Literary Management


omar el akkad'S american war wins the 2018 kobo emerging writer award for literary fiction

June 20, 2018

The Kobo Emerging Writer Prize supports Canadian debut authors by helping kick-start their careers. A winning book in each category was chosen by established and respected Canadian authors: Zoe Whittall for Literary Fiction, Kelley Armstrong for Speculative Fiction, and Ross King for Non-Fiction, giving the debut writers an impressive vote of confidence from those at the top of their field.

You can see the full list of winners and shortlisted authors here.

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June 20, 2018

You can see the complete list of winners and shortlisted authors here.

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June 15, 2018

Méira Cook's novel Once More With Feeling has won the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award, one of three Manitoba Book Awards that the novel was nominated for.

Congratulations, Méira!

ROBYN doolittle wins the 2017 michener award for "UNFOUNDED"

June 12, 2018

The Globe and Mail has won the 2017 Michener Award recognizing public-service journalism for its investigation into how Canadian police handle sexual-assault complaints.

Unfounded, a 20-month long project spearheaded by reporter Robyn Doolittle, looked into the way Canadian police handle sexual-assault complaints. Using data gathered from hundreds of police services across the country, the project showed that sexual-assault complaints are twice as likely to be dismissed as unfounded than complaints in other assault cases.

The investigation spurred law-enforcement agencies to review more than 37,000 cases, and some agencies pledged to revamp their approach to policing sexual violence.

“The judges concurred that this rigorous, in-depth investigation exemplifies the best in public service journalism and the critical value of media in effecting change,” said Alan Allnutt, president of the Michener Awards Foundation.

Congratulations, Robyn!

THE LITTLE STRANGER to be released as a major motion picture on august 31, 2018

June 11, 2018

A film adaptation of Sarah Waters's 2009 novel The Little Stranger is being released as a major motion picture on August 31st from Focus Features. 

From the director of Room, The Little Stranger tells the story of Dr. Faraday, the son of a housemaid, who has built a life of quiet respectability as a country doctor. During the long hot summer of 1948, he is called to a patient at Hundreds Hall, where his mother once worked. The Hall has been home to the Ayres family for more than two centuries. But it is now in decline and its inhabitants - mother, son and daughter - are haunted by something more ominous than a dying way of life. When he takes on his new patient, Faraday has no idea how closely, and how disturbingly, the family’s story is about to become entwined with his own.

You can watch the trailer here.

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June 11, 2018

Méira Cook's novel Once More With Feeling is shortlisted for three Manitoba Book Awards: the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction, the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award, and the McNally Robinson Manitoba Book of the Year Award.

The awards ceremony will be held on Friday, June 15, 2018 in Manitoba. 

You can learn more about the award and its 2018 shortlist here

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May 23, 2018

Gillian Chan's YA novel The Disappearance has wont he 2018 Eric Hoffer Award for Best Young Adult Novel!

The Eric Hoffer Award honors the memory of the great American philosopher Eric Hoffer by highlighting salient writing, as well as the independent spirit of small publishers. Since its inception, the Hoffer has become one of the largest international book awards for small, academic, and independent presses. 

You can read more about the prize here

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May 15, 2018

Vikki VanSickle's middle grade novel The Winnowing was awarded the 2018 Red Maple Award for Fiction at today's Festival of Trees ceremony in Toronto.

The Red Maple Award reading program is offered for the enjoyment of students ages 12 to 13, in Grades 7 and 8. This program includes a Fiction list every year and every other year Red Maple also offers a Non-Fiction list. This program aims to get readers engaging in conversation around the books and encourages them to use critical thinking while reading.

The Forest of Reading® is Canada's largest recreational reading program! This initiative of the Ontario Library Association (OLA) offers eight reading programs to encourage a love of reading in people of all ages. The Forest helps celebrate Canadian books, publishers, authors and illustrators. More than 250,000 readers participate annually from their School and/or Public Library. All Ontarians/Canadians are invited to participate via their local public library, school library, or individually.

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ODwabdanotwm & AMERICAN WAR shortlisted for the 2018 Kobo emerging writer prize

May 1, 2018

Scaachi Koul's humorous collection of essays, One Day We'll  All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter, is shortlisted for the 2018 Kobo Emerging Writer Nonfiction Prize. Omar El Akkad's dystopian novel, American War, is shortlisted for the 2018 Kobo Emerging Writer Literary Fiction Prize.

