At The Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada, the covers for THE AGONY OF BUN O’KEEFE (Penguin Teen Canada) by Heather Smith, LOST IN SEPTEMBER (Knopf Canada) by Kathleen Winter, and THE ONLY CAFE (Random House Canada) by Linden MacIntyre were recognized as the very best in book design in the prose fiction category! The Alcuin Society Awards is the only national competition for book design in the country, and was judged by Sue Colberg, Shelley Gruendler, and Frank Viva, who had the challenge of choosing the winning titles from 235 submissions, from 10 provinces and 107 publishers. Huge congratulations to Jennifer Griffiths who took home two first prize awards for her work on Heather’s and Kathleen’s novels, and to Terri Nimmo, who won second prize as a designer for Linden’s book!
We are delighted to share that LOST IN SEPTEMBER (Random House Canada) by Kathleen Winter and SUN OF A DISTANT LAND (Vehicule Press) translated by Claire Holden Rothman are among the finalists for the Quebec Writers’ Federation Literary Awards! Kathleen’s novel is among three selections that are shortlisted for the Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction, which were chosen by jury members Peggy Herring, La Florya Gauthier, and Vish Khanna. Claire’s novel is shortlisted for the Cole Foundation Prize for Transatlation, selected by jury members Renee Desjardins, Jeffrey Moore, and Greg Robinson. Congratulations to Kathleen, Claire, and their fellow nominees on these great accomplishments!
Please visit the following link for the full list of nominations.
Transatlantic would like to congratulate Kathleen Winter, Carol Off and Paul Harbridge whose books have been named finalists for the 2017 Governor General’s Awards! Winter’s LOST IN SEPTEMBER (Knopf Canada) is a finalist for Fiction, Off’s ALL WE LEAVE BEHIND (Random House Canada) is a finalist for Non-Fiction and Harbridge’s WHEN THE MOON COMES, illustrated by Matt James (Tundra Books) is a finalist for Young People’s Literature, Illustrated Books.
Each year, the Canada Council for the Arts honours the best in Canadian literature with its Governor General’s Literary Awards (the GGs). As Canada’s national literary awards, the GGs represent the rich diversity of Canadian literature. For each category, a peer assessment committee, comprised of fellow authors, translators and illustrators, makes the final selection. Each GG winner receives $25,000; each nonwinning finalist receives $1,000. The publisher of each winning book receives $3,000 to help promote the book.
The winners will be announced on November 1st. For the full list of finalists, please visit GGbooks.ca.
This brilliant high-concept novel reimagines an eleven-day period in the life of General James Wolfe (1727-1759), an iconic figure in the military history of Canada. Legend portrays him as fearless and determined, but his voluminous personal correspondence (some of which is housed at Toronto’s Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library) reveals a lifelong struggle with melancholy and trauma.
Wolfe began his military career at the age of 15. By 25, after a decade of hard soldiering, he begged, and was awarded, a month of study leave in Paris. But before he could embark, Britain adopted Europe’s Gregorian calendar, and the entire country had to adjust its dates: September 2, 1752 was followed by September 14, and Wolfe lost eleven days of his precious sabbatical.
In LOST IN SEPTEMBER, Wolfe is reimagined as Jimmy, a PTSD-afflicted veteran wandering the streets of contemporary Montreal, determined to reclaim those lost days and to fathom what became of his youth—and of the British North America for whose gain he’d abandoned all hope of personal happiness. His search dislodges unsettling questions about the price war exacts from soldiers of all empires, past and present. In this poetic and imaginative work, Winter skillfully interweaves the factual past with an imagined present, while bridging more than 300-years of time.
Kathleen Winter’s previous novel Annabel was published in 15 countries and is in development as a film. It was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller, Governor General’s Award, Writers’ Trust and Orange (U.K.) prizes, was a Globe and Mail “Best Book” and a New York Times “Notable,” and was a #1 bestselling Canada Reads selection. Previous to that debut, Kathleen penned the short story collections, boYs and has subsequently published a second collection, The Freedom in American Songs, and an award-nominated travel memoir, Boundless: Tracing Land and Dream in a New Northwest Passage.
