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Dear Friends,

Happy 2018! We're off with a bang and we're happy to share an exciting round-up of new deals, new clients and award news (spoiler alert: Sharon Bala and Catherine Hernandez have been longlisted for Canada Reads!)
 
Spring travel plans: Shaun Bradley and Samantha Haywood are now booking their London Book Fair schedules. Please contact Megan Philipp for availability at megan@transatlanticagency.com.
 
For those who missed it, Stephanie Sinclair has been promoted to Senior Agent and is now the International Rights Manager for Samantha Haywood's client list (author clients and Drawn & Quarterly titles). Please contact them both on rights requests for Samantha Haywood's clients going forward. Samantha will continue to work exclusively on her list in North America and for TV/Film.
 
We're looking forward to working together this year. Stay tuned for our Spring catalogue for LBF and our latest TV/Film Hot Lists soon.
 
All best wishes,

 
New Deal Announcements 
 
CANADIAN AND NORTH AMERICAN DEALS 

Fiction:

US and Canada English rights to Giller Prize shortlisted author Sarah Selecky's debut novel RADIANT SHIMMERING LIGHT - both hilarious and disconcerting - follows Lilian Quick, a 40-year-old struggling pet portrait artist whose life changes drastically when she starts working for her motivational guru cousin Eleven Novak. The job helps Lilian improve her finances, connect with her inner feminine power, and publicly confront a love affair gone wrong, which explodes her online following. Lilian is indebted to Eleven for all her success...but is Eleven really looking out for Lilian's best interests? Sold to Lea Beresford of Bloomsbury US and Jennifer Lambert of HarperCollins Canada for publication in 2018 by Samantha Haywood. For world rights ex: North America contact: stephanie@transatlanticagency.com. For tv/film contact: Dana Spector, Paradigm at dspector@paradigmagency.com.

World rights to Columbia MFA grad and Banff Centre alum
Zalika Reid-Benta's debut story collection
FRYING PLANTAIN, a series of interconnected stories rooted in the Toronto neighbourhood of Eglinton West and Marlee. The reader follows the protagonist, Kara Davis, who transitions from girlhood to young womanhood during the span of the collection. Artfully dealing with family dysfunction and intergenerational cycles, Reid-Benta uses everyday experiences to explore the conflation of Canadian and Jamaican identity. Sold to Sarah Maclachlan at House of Anansi Press for publication in spring 2019 under the Astoria imprint. Contact: Amy Tompkins, amy@transatlanticagency.com.

World rights to  HOPE'S HORIZON by  Carolyn Zane, one of seven historical novellas in BAREFOOT BRIDES, an anthology about women who walk varying roads to find love and the life of their dreams. Hope becomes engaged to an older man in order to relieve her family of one more mouth to feed, and sets out on the Oregon Trail, but along the way is forced to walk while her betrothed and his mother ride in the wagon - until anothera lone traveler sees her plight and inspires her to take a new path. Sold to Laura Young at Barbour Publishing. Contact: sandra@transatlanticagency.com .

Non-Fiction:

World English rights to science journalist Andrew Reeves' debut work, OVERRUN: Dispatches from the Asian Carp Crisis, which explores the profound environmental threat posed by the migration of invasive species across our ecosystem, to ECW's Executive Editor-at-Large, Susan Renouf, for Spring 2019. OVERRUN paints a "canary in the coal mine" picture about what happens when well-intentioned environmentalists, poor and unsubstantiated science, bloated corporate interests, and disjointed government policies converge - think Rachel Carson's Silent Spring for a new generation. Contact: Shaun Bradley, shaun@transatlanticagency.com, for translation and film/TV rights.

Canada English rights to National Magazine Award winner and 2017-2018 Geoffrey and Margaret Andrew Fellow, Alicia Elliott's narrative nonfiction debut, A MIND SPREAD OUT ON THE GROUND, exploring the links of colonialism, mental illness, art and abuse, through a blend of cultural criticism, literary criticism, and political and historical discourse along with the author's personal narrative, sold on a pre-empt to Kiara Kent at Doubleday Canada for Spring 2019 by Samantha Haywood and Stephanie Sinclair. For US rights and TV/film rights contact: samantha@transatlanticagency.com. For UK and translation rights contact: stephanie@transatlanticagency.com.

English North American print rights for Atz Kilcher's memoir about growing up with a hard father in a hard land. SON OF A MIDNIGHT LAND offers readers a realistic look at the emotional price this eldest of eight children paid for his father's dream to homestead in Alaska's remote wilderness. Known to many as the patriarch of Discovery Channel's Emmy-shortlisted program Alaska: The Last Frontier, Kilcher is also an artist, a writer, a musician, and the man who taught his daughter Jewel how to sing and perform. Acquired by Vikki Warner of Blackstone Publishing, who also acquired audio rights for simultaneous release, narrated by the author. For Canadian, UK, and translation rights, contact: sandra@transatlanticagency.com.

