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Ibbitson’s Harper biography wins Shaughnessy Cohen Prize

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We would like to congratulate John Ibbitson, whose biography of Stephen Harper just won the Writers’ Trust Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing!

Of Stephen Harper, published by McClelland & Stewart, the jury said the following:

“The many ways in which Canada changed during Stephen Harper’s nearly 10 years in power have been well documented. But the man himself has remained a mystery. With impressive access and meticulous research, John Ibbitson writes a remarkable biography that puts us inside Harper’s head during some of the most critical moments of his life, providing the definitive picture to date of one of the most significant Prime Ministers in Canadian history. From his decision to drop out of university to his tumultuous relationship with Reform Leader Preston Manning, from his first date with Laureen to his majority win, Harper is captured magnificently in this gripping read for all Canadians. “

Finalists for BC Book Awards announced

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The finalists for the 2016 BC Book Awards have been announced and WCA would like to congratulate our many talented authors who have been nominated!

Pauline Holdstock’s gorgeous novel The Hunter and the Wild Girl, published by Goose Lane, is nominated for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize.

Nominees for the Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize include:

And last but not least, This Is Sadie by Sara O’Leary, illustrated by Julie Morstad and published by Tundra Books, is nominated for the Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize.

You can see a full list of the finalists here.

Sullivan wins the RBC Taylor Prize for Literary Nonfiction

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Cc92JhVXEAEMxUvCongratulations to Rosemary Sullivan, winner of the prestigious 2016 RBC Taylor Prize for Literary Nonfiction for Stalin’s Daughter: The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva. The $25,000 award was announced on Monday afternoon.

Sullivan’s biography has also won the 2015 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction and the BC National Non-Fiction Award, and is a finalist for the PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography and the National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography.

Based on extensive research, including interviews with Svetlana’s surviving family and access to KGB, CIA and FBI files, this impeccable, riveting biography explores the life of Josef Stalin’s only daughter, from her childhood in the Kremlin, to her daring defection to the US via India in 1967, to her troubled years in Middle America. The New York Times Book Review called it “an extraordinary glimpse into one of the grimmest chapters of the past century,” The Independent raved about its “combination of tragedy and history worthy of a Russian novel,” and O, the Oprah Magazine, praised it as “magisterial.”

Sullivan shortlisted for 2016 PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography

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WCA is thrilled to announce that Rosemary Sullivan’s biography, Stalin’s Daughter, has been shortlisted for the 2016 PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography.

The PEN Literary Awards are the most comprehensive in the United States, awarding some of the best writers and translators working today in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, biography, essays, translation, and more. The winner of the Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award will be announced on March 1, 2016.

Stalin’s Daughter: The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyevapublished by HarperCollins, is the winner of the Hilary Weston Prize and a finalist for the RBC Taylor Prize.

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Sullivan, Brown, and Kinew finalists for the RBC Taylor Prize

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Congratulations to Rosemary Sullivan, Ian Brown, and Wab Kinew on being named finalists for the 2016 RBC Taylor Prize! The announcement was made on Wednesday, January 13th, and the five finalists were chosen by jurors Susanne Boyce, Joseph Kertes, and Stephen J. Toope.

The five finalists are:
• Ian Brown (Toronto, Ontario) for Sixty: The Beginning of the End, or the End of the Beginning?, published by Random House Canada
• Camilla Gibb (Toronto, Ontario) for This Is Happy, published by Doubleday Canada
• David Halton (Ottawa, Ontario) for Dispatches from the Front: Matthew Halton, Canada’s Voice at War, published by McClelland & Stewart
• Wab Kinew (Winnipeg, Manitoba) for The Reason You Walk, published by Viking Canada
• Rosemary Sullivan (Toronto, Ontario) for Stalin’s Daughter: The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva, published by HarperCollins Publishers

The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony at the Omni King Edward Hotel in Toronto on Monday, March 7th.

