Welcoming Roz Nay

Transatlantic extends a warm welcome to internationally bestselling author Roz Nay! Roz’s first novel, OUR LITTLE SECRET (Simon & Schuster Canada, St Martins Press in the US), won the Hugo Prix for Best Foreign Thriller (in France), was shortlisted for the Kobo Emerging Writer Award and nominated for the Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Crime Novel with rights sales in France, the Netherlands and Estonia. Roz is hard at work on her next novel!

Roz Nay grew up in England and studied at Oxford University. She has been published in The Antigonish Review and the anthology Refuge. Roz has worked as an underwater fish counter in Africa, a snowboard videographer in Vermont, and a high school teacher in both the UK and Australia. She now lives in British Columbia, Canada, with her husband and two children.

Roz is represented by Senior Literary Agent Carolyn Forde.

Praise for OUR LITTLE SECRET:

“A cracking read. Flicking back and forth from the first love to a police cell, Our Little Secret builds to a deliciously dark conclusion.”
— Ruth Ware, author of The Woman in Cabin 10

“In her debut novel, Roz Nay lures readers down a dark and tangled path that explores the aftereffects of lost first loves. Our Little Secret is a gripping addition to the psych thriller world.”
— Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of The Good Girl

“A clever and addictive read that had me enthralled from the first chapter all the way to the shocking twist that left me breathless. I stayed in bed one lazy afternoon and polished it off, then stared up at my ceiling, stunned that it was over and still half in love with the characters. It’s been a long time since I’ve read a debut this good. Roz Nay is going to be a name we hear a lot of in the future.”
— Chevy Stevens, bestselling author of Still Missing

“In Roz Nay’s tightly woven debut, Our Little Secret, we meet Angela—a wily woman with a twisted love story, who is in quite a heap of trouble. As the story unfolds and the mystery deepens, the breadcrumbs Nay expertly leaves behind reveal a dark truth you won’t see coming. Ruth Ware fans will love this compulsive, impossible-to-put-down novel!”
— Karma Brown, bestselling author of Come Away with Me and The Choices We Make

“Roz Nay shows how the past is never truly past, and can be darker than we guess, especially when it comes to first loves. A most promising debut.”
— Andrew Pyper, bestselling author of The Demonologist and The Only Child

Happy Book Birthday to CHICKEN GIRL by Heather Smith

Happiest of book birthdays to CHICKEN GIRL by Heather Smith!

Everybody has a story that will break your heart; this poignant coming-of-age YA book by Heather Smith, the author of the acclaimed The Agony of Bun O’Keefe, is out now from Penguin Teen/Penguin Random House Canada.

Poppy used to be an optimist. But after a photo of her dressed as Rosie the Riveter is mocked online, she’s having trouble seeing the good in the world. As a result, Poppy trades her beloved vintage clothes for a feathered chicken costume and accepts a job as an anonymous sign waver outside a restaurant. There, Poppy meets six-year-old girl Miracle, who helps Poppy see beyond her own pain, opening her eyes to the people around her: Cam, her twin brother, who is adjusting to life as an openly gay teen; Buck, a charming photographer with a cute British accent and a not-so-cute mean-streak; and Lewis a teen caring for an ailing parent, while struggling to reach the final stages of his gender transition. As the summer unfolds, Poppy stops glorifying the past and starts focusing on the present. But just as she comes to terms with the fact that there is good and bad in everyone, she is tested by a deep betrayal.

Heather Smith is originally from Newfoundland, and now lives in Waterloo, Ontario, with her husband and three children. Her east coast roots inspire much of her writing. Her previous YA novel, The Agony of Bun O’Keefe, received a starred review from Kirkus and Quill & Quire and was named a best book of 2017 by Kirkus, Bank Street College of Education, The Globe & Mail, and Quill & Quire (honorable mention), as well as selected as an Outstanding International Book by USBBY (United States Board on Books for Young People).

Happy Book Birthday to HELL AND DAMNATION by Marq de Villiers

Happiest of Book Birthdays to Hell and Damnation: A Sinner’s Guide to Eternal Torment by Marq de Villiers!

Hell and Damnation: A Sinner’s Guide to Eternal Torment is bestselling author Marq de Villiers’ sixteenth book.  Urbane, funny and deeply researched, it takes readers on a journey into the strange richness of hell, deep into time, and across many faiths. This unique take on the afterlife is out now from the University of Regina Press.

“Finally, a guide to the eternal hereafter for the rest of us.  Devilishly clever! One hell of a read! – Mike Tully, co-host of The Jason Ellis Show on Sirius XM

“A sly and madcap romp through the underworld that we ourselves have created for punishing our enemies – an underworld that only half of us believe in, just some of the time.” – Eilleen Gardiner, author of Visions of Heaven and Hell Before Dante

 “What in the world were human beings thinking when we invented hell? In this delightful book, Marq de Villiers shows us that our conception of The Bad Place might not teach us much about the universe, but it illuminates a great deal about ourselves.” – Sean Carroll, author of The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning , and the Universe Itself

Marq de Villiers is the Governor General’s Award–winning author of Water, and is a Member of the Order of Canada. Marq lives in Port Medway, NS.

