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Free Book Festival Event: Meet the Publishers!

Next Wednesday, May 15th at 5:30 p.m. at the Just Us Café on Spring Garden Road.
The Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association presents the nominees for the 2013 Best Atlantic-Published Book Award. Meet the publishers of the shortlisted books as they discuss all elements of the publishing process!
Susanne Alexander from New Brunswick’s Goose Lane Editions for The Metamorphosis: The Apprenticeship of Harry Houdini by Bruce Macnab
Terrilee Bulger from Prince Edward Island’s The Acorn Press for Riptides: New Island Fiction edited and with an introduction by Richard Lemm
Patrick Murphy from Nova Scotia’s Nimbus Publishing for Grandma Says: Weather Lore From Meteorologist Cindy Day.

Atlantic Book Festival Kicks off!

The 2013 Atlantic Book Awards and Festival runs May 9-16 with literary events taking place in all four Atlantic Provinces. Visit for a full schedule of festival events. Then head out to meet this year's nominees! All events are free. Don't miss our coverage of the Book Awards in the spring issue of ABT and more exclusive content on our homepage!

Atlantic Book Awards and Festival

The 2013 Atlantic Book Awards and Festival runs May 9-16 with free literary events taking place in all four Atlantic Provinces. Atlantic Book Awards Celebration May 16, 7:00 p..m
This spring, the Atlantic Book Awards Society once again announced the full shortlist for the ten different book prizes that make up the 2013 Atlantic Book Awards. The thirty books up for awards represent the wide range of literary works being produced in Atlantic Canada—from traditional novels to cutting edge fiction; thought-provoking non-fiction and deeply researched books on Atlantic Canadian history, to poetry; and illustrated children’s picture books to novels written for teens and young adults. A new Atlantic Book Award being presented for the first time this year is the Atlantic Book Award for Scholarly Writing.
The 2013 Atlantic Book Awards and Festival runs May 9-16 with free literary events taking place in all four Atlantic Provinces. Festival details are available at Winners of the 2013 Atlantic Book Awards will be announced at a special awards show on the last night of the week-long festival, Thursday, May 16, at 7:00 p.m. at the Alderney Landing.
Tickets $15  On sale at www.Ticket

Call 1.888.311.9090, or at all Ticket Pro Outlets and at the door May 16.

eBOUND’s Winter Ebook Production Workshops in Toronto and Vancouver

Registration open for eBOUND's Winter Ebook Production Workshops in Toronto and Vancouver

eBOUND Canada will be holding two hands-on winter workshops that will focus on the latest ebook production techniques and processes that can help publishers streamline ebook production workflows. The workshop will feature can't-miss sessions including kindle ebook formatting, time-saving automation tools for ebook production, ebook quality assurance workflow, and how to master metadata in CoreSource.

The cost to attend these action-packed workshops is $300 for eBOUND members and $350 for non-members. But, to ensure attendees achieve maximum ROI, we're currently offering promotional discounts for both members and non-members alike! eBOUND members save 25% off of the regular price, meaning that the price to attend is only $225! Non-members too can save 15% off the regular cost of admission, bringing the fee down to $297.50. Please note that both prices do not include HST.

For more information, including full program descriptions, how to register, payment options, and ACP travel subsidy eligibility please click the links below:

Click here to learn more about the Toronto workshop.

Click here to learn more about the Vancouver workshop.

Contact Jordan Knoll if you have any questions about the workshops.

Call for Submissions: Best Atlantic Published Book Award

Submissions are now being accepted for the APMA's "Best Atlantic-Published Book Award" prize.

Click here for Submission and Jury Guidelines and here for a submission form.

All submissions must be postmarked by Wednesday, December 5, 2012. Deadline is firm.

Please contact the APMA for more information and/or further assistance.

The Best Atlantic-Published Book Award will be presented at the Atlantic Book Awards. to be held in Halifax, N.S. in May 2013. 

Pitch the Publisher: Registration opens September 10

The Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association will start booking requests for Pitch the Publisher at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, September 10, 2012. To sign up e-mail or call (902) 420-0711. Space is limited. Pitches will also be accepted from the audience should time permit.
Are you a closet writer who has a secret desire to be published? Do you have a laboured-over manuscript in your lower desk drawer? Or have you thought up a great book idea that has yet to be written?
The Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association invites you to bring your book idea or simply your curiosity to Pitch the Publisher at this year’s Word On The Street Festival on the Halifax Waterfront.
On Sunday, September 23 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Pitch the Publisher will offer potential authors a unique opportunity to present their book ideas to a panel of Atlantic-based publishers. Panelists will give suggestions and feedback on how to develop book ideas or manuscripts for publication.
This is your chance to catch the attention of a publisher who might be interested in publishing your work, so sharpen up your presentation skills, draft your pitch and come out to Word On The Street! Pitch sessions are organized by literary genres (children, fiction and non-fiction).
The sessions are free and open to all and sponsored by Marquis Book Printing. Come listen to the pitches and the ensuing discussion as panelists discuss the kinds of books they have chosen to publish and why.
Explore our website to read about the kinds of books being published in Atlantic Canada.
For more information on what else The Word On The Street festival has to offer please visit
Also look for Atlantic Books Today Issue #70, hitting bookstores, newsstands, cafes, the Chronicle Herald on September 8 and the Atlantic edition of the Globe and Mail on September 13 and online at later this week! 

Authors celebrated on Atlantic Author Day

Atlantic Author Day celebrates the best of what Atlantic Canadian publishers have to offer. Authors who are featured in the Atlantic Books Today's Atlantic Summer Reading Guide (2012) are all invited to participate.

On Saturday, June 16, 48 authors trekked out to 34 particpating bookstores across the region to meet and greet readers of all kinds, and sign books!

Click here for a nice piece highlighting some authors from the day, courtesy of Halifax News Net.

And here is a collection of online chatter surrounding Atlantic Author Day.

Click here for Atlantic Author Day photostream.

Thank you to all authors, bookstores, publishers and readers who participated. Hope to see you next year!

Celebrate this year’s Best Atlantic-Published Book Award Nominees

Where: The Fat Cat Blues Bar, George Street, St. John’s, NL

When:  Wednesday, May 16, 2012, 5:30p.m.

Free! All welcome.

Please join us for a lively discussion on the author/publisher relationship as publishers and authors discuss what makes the relationship work.

A celebration of the Best Atlantic-Published Books of 2012!

With authors Chris Benjamin (Eco-Innovators), Doug Underhill (Salmon Country) and Trudy J. Morgan-Cole (That Forgetful Shore)


Terrilee Bulger, Publisher, Nimbus Publishing

Corey Redekop, Publicity Manager, Goose Lane Editions

Rebecca Rose, President, Breakwater Books Ltd.

Moderated by writer, actor, musician and freelance broadcaster Mack Furlong, host of CBC’s Weekend Arts Magazine.

Light refreshments and cash bar available.

For more information call 709-743-4130.

This year’s Best Atlantic-Published Book Award nominees:


The Great Book Giveaway


We are conducting a survey to gain information about our readers.
If you haven't had a chance to fill out our ABT Reader Survey, please do. You can win a basket of books!

Click here to take a moment to complete the form. We appreciate your feedback.

46 authors. 28 bookstores. 1 Day. Atlantic Author Day!

On Saturday, June 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. over 45 Atlantic Canadian writers will be signing books at participating stores across the region. Come out and meet your favourite storytellers and pick up some great books for summer reading!
Presented by Atlantic Books Today and the Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association (APMA), Atlantic Author Day features many writers included in this year’s Summer Reading Guide, available at book retailers across Atlantic Canada.  APMA Executive Director Peggy Walt commented, “This is our third annual Atlantic Author Day event and more authors than ever before are participating. Celebrate the amazing talent of Atlantic Canadian writers by visiting your local bookstore to meet and support our finest storytellers and booksellers.”
There are 137 books featured in this year’s Atlantic Summer Reading Guide, representing 22 different Canadian publishers. With books ranging from fiction, poetry, history and gardening to people, food, young readers and more there are books for everyone’s reading enjoyment this summer. 
160,000 copies of the Summer Reading Guide have been distributed across Atlantic Canada. Pick up a copy at your local bookstore or download a copy from
This year’s promotion once again features a chance to win a beautiful basket of books with The Great Book Giveaway ballot found inside. Readers can enter by completing this ballot and mailing it to the office of Atlantic Books Today. The contest closes Friday, September 9. One basket will be awarded per province.
For more information and times and locations of author signings, please visit You can also check out Atlantic Books Today on Facebook and Twitter. Please note that all schedules are subject to change and will be updated until June 18.
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Celebrate Atlantic Author Day in your community - this free event is taking place in bookstores across the region on Saturday, June 18 from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.  Come out and meet your favourite authors!  For a complete schedule of author signings in your community, go to Pick up your free copy of the Summer Reading Guide in your local bookstore and enter to win a beautiful basket of books! 
For more information/interviews:  Heather Fegan or Peggy Walt, 902-420-0711,

PEI Publishing Assistance Reinstated

Prince Edward Island’s Tourism and Culture Minister Robert Vessey met with representatives of the publishing industry earlier this week, including Peggy Walt, Executive Director of the Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association, Terrilee Bulger, Publisher of The Acorn Press (whose mandate is to help encourage the literary culture of PEI), island authors and other Island- publishing proponents.
The provincial government was considering canceling the Book Publisher’s Assistance Program however, the voices of the publishing industry have been heard—following this meeting as well as a letter-writing campaign, started by Bulger earlier this year, that received support from across the region.
The PEI government has decided to develop a new funding program to assist publishers of Island books.
“I was very impressed with the important role this group plays in providing individuals and organizations with the opportunity to tell Prince Edward Island’s stories,” said the minister. “I have asked my staff to review the former program and identify ways that it can be more accessible to a larger number of participants. A revised program will be launched later this year.”

The revised program will assist publishers and provide Islanders with better access to the professional services provided by a publisher.
The program will replace the Publishers Assistance Program, which last operated in 2009-2010 and had a limited uptake.   

Coming Soon! The 2011 Atlantic Summer Reading Guide

Full of the latest and greatest Atlantic Canadian fiction, poetry, history, gardening, people, food, young readers and more. Watch for copies to arrive at bookstore across Atlantic Canada soon.


Book Event! Wednesday, May 18: The Author-Publisher Relationship. 5pm at The Old Triangle in Halifax

Celebrate this year's Best Atlantic-Published Book Award Nominees!

Where: The Old Triangle, 5136 Prince St. Halifax, NS

When: Wedesday, May 18, 2011, 5:00 p.m.

Free! All Welcome.

Please join us for a lively discussion on the author/publisher relationship as publishers, authors and creators discuss what makes the relationship work. A celebration of the Best Atlantic-Published Books of 2011!

With authors Kate Evans (Where Old Ghosts Meet) and Elizabeth Peirce (Grow Organic), Rebecca Rose, President, Breakwater Books Ltd. and Patrick Murphy, Editor, Nimbus Publishing.

Moderated by author, journalist and fellow book award nominee, Jon Tattrie.

Light refreshments and cash bar available. For more information call 420-0711.


2011 Atlantic Book Awards Shortlist

Thirty books up for awards!

The 2011 Book Awards Festival will run May 12-19, with the winners being announced at the awards ceremony on May 19 at Alderney Gate Library in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

For more information on the Atlantic Book Awards and Festival, visit


Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children’s Literature

Jan L. Coates, A Hare in the Elephant's Trunk (Red Deer Press)

Shauntay Grant, The City Speaks in Drums (Nimbus Publishing)

Valerie Sherrard, The Glory Wind (Fitzhenry & Whiteside)


APMA Best Atlantic-Published Book Award

Grow Organic by Elizabeth Peirce (Nimbus Publishing)

Out Loud: Essays on Mental Health Illness, Stigma and Recovery by various authors (Breakwater Books)

Where Old Ghosts Meet by Kate Evans (Breakwater Books)


Atlantic Independent Booksellers’ Choice Award

Deborah Carr, Sanctuary (Goose Lane Editions)

Sheree Fitch, Pluto's Ghost (Random House)

Johanna Skibsrud, The Sentimentalists (Gaspereau Press)


Atlantic Poetry Prize

Johanna Skibsrud, I Do Not Think That I Could Love A Human Being (Gaspereau Press)

Douglas Burnet Smith, Learning To Count (Frontenac House Ltd.)

John Steffler, Lookout (McClelland & Stewart)


Dartmouth Book Award (Fiction)

Lesley Choyce, Raising Orion (Thistledown Press)

Sheldon Currie, Two More Solitudes (Key Porter Books)

Anne Emery, Children in the Morning (ECW Press)


Dartmouth Book Award (Non-fiction)

John Boileau, Halifax & the Royal Canadian Navy (Nimbus Publishing)

Daniel Doucet, Élizabeth LeFort: Canada’s Artist in Wool (Cape Breton University Press)

Jerry Lockett, Captain James Cook in Atlantic Canada (Formac Publishing)


Democracy 250 Atlantic Book Award for Historical Writing

Rusty Bittermann, Sailor's Hope (McGill-Queen's University Press)

Josie Penny, So Few on Earth (Dundurn Press)

Jon Tattrie, The Hermit of Africville (Pottersfield Press)


Evelyn Richardson Memorial Literary Prize for Non-fiction

Laura Penny, More Money Than Brains (McClelland & Stewart)    

J. A. Wainwright, Blazing Figures: A Life of Robert Markle (Wilfred Laurier University Press)

Christopher A. Walsh, Under the Electric Sky (Pottersfield Press)


Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Illustration

Brian Deines, One Hockey Night by David Ward (Scholastic)

Doretta Groenendyk, Snow for Christmas (Acorn Press)

Susan Tooke, The City Speaks in Drums by Shauntay Grant (Nimbus Publishing)


Margaret and John Savage First Book Award

Kate Evans, Where Old Ghosts Meet (Breakwater Books)

Jerry Lockett, Captain James Cook in Atlantic Canada (Formac Publishing)

Alexander MacLeod, Light Lifting (Biblioasis)


Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award

Alexander MacLeod, Light Lifting (Biblioasis)

Beth Powning, The Sea Captain’s Wife (Random House of Canada Ltd.)

Kathleen Winter, Annabel (House of Anansi Press)

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Canadians Read more than 2.7-million books in one week

A press release from the National Reading Campaign:

The numbers are in for the first National Book Count: more than two and a half million books were purchased or borrowed in Canada from January 10-16:

2,714, 946 books to be exact. The Book Count is organized by the National Reading Campaign as part of an ongoing effort to promote a passion for reading in Canada.

1,110,568 books were sold by retailers including Indigo Books & Music, and other national chains as well as over 260 independent bookstores across the country. 1,604,378 books were borrowed from 22 participating public library systems.*

2,714, 946 books in seven days means that in a typical week in January, Canadians bought or borrowed as many books as they purchased tickets to the top box office film. In fact, it is likely that more people picked a book than watched a game on Hockey Night in Canada. We do so much to promote film and to encourage youth to play hockey. Do we do as much to advance reading? The NRC believes our nation can do much more.

The National Book Count provides us with a figure against which we can measure the success of our campaign in future years. While the number of books bought and borrowed is encouraging we are also concerned by the number of young people who in recent surveys report a declining enjoyment in reading.  The economic focus of much of our education system and existing programs for New Canadians and Aboriginal Canadians does little to encourage a love of reading and passionate civic engagement.

What books were tracked?

This is the first time that combined sales and library circulation for books has been tabulated in Canada. Book sales were collected by three book sale aggregators: BookNet Canada, BookManager, and la Société de gestion de la Banque de titres de langue française (BTLF) and book circulation was tracked by the Canadian Urban Libraries Council.

The numbers were collected and combined by the National Reading Campaign and cover 22 public library systems, 80 percent of the English language book retail market and 40 percent of the French language retail market across Canada. No individual consumer information was collected. Online print book sales were captured from major online retailers including and Digital downloads from public libraries were included but not from retailers.

*The Canadian Urban Libraries Council tracked circulation figures for the public libraries in Brampton, Burlington, Burnaby, Calgary, Edmonton, Gatineau, Greater Victoria, Halifax, Hamilton, Kitchener, Markham, Ottawa, Regina, Richmond, Saskatoon, Surrey, Thunder Bay, Toronto, Vancouver, Vancouver Island, Whitby, and Winnipeg. The circulation figure covers over 11.2 million Canadians.

About the National Reading Campaign
In 2008 a group of concerned librarians, parent activists, authors, booksellers, teachers, publishers and corporate leaders came together with a common goal -- developing a national reading strategy for Canada and Quebec. Out of this initiative the TD National Reading Summits were born. Summit I was held in Toronto in 2009, Summit II will be in Montreal On January 2oth and 21st and Summit III is planned for Vancouver in 2012. For more information on the program, speakers or information on last year’s summit visit

The Book Count is being released on the eve of the second TD National Reading Summit in Montreal where more work will be presented on reading as it pertains to babies, school children, youth, Aboriginal people, and new Canadians, with a look at the very effective reading promotion practices currently being pioneered in Shenzen, China.  Working groups across Canada have spent the last year assessing existing reading programs, or the lack thereof, in a number of different constituencies across Canada.  This information will be reported and discussed as we move forward to developing a national reading strategy.

For media enquires please contact:
Jamie Broadhurst

Atlantic Publisher Honoured with Order of Canada

We would like to Congratulate Breton Books Publisher, Ron Caplan, who has been honoured with the Order of Canada. A Pittsburgh native, Caplan moved to Wrecks Cove, Cape Breton in 1971 and from 1972 to 1999, published Cape Breton’s Magazine (available free online at In 1986, he started Breton Books, publishing history, folklore and fiction, including the most recently published title, Sister to Courage by Wanda Robson, Viola Desmond’s sister.
Also recognized were Dartmouth director, actor and playwright Mary Vingoe, named an officer, who co-founded Ship’s Company Theatre in Parrsboro in 1984 and Eastern Front Theatre in Dartmouth in 1993, and Halifax genealogist Terrence Punch, named a member, who founded the Genealogical Association of Nova Scotia in 1982 and has written four books on Irish immigrants to Atlantic Canada and is writing two similar books on Scottish immigrants.

Breakwater Books Makes Major Foreign Rights Sale: The Widows of Paradise Bay

Breakwater Books is pleased to announce they have sold German rights for the debut novel, The Widows of Paradise Bay by Jill Sooley. The deal was signed after a lengthy auction to btb Random House, based in Munich. Btb Random House publishes authors from around the world including Margaret Atwood, Frank McCourt, and Haruki Murakami.
The Widows of Paradise Bay is a comedic first novel that follows a young woman, who is recently separated from her husband, from Toronto back to her hometown in Newfoundland. Her mother, in an old-fashioned and misplaced effort to spare her daughter humiliation, takes out an obituary for the husband. When the “dead” husband comes to rescue their son from trouble, the whole town is left reeling, with more questions than answers.

Author Jill Sooley said on Friday, “I'm thrilled with the Germany deal. Random House is a major player on the international publishing scene, so it's wonderful to be recognized by such a respected organization. It's also heartening to see that novels set in and about Newfoundland can not only hold local and national interest, but can appeal to an international audience as well.”
The deal with btb Random House was facilitated by Sandra Läderach of the Liepman Literary Agency and also includes Sooley’s untitled next book which she describes as “a new novel which will explore some of the intricacies of the modern-day family, and stepfamily. Like Widows, plan on meeting some strong female characters with their share of problems and triumphs.”     
The German edition of The Widows of Paradise Bay is set to be published in 2011-2012. The English edition is currently available at fine bookstores across Canada and through the publisher, Breakwater Books.

For more information please contact Anna Kate Newman.    
email:    phone: 709-722-6680 / 800-563-3333

Bill C-32: An Act to Amend the Copyright Act

Read about Bill C-32, Canada's new copyright reform bill:

Association of Canadian Publishers 

Government of Canada: Balanced Copyright

The Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association (APMA) represents Atlantic Canadian trade publishers, many of whom are also members of the Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP).
A statement outlining the position of ACP members in regard to the introduction of the Copyright Modernization Act, and proposed solutions which could satisfy Canadian publishers’ concerns about the fair dealing exemption, which could prove damaging to the revenues of small‐ and medium‐sized publishers and, ultimately, to their viability, can be found here.
The APMA supports the position put forward by the ACP and hope that the simple amendments that they propose can be implemented before this Bill becomes enacted.
The APMA is looking forward to the long-awaited modernization of this important Act, and the positive impact that it will have on reinforcing respect for the rights of Canadian creators and publishers.

The Acorn Press takes home two out of three book awards

In a ceremony at the Confederation Centre Public Library on November 24, the P.E.I Book awards were announced. We wish to congratulate The Acorn Press and authors Brent MacLaine and John Sylvester for their winning in their categories, poetry and non-fiction respectively.
Shades of Green by Brent MacLaine also received the Atlantic Poetry Prize in 2008.
"Both books were beautifully produced by Laurie Brinklow and I am so pleased for her and the authors that they were honored in this way," says The Acorn Press publisher Terrilee Bulger.
The Prince Edward Island Book Awards are intended to promote and to celebrate excellence in creation and publication of books by Prince Edward Island authors, editors and creators. They are awarded biannually by the Department of Tourism and Culture. 
About Shades of Green:
It has been said that there are more than twenty-three shades of green in a Prince Edward Island landscape. Brent MacLaine's newest collection of poetry registers these modulations of tone and hue with an intense visual sensibility. And whether emerging from the local landscapes of memory or the present-day streetscapes of Manhattan, these poems, at once personal and speculative, casual and formal, record the poet's attempt to seize the chromatic complexity of experience.
About Wild Island: Prince Edward Island's Hidden Wilderness:
Whether it is a long walk down a deserted beach, the discovery of spring wildflowers on the forest floor, or the sight of a bald eagle soaring above his canoe, it is the experience of wild things that brings peace, wonder, and inspiration to John Sylvester's work and life. Wild Island gathers together fragments of what remains of the “wild things” found on “The Million-Acre Farm,” presenting a picture of Prince Edward Island as Sylvester imagines it might have appeared before permanent settlement.

For more information, contact Terrilee Bulger at 902-221-1061 or

Upcoming Events

Readings, launches, signings and more. Click here to download!

Atlantic Publishers Prepare Economic Impact Report

The Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association has prepared a report on the economic impact of the Nova Scotia Book Publishing Industry. Click here to read it.

The Acorn Press is moving on to the next chapter

The Charlottetown-based Press, which has been publishing books about Prince Edward Island by Prince Edward Islanders since 1994, has a new owner as of August 5, says current owner Laurie Brinklow.

"I'm delighted to be handing over the Press to Terrilee Bulger. Terrilee grew up in Sherwood, so knows the Island. She's been working in the industry and knows what she's getting into. I couldn't be happier that Islanders' voices and stories will continue to be heard through Island-published books. And she brings strong marketing skills that will take Acorn to the next level."

Bulger has a strong background in books. She started her career in books at the former Charlottetown bookstore, the Bookbrowser, in 1987. After seven years of bookselling, she moved to Ottawa to work in book publishing, where she worked as sales rep and publicist for a number of publishers, including Firefly, Key Porter Books, Raincoast, and Douglas and MacIntyre, to name a few.  She moved back to the Martimes in 2000 and is currently the Sales Manager for Nimbus Publishing in Halifax. Bulger has also just completed her studies with the Society of Management Accountants and is expected to be a Certified Management Accountant in September.  Purchasing the Acorn Press is the next big step for Bulger, who is committed to keeping the press an Island press. She says, "I want to keep The Acorn Press focused on publishing books for and about Prince Edward Island. It is important to me that island writers continue to be published here."

 Brinklow founded the Press in 1993 after receiving the original logo as a birthday present from the then Director of Institute of Island Studies Harry Baglole. Brinklow learned the publishing business from Libby Oughton at Ragweed Press, before becoming Publishing Coordinator for Island Studies Press, and later an editor/writer at University of Prince Edward Island. She leaves the Island later this summer to pursue another passion, Island Studies. She begins a PhD program at the University of Tasmania's School of Geography and Environmental Studies in Hobart, Tasmania.

Since Acorn's first book, An Island Christmas Reader by David Weale, Acorn has published over fifty titles, including poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and children's books. Acorn's stable of authors includes Poets Laureate John Smith, Frank Ledwell, and Hugh MacDonald; UPEI professors Richard Lemm, Shannon Murray, Brent MacLaine, Deirdre Kessler, Godfrey Baldacchino, and Sean Wiebe; photographers John Sylvester, Anna Karpinski, and Juliet Wilson; Acadian historian Georges Arsenault; comedian Lorne Elliott; children's writers Jordan McIntyre, Gerry O'Brien, David Weale, and Jacqueline MacKay; several members of the PEI Writers' Guild, including Joseph Sherman, Judy Gaudet, and Michael Hennessey; members of Brinklow's writing groups, including Margie Carmichael, Orysia Dawydiak, Kathleen Hamilton, Beth Janzen, Dianne Morrow, and Elaine Hammond; and well-known community figures Bud Ings, Hilary MacLeod, Boyde Beck, Jane Ledwell, Betty Howatt, Gerry Steele, Catherine Edward, Donnie Doyle, Judy McCann-Beranger, and George Wright. Acorn also co-published books with several community organizations.

In addition to publishing Island writers, Acorn showcases Island artists wherever possible, on book covers and in children's picture books, including Dale McNevin, Karen Gallant, Brenda Whiteway, Barry Jeeves, Brian Burke, Brenda Jones, Catherine Miller, and Nigel Roe.

Acorn's bestselling title is The True Meaning of Crumbfest written by David Weale and illustrated by Dale McNevin, with over 18,000 copies in print. Two Christmases ago, Bud Ings' first book, Mud, Sweat and Tears: Tales from a Country Vet, sold out its first print run of 2,000 in three weeks; Dr. Ings is now working on a sequel.

For more information, e-mail

The Word On The Street Halifax Book and Magazine Festival takes to the street Sunday September 26

On one extraordinary Sunday each September, in communities from coast to coast, the public is invited to participate in hundreds of author events, presentations and workshops and to browse a marketplace that boasts the best selection of Canadian books and magazines you'll find anywhere.

Festivals are held in Halifax, Kitchener, Toronto, Vancouver and new this year - Saskatoon.

Find The Word On The Street Halifax on Sunday, September 26 in Victoria Park in downtown Halifax, on the corner of Spring Garden Road and South Park Street.

Watch for program updates in the coming weeks at

Exhibitors can find the registration package for the 2010 Word On The Street Festival here.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your exhibiting space please contact Colleen Ritchie at 471-6044 or

Interested in volunteering at this year's festival? Please email

For any organization that is looking to be a sponsor at this year's event, please email

Atlantic Publishers recognize the passing of founding member and friend

It is with sadness that the Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association (APMA) recognizes the passing of one of the founding members and a past-President of the APMA, William Robert “Bill” Pope. Bill established Lancelot Press, a family-based publishing company that flourished for twenty-five years.

Bill and wife Isabel published over 500 books in total over the life span of Lancelot Press, making a significant cultural contribution to Atlantic Canada. After leaving the publishing scene in the late 1990s, Bill and Isabel traveled North America exhibiting his late son’s art (Illness and Healing) at hospitals giving comfort to terminal ill patients. Bill and Isabel also operated a summer gallery each summer at their home in Hantsport, Nova Scotia.

Bill’s obituary can be read here.

Breakwater Books Bruised But Not Broken

As a result of a fire occurring next-door to St. John’s publishing house Breakwater Books on June 12, their location at 100 Water Street is closed. The offices have suffered considerable smoke and water damage. All employees can be reached at their regular e-mail addresses. To reach Breakwater by phone please call 709-722-6680 and your call will be directed to one of their employees.

Breakwater expects to announce a temporary location in the coming days.

Direct order fulfillment will resume once their temporary office is secured. In the meantime books are available for purchase through Downhome Distribution and at bookstores nationwide.

“We have indeed been affected by the fire next door, but are extremely grateful to the fire department for doing such a good job at saving our building,’ says President Rebecca Rose. “Thankfully, we have a second warehouse located in St. Phillip’s and all of the books stored there are safe.”

Rose also said most of their electronic files have been recovered. “Over the coming weeks our offices at 100 Water Street will be professionally cleaned and we will take stock of what has been affected by the smoke and water damage sustained,” Rose stated. “There are many exciting things happening at Breakwater these days and though this fire will slow us down a step, we aren’t going anywhere. Breakwater has been in business for 37 years and will carry on with business as usual.”


Halifax bookstores among big winners at CBA’s Libris Awards 2010

Halifax bookstores Bookmark II and Woozles Ltd. found themselves among the big winners at the Canadian Booksellers Association’s (CBA's) Libris Awards 2010 Presentation, which took place on May 29, at the Delta Toronto Airport West Hotel during CBA’s National Conference, in a gala event hosted by CBC Radio One’s Shelagh Rogers.

In the Bookseller categories Woozles Ltd. takes home the honour of Specialty Bookseller of the Year and Bookseller of the Year is Bookmark II. Congratulations!

2010 Atlantic Summer Reading Guide

Learn what’s new in Atlantic Canadian books with the Atlantic Summer Reading Guide, available now! Discover 100 great books for the cottage, beach or backyard.

Pick up a copy at your local bookstore or download a pdf version. Then take a break with a good book!

Buy a featured title for the chance to win a beautiful basket of books. Fill out the ballot within the guide and present it to one of the participating locations listed on the back of the guide for your chance to win! One winner per Atlantic Canadian province. The contest closes Friday. September 10. 

Don't forget about Atlantic Author Day on Saturday, June 26th. Many of the authors featured in the Summer Reading Guide will be signing books all over Atlantic Canada. Check back on Monday June 14 for a complete schedule of events or check for details at your local bookstore.

Atlantic Author Day

June 26th is Atlantic Author Day!  Many authors who are featured in the Summer Reading Guide will be signing books at participating locations all over Atlantic Canada! Check back for a detailed schedule of events, available on June 14th.