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Dear Friends,

We are so excited to have grown so much in the past year. Our round-ups of new deals, new clients and award news has grown so much, we have decided to add a second newsletter to share our phenomenal reviews, including a STELLAR New York Times Book Review for Karma Brown's RECIPE FOR A PERFECT WIFE!

We couldn't be happier to have TWO finalists on the Canada Reads stage this year and will follow up with updates on SMALL GAME HUNTING AT THE LOCAL COWARD GUN CLUB by Megan Gail Coles, and WE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN HERE by Samra Habib.

Stephanie Sinclair and Evan Brown are looking forward to seeing many of you in London next month. Samantha Haywood and Carolyn Forde are off to Los Angeles in March and Marilyn Biderman has just returned from New York. Our international catalogue will be ready shortly!

We are all so looking forward to sharing many more books with you this year!

All best wishes,

New Deal Announcements
 
ENGLISH LANGUAGE DEALS 

Fiction

McClelland & Stewart has acquired, in a 5-way auction, Canadian rights to two books of fiction by Journey Prize winner Shashi Bhat. The first, THE MOST PRECIOUS SUBSTANCE ON EARTH, is a darkly comic novel that, beginning in the mid-1990s, follows a young woman's tumultuous journey from high school student to high school teacher, as she learns uncomfortable truths about how women are conditioned to make themselves silent. For Fall 2021. Sold by Stephanie Sinclair

World English rights to Hannah Mary McKinnon's untitled novel, in which a man with amnesia finds his way back to his hometown only to discover he's suspected of killing his girlfriend, to Emily Ohanjanians at Mira, in a two-book deal. Sold by Carolyn Forde

World English rights to Dr. Norma Dunning's new collection, TAIMAKALAUQ sold in a two-book deal to Douglas & McIntyre by Stephanie Sinclair. Drawing on both lived experience and cultural memory, TAIMAKALAUQ brings together five powerful new short stories centred on modern-day Inuk characters in the southern areas of Canada.


Nina Berkhout World rights to Nina Berkhout's pitch-perfect second adult novel, WHY BIRDS SING--in the company of her ailing brother-in-law, his pet parrot, and a group of outspoken whistlers, a disillusioned opera singer finds her way back to music and human connection--to ECW Press for Fall 2020 sold by Stephanie Sinclair and Samantha Haywood.

World rights to UNDER THE WINTER PINES by Joanne Bischof, a dual narrative split time novel in which century-old letters from a lonely homestead wife to her missing husband give the farm's current owner the courage he needs to conquer his own heartbreak, again, to Jocelyn Bailey at Thomas Nelson, by Sandra Bishop.


US & UK rights to Shani Mootoo's POLAR VORTEX have sold to Johnny Temple at Akashic (Canadian rights previously to Book*hug). In Shani's latest novel a lesbian couple receive an unexpected visit from an old male friend, throwing questions of true intentions into the mix of their previously monogamous commitment. Narrated in stream-of-consciousness reminiscent of Mrs. Dalloway, this impressive novel is perfect for readers of Herman Koch and Rachel Cusk. Sold by Samantha Haywood.

Canada English rights to Cree and Metis comedian and writer Dawn Dumont's THE TOUR, a hilarious retelling loosely based on the true story of a group of First Nation dancers that left Saskatchewan and toured through Europe in the early 1970s, perfect for fans of David Sedaris, to Freehand Books by Stephanie Sinclair.

Martha Baillie Audio rights to Giller-nominated author Martha Baillie's THE SEARCH FOR HEINRICH SCHLOGEL, about a young man who escapes the claustrophobia of small-town Germany to hike the interior of Baffin Island, Canada, only to discover on his return that thirty years have vanished and time has sped forward to 2010, sold to ECW Press by Samantha Haywood and Stephanie Sinclair.

Australia and New Zealand rights to bestselling author Kate Hilton's BETTER LUCK NEXT TIME, for readers of Karen Joy Fowler and fans of the hit TV show This Is Us, a brilliant generational comedy tracing one family's eventful year tackling the realities of midlife-aging parents, raging teens, crumbling marriages and bodies and hearts-all in the pursuit of happiness (or something like it), to Allen & Unwin Australia by Samantha Haywood and Stephanie Sinclair.

