Today we’re delighted to welcome Edward Lee to Transatlantic! He’s represented by Stephanie Sinclair.
Edward Lee is a Toronto lawyer and arbitrator. Born and raised in Montreal, his fiction and creative non-fiction have appeared in Descant Magazine, The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, Strike the Wok, an Anthology of Contemporary Chinese Canadian Fiction, TOK, Writing the New Toronto, and other literary magazines. He is also the author of a radio play, Canasian Eh? His novel, The Laundryman’s Boy, is the story of Hoi Wing Woo, a Chinese teenager who comes to St. Catharines, Ontario in 1913 to work in a hand laundry. Arriving in the late fall, Hoi Wing struggles against the harsh demands of his employer, the bitter climate, and the casual bigotry of the townspeople, but he also experiences the pain and elation of first love when he befriends a young Irish scullery maid.
The novel is loosely based on the lives of the author’s grandfathers, both of whom came to Canada at the turn of the twentieth century.
Today we’re welcoming Djamila Ibrahim to Transatlantic as a new client of Samantha Haywood and Stephanie Sinclair’s!
Djamila Ibrahim’s debut short story collection Things Are Good Now was one of Now Magazine’s 10 Books To Be Excited About in 2018, and has made several CBC lists of Books/Writers To Watch For in 2018. Things Are Good Now has been reviewed favourably in the Toronto Star, Literary Review of Canada (LRC), Quill and Quire, This Magazine and Toronto Life. Djamila’s stories have been shortlisted for the University of Toronto’s Penguin Random House Canada Student Award for Fiction and Briarpatch Magazine’s creative writing contest.
Djamila was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She was formerly a Senior Advisor for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. She now lives in Toronto.
Eternity is a Toronto-based journalist, and the associate editor at Xtra.
She holds a double honours major from Western University in English Language and Literature and Women’s Studies, as well as a Certificate in Writing. She is also a graduate of Ryerson’s Master of Journalism program.
She writes features, personal essays and longform pieces about race and racism, pop culture, music, relationships and women’s issues. She was nominated for a National Magazine Award in 2017.
Her work has been featured in Vice, Salon, The Huffington Post, CBC, Hazlitt, The Walrus, Canadaland, The Fader and Complex and more.
She is currently working on a collection of personal essays about being a student and woman of colour amidst the growing anti-Black racism, white nationalism and alt-right ideologies in Canada and on Canadian campuses.
Eternity is represented by Stephanie Sinclair.
North American rights to Dr. Christian Smith’s THE SCIENTIST AND THE PSYCHIC sold on a pre-empt to Amanda Betts and Anne Collins at Random House Canada by Stephanie Sinclair. As a child, Dr. Smith watched his mother become a world-renowned psychic and as an adult, whose education and research challenges the existence of the paranormal, he embarks on a quest to uncover and investigate the science underlying psychic phenomena.
Today we’re welcoming Toronto-based writer and editor Chantal Braganza to Transatlantic as a new client of Stephanie Sinclair’s!
By day she produces stories about social justice for Ontario public broadcaster TVO, and writes about books, food and pop culture in her spare time.
Braganza has reported on jazz icons, bank fraudsters and porn academia, and written personal essays on bilingualism, miscarriage and the cultural history of dunking foods. Her work has been nominated multiple times for National Magazine and Digital Publishing awards, and has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Hazlitt, the Globe and Mail, Toronto Life, Reader’s Digest, FASHION Magazine and Maisonneuve, among others.
Film/TV rights to Harriet Alida Lye‘s thrilling debut novel, THE HONEY FARM, have sold to Sonya Di Rienzo and Aeschylus Poulos of Hawkeye Pictures. The deal was arranged by Kim Yau of Paradigm on behalf of Stephanie Sinclair.
The novel tells the story of two budding artists who move to a remote farm and begin a romance, as creepy, inexplicable events, possibly orchestrated by the enigmatic woman in charge, start to unfold around them. In the hands of brilliant newcomer Harriet Alida Lye, the natural world is both lovely and menacing, as lushly depicted as the interior lives of her characters. Building to a shocking conclusion, THE HONEY FARM announces the arrival of a bold new voice and offers a thrilling portrait of creation and possession in the natural world.
Hawkeye Pictures is a producer of feature films, tv series, documentaries and digital content. Recent film credits include Sleeping Giant (Cannes Film Festival, Semaine de la Critique); Mary Goes Round (Toronto International Film Festival 2017); and 22 Chaser (2018). The latest project, Propaganda: The Art of Selling Lies, is currently in production.
