As a follow-up to our recent newsletter highlighting our deals and rights news, we are happy to share a round-up of reviews for new & upcoming titles, alongside announcing our new clients with some of their upcoming projects to consider.
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, Shaun Bradley
, Sandra Bishop
, Andrea Cascardi
, Rob Firing
, Carolyn Forde
, Samantha Haywood
, Devon Halliday
, Fiona Kenshole
, Chelene Knight
, Amy Tompkins
, Tim Travaglini
and Léonicka Valcius
Praise for Katherine Ashenburg's HER TURN (World Rights Available ex. Canada English, Knopf and US English, HarperCollins). Contact Samantha Haywood:
"What a gem this novel is. Hilarious, wise, and humane, Her Turn follows one woman's twisting path through a maze of love and betrayal and forgiveness. It is infused with the joyful spirit of Nora Ephron and lit with a charm all its own." -Elizabeth Renzetti
Praise for Scott Chantler's BIX (World Rights Available: English North America, Simon & Schuster). Contact Samantha Haywood:
"There may never be a succinct answer to the question of "Why?" but the exploration of the circumstances will always be crucial regardless and Bix is an excellent way of doing that." --The Beat
Praise for WAITING FOR A STAR TO FALL by Kerry Clare (World Rights Available Ex: English, North America, Doubleday). Contact Samantha Haywood:
"Kerry Clare's Waiting for a Star to Fall is a love story at its core, though one without an ending written in the stars. It's about what we believe-and who we believe-and it reveals that we each control our own happiness and destiny. Timely and insightful, Clare has crafted a worthy successor to her memorable debut Mitzi Bytes." --Karma Brown, #1 bestselling author of Recipe for a Perfect Wife
"Kerry Clare has done something spectacular: She's written a riveting #MeToo novel that is a nuanced celebration of the complexity of human nature. I read it in one morning and will be thinking about it for a long time to come." --Lauren Mechling, author of How Could She
"Girl falls hard for charismatic, older man. It's heady and intoxicating. Then he turns out not to be who she thought he was. Like, at all. This is a thrillingly sexy book about that first big, bad love, and the pain of seeing someone for who they really are. Kerry Clare writes about the dark heart of women with a deceptively light touch, one that belies a complexity just below the surface. A diverting and compassionate read." --Lisa Gabriele, author of The Winters
"Timely and entertaining on the surface-but crack through to its core and discover a deep and thought-provoking meditation on the flaws and foibles of humanity. This book is beautifully, brutally honest, reminded me of being 23, made me forgive myself my lapses in judgment-and, made me long for whatever Kerry Clare will write next. Fans of Emily Giffin and Curtis Sittenfeld take note: This is your next read." --Marissa Stapley, bestselling author of The Last Resort
"When Kerry Clare's Waiting for a Star to Fall landed on my desk, I could not restrain myself and read the entire novel that same day. Taking a now familiar story as her starting point-famous man pummeled by sexual assault allegations-she ventures beyond the headlines, into terrain news stories can't cover. What gives these mediocre men their outsized confidence? Why do they act with so little regard for others and how do they keep getting away with it? Searching for answers, Clare turns the spotlight on her women characters, the ones who are hurt by these men even as they continue to enable them. A deft examination of power, complicity, and accountability, Waiting for a Star to Fall is thoroughly engrossing. Clever and insightful, this book is a sheer delight." --Sharon Bala, author of The Boat People
"I'm in awe of Kerry Clare's tender, imaginative care for the characters in Waiting for a Star to Fall. I was right there with them, viscerally in the moment with all their best and worst ideas, especially with Brooke, hoping for what she hoped for even when I worried about the outcome. Such a fully realized, fascinating, enthralling world Clare has created-I was completely enraptured." --Rebecca Rosenblum, author of So Much Love
"Waiting for a Star to Fall is the novel we need at this moment: a wonderfully sharp and humane examination of power and betrayal, love and limits. Kerry Clare has told one woman's story, but many of us will recognize ourselves in this rich portrait." --Elizabeth Renzetti, Globe & Mail columnist and author of Shrewed: A Wry and Closely Observed Look at the Lives of Women and Girls
