WCA Authors fill Globe 100 list

By November 30, 2012News

The Globe & Mail’s annual Globe 100 list has been released, and Westwood Creative Artists is thrilled to announce that WCA authors’ titles fill the list of the top books of the year. We would like to offer our warmest congratulations to all of the authors, and provide the Globe’s citations below.


Indian Horse

By Richard Wagamese, Douglas & McIntyre

In Richard Wagamese’s novel, Saul Indian Horse introduces himself in the first line of his “memoir”: Anishinabeg, of the Fish clan, from the shores of the Winnipeg River. But it soon becomes clear that this pastoral and traditional sense of himself has not come easily, that he has had to fight numerous battles to achieve self-knowledge and self-acceptance. — Jane Smiley

Dr. Brinkley’s Tower

By Robert Hough, Anansi

John Romulus Brinkley, born poor in 1885 Appalachia, made a fortune by claiming to cure impotence by implanting goat glands into men. In the 1930s, Mexico let him build a 50,000-watt “border blaster,” and the construction of this massive radio transmitter provides the backdrop for Robert Hough’s hilarious novel. — Steven Hayward

The Juliet Stories

By Carrie Snyder, Anansi

The Juliet Stories is a well-crafted and imaginative novel-in-stories that explores and reflects on the impact of a few monumental years in the life of the book’s namesake. It combines straight-ahead realism with fractured, dream-like prose, in a successful exploration of the merits and pitfalls of family life. — Zoe Whittall

Everybody Has Everything

By Katrina Onstad, Emblem/M&S

In Katrina Onstad’s ambitious, assured, gripping novel, Ana and James, a 40-ish professional couple, are settling into a life without children when their friends Marcus and Sarah are in a car accident, leaving Ana and James to care for their two-year-old son.  —Zoe Whittall

The Magic of Saida

By M. G. Vassanji, Doubleday Canada

M. G. Vassanji continues his ongoing exploration of history and its lingering effects on the present in this story of Kamal Punja, a well-off, late-middle-aged doctor in Edmonton, who returns to his birthplace on the coast of Tanzania in search of the Saida of the title, whom he knew as a child. — Robert J. Wiersema

The World

By Bill Gaston, Hamish Hamilton Canada

Fifty-one-year-old retired shop teacher Stuart loses everything after he accidentally burns down his uninsured house. But the story is not depressing – anything but. Stuart’s disaster is recounted with affection and without so much as a pinch of melodrama, and the realism is as spot-on as a Ken Danby print. — Diane Baker Mason

Mad Hope

By Heather Birrell, Coach House

In this collection, Heather Birrell explores characters whose reasonable expectations of the world have been devastated by sudden death or other tragedies, leaving them yearning for alleviation of grief, pain or regret. Birrell’s exceptional gift for narrative achieves a seemingly effortless originality and accuracy. — Kelli Deeth


The Complete Journals of L. M. Montgomery

The PEI Years, 1889-1900

edited by Mary Henley Rubio and Elizabeth Hillman Waterston, Oxford

This welcome addition to our knowledge of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s life and legacy captures the thoughts and observations of a highly articulate woman, one whose bestselling Anne of Green Gables was several years away, but who would eventually become one of Canada’s most enduring authors. — Benjamin Lefebvre

The Pursuit of Perfection

A Life of Celia Franca

by Carol Bishop-Gwyn, Cormorant

The founder of the National Ballet of Canada had a phobia about people knowing too much about her, creating a flamboyant persona to hide her origins as the daughter of poor working-class Jews in London. So many ballet biographies veer in the direction of sycophancy, but this wonderfully candid life is both superbly insightful and judiciously written. — Deirdre Kelly


A Memoir of Extremes

by Kamal Al-Solaylee, HarperCollins

Kamal al-Solaylee’s memoir of growing up gay in Arab countries crosses many lines of identity: class, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, religion and degrees of religious observance. This beautiful book about a family’s tortured relationship to history – and a region’s fraught relationship to modernity – is everything a great memoir should be: It’s as moving as it is complex. — Matthew Hays


The Rise of the New Global Super-rich and the Fall of Everyone Else

by Chrystia Freeland, Doubleday Canada

In her book about the rise of the super-wealthy, Chrystia Freeland focuses not on the lifestyles of the rich and fatuous, but on the societally corrosive effects of growing income inequality. Freeland’s analysis of this problem is rich and worthwhile, and admirably free of St. Tropez helicopter glam shots. — Paul Kedrosky


Sex, Scandal, and Suffering Behind the Symbol of Perfection

by Deirdre Kelly, Greystone

If this book was commissioned as a result of The Black Swan effect, Globe and Mail writer Deirdre Kelly certainly delivered in the line of brief lives en pointe. Her best read like those superior program essayettes. Her entry on the most tragic, and gifted, Emma Livry, is almost a ballet libretto. — Veronica Horwell


Travels Along the Barricades

by Marcello Di Cintio, Goose Lane

This is a remarkable book, and Di Cintio is a thoroughly engaged, and engaging, traveller and wordsmith. He shares tea with desert nomads, visits holding camps filled with broken-dreamed West African and Punjabi migrants, and – most dangerous of all, perhaps – travels the U.S.-Mexican border alongside a gun-toting yet oddly endearing redneck environmentalist. — Will Ferguson