DEAL NEWS: Helen Epstein’s THE LONG HALF-LIVES OF LOVE

World English audio rights to award-winning author Helen Epstein’s astounding memoir, THE LONG HALF-LIVES OF LOVE, the story begins with the author, in mid-life, deciding to revisit her adolescent love, Robbie, and, as the daughter of Czech refugees from communism, she embarks on a journey to piece her story together, helping Epstein understand and come to terms with her intimate history, sold to Rena Ayer at Audible in a deal by Samantha Haywood.

Welcoming award-winning author Shashi Bhat

We’re thrilled to welcome award-winning writer Shashi Bhat to Transatlantic!
 
Shashi’s fiction has appeared in The Malahat Review, The New Quarterly, The Dalhousie Review, Grain, PRISM international, Best Canadian Stories 2018, Journey Prize Stories 24 & 30, and other publications. She was the winner of the 2018 Journey Prize, and a 2018 National Magazine Award finalist for fiction. In 2010, she was a finalist for the Bronwen Wallace Award. Her debut novel, The Family Took Shape (Cormorant, 2013), was a finalist for the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award. Shashi holds an MFA in fiction from The Johns Hopkins University. She is the editor-in-chief of EVENT Magazine and teaches creative writing at Douglas College.
 
Shashi is working on a novel-in-stories called The Most Precious Substance on Earth, following a 14-year-old who has a traumatic experience at her high school and then grows up to become a high school teacher. The work examines the subtle ways in which women are conditioned and silenced, and the influence teachers have over the young people in their classrooms. These themes are intertwined with racial dynamics and set against a changing technological and sociopolitical backdrop.
 
Shashi is represented by Stephanie Sinclair.

Happy Book Birthday to Rachel Poliquin’s BEAVERS

Happy book birthday to BEAVERS: The Superpower Field Guide, by Rachel Poliquin and illustrated by Nicholas John Frith, out today from HMH Books for Young Readers!

BEAVERS, the first book in the new middle-grade nonfiction SUPERHERO FIELD GUIDE series by Rachel Poliquin and award-winning illustrator Nicholas John Frith, is a delightfully informative, laugh-out-loud full-color look at the most unsuspecting of animal heroes, perfect for readers who like their facts served with a large dose of humor.

Rachel Poliquin is a writer engaged in all things orderly and disorderly in the natural world. With a cross-disciplinary background in visual arts, cultural history and natural history, she holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of British Columbia and a Post-Doctoral Degree in History from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Poliquin is the author of the SUPERPOWER FIELD GUIDE series, and has also written for Science Friday, The Believer Magazine, and The New York Times.

Pre-publication praise:

“Eager beavers who likewise find these redoubtable rodents ‘utterly gobsmackable!’ will find a chewy array of print and web resources to sink their teeth into at the end.”
– Booklist, STARRED review

“Well worth the purchase.”
– Kirkus Reviews

“Clear and friendly.”
– School Library Journal

Brie Larson to star in Charlie Kaufman’s Netflix adaptation of Iain Reid’s I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS

BREAKING NEWS: We’re in casting heaven following the news that Oscar-winning actress Brie Larson will star in Charlie Kaufman’s Netflix adaptation of Iain Reid‘s international bestseller I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS!

Kaufman is also producing with Likely Story’s Anthony Bregman and Stefanie Azpiazu with Reid set to co-produce.

We can’t wait to see the rest of the cast come together!

Click for more: Deadline.com/brie-larson-charlie-kaufman-im-thinking-of-ending-things

DEAL NEWS: Invent-a-Pet by Vicky Fang, illustrated by Tidawan Thaipinnarong

Eliza Berkowitz at Sterling Children’s Books has acquired world rights to Invent-a-Pet by Vicky Fang (l.), illustrated by Tidawan Thaipinnarong. Pitched as Dear Zoo meets Ada Twist, Scientist, the STEM-based picture book introduces basic coding concepts as a girl programs a mysterious machine in a quest to develop the perfect pet. Publication is set for spring 2020; Rachael Stein will edit. Elizabeth Bennett represented the author.

Welcoming new client Alessandra Naccarato!

We’re welcoming author Alessandra Naccarato to Transatlantic today!

Alessandra is a writer based between Salt Spring Island, BC and Toronto, Ontario. She is the recipient of the 2017 CBC Poetry Prize and the 2015 Bronwen Wallace Award in poetry from the Writer’s Trust of Canada, runner-up for Event Magazine’s Creative Non-Fiction Prize, and two-time finalist the Edna Steabler Personal Essay Prize and Arc Magazine’s Poem of Year, as well as The Constance Rooke Creative Non-Fiction Prize, among other recognitions. Alessandra holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia, and her poetry and non-fiction have appeared in literary magazines across Canada, including Room Magazine, EVENT, The New Quarterly, CV2, ARC Poetry Magazine, and elsewhere. She is the managing editor of Write Bloody North Publications, a newly released imprint of Write Bloody Publications (Los Angeles). Her debut poetry collection, Re-Origin of Species, is forthcoming with Book*hug Press in September 2019.

Alessandra’s non-fiction debut, RESTING PAIN FACE, is a collection of personal essays that explore chronic pain, gender, and the twisting road of recovery. With lyricism and wit, this book maps the landscape of her journey: from the first stranger to tell her to smile, to her numb face in a neurologist’s office two decades later, querying the impact of intergenerational trauma, medical doubt, and community care.

