WCA Deal Report for November 24, 2016

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Douglas & McIntyre managing editor Anna Comfort O’Keeffe has acquired North American rights to LEGION CAFE: A STORY OF CANADA TOLD THROUGH CHINESE RESTAURANTS by Ann Hui, the national food reporter for The Globe and Mail. Hui intersperses her journeys to the country’s Chinese restaurants with the more intimate story of her own family’s immigration to Canada. The title is slated for fall 2018. The deal was arranged by John Pearce at Westwood Creative Artists in association with Chris Casuccio.

Douglas & McIntyre managing editor Anna Comfort O’Keeffe has acquired Canadian rights to a new title by art-market commentator Don Thompson. THE ORANGE BALLOON DOG‚ due in spring 2017‚ takes a critical look at the high end of the contemporary art market. The deal was arranged by John Pearce at Westwood Creative Artists. Czech rights have also been sold to Kniha Zlin by Kristen Olsen Literary Agency, on behalf of Carolyn Forde at Westwood Creative Artists.

Apply for a Spring Internship at WCA!

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Westwood Creative Artists, Canada’s largest literary agency representing more than 400 writers, is looking for a candidate to fill a full-time 12 week internship position, beginning Monday January 30th and ending Friday April 21st.

A considerable amount of time during this internship will be spent working with WCA’s  international rights director and rights assistant in preparation for the London Book Fair in March. There will also be the opportunity to work with other WCA agents and at the reception desk. In the rights department, the intern will be involved in catalogue proofreading, general preparation and follow-up for the London Book Fair. There will also be some data entry and other administrative tasks. While working with individual agents, the intern will understand how the agent manages his or her authors, learn about Canadian and US submissions, and provide needed support in a varied number of capacities. At the reception desk, the intern will really be at the “nerve centre” of the agency. Tasks will include daily administration work, reading submissions, and receiving authors and publishers as they arrive at the agency.

We offer a competitive honorarium of $1500, a lively and congenial work environment at Spadina and Harbord, and an excellent opportunity to gain an overview of the publishing industry in Canada and abroad through the lens of the literary agent and the writers we represent.

The ideal candidate will be eager to learn, highly organized, energetic, and have a positive outlook. Strong proofreading and computer skills required; previous office experience and knowledge of the publishing industry an asset; passionate attention to detail and accuracy a must. Please send your cover letter, resume, and references to the attention of Carolyn Forde at Carolyn@wcaltd.com at your earliest convenience or by December 12th. We appreciate all applications but will only reply to candidates selected for an interview.

WCA Deal Report for October 26, 2016

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Tundra Books has acquired world rights to DOG NIGHT AT THE STORY ZOO, a humorous middle grade graphic novel by Audrey (Cow) author Dan Bar-el, with Samantha Swenson editing and publication slated for July 2017. Hilary McMahon of Westwood Creative Artists represented Bar-el in the deal.  Tundra brought in Vicki Nerino to illustrate.

WCA Deal Report for October 19, 2016

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Rena Ayer at Audible has acquired World English Audio rights to Roz Nay’s psychological suspense OUR LITTLE SECRET in an enthusiastic 5 figure pre-empt.  Simon & Schuster will publish in Canada in Summer 2017, Dutch rights have sold to Xander.  The deal was arranged by Carolyn Forde at Westwood Creative Artists.

WCA Deals Report for October 12, 2016

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Business Weekly has acquired Taiwanese rights to Jay Ingram’s THE SCIENCE OF WHY. Rights have sold previously to China, Germany and Romania. Simon & Schuster will publish in Canada in November 2016. The deal was arranged by Andrew Nurnburg Associates in association with Carolyn Forde at Westwood Creative Artists on behalf of Jackie Kaiser.

Dutch rights to Orange Broadband prize-winning author Karen Connelly’s THE CHANGE ROOM, about a woman with a happy marriage and a great career who begins an affair with a woman she meets at the local swimming pool, to Querido, by Neeltje Smitskamp of Marianne Schombach Agency in association with Carolyn Forde at Westwood Creative Artists on behalf of Jackie Kaiser. Random House will publish in Canada in April 2017.