"A skillfully told story for our times, Waiting for a Star to Fall takes readers on an emotional journey. Clare's expert handling of this all-too-familiar yet difficult subject is sure to spark meaningful book club discussions." --Chantel Guertin, author of the Pippa Greene novels
Praise for Megan Gail Coles' SMALL GAME HUNTING AT THE LOCAL COWARD GUN CLUB (World Rights Sold: House of Anansi Press). Contact Samantha Haywood:
"Beautifully fluid writing pulls the reader right in and keeps them gliding along. Fans of Rene Denfeld, Alice Sebold, and Eowyn Ivey, will want to check this book out." --Booklist
Praise for CROSSHAIRS by Catherine Hernandez, published by Harper Collins Canada on September 1 (World rights available, ex. English Canada (Harper Collins); US (Atria), and UK (Jacaranda). Contact Marilyn Biderman:
"A beautiful, unapologetic, and unwatered-down burst of fury against cis white supremacy and tyrannical power systems, centered around a main cast that must be fiercely protected. Hernandez writes the best kind of dystopian story, one that holds a sobering mirror up to our own world. Let this book haunt you." --Marie Lu, New York Times bestselling author of the Legend Series
"Catherine Hernandez is groundbreaking. Her talent is remarkable. I dare you not to cry or scream or marvel or, like me, do all at once while reading this book. This story is a masterpiece of voice and metaphor, image and embodiment. But it is also a perfectly crafted portrait of us now, of us then, of the us we hope to be. I love this book, this big, bright missive that not only breaks the ground, but that gifts us with the steps to take in order to get to the other side, together." --Cherie Dimaline, bestselling author of The Marrow Thieves and Empire of Wild
"Crosshairs made me shiver. It troubled my dreams. Still, I could not put down this dystopia. It was utterly compelling. Catherine Hernandez prophesies Canadian genocide against Queer, Black, Brown, and Indigenous folks. At the same time, she inspires the reader with her depiction of a resistance full of characters who--even in the face of hatred and complacency--show love, pride, endurance, courage, and insist on living to the very last breath." --Lawrence Hill, bestselling author of The Illegal and The Book of Negroes
"Crosshairs is a blistering page-turner. One can describe it as dystopic fiction, but Catherine Hernandez is presenting us with something much more prescient to consider. The novel acts as a provocation and a challenge for readers to locate themselves. Crosshairs offers a glance into a world that is possible if we continue on a trajectory that is frightfully present. Most importantly, Crosshairs asks us what we will do to resist and build a better future when faced with such momentous and dangerous times." --Carianne Leung, award-winning author of That Time I Loved You
"Hernandez's storytelling throughout is compelling, and she builds tension and intrigue as the story moves forward, leaving the reader ravenous for the outcome. . . A rare and wonderful and formidable feat." --Letticia Cosbert Miller, The Toronto Star
"In Crosshairs, Catherine Hernandez shapes a world at once fantastical and familiar, remarkable and relatable . . . The result is a sparkling but devastating novel about corporate and state cruelty, individual as well as community sacrifice, and Queer Black and Brown kinship that must be protected at all costs. Timely, unapologetic, complicated.
--Jenny Heijun Wills, award-winning author of Older Sister, Not Necessarily Related
Praise for BETTER LUCK NEXT TIME by Kate Hilton (World Rights Available Ex: World Rights Available Ex: Canada, HarperCollins Canada; UK/ANZ, Allen & Unwin; Russia, Polyandria; Film/TV, Untitled Entertainment). Contact Samantha Haywood:
"Hilton's latest novel is a laugh-out-loud, female-focussed exploration of the tangled complexities of modern family, love and relationships. A kind of mid-life 'coming of age' story (who said crisis?), Better Luck Next Time is a well crafted tale of surviving family, betrayal and the winds of change, peppered with sharp wit and plenty of laughs." --Tara Moss, bestselling author of The War Widow
Praise for THE BRAVER THING by Clifford Jackman, Random House (May 2020). Contact Carolyn Forde:
"The Braver Thing, is about a pirate voyage that goes horribly, horribly wrong and can be seen as a metaphor for the consequences of systemic breakdown in society or government. Along the way, however, it delivers enough lively incident to satisfy the most jaded appetite for skulduggery on the high seas. It's full of epic battles and storms, of lootings and attacks on island bastions, of mutinies and assassinations...." --Post Media