Mattick & Blackall win the prestigious Caldecott Medal

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Wwinnie.35509102316.originale are thrilled to announce that the winner of the Randolph Caldecott Medal for an American picture book is Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear, illustrated by U.S. artist Sophie Blackall and written by Lindsay Mattick, great-granddaughter of the Winnipeg veterinarian and soldier who purchased and donated the bear that inspired Winnie-the-Pooh. WCA congratulates Lindsay and Sophie on the success of their truly one-of-a-kind picture book.

The American Library Association’s annual youth media awards announced the winners on January 11th, 2016, as part of the ALA’s midwinter meeting and exhibition in Boston.

Finding Winnie is published by HarperCollins in Canada and Little, Brownin the U.S.

WCA is hiring a Spring Intern!

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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 February 22nd and ending May 13th.

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 April. 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 resume and cover letter to the attention of Carolyn Forde at Carolyn@wcaltd.com at your earliest convenience or by January 20th. We appreciate all applications but will only reply to candidates selected for an interview.

Mistry and Paris appointed the Order of Canada

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WCA is extremely proud to announce that two of our authors, Rohinton Mistry and Erna Paris, have been appointed the Order of Canada. We would like to congratulate both Rohinton and Erna on this incredible honour!

Rideau Hall announced 69 new appointments to the order on Wednesday, December 30, 2015. The recipients have been honoured for “outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation.”

A full list of the appointees has been published in the Globe & Mail and can be seen here.

Best Books of 2015: WCA titles

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This year has been a wonderful one for WCA. We are so proud of all of our authors, and can’t wait for more to come in 2016!

As we wrap up for the holidays (and do some last minute shopping for gifts), we wanted to share a list of all of the WCA authors whose books have been featured in the many Best-Of lists of 2015!

Globe & Mail Top 100

Wab Kinew The Reason You Walk

Clifford Jackman The Winter Family

Ian Brown Sixty

John Ibbitson Stephen Harper

Susin Nielsen We Are All Made of Molecules

Susan Juby The Truth Commission

Beth Powning A Measure of Light

Lynn Crosbie Where Did You Sleep Last Night

Karma Brown Come Away with Me

CBC Best 75 Books of 2015

Dean Jobb Empire of Deception

Lindsay Mattick Finding Winnie

Ian Brown Sixty

Rosemary Sullivan Stalin’s Daughter

Kyo Maclear The Good Little Book

Pauline Holdstock The Hunter and the Wild Girl

Wab Kinew The Reason You Walk

Susan Juby The Truth Commission

Susin Nielsen We Are All Made of Molecules

Quill & Quire 2015: Notable Books

Wab Kinew The Reason You Walk

Dennis Lee Melvis & Elvis

National Post NP99

Dean Jobb Empire of Deception

Ann Walmsley The Prison Book Club

Wab Kinew The Reason You Walk

Pauline Holdstock The Hunter and the Wild Girl

Lynn Crosbie Where Did You Sleep Last Night

Rosemary Sullivan Stalin’s Daughter

NOW Toronto Best 10 Books of 2015

Elizabeth Hay His Whole Life

RBC Taylor Prize longlist includes Brown, Kinew, Walmsley & Sullivan

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The 2016 RBC Taylor Prize Longlist has been announced and WCA would like to congratulate our wonderful authors who made the list, Ian Brown, Wab Kinew, Ann Walmsley, and Rosemary Sullivan.

Ian Brown has been nominated for his memoir, Sixty: The Beginning of the End, or the End of the Beginning?, published by Random House Canada; Wab Kinew for his memoir, The Reason You Walk, published by Viking Canada; Rosemary Sullivan for her biography, Stalin’s Daughter: The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva, published by HarperCollins Canada; and Ann Walmsley for The Prison Book Club, published by Viking Canada. See the rest of the nominees here.

Jurors of the prize, Susanne Boyce, Steven Galloway, and Dr. Stephen J. Toope announced the twelve titles on longlist, stating “These twelve titles stand united in their outstanding literary quality. They represent the best in literary non-fiction published this year.”