Praise for HOME ICE by Angie Abdou

The praise is piling as high as autumn leaves for Angie Abdou’s HOME ICE (ECW Press).

HOME ICE chronicles and illuminates a full season in the life of a hockey parent, offering a nuanced and unflinching self-portrait of a mother dedicated to supporting her son’s passion for amateur hockey but struggling with ambivalence over our society’s often troubling sport culture and its impact on her family.

Here’s what everyone is saying about HOME ICE:

“The author brings a novelist’s eye to the story, telling it in first-person present tense; with its sharp characterizations and dialogue in place of autobiographical exposition, the book is a first-rate memoir and a fine example of narrative nonfiction. It’s also a must-read for parents with youngsters who play organized sports.” –Booklist, starred review

“This is a lively, honestly written account of parenting that will resonate with readers who are fully involved in their children’s sports.” –Publishers Weekly

“Home Ice is page-turning and compelling in a whole different way. It’s about Abdou, her family, her relationships with her husband and two children, and her role as a parent; or, as Abdou said, consider it a ‘voyeuristic peek into the writer’s life.’” –Society for International Hockey Research

“You don’t get to pick your kids’ marriages or their sports, and he wants to play hockey.” – CBC Radio Sunday Edition

“It’s a unflinching and revealing account of the toll sports (especially hockey) can take on family dynamics and fortunes.” – CBC Radio Daybreak Alberta (19 min audio clip)

CTV’s The Social (11 min video clip)

“As much as Home Ice skewers Canadian hockey for its escalating costs and obsession with competitiveness, that criticism is balanced by an athlete’s appreciation for the heady benefits of training hard and excelling in a sport.” –Active For Life

“[T]his is a memoir told with humility, and throughout the book, Abdou lets her happy and sensitive son shine through. We see his sense of fairness and justice, his quirky stick-handling, his love for the rowdy speed and sweaty camaraderie of the sport.” –

University of Texas Arlington Sports Literature Association

“…she leaves the reader with as much knowledge and information on both sides of the coin to allow the reader to make a decision on the game’s safety rather than her imposing her decision onto the reader. One gets a sense that Miss Abdou did this with intent, and I feel it really opens the door to thoughtful and intelligent debate…” –Hockey Blog In Canada

About the Author:

Angie Abdou has published four books, including three novels: The Bone Cage (a CBC Canada Reads finalist in 2011), The Canterbury Trail (a Banff Mountain Book finalist in 2011) and Between (2014, Arsenal Press). Angie is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Athabasca University. Her nonfiction has appeared in various magazines and newspapers, including National Post and Elle Magazine. Her novel IN CASE I GO launched with Arsenal Pulp Press Fall 2017.

DEAL NEWS: THE DYNAMITE KID BY TYLER ENFIELD

Bethany Gibson, fiction editor at Goose Lane Editions, has acquired English Canada and World French rights for Tyler Enfield’s dazzling sophomore novel, The Dynamite Kid.

Enfield is an Edmonton-based writer and photographer. He is the author of Madder Carmine (Great Plains Publications, 2015), which won the 2016 High Plains Book Award, and was a finalist for the Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Prize.

The Dynamite Kid is an offbeat, slightly magical and entirely original retelling of Aladdin as an American western – a rich combination of classic love story, a quest novel, and a tribute to boyhood enthusiasm.  While not as esoteric as Gary Barwin’s Yiddish for Pirates, it portrays an equally unique and magical landscape.

Tyler Enfield is represented by Shaun Bradley.

Cover Reveal: THE LAST RESORT by Marissa Stapley

It may be fall but this gorgeous cover has us eager for summer! Add THE LAST RESORT (Simon and Schuster Canada, Graydon House) by Marissa Stapley to your reading list for June 2019.

The Last Resort Marissa StapleyFrom bestselling author Marissa Stapley comes a gripping novel about marriage, loyalty, and the deadly secrets that unravel over the course of a two-week couples’ therapy retreat in Mexico.

Miles Markell is missing, and everyone is a suspect.

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.

A gripping exploration of relationships and trust, The Last Resort is a propulsive read about all the big truths we hide, even from ourselves.

Deal News from Frankfurt Book Fair 2018

We are thrilled to share the following deals that Stephanie Sinclair & Samantha Haywood accepted at the Frankfurt Book Fair last week!

Polish rights to RADIANT SHIMMERING LIGHT by Sarah Selecky to Wizard Media Limited by Book/Lab in association with Stephanie Sinclair of the Transatlantic Agency on behalf of Samantha Haywood.

Complex Chinese rights to I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS by Iain Reid to Faces by The Grayhawk Agency in association with Stephanie Sinclair of the Transatlantic Agency on behalf of Samantha Haywood.

French rights to FOE by Iain Reid to Presses de la Cite by the Anna Jarota Agency in association with Stephanie Sinclair of the Transatlantic Agency on behalf of Samantha Haywood

DEAL NEWS: PING by Ani Castillo

Megan Tingley at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers has acquired, in a preempt, world rights to three works by debut author-illustrator Ani Castillo, launching with PING, a picture book that movingly and humorously explores the challenges and joys of self-expression and social connection. Publication is planned for Fall 2019, the deal was brokered by Samantha Haywood and Amy Tompkins at Transatlantic Agency.

