Patakis Publications S.a.), Hebrew (Sela Publishers), Hungarian (Alexandra Konyveshaz Kft), Italian (Longanesi & C.), Japanese (Hayakawa Publishing Corporation), Korean (Munhakdongne Publishing Group), Macedonian (Pablisher Dooel), Norwegian (Vigmostad & Bjørke AS), Polish (Spoleczny Instytut Wydawniczy Znak), Portuguese in Brazil (Editora Intrinseca Ltda.), Portuguese in Portugal (Editorial Presenca), Romanian (RAO International Publishing Company), Russian (EXEM Licence Ltd.), Serbian (Vulkan Izdavastvo d.o.o.), Slovene (Ucila International Zalozba), Spanish (Publicaciones y Ediciones Salamandra SA), Swedish (Massolit Förlagsgrupp AB), Thai (Amarin Printing & Publishing Public Company Limited), Turkish (Pegasus Yayincilik TIC ve San. Lts. Sti.), Ukrainian (Krajina Mriy)

Film rights to Nicole Kidman/Blossom Films and Mazur Kaplan.

Transatlantic Agency Celebrates Our Authors’ Achievements In 2015

As we near the end 2015, we are excited to recap the many highlights of our agency’s adult and children’s/YA authors’ achievements this year. This year, our clients have received a variety of impressive award nominations and wins, and have been named bestsellers.

Thank you to our wonderful clients, the publishers who published them, and the fantastic readers who have made it all possible! We look forward to beginning a new year of accolades and an exciting list of new projects in 2016! Happy Holidays!

Transatlantic Agency’s 2015 Adult Author Award & News Citations:

THE SILENT WIFE by ASA Harrison, previously optioned by Nicole Kidman’s Blossom Films and Mazur  Kaplan, has been fully financed and will be going into production with a script written by Billy Ray (Captain Phillips and The Hunger Games) and will be directed by Adrian Lyne (Fatal Attraction and Unfaithful)

ANNABEL, Kathleen Winter’s multiple award-winning novel, has been optioned for film by Academy Award-nominated screenwriter/director Deepa Mehta, for development through her company, Hamilton Mehta Productions

THEY LEFT US EVERYTHING by Plum Johnson winner of the RBC Charles Taylor Prize and nominated for the Leacock Medal for Humour and the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize

WALT by Russell Wangersky winner of the 2015 CBC Bookie Prize, Best Thriller, Horror, Mystery or Crime

THIEF OF GLORY by Sigmund Brouwer winner Christy Award for Book of the Year and Christy Award for Best Book in the Historical Romance category, winner of the Alberta Readers’ Choice Award

IAIN REID named recipient of the 2015 RBC Taylor Emerging Writer Award

SHARON BALA winner of the Percy Janes First Novel Award and shortlisted for the Fresh Fish Award

MEGAN COLES winner of the Writers Trust 5×5 Award and the 2014 BMO Winterset Award

SMOKE RIVER by Krista Foss winner of the Hamilton Literary Award for Fiction

DAVE BIDINI won the Anne Green Award at Calgary Wordfest 2015

CONSUMED by Sarah Elton winner of the Choice Magazine (American Library Association) CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title Award

TELL IT TO THE WORLD by Eliott Behar finalist for the Hilary Weston Prize for Nonfiction

BOUNDLESS by Kathleen Winter was nominated for the RBC Charles Taylor Prize, the Hilary Weston Prize and the Mavis Gallant Prize for Nonfiction.  In the US it has received multiple starred reviews and will be on Booklist’s Best of the Year list.

LAUGHING ALL THE WAY TO THE MOSQUE by Zarqa Nawaz shortlisted for the Leacock Medal for Humour, the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize and Saskatchewan Book Awards

BEYOND THE PALE by Emily Urquhart shortlisted for the BC National Award for Canadian Nonfiction

EXTREME MEAN by Paula Todd shortlisted for the Arthur Ellis Award for Crime Writing

WILL STARLING by Ian Weir longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award and nominated for the Sunburst Awards

THE UMBRELLA MENDER by Christine Fischer Guy has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize for her story SALT, which appeared in The Austin Review

THE BLONDES by Emily Schultz was released in the US, received multiple starred reviews, and is an NPR Top 50 Books selection, a Kirkus Best Fiction of 2015 pick and a BookPage Best Book of 2015.  It will be released as a Picador paperback in 2016.

