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Dear Friends,

Welcome to our Fall newsletter! After an incredibly busy summer, we have many exciting book deals, TV and film deals, foreign rights and rave reviews and awards to share. Stephanie and Samantha are getting ready for the Frankfurt Book Fair with a packed schedule and where they are excited to meet with many of you already. Please keep your eyes peeled for our catalogue coming very soon.

This summer we were thrilled to welcome three talented new American agents to Transatlantic - Jodell Sadler joining as a Senior Agent based in Chicago, and Timothy Travaglini/NYC and Elizabeth Bennett/Boston-based, have both come on-board as Literary Agents. Jodell and Elizabeth are working primarily within the Children's YA Division, but Tim Travaglini is growing on the adult side as well as the Children's YA side. We look forward to sharing more of their interesting new clients and projects with you soon!

Because of how much we've grown and how much we have to share, we've decided to send a separate newsletter next week introducing our talented new clients. In the meantime, we look forward to hearing from you.

All requests welcome!

 
Best wishes,

 
New Deal Announcements 
 
CANADIAN AND NORTH AMERICAN DEALS 

Fiction

English Canada and world Friend rights to Tyler Enfield's brilliant sophomore novel, LIKE RUM-DRUNK ANGELS, sold to Bethany Gibson and Susanne Alexander at Goose Lane Editions. Set in the Wild West, this is an entirely original retelling of the Aladdin story as an American western - a rich combination of classic love story, quest novel, and a tribute to boyhood enthusiasm. Think Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and Patrick DeWitt's The Sisters Brothers crossed with The Arabian Nights. Contact: Shaun Bradley, shaun@transatlanticagency.com.

World rights to Lorraine Davies' debut novel, JACINTHA - the story of a married man's fateful transgression, his longing for forgiveness and his striving to understand a love that narrowly avoids tragedy - to Dundurn Press for Fall 2019. Contact: Stephanie Sinclair, stephanie@transatlanticagency.com.

Canadian rights to the sophomore novel from Andrea Gunraj, titled THE LOST SISTER - which explores topics of gender, race, and class dynamics through two parallel stories of child abuse, neglect, and abduction, and is partially inspired by real-life experiences of a former Nova Scotia Home for Coloured Children resident - to Vagrant Press for publication in Fall 2019. Contact: Stephanie Sinclair, stephanie@transatlanticagency.com.

Canadian rights to NAME THAT MEAN SPIRIT - stories about stories, about the way we define and give shape to ourselves through all kinds of narratives, true or not. In six long stories, Kris Bertin examines the complex labyrinth of lies, delusions, compromise and fabrication that makes up our personal history and mythology. Sometimes funny, strange or frightening, these stories represent Bertin's follow-up to his critically-acclaimed, award-winning debut, Bad Things Happen. To Vagrant Press for publication in spring 2019 by Stephanie Sinclair and Samantha Haywood. Contact: Stephanie Sinclair, stephanie@transatlanticagency.com.

English Canada rights to Lauren Carter's THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH YOU, about a young woman grappling with the reality that her mother murdered her father and her father's girlfriend, sold to Kelsey Attard at Freehand Books for publication in Fall 2019. For fans of Miriam Toews and Karen Joy Fowler, THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH YOU is a complex character-driven novel that explores how we are tied to each other, how you can't outrun grief, and how sometimes, it's your turn to take care of your family. Lauren Carter is the author of the novel Swarm, named by CBC as one of forty books that could change Canada. World rights ex: Canada & Film/TV available. Contact: Samantha Haywood, samantha@transatlanticagency.com.

From multiple prize finalist and internationally bestselling author Susan Swan, comes THE DEAD CELEBRITIES CLUB, a timely novel featuring the hedge fund whale, Dale Paul, a witty, self-absorbed rogue and raconteur. For fans of The Wolf of Wall Street and The Sellout by Paul Beatty THE DEAD CELEBRITIES CLUB is a satirical gem about the ultimate con man who might just fall into a trap of his own con. Canadian rights to Marc Cote. World rights ex: Canada and Film/TV available contact: Samantha Haywood, samantha@transatlanticagency.com.

