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Oct 14 2022
Anita Daher has a new book out! Peanut Butter and Chaos is a middle grade fantasy grounded in science. Twelve-year-old Sam is struck by a bolt of lightning out of a clear blue sky, he suddenly sees everything in pixels. His life is further upended by Flum, a non-binary being from a parallel world, a missing neighbour, and astonishing powers that may not last long. Science and magic collide as Sam races to solve a mystery and help Flum return home. But what happens when solving one mystery sparks another?
Aug 1 2022
Read Mad Honey from Katie Welch, which immerses the reader in a search for truth bounded by the everyday magic of beekeeping, of family and of finding peace, all while asking how much we really understand the natural world."Welch does for beekeeping what W.P. Kinsella did for baseball or Ernest Hemingway did for fishing." (The Quarantine Review)
Jan 14 2022
Terri Favro Look out for The Sisters Sputnik from Terri Favro. It's on lists from CBC and Quill & Quire of great books to read this spring.

An odyssey wrapped in a love story, set in a near-future of artificial people The Sisters Sputnik are a time-traveling trio of storytellers-for-hire who are much in demand throughout the multiverse of 2,052 alternate worlds. Each world was created by the detonation of a nuclear bomb in Earth Standard Time, home of the Sisters’ leader, aging comic book creator Debbie Reynolds Biondi, her 20-something apprentice Unicorn Girl, and their pop culture–loving AI, Cassandra.
Aug 15 2021
Fox’s “Field Of Dreams” Game Is TV’s Most-Watched. Read more!
May 2 2021
Look out for a documentary on Field of Dreams, based on the novel Shoeless Joe by W. P. Kinsella, coming later this year.
April 28 30 2021
Great reviews for Jen Sookfong Lee's debut poetry collection, The Shadow List. Read them in The Georgia Straight and the Vancouver Sun and an interview in The Tyee.
November 30 2020
The Kitchen by John Ota has been recognized at the 2020 Gourmand Awards, and qualified for the Best in the World competition 2021.
November 23 2020
Look out for the paperback edition of Andrea Warner's biography, Buffy Sainte-Maire. It will be launching on February 20, 2021 — Buffy Sainte-Marie's 80th Birthday!
October 21 2020
Join John Ota, author of The Kitchen, for the Hot Docs Curious Minds speaker series. In "Houses of Cultural Icons," streaming beginning October 29th, enter the aromatic kitchens of Julia Child and the mid-century modernist rooms of Frank Lloyd Wright. The series uses the houses of some of history’s most celebrated figures to explore the meaning of home.
October 19 2020
Anita Daher's You Don’t Have to Die in the End has been nominated for the 2020 White Pine award! Educators can download a study guide on the author's website.
October 10 2020
Lots more exciting news for John Ota and his book, The Kitchen. Read his contribition to the article 5 Women On What Their Kitchen Tables Say About Pandemic Life in Chatelaine Magazine. And if you'd like more of John's infectious enthusiasm for all things food, you can join him virtually at the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society's Fall Benefit on Wednesday, October 14 at 7:00pm Eastern time.
September 2020
CanLit for Kids Books has chosen Anita Daher's YA novel You Don't Have to Die in the End for their "5 Must Read YA Novel This Fall" list. Find the book here. And don't miss Anita's contribution to Thin Air, the first virtual edition of the Winnipeg International Writers Festival.
August 2020
One Man’s Cross-Country Quest for Kitchen Inspiration: read John Ota's piece on his book The Kitchen in Architectural Digest.
May 2020
The Court of Better Fiction by Debra Komar has been shortlisted for the 2020 Arthur Ellis Award, Best Nonfiction Crime Book.
April 3 2020
The Kitchen by John Ota is about comfort food and the sense of community at the heart of the kitchen. Since most of us can't share that right now, try reading this captivating story of the evolution of the most important room in the house. The book was just featured in The Province. Check with your local bookstore to see if they are doing deliveries!
March 17 2020
John Ota's The Kitchen is in the news! Listen to John on Marion Kane's "Sittin' in the Kitchen" podcast. Read features in Quill & Quire and The Globe & Mail. John's BC events are postponed for now but will hopefully take place later this year. More information and where to buy.
