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Sarah O’Leary 2016 QWF Award Finalist

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O'Leary - This is SadieCongratulations to Sara O’Leary and Julie Morstad (illustrator), whose stunning children’s book, This is Sadie made the shortlist for a 2016 Quebec Writers’ Federation Award. Nominated in the category of Children’s Literature: Picture Books with Text and Beginner Readers, This is Sadie introduces readers to a little girl with a big imagination.

Every year, The Quebec Writers’ Federation shines the spotlight on the best English-language writers to emerge from Quebec. The QWF Awards include six $2,000 book prizes for Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, First Book, Translation, and Children’s and Young Adult Literature. The winners of these book prizes are announced at  QWF’s Gala each year, making it indisputably the most important literary event of the year for Quebec’s English-language writers and their readers.

WCA Deal Report for March 9, 2017

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Icelandic rights to Alice Kuipers‘s debut 2007 novel Life on the Refrigerator Door have been sold to Odinsauga in a deal arranged by Monique Oosterhof at Mo Literary Services with Carolyn Forde, on behalf of Jackie Kaiser at Westwood Creative Artists.

World French-language rights to Roz Nay’s debut thriller Our Little Secret, forthcoming from Simon & Schuster Canada in June, have been sold to Hugo et Cie by David Camus at Anna Jarota Agency with Carolyn Forde at Westwood Creative Artists.

German rights to Glenn Dixon’s 2017 bestseller Juliet’s Answer: One Man’s Search for Love and the Elusive Cure for Heartbreak have been sold to Kiepenheuer & Witsch by Hannah Fosh at Liepman Agency and Carolyn Forde, on behalf of Hilary McMahon at Westwood Creative Artists.

Russian rights to filmmaker and journalist Alexandre Trudeau’s 2016 debut title Barbarian Lost: Travels in the New China have been sold to Ivan Limbakh in a deal arranged by Natalia Sanina at Synopsis Literary Agency with Carolyn Forde, on behalf of Michael Levine at Westwood Creative Artists.

Arabic rights to Jay Ingram’s 2015 non-fiction title The End of Memory: A Natural History of Aging and Alzheimer’s have been sold to King Saud University in a deal arranged by Carolyn Forde, on behalf of Jackie Kaiser at Westwood Creative Artists.

Latvian rights to Marc Lewis’s 2015 non-fiction work The Biology of Desire: Why Addiction Is Not a Disease have been sold to Lietusdarzs by Tatjana Zoldnere at Andrew Nurnberg Associates Baltic with Carolyn Forde, on behalf of Michael Levine at Westwood Creative Artists.

WCA Deal Report for February 2, 2017

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Managing Editor Anna Comfort-O’Keefe at D&M has acquired North American English rights to Bill Gaston’s seventh short-story collection THE MARINER’S GUIDE TO SELF-SABOTAGE.   Though an accomplished novelist—The World, Sointula, The Good Body, The Cameraman—it’s his short fiction for which he gains the most critical acclaim. His previous collection, Juliet Was A Surprise, earned a Governor General’s Award nomination, as did the collection previous to that, Gargoyles. The one prior to that, Mount Appetite, was shortlisted for the Giller Prize. Publication is planned for Fall 2017. The deal was arranged by Carolyn Forde of Westwood Creative Artists.

Taryn Boyd has acquired World rights to Julie Roorda’s A THOUSAND CONSOLATIONS for Brindle & Glass. The story of Paula, a maker of wish-laden candles grappling with the grief of loss, and her relationship with a charming and witty new immigrant from Mexico, Hector, whose past may not be exactly as he’s portrayed it.  This is Roorda’s first adult novel (she’s published 3 volumes of poetry and a YA novel previously).  Publication is set for Fall 2017. The deal was arranged by Carolyn Forde at Westwood Creative Artists.

WCA Deal Report for January 18, 2017

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St. Martin’s Press Senior Editor Daniela Rapp has acquired US rights to Roz Nay’s debut psychological thriller OUR LITTLE SECRET, for publication in early 2018.  Simon & Schuster Canada VP and Editorial Director Nita Pronovost and Assistant Editor Sarah St. Pierre will publish in Canada in June 2017. Dutch rights were acquired by Xander and audio rights by Audible.  The deal was arranged by Carolyn Forde of Westwood Creative Artists.

