Becky Blake and Joshua Whitehead selected for 2019 RBC Taylor Prize mentorship program

It’s a thrill to see both Becky Blake and Joshua Whitehead selected for this year’s RBC Taylor Prize mentorship program, two of the five authors on this year’s roster!

Following a hugely successful launch last year, the program returns this year with the continued goal of developing the careers of the top emerging voices in literary non-fiction.

Becky Blake and Joshua Whitehead have been paired with 2019 RBC Taylor Prize finalists Elizabeth Hay and Ian Hampton, respectively.

Congratulations to you both!

More information about this year’s honourees, please visit CBC.ca/books/5-writers-selected-for-rbc-taylor-prize-mentorship-program.

 

 

Welcoming Carlyn Zwarenstein

We are thrilled to welcome Carlyn Zwarenstein, a writer with an astonishing ability to write truly luminous prose, to Transatlantic Agency.

A freelance journalist who writes about medicine, literature, poverty, travel, and mental states, Carlyn has contributed to the Washington Post, The Globe and Mail, the Guardian, the Walrus, Canadian Geographic, and others. Her first book, Opium Eater: the New Confessions, is an intense, novella-length meditation on opioids and pain. It combines a lyrical look at opioids in literature with rigorous science journalism, a provocative analysis of how the medical system and public policies fail people with addiction and people with pain, and a darkly funny memoir that takes readers through visceral experiences of pain and its relief with opioids. Opium Eater, published modestly by a micro-press, was named a best book of 2016 by The Globe and Mail. Carlyn is expanding that book into a full-length exploration of pain, opioid use and dependence, the current overdose and addiction crises, and why people use drugs. Welcome, Carlyn!

Carlyn is represented by Marilyn Biderman.

Welcoming author Charlotte Gill

We’re welcoming award-winning author Charlotte Gill to Transatlantic!

Charlotte is the author of Eating Dirt, a tree-planting memoir nominated for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize, the Charles Taylor Prize, and two B.C. Book Prizes. It was the 2012 winner of the B.C. National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction. Her previous book, Ladykiller, was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award and winner of the B.C. Book Prize for fiction. Her work has appeared in Best Canadian Stories, The Journey Prize Stories, and many magazines. She is currently faculty in creative writing at UBC and in the Creative Nonfiction program at King’s College. She lives on the Sunshine Coast of B.C.

Her incredible new novel THE ENLIGHTENMENT is the story of a young woman’s journey to an ashram in India, a quest for self-discovery that goes terribly but illuminatingly awry. Available for consideration shortly (world/TV film).

Charlotte is represented by Samantha Haywood, samantha@transatlanticagency.com.

Carolyn Forde joins Transatlantic Agency as Senior Agent

Samantha Haywood, President of Transatlantic Agency is pleased to announce that Carolyn Forde, former Literary Agent & Director of International Rights at Westwood Creative Artists has joined Transatlantic Agency as Senior Agent, bringing many of her clients with her. Carolyn’s contact is carolyn@transatlanticagency.com.

Carolyn has represented authors who have won or been nominated for many awards, including but not limited to the following: Governor General’s Award, Scotiabank Giller Prize, RBC Taylor Prize, Writers Trust Hilary Weston Award, Hugo Prix for Best Foreign Thriller (France), LAMDA Awards, as well as many national and international bestsellers. Carolyn is an active member of the literary community, a reguar speaker at conferences and a founding member of the Professional Association of Canadian Literary Agents (PACLA). In 2018 Carolyn participated in a delegation of Canadian publishers and agents to Germany in 2018 in preparation for Canada’s hosting role at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2020. For the last decade Carolyn has traveled to both the London Book Fair and the Frankfurt Book Fair and New York regularly, and she will continue to do so in her new role at Transatlantic Agency.

Says Haywood, “I am thrilled and proud to have Carolyn Forde join us at the Transatlantic. She has a brilliant reputation and her breadth of agenting experience in North America and selling internationally is impressive and well-earned.”

Says Forde, “After 14 great years at Westwood Creative Artists, it was time for a new challenge. I’m delighted to be joining Samantha Haywood and her vibrant and progressive team at Transatlantic. I look forward to championing my authors domestically, and internationally and to finding new and exciting voices to add to my author list.”

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).

Bruce Heyman and Vicki Heyman’s The Art of Diplomacy acquired by Simon & Schuster Canada

Simon & Schuster Canada is proud to announce The Art of Diplomacy: Strengthening the Canada-U.S. Relationship in Times of Uncertainty, a memoir by Bruce Heyman, the former U.S. ambassador to Canada, and his partner Vicki Heyman, to be published on April 30, 2019. The acquisition was handled by Samantha Haywood.

A call to action and a much-needed book about the relationship between Canada and the U.S., The Art of Diplomacy explains why diplomacy matters now more than ever.

