Welcoming Sarah Mian to Transatlantic

We are so happy to welcome Sarah Mian to Transatlantic!

Sarah Mian‘s debut novel, When the Saints, was published by HarperCollins in 2015. It won the Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award  the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award, and was a finalist for the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour. Sarah is currently working on the film adaption simultaneous to writing her second novel, The World in Awful Sleep.

Sarah is represented by Senior Literary Agent Carolyn Forde. 

“If you read one new Canadian author in 2015, make it Sarah Mian…When the Saints is the kind of gem that makes other writers wish their name was on the cover.” – TORONTO STAR

“If you don’t know the name Sarah Mian now, just wait…[She} may just be the next big thing in Canadian literature.” –HALIFAX HERALD

“Once in a while a fresh voice comes to light in Canadian letters and this spring, it is Sarah Mian.” –OWEN SOUND SUN TIMES

“Tabby Saint, the tough young protagonist of When the Saints, is more of an Addie Loggins of Paper Moon meets True Grit’s Mattie Ross type of gal. Then throw in some cussing — a lot of cussing.” –WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

“This is not the Nova Scotia I’m used to reading about, but it’s one I would have gladly stayed in for another 250 pages.” –THE COAST

“It’s easy to imagine Wes Anderson or the Coen brothers adapting this beguiling novel.” –QUILL & QUIRE

Welcoming Roz Nay

Transatlantic extends a warm welcome to internationally bestselling author Roz Nay! Roz’s first novel, OUR LITTLE SECRET (Simon & Schuster Canada, St Martins Press in the US), won the Hugo Prix for Best Foreign Thriller (in France), was shortlisted for the Kobo Emerging Writer Award and nominated for the Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Crime Novel with rights sales in France, the Netherlands and Estonia. Roz is hard at work on her next novel!

Roz Nay grew up in England and studied at Oxford University. She has been published in The Antigonish Review and the anthology Refuge. Roz has worked as an underwater fish counter in Africa, a snowboard videographer in Vermont, and a high school teacher in both the UK and Australia. She now lives in British Columbia, Canada, with her husband and two children.

Roz is represented by Senior Literary Agent Carolyn Forde.

Praise for OUR LITTLE SECRET:

“A cracking read. Flicking back and forth from the first love to a police cell, Our Little Secret builds to a deliciously dark conclusion.”
— Ruth Ware, author of The Woman in Cabin 10

“In her debut novel, Roz Nay lures readers down a dark and tangled path that explores the aftereffects of lost first loves. Our Little Secret is a gripping addition to the psych thriller world.”
— Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of The Good Girl

“A clever and addictive read that had me enthralled from the first chapter all the way to the shocking twist that left me breathless. I stayed in bed one lazy afternoon and polished it off, then stared up at my ceiling, stunned that it was over and still half in love with the characters. It’s been a long time since I’ve read a debut this good. Roz Nay is going to be a name we hear a lot of in the future.”
— Chevy Stevens, bestselling author of Still Missing

“In Roz Nay’s tightly woven debut, Our Little Secret, we meet Angela—a wily woman with a twisted love story, who is in quite a heap of trouble. As the story unfolds and the mystery deepens, the breadcrumbs Nay expertly leaves behind reveal a dark truth you won’t see coming. Ruth Ware fans will love this compulsive, impossible-to-put-down novel!”
— Karma Brown, bestselling author of Come Away with Me and The Choices We Make

“Roz Nay shows how the past is never truly past, and can be darker than we guess, especially when it comes to first loves. A most promising debut.”
— Andrew Pyper, bestselling author of The Demonologist and The Only Child

HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY to WITHIN THESE LINES by Stephanie Morrill

Book Launch Day is here, along with our best wishes to Stephanie Morrill for the release of WITHIN THESE LINES, a Junior Library Guild GOLD STANDARD book, published by Harper Collins/Blink YA Books.

The dimensional characters in this timeless tale portray a time in US history when fear and hatred overshadow logic.

