In a case of bittersweet timing, the International Visitors Programme, an industry-networking program that runs in conjunction with Toronto’s International Festival of Authors, has named Scott McIntyre, co-founder of D&M Publishers, as the inaugural recipient of its Ivy Award, which recognizes a person who has made a substantial contribution to Canadian publishing.
The news comes the day after D&M Publishers, the company McIntyre founded 41 years ago, announced it has filed for creditor protection.
According to a press release, the jury – comprised of Cynthia Good, director of creative book publishing at Humber College, Martin Levin, books editor at The Globe and Mail, and Ben McNally, owner of Ben McNally Books – selected McIntyre “based on the merits of more than 40 years spent in the publishing industry and his contributions to fostering great business partnerships, creating effective relationships in both national and international markets and for his passionate representation of Canadian publishing.”
McIntyre says in the release: “I am deeply honoured to have been chosen to receive this inaugural award. Receiving it from a peer group jury as part of the International Visitor’s Programme is a double honour. Kudos to the Committee for deciding to acknowledge the role book publishers play, and at the same time, tipping your collective hat to the ‘home team.’”
In the November 2011 issue of Q&Q, Anna Porter, founder and publisher of Key Porter Books and a D&M author, pays tribute to McIntyre, her former colleague and competitor. Read the story here.