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: http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/debut-author-wins-2019-harper-lee-prize-for-legal-fiction-with-immigrants-story
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.
We are very proud to announce new Transatlantic client, Kai Cheng Thom!
Kai Cheng Thom is a writer, performer, lasagna lover, and wicked witch. Her work includes From the Stars in the Sky to the Fish in the Sea, a children’s picture book; Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars: A Dangerous Trans Girl’s Confabulous Memoir, a novel; a place called No Homeland, a book of poetry; and I Hope We Chose Love: A Trans Girl’s Notes from the End of the World, a forthcoming collection of essays and poetry.
Kai is a rising star whose writing continues to garner accolades. She won the 2017 Dayne Ogilvie Prize for Emerging LGBTQ Writers and was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Prize both in 2016 for Transgender Fiction and in 2017 for Transgender Poetry. In 2019, actress Emma Watson chose Fierce Femmes as the March/April pick for the international feminist book club, Our Shared Shelf.
Kai performs at festivals, theatres, and poetry slams and has appeared at the Blue Metropolis Festival, the Canadian Festival of Spoken Words, and Toronto’s Buddies in Bad Times Theatre where she performed her solo theatre show, “Swallowing Chains”.
Most recently, Kai added “advice columnist” to her repertoire with her new column for Xtra, “Ask Kai: Advice for the Apocalypse”. Kai Cheng Thom lives in Toronto.
Kai is jointly represented by Léonicka Valcius and Marilyn Biderman.
Film and television rights for Scotiabank Giller Prize-winner Linden MacIntyre’s forthcoming nonfiction, The Wake: The Deadly Legacy of a Newfoundland Tsunami (August 2019, HarperCollins Canada) have been granted to John Walker Productions. John Walker is one of Canada’s most prolific and respected documentary filmmakers. His films have appeared at major international film festivals in Toronto, Vancouver, New York, Los Angeles, Berlin, London and Tokyo.
The Wake recounts the harrowing tale of the giant tsunami that struck Newfoundland’s Burin Peninsula in 1929. The most destructive earthquake-related event in Newfoundland’s history, the disaster killed twenty-eight people and left hundreds more homeless or destitute. It forever changed the lives of the inhabitants of the fishing outports along that coast, and marked the beginning of its commercial mining endeavours. The deal was negotiated by Shaun Bradley of the Transatlantic Agency.
Congratulations to Joanne Bishof, whose title SONS OF BLACKBIRD MOUNTAIN is awarded INSPY’s 2019 historical novel of the year.
“Sons of Blackbird Mountain is a thoroughly breathtaking novel. Bischof’s writing style is achingly beautiful and utterly immersive, [with] a lyrical quality that is quietly profound. Carefully detailed, descriptive, insightful, and moving, this remarkable story is certainly one to be savored.” ~ INSPY Award Judges.
SONS OF BLACKBIRD MOUNTAIN is the first of a two book set published by Thomas Nelson, an imprint of Harper Collins. The follow up title, DAUGHTERS OF NORTHERN SHORES released in March, 2019.
Joanne is also a Christy and Carol Award-winner, known for beautifully layered and emotionally moving stories about the human condition that stir questions of faith and inspire hope.
We are honored to represent Joanne and are looking forward to watching her body of work — and her list of awards and accolades continue to grow.
Posted by Sandra Bishop
Belated congratulations to client Robin Richardson who took home the Trillium Book Award for Poetry for her work SIT HOW YOU WANT. The Toronto Star says Richardson, “wields an arsenal of striking turns of phrase in her volcanic third collection of poetry.”
This annual award was established to recognize excellence and increase public awareness of the quality and diversity of Ontario writers and writing.
Read more about this year’s winners here: www.thestar.com/entertainment/dionne-brand-robin-richardson-win-ontarios-trillium-book-awards.
Congratulations to Cary Fagan, whose novel THE STUDENT (Freehand Books) has been longlisted for the 2019 Toronto Book Awards! The Toronto Book Awards celebrate fiction and nonfiction that are somehow evocative of Toronto. THE STUDENT is a compassionate and compelling work of fiction that brings together two pivotal times in history. With its innovative structure, masterful prose, and intelligently crafted characters, this book illustrates how we are shaped by – and can eventually overcome – the constraints of the times we occupy.
The Toronto Book Awards partner with Diaspora Dialogues to provide a full day of finalist readings and discussions at Word on the Street at Harbourfront Centre on September 22. An additional finalist reading will be featured as part of the City’s Cultural Hotspot at Albion Library on September 25, and the award winner will be announced at the Bram and Bluma Appel Salon at the Toronto Reference Library on October 2.
Cary Fagan is the author of six novels and three story collections for adults, as well as many award-winning books for children. His books include A Bird’s Eye (finalist for the Rogers Trust Fiction Prize, an Amazon.ca Best Book of the Year) and the story collection My Life Among the Apes (longlisted for the Giller Prize, Amazon.ca Best 100 Books of 2013). Cary was born and raised in Toronto, where he lives with his family.
Visit the link for more info, Toronto.ca/toronto-book-awards.
Goose Lane Editions’s Bethany Gibson has acquired world rights to Amber McMillan‘s debut short story collection, THE RUNNING TREES. Amber McMillan is the author of The Woods: A Year on Protection Island, a memoir; and We Can’t Ever Do This Again, a book of poetry. THE RUNNING TREES asks what constitutes truth, opinion, and fact, tapping into the current zeitgeist of email, texting, and social media, and examines the murky terrain of feeling and memory. Publication is scheduled for 2021. The deal was arranged by Stephanie Sinclair.