Robin Richardson’s SIT HOW YOU WANT wins the Trillium Book Award for Poetry

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.

Cary Fagan’s THE STUDENT longlisted for 2019 Toronto 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.

DEAL NEWS: Amber McMillan’s THE RUNNING TREES

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.

Cary Fagan’s MORT ZIFF IS NOT DEAD wins the Joan Betty Stuchner Oy Vey! Funniest Children’s Book Award!

Cary Fagan is the last one laughing after winning the 2019 Joan Betty Stuchner Oy Vey! Funniest Children’s Book Award for his middle-grade novel, MORT ZIFF IS NOT DEAD (Puffin Children’s Books Canada) – congrats, Cary.

The congratulations continue for Rachelle Delaney, whose middle-grade novel CLARA VOYANT (Puffin Children’s Books Canada) has been named a giggle-inducing honour book.

For more information and full list of the hilarious winners and nominees, please visit www.joanbettystuchneraward.org/news.

Transatlantic Agency announces international representation for Page Two Books

Transatlantic Agency is pleased to announce that Senior Literary Agent Stephanie Sinclair is representing award-winning publisher Page Two Books for international rights outside of the English language, along with selected audio rights and with Transatlantic’s Rob Firing for selected speakers’ representation. Since initiating the program with Page Two in Spring 2018, Sinclair has reported over 65 rights deals in 22 territories. Says Sinclair, “I’m tremendously excited and proud to be working on the Page Two list. These titles are relevant, highly readable and received well internationally. It’s a privilege to be working with Jesse and Trena in this capacity.”

With the growing success of Page Two, which has launched a diverse list of books in over five years, including Wall Street Journal and Globe and Mail bestsellers and national and international award nominees, co-founders Trena White and Jesse Finkelstein have taken a step back from their secondary roles as literary agents at Transatlantic to concentrate on their growing firm. They are looking forward to collaborating with Transatlantic on a number of programs that will benefit their clients. “Samantha Haywood, Stephanie Sinclair, and the other agents at Transatlantic are talented and forward-thinking publishing professionals,” says Trena White. “We’re grateful for the opportunity to grow this alliance and take it in new directions over time.”

Says Samantha Haywood, President of Transatlantic, “This is an alliance that aims to complement and strengthen the other’s publishing model. We are longstanding colleagues with a shared vision for excellence and innovation in publishing, and we’re excited to see what the future holds.”

Specializing in non-fiction, Page Two develops tailor-made publishing strategies for subject-matter experts, thought leaders, and innovators, applying the highest standards throughout. They turn experts into authors, help organizations produce beautiful publications, and position books for real-world success. Page Two books are distributed by Raincoast Books in Canada and Publishers Group West, a division of Ingram, in the United States and the rest of the world. From international bestsellers like Michael Bungay Stanier’s The Coaching Habit (now at more than 500,000 copies sold) to community-building publications for organizations like the Mastercard Foundation, their team has collectively published thousands of game-changing books.

Founded 25 years ago, 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 non-fiction of all types and for all ages. Transatlantic is recognized in the industry for integrity, passion and commitment throughout an author’s career. With 14 agents located across North America, including New York, Boston, Portland and Toronto, Transatlantic is a vibrant collective of tenacious, independent professionals with diverse backgrounds and specialties. The agency represents more than 700 clients, who make regular appearances on notable bestseller lists and have won major awards such as the Newbery Medal (US) and the Giller Prize (Canada).

Welcoming Chelene Knight!

We’re beyond thrilled to welcome award-winning author Chelene Knight to Transatlantic Agency!

Knight is the author of the poetry collection Braided Skin and the memoir Dear Current Occupant, winner of the 2018 Vancouver Book Award, and long-listed for the George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature. Her essays have appeared in multiple Canadian and American literary journals, plus The Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star. Her work is anthologized in Making Room, Love Me True, Sustenance, The Summer Book, and Black Writers Matter.

The Toronto Star called Knight, “one of the storytellers we need most right now.” In addition to her work as a writer, Knight is managing editor at Room, programming director for the Growing Room Festival, and CEO of #LearnWritingEssentials. She often gives talks about home, belonging and belief, inclusivity, and community building through authentic storytelling.

Knight is currently working on Junie, a novel set in Vancouver’s Hogan’s Alley, forthcoming with Book*hug. She was selected as a 2019 Writers’ Trust Rising Star by David Chariandy.

Knight is represented by Samantha Haywood.

DEAL NEWS: Emily Urquhart’s ORDINARY WONDER TALES

World English rights to multi-award nominated author Emily Urquhart‘s ORDINARY WONDER TALES: Essays on Belief, a collection of 13 essays that weave personal narratives into larger explorations of belief, ranging from religious convictions to fairy and ghost encounters to the perceptions we hold of women’s creative ambition, sold to Dan Wells at Biblioasis for 2021/2022 publication by Samantha Haywood.

Ivy Knight shortlisted for this year’s Landsberg Award

Congratulations to Ivy Knight, who, along with co-journalist Ann Hui, has been shortlisted for this year’s Landsberg Award! This annual award celebrates a journalist who provides greater profile to women’s equality issues. Ivy and Ann are nominated for their six month investigation for the Globe & Mail into allegations of sexual misconduct by the winemaker Norman Hardie.

From jury member Rachel Giese: ”This year’s submissions revealed a tremendous depth and breadth of reporting on issues of gender equality from journalists working in every type of media and format and representing a span of generations. Their work was sharp, serious, poignant and fearless.”

The winner will be announced at the annual CJF Awards on June 13 in Toronto at the Fairmont Royal York. For more information about the award and a full list of nominees, please visit cjf-fjc.ca/awards/landsberg-award.

Eric Walters’ THE ELEPHANT SECRET shortlisted for this year’s Sunshine State Young Readers Award Program!

Congratulations to Eric WaltersELEPHANT SECRET (Clarion), which has been shortlisted for this year’s Sunshine State Young Readers Award (SSYRA) Program!

The SSYRA is a statewide reading motivational program and the Sunshine State books are selected for their wide appeal, literary value, varied genres, curriculum connections, and/or multicultural representation.

For more information about the award and a full list of shortlisted titles, please visit www.floridamediaed.org/ssyra.

DEAL NEWS: Michelle Parise‘s ALONE: A Love Story

World rights to Michelle Parise‘s ALONE: A Love Story – the inspiration for her hit international podcast (with over 7 million listeners and counting), which tells her life story and is a love story that is not afraid to unpack breakup and infidelity and how utterly devastating and endless its recovery can be; with empowering honesty, Michelle takes the reader on her winding journey from lust to heartbreak, through loneliness and despair, to eventually finding the courage to face the question mark of life, alone – sold to Kathryn Lane, Dundurn by Samantha Haywood. Film/TV rights previously sold to Sienna Films. Contact: Samantha Haywood, samantha@transatlanticagency.com.