Rachel Letofsky

I specialize in children’s books (YA, middle-grade and picture books) and narrative driven and essay-based non-fiction and literary fiction for the adult market. I’m really engaged in helping to promote big voices, with big ideas that I can champion to all the corners of the world. I represent authors such as Vivek Shraya– an artist whose body of work crosses the boundaries of music, literature, visual art, and film – her recent work of nonfiction, I’m Afraid of Men, was a highly publicized bestseller in 2018  published by Penguin ; Danny Ramadan, whose novel The Clothesline Swing was longlisted for CBC’s Canada Reads, the Sunburst Award and the Lambda Literary Awards, and won the Independent Publisher Book Award for Gay/Lesbian/Bi/Trans Fiction in 2018, and whose picture book Salma, The Syrian Chef is forthcoming in 2020; Janice Lynn Mather, whose debut YA novel, Learning to Breathe was nominated for a Governor General’s Literary Award and a BC Book Prize in 2018; Natalie Morrill, whose debut novel, The Ghostkeeper, won the Canadian Jewish Literary award in 2018 for Best Fiction; Téa Mutonji, an award-winning poet and writer who was named emerging writer of the year (2017) by the Ontario Book Publishers Organization, and whose debut collection of short fiction, Shut Up You’re Pretty, published in April 2019 and has been nominated for the Writer's Trust Fiction Award of 2019; Farzana Doctor, acclaimed and award-wining author, and previous winner of the Dayne Ogilvie Grant from the Writers' Trust of Canada for an emerging lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender writer; and Cherie Dimaline, whose novel The Marrow Thieves received so many awards that they couldn’t all fit on the cover of the book – including the 2017 Governor General’s award in Children’s Literature, the 2017 Kirkus Prize in YA Literature, and was one of the titles defended on the CBC’s 2018 Canada Reads competition; among many other talented established and debut authors in the US, Canada, Australia, India, the Caribbean and Europe.

What I'm Looking For

YA
Literary
Narrative-driven non-fiction

In all cases, unforgettable voices, and unique points of view with circumstances and characters that capture my heart.

Sample Titles

A Face for Picasso, Ariel Henley
Empire of Wild, Cherie Dimaline
Shut Up You're Pretty, Téa Mutonji

Specializes In

FICTION: Children’s, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Middle Grade, Multi-Cultural, Young Adult

NONFICTION: Cultural/Social Issues, GLBT, Juvenile, Multi-Cultural, Narrative,

Considers

FICTION: Commercial Fiction, Family Saga, GLBT, Graphic Novels, Picture Books, Short Story Collections

NONFICTION: Investigative Journalism, Memoir, Nature/Ecology, Pop Culture, True Crime