Zoe Whittall

Zoe Whittall’s most recent novel Holding Still for As Long as Possible (House of Anansi, 09/10) won a 2011 Lambda Literary Award, was short-listed for the ReLit Award and is being made into a film. Her critically-acclaimed first novel, Bottle Rocket Hearts, (Cormorant Books, 07) was named one of the top ten essential Canadian novels of the decade by CBC’s Canada Reads, a Globe & Mail Best Book of the Year, was translated into French and optioned for film. Xtra! Magazine and Now Magazine named her best local author in 2010. The National Post called Whittall “a writer of immense vitality and courage” in a review of her latest work. She has published three books of poetry, The Best Ten Minute of Your Life (McGilligan, 01), The Emily Valentine Poems (Snare, 06), and Precordial Thump (Exile, 08) and won numerous grants and awards. She has toured internationally and appeared on CBC Radio’s The Next Chapter, Here & Now, and Day 6, MTV, MuchMusic, Bravo and TVO. The Globe and Mail called her “the cockiest, brashest, funniest, toughest, most life-affirming, elegant, scruffy, no-holds-barred writer to emerge from Montreal since Mordecai Richler…”. She was born in South Durham, Quebec, resided in Montreal during the early 1990s and has lived in Toronto since 1997. Her most recent book of poems, Precordial Thump, launched in Fall 2008 with Exile Editions. Originally from South Durham, Quebec, she now lives in Toronto where she works as a freelance journalist.

More about Zoe Whittall at her website: zoewhittall.blogspot.com

Author photo by Kelly Clipperton


The Best Kind of People (House of Anansi Press, 2016)





Holding Still for As Long as Possible (House of Anansi)
Critics called her debut novel “Coupland-esque,” and she was described by her peers as a mix of Oscar Wilde and Johnny Rotten. Acclaimed by The Globe Book Review as the “cockiest…writer to emerge from Montreal since Mordecai Richler,” now comes Whittall’s most exciting work of fiction yet. World Rights Available Ex:
Canada (English): House of Anansi, Fall 2009
Film rights: Federgreen Entertainment Inc. Barbara Gittings Literature Award Honor Book, American Library Awards, 2011 Lambda Literary Award, 2011
Best Book of the Year, Xtra!, 2009 Shortlist, 2009 Relit Fiction Award


The Middle Ground When everything goes wrong at once, Missy Turner begins to make some unusual choices.
(Raven Books, Rapid Reads, 2010) Nominee, 2011 Golden Oak, Ontario Library Association



Bottle Rocket Hearts Bottle Rocket Hearts is bursting with the neuroticisms of the mid-twenties heart. Leonard Cohen meets Trainspotting (and falls in love).
(Cormorant, Lead Fiction, Éditions Québec Amérique) Top 40 Essential Canadian Novels of the Decade,
CBC Canada Reads Longlist, 2008 ReLit Award, Novel
Globe and Mail, Top 100 Books of 2007
Selected, Books of the Year, 2007, Quill & Quire World Rights Available Ex:
English in Canada: Cormorant Books, 2007
French in Canada: Éditions Québec Amérique
Books available Book trailer by Zoe on You Tube


Baby Remember My Name Michelle Tea, editor (Caroll & Graff, 2007)

Agent: Samantha Haywood