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Timothy S. Johnston nominated for The CYGNUS AWARDS

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Not one, but two of Timothy S. Johnston’s books have been shortlisted for The 2015 Cygnus Awards for Science Fiction and Speculative Fiction! Johnston’s books The Freezer and The Furnace are both on The Official Finalists Listing, which is comprised of entries that have passed the first three rounds of judging from the entire field of entrants. 

The CYGNUS First Place  Category award winners will compete for the CYGNUS Grand Prize Award for the 2015 Best Science Fiction and Speculative Fiction. Grand Prize winners, blue ribbons, and prizes will be announced and awarded on April 29, 2016. 

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 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.