World rights to THE POSITIVE PARENTING WORKBOOK: An Interactive Guide for Strengthening Emotional Connection by Rebecca Eanes, the immensely popular blogger (over a million Facebook fans!) and trusted voice among parents looking to chart a new way of parenting by fostering greater emotional awareness, clearer communication, empowered kids, and more joy. Also, a second book currently in development, on the subject of modeling authenticity to our children and fellow moms. Sold to Marian Lizzi at Tarcher Perigee. Contact: sandra@transatlanticagency.com.

World rights to FIREWATER author  Harold Johnson 's memoir about his brother Clifford, a scientist in the making whose life was cut too short, to House of Anansi, for publication in Fall 2018. Contact: Stephanie Sinclair,  stephanie@transatlanticagency.com


Foreign Rights:

Australian rights to Harriet Alida Lye's THE HONEY FARM, in which two budding artists 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, to Penguin Random House Australia. Rights previously sold to Canada (Nimbus Press) and US (Liveright) for Spring 2018. Contact: Stephanie Sinclair, stephanie@transatlanticagency.com.

Spanish rights to Journey Prize winner Naben Ruthnum writing as Nathan Ripley's thriller debut FIND YOU IN THE DARK, pitched as reminiscent of The Talented Mr. Ripley, which follows the story of a family man whose obsessive need to right the past by digging up the undiscovered skeletal remains of serial killer victims is about to lead to a terrifyingly real encounter with a killer who is very much alive, to Ediciones Siruela by Marta de Bru de Sala of The Foreign Office on behalf of Stephanie Sinclair and Samantha Haywood, rights previously sold to Atria US, and S&S Canada, Text UK & ANZ, Lubbe Verlag in Germany and eOne on a pre-empt for tv/film. For transalation rights contact: stephanie@transatlanticagency.com.

Turkish rights to Sharon Bala's debut novel THE BOAT PEOPLE - an extraordinary novel about a group of refugees who survive a perilous ocean voyage only to face the threat of deportation amid accusations of terrorism to Mevsimler. Rights previously sold on a pre-empt to the US (Doubleday) and Canada (McClelland & Stewart). Contact: Stephanie Sinclair, stephanie@transatlanticagency.com

Simplified Chinese rights for Dan Falk's IN SEARCH OF TIME: Journeys Along a Curious Dimension have been extended by five years by the originating publisher, Hainan Publishing House. Turkish rights to the same title have been acquired by Kaplumbaa Kitap. Contact: Shaun Bradley, shaun@transatlanticagency.com.

Audio rights to Deborah MacNamara's REST PLAY GROW: Making Sense of Preschoolers (and Anyone Who Acts Like One) to Laura Gachko at Audible. Contact: Trena White, trena@transatlanticagency.com

Danish rights to Deborah MacNamara's REST PLAY GROW: Making Sense of Preschoolers (and Anyone Who Acts Like One) to Blue Pearl. Rights previously sold include Italian, French, German, Russian, and Spanish. Based on the work of one of the world's foremost child development experts, REST, PLAY, GROW offers a road map to making sense of young children, and is what every toddler, preschooler, and kindergartner wishes we understood about them. Contact: Trena White, trena@transatlanticagency.com.

Italian rights to THINGS TO DO WHEN IT'S RAINING by bestselling author Marissa Stapley sold on a pre-empt to Sperling & Kupfer Editori by Erica Berla of Berla & Griffini. And Norwegian rights sold to Cappelen Damm by Jeanine Langenburg of Sebes & Bisseling Literary Agency on behalf of Samantha Haywood. For readers of Jojo Moyes THINGS TO DO WHEN IT'S RAINING is a poignant generational story about childhood best friends who are reunited as adults at the idyllic Summers' Inn and dealing with aging parents, heartbreak and secrets that will either bring them together or forever leave them as two islands rights previously to S&S Canada, Graydon House US & Rowohlt Germany. For UK and translation rights contact: stephanie@transatlanticagency.com. For TV/Film contact: samantha@transatlanticagency.com.

German rights to Daniel Griffin's TWO ROADS HOME, pitched in the tradition of Snow Falling on Cedars, a literary novel with eco-thriller overtones, reimagining the 1993 Clayoquot Sound protests when the fall-out from a bomb blast at a logging company warehouse ends in the unplanned death of a security guard, to Dirk Vaihiner of Nagel & Kimche of Hanser Verlag by Hannah Fosh of Liepman Agency, on behalf of  Samantha Haywood. Canada English and US rights previously sold to Freehand Books, published September, 2017. For world rights ex. North American & Germany contact: stephanie@transatlanticagency.com. For TV/Film contact: samantha@transatlanticagency.com.

World French rights to Martha Baillie's exquisite new novel, IF CLARA to Hermine Naudin of Actes Sud, by the Anna Jarota Agency on behalf of Samantha Haywood. World rights ex. French previously sold to Alana Wilcox at Coach House Books. For TV/film contact: samantha@transatlanticagency.com.

