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Incoming Canada Council director to focus on building audiences

The Canada Council for the Arts has appointed a new director and CEO who says he wants the federal funding body to play a larger... Read the rest »

LAC names Guy Berthiaume to top post

Library and Archives Canada has announced the appointment of Guy Berthiaume to a five-year term as the librarian and archivist of Canada, a position that... Read the rest »

CBC Books remains intact after cuts

Despite the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s announcement last week that $130 million would be cut from its 2014–15 budget, the public broadcaster’s books coverage appears to... Read the rest »

Indigo bumps up co-op fee for online sales

Indigo Books & Music is planning to increase its co-op fees, a surcharge that publishers pay to booksellers in order to receive additional promotion and... Read the rest »

OUP Canada president David Stover out as company restructures

As part of a “reorganization” of its Canadian office, Oxford University Press Canada president David Stover has been let go. Three other management positions have... Read the rest »

Agents and publishers share their top London Book Fair titles

Q&Q polled agents and publishers to find out what they will be promoting at this year’s London Book Fair, which kicks off April 8.... Read the rest »

Humber College publishes inaugural literary journal

Humber College’s department of English is launching the Humber Literary Review, a biannual print journal featuring fiction, essays, poetry, and reviews. Contributors to first... Read the rest »

Inaugural B.C. Book Day aims to educate provincial government on publishing industry

On April 9, members of British Columbia’s book industry will gather in Victoria for the inaugural B.C. Book Day. The event gives Members of the... Read the rest »

Nancy Lee, Aislinn Hunter, and Cecil Foster play the waiting game

Three authors with novels coming after a decade’s absence answer the question: “What took you so long?” When Nancy Lee’s inaugural story collection,... Read the rest »

League of Canadian Poets supports spoken-word prize to kick off National Poetry Month

At an event on Tuesday to mark the beginning of National Poetry Month in April, the winner of the Sheri-D Wilson Golden Beret Award for... Read the rest »

Vintage Canada reissues Something Fierce

This week Random House of Canada imprint Vintage Canada is set to rerelease Carmen Aguirre’s Something Fierce, about the author’s experience as the daughter of... Read the rest »

Canadian Copyright Institute rebuffed in efforts to open dialogue on fair dealing

The publishing sector’s latest efforts to enter a dialogue with the education sector about issues regarding “fair dealing” copyright legislation have been rebuffed. The Canadian... Read the rest »

BookNet Canada releases benchmark study on digital publishing

Ninety per cent of Canadian publishers have embraced digital publishing programs, according to a benchmark study released by BookNet Canada on March 17. While... Read the rest »

The Writers’ Trust launches National Summit for Writers’ Associations

The first-ever Writers’ Trust National Summit for Writers’ Associations kicks off today at the Banff Centre. Writers’ Trust executive director Mary Osborne says the... Read the rest »

Woozles Children’s Bookstore offers customers free home delivery

Woozles Children’s Bookstore in Halifax launched a free home-delivery service yesterday to help combat sales losses from online shopping. Manager Suzy MacLean dropped off... Read the rest »

IFOA adds academic conference to coincide with authors’ festival

Toronto’s International Festival of Authors has announced a new partnership with Humber College’s School of Liberal Arts and Sciences that will bring an academic conference... Read the rest »

Kobo objects to potentially “devastating” Competition Bureau agreement on agency pricing

Kobo has filed objections to a Competition Bureau agreement impelling four of the biggest publishers operating in Canada to renegotiate their contracts with ebook retailers.... Read the rest »

Globe books editor Jared Bland to oversee arts section

Just over a year after being named books editor at The Globe and Mail, Jared Bland has been tasked with a new job at the... Read the rest »

TWUC votes to admit self-published authors

The Writers’ Union of Canada announced Monday that it will expand membership criteria to accommodate self-published authors. In a referendum held online over the past... Read the rest »

How Crazy Town author Robyn Doolittle kept pace with the ever evolving Rob Ford saga

With Crazy Town, Robyn Doolittle attempts to keep pace with the ever evolving Rob Ford saga When Robyn Doolittle began shopping around a proposal... Read the rest »

Past imperfect: How do memoirists know if they’ve revealed too much?

