SONS OF BLACKBIRD MOUNTAIN WINS 2019 INSPY HISTORICAL NOVEL OF THE YEAR

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.

Joanne Bischof 

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.

https://joannebischof.com/
Posted by Sandra Bishop

BIG IDEAS FOR LITTLE PHILOSOPHERS BOARD BOOK SERIES SELLS AT AUCTION TO PUTNAM CHILDREN’S

Susan Kochan at Penguin Putnam Children’s won the World rights to an original board book series concepted and co-written by Duane Armitage, a professor of philosophy at the University of Scranton, and award-winning children’s author and educator, Maureen Doyle McQuerry.

Each of four titles, planned to release simultaneously in summer 2020 will include: Truth with Socrates; Imagination with René Descartes; Happiness with Aristotle; and Equality with Simone de Beauvoir.

This fun series will help adults open up conversations with young children about what it means to be wise, thoughtful human beings, and to present the notion, even early on, that embracing contemplation can help them (and us all) engage meaningfully with the world.

2018 SCWBI NY Portfolio Showcase winner, Robin Rosenthal will be illustrating. Sandra Bishop brokered the deal for the authors.

For more detail, email sandra@transatlanticagency.com.

HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY to WITHIN THESE LINES by Stephanie Morrill

Book Launch Day is here, along with our best wishes to Stephanie Morrill for the release of WITHIN THESE LINES, a Junior Library Guild GOLD STANDARD book, published by Harper Collins/Blink YA Books.

The dimensional characters in this timeless tale portray a time in US history when fear and hatred overshadow logic.

Taichi and Evalina thought that keeping their interracial relationship under wraps was difficult enough — but, when 1942 headlines of the San Francisco News announce “First Japanese Ready to Leave Coast,” and Taichi and his family are soon forced into containment at Manzanar Relocation Center, both families are exposed to something truly sinister — the degrading treatment of Japanese American citizens contained against their will.

Fueled by Taichi’s courage, determined Evalina faces down her own fears, risks her own family’s reputation, and becomes a voice who dares to educate the ignorant and expose the hypocrisy of those who are complicit in denying American citizens due process.

“Morrill produces a historical novel that blends devastating true events with lifelike fictional characters as it brings history to life.”
~ Booklist

“… the author’s extensive research helps to create a rich and engaging atmosphere that will transport readers.”
~ School Library Journal

“A well-plotted mystery with plenty of twists, turns, and red herrings.”
~ Publishers Weekly

“Precise in its history, intimate in detail, … sensitively written novel brings to life a shameful era of American injustice.”
~ Janet Taylor Lisle, ALA notable author and Newbery Honor author

“Within These Lines is a moving story of love, hope, and family set against the dark history of Japanese internment in America. This book had me captivated!”
~ Maureen McQuerry, YALSA award-winning author

Stephanie Morrill is the author of 1920’s mystery, The Lost Girl of Astor Street, and the author of several contemporary young adult series. Since 2010, Stephanie has been encouraging the next generation of writers at her website, GoTeenWriters.com. She lives in the Kansas City area, where she loves plotting big and small adventures to enjoy with her husband and three children.

One of Barnes & Noble’s “Most Anticipated Historical YA Novels of The Year”Releases Today: BETWEEN BEFORE & AFTER

We are celebrating with Maureen McQuerry today, as her new book BETWEEN BEFORE & AFTER takes its long anticipated first steps into the world.

Ten years ago, while the US economy was in a freefall, the manuscript which Maureen had originally titled A Trail of Crumbs was circulating and getting a lot of common feedback referencing her stunning prose; writing that made scenes jump off the page; and “such strong voice.” We were sure we were on a straight path to publication.

But then … we began hearing from editors citing a variety of reasons for passing on it: the economy; uncertainty about positioning; worry that the dual narrative mixed with present and past tense would make it too different. And would fairy tale references in a YA novel really work?

After a time, we set it aside and Maureen turned her attention to other manuscripts which were published to acclaim.

But this story of a family picking up clues and finding its way – in spite of twists in their path, locked doors, and secrets lurking in the shadows – would just not rest. Ten years (almost to the day) from the day of its first submission, this beautiful story found its publishing home with Blink YA Books.

As it turned out the timing of this book’s release is just right: librarians are now asking for more historical YA, Barnes & Noble called it one of their “Most Anticipated Historical YA Novels of The Year”, and it has been 100 years since the Spanish Flu swept through New York; the aftermath of which inspired Maureen to write this book.

Our fondest congratulations to Maureen on today’s release of BETWEEN BEFORE AND AFTER. We are proud to been part of the journey to finding this stunning book its publishing home.

 

Harper Collins Blink YA

Guest Post on Teen Librarian Toolbox

High Marks on Goodreads

Maureen McQuerry’s Website

Maureen is represented by Sandra Bishop. For inquires, contact: sandra@transatlanticagency.com

Transatlantic Welcomes the Fresh Talent of Lauren Hobson

Lauren Hobson is an author from Portland, Oregon whose work appears in River Teeth and Backcountry, the Backcountry Hunters & Anglers Association’s monthly journal. Lauren is a 2018 Fishtrap scholarship recipient. She completed her BA in English and Political Science at Tulane University and is pursuing an MFA at Portland State University.


