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On gender parity in literary publishing

Last week VIDA, a literary arts organization, released the results of a study that showed a lack of gender parity in established literary publications. The following links are some reactions to the data that tackles the myth of a female-dominated publishing industry:

For those inevitably curious: In the March issue of Quill & Quire, 15 of the 34 books reviewed were by women authors. Of the 20 fiction and non-fiction books for adults, six books by women were reviewed, and 14 books by men. Twelve of those books were reviewed by male critics, 8 by female critics. The Books for Young People section featured 10 female critics and three men.

  • Paul

    Any data on the number of men who are editors in Canadian children’s or YA publishing? I can’t think of any off hand.

  • Barry

    Yes, there are male editors in children’s and YA. Off the top of my head, there’s Peter Carver at Red Deer, Bob Tyrell at Orca, Michael Carroll at Dundurn. I was Dundurn’s YA editor for many years myself, and have acquired some YA at Cormorant.

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Book Pictures

Do you have great photos from a recent book event in Canada that you'd like to share with us? Submit them to the Quill & Quire Flickr pool and they'll show up here.

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Hall of Honourers

Brandon Wint

Eva Stachniak's Empress of the Night

Eva Stachniak poses with a copy of her book, Empress of the Night

Tea and snacks inspired by Eva Stachniak's Empress of the Night

Rimma Burashko with author Eva Stachniak

Eva Stachniak talks to the audience about the best and worst of Catherine the Great's favourites

Eva Stachniak smiles as she signs a copy of Empress of the Night for a fan

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