Welcoming Darrel McLeod!

A warm Transatlantic Agency welcome to Darrel McLeod!

Darrel J. McLeod is Cree from Treaty 8 First Nation of Alberta. He is the author of the memoir Mamaskatch: A Cree Coming of Age (Douglas & McIntyre), winner of the 2018 Governor General’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction, and finalist for the RBC Charles Taylor Prize. The sequel to Mamaskatch, entitled Peyakow, is in the final editing phase and will likely be released in the fall of 2020.

Darrel is a fluent speaker of French and Spanish and is studying Cree. He holds degrees in French literature and education from the University of British Columbia, and has advanced training in dispute resolution. Before retiring and pursuing a career in writing, he was a chief negotiator of land claims for the federal government, and executive director of education and international affairs with the Assembly of First Nations.

In the spring of 2018 Darrel was accepted into the Banff Writing Studio to advance his first work of fiction. He lives, writes, sings and plays jazz guitar in Sooke, B.C., and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Darrel is represented by Senior Literary Agent Carolyn Forde.


Credit: George Qua-Enoo

North American English-language rights for Gary Barwin’s novel, NOTHING THE SAME, EVERYTHING HAUNTED, to Anne Collins at Random House Canada for publication in Spring 2021. This extraordinary work is a cross-pollination between cowboy fiction and Holocaust literature, featuring Motl, a middle-aged Lithuanian Jew, who imagines he’s in a Western novel as a way of surviving the displacement and genocide of WWII.  Barwin’s debut work, Yiddish for Pirates (Random House Canada), was the winner of the 2017 Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour, the Canadian Jewish Literary Award, and the Hamilton Literary Award,  and a finalist for both the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Governor General’s Award for Fiction. The deal was arranged by Shaun Bradley of the Transatlantic Agency.

Welcoming Michelle Kaeser

The Transatlantic Agency extends a warm welcome to Michelle Kaeser.

Michelle Kaeser is a fiction and essay writer. Her work has appeared in publications across the country, most recently in The Globe and Mail and the Best Canadian Essays series. She was born in Toronto, and currently lives in Vancouver. The Towers of Babylon, her first novel, is forthcoming from Freehand Books in September 2019.

Michelle is represented by Senior Literary Agent Carolyn Forde.

Happy book birthday to The Domestic Geek, Sara Lynn Cauchon’s MEALS MADE EASY,

Happy book birthday to The Domestic Geek, Sara Lynn Cauchon‘s MEALS MADE EASY, publishing today with Penguin Random House Canada! This debut cookbook from the YouTube star has already made the The Globe and Mail​ list of “11 new cookbooks you’ll want on your shelf this spring”.

From the publisher: “With more than 1.6 million followers, and over 100 million video views, The Domestic Geek is one of YouTube’s most popular cooking shows. Fans adore host Sara Lynn Cauchon’s fresh, fun, no-fuss style of cooking and her easy recipes are big on flavor and have a healthful twist.”

Since launching her YouTube channel, The Domestic Geek, in April 2014, SARA LYNN CAUCHON has earned more than 1.6 million dedicated subscribers who appreciate her fresh, fuss-free approach to healthy cooking. In that time she’s shared more than 3,000 original, mouth-watering recipes and 450 videos, as well as countless tips and tricks for making life at home easier. Sara Lynn is also an established host/producer/director who has more than a decade of broadcast experience. She has hosted a number of television programs including Diva On A Dime and the award-nominated HGTV’s Rooms That Rock. An experienced guest expert, Sara Lynn has made dozens of appearances on hit daytime television shows such as Dr. Oz. Her work has been featured in major publications like Huffington Post, Eat This Not That, and Today’s Parent magazine. She lives in Toronto.

Welcoming Bill Gaston

Transatlantic is delighted to welcome Bill Gaston to the agency.

Novelist, short story writer and memoirist Bill Gaston was possibly born in Flin Flon, Manitoba, and subsequently has lived across Canada. His most recent novel, The World (Penguin Canada, 2014) won the Ethel Wilson Award. Several among his short fiction collections, including Mount AppetiteGargoyles, and Juliet Was A Surprise, have been nominated for the Giller Prize, twice the Governor General’s Award, and twice won the Victoria Butler/Book Prize; individual stories have won the CBC Literary Prize, the Canadian Magazine Award, have appeared frequently in Best Canadian Stories, as well as in Tin House (U.S.) and Granta (U.K.). His latest memoir, Just Let Me Look at You (Penguin Canada, 2018) was nominated for the RBC Charles Taylor Prize. In 2006 he was awarded Canada’s Timothy Findley Prize for a body of work. He lives off-line on an island in the Salish Sea, where he is working on a novel, Greatland.

Bill is represented by Senior Literary Agent Carolyn Forde.

Happy book birthday to Kayla Miller’s Camp

Happy book birthday to Kayla Miller’s graphic novel CAMP!

Following on the very successful heels of Kayla’s debut graphic novel, Click, join Olive as she heads off to CAMP.

Olive is sure she’ll have the best time at summer camp with her friend Willow – but while Olive makes quick friends with the other campers, Willow struggles to form connections and latches on to the only person she knows – Olive. It’s s’more than Olive can handle! The stress of being Willow’s living security blanket begins to wear on Olive and before long…the girls aren’t just fighting, they may not even be friends by the time camp is over. Will the two be able to patch things up before the final lights out?

Transatlantic Literary Agency extends a warm welcome to Hannah Mary McKinnon

Hannah Mary was born in the UK, grew up in Switzerland and moved to Canada in 2010. After a successful career in recruitment, she quit the corporate world in favor of writing. Her debut, rom-com Time After Time (Avon) published in 2016, after which Hannah Mary moved to the dark side of domestic suspense with The Neighbors (2018, MIRA) and Her Secret Son (2019, MIRA). Her fourth book (as yet untitled) is with MIRA for World English and is slated for a 2020 release. Hannah Mary lives in Oakville, Ontario, with her husband and three sons, and is still delighted by her twenty second commute.