"In his widely heralded 2015 novel The Winter Family, Clifford Jackman mixed pulp fiction with broader social and historical speculations as he told the story of a brutal gang of American outlaws. In his followup The Braver Thing, he does something similar with the crew of the Saoirse, a pirate ship in the eighteenth century, though it's a book that sails into different waters... To be sure, the genre elements are all in place. This is a pirate novel so there's a captain with an eye patch, a talking parrot and sea battles that see men "pulped into tripe" with grapeshot and "hacked into meat" by swords. There are treasures lost and won, storms and duels and mutinies, and maybe even a giant sea beast at the end. But in addition to all this swashbuckling there is a political theme introduced, signalled by an epigraph from Thomas Hobbes' Leviathan and chapter headings announcing the different forms of governance that are attempted on the Saoirse... As with the gang of Winter desperadoes, the pirate ship in The Braver Thing is a radical anti-polis more than a microcosm of any sort of functioning society. The Gentlemen of Fortune and Honest Fellows, though bound together by articles of service and given to holding lots of shipboard meetings and votes, have little sense of loyalty or a social contract. The shipboard state, to use the language of political science, is prior to the individual...[Jackman] is less interested in psychology than he is in the behaviour of the group and the timely question of how to get by in a world where politics has gone mad and the ship of state is plunging into the darkness. Pro tips: keep your head down, do your duty and you might get out alive." --Toronto Star
Praise for SISTER DEAR by Hannah Mary McKinnon, National Bestseller. Contact Carolyn Forde:
"From the opening pages of Sister Dear, you know something has gone terribly wrong for Eleanor Hardwicke - and what a rollercoaster ride the rest of the book is! In her depiction of Eleanor, Hannah Mary McKinnon displays that rare ability to make you wholeheartedly root for a desperately flawed character. A deliciously dark tale of sibling rivalry, with a jaw-dropping ending that will haunt you long after you turn the last page." --Caz Frear, best-selling author of Sweet Little Lies
"Hannah Mary McKinnon's Sister Dear is a superb psychological thriller that is extremely suspenseful... When I finished reading it, I felt as though I had awakened from a domestic nightmare--one that will take a long time to forget, if ever." --The Gumshoe Review
"But before this story is fully baked, McKinnon's master class in character development turns the theme of sibling revenge upside down. Not only do we not know who's been killed, we don't know whodunit, or why they did it ... until the bitter end. Which, reader dear, is what makes Sister Dear an incredibly delicious thriller and mystery to sink into, especially now when dystopian novels or even some non-fiction reads may feel too close for comfort."
"Hannah Mary McKinnon has proved to be the master at building the tension in her latest novel, Sister Dear. This dark, twisted and brilliant story weaves the suspense into a web of perfect secrets, but it's the ending that will leave you completely under McKinnon's spell. I was hooked, gob smacked and enthralled from start to finish. If you're looking for that book hangover feel...this is not to be missed!" --Steena Holmes, NYT & USA Today bestselling author of The Patient
"As layered as puff pastry, and just as delightful, Sister Dear is an altogether unpredictable and surprising read. What begins as a slow-burn exploration of love, loss and grief shifts about midway through into a dark and twisted tale of secrets and revenge. These are some of the most wicked characters I've read in a long time, where deception is the standard and nothing is as it seems. If you think you know what will happen, guess again, because the final outcome is so profoundly shocking, the twist so unexpected, I didn't see it coming. A wickedly dark and addictive read following themes of good and bad, and asking if good always triumphs." --Christina McDonald, USA Today bestselling author of The Night Olivia Fell
"Sister Dear is as unexpected as it is thought provoking. It's a story about the meaning of family, the corruption of wealth, and the needs inside us that sneak up and take over our lives. The twisty ending was well paved and clever, but also a testament to McKinnon's uncanny insight into family relationships. This is domestic noir that should be at the top of your list!" --Wendy Walker, bestselling author of The Night Before
"Sinister, simmering, cinematic-and absolutely riveting. The oh-so-talented Hannah Mary McKinnon skillfully and cleverly twists and turns this unstoppable story of envy and obsession-and powers it to a gasp-worthy conclusion. Wow-standing ovation!"
