GIRLS NEED NOT APPLY by Kelly S Thompson Book Launch Party

Kelly S. Thompson is celebrating the launch of her new book, GIRLS NEED NOT APPLY: Field Notes From The Forces (McClelland & Stewart), and invites you to the following events:


Kingston 19 Aug


Toronto 20 Aug


Belleville 21 Aug


Ottawa 22 Aug


Dunedin Literary Festival 14 Sep


Lunenburg Lit Festival 26-28 Sep


Whistler Writers Festival 17-20 Oct


Please come out an show support for this important new book!


Transatlantic is so pleased to welcome Shannon Webb-Campbell to the agency! Shannon is a mixed Indigenous (Mi’kmaq) settler poet, writer, and critic. Her books include: STILL NO WORD (Breakwater 2015), the recipient of Eagle Canada’s Out in Print Award, and I AM A BODY OF LAND (Book*hug 2019). Shannon holds a MFA in Creative Writing from University of British Columbia, a MA in English Literature at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador, and is a PhD student in Creative Writing at the University of New Brunswick. She is the editor of Visual Arts News Magazine.

Shannon is represented by Stephanie Sinclair.

Happy Book Birthday to EMPTY NEST, FULL LIFE by Jill Savage

Empty-nesting can be a disorienting time, but it can also become the best season of your life if you’ll let it. Jill Savage is an empty-nest mom who will guide you through this unpredictable time of life. You’ll learn to let go of mixed emotions and grab hold of your full life here and now. Moody Publishers released the book August 6, 2019.

Jill Savage is an author and speaker who is passionate about encouraging families. She is the author of nine books including Professionalizing Motherhood, My Hearts At Home, Real Moms…Real Jesus, Living With Less So Your Family Has More, and her most recent bestselling release No More Perfect Moms. Featured on Focus on the Family,, and as the host of the Heartbeat radio program, Jill is the founder of Hearts at Home, an organization that encourages moms. Jill and her husband, Mark, have five children, two who are married, two granddaughters, and one grandson. They make their home in Normal, Illinois.

WOLF CALLED WONDER spends eleven weeks on the NYTimes bestseller list

WOLF CALLED WANDER has spent the last eleven weeks in the NYT top ten bestselling children’s books, and we are thrilled to say that today it’s up to #5. If you haven’t yet followed Swift on his epic journey across the western USA, it’s the perfect summer read! Congratulations to Rosanne Parry, illustrator Monica Armino and publishers Greenwillow and Andersen Press. Rosanne is represented by Fiona Kenshole.

Mary Casanova shortlisted for the Midwest Booksellers Award!

Congratulations for Mary Casanova whose gorgeous picture book HUSH HUSH FOREST is a finalist for the Midwest Bookseller’s Choice Awards. This exquisitely illustrated book brings to life Mary’s pitch perfect bedtime storytelling. Congratulations to Mary, illustrator Nick and her publishers University of Minnesota Press and delighted agent Fiona Kenshole.

Welcoming Kristi Charish

Transatlantic Agency is so excited to welcome Kristi Charish to the agency.  Kristi Charish is the author of THE KINCAID STRANGE NOVELS (THE VOODOO KILLINGS, LIPSTICK VOODOO, VOODOO SHANGHAI) a paranormal mystery series about a voodoo practitioner living in Seattle with the ghost of a grunge rocker and THE ADVENTURES OF OWL (OWL AND THE JAPANESE CIRCUS, OWL AND THE CITY OF ANGELS, OWL AND THE ELECTRIC SAMURAI, and OWL AND THE TIGER THIEVES), an adventure fantasy about Ex-archaeology grad student turned international antiquities thief, Alix—better known now as Owl—a modern-day “Indiana Jane” who reluctantly navigates the hidden supernatural world.

Kristi writes what she loves; adventure heavy stories featuring strong, savvy female protagonists, pop culture, and the occasional RPG fantasy game thrown in the mix.

Kristi is also a scientist. She has a BSc and MSc from Simon Fraser University in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry and a PhD in Zoology from the University of British Columbia. She specializes in genetics, cell biology, and molecular biology. You can find Kristi with her laptop on Vancouver film sets, getting paid to write while filling in the background.

Kristi is represented by senior literary agent Carolyn Forde.


Lee Maracle Shortlisted for the 2020 Neustadt International Prize for Literature 

Massive congrats to Lee Maracle, who has been shortlisted for the 2020 Neustadt International Prize for Literature for CELIA’S SONG, which was published in 2014 by Cormorant Books. This prestigious prize recognizes significant contributions to world literature and has a history as a lead-up to the Nobel Prize in Literature. Nine Neustadt jurors, all creative writers, chose the finalists, and they will meet to choose the winner at the 2019 Neustadt Lit Fest, scheduled for Oct. 15-17, hosted by World Literature Today and the University of Oklahoma. The winner will be announced on Oct. 16.