Hannah is represented by Senior Literary Agent Carolyn Forde.

Reviews for HER SECRET SON:

“Heart-stopping suspense.” -Heather Gudenkauf, New York Times bestselling author

“The perfect blend of taut suspense and heartbreaking family drama.” -Emily Carpenter, bestselling author

“Powerful.” -Kimberly Belle, international bestselling author of The Marriage Lie

“[A] must-read.” -Kaira Rouda, USA TODAY bestselling author

“Smoldering domestic suspense.” -Jennifer Hillier, author of Creep and Jar of Hearts

“An intricate tangle of family secrets.” -K.A. Tucker, USA TODAY bestselling author

“One of those books that you just can’t put down!” -Jill Orr, author of The Good Byline

“Riveting…vivid and surprising.” -Shannon Kirk, international bestselling author

“Skillfully balances suspense with emotional depth.” -Laura McHugh, award-winning author

“High-stakes family drama at its finest.” -Paula Treick DeBoard, author of The Drowning Girls

Connect with her on Facebook, on Twitter @HannahMMcKinnon, and on Instagram @HannahMaryMcKinnon. For more, visit her website, www.hannahmarymckinnon.com.

Happy book birthday to WHATEVER GETS YOU THROUGH edited by Stacey May Fowles and Jen Sookfong Lee

Happy book birthday to WHATEVER GETS YOU THROUGH edited by Stacey May Fowles and Jen Sookfong Lee, published this week with Greystone Books!

From the publisher: “Through the voices of twelve diverse writers, Whatever Gets You Through offers a powerful look at the narrative of sexual assault not covered by the headlines—the weeks, months, and years of survival and adaptation that people live through in its aftermath. With a foreword by Jessica Valenti, an extensive introduction by editors Stacey May Fowles and Jen Sookfong Lee, and contributions from acclaimed literary voices such as Alicia Elliott, Elisabeth de Mariaffi, Heather O’Neill, and Juliane Okot Bitek, the collection explores some of the many different forms that survival can take.”

Pre-publication Praise

“[The collection] challenges even readers familiar with sexual violence narratives in their assumptions about what survivors need…these thoughtful writers elevate resilience and endurance above a sanitized, oversimplified recovery narrative.”
—Publishers Weekly

“These writers’ prose and generosity are nothing short of profound.”
—Booklist, starred review

“The editors…have chosen a dozen voices for this survivors’ chorus. Each of these voices is unique, and none seem tempted by the saccharine truisms of pop psychology or TV versions of ‘redemptive recovery.’ They all tell their own difficult truths in memorable language.”
—Vancouver Sun

“One of the stunning elements of Whatever Gets You Through is the theme that survivorhood is multi-faceted, contradictory, and individual…the book doesn’t offer a cure, because it acknowledges that one doesn’t exist.”
—Loose Lips Magazine

“It’s not possible to cure survivorhood, not as an individual and not as a culture. Nor, this collection argues, should we, because it can be a powerful source of creativity and power.”
—Quill & Quire

Whatever Gets You Through is a salve, a soothing whisper, and a necessary roundhouse kick to the worst of rape culture. These texts are a varied, imaginative, and essential addition to survivor literature.”
—Zoe Whittall, author of The Best Kind of People

“These essays remind us that survival, like the Me Too movement itself, is an arduous yet inspiring process—because it’s thrilling when so many resonant voices, unheard for so long, are emboldened to speak their truth at once.”
—Lynn Coady, author of Hellgoing

Transatlantic Agency takes on new corporate client, Legend Press for representation in North America.

Transatlantic Agency is pleased to announce that Senior Literary Agent Carolyn Forde is now representing UK publisher Legend Press.

Legend Press is an independent publishing company founded in 2005 and based in London, UK. In the last few years Legend has been the fastest growing press in the UK (doubling their list since 2017), earning major prize listings, achieving a tripling of print sales and garnering fantastic reviews. Backed by an international sales, licensing and acquisitions network, it now publishes around 70 titles per year in the areas of literary, women’s, historical and crime fiction.

Carolyn will be selling select titles into the US and Canadian markets with a focus on Legend’s women’s fiction and crime titles. Carolyn can be reached at carolyn@transatlanticagency.com.

Transatlantic Agency is a North American, full-service literary agency specializing in career management for writers and illustrators, covering domestic and international rights, speaking engagements, film/tv and content development, covering the spectrum of commercial to literary fiction and nonfiction of all types and for all ages. Transatlantic is recognized in the industry for integrity, passion and commitment throughout an author’s career. Transatlantic has 16 agents located across North America, with US agents in New York, Boston, and Portland OR, and Canadian agents in Toronto, Vancouver and Nova Scotia. Founded 25 years ago by literary agents David and Lynn Bennett and now headed by Samantha Haywood, the Transatlantic partnership is a vibrant collective of tenacious, independent professionals with diverse backgrounds and specialties. We represent more than 500 clients, who make regular appearances on notable bestseller lists across North America and have won major awards such as the Newbery Medal (US), the Giller Prize (Canada), Michael L. Printz Honor Book (US), and the Governor General’s Award for both adult and children’s literature (Canada).


Author and Google product designer Vicky Fang’s LAYLA AND THE BOTS was sold to Rachel Matson at Scholastic Branches. The four-book full-color early chapter book series, in which a rock star and her band of robots solve problems in their town through deductive reasoning will be illustrated by Christine Nishiyama. Agent Elizabeth Bennett represented the author. Publication of the first book is planned for 2020.