THE BOAT PEOPLE WINS THE HARPER LEE PRIZE FOR LEGAL FICTION

Congratulations to Sharon Bala, who has won the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction for THE BOAT PEOPLE (McClelland and Stewart)! This annual award was established in 2011 on the 50th anniversary of the publication of To Kill a Mockingbird and is given to a novel that highlights the role of lawyers in society and their power to effect change.

Globe and Mail bestseller and part of Canada Reads 2018, THE BOAT PEOPLE is an extraordinary novel about a group of refugees who survive a perilous ocean voyage only to face the threat of deportation amid accusations of terrorism. Told through the alternating perspectives of Sri Lankan refugee Mahindan; his lawyer Priya, who reluctantly represents the migrants; and Grace, a third generation Japanese-Canadian adjudicator who must decide Mahindan’s fate, THE BOAT PEOPLE is a high-stakes novel that offers a deeply compassionate lens through which to view the current refugee crisis.

Sharon Bala is a three-time recipient of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Arts and Letters award and has had her stories widely published. THE BOAT PEOPLE is her debut novel. She was born in Dubai, raised in the GTA, and lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland with her husband.

See this ABA Journal article for more information: http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/debut-author-wins-2019-harper-lee-prize-for-legal-fiction-with-immigrants-story

DEAL NEWS: EYES IN THE SKY BY TRINA MOYLES

Canadian English-language rights for Trina Moyles’ EYES IN THE SKY: LOVE, LOSS, SOLITUDE, AND SEARCHING FOR WILDFIRES IN THE BOREAL FOREST to Amanda Betts at Random House Canada for publication in Spring 2021. Alone at her fly-in station, with her beloved dog, Holly, Moyles endures the rigours of daily survival and extreme isolation, contemplating the love she had recently lost, loneliness, the terror and beauty of nature, and the advancing threat of climate change and ecological crisis. Part memoir, part adventure story, and part environmental cris de coeur, fans of Annie Dillard, Cheryl Strayed, and Rebecca Solnit, will love EYES IN THE SKY. The deal was arranged by Senior Literary Agent Marilyn Biderman.

Welcoming Amy Spurway

We’re thrilled to extend a warm Transatlantic welcome to Amy Spurway, whose debut novel CROW was published by Goose Lane Editions this spring, and has already attracted loads of enthusiastic critical attention, as well as some spectacular endorsements.

“This darkly funny novel’s language is outrageous and irreverent. It spits and crackles like a barn on fire…Spurway’s writing has the deftness of someone juggling hot coals without getting burned.” —Cecily Ross, The Literary Review of Canada

“Amy Spurway catches perfectly the enigma that is Cape Breton Island. Her cast of divine lunatics, pogey-scammers, gossips, and big-hearted rebels, revealed through Spurway’s lively and lucid prose, proves that Cape Breton is still the thought control centre of Canada.” —Wayne Grady, author of Up from Freedom and Emancipation Day

“Crow delighted me and amazed me the further I read, with its freshness, its daring, its refusal to conform (and the projectile vomiting).” —Kerry Clare, Pickle Me This

“Crow is ribald, blunt, accessible, and immediately likeable, tumours and all…You know how people say, ‘You’ll laugh, you’ll cry’? You will. And you will.” —Quill & Quire

Welcome, Amy! We can’t wait for your next book! Amy is represented by Senior Literary Agent Marilyn Biderman.

DEAL NEWS: Film/TV rights to The Wake by Linden MacIntyre

Linden MacIntyreFilm and television rights for Scotiabank Giller Prize-winner Linden MacIntyre’s forthcoming nonfiction, The Wake: The Deadly Legacy of a Newfoundland Tsunami (August 2019, HarperCollins Canada) have been granted to John Walker Productions. John Walker is one of Canada’s most prolific and respected documentary filmmakers. His films have appeared at major international film festivals in Toronto, Vancouver, New York, Los Angeles, Berlin, London and Tokyo.

The Wake recounts the harrowing tale of the giant tsunami that struck Newfoundland’s Burin Peninsula in 1929. The most destructive earthquake-related event in Newfoundland’s history, the disaster killed twenty-eight people and left hundreds more homeless or destitute. It forever changed the lives of the inhabitants of the fishing outports along that coast, and marked the beginning of its commercial mining endeavours. The deal was negotiated by Shaun Bradley of the Transatlantic Agency.

