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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.

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.

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.

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.

 

Ann Walmsley’s First Book Wins Edna Staebler Award

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The Prison Book ClubWCA is thrilled to congratulate Magazine journalist and author, Ann Walmsley winner of the 2016 Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction for her fascinating book, The Prison Book Club. Despite a violent attack on the streets of London, Ann brings books – and hopefully redemption – to a group of men in a medium security prison.

First awarded in 1991, The Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction recognizes a Canadian writer of a first of second published book with a Canadian significance. The only award of its kind will celebrate 25 years this summer.

 

Ann Y.K. Choi Shortlisted for 2016 Toronto Book Award

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cover of Ann Y.K. Choi's kay's lucky coin varietyWe are excited to announce Ann Y.K. Choi’s novel Kay’s Luck Coin Variety has been shortlisted for a 2016 Toronto Book Award.

Established by the Toronto City Council in 1974 the Toronto Book Award acknowledges authors of books that have literary merit and are evocative of Toronto.

What the Judges said about Choi’s coming-of-age novel:

“Ann Y.K. Choi’s debut novel is a vivid depiction of two generations clashing and caring for each other on a dangerous street corner in 1980s Toronto. Mary is determined to evade her fate, which means making some risky choices. Kay’s Lucky Coin Variety is unsentimental, bracing and beautifully balanced, a story that reveals the true costs of shifting between two names and two cultures.”