Deal News- Startle and Illuminate by Nicholas and Anne Giardini

GiardiniACanadian English rights to STARTLE GiardiniN
AND ILLUMINATE: Carol Shields on Writing, a book of advice and reflections on writing by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Carol Shields, shimmering with her unique style, sense, humor, vision, and wit, edited by her grandson Nicholas Giardini and daughter and novelist Anne Giardini; to Anne Collins at Random House Canada for publication in spring 2016. Deal arranged by Trena White, associate agent of Transatlantic Agency.


Oxford University Press acquires groundbreaking work by Daniel Jones

JonesDaniel72Oxford University Press United States senior editor Abby Gross has acquired World English rights, excluding Canada, to  EMOTIONAL PROMISCUITY: THE SCIENCE OF SERIAL ROMANCE, by Dr. Daniel Jones, the world’s leading researcher into why some people tend to fall in love fast, easily, and often. The deal was arranged by Trena White of Transatlantic Agency.

Deal News – Geoff Dembicki’s ARE WE SCREWED sold to Bloomsbury USA

Dembick72Anton Mueller, Executive Editor of Bloomsbury USA, has acquired world rights to Geoff Dembicki’s first book. Are We Screwed? A Millennial’s Guide to Climate Change keys off 28-year-old Dembicki’s dispatches for Vice, Salon, The Tyee, and others to explain the massive societal shifts Millennials are creating in their response to global warming.

Vancouver-based Geoff Dembicki is a staff reporter for The Tyee, where he writes on energy, climate, and sustainability. His reporting has taken him to emerging 21st-century power centres like San Francisco, New York, Boston, Fort McMurray, South Dakota, Beijing, Calgary, Hawaii, and Washington, D.C. His work has been cited by NPR and the Center for Public Integrity, among others, and he’s been blogged about on the influential media site FishbowlNY. He was awarded a 2012–2013 media fellowship from the Asia-Pacific Foundation of Canada and received a grant from the New York-based Solutions Journalism Network to support the writing of this book.

Dembicki is represented by associate agent Trena White.


Canadian English rights for Dr. Karen Lee’s FIT CITIES: HOW URBAN DESIGN CAN CONQUER THE OBESITY EPIDEMIC have been sold to Tim Rostron of Doubleday Canada by Trena White of Transatlantic Agency. FIT CITIES is a brilliant, eye-opening look at how we can act now to stop one of the world’s biggest health issues, and is based on the latest research and interviews with designers and health practitioners as well as Lee’s own personal experiences in the field.

Deal News – Before the Revolution

Knopf Random House Canada senior editor Pamela Murray has acquired Canadian English and French rights to a memoir by debut author Sonja Larsen, for publication in spring 2016.

BEFORE THE REVOLUTION describes Larsen’s chaotic childhood living in communes in Quebec and California and her experiences on the inner circle of a radical left-wing organization based in Brooklyn. It shows the seductions and dangers of extremism and asks how we can forgive our parents’ failings before it’s too late. Deal arranged by Trena White.

Transatlantic Agency Forms Alliance with Page Two

The Transatlantic Agency is pleased to announce an alliance with the newly founded Page Two, whose principals, Jesse Finkelstein and Trena White, will represent adult non-fiction to the book trade as Transatlantic associate agents.

Jesse FinkelsteinFinkelstein and White met on the management team at D&M Publishers Inc., whose day-to-day operations Finkelstein ran as chief operating officer. She also led the company’s digital and international sales strategies, licensing content in multiple formats and in global markets, and developing one of Canada’s first enhanced ebook apps. Prior to working at D&M, Finkelstein was associate publisher at Raincoast Books, where she managed the publishing department and oversaw acquisitions.

Trena WhiteAs the publisher of Douglas & McIntyre and Greystone Books, White was responsible for running a publishing program of sixty new books a year. She set the vision and strategy for list development and author relations and oversaw acquisitions. Before joining D&M, White spent several years in Toronto as an editor at McClelland & Stewart. She has worked with acclaimed writers such as Allan Gotlieb, Andrew Potter, Michelle Shephard, and Joshua Knelman. Both Finkelstein and White are graduates of the Simon Fraser University Master of Publishing program.

“Transatlantic is a successful agency with a longstanding track record and an excellent reputation,” says Finkelstein. “Working within their network will add tremendous value to our service offering, to the benefit of our agency clients.”

“We are thrilled to be joining forces with Transatlantic,” says White. “We’ve always appreciated their agents’ integrity and professionalism, and we have been impressed with the collegiality we’ve experienced throughout our negotiations.”

“We couldn’t be happier than to have these two highly-respected entrepreneurs joining Transatlantic,” says David Bennett, the agency’s president. “This new arrangement will make us all stronger and more robust in our respective endeavours. We look forward to welcoming them to the team.”