--Hank Phillippi Ryan, Nationally bestselling author of The Murder List
"Sister Dear is a sinister adventure into a labyrinth of family secrets and lies. When Eleanor Hardwicke's father reveals on his deathbed that he was not her biological father, Eleanor is shocked and angry. And also curious. Her father's death has left her very much alone and now she wants a look at what her life might have been if things had gone differently. She tracks down her biological father who wants nothing to do with her, but then she strikes up a relationship with Victoria --his daughter and Eleanor's half-sister-- that might just be too good to be true." --Amy Impellizzeri, award-winning author of Why We Lie and I Know How This Ends
"Another emotionally wrought and turbo-driven domestic drama from McKinnon, with paternity issues again at the forefront, as they were in Her Secret Son (2019). In an almost Grimm-like tale, a family secret offers Eleanor Hardwicke an opportunity to escape the downward spiral of her meager existence. When the man she believes to be her father dies, she finds out that her biological father is a very wealthy man and that she has an enviable, beautiful half-sister. Eleanor fabricates a plan to claim her share of real father's estate. Instead of just announcing her existence to the family, she inveigles her way into their lives, and the mousy woman everyone always overlooked surprises the reader as well as herself. But there is danger in ignoring the golden rule of fairy tales--be careful what you wish for--and in time she encounters deception equal to her own, leading to a horrific conclusion. The author notes that taking Eleanor "from self-conscious to brazen and distraught was quite the ride," and it is a trip her fans will enjoy." --Booklist
"Fast-paced, twisty, insidious... I could not put it down." --K.A. Tucker, internationally bestselling author
"Sister Dear drew me in, had me hooked and I was never really sure what to expect (in a good way)! or who to trust. I thought it was dark, twisty, compelling and also heartbreaking. I really felt for Eleanor and didn't see the ending coming at all! Unputdownable and I truly enjoyed reading it to see how the intertwined lives would unfold. Highly recommended!"
--Karen Hamilton, international bestselling author of The Perfect Girlfriend"
"When Eleanor Hardwicke learns that her late father wasn't her biological father, she embarks on a quest to discover the truth about her family. Hannah Mary McKinnon weaves a tale so twisted and masterful, you'll be dizzy with exhilaration by the end. SISTER DEAR is a rip-roaring, page-turning, hold-your-breath thriller where there's only thing you can be certain of: trust no one." --Jennifer Hillier, award-winning author of Jar of Hearts and Little Secrets
GUANTANAMO VOICES by Sarah Mirk published by Abrams Sept 8th (world). For film/TV rights contact Fiona Kenshole:
"...the warm color palette designed by Kazimir Lee unifies the collection while helping the heavy subject matter stay measurably more approachable. This anthology disturbs and illuminates in equal measure." --Publishers Weekly
"An eye-opening, damning indictment of one of America's worst trespasses that continues to this day." --Kirkus Reviews - starred review
Praise for POLAR VORTEX by Shani Mootoo (World Rights Available Ex: Canada, Book*hug Press; US/UK, Akashic Press). Contact Samantha Haywood:
"Mootoo's subtle, thought-provoking tale stands out among stories of characters gripped by the past." -Publishers Weekly
Praise for NOOPIMING: THE CURE FOR THE WHITE LADIES by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, published by House of Anansi Press September 1 (Rights: Sonya Lalli email@example.com). Represented by Marilyn Biderman:
Award-winning Nishnaabeg storyteller and writer Leanne Betasamosake Simpson returns with a bold reimagination of the novel, one that combines narrative and poetic fragments through a careful and fierce reclamation of Anishinaabe aesthetics.
"Noopiming is a rare parcel of beauty and power, at once a creator and destroyer of forms. All of Leanne Betasamosake Simpson's myriad literary gifts shine here - her scalpel-sharp humour, her eye for the smallest human details, the prodigious scope of her imaginative and poetic generosity. The result is a book at once fierce, uproarious, heartbreaking, and, throughout and above all else, rooted in love." --Omar El Akkad, bestselling author of American War
"Noopiming is a novel that is as philosophically generative as it is stylistically original. It begins with someone who is frozen in a lake, waiting, and from whom we learn that: 'being frozen in the lake is another kind of life.' Leanne Betasamosake Simpson's expansive work explores the indivisibility of beings - old woman, old man, tree, caribou, stone, ice, spirit, geese, the brain, and more, all watching, grieving, thinking, acting, and listening amidst the ongoing and quotidian urgencies of capital. They are sleepless, ceaseless, trying to alter and to recode the world of consumerism, and their survival means that they must daily and collectively reconstruct existence in the city and its coterminous forests. Noopiming is far ahead of us in so many registers of story, language, and worldview; its cumulative effect is a new cosmography." --Dionne Brand, award-winning author of Theory
"This imaginative book is what would happen if we gave pen and paper to the deepest, most secretive parts of ourselves. Down to the fibres, down to each breath, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson dares to not only explore the humanity of a character, but the humanity of the parts that make us whole, in a world running on empty." --Catherine Hernandez, bestselling author of Scarborough