Deal News: Undersong by Kathleen Winter

World English-language rights for award-winning Canadian author Kathleen Winter’s next novel have been acquired by Knopf Canada’s Publishing Director, Lynn Henry. Winter is the author of the internationally celebrated novel Annabel, and more recently, Lost in September. 
The new novel is inspired by Dorothy Wordsworth’s life and work. Over the past year, Winter has been transcribing previously unpublished journals and diaries penned by Dorothy Wordsworth (sister of the English Romantic poet William Wordsworth), which belong to The Wordsworth Trust in the UK. Winter’s transcriptions will be returned to the Trust’s archives for future public and academic use.
 
Tentatively titled Undersong, the novel will be published in the Fall of 2021. The deal was arranged by Winter’s agent, Shaun Bradley

Welcoming Karma Brown to Transatlantic

Transatlantic Literary Agency is thrilled to welcome critically acclaimed and bestselling author Karma Brown to the agency!
Karma is an award-winning journalist and author of the national bestsellers Come Away With Me,The Choices We MakeIn This Moment and The Life Lucy Knew in addition to her forthcoming novel Recipe for a Perfect Wife, which will be published in Spring 2020 by Viking in Canada and Dutton in the US, and with rights already sold in Germany, Italy and Ukraine. Karma also has a non-fiction book forthcoming with HarperCollins Canada in 2020, about reclaiming time for your passions.
Brown’s journalism has appeared in publications such as SELFRedbook,Canadian Living, Today’s Parent, and Chatelaine.
Karma Brown is represented by Senior Literary Agent Carolyn Forde.
Selected Praise for Karma Brown:
“She’s the female Nicholas Sparks.”-Redbook

The Choices We Make should appeal to readers who relish Nicholas Sparks’ sentimental stories combined with the kind of weighty issues often raised by Jodi Picoult.”-New York Journal of Books

“An involving story suffused with emotion but grounded in reality. Have tissues at hand for this one.”-Booklist

“A compelling premise with a plot that intensifies satisfyingly in the second half, this book is a good bet for readers who don’t shy away from difficult moral questions.” –Kirkus Reviews

In This Moment is a powerful and evocative story about the life-altering consequences of a single decision. Karma Brown delivers a riveting tale, infused with emotion and morality, that will leave readers asking, ‘What would I have done?'” –Emily Giffin, #1 New York Times bestselling author of First Comes Love 

Happy Book Birthday to A GIRL NAMED LOVELY by Catherine Porter

Happy Book Birthday to A Girl Named Lovely by Catherine Porter, out today from Simon & Schuster. This insightful and uplifting memoir about a young Haitian girl in post-earthquake Haiti, and the profound, life-changing effect she had on one journalist’s life, has already received rave reviews and blurbs:

A Girl Named Lovely is a graceful and moving memoir. Full of warmth and wisdom, it opens your eyes and your heart to those in need, invites you to step into their world, and, finally, inspires you to find a way to help.” — Amanda Lindhout, bestselling author of A House in the Sky

“This is a beautiful and tenderly told story, at times shocking, always illuminating.Catherine takes us into the heart of Haiti but also into her own conflicted heart, where her professionalism collides with her humanity. Ultimately, it’s a little Haitian girl who shows Catherine how she can be—at once—a compassionate person, a rigorous journalist, and a loving mother. A Girl Named Lovely is a book that will resonate with readers long after the final poignant pages.” — Carol Off, bestselling author of All We Left Behind

“Powerful and searching, Porter’s book offers an unforgettable account of how one woman’s humanitarian gestures not only changed her, but also made a difference in the lives of people living in unimaginable misery. A movingly candid memoir about finding some measure of hope in ‘the poorest country in the western hemisphere.'” — Kirkus Reviews

In January 2010, a devastating earthquake struck Haiti, killing hundreds of thousands of people and paralyzing the country. Catherine Porter, a newly minted international reporter, was on the ground in the immediate aftermath. Moments after she arrived in Haiti, Catherine found her first story. A ragtag group of volunteers told her about a “miracle child”—a two-year-old girl who had survived six days under the rubble and emerged virtually unscathed.

Over the next five years, Catherine would visit Lovely and her family seventeen times, while also reporting on the country’s struggles to harness the international rush of aid. Each trip, Catherine’s relationship with Lovely and her family became more involved and more complicated. Trying to balance her instincts as a mother and a journalist, and increasingly conscious of the costs involved, Catherine found herself struggling to align her worldview with the realities of Haiti after the earthquake. Although her dual roles as donor and journalist were constantly at odds, as one piled up expectations and the other documented failures, a third role had emerged and quietly become the most important: that of a friend.

Catherine Porter is the Canada bureau chief for The New York Times, based in Toronto. She joined the paper in February 2017 from Toronto Star, Canada’s largest-circulation newspaper, where she was a columnist and feature writer. Catherine has received two National Newspaper Awards in Canada, the Landsberg Award for her feminist columns, and a Queen’s Jubliee Medal for grassroots community work. She lives in Toronto with her husband and two kids.

Happy Book Birthday BE MY LOVE by Kit Pearson!