World French rights to award-winning graphic novelist Scott Chantler's BIX, an experimental and mostly wordless black and white graphic biography highlighting the career of Leon Bix Beiderbecke, an early jazz cornet player, who rose rapidly to fame in the 1920s before falling just as quickly from grace due to a wretched dependence on alcohol, to Frederic Gauthier of La Pasteque, North America previously sold to Ed Schlesinger of Gallery 13, Simon & Schuster by Samantha Haywood. For UK & translation rights contact: stephanie@transatlanticagency.com and for TV/Film contact: samantha@transatlanticagency.com.

Anthem of a Reluctant Prophet Italian rights to Joanne Proulx's award-winning debut novel ANTHEM OF A RELUCTANT PROPHET (originally published in 2007 by Penguin Canada & Picador UK and forthcoming as a feature film), sold to Fanucci Editore by Erica Berla of Berla & Griffini Rights Agency on behalf of Samantha Haywood. And Russian rights to Palmyra Publishers. For translation rights contact: stephanie@transatlanticagency.com.

German print rights for Joanne Bischof's THE LADY AND THE LIONHEART, recipient of a rare, 5 Star review from Romantic Times, and Christy Award to Konstanze von der Pahlen at Brunnen Publishing by Hannah Fosh, Liepman Agency, on behalf of Sandra Bishop. For translation rights contact: sandra@transatlanticagency.com

Subsidiary Rights:

Audio rights to Joanne Bischof's Christy Award winning historical romance, THE LADY AND THE LIONHEART sold to Vikki Warner at Blackstone publishing, with Gail Shalan narrating. Contact: sandra@transatlanticagency.com.

Drawn & Quarterly Deals

Spanish rights to Marc Bell's STROPPY sold to Ediciones La Cupula.

Brazilian rights to Adrian Tomine's KILLING AND DYING sold to Grupo Autentica Editora by Marta de Bru de Sala of The Foreign Office.

Wilson Chinese rights to GOLIATH by Tom Gauld, WILSON by Daniel Clowes, and HOW TO UNDERSTAND ISRAEL IN 60 DAYS LESS by Sarah Glidden to Ginkgo (Beijing) Book Co., Ltd, by Nina Yang of Andrew Nurnberg Associates.


UK Commonwealth (ex. Canada) rights to SABRINA by Nick Drnaso to Alex Bowler at Granta and Italian rights to Coconino and French rights to Presque Lune. A timely and articulate graphic novel about the disappearance of an airman in the U.S. Air Force, and the depiction of a modern world devoid of personal interaction and responsibility, where relationships are stripped of intimacy through glowing computer screens, and a contemplation of the dangers of a fake news climate.

German rights to Tom Gauld's BAKING WITH KAFKA, a collection of 100 new comics from one of the most celebrated cartoonists working today, to Edition Moderne, rights previously sold to Editions Alto (French in North America) and 2024 (World French ex. North America), Canongate (UK), Mondadori (Italian), Boom (Russian), and Salamandra (Spanish).

Awards and Citations 

Congratulations to Sharon Bala whose debut novel, THE BOAT PEOPLE, has been longlisted for Canada Reads 2018! Canada Reads is an annual contest in which five Canadian celebrity panellists champion a chosen work of Canadian fiction based on the novel's literary qualities. The debates are broadcast on CBC Radio One, CBC-TV and can be live streamed at Cbcbooks.ca. Books are voted off by the panellists until one book is chosen as the title the entire country should read.

Congratulations to Sharon Bala, who has won the 2017 Writers' Trust/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize, for her story "Butter Tea at Starbucks" (first published in The New Quarterly: Canadian Writers & Writing)!

From the Jury: "Tense and expertly plotted, the story is also packed with rich, sensory detail. This is writing that wades, unafraid, into complexity and controversy, but which is nuanced enough to wrangle finely drawn, utterly human characters to moments of aching vulnerability, confused pain, and unexpected joy. Bala takes big risks and reaps big rewards in this unforgettable story."

The Writers' Trust of Canada/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize is awarded annually to an emerging writer of distinction for a short story originally published in a Canadian literary magazine. Previous winners of The Journey Prize include Yann Martel, Alissa York, Jessica Grant, YasukoThanh, Timothy Taylor and Miranda Hill. The prize holds a $10,000 prize for the winner, and $1,000 for the finalist. $2,000 goes to the the journal that originally published the winning story. Contact: Stephanie Sinclair, stephanie@transatlanticageny.com.

THE BOAT PEOPLE by Sharon Bala has also been selected as an Amazon Pick of the Month,  an iBooks Feature - Best Books of the Month and an iBooks Feature - Winter's Most Anticipated Fiction. 

A further congratulations to Sharon Bala - THE BOAT PEOPLE, has been selected for Penguin Random House's One World, One Book campaign!

One World, One Book is an exclusive global program recognizing 1-3 titles on the Penguin Random House list per year that have international relevance and international bestseller potential. The campaign supports the selected title to the highest level to ensure the book is celebrated worldwide. Contact: Stephanie Sinclair


Congratulations to Gary Barwin on receiving the Hamilton Arts Council's Literary Award for Fiction for his acclaimed novel, YIDDISH FOR PIRATES (World ex. Random House, Canada and US; Audible audio).