"Leanne Betasamosake Simpson's Noopiming once again confirms her position as a brilliant, daring experimentalist and a beautiful, radical portraitist of contemporary NDN life. The prose hums with a lovingness that moved me to tears and with a humour that felt plucked right out of my rez adolescence. The chorus of thinkers, dreamers, revolutionaries, poets, and misfits that Simpson conjures here feels like a miracle. My heart ached and swelled for all of them. What I adored most about this book is that it has so little to do with the white gaze. Simpson writes for us, for NDNs, those made to make other kinds of beauty, to build other kinds of beautiful lives, where no one is looking. Noopiming is a book from the future! Simpson is our much-needed historian of the future!" --Billy-Ray Belcourt, award-winning author of This Wound is a World and NDN Coping Mechanisms
"How is it that Leanne Betasamosake Simpson's fiction can feel both familiar and warm like old teachings and absolutely fresh and brand new? Is it even fiction? Noopiming seems to exist somewhere in the in-between, with all the best parts of poetry and story. As always, I am in awe of Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, prolific in every way." --Katherena Vermette, bestselling author of The Break
"I'm pretty sure we don't deserve Leanne Betasamosake Simpson. But miracles happen, and this is one. This book is poem, novel, prophecy, handbook, and side-eyed critique all at once. This book doesn't only present characters you will love and never want to leave (but yes, it does), it doesn't only transform the function of character and plot into a visibly collective dynamic energy field (and hallelujah), but it also cultivates character in the reader, that we might remember what we first knew. Which is that what seems separate was never separate. What feels impossible is already happening. And it depends on our most loving words. It requires our most loving actions towards each other. The ceremony has been found." --Alexis Pauline Gumbs, author of Dub: Finding Ceremony
Shakil Choudhury is an award-winning educator, consultant and writer with 25 years of experience in the field of diversity, inclusion and anti-racism. He has worked with thousands of organizational leaders across sectors in Canada and the United States to help them improve their equity outcomes. Internationally, Shakil has designed and led peace-building projects for communities in conflict, specifically in Europe and South America.
Shakil is the best-selling author Deep Diversity: Overcoming Us vs. Them, a practical, scientific and compassionate approach to tackling systemic racial discrimination. Written in a Gladwell-meets-racial-justice style, many have called it a "breakthrough" book on racism and social identity. He is excited to be working on the revised edition of Deep Diversity, with updates on how the George Floyd uprisings, COVID-19 and the Trumpian era have exposed, as well as escalated, Us/Them dynamics... and what we can do about it.
Shakil lives in Toronto and is experiencing his most challenging and rewarding management experience: his two young children teaching him about fatherhood.
Christy Ann Conlin
grew up in Nova Scotia on the shores of the Bay of Fundy. Her first love was theatre, which eventually led her to writing. Her debut novel, Heave
, published by Doubleday in 2002, was a national bestseller, a Globe and Mail Top 100 Book, a finalist for the Amazon.ca First Novel Award, and was shortlisted for the Thomas H. Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award and the Dartmouth Book Award. Her second novel, The Memento
, published by Doubleday in 2016, garnered rave reviews. Watermark
, a collection of short stories was published by House of Anansi Press in 2019, and was a finalist for the Forest of Reading Evergreen Award, and the Danuta Gleed Literary Award from the Writers' Union of Canada.
Her short stories and essays have appeared in numerous literary journals including Best Canadian Stories, Brick, Geist, Room and Numéro Cinq. Her work has also been longlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize and the American Short Fiction Prize. Christy Ann's radio broadcast work includes co-creating and hosting CBC Fear Itself, a national summer radio series, along with documentaries for CBC Doc Project and Outfront. Her next novel, Speed of Mercy is scheduled for publication as a lead title with House of Anansi Press in the spring of 2021. Christy Ann holds a Master in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. She works as a mental health advocate and lives in the Annapolis Valley in Nova Scotia with her sprawling sandwich generation family.
Simone Dalton is a writer, social change communicator, arts educator, and recipient of the 2020 RBC Taylor Emerging Writer Prize for nonfiction. She holds an MFA from the University of Guelph. Her work is anthologized in Black Writers Matter, winner of the 2020 Saskatchewan Award for Book Publishing and The Unpublished City: Volume I, finalist for the 2018 Toronto Book Awards. In 2019, her play VOWS was produced for RARE Theatre's Welcome to My Underworld. Born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago, Simone established a foundation to support education for young steelpan artists and creatives. As a memoirist, she explores themes of grief, inherited histories, race, class, and identity. She is currently working on her first book, which contemplates the question: what remains when one loses one's mother?