For as long as she can remember, Maisie has spent her summers on Kingfisher Island. She and her beloved cousin Una run wild, and Maisie feels the warm embrace of her big, extended family.

This summer Maisie needs that escape more than ever. But now everything on Kingfisher has changed: Una has returned from her mainland school a sophisticated young woman too mature for childish games, and even worse, she has an all-consuming infatuation with David Meyer, both an old friend and an older man. Soon Maisie finds herself playing second fiddle—jealous of Una and David’s closeness, and unsure of what those feelings mean.

When Maisie’s greatest attempt to maintain the special magic of her friendship with Una goes up in smoke, it seems as though all is lost. But with an enormous revelation, and a heartrending intervention, Maisie may finally discover the strength she needs to find the same peace that the island has brought her within herself.

BE MY LOVE was published February 12, 2019 by HarperCollins Canada and has received great acclaim, including being included on the CBC Book’s list of Books to Read for Valentine’s Day, as well as the following blurbs and reviews:
“[Pearson] has a wonderful gift for depicting the inner lives of her teenage characters in a thoughtful and compassionate manner, while never shying away from the hard questions.” – Quill & Quire, starred review

“This is Kit Pearson at the top of her game, leading us heart, line and sinker into a touching story of self-discovery.” – Sarah Ellis, award-winning author of Outside In and Dodger Boy

“Compelling, moving and utterly believable. . . . This is the book I needed when I was twelve. I am so glad it is finally here for all the kids who need it now.” – Robin Stevenson, Stonewall Honor Award-winning author of Pride

Kit Pearson is one of Canada’s most beloved children’s authors. Her award-winning books include A Handful of Time, which has sold more than 250,000 copies since it was published in 1987; the Guests of War trilogy; The Daring Game; Awake and Dreaming, winner of the Governor General’s Award; The Whole Truth, winner of the CLA Book of the Year for Children Award; And Nothing but the Truth; and A Day of Signs and Wonders, finalist for the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award. She is a recipient of the Vicky Metcalf Award for her body of work and the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence. In 2018, Kit was appointed a member of the Order of Canada. She lives in Victoria, BC.

Deal News: A HISTORY OF MY BRIEF BODY by Billy-Ray Belcourt

Penguin Canada editor David Ross has commissioned Billy-Ray Belcourt, the youngest ever winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize, for a book of essays. Drawing on intimate personal experience, A HISTORY OF MY BRIEF BODY is a meditation on grief, joy, love, and sex at the intersection of indigeneity and queerness. It will be published under the Hamish Hamilton imprint and is currently scheduled for a May 2020 release.

Billy-Ray Belcourt is from the Driftpile Cree Nation. He is a Ph.D. student and 2018 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar in the Department of English & Film Studies at the University of Alberta. His first book, This Wound is a World, won the 2018 Canadian Griffin Poetry Prize, the 2018 Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize, and a 2018 Indigenous Voices Award. It was also named the best “Canadian poetry” collection of 2017 by CBC Books.

“Billy-Ray Belcourt is one of the most exciting new voices in Canadian literature,” says Ross. “His writing is simultaneously devastating and beautiful, and I’m humbled to be working with him as he experiments with form and genre. I can’t wait for the power of his words to reach whole new audiences.”

The deal was arranged by Stephanie Sinclair.

Deal News: DISFIGURED by Amanda Leduc

World rights to Amanda Leduc’s “DISFIGURED: On Fairy Tales, Disability, and Making Space for Oneself in the World”, which looks at several prominent, recognizable fairy tale traditions and archetypes and examines how these ideas have played out in history and recent popular culture, and draws on Amanda’s own experience as a physically disabled woman with cerebral palsy, to compare and contrast the treatment of disability in these stories, have been sold to Alana Wilcox at Coach House Books in a deal by Samantha Haywood at Transatlantic Agency for publication in Feb 2020.

Happy Book Birthday to THICKER THAN WATER by Natasha Deen!

Happy Book Birthday to THICKER THAN WATER by Natasha Deen, out January 29, 2019 from Orca Book Publishers!

“Readers will be enticed by the edgy theme and compelling story…multidimensional characters and briskly paced plot.”
School Library Journal

“Readers will definitely keep turning the pages…For reluctant readers with a taste for crime, this title should scratch the itch.”
— Kirkus

THICKER THAN WATER follows Zack Bernard, who has a thing for crime shows, especially the forensic-investigation kind. So when his friend Ella goes missing, Zack can’t help piecing together what he thinks is concrete evidence that could lead to her whereabouts. The problem is, it’s all pointing toward his dad. He knows his dad is lying about not having seen Ella because Zack saw them together at the mall the day she disappeared. What he doesn’t know is why. With the help of his friend Ayo, Zack tries to solve the mystery himself to avoid having to make the terrible choice between losing someone close to him and betraying his family.

Award-winning author Natasha Deen loves stories: exciting ones, scary ones and, especially, funny ones! As a kid of two countries (Guyana and Canada), she feels especially lucky because she gets a double dose of stories. When she’s not working on her books or visiting schools, she spends a lot of time trying to convince her dogs and cats that she’s the boss of the house.