Congratulations to veteran journalist Carol Off. Her ALL WE LEAVE BEHIND: A Reporter's Journey into the Lives of Others is a finalist for the $40,000 British Columbia National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, to be handed out at a ceremony in February. ALL WE LEAVE BEHIND was previously nominated for the Governor General's Award for Non-Fiction and the Hillary Weston Prize for Non-Fiction. 


Congratulations to Pauline Dakin. Her debut memoir, RUN HIDE REPEAT: A Memoir of a Fugitive Childhood was longlisted for the British Columbia National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction. It was also chosen a Globe and Mail Best Book of 2017. 

Congratulations to Kathleen Winter. Her brilliant novel, LOST IN SEPTEMBER, was named a Globe and Mail Best Book of 2017, placed #18 on the National Post Top 100 and was included on the CBC Books' Winter Reading list. Winter's novel had previously been a finalist for the Governor General's Award for Fiction and the Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction from the Quebec Writer's Federation.



Congratulations to Linden MacIntyre. His THE ONLY CAFE was chosen by booksellers as one of their favourite books in Quill & Quire's 2017 round-up.

Congratulations to Will Ferguson on THE SHOE ON THE ROOF being a CBC Books, McNally Robinson, The Globe and Mail, and Toronto Star bestseller!








Congratulations to Ilana-Landsberg-Lewis on POWERED BY LOVE being a CBC Books, Toronto Star, and The Globe and Mail bestseller!

Congratulations to Diane Schoemperlen on winning the Matt Cohen Award!






Redbook Magazine has named THINGS TO DO WHEN IT'S RAINING by Marissa Stapley as one of the must-read titles for next year!

Congratulations to Plum Johnson on THEY LEFT US EVERYTHING being named a year-end bestseller by The Globe and Mail at #13!









Stacey May Fowles' BASEBALL LIFE ADVICE and Rebecca Rosenblum's SO MUCH LOVE made the NP99 list!











The Writers' Trust of Canada's list of best books of 2017 included THIS SIDE OF SAD by Karen Smythe CURRY by Naben Ruthnum, SO MUCH LOVE by Rebecca Rosenblum, and IN CASE I GO by Angie Abdou.

CBC Books recommended CURRY by Naben Ruthnum on their list of 8 recommendations.





Emily Urquhart was named Wilfrid Laurier University's new Edna Staebler writer-in-residence.

Congrats to our authors who made the prestigious The Globe and Mail Best Books: BASEBALL LIFE ADVICE by Stacey May Fowles, THE SHOE ON THE ROOF by Will Ferguson, CURRY by Naben Ruthnum, and WE ALL LOVE THE BEAUTIFUL GIRLS by Joanne Proulx.






Springing forward with Elisabeth de Mariaffi's upcoming new literary suspense novel HYSTERIA, named on the iBook's Best of the Spring 2018!

Hats off to FIND YOU IN THE DARK and THE BOAT PEOPLE which have been named on The Globe and Mail's list of the most anticipated books for the first half of 2018!
Quill & Quire highlighted THINGS TO DO WHEN IT'S RAINING by Marissa Stapley in their Spring Preview!





And a huge congrats to Catherine Hernandez whose novel SCARBOROUGH has also been longlisted for Canada Reads 2018!
New Clients
 
Dr. Lee Airton 

Dr. Lee Airton is an Assistant Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies in Education at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. As a researcher, blogger, advocate and speaker, Dr. Airton focuses on enabling individuals and institutions to welcome gender and sexual diversity in everyday life. In 2012, they founded They Is My Pronoun, a Q+A-based blog about gender-neutral pronoun usage and user support. Through They Is My Pronoun, Dr. Airton offers individualized support and advice to gender-neutral pronoun users and allies, including teachers, parents and co-workers. They are also the founder of the No Big Deal Campaign, a social media initiative that helps people show support for transgender peoples' right to have their pronouns used. In recognition of their pronoun advocacy, Dr. Airton received a 2017 Youth Role Model of the Year Award from the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity. As a teacher educator for ten years, Dr. Airton has worked with hundreds of teacher candidates to widen the circle of belonging and participation for students of all genders and sexualities. Dr. Airton's scholarly work has appeared in the journals Sex Education, Curriculum Inquiry, and Teachers College Record. With Dr. Susan Woolley, they are editing a forthcoming collection of lesson plans on gender diversity for K-12 teachers. Lee Airton is at work on their first book, a mixture of prescriptive nonfiction with personal experiences woven throughout, presently titled: They're Here: An Everyday Guide to Gender-Friendly Language and Practice. Represented by Samantha Haywood, samantha@transatlanticagency.com.


