Transatlantic Literary Agency extends a warm welcome to Hannah Mary McKinnon

Hannah Mary was born in the UK, grew up in Switzerland and moved to Canada in 2010. After a successful career in recruitment, she quit the corporate world in favor of writing. Her debut, rom-com Time After Time (Avon) published in 2016, after which Hannah Mary moved to the dark side of domestic suspense with The Neighbors (2018, MIRA) and Her Secret Son (2019, MIRA). Her fourth book (as yet untitled) is with MIRA for World English and is slated for a 2020 release. Hannah Mary lives in Oakville, Ontario, with her husband and three sons, and is still delighted by her twenty second commute.

Hannah is represented by Senior Literary Agent Carolyn Forde.

Reviews for HER SECRET SON:

“Heart-stopping suspense.” -Heather Gudenkauf, New York Times bestselling author

“The perfect blend of taut suspense and heartbreaking family drama.” -Emily Carpenter, bestselling author

“Powerful.” -Kimberly Belle, international bestselling author of The Marriage Lie

“[A] must-read.” -Kaira Rouda, USA TODAY bestselling author

“Smoldering domestic suspense.” -Jennifer Hillier, author of Creep and Jar of Hearts

“An intricate tangle of family secrets.” -K.A. Tucker, USA TODAY bestselling author

“One of those books that you just can’t put down!” -Jill Orr, author of The Good Byline

“Riveting…vivid and surprising.” -Shannon Kirk, international bestselling author

“Skillfully balances suspense with emotional depth.” -Laura McHugh, award-winning author

“High-stakes family drama at its finest.” -Paula Treick DeBoard, author of The Drowning Girls

Connect with her on Facebook, on Twitter @HannahMMcKinnon, and on Instagram @HannahMaryMcKinnon. For more, visit her website,

Happy book birthday to WHATEVER GETS YOU THROUGH edited by Stacey May Fowles and Jen Sookfong Lee

Happy book birthday to WHATEVER GETS YOU THROUGH edited by Stacey May Fowles and Jen Sookfong Lee, published this week with Greystone Books!

From the publisher: “Through the voices of twelve diverse writers, Whatever Gets You Through offers a powerful look at the narrative of sexual assault not covered by the headlines—the weeks, months, and years of survival and adaptation that people live through in its aftermath. With a foreword by Jessica Valenti, an extensive introduction by editors Stacey May Fowles and Jen Sookfong Lee, and contributions from acclaimed literary voices such as Alicia Elliott, Elisabeth de Mariaffi, Heather O’Neill, and Juliane Okot Bitek, the collection explores some of the many different forms that survival can take.”

Pre-publication Praise

“[The collection] challenges even readers familiar with sexual violence narratives in their assumptions about what survivors need…these thoughtful writers elevate resilience and endurance above a sanitized, oversimplified recovery narrative.”
—Publishers Weekly

“These writers’ prose and generosity are nothing short of profound.”
—Booklist, starred review

“The editors…have chosen a dozen voices for this survivors’ chorus. Each of these voices is unique, and none seem tempted by the saccharine truisms of pop psychology or TV versions of ‘redemptive recovery.’ They all tell their own difficult truths in memorable language.”
—Vancouver Sun

“One of the stunning elements of Whatever Gets You Through is the theme that survivorhood is multi-faceted, contradictory, and individual…the book doesn’t offer a cure, because it acknowledges that one doesn’t exist.”
—Loose Lips Magazine

“It’s not possible to cure survivorhood, not as an individual and not as a culture. Nor, this collection argues, should we, because it can be a powerful source of creativity and power.”
—Quill & Quire

Whatever Gets You Through is a salve, a soothing whisper, and a necessary roundhouse kick to the worst of rape culture. These texts are a varied, imaginative, and essential addition to survivor literature.”
—Zoe Whittall, author of The Best Kind of People

“These essays remind us that survival, like the Me Too movement itself, is an arduous yet inspiring process—because it’s thrilling when so many resonant voices, unheard for so long, are emboldened to speak their truth at once.”
—Lynn Coady, author of Hellgoing

Transatlantic Agency takes on new corporate client, Legend Press for representation in North America.

Transatlantic Agency is pleased to announce that Senior Literary Agent Carolyn Forde is now representing UK publisher Legend Press.

Legend Press is an independent publishing company founded in 2005 and based in London, UK. In the last few years Legend has been the fastest growing press in the UK (doubling their list since 2017), earning major prize listings, achieving a tripling of print sales and garnering fantastic reviews. Backed by an international sales, licensing and acquisitions network, it now publishes around 70 titles per year in the areas of literary, women’s, historical and crime fiction.

