All stories by Sue Carter Flinn
Franklin the Turtle and Scaredy Squirrel made appearances at Kids Can Press’s 40th anniversary party on May 16, joining thousands of children at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre as part of the Ontario Library Association’s Forest of Reading Festival of Trees.
Click on the thumbnails to see photos from the day.
- Canadian writer Eliza Robertson named regional Commonwealth short-story prize winner
- Tweet reveals five Nobel Prize in Literature candidates
- Amazon U.K. receives more grant money than it pays in taxes
- Hilary Mantel prefers books with action, gets impatient with romance
- Publishers experiment with digital-only titles
According to a court document filed yesterday, executives from Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Random House, and Simon & Schuster will admit to conspiring with Apple to adopt the controversial agency model, in an attempt to increase ebook prices and quash Amazon as a competitor.
Last August, Hachette, HarperCollins, and S&S settled with the U.S. government, reimbursing ebook consumers for more than $69 million. Penguin settled in December and Macmillan in February, leaving Apple as the sole defendant. The original lawsuit filing alleges that the publishers colluded in “private dining rooms of upscale Manhattan restaurants,” an accusation denied by all parties in affidavits submitted to the court.
The weekly news magazine has launched its latest ebook, Chris Hadfield: #Good Morning, Earth, by reporter Kate Lunau. The book combines Lunau’s original reporting from NASA’s Johnson Space Center with Hadfield’s Twitter diary, photos, and space experiments.
Rumours are circulating that Hadfield has also signed a book deal, but there’s no word as to which publisher landed the deal.
Since February 2012, Maclean’s has published more than 20 digital titles, including most recently Maclean’s on Justin Trudeau and Maclean’s Portraits.
Long-time Toronto Star books columnist and arts journalist Greg Quill died on Sunday. He was 66.
Quill was a well-known musician in his native Australia. He got his start in journalism writing about music, and was hired by the Toronto Star in 1984 as entertainment reporter, later becoming its books columnist.
Since the news of Quill’s death was released on Sunday night, members of the Canadian cultural community have been expressing their condolences on social media. Here are some remembrances from the publishing community:
- Harper Lee sues literary agent over To Kill a Mockingbird royalties
- Hanif Kureishi loses life savings to suspected fraud
- How did graphic novels become libraries’ fastest-growing category?
- Guelph’s The Bookshelf* celebrates 40th anniversary
- Saul Bellow’s three sons reminisce about their father
*Correction, May 7: The source article incorrectly identified the name of the bookstore.
- HarperCollins announces digital-first mystery imprint
- Tripoli’s first second-hand book fair since 2011 war exceeds attendance expectations
- Cory Doctorow suggests publishers should fight e-retailers for data ownership
- J.J. Abrams partners with author Doug Dorst on first novel
- South Korean bookseller significantly cuts ebook prices to grow market