The 2013 Atlantic Book Awards and Festival runs May 9-16 with literary events taking place in all four Atlantic Provinces. Visit www.atlanticbookawards.ca 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!
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.
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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.
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.
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Thank you to all authors, bookstores, publishers and readers who participated. Hope to see you next year!
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:
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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.
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.
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 http://www.atlanticbookawards.ca/
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)
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)
Deborah Carr, Sanctuary (Goose Lane Editions)
Sheree Fitch, Pluto's Ghost (Random House)
Johanna Skibsrud, The Sentimentalists (Gaspereau Press)
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)
Lesley Choyce, Raising Orion (Thistledown Press)
Sheldon Currie, Two More Solitudes (Key Porter Books)
Anne Emery, Children in the Morning (ECW Press)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Kate Evans, Where Old Ghosts Meet (Breakwater Books)
Jerry Lockett, Captain James Cook in Atlantic Canada (Formac Publishing)
Alexander MacLeod, Light Lifting (Biblioasis)
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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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, Amazon.ca 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 Amazon.ca and Indigo.ca. 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 www.nationalreadingcampaign.ca
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.
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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.
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Read about Bill C-32, Canada's new copyright reform bill:
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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 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.
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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 www.thewordonthestreet.ca/halifax
Exhibitors can find the registration package for the 2010 Word On The Street Festival here.
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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.
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 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.
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.
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.