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Beth Powning Among 2017 International Dublin Literary Award Nominees

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Measure of Light - PowningWe are pleased to announce that Beth Powning’s novel, A Measure of Light, has been longlisted for the 2017 International Dublin Literary Award.

Books are nominated for the Award by invited  public libraries  in cities throughout the world – making the Award unique in its coverage of international fiction. Titles are nominated on the basis of ‘high literary merit’ as determined by the nominating library.

Susan Juby Wins 2016 Amy Mathers Teen Book Award

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Truth commission JubyCongrats to Susan Juby on her Amy Mathers Teen Book Award for The Truth Commission! The jury said, “This book delivers a thoughtful reflection on the nature of truth in a package that is smart and funny and utterly original.”

The Amy Mathers Teen Book Award, established in 2014, honours excellence in teen/young adult fiction. The prize was established following the fundraising efforts of Amy Mathers through her Marathon of Books. Now in its second year, the award is sponsored by Sylvan Learning.

Lynne Kutsukake is Canadian Council Prize Winner

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The Translation of Love KutsukakeWe are thrilled for Lynne Kutsukake whose The Translation of Love won the Canada Council’s 2016 Canada-Japan Literary Award. In her debut novel Kutsukake tells the story of Aya Shimamura, a newly repatriated girl, as she helps a classmate find her missing sister in war-devastated Tokyo.

The Canada-Japan Literary Awards recognize literary excellence by Canadian writers and translators who write, or translate from Japanese into English or French, a work on Japan, on Japanese themes or on themes that promote mutual understanding between Japan and Canada.

Alexandra Shimo and Marc Raboy Longlisted for BC National Book Award

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Invisible North ShimoRaboy MARCONI coverWe are excited to announce two WCA authors have been longlisted for the 2017 BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction. From award-winning journalist Alexandra Shimo comes Invisible North: The Search for Answers on a Troubled Reserve, an intimate portrait of a place that pushes everyone to their limits. Also longlisted is Marc Raboy’s Marconi: The Man Who Networked the World, a biographical account of the father of wireless communication.

Launched in 2005, the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction celebrates a genre that stimulates our national conversation and shares knowledge about the complex world in which we live. Now in its 13th year, it is one of Canada’s largest book prizes, with one hundred thirty-seven books by 35 publishers nominated from across the country for the $40,000 prize.

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.