E nglish North America rights to poet and novelist Brenda Brooks' HONEY, a novel about friendship, seduction and murder. For fans of the hit films Carol and Bound with neo noir hints of Zoe Heller's Notes On A Scandal, HONEY is above all, a story about what we'd do for someone we love - even if we might not know them at all, sold to Jen Knoch at ECW Press for publication in Fall 2019. World rights ex: North America and Film/TV available, contact: Samantha Haywood, samantha@transatlanticagency.com.

Non-Fiction

Canadian rights to  PEACE AND GOOD ORDER by  Harold R. Johnson - which will argue a case against Canadian criminal law for its failure to deliver justice to Indigenous people. The book will examine the roots of the justice system's failures and explore how those failures have affected Indigenous people. In documenting the struggle for peace and good order for Indigenous people today, it will also reflect on the role the author understands himself to have played in that mismanagement as former Crown Prosecutor. Commissioned by McClelland & Stewart. Contact: Stephanie Sinclair, stephanie@transatlanticagency.com.

Canadian rights to THEY SAID THIS WOULD BE FUN by Eternity Martis' debut memoir in essays, what happens when a woman of colour tries to have the epic university experience seen in movies - and finds out it's not possible when you don't fit into the predetermined culture: weaving compelling personal experience with sharp criticism of the ongoing racial tensions across Canada and university campuses, the book takes a fiercely unapologetic look at the challenges that students of colour face today amidst growing anti-Black racism, white nationalism and alt-right ideologies, to McClelland & Stewart, in a two book pre-emptive deal. Contact: Stephanie Sinclair, stephanie@transatlanticagency.com.

World rights to award-winning journalist and broadcaster, who works for CBC, Jeremy Allingham's MAJOR MISCONDUCT has been acquired by Brian Lam at Arsenal Pulp Press. The book explores the dark side of Canada's national pastime: bare-knuckle boxing on ice. Hockey players as young as 12 years old are trained to fight, most often with an eye on junior and professional careers, the pursuit of the Canadian hockey dream. But, as we learn more about concussions, mental health and CTE; and see lives laying in ruin, is all of that violence worth it? Film/TV rights available contact: Samantha Haywood, samantha@transatlanticagency.com and Rob Firing, rob@transatlanticagency.com

Foreign Rights

U.K. rights to FOE by Iain Reid to Suzanne Baboneau, Managing Director of S&S for their Scribner imprint. Foe examines the nature of domestic relationships, self-determination, and what it means to be (or not to be) a person. An eerily entrancing page-turner, it churns with unease and suspense from the first words to its shocking finale. Deal arranged by Stephanie Sinclair and Samantha Haywood. Contact: Stephanie Sinclair, stephanie@transatlanticagency.com

Italian rights to FOE, in a two-book deal, to Rizzoli by Erica Berla of the Berla & Griffini Rights Agency. German rights to FOE by Iain Reid to Droemer by Hannah Fosh of Liepman Agency. Brazilian rights to FOE, to Editora Rocco by Marta de Bru de Sala of The Foreign Office. Czech rights to FOE by Iain Reid in a two book deal to Leda by Kritin Olson. Turkish rights to FOE by Iain Reid to HEP KITAP as an Imprint of TEAS Yayincilik A.S. by the Kalem Agency. All deals arranged by Stephanie Sinclair on behalf of Samantha Haywood. Contact: Stephanie Sinclair stephanie@transatlanticagency.com


UK rights to Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall's HUNGOVER: The Morning After and One Man's Quest for the Cure - a journalist's journey to discover the ultimate hangover cure, drinking and writing his way through the world's favorite beverages and their vengeful aftermath-to Joel Simons at 535/Blink, part of Bonnier Publishing by Stephanie Sinclair on behalf of Samantha Haywood. Contact: Stephanie Sinclair, stephanie@transatlanticagency.com

Polish rights also sold to Bukowy Las by Agata Zabowska of Book/Lab; Korean rights sold to Cassiopeia Publisher by BC Agency. Both in association with Stephanie Sinclair on behalf of Samantha Haywood. Contact: Stephanie Sinclair, stephanie@transatlanticagency.com. Rights previously sold to Penguin in the U.S., HarperCollins Canada, and Dumont, Germany for Winter 2018.


Japanese rights to BOYS: What It Means to Become a Man by Rachel Giese to Diskunion Company Ltd. by Yuikiko Kurioka of Japan UNI Agency in association with Stephanie Sinclair on behalf of Samantha Haywood. Contact: Stephanie Sinclair, stephanie@transatlanticagency.com.


