Chariandy and Maskalyk win Writers’ Trust Awards!

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We couldn’t be more thrilled to congratulate James Maskalyk and David Chariandy on winning the Nonfiction and Fiction Writers’ Trust Awards last night!

James was awarded the $60,000 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction for his book, Life on the Ground Floor: Letters from the Edge of Emergency Medicine, and David received the $50,000 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize for Brother.

The jury praised Maskalyk’s work for revealing the “compelling universal truths about the power, and limits, of medicine, the strength of human will, and the fragile, infinitesimal gap between dying and living.”

Brother, also shortlisted for the Giller Prize, was noted by the jury for its “stunning lyrical writing, pitch perfect pacing, and unexpected humour.”

Not to mention Kyo Maclear was one of five finalists for the Hilary  Weston Nonfiction prize for her beautiful memoir, Birds, Art, Life!  The jury called it “a poetic and philosophical ode to life and art, with birds as the motivating force.”

Congrats again to our wonderful authors for being recognized by one of Canada’s most prestigious literary awards!


Charlotte Gray Wins Ottawa Book Award

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Gray - Promise of CanadaWe’re thrilled for Charolotte Gray, whose book The Promise of Canada: 150 Years – People and Ideas That Have Shaped Our Country won the 2017 Ottawa Book Award for English non-fiction.

Of the non-fiction winner, Charlotte Gray, the jury wrote: “Charlotte Gray’s approach to a definition of Canada is both surprising and surprisingly familiar. By choosing nine Canadians to profile, some, like Tommy Douglas, obvious choices, others, like Harold Innis, more obvious in hindsight – she arrives at a sweeping, multi-faceted mosaic that seems exactly right. Brilliantly illustrated, beautifully written, this is more than a celebration of Canada’s 150th: it’s a book to be read and savoured for a long time to come.”

Dryden, Maskalyk, Saunders Longlisted for 2018 BC Book Award

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We are proud to announce that three WCA authors have been longlisted for the 2018 BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, one of Canada’s largest book prizes.

From the 150 books by 45 publishers that were nominated for the $40,000 prize, the prize jury selected a longlist of 10 books. To read more about the prize and the 2018 finalists, click here.




WCA Deal Report for October 3, 2017

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Simon & Schuster Canada VP, Editorial Director Nita Pronovost has acquired Canadian rights to the next two books by BC author Roz Nay whose first book OUR LITTLE SECRET was praised by Ruth Ware, Mary Kubica, Chevy Stevens and Andrew Pyper. OUR LITTLE SECRET was a bestseller in Canada, an award winner in France, also sold Dutch, Polish and audio rights and will publish with St. Martin’s Press in the US in April 2018. The next two books, as yet untitled, are planned for publication in 2018 and 2019. The deal was arranged by Carolyn Forde of Westwood Creative Artists.

Penguin Teen Canada publishing director, Lynne Missen, has acquired North American English rights to two forthcoming young adult novels from the Governor General’s Award-winning When Everything Feels Like the Movies author, Raziel Reid. The first of the two untitled books, KENS, is scheduled for September 2018, and is a modernized re-telling of the cult classic movie, Heathers, in which an unpopular gay kid, desperate to fit in, gets more than he bargained for when he reinvents himself – inside and out – and becomes an unknowing and submissive puppet in a sadistic plan. The deal was arranged by Michael Levine and Liz Culotti at Westwood Creative Artists.

Simon & Schuster Canada’s Vice President and Editorial Director Nita Pronovost has acquired North American English rights to Ruth Marshall’s debut book, a memoir entitled WALK IT OFF: The True and Hilarious Story of How I Learned to Stand, Walk, Pee, Run, and Have Sex Again After a Nightmarish Diagnosis Turned My Awesome Life Upside Down that follows the actress’ journey after she is diagnosed with a rare spinal tumor. Told with humor and searing honesty, this memoir not only entertains but inspires readers to put their best foot forward and walk off anything life throws their way. Publication is planned for January 2018. Bruce Westwood and Meg Wheeler of Westwood Creative Artists arranged the deal.

WCA Deal Report for September 27, 2017

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Deborah Willis at Freehand Books has acquired Canadian English rights to Michelle Kaeser’s literary novel TOWER OF BABYLON. Publication is planned for Fall 2019 and the deal was arranged by Carolyn Forde of Westwood Creative Artists Ltd.

Alana Wilcox of Coach House has acquired World rights to Lezlie Lowe’s NO PLACE TO GO: Answering the Call of Nature in the Urban Jungle, an investigation into the politics of public restrooms. Publication is planned for Fall 2018 and the deal was arranged by Carolyn Forde of Westwood Creative Artists Ltd.

Senior Editor at Grove Atlantic Corinna Barson has acquired World rights to Toronto-based writer and photographer John Zada’s IN THE VALLEYS OF THE NOBLE BEYOND: Travels in the Great Bear Rainforest in Search of the Sasquatch – a work of narrative non-fiction that braids threads of travel/adventure with Sasquatch lore. Publication is planned for Spring 2018, and the deal was arranged by Carolyn Forde of Westwood Creative Artists Ltd.

WCA Deal Report for September 6, 2017

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Michael Holmes of ECW Press has acquired world English rights to THE VERY MARROW OF OUR BONES, by Christine Higdon. The debut novel tells the story of a fiddler named Lulu Parsons, whose life and attachments are irrevocably altered by the secret she has kept about her mother’s disappearance in the 1960s. Hilary McMahon of Westwood Creative Artists negotiated the deal, with publication slated for spring 2018.

WCA Deal Report for July 27, 2017

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Douglas Richmond at House of Anansi Press has acquired world rights to Jonathan Garfinkel’s THE ALTRUIST, a sophisticated and darkly funny post-Soviet thriller set between Toronto and Tbilisi, Georgia, during the pro-democracy Rose Revolution of 2003. Publication is slated for Spring 2019. The deal was arranged by John Pearce of Westwood Creative Artists.

Indian Horse Wins People’s Choice at VIFF and CIFF

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We are pleased to announce that the feature-film adaptation of the late Richard Wagamese’s popular novel, Indian Horse, has won two key audience awards. The film was awarded the Vancouver International Film Festival Super Channel People’s Choice Award and the Calgary International Film Festival‘s award for Audience Favourite, Narrative Feature. To read more click here and here.

2017 GG Shortlist: Joel Thomas Hynes and Matt James

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book-cover-we-ll-all-be-burnt-in-our-beds-some-night-by-joel-thomas-hynesJames - moon comesCongratulations to 2017 Governor General’s Literary Awards shortlisters Joel Thomas Hynes and Matt James. We’ll All Be Burnt in Our Beds Some Night from multidisciplinary award-winning artist Hynes has been nominated in the Fiction category. When the Moon Comes, illustrated by painter, musician and past Governor General’s Award winner Matt James, is nominated in the Illustrated Books category.

The winners will be announced November 1, 2017.