Taichi and Evalina thought that keeping their interracial relationship under wraps was difficult enough — but, when 1942 headlines of the San Francisco News announce “First Japanese Ready to Leave Coast,” and Taichi and his family are soon forced into containment at Manzanar Relocation Center, both families are exposed to something truly sinister — the degrading treatment of Japanese American citizens contained against their will.

Fueled by Taichi’s courage, determined Evalina faces down her own fears, risks her own family’s reputation, and becomes a voice who dares to educate the ignorant and expose the hypocrisy of those who are complicit in denying American citizens due process.

“Morrill produces a historical novel that blends devastating true events with lifelike fictional characters as it brings history to life.”
~ Booklist

“… the author’s extensive research helps to create a rich and engaging atmosphere that will transport readers.”
~ School Library Journal

“A well-plotted mystery with plenty of twists, turns, and red herrings.”
~ Publishers Weekly

“Precise in its history, intimate in detail, … sensitively written novel brings to life a shameful era of American injustice.”
~ Janet Taylor Lisle, ALA notable author and Newbery Honor author

“Within These Lines is a moving story of love, hope, and family set against the dark history of Japanese internment in America. This book had me captivated!”
~ Maureen McQuerry, YALSA award-winning author

Stephanie Morrill is the author of 1920’s mystery, The Lost Girl of Astor Street, and the author of several contemporary young adult series. Since 2010, Stephanie has been encouraging the next generation of writers at her website, GoTeenWriters.com. She lives in the Kansas City area, where she loves plotting big and small adventures to enjoy with her husband and three children.

Happy Book Birthday to CHICKEN GIRL by Heather Smith

Happiest of book birthdays to CHICKEN GIRL by Heather Smith!

Everybody has a story that will break your heart; this poignant coming-of-age YA book by Heather Smith, the author of the acclaimed The Agony of Bun O’Keefe, is out now from Penguin Teen/Penguin Random House Canada.

Poppy used to be an optimist. But after a photo of her dressed as Rosie the Riveter is mocked online, she’s having trouble seeing the good in the world. As a result, Poppy trades her beloved vintage clothes for a feathered chicken costume and accepts a job as an anonymous sign waver outside a restaurant. There, Poppy meets six-year-old girl Miracle, who helps Poppy see beyond her own pain, opening her eyes to the people around her: Cam, her twin brother, who is adjusting to life as an openly gay teen; Buck, a charming photographer with a cute British accent and a not-so-cute mean-streak; and Lewis a teen caring for an ailing parent, while struggling to reach the final stages of his gender transition. As the summer unfolds, Poppy stops glorifying the past and starts focusing on the present. But just as she comes to terms with the fact that there is good and bad in everyone, she is tested by a deep betrayal.

Heather Smith is originally from Newfoundland, and now lives in Waterloo, Ontario, with her husband and three children. Her east coast roots inspire much of her writing. Her previous YA novel, The Agony of Bun O’Keefe, received a starred review from Kirkus and Quill & Quire and was named a best book of 2017 by Kirkus, Bank Street College of Education, The Globe & Mail, and Quill & Quire (honorable mention), as well as selected as an Outstanding International Book by USBBY (United States Board on Books for Young People).

Happy Book Birthday to HELL AND DAMNATION by Marq de Villiers

Happiest of Book Birthdays to Hell and Damnation: A Sinner’s Guide to Eternal Torment by Marq de Villiers!

Hell and Damnation: A Sinner’s Guide to Eternal Torment is bestselling author Marq de Villiers’ sixteenth book.  Urbane, funny and deeply researched, it takes readers on a journey into the strange richness of hell, deep into time, and across many faiths. This unique take on the afterlife is out now from the University of Regina Press.