Non-Fiction

World English rights to artist  Ben Nadler 's  THE JEWISH DELI: A User's Guide , a fully illustrated nonfiction guide to the delicious delights to be found behind the counters of Jewish delicatessens, and the stories and culture surrounding it, sold to Steve Mockus at Chronicle, for publication in fall 2021, in a deal arranged by  Samantha Haywood .

North American  rights to Alessandra Naccarato 's debut essay collection, IMMINENT DOMAINS , a lyric collection exploring risk, change and the natural world; from volcanic eruptions to tropical storms, these essays follow the author into dramatic, evolving landscapes, to Book*hug Press by Stephanie Sinclair for Fall 2021.

Canada English rights to LIKENESS: Fathers, sons, a portrait by David Macfarlane  sold to Martha Kanya-Forstner of Doubleday Canada for fall 2020 publication, by Samantha Haywood.  A sometimes funny, sometimes heart-breaking family memoir inspired by a painting. Partly a picture of a place, partly a portrait of the author, Likeness explores the colourful swirls of connection between birth and death, youth and age, happiness and unbearable tragedy.

US rights to the youngest-ever winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize Billy-Ray Belcourt's A HISTORY OF MY BRIEF BODY, a meditation on grief, joy, love, and sex at the intersection of indigeneity and queerness, to Two Dollar Radio by Stephanie Sinclair. Previous rights sold to Hamish Hamilton Canada for Summer 2020.

US rights to National Magazine Award winner and 2017-2018 Geoffrey, Margaret Andrew Fellow and Tuscarora writer 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 and personal narrative, sold to Melville House by Stephanie Sinclair and Samantha Haywood. Canadian rights previously sold to Doubleday Canada.

World rights to founding member of the wildly successful band Great Big Sea Séan McCann's memoir ONE GOOD REASON: A Memoir of Addiction and Recovery, Music and Love, which tells Séan McCann's timely, brave and inspiring story which follows his journey of childhood molestation at the hands of his parish priest to fame and success as a musician with Great Big Sea, to becoming a mental health and recovery advocate, speaker, and abuse and addiction survivor, to Whitney Moran at Nimbus, by Samantha Haywood. 

World English Language rights to PURR: The Science of Making Your Cat Happy by Dr. Zazie Todd, PhD.  A companion to WAG, this book will look at the science of all aspects of caring for a cat, from the development of kittens to the importance of play, and from setting the house up to what cats dream about. PURR draws on the field of feline science, which has taken off over the last decade, to explore the ways in which it can be applied to everyday life. PURR will give readers a better understanding of their cat's behavior and of what their cat needs. Readers will learn how to tell when their cat is happy and content, and when there is something they could fix. To Rob Sanders at Greystone Books for Spring 2021 publication by Fiona Kenshole.

Translation Deals

Fiction

Rights to RECIPE FOR A PERFECT WIFE by Karma Brown sold to Verso in Brazil,  K argozor  in Bulgaria,   Bertlesmann in Germany,  D'APlaneta in Italy, and    Knigolove in Ukraine. Rights previously sold to  Viking in Canada, Dutton in the US, Legend in UK/Commonwealth)  and Beta in the  Czech Republic. Contact Carolyn Forde for more information. 

Roz Nay's psychological thriller HURRY HOME (Simon & Schuster, July 2020) has sold in the following territories:  Crooked Lane, US; France, Hugo; Netherlands, Xander; and Russia, Polyandria. Contact Carolyn Forde.

Simplified Chinese rights to Iain Reid's FOE to Guomai by The Grayhawk Agency, Korean rights to Hyeonamsa by Korea Copyright Centre, and Czech audio rights to OneHotBook by Kristin Olson Literary Agency, in association with Stephanie Sinclair on behalf of Samantha Haywood.

Hebrew rights to THE LAST RESORT by Marissa Stapley have sold to Korim Publishing House by The Israeli Association Of Book Publishers and Dutch rights have sold to Karakter by Marianne Schönbach Literary Agency in association with Stephanie Sinclair on behalf of Samantha Haywood.

Korean rights to Shani Mootoo's CEREUS BLOOMS AT NIGHT to Tanger Press by the Danny Hong Agency in association with Stephanie Sinclair on behalf of Samantha Haywood.