There are no clear rules when memorists write about their families’ messy histories When Plum Johnson was writing her memoir, she didn’t start with... Read the rest »

Cybèle Young’s Ten Birds to appear on Pattison digital screens across Canada

Cybèle Young is making the leap from children’s book author to public artist, thanks to a partnership with Kids Can Press and digital advertising company... Read the rest »

Provincial education ministers seek to make their voices heard in Access Copyright lawsuit

In late January, the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) applied to participate in a lawsuit launched by Access Copyright against York University that... Read the rest »

Second Book Warehouse location to open in Vancouver

This spring, Vancouver’s Main Street will become home to a new bookstore.* Black Bond Books has signed a lease for a second Book Warehouse... Read the rest »

Federal government promises $9 million top-up to Canada Book Fund

As part of the proposed 2014 budget, the federal government has promised to renew the Canada Book Fund and make a $9-million supplemental portion of... Read the rest »

OUP shutters school division, lays off three

For the second time in a year, Oxford University Press Canada has axed a division of its Canadian publishing program. As of last week, the... Read the rest »

Toronto’s Word on the Street partners with IFOA

After a decade in and around Queen’s Park, Toronto’s Word on the Street festival has announced that in September 2015 it will relocate from the... Read the rest »

Canada Council preps for literary forum, rights fair in Montreal

About 250 representatives from the writing and publishing sector will gather in Montreal this week to take part in a series of discussions aimed at... Read the rest »

Coach House launches Kaffeeklatsch seminar series

Coach House Books is set to launch Kaffeeklatsch, a monthly seminar series on the business of writing and publishing. The events will take place at... Read the rest »

Competition Bureau agreement introduces “agency lite” to Canada

Four major publishing houses have settled with the Competition Bureau following an 18-month investigation into ebook pricing in Canada. The agreement requires the... Read the rest »

Toronto Public Library Foundation targets ambitious fundraising goals with the Book Lover’s Ball

Now in its ninth year, the Toronto Public Library Foundation’s annual Book Lover’s Ball has become known for its star-studded guest list and flashy entertainment,... Read the rest »

ECW, Toronto Star to collaborate on Toronto ice storm title

With Southern Ontario digging out from yet another winter whiteout, ECW Press has announced the forthcoming publication of Ice Storm, Ontario 2013*, a photography... Read the rest »

New ownership at Pages on Kensington following departure of Simone Lee

Downtown Calgary independent bookstore Pages on Kensington has reached the end of another chapter with news of former co-owner Simone Lee’s departure, which was posted... Read the rest »

TWUC protests U of T copyright guidelines

The Writers’ Union of Canada handed out free degrees at the University of Toronto last Friday, responding to the institution’s copyright fair dealing guidelines. John... Read the rest »

Deals: HarperCollins Canada acquires Jacqueline Baker suspense novel; Bishop-Stall’s drinking book finds a U.S. publisher; and more

HarperCollins Canada editor Jane Warren has acquired Canadian rights to Jacqueline Baker’s The Broken Hours, a suspense novel about H.P. Lovecraft told through the eyes... Read the rest »

B.C.’s Hancock House Publishers for sale

After more than four decades in business, British Columbia’s Hancock House Publishers is for sale. “It’s been my sole form of revenue for 44... Read the rest »

Personnel change: McGill-Queen’s University Press

McGill-Queen’s University Press has named Carolyn Smart as co-editor of the Hugh MacLennan Poetry Series. Smart is director of creative writing at Queen’s University.... Read the rest »

Bookmark locations in Atlantic Canada listed for sale

The oldest independent bookstore chain in Atlantic Canada, Bookmark, has been listed for sale following the death of founder and owner Rodney Jones a year... Read the rest »

Groundwood Books rebrands logo and website

Groundwood Books, the children’s division of House of Anansi Press, revealed a new logo and website Monday morning, the first step in a comprehensive rebranding... Read the rest »