Happy US Paperback Book Birthday to FOE by Iain Reid

Happy US paperback book birthday to FOE by Iain Reid, out now from Gallery Books! FOE has also been sold in Canada, the UK, Germany, Brazil, Italy, Turkey, the Czech Republic, France, and Portugal, and has been optioned for Film/TV by Anonymous Content.
“Foe is a tale of implacably mounting peril that feels all the more terrifying for being told in such a quiet, elegantly stripped-down voice. Iain Reid knows how to do ‘ominous’ as well as anyone I’ve ever read.”
—Scott Smith, author of The Ruins and A Simple Plan

A taut, psychological mind-bender from the bestselling author of I’m Thinking of Ending Things. In Iain Reid’s second haunting, philosophical puzzle of a novel, set in the near-future, Junior and Henrietta live a comfortable, solitary life on their farm, far from the city lights, but in close quarters with each other. One day, a stranger from the city arrives with alarming news: Junior has been randomly selected to travel far away from the farm…very far away. The most unusual part? Arrangements have already been made so that when he leaves, Henrietta won’t have a chance to miss him, because she won’t be left alone—not even for a moment. Henrietta will have company. Familiar company.

Told in Reid’s sharp and evocative style, Foe examines the nature of domestic relationships, self-determination, and what it means to be (or not to be) a person. An eerily entrancing page-turner, it churns with unease and suspense from the first words to its shocking finale.

Welcoming Jessica Foster to Transatlantic

Welcome to welcome Jessica Foster to Transatlantic!

Jessica is writing her debut – a delicious YA romcom. She is a middle school teacher from Michigan with a passion for young adult fiction, especially escapist literature and all things romance. She holds a master’s degree in literacy comprehension and leadership from Michigan State; she is married to the love of her life and has two little boys. Jessica has been writing her debut novel in secret – so this announcement is going to be a big surprise to her family and friends! Hello to all of you! Jessica is proudly represented by Senior Agent and Partner Fiona Kenshole.

Happy Book Birthday to MOLES by Rachel Poliquin!

Happy book birthday to MOLES by Rachel Poliquin and illustrated by Nicholas John Firth, out now from HMH Books for Young Readers!
“Exuberant….Readers will never again regard these ‘bionic burrowers’ as pests–or, at least, not as ordinary ones.”–Booklist, STARRED review

“Following series opener Beavers (2018), another field guide and another nuanced look at an underappreciated species…. [C]ombining a bit of snark with a lot of information…. Pick up a copy.” —Kirkus

Funny and fact-filled, MOLES is another installment in the SUPERPOWER FIELD GUIDES series by author Rachel Poliquin, featuring full-color illustrations by Nicholas John Frith that will engage readers with witty narration and fun visual elements, inspiring readers to dig deep and see the world, both above and below ground, with new eyes.

Meet Rosalie, a common mole. The first thing you need to know about Rosalie is that she is shaped like a potato. Not a new potato, all cute and round, but a plain old lumpy potato. She may be small. She may be spongy. But never underestimate a mole.

I know what you’re thinking: moles are just squinty-eyed beasts that wreck your lawn. You’re right! Those squinty eyes and mounds of dirt are proof that moles have superpowers. There is absolutely nothing common about the common mole.

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.

Happy Book Birthday to THE LAST RESORT by Marissa Stapley

The Last Resort Marissa StapleyHappiest of book birthdays to THE LAST RESORT by Marissa Stapley, out today from Simon and Schuster! THE LAST RESORT has already garnered quite the critical and public acclaim, including being featured on Katherine Heigl’s instagram! In addition, it was featured in US Weekly, Sanctuary Magazine ran an exclusive excerpt, it was an Oprah Magazine Best Beach read, one of Parade’s 12 Big Fiction Readers Every Book Club Will Love, a NY Post Beach Reads Roundup pick, part of Entertainment Weekly’s and Yahoo’s April 17th roundups, one of Frolic’s Most Anticipated Beach Reads, one of GoodRead’s Most Popular Books of June 2019, part of PopSugar’s 29 New Thrillers roundup and their New Books to Read roundup and was one of Chatelaine’s Most Suspenseful Thrillers of Summer 2019.

