The Carolyn Swayze Literary Agency represents some of the finest Canadian authors writing today. Since 1994, we have had the pleasure of guiding the careers of some of Canada's top literary talent.

For an overview of Carolyn Swayze Literary Agency authors, as well as their projects, visit our authors page.

To learn more about Carolyn Swayze, the agency and our international co-agents, let us tell you about us.

Our roster grows slowly and carefully and, while we do look at new submissions, we are only able to take on a very small percentage of new writers.

We have recently made a number of out-of-print titles available as ebooks.


NEWS FROM THE SWAYZE AGENCY
October 15 2014
M.A.C. Farrant is the winner of the 2014 City of Victoria Butler Book Prize. Her book The World Afloat, published by Talonbooks, is a collection of 75 irreverent and humorous stories that meld narrative with elements of prose, poem and farce.
September 29 2014
Nationally Acclaimed Military Author Mark Zuehlke Captures Prestigious Prize at Governor General's History Awards.
For his invaluable perspective about Canada's role and experiences in the Second World War, Canada's History Society has awarded this year's Governor General's History Award for Popular Media: The Pierre Berton Award to Mark Zuehlke from Victoria, British Columbia.
August 18 2014
Gabrielle Prendergast is the Vancouver Public Library's 2014 Writer in Residence. Read the piece in the Vancouver Sun and the news release. Gabrielle's most recent books are the YA verse novels Audacious and Capricious.
August 12 2014
W.P. Kinsella's Shoeless Joe is commemorated as a butter carving at Iowa State Fair.
July 11 2014
The Stonehenge Letters by Harry Karlinsky is reviewed in Publishers Weekly.
June 17 2014
The Loxleys and the War of 1812 (a graphic novel), published by Renegade Arts, won the Alberta Children's & Young Adult Book of the Year Award and also the Book Illustration award. Both were presented by the Book Publishers Association of Alberta. Mark Zuehlke and Alan Grant wrote the text.
June 9 2014
Tyler Trafford's ALMOST A GREAT ESCAPE had an astounding evening at the Alberta Writers Guild Literary Awards Gala, winning: The Alberta Readers’ Choice Award,The Wilfred Eggleston Award for Non-Fiction and the W.O. Mitchell Book Prize.
June 9 2014
Tyler Trafford's Almost A Great Escape had an astounding evening at the Alberta Writers Guild Literary Awards Gala, winning: The Alberta Readers’ Choice Award,The Wilfred Eggleston Award for Non-Fiction and the W.O. Mitchell Book Prize.
June 2 2014
The National Post liked The Stonhenge Letters by Harry Karlinky. Read the review.
May 26 2014
Read the great Kirkus review for Chris F. Westbury's The Bride Stripped Bare by her Bachelors, Even.
April 16 2014
Tyler Trafford's memoir Almost a Great Escape is up for a number of awards including the 2014 Alberta Readers’ Choice Award, the W.O. Mitchell Book Prize and the Wilfrid Eggleston Award for Nonfiction book at the Alberta Literary Awards.
April 16 2014
Debra Komar's The Ballad of Jacob Peck, is on the 2014 Atlantic Book Awards Shortlist.
April 15 2014
Arthur Black's Fifty Shades of Black, is a finalist for the 2014 Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour.
April 14 2014
Genni Gunn's Tracks, is on the shortlist for the Creative Nonfiction Collective Society 2014 READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS.
March 11 2014
Gabrielle Prendergast's novel in verse, Audacious, is on the shortlist for the Canadian Library Association's 2014 Young Adult Book Award. Look out for the sequel, Capricious.
February 20 2014
Tyler Trafford's memoir Almost A Great Escape has been nominated for the 2014 Alberta Readers' Choice Award.
February 6 2014
Leon Berger will speak at Read Globally, Buy Locally. February 15th, 10 am - 4 pm. Webster Hall, Westmount Park United Church. 4695 boul de Maisonneuve Ouest, Westmount. Sponsored by the lawn chair soirée & the Quebec Writers’ Federation.
February 5 2014
Kara Stanley's memoir, Fallen, will be published by Greystone Books.
January 30 2014
The Knowledge Network spoke to artists and authors about the concept of home. WP Kinsella was interviewed for the series. See the short version here.
November 25 2013
WP Kinsella speaks to Charity Nebbe at Iowa Public Radio about Shoeless Joe, as part of their famous fictional Iowans programs. Listen to the radio show here.
October 25 2013
More excellent reviews for Audacious by Gabrielle Prendergast. Quill & Quire and Kirkus Reviews. More here.
October 15 2013
Kelli Deeth's The Other Side of Youth was reviewed in Quill & Quire.
September 25 2013
Gabrielle Prendergast received a fantastic review for her novel in verse, Audacious in Publishers Weekly.
