American literary agent Andrew Wylie, whose eponymous agency boasts clients like Martin Amis and Salman Rushdie, discusses his experiences in international publishing. Following the keynote address will be a short Q&A with interviewer Carol Off.
This event is part of the annual International Visitors (IV) Programme.
Carol Off is the host of CBC radio’s As It Happens. With extensive experience in both Canadian and international current affairs, Off has covered conflicts in the Middle East, Haiti, the Balkans and the sub-continent, as well as events in the former Soviet Union, Europe, Asia, the United States and Canada. She reported the fallout from the 9/11 disasters with news features and documentaries from New York, Washington, London, Cairo and Afghanistan. She has won numerous awards for her CBC television documentaries in Asia, Africa and Europe and is the author of four books, most recently, All We Leave Behind, a finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction and the Governor General's Literary Award for Nonfiction. She lives in Toronto.
Andrew Wylie was born in 1947 in New York City and raised in Sudbury, Massachusetts. He graduated from Harvard College in 1970, and in 1980, established The Wylie Agency in New York. He merged with Aitken & Stone in London in 1986, then demerged in 1996 and established The Wylie Agency UK Ltd. The agency now operates globally from offices in New York and London without the use of subagents on behalf of its 1,000 clients. In 2014, he established Balcells & Wylie with Carmen Balcells, an agency operating from Barcelona and London to represent rights previously represented by The Balcells Agency.