LEDGER OF THE OPEN HAND by Leslie Vryenhoek’s makes the Writer’s Trust List of Best Books of 2015, as chosen by Michael Crummey

Transatlantic Agency’s 2015 Young Adult & Children’s Author Award and News Citations:

THE GOSPEL TRUTH by Caroline Pignat:  winner of the Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature, finalist for the 2015 Canadian Children’s Book Centres Awards (Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction and the Amy Mathers Teen Book Award), finalist for the 2015 Red Maple Award. Her novel UNSPEAKABLE was also a finalist for the Geoffrey Bilson Award, and both UNSPEAKABLE and THE GOSPEL TRUTH were shortlisted for the CLA Young Adult Book of the Year Award.

ERIC WALTERS admitted into the Order of Canada and he was also named a finalist for the 2015 Canadian Children’s Book Centres Award for HOPE SPRINGS (which won the 2014 Christopher Award), winner of the 2015 Red Maple Award for THE RULE OF THREE,  and WALKING HOME was a finalist for the CLA Book of the Year for Children and a 2016 Red Maple finalist

DEAD MAN’S SWITCH by Sigmund Brouwer winner of the 2015 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Juvenile/YA Crime Book, finalist for the 2015 Canadian Children’s Book Centre John Spray Mystery Award, and a finalist for the 2015 Red Maple

GRACE by Mary Casanova (2015 American Girl of the Year) was winner of the 2015 Parents’ Choice Approved Award, winner of the 2015 National Parenting Publications (NAPPA) Gold Award

THE METRO DOGS OF MOSCOW by Rachelle Delaney winner of the B.C. Chocolate Lily Award, and THE CIRCUS DOGS OF PRAGUE was shortlisted for the CLA Book of the Year for Children

THE DAY MY MOM CAME TO KINDERGARTEN by Maureen Fergus, winner of the 2015 Blue Spruce Award. Her book BUDDY AND EARL also made it on the Boston Globe best books of 2015 list.

FACE-OFF by Michael Betcherman, finalist for the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Juvenile/YA Crime Book

THE VOICE INSIDE MY HEAD by S.J. Laidlaw, finalist for the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Juvenile/YA Crime Book, finalist for the CLA Young Adult Book of the Year, and finalist for the John Spray Mystery Award

WATER CAN BE by Laura Purdie Salas finalist for the 2015 Minnesota Book Awards

HAVE YOU HEARD THE NESTING BIRD? by Rita Gray, New England Book Show Winner, children’s books

TIME OUT OF TIME: Beyond the Door by Maureen McQuerry, Middle Grade finalist for the 2015 Washington State Scandiuzzi Children’s Book Awards

SNEAKER CENTURY by Amber Keyser nominated for the 2015 YALSA Award

STARTING FROM SCRATCH by Sarah Elton, finalist for the Norma Fleck Award for Non-Fiction

THE SHOW TO END ALL SHOWS by Cary Fagan, finalist for the John Spray Mystery Award and MR ZINGER’S HAT was the TD Grade One Give-Away Book for 2015

WE’RE ALL FRIENDS HERE by Nancy Wilcox Richards, illustrated by Tom Goldsmith,  finalist for the 2016 Blue Spruce

Silver Birch finalists and Express finalists for 2016:  WHEN THE WORST HAPPENS by Tanya Lloyd Kyi, and HOPE SPRINGS by Eric Walters, illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes

WHEN THE WORST HAPPENS by Tanya Lloyd Kyi finalist for 2016 Golden Oak Award

STORMSTRUCK by John Macfarlane was selected for Kirkus Best of the Year

SEE YOU NEXT YEAR by Andrew Larsen was picked by 49th shelf amongst its favorite picture books of the year.

