WCA Deal Report for November 7, 2018

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German rights to Karma Brown’s RECIPE FOR A PERFECT WIFE to C.Bertelsmann. The deal was arranged by Hannah Fosh at Liepman Agency on behalf of Carolyn Forde at Westwood Creative Artists.

Polish audio rights to Sandra Gulland’s four novels; THE MANY LIVES AND SECRET SORROWS OF JOSEPHINE B, TALES OF PASSION TALES OF WOE, THE LAST GREAT DANCE ON EARTH and MISTRESS OF THE SUN have been acquired by Storytel. The deal was arranged by Graal Literary Agency with Carolyn Forde of Westwood Creative Artists on behalf of Jackie Kaiser.

Irish language rights to Yann Martel’s LIFE OF PI to Coiscéim foilsitheoirí. The deal was arranged by Carolyn Forde on behalf of Jackie Kaiser at Westwood Creative Artists.

Robert McCullough at Appetite (an imprint of Penguin Random House Canada) has acquired World Rights to Christine Tizzard’s EVERY LAST BITE: YOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO ZERO FOOD WASTE. This cookbook features 100 extraordinary recipes anyone can cook and everyday solutions everybody can participate in to help battle the global challenge of food waste, and it’s full of tips that will save precious food dollars, with the bonus of eating delicious whole foods and helping the environment. The deal was arranged by Bruce Westwood at Westwood Creative Artists in association with Chris Casuccio and will be published in Spring 2021.

18th RBC Taylor Prize Announced

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We’re delighted to share that four out of the ten authors on the 18th RBC Taylor Prize longlist are represented by Westwood Creative Artists! We would like to wish a warm congratulations to these deserving authors.

From the Jury:

Just Let Me Look at You by Bill Gaston
“This is a quiet, meditative and tender-hearted exploration of childhood injury and its legacy across generations.”

All Things Consoled by Elizabeth Hay 
“Tender, witty and brutally honest, the book tears open the cloak of shared secrecy to bare the dynamics of a family — the fears, sibling rivalries, joys, disappointments and grievances that have lain unacknowledged through the decades.”

Seeking The Fabled City by Allan Levine
“A tour de force both as a definitive history and a fascinating read. Levine tells a compelling story that is, in its own way, a most significant and valued history of Canada. ”

Mamaskatch by Darrel J. McLeod
“A torturously-beautiful memoir of growing up in a world of violence and family trauma. McLeod’s writing is lyrical and offers a powerful examination of contemporary issues, from sexual self-identification to the scars of residential school to the contemporary search for reconciliation.

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WCA Deal Report for November 23, 2018

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Triton has acquired Czech language rights to B. Brett Finlay and Jessica Finlay’s THE WHOLE BODY MICROBIOME: How to Harness Microbes – Inside and Out – for Lifelong Health. The deal was arranged by the Kristin Olsen Literary Agency and Carolyn Forde at Westwood Creative Artists on behalf of John Pearce.

Tabahon Publishing has acquired Macedonian rights to Annabel Lyon’s 2011 novel THE GOLDEN MEAN. The deal was arranged by PLIMA Literary Agency and Carolyn Forde at Westwood Creative Artists on behalf of Jackie Kaiser.

Destino/Planeta have renewed their license for world Spanish rights to Yann Martel’s 2002 novel LIFE OF PI. The deal was arranged by Sandra Bruna Agency and Carolyn Forde at Westwood Creative Artists on behalf of Jackie Kaiser.

WCA Deal Report for November 9, 2018

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Lara Hinchberger of Penguin Canada has acquired North American English rights to HIDEAWAY by Nicole Lundrigan, author of The Substitute and Glass Boys. Told from the perspectives of two young siblings, one who runs away and one who stays with an increasingly erratic mother who is desperate to save her marriage, this suspenseful novel asks what happens when home is the most dangerous place you can be. Hilary McMahon of Westwood Creative Artists negotiated the deal, with publication slated for summer 2019.

Immediate Job Opening Alert!

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Westwood Creative Artists, a busy literary agency located in the Annex, has an immediate job opening.  Providing assistance to two agents, the ideal candidate will be a highly organized self-starter, team player and problem solver with the passion and patience for detail.  Responsibilities include negotiating contracts, corresponding with authors and publishers, managing submission and contacts databases, preparing information for rights guides and reading and evaluating manuscripts. Must be able to work with a high level of productivity and independence in a vibrant open-concept office.  A university or college degree as well as a publishing certificate would be an asset, as would previous work or internship experience in the industry. Proficiency with MS Word and Excel are assumed; clear and efficient communication skills are essential. Interest in a broad range of fiction and non-fiction would be valuable.

Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter by email to Hilary McMahon at hilary@wcaltd.com. We look forward to considering a diverse range of applicants, however only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.  We would appreciate receiving applications by November 26, 2018, but will extend the posting to make sure we can find an individual who can grow within the agency over the long term.

Latner Poetry Prize to Jordan Scott

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Congratulations to Jordan Scott winner of the 2018 Latner Writers’ Trust Poetry Prize! His works include SiltBlert, and Night & Ox. The Prize is given to a mid-career poet in recognition of a remarkable body of work, and in anticipation of future contributions to Canadian poetry.

scott - night -oxscott - blertscott slitAnd I could live my life this way / in strokes of / worktree / glowtops / orange trails / leftover hair / a body’s / sonic fictions. Jordan Scott savours and vies not solely with the materiality of language, but language’s subjective materiality. For Scott, each context and uttering body manifests an original materiality: the precision of nature, anatomy, the names of friends, the contours of British Columbia or Poland, the daily ritualized cycles of parenthood and the cosmos. His associations, insinuations, discoveries, tensions, and mysterious propulsive force—these manifestations of his consciousness—are wondrous. I could live / drawing curtains / looking out / of sorewater / transcendentals / down to / morning / again to / bind me in / joyride dress / tie me to / lightveins.” —2018 Jury Citation (Wayde Compton, Sylvia Legris, and Moez Surani)

Hay Wins Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction

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Hay consoledWe are so thrilled for Elizabeth Hay, winner of the 2018 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction. The Jury (Michael Harris, Donna Bailey Nurse, and Joel Yanofsky) said of her memoir All Things Consoled:

“Elizabeth Hay’s loving, exacting memoir, All Things Consoled, details the decline of her elderly parents with unflinching tenderness. The path she and her family travel is crooked and long, filled with hospital beds and doctors’ visits, foggy minds, and shuffling confusion. But Hay’s prose elevates this ordinary rite of passage — the death of one’s parents — to something rare and poetic. All Things Consoled becomes, itself, a consolation for anyone despairing at the loose ends that parents leave behind. Page-after-page this is a masterclass in observation — a lesson in how meaning can emerge from grief.”