Non-Fiction

Chinese simplified rights to John Mighton's national bestseller ALL THINGS BEING EQUAL; WHY MATH IS THE KEY TO A BETTER WORLD (Knopf) have been acquired at auction by Green Beans. Contact Carolyn Forde

Turkish rights to THE DIRT ON CLEAN: AN UNSANITIZED HISTORY  by Katherine Ashenburg to Ketebe by Kalem Agency in association with Stephanie Sinclair on behalf of Samantha Haywood.

Polish Audio rights to HUNGOVER by Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall to Storytel Poland by Book/lab Literary Agency in association with Stephanie Sinclair on behalf of Samantha Haywood.



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Complex Chinese rights to THE CONNECTOR'S ADVANTAGE by Michelle Tillis Lederman to Streamer by The Grayhawk Agency in association with Stephanie Sinclair on behalf of Page Two. World rights available ex: World English, Page Two; Korean, Uknowbooks; Audio, Recorded Books.

Complex Chinese rights to THE GOOD FIGHT by Liane Davey to Crown by The Grayhawk Agency in association with Stephanie Sinclair on behalf of Page Two. World rights available ex: World English, Page Two; Simplified Chinese, Xiron.

Hungarian rights to OWN YOUR ANXIETY by Julian Brass to Partvonal by Katai & Bolza Literary Agents in association with Stephanie Sinclair on behalf of Page Two. World rights available ex: World English, Page Two.

Simplified Chinese rights to LABYRINTH by Pawel Motyl to Beijing Mediatime by The Grayhawk Agency in association with Stephanie Sinclair on behalf of Page Two. World rights available ex: World English, Page Two; Polish; Russian, Piter; Greek, Psichogios.

Russian rights to FEELING BETTER by Cindy Stulberg and Ron Frey to Alpina Publisher by Van Lear Agency in association with Stephanie Sinclair on behalf of Page Two. World rights available ex: World English, New World Library; Audio, Brilliance.

Russian rights to THE SORRY PLANE by Deborah MacNamara to Resource Publisher by Van Lear Agency in association with Stephanie Sinclair on behalf of Page Two. World rights available ex: World English, Page Two.

Czech rights to STORY 10X by Michael Margolis to Zoner Software by Kristin Olson Literary Agency and Complex Chinese rights to Crown by The Grayhawk Agency in association with Stephanie Sinclair on behalf of Page Two. World rights available ex: World English, Page Two; Czech, Zoner; Complex Chinese, Crown.

Polish rights to THE ALGORITHMIC LEADER by Mike Walsh to Poznańskie by Book/lab Literary Agency, and Japanese rights to Nikkei Publishing by Japan UNI Agency in association with Stephanie Sinclair on behalf of Page Two. World rights available ex: World English, Page Two; German, Franz Vahlen; Korean, Alpha Media; Simplified Chinese, China Machine.

Spanish rights to THE ADVICE TRAP by Michael Bungay Stanier to Arpa & Alfil by The Foreign Office, German rights to Valen Verlag by Liepman AG Literary Agency, Korean rights to Hong C Communication by Danny Hong Agency in association with Stephanie Sinclair on behalf of Page Two. World rights available ex: World English, Page Two.

Mongolian rights to THE ADVICE TRAP by Michael Bungay Stanier to Education Development Center for Youth by Stephanie Sinclair on behalf of Page Two. World rights available ex: World English, Page Two; Spanish, Arpa & Alfil; German, Valen; Korean, Hong C Communication.

Estonian rights to THE 1-PAGE MARKETING PLAN by Allan Dib to AS Aripaev by Stephanie Sinclair on behalf of Page Two. World rights available ex: World English, Page Two; French, Pearson; Russian, Byblos; Complex Chinese (Taiwan), Prophet; Mongolian, Datacom; Italian, Hoepli; Vietnamese, Alpha; Polish, Helion; Korean; Simplified Chinese (China), Grand China; Japanese, Direct; Arabic, Jabal Amman; Czech, Grada; Slovak, Motyl; Hebrew, Oram.

Drawn & Quarterly Deals

UK English rights to THE LONELINESS OF THE LONG-DISTANCE CARTOONIST by Adrian Tomine to Faber & Faber, French rights to Cornelius, Spanish rights to Roca Editorial and Italian rights to Rizzoli Libri by Stephanie Sinclair and Samantha Haywood on behalf of Drawn & Quarterly.

