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Caught up in the tech boom of the late 1990s, Mike Moore was lured away from his 14-year career in publishing to pursue the seemingly endless opportunities of database marketing. And while we now know ... Read More »

November 11, 2003 | Filed under: Book news

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Hong Kong is so much in the news these days that I am drawn to a recent anthology edited by Andrew Parkin entitled From the Bluest Part of the Harbour: Poems from Hong Kong. But ... Read More »

November 7, 2003 | Filed under: Book news

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Alison Griffiths and David Cruise, the wife-and-husband writing partnership who have just published The Great Adventure: How the Mounties Conquered the West (reviewed this page), remember the first time they worked on a writing project ... Read More »

November 7, 2003 | Filed under: Book news

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Time, tide, and the printer wait for no one. When telling jokes and playing music, timing is crucial. And so it is with publishing reviews. We all want to read the reviews just as the ... Read More »

November 7, 2003 | Filed under: Book news

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If you had asked me 10, or even five, years ago whether a donor’s corporate logo belonged on borrowers’ cards, I would have answered with a shocked and horrified “no.” Today, I am pleased to ... Read More »

November 7, 2003 | Filed under: Book news

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Faster publishers, fill! fill!To the editor:I read with interest and envy of Nicholas Hoare’s figures regarding the performance of Canadian publishers as distributors (“Law and orders,” Aug. 1996). His worst figure of two weeks is ... Read More »

November 7, 2003 | Filed under: Authors, Book news

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I recently accompanied my daughter’s Grade 4 class on their end-of-school trip. Instead of going bowling or to McDonald’s, her teacher, armed with a large box of garbage bags, organized an outing to a local ... Read More »

November 7, 2003 | Filed under: Book news

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Quill, for one, has always believed being the best is reward enough. But who were we to turn down an invitation to the Book Publishers Professional Association’s first annual Slushie Awards? Besides, there was the chance ... Read More »

November 6, 2003 | Filed under: Book news

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A very real crisisTo the editor:This letter is in response to an opinion column by Bert Archer that appeared in The Financial Post. Although the column didn’t appear in Quill & Quire, it bears commenting ... Read More »

November 6, 2003 | Filed under: Book news

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This is a condensed version of a much longer illustrated talk given at the Kaleidoscope conference in Calgary in October. Calgary hosts Kaleidoscope every four years; this year’s event drew about 1,000 international children’s authors ... Read More »

November 6, 2003 | Filed under: Book news

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• Penguin’s host of heavy hitters for fall includes the official screenplay tie-in for Arthur Miller’s The Crucible with Daniel Day-Lewis and Winona Ryder; and Joseph Conrad’s The Secret Agent, starring Gérard Depardieu and Patricia ... Read More »

November 6, 2003 | Filed under: Book news

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• Caped crusader Val Kilmer exchanges his cloak for a halo of sorts in The Saint, an action blockbuster about a freelance James Bond uninhibited by ties to either Queen or country. Co-stars Elizabeth Shue ... Read More »

November 6, 2003 | Filed under: Book news

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ON THE WATER FRONT: It may be an unlikely subject for a book, but during a year when Alberto Manguel is hard at work on a tome about the night, Marq de Villiers’ latest project ... Read More »

November 6, 2003 | Filed under: Book news

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Recently I returned from a 10-day book tour of the Czech Republic and Slovakia. It was an amazing experience. Everywhere I went, there were huge line-ups of people waiting to buy my books. Fans presented ... Read More »

November 5, 2003 | Filed under: Book news

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Writers know better than anyone how difficult it is to write. You toil for hours over a single scene. You write and you rewrite. After months – maybe years – you pack up your manuscript ... Read More »

November 5, 2003 | Filed under: Book news

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FAMILIAR FACES: Several of the past year’s crop of successful first novelists have signed contracts for repeat performances, reports an elated Denise Bukowski, who inked the deals on behalf of Gail Anderson-Dargatz, Dionne Brand, and ... Read More »

November 5, 2003 | Filed under: Book news

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Canadian writers continued their winning streak on the international literary prize circuit, recently capturing second spot overall and several “dishonourable” mentions in the 1997 Bulwer-Lytton bad writing contest. Sponsored by San Jose State University’s English ... Read More »

November 3, 2003 | Filed under: Book news

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ON THE TAKE II: Brian Mulroney won’t be happy to hear it, but Stevie Cameron is starting work on what Jan Walter of Macfarlane Walter & Ross is circumspectly describing as a new “political book.” ... Read More »

November 3, 2003 | Filed under: Book news

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• Rohinton Mistry has added the Commonwealth Writers Prize for best book, Caribbean and Canada division, to the string of awards he’s received for A Fine Balance. And The Globe and Mail can add the ... Read More »

November 3, 2003 | Filed under: Book news

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Ever since Q&Q launched its Bestseller Survey in April 1996, author James Redfield’s spiritual opus, The Celestine Prophecy, has ruled supreme, placing consistently in the top five for fiction with the exception of three months ... Read More »

November 3, 2003 | Filed under: Book news, Events

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SPROUTING PROSE• Not content with the brilliance of her prose and plot, Carol Shields’ editors suggested that the author’s latest novel, Larry’s Party, was a tad misleading in parts. Shields’ first alleged error was slipping ... Read More »

November 3, 2003 | Filed under: Book news

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• While in pursuit of a ruthless terrorist a CIA agent chances upon his quarry’s mirror image. The Assignment, based on Dan Gordon’s novel of the same name, is slated for a June release and ... Read More »

November 3, 2003 | Filed under: Authors, Book news