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.



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

“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


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!

Transatlantic Agency congratulates Jill Corcoran on her move to Smithsonian Enterprises

Please join us at the Transatlantic Agency in congratulating our colleague and friend, Jill Corcoran, on her new position with Smithsonian Enterprises as Director, Published Licensing Sales. This is an exciting opportunity for Corcoran, who was the first and only literary agent for Smithsonian Enterprises and will now be going in-house. She is moving to Washington to start her post on October 1st. Corcoran’s Transatlantic clients will be represented by its seven (7) passionate and experienced children’s agents based throughout New York, Boston, Portland OR, Toronto and Chicago.

Says Haywood, Transatlantic’s President, “I’m sorry to see Jill leave literary agenting, but we wish her nothing but success and are thrilled that the talented literary agents who moved to Transatlantic with her – Elizabeth Bennett, Jodell Sadler and Tim Travaglini – will all remain with us and they and the other Transatlantic agents are in talks with Jill’s clients.”

Says Corcoran, “I feel like I am leaving one dream job for another. I am so thankful to Samantha Haywood and her dynamic team for enthusiastically and genuinely welcoming my talented clients into the Transatlantic family.”

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, half adult publishing/half children’s publishing, located across North America, with US agents in New York, Boston, Chicago, 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. Representing 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).

For more information contact: Samantha Haywood at

Welcoming Gwen Benaway

Today, we’re welcoming a truly extraordinary and singular author to the Transatlantic family. Gwen Benaway is a trans girl of Anishinaabe and Métis descent. She has published three collections of poetry, Ceremonies for the DeadPassage, and most recently, Holy Wild. She has received many distinctions and awards, including the Dayne Ogilvie Honour of Distinction for Emerging Queer Authors from the Writers’ Trust of Canada. Her poetry and essays have been published in national publications and anthologies, including The Globe and Mail, Maclean’s Magazine, CBC Arts, and many others. She is a Ph.D student at the Women and Gender Studies Institute at the University of Toronto.  
The manuscript for her first volume of prose, fifteen linked personal essays called trans girl in love is currently available. With searing honesty, an arrestingly frank literary voice, and a poet’s skill to dig deeply, Gwen uncovers her life in its many complexities, contradictions, emptiness and fullness. trans girl in love illuminates the bittersweet longing and joy at the heart of trans feminine desire, exploring the many moments that make up a world of vibrant living. Gwen has lots of illuminating things to say on Twitter, so do follow her @GwenBenaway. Also visit her website: We’re somewhere beyond proud to have Gwen on our roster! She is represented by Marilyn Biderman.