French rights to KING OF KING COURT by Travis Dandro to Gallimard by Stephanie Sinclair and Samantha Haywood on behalf of Drawn & Quarterly.

French rights to THE RIVER AT NIGHT by Kevin Huizenga to Delcourt and Spanish rights to Salamandra and Italian rights t to Fandango Editore by Stephanie Sinclair and Samantha Haywood on behalf of Drawn & Quarterly.

French rights to NORI by Rumi Hara to Éditions IMHO by Stephanie Sinclair and Samantha Haywood on behalf of Drawn & Quarterly.

Simplified Chinese rights to CLYDE FANS by Seth to ThinKingdom by The Grayhawk Agency in association with Stephanie Sinclair and Samantha Haywood on behalf of Drawn & Quarterly.

Simplified Chinese rights to IT'S A GOOD LIFE IF YOU DON'T WEAKEN by Seth to ThinKingdom by The Grayhawk Agency in association with Stephanie Sinclair and Samantha Haywood on behalf of Drawn & Quarterly.

Polish rights to THE DEATH-RAY by Daniel Clowes to Kultura Gniewu by Book/lab Literary Agency in association with Stephanie Sinclair and Samantha Haywood on behalf of Drawn & Quarterly.

Italian rights to THE HARD TOMORROW to Rizzoli Libri by Stephanie Sinclair and Samantha Haywood on behalf of Drawn and Quarterly.

Brazilian Portuguese rights to SABRINA by Nick Drnaso to Veneta by The Foreign Office in association with Stephanie Sinclair and Samantha Haywood on behalf of Drawn and Quarterly.

Russian rights to THE UNQUOTABLE TRUMP by R. Sikoryak to Eksmo by Stephanie Sinclair and Samantha Haywood in association with Van Lear Agency on behalf of Drawn & Quarterly.
Awards and Citations 

Sharon Bala 's  THE BOAT PEOPLE  (McClelland & Stewart Canada, Doubleday US) has made the 2020  International Dublin Award  longlist! The 2020 International Dublin Award is annually presented to a novel which, in the opinion of the judges, makes a lasting contribution to excellence in world literature. Nominations are submitted by libraries in major cities world-wide. The award has been in existence since 1996.   World rights are available ex: French, Mémoire d'encrier; German, Mitteldeutscher; Turkish, Mevsimler Yayinevi; Arabic, Fawasel.

Congratulations to Alicia Elliott, who was shortlisted for the 2019 Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction for her wonderful A MIND SPREAD OUT ON THE GROUND (Doubleday Canada)!

We are delighted to share that Andrew Reeves's OVERRUN: Dispatches from the Asian Carp Crisis (World rights available ex: World English, ECW Press) and Samra Habib's WE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN HERE: A Queer Muslim Memoir (Viking) have been longlisted for the 2020 RBC Taylor Prize! This prestigious award recognizes excellence in literary nonfiction and the jury committee has described the longlisted titles as essential reading this year.

On Sept 25, 2019 THE NORTH-WEST IS OUR MOTHER by Jean Teillet debuted at number 8 on the Toronto Star and number 4 on the Winnipeg Free Press bestsellers list!

Further, we are very proud to see five of our clients recognized on   CBC Books' "Best Canadian Nonfiction" List of 2019 :   Alicia Elliott   ( A MIND SPREAD OUT ON THE GROUND , Doubleday),   Samra Habib   ( WE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN HERE , PRH),   Linden MacIntyre   ( THE WAKE , HarperCollins Canada),   Jean Teillet   ( THE NORTH-WEST IS OUR MOTHER , Patrick Crean Editions) and   Samra Zafar   ( A GOOD WIFE , HarperCollins).

Samra Zafar 's trailblazing work as a speaker, author, and human rights advocate has earned her recognition from the Women Executive Network (WXN) as one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada, in the category of RBC Champions, which celebrates "women who have made a describable difference to the advancement of women in the workplace." Learn more and view the full list here. Samra is the author of A GOOD WIFE: Escaping the Life I Never Chose (World Rights Available Ex: Canada English, HarperCollins; Slovak, Ikar; Czech, Euromedia; India, PRH India; Audio, Audible; Film/TV, Pier 21).