French rights to THINGS TO DO WHEN IT'S RAINING by Marissa Stapley to Editions Mercure de France by Anna Jarota Agency in association with Stephanie Sinclair on behalf of Samantha Haywood. Contact: Stephanie Sinclair, stephanie@transatlanticagency.com.


Greek rights to THE COACHING HABIT by Michael Bungay Stanier to Papasotiriou Publishing by JLM Literary Agency; Portuguese rights to THE COACHING HABIT by Michael Bungay Stanier to ASA Leya's commercial nonfiction imprint Lua de Papel by The Foreign Office; Thai rights to THE COACHING HABIT by Michael Bungay Stanier to Nokhook by Tuttle-Mori Co, Inc.; Brazilian rights to THE COACHING HABIT by Michael Bungay Stanier to Sextante by The Foreign Office- all deals in association with Stephanie Sinclair on behalf of Page Two Strategies. Contact: Stephanie Sinclair, stephanie@transatlanticagency.com

Mongolian rights also sold to THE COACHING HABIT by Michael Bungay Stanier to Gerelmaa Partners LLC by Stephanie Sinclair on behalf of Page Two Strategies. Contact: Stephanie Sinclair, stephanie@transatlanticagency.com.


Arabic rights to EXACTLY WHAT TO SAY by Phil Jones to Jarir Books store by Stephanie Sinclair on behalf of Page Two Strategies. Contact: Stephanie Sinclair, stephanie@transatlanticagency.com.


Japanese rights to HOW TO WASH A CHICKEN by Tim Calkins to CCC Media House by The English Agency Ltd in association with Stephanie Sinclair on behalf of Page Two Strategies. Contact: Stephanie Sinclair, stephanie@transatlanticagency.com.





Film/TV Deals

TV rights for Pauline Dakin's bestselling 2017 book, RUN HIDE REPEAT: A Memoir of a Fugitive Childhood (Penguin Books Canada, North America), have been optioned by John Logan Pierson at Film 44 in LA. Film 44 has produced the blockbusters Friday Night Lights(film and TV), Patriots Day, and Hell or High Water, among others. Contact: Shaun Bradley, shaun@transatlanticagency.com.


Rights to journalist Karen K. Ho's 2015 viral true crime article JENNIFER PAN'S REVENGE, about a young Vietnamese-Canadian woman who hired hit men to kill her parents when the lies about her academic success began to unravel, optioned by Cineflix for adaptation as a television movie. Karen K. Ho is a business, culture, and media writer based in New York City and Toronto. Her work has appeared on the cover of Time magazine, and in Toronto Life, The Walrus, GQ, TIME and many others. Contact: Samantha Haywood, samantha@transatlanticagency.com.


Film/TV rights to multiple prize finalist and internationally bestselling author Susan Swan's debut novel, now a contemporary classic, THE BIGGEST MODERN WOMAN OF THE WORLD, optioned by Temple Street Productions, producers of Orphan Black, with award-winning playwright and screenwriter Hannah Moscovitch attached to adapt. Contact: Samantha Haywood, samantha@transatlanticagency.com.

Drawn & Quarterly Deals

Making history as the first graphic novel in history to be longlisted for the Booker Prize, Nick Drnaso's SABRINA is grabbing the attention of publishers internationally. Sabrina depicts a modern world devoid of personal interaction and responsibility, where relationships are stripped of intimacy through glowing computer screens. An indictment of our modern state, Drnaso contemplates the dangers of a fake news climate. Timely and articulate, Sabrina leaves you gutted, searching for meaning in the aftermath of disaster.

SABRINA has sold at auction to Book 21 in Korea by Sibylle Booke Literary Agency; at auction to Aufbau Verlag in Germany, to Fahrenheit Forlag in Denmark by Sebes Agency, to Hayakaway in Japan by Japan Uni and to VBZ in Croatia. Previous rights sold to Granta in the UK, Coconino in Italy, Gingko in China, Salamandra in Spain and Presque Lune in France.
We will have multiple new rights sales to report soon and will be closely updating you on developments!

Awards and Citations 


CONGRATULATIONS TO:

Pauline Dakin's RUN, HIDE, REPEAT: A Memoir of a Fugitive Childhood  (Viking Press) on being shortlisted for the 2018 Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction! 

