DEAL NEWS: Canada English rights to Harriet Alida Lye’s NATURAL KILLER – an intimate and gripping memoir examining the interconnectedness of life and death, what it means for your body to turn against itself, self-destructing from within; and how to reconcile that with the magical banality of creating a life; with the searing honesty of A Life’s Work by Rachel Cusk and lyricism of On Immunity by Eula Biss, weaving in source material from the year the author lived in the hospital, this memoir is told in narrative, snapshots, and raw observations turned inward and out – to Jared Bland at McClelland & Stewart for Spring 2020 by Stephanie Sinclair.
Meg Mahoney is a Pediatric Intensive Care doctor in Calgary, Alberta, where she lives with her husband and three children. An avid reader and writer of stories, Meg’s writing was pushed aside as she completed medical school, residency and fellowship. As she began to see her children swept away by the same words, poetry and imagination that had captivated her, she rediscovered her passion for writing. Meg is a member of SCBWI and CANSCAIP and is currently working on her debut middle grade novel.
Meg is represented by Elizabeth Bennett.
EBB & FLOW by Heather Smith (Kids Can Press, 2018) was longlisted for the Winterset Award, which celebrates excellence in Newfoundland and Labrador writing. The award is given in honour of the memory of Sandra Fraser Gwyn, the St. John’s-born social historian, prize-winning author, and passionate promoter of Newfoundland and Labrador arts. Her husband, journalist and author Richard Gwyn established the award in 2000, which is managed by ArtsNL.
Written in free verse, EBB & FLOW tells the poignant story of Jett, who is spending the summer with his unconventional grandmother after a year where his father went to jail and he started a new school have him caught in a cycle of poor decisions that culminated in the betrayal of a friend. EBB & FLOW was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award last fall, and is on the Silver Birch list.
Heather Smith is also the author of two young adult novels, Baygirl and The Agony of Bun O’Keefe, and two picture books. Originally from Newfoundland, she now lives in Waterloo, Ontario.
Please visit the ArtsNL website for the full list and more information about the award: www.nlac.ca/news
By turns biting, funny, poetic, and heartbreaking, Megan Gail Coles’ debut novel rips into the inner lives of a wicked cast of characters, building towards a climax that will shred perceptions and force a reckoning. This is blistering Newfoundland Gothic for the twenty-first century, a wholly original, bracing, and timely portrait of a place in the throes of enormous change, where two women confront the traumas of their past in an attempt to overcome the present and to pick up a future.
MEGAN GAIL COLES is a graduate of the Memorial University of Newfoundland and the National Theatre School of Canada and is completing an MFA at the University of British Columbia. She has completed numerous plays, and her first fiction collection of short stories, Eating Habits of the Chronically Lonesome, won the BMO Winterset Award, the ReLit Award, and the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award and earned her the one-time Writers’ Trust 5×5 prize. Small Game Hunting at the Local Coward Gun Club is her first novel. Originally from Savage Cove on the Great Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland, Megan now resides in St. John’s, where she is the Executive Director of Riddle Fence and Projects Manager at Eastern Edge Gallery.
“Small Game Hunting is a singular, beautiful, burning story — not only a piercing page-turner but a sharp and essential portrait of an island and its people in our times that will draw you in and then pull you under. It is an ocean of a book. Not to be missed.”
— Elisabeth de Mariaffi, author of Hysteria
“No mistake, Megan Gail Coles is a driven, consequential writer who plays for keeps. Her seemingly off-the-cuff voice is controlled and quite intricate, and commands revisiting. Small Game Hunting at the Local Coward Gun Club is as important a novel as any that’s hit Canadian literature in years.”
— Joel Thomas Hynes, author of We’ll All Be Burnt in Our Beds Some Night
“Each character is rendered with such stunning details and unflinching insights that you can’t leave this novel’s pages without being changed. To read Megan Gail Coles’s masterful debut is to become obsessed with it.”
— Alicia Elliott, author of A Mind Spread Out on the Ground
World English rights to Chantal Braganza’s GUARDIAN FLESH – a collection broaching race, ethnicity and identity in motherhood offering readers a new way to think about how we build our sense of self, our sense of family and our sense of belonging – to Haley Cullingham at Strange Light for Fall 2020 by Stephanie Sinclair.