THE WAY BACK FROM BROKEN by Amber Keyser made Bustle’s Best YA covers list

A SETTLER’S YEAR: PIONEER LIFE THROUGH THE SEASONS by Kathleen Ernst was chosen by the Wisconsin Center For The Book to represent the state at the Library of Congress National Book Festival in September. The US National Archives invited the author to D.C. in October to present a program about it as part of their noon lecture series.  A SETTLER’S YEAR was named a Finalist in the 2015 USA Best Book Awards – United States History category.

Transatlantic Agency’s Bestsellers of 2015:



SHOPLIFTER by Michael Cho



PUNISHMENT by Linden MacIntyre


MEADOWLARK by Wendi Stewart

EXTREME MEAN by Paula Todd

BEYOND THE PALE by Emily Urquhart

THE RULE OF THREE by Eric Walters

BOUNDLESS by Kathleen Winter

The Silent Wife Goes Into Production in 2016

HSSilentWifeCovWe are thrilled to share the exciting news that the movie adaptation of the #2 New York Times bestseller THE SILENT WIFE by A.S.A Harrison, her debut psychological thriller now published in over 30 territories, with over a million copies sold internationally, has been fully financed and begins shooting in 2016. Initially optioned by Nicole Kidman as a “passion project” specifically to play the lead Jodi Brett, the team now includes Oscar-nominated Fatal Attraction director Adrian Lyne and Hollywood screenwriter Billy Ray (Captain Phillips and Hunger Games). Film deal arranged by Dana Spector of Paradigm on behalf of Samantha Haywood of the Transatlantic Agency.

Full story in Screen Daily:

EXCLUSIVE: Fatal Attraction director boards script from Captain Phillips writer Billy Ray.

Oscar-nominated Fatal Attraction director Adrian Lyne is set to make his directorial come-back on Nicole Kidman thriller The Silent Wife.

FilmNation has swooped on international sales rights to the package, which is seen as one of the hottest prestige titles heading into the AFM.

In Billy Ray’s (Captain Phillips) buzzed-about screenplay, Kidman will play Jodi, a dedicated wife who, despite her husband Todd’s frequent indiscretions, continues to play the part with immaculate precision.

When confronted with the brutal truth of him leaving her for a younger woman, Jodi will not accept defeat. What begins as a tragic dissolution of a marriage quickly spirals into a game of cat and mouse with calamitous stakes.

First reported on two years ago, the long-time Kidman passion project – based on the original bestselling book by A.S.A. Harrison – has now got fresh impetus through Oscar-nominee Ray’s script and suspense thriller-drama specialist Lyne.

Kidman and Per Saari’s Blossom Films (Rabbit Hole) are producing with Paula Mazur and Mitchell Kaplan’s Mazur/Kaplan Company (Nim’s Island) and Lyne.

Lyne, known for 80’s hits including Flashdance and 1990 romance-drama Indecent Proposal, made his last directorial outing on 2002 romance-thriller Unfaithful, which starred Richard Gere and Diane Lane.

CAA, which represents Lyne, Kidman, and Ray, will handle US sales and brokered the deal with FilmNation for the latter to handle international sales.

The production will next look to cast the male lead before a potential 2016 shoot.

“The Silent Wife is reminiscent of thrillers such as Fatal Attraction, Gone Girl and Unfaithful,” said Mazur.

“In Adrian’s Lyne’s masterful hands, audiences can expect to be thrilled and entertained.”

Kidman, who stars in Ray’s upcoming adaptation of Oscar-winning Spanish-language hit The Secret In Their Eyes, is also represented by attorney Alan Wertheimer at Jackowa Tyerman and Media Talent Group.

Ray is also represented by attorney Peter Nichols at Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler & Feldman. Mazur/Kaplan is represented by Shelley Surpin of Surpin & Mayersohn.

This year, FilmNation has produced Denis Villeneuve’s Story Of Your Life, starring Amy Adams, and John Lee Hancock’s The Founder with Michael Keaton.

Glen Basner’s New York outfit is in development on The Good House, set to star Meryl Streep and Robert De Niro.

Among Blossom’s development titles is an adaptation of best-seller Reconstructing Amelia, set at HBO, and a biography of singer Dusty Springfield.