We are also very excited to share that The Amnesty International Book Club readers' choice nominations list for 2019 features two Transatlantic titles: Samra Zafar's A GOOD WIFE: Escaping the Life I Never Chose (HarperCollins Canada) and 21 THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT THE INDIAN ACT by Bob Joseph (Indigenous Relations Press). Congratulations to both authors on this incredible recognition!

Samra Zafar's A GOOD WIFE was named as the winner of One Book One Brampton 2019! Congratulations to Samra and her co-author Meg Masters. 

Congratulations to Brenda Brooks, whose novel HONEY (ECW Press) was longlisted for the  Staunch Prize, an award based out of the U.K. recognizing outstanding thrillers that do not use violence against women as a means to tell their story.

Transatlantic would like to congratulate Billy-Ray Belcourt ( NDN COPING MECHANISMS, House of Anansi), Sonnet L'Abbé ( SONNET'S SHAKESPEARE, McClelland & Stewart), Lee Maracle ( HOPE MATTERS, Book*hug), and Alessandra Naccarato ( RE-ORIGIN OF SPECIES, Book*hug) for making CBC Books' "Best of Poetry" list for 2019

THE BILLIONAIRE MURDERS by Kevin Donovan hit the Toronto Star bestsellers list for the week ending November 20, 2019 at number 4! 
 
THE BILLIONAIRE MURDERS hit the Toronto Star bestsellers list again on December 18, 2019 at number 7 and the Globe and Mail bestsellers list the week of January 4, 2020 at number 7! THE BILLIONAIRE MURDERS by Kevin Donovan was number 4 on the Toronto Star Canadian Non-Fiction list and number 8 on The Globe and Mail Canadian Non-Fiction list the  week of January 10th! 

SMALL GAME HUNTING AT THE LOCAL COWARD GUN CLUB by Megan Gail Coles and THE BILLIONAIRE MURDERS by Kevin Donovan were on the Toronto Star bestsellers lists for the week ending November 27, 2019. SMALL GAME HUNTING was number 9 for Canadian fiction and THE BILLIONAIRE MURDERS was number 8 for Canadian nonfiction! 
 
SMALL GAME HUNTING AT THE LOCAL COWARD GUN CLUB was also on CBC Books' list of b est selling Canadian books for the week of November 10 to 16, 2019 at number 9.

Five of our clients have also been recognized on CBC Books' "Best Canadian fiction" List of 2019: Karen McBride ( CROW WINTER, HarperCollins Canada), Adnan Khan ( THERE HAS TO BE A KNIFE, Arsenal Pulp), Zalika Reid-Benta ( FRYING PLANTAIN, House of Anansi), Megan Gail Coles ( SMALL GAME HUNTING AT THE LOCAL COWARD GUN CLUB, House of Anansi) and Sharon Butala ( SEASON OF FURY AND WONDER, Coteau).

CROW WINTER by Karen McBride, FRYING PLANTAIN by Zalika Reid-Benta, and A MIND SPREAD OUT ON THE GROUND by Alicia Elliott have all been shortlisted for the 2020 Evergreen Award! Administered by the Ontario Library Association, the Evergreen Award is part of the Forest of Reading Awards Program which recognizes the best work by Canadian authors and illustrators. Over a quarter of a million readers participate in the program through schools, public libraries, literacy centres and within their homes. These awards encourage a love of reading through programs aimed at children and adults who vote for the winning books.

Zalika Reid-Benta's FRYING PLANTAIN was the Cityline Book Club pick for November. Cityline is the longest running women's daytime show in North America

We are thrilled to see contemporary Indigenous stories receiving well-deserved recognition,  as is the case with the recent Toronto Star list, "Five new Indigenous books to learn from, dream to, live by," which features CROW WINTER by Karen McBride and PEACE AND GOOD ORDER: The Case for Indigenous Justice in Canada by Harold R. Johnson .

Kelly S. Thompson, author of GIRLS NEED NOT APPLY: Field Notes from the Forces (McClelland & Stewart), was featured on CBC Halifax's Maritime Noon with Bob Murphy! Listen here .

Sarah Leavitt's AGNES MURDERESS (Freehand Press) has received a litany of fantastic press following publication in Fall 2019! CBC Books has named it one of "13 creepy Canadian books to read on Halloween" listed it among "15 Canadian comics to watch for this fall" included it on "The CBC Books fall reading list" and named if one of the best Canadian comis of 2019! 