The jury on this year's shortlist: "The books on this year's shortlist demonstrate the breadth of what creative non-fiction can be... All unique in their own way, these books are expertly written and compelling reads."



Billy-Ray Belcourt, making history as the youngest winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize, for his debut collection THIS WOUND IS A WORLD (Frontenac House).

From the jury: "Blending the resources of love song and elegy, prayer and manifesto, Billy-Ray Belcourt's This Wound is a World shows us poetry at its most intimate and politically necessary. Mindful of tangled lineages and the lingering erasures of settler colonialism, Belcourt crafts poems in which 'history lays itself bare'...Belcourt pursues original forms with which to chart the constellations of queerness and indigeneity, rebellion and survival, desire and embodiedness these poems so fearlessly explore. Between its bold treatment of sexuality and wary anatomy of despair, This Wound is a World peels back the layers of feeling and experience to offer, finally, the glimmerings of hope..."

The Griffin Poetry Prize is awarded annually to recognize excellence in English-language poetry internationally and in Canada.

Sharon Bala whose debut novel, THE BOAT PEOPLE was a finalist for the Amazon.ca First Novel Award. The Amazon.ca First Novel Award (formerly Books in Canada First Novel Award) is a $40,000 literary award which is awarded to the best first novel in English published the previous year by a citizen or resident of Canada.

Further congratulations to Sharon Bala for being recognized by CBC as an emerging writer to watch. 


David Huebert whose collection, PENINSULA SINKING (Biblioasis) was the runner-up for the 2017 Danuta Gleed Literary Award! This annual award recognizes the best first collection of short fiction by a Canadian author published in the previous year in the English language. From the Jury:

"A sense of wonderment penetrates the everyday lives of characters from the Maritimes in this well-crafted, compelling collection that displays a mastery of classical short-story structure and technique. Huebert's vibrant language juxtaposes tough characters with tender preoccupations, creating narratives that are unsettling and mesmerizing, making ordinary moments in relationships thrilling and dangerous."

Alicia Elliott who has been named the winner of the 2018 RBC Taylor Emerging Writer Award by Tanya Talaga! The $10,000 annual prize, awarded by RBC and the Taylor Prize, recognizes a Canadian published author who is working on a first draft of a writing project, especially in literary non-fiction. Alicia will also receive mentorship from Tanya Talaga. 




Congratulations to Catherine Hernandez, whose first novel, SCARBOROUGH, is this year's selection for Queen's Reads. Queen's Reads is a program at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, in which all first- year students receive a special edition of the novel, which includes a foreword by the Dean, to foster lively discussion in the university community.  Last year's selection for this honour was The Break by Katherena Vermette, another Transatlantic client. Catherine will also reside at Queen's this fall where she will lead discussions about SCARBOROUGH, and also find time to work on her second novel, Crosshairs.


Drawn & Quarterly and Nick Drnaso on SABRINA being the first ever graphic novel long-listed for the Man Booker Prize!







Iain Reid's new novel FOE debuting at #6 on the The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, and CBC Books bestsellers lists for Canadian Fiction in its first week! In its second week it hit #9 on the The Globe and Mail bestsellers list. FOE was selected as the Airport pick in 65 stores across Canada!!

Iain Reid's I'M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS continuing to make the legendary Strand Book Store's bestsellers list. It hit the list at #3!








Alicia Elliott and Jess Taylor on being longlisted for the Journey Prize! Alicia is in the running for her story "Tracks" published by The New Quarterly: Canadian Writers & Writing and Jess Taylor is nominated for her story "Two Sex Addicts Fall in Love" published by This Magazine!





Canisia Lubrin for the inclusion of her short story "Into Timmins" in the anthology, THE UNPUBLISHED CITY, edited by Dionne Brand, which is a finalist for the 2018 Toronto Book Awards. 







Three Transatlantic authors were shortlisted for the 2018 Trillium Award! Rebecca Rosenblum's SO MUCH LOVE, Catherine Hernandez's SCARBOROUGH and Leanne Betasamosake Simpson's THE ACCIDENT OF BEING LOST!










Kris Bertin's BAD THINGS HAPPEN winner of the 2017 ReLit Award for Short Fiction!

Michelle Parise's original CBC podcast ALONE: A Love Story winner of GOLD at the New York Festivals Radio Awards!







