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About the Agency

Wales Literary Agency, established in 1990 and described as a “... discerning Seattle outfit in search of literary nonfiction and fiction from the Pacific Rim and beyond,” represents approximately 50 clients.

Subjects of interest for the agency are mainstream and literary fiction, graphic novels, narrative-driven nonfiction and memoirs— with particular emphasis on science, nature, social justice, politics, health, food writing, and culture.

Recently published and forthcoming titles represented by the  Agency include: At Peace: Choosing a Good Death After a Long Life by Samuel Harrington, MD (Hachette, 2018); Our Native Bees by Paige Embry (Timber/Workman, 2018); Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life by David R. Montgomery (Norton, 2017), a finalist for the PEN/E.O. Wilson Prize for Literary Science Writing; Mozart’s Starling by Lyanda Lynn Haupt (Little, Brown, 2017); Witness Tree by Lynda Mapes (Bloomsbury, 2017);  Be Brave, Be Kind, Be Thankful: A Year in Small Town Government (Algonquin, 2019) by Heather Lende, author of NY Times Bestseller, If You Lived Here, You’d Know My Name and Find the Good (Algonquin, 2016) — the latter two titles have been optioned for TV by Freemantle Media; and Victory Parade, a graphic novel about WWII by Leela Corman (Schocken/Pantheon, 2019), author of Unterzakhn, a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize, 2013 Le Prix Artemisia, and the Eisner Award for Best New Graphic Album.

Also among are agency clients are: Dan Savage, David Mas Masumoto, Julia A. Boyd, Peter Donahue, Gordon Edgar, Kenny Fries, Jean Hegland, Martin Laird, Cinthia Ritchie, and Robert Spector.

Agency titles have appeared on the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and other national bestseller lists and earned strong reviews.

Client awards include: American Book Awards, an American Academy of Arts and Letters Literary Award, the Anisfeld-Wolf Book Award, the AWP Award, Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award, Guggenheim Awards, the Harvard Goldsmith Award, a Julia Child Literary Food Writing Award, Lambda Literary Awards, Lannan Awards,  a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Library of Congress, MacArthur Fellowships, NEA Fellowships, PEN Awards, the Polk Award, Pulitzer Prize finalists, Pushcart Prizes, Rockefeller Grants, and Washington State Book Awards.

Elizabeth Wales, owner and principal agent, began her career at Oxford University Press in 1980. She also worked at the Strand Bookstore and in trade sales and marketing at Viking Penguin in New York. A graduate of Smith College, she did graduate work in Literature at Columbia University. Member of Association of Authors Representatives, Inc. (AAR) and the Authors' Guild.

Neal Swain, assistant agent, graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in History. She handles permissions, marketing, and publicity for the agency.

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