Welcoming Jessica Foster to Transatlantic

Welcome to welcome Jessica Foster to Transatlantic!

Jessica is writing her debut – a delicious YA romcom. She is a middle school teacher from Michigan with a passion for young adult fiction, especially escapist literature and all things romance. She holds a master’s degree in literacy comprehension and leadership from Michigan State; she is married to the love of her life and has two little boys. Jessica has been writing her debut novel in secret – so this announcement is going to be a big surprise to her family and friends! Hello to all of you! Jessica is proudly represented by Senior Agent and Partner Fiona Kenshole.

Happy Book Birthday to MOLES by Rachel Poliquin!

Happy book birthday to MOLES by Rachel Poliquin and illustrated by Nicholas John Firth, out now from HMH Books for Young Readers!
“Exuberant….Readers will never again regard these ‘bionic burrowers’ as pests–or, at least, not as ordinary ones.”–Booklist, STARRED review

“Following series opener Beavers (2018), another field guide and another nuanced look at an underappreciated species…. [C]ombining a bit of snark with a lot of information…. Pick up a copy.” —Kirkus

Funny and fact-filled, MOLES is another installment in the SUPERPOWER FIELD GUIDES series by author Rachel Poliquin, featuring full-color illustrations by Nicholas John Frith that will engage readers with witty narration and fun visual elements, inspiring readers to dig deep and see the world, both above and below ground, with new eyes.

Meet Rosalie, a common mole. The first thing you need to know about Rosalie is that she is shaped like a potato. Not a new potato, all cute and round, but a plain old lumpy potato. She may be small. She may be spongy. But never underestimate a mole.

I know what you’re thinking: moles are just squinty-eyed beasts that wreck your lawn. You’re right! Those squinty eyes and mounds of dirt are proof that moles have superpowers. There is absolutely nothing common about the common mole.

Rachel Poliquin is a writer engaged in all things orderly and disorderly in the natural world. With a cross-disciplinary background in visual arts, cultural history and natural history, she holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of British Columbia and a Post-Doctoral Degree in History from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Poliquin is the author of the Superpower Field Guide series, and has also written for Science Friday, The Believer Magazine, and The New York Times.

Transatlantic Agency announces international representation for Page Two Books

Transatlantic Agency is pleased to announce that Senior Literary Agent Stephanie Sinclair is representing award-winning publisher Page Two Books for international rights outside of the English language, along with selected audio rights and with Transatlantic’s Rob Firing for selected speakers’ representation. Since initiating the program with Page Two in Spring 2018, Sinclair has reported over 65 rights deals in 22 territories. Says Sinclair, “I’m tremendously excited and proud to be working on the Page Two list. These titles are relevant, highly readable and received well internationally. It’s a privilege to be working with Jesse and Trena in this capacity.”

With the growing success of Page Two, which has launched a diverse list of books in over five years, including Wall Street Journal and Globe and Mail bestsellers and national and international award nominees, co-founders Trena White and Jesse Finkelstein have taken a step back from their secondary roles as literary agents at Transatlantic to concentrate on their growing firm. They are looking forward to collaborating with Transatlantic on a number of programs that will benefit their clients. “Samantha Haywood, Stephanie Sinclair, and the other agents at Transatlantic are talented and forward-thinking publishing professionals,” says Trena White. “We’re grateful for the opportunity to grow this alliance and take it in new directions over time.”

Says Samantha Haywood, President of Transatlantic, “This is an alliance that aims to complement and strengthen the other’s publishing model. We are longstanding colleagues with a shared vision for excellence and innovation in publishing, and we’re excited to see what the future holds.”

Specializing in non-fiction, Page Two develops tailor-made publishing strategies for subject-matter experts, thought leaders, and innovators, applying the highest standards throughout. They turn experts into authors, help organizations produce beautiful publications, and position books for real-world success. Page Two books are distributed by Raincoast Books in Canada and Publishers Group West, a division of Ingram, in the United States and the rest of the world. From international bestsellers like Michael Bungay Stanier’s The Coaching Habit (now at more than 500,000 copies sold) to community-building publications for organizations like the Mastercard Foundation, their team has collectively published thousands of game-changing books.

Founded 25 years ago, 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 non-fiction of all types and for all ages. Transatlantic is recognized in the industry for integrity, passion and commitment throughout an author’s career. With 14 agents located across North America, including New York, Boston, Portland and Toronto, Transatlantic is a vibrant collective of tenacious, independent professionals with diverse backgrounds and specialties. The agency represents more than 700 clients, who make regular appearances on notable bestseller lists and have won major awards such as the Newbery Medal (US) and the Giller Prize (Canada).

