Maillard Shortlisted for Alberta Book Award

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twin studiesThe Book Publishers Association of Alberta has announced its 2019 Alberta Book Publishing Awards Shortlist and we’re thrilled to see Keith Maillard’s Twin Studies made the cut!

From the Publisher:

“Twin Studies is a masterful novel that explores the complicated bonds between twins and siblings, friends and lovers; the role of class and money; and the nature of gender and sexuality. It’s a novel with characters who are real, their relationships a rich world that readers will thoroughly lose themselves in. No other contemporary novel so deftly explores the intersection between our inner lives and our public lives — that ‘we’re not what people see.'”

Nielsen and Stone on Chocolate Lily Shortlist

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nielsen no fixed address1773210017We’re delighted to share that WCA author’s Susin Nielsen and Tiffany Stone have been shortlisted for the 2020 Chocolate Lily Book Awards! Nielsen’s No Fixed Address is a finalist in the Novel Category (Grades 4-7) and Stone’s Tree Song illustrated by Holly Hatam, is a finalist in the Picture Book category.

Created in 2002, the Chocolate Lily Book Awards strives to increase literacy for grade school children in British Columbia while celebrating BC authors and illustrators.

Kent Monkman at The Met

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Kent Monkman, a Cree artists widely known for his provocative interventions into Western European and American art history, has been selected to create two monumental paintings for The Met’s Great Hall. Mistikôsiwak (Wooden Boat People) will run from December 19, 2019 to April 12, 2020.

This installation is part of a new series of contemporary activations at The Met in which the Museum invites artists to create new works of art inspired by the collection, establishing a dialogue between the commissioned works, the collection, the space, and audiences.

WCA Deal Report for May 24, 2019

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Sarah Atkinson of Tyndale has acquired world rights to Ottawa-based editor of Faith Today Karen Stiller’s THE MINISTER’S WIFE, an insightful, moving and often humorous memoir that explores balancing expectations and crises of all kinds including those of faith in her role as a minister’s spouse with her own identity and path to self-fulfillment. Hilary McMahon of Westwood Creative Artists negotiated with deal, with publication slated for spring 2020.

WCA Deal Report for May 17, 2019

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Gail Anderson-Dargatz’s THE CURE FOR DEATH BY LIGHTNING, to Partizanska knjiga (Serbia), by Vuk Perisic at PLIMA Literary Agency, on behalf of Meg Wheeler of Westwood Creative Artists for Jackie Kaiser.

Darrell Bricker and John Ibbitson’s EMPTY PLANET: THE SHOCK OF GLOBAL POPULATION DECLINE, to Les Arènes (France), by Anna Jarota at Anna Jarota Agency; and to JP Sluzbeni glasnik (Serbia), by Vuk Perisic at PLIMA Literary Agency, on behalf of Meg Wheeler of Westwood Creative Artists for John Pearce.

Yann Martel’s BEATRICE & VIRGIL, to Alatoran (Azerbaijan), by Meg Wheeler of Westwood Creative Artists for Jackie Kaiser.

Yann Martel’s LIFE OF PI audio rights, to Planeta/Destino (Spain), by Sandra Bruna at Sandra Bruna Agency, on behalf of Meg Wheeler of Westwood Creative Artists for Jackie Kaiser.

Josef Škvorecký’s THE BASS SAXOPHONE radio rights, to Radio Literatura (Poland), by Tomasz Bereziński at Graal Literary Agency, on behalf of Meg Wheeler of Westwood Creative Artists.

Richard Wagamese’s INDIAN HORSE and MEDICINE WALK, to Blessing Verlag (Germany), by Hannah Fosh at Liepman Agency, on behalf of Meg Wheeler of Westwood Creative Artists for John Pearce.


WCA Deal Report for May 10, 2019

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CBC News executive and Toronto Star contributor Cathrin Bradbury‘s THE BRIGHT SIDE: RELEARNING THE ART OF OPTIMISM AFTER A BROKEN YEAR, a frank, digressive, funny and inspiring voice-driven memoir that describes how a modern person’s life can change utterly in a single year, even, or perhaps especially, when she is in her pre-dotage years, to Nicole Winstanley and Diane Turbide at Penguin, for publication in Spring 2021, by Jackie Kaiser at Westwood Creative Artists (Canada English).

Troy Wilson (Dog vs. Ultra Dog)’s GOLDIBOOKS AND THE WEE BEAR has been acquired by Running Press Kids for publication in fall 2020. The picture book inverts the classic tale to feature an inquisitive, book-loving bear who raids Goldi’s house for something to read. Hilary McMahon at Westwood Creative Artists represented the author in the world rights deal.

Spillet and Davidson are Manitoba Book Award Winners

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We are thrilled for authors Tasha Spillet and David A. Robertson, both 2019 Manitoba Book Award Winners. Spillet took home the Manitoba Indigenous Writer of the Year Award, presented to an Indigenous writer who demonstrates excellence in writing and engagement in work that supports and encourages Indigenous writing in Manitoba. Robertson, who was also a finalist for the Writer of the Year Award, received the McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award for Monsters, the second book in his YA trilogy.