Elsewhere,  AGNES MURDERESS  was also part of a Globe and Mail feature listing the best twelve books from independent publishers to add to your 2020 reading list, featured by   Georgia Straight featured in a round-up of bold graphic novels, it was spotlighted on the AllLitUp blog in their Beautiful Books series, and Sarah Leavitt herself was interviewed on  CBC's North by Northwest. Listen here .
 
Liz Harmer's THE AMATEURS is on the 2019 Hamilton Literary Awards fiction shortlist!
 
Parade named THE LAST RESORT by Marissa Stapley as one of the Best Books of 2019! 
 
Congratulations to Claire Holden Rothman, whose book LEAR'S SHADOW won the 2019 Vine Awards for Canadian Jewish Literature! 
 
THE STUDENT by Cary Fagan was shortlisted for the Governor General's Literary Award for fiction! 
 
HUNGOVER by Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall is the winner for Canada English in the Gourmand World Awards in the category W3-6 Drink & Health, which qualifies HUNGOVER to compete for Best in the World 2020! 
 
I'M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS by Iain Reid was named by the Guardian and the Daily Beast as one of the most exciting horror movies of 2020! GQ included it on it's list of 11 most anticipated movies of 2020! 
 
Amy Stuart's STILL HERE was listed as one of the Toronto Star's Buzziest Books of 2020!


New Clients 

Cody Caetano is a writer with work in Beatroute, PRISM International, Bad Nudes, Hart House Review, and elsewhere. His debut chapbook, Pleasure Dome Poems, was released via Knife/Fork/Book in 2019, which Billy-Ray Belcourt described as "slippery and agile and revisionist and campy and ethical and ultra contemporary." In 2019, Cody graduated with an MA in English in the field of Creative Writing from the University of Toronto, where he wrote a memoir under the mentorship of Stó:lō writer Lee Maracle, entitled HALF-BADS IN WHITE REGALIA.  Cody is represented by Stephanie Sinclair.
 
Christina Crook's first book, The Joy of Missing Out: Finding Balance in a Wired World, helped pioneer the field of digital well-being and established her as a leading voice on technology and human flourishing. Her commentary has appeared in international media, including The New York Times, Psychology Today, BBC.com and, Glamor Brasil. Christina hosts the JOMO(cast) podcast, which features founders, creators and thought leaders embracing the joy of missing out to thrive in a rapidly-changing world. Her writing has appeared in Utne Reader, the Literary Review of Canada and CBC.ca.  Christina is represented by Samantha Haywood.

Libbie Hawker Bestselling Author Libbie Hawker/Olivia Hawker will write literary fiction under the pen name Libby Grant. Her forthcoming historical novel about the founding of the Mormon religion, from the perspective of the Prophet's first wife Emma Smith is reminiscent of Hilary Mantel and Rachel Kaddish and will be available for consideration soon. Libbie is represented by Carolyn Forde.



Sonja Larsen's memoir Red Star Tattoo: My Life As A Girl Revolutionary (Random House Canada) was shortlisted for the 2016 Hilary Weston Writers Trust Non-Fiction Award and received the 2017 Edna Staebler Non-Fiction award. Her work has appeared in literary publications in the US, Canada and the UK. She is currently working on her second book, Click OK to Continue, about her experiences running a computer lab in an inner-city community centre. She lives in Vancouver BC. Sonja is represented by Stephanie Sinclair.

A longtime book editor at Penguin Random House Canada and now Page Two, Amanda Lewis's first book, Tracking Giants (Greystone Books, Fall 2021), is a travelogue/memoir about searching for the Champion trees of British Columbia and revealing the best and biggest parts of ourselves in the process.  Amanda is the co-founder and Literary Director of The Reading Line, a unique literary festival on two wheels. Born in Ireland, she now lives in unceded territories on the west coast of Canada. Amanda is represented by Stephanie Sinclair.

Sophie McCreesh is a fiction writer living in Toronto. She completed an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph. Her writing has appeared in Peach Mag, Bad Dog Review, Bad Nudes, Hobart, the Minola Review, Cosmonauts Avenue, and elsewhere. Her novel follows a young artist named Jane as she navigates her own understanding of the isolation, depression and the limits of connection through technology. Her most important relationships--that with another artist named Kitty and with a discredited therapist named Anna--begin to deteriorate as Jane's personal devastation becomes prevalent. This grief translates to a desire to create outside her own medium but maybe more so outside the repetition of her own memories. The book follows Jane and Kitty's respective artistic practices as they collaborate to show their work at a competition in England.  Sophie is represented by Samantha Haywood.