Catherine Hernandez

Catherine Hernandez is a proud, queer woman of colour, radical mother, activist, actor, playwright, and author. Her first novel, Scarborough, draws on her experience as a home daycare provider for children in Toronto's Kingston/Galloway area. Scarborough follows the lives of three children who inhabit Toronto's low-income east end. Bing lives under the shadow of his father's mental illness, while his mother works tirelessly in a nearby nail salon. Sylvie, along with her family, rides the waves of the shelter system and the complications of special-needs education. Laura's mother neglected her, and when she moves in with her father, her situation worsens. Ms Hina, a compassionate community worker, works with limited resources to enhance the lives of her students, despite the severe poverty, drug use, and crime that affect the lives of her innocent charges. Scarborough was a finalist for the City of Toronto Book Award, co-winner of the Jim Wong-Chu Emerging Writers Award for Fiction in 2015, and is longlisted for the 2018 Canada Reads competition. It made the Best Books of 2017 lists of The Globe and Mail, National Post, Quill and Quire and CBC Books. Catherine is working on her second novel, Crosshairs, in which LGBTQ2s and racialized folks take arms to protect themselves against a post-Trump reality. Catherine lives in Toronto. Represented by Marilyn Biderman, marilyn@transatlanticagency.com


Benjamin Hertwig 

Benjamin Hertwig's debut collection of poetry, Slow War, was a finalist for the Governor General's Award. He is the recipient of a National Magazine Award for personal journalism, the Prairie Fire Non Fiction Award and the Glass Buffalo Poetry Prize. His fiction, non-fiction, and poetry have appeared in The New York Times, Prairie Schooner, the Maine Review, NPR, the Walrus, THIS, Ricepaper, Maisonneuve, the Literary Review of Canada, Southword, CV2, Geez, Freefall, Pleiades, and Alberta Views, among others. Since graduating from high school he has spent time as a soldier, a bike courier, a tree planter, an inner city housing worker, a painter, and a ceramicist. He is currently a PhD student at the University of British Columbia. Hertwig is working on a memoir of collective experiences from his time as a soldier in Afghanistan, returning home with PTSD, and the failure of relationships and reintegration as covered in the NYT "Modern Love" column and the October 2017 issue of the Sun Magazine, among others. He is also at work on a short story collection and a new work of poetry. Represented by Samantha Haywood and Marilyn Biderman, samantha@transatlanticagency.com and marilyn@transatlanticagency.com.


Melanie Mah 

Melanie Mah won the 2017 Trillium Award for her debut novel, The Sweetest One, which tells the story of a seventeen-year-old's debilitating fear brought on by belief in a family curse that dooms her and her siblings to untimely deaths after venturing beyond their small town. The Trillium Prize jury citation reads: "With lines and imagery that are as unique as they are beautiful, Melanie Mah has crafted a story of under-told Canadian experience with deft, humour and so much grit...Mah's work is exciting and exacting and precisely what was missing from CanLit." Melanie was included on CBC Books' 2017 list of writers to watch and The Sweetest One was on the Writers' Trust of Canada's list of the best books of the year. Originally from the foothills of Alberta, and now based in Toronto, Melanie holds an MFA from the University of Guelph. She is currently at work on an intergenerational memoir inspired by the wild lives of her parents, the fights they used to have, and her relationship to their stories, their coming deaths, the past, and her culture. Represented by Samantha Haywood. Represented by Samantha Haywood, samantha@transatlanticagency.com.


Ben Nadler  

Ben Nadler is a Chicago based illustrator and writer with two new original graphic novels ready for consideration. His first graphic novel, Heretics! The Wondrous (And Dangerous) Beginnings of Modern Philosophy came out with Princeton University Press in 2017. He graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in illustration and has been making comics and graphic novels since. His online comic, Planet Street, was jury selected by the Society of Illustrators Comic and Cartoon Art Annual. Nadler has been working on an epic science fiction graphic novel, NEW TEXAS, since 2013 (partial manuscript available). Plus, a new original graphic novel FRANCHISE is also ready for consideration. For readers of Daniel Clowes' Wilson, in FRANCHISE a famous fantasy writer is feeling at odds with his popular book series after the movie adaptions get critically panned. When he kills off one of his main characters in an act of rebellion it sets off a chain of events that lead him to realize the universe he created has immense effects on other people in his life. Submissions underway soon! Represented by Samantha Haywood, samantha@transatlanticagency.com


Frances Peck  

Frances Peck is a Vancouver-based writer, teacher, and speaker about the finer points of language. She's the author of the collection Peck's English Pointers, a co-author of the popular HyperGrammar website, and an essayist and blogger whose work has appeared in The Editors' Weekly, West Coast Editor, Language Update, and Geist. Frances wrote fiction and poetry until her early twenties, when she stopped (ironically) to become a professional writer. Now she's rediscovering the magic of making things up. THE BROKEN PLACES is her first novel and is now available for consideration. Represented by Stephanie Sinclair, stephanie@transatlanticagency.com.