Greystone announces tweaks in ownership

Just over a year ago, Victoria’s Heritage House Publishing purchased the assets of Greystone Books for $480,000, reviving the imprint after its former owner, D&M... Read the rest »

BookThug celebrates 10th anniversary with a new reading series and journal

Toronto independent publisher BookThug is celebrating its 10th anniversary by revisiting its early years. On Jan. 19, BookThug publisher Jay MillAr and managing... Read the rest »

It’s official: Jack David hands over the reins at ECW

ECW Press quietly entered the new year with a new owner in place. As of Nov. 1, David Caron has officially taken ownership of the... Read the rest »

Distribution change: Publishers Group Canada

Effective immediately, the following publishers (formerly distributed by Independent Publishers Group) will be distributed in Canada by Publishers Group Canada/Raincoast. Sales and marketing will... Read the rest »

Distribution change: Chouette Publishing

Effective immediately, Chouette Publishing’s English-language titles (formerly distributed by Independent Publisher Group) will be distributed by Jaguar Book Group. Canadian Manda Group will continue to... Read the rest »

Agent Morty Mint ventures into self-publishing

The Mint Literary Agency of Nelson, B.C., is the latest convert to the realm of digital self-publishing. Run by former Penguin Canada president Morty Mint,... Read the rest »

TINARS founder Marc Glassman to launch Toronto book fest in March

What does the book launch of the future look like? Marc Glassman, artistic director of This Is Not a Reading Series, believes he has the... Read the rest »

Indie book sales get boost despite extreme winter weather

In spite of heavy snowfall, extreme cold temperatures, and an ice storm that left many Canadians without power, independent booksellers across the country are boasting... Read the rest »

Western light: For three decades, Edmonton's NeWest Press has promoted writing from the Prairies, picking up national accolades along the way

NeWest Press was born at a party. It was 1977 in Edmonton, and a group of instructors from the University of Alberta’s English department was... Read the rest »

The Next Chapter: The National Reading Campaign moves into a new phase, stepping up efforts to promote reading as a societal imperative

Ontario children, it seems, are getting better at reading. The problem is they don’t like doing it. Standardized tests conducted on Grade 3 students by... Read the rest »

The year in news

As Q&Q Omni goes on hiatus over the holidays (we’ll be back on Jan. 3 with our first newsletter of 2014), here is a roundup... Read the rest »

Virgil Duff: 1945–2013

Virgil Duff, veteran University of Toronto Press editor, died on Dec. 9 after succumbing to a prolonged illness just three days before his 68th birthday.... Read the rest »

U of A Press acquires scholarly imprint focusing on the North

The University of Alberta Press announced Monday morning that it has acquired CCI Press, the publishing arm of the university’s Canadian Circumpolar Institute. Effective March... Read the rest »

Canadian Accessible Library Service to serve print-disabled patrons

The Canadian Accessible Library Service, a national digital repository tailored for print-disabled readers, is set to launch in January. Developed by the B.C. Libraries... Read the rest »

U of T, Western decline to renew Access Copyright licences

The University of Toronto and Western University announced this week that they will not renew their collective licences with Access Copyright, the not-for-profit organization that... Read the rest »

Banff Centre’s literary and publishing programs to focus on disseminating content

Throughout the Banff Centre’s 80-year history, thousands of video and audio recordings of visiting writers and artists have been captured. The valuable collection, along with... Read the rest »

With new sponsorship, Charles Taylor Prize rebrands and launches new award

The Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-fiction announced today that it is rebranding and launching a new award thanks to a major sponsorship from RBC... Read the rest »

Chris Hadfield book tour brings record-breaking crowds to indie bookstores

Several Canadian independent booksellers have received early holiday presents from space, thanks to Commander Chris Hadfield. The astronaut’s cross-country, seven-week book tour, promoting his best-selling... Read the rest »

Incoming CEO Craig Swinwood takes the reins at Harlequin

Harlequin Enterprises announced this week that publisher and CEO Donna Hayes, who has been with the company for nearly three decades, will retire at the... Read the rest »