Blossom is partnered with Reese Witherspoon’s Pacific Standard Productions on Jean-Marc Vallee’s Big Little Lies, a limited HBO series that will begin filming in January of 2016 and star Kidman and Witherspoon.

Book-cenrtic Mazur/Kaplan’s development slate includes The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society and All The Bright Places set to star Elle Fanning.

PUNISHMENT and THE SILENT WIFE Globe and Mail Bestsellers

PunishmentHSSilentWifeCovWe are proud to celebrate Linden MacIntyre’s PUNISHMENT and ASA Harrison’s THE SILENT WIFE, both triumphantly returned to the Globe & Mail Canadian bestseller list this week!



The full Canadian bestseller list:

THE SILENT WIFE – Evergreen Prize Shortlist

Transatlantic Agency is delighted to announce that ASA Harrison’s international bestseller THE SILENT WIFE has been shortlisted for the Ontario Library Association’s 2014 Evergreen Prize.

THE SILENT WIFE is a finely wrought, emotionally charged psychological thriller about a marriage in the throes of dissolution, a couple headed for catastrophe, concessions that can’t be made, and promises that won’t be kept. Expertly plotted, THE SILENT WIFE ensnares the reader from page one and doesn’t let go.

The Evergreen Prize is presented annually by the OLA, a body comprised of members from public, school and special libraries throughout Ontario. The award recognizes the best in Canadian fiction and non-fiction adult titles. It is one of eight prizes in the Forest of Trees, Canada’s largest recreational reading program.

Our congratulations go out to all the other nominees.

For more information on the award and a full list of nominees, visit the prize page.

Award News – The Silent Wife

Transatlantic Agency is delighted to announce that ASA Harrison’s international bestseller THE SILENT WIFE has been shortlisted in Britain for The Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards for The John Creasy (New Blood) Dagger Best First Novel Award!

THE SILENT WIFE is a finely wrought, emotionally charged psychological thriller about a marriage in the throes of dissolution, a couple headed for catastrophe, concessions that can’t be made, and promises that won’t be kept. Expertly plotted, THE SILENT WIFE ensnares the reader from page one and doesn’t let go.

For more about this exciting award which will be broadcast on television on October 24th please see their website for details:

THE SILENT WIFE One Year Anniversary

A year ago on June 25th THE SILENT WIFE, ASA Harrison’s debut psychological thriller was published in North America by Penguin Books US and Penguin Canada. The bittersweet launch came two months after Harrison died of cancer after working on her fiction in obscurity for the past decade.

What followed for THE SILENT WIFE in the next 12 months was nothing short of an international sensation. Here are the highlights:

  • Rave endorsements from bestselling US and UK writers
  • Rave reviews in Publishers Weekly, The Washington Post, Newsday to name a few
  • A profile article in The New York Times on ASA Harrison and The Silent Wife being the sleeper summer hit of 2013
  • 11 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list, reaching #2 on the paperback list
  • International rights sales in 27 countries. (see list below)
  • In the past year the novel has published in 7 countries and has become a bestseller in the US, UK, Canada and most recently France and Italy. It just hit #9 in the Italian bestseller lists a few weeks after publication this May.
  • Global sales of close to 700,000 copies sold copies sold worldwide so far
  • Last but not least, Nicole Kidman’s Blossom Films and Mazur Kaplan have optioned the film rights to produce a feature film with Nicole Kidman to star as Jodi Brett. Billy Ray (of The Hunger Games and Captain Philips) is attached to write and direct.

The international story for The Silent Wife has arguably just begun.

To date, these rights for THE SILENT WIFE have been sold:

Bulgarian (Ciela Norma AD), Chinese Complex (The Eurasian Publishing Group), Chinese Simplified (Thinkindom Media Group LTD.), Croatian (Znanje D. D.), Czech (Pavel Dobrovsky – Beta S.R.O), Danish (Politikens Forlag), Dutch (The House of Books), English (Headline Publishing Group), French (Le Livre de Poche), German (Berlin Verlag), Greek (S. Patakis Publcations S.A.), Hebrew (Sela Publishers), Hungarian (Alexandra Konyveshaz KFT.), Italian (Longanesi), Japanese (Hawakawa Publishing Inc.), Korean (Munjakdongne), Norwegian (Schibsted Forlag As), Polish (Znak), Portuguese (Editorial Presenca & Editora Intrinseca LTDA), Romanian (Rao), Russian (Exmo License Limited), Serbian (Vulkan Izdavastvo D.O.O), Slovene (Ucila International Zalozba), Spanish (Salamandra), Swedish (Massolit Forlag Ab), Turkish (Pegasus)