Alessandra is represented by Stephanie Sinclair.

Welcoming Liz Anelli

Welcome Liz Anelli, award-winning illustrator! Liz delights in complex scenes and is well known for her large scale illustrated city maps and murals.

Her illustrations for children’s books have been extensively recognized – In 2018 Ten Pound Pom won The EPA Educational Picture Book of the Year and was shortlisted for CBCA Picture Book for the Year.

Desert Lake won the Scholastic Australia Standing Orders Librarians’ Choice Award 2016 and in 2017 was a Notable Book in the CBCA Book of the Year Awards in two categories, shortlisted for Educational Publishing Awards, NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, NSW Premier’s Young People’s History Award, Speech Pathology Awards and the Environment Award for Children’s Literature 2017. Other picture books are Howzat!, Grace and Katie and Maddie’s First Day with Dry to Dry and The Biscuit Maker scheduled for 2020. See more of her work at Lizanelli-illustration.com.

Happy book birthday to Cindy Stulberg and Ron Frey’s FEELING BETTER

Happy book birthday to Cindy Stulberg and Ron Frey‘s FEELING BETTER: Beat Depression and Improve Your Relationships with Interpersonal Psychotherapy, which published yesterday with New World Library!

This is the first-ever book to put the research-proven technique of Interpersonal Psychotherapy, IPT, into the hands of the general public, teaching readers skills and tools that will allow you to set and achieve goals, articulate feelings, and make constructive decisions.

Cindy Stulberg, DCS, CPsych, is a psychologist, teacher, wife, mother, mother-in-law, and grandmother. With Dr. Ronald Frey, Cindy cofounded the Institute for Interpersonal Psychotherapy, which trains, supervises, and certifies mental health clinicians in interpersonal psychotherapy. She lives in Ontario.

Ron Frey, PhD, CPsych, is a former acting chief psychologist for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and a registered forensic and clinical psychologist. He lives in Quebec.

Pre-publication praise:

“The authors share a 12-week program based on Interpersonal Psychotherapy to help readers in virtually every life situation, from ‘consciously uncoupling,’ to coping with loss and dealing with addiction”
Spirituality & Healthy‘s list of 100 must-have books in 2018

“The encouraging, clear voice of the book empowers its readers, and the practical elements make real change seem possible. . . . Feeling Better unlocks the power of community and relationships for health and wholeness.”
— Foreword

“Building on the fundamental truth that our closest relationships are central to our happiness, Feeling Better is an indispensable guide to overcoming depression by changing ineffective patterns of relating. This accessible, evidence-based treatment program, rooted in interpersonal psychotherapy, provides highly effective tools with which to change your relationships, your mood, and your life.”
— Matthew McKay, PhD, coauthor of Thoughts & Feelings and Self-Esteem

“Finally, a book that makes interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) accessible to everyone. The effectiveness of IPT has been rigorously demonstrated by clinical research and should be more widely available to individuals struggling with depression and other mental health issues. It also makes sense that the quality of our relationships is central to our mental health. Feeling Better could be used for self-help or in combination with treatment by a qualified therapist. If you want to feel better, read this book!”
— Dr. Allan B. Steingart, founder and CEO of Psychotherapy Matters and assistant professor of psychiatry, University of Toronto

“The title says it all. I love this proactive approach to mental health. I can see it giving people a sense of empowerment over their depression, which goes a long way, in my experience! I’m a fan of this book because (a) it gives validating encouragement and simple, proactive steps toward positive change; and (b) it’s cheaper than pills.”
— Jessica Holmes, comedian, member of Air Farce, and author of Depression: The Comedy

Transatlantic Agency announces the retirement of Partner, Marie Campbell

Senior Agent and Partner, Marie Campbell is retiring from her career in agenting. Marie joined the Transatlantic 15 years ago in 2003 and played a pivotal role in the growth and success of the agency’s Children’s & YA Division. She has agreed to remain on as an advisor to the agency. Her former clients, including Teresa Toten, Eric Walters, Caroline Pignat and Kit Pearson, have received awards recognition from every part of Canada, including the Governor General’s Literary Award and the Canadian Library Association’s Book of the Year Award. A former editor, in-house rights manager, and instructor at Ryerson University’s Publishing Program, she has worked in publishing for over 30 years.

Says Haywood, “Marie Campbell’s expertise, passion, dedication and great friendship to Transatlantic Agency will be deeply missed. We have grown so much from her investment in our clients and colleagues. We wish her happiness and success in her new pursuits.”

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 15 agents, half adult publishing/half children’s publishing, located across North America, with US agents in New York, Boston, 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. Representing 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).

Please note, Marie’s Transatlantic email address will remain active through 2019.

For more information contact: Samantha Haywood at samantha@transatlanticagency.com.

DEAL NEWS: Bernice Friesen’s ISLAND UNIVERSE

Canadian rights to Bernice Friesen‘s ISLAND UNIVERSE – the story of Charlie – a brilliant but failed astrophysicist, a sometimes stalker, and a mental ward runaway – When a phone number he hasn’t seen in a decade, belonging to a woman he assumed dead, suddenly appears on his call display, Charlie is triggered into a downward spiral stalking the streets of Montreal in search of a lost love – to Freehand Books​ for publication in Fall 2020 by Stephanie Sinclair.