Happy Book Birthday to Heather Smith’s A PLAN FOR POPS!

Happiest of book birthdays to Heather Smith for the publication of her new picture book A PLAN FOR POPS, illustrated by Brooke Kerrigan, just published in English and French by Orca Book Publishers!

Lou spends every Saturday with Grandad and Pops. They walk to the library hand in hand, like a chain of paper dolls. Grandad reads books about science and design, Pops listens to rock and roll, and Lou bounces from lap to lap. But everything changes one Saturday. Pops has a fall. That night there is terrible news: Pops will be confined to a wheelchair, not just for now, but for always. Unable to cope with his new circumstances, he becomes withdrawn and shuts himself in his room. Hearing Grandad trying to cheer up Pops inspires Lou to make a plan. Using skills learned from Grandad, and with a little help from their neighbors, Lou comes up with a plan for Pops.

School Library Journal has praised it as “A beautiful and uplifting book to help children learn how to handle challenges and help others; a great choice for intergenerational picture book shelves.”


North American English rights to I OVERCAME MY AUTISM AND ALL I GOT WAS THIS LOUSY ANXIETY DISORDER by Sarah Kurchak — an examination of all of the steps the author took to become an autistic “success story”, how it almost ruined her life, and how she is now trying to recover; tackling everything from autism parenting culture, to love, sex, alcohol, obsessions, and professional pillow fighting, Kurchak challenges current perceptions about autism and asks what can really make the lives of autistic people healthier, happier, and more fulfilling — to Douglas & McIntyre for Spring 2020 by Stephanie Sinclair.


DEAL NEWS: Canada English rights to Harriet Alida Lye’s NATURAL KILLER – an intimate and gripping memoir examining the interconnectedness of life and death, what it means for your body to turn against itself, self-destructing from within; and how to reconcile that with the magical banality of creating a life; with the searing honesty of A Life’s Work by Rachel Cusk and lyricism of On Immunity by Eula Biss, weaving in source material from the year the author lived in the hospital, this memoir is told in narrative, snapshots, and raw observations turned inward and out – to Jared Bland at McClelland & Stewart for Spring 2020 by Stephanie Sinclair.

Welcoming Meg Mahoney

Welcome debut author Meg Mahoney!

Meg Mahoney is a Pediatric Intensive Care doctor in Calgary, Alberta, where she lives with her husband and three children. An avid reader and writer of stories, Meg’s writing was pushed aside as she completed medical school, residency and fellowship. As she began to see her children swept away by the same words, poetry and imagination that had captivated her, she rediscovered her passion for writing. Meg is a member of SCBWI and CANSCAIP and is currently working on her debut middle grade novel.

Meg is represented by Elizabeth Bennett.


Deal news for Iain Reid‘s bestselling novels:
Portuguese rights to FOE to 20/20 Editora by The Foreign Office. Previous rights sold, U.S., Scout Press S&S; Canada, Simon & Schuster Canada; Scribner, UK; Germany, Droemer; Brazil, Rocco; Italy, Rizzoli; Turkey, Teas; Czech, Leda; French, Presses de la Cité. All in association with Stephanie Sinclair on behalf of Samantha Haywood.
Japanese rights to I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS to Hayakawa Publishing Inc by The English Agency Ltd. Previous rights sold U.S., Scout Press; Canada, Simon & Schuster Canada; U.K. & A.N.Z., Text Publishing; The Netherlands, Prometheus; Brazil, Rocco; France, Presses de la Cite; Israel, HaKursa; Denmark, Lindhardt og Ringhof; Germany, Droemer; Turkey, Teas; Poland, Prosznski; Thailand, WeLearn; China, United Sky; Korea, Arumdri Media Publishing; Centrepolygraph Publishers, Russia; Iceland, Bjartur & Verold; Spain, Alianza; Hungary, Athenaeum; Macedonia, Ili-Ili; Patakis, Greece; Rizzoli, Italy. All in association with Stephanie Sinclair on behalf of Samantha Haywood.


Happy book birthday to Megan Gail ColesSMALL GAME HUNTING AT THE LOCAL COWARD GUN CLUB, publishing today with House of Anansi Press!

By turns biting, funny, poetic, and heartbreaking, Megan Gail Coles’ debut novel rips into the inner lives of a wicked cast of characters, building towards a climax that will shred perceptions and force a reckoning. This is blistering Newfoundland Gothic for the twenty-first century, a wholly original, bracing, and timely portrait of a place in the throes of enormous change, where two women confront the traumas of their past in an attempt to overcome the present and to pick up a future.

MEGAN GAIL COLES is a graduate of the Memorial University of Newfoundland and the National Theatre School of Canada and is completing an MFA at the University of British Columbia. She has completed numerous plays, and her first fiction collection of short stories, Eating Habits of the Chronically Lonesome, won the BMO Winterset Award, the ReLit Award, and the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award and earned her the one-time Writers’ Trust 5×5 prize. Small Game Hunting at the Local Coward Gun Club is her first novel. Originally from Savage Cove on the Great Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland, Megan now resides in St. John’s, where she is the Executive Director of Riddle Fence and Projects Manager at Eastern Edge Gallery.

