Two Transatlantic Authors Nominated for 2020 Manitoba Young Readers Choice Awards

The nominees for the 2020 Manitoba Young Readers Choice Awards have been announced and we’re congratulating two Transatlantic authors for being nominated!

Eric Walters’ ELEPHANT SECRET (Penguin Random House Canada) is nominated for the Sundogs award and Heather Smith’s EBB & FLOW (Kids Can Press) is nominated for the Northern Lights award.

These annual awards honour quality books with wide readership appeal, and the nominated books are selected by young readers.

For more information on the awards and a full list of nominees, please visit http://www.myrca.ca.

Rachel Giese’s BOYS and Abu Bakr al Rabeeah & Winnie Yeung’s HOMES finalists for Shaughessy COHEN PRIZE FOR POLITICAL WRITING

We’re proud to congratulate Rachel Giese‘s BOYS (HarperCollins Canada) and Abu Bakr al Rabeeah & Winnie Yeung‘s HOMES (Freehand Books) on being named finalists for this year’s Shaughessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing!

This annual prize, presented by the Writers’ Trust of Canada, awards an exceptional book of literary nonfiction that captures a political subject of relevance.

FROM THE JURY

On BOYS: “With a skillful mix of original reporting, scholarly research, and personal anecdote, Rachel Giese presents a deeply felt examination of the forces that shape how boys see themselves and how we see them. No one, from parents to policy-makers, can read Boys without rethinking their notion of manliness, masculinity, and how we raise young men.”

On HOMES: “This extraordinary story is about the resilience of family in the face of profound terror; Yeung writes with a deceptively simple, meticulously observed eye and novelistic attention to plot and character. As Canadians grapple with the complexities of welcoming thousands of refugees, they would do well to read the powerfully affecting story of Homes.”

The winner will be announced on May 15, 2019. For more information about the award and the full list of finalists, please visit www.writerstrust.com/shaughnessy-cohen-prize-for-political-writing.

EBB & FLOW wins the Winterset Award

Congratulations to Heather Smith, who has won the Winterset Award for EBB && FLOW (Kids Can Press)! This annual award recognizes excellence in Newfoundland and Labrador writing.

Written in free verse, EBB & FLOW tells the poignant story of Jett, who is spending the summer with his unconventional grandmother after a year where his father went to jail and he started a new school have him caught in a cycle of poor decisions that culminated in the betrayal of a friend. EBB & FLOW was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award last fall, and is on the Silver Birch list.

Please visit the ArtsNL website for more information: http://www.nlac.ca/news/20190328.htm

Heather Smith’s EBB & FLOW finalist for the Winterset Award

We’re celebrating Heather Smith‘s EBB & FLOW (Kids Can Press), which has been named a finalist for the Winterset Award. This annual award recognizes excellence in Newfoundland and Labrador writing. Congrats, Heather!

Written in free verse, EBB & FLOW tells the poignant story of Jett, who is spending the summer with his unconventional grandmother after a year where his father went to jail and he started a new school have him caught in a cycle of poor decisions that culminated in the betrayal of a friend. EBB & FLOW was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award last fall, and is on the Silver Birch list..

The winner will be announced at Government House in St. John’s on March 28, 2019. Please visit the ArtsNL website for more information: www.nlac.ca/news

EBB & FLOW by Heather Smith longlisted for the Winterset Award

EBB & FLOW by Heather Smith (Kids Can Press, 2018) was longlisted for the Winterset Award, which celebrates excellence in Newfoundland and Labrador writing. The award is given in honour of the memory of Sandra Fraser Gwyn, the St. John’s-born social historian, prize-winning author, and passionate promoter of Newfoundland and Labrador arts. Her husband, journalist and author Richard Gwyn established the award in 2000, which is managed by ArtsNL.

Written in free verse, EBB & FLOW tells the poignant story of Jett, who is spending the summer with his unconventional grandmother after a year where his father went to jail and he started a new school have him caught in a cycle of poor decisions that culminated in the betrayal of a friend. EBB & FLOW was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award last fall, and is on the Silver Birch list.