Kamal Al-Solaylee, Marc Raboy, Rachel Rose Nominated for 2016 Governor General’s Literary Awards

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Al-Solaylee BROWN coverRaboy MARCONI coverRose MARRY AND BURN coverAt Westwood Creative Artists we are pleased to congratulate three of our talented authors on being shortlisted for the 2016 Governor General Award. Kamal Al-Solaylee’s Brown, an examination of the many social, political, economic and personal implications of being a brown-skinned person in the world now, has been nominated in the non-fiction category. Also nominated for non-fiction is Marc Raboy’s Marconi, a biographical account of  the father of wireless communication. Nominated in the category of Poetry is Rachel Rose’s Marry & Burn, a searing collection of poems on loss, love and addition.   

The Canada Council for the Arts, administers and funds the Governor General Awards, which promote Canadian literature and invites people of all ages and background to read great books. Celebrating it’s 80th year, the GG Awards have expanding to include seven categories, in both French and English.

Ian Brown’s Sixty Shortlisted for Writers’ Trust Award

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Brown - SixtyWonderful news for Ian Brown, whose memoir Sixty was shortlisted for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction. Author of the multiple award-winning book The Boy in the Moon, Brown documents and examines what sixty means psychically, intellectually, and psychologically.

Finalists were selected by a three-member jury composed of author and journalist Carolyn Abraham, journalism professor and author Stephen Kimber, and nonfiction writer and folklorist Emily Urquhart. In total, 95 titles were submitted by 50 publishers for consideration for the 2016 prize.

The Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction is awarded for literary excellence in the category of nonfiction. Finalist works will, in the opinion of the jury, demonstrate a distinctive voice, as well as a persuasive and compelling command of tone, narrative, style, and technique. This award succeeds the Writers’ Trust Nonfiction Prize, which was established in 1997.

Roy MacGregor and Elizabeth Hay Ottawa Book Awards Finalists

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MacGregor - Canoe CountryHay - His Whole LifeWe are thrilled to see two exceptional authors on the Ottawa Book Awards shortlist, bestselling author Roy MacGregor in the category of Non-Fiction and Giller Prize winner Elizabeth Hay in the category of Fiction. MacGregor’s Canoe Country, published by Vintage Canada, chronicles the relationship between a country and its canoes. And from Elizabeth Hay His Whole Life, published by Emblem Editions, tells a captivating coming-of-age story set in mid 1990s Quebec.

For over 30 years, the Ottawa Book Awards / Le Prix du livre d’Ottawa have paid tribute to Ottawa’s outstanding writers by shining the spotlight on the top English and French books published in the previous year.

Yann Martel wins 2016 Cheryl and Henry Kloppenburg Award for Literary Excellence

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Martel - THMOP coverMartel - Life of Pi coverWestwood Creative Artists is pleased to congratulate Yann Martel, winner of the 2016 Cheryl and Henry Kloppenburg Award for Literary Excellence for his body of work. Martel is the author of Life of Pi, the global bestseller and winner of the Man Booker. His most recent work, The High Mountains of Portugal, a New York Times bestseller, has sold in over 25 territories.

The Cheryl and Henry Kloppenburg Award for Literary Excellence recognizes Saskatchewan writers who have written a substantial body of literary work and had a significant impact on writing in Saskatchewan. The prize consists of an award of $10,000 donated by Cheryl and Henry Kloppenburg and a framed print of a work of art by Saskatchewan artist Dorothy Knowles.

WCA Deal Report for December 22, 2016

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Film and television rights to Dean Jobb’s Empire of Deception (HarperCollins/Algonquin Books) have been optioned by Bill Holderman, producer most recently of “A Walk in the Woods,” and Erin Simms for their company Sine Qua Non Productions Inc.  Jerry Kalajian at Intellectual Property Group negotiated the deal on behalf of Hilary McMahon at Westwood Creative Artists.