Carolyn will be selling select titles into the US and Canadian markets with a focus on Legend’s women’s fiction and crime titles. Carolyn can be reached at

Transatlantic Agency is a North American, full-service literary agency specializing in career management for writers and illustrators, covering domestic and international rights, speaking engagements, film/tv and content development, covering the spectrum of commercial to literary fiction and nonfiction of all types and for all ages. Transatlantic is recognized in the industry for integrity, passion and commitment throughout an author’s career. Transatlantic has 16 agents located across North America, with US agents in New York, Boston, and Portland OR, and Canadian agents in Toronto, Vancouver and Nova Scotia. Founded 25 years ago by literary agents David and Lynn Bennett and now headed by Samantha Haywood, the Transatlantic partnership is a vibrant collective of tenacious, independent professionals with diverse backgrounds and specialties. We represent more than 500 clients, who make regular appearances on notable bestseller lists across North America and have won major awards such as the Newbery Medal (US), the Giller Prize (Canada), Michael L. Printz Honor Book (US), and the Governor General’s Award for both adult and children’s literature (Canada).


Author and Google product designer Vicky Fang’s LAYLA AND THE BOTS was sold to Rachel Matson at Scholastic Branches. The four-book full-color early chapter book series, in which a rock star and her band of robots solve problems in their town through deductive reasoning will be illustrated by Christine Nishiyama. Agent Elizabeth Bennett represented the author. Publication of the first book is planned for 2020.

DEAL NEWS: Charles Beyl’s picture book Little Lunch Truck

Liza Szabla at Feiwel and Friends has acquired world English rights to author-illustrator Charles Beyl’s picture book LITTLE LUNCH TRUCK. Publication is schedule for spring 2020. Charles is represented by agent Elizabeth Bennett.

LITTLE LUNCH TRUCK loves to bring Chef Nina’s food all around town, and he’s especially excited to visit the construction site with all the amazing construction trucks. But he’s also a little worried. Will the other trucks like him? This sweet, beautifully illustrated picture book hits all the notes for the 2-5 age group – it’s got humor, community, trucks, food, and even a recipe for sweet potato tots!

Welcoming Caia Hagel

Welcome to the Transatlantic Agency, Caia Hagel!
Caia is co-author of the groundbreaking Girl Positive (Knopf Canada), a Sophie Trudeau-endorsed book that uncovers how girls are shaping a new world and becoming the leaders of tomorrow, and co-founding editor-in-chief of the award-winning SOFA, a youth culture magazine & talk series that pioneers cross-sectional dialogue and innovations in using technology for heartwarming people-centric purposes. SOFA recently partnered with the Goethe Institut Sao Paulo to lead #GirlGames, the very first gathering of girl videogamers from across Latin America to produce games that reflect their authentic realities, an event that set a new bar in game storytelling and influence, and was documented by VICE.
Caia is also co-founding director of the Social Media Police Department a Click Activism forecasting agency that—using the notion that the social media age lives on a less than nourishing digital diet—spearheads higher standards for digital content & consumption, and new approaches for digital wellness. @smpd she designs Inner Beauty digital health products and packages, and consults with brands and influencers on identity, relationships and how to be worth following in 2024. Caia is a speaker on innovation, pop & youth culture, the internet and the future, and her presentation on Selfies at Forum D’Avignon Paris contributed to a Bill of Digital Human Rights.
Caia is represented by Senior Literary Agent Carolyn Forde.
“Tatiana Fraser and Caia Hagel’s Girl Positive couldn’t have come at a better time. With U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump injecting the most loathsome and retrograde attitudes into the popular discourse on what feels like an hourly basis, a book like this arrives as a corrective, indeed a righteous counter-blast. . . . The stars of this book are the girls and young women doing the talking, and it’s their voices—unguarded, touching, b.s.-free—that will stay with you.” —Montreal Gazette

“[A] diverse, in-depth take on modern girlhood and the importance of mentorship. . . . The book opens the girlhood franchise to all young women, breaking out of the white, middle-class status quo that dominates popular culture. Girl Positive . . . also serves as something of a contemporary handbook on how to encourage girls to develop a clear sense of autonomy and individuality.” —Flare

“[A] hopeful exploration of what it means to be a girl in 2016 and beyond.” —Toronto Star 

“Tatiana Fraser and Caia Hagel are out to change girl culture. . . . Girl Positive . . . spotlights real-life struggles, like the crushing pressure to meet beauty standards.” —Chatelaine

“You need to read this new Trudeau-approved book about mentoring girls. Sophie Grégoire Trudeau says this new book is a ‘call to action’ and it totally is. Consider it your handbook on how to encourage girls to be strong and independent.” —Today’s Parent

“This book is about the real, sometimes awkward, essential conversation that can be a life-altering opportunity if we as parents, youth, mentors, teachers and citizens take an honest look at ourselves. In 2016, here in Canada and abroad, women still can’t walk their journey through life with the same feeling of freedom as men. The objectification of the female body, the normalization of pornography, and rape language and culture is destroying the self-esteem of our girls and is an insult to the spirit of our boys.

