Happy book birthday to Samra Habib’s WE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN HERE

Happy book birthday to WE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN HERE by Samra Habib, publishing today with Penguin Random House Canada!

From the publisher: “A triumphant memoir of forgiveness and family, both chosen and not, We Have Always Been Here is a rallying cry for anyone who has ever felt out of place and a testament to the power of fearlessly inhabiting one’s truest self.”

Pre-publication praise:

“A poignantly told memoir about a life fiercely lived.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“I fell in love with this book. We Have Always Been Here is more than one person’s memoir; it’s a record of who and what we are as a people living in a time of great migrations, of cultures bumping into cultures, of politics of exclusions. In prose as economical, crisp, clear, and truthful as poetry, Samra Habib offers a map of how we might—each and every one of us—learn to see and treasure one another and ourselves. In this way it calls to mind the works of James Baldwin, Langston Hughes, and Jane Rule. I predict that this book will never go out of print—it will become required and desired reading for people of all ages, persuasions, and backgrounds. How I wish I had had it to keep close to my heart when I was younger.”
—Shani Mootoo, author of Cereus Blooms at Night

“Gutting and redemptive, We Have Always Been Here is the story of one woman’s path to self-determination against every odd. Habib’s voice is sensual and mesmerizing, her talent fierce and necessary. A transformative reading experience . . . Habib’s every word lifts off the page, vital and bright as a match being struck.”
—Claudia Dey, author of Heartbreaker

“A remarkable and unfolding meditation on self-discovery. Habib’s voice is warm, honest, and spiritual. I could not put down this drama of crossing borders, both external and interior, that teaches us to look into ourselves more deeply and to see others with more empathy. This book is a gift in a historical moment of many struggles, and we are lucky to share Habib’s generous and courageous story. I will be giving everyone I know this book!”
—Kim Echlin, author of The Disappeared

“A memoir of coming of age and coming out told in rich detail. Samra Habib’s account of growing up queer and Muslim in Pakistan and Canada is at once searching and tender. Weaving together the threads of her family history with her sexuality, faith, and culture, Habib speaks for a community that has often been muted, but writes with a voice and style that is all her own.”
—Rachel Giese, author of Boys: What It Means to Become a Man

“Samra Habib’s memoir unfolds like a pre-digital photograph developing before our eyes. The identities she carries lovingly and with pride insist we revere a complication for so long denied. In the way that her photography and interview project, ‘Just Me and Allah,’ turned a tender gaze at queer Muslims each insisting ‘I am here,’ Habib’s memoir demands ‘See my selves.’ To say I count, I exist, is revolutionary when you are denied complication. Habib has written the book she wished she had when she was young. It is a book we should all have had long ago.”
—Mona Eltahawy, author of Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution

“A beautiful telling of a life, of love, of the reclamation of power, of feeling truly seen, and of finding your way home. An exquisite, powerful, and urgent book.”
—Stacey May Fowles, author of Infidelity and editor of Whatever Gets You Through: Twelve Survivors on Life after Sexual Assault

A WOLF CALLED WANDER by Rosanne Parry Spends a Second Week on the NYT Bestseller List

A second week in the NYT bestsellers list for Rosanne Parry’s heart-warming middle grade novel A WOLF CALLED WANDER (Greenwillow), about the journey across America of a young wolf cub looking for a home. Congratulations to Rosanne and her editors Chloe Sackur of Andersen Press UK and Virginia Duncan of Greenwillow, US, and her very joyful agent Fiona Kenshole.

Welcoming Jose Pimienta!

We are extending a warm welcome to Jose Pimienta!

Jose grew up in the city of Mexicali, Mexico where he was influenced by films of all sorts, music and comic strips. During his teenage years Jose spent a lot of time drawing, playing in a rock band, and taking really long walks. He later attended Savannah College of Art and Design majoring in sequential art. Jose’s time in Georgia also presented him with the opportunity to storyboard student films and collaborate with other cartoonists. By 2009 he packed his car and moved to Los Angeles in pursuit of a career in storyboarding. Currently, Jose resides in Glendale California where he has storyboarded for Disney Digital Network, Psychic Bunny and numerous productions companies. When he isn’t doing commercial work, he focuses on writing and illustrating comics. Jose’s debut graphic novel, Suncatcher, which began as a successful Kickstarter is due out in 2021 with Random House Graphic. Learn more at: www.josepimienta.com.

Jose is represented by Elizabeth Bennett.

DEAL NEWS: Samra Zafar’s A GOOD WIFE

Indian subcontinent rights to Samra Zafar‘s A GOOD WIFE – one of the Washington Post‘s top books of 2019 and a continuous national bestseller in Canada – the story of how at fifteen, Samra Zafar had big dreams of going to university and forging her own path, but had her dreams snatched away from her with almost no warning, and was suddenly married to a stranger at seventeen and left Pakistan for Canada; her new husband and his family promised that the marriage and the move would be a fulfillment of her dreams, not a betrayal of them, but as the walls of their home slowly became a prison, Samra realized the promises were empty ones. Somehow, she found the strength not only to build a new future but to walk away from her past, ignoring the pleas of her family and risking cultural isolation by divorcing her husband; and now speaking up to break the silence on abuse to empower women globally – sold to Manasi Subramaniam, Penguin Random House India by Samantha Haywood in association with Stephanie Sinclair. World rights available ex Canada, HarperCollins; Slovak, Ikar; and Czech, Euromedia. Contact: Samantha Haywood, samantha@transatlanticagency.com.

