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Mark Sakamoto’s Forgiveness Wins 2018 Canada Reads

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y648We are thrilled for Mark Sakamoto and his book Forgiveness, winner of the 2018 Canada Reads debates. The book which originally published in 2014 and was shortlisted for the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction, is in its eighth week on the bestseller list since being nominated. Sakamoto’s recent win has led to renewed interest including coverage in the National Post and Maclean’s.

Congratulations Mark – we are so proud to have you here at Westwood Creative Artists!

Kens Cover Reveal with Lainey Gossip

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kens razielElaine “Lainey” Lui of CTV’s “The Social” and founder and editor of LaineyGossip.com, personally revealed the cover of Raziel Reid’s YA novel Kens on her namesake blog. Lui, who represented Reid’s first book When Everything Feels Like the Movies on CBC’s Canada Reads 2015, took the opportunity to share her appreciation of his latest work, “This is a story of identity and acceptance and, like all of Raziel’s work, it’s funny and provocative and deeply disturbing… because don’t we all wear masks? Don’t we all borrow faces?”

Kens will be available September 2018.

YALSA 2018 Best YA List: The Fashion Committee

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juby fashion committeeCongratulations to acclaimed YA author Susan Juby on making the Young Adult Library Services Association’s list of 2018 Best Fiction for Young Adults with her newest title, The Fashion Committee. Since publishing in 2017 the novel has earned positive reviews from Quill & Quire and the Toronto Star, and received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Horn Book Magazine, and School Library Journal. The Globe and Mail said, “Like all Juby novels, this one is sparkling verbose and self-deprecating … This one is tailored to perfection for readers who love to laugh and look good doing it.”