September 20 2013
Read The Bluebird Cafe, a brand new story written by WP Kinsella and available for free on the author's website.
September 17 2013
Genni Gunn's newest book is Tracks: Journeys in Time and Place. Tracks is a compilation of personal travel essays that range across three continents, from Italy, where Genni Gunn was born and spent her early years, to Canada, the US and Mexico, and through Asia, where she has travelled many times, both reconnecting with her sister and witnessing the emergence of new political realities in Myanmar. This is no mere travelogue, however; the journeys into the new and unknown also trigger the inner journey to the realm of memory. It is available for pre-order now. Find out more.
September 10 2013
ECW will publish Frances Backhouse's book Beaver!: Rediscovering North America's Most Remarkable Rodent in Spring (June) 2015.
August 23 2013
A biography of WP Kinsella by Willie Steele is currently in the works. Read more.
June 6 2013
The agency has a new phone number: 604-503-3895. We DO NOT accept queries from authors by phone.
May 14 2013
Chris F Westbury's novel, The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even, is the story of two charming and germ-phobic obsessive compulsives on a road trip to Philadelphia to pick up a working sculptural copy of an ancient chocolate grinder based on one of Marcel Duchamp's paintings and with the hope that they will overcome their obsessions and re-enter the real world, with all its germs, imperfections and wonder. It has been sold to Counterpoint Press for publication in 2014 (World rights).
May 2 2013
Leon Berger's Kennedy thriller trilogy has been sold to Premier for 2013 publication.
April 15 2013
Publishers Weekly has reviewed Tyler Trafford's, Almost a Great Escape. Complete press kit is here.
April 1 2013
Debra Komar is profiled in this month's Quill & Quire. Her true crime book, The Ballad of Jacob Peck, is available now from Goose Lane.
February 27 2013
The last place city girl Desiree Burke expected to find herself was living at and working on a ranch, much less butting heads with the ranch’s sexy cowboy owner, Zach Gamble. Buy His Reluctant Rancher by Roxanne Snopek which has just been released from Entangled. Roxanne's previous book, Three River Ranch, is also available.
January 9 2013
Kelli Deeth's new collection of short stories has been sold to Arsenal Pulp Press. Kelli is the author of The Girl Without Anyone.
December 8 2012
The Canadian Children's Book Centre has included Prisoner of Snowflake Falls (Orca Books) by John Lekich on their list of Great Holiday Reads for 2012.
November 20 2012
M.A.C. Farrant's coming-of-age memoir My Turquoise Years has been adapted for the stage. See it at the Arts Club on Granville Island in Vancouver, April 4 - May 4 2013.
November 15 2012
Goose Lane Editions will publish The Ballad of Jacob Peck and A wretch of the Deepest Dye: The Media Lynching of Peter Wheeler by Debra Komar.
November 3 2012
Pamela Klaffke's pop culture book, Hello Cutie! Adventures in Cute Culture, was published this fall by Arsenal Pulp Press. It is getting a lot of press, including coverage by the National Post, This Magazine, CBC, Kirkus Reviews and Huffington Post.
August 21 2012
McNally Robinson Booksellers & Enfield & Wizenty presentMéira Cook launching her novel The House on Sugarbush Road in Winnipeg. Monday September 10, 7:00 pmGrant Park in the Atrium. McNally Robinson Booksellers Grant Park, 1120 Grant Avenue, Winnipeg. Set in post-apartheid Johannesburg shortly after the 1994 election of Nelson Mandela, this is the story of the intertwining lives of a once prominent liberal Afrikaner family and Beauty Mapule, their domestic servant of more than thirty years.
August 7 2012
Roxanne Snopek's THREE RIVER RANCH, in which a young pregnant woman enters into a marriage of convenience with a sexy cowboy so that he can inherit his father's ranch, only to find herself wanting it to be real, and THE RANCHER'S RETURN, has been sold to Entangled Bliss, for publication in August 2012.
July 2 2012
Meg Federico’s 2009 memoir, Welcome to the Departure Lounge has been sold for stage adaptation to producers Jean Cheever and Tom Polum. (The pair recently mounted the musical The Toxic Avenger at Houston’s Alley Theater.) In the book, published by Random House in the US and Doubleday in Canada, Federico, a journalist, chronicles caring for her aging and eccentric mother, as well as her mother’s boyfriend, who has Alzheimer’s. Publishers Weekly gave the book a starred review, calling it “by turns sad and terribly funny.”
June 29 2012
Come from Afar by Gayla Reid is reviewed in the Vancouver Sun.
June 11 2012