“Featuring vivid, heart-pounding storytelling and a compelling depiction of the heartbreaking ways that long-term abuse can destroy your will, Stapley’s latest (after Things to Do When It’s Raining, 2018) is an excellent beach read for anyone who loves romantic suspense.” – Booklist

“Stapley shows a real knack for suspense.” – Publisher’s Weekly

“Marissa Stapley’s writing is a gift.”-Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author of The Orphan’s Tale

“Atmospheric and evocative, Marissa Stapley’s THE LAST RESORT brings together a cast of characters with secrets as destructive as the hurricane threatening the island, and explores how far we’ll go to keep the truth buried. Fast-paced, expertly plotted and highly entertaining, this novel is perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty!” – Karma Brown, bestselling author of The Choices We Make

“The Last Resort has all the ingredients for an impossible-to-put-down thrill ride of a read–but it’s also got something more: well-developed characters who feel intensely real, polished prose that never descends into thetrite or predictable, and authentic emotional heft. It will fascinate you, enlighten you, break your heart and mend it again. Read this book!” – Jennifer Robson, internationally bestselling author of Somewhere in France and The Gown

“I devoured The Last Resort over 3 days. It is an example of a new kind of thriller; it is of our time. The book offers up a delicious plot while at the same time drawing quietly powerful and deeply relatable female characters whose experiences are echos of so many others on and off the page. Stapley’s writing is fast-paced while still cutting deep. I burned through the book, but it will stay with me. The Last Resort is all of these things: a nail-biter, a page-turner, a thoughtful, powerful exploration into who we are in relationships and on our own. It’s like literary fiction and killer suspense were left on an island together and the outcome was an incredible book.” -Laurie Petrou, author of Sister of Mine

“Couples with secrets, people who tell lies—nothing is as it seems in Marissa Stapley’s tense and tightly paced thriller, THE LAST RESORT. Fans of Agatha Christie will surely love this modern whodunit from the first to thevery last page. One to add to your “to read” list now.” – Hannah McKinnon, author of The Neighbours and Her Secret Son

“With artfully creative storytelling, THE LAST RESORT leads us down the dark rabbit warren of other people’s marriages and asks the best question of all: How well do you really know the person you’re living with? This novel is an exciting addition to the psych thriller world—with an emotionally complex twist.” —Roz Nay, bestselling author of Our Little Secret

To the guests at The Harmony Resort, Doctors Miles and Grace Markell appear to be a perfect power couple. They run a couples’ therapy retreat in a luxurious resort in the Mayan Riviera where they help spouses deal with their marriage struggles.

Johanna and Ben’s relationship looks great on the surface, but in reality, they don’t know each other at all. Shell and Colin fight constantly—Colin is a workaholic, and Shell always comes second—but what has really torn them apart is too devastating to talk about. When both couples begin Harmony’s intensive therapy program, it becomes clear that Harmony is not all that it seems—and neither are Miles and Grace. What are they hiding, and what price will these couples pay for finding out their secrets?

As a powerful hurricane descends on the coast, trapping both the hosts and their guests, confidences are revealed, loyalties are tested, and not one single person—or marriage—will ever be the same.

Marissa Stapley is the author of the bestselling novel Mating for Life, and Things to Do When It’s Raining, which has been published in nine countries and translated into seven languages. Her journalism has appeared in newspapers and magazines across North America. She lives in Toronto with her family.

DEAL NEWS: THE DEAD CELEBRITIES CLUB and THE WIVES OF BATH by Susan Swan

Italian rights to Susan Swan’s newest novel, THE DEAD CELEBRITIES CLUB, a timely and satirical novel featuring the hedge fund whale, Dale Paul, a witty, self-absorbed rogue and raconteur for fans of The Wolf of Wall Street and The Sellout by Paul Beatty, and THE WIVES OF BATH, a story that penetrates the world of a girls’ boarding school and tells a story – at once shocking and wickedly funny – that encompasses rebellion and murder, and stunningly evokes the pain, confusion, and humour of female adolescence and sexual coming-of-age, sold to SEM by Erica Berla of Berla & Griffini Agency on behalf of Samantha Haywood. It was published with Cormorant Books in spring 2019, world ex: Canada and Italian rights now available.

A WOLF CALLED WANDER by Rosanne Parry Spends a Second Week on the NYT Bestseller List

A second week in the NYT bestsellers list for Rosanne Parry’s heart-warming middle grade novel A WOLF CALLED WANDER (Greenwillow), about the journey across America of a young wolf cub looking for a home. Congratulations to Rosanne and her editors Chloe Sackur of Andersen Press UK and Virginia Duncan of Greenwillow, US, and her very joyful agent Fiona Kenshole.