Selected Prepublication praise for Harriet Alida Lye’s THE HONEY FARM (World Rights Available Ex: U.S., Liveright; Canada, Vagrant Press; Australia, Penguin Random House):
Barnes & Noble Discover Pick! Barnesandnoble.com/2018-bn-discover-great-new-writers-selections
“An aura of mystery, faintly tinged with menace, permeates Canadian author Lye’s sensuous debut novel …Lye offers an achingly lyrical excursion into a lost Eden”
“Each lyrical line feels like a gift left at the reader’s altar. A honey-mouthed debut ruminating on creation, possession, and faith.” -Kirkus Reviews
“With a strong command of tone and a haunting sense of atmosphere, Lye’s first novel will transfix readers. At times lyrical, biblical, and otherworldly, The Honey Farm is a suspenseful and well-crafted story.” -Booklist
A Quill & Quire Editor’s Pick- “Lye evokes gothic tropes and an aura of foreboding that recall Shirley Jackson and Daphne du Maurier by way of the tortured Catholicism of Flannery O’Connor.” -Quill and Quire
Selected as an April Top Ten for Loan Stars! “A creepy (in the best way) dark tale set on a remote Ontario Honey farm. For fans of The Poisonwood Bible or the novels of Jane Smiley or Louise Erdrich.”
“The Honey Farm is a delightful and mistily enigmatic story…I am putting The Honey Farm on the 2018 longlist for a ‘Very Best!’ Book Award for fiction.”
-The Miramichi Reader
“I loved this book. The way Harriet Alida Lye captures and registers moments of encounter with gentleness and specificity, like bees bumping against flowers—there’s magic afoot here.”
-Lauren Elkin, author of Flaneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice, and London (A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice)
“Mysterious, suspenseful, and unnerving, The Honey Farm offers a thrilling narrative that examines the distorted realities and conflicting perceptions that often exist in the quietest places.” –Iain Reid, bestselling author of I’m Thinking of Ending Things, an NPR Best Book of the Year, 2016
“The Honey Farm delves into the intimate mysteries of art, madness, religion, and love through a story built with beautiful language and lush sensory detail. Gothic and subtly menacing, it’s a book as rich as the sweet substance at its core.”
-Grace O’Connell, author of Be Ready for the Lightning
“The secret world of bees and the sensuous natural order in all its peril and glory come alive in this mesmerizing, suspenseful novel. Harriet Alida Lye is a writer of prodigious talent and The Honey Farm a thrilling, chills-inducing debut. Brava!”
-Carol Bruneau, award-winning author of Glass Voices and These Good Hands
“Beguiled by the promise of a writers’ retreat, Sylvia leaves her staunchly Catholic family home for the uncertain territory of a honey farm in Northern Ontario. The Honey Farm offers readers an accomplished meditation on love, creativity and the wonder of the natural world, and a gripping exploration of a community that is perhaps not as it seems.”
-Cathy Marie Buchanan, New York Times bestselling author of The Painted Girls
He resides in BC where he is pursuing a PhD at Simon Fraser University where his research concentrates on Indigenous literature. Abel’s creative work has recently been anthologized in Best Canadian Poetry (Tightrope), The Land We Are: Artists and Writers Unsettle the Politics of Reconciliation (Arbiter Ring), and The New Concrete: Visual Poetry in the 21st Century (Hayword). Abel is the author of The Place of Scraps (winner of the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize), Un/inhabited, and Injun (winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize).
Currently, Jordan is working on a book about intergenerational trauma called NISHGA that interweaves memoir, poetry, and photography together to address the complex and plural life experiences of intergenerational survivors of residential schools. He is also working a novel, tentatively titled Empty Spaces, that repositions descriptions of land from The Last of the Mohicans and then writes over, through, and between those descriptions. Excerpts from that project have been published in Canadian Literature, The Capilano Review, and The New Quarterly.
World French rights to Sharon Bala’s THE BOAT PEOPLE to Mémoire d’encrier by Stephanie Sinclair! Previous rights sold to Turkey (Mevsimler) and Syria (Fawasel). THE BOAT PEOPLE has spent ten consecutive weeks on the bestseller list here in Canada and this week hit international shelves. Congratulations, Sharon!