Joshua Knelman

Joshua Knelman is an award-winning arts and investigative journalist and editor. He was a founding member of The Walrus magazine. His writing has also appeared in The Walrus, Toronto Life, TORO, Saturday Night,, The National Post, Quill & Quire, and The Globe & Mail. Knelman’s feature article “Artful Crimes” in The Walrus was the result of a three-year investigation into the international black market of stolen arts and antiquities and won Canada’s National Magazine Awards 2006 gold medal for Arts and Entertainment. His first book, Hot Act: Chasing Thieves and Detectives Through the Secret Art, was a two-time award winner and bestseller published internationally to great acclaim including Vanity Fair and Detours.

Knelman is also the fiction editor of Four Letter Word: A Collection of Fictional Love Letters from Chatto & Windus, UK.


Hot Art Chasing Thieves and Detectives through the Secret World of Stolen Art
(D&M, 2011) World Rights Available Ex:
Canada (English): D&M, September 2011
US: Tin House Books, Fall 2012
Korea: Sigongsa Co., Ltd. Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction, 2012
2012 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Non-Fiction
Top 100 Best Books of 2011,
Year-end Top Ten Non-Fiction,


Four Letter Word Original Love Lettersedited by Joshua Knelman and Rosalind Porter(Objetiva Brazil, 2008, English Canada, Knopf English Canada, Kastaniotis Editions Greece, Matar Israel, Mondadori Italy, Proszynski Poland, RAO Romania, Geleos Russia, Siren Turkey, Chatto & Windus UK, Free Press US)


2006 Gold Medal for writing, Arts and Entertainment
Canada’s National Magazine Awards, “Artful Crimes”, The Walrus

Agent: Samantha Haywood