Deal Announcement: THE LAST RESORT by Marissa Stapley

ANZ rights to Bestselling author Marissa Stapley‘s new novel THE LAST RESORT to Allen & Unwin. For fans of Big Little Lies – two couples arrive at The Harmony Retreat for couples therapy on the shores of Tulum Mexico where they hope to fix their marriages with the help of celebrity therapists Miles and Grace Markell. But all is not as it seems, and when Miles mysteriously disappears, the complex truth behind the façade of love, marriage and professional success begins to unravel, leaving room for romance to blossom in unexpected ways. Previous rights sold to Simon & Schuster Canada, Graydon House U.S. and Rowholt Germany. Deal arranged by Stephanie Sinclair on behalf of Samantha Haywood.

Deal Announcement: HUNGOVER by Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall

Russian rights to Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall’s HUNGOVER: The Morning After and One Man’s Quest for the Cure – a journalist’s journey to discover the ultimate hangover cure, drinking and writing his way through the world’s favorite beverages and their vengeful aftermath- to Bookmate Limited. Previous rights sold: HarperCollins; Penguin Books US; Dumont Verlag, Germany; Blink Publishing, UK; Cassiopeia Publisher, Korea; Bukowy Las, Poland. All deals by Stephanie Sinclair on behalf of Samantha Haywood.

Deal Announcement: Dept of Mind-Blowing Theories by Tom Gauld

German rights to DEPT OF MIND-BLOWING THEORIES, the highly new anticipated series by Tom Gauld to Edition Moderne; Spanish rights to Salamandra Graphic; Russian rights to Guprus; Canadian French rights to Alto and World French Ex: Canada to Editions 2024; Italian rights to Oscar Ink, Mondadori; all deals by Stephanie Sinclair and Samantha Haywood on behalf of Drawn & Quarterly.

Becky Blake and Joshua Whitehead selected for 2019 RBC Taylor Prize mentorship program

It’s a thrill to see both Becky Blake and Joshua Whitehead selected for this year’s RBC Taylor Prize mentorship program, two of the five authors on this year’s roster!

Following a hugely successful launch last year, the program returns this year with the continued goal of developing the careers of the top emerging voices in literary non-fiction.

Becky Blake and Joshua Whitehead have been paired with 2019 RBC Taylor Prize finalists Elizabeth Hay and Ian Hampton, respectively.

Congratulations to you both!

More information about this year’s honourees, please visit CBC.ca/books/5-writers-selected-for-rbc-taylor-prize-mentorship-program.

 

 

Welcoming Carlyn Zwarenstein

We are thrilled to welcome Carlyn Zwarenstein, a writer with an astonishing ability to write truly luminous prose, to Transatlantic Agency.

A freelance journalist who writes about medicine, literature, poverty, travel, and mental states, Carlyn has contributed to the Washington Post, The Globe and Mail, the Guardian, the Walrus, Canadian Geographic, and others. Her first book, Opium Eater: the New Confessions, is an intense, novella-length meditation on opioids and pain. It combines a lyrical look at opioids in literature with rigorous science journalism, a provocative analysis of how the medical system and public policies fail people with addiction and people with pain, and a darkly funny memoir that takes readers through visceral experiences of pain and its relief with opioids. Opium Eater, published modestly by a micro-press, was named a best book of 2016 by The Globe and Mail. Carlyn is expanding that book into a full-length exploration of pain, opioid use and dependence, the current overdose and addiction crises, and why people use drugs. Welcome, Carlyn!

Carlyn is represented by Marilyn Biderman.

DEAL NEWS: THE JUSTICE PROJECT by Michael Betcherman

 World rights for THE JUSTICE PROJECT, a new YA mystery by Michael Betcherman, the author of BREAKAWAY and FACE-OFF, to Ruth Linka at Orca Books for publication Fall 2019, by Amy Tompkins at Transatlantic Literary Agency. THE JUSTICE PROJECT is about an 18 year-old boy who despairs for the future after an accident ends his promising football career and leaves him with a permanent limp. He gets a summer job working with an organization that defends the wrongly convicted where he investigates the case of a man he is convinced is innocent, and in the process realizes that there is light at the end of the tunnel.

DEAL NEWS: EMMA’S PET by Ted Staunton

World rights to EMMA’S PET, written by Ted Staunton (author of WHAT BLOWS UP in the Almost Epic Squad Series) and illustrated by Ruth Ohi, were sold to Anne Shone at Scholastic Canada by Amy Tompkins on behalf of the author. EMMA’S PET will be about a girl who loses her favorite stuffed animal “pet” and auditions several replacements and will be published in 2020.