You can see the full list of nominees here.

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ann vandermeer, jeff vandermeer, sofia samatar & Kai ashante wilson nominated for 2018 locus awards

May 1, 2018

CMD's shortlisted authors are as follows:

Jeff VanderMeer for Borne
Ann & Jeff VanderMeer for Editor
Kai Ashante Wilson for Novelette, "The Lamentation of Their Women"
Sofia Samatar for Collection, Tender

You can find more details here.

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OMAR EL AKKAD's AMERICAN WAR wins THE 2018 Ken Kesey Award for fiction

May 1, 2018

The Portland nonprofit Literary Arts named Omar El Akkad's novel American War the recipient of the Ken Kesey Award for Fiction at the 2018 Oregon Book Awards on April 30.

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April 23, 2018

The Board of Directors of the Leacock Associates announced its 2018 longlist for the 71st Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour, selecting ten titles from a field of 70 entries from across Canada. The final winner, who also receives a $15,000 prize, is to be announced on Saturday, June 9, 2017, at a gala award dinner at Geneva Park Conference Centre, just outside Orillia, Ontario. For the first time, both runner-ups will each receive $3,000, which is double the runner-up prize previously awarded.

You can read the full press release here

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Jordan B Peterson’s 12 RULES FOR LIFE SOLD INTO 38 territories & counting

April 20, 2018

We are delighted to report that Dr. Jordan B Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life has sold into 38 territories and counting! The full round up of countries and languages it is or will be published in is as follows: 

Canada English rights, Random House Canada
World Albanian rights, Minverva Publishing
Portuguese rights in Brazil, Alta Books
World Bulgarian rights, Gnezdoto
World Catalan rights, Planeta
World Complex Chinese rights, Common Master Press
World Simplified Chinese rights, Beijing Cheers Books
World Croatian rights, Verbum
World Danish rights, Politikens
World Dutch rights, Prometheus
World Estonian rights, Aripaev
World Finnish rights, WSOY
French rights in France, Michel Lafon
World German rights, Goldmann
World Hebrew rights, Sella Meir
World Hungarian rights, 21.Szazad Kiado
World Icelandic rights, Bókafélagið
World Indonesian rights, Gramedia Pustaka Utama
World Italian rights, Edizioni MyLife
World Japanese rights, Asahi
World Korean rights, Maven
World Lithuanian rights, Tyto Alba
World Mongolian rights, Monsudar
World Norwegian rights, Gyldendal Norsk
World Polish rights, Fijorr Publishing
World Portuguese rights excl. Brazil, TBD
World Romanian rights, Editura Trei
World Russian rights, Piter Press
World Serbian rights, Publik Praktikum
World Slovak, Slovensky Tatran
World Slovenian rights, Druzina
World Spanish rights, Planeta
World Swedish rights, Mondial
World Thai rights, Amarin
World Turkish rights, Pegasus
World Ukrainian rights, Nash
UK & Commonwealth rights, Penguin Press/Penguin Random House UK
World Vietnamese rights, Saigon Books

It continues to be a bestseller in Canada, the US and UK, more than a month after publication.


A. Lee Martinez’s MONSTER goes into production in China

April 20, 2018

A. Lee Martinez’s novel MONSTER–about two humans who don’t like each other much, but together must fight dragons, fire-breathing felines, trolls, Inuit walrus dogs, and a crazy cat lady for the future of the universe–is going to be a movie!

Linmon Pictures began production in Guangzhou, China earlier this month, with an award-winning cast and crew that includes Shawn Yue (from the original Hong Kong version of THE INFERNAL AFFAIR) and Golden Horse Award winners Tumen and Kara Wei.

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AMERICAN WAR & THE MARROW THIEVES place 2nd and 3rd in CBC’s Canada Reads 2018 competition

April 20, 2018

We are very proud that Cherie Dimaline’s YA novel THE MARROW THIEVES placed third and Omar El Akkad’s speculative novel, AMERICAN WAR, set fifty years in the future, placed second in this year’s heated Canada Reads debate.

You can watch the highlights of this year’s competition here.

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MILK AND HONEY hits 100-week milestone on NYT bestseller list

April 20, 2018

Rupi Kaur's debut collection of poetry, milk and honey, has surpassed 100 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list!