2018 Cleaver Award Finalists Announced

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moon matt jamesbloom maclear The 2018 Cleaver Award finalists have been announced and we are thrilled to see THE FUNERAL from WCA author and illustrator Matt James, and BLOOM from author/illustrator duo Kyo Maclear and Julie Morstad are on the list!

The prize is presented by the International Board on Books for Young People, Canadian section, with prize money awarded in trust from the estate of Canadian illustrator Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver. The winner will be announced Feb. 21, 2019.

 

WCA Deal Report for February 1, 2019

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Bahasa language rights to Najwa Zebian’s NECTAR OF PAIN to Grasindo. The deal was arranged by Maxima Creative Agency with Meg Wheeler of Westwood Creative Artists on behalf of Hilary McMahon.

Malayalam rights to Barbara Gowdy’s THE WHITE BONE to Saikatham Books. The deal was arranged by Meg Wheeler of Westwood Creative Artists on behalf of Jackie Kaiser.

Russian rights to B. Brett Finlay and Jessica Finlay’s THE WHOLE-BODY MICROBIOME to Exmo. The deal was arranged by Synopsis Literary Agency with Meg Wheeler of Westwood Creative Artists on behalf of John Pearce.

 

WCA Deal Report for January 24, 2019

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Rohinton Mistry’s A FINE BALANCE to Guomai Culture & Media (simplified Chinese, arranged by Andrew Nurnberg Associates Beijing), to Artkonekt Publishing (Macedonian, arranged by PLIMA Literary Agency), and to Saikatham Books (Malayalam) with Meg Wheeler of Westwood Creative Artists on behalf of Bruce Westwood.

Scholastic have renewed their license for English-language educational simplification rights to Yann Martel’s LIFE OF PI. The deal was arranged by Meg Wheeler of Westwood Creative Artists on behalf of Jackie Kaiser.

Wydawnictwo Albatros have renewed their license for Polish rights to Yann Martel’s LIFE OF PI.  The deal was arranged by Graal Literary Agency with Meg Wheeler of Westwood Creative Artists on behalf of Jackie Kaiser.

Arabic rights to Alice Kuipers’s LIFE ON THE REFRIGERATOR DOOR to Al Arabi and Malayalam rights to Saikatham Books. The deal was arranged by Meg Wheeler of Westwood Creative Artists on behalf of Jackie Kaiser.

WCA Deal Report for January 18, 2019

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Kathryn Lane of Dundurn Press has acquired North American English rights to blogger Nellwyn Lampert’s EVERY BOY I EVER KISSED, a candid memoir that explores how surprisingly difficult it was for the liberated millennial to lose her virginity. Hilary McMahon of Westwood Creative Artists negotiated with deal, with publication slated for fall 2019.

2019 RBC Taylor Prize Shortlist Announced

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We’re thrilled for WCA author’s Bill Gaston, Elizabeth Hay, and Darrel J. McLeod, on making the 18th RBC Taylor Prize shortlist.

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.”

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.

You can meet the finalists at a free 90-minute Round Table Discussion with the shortlisted authors at the Harbourfront Centre, hosted by Toronto Star Books Editor, Deborah Dundas, on Thursday February 28, 2018 at 7pm presented by the Toronto International Festival of Authors; and the Ben McNally Authors Brunch on Sunday March 3rd, at the Omni King Edward Hotel in downtown Toronto (for tickets, please contact Ben McNally Books at (416) 361-0032 or visit benmcnallybooks.com).

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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.