DEAL NEWS: THE JUSTICE PROJECT by Michael Betcherman

 World rights for THE JUSTICE PROJECT, a new YA mystery by Michael Betcherman, the author of BREAKAWAY and FACE-OFF, to Ruth Linka at Orca Books for publication Fall 2019, by Amy Tompkins at Transatlantic Literary Agency. THE JUSTICE PROJECT is about an 18 year-old boy who despairs for the future after an accident ends his promising football career and leaves him with a permanent limp. He gets a summer job working with an organization that defends the wrongly convicted where he investigates the case of a man he is convinced is innocent, and in the process realizes that there is light at the end of the tunnel.

DEAL NEWS: EMMA’S PET by Ted Staunton

World rights to EMMA’S PET, written by Ted Staunton (author of WHAT BLOWS UP in the Almost Epic Squad Series) and illustrated by Ruth Ohi, were sold to Anne Shone at Scholastic Canada by Amy Tompkins on behalf of the author. EMMA’S PET will be about a girl who loses her favorite stuffed animal “pet” and auditions several replacements and will be published in 2020.

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.

Welcoming Susan R Eaton

We’re thrilled to welcome Susan R. Eaton to Transatlantic!

A geoscientist, journalist and explorer, Susan R. Eaton studies the interplay of plate tectonics, oceans, glaciers, climate and life in polar regions. A Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, she explores the world’s oceans—from Antarctica to the Arctic—in the snorkel zone, a unique land-sea-ice-air interface where charismatic animals and snorkelers comingle.

In the past decade, Susan has participated in seven science-based expeditions focused on documenting climate change and ocean change in the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, the Western Antarctic Peninsula, Labrador, Nunavut, Greenland, Svalbard, Spitzbergen and Iceland.

In 2015, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society named Susan one of Canada’s top 100 modern-day explorers and trailblazers. A year later, the same organization named her one of Canada’s 25 greatest female explorers. In 2018, Ocean Geographic named her one of the “Ocean’s Best” 18 most influential women leaders in ocean conservation.

As a freelance writer, Susan reports on science and technology, business, energy, the environment, space, geotourism and adventure travel. Her articles and photographs have been published in Canadian, American and international magazines and newspapers, including The Geographer, Water Canada, Canadian Geographic, Ocean Geographic, Outpost, Popular Mechanics, Explorer, DIVER Magazine, ALERT Diver, DivePhotoGuide, New Technology, Alberta Oil, Business Edge, the Financial Post, the Edmonton Journal and the Calgary Herald.

Born and raised in Nova Scotia, Susan lives in Cochrane, Alberta, in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains. She is working on a children’s science book (ages 9 to 12 years) that investigates the impacts of disappearing sea ice in the High Arctic.

Learn more at: https://susanreaton.com

Susan is represented by Amy Tompkins.

WELCOME ADDITION TO OUR NONFICTION CLIENT ROSTER … Lowey Bundy Sichol

A warm welcome to Lowey Bundy Sichol, author of entertaining & informative biographies for all ages.

Lowey’s first series, a set of business biographies for kids called “From and Idea to …” kicks off in February with subsequent titles to release throughout 2019 featuring Disney, Google, and LEGO.

Lowey received her MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and her BA from Hamilton College. Her MBA case studies have been read by business school students across the globe and are included in the internationally best-selling marketing book Marketing Management by Philip Kotler & Kevin Lane Keller.

We are excited to add Lowey and her unique work to Transatlantic’s client roster and looking forward to developing new books together for nonfiction readers of all ages who are interested in business, leadership, entrepreneurship, and top figures in sports and the arts.

Lowey lives in Chicago with her husband, three kids, and two dogs whose sneaky shenanigans are often caught on Instagram.

www.LoweyBundySichol.com

Lowey is represented by Sandra Bishop. For inquiries, write sandra@transatlanticagency.com

Happy Book Birthday to WHAT BLOWS UP by Ted Staunton

Happy book birthday to THE ALMOST EPIC SQUAD: WHAT BLOWS UP, written by Ted Staunton and illustrated by Britt Wilson, out January 1st from Scholastic Canada!

WHAT BLOWS UP, the second in the ALMOST EPIC SQUAD series, follows thirteen-year-old Gary Lundborg and his quest to master his basketball skills and his other, special skills.

Gary often knows all the right moves, but in the middle of an epic growth spurt, his execution is more disastrous than dazzling these days. Can he master his new powers and become the basketball star he wants to be? Well, first he must save the world!

It turns out there are forces both good and evil who have had their eyes on Gary and three other “special” kids since their exposure at birth to a mysterious element called reidium. Gary’s gifts are called on by secret government Department C, in charge of problems no one else takes seriously, to thwart the evil mastermind The Boss and her equally evil henchwoman Malevia Spleene in their quest to secure all the world’s reidium!

Ted Staunton is the award-winning author of over forty books for young people, including Bounced, and a roots/blues musician in whatever time is left over. A busy and popular presenter at schools across Canada, Ted also teaches writing at George Brown College in Toronto.

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!

Kit Pearson named to the Order of Canada

New year, new celebrations as we congratulate Kit Pearson on a tremendous achievement – being named to the Order of Canada!

Presented by the governor general, the Order of Canada is one of the country’s highest honours and recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. Kit is appointed for her contributions as an author of Canadian literature for children and young adults. Over her career, Kit has won numerous awards including the Governor General’s Literary Award and the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence.

For more information on the Order of Canada and a full list of recent appointments, please visit Gg.ca/governor-general-announces-103-new-appointments-order-canada.

Salmon Sisters make Forbes 30Under30 list

When you fully embrace your life and determine to build a brand and messaging that enriches the lives of others, the world becomes a better place. Everyone wins. And … sometimes you win along the way.

Congratulations, Emma and Claire, for making the list of Forbes 2018 30under30. We are proud to represent you and eager to keep watching your story unfold.

photo by Scott Dickerson

The Salmon Sisters, Emma Teal Laukitis and Claire Neaton, grew up on the remote Aleution Islands of Alaska, working on their family’s commercial fishing boat. Inspired by the sustainable fishing culture around them, the founded a fishery and clothing line to raise awareness of the role of wild sustainable seafood. Additionally for every item sold, the duo donates a can of wild salmon to the Food Bank of Alaska.

Their first book, a collection of stories, recipes, and original artwork will release from Sasquatch Books in early 2020.

Rights Inquiries: sandra@transatlanticagency.com

Media Inquires: kate@risingtidealaska.com

 

Welcoming Kirsten Madsen

A big Transatlantic welcome to author Kirsten Madsen!

Kirsten is a writer based in Whitehorse, Yukon. She was runner-up for the 2015 CBC Short Story Prize, and her fiction has been published in The Walrus, Prairie Fire, The New Quarterly and elsewhere. She was a finalist in both the Malahat Review and The New Quarterly fiction awards in 2017, and the Writers’ Union of Canada short story competition in 2011 and 2015. Kirsten has an MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia, where her thesis novel, The Cantilevered Universe, was shortlisted for the 2013 HarperCollins Canada / UBC Prize for Best New Fiction.

The Cantilevered Universe is a contemporary literary novel about the inner workings of an unconventional family. After a move to an isolated Northern town, teenage Emily begins to unravel after becoming increasingly withdrawn as her siblings forsake her in search of their own lives. Nearly twenty years later, her sister Louise seeks to come to terms with Emily’s disintegration while forging a new relationship of her own. The novel exposes a family embroiled in conflict while at the same time united in their desire to protect their youngest and most troubled member. This stunning debut will be ready for consideration in January.

Kirsten is represented by Stephanie Sinclair.