“Finally, a guide to the eternal hereafter for the rest of us.  Devilishly clever! One hell of a read! – Mike Tully, co-host of The Jason Ellis Show on Sirius XM

“A sly and madcap romp through the underworld that we ourselves have created for punishing our enemies – an underworld that only half of us believe in, just some of the time.” – Eilleen Gardiner, author of Visions of Heaven and Hell Before Dante

 “What in the world were human beings thinking when we invented hell? In this delightful book, Marq de Villiers shows us that our conception of The Bad Place might not teach us much about the universe, but it illuminates a great deal about ourselves.” – Sean Carroll, author of The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning , and the Universe Itself

Marq de Villiers is the Governor General’s Award–winning author of Water, and is a Member of the Order of Canada. Marq lives in Port Medway, NS.

Deal News: Undersong by Kathleen Winter

World English-language rights for award-winning Canadian author Kathleen Winter’s next novel have been acquired by Knopf Canada’s Publishing Director, Lynn Henry. Winter is the author of the internationally celebrated novel Annabel, and more recently, Lost in September. 
The new novel is inspired by Dorothy Wordsworth’s life and work. Over the past year, Winter has been transcribing previously unpublished journals and diaries penned by Dorothy Wordsworth (sister of the English Romantic poet William Wordsworth), which belong to The Wordsworth Trust in the UK. Winter’s transcriptions will be returned to the Trust’s archives for future public and academic use.
 
Tentatively titled Undersong, the novel will be published in the Fall of 2021. The deal was arranged by Winter’s agent, Shaun Bradley

Happy Book Birthday to A GIRL NAMED LOVELY by Catherine Porter

Happy Book Birthday to A Girl Named Lovely by Catherine Porter, out today from Simon & Schuster. This insightful and uplifting memoir about a young Haitian girl in post-earthquake Haiti, and the profound, life-changing effect she had on one journalist’s life, has already received rave reviews and blurbs:

A Girl Named Lovely is a graceful and moving memoir. Full of warmth and wisdom, it opens your eyes and your heart to those in need, invites you to step into their world, and, finally, inspires you to find a way to help.” — Amanda Lindhout, bestselling author of A House in the Sky

“This is a beautiful and tenderly told story, at times shocking, always illuminating.Catherine takes us into the heart of Haiti but also into her own conflicted heart, where her professionalism collides with her humanity. Ultimately, it’s a little Haitian girl who shows Catherine how she can be—at once—a compassionate person, a rigorous journalist, and a loving mother. A Girl Named Lovely is a book that will resonate with readers long after the final poignant pages.” — Carol Off, bestselling author of All We Left Behind

“Powerful and searching, Porter’s book offers an unforgettable account of how one woman’s humanitarian gestures not only changed her, but also made a difference in the lives of people living in unimaginable misery. A movingly candid memoir about finding some measure of hope in ‘the poorest country in the western hemisphere.'” — Kirkus Reviews

In January 2010, a devastating earthquake struck Haiti, killing hundreds of thousands of people and paralyzing the country. Catherine Porter, a newly minted international reporter, was on the ground in the immediate aftermath. Moments after she arrived in Haiti, Catherine found her first story. A ragtag group of volunteers told her about a “miracle child”—a two-year-old girl who had survived six days under the rubble and emerged virtually unscathed.

Over the next five years, Catherine would visit Lovely and her family seventeen times, while also reporting on the country’s struggles to harness the international rush of aid. Each trip, Catherine’s relationship with Lovely and her family became more involved and more complicated. Trying to balance her instincts as a mother and a journalist, and increasingly conscious of the costs involved, Catherine found herself struggling to align her worldview with the realities of Haiti after the earthquake. Although her dual roles as donor and journalist were constantly at odds, as one piled up expectations and the other documented failures, a third role had emerged and quietly become the most important: that of a friend.

Catherine Porter is the Canada bureau chief for The New York Times, based in Toronto. She joined the paper in February 2017 from Toronto Star, Canada’s largest-circulation newspaper, where she was a columnist and feature writer. Catherine has received two National Newspaper Awards in Canada, the Landsberg Award for her feminist columns, and a Queen’s Jubliee Medal for grassroots community work. She lives in Toronto with her husband and two kids.