The Silent Wife


The Silent WifeMazur-Kaplan along with Nicole Kidman and her Blossom Films, have optioned the film rights to this summer’s sleeper breakout literary hit THE SILENT WIFE, by A.S.A. Harrison for Kidman to star and produce with Blossom partner Per Saari and Mazur-Kaplan partners Paula Mazur and Mitchell Kaplan.  Mazur-Kaplan will finance development.

THE SILENT WIFE is an emotionally-charged psychological thriller that tracks a marriage headed for catastrophe: Todd, a cheater, exists in dual worlds; Jodi, whose carefully ordered existence is in jeopardy, has nothing left to lose.

Blossom Films is a production company founded by Nicole Kidman and Per Saari in 2010.  The first production by the company was RABBIT HOLE, which earned Kidman both Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations.

Blossom is currently developing FAMILY FANG, written by David Lindsay-Abaire, an adaptation of best-seller RECONSTRUCTING AMELIA for HBO, Simon Kinberg’s THE EIGHTH WONDER for Fox, an adaptation of the best-selling novel LITTLE BEE for BBC Films, a biography of singer Dusty Springfield, and a remake of Alvin Sargent’s LOVE PAIN AND THE WHOLE DAMN THING.

Mazur/Kaplan is a books-to-screen production company lead by award-winning producer Paula Mazur (NIM’S ISLAND, THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES, CORRINA, CORRINA) and prominent bookseller and National Book Foundation honoree, Mitchell Kaplan.  Mazur/Kaplan is currently developing the bestseller THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY with Studio Canal, which Simon Curtis is attached to direct. They are also producing, with Studio Canal, the bestseller MAJOR PETTIGREW’S LAST STAND currently being adapted by Jack Thorne and Deborah Moggach.  Most recently, they produced the AACTA (Australian Academy of Cinema and Televisions Arts Awards) nominated film, RETURN TO NIM’S ISLAND starring Bindi Irwin for Walden Media.

A. S. A. Harrison began her adult life by diving into the art world, rubbing elbows with the likes of Andy Warhol and William Burroughs, and her forays into performance art, and later art criticism, led her to write a number of nonfiction books. But Harrison truly found her calling with fiction and her chilling debut novel, THE SILENT WIFE.

Unfortunately, Harrison passed away in April, just a few months shy of seeing her debut novel simultaneously published in the US, Canada, and the UK, and translated in over 20 languages. Harrison proved to be a dangerously talented writer who grips the reader from page one.  A.S.A. Harrison (1948-2013) was the author of four non-fiction books, and THE SILENT WIFE was her debut novel. It will be translated into five languages. She was married to a visual artist in Toronto.

Harrison’s estate was represented by Paradigm on behalf of Samantha Haywood and the Transatlantic Agency.

The sleeper hit of the summer: The Silent Wife

The Silent WifeIt’s undoubtedly one of the hottest books this summer, and yet it’s not one of the big household-name blockbusters you’d expect: it’s a paperback original by a debut fiction author, and Canadian at that. The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison is being called “this year’s Gone Girl” – only better – by media across North America, and the sales are beginning to prove it.

The Silent Wife, on the New York Times bestseller list since August 4. Reviews consistently rave about this psychological thriller done right: “thrill-ride of a debut” says the Globe and Mail, and “it’s a deliciously dark tale, smarter, more layered and insightful than standard genre fare” writes Maclean’s. Rarely does a sleeper hit like this climb the ranks among some of the biggest writers and the most anticipated releases of the year. The New York Times profiled the novel and the late Ms. Harrison’s success in a piece about the incredible momentum after just one month on-sale. With over 31,000 copies in print in Canada and 144,000 in the US, the ride has just begun.

More Praise for The Silent Wife (PDF)