Publishers have unanswered questions regarding new Toronto book fair

Publishing houses across the country have begun receiving information packages regarding the recently announced Toronto International Book Fair. But while there appears to be consensus... Read the rest »

Dimitri Nasrallah takes over as editor at Esplanade

After 10 years in the role, Andrew Steinmetz is stepping down as founding editor of Esplanade Books, the fiction imprint of Montreal’s Véhicule Press. He... Read the rest »

Literary Press Group launches online pop-up bookshop

The Literary Press Group is getting into the holiday spirit with its latest venture, an online pop-up bookshop called All Lit Up. The non-profit... Read the rest »

McGraw-Hill Ryerson downsizes, plans to close Canadian distribution warehouse

Educational publisher McGraw-Hill Ryerson has announced that it is restructuring, a move that will see its Canadian warehouse close and the elimination of more than... Read the rest »

OUP offers Shakespeare series with a Canadian twist

Less than a year after officially shuttering its Canadian trade division, Oxford University Press has released a new series of Shakespeare’s plays with crossover appeal... Read the rest »

Canada Council for the Arts seeking participants for National Forum on the Literary Arts

In response to changes facing the publishing industry, the Canada Council for the Arts is looking for participants for the first National Forum on the... Read the rest »

Toronto International Book Fair to launch in 2014

Next year’s fall literary season is about to get even busier with the launch of the Toronto International Book Fair. The ambitious four-day consumer and... Read the rest »

BookNet Canada and eBound Canada to host new ebook production conference

BookNet Canada is partnering with eBound Canada to offer ebookcraft, a full-day conference dedicated to ebook production. Scheduled for March 5, the event will be... Read the rest »

Indie booksellers have mixed expectations for Harper hockey book

Prime Minister Stephen Harper (or Stephen J. Harper, for authorial purposes) made his first foray into the book world on Tuesday. A Great Game: The... Read the rest »

National Reading Campaign advocates for aboriginal reading policies

The National Reading Campaign is partnering with Canadian aboriginal leaders for three annual roundtables addressing aboriginal reading policies. The first session, “Aboriginal Readers: Opening New... Read the rest »

Kristin Cochrane promoted to president and publisher of Random House of Canada; Louise Dennys named executive publisher

Random House of Canada has announced changes to its executive leadership, elevating Kristin Cochrane to the newly created position of president and publisher of Random... Read the rest »

Martha Sharpe returns to Canada as editorial director at Simon & Schuster Canada

Simon & Schuster Canada, which was approved to launch a Canadian publishing program in May, has added a familiar name to its expanding editorial roster.... Read the rest »

Wolsak & Wynn makes fiction debut with Buckrider imprint

Hamilton’s Wolsak & Wynn is launching a new imprint that will introduce fiction to the company’s existing list of poetry and non-fiction. Buckrider Books, led... Read the rest »

Taste Canada’s food-writing awards seek industry partnerships and brand recognition

It’s been nearly two years since the Canadian Culinary Book Awards rebranded as Taste Canada – The Food Writing Awards with hopes of elevating its... Read the rest »

Ruth Linka moves on from Brindle & Glass

Ruth Linka, publisher of TouchWood Editions and Brindle & Glass, has accepted a new position as associate publisher at Victoria’s Orca Book Publishers. “We’re... Read the rest »

Kate Pullinger and Doubleday Canada experiment at Books in Browsers’ “hackathon”

At the San Francisco conference Books in Browsers this past weekend, Governor General’s Literary Award–winning author Kate Pullinger and her publisher, Doubleday Canada, launched an... Read the rest »

Anvil Press returns to publishing 3-Day Novel contest winners

After nearly a decade, Vancouver’s Anvil Press has resurrected its involvement in the annual 3-Day Novel Contest, working alongside the Geist Foundation to keep the... Read the rest »

Antiquarian book fair looks to boost attendance with move to AGO

At this year’s Toronto International Antiquarian Book Fair, dozens of exhibitors will trot out their collections of rare and old books in a new venue:... Read the rest »

