Lynne Kutsukake Wins Kobo Emerging Writer Prize

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The Translation of Love KutsukakeWe are absolutely thrilled for Lynne Kutsukake, winner of the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize in the category of Literary Fiction for The Translation of Love. 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.

Author Zoe Whittall, this year’s Literary Fiction judge, says: “The Translation of Love is a tremendously accomplished work, a propulsive and layered story, the scope of which is quite unusual for a first novel. I was gripped and often very moved while reading and it stayed with me for weeks.”

Now in its third year, the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize recognizes exemplary Canadian authors in the categories of Literary Fiction, Specualtive Fiction, and Non-Fiction. Each winner receives a $10,000 cash prize as well as promotional, marketing, and communications support to help kick off their burgeoning careers.

Padma Viswanathan Wins 2017 Porter Fund Literary Prize

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We are thrilled for 2017 Porter Fund Literary Prize winner Padma Viswanathan. Presented annually to an Arkansas writer with a substantial and impressive body of work, the $2,000 prize makes it one of the state’s most lucrative and prestigious literary awards.

From The Idle Class Magazine:

“It seemed somehow fitting that I received the call about being selected for the Porter Prize while watching my kids play in Central Park: no matter where I go now, Arkansas, my adopted home, exerts an irresistible pull,” said Viswanathan. “I didn’t know, when I moved to Fayetteville eleven years ago, whether Arkansas would have me, nor what I would have to offer this place. To be awarded the Porter Prize feels like a response to those questions. I am profoundly honored.”

Viswanathan, a Scotiabank Giller Prize finalist, is the author of The Toss of a Lemon  and The Ever After of Ashin Rao.

WCA Deal Report for June 21, 2017

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Deborah Willis at Freehand Books has acquired English-Canadian rights to TWIN STUDIES, a novel centring around twins and gender issues and set in Vancouver between 2009 and 2010, by Keith Maillard, former Chair of the Creative Writing Program at UBC. Publication is slated for Fall 2018 and the deal was arranged by John Pearce of Westwood Creative Artists.

Polish rights to Roz Nay’s debut psychological thriller have sold to Czarna Owca, for their crime and thriller “black series”.  The deal was arranged by Tomasz Berezinski of Graal Literary agency on behalf of Carolyn Forde at Westwood Creative Artists.

WCA Deal Report for June 14, 2017

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Vietnamese rights to Yann Martel’s The High Mountains of Portugal have been acquired by Tre Publishing House, bringing the number of territories sold to 28. The deal was arranged by Carolyn Forde of Westwood Creative Artists on behalf of Jackie Kaiser.

Arabic rights to Jaspreet Singh’s Chef have been acquired by Al-Rafidain Publication, based in Beirut.  The deal was arranged by Carolyn Forde of Westwood Creative Artists on behalf of Jackie Kaiser.

Arthuss have acquired Ukrainian rights to Don Thompson’s The Supermodel and the Brillo Box.  The deal was arranged by Tatjana Zoldnere of Andrew Nurnberg Associates Baltic and Carolyn Forde of Westwood Creative Artists on behalf of John Pearce.

Apply for a Fall 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 August 21st and ending Friday November 10th, with possible flexibility for the right candidate.

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 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 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 in Toronto’s Annex neighbourhood, 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 at your earliest convenience or by July 12th. We appreciate all applications but will only reply to candidates selected for an interview.