January 27 2020
Book launch Alert! Appetite by Random House and John Ota invite you to a celebration of The Kitchen: A journey through time - and the homes of Julia Child, Georgia O'Keeffe, Elvis Presley and many others-in search of the perfect design. Join us on February 25 at 6pm at Ben McNally Books in Toronto for light refreshments and remarks, followed by a book signing. Information here. Events in BC in Vancouver on March 19th and Saanich on March 22.
January 8 2020
Congratulations to Terri Favro (Sputnik's Children), Carla Gunn (Amphibian) and Richard Van Camp (The Lesser Blessed). All three novels are among the fifteen books on the Canada Reads longlist.
January 6 2020
Wolsak & Wynn/Buckrider Books has acquired a debut novel from author Katie Welch to be published 2021.
January 2 2020
John OtaJohn Ota's The Kitchen: A Journey Through Time, will be published by Appetite by Random House on February 25th 2020. Look out for book launch news.

The Kitchen enters the homes of Julia Child, Georgia O'Keeffe, Elvis Presley and many others-in search of the perfect design. It is one man's quest to seek out--and be inspired by--the great historic kitchens of Canada and the USA.
October 19 2019
Congratulations to Philip Huynh whose debut collction, The Forbidden Purple City, was a finalist for the 2019 City of Vancouver Book Award.
Aug 1 2019
Another book to be published by prolific author Jen Sookfong Lee! A Place to Call Home, a new middle-grade non-fiction project on the experiences of immigrant and refugee children coming to Canada, will be out in fall 2020 with Orca Books.
July 5 2019
We are delighted to welcome author Anita Daher to our client list. Look for her next YA novel, You Don't Have to Die in the End, next year from Great Plains.
June 5 2019
Look for coverage of Philip Huynh's collection, The Forbidden Purple City in the upcoming summer issue of BC Booklook, and come to book signings/events in Victoria (June 17, Hillside Coffee & Tea), Vancouver (July 13, Indigo downtown) and Winnpieg (Aug 1, McNally Robinson). Philip will be appearing at several festivals in the fall. Stay tuned for announcements.
May 22 2019
CBC Books has chosen Philip Huynh's collection, The Forbidden Purple City as one of their 9 picks for Short Story Month.
April 15 2019
Flights and Falls is book four in R.M. Greenaway's BC Blues Crime series and it is out now. Order your copy today!
January 31 2019
Jen Sookfong Lee launches her new picture book, The Animals of Chinese New Year on Tuesday, Feb 5, the first day of the year of the Earth Pig, with an all-day Twitter event! Beautiful book in English and Chinese.
December 18 2018
Blackberry Cove, the third book in Roxanne Snopek's Sunset Bay series is out now!
October 9 2018
Lots of amazing attention for Andrea Warner's Buffy Sainte-Marie: The Authorized Biography. Read reviews in The Globe & Mail and Quill & Quire here. And Buffy and Andrea have events together later this month in Vancouver, Toronto and New York!
October 4 2018
Le Saint Patron des Merveilles, translated by Catherine Leroux and published by �ditions Alto, has been shortlisted for the Governor General�s Literary Awards for translation. It is the French edition of Fabrizio�s Return by Mark Frutkin, originally published by Vintage Canada in 2006.
September 19 2018
Dazzle Patterns by Alison Watt is the winner of the 2018 Alberta Book Publishing Award for Trade Fiction Book of the Year. Congratulations Alison! See the list of winners here.
August 13 2018
Read Quill & Quire's great review of Holly Dobbie's YA debut, Fifteen Point Nine. Out now from Dancing Cat Books.
August 9 2018
Congratulations to Philip Huynh, whose story "The Forbidden Purple City" (EVENT) is on the longlist for the 2018 Writers' Trust of Canada/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize. It is the title story in a collection to be released by Goose Lane Editions in Spring 2019.