Lauren is a native Oregonian, whose family is deeply rooted in the land and culture of the Pacific Northwest. Her writing focuses on her relationship to the outdoors, a connection she’s developed over thousands of hours in the forest and mountains and along the rivers and coastlines of the region she calls home. Her life is measured by the time she spends outside, whether hunting, hiking, climbing, paddling or backpacking through the wild places she loves. She is most herself when she’s outside with her dog, with a shotgun or rifle over her shoulder, loaded for bird or elk.
Lauren’s work in progress is about making it as a female outdoorswoman and hunter, a book which will appeal to millennials struggling to forge their own identity and embrace the transition to adulthood — even when the pressures from social media scrutiny, self-doubt, and decision paralysis complicate the quest.

Lauren is represented by Sandra Bishop; sandra@transatlanticagency.com

WELCOME ADDITION TO OUR NONFICTION CLIENT ROSTER … Lowey Bundy Sichol

A warm welcome to Lowey Bundy Sichol, author of entertaining & informative biographies for all ages.

Lowey’s first series, a set of business biographies for kids called “From and Idea to …” kicks off in February with subsequent titles to release throughout 2019 featuring Disney, Google, and LEGO.

Lowey received her MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and her BA from Hamilton College. Her MBA case studies have been read by business school students across the globe and are included in the internationally best-selling marketing book Marketing Management by Philip Kotler & Kevin Lane Keller.

We are excited to add Lowey and her unique work to Transatlantic’s client roster and looking forward to developing new books together for nonfiction readers of all ages who are interested in business, leadership, entrepreneurship, and top figures in sports and the arts.

Lowey lives in Chicago with her husband, three kids, and two dogs whose sneaky shenanigans are often caught on Instagram.

www.LoweyBundySichol.com

Lowey is represented by Sandra Bishop. For inquiries, write sandra@transatlanticagency.com

Salmon Sisters make Forbes 30Under30 list

When you fully embrace your life and determine to build a brand and messaging that enriches the lives of others, the world becomes a better place. Everyone wins. And … sometimes you win along the way.

Congratulations, Emma and Claire, for making the list of Forbes 2018 30under30. We are proud to represent you and eager to keep watching your story unfold.

photo by Scott Dickerson

The Salmon Sisters, Emma Teal Laukitis and Claire Neaton, grew up on the remote Aleution Islands of Alaska, working on their family’s commercial fishing boat. Inspired by the sustainable fishing culture around them, the founded a fishery and clothing line to raise awareness of the role of wild sustainable seafood. Additionally for every item sold, the duo donates a can of wild salmon to the Food Bank of Alaska.

Their first book, a collection of stories, recipes, and original artwork will release from Sasquatch Books in early 2020.

Rights Inquiries: sandra@transatlanticagency.com

Media Inquires: kate@risingtidealaska.com

 

“Washington Voices Award” to Maureen McQuerry at 2018 Washington State Book Awards

 

Maureen McQuerry, Award Winning Author and Poet

We’ve just heard the fantastic news that Transatlantic Author Maureen Doyle McQuerry will receive a special “Washington Voices Award” this weekend alongside Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall and 127 other poets who contributed to WA 129, an anthology published in 2017 by Sage Hill Press of Spokane.

This special award, presented by the Washington Center for the Book, “recognizes the significance of the anthology in the literary landscape of Washington.”

 

The Washington Center for the Book is a partnership of The Seattle Public Library and Washington State Library.

Washington State Book Awards honors works of outstanding literary merit by Washington authors. An award is given based on the strength of the publication’s literary merit, lasting importance and overall quality to an author who was born in Washington state or is a current resident and has maintained residence here for at least three years.

The 2018 Washington State Book Awards are made possible in part by the generous support of the Amazon Literary Partnership.

McQuerry’s next book, BETWEEN BEFORE AND AFTER, releases in February, 2019.

Maureen is represented by Sandra Bishop. For inquires, contact sandra@transatlanticagency.com

Book Release: SONS OF BLACKBIRD MOUNTAIN by Joanne Bischof

It’s always such fun to unbox agency copies of our client’s latest books.

Today, when I stopped at my mail store to pick up my agent copies of Joanne Bischof’s latest historical romance, SONS OF BLACKBIRD MOUNTAIN and opened it up so I could recycle the packaging on the spot, the mail clerk literally swooned at the cover when she peeked inside.

Of course I was happy to pass along a copy, promising that if she’s a fan of historical fiction (she is!) she’d really enjoy the story.

What I didn’t pass along are some of the “other” stories that came to mind: what the author was going through personally while writing it; why she chose to write a hero who uses American Sign Language, or ASL, to communicate; and that she felt compelled to try hard cider for research, but discovered she doesn’t really like it terribly much!!

Congratulations to you, Joanne. We’re proud to be a part of your stories — told and untold.

“Transported” seems to be one of the key words readers use when describing their response when reading Joanne’s books. Check out for yourself what first readers are saying about SONS OF BLACKBIRD MOUNTAIN on Bookbub and Goodreads.

And for further insight into Joanne’s books, visit her website.

Joanne is represented by Sandra Bishop.

 

 

 

COVER REVEAL – BETWEEN BEFORE & AFTER by Maureen McQuerry


Good covers provide hints about what’s between the pages of a book. Great covers do so with style!

Kudos to the design team at Harper Collins/Blink YA for the design of BETWEEN BEFORE & AFTER, the next title by Transatlantic YA author Maureen McQuerry.

Look closely at this gorgeous jacket and you’ll see some fun clues about the story inside.

With a nod to The Brothers Grimm and inspired by the author’s family history, we’re looking forward to the release of this intriguing tale about family secrets and the long shadows they cast.

Read more about it on Maureen’s blog, here.

  • BETWEEN BEFORE & AFTER, Harper Collins/Blink
  • Releasing February 2019
  • For film and other rights inquiries, contact sandra@transatlanticagency.com