Diane Schoemperlen winning the prestigious Molson Prize!

WE ALL LOVE THE BEAUTIFUL GIRLS by Joanne Vasiga-Proulx was named on Good Morning America's list: "You rend-of-summer reading list: 20 books to read before summer ends"! And was named in H arper's Bazaar's August's Best New Books list! Plus the New York Post Best Book of the Week on August 25, 2018!


The Silent Wife THE SILENT WIFE by A.S.A Harrison new mass market edition hit number 4, 6, and 7 on the The Globe and Mail Bestseller list in June and July!

STEAK REVOLUTION by Rob Firing was included in Today's Parent's Father's Day gift guide!








Benjamin Hertwig was awarded the Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry by the Writers' Guild of Alberta for his debut collection, SLOW WAR!

Grant Lawrence's DIRTY WINDSHIELDS won the bronze medal at this year's Independent Publisher Book Awards in the Performing Arts category!







Ryan McMahon won the Sam Ross Award in this year's RTDNA Canada Awards for his segment on CBC Radio One, 12-Step-Guide to Decolonization!









49th Shelf shared a list of the most anticipated nonfiction books publishing this fall, deemed "basically the world in a list of books" and it includes Angie Abdou's HOME ICE, Dave Bidini's MIDNIGHT LIGHT, Kate Inglis's NOTES FOR THE EVERLOST, and Harold Johnson's CLIFFORD.

The Stephen Lewis Foundation  received a prestigious Geneva Forum for Health Award, at the World Health Assembly in Switzerland for their Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign! Ilana Landsberg-Lewis accepted the award in front of an international audience on behalf of the foundation. 

Rave Reviews

Praise for NO GOOD ASKING by Fran Kimmel (World Rights Available Ex: World, ECW Press 2018). Contact: Stephanie Sinclair, stephaine@transatlanticagency.com:

"The humanity in Kimmel's No Good Asking is as big as the hearts of her arresting characters. In genuine, unaffected prose, this story builds from the first page to its satiating finale. The beauty of Fran Kimmel's second novel lies deep within the beating hearts of her imperfect characters in an achingly good story. This book has nowhere to go but up."
-Lee Kvern, author of 7 Ways to Sunday

"Flawed, human and fully-realized, the cast of characters Fran Kimmel brings to life in No Good Asking will peak your interest, charm and frustrate you before capturing your heart. This is book that demonstrates, at a time when we all need it, that sometimes the whole is far greater than the sum of its parts."
-Joan Crate, author of Black Apple

"An inspiring tale of dramatic shifts in human dynamics, compressed into one week. Fran Kimmel compassionately challenges conventional takes on dysfunction, loss, ways to mend, and the definition of family."
-Rona Altrows, author of At This Juncture

" No Good Asking is a complex, emotional exploration of the deeply personal aspects of existing within a family. With care and sensitivity, Kimmel excavates the hopes, dreams, secret desires and profound wounds of a winning cast of characters. This is a novel filled with poignant insights into the truth of human hearts. As I read it I kept it close - like a friend I wanted to get to know better. When it was over, I felt bereft for days. I look forward to what Kimmel writes next."
-Marissa Stapley, bestselling author of Mating for Life and Things to Do When It's Raining

"Intimate and arresting, honest and profound. From one of Canada's finest voices in fiction, No Good Asking is a soaring read that explores the messy bonds of family life with humanity and heart."
-Ali Bryan, award-winning author of Roost and The Figgs

"Quiet and honest, No Good Asking is deeply rooted in western community, and in the small virtues that have large significance for people's daily lives. With grace and clarity, Fran Kimmel shows how the ordinary milk of human kindness, given the minor catalyst of a child's despair, can generate new life."
-Marina Endicott


Praise for Harold Johnson's CLIFFORD (World Rights Available Ex: World, House of Anansi, Fall 2018). Contact stephanie@transatlanticagency.com
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On the CBC Books list of "10 Canadian books coming out in August we can't wait to read"

