Welcoming Debbie Dadey

We are thrilled to welcome best-selling children’s book author Debbie Dadey to Transatlantic Agency.

A former first grade teacher and school librarian, Debbie is the author and co-author of 167 traditionally published children’s books, with a focus on reaching reluctant readers, and one book on writing. Her first book, co-authored with Marcia Thornton Jones, Vampires Don’t Wear Polka Dots became The Adventures of the Bailey School Kids series with sales of over 42 million. Debbie Dadey grew up in Kentucky and now lives in a log cabin in the Smoky Mountains with her husband, a schipperke, and a greyhound rescue. Her three children live along the east coast and continue to inspire her. Fairy Chase is the newest in Debbie’s Mermaid Tales, a multi-cultural series with STEM uses from Simon and Schuster. Debbie enjoys visiting schools and speaking at conferences. Debbie will be represented by agent Elizabeth Bennett.

You can find out more at www.debbiedadey.com, www.Twitter.com/debbiedadey, and www.Facebook.com/debbiedadey.

Deal Announcement: HUNGOVER by Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall

Russian rights to Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall’s HUNGOVER: The Morning After and One Man’s Quest for the Cure – a journalist’s journey to discover the ultimate hangover cure, drinking and writing his way through the world’s favorite beverages and their vengeful aftermath- to Bookmate Limited. Previous rights sold: HarperCollins; Penguin Books US; Dumont Verlag, Germany; Blink Publishing, UK; Cassiopeia Publisher, Korea; Bukowy Las, Poland. All deals by Stephanie Sinclair on behalf of Samantha Haywood.

Becky Blake and Joshua Whitehead selected for 2019 RBC Taylor Prize mentorship program

It’s a thrill to see both Becky Blake and Joshua Whitehead selected for this year’s RBC Taylor Prize mentorship program, two of the five authors on this year’s roster!

Following a hugely successful launch last year, the program returns this year with the continued goal of developing the careers of the top emerging voices in literary non-fiction.

Becky Blake and Joshua Whitehead have been paired with 2019 RBC Taylor Prize finalists Elizabeth Hay and Ian Hampton, respectively.

Congratulations to you both!

More information about this year’s honourees, please visit CBC.ca/books/5-writers-selected-for-rbc-taylor-prize-mentorship-program.

 

 

Welcoming Carlyn Zwarenstein

We are thrilled to welcome Carlyn Zwarenstein, a writer with an astonishing ability to write truly luminous prose, to Transatlantic Agency.

A freelance journalist who writes about medicine, literature, poverty, travel, and mental states, Carlyn has contributed to the Washington Post, The Globe and Mail, the Guardian, the Walrus, Canadian Geographic, and others. Her first book, Opium Eater: the New Confessions, is an intense, novella-length meditation on opioids and pain. It combines a lyrical look at opioids in literature with rigorous science journalism, a provocative analysis of how the medical system and public policies fail people with addiction and people with pain, and a darkly funny memoir that takes readers through visceral experiences of pain and its relief with opioids. Opium Eater, published modestly by a micro-press, was named a best book of 2016 by The Globe and Mail. Carlyn is expanding that book into a full-length exploration of pain, opioid use and dependence, the current overdose and addiction crises, and why people use drugs. Welcome, Carlyn!

Carlyn is represented by Marilyn Biderman.

Transatlantic Welcomes the Fresh Talent of Lauren Hobson

Lauren Hobson is an author from Portland, Oregon whose work appears in River Teeth and Backcountry, the Backcountry Hunters & Anglers Association’s monthly journal. Lauren is a 2018 Fishtrap scholarship recipient. She completed her BA in English and Political Science at Tulane University and is pursuing an MFA at Portland State University.


Lauren is a native Oregonian, whose family is deeply rooted in the land and culture of the Pacific Northwest. Her writing focuses on her relationship to the outdoors, a connection she’s developed over thousands of hours in the forest and mountains and along the rivers and coastlines of the region she calls home. Her life is measured by the time she spends outside, whether hunting, hiking, climbing, paddling or backpacking through the wild places she loves. She is most herself when she’s outside with her dog, with a shotgun or rifle over her shoulder, loaded for bird or elk.
Lauren’s work in progress is about making it as a female outdoorswoman and hunter, a book which will appeal to millennials struggling to forge their own identity and embrace the transition to adulthood — even when the pressures from social media scrutiny, self-doubt, and decision paralysis complicate the quest.

Lauren is represented by Sandra Bishop; sandra@transatlanticagency.com

Welcoming author Charlotte Gill

We’re welcoming award-winning author Charlotte Gill to Transatlantic!

Charlotte is the author of Eating Dirt, a tree-planting memoir nominated for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize, the Charles Taylor Prize, and two B.C. Book Prizes. It was the 2012 winner of the B.C. National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction. Her previous book, Ladykiller, was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award and winner of the B.C. Book Prize for fiction. Her work has appeared in Best Canadian Stories, The Journey Prize Stories, and many magazines. She is currently faculty in creative writing at UBC and in the Creative Nonfiction program at King’s College. She lives on the Sunshine Coast of B.C.

Her incredible new novel THE ENLIGHTENMENT is the story of a young woman’s journey to an ashram in India, a quest for self-discovery that goes terribly but illuminatingly awry. Available for consideration shortly (world/TV film).

Charlotte is represented by Samantha Haywood, samantha@transatlanticagency.com.

Carolyn Forde joins Transatlantic Agency as Senior Agent

Samantha Haywood, President of Transatlantic Agency is pleased to announce that Carolyn Forde, former Literary Agent & Director of International Rights at Westwood Creative Artists has joined Transatlantic Agency as Senior Agent, bringing many of her clients with her. Carolyn’s contact is carolyn@transatlanticagency.com.

Carolyn has represented authors who have won or been nominated for many awards, including but not limited to the following: Governor General’s Award, Scotiabank Giller Prize, RBC Taylor Prize, Writers Trust Hilary Weston Award, Hugo Prix for Best Foreign Thriller (France), LAMDA Awards, as well as many national and international bestsellers. Carolyn is an active member of the literary community, a reguar speaker at conferences and a founding member of the Professional Association of Canadian Literary Agents (PACLA). In 2018 Carolyn participated in a delegation of Canadian publishers and agents to Germany in 2018 in preparation for Canada’s hosting role at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2020. For the last decade Carolyn has traveled to both the London Book Fair and the Frankfurt Book Fair and New York regularly, and she will continue to do so in her new role at Transatlantic Agency.

Says Haywood, “I am thrilled and proud to have Carolyn Forde join us at the Transatlantic. She has a brilliant reputation and her breadth of agenting experience in North America and selling internationally is impressive and well-earned.”

Says Forde, “After 14 great years at Westwood Creative Artists, it was time for a new challenge. I’m delighted to be joining Samantha Haywood and her vibrant and progressive team at Transatlantic. I look forward to championing my authors domestically, and internationally and to finding new and exciting voices to add to my author list.”

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).

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.