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.”

Porter Shortlisted for Staunch Book Prize

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appraisal porterThe shortlist for the inaugural Staunch Book Prize has been announced and we’re thrilled to see Anna Porter’s The Appraisal made the cut!

Staunch says:

“In this fast-paced and demanding literary novel, the reader must work to keep track of the twists and turns and the many players, none of whom are entirely truthful – including the fearless protagonist, Helena Marsh. A gripping thriller set against the rich post-war history of middle-Europe where fortunes were reversed through war, revolution and shifting political regimes and where the past itself cannot be trusted. Born in Budapest, Canadian writer Anna Porter generously shares her knowledge of time and place and impresses with detailed insights into the world of art history and appropriation, big money deals and the quest for restitution.”

James’s Makes 2018 NYT Best Children’s Books List

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matt james funeralWe are absolutely over-the-moon thrilled for Matt James, one of ten artists worldwide to make the list of 2018 New York Times/New York Public Library Best Illustrated Children’s BooksThe Funeral, James’ first book as both author and illustrator, was praised by the New York Times for it’s “colorful acrylics and playful collage [that] lend a youthful exuberance to a normally dreary subject, giving poignant insight into a child’s understanding of the adult world.”

McLeod and Tannahill Take Home GG’s

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mcleodtannahillCongratulations to 2018 Governor General’s Literary Award winners Darrel J. McLeod and Jordan Tannahill!

Mamaskatch by Darrel J. McLeod in the category of Non-Fiction.

From the Peer Assessment Committee:

Mamaskatch: A Cree Coming of Age dares to immerse readers in provocative contemporary issues including gender fluidity, familial violence, and transcultural hybridity. A fast-moving, intimate memoir of dreams and nightmares—lyrical and gritty, raw and vulnerable, told without pity, but with phoenix-like strength.”

Botticelli in the Fire & Sunday in Sodom by Jordan Tannahill in the category of Drama.

From the Peer Assessment Committee:

“Jordan Tannahill’s two-play volume explores the fragility of social consensus in a world made uneasy by the forces of social division. Both plays are poetic, irreverent and funny, offering the pleasure of entertainment while displaying masterful literary ability. Tannahill possesses a powerful artistic voice that reflects where we come from, who we are and who we may become.”

James and Harbridge Win CCBC Book Award

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jamesWhen the Moon Comes from author Paul Harbridge and illustrator Matt James is the winner of the 2018 Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award.

From the Jury:

“A remarkable book in every respect…. The quietly told tale is beautifully enhanced by James’ stunning artwork. Even the wordless spreads speak volumes… This nostalgia filled adventure with friends will resonate with those who love the moon, nature and hockey… There’s a bit of mystery and magic, too, captured on these pages… An outstanding book worthy of many readings.”

Gaston Wins 2018 Victoria Book Prize

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Gaston - MarinerBill Gaston’s masterful short story collection A Mariner’s Guide to Self Sabotage is the winner of the 2018 City of Victoria Butler Book Prize.

Here is what the jury had to say:

“To read a Bill Gaston story is to discover something new about yourself, every time. Timely and timeless, funny and full of depth, these are some of Gaston’s finest, smartest, and most varied stories.”