Major congrats to Paul Harbridge whose picture book WHEN THE MOON COMES (Tundra Books), illustrated by Matt James, has won the 2018 Martha Baillie Picture Book Award!
FROM THE JURY: “This nostalgia filled adventure with friends will resonate with those who love the moon, nature and hockey… The friends’ anticipation and excitement for their nighttime excursion is palpable… James’ strong illustrations emphasize the beauty of winter, the wonder of a dark night, the power of the moon and the fun of an escapade with friends.”
The Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award honours excellence in the illustrated picture book format and is given to outstanding books of the picture book genre in which the author and illustrator achieve artistic and literary unity.
For more information about this award, please visit: Bookcentre.ca/awards/marilyn-baillie-picture-book-award
Congratulations to Transatlantic Agency client Paul Harbridge, and illustrator Matt James on a second wonderful review from Kirkus of WHEN THE MOON COMES (Tundra Books)! Kirkus writes, “Harbridge captures the sights, sounds, and smells of the almost spectral, night-time gathering from a child’s point of view, including details that place you, the reader, right there…Matt James’ illustrations, rendered in acrylics and India ink, are dark and mysterious, just like Canadian nights in winter, and full of energy and movement.”
Check out the full review at the following link:
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.
Happy book birthday to Paul Harbridge, whose beautiful picture book illustrated by Matt James, WHEN THE MOON COMES, publishes today with Tundra Books! In this atmospheric story, a group of kids play hockey on a frozen lake by moonlight. At once nostalgic and timely, this is a gorgeous book that will speak to readers young and old. It has already received glowing starred reviews from Kirkus: “The illustrations, with their burnished waning light, and the clipped-short narrative combine to create an atmosphere that for anyone who has experienced it will feel pitch-perfect” and SLJ: “An exquisite selection for older elementary readers, this is a first purchase for school and public libraries”. Congratulations Paul!
WHEN THE MOON COMES, which is written by Transatlantic Agency client Paul Harbridge and illustrated by Matt James, is publishing with Tundra Books on September 12th, and already it has received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews! They write of the book, “The illustrations, with their burnished waning light, and the clipped-short narrative combine to create an atmosphere that for anyone who has experienced it will feel pitch-perfect.”
Transatlantic author Paul Harbridge, author of the hockey picture book When the Moon Comes, forthcoming from Tundra, is launching his satirical short novel, Beaver Pond, via Twitter on October 6th. Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has made headlines around the world, but just as newsworthy has been the obsession of citizens and the media with his notoriety. Toronto author Paul Harbridge takes the frenzy at City Hall as the starting point for his story.
Evocative of George Orwell’s Animal Farm, Beaver Pond is the darkly humorous tale of an abrasive porcupine named Rock who, accompanied by his brother Digger, takes over the leadership of a hapless beaver colony, thoroughly rattling the establishment before succumbing to his own prickly demons. Shortly after being named Grand Rodent by the High Council of Beavers, a rumour starts to circulate that Rock has been spotted down at Cranberry Corners, the nefarious hangout of losers and ne’er-do-wells. (Everyone knows the scandalous effect ripe cranberries have on rodents!) Rock disrupts the lives of the good citizens of the Big Flood, including cultural maven Margaret Eatwood and adolescent troublemaker Dustin Beaver, and even tries to cancel the flying squirrels’ annual Glide Parade. The tension between the anti- and pro-porcupine camps is only heightened by the dark jokes made every evening down at the river bank by that irascible scamp Jimmy Otter. The aim of the book is not to judge but to take a humorous look at how we all reacted to someone who disturbed our complacency.
The story will be presented in a ground-breaking format never before used on Twitter and take place over 12 days, beginning October 6, 2014. Beaver Pond will amalgamate the dialogue of 26 characters (each with their own Twitter account) into a single Twitter account (@Beaver_Pond) to tell the story. Beaver Pond’s Twitter debut coincides with its release in e-book format for Kobo and Kindle on October 5th.