July 10 2018
Alexandra Holden's sequel to YA novel Tangled in Tennessee, Tangled on Tour, will appear later this year from Inkspell. Mackenzie Tanner's life changed when she befriended a famous teen boy band while writing songs in Nashville. Now her dreams are coming true... but is fame what she really wants?
June 11 2018
Congratulations to Terri Favro, whose novel Sputnik's Children is nominated for the 2018 Sunburst Award For Excellence In Canadian Literature Of The Fantastic.
May 1 2018
Congratulations to Alison Watt and DAZZLE PATTERNS, on her nomination for the Amazon First Novel Award. Dazzle Patterns is a dazzling novel that begins in Halifax the day of the 1917 Halifax Explosion.
April 3 2018
Andrea WarnerBuffy Saint-Marie, the Authorized Biography by Andrea Warner is now available for preorder here or from your local bookstore. Don't miss out on this fabulous book!

Folk hero. Songwriter icon. Living legend. Buffy Sainte-Marie is all of these things and more. In this, Sainte-Marie�s first and only authorized biography, music critic Andrea Warner draws from more than sixty hours of exclusive interviews to offer a powerful, intimate look at the life of the beloved artist and everything that she has accomplished in her seventy-seven years (and counting).
March 29 2018
Congratulations to Mark Zuehlke, whose latest book, The Cinderella Campaign: First Canadian Army and the Battles for the Channel Ports (Douglas & McIntyre) is on the shortlist for the 2018 John W. Dafoe Book Prize.
Feb 23 2018
Long before Arthur Black became a client of our agency in 1995, his Basic Black program on CBC radio was the highlight of our weekends. Our appreciation of his gentle wit and observations about this crazy life continued through many years and many books. Typically, his last communication thanked us for being in his life. We thank him for being in ours and making the world a funnier and happier place.
Nov 26 2017
Event alerts! Alison Watt, author of Dazzle Patterns, will be at Audreys Books, 10702 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton launching her novel with Daniel Griffin on Monday, November 27 7pm, free.
November 29th is Freehand�s annual Calgary celebration! Featuring Alison Watt, Daniel Griffin, and Susan Ouriou. 7pm at Memorial Park Library Salon, main floor, 1221 2nd Street SW, Calgary. Admission is free.
Nov 25 2017
Sputnik's Children is on the Globe 100 - the Globe & Mail's list of the best books of 2107.
Nov 24 2017
Leona Gom's dystopiam feminist masterpiece, The Y Chromosone has been optioned by Mind Creatures Entertainment. It will be republished by Cormorant Books.
Nov 20 2017
Philip Huynh's collection of short fiction, currently titled Toad Poem, has been sold to Goose Lane Editions.
Nov 16 2017
Mark ZuehlkeSweep Lotus by Mark Zuehlke has been optioned for the screen by Optic Nerve.

All three books in the Elias McCann mystery series (which includes Hands Like Clouds and Carry Tiger to Mountain) are now available as e-books and print on demand.
Nov 15 2017
To be published in May 2019 - The Kitchen: A journey through time to find the perfect design, in which architect John Ota visits, explores and cooks in historic kitchens across North America. To Appetite by Random House.
Nov 6 2017
15.9, a YA novel by Holly Dobbie, has been sold to Dancing Cat Books.
Oct 30 2017
Laine FerndaleCover reveal for The Infamous Miss Ilsa by Laine Fernadale. Pre-order now! Out November 20th from Crimson Romance!

Also read the first book in the series, The Scandalous Mrs. Wilson.
Oct 22 2017
Dazzle Patterns by Alison Watt is out now!
September 5 2017
Join Halfmoon Bay author, Kara Stanley, on September 30th, 2017, 6:30 PM at the Sunshine Coast Arts Council for the launch of her new novel, "Ghost Warning". With entertainment by Gut Bucket Thunder.
July 18 2017
Sputnik's Children by Terri Favro is on CBC's list of 7 Canadian Books to Read if you Love Jane Austen!. And also on CBC Cross Country Checkup's summer reading list.
July 4 2017
Tracey Lindberg's Birdie has been sold to Les Editions du Boreal for French language publication.