– A CBC Books selection for “Fall 2017: books you must read this season”
– A Globe and Mail “Most Anticipated” book for the rest of 2017
– Chosen by Canadian librarians as one of their “Favourite Upcoming September Books” (Quill and Quire)
– A Chatelaine “Best Fall Reads” book
– Deemed a highly-anticipated “Sizzling Stories” by the Winnipeg Free Press
Knopf Canada has commissioned Kathleen Winter (Annabel and Boundless) to create a book for the Canadian sesquicentennial in 2017. The work — to be in the genre of the author’s choosing — will be based on the life of General James Wolfe, the commander who famously led the British to overthrow the French in Quebec at the Plains of Abraham in 1759 . The work (as yet untitled) will be based on letters written by Wolfe — primarily to his mother – from the age of thirteen through to two weeks before his death. These letters are held by the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library at the University of Toronto, and will form the core of Winter’s narrative. The deal was done by Shaun Bradley, with Lynn Henry and Amanda Lewis at Penguin Random House Canada.
As we near the end 2015, we are excited to recap the many highlights of our agency’s adult and children’s/YA authors’ achievements this year. This year, our clients have received a variety of impressive award nominations and wins, and have been named bestsellers.
Thank you to our wonderful clients, the publishers who published them, and the fantastic readers who have made it all possible! We look forward to beginning a new year of accolades and an exciting list of new projects in 2016! Happy Holidays!
Transatlantic Agency’s 2015 Adult Author Award & News Citations:
THE SILENT WIFE by ASA Harrison, previously optioned by Nicole Kidman’s Blossom Films and Mazur Kaplan, has been fully financed and will be going into production with a script written by Billy Ray (Captain Phillips and The Hunger Games) and will be directed by Adrian Lyne (Fatal Attraction and Unfaithful)
ANNABEL, Kathleen Winter’s multiple award-winning novel, has been optioned for film by Academy Award-nominated screenwriter/director Deepa Mehta, for development through her company, Hamilton Mehta Productions
THEY LEFT US EVERYTHING by Plum Johnson winner of the RBC Charles Taylor Prize and nominated for the Leacock Medal for Humour and the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize
WALT by Russell Wangersky winner of the 2015 CBC Bookie Prize, Best Thriller, Horror, Mystery or Crime
THIEF OF GLORY by Sigmund Brouwer winner Christy Award for Book of the Year and Christy Award for Best Book in the Historical Romance category, winner of the Alberta Readers’ Choice Award
IAIN REID named recipient of the 2015 RBC Taylor Emerging Writer Award
SHARON BALA winner of the Percy Janes First Novel Award and shortlisted for the Fresh Fish Award
MEGAN COLES winner of the Writers Trust 5×5 Award and the 2014 BMO Winterset Award
SMOKE RIVER by Krista Foss winner of the Hamilton Literary Award for Fiction
DAVE BIDINI won the Anne Green Award at Calgary Wordfest 2015
CONSUMED by Sarah Elton winner of the Choice Magazine (American Library Association) CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title Award
TELL IT TO THE WORLD by Eliott Behar finalist for the Hilary Weston Prize for Nonfiction
BOUNDLESS by Kathleen Winter was nominated for the RBC Charles Taylor Prize, the Hilary Weston Prize and the Mavis Gallant Prize for Nonfiction. In the US it has received multiple starred reviews and will be on Booklist’s Best of the Year list.
