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Limited-edition chapbook of stories by Anna Leventhal!

Cover of Anna Leventhal's Paper Pusher chapbookMontreal writer, radio producer, and performance artist Anna Leventhal has just published a limited-edition chapbook of three short stories–one of them new–with Paper Pusher Print Works, a Canadian micro-press that produces beautiful hand-made books, posters, and paper goods.

Moving Day & Other Stories collects “Sweet Affliction” and “Last Man Standing”–first published, respectively, by Geist and Maisonneuveand the previously unpublished “Moving Day,” an inventive satire of Quebec’s Fête du déménagement. These stories offer a taste of what’s in store for readers of Leventhal’s first full-length collection, Sweet Affliction, which is currently on submission in Canada and the United States.

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Best of the press!

Girl in Shades BaggioAs November draws to a close, the lists of bests and most-memorables seem to come from all corners of publishing. Yes, the HSW Literary Agency thinks it’s a little too early to reflect on the whole year, too. Instead, today finds us rounding-up recent media attention for Allison Baggio‘s debut novel, Girl in Shades. Continue reading

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LOCAVORE glitters gold at Canadian Culinary Book Awards

Locavore: From Farmers' Fields to Rooftop Gardens - How Canadians Are Changing the Way We Eat Sarah EltonThe HSW Literary Agency is delighted to announce that Sarah Elton‘s Locavore: From Farmers’ Fields to Rooftop Gardens – How Canadians Are Changing the Way We Eatis a Canadian Culinary Book Award gold medallist! The book, which HSWLA sold to HarperCollins Canada for publication in March 2010, took top-honours among English-language books in the Special Interest category.  Congratulations, Sarah!

This is the latest in a series of accolades for Locavore, which was notably a David Suzuki Foundation Book Club selection.

For more information about the Canadian Culinary Book Awards, please click through.

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Mary Lou Finlay “one of Canada’s best”!

The Canadian Broadcast Corporation, Canada’s public broadcaster, is marking its 75th anniversary with a look back at some of the personalities who enriched the airwaves through the years, including the incomparable Mary Lou Finlay. Finlay, who retired from the CBC in 2005 before publishing The As It Happens Files (Knopf Canada 2008), is remembered by her former employer as “one of Canada’s best.”

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A distinguished award for two distinguished clients!

The HSW Literary Agency is thrilled to announce that two of our clients, Lynne Kositsky and Roger Stritmatter, will receive the Vero Nihil Verius Award for Distinguished Scholarship from Concordia University‘s Shakespeare Authorship Research Center. The award is to honour the pair’s “outstanding achievement, recognition, and prestigious juried publication of their research on the origins of Shakespeare’s Tempest.”

A Moveable Feast: Sources, Chronology and Liturgical Design of Shakespeare’s Tempest, currently on offer through the agency, is the culmination of Roger and Lynne’s recent scholarship.

Congratulations, Lynne and Roger!

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On the road with Allison Baggio

Allison Baggio Writer Girl in ShadesThe calendar hasn’t turned yet, and already Allison Baggio‘s October schedule looks pretty full. In support of her debut novel, Girl in Shades, which is published on the first of the month, Allison will be making the rounds on the blog circuit. Scheduled stops include

Rounding out the blog tour will be posts on Allison’s own blog at

Finally, on Thursday, October 13th, Toronto’s Ben McNally Books will host Allison and the lovely folks from ECW Press as they fete the publication of Girl in Shades.

  • What: The official launch party for Allison Baggio’s Girl in Shades.
  • When: Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Where: Ben McNally Books, 366 Bay Street, Toronto, ON.

All are welcome to celebrate with them.

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Allison Baggio NovelTomorrow marks the official first day of fall, but in publishing, the season is already well underway. The longlist for the first of the big three awards for Canadian literary fiction has been announced; tickets for the International Festival of Authors are on sale; and authors and critics alike are unveiling their most-anticipated-books lists. 

Among Chatelaine‘s picks? Girl in Shades by our very own Allison Baggio. In “Northern Lights” (Chatelaine, October 2011), the magazine profiled Allison and three other Canadian writers with new books out in the coming weeks, calling Girl, “An immensely satisfying coming-of-age tale and remarkable first novel.” Click here for the full profile.

ECW Press releases Girl in Shades on October 1st.

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MINERVA’S VOYAGE a Children’s Centre Best Book!

Lynne Kositsky novel YAThe HSW Literary Agency is thrilled to announce that Lynne Kositsky‘s Minerva’s Voyage (Dundurn Press)–described by CM Magazine as “an exhilarating adventure story” with a “believable and authentic” protagonist–has been named to the Canadian Children’s Book Centre‘s annual list of Best Books for Kids & Teens! This is the latest addition to Kositsky’s long list of honours, which includes the Canadian Jewish Book award for Youth for The Thought of High Windows; the International Youth Library’s White Raven Award for Rachel: A Mighty Big Imagining; and Hackmatack Award-nominations for Rachel: A Mighty Big Imagining and Rachel: An Elephant Tree Christmas. Congratulations, Lynne!

The full list of Best Books is on newsstands now, but a partial list is available online.

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Advance praise for Alison Lohans’ PICTURING ALYSSA

Alison Lohans YA novel DundurnAs you may know, Alison Lohans, the prolific author of young adult and children’s books, has a new novel out this September. Picturing Alyssa, published by Dundurn Press, follows Alyssa Dixon as a photograph literally transports her to an Iowa farm in the middle of the Great Depression.

Writing time-travel can be tricky for even the most veteran writers, but as this advance review from the Saskatoon Star Phoenixnotes, Lohans handles the matter with skill and aplomb:

In the hands of experienced writers [Winter Shadows author Margaret Buffie] and Lohans, the shifts between past and present are easily navigated by readers. The brooch in Winter Shadows and the photograph in Picturing Alyssa both operate smoothly to convey characters through time and space. At first stricken with confusion, and then with growing understanding and control, these two protagonists are strikingly convincing within the suspension of disbelief conjured by good fantasy. Both books are highly recommended for ages 11 and up.

But don’t let the carefully rendered time-travel fool you: Picturing Alyssa is a topical, contemporary read that deals with real issues, like bullying and parental depression, and the relatable heroine ensures that readers are in for a real treat!

Picturing Alyssais available for pre-order now.

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MENNONITES DON’T DANCE a Danuta Gleed Runner-Up

Darcie Friesen Hossack Mennonites ThistledownCapping off what has been a stellar first eight months post-publication, Mennonites Don’t Dance, the debut collection of short stories by Darcie Friesen Hossack, was selected as one of two runners up for the 2010 Danuta Gleed Literary Award. The announcement coincided with the Writers’ Union of Canada‘s 2011 annual general meeting on Saturday, May 28th.

In their citation, jurors Douglas Glover, J. Jill Robinson, and Claire Holden Rothman enthused, “Readers easily and gladly enter the world Darcie Friesen Hossack has created in Mennonites Don’t Dance. That world, a primarily Mennonite world, is peopled with an array of characters both fair and foul, kind and cruel, characters all engaged to greater or lesser degrees in what Faulkner has called the ‘struggles of the human heart.’ These fine stories are written with great care, unfolding naturally and skilfully.”

Congratulations, Darcie!

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