Heather Smith is also the author of two young adult novels, Baygirl and The Agony of Bun O’Keefe, and two picture books. Originally from Newfoundland, she now lives in Waterloo, Ontario.

Please visit the ArtsNL website for the full list and more information about the award: www.nlac.ca/news

6 Transatlantic clients on Ontario Library Association Best Bets List 2019

The Ontario Library Association Best Bets List 2019 is out. This honors the best new Canadian books and we’re proud that several Transatlantic authors are on it!

In Picture Books the list features Maureen Fergus‘s THE REPTILE CLUB (Kids Can Press) and Heather Smith‘s ANGUS ALL AGLOW, and in Junior Fiction there’s both Rachelle Delaney‘s CLARA VOYANT and Cary Fagan‘s THE HOLLOW UNDER THE TREE.

Sarah Hampson and Kass Reich‘s DR. COO AND THE PIGEON PROTEST (Kid’s Can Press) was recognized as an honorable mention in Picture Books.

Congratulations all! To see the full list, please visit this site:
www.accessola.org/OLA//BesBets

Shauna Singh Baldwin granted sala’s distinguished creative writer award

Congratulations to Shauna Singh Baldwin for receiving the South Asian Literary Association’s Distinguished Creative Writer Award!
 
The South Asian Literary Association is dedicated to advancing the knowledge and study of South Asian literature, as well as to promoting and disseminating diasporic writing. In recognition of her outstanding body of work, Shauna Singh Baldwin was given the Distinguished Writer Award at the 2019 SALA conference in Chicago.
Shauna Singh Baldwin’s first work of fiction, English Lessons and Other Stories won the 1996 Friends of American Writers Award. Her short story Satya won the 1997 CBC Literary Award.

Since then, Shauna has written three novels published by Knopf Canada: the best-selling What the Body Remembers, which won the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize (Canada and Caribbean); The Tiger Claw, a finalist for the Giller Prize. The Tiger Claw was optioned for film. And The Selector of Souls, which received the 2012 Council for Wisconsin Writers Fiction prize.

HOMES and CORVUS Longlisted for Canada Reads 2019

We’re proud to announce that both HOMES (Freehand Books 2018) by Abu Bakr al Rabeeah with Winnie Yeung, and CORVUS (Thistledown Press 2015) by Harold Johnson, have been longlisted for Canada Reads 2019.

HOMES is a “heartbreaking, hopeful and urgently necessary book that provides a window into understanding Syria,” and was a finalist for the 2018 Governor General’s Literary Award for nonfiction.

 

CORVUS “examines the illusions of security we build through technology and presents a scathing satire of a world caught up in climate change denial and the glorification of war,” and was shortlisted for the 2016 Saskatchewan Book Award for Aboriginal Peoples’ Writing.

This year’s list is centered on the theme One Book to Move You. “Spanning separations and reconciliations, wars of the past and present, personal histories and imagined futures, these titles will disturb and disrupt, inspire and incite, and move readers to feel, to think and to act.” Each chosen book has been championed by a celebrity, and the final five books and their champions will be revealed January 31, 2019.

For more information on Canada Reads 2019 and to see the full longlist, please follow this link: https://www.cbc.ca/books/here-is-the-canada-reads-2019-longlist-1.4969716

Best of luck to all the longlisted authors!

MEGABAT by Anna Humphrey, illustrated by Kass Reich shortlisted for Cybils Awards

Mega congrats to author Anna Humphrey and illustrator Kass Reich whose hilarious chapter book MEGABAT (Tundra), the first book in the series, is a Cybils Awards Early Chapter Books finalist!

These annual awards recognize “children’s and young adult authors and illustrators whose books combine the highest literary merit and popular appeal.”

Winners will be announced on February 14th. For more information on the award and the full list of finalists, please visit Cybils.com/2018-easy-reader-and-early-chapter-book-finalists.