Frankfurt 2013: What agents and publishers are bringing to the fair

Q&Q polled agents and publishers to find out what they will be promoting at this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair, which opens Oct. 9. AGENTS... Read the rest »

Former D&M staffers launch Page Two, a twist on the traditional literary agency

Former D&M Publishers staffers Trena White and Jesse Finkelstein have announced the launch of a new company, Page Two Strategies, that will serve both authors... Read the rest »

UBC announces writing prize in partnership with HarperCollins Canada and The Cooke Agency

HarperCollins Canada and The Cooke Agency have launched a new writing prize in partnership with the University of British Columbia’s creative writing program. The... Read the rest »

Patrick Crean launches his eponymous imprint

During his more than 40 years as an editor and publisher, Patrick Crean has got inside the heads of many writers. “He was really... Read the rest »

Scott McIntyre lands with former colleagues at Figure 1

Former Douglas & McIntyre publisher Scott McIntyre has accepted his first publishing job following the bankruptcy last fall of the company he co-founded. McIntyre will... Read the rest »

Hundreds of performers, including a Monty Python vet, lend their talents to a new Tradewind children’s book

An ambitious new children’s book and musical CD, published by Vancouver’s Tradewind Books, attracted an international creative team, including Monty Python alumnus Terry Jones.... Read the rest »

Penguin Canada gives self-published novel a boost

The latest self-publishing success to land at a major house is by a first-time Canadian author. J.L. Witterick’s My Mother’s Secret has sold 15,000... Read the rest »

Personnel change: Publishers Group Canada

Publishers Group Canada has the following personnel changes to announce: Lorena Azucena has been promoted to inventory and data manager.  Victoria Corion has... Read the rest »

Susan Renouf joins ECW as editor-at-large

Publishing veteran Susan Renouf has joined ECW Press as executive editor-at-large. Renouf will acquire and edit between five and eight titles per year in addition... Read the rest »

Personnel change: National Reading Campaign

The National Reading Campaign has hired Holly Kent for the newly created position of community manager. Reporting to NRC executive director James Roy, Kent will handle... Read the rest »

Deals: Anansi acquires a pair of novels; Penguin Canada acquires book about CBC’s Colleen Jones; and more

 House of Anansi Press senior editor Janice Zawerbny has acquired world rights to Giller nominee Russell Wangersky’s forthcoming novel, Walt, about a grocery store employee who comes... Read the rest »

Personnel changes: The Cooke Agency

Senior literary assistant Rachel Letofsky has been promoted to the role of associate agent and is developing her own list of literary fiction, YA fiction,... Read the rest »

Word on the Street Vancouver rebrands as five-day festival

Since 1995, the Vancouver Book and Magazine Fair Society has overseen the city’s annual Word on the Street event. Last week, the society announced that... Read the rest »

With Bev Editions, an agent experiments in ebooks

Beverley Slopen is a veteran literary agent, but in recent years she has become increasingly involved in a related sideline: ebook publishing. Now in... Read the rest »

Don Sedgwick steps down at Transatlantic Agency

Don Sedgwick is stepping down as chair, director, and shareholder of the Transatlantic Agency to focus on his new role as executive director of the... Read the rest »

Nova Scotia procurement contract in violation of Copyright Act, says CPC

Canadian booksellers and publishers are upset about a $347,440 tender awarded to a New York–based distributor, Sussman Sales Company, to supply books to Nova Scotia... Read the rest »

Penguin Random House Canada sponsors new non-fiction writing course at UBC

Penguin Random House Canada has announced a sponsorship deal with the University of British Columbia’s creative writing program that includes a scholarship, the creation of... Read the rest »

Riverwood to continue home sales for Usborne

Despite experiencing a setback with the announcement that Usborne Publishing plans to move trade sales and distribution to HarperCollins Canada, Riverwood Publishers – Usborne’s exclusive... Read the rest »

Anansi partners with New Brunswick newspaper to publish e-single about Lisa Moore novel

House of Anansi Press has found a creative (and legal) way to get around a website paywall with the release of its latest digital single,... Read the rest »