Rave Reviews

Praise for Sharon Bala's THE BOAT PEOPLE (World Rights Available Ex: US, Doubleday; Canada, McClelland & Stewart January 2018; Turkey, Mevsimler). Contact stephanie@transatlanticagency.com:

"Timely and engrossing...This is a powerful debut."
-Publishers Weekly

"This earnest debut novel forcefully explores the issues surrounding immigration...deeply moving and nuanced, The Boat People asks what price a country is willing to pay when public safety comes at the cost of human lives."
-Booklist

"A real ship of refugees inspires a novel about the messy consequences of war...Memorable...Chilling..."
-Kirkus Reviews

"Bala displays her talent as a compassionate, reflective author...This is a work of fiction, but it's so very real...Ultimately, this is a novel comprised of both beautiful and uncomfortable truths, written by an author who understands there are multiple sides to every issue - and to every human being...Bala has vividly conjured worlds, both on Canadian soil and back in Sri Lanka, that show the dualities of living in any country...What we also get from a novel like this is a new way of seeing."
-The Globe and Mail

"Cinematic details transport us to a tension-rich drama. Bala moves fluidly from past to present, mixing memories with current crises...juxtapositions build and maintain suspense all the way to the last line, where readers are left hanging, as if justice is in our hands... The Boat People reminds us of the fragile nature of truth."
-BookPage

" The Boat People tackles a subject that we all should be thinking about and working on, together, today."
-SignatureReads 

" The Boat People will-and should...-linger long in the mind as an almost Graham-Greene-esque thriller about Canada's Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora. Homeric in her narrative arc, Bala's novel is rhetorically purposive-but poetically, softly rhetorical...Bala is ahead by a century in the cricket score of politically powerful contemporary fiction."
-Atlantic Books Today

"In this moving novel, hundreds of Sri Lankan refugees make a dangerous voyage to seek asylum in Canada. The threat of deportation soon follows their arrival, sparking questions about compassion and humanity and identity-identity, in all its transformative complexities."
-Southern Living

"A sharp examination of the global refugee crisis from both human and bureaucratic perspectives."
-Toronto Life

" The Boat People is a powerful, gripping moral drama told with deep compassion and humanity. Sharon Bala takes us behind the headlines about refugees and asylum seekers straight into the beating hearts of unforgettable human beings. A timely tale and a beautiful, remarkable debut."
-Lynne Kutsukake, author of The Translation of Love

"This wise and compassionate novel is an intimate portrait of one of the great humanitarian crises of our time. Its power lies in its breadth, for it examines not just those who come to our country seeking refuge, but also those who determine their fate. As such it implicates us all in the ongoing crisis."
-Shyam Selvadurai author of The Hungry Ghosts and Funny Boy

" The Boat People is a beautifully crafted story with a big heart. This novel has an urgency and relevance that cuts to the bone and will resonate with readers of all stripes. Bala offers no easy answers and no political posturing, but her magnificent storytelling will leave readers wondering about their own convictions, asking themselves, 'What would I do? What would I have done?' I love this book and, somehow, I empathized and understood every character's motivation and heart, despite their seemingly opposing stances. The spirits of Bala's complicated, well-developed characters will linger with you like ghosts; you will look for them in the newspaper, on the evening news, everywhere, and when you encounter them, you will pause and wonder, not only about them but about yourself."
-Michel Stone, author of Border Child

" The Boat People is a burning flare of a novel, at once incendiary and illuminating. With a rare combination of precision, empathy and insight, Sharon Bala has crafted an unflinching examination of what happens when the fundamental human need for safety collides with the cold calculus of bureaucracy. In the best tradition of fearless literature, it shatters our comfortable illusions about who we really are, reveals just how asymmetrical the privilege of belonging can be. This is a brilliant debut-a story that needs to be told, told beautifully."
-Omar El Akkad, author of American War


Praise for Harriet Alida Lye's THE HONEY FARM (World Rights Available Ex: Canada, Nimbus Press; US, Liveright; Australia, Penguin Random House, Spring 2018). Contact stephanie@transatlanticagency.com:

"Impetuous and passionate and utterly unpredictable, you'll want to spend your entire summer on The Honey Farm." -Courtney Maum, author of Touch 

"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

"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.

"In THE HONEY FARM, Harriet Alida Lye has created a modern-day Eden, shot through with innocence and foreboding. The landscape of this gripping debut is alive with tension and temptation, and I found myself seduced alongside Lye's unforgettable characters. Laying bare faith, identity, and love, this book presents a world where nothing is quite as it seems." 
-Adrienne Celt, author of The Daughters

"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)

"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


Praise for Genevieve Scott's CATCH MY DRIFT (World Rights Available Ex: Canada, Goose Lane Editions, Spring 2018). Contact stephanie@transatlanticagency.com:

"With rare insight and great sensitivity, Genevieve Scott's Catch My Drift tells the story of a family through the small but significant moments that make up their lives. As the years unfold Scott traces lines of estrangement and connection, and composes an affecting portrait of motherhood and daughterhood. These characters will linger in your memory, because they feel so real, so true, and so richly observed." -Alix Ohlin, author of  Inside

"Scott has created a vibrant, complex, and ultimately lovable family. Lorna and her drug-taking, wayward son, her tennis-playing daughter, and her philandering, cult-joining ex-husband are messed up and struggling and flawed, but I fell head-over-heels for them and rooted for them every page of the way. Like Caroline Adderson's Ellen and Elizabeth Strout's Olive Kitteridge , Scott's Lorna is achingly human and fully alive on the page. Genevieve Scott's debut fiction is raw and real and packed with wisdom. I happily devoured CATCH MY DRIFT in a single sitting." -Angie Abdou, author of In Case I Go