In the era of social media, this wise and timely book about the fragile art of personal connection will strike a chord with readers of all ages

With the visual ingenuity of Press Here and the emotional resonance of What Do you Do with a Problem? this picture book debut explores the challenges and joys of self-expression and social connection. Using an imaginative visual metaphor to bring to life how we send out (ping!) and receive (pong!) communications, feelings, and ideas, Ani Castillo’s words and pictures combine to create an empowering, inspiring message for anyone who has experienced fear of meeting new people, sharing opinions, and expressing emotion. Fans of Peter Reynolds and Todd Parr will appreciate this positive message delivered in an artful, child-friendly package.

THE BEST KIND OF PEOPLE is Target’s September Book Club Pick

Zoe Whittall’s THE BEST KIND OF PEOPLE is having the best kind of September! Just this month, the US paperback edition published with a whole new cover and was chosen as Target’s September Book Club Pick.

That’s in addition to being a National Bestseller, a 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize finalist, a National Post 99 Best Books of the Year, a Indigo Best Book of the Year and Globe and Mail Best 100 Books of 2016.

Read an excerpt of The Best Kind of People; you’ll be piling on the praise and accolades too.

 

Praise:

The Best Kind of People gets into the hearts and minds of an ordinary family forced to confront the monstrous. This novel is a timely discussion of what we owe those who abuse and those who are targeted in our communities.”—Kaitlyn Greenidge, author of We Love You, Charlie Freeman
 
“I am obsessed with this book.”—Samantha Irby, author of We Are Never Meeting in Real Life

“In our post–Harvey Weinstein world [this book] feels more timely and urgent than ever. . . . It draws an elegant line between rape culture, patriarchy, and privilege.”—Claire Cameron, The Millions
 
The Best Kind of People examines the effects of rape culture on an entire community with rare nuance and insight. Every character is fully rounded, flawed, and achingly human. It puts me in mind of a twenty-first-century Ordinary People.”—Kate Harding, author of Asking for It
 
“Sure to provoke debate and send book discussion groups into overtime.”—Library Journal (starred review)

“A powerful page-turner.”—Cosmopolitan

“A gripping novel, one that shines a light on family dynamics under extreme pressure.”—The Vancouver Sun

“Zoe Whittall’s undisputed talent as a writer shines, as does her understanding into the complexity of our sympathies, our morality, and our humanity. With incredible empathy and undeniable skill this book is sure to spark much-needed dialogue, vital debate, and richly deserved acclaim.”—Stacey May Fowles, author of Infidelity

“Flawless…Whittall overturns the typical cultural narrative…This may just be Whittall’s breakout novel, and deservedly so.”—The Winnipeg Review

“Taut, compassionate and clever.”—Toronto Star

“If you are looking for a mystery to grip you this fall, pick up Whittall’s The Best Kind of People.” – Indiana Daily Student – idsnews http://www.idsnews.com/article/2017/08/ent-columnbook

“A humane, clear-eyed attempt to explore the ripple effects of sexual crime.” –Kirkus Reviews

Congratulations to Ottawa Book Awards Finalists Nina Berkhout and Joanne Proulx

Double the congratulations today as we celebrate two authors shortlisted for this year’s Ottawa Book Awards under English Fiction – Nina Berkhout’s THE MOSAIC (Groundwood Books) and Joanne Proulx’s WE ALL LOVE THE BEAUTIFUL GIRLS (Penguin Random House Canada)! These annual awards recognize outstanding English and French books published in the past year by local authors. The winners of each category will be announced on October 17 at a ceremony at Ottawa City Hall. For more information about the awards and the full list of finalists, please visit https://ottawa.ca/en/news/city-announces-2018-ottawa-book-awards-and-prix-du-livre-dottawa-finalists

DEAL NEWS: AFTERSHOCK by Alison Taylor

Canadian English rights to the stunning debut novel AFTERSHOCK by Alison Taylor, a compulsively readable story for fans of Gail Honeyman, about an opiate addicted mother and her millennial lesbian daughter and their charged relationship rooted in the painful emotional impact of the tragic and mysterious death of the baby sister, years prior, sold to Iris Tupholme at HarperCollins Canada in a deal by Samantha Haywood of Transatlantic Agency

Welcome, David Young!

We’re very pleased to welcome David Young as a client of Transatlantic.

David Young published two novels in his twenties and wrote a series of award-winning plays (Fire, Glenn, Inexpressible Island, No Great Mischief, Clout), which were widely produced in Canada and abroad. He was a founding director of both The Writers’ Trust of Canada and the Griffin Poetry Prize.

Currently on offer, his début novel, Field of Vision employs an artfully-constructed plot that weaves together the lives of its eclectic protagonists. It opens with a group of strangers who have come to an isolated cabin in the New Mexican desert for the rare chance to encounter the Field of Vision, an enigmatic art installation, which consists of a vast grid of lightning rods, and is said to induce life-changing experiences, fantastical coincidences, and harmonious synchronicities in the lives of those who engage with it. The experience the group shared during that single night in the desert will intertwine their futures in ways they cannot yet imagine. With razor-sharp social satire contrasted with serious philosophical interrogation about how to truly see and become one’s best self; with themes of the power of art, nature, and story, the destructiveness of addictions, and how love can ruin, redeem, and heal, Young has unleashed his truly singular voice to write Field of Vision.

David Young lives in Toronto, and in recent years, has worked extensively on HIV/AIDS interventions in Sub-Saharan Africa. He is represented by Marilyn Biderman. Welcome, David!