Susan Meyers is an Associate Professor, English Director, Creative Writing Program at Seattle University. Meyers has published in Calyx, Dogwood, Oregon Humanities Journal, Wilderness House Literary Review, Rosebud Literary Magazine, The Minnesota Review, WomenArts Quarterly Journal, Gender and Education, and Community Literacy Journal. Her wonderful debut novel MIDNIGHT TIGHTROPE, which is loosely based on her own Grandmother's life in the circus in the early part of the 20th century will be available for consideration soon. Susan is represented by Carolyn Forde.

Monique Monnier-Jones grew up in a tiny town along Bayou Lafourche and is a graduate of Nicholls State University with degrees in English and Biology. When not tapping away at her keyboard, she can be found mountain biking, gardening, tending her small farm and wandering the woods. She lives with her husband, children and a menagerie of rescued animals in the middle of the swamp in South Louisiana. Her debut Southern gothic novel L'ABBATEUR will be available for consideration soon. Monique is represented by Carolyn Forde and Brenna English-Loeb

Yasin Osman is an award-winning Toronto-based photographer and visual storyteller who specializes in capturing evocative images of the living world. In 2017, Osman traveled to Somalia to collaborate with #LoveArmy, a humanitarian organization founded by Jerome Jarre, Casey Neistat, Ben Stiller & Chaka. During his time there he collaborated with world renowned artist JR, and Osman's photos were pasted onto multiple water trucks all over the country. Additionally, he has worked with UNICEF, MacLeans Magazine and VICE. Through social media platforms Instagram & 500px Osman has accumulated over 200,000 followers, and told powerful stories of marginalization, culture and religion. Yasin's stunning debut photographic collection, DEAR AYEEYO, is now available for consideration. Yasin is represented by Stephanie Sinclair.

Andrew F. Sullivan is from Oshawa, Ontario. He is the author of the novel Waste (Dzanc Books), named a Best Book of the Year by The Globe & Mail, The Walrus and CBC Books in 2016. His short story collection All We Want is Everything (ARP Books) was shortlisted for the ReLit Award for Short Fiction and named a Best Book of the Year by The Globe & Mail in 2013. Sullivan's fiction has been repeatedly shortlisted for the National Magazine Awards and his work has appeared in Hazlitt, The Globe & Mail, The New Quarterly, and other publications. Sullivan now lives in Toronto, where he works for an urban planning and design firm. Andrew is represented by Stephanie Sinclair.

Katherine F. Swann lives in Atlanta with her husband, two sons, and dog Ollie. She graduated from Washington and Lee University and then obtained a master's degree from the University of Georgia and a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri. When she's not working, reading, writing, or driving kids around, she's drinking wine and binge-watching Mindhunter or The Crown. Katherine writes commercial women's fiction. Find her at www.katherinefswann.com. Katherine is represented by Andrea Cascardi.

Meredith Vuchnich is an award-winning film and TV screenwriter. She co-wrote the feature film screenplay Beans, an Indigenous coming-of-age story set during the 1990 Oka Crisis, with the film's director Tracey Deer. They won the TIFF-CBC Films Screenwriter Award for the screenplay. Beans will be released theatrically in the fall of 2020.  In TV, Meredith has written and produced for one-hour dramas (Remedy, Carter, ReGenesis, Wild Roses, Godiva's), half-hour dramedy and developed original dramatic series. She was nominated for a Gemini Award for Best Writer in a Dramatic Series for ReGenesis in 2008.  A writer as well as a busy mom, Meredith had two consecutive concussions and managed post-concussive syndrome for four years. She is currently working on a novel entitled Concussion Mom, inspired by her own experiences.  She has a M.A in Theatre from Northwestern University and graduated from the competitive and life-changing Canadian Film Centre TV Writing Programme. She lives in Toronto with her husband and three children. For kicks, she writes and performs music as part of the pop-folk duo, The Neighbourlys.  Meredith is represented by Samantha Haywood



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