This inequality takes a toll on the health of women’s and men’s psyches as well. The world is paying a high price for this imbalance on economic, social and spiritual grounds. The human soul has no gender; girls and boys, women and men must come together to build a more just and peaceful society. This is a call to action. Words matter. Actions speak louder. Let’s get moving.” —Sophie Grégoire Trudeau

“I was moved to tears first at the possibility of a world where girls can grow up individual, different, free, safe and proud. A world where a female president is not an aberration, a world where little girls can be little girls and dream out loud. A world where girls have a voice and can become women without guilt or fear to shape the lives that become them best. Fraser and Hagel make a strong case for such a world. But Girl Positive is all about the girls, their voices, their particular visions and stories. It’s in their words, all together, in one voice coming in loud and clear. It’s that voice that we can no longer ignore. It’s that voice that will win in the end and when it does, we will all win.” —Agathe Snow, artist and performer

“Timely. Generous. Accessible. Provocative. I hope every teacher, health-care professional, social worker, policy maker and parent will read.” —Michael Kaufman, co-founder of the White Ribbon Campaign (the largest effort in the world of men working to end violence against women) and author of The Possibility of Dreaming on a Night Without Stars

“Equal parts smart, sassy and savage, Girl Positive will inspire girls around the world.” —Sam Maggs, author of The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy

“As exciting and candid as a late-night dorm room discussion, Girl Positive knows the issues young women face today are similar to previous generations, but on a much more complex level—like a video game’s highest difficulty setting. Anyone reading this book, no matter how alone they might feel in real life, will become totally enveloped by the community of funny, smart and inspiring young people who populate it. Best of all, Girl Positive, which treats young women with respect for their intellect and choices that is all too rare these days, proves the kids are all right—and will be, as long as they can benefit from the celebration of strength, intelligence and positivity that Tatiana Fraser and Caia Hagel know is at the core of every teenage girl navigating the world today.” —Duana Taha, author of The Name Therapist and contributor on

“[T]he impact of Girl Positive is strong because the authors let the voices of the young women direct the analysis. Diverse role models perceptively articulate their feelings, interrogate cultural contradictions and embrace leadership opportunities. In aggregate, they render a rich portrait of the complicated cultural terrain they’re negotiating in an age of twerking. . . . A sensitive and intersectional inquiry into the complex lives of young women, Girl Positive paints a compelling picture of the authentic power girls have the capacity to wield when they are encouraged to find and use their own voices.” —Herizons

Welcoming Clifford Jackman

Transatlantic is thrilled to welcome Clifford Jackman to the agency!
Clifford Jackman is a Canadian lawyer and novelist. His first novel, The Winter Family, was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award for Fiction and was selected by Quill and Quire and The Globe and Mail of one of the best books of 2015 and was a Knopf Canada New Face of Fiction.  It was published in Canada (Knopf), US (Doubleday), Germany (Heyne) and in French (world French – Alto). He lives in Guelph, Ontario with his wife and two sons.
Clifford is represented by Senior Literary Agent Carolyn Forde.

“Calculating and poetic . . . holds you with a compelling brutality from which it is impossible to turn away.” –Craig Johnson, New York Times bestselling author of the Walt Longmire mysteries

“Capable of standing in [Cormac McCarthy’s] company, which is high praise indeed. The Winter Family is a philosophical spaghetti western that doesn’t stint on the tomato sauce, served up with flair.” —Quill & Quire (starred review)

“Sadistic but mesmerizing. . . . From the first rifle shot to the last burned body.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Stink and filth, corruption and depravity, lawlessness and unruliness. . . . [Augustus Winter is] as fascinating as any other complicatedly deadly thing.” —The Globe and Mail

“The adventures of a gleefully nihilistic group of outlaws. . . . Brutal, at times darkly funny, and utterly gripping from the first page to the last.” —Scott Smith, New York Times bestselling author of A Simple Plan and The Ruins

“A blood-soaked historical western covering over three decades of mayhem. . . . [A] vivid portrayal of men who choose violence and lawlessness as their way of life, and the justifications they create to rationalize their immoral behavior. This is a chilling tale.” —Publishers Weekly