Danielle Daniel is a Métis award-winning children's book author and illustrator. Daughters of the Deer is her first novel. Her memoir The Dependent was a finalist for the Louise De Kiriline Lawrence Award, a 2017 Northern Lit Award. Her picture books include Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox (winner of the Marilyn Baillie Award, shortlisted for the 2017 Blue Spruce Award, First Nation Communities Reads Award and a 2019 Prix Peuplier finalist for the French edition. It was also named Best 100 titles at the New York Public Library) and You Hold Me Up (shortlisted for the 2018 Marilyn Baillie Award, among other lists and honours.) She also has a forthcoming middle grade fiction novel with HarperCollins Canada (the title has not yet been announced). Danielle Daniel is the Founder and CEO of Mighty Village, a new National Literacy Initiative to help promote a more inclusive society. She holds an MFA from UBC and lives in Sudbury, Ontario. Visit her at danielledaniel.com and at mightyvillage.ca.
Katherine Alexandra Harvey
has also recently joined the agency.
"Here is a fresh voice with a hotline to her readers' hearts." --Lisa Moore, acclaimed author of Giller Prize and International Dublin Literary Award nominated and Commonwealth Prize Best Book Award winner Alligator
, and Canada Reads winner February
"Harvey's voice is refreshingly urgent and passionate and no doubt will cut through the noise to make a lasting mark on modern CanLit." --Joel Thomas Hynes, author of Governor General Award and BMO Winterset Award winner, and Giller Longlisted We'll All Be Burnt in Our Beds Some Night.
Katherine began writing short stories and poetry as a child. She obtained her Bachelor and Master of Arts in Folklore, before transitioning into a career in writing. She was long-listed for the Carter V. Cooper Literary Award (2019), and long-listed for the Writer's Association of NL FISH award (2020). Her editorial team was also short-listed for the Governor General's History Award for their work on the Oral History Roadshow Project. Harvey's work has been published or is forthcoming in various journals, including Riddle Fence, The Newfoundland Quarterly and Exile Literary Journal. She currently resides in St. John's, Newfoundland. Katherine's new novel is called Quiet Time and will be going on submission soon.
Survivor of sexual assault by the former president of The Gambia, notorious dictator, Yayeh Jammeh, and now international spokesperson against sexual violence, Toufah Jallow has told her story to multiple international news outlets, including the BBC and the New York Times. She has spoken before the United Nations; presented at the International Criminal Court at The Hague after Human Rights Watch took up her case against Jammeh; and has given testimony at The Gambia's Truth and Reconciliation Commission. She heads The Toufah Foundation in support of survivors of sexual assault, and lives in Toronto, Canada.
is a longtime independent journalist with bylines in The Guardian
, Fortune Magazine
, Al Jazeera
/The New Statesman
, The Atlantic
, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), Vice
, DAME Magazine
, Maisonneuve Magazine
, The Walrus
, and the Associated Press international newswire. She is a former online news reporter for the CBC in Montreal. Over the past 17 years, she has covered news events and topics including the renegotiation of NAFTA, the Quebec City mosque shooting, the Lac-Mégantic train explosion, organized crime, corruption scandals, protest movements, and the beginnings of the fentanyl crisis, among many others. Her current journalism work focuses on cities, affordable housing, sustainability, and transportation. The proposal for her book, BLEED: How Medicine Fails Women and What We Can Do About It, follows her harrowing ordeal with the medical system in trying to get effective treatment for her stage 4 endometriosis and adenomyosis, and puts that experience in the larger cultural and political context of how medicine chronically fails people with gynecological illnesses.
Transatlantic is delighted to welcome internationally renowned and award winning Canadian singer songwriter Tara MacLean
. Tara released her first album with the Nettwerk Music Group in 1996 and since then has been signed with Capitol Records, Sony Music/ATV Publishing and EMI Canada with her Juno nominated band Shaye. She has made four solo albums and two with Shaye. Tara is a ceremonialist, a doula, an activist, a zen student, a yoga practitioner, a poet and a playwright.