SFU Writer’s Studio grads to open a working space for authors

If all goes according to plan, Vancouver writers will have a new place to work this fall. Carleigh Baker and Carol Shillibeer – both... Read the rest »

Canada Council report addresses financial constraints facing the Public Lending Right program

The Canada Council for the Arts has released its third and final report on the Public Lending Right program. The series of reports, written by... Read the rest »

Simon & Schuster Canada’s publishing program takes shape

With the announcement last week that Kevin Hanson, Alison Clarke, and Phyllis Bruce will spearhead Simon & Schuster Canada’s domestic publishing program, the newest player... Read the rest »

Newly released report touts the advantages of an annual Toronto book fair

The advocates of a bold new proposal for an annual book fair in Toronto hope that such an event could help reinforce the fragile bond... Read the rest »

Jack Illingworth to be named OAC literature officer, plans to step down from LPG

Jack Illingworth is stepping down as executive director of the Literary Press Group to join the Ontario Arts Council as its new literature officer. His... Read the rest »

Dundurn Press buys Thomas Allen Publishers

Toronto’s Dundurn Press has acquired Thomas Allen Publishers, the publishing arm of distributor Thomas Allen & Son. According to a press release issued Wednesday afternoon, the... Read the rest »

Invisible Publishing’s youth writing program searches for new sponsor

Invisible Publishing’s youth creative-writing program, Write Now!, is well underway for the summer, but organizers are already working toward keeping it alive for next year.... Read the rest »

Dundurn publishes ambitious art book by renowned architect Eberhard Zeidler

Eberhard Zeidler is best known for designing iconic buildings such as the Toronto Eaton Centre, Ontario Place, and the Trump International Hotel and Tower in... Read the rest »

Quattro Books touts successful spring season

Toronto’s Quattro Books took to Twitter and Facebook last week to announce that the publisher’s 2013 spring season was its most successful since launching seven... Read the rest »

Proposed changes to GGs receive mixed reviews from kidlit community

The Canada Council for the Arts is proposing changes to the children’s literature section of the Governor General’s Literary Awards, but not everyone in the... Read the rest »

CBC TV’s Bookaboo puts spotlight on Canadian kidlit

This week, CBC Television premiered Bookaboo, a Canadian version of a U.K. book-themed children’s show, aimed at engaging families with kidlit. The show’s lead... Read the rest »

I.V. Programme annnounces Canadian editorial fellow, 2013 international attendees

The International Visitors Programme and Authors at Harbourfront Centre have awarded the 2013 Canadian editorial fellowship to Random House of Canada senior editor Pamela Murray.... Read the rest »

Canadian Women in the Literary Arts expands mandate to include nationality and reviewer influence

Canadian Women in the Literary Arts, a national organization advocating for gender parity in literary criticism, has released its 2012 count. The annual report tracks... Read the rest »

Groundwood Books’ Sheila Barry gets first-hand view of Germany’s kids’ publishing industry

Last month, Groundwood Books publisher Sheila Barry became the first Canadian to participate in an annual week-long professional development initiative, which aims to educate international... Read the rest »

Book Summit focuses on staying steadfast in a changing industry

Although this year’s Book Summit slogan was “Shake, Rattle, and Roll: The Book Industry in Motion,” Cynthia Good, director of creative book publishing at Toronto’s... Read the rest »

Cormorant and Thomas Allen sever ties

The two-year experiment in partnership between Cormorant Books and Thomas Allen & Son has come to an end. Cormorant announced on Tuesday that, effective... Read the rest »

Association of Canadian Publishers names new president

After a full weekend of meetings, professional-development workshops, and receptions, Bill Harnum, president of the Association of Canadian Publishers, officially stepped down at the organization’s... Read the rest »

Co-owners of Guelph’s Bookshelf retire, hand keys to next generation

Last Friday, at the 40th anniversary celebration for The Bookshelf, co-owners Barb and Doug Minett announced their retirement from the downtown bookstore, cinema, restaurant, and... Read the rest »

McArthur & Company closes, but Kim McArthur moves on

Yet again, Canadian publishing veteran Kim McArthur is going through a period of reinvention. Late Friday, McArthur announced she is closing her 15-year-old press, McArthur... Read the rest »