“A wild ride into the conflict between freedom and civilization written in brains and blood. . . . This book is a round house punch of awesome. It came out of nowhere and tackled me into the dirt.” —Michael D. Griffiths,

“Enormously enjoyable.” —Literary Review of Canada

“Satisfyingly violent.” —The Toronto Star

“Bloodletting as philosophical exercise, and not for the faint of heart.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Brutal. Nihilistic. Extreme. Clifford Jackman’s debut, The Winter Family, lit my synapses up like a pinball machine. I joined golden-eyed Augustus Winter and his band of merry sociopaths on their journey through the dying West, civilization squeezing in from every angle—this is a raw, blood-splattered picaresque that I enjoyed immensely. Jackman throws nine kinds of hell at you in this book, unloading with both barrels, and never lets up the intensity.” —Craig Davidson, author of Cataract City


Douglas & McIntyre has acquired North American English rights to writer and musician Christa Couture’s debut nonfiction book, How to Lose Everything, with publication tentatively planned for Fall 2020.

How to Lose Everything is a memoir that connects sorrow, despair, reprieve, and hard-won hope, a frank revealing of the emotional and psychological experiences of motherhood, partnership, and change. Through her son’s heart transplant, his death, his brother’s single day of life, the amputation of her leg as a cure for bone cancer, abortion, divorce, and a move across the country to start over after it all, Christa Couture has come to know every corner of grief — its shifting blurry edges, its traps, its pulse of love at the centre, and its bittersweet truth that resilience is borne of suffering.

Over the years, Christa has been telling her stories in songs. Through four albums and touring Canada and Europe, she has sought further ways to create and connect; to be heard. The songs led to blog posts and story telling and essays and now to this book: finally, one place for the whole, true story. Prairie-raised, Christa spent 17 years in Vancouver and now calls Toronto home. She is also proudly Indigenous (mixed Cree and Scandinavian), queer, and a mom.

The deal was arranged by Stephanie Sinclair.

Welcome Tim Fontaine to Transatlantic

TLA is delighted to welcome Tim Fontaine to the agency.

Tim Fontaine is the Founder, Editor-in-Grand-Chief and Head Writer of the satirical Walking Eagle News which he started as a means of setting his illustrious journalism career on fire and dancing in its ashes. Before becoming a pretend reporter, Fontaine was a real journalist for almost two decades and worked for APTN National News, iChannel, CPAC and CBC Indigenous.A member of the Sagkeeng First Nation in Manitoba, he grew up mainly on the Hollow Water First Nation and in Winnipeg where he currently lives with his partner, investigative journalist Martha Troian. He has two sons.

Tim is represented by Senior Literary Agent Carolyn Forde.

Welcoming Mark Bowden and Tracey Thomson to Transatlantic

A huge Transatlantic welcome to Mark Bowden and Tracey Thomson!
Tracey Thomson is co-author of Globe and Mail Canadian Bestseller TRUTH & LIES What People Are Really Thinking. As co-founder and operator of ground breaking communication training organization TRUTHPLANE®, Tracey advises the world’s top companies and individuals on issues involving communication and body language. Her background in directing and training performers internationally in the psychology of movement, as well as her professional experience analyzing and supplying solutions to the dramas we find ourselves in, gives her unique insights into human behavior and what people are really thinking.
Mark Bowden is the founder of TRUTHPLANE®, his communication training company that offers a unique methodology for anyone who has to communicate with impact to an audience. A world-renowned body-language thought-leader, Mark uses his system of cutting-edge and effective nonverbal communication techniques to instantly help people become more confident, collaborative, and credible in their communication.
Voted the #1 Body Language Professional in the world, Mark Bowden is passionate about giving people the most influential and persuasive communication techniques to stand out, win trust, and gain credibility every time they speak. Mark’s memorable talks and training programs not only educate, but have proven life changing for audiences and clients, who include business leaders and teams from Fortune 500 companies, politicians, and prime ministers of G7 powers. His highly acclaimed TEDx talk and YouTube Channel have reached millions of people.
Mark’s publications are the bestselling books, Winning Body Language — a “how-to guide” to using body language to stand out, win trust, and gain credibility when speaking; Winning Body Language for Sales Professionals; and Tame the Primitive Brain: 28 Ways in 28 Days to Manage the Most Impulsive Behaviors At Work. His latest book, TRUTH & LIES: What People are Really Thinking is a Globe and Mail Canadian bestseller, described by FBI interrogator and counterintelligence agent Joe Navarro as, “a remarkable book…this year’s must-read on body language and human behavior.”
Mark and Tracey are represented by Senior Literary Agent Carolyn Forde.