Happy Book Birthday to THE LAST RESORT by Marissa Stapley

The Last Resort Marissa StapleyHappiest of book birthdays to THE LAST RESORT by Marissa Stapley, out today from Simon and Schuster! THE LAST RESORT has already garnered quite the critical and public acclaim, including being featured on Katherine Heigl’s instagram! In addition, it was featured in US Weekly, Sanctuary Magazine ran an exclusive excerpt, it was an Oprah Magazine Best Beach read, one of Parade’s 12 Big Fiction Readers Every Book Club Will Love, a NY Post Beach Reads Roundup pick, part of Entertainment Weekly’s and Yahoo’s April 17th roundups, one of Frolic’s Most Anticipated Beach Reads, one of GoodRead’s Most Popular Books of June 2019, part of PopSugar’s 29 New Thrillers roundup and their New Books to Read roundup and was one of Chatelaine’s Most Suspenseful Thrillers of Summer 2019.

“Featuring vivid, heart-pounding storytelling and a compelling depiction of the heartbreaking ways that long-term abuse can destroy your will, Stapley’s latest (after Things to Do When It’s Raining, 2018) is an excellent beach read for anyone who loves romantic suspense.” – Booklist

“Stapley shows a real knack for suspense.” – Publisher’s Weekly

“Marissa Stapley’s writing is a gift.”-Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author of The Orphan’s Tale

“Atmospheric and evocative, Marissa Stapley’s THE LAST RESORT brings together a cast of characters with secrets as destructive as the hurricane threatening the island, and explores how far we’ll go to keep the truth buried. Fast-paced, expertly plotted and highly entertaining, this novel is perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty!” – Karma Brown, bestselling author of The Choices We Make

“The Last Resort has all the ingredients for an impossible-to-put-down thrill ride of a read–but it’s also got something more: well-developed characters who feel intensely real, polished prose that never descends into thetrite or predictable, and authentic emotional heft. It will fascinate you, enlighten you, break your heart and mend it again. Read this book!” – Jennifer Robson, internationally bestselling author of Somewhere in France and The Gown

“I devoured The Last Resort over 3 days. It is an example of a new kind of thriller; it is of our time. The book offers up a delicious plot while at the same time drawing quietly powerful and deeply relatable female characters whose experiences are echos of so many others on and off the page. Stapley’s writing is fast-paced while still cutting deep. I burned through the book, but it will stay with me. The Last Resort is all of these things: a nail-biter, a page-turner, a thoughtful, powerful exploration into who we are in relationships and on our own. It’s like literary fiction and killer suspense were left on an island together and the outcome was an incredible book.” -Laurie Petrou, author of Sister of Mine

“Couples with secrets, people who tell lies—nothing is as it seems in Marissa Stapley’s tense and tightly paced thriller, THE LAST RESORT. Fans of Agatha Christie will surely love this modern whodunit from the first to thevery last page. One to add to your “to read” list now.” – Hannah McKinnon, author of The Neighbours and Her Secret Son

“With artfully creative storytelling, THE LAST RESORT leads us down the dark rabbit warren of other people’s marriages and asks the best question of all: How well do you really know the person you’re living with? This novel is an exciting addition to the psych thriller world—with an emotionally complex twist.” —Roz Nay, bestselling author of Our Little Secret

To the guests at The Harmony Resort, Doctors Miles and Grace Markell appear to be a perfect power couple. They run a couples’ therapy retreat in a luxurious resort in the Mayan Riviera where they help spouses deal with their marriage struggles.

Johanna and Ben’s relationship looks great on the surface, but in reality, they don’t know each other at all. Shell and Colin fight constantly—Colin is a workaholic, and Shell always comes second—but what has really torn them apart is too devastating to talk about. When both couples begin Harmony’s intensive therapy program, it becomes clear that Harmony is not all that it seems—and neither are Miles and Grace. What are they hiding, and what price will these couples pay for finding out their secrets?

As a powerful hurricane descends on the coast, trapping both the hosts and their guests, confidences are revealed, loyalties are tested, and not one single person—or marriage—will ever be the same.