LAUGHING ALL THE WAY TO THE MOSQUE by Zarqa Nawaz shortlisted for the Leacock Medal for Humour, the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize and Saskatchewan Book Awards
BEYOND THE PALE by Emily Urquhart shortlisted for the BC National Award for Canadian Nonfiction
EXTREME MEAN by Paula Todd shortlisted for the Arthur Ellis Award for Crime Writing
WILL STARLING by Ian Weir longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award and nominated for the Sunburst Awards
THE UMBRELLA MENDER by Christine Fischer Guy has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize for her story SALT, which appeared in The Austin Review
THE BLONDES by Emily Schultz was released in the US, received multiple starred reviews, and is an NPR Top 50 Books selection, a Kirkus Best Fiction of 2015 pick and a BookPage Best Book of 2015. It will be released as a Picador paperback in 2016.
LEDGER OF THE OPEN HAND by Leslie Vryenhoek’s makes the Writer’s Trust List of Best Books of 2015, as chosen by Michael Crummey
Transatlantic Agency’s 2015 Young Adult & Children’s Author Award and News Citations:
THE GOSPEL TRUTH by Caroline Pignat: winner of the Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature, finalist for the 2015 Canadian Children’s Book Centres Awards (Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction and the Amy Mathers Teen Book Award), finalist for the 2015 Red Maple Award. Her novel UNSPEAKABLE was also a finalist for the Geoffrey Bilson Award, and both UNSPEAKABLE and THE GOSPEL TRUTH were shortlisted for the CLA Young Adult Book of the Year Award.
ERIC WALTERS admitted into the Order of Canada and he was also named a finalist for the 2015 Canadian Children’s Book Centres Award for HOPE SPRINGS (which won the 2014 Christopher Award), winner of the 2015 Red Maple Award for THE RULE OF THREE, and WALKING HOME was a finalist for the CLA Book of the Year for Children and a 2016 Red Maple finalist
DEAD MAN’S SWITCH by Sigmund Brouwer winner of the 2015 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Juvenile/YA Crime Book, finalist for the 2015 Canadian Children’s Book Centre John Spray Mystery Award, and a finalist for the 2015 Red Maple
GRACE by Mary Casanova (2015 American Girl of the Year) was winner of the 2015 Parents’ Choice Approved Award, winner of the 2015 National Parenting Publications (NAPPA) Gold Award
THE METRO DOGS OF MOSCOW by Rachelle Delaney winner of the B.C. Chocolate Lily Award, and THE CIRCUS DOGS OF PRAGUE was shortlisted for the CLA Book of the Year for Children
THE DAY MY MOM CAME TO KINDERGARTEN by Maureen Fergus, winner of the 2015 Blue Spruce Award. Her book BUDDY AND EARL also made it on the Boston Globe best books of 2015 list.
FACE-OFF by Michael Betcherman, finalist for the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Juvenile/YA Crime Book
THE VOICE INSIDE MY HEAD by S.J. Laidlaw, finalist for the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Juvenile/YA Crime Book, finalist for the CLA Young Adult Book of the Year, and finalist for the John Spray Mystery Award
WATER CAN BE by Laura Purdie Salas finalist for the 2015 Minnesota Book Awards
HAVE YOU HEARD THE NESTING BIRD? by Rita Gray, New England Book Show Winner, children’s books
TIME OUT OF TIME: Beyond the Door by Maureen McQuerry, Middle Grade finalist for the 2015 Washington State Scandiuzzi Children’s Book Awards
SNEAKER CENTURY by Amber Keyser nominated for the 2015 YALSA Award
STARTING FROM SCRATCH by Sarah Elton, finalist for the Norma Fleck Award for Non-Fiction
THE SHOW TO END ALL SHOWS by Cary Fagan, finalist for the John Spray Mystery Award and MR ZINGER’S HAT was the TD Grade One Give-Away Book for 2015
WE’RE ALL FRIENDS HERE by Nancy Wilcox Richards, illustrated by Tom Goldsmith, finalist for the 2016 Blue Spruce
Silver Birch finalists and Express finalists for 2016: WHEN THE WORST HAPPENS by Tanya Lloyd Kyi, and HOPE SPRINGS by Eric Walters, illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes
WHEN THE WORST HAPPENS by Tanya Lloyd Kyi finalist for 2016 Golden Oak Award
STORMSTRUCK by John Macfarlane was selected for Kirkus Best of the Year
SEE YOU NEXT YEAR by Andrew Larsen was picked by 49th shelf amongst its favorite picture books of the year.
