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From the moment she arrives for basic training in the Canadian Armed Forces, at eighteen years old, Kelly knows she doesn’t belong. Despite growing up in a military family, her search for an artistic identity clashes with her career that demands conformity. She encounters frequent sexism and misogyny that conflicts with her feelings of pride and loyalty to the Forces. When she sustains a career-altering injury, Kelly must re-examine what being a soldier means to her. GIRLS NEED NOT APPLY: Field Notes From The Forces is an honest, readable memoir from an award-winning author. McClelland & Stewart released the book yesterday, August 20, 2019.

Kelly S. Thompson is a former captain in the Canadian Armed Forces and is now a writer and editor based out of the Toronto area. Her work has appeared in Maclean’sChatelaineMaisonneuve, and various anthologies and collections. Her essay “Basically Broken” appeared in the bestselling 2017 anthology Everyday Heroes. Her essays “We Are a (Military) Family” and “Strip, Reveal and Sex Appeal” have both won the Barbara Novak Award for Excellence in Personal Essay. This is her first book.


Congratulations to Cary Fagan whose novel THE STUDENT (Freehand Books) is one of five finalists for the Toronto Book Awards and was called “a small miracle” by the jury! Cary is a past winner of this award which honours books celebrating the city of Toronto. The $10,000 prize will be awarded on October 2nd and we’re crossing our fingers for THE STUDENT!

Read the full shortlist and jury comments here

GIRLS NEED NOT APPLY by Kelly S Thompson Book Launch Party

Kelly S. Thompson is celebrating the launch of her new book, GIRLS NEED NOT APPLY: Field Notes From The Forces (McClelland & Stewart), and invites you to the following events:


Kingston 19 Aug


Toronto 20 Aug


Belleville 21 Aug


Ottawa 22 Aug


Dunedin Literary Festival 14 Sep


Lunenburg Lit Festival 26-28 Sep


Whistler Writers Festival 17-20 Oct


Please come out an show support for this important new book!


Transatlantic is so pleased to welcome Shannon Webb-Campbell to the agency! Shannon is a mixed Indigenous (Mi’kmaq) settler poet, writer, and critic. Her books include: STILL NO WORD (Breakwater 2015), the recipient of Eagle Canada’s Out in Print Award, and I AM A BODY OF LAND (Book*hug 2019). Shannon holds a MFA in Creative Writing from University of British Columbia, a MA in English Literature at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador, and is a PhD student in Creative Writing at the University of New Brunswick. She is the editor of Visual Arts News Magazine.

Shannon is represented by Stephanie Sinclair.

Happy Book Birthday to EMPTY NEST, FULL LIFE by Jill Savage

Empty-nesting can be a disorienting time, but it can also become the best season of your life if you’ll let it. Jill Savage is an empty-nest mom who will guide you through this unpredictable time of life. You’ll learn to let go of mixed emotions and grab hold of your full life here and now. Moody Publishers released the book August 6, 2019.

Jill Savage is an author and speaker who is passionate about encouraging families. She is the author of nine books including Professionalizing Motherhood, My Hearts At Home, Real Moms…Real Jesus, Living With Less So Your Family Has More, and her most recent bestselling release No More Perfect Moms. Featured on Focus on the Family,, and as the host of the Heartbeat radio program, Jill is the founder of Hearts at Home, an organization that encourages moms. Jill and her husband, Mark, have five children, two who are married, two granddaughters, and one grandson. They make their home in Normal, Illinois.