Happy Book Birthday to ME, TOMA AND THE CONCRETE GARDEN by Andrew Larsen

Happy publication day to Andrew Larsen’s ME, TOMA AND THE CONCRETE GARDEN, a delightful new story from one of Canada’s best-loved picture book writers, published by Kids Can Press. Praise is already flowing:

“This is a book of the beauty of interaction; the neighbors who come together in the garden, the boys who become fast friends, and the seeds hidden in deceptively simple dirt balls. All it takes is a bit of nourishment and care” —School Library Journal

“A sweet story that celebrates community coming together to create something wonderful.” — Kirkus Reviews

Happy Book Birthday to CASTLE OF LIES by Kiersi Burkhart

CASTLE OF LIES by Kiersi Burkhart celebrates its book birthday today. This epic high fantasy was pitched as Game of Thrones meets Gossip Girl. This is what Booklist has to say “”Though the kingdom thinks of her as Princess Corene’s closest companion, Thelia schemes to steal the throne from the cousin who, intentionally or not, has never been on her side. But Thelia’s plans are put on hold when the castle is captured by enemy elves, and she and her scheming cousin Parsifal are imprisoned. Guarding them is a nonbinary elf named Sapphire, whose sympathies for the humans grow every day. But an old magic is waking in the castle, and Parsifal may be able to access it―if it doesn’t destroy him first. With queer characters and a polyamorous relationship, there is a diversity in gender and sexual identity here that is often lacking in fantasy novels.” Published by Carolrhoda.

Happy Book Birthday to DIRTY WORK by Anna Maxymiw!

Happy Book Birthday to DIRTY WORK by Anna Maxymiw, out today from McClelland and Stewart!

When Anna Maxymiw accepts a summer job as a housekeeper at a fishing lodge in Northern Ontario, she has little idea what to expect. At twenty-three, she has decided to step away from her master’s degree and city life to board a floatplane bound for the remote boreal forest.

For sixty-seven days, Anna will be working and living alongside twelve strangers. Together this group of young men and women will keep the lodge running. While the fishing guides head out on the water with the fishermen who are the lodge’s guests, the women stay on land to clean and serve. Against the backdrop of a vast lake, wild storms, and hot days and eerily still nights, Anna encounters bears, bugs, and the lore surrounding the lake’s legendary pike. As the summer progresses, complex (and sometimes fraught) bonds form between the men and women who work at the lodge, the ownership of the lodge changes hands, and tensions build. And Anna notices a shift in her outlook, too: she finds herself letting go of fears and insecurities and welcoming surprises and possibilities, both good and bad, with a willingness to be changed by them.

Warm, funny, vulnerable, and wise, DIRTY WORK offers a singular perspective on the age-old impulse to leave familiar surroundings behind. This memoir is for anyone who has ever felt the urge to test themselves and wondered how they’d fare and who they’d be when they come out on the other side.

“Anna Maxymiw’s writing is utterly magnetic and captivating. Her most stunning achievement is the overwhelming generosity she injects into every word. Generosity for the sketchy airplane engines, for the bears, for the temperamental housekeepers and moody guests — generosity even for the f***ing pike. As Maxymiw opens herself up to the boreal forest, to an unforgiving wilderness, she invites us in to spend time laughing with her, crying with her, and maybe even accidentally extending some of that generosity to ourselves.” –Elamin Abdelmahmoud

“Crows, shit, water wolves, and pheromones whirl in Maxymiw’s bush camp tense with rigid gender roles, its wildness framed by surprising portraits of the two cities she left behind.” –Kathleen Winter, author of Lost in September

Dirty Work is a sparkling gem of a book, showcasing the enduring, complex magic of this country’s unforgiving yet rewarding terrain. Beyond being an exquisite writer, Maxymiw has a real gift for revealing the glory and the cruelty, the beauty and the filth of both the natural and human world. We are lucky to have her perspective and singular voice—one that’s not only refreshing, but necessary.” –Stacey May Fowles, author of Baseball Life Advice

“Anna Maxymiw is a beautiful writer. She weaves her memories into a vibrant and spectacular narrative that makes it impossible to stop reading. I’m in awe of her willingness to be so open and candid and honest and warm, and we’re all very lucky she lets us go with her on such an incredible and transformative adventure. She also achieved the impossible: she made me want to spend time outdoors.”
—Anne T. Donahue, author of Nobody Cares

“What a luminous and surprising book this is. Anna Maxymiw lands in the middle of the wilderness and turns her sharp and compassionate eye on everything she sees, whether it’s a fish, bear, outhouse or fellow housekeeper. She finds them all fascinating, and through the gift of her storytelling so do we.” —Elizabeth Renzetti, author of Shrewed

Anna Maxymiw’s writing has appeared in The Globe and Mail, Maclean’s, Hazlitt, and Maisonneuve, and has won a National Magazine Award. She lives in Toronto.