June 26 2017
Three more books in the Fraser Springs historical romance series have been sold to Crimson Romance (Simon & Schuster). Read book one, The Scandalous Mrs Wilson by Laine Ferndale!
June 5 2017
Book two in the BC Blues crime series from R. M. Greenaway is here! Grab your copy of Undertow soon.
May 24 2017
The Scandalous Mrs. Wilson by Laine Ferndale is now available from Crimson Romance/Simon and Schuster. Read this frontier romance now!
May 14 2017
Gentlemen of the Shade, Jen Sookfong Lee's personal examination of the Gus Van Sant film, My Own Private Idaho, will be out in June from ECW.
May 12 2017
Sputnik's Children by Terri Favro is on the CBC's Mother's Day gift-buying guide!
April 3rd 2017
Andrea Warner is writing an authorized biography of legendary musician Buffy Sainte-Marie. It will appear from Greystone Books in 2018.
March 17th 2017
Congratulations to Jen Sookfong Lee (The Conjoined) and David Pitt-Brooke (Crossing Home Ground: A Grassland Odyssey Through Southern Interior British Columbia), both nominated at the 2017 BC Book Prizes, to be announced April 29th.
February 15th 2017
A great review for Terri Favro's forthcoming novel Sputnik's Children in Kirkus Reviews. And an amazing review in Publishers Weekly.
January 30th 2017
Audio rights to Birdie by Tracey Lindberg have been sold to Recorded Books.
January 15th 2017
Ghost Warning by Kara Stanley and What we Once Believed by Andrea MacPherson have been sold to Caitlin Press.
December 6th 2016
Sold to for audio: Once They Were Hats: In Search of the Mighty Beaver by Frances Backhouse and The Bastard of Fort Stikine: Mutiny, Madness and Murder in the Hudson's Bay Company and The Ballad of Jacob Peck by Dr Debra Komar.
November 27th 2016
Amazing review from The Globe & Mail for The Conjoined by Jen Sookfong Lee.
September 27th 2016
A great review from CM Magazine for M.E. Reid's YA novel The Turing Machinists.
September 20th 2016
Once They Were Hats: In Search of the Mighty Beaver by Frances Backhouse has been nominated for The Butler Book Prize and shortlisted for the Lane Anderson Award.
September 19th 2016
The Loxleys and Confederation (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.
September 16th 2016
W.P. (Bill) Kinsella has passed away at the age of 81. He was a unique, creative and outrageously opinionated man. One of North America's most prolific and popular authors, he published almost thirty books of fiction, non-fiction and poetry, which were translated into many languages around the world. His final work of fiction, RUSSIAN DOLLS, will be published later in 2016 by Coteau Books. A winner of many awards and honours (including the Leacock Award and the Order of Canada), he won many fans with his sly comic Hobbema Indian stories and shot to fame with the publication of his novel, SHOELESS JOE, which was adapted to become the film FIELD OF DREAMS.
August 25th 2016
RUSSIAN DOLLS, a new collection of linked stories by WP Kinsella, will be published by Coteau Books in fall 2017. Wylie is a struggling author who lives in a rooming house occupied by an assortment of losers and hangers-on. A girl named Christie takes a room and eventually they move in together. Wylie believes that Christie is his Muse, and believing it makes it so; his stories begin to sell. Christie tells him dark, dangerously inconsistent stories of her past. Are any of them true? Or is the enticing but erratic Christie simply the better storyteller of the two?
July 25th 2016
Sookfong LeePublisher's Weekly has published a great review of Jen Sookfong Lee's brand new novel The Conjoined. Tons more great press has followed. The book will have a launch in Vancouver.

"...this captivating novel still moves with the pace of a thriller as it deftly fills in the gaps in the lives of several people, each fractured by horrors of their very own, joined as one in betrayal, trauma, and "uncertainty.
July 22th 2016
CBC Books covers M. E. Redi's new YA novel, The Turing Machinsts in which 17-year-old Del starts a rock band in an attempt to deal with his parents' impending divorce, he follows in the footsteps of countless teens in both fiction and the real world. What sets Del and his bandmates apart: they all have Asperger's syndrome.