Celia’s Song is the story of one Nuu’Chahlnuth family’s harrowing experiences over several generations, after the brutality, interference, and neglect resulting from contact with Europeans. Mink is a witness, a shape shifter, compelled to follow the story that has ensnared Celia and her village, on the West coast of Vancouver Island in Nuu’Chahlnuth territory. Celia is a seer who — despite being convinced she’s a little “off” — must heal her village with the assistance of her sister, her mother and father, and her nephews.

While mink is visiting, a double-headed sea serpent falls off the house front during a fierce storm. The old snake, ostracized from the village decades earlier, has left his terrible influence on Amos, a residential school survivor. The occurrence signals the unfolding of an ordeal that pulls Celia out of her reveries and into the tragedy of her cousin’s granddaughter.

Each one of Celia’s family becomes involved in creating a greater solution than merely attending to her cousin’s granddaughter.

Lee Maracle is a Sto:Loh nation; grandmother of four, mother of four who was born in North Vancouver, BC. Her works include: the novelsRavensong, Bobbi Lee, Sundogs, the short story collection Sojourner’s Truth, the poetry collection Bentbox, and the non-fiction work I Am Woman. She is Co-editor of My Home As I Remember and Telling It: Women and Language Across Cultures, editor of a number of poetry works, Gatherings journals and has published in dozens of anthologies in Canada and America. Ms. Maracle is a both an award winning author and teacher. She is currently Mentor for Aboriginal Students at the University of Toronto where she also is a teacher and the Traditional Cultural Director for the Indigenous Theatre School, where she is a part-time cultural instructor.


Congratulations to Sharon Bala, who has won the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction for THE BOAT PEOPLE (McClelland and Stewart)! This annual award was established in 2011 on the 50th anniversary of the publication of To Kill a Mockingbird and is given to a novel that highlights the role of lawyers in society and their power to effect change.

Globe and Mail bestseller and part of Canada Reads 2018, THE BOAT PEOPLE is an extraordinary novel about a group of refugees who survive a perilous ocean voyage only to face the threat of deportation amid accusations of terrorism. Told through the alternating perspectives of Sri Lankan refugee Mahindan; his lawyer Priya, who reluctantly represents the migrants; and Grace, a third generation Japanese-Canadian adjudicator who must decide Mahindan’s fate, THE BOAT PEOPLE is a high-stakes novel that offers a deeply compassionate lens through which to view the current refugee crisis.

Sharon Bala is a three-time recipient of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Arts and Letters award and has had her stories widely published. THE BOAT PEOPLE is her debut novel. She was born in Dubai, raised in the GTA, and lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland with her husband.

See this ABA Journal article for more information:


Canadian English-language rights for Trina Moyles’ EYES IN THE SKY: LOVE, LOSS, SOLITUDE, AND SEARCHING FOR WILDFIRES IN THE BOREAL FOREST to Amanda Betts at Random House Canada for publication in Spring 2021. Alone at her fly-in station, with her beloved dog, Holly, Moyles endures the rigours of daily survival and extreme isolation, contemplating the love she had recently lost, loneliness, the terror and beauty of nature, and the advancing threat of climate change and ecological crisis. Part memoir, part adventure story, and part environmental cris de coeur, fans of Annie Dillard, Cheryl Strayed, and Rebecca Solnit, will love EYES IN THE SKY. The deal was arranged by Senior Literary Agent Marilyn Biderman.

Welcoming Amy Spurway

We’re thrilled to extend a warm Transatlantic welcome to Amy Spurway, whose debut novel CROW was published by Goose Lane Editions this spring, and has already attracted loads of enthusiastic critical attention, as well as some spectacular endorsements.

“This darkly funny novel’s language is outrageous and irreverent. It spits and crackles like a barn on fire…Spurway’s writing has the deftness of someone juggling hot coals without getting burned.” —Cecily Ross, The Literary Review of Canada

“Amy Spurway catches perfectly the enigma that is Cape Breton Island. Her cast of divine lunatics, pogey-scammers, gossips, and big-hearted rebels, revealed through Spurway’s lively and lucid prose, proves that Cape Breton is still the thought control centre of Canada.” —Wayne Grady, author of Up from Freedom and Emancipation Day

“Crow delighted me and amazed me the further I read, with its freshness, its daring, its refusal to conform (and the projectile vomiting).” —Kerry Clare, Pickle Me This

“Crow is ribald, blunt, accessible, and immediately likeable, tumours and all…You know how people say, ‘You’ll laugh, you’ll cry’? You will. And you will.” —Quill & Quire

Welcome, Amy! We can’t wait for your next book! Amy is represented by Senior Literary Agent Marilyn Biderman.