We’re sharing six exciting foreign rights deals by Stephanie Sinclair in association with our wonderful co-agents on behalf of Page Two Strategies!
Polish rights to EQ APPLIED by Justin Bariso to Rebis by Literatura Agency; Spanish rights to Sirio by The Foreign Office; Korean rights to Green Light by the BC Agency. Previous rights sold, Vahlen, at auction, in Germany by The Liepman Agency; United Creadion, at auction, in mainland China and China Times, at auction, in Taiwan by The Grayhawk Agency; Russia, Bombora Books, Eksmo Non-Fiction; Czech, Metfora by the Kristin Olson Literary Agency; Vietnam, 1980 Books Ltd.
Spanish rights to EXACTLY WHAT TO SAY by Phil M. Jones to Ediciones Urano by The Foreign Office. Previous rights sold, Simplified Chinese to China Youth Book by the Grayhawk Agency; Korean rights to The Wings of Thinking Publishing Co by the Greenbook Literary Agency and Japanese rights to Pan Rolling by Japan Uni Agency; Vietnamese, Saigon Books; Arabic, Jarir Books; Taiwanese, Domain Publishing; Romanian, California Fitness Romania.
About the award: “The Evergreen Award reading program is comprised of the best titles in Canadian fiction and non-fiction for adults of any age. It is one of seven programs that form the OLA’s Forest of Reading, Canada’s largest recreational reading program of its kind. Over 250,000 Canadians participate each year in the Forest of Reading.”
The winner will be announced during Ontario Public Library Week in October.
For more information and a full list of nominees, please www.accessola.org/OLA/EvergreenNominees2019.
Samantha Haywood, President of Transatlantic Agency is pleased to announce that Brenna English-Loeb has joined Transatlantic Agency as Assistant Agent. Brenna will be working closely with Samantha Haywood, Amy Tompkins and other senior agents with whom she will be coagenting new author clients of both adult fiction, nonfiction and YA. (See below for further details on her mandates.) Based in New York, Brenna began her publishing career as an intern with Writers House, before working for several years at Janklow & Nesbit Associates.
Says Haywood, “I am absolutely delighted to have Brenna join the agency as we continue to grow and develop our adult and YA list of exciting American author clients.”
Says English-Loeb, “After four great years at Janklow & Nesbit, I’m so excited to join Transatlantic where I’ll be taking on new challenges and growing my list with the help and expertise of Samantha Haywood and her innovative team. The collaborative, forward-thinking mindset at Transatlantic is the ideal setting for any agent, and I’m thrilled to be a part of it as I work to support and promote my clients.”
Raised on an eclectic blend of Jane Austen, Terry Pratchett and Ursula K Le Guin, Brenna has always gravitated to unique stories with a strong point of view. She is specifically looking for works of YA and adult science fiction, fantasy, and suspense, as well as some adult literary fiction. She loves space operas, myth and fairy tale retellings, survival stories, epistolary novels, and heists. She also has a soft spot for stories that blend multiple genres and for works by and about underrepresented groups and identities. For nonfiction, Brenna is looking for serious, groundbreaking sociological work that holds our culture up to the magnifying glass. She also loves accounts of historical events and people that deserve to be better known, as well as unusual and influential object histories. Brenna can now be reached at: email@example.com.
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).
The Ontario Library Association Best Bets List 2019 is out. This honors the best new Canadian books and we’re proud that several Transatlantic authors are on it!
In Picture Books the list features Maureen Fergus‘s THE REPTILE CLUB (Kids Can Press) and Heather Smith‘s ANGUS ALL AGLOW, and in Junior Fiction there’s both Rachelle Delaney‘s CLARA VOYANT and Cary Fagan‘s THE HOLLOW UNDER THE TREE.
Sarah Hampson and Kass Reich‘s DR. COO AND THE PIGEON PROTEST (Kid’s Can Press) was recognized as an honorable mention in Picture Books.
Congratulations all! To see the full list, please visit this site: