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
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.
We are very proud to announce new Transatlantic client, Kai Cheng Thom!
Kai Cheng Thom is a writer, performer, lasagna lover, and wicked witch. Her work includes From the Stars in the Sky to the Fish in the Sea, a children’s picture book; Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars: A Dangerous Trans Girl’s Confabulous Memoir, a novel; a place called No Homeland, a book of poetry; and I Hope We Chose Love: A Trans Girl’s Notes from the End of the World, a forthcoming collection of essays and poetry.
Kai is a rising star whose writing continues to garner accolades. She won the 2017 Dayne Ogilvie Prize for Emerging LGBTQ Writers and was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Prize both in 2016 for Transgender Fiction and in 2017 for Transgender Poetry. In 2019, actress Emma Watson chose Fierce Femmes as the March/April pick for the international feminist book club, Our Shared Shelf.
Kai performs at festivals, theatres, and poetry slams and has appeared at the Blue Metropolis Festival, the Canadian Festival of Spoken Words, and Toronto’s Buddies in Bad Times Theatre where she performed her solo theatre show, “Swallowing Chains”.
Most recently, Kai added “advice columnist” to her repertoire with her new column for Xtra, “Ask Kai: Advice for the Apocalypse”. Kai Cheng Thom lives in Toronto.
Kai is jointly represented by Léonicka Valcius and Marilyn Biderman.
Film 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.
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.
Susan Kochan at Penguin Putnam Children’s won the World rights to an original board book series concepted and co-written by Duane Armitage, a professor of philosophy at the University of Scranton, and award-winning children’s author and educator, Maureen Doyle McQuerry.
Each of four titles, planned to release simultaneously in summer 2020 will include: Truth with Socrates; Imagination with René Descartes; Happiness with Aristotle; and Equality with Simone de Beauvoir.
This fun series will help adults open up conversations with young children about what it means to be wise, thoughtful human beings, and to present the notion, even early on, that embracing contemplation can help them (and us all) engage meaningfully with the world.
2018 SCWBI NY Portfolio Showcase winner, Robin Rosenthal will be illustrating. Sandra Bishop brokered the deal for the authors.
For more detail, email email@example.com.
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.