"Genevieve Scott's Catch My Drift is a brilliant novel in linked stories, a mother/daughter tale like none I've read before. Scott writes with a sharp beauty that leaves me not just breathless but wanting more. I love her prose." 
 -Joseph Boyden, bestselling author of The Orenda and Through Black Spruce

"Like the best contemporary novels, Genevieve Scott's Catch My Drift is alchemical. Scott harnesses the flinty realism and breathtaking prose of short fiction, mixes it with the emotional urgency and scope of a layered intergenerational drama and creates a compelling and thoroughly original portrait of the modern family. Rendered with sensitivity and insight, Catch My Drift  is elegant, ambitious and tender, a rare novel in which an entire family comes of age." -Nancy Lee, author of The Age and Dead Girls  

"At the heart of this sad and moving book is a mother-daughter story that feels as real as anything I've read for long time." -Cary Fagan


Praise for Elisabeth de Mariaffi's HYSTERIA (World Rights Available Ex: Canada, HarperCollins, 2018; U.K., Titan Publishing Group). Contact samantha@transatlanticagency.com:

"The story moves at a breakneck pace, the sense of place both lush and forbidding, and the characters...are layered and complex...Hysteria not only provides the thrills of a suspenseful, disturbing read. On a deeper level, the novel highlights the manipulation, coercion, and abuse of women that, sadly, remains and urgent issue today." -Quill & Quire



Praise for Marissa Stapley's THINGS TO DO WHEN IT'S RAINING (World Rights Ex: Canada, Simon & Schuster; US, Graydon House, February 2018; Germany, Rowohlt, spring 2018; Norway, Cappelen Damm; Italy, Sperling & Kupfer Editori). Contact samantha@transatlanticagency.com:

"The intensity of the lasting love and friendship between Gave and Mae is emotionally powerful and finely wrought, and Stapley complements this story about the difficult choices family members make for those they love with an evocative setting." -Publisher's Weekly


Praise for Naben Ruthnum's FIND YOU IN THE DARK (World Rights Available Ex: U.S., Atria; Canada, Simon & Schuster Canada; U.K./A.N.Z., Text Publishing; Germany, Lubbe; and Spain, Ediciones Siruela. Contact samantha@transatlanticagency.com and stephanie@transatlanticagency.com:

"It's not always easy diving into the mind of an obsessive protagonist, but Martin Reese's fixation on finding dead bodies makes for one heck of an addictive thriller. FIND YOU IN THE DARK by Nathan Ripley is an original, inventive take on what happens when you go looking where you shouldn't. Start reading early in the day, or you'll be up all night like I was! A standout debut novel." -Jennifer Hillier, author of Jar of Hearts and Wonderland

" Find You in the Dark is an unsettling exploration of obsession you won't soon forget. Nathan Ripley delivers a first novel that fans of Patricia Highsmith psychological thrills and Thomas Harris cat-and-mouse suspense will devour. I certainly did." 
-Andrew Pyper, author of The Demonologist and The Only Child

"Crafty and dark, Nathan Ripley's novel toys with the lines between predator and prey, his sentences as careful and considered as the crimes he depicts...a truly exciting new voice in the thriller world." -Roz Nay, bestselling author of Our Little Secret

"A fast-paced, morbidly addictive novel of chilling infatuation. Ripley's impressive debut is a rich and innovative thriller." 
- Iain Reid, bestselling author of I'm Thinking of Ending Things

"A wickedly smart thriller that manages to be both chilling and wry. The page-turning plot...is thickened by a great cast of characters and Nathan Ripley's fantastic eye for detail and dialogue. Just when you think you've got a grasp on it, the story twists to new and darker places." 
-Amy Stuart, bestselling author of Still Mine

Advance praise for Jan Redford's END OF THE ROPE (World Rights Available Ex: US, Catapult/Counterpoint; English Canada, Knopf Canada; US Audio, Audible, Spring, 2018). Contact samantha@transatlanticagency.com:

"Climbing mountains becomes a source of both joy and loss for Jan Redford-as she finds her own gutsy route through that other wilderness, of marriage and motherhood. Cheryl Strayed, move over: End of The Rope is a rambunctious, funny, heartstopping memoir that carries us along on an electric current of risk and courage."
-Marni Jackson, Senior Faculty, The Mountain and Wilderness Writing Program, Banff Centre, and author of The Mother Zone

"A hair-raising triumph-my heart raced on every page, wondering if Jan Redford would seize her lost courage or plummet to physical and psychological annihilation." 
-Kathleen Winter, author of Boundless

"Jan Redford is a badass. She is also a born storyteller, and this one - the mountains she has climbed, the men she has loved - and survived - is gritty, funny, tragic, and ultimately victorious. Women's voices are a conspicuous rarity in the mountaineering world, and tabacco-chewing mother's voices are even rarer; Redford's is a bracing and refreshing corrective - intimate, affectionate, loud and clear." 
-John Vaillant, author of The Tiger

"Jan Redford shows us that there are many types of bravery required, not just in the wilderness, but in surviving day to day life. End of the Rope  is at times funny, but always compassionate and courageous." -Tanis Rideout, author of Above All Things