Advance Praise

Small Game Hunting is a singular, beautiful, burning story — not only a piercing page-turner but a sharp and essential portrait of an island and its people in our times that will draw you in and then pull you under. It is an ocean of a book. Not to be missed.”
— Elisabeth de Mariaffi, author of Hysteria

“No mistake, Megan Gail Coles is a driven, consequential writer who plays for keeps. Her seemingly off-the-cuff voice is controlled and quite intricate, and commands revisiting. Small Game Hunting at the Local Coward Gun Club is as important a novel as any that’s hit Canadian literature in years.”
— Joel Thomas Hynes, author of We’ll All Be Burnt in Our Beds Some Night

“Each character is rendered with such stunning details and unflinching insights that you can’t leave this novel’s pages without being changed. To read Megan Gail Coles’s masterful debut is to become obsessed with it.”
— Alicia Elliott, author of A Mind Spread Out on the Ground

DEAL NEWS: Six foreign rights sales on behalf of Page Two Strategies

We’re sharing six exciting foreign rights deals by Stephanie Sinclair in association with our wonderful co-agents on behalf of Page Two Strategies!

Polish rights to EQ APPLIED by Justin Bariso to Rebis by Literatura Agency; Spanish rights to Sirio by The Foreign Office; Korean rights to Green Light by the BC Agency. Previous rights sold, Vahlen, at auction, in Germany by The Liepman Agency; United Creadion, at auction, in mainland China and China Times, at auction, in Taiwan by The Grayhawk Agency; Russia, Bombora Books, Eksmo Non-Fiction; Czech, Metfora by the Kristin Olson Literary Agency; Vietnam, 1980 Books Ltd.

Spanish rights to EXACTLY WHAT TO SAY by Phil M. Jones to Ediciones Urano by The Foreign Office. Previous rights sold, Simplified Chinese to China Youth Book by the Grayhawk Agency; Korean rights to The Wings of Thinking Publishing Co by the Greenbook Literary Agency and Japanese rights to Pan Rolling by Japan Uni Agency; Vietnamese, Saigon Books; Arabic, Jarir Books; Taiwanese, Domain Publishing; Romanian, California Fitness Romania.

Japanese rights to 1-PAGE MARKETING PLAN by Allan Dib to Direct Publishing, Inc by Japan Uni Agency; Polish rights to Helion by the Book Lab.

Iain Reid’s FOE and Elisabeth de Mariaffi’s HYSTERIA nominated for 2019 Evergreen Award

Iain Reid‘s FOE and Elisabeth de Mariaffi‘s HYSTERIA have been nominated for the 2019 OLA Evergreen Award – congratulations, both!

About the award: “The Evergreen Award reading program is comprised of the best titles in Canadian fiction and non-fiction for adults of any age. It is one of seven programs that form the OLA’s Forest of Reading, Canada’s largest recreational reading program of its kind. Over 250,000 Canadians participate each year in the Forest of Reading.”

The winner will be announced during Ontario Public Library Week in October.

For more information and a full list of nominees, please www.accessola.org/OLA/EvergreenNominees2019.


One of Barnes & Noble’s “Most Anticipated Historical YA Novels of The Year”Releases Today: BETWEEN BEFORE & AFTER

We are celebrating with Maureen McQuerry today, as her new book BETWEEN BEFORE & AFTER takes its long anticipated first steps into the world.

Ten years ago, while the US economy was in a freefall, the manuscript which Maureen had originally titled A Trail of Crumbs was circulating and getting a lot of common feedback referencing her stunning prose; writing that made scenes jump off the page; and “such strong voice.” We were sure we were on a straight path to publication.

But then … we began hearing from editors citing a variety of reasons for passing on it: the economy; uncertainty about positioning; worry that the dual narrative mixed with present and past tense would make it too different. And would fairy tale references in a YA novel really work?

After a time, we set it aside and Maureen turned her attention to other manuscripts which were published to acclaim.

But this story of a family picking up clues and finding its way – in spite of twists in their path, locked doors, and secrets lurking in the shadows – would just not rest. Ten years (almost to the day) from the day of its first submission, this beautiful story found its publishing home with Blink YA Books.

As it turned out the timing of this book’s release is just right: librarians are now asking for more historical YA, Barnes & Noble called it one of their “Most Anticipated Historical YA Novels of The Year”, and it has been 100 years since the Spanish Flu swept through New York; the aftermath of which inspired Maureen to write this book.

Our fondest congratulations to Maureen on today’s release of BETWEEN BEFORE AND AFTER. We are proud to been part of the journey to finding this stunning book its publishing home.


Harper Collins Blink YA

Guest Post on Teen Librarian Toolbox

High Marks on Goodreads

Maureen McQuerry’s Website

Maureen is represented by Sandra Bishop. For inquires, contact: sandra@transatlanticagency.com