The New Hampshire indie Steerforth Press nabbed U.S. right to W.P. Kinsella’s Butterfly Winter. The novel, which has been out in Canada since September 2011, follows two Caribbean twins, Julio and Esteban, as they leave their home country and each launch careers in the major leagues.
May 27 2012
Tyler Trafford's memoir Almost a Great Escape, has been sold to Goose Lane Editions in Canada. It will appear in fall 2013.
March 27 2012
Olive Skene Johnson's The Sexual Spectrum: Exploring Human Diversity, is now available as an e-book.
March 25 2012
The Time we all Went Marching, is reviewed in the Vancouver Sun.
March 22 2012
The Prisoner of Snowflake Falls by John Lekich has just been published by Orca Books.
February 14 2012
Audacious, a young adult novel in verse by Gabrielle Prendergast, has been sold to Orca Books in a two book deal.
February 1 2012
First review of the UK edition of The Evolution of Inanimate Objects by Harry Karlinsky. Read the Scotsman review here.
January 16 2012
Interviews online with Arley McNeney.
December 16 2011
Gayla Reid, author of Reaching Ross, was on CBC's North by Northwest. Listen here.
November 17 2011
Come to the Vancouver book launch for The Time We All Went Marching by Arley McNeney. Thursday, December 1, 7:00 p.m.in the Meeting Room, Level 3, Central Library, 350 W. Georgia St. Admission is free. Seating is limited. A great review of the book in the Globe & Mail.
November 10 2011
Janet Romain, author of Grandpere, was on CBC's North by Northwest last week. Listen here.
October 21 2011
Pacific Place Publishing is our latest division. This venture publishes electronic books for titles which have never appeared as e-books.
October 16 2011
Reviews for Butterfly Winter from The Vancouver Sun, Edmonton Journal, Calgary Herald.
October 7 2011
Tracing Iris and Solitaria by Genni Gunn and BREAKOUT FROM JUNO: First Canadian Army in Normandy, July - August 1944, ORTONA: Canada's Epic World War II Battle, THE LIRI VALLEY: Canada's Word War II Breakthrough to Rome, JUNO BEACH: Canada's D-Day Victory, June 6 1944, ON TO VICTORY: The Canadian Liberation of the Netherlands - March 23 - May 5 1945 by Mark Zuehlke have been sold to audible.com. Both sales are for audio rights.
September 14 2011
Sticky Fingers by Méira Cook has been sold to Great Plains Publishing. A Message for the Emperor has been sold to Véhicule Press. Both sales are for Canadian rights.
September 6 2011
Solitaria by Genni Gunn is on the longlist for the Giller Prize.
August 25 2011
Genni Gunn is on a blog tour for her novel, Solitaria. Read her posts on The Savvy Verse & Wit, Linus's Blanket and Jenn's Bookshelves.
August 15 2011
The Time we all went MarchingArley McNeney's second novel, The Time We All Went Marching, will be published by Goose Lane Publishing in Canada on September 30, 2011. Vivid and evocative, with rich, convincing characters, The Time We All Went Marching is an episodic novel of storytelling, memory, and imagination — about a time in history rarely explored in fiction. Arley McNeney inhabits her characters with breathtaking conviction, reaching deep into the vulnerable solitude of individual perception while seamlessly holding her readers breathless.
August 10 2011
The Secret Lives of Litterbugs by M.A.C. Farrant and My Father Came From Italy by Maria Coletta McLean are now available as e-books.
August 2 2011
Until August 28, readers can vote for their favourite novels from the past year on the CBC Readers' Choice Contest. You can vote to add a book to this year's Giller Prize longlist. Swayze Agency novels which are eligible include Butterfly Winter, Grandpere, The Time We All Went Marching, Solitaria, Progress, The Evolution of Inanimate Objects and The Better Mother.
August 1 2011
The Evolution of Inanimate Objects by Harry Karlinsky (Insomniac) and Solitaria by Genni Gunn (Signature) are on the ReLit Awards longlist.
July 28 2011
Progress by Michael v SmithMichael V. Smith's novel Progress is reviewed in the Georgia Straight.

In the lonely years following the death of her fiancé, Helen is forced by the building of a dam to relocate. Helen’s brother, Robbie, who disappeared without a trace many years earlier, suddenly resurfaces. As he re-enters his sister’s life, he reveals the secret of why he left in the first place: a secret that tore their family apart, and affected Helen’s life in more ways than she ever realized.
March 28 2011
W.P. Kinsella's new novel, Butterfly Winter, has won the Colophon Prize and will be published in the fall by Enfield & Wizenty. Read the story in Quill & Quire. Kinsella is the author of Shoeless Joe, now available as an e-book.

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