"Memoir, fantasy, fiction? Genre bends in Clifford. Clifford, refuses to distinguish fact from fantasy or fiction from biography...the story's meditations on loss, family, and fateful actions prove absorbing from the opening page." 
" Clifford  is a luminous, genre-bending memoir. Heartache and hardship are no match for the disarming whimsy, the layered storytelling shot through with love. The power of land, the pull of family, the turbulence of poverty are threads woven together with explorations of reality, tackling truth with a trickster slant." -Eden Robinson, author of Son of a Trickster
"Harold R. Johnson is a wonderful writer, and Clifford is his best  work yet. For fans of Jack Finney and Richard Matheson, this terrific book is a wonderfully human tale of memory both bitter and sweet, as well as a poignant exploration of time's hold over all of us." 
-Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author of Quantum Night

" Clifford is a story only Harold Johnson could tell. By turns soft and harsh, intellectual and emotional, Johnson weaves truth, fiction, science, and science fiction into a tapestry that is rich with meaning and maybes. A natural storyteller, Johnson seeks imagined pasts and futurity with equal parts longing and care. This work allows readers and writers the possibility of new and ancient modes of storytelling." -Tracey Lindberg, author of Birdie

" Clifford is unlike anything I've read-it is at once a story of science and magic, love and loss, and a case for the infi nite potential of humanity. It is a book of profound wisdom-an unpacking of the deepest truths of science in an effort to transform the pain of grief and regret into healing and forgiveness." -Patti Laboucane-Benson, author of The Outside Circle


Praise for Kate Inglis's NOTES FOR THE EVERLOST: A FIELD GUIDE TO GRIEF (World Rights Available Ex: World, Shambhala, Fall 2018). Contact amy@transatlanticagency.com:

"Highly recommended for anyone in the throes of grief, recent or past."
-Library Journal, starred review

"An emotional and thought-provoking mix of poetic prose, memories, and beliefs on death, loss, and grief." -Kirkus Reviews

" Notes for the Everlost is the most beautifully written book I have read in ages, and a great deal more besides: comforting, and sad; full of riddles and wisdom; an unsparing map of grief, with its stubborn terrain and dark jokes and switchback heartbroken roads. This book is great company for terrible times."
-Elizabeth McCracken, author of Thunderstruck & Other Stories

"Kate Inglis is a wise, flexible, and ultimately hopeful guide through the inhospitable country of mourning. She is also fierce-fiercely angry, fiercely funny and, most of all, fiercely loving."
-Katherine Ashenburg, author of The Mourner's Dance


Praise for Iain Reid's FOE (World Rights Ex: U.S., Scout Press; Canada, S&S; U.K., Scribner S&S; Germany, Droemer; Brazil, Rocco; Turkey, Hep Kitap; Czech, Leda; Italy, Rizzoli; and Film, Anonymous Content). Contact samantha@transatlanticagency.com:

"Reid is remarkable for delivering hypnotic, twisty plots and taunt prose in a short novel. Foe is a clever tale which examines domestic relationships and one's self as it begs the bigger question, 'What constitutes normalcy?'" -The New York Journal of Books

"Reid is at it again, exploiting readers with plot twists, narrative unease, and explosive conclusions in his second novel... [he] has the rare ability to make readers both uncomfortable and engaged, and this drama will surely send them back to the beginning pages to track the clues he left to the surprise ending." -Booklist, starred review

"Reid proves once again that he is a master of atmosphere and suspense. Readers won't be able to put this one down." -Publisher's Weekly

"Such an ambitious work risks being muddied. Reid, however, brilliantly executes his vision... With Foe, Reid has written a page-turning novel that will entertain you and have you questioning the very foundation of your existence at the exact same time." -BookPage

"movie producers are simply confirming what the literary community already knows: Iain Reid just might be the most exciting and excitingly unclassifiable author working in Canadian fiction today." -The Globe and Mail

"Reid writes it all with controlled understatement, stark beauty in each word, doled out with the care of a parent spoon-feeding a baby." -Literary Review of Canada

" Foe  reads like a house on fire, and is almost impossible not to finish in one sitting...an otherworldly hothouse of introversion and fantasy." -Toronto Star
"Reid builds to a deeply unsettling climax. As much a surgical dissection of what makes a marriage as an expertly paced, sparsely detailed psychological thriller, this is one to read with the lights on." -Kirkus Reviews


Praise for Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall's HUNGOVER (World Rights Ex: Canada, HarperCollins, December 2018; U.S., Penguin Books; German, Dumont Verlag, August 2018; U.K., Blink Publishing; Korean, Cassiopeia Publisher; Polish, Bukowy Las). Contact samantha@transatlanticagency.com:

