Elizabeth Hay a finalist for the 2015 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize

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WCA is proud to congratulate author Elizabeth Hay, who was named a finalist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize for her new novel, His Whole Life. The jury citation calls it “a resonant and penetrating novel that explores the complex evolution of love and affection through a rich array of relationships.”

The Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize recognizes Canadian writers of exceptional talent for the year’s best novel or short-story collection as selected by a three-member, independent judging panel. The 2015 winner will be announced on November 3 at the Writers’ Trust Awards.

His Whole Life

WCA Authors nominated for Governor General’s Award

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WCA would like to congratulate Clifford Jackman, Dan Bar-el, Darren Groth, Susin Nielsen, and Kyo Maclear for their nominations for the 2015 Governor General’s Award.

We are so proud to have so many authors nominated this year in the following categories:


  • The Winter Family by Clifford Jackman (Penguin Random House Canada)

Children’s Literature (Text):

  • Audrey (Cow) by Dan Bar-el (Tundra Books)
  • Are You Seeing Me? By Darren Groth (Orca Books)
  • We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen (Tundra Books)

Children’s Literature (Illustrated):

  • The Good Little Book by Kyo Maclear, illustrated by Marion Arbona (Tundra Books)

Each year, the Canada Council for the Arts honours the best in Canadian literature with its Governor General’s Literary Awards. The winners will be announced on October 28, 2015.

Sullivan wins Hilary Weston Prize

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WCA is thrilled to congratulate Rosemary Sullivan on winning the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction on October 6, 2015.

Sullivan won the $60,000 prize for her memoir, Stalin’s Daughter: The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva, published by HarperCollins Canada. The Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction celebrates the best in Canadian nonfiction writing, from history to biography, essay to memoir, and commentary to criticism. The other finalists are listed here.


Sullivan and Jobb nominated for Hilary Weston Prize

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WCA is extremely proud to announce that Rosemary Sullivan and Dean Jobb have been nominated for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction!

The Prize celebrates the best in Canadian nonfiction writing, from history to biography, essay to memoir, and commentary to criticism.

Sullivan is nominated for Stalin’s Daughter: The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva (HarperCollins Canada).

Jobb is nominated for his book about Leo Koretz, Empire of Deception: From Chicago to Nova Scotia – The Incredible Story of a Master Swindler Who Seduced a City and Captivated a Nation (Harper Avenue).

The prize winner will be announced at a gala presentation in Toronto on October 6.

Allan Levine’s TORONTO nominated for Heritage Toronto Awards

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Westwood would like to congratulate Allan Levine, whose beautiful book, Toronto: Biography of a City, published by Douglas & McIntyre, has been nominated for The Heritage Toronto Awards.

“In [his book]Allan explores four centuries of the city’s history through anecdotal vignettes addressing themes of politics, transportation, public health, ethnic diversity, and sports, and highlighting the interesting characters who inhabited and enlivened the city.”

The Heritage Toronto Awards recognize individuals and community organizations, as well as industry professionals and associations, for exceptional contributions in five categories:  Community Heritage, Media, Book, Short Publication and Architectural Conservation and Craftsmanship. A full list of nominees are here.



Clifford Jackman’s WINTER FAMILY longlisted for Giller

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Westwood Creative Artists is so proud to announce that Clifford Jackman’s Western novel, The Winter Family, has been nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize this year.

The longlist was announced on Wednesday, September 9, 2015, at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

The Winter Family is a bracing Western noir that traces a group of ruthless owutlaws from its genesis during the American Civil War all the way to a final bloody stand in the Oklahoma territories.

You can purchase Jackman’s debut novel directly from the publisher, Penguin Random House, here.

“Clifford Jackman’s novel somehow manages to be both traditional and eerily unique. Think of it as a combination of High Noon and The Shining.”

-Jeff Guinn, author of the novel Glorious, and the bestselling history The Last Gun Fight

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hitchBOT USA tour comes to an early end

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Earlier his week we received a final thumbs up from our favourite hitchhiking robot, hitchBOT, who, despite being destroyed beyond repair, assured us that its “love for humans will never fade.”

hitchBOT’s road trip across the United States started on July 17th and ended two weeks later, in the early hours of August 1st, while it waited for its next ride in Philadelphia. The Canadian robot had successfully hitchhiked across Canada in 2014 and throughout Europe earlier this year.

“As researchers, we wanted to know, ‘can robots trust humans?’ and knew there would always be the possibility that hitchBOT would be damaged or stolen,” says Dr. David Harris Smith, assistant professor at McMaster University and hitchBOT co-creator, in a press release that discusses what’s next for the robot. hitchBOT fans are reassured that a future reboot is likely and a number of options are currently being considered for 2016.

A guestbook has been created and fans are encouraged to share their memories of hitchBOT here.

RIP Hitchbot


Cartoon from The New Yorker

McFarlane & Sakamoto Shortlisted for Edna Staebler Award

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The shortlist for the 2015 Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction was announced today by Wilfrid Laurier University and includes two WCA authors, Judy McFarlane and Mark Sakamoto.

The $10,000 award recognizes Canadian writers for work of creative non-fiction that includes a Canadian locale and/or significance.

Judy McFarlane is nominated for her book, Writing With Grace: A Journey Beyond Down  Syndrome, published by Douglas & McIntyre.

Writing with Grace book cover

Mark Sakamoto is nominated for his book, Forgiveness: A Gift from My Grandparents, published by HarperCollins.

Forgiveness book cover

You can find more information on the award here.

Melvis & Elvis on The Morning Show

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Jeremy Tankard made an appearance on The Morning Show on Global today and chatted about the book he illustrated, Melvis and Elvis by WCA author Dennis Lee. In case you missed it, you can watch Jeremy give host Jeff McArthur a little lesson about drawing Elvis the Elf here!

Melvis and Elvis is Canadian kidslit legend Dennis Lee’s first new children’s collection in more than a decade and is currently one of Heather’s Picks at Indigo.ca. Purchase your own copy here.

Jeremy Tankard is an award winning author and illustrator whose illustrations have appeared in Time magazine, the New York Times, and the Boston Globe.


Apply for a WCA Internship

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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 August 24th and ending November 13th.

A considerable amount of time during this internship will be spent working with WCA’s  international rights manager and rights assistant in preparation for the Frankfurt Book Fair in October. 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 Frankfurt Book Fair, draft international submission letters, and deal with scouts and co-agents around the world on a daily basis. 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 July 22nd. We appreciate all applications but will only reply to candidates selected for an interview.