July 4th 2016
Fantastic review of Mark Zuehlke's Scoundrels, Dreamers & Second Sons: British Remittance Men in the Canadian West, published by Harbour in the Vancouver Sun.
June 22nd 2016
Forensic scientist and author Debra Komar won the Canadian Authors Association 2016 literary award for Canadian history for her latest true historical murder mystery, The Bastard of Fort Stikine.
June 16th 2016
Jennifer Villamere's Is Canada Even Real, a pop culture book, has been sold to Dundurn.
May 24th 2016
Roxanne Snopek's SUNSET BAY SANCTUARY, a new series set on the Sanctuary Ranch on the south coast of Oregon, was sold to Tara Gavin at Zebra Shout, a Kensington imprint in a three book deal.
May 20th 2016
Mark Zuehlke has been nominated for National Magazine Award in the category of Single Issue for his text in The Fight for Italy special issue from Legion Magazine.
May 11th 2016
The Bastard of Fort Stikine by Debra Komar won the 2016 Prince Edward Island Book Award for Non-fiction.
April 26th 2016
Birdie by Tracey Lindberg is on the shortlist for the Second Annual Kobo Emerging Writer Prize and the 2016 Alberta Literary Awards (Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction sponsored by The Banff Centre).
April 15th 2016
Read reviews of R.M. Greenaway's Cold Girl in the Globe & Mail and Kirkus Reviews. Winner of the 2014 Unhanged Arthur Award for Best Unpublished First Crime Novel.
March 15th 2016
There has been a lot more press for Once They Were Hats: In Search of the Mighty Beaver by Frances Backhouse. See the stories in Radio Canada International, the Chicago Tribune, the Seattle Times, and Publishers Weekly.
January 26th 2016
Birdie by Tracey Lindberg is on the shortlist for the 2016 edition of CBC Canada Reads, the annual "battle of the books" which will air in March.
January 25th 2016
Frances Backhouse, author of Once They Were Hats: In Search of the Mighty Beaver, was on Oregon Public Broadcasting's Think Out Loud Roundtable. Listen to it here.
January 19th 2016
Hugo House, the Seattle writers center, has selected The Bride Sripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even by Chris Westbury as one of the Books Hugo House Loved in 2015. Read Them This Year!
January 19th 2016
Debra Komar has been selected as a writer-in-residence at Berton House for fall 2016. Komar is the author of three books which apply modern forensic methods to solve historical crimes.
January 8th 2016
ONCE THEY WERE HATS: In Search of the Mighty Beaver by FRANCES BACKHOUSE is #47 on the NATIONAL POST's NP99, their list of the best 99 books of 2015. The book has received numerous great rewiew including one from The Globe & Mail which calls it "fascinating and smartly written." Backhouse will appear at Powell's Books in Portland on Friday, January 15 2016 at 7:30pm.
December 17th 2015
Birdie by Tracey Lindberg is on the longlist for the 2016 edition of CBC Canada Reads.
November 10th 2015
Kara Stanley's memoir Fallen is longlisted for the BC National Award For Canadian Non-Fiction, one Of Canada's largest book prizes. More about the book here and also the prize here.
October 20th 2015
BackhouseThe National Post says Frances Backhouse's Once They Were Hats "is deeply, enthrallingly, page-turningly fascinating." Read the review here and find out more about the book here.

"Frances Backhouse has written a wise and wily book, effortlessly blending history, natural history, science and sense, she tells us much that we didn�t know about our national totem, and about the persistence of nature caught in the spotlight of civilization." � Wayne Grady, author of The Natural History of the Great Lakes
September 8th 2015
Tracey Lindberg will be appearing at the Eden Mills Writer�s Festival outside of Toronto on September 13 from 12:30 to 1:30 PM. She will be on The Next Chapter with Shelagh Rogers on September 10th.
August 28 2015
W.P. Kinsella will appear at the Chilliwack Library on September 16th at 7pm, Word on the Street Saskatoon on September 20th, the Moose Jaw library on September 22nd, the Regina Main Library on September 24th at 7pm and Shelf Life Books in Calgary on September 30th at 7pm. Listen to a recent interview on Radio Book Club.