WCA Deals Report for October 5, 2015

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Mondadori have acquired Italian rights to Don Thompson’s ORANGE BALLOON DOG, about the contemporary art world.  The deal was arranged by the Italian Agency in association with Carolyn Forde of Westwood Creative Artists, on behalf of John Pearce.

Hungarian rights to Charles Demers THE HORRORS: AN A TO Z OF FUNNY THOUGHTS ON AWFUL THINGS  were acquired by Typex.  The deal was arranged by Peter Bolza of Katai Bolza in association with Carolyn Forde of Westwood Creative Artists, on behalf of John Pearce.

Latvian rights to Mark Abley’s SPOKEN HERE have been acquired by the Latvian Language Agency. The deal was arranged by Andrew Nurnberg Associates Baltic in association with Carolyn Forde of Westwood Creative Artists, on behalf of Jackie Kaiser.

WCA Deals Report for September 29, 2016

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Irving Vs. Irving author Jacques Poitras has sold PIPE DREAM to Penguin Canada publishing director Diane Turbide. Poitras will tell the story of the proposed Energy East pipeline – and the conflict between the epic achievement of engineering and the first great crucible in Canada’s move to a carbon-reduced economy – by tracing its route across the country.  Hilary McMahon of Westwood Creative Artists handled the deal, with the book slated for publication in fall 2018.

Louise Bradford’s debut picture book WADE’S WIGGLY ANTLERS, featuring a moose worried about losing his first antlers, has been acquired by Yvette Ghione at Kids Can Press for publication in spring 2017. Hilary McMahon of Westwood Creative Artists represented Bradford in the world rights deal, and Kids Can brought Christine Battuz on to illustrate.

German rights to Alice Kuipers YA novel THE DEATH OF US to Fischer by Liepman Agency in association with Carolyn Forde on behalf of Jackie Kaiser at Westwood Creative Artists.

Romanian rights to Heather Tucker’s debut THE CLAY GIRL to Editura Rao Srl by Simona Kessler Agency in association with Carolyn Forde on behalf of Hilary McMahon of Westwood Creative Artists.

Chinese simplified rights to Jay Ingram’s THE SCIENCE OF WHY to Beijing Green Beans by Andrew Nurnberg Associates in association with Carolyn Forde on behalf of Jackie Kaiser of Westwood Creative Artists.

Dutch rights to Roz Nay’s debut psychological thriller OUR LITTLE SECRET, have sold in a pre-empt to Xander.  Unfolding in a police interrogation room and revealing a love-triangle that goes back a decade, OUR LITTLE SECRET is an intense read that will appeal to readers of The Girl on the Train and In a Dark, Dark Wood. The deal was arranged by  by Neeltje Smitskamp at Marianne Schönbach Literary Agency on behalf of Carolyn Forde of Westwood Creative Artists.  Nita Pronovost at Simon & Schuster Canada will publish in Summer 2017.

Tricia Dower and Pauline Holdstock Shortlisted for Victoria Book Prize

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Becoming Lincover of The Hunter and The Wild Girl by Pauline HoldstockWCA is proud to have two authors on the 2016 City of Victoria Butler Book Prize shortlist. Tricia Dower for her novel Becoming Lin, a powerful story of self-discovery and sacrifice set in the socio-political chaos of 1960s rural America. And Pauline Holdstock for The Hunter and the Wild Girl, a dark fairy tale about an unlikely pairing, written in prose compared to Charles Perrault and Gormenghast.

 

Wab Kinew 2016 Dayton Literary Peace Prize Finalist

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9780670069347The sole Canadian on the 2016 Dayton Literary Peace Prize shortlist is politician, broadcaster, and WCA author, Wab Kinew. The Reason You Walk, nominated in the non-fiction category, is a story of father-son reconciliation, pain and forgiveness, and the future of aboriginal peoples.       

The US-based international literary prize nominates books that help the reader explore other cultures, religions and political views . The first and only annual US literary award to acknowledge literature as a tool for promoting peace, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize is now in its 11th year.