Transatlantic is proud to announce that MY BODY IS DISTANT by Paige Maylott and IN THE UPPER COUNTRY by Kai Thomas have been nominated for the Rakuten KOBO Emerging Writer Prize for 2024!

With the Emerging Writer Prize, Rakuten Kobo endeavours to raise the profiles of debut authors by recognizing exceptional books written by first-time Canadian authors in three categories: Literary Fiction, Nonfiction, and one of three types of genre fiction: Romance, Speculative Fiction, or Mystery.

On June 18, 2024, Rakuten Kobo will announce the winners of its tenth annual Emerging Writer Prize, in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Mystery. 

The 2024 Nonfiction Shortlist

  • MY BODY IS DISTANT: A MEMOIR by Paige Maylott (ECW Press)

An electrifying and vulnerable memoir that invites readers into an intimate conversation about our digital and physical selves, gender, and belonging.

The 2024 Literary Fiction Shortlist

  • IN THE UPPER COUNTRY by Kai Thomas (Penguin Canada)

The fates of two unforgettable women—one just beginning a journey of reckoning and self-discovery and the other completing her life’s last vital act—intertwine in this sweeping, deeply researched debut set in the Black communities of Ontario that were the last stop on the Underground Railroad.

Paige is represented by Amanda Orozco.
Kai is represented by Samantha Haywood.

Congratulations to both nominees!