Tara has recently received the Senate of Canada Medal for her work for Truth and Reconciliation, sits on the board of the Women's Network of PEI, and just finished a run of three summer seasons with her hit theatre show that she wrote, produced and directed called, "Atlantic Blue- The Stories of Atlantic Canada's Iconic Songwriters." in Charlottetown. Tara just received the SOCAN songwriter of the year award for her single, Ghosting Me, as well as Solo Recording of the Year for her latest album, "Deeper" at the PEI Music Awards. Deeper was nominated for Pop Album of the Year at ECMA 2020.
Tara is working on a memoir and is represented by Senior Agent Carolyn Forde
is the author of a book of short stories, The Rule of Last Clear Chance
, which Porcupine's Quill published in 2003; and her first novel Backspring
, which Biblioasis published as a John Metcalf Book in 2015. Her story, "Hearsay" was a finalist for the Journey Prize in 2003. Her short stories have been published in Best Canadian Short Stories
, the Harvard Review
, Coming Attractions
, the Fiddlehead
, and the Journey Prize Anthology
. Judith also has had a long and distinguished career in the law. She lives in Toronto. Her next novel, The Singing Forest
, tells the story of a boy from an abusive, impoverished childhood who grows up to participate in wartime atrocities, and the modern-day lawyer charged with the task of finding sufficient evidence to extradite him in his old age to face criminal charges. Currently on offer.
Jean Meltzer has the unique distinction of being the world's only Emmy-award winning, chronically-ill and disabled, rabbinical-school drop-out. Yet, it is this extraordinary background -- coupled with a firm belief in holding onto your joy and seeking out happy endings -- which forms the basis of her diverse work. Meltzer received her BFA from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, Department of Dramatic Writing in 2002. After graduation, she served as Creative Director of Tapestry International, an Oscar-winning television and film production company, where she oversaw the writing, development and production for over 250-hours of children's television, and won numerous awards for her work. In 2006, Meltzer moved to Israel to pursue a career in the rabbinate, and studied at several colleges and seminaries for five years. She also became an outspoken advocate for the disease, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS). In 2012, Meltzer ended her rabbinical studies and spent the next two years homebound due to this disease. Today, Meltzer lives a thriving, chronically-fabulous, Jewish life in Virginia. She sees her challenges as part of a larger journey and is eager to share her stories with others. Her first book, The Matzah Ball, will be published by Mira in 2021.
is a writer and journalist from Vancouver. Born to a West African teen, Harrison was adopted as an infant by a white family and raised in the bible belt of British Columbia before reconnecting with his biological family as an adult. Harrison has worked for The Vancouver Sun
for nearly a decade as a reporter, editor and columnist. His writing has also appeared in The National Post, Yahoo, The Guardian, and Maclean's. He lives in East Vancouver with his family.
Harrison is represented by Samantha Haywood.
Amanda Peters is a mixed-race woman of Mi'kmaq and western European ancestry, born and raised in the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia. She pursued graduate studies in Information Management and Public Administration and has worked for her home community of Glooscap First Nation since 2013. In 2016, while working full time, she completed the Certificate in Creative Writing at the University of Toronto with mentors Christy-Ann Conlin and Alissa York. That same year, Amanda was a finalist for the Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia Short Fiction Award. In 2017, she won the short fiction award for her story "Crows." Also, in 2017 the Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia awarded Amanda the Alistair MacLeod Mentorship, where she worked on her first novel with writer and mentor Stephanie Domet. Amanda was a finalist in 2018 for the Indigenous Voices Award for her short story, "Pejipug." Her short fiction has been published in The Antigonish Review, Grain Magazine and The Alaska Quarterly Review. Amanda is currently enrolled in the Masters of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing at the Institute of American Indians Arts (IAIA) in New Mexico. Her short story collection, Waiting for the Long Night Moon, and her début novel, The Reindeer Herders, will go on submission soon.
has joined Transatlantic and her new novel Sister Surgat Solves Everything
will be on submission soon. Sharon's previous novels include the critically acclaimed The Romance Reader's Guide to Life (Flatiron, 2017), Everything After (Putnam, 2006) and What Happened to Henry (Berkley, 2005). She has published in a number of literary journals and held residencies at the MacDowell Colony. She now teaches and writes in Boston. Sharon is represented by Senior Literary Agent Carolyn Forde.