Marissa Stapley is the author of the bestselling novel Mating for Life, and Things to Do When It’s Raining, which has been published in nine countries and translated into seven languages. Her journalism has appeared in newspapers and magazines across North America. She lives in Toronto with her family.

Welcoming Chelene Knight!

We’re beyond thrilled to welcome award-winning author Chelene Knight to Transatlantic Agency!

Knight is the author of the poetry collection Braided Skin and the memoir Dear Current Occupant, winner of the 2018 Vancouver Book Award, and long-listed for the George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature. Her essays have appeared in multiple Canadian and American literary journals, plus The Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star. Her work is anthologized in Making Room, Love Me True, Sustenance, The Summer Book, and Black Writers Matter.

The Toronto Star called Knight, “one of the storytellers we need most right now.” In addition to her work as a writer, Knight is managing editor at Room, programming director for the Growing Room Festival, and CEO of #LearnWritingEssentials. She often gives talks about home, belonging and belief, inclusivity, and community building through authentic storytelling.

Knight is currently working on Junie, a novel set in Vancouver’s Hogan’s Alley, forthcoming with Book*hug. She was selected as a 2019 Writers’ Trust Rising Star by David Chariandy.

Knight is represented by Samantha Haywood.


World English rights to multi-award nominated author Emily Urquhart‘s ORDINARY WONDER TALES: Essays on Belief, a collection of 13 essays that weave personal narratives into larger explorations of belief, ranging from religious convictions to fairy and ghost encounters to the perceptions we hold of women’s creative ambition, sold to Dan Wells at Biblioasis for 2021/2022 publication by Samantha Haywood.

Ivy Knight shortlisted for this year’s Landsberg Award

Congratulations to Ivy Knight, who, along with co-journalist Ann Hui, has been shortlisted for this year’s Landsberg Award! This annual award celebrates a journalist who provides greater profile to women’s equality issues. Ivy and Ann are nominated for their six month investigation for the Globe & Mail into allegations of sexual misconduct by the winemaker Norman Hardie.

From jury member Rachel Giese: ”This year’s submissions revealed a tremendous depth and breadth of reporting on issues of gender equality from journalists working in every type of media and format and representing a span of generations. Their work was sharp, serious, poignant and fearless.”

The winner will be announced at the annual CJF Awards on June 13 in Toronto at the Fairmont Royal York. For more information about the award and a full list of nominees, please visit cjf-fjc.ca/awards/landsberg-award.

Eric Walters’ THE ELEPHANT SECRET shortlisted for this year’s Sunshine State Young Readers Award Program!

Congratulations to Eric WaltersELEPHANT SECRET (Clarion), which has been shortlisted for this year’s Sunshine State Young Readers Award (SSYRA) Program!

The SSYRA is a statewide reading motivational program and the Sunshine State books are selected for their wide appeal, literary value, varied genres, curriculum connections, and/or multicultural representation.

For more information about the award and a full list of shortlisted titles, please visit www.floridamediaed.org/ssyra.


Susan Kochan at Penguin Putnam Children’s won the World rights to an original board book series concepted and co-written by Duane Armitage, a professor of philosophy at the University of Scranton, and award-winning children’s author and educator, Maureen Doyle McQuerry.

Each of four titles, planned to release simultaneously in summer 2020 will include: Truth with Socrates; Imagination with René Descartes; Happiness with Aristotle; and Equality with Simone de Beauvoir.

This fun series will help adults open up conversations with young children about what it means to be wise, thoughtful human beings, and to present the notion, even early on, that embracing contemplation can help them (and us all) engage meaningfully with the world.

2018 SCWBI NY Portfolio Showcase winner, Robin Rosenthal will be illustrating. Sandra Bishop brokered the deal for the authors.

For more detail, email sandra@transatlanticagency.com.


Italian rights to Susan Swan’s newest novel, THE DEAD CELEBRITIES CLUB, a timely and satirical novel featuring the hedge fund whale, Dale Paul, a witty, self-absorbed rogue and raconteur for fans of The Wolf of Wall Street and The Sellout by Paul Beatty, and THE WIVES OF BATH, a story that penetrates the world of a girls’ boarding school and tells a story – at once shocking and wickedly funny – that encompasses rebellion and murder, and stunningly evokes the pain, confusion, and humour of female adolescence and sexual coming-of-age, sold to SEM by Erica Berla of Berla & Griffini Agency on behalf of Samantha Haywood. It was published with Cormorant Books in spring 2019, world ex: Canada and Italian rights now available.