Welcoming Ann Shin

Transatlantic is delighted to welcome Ann Shin to the agency.  Ann is a writer and filmmaker based in Toronto whose latest book of poetry, The Family China, (Brick Books, 2013) won the Anne Green Award and was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Poetry Prize. Her previous book, The Last Thing Standing, was published by Mansfield Press. Ann’s latest documentary My Enemy, My Brother was shortlisted for a 2016 Academy Award and nominated for an Emmy. Her previous documentary, The Defector: Escape from North Korea won 7 awards including Best Documentary and Best Documentary Director at the 2014 Canadian Screen Academy Awards, a SXSW Interactive Award, and a Canadian Digi Award.

Ann is represented by Senior Literary Agent Carolyn Forde.

Happy book birthday to Becky Blake’s PROOF I WAS HERE!

Happy book birthday to Becky Blake‘s PROOF I WAS HERE, publishing today with Wolsak & Wynn Publishing!

From the publisher: “What’s the point of trying to leave a mark when everything disappears? This question is at the heart of Proof I Was Here, a novel that tells the picaresque coming-of-age story of a young thief and aspiring artist who attempts to reboot her life on the streets of Barcelona after an unexpected breakup. Hailing from Toronto, where she has criminal charges waiting, Niki is outside of Canada for the first time. The pickpockets, squatters and graffiti artists she meets challenge her to reassess her ideas about luck and art. With the help of a passionate Catalan separatist who dreams of building a new country from the ground up, Niki realizes that starting her life over from scratch could be an opportunity – if she can just find a way to clear her name.”

Pre-publication praise:

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“In Proof I Was Here, Becky Blake takes us on an extraordinary journey through Barcelona’s underbelly, exploring with empathy and insight the human need for belonging and security, and what it means to lose everything. Finely crafted and richly imagined, Proof I Was Here is an enthralling, intelligent and fast-paced novel you won’t be able to put down.”
– Ayelet Tsabari, author of The Art of Leaving and The Best Place on Earth

Proof I Was Here is laced with grit, art and angst. This evocative novel explores the intersection of privilege and survival, ‘good’ and ‘bad’ behaviour, permanence and the ephemeral . . . it reminds us of the power of our choices, but also shows how serendipity can, in a moment, change what we think about ourselves and the world.”
– Leesa Dean, author of Waiting for the Cyclone

“Becky Blake has woven an adventure of identity so engrossing that you’ll feel like you lived it yourself.”
– Michelle Winters, author of I Am a Truck

Happy book birthday to Rob Krause and Daria Salamon’s DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME!

Happy book birthday to Rob Krause and Daria Salamon‘s DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME, published with Turnstone Press!

If you’re in the Winnipeg area, join the authors together with McNally Robinson Booksellers for the official launch tonight at Grant Park in the Atrium – more details here: www.mcnallyrobinson.com/winnipeg-events.

From the publisher: “Rob Krause and Daria Salamon sold their car, rented out their Winnipeg home, and packed up their two young children to embark on a 12-month journey around the world. In this dual retelling of their ambitious year away from home, Don’t Try This at Home chronicles the hilarious and sensational misadventures of a Canadian family as they travel across 15 different countries in the southern hemisphere. In an honest reflection on parenting, marriage, and living for a year on a tight budget, Krause and Salamon take readers through some of the world’s most stunning vistas while meeting the challenges of foreign customs, broken-down buses, stomach bugs, personal loss, and their often less-than-enthusiastic children to discover that perhaps they should never have left home in the first place.”

Rob Krause is currently a jack-of-no-trades. He was at one time a zoologist, a lawyer and a record label owner. He has been published in The Globe and Mail, The Winnipeg Free Press and, of course, the Canadian Journal of Zoology.

Daria Salamon is the author of The Prairie Bridesmaid and has written for The Washington Post, The Globe and Mail and Today’s Parent. She is also known for dragging her unsuspecting family on absurd adventures.

Rosanne Parry’s A WOLF CALLED WANDER an Indie Bestseller!

HOT NEWS: A WOLF CALLED WANDER makes the TOP TEN Kids Next list!!

This is the list of top recommendations for Indie Book Stores for the summer. This little WOLF is really going places. Congratulations to Rosanne Parry and Greenwillow!

Bestseller alert! A WOLF CALLED WANDER made the Indie Bestseller List this week, collated from hundreds of independent book stores across the USA. Congratulations to Rosanne Parry and her fantastic middle grade book, which received a starred review from School Library Journal: “Swift, a yearling wolf, is separated from his family after a rival wolf pack attacks and claims his family’s territory as their own. His thousand-mile journey across the Pacific Northwest to find a new home brings danger, hunger, and desperate loneliness. Inspired by the story of OR-7, a real wolf naturalists tracked in the wild, Parry perfectly conveys her character’s curious, alert, and social nature.”

Rachel Giese’s BOYS wins Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing!

Congratulations to Rachel Giese who has been named the winner of this year’s Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing for her crucial book, BOYS: What it Means to Become a Man (HarperCollins Canada)!

This annual prize, presented by the Writers’ Trust of Canada, awards an exceptional book of literary nonfiction that captures a political subject of relevance.

FROM THE JURY: “Achieving gender equity is one of great social, political, and economic challenges of our time. Harmful stereotypes and assumptions about girls and women are being shattered daily. But what is the place of boys and men in the post #MeToo world? With a skillful mix of original reporting, scholarly research, and personal anecdotes, Rachel Giese presents a deeply felt examination of the forces that shape how boys see themselves and how we see them. No one, from parents to policy-makers, can read Boys without rethinking their notion of manliness, masculinity, and how we raise young men.”

For more information on the prize, please visit www.writerstrust.com/shaughnessy-cohen-prize-for-political-writing.