Bruce and Vicki narrate their three years in Canada spent journeying across the country and meeting Canadians from all walks of life—including Supreme Court justices, prime ministers, fishermen, farmers, artists, and entrepreneurs. They tell the behind-the-scenes stories of how their team helped bring Obama to Canada and Trudeau to the U.S. They also reveal the importance of creating cultural and artistic exchange between Canada and the U.S., and the importance of protecting one of the most important relationships in the free world today. As the Heymans’ friend President Obama once said, “The world needs more Canada.”

“In the current political climate, we need diplomacy more than ever,” say Bruce and Vicki Heyman. “This book is our tribute to the special friendship shared between Canada and the United States. Diplomacy is about building relationships both personal and political, and about the human connection that transcends the politics of the day.”

“This book reminds us that only by working together to protect our shared values—the environment, social justice and human rights—can nations build a better world for all. We couldn’t be more proud to publish this memoir,” says Kevin Hanson, President and Publisher of Simon & Schuster Canada.

AMBASSADOR BRUCE HEYMAN served as the United States Ambassador to Canada under President Barack Obama from 2014 until 2017. He appears regularly on CBC, Fox Business, Bloomberg, CTV, CNBC and other media outlets as an expert on trade and bilateral issues. He lives in Chicago with his wife and co-author, Vicki Heyman. Connect on Twitter @BruceAHeyman.

VICKI HEYMAN was an American cultural envoy in Canada, leading cross-border conversations and programs related to the arts, social innovation, and youth engagement. She is on the board of the Council for Canadian American Relations, the international advisory board of C2 Montreal, and Chicago Media Project. Vicki lives in Chicago where she and Bruce are co-founders of Uncharted,llc. Connect on Twitter @vshey.

Photo credit: Copyright Avenue Calgary, Shelley Arnusch.

MEGABAT by Anna Humphrey, illustrated by Kass Reich shortlisted for Cybils Awards

Mega congrats to author Anna Humphrey and illustrator Kass Reich whose hilarious chapter book MEGABAT (Tundra), the first book in the series, is a Cybils Awards Early Chapter Books finalist!

These annual awards recognize “children’s and young adult authors and illustrators whose books combine the highest literary merit and popular appeal.”

Winners will be announced on February 14th. For more information on the award and the full list of finalists, please visit Cybils.com/2018-easy-reader-and-early-chapter-book-finalists.

DEAL NEWS: Joshua Whitehead two-book deal

Knopf Canada Publishing Director Lynn Henry has acquired Canadian rights to Giller Prize and GG Literary Award nominated Joshua Whitehead’s next two books, at auction. The first, MAKING LOVE WITH THE LAND, is a braid of forms that ruminates on topics such as Indigeneity, queerness, mental health, body dysmorphia, and chronic pain through a variety of literary forms, including horror, speculative fiction, poetry, and confession—radically upending how we view Indigeneity.

“It is a gift and a privilege to be able to work with Joshua, and I’m deeply moved by his words of reclamation and reinvention,” says Henry. “Joshua not only represents one of the most thrilling young voices among Indigenous writers, but among writers anywhere who are reimagining literary forms in order to say something startling, vital and new.”

The deal was arranged by Stephanie Sinclair.

Kit Pearson named to the Order of Canada

New year, new celebrations as we congratulate Kit Pearson on a tremendous achievement – being named to the Order of Canada!

Presented by the governor general, the Order of Canada is one of the country’s highest honours and recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. Kit is appointed for her contributions as an author of Canadian literature for children and young adults. Over her career, Kit has won numerous awards including the Governor General’s Literary Award and the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence.

For more information on the Order of Canada and a full list of recent appointments, please visit Gg.ca/governor-general-announces-103-new-appointments-order-canada.

Welcoming Sarah Richards

We’re thrilled to welcome Sarah Richards to Transatlantic Agency!

Sarah’s debut novel, the thriller CHINA WHITE, was a finalist in the 2018 HarperCollins Best New Fiction Prize. She received an MFA from the University of British Columbia in 2017 and is now an English Instructor at Langara College and a literacy mentor in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Her short stories, reviews, interviews, and non-fiction have appeared in Carte Blanche, Prism International, The Puritan, Rusty Toque, Room Magazine, The Cardiff Review, Lonely Planet, and BBC.com, among others. In her gritty feminist crime thriller CHINA WHITE, Styvie Savard was a damn good cop, that is, until she made a mistake that cost her everything. Now she lives in her car, works a dead-end job, and scrapes by on the fumes of a dwindling savings account. Life couldn’t get much worse, until it does. One morning, Styvie hits a sixteen-year-old girl, Dharma, with her car. When the injured girl flees the scene, Styvie is determined to find her and make things right. In her pursuit, Styvie confronts Dharma’s brother, Jeremy, a violent addict working as a distributor in a fentanyl drug ring, and Dharma’s husband, Glen, who heads a pseudo-eastern-religious cult. Together they expose an opioid drug ring and work towards bringing those responsible to justice.

Sarah is represented by Samantha Haywood and her thriller will be available for consideration in early 2019.