Deals: They Left Us Everything by Plum Johnson

JohnsonPlum2013bwChinese rights to Plum Johnson’s THEY LEFT US EVERYTHING, chronicling the author’s undertaking to sort and empty her beloved childhood home after the death of her elderly parents, a task that triggers difficult memories and unearths new facts, ultimately allowing her to reconcile her relationship with her mother and come to a richer understanding of her family history, and herself, to Brandon Culture by Zoe Hsu at Andrew Nurnberg Associates International Ltd. on behalf of Samantha Haywood of the Transatlantic Agency. Previous rights sold to Putnam, US and Penguin Canada.

They Left Us Everything Wins the Evergreen Award!

JPTheyLeftEverything2016covCongratulations to Plum Johnson on being awarded the Evergreen Award for THEY LEFT US EVERYTHING (Penguin Random House Canada), one of the 2017 Forest of Reading Awards! The Evergreen Award is a program aimed at adult readers of all ages who participate in the program through public libraries and book clubs, and the books are selected for the program by expert librarians who share their favourite Canadian non-fiction and fiction with the adult readers. Readers from over 120 libraries participated, and THEY LEFT US EVERYTHING was a clear favourite!

THEY LEFT UJohnsonPlum2013bwS EVERYTHING is a funny, touching memoir about what parents leave behind.

The award will be presented at OLA’s Super Conference in Toronto on February 2, 2017. Please visit the following link for details of the conference: www.olasuperconference.ca

For more information about the Evergreen Award, please visit www.accessola.org/web/OLA/Forest_of_Reading/Individual_Trees.aspx#Evergreen

To view the press release, please visit: www.accessola.org/web/Documents/OLA/News/2016/News-Release-Forest-Evergreen-Winner-2016.pdf.

Congratulations to all the finalists of this award!

The Ontario Library Association Announces the Forest of Reading Shortlists!

Transatlantic Agency congratulates agency clients and Orca authors who are finalists on the 2017 Forest of Reading Awards shortlists! These awards recognize the best work by Canadian authors and illustrators. Over a quarter of a million readers participate in the program through schools, public libraries, literacy centres and within their homes. These awards encourage a love of reading through programs aimed at children and adults who vote for the winning books. 

Children

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EVERYDAY HERO (Orca Book Publishers) by Kathleen Cherry (Silver Birch Fiction)

DEEP ROOTS: How Trees Sustain Our Planet (Orca Book Publishers) by Nikki Tate (Silver Birch Non-Fiction)

TANK & FIZZ: The Case of the Battling Bots (Orca Book Publishers) by Liam O’Donnell and Mike Deas (Silver Birch Express)PCShooter72Banner

SHOOTER (Razorbill) by Caroline Pignat (Red Maple Fiction)

SHATTERED (Orca Book Publishers) by Teresa Toten (Red Maple Fiction)

THE UNQUIET PAST (Orca Book Publishers) by Kelley Armstrong (Red Maple Fiction)

DNA DETECTIVE (Annick Press), by Tanya Kyi, illustrated by Lil Crump (epicgameRed Maple Non-Fiction)

PRIDE (Orca Book Publishers) by Robin Stevenson (Red Maple Non-Fiction)

RODENT (Orca Book Publishers) by Lisa J. Lawrence (White Pine)

EPIC GAME (Orca Book Publishers) by William Kowalski (Golden Oak)

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THEY LEFT US EVERYTHING (Penguin Canada) by Plum Johnson (Evergreen)

PUNISHMENT (Vintage Canada) by Linden MacIntyre (Evergreen)

Transatlantic would also like to congratulate all of the other authors who are finalists for this year’s Forest of Reading Awards.

For a full list of the nominees, please see the Ontario Library Association’s announcement at the following link www.accessola.org/web/OLA/Forest_of_Reading/Nominated_Lists/.

American edition of They Left Us Everything by Plum Johnson launches today!

JPTheyLeftUsEverythingUSCovbannerPerennial bestseller and Taylor Prize winner, THEY LEFT US EVERYTHING by Plum Johnson is being published by Putnam Penguin in the US today! Happy Book Birthday Plum!

Check out this great book trailer from Putnam US!

After taking Canada by storm, this book club favorite is finally making it’s way to American readers. Some of the highlights since it’s publication by Penguin Canada in 2014 follow:

The Globe and Mail Bestseller – CBC Books Bestseller –  Shortlist, First Kobo Emerging Writer Prize, Non-Fiction 2015 – Winner, RBC Charles Taylor Prize, Literary Non-Fiction!

JohnsonPlum2013bwCountless Rave Reviews by fans and media:

“Generous and heartfelt, Johnson’s book offers an intimate look at family and especially mother-daughter connections. It is an uplifting affirmation of human relationships and the cycle of life itself.” – Kirkus Reviews

They Left Us Everything is a memoir for baby boomers facing and overcoming the challenges of elderly parents and searching for the fragments of their own childhoods that shaped the adults they became.” – The Waterloo Region Record

“Each word of They Left Us Everything is heartfelt and moving. We are privy to Johnson’s emotional journey to the point that it feels like she is part of our own family. Her story lingers inside, touching the soul, and thus Anne and Alex live on.”- Digital Journal

“Grief has no expiration date.  It has no parameters. It can’t be exchanged or coerced.  This heartfelt story of one person’s experience expressed honestly and candidly.  In the end, she and her siblings learn one of life’s greatest lessons. Parents are people with their own dreams, ambitions, faults, and tragedies. When we stop seeing Mom as mother and we stop seeing ourselves as a wronged child, it is possible to love Plum as Plum and Anne as Anne. And with that knowledge a person regains compassion, understanding and the freedom to move on….” – An Itzey Bitzey Book Blog

Read It Forward named THEY LEFT US EVERYTHING one of their Best of July picks – “A difficult but beautiful read…”

Rights Sold: Penguin Random House Canada, Putnam US

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:

GALLERY OF LOST SPECIES by Nina Berkhout

THE AMERICAN GIRL SERIES by Mary Casanova

SHOPLIFTER by Michael Cho

OPEN HEART, OPEN MIND by Clara Hughes

THEY LEFT US EVERYTHING by Plum Johnson

PUNISHMENT by Linden MacIntyre

LAUGHING ALL THE WAY TO THE MOSQUE by Zarqa Nawaz

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

THEY LEFT US EVERYTHING Bestseller

Plum Johnson’s THEY LEFT US EVERYTHING is celebrating its sixth week on the Globe and Mail’s Canadian Non-Fiction bestsellers list! The memoir also spent two weeks on the they-left-us-everythingmain Non-Fiction bestseller list, has been awarded the RBC Charles Taylor Prize, and was nominated for both the Kobo Emerging Author Award and the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour.

Plum Johnson’s THEY LEFT US EVERYTHING is a funny, touching memoir about the importance of preserving family history to make sense of the past, and nurturing family bonds to safeguard the future. She is an award-winning author, artist and entrepreneur living in Toronto. She was the founder of KidsCanada Publishing Corp., publisher of KidsToronto; and co-founder of Help’s Here! resource magazine for seniors & caregivers.

Congratulations to Plum!

Kobo Emerging Writer Prize Shortlist Announcement

Congratulations to Plum Johnson and Zarqa Nawaz for their nominations for the first Kobo Emerging Writer Prize. Both were nominated in the Non-Fiction category, which is judged by the Charles Taylor Prize–shortlisted author Charlotte Gray.

The Kobo Emerging Writer Prize is in its inaugural year and will be awarded to three debut tiles, one each in the Non-Fiction, Fiction, and Mystery categories. Each author will win $10,000 and will get mentorship and support in promoting their work. The winners will be announced on July 7th.

they-left-us-everythingPlum Johnson’s THEY LEFT US EVERYTHING is a funny, touching memoir about the importance of preserving family history to make sense of the past, and nurturing family bonds to safeguard the future.

Laughing All the Way to the Mosque

From Zarqa Nawaz, creator of Little Mosque on the Prairie, LAUGHING ALL THE WAY TO THE MOSQUE: THE MISADVENTURES OF A MUSLIM WOMAN is  a wonderfully funny memoir about the trials and tribulations of the author; it is Nora Ephron meets Meera Syal.

See the award announcement here and congratulations to all the nominees!

DEAL NEWS FOR THEY LEFT US EVERYTHING

they-left-us-everythingUS rights for THEY LEFT US EVERYTHING by Plum Johnson, published by Penguin Canada — winner of the 2015 RBC Charles Taylor Prize for literary nonfiction and nominated for the 2015 Leacock Medal for Humour — to Sara Minnich at G. P. Putnam’s Sons by Samantha Haywood. Publication is scheduled for Summer 2016.  The book chronicles the author’s undertaking to sort and empty her beloved childhood home after the death of her elderly parents, a task that triggers difficult memories and unearths new facts, ultimately allowing her to reconcile her relationship with her mother and come to a richer understanding of her family history, and herself.

Plum Johnson is an award-winning author, artist, and entrepreneur living in Toronto. She was the founder of KidsCanada Publishing Corp., publisher of KidsToronto; and co-founder of Help’s Here! resource magazine for seniors & caregivers.

Plum Johnson Wins the 2015 RBC Charles Taylor Prize!

they-left-us-everythingThe Transatlantic Agency is delighted to congratulate Plum Johnson and her debut memoir, THEY LEFT US EVERYTHING, (Penguin Canada), the winner of the 2015 Charles Taylor Prize. The RBC Charles Taylor Prize commemorates Charles Taylor’s pursuit of excellence in the field of literary non-fiction. The winner receives $25,000. For more details: http://www.thecharlestaylorprize.ca/2015/winner_15.asp

The Jury Citation:
“BEAUTIFULLY OBSERVED AND WRITTEN with great warmth and wit, They Left Us Everything is an absorbing memoir of grief, growth, and decluttering. Plum Johnson must deal not merely with the legacy of her difficult, ill-matched parents, but is handed the burden of disposing of the seemingly endless contents of their 23-room Lake Ontario home, which becomes a character on its own in the telling. The task, which she initially thinks manageable, proves Herculean, far more complex than she’d imagined, involving understanding her past and packing up its contents, both literal and metaphorical. A story of love, loss, and legacy, written with compassion and humour, it subtly evokes T.S. Eliot’s lines: “We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.”

Plum Johnson is an award-winning author, artist and entrepreneur living in Toronto. She was the founder of KidsCanada Publishing Corp., publisher of KidsToronto; and co-founder of Help’s Here! resource magazine for seniors & caregivers.

For more information, (rights available World ex: Canada and film/tv) contact Samantha Haywood: samantha@transatlanticagency.com.

Charles Taylor Prize Shortlist

The Transatlantic Agency congratulates Plum Johnson (THEY LEFT US EVERYTHING, Penguin) and Kathleen Winter (BOUNDLESS: TRACING LAND AND DREAMS IN A NEW NORTHWEST PASSAGE, House of Anansi) who have both been shortlisted for the 2015 Charles Taylor Prize, one of Canada’s most esteemed awards for literary nonfiction.

The Charles Taylor Prize recognizes excellence in literary nonfiction. Finalists receive $2000. The winner receives $25,000. For further details, please visit the Charles Taylor Prize website.

JohnsonPlum2013bwPlum Johnson’s THEY LEFT US EVERYTHING is a funny, touching memoir about the importance of preserving family history to make sense of the past, and nurturing family bonds to safeguard the future. She is an award-winning author, artist and entrepreneur living in Toronto. She was the founder of KidsCanada Publishing Corp., publisher of KidsToronto; and co-founder ofHelp’s Here! resource magazine for seniors & caregivers. For more information, contact Samantha Haywood,samantha@transatlanticagency.com.

Kathleen WinterKathleen Winter’s BOUNDLESS follows the author’s physical and spiritual journey as she travels into the Northwest Passage on a ship, following the route of the legendary Franklin expedition. She is the author of the award-winning and internationally best-selling novel, Annabel, and has recently released a new collection of short stories, The Freedom in American Songs.  For more information, contact Shaun Bradley, shaun@transatlanticagency.com.

Our congratulations go out to all the finalists.