Transatlantic Welcomes the Fresh Talent of Lauren Hobson

Lauren Hobson is an author from Portland, Oregon whose work appears in River Teeth and Backcountry, the Backcountry Hunters & Anglers Association’s monthly journal. Lauren is a 2018 Fishtrap scholarship recipient. She completed her BA in English and Political Science at Tulane University and is pursuing an MFA at Portland State University.


Lauren is a native Oregonian, whose family is deeply rooted in the land and culture of the Pacific Northwest. Her writing focuses on her relationship to the outdoors, a connection she’s developed over thousands of hours in the forest and mountains and along the rivers and coastlines of the region she calls home. Her life is measured by the time she spends outside, whether hunting, hiking, climbing, paddling or backpacking through the wild places she loves. She is most herself when she’s outside with her dog, with a shotgun or rifle over her shoulder, loaded for bird or elk.
Lauren’s work in progress is about making it as a female outdoorswoman and hunter, a book which will appeal to millennials struggling to forge their own identity and embrace the transition to adulthood — even when the pressures from social media scrutiny, self-doubt, and decision paralysis complicate the quest.

Lauren is represented by Sandra Bishop; sandra@transatlanticagency.com

Welcoming author Charlotte Gill

We’re welcoming award-winning author Charlotte Gill to Transatlantic!

Charlotte is the author of Eating Dirt, a tree-planting memoir nominated for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize, the Charles Taylor Prize, and two B.C. Book Prizes. It was the 2012 winner of the B.C. National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction. Her previous book, Ladykiller, was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award and winner of the B.C. Book Prize for fiction. Her work has appeared in Best Canadian Stories, The Journey Prize Stories, and many magazines. She is currently faculty in creative writing at UBC and in the Creative Nonfiction program at King’s College. She lives on the Sunshine Coast of B.C.

Her incredible new novel THE ENLIGHTENMENT is the story of a young woman’s journey to an ashram in India, a quest for self-discovery that goes terribly but illuminatingly awry. Available for consideration shortly (world/TV film).

Charlotte is represented by Samantha Haywood, samantha@transatlanticagency.com.

Carolyn Forde joins Transatlantic Agency as Senior Agent

Samantha Haywood, President of Transatlantic Agency is pleased to announce that Carolyn Forde, former Literary Agent & Director of International Rights at Westwood Creative Artists has joined Transatlantic Agency as Senior Agent, bringing many of her clients with her. Carolyn’s contact is carolyn@transatlanticagency.com.

Carolyn has represented authors who have won or been nominated for many awards, including but not limited to the following: Governor General’s Award, Scotiabank Giller Prize, RBC Taylor Prize, Writers Trust Hilary Weston Award, Hugo Prix for Best Foreign Thriller (France), LAMDA Awards, as well as many national and international bestsellers. Carolyn is an active member of the literary community, a reguar speaker at conferences and a founding member of the Professional Association of Canadian Literary Agents (PACLA). In 2018 Carolyn participated in a delegation of Canadian publishers and agents to Germany in 2018 in preparation for Canada’s hosting role at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2020. For the last decade Carolyn has traveled to both the London Book Fair and the Frankfurt Book Fair and New York regularly, and she will continue to do so in her new role at Transatlantic Agency.

Says Haywood, “I am thrilled and proud to have Carolyn Forde join us at the Transatlantic. She has a brilliant reputation and her breadth of agenting experience in North America and selling internationally is impressive and well-earned.”

Says Forde, “After 14 great years at Westwood Creative Artists, it was time for a new challenge. I’m delighted to be joining Samantha Haywood and her vibrant and progressive team at Transatlantic. I look forward to championing my authors domestically, and internationally and to finding new and exciting voices to add to my author list.”

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 nonfiction of all types and for all ages. Transatlantic is recognized in the industry for integrity, passion and commitment throughout an author’s career. Transatlantic has 16 agents located across North America, with US agents in New York, Boston, and Portland OR, and Canadian agents in Toronto, Vancouver and Nova Scotia. Founded 25 years ago by literary agents David and Lynn Bennett and now headed by Samantha Haywood, the Transatlantic partnership is a vibrant collective of tenacious, independent professionals with diverse backgrounds and specialties. We represent more than 500 clients, who make regular appearances on notable bestseller lists across North America and have won major awards such as the Newbery Medal (US), the Giller Prize (Canada), Michael L. Printz Honor Book (US), and the Governor General’s Award for both adult and children’s literature (Canada).