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HarperCollins vice-president (and Word on the Street national chair) Tom Best and author Erika Ritter were among the dozens of would-be pool sharks who trooped up to the Rivoli’s second floor for a billiards party ... Read More »

October 30, 2003 | Filed under: Book news, Libraries

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Author and illustrator Phoebe Gilman died Aug. 29 of breast cancer at the age of 62 in Toronto’s Princess Margaret Hospital. Here Susan Lawrence, Q&Q’s Books for Young People editor, pays tribute to Gilman. Phoebe ... Read More »

October 30, 2003 | Filed under: Book news

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Hundreds are buried in their season. When hatched, they must dig themselves out, and propel themselves clumsily across the open beach. Predators thin out their numbers in the rush to the sea, but even in ... Read More »

October 30, 2003 | Filed under: Book news

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Founded: 1971 by then-York University students Michael Hirsh and Patrick Loubert, and British animator and designer Clive Smith.Offices: Nelvana employs 500 in its Toronto animation studio, and at sales offices in Los Angeles, London, and ... Read More »

October 29, 2003 | Filed under: Book news

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• A European Commission investigation into the cross-border fixing of book prices in Germany, Austria, and the German-speaking part of Switzerland has provoked an angry response from Germany’s booksellers and publishers. Librodisk, an Austrian retail ... Read More »

October 29, 2003 | Filed under: Book news

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Anatomy of a blurbAuthor: William BurrillClaim to fame: eye magazine columnistBook: Naked EyeBlurber: P. J. O’RourkeFirst contact between author and blurber: 1994. O’Rourke is in town promoting All the Trouble in the World. Burrill covers ... Read More »

October 29, 2003 | Filed under: Book news

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• The American Booksellers Association will no longer be publishing the American Bookseller, saying that the monthly magazine was not the most time-effective way to deliver its news. Instead ABA will beef up its weekly ... Read More »

October 29, 2003 | Filed under: Book news

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An underdeveloped critiqueThe most dangerous reviewers are those with an agenda. And I haven’t run into a more classic case than the review by Carol Berger of Linda Spalding’s The Follow (Apr. 1998), in which ... Read More »

October 29, 2003 | Filed under: Book news

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• Dell’s tie-in edition of Andrew Klavan’s True Crime,/I> comes out the second week of February, to coincide with the Warner Brothers screen version directed by and starring Clint Eastwood. A down-and-out reporter discovers that ... Read More »

October 28, 2003 | Filed under: Book news

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Scott Baldwin, 29 Product manager, Chapters, Vancouver A part-time musician, Baldwin started work at The Book Company (now Chapters) in 1989 to pay the bills. It was supposed to be temporary, but the books took ... Read More »

October 28, 2003 | Filed under: Book news

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Speaking for kidsMaureen Garvie’s article, “Not just for children anymore” (Oct. 1998), has confirmed my growing suspicion that yet one more aspect of childhood – in this case, fine and suitable literature – is being ... Read More »

October 28, 2003 | Filed under: Book news

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Frequently modern English words cannot be translated directly into Cree. In such cases, the Alberta Elders’ Cree Dictionary uses local or regional interpretations . For example:airport tohowin a landing placeapartment wîkowin a separated way of ... Read More »

October 24, 2003 | Filed under: Book news

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Gwendolyn MacEwen, the noted Toronto writer, achieved soaring critical success during her career, twice winning the Governor General’s Award for Poetry. But MacEwen earned little from her writing, and, upon her death in 1987, had ... Read More »

October 22, 2003 | Filed under: Book news

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This “war” can be avertedRe: “The next copyright fight” (Aug. 1999)I was sorry to see that John Tooth’s “war” on copyright included an attack on Margaret Atwood.Creators and creators’ organizations are indeed grateful to Atwood ... Read More »

October 22, 2003 | Filed under: Book news

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By now you will have noticed some striking changes in the design of Quill & Quire. From the moment we began planning this makeover several months ago, our guiding philosophy has been to make navigating ... Read More »

October 22, 2003 | Filed under: Book news, Industry news

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Nationality is irrelevantRe: “Commitment cannot be counted” (Aug. 1999):Surely what is important about Canadian publishing is the access it provides Canadian authors and illustrators to the reading public, both domestic and foreign. Operating a publishing ... Read More »

October 20, 2003 | Filed under: Authors, Book news

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Empire builderWhen Larry Stevenson, a paratrooper turned management consultant, appeared on the book retail scene in 1994, the Canadian market consisted of two struggling mall chains tangling with a strong contingent of independents that represented ... Read More »

October 20, 2003 | Filed under: Book news