Zoe Whittall

Zoe Whittall’s third novel, The Best Kind of People, is being adapted for feature film by Sarah Polley, was shortlisted for The Giller Prize, and named Indigo’s #1 Book of 2016, selected as a Heather’s Pick and a best book of the year by Walrus Magazine, The Globe & Mail, Toronto Life, & The National Post. She has worked as a TV writer on CBC/IFC’s The Baroness Von Sketch Show, which Vogue called “the best thing out of Canada since Ryan Gosling” and several other TV shows, including Schitt’s Creek and Degrassi. Her second novel, Holding Still for as Long as Possible, won a Lamda literary award and was named a Stonewall Honor Book by the American Library Association, and her debut Bottle Rocket Hearts, was named one of CBC Canada Reads’ best books of the decade. She has also written three volumes of poetry. Her short fiction has appeared in Granta, Hazlitt, Maisoneuve, and more. Born in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, she has an MFA from the University of Guelph and lives in Toronto with her family. Her next novel, The Spectacular, is forthcoming with Ballantine in the U.S. and Harpercollins in Canada.

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