THE WAY BACK FROM BROKEN by Amber Keyser made Bustle’s Best YA covers list
A SETTLER’S YEAR: PIONEER LIFE THROUGH THE SEASONS by Kathleen Ernst was chosen by the Wisconsin Center For The Book to represent the state at the Library of Congress National Book Festival in September. The US National Archives invited the author to D.C. in October to present a program about it as part of their noon lecture series. A SETTLER’S YEAR was named a Finalist in the 2015 USA Best Book Awards – United States History category.
Transatlantic Agency’s Bestsellers of 2015:
GALLERY OF LOST SPECIES by Nina Berkhout
THE AMERICAN GIRL SERIES by Mary Casanova
SHOPLIFTER by Michael Cho
OPEN HEART, OPEN MIND by Clara Hughes
THEY LEFT US EVERYTHING by Plum Johnson
PUNISHMENT by Linden MacIntyre
LAUGHING ALL THE WAY TO THE MOSQUE by Zarqa Nawaz
MEADOWLARK by Wendi Stewart
EXTREME MEAN by Paula Todd
BEYOND THE PALE by Emily Urquhart
THE RULE OF THREE by Eric Walters
BOUNDLESS by Kathleen Winter
Annabel has been published in 18 countries and was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, Orange Prize for Fiction, and Governor General’s Literary Award. Mehta is known for other book-to-film adaptations, including Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children, and for her Academy Award-nominated Water. Her latest work, Beeba Boys, debuted at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival and will open internationally in October.
The deal was arranged by Shaun Bradley at the Transatlantic Agency.
Coming in October ILLUMINATION – Portraits of Canadian Literature + Authors
In this innovative new exhibit, award-winning Canadian artist Mark Raynes Roberts illustrates the personalities of some of Canada’s most vibrant and interesting authors through a series of 150 photographs. Exhibits at both the Toronto Reference Library and the Harbourfront Centre’s International Festival of Authors will feature projected portrait installations of some of the following Transatlantic Agency author clients: Martha Baillie, Dave Bidini, Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall, Claire Holden Rothman, Diane Schoemperlen, Paula Todd and Kathleen Winter. Through these works, Raynes Roberts will explore the inner lives of authors and their creative roots.
At the Gardiner Museum, to complement the photography series, Mark Raynes Roberts will present his ethereal glass engraving as visual interpretations of narrative by 12 Canadian authors based upon the theme of Light. For over 30 years, Raynes Roberts has created glass sculpture as medium to examine human transcendence and with this new collection, celebrate artistic culture and Canada’s literary treasury.
ILLUMINATION – Portraits of Canadian Literature – Crystal Art Exhibition
Gardiner Museum – October 26 to November 11, 2015
ILLUMINATION – Portraits of Canadian Authors – Projected Portrait Photography Exhibitions
Toronto Reference Library – October 11 – Nov 1, 2015
International Festival of Authors – October 22 to November 1, 2015.
Learn more at www.raynesillumination.com
Congratulations to Diane Schoemperlen and Kathleen Winter for both appearing on the longlist for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. Diane Schoemperlen is nominated for BY THE BOOK and Kathleen Winter for THE FREEDOM IN AMERICAN SONGS.
Since its start in 2005, the Frank O’Connor award has been the world’s largest and most prestigious prize for short story collections. The shortlist will be announced in early June. See the full longlist here.
Congratulations to all the nominees.
BBC Radio 4 in the UK has chosen Kathleen Winter’s travel memoir, BOUNDLESS: TRACING LAND AND DREAM IN A NEW NORTHWEST PASSAGE (Jonathan Cape) as its Book of the Week. Hear the exquisite 5-part broadcast here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05mqpgd?fb_ref=Default