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.

WELCOME TO TRANSATLANTIC, LANG JOHNSON

We are very excited to announce our new client, Lang Johnson!

Lang worked in IT for ten years, where she spent her lunch breaks reading fantasy and crafting stories on scraps of paper and stuffing them in her cubicle drawer. When her drawer became dangerously close to overflowing, Lang took a leap of faith and left her job to pursue a career in writing.

She started as a contributing writer for HappyGirl Yoga while running her own health and wellness blog, Big Bodhi Girl. Looking to expand her skills, Lang took worldbuilding courses which inspired her to create a story based on her Filipino indigenous culture. She recently completed her first fantasy romance and is currently working on two more fantasy novels. When Lang isn’t typing away at her desk, she enjoys hiking and globetrotting with her husband, cuddling her three fur-babies, and riding her motorcycle.

Lang is jointly represented by Léonicka Valcius and Samantha Haywood.

Sharon Bala’s THE BOAT PEOPLE named finalist for the 2019 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction!

Congratulations to Sharon Bala, who has just been named a finalist for 2019 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction for her highly-acclaimed debut novel, THE BOAT PEOPLE!

This annual award celebrates a work of fiction that best illuminates the role of lawyers in society and their power to effect change.

The winner will be selected by a Selection Committee with an opportunity for the public to serve as a 6th committee member by voting for their favourite here: www.abajournal.com/polls/2019HarperLeePrize

“This year’s Harper Lee Prize was particularly difficult to judge,” said Molly McDonough, editor and publisher of the ABA Journal. “We were evaluating so many gripping and compelling reads. The finalists represent the diversity of this year’s submissions, from a novel about Sri Lankan refugees seeking a new start, to the story of a trailblazing woman lawyer fighting for her clients in 1920s India, and, finally, a charming middle school book featuring a spunky student who goes to court after he’s suspended for protesting homework. The characters are as inspiring as they are engaging.”

The winner will be announced on August 29th. For more information about the award and a full list of finalists, please visit, www.ua.edu/finalists-for-harper-lee-prize.

Happy book birthday to THE DIAMOND MISTAKE MYSTERY by Sylvia McNicoll!

Happy book birthday to THE DIAMOND MISTAKE MYSTERY by Sylvia McNicoll — the fourth book in the Great Mistake Mystery series — out now from Dundurn Press!

Five-year-old Pearl claims that a pirate stole the rare Blushing Diamond. But everyone’s a pirate on Halloween.

Dogwalker Stephen Noble has been recruited to walk his five-year-old reading buddy, Pearl Lebel, to and from school while her mother is away and her father is ill. He’s sure that this will be easier than walking canine clients Ping and Pong — until Pearl locks herself in the house, runs away from home, and loses her family’s rare pink diamond ring.

When Pearl claims that a pirate took the ring, Stephen and Renée are on the case. But the more they discover, the more it feels like everyone is a suspect. With Pearl annoying them every step of the way, will they be able to solve the mystery before the ring’s scheduled appearance at the Brilliant Diamond Show?

Sylvia McNicoll is the author of over thirty novels, including Body Swap. Crush.Candy.Corpse is lauded as the definitive Alzheimer’s story for teens and was shortlisted for the Red Maple and Arthur Ellis awards. Sylvia lives in Burlington, Ontario.