"Move over boys - I have a new favourite adventure writer! END OF THE ROPE tells the mountain story I've been longing to read. Surrounded by death, Jan Redford must learn to live. In a world dominated by powerful men, she fights for the courage and confidence to lead rather than follow. I love Redford's grit, her fallibility, her physicality, her honesty. I want to put this memoir into every mountain woman's hands, every mother's hands, and the hands of every woman struggling to take charge of her own future. A hearty welcome to a new voice that's sometimes tough, sometimes vulnerable, but always brave."
-Angie Abdou

"Jan Redford is my new favourite feminist anti-heroine: a potty-mouthed, tobacco-chewing, take-no-shit mountain climber who is at once strong-minded and insecure, fierce and vulnerable, loveable and flawed. Redford's voice pulsates with immediacy and vitality, and she writes her story with a bull's eye precision and unflinching honesty. Inspiring, funny, heartbreaking, and bold, End of the Rope is a book about survival and courage, about letting go of old dreams and finding new ones. I couldn't put it down." 
-Ayelet Tsabari

" End of the Rope is a rare thing, an at once thrilling and thoughtful book. Readers will make their way up perilous slopes and across daunting ridgelines. They will dangle from cliffs in their harnesses and carabineers. But at the end of this book about daring, about doing, about defining oneself in the face of the steepest challenges, readers will also summit with author Jan Redford, exhilarated and moved." 
-Timothy Taylor


Praise for Katherine Ashenburg's SOFIE & CECILIA (World Rights Available Ex: Canada, Knopf, New Face of Fiction, Spring 2018). Contact samantha@transatlanticagency.com:

"Against the luscious backdrop of the early twentieth-century Swedish art world, Sofie & Cecilia  offers a fascinating, intimate look at the many variations of female love: maternal love, marital love, love of industry and craft, love of beauty. Most of all it is a celebration of the love that can exist between women friends. An intelligent, tender, highly pleasurable novel." -Barbara Gowdy, author of Little Sister

"Katherine Ashenburg slips her needle delicately beneath the skin to reveal the anatomy of an artist. This is the best kind of writing-about-art that is an art itself. So many pleasures here for the reader: delights of dress and décor and food and furnishings, all of the made things that make life better. Through the graceful procession of the years, strong strands of friendship tie these women together: their love of art, and books, and intelligent observation of the tangled knot of marriage."
-Marina Endicott, Giller shortlisted author of Good to a Fault


Praise for Iain Reid's I'M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS (World Rights Available Ex: Scout Press, S&S US; S&S Canada; Text Publishing UK & ANZ; (simultaneous publication in English in June 2016), Prometheus, The Netherlands; Rocco Brazil; Presses de la Cite, France; HaKursa, Israel; Lindhardt og Ringhof, Denmark; Droemer, Germany; Teas, Turkey; Prosznski, Poland, Arumdri Media Publishing, Korea; WeLearn, Thailand; Centrepolygraph Publishers, Russia; and Bjartur & Verold, Iceland). Contact samantha@transatlanticagency.com:

"It's a bonafide mind-bender... I'm Thinking Of Ending Things demands that you read it quickly and when you're done, it demands you read it again." -Metz, The Clash

"If you're in the mood for a creepy, unnerving book (and honestly, who isn't?), I can't recommend Iain Reid's disturbing I'm Thinking of Ending Things  enough...it was an absolute delight." -Slashfilm


Praise for Sarah Faber's ALL IS BEAUTY NOW (World Rights Ex: US, Little Brown, August 2017; Canada English, McClelland & Stewart, August 2017). Contact samantha@transatlanticagency.com:

"Phrase to phrase and sentence to sentence, Faber has given us a luminous, finely written account of a family's estrangement from itself..." 
-Winnipeg Free Press, rave review






Praise for Daniel Griffin's TWO ROADS HOME (World Rights Available Ex: North America, Freehand Books, September 2017; Germany, Nagel & Kimche, Hanser Verlag). Contact samantha@transatlanticagency.com:

"Griffin's novel offers no easy answers, but this is appropriate, given that the questions it poses are complex and thorny." -Quill & Quire







Praise for Nina Berkhout's THE MOSAIC (World rights sold to Groundwood Books, September 2017). Contact samantha@transatlanticagency.com and stephanie@transatlanticagency.com:

" The Mosaic will interest all kinds of readers as there are so many different aspects to the story....Truly something for everyone." -The University of Manitoba

"With this moving novel of self-discovery, Berkhout ( The Gallery of Lost Species, 2016) offers a mindful, timely reminder about the perils of blind faith and the power of change." 
-Booklist

"Berkhout's prose has a maturity that respects her readers and also underlies the seriousness of this compelling novel. Romance, war, the sources of art and trauma, even the ancient story of Gilgamesh, all combine with the rare landscape she evokes and the questions she raises - and has the courage not to answer." -The Toronto Star

"The major plot elements in the story come to fruition just as the reader expects-but the subtle nuances of self-discovery and love sneak up on the reader and evoke genuine emotion." -VOYA Magazine



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