Happy Book Birthday to A WOLF CALLED WANDER by Rosanne Parry

Happy Book Birthday to Rosanne Parry’s middle grade novel A WOLF CALLED WANDER, which is published in the UK by Andersen Press and in the North America by Greenwillow/HarperCollins. Rosanne’s book about the epic journey of a young wolf across Western America, based on a true story, is already garnering starred reviews – the SLJ says “deserving of a place alongside Sheila Burnford’s The Incredible Journey, Jack London’s White Fang, and other classic animal adventure novels”. Rights have already been sold in seven languages, including Japan and China.

Multiple Transatlantic Authors Shortlisted for the Atlantic Book Awards

Multiple Transatlantic authors have been nominated for the Atlantic Book Awards! The Atlantic Book Awards are presented annually to thirteen writers who represent the best of Atlantic Canadian writing and publishing. The finalists will be announced Thursday, June 6th in St. John’s, N.L., at the Atlantic Book Awards Gala.


The Boat People by Sharon Bala (McClelland & Stewart) has been shortlisted for the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award for Fiction and the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award. Notes for the Everlost: A Field Guide to Grief  by Kate Inglis (Shambhala Publications) has been shortlisted for the Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award. Hysteria by Elisabeth de Mariaffi (HarperCollins Publishers) has been shortlisted for the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award. And Short for Chameleon by Vicki Grant (HarperCollins Publishers) has been shortlisted for the Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children’s Literature. Congratulations all!

To see the full list of nominees, please visit: http://atlanticbookawards.ca/

Welcome Lorna Schultz Nicholson to the Transatlantic

Lorna grew up in St. Catharines, Ontario and as a child loved to read and write, and participate in sports. Over the years she has had many jobs, from hosting a radio show to co-hosting a fitness television show. But her passion was always in writing. Well, and sports too! To date, Lorna has published picture books (the Puckster series), middle grade fiction, YA fiction, and non-fiction hockey books. Her books have been nominated for the OLA Forest of Reading Red Maple award, MYRCA award, Alberta Literary Guild award, Willow award(s) and Red Cedar award. A frequent presenter in schools, Lorna also speaks at writing workshops and conferences. She is represented by Amy Tompkins. 

Married with three adult children, Lorna lives with her husband, Bob, in Edmonton, Alberta. Visit her website at: www.lornaschultznicholson.com.


World rights to BROKEN CRAYONS STILL COLOR by multi-award-winning author Eric Walters to Andrew Wooldridge at Orca Book Publishers, by Amy Tompkins at the Transatlantic Agency. Thirteen-year-old Robbie is growing up in poverty, all but ignored by his single father. His world is cracked open by Harmony, the new kid in school who has been placed in a local foster home.

Welcoming Timothy S. Johnston!

TLA is pleased to welcome Timothy S. Johnston!

Timothy S. Johnston is the award-winning writer of The War Beneath, The Furnace, The Freezer, and The Void. The Furnace won the 2015 CYGNUS Award in the “Science Fiction Thriller” Category, was shortlisted for the 2015 Science Fiction EPIC Award, and all three books in The Tanner Sequence won the 2015 CLUE Award for Thriller/Suspense Novel in the “Blended Genre” category. The Freezer won the 2016 Science Fiction Epic Award and was shortlisted for the 2015 CYGNUS Award. The Void was shortlisted for the 2016 Science Fiction EPIC Award. In 2016, Timothy S. Johnston signed with ChiZine Publications to publish a brand new series, The Rise of Oceania. Set underwater in the near future amidst the espionage, intrigue, and action of a Second Cold War rapidly turning hot, the thrillers are The War Beneath, The Savage Deeps, and Fatal Depth. The War Beneath was a Semi-Finalist for both the 2018 GLOBAL THRILLER and the CLUE Awards. Timothy S. Johnston is a member of International Thriller Writers, SF Canada, Crime Writers of Canada, and the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association. He is dedicated to the craft of writing thrilling page-turners infused with technology and science, and he loves speaking about thrillers, science fiction, mystery, and horror.

Visit his website at www.timothysjohnston.com to learn more about his writing as well as read reviews, news about upcoming books, and information about public appearances.