"It takes a writer as skilled as Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall to write a rip-roaring adventure story about the morning after. Thoroughly researched, rich in history and humour, against all odds, Hungover makes you wish you were there." 
- Tabatha Southey, author of Collected Tarts and Other Indelicacies

"Who knew subject matter so (literally) uncomfortable could be so much damn fun? Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall is the perfect endearingly flawed and funny narrator to take us on this wild, world-wide adventure into the history of our painful morning afters. Whether he's piloting a fighter plate in Vegas, chatting with a blacksmith in Devon, cheating death in the desert and the alps, or attempting 12 pints in 12 pubs, his daring, wit and insight never disappoints--all with, it would seem, a blazing hangover. Part science, part folklore, part string of the author's very bad ideas with good intentions, Hungover is a highly knowledgeable and ridiculously enjoyable ride." 
-Stacey May Fowles, author of Baseball Life Advice

"Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall has risked life and liver to write this book, a perilous trip into many mornings after-historical, cinematic, literary, and of course his own. That's the entertaining part. As to whether Bishop-Stall has, in fact, invented a hangover remedy that actually works? I live in hope." -Adam Rogers, author of Proof: The Science of Booze


Praise for Joanne Proulx's WE ALL LOVE THE BEAUTIFUL GIRLS (World Rights Ex: Canada English, Viking, August 2017; U.S., Grand Central Publishing, 2018; Canadian Audio rights, Audible, 2018). Contact samantha@transatlanticagency.com:

"Gorgeously written, Proulx's narrative offers a fascinating plot and both a searing exploration of the butterfly effect of trauma and the uncanny persistence of love in improbable circumstances." -Publisher's Weekly

"Believe the hype about this family novel that's as complex as it is creative." -Hello Giggles

"Proulx's novel covers a lot of territory, with several twists and turns... The story excels in its depiction of women." -amNY

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:

"Ripley's debut offers a twist on the typical serial-killer story...a unique spin with just enough creepy details to keep suspense readers interested." -Booklist

"Engrossing...his debut thriller by the pseudonymous Ripley (Journey Prize winner Naben Ruthnum) is highly recommended for fans of Lee Child and C.J. Box." -Library Journal

"There is something unsettling about this story and readers will feel that tension grow as they consume Find You in The Dark. Contrasting and conflicting emotions will dominate, making it impossible to stop until the chase is complete."  -The BOLO Books review


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

"The book is a welcome addition to mountain literature, where women's voices (and stories like lactating all over yourself in the woods while on the job) are still noticeably rare." 
-Outside Online

"The book...makes a powerful case for motherhood in the outdoors and feeds into a growing concern about the ways we have cut women off from nature." -Romper

" End of the Rope is a must-read for any young woman challenged with forging her way in a space that is still largely dominated by men. It's a tome to both harnessing and pushing against fear, and the power of arriving on the other side." -Bustle

" End of the Rope is the work of a different kind of a courage-a more vulnerable and hard-earned courage, one more open to trial and error on a climb as well as on the ground." 
-Katherine Indermaur


Praise for Claire Holden Rothman's LEAR'S SHADOW (World Rights Available Ex: Canada, Penguin). Contact samantha@transatlanticagency.com:

" Lear's Shadow is her best yet, a deft balancing of timeless, classically weighted themes with contemporary relevance and page-turning instincts." -Montreal Gazette

"Rothman makes great use of the ubiquitous Montreal summer storms to riff off the action of the play and to engage in an examination of identity." -Quill & Quire

"A deft balancing of timeless, classically weighted themes with contemporary relevance and page-turning instincts." -Calgary Herald

"Rothman's an accomplished writer, and Lear's Shadow reflects that... Lear's Shadow is a novel with a play-like feel to it that manages to toy with wisdom and folly, love and loss. It is an ambitious work which hits its mark." -Winnipeg Free Press


Praise for Sarah Selecky's RADIANT SHIMMERING LIGHT (World Rights Available Ex: Canada, HarperCollins; U.S., Bloomsbury; Australia, Text; English Canada and U.S. Audio, Blackstone Publishing; Muse Entertainment, Film). Contact samantha@transatlanticagency.com:

"In Radiant Shimmering Light , @SarahSeleckyWS nails the Perfect-Yourself 35-43 gen in all of its hopeful internet-brand-conscious pyramid-scheming empowering goddessiness. Social satire+cultural insight whipped into a yummy froth! You'll laugh+shed a tiny precious tear, my petals!" -Margaret Atwood
"Selecky's work is smart and subtle." -Toronto Star

" Radiant Shimmering Light, Sarah Selecky's gently funny debut novel, satirizes the packaging of feminine leadership... Brimming with insights into female-driven motivational seminars in the age of #MeToo, Radiant Shimmering Light speaks to our desire for community in a time of intense technological connection and consumerism." -Hamilton Review of Books


Praise for Judy Rebick's HEROES IN MY HEAD (World Rights Sold: Canada, House of Anansi Press, April 2018). Contact samantha@transatlanticagency.com:

"Rebick writes with an authoritative voice about an undeniably difficult subject."
-Quill & Quire





Praise for Angie Abdou's HOME ICE: Confessions of a Reluctant Hockey Mom (World Rights Sold: North America, ECW Press, September 2018). Contact samantha@transatlanticagency.com and jesse@transatlanticagency.com:

"The author brings a novelist's eye to the story, telling it in first-person present tense; with its sharp characterizations and dialogue in place of autobiographical exposition, the book is a first-rate memoir and a fine example of narrative nonfiction. It's also a must-read for parents with youngsters who play organized sports." -Booklist, starred review

"A beautifully written and wise look at the troubling culture surrounding amateur sports through the eyes of a conflicted hockey mom. Home Ice reminds us 'the best lessons we take from hockey have nothing to do with winning." 
-Erica Ehm, Creator and Publisher of YummyMummyClub.ca

"Needing more hockey books written by women in our canon, Angie Abdou delivers with writing so clear you can smell the arena ammonia and feel the ice shavings through a novelist's eye and a parent's heart. Abdou has emerged as one of the country's best writers on sport at any level." 
-Rheostatics' Dave Bidini, author of Keon and Me and publisher of the West End Phoenix

"Angie Abdou's son loves playing hockey; she loves her son. Ergo, she must strike a deal with the sport - with the expense, risk of concussion, crazy weekend commutes, early mornings, marital strains and occasional heartbreak involved in being a hockey mom. I don't give a hoot about hockey but I couldn't put this memoir down. As a former competitive athlete, Abdou has to rethink her focus on winning at all costs when it comes to her son's happiness on the rink. Home Ice is searingly honest, compassionate and always engaging. Anyone who has experienced the unique anxiety of watching a son or daughter play a team sport will be grateful for this truth-telling book." 
-Marni Jackson is the author of the bestselling memoir The Mother Zone, and Don't I Know You?

"Angie Abdou cracks open the world of the hockey mom with her distinctive, wry humour. Not only does she explore the winner-take-all hockey culture, she confronts her own place in it and the price it exacts on her family and her marriage. Brave and refreshingly candid, Angie delves into issues many of us grapple with but don't dare voice." 
-Jan Redford, author of End of the Rope: Mountains, Marriage, and Motherhood

"A frank, funny, and highly emotional memoir, I found myself crying and laughing out loud and shaking my fist and nodding vigorously, and that was just in the first 50 pages. This is the book all hockey parents must read." 
-Grant Lawrence, CBC broadcaster, goalie, and author of The Lonely End of the Rink


Praise for Ian Weir's THE DEATH AND LIFE OF STROTHER PURCELL (World Rights Sold: Canada, Goose Lane Editions, Fall 2018; French, Lemeac Editeur). Contact samantha@transatlanticagency.com:

"This is an outstanding novel, alternately tragic and funny, grim and joyous, about spilled blood, shattered lives, and the redemptive power of both the smallest good deed and the grand selfless act." -Publisher's Weekly, starred review




Praise for Georgia Webber's DUMB (World Rights Sold: World English, Fantagraphics, August 7, 2018). Contact samantha@transatlanticagency.com:

"Webber's meditative graphic memoir is an ode to doggedness and a testament to resilience through change." -Publishers Weekly

"Webber's experiences make for fascinating, engrossing, and revelatory reading in her new graphic memoir, Dumb." 
   -Four Color Apocalypse

"Webber wields the full power of the comics medium to address the life-changing catastrophe of being forced into silence." -Broken Frontier

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