Praise for The Romance Reader's Guide to Life
"...The Romance Reader's Guide to Life
has a World War II pinup girl's brash appeal...it prompts questions about how intensely ambition affects romance. A reader who, following the genre's conventions, can turn her eyes when necessary from something unseemly, should enjoy the way her heart throbs during this fast-moving yarn." --The New York Times Book Review
"Pywell's smart, unexpectedly funny tale of two plucky sisters and their cosmetics business has a little of everything: romance, suspense, even magical realism." --Entertainment Weekly
"A genre bender told from the alternating perspectives of twins--one living, one dead--who recount their obsessions with sexy fictional pirates and real-life abusive men, and their bid to build a cosmetics empire." --O, The Oprah Magazine (10 Titles to Pick Up Now)
"Smart, funny, and compulsively readable: this one may finally win the under recognized author the wider audience her talent deserves." --Kirkus (starred review)
"Equal parts mystery, romance, and family saga, with a dash of dark comedy, this book has something for fans of all genres." --Booklist
Dr Raphael Rush
is a physician who works at a complex care hospital, where COVID patients who survive the ICU go for long-term care and rehabilitation. He is currently the sole attending physician on his hospital's COVID-19 ward in downtown Toronto. After completing his internal medicine residency and rheumatology fellowship at the University of Toronto, he became one of the youngest heads of a medical division in Canada as the head of internal medicine at the Toronto Grace Health Centre in 2017. As a researcher, he participates in studies about long-term outcomes of ICU survivors. For the past ten years, Dr Rush has published essays about his practice, most notably in the New England Journal of Medicine, which boasts a worldwide circulation greater than 600,000. Dr Rush is working on a proposal about his work and his patients, currently entitled The World Beyond: Life and Death after Intensive Care
Laura Tamblyn Watts
is the CEO of CanAge, Canada's national seniors' advocacy organization. Her work focuses on aging, inclusion, consumer rights and social justice. She has previously served as Chief Public Policy Officer at the Canadian Association of Retired Persons and in a number of positions at the Canadian Centre for Elder Law including as their long-time National Director. She is faculty at the Factor Inwentash Faculty of Social Work where she teaches a course in Law and Aging at the University of Toronto. Laura just completed her term on the Board of the Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments (OBSI). Prior to joining OBSI's Board, she Chaired OBSI's Consumer and Investor Advisory Committee for 8 years. She is a Board member Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario, and is also a Board member of PACE Independent Living, a housing and services non-profit which provides attendant care to persons with physical differences. She helped to co-found Canada's second low income seniors' legal services centre, SeniorsFirst BC, located in Vancouver, and served as its first Legal Director. She was awarded the Distinguished International Fellow Award from Stetson University Centre for Excellence in Elder Law and is a Canadian representative to the International Guardianship Network, and Fellow of the World Congress on Adult Guardianship. Laura is the author of numerous papers on aging issues and is a frequent media commentator. Laura is at work on her first book which will soon be available on proposal to publishers, THE 3AM GUIDE TO YOUR AGING PARENTS:
Your parents probably read a few books to figure out how to take care of you. Now it's your turn to take care of them. In the great role reversal of your lifetime, THE 3AM GUIDE TO YOUR AGING PARENTS is your new WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU'RE EXPECTING for taking care of your new dependents, your elderly parents! Hilarious, practical and helpful, Laura Tamblyn Watts, CEO of CanAge and a leading expert on aging and advocate for seniors, guides you through the questions and conundrums that keep everyone with aging parents awake at night. Laura is represented by Samantha Haywood and Rob Firing for her writing, and Rob Firing for speaking.
Josh and Carolyn Thomas of The Homesteading Family began offering their hard-earned knowledge and self-taught homesteading skills on a private Facebook group in 2016. As that audience grew, it affirmed their belief that they were not alone in their desire to have more freedom, peace, and security in life.
Since then, their friendly, welcoming you-can-do-this style of teaching has earned them an audience of half a million on FB and IG, and over 10M impressions on YouTube where they now host their engaging instructive videos on building a self-sufficient life with a wide range of topics including safe home canning; growing crops & curating healthy soil; harvesting and using medicinal plants; managing work-at-home life; buying bulk; alternative methods of food preservation; buying land; and more.
Their email list is significant and grows by nearly 30k subscribers per month.
Josh and Carolyn live on 40 acres in northern Idaho where they film all their content, and also delight in teaching their nine children (ranging in age from 2-15) skills that will serve them all their lives.
To learn more, see https://homesteadingfamily.com/