Happy Book Birthday BE MY LOVE by Kit Pearson!

For as long as she can remember, Maisie has spent her summers on Kingfisher Island. She and her beloved cousin Una run wild, and Maisie feels the warm embrace of her big, extended family.

This summer Maisie needs that escape more than ever. But now everything on Kingfisher has changed: Una has returned from her mainland school a sophisticated young woman too mature for childish games, and even worse, she has an all-consuming infatuation with David Meyer, both an old friend and an older man. Soon Maisie finds herself playing second fiddle—jealous of Una and David’s closeness, and unsure of what those feelings mean.

When Maisie’s greatest attempt to maintain the special magic of her friendship with Una goes up in smoke, it seems as though all is lost. But with an enormous revelation, and a heartrending intervention, Maisie may finally discover the strength she needs to find the same peace that the island has brought her within herself.

BE MY LOVE was published February 12, 2019 by HarperCollins Canada and has received great acclaim, including being included on the CBC Book’s list of Books to Read for Valentine’s Day, as well as the following blurbs and reviews:
“[Pearson] has a wonderful gift for depicting the inner lives of her teenage characters in a thoughtful and compassionate manner, while never shying away from the hard questions.” – Quill & Quire, starred review

“This is Kit Pearson at the top of her game, leading us heart, line and sinker into a touching story of self-discovery.” – Sarah Ellis, award-winning author of Outside In and Dodger Boy

“Compelling, moving and utterly believable. . . . This is the book I needed when I was twelve. I am so glad it is finally here for all the kids who need it now.” – Robin Stevenson, Stonewall Honor Award-winning author of Pride

Kit Pearson is one of Canada’s most beloved children’s authors. Her award-winning books include A Handful of Time, which has sold more than 250,000 copies since it was published in 1987; the Guests of War trilogy; The Daring Game; Awake and Dreaming, winner of the Governor General’s Award; The Whole Truth, winner of the CLA Book of the Year for Children Award; And Nothing but the Truth; and A Day of Signs and Wonders, finalist for the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award. She is a recipient of the Vicky Metcalf Award for her body of work and the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence. In 2018, Kit was appointed a member of the Order of Canada. She lives in Victoria, BC.

Deal News: A HISTORY OF MY BRIEF BODY by Billy-Ray Belcourt

Penguin Canada editor David Ross has commissioned Billy-Ray Belcourt, the youngest ever winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize, for a book of essays. Drawing on intimate personal experience, A HISTORY OF MY BRIEF BODY is a meditation on grief, joy, love, and sex at the intersection of indigeneity and queerness. It will be published under the Hamish Hamilton imprint and is currently scheduled for a May 2020 release.

Billy-Ray Belcourt is from the Driftpile Cree Nation. He is a Ph.D. student and 2018 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar in the Department of English & Film Studies at the University of Alberta. His first book, This Wound is a World, won the 2018 Canadian Griffin Poetry Prize, the 2018 Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize, and a 2018 Indigenous Voices Award. It was also named the best “Canadian poetry” collection of 2017 by CBC Books.

“Billy-Ray Belcourt is one of the most exciting new voices in Canadian literature,” says Ross. “His writing is simultaneously devastating and beautiful, and I’m humbled to be working with him as he experiments with form and genre. I can’t wait for the power of his words to reach whole new audiences.”

The deal was arranged by Stephanie Sinclair.

Deal News: DISFIGURED by Amanda Leduc

World rights to Amanda Leduc’s “DISFIGURED: On Fairy Tales, Disability, and Making Space for Oneself in the World”, which looks at several prominent, recognizable fairy tale traditions and archetypes and examines how these ideas have played out in history and recent popular culture, and draws on Amanda’s own experience as a physically disabled woman with cerebral palsy, to compare and contrast the treatment of disability in these stories, have been sold to Alana Wilcox at Coach House Books in a deal by Samantha Haywood at Transatlantic Agency for publication in Feb 2020.