July 21 2015
Excellent review in Literary Review of Canada for The Bastard of Fort Stikine by Deb Komar.
July 13 2015
Excellent review in Publishers Weekly for Forgotten Victory: First Canadian Army and the Cruel Winter of 1944 by Mark Zuehlke.
July 12 2015
Birdie by Tracey Lindberg had a fabulous review in the Edmonton Journal. Tracey will be at several Festivals in the fall including WOTS Saskatoon, Calgary Wordfest, Vancouver International Writers Festival and International Festival of Authors in Toronto - look out for news.
July 8 2015
Frances Backhouse's forthcoming Once They Were Hats: In Search of the Mighty Beaver is listed on the Globe & Mail's list of 20 books you'll be reading and talking about for the rest of the year. Backhouse is in the great company of Margaret Atwood, Salman Rushdie, Harper Lee and Dr. Seuss! Find out more about the book here.
June 26 2015
Tracey Lindberg's novel Birdie had a fantastic review in the Globe & Mail. You can also listen to her recent interview on CBC Daybreak Alberta.
June 4 2015
Congratulations to Roxanne Snopek, whose novel, Three River Ranch hit the USA Today bestseller list.
June 3 2015
BirdieCongratulations to Tracey Lindberg, whose novel, Birdie, appeared on the Macleans bestseller list in its first week in print. Listen to Tracey on CBC's Q here and watch her on Canada AM here.

Tracey will appear at the Gibsons library on June 11th, at Bolen's Books in Victoria on June 16th and at Book Warehouse in Vancouver on July 3rd. Keep an eye on her website for more events and news.
May 27 2015
Forensic Anthropologist Debra Komar kicks off a national tour in Halifax on June 18, 2015, 7pm at the Central Library. Join Komar, author of the new book The Bastard of Fort Stikine: The Hudson's Bay Company and the Murder of John McLoughlin Jr., for a look at how modern forensic science, including ballistics, virtual autopsy, and crime scene reconstruction, unlocks the mystery of a murder at the heart of Hudson's Bay Company history.

June 25th in Prince George, June 26 in Terrace, June 28 in Vancouver, June 29th in Winnipeg. Event info here.
May 19 2015
WP Kinsella will appear at the Strawberry Hill Chapters in Surrey BC at 1pm May 23rd. His new book is The Essential W.P. Kinsella.
May 13 2015
Tracey Lindberg's debut novel, Birdie, will be published on May 26th by HarperCollins Canada. Bernice Meetoos is a big, beautiful Cree woman with a dark secret in her past. Bernice (Birdie) has left her home in northern Alberta on something of a vision quest, looking for family, for home, for understanding. She is also driven by the leftover teenaged desire to meet Pat John � Jesse from The Beachcombers � because he is, as she says, a working, healthy Indian man. Birdie heads for Molly�s Reach to find answers, but they are not the ones she expected. Keep up with Tracey Lindberg and the book here.
March 6 2015
Gabrielle Prendergast has a new book sold to Orca Books, this time a middle grade novel entitled Pandas on the Eastside.
February 27 2015
Tangled in Tennessee by Alexandra Holden has been sold to Inkspell.
February 25 2015
The Essential WP Kinsella has received a starred review in Publisher's Weekly. "...each of these works, whether fantastic or realistic, is individually a small marvel of the storyteller�s art." Read the full review here. Read more or order a copy at Tachyon Publications.
February 5 2015
Fallen by Kara Stanley and The Bastard of Fort Stikine by Debra Komar are both on the CBC's 15 works of nonfiction to watch for in 2015. See the list here.
November 4 2014
Fabrizio�s Comet, a two-act operetta based on Mark Frutkin�s award-winning novel, Fabrizio�s Return, was recently performed at St. Olaf College in Minnestoa. Professor of Music James McKeel has worked on adapting Frutkin�s novel for the stage for two years to be presented by St. Olaf student actors and musicians. Read the Ottawa Magazine article.
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 soir�e & 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 presentM�ira 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 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 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 fianc�, 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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