Monday, June 27, 2016

New literary agent Madison Smartt Bell joins Ayesha Pande Literary, seeks authors

Madison Smartt Bell,
Portrait d'un Ecrivain by Guidel Présumé
Ayesha Pande Literary
128 West 132 Street
New York, NY  10027 

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Ayesha Pande Literary describes itself as “a New York based boutique literary agency with a small and eclectic roster of clients” and prides itself as “especially passionate about discovering and nurturing talented new voices”

Madison Smartt Bell is the newest member of the team and like all new agents, he needs authors. : For most of my thirty years – so far – as a writer who teaches, I have invested a good deal of time in trying to help beginning writers place their manuscripts,” says Madison. “In a few anomalous cases where I could not find an agent for a deserving manuscript I have placed it with an editor myself — then turned the deal over to a full-service agent. More recently it occurred to me that I might accomplish more if instead of operating as agent pro tem and pro bono I simply turned pro."

Madison is the author of twelve novels, including Washington Square Ensemble, Waiting for the End of the World, and All Souls Rising (a National Book Award and PEN/Faulkner finalist, and The Color of Night. He has also published three short story collections, two biographies, and a memoir of travel in Haiti: Soul in the Bottle. With Wyn Cooper, he has released two albums.

Madison was born and raised in Tennessee and has lived in New York, Paris and London. A graduate of Princeton and of the Hollins Callege graduate creative writing program, he has taught in many other writing programs, including Goucher college, the Iowa Writes’ Workshop, and the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars.

Madison is interested in literary fiction, noir, criminal procedurals, works from the Caribbean basin and other diasporas, and anything genuinely original and fresh.

Query Madison at via the agencies query page here:

Brian Henry’s summer classes are starting soon:
“Welcome to Creative Writing,” Tuesday afternoons, July 5 – Aug 23, in Burlington (see here)
“Intensive Creative Writing,” begins by email June 29, classes run Wednesday afternoons, July 6 – Aug 24, in Burlington (see here)
“Intensive Creative Writing,” begins by email June 29, classes run Wednesday evenings, July 6 – Aug 24, in Burlington (see here) 
See details of all three classes here
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Other upcoming workshops include “Writing a Page-turner,” July 9, in Burlington (see here), “How to Build Your Story,” Saturday, July 16, in Midland (see here), and “Writing and Revising,” Saturday, July 23 in Kitchener (see here).

For those who love great food and a beautiful setting with their writing, Brian Henry will lead a Fall Colours Writing Retreat at Arowhon Pines Resort in Algonquin Park, Friday, Sept 16 – Sunday, Sept 18 (see here).

In the fall, Brian will offer a wide range of classes:
“Writing Kid Lit ~ Picture Books to YA,” Tuesday afternoons, Sept 27 - Nov 22 (no class Oct 11), in Burlington.
 “Intensive Creative Writing,” Wednesday afternoons, Intensive Sept 14 - Dec 14 (no class Oct 12) , in Burlington.
 “Intermediate Creative Writing,” Wednesday evenings, Sept 21 to Nov 30 (no class Oct 12), in Burlington
 “Welcome to Creative Writing,” Thursday afternoons, Sept 29 - Dec 8, in Oakville.
Intermediate Creative Writing,” evenings, Sept 29 - Dec 8, in Georgetown (see here).
To reserve a spot or for more details, email

On Saturday, October 15, Brian will lead a “How to Get Published” workshop in Burlington with literary agent Cassandra Rodgers of The Rights Factory as his guest speaker, and then on Saturday, November 19, he will lead a “Writing for Children and for Young Adults” workshop in Mississauga with Anne Shone, Senior Editor, Scholastics Canada as his guest speaker.

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See Brian’s full schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Algonquin Park, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Ingersoll, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, Orillia, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, St. John, NB, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Halton, Ingersoll, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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