TWUC members debate accepting self-published authors

At its 40th annual general meeting last weekend, The Writers’ Union of Canada voted unanimously on a resolution to open its membership to self-published authors.... Read the rest »

Agents approve of Simon & Schuster’s new direction

The timing may have come as a surprise, but for many in the industry, news that Simon & Schuster has received federal approval to publish... Read the rest »

Canadian publishers prep for meetings-focused BEA

Although bookseller numbers have decreased, Canadian publishers attending BookExpo America, which kicked off Wednesday in New York, still view the event as essential for connecting... Read the rest »

Personnel change: National Reading Campaign

The National Reading Campaign has hired James Roy as its new executive director. Roy has held several executive positions at CBC Radio, most... Read the rest »

Business and lifestyle press asks authors to pay up front

“Authors have the power” is the mantra of Barlow Book Publishing, a Toronto-based publishing upstart whose first title, The You Factor by life coach Leslie... Read the rest »

UPDATED: Wiley discontinues Canadian publishing program

John Wiley & Sons has confirmed that it plans to shutter its Canadian publishing program. In an email to Q&Q, director of corporate media... Read the rest »

Penguin Canada invites readers, celebrities to contribute to Khaled Hosseini website

Penguin Canada is asking readers to participate in the release of Khaled Hosseini’s new novel, And the Mountains Echoed, by contributing to its companion website,... Read the rest »

Figure 1 preps inaugural list

With its first list due out this fall, the newly founded Figure 1 Publishing is carving out a niche in high-calibre food and wine, art... Read the rest »

Mosaic Books closing its Rutland location

Ten months after opening, Okanagan Valley bookseller Mosaic Books has announced the closure of its second location, effective June 30. From the onset, Mosaic... Read the rest »

Distribution change: Figure 1 Publishing

Vancouver’s Figure 1 Publishing has signed an international distribution agreement with Publishers Group West, a division of Perseus Books Group. PGW will distribute Figure... Read the rest »

Address change: Arsenal Pulp Press

Effective immediately, Arsenal Pulp Press has a new suite number. The new address is: Arsenal Pulp Press #202-211 East Georgia St. Vancouver, B.C.... Read the rest »

OUP Canada shutters historic trade division

Oxford University Press has announced that it is shuttering its Canadian trade division to focus exclusively on titles in its higher-education, school, and ESL divisions.... Read the rest »

National Reading Campaign announces Children’s Book Review Project

The National Reading Campaign has announced a three-year initiative to promote Canadian children’s publishing. The non-profit organization hopes to supplement media coverage of children’s... Read the rest »

Universities push back against Access Copyright lawsuit

Students, educators, and librarians have come out strongly in opposition to the Access Copyright lawsuit launched earlier this month against York University. The lawsuit... Read the rest »

Is BISAC a thing of the past?

At the London Book Fair this week, an international publishing consortium announced the launch of Thema, a new standard for categorizing book content in the... Read the rest »

eBound partnering with Canadian libraries on homegrown e-content distribution solution

Following the departure of founding CEO Robert Hayashi, eBound Canada, an organization providing digital services to Canadian publishers, is shifting focus to promote the visibility... Read the rest »

Greystone launches spring season with memoir of woman who grew up with monkeys

A new memoir from Vancouver’s Greystone Books is generating international media attention for its astonishing story.  The Girl with No Name: The Incredible True... Read the rest »

eBound Canada CEO resigns

Effective last Friday, Robert Hayashi has stepped down as the inaugural CEO of eBound Canada, an organization providing digital services to independent publishers. In... Read the rest »

Griffin shortlist puts spotlight on lesser-known poetry presses

The Canadian shortlist for this year’s Griffin Poetry Prize contains its share of surprises. Two out of three of the poets – Ian... Read the rest »

Access Copyright opens new fronts in dispute with education sector

In a move it describes as a “last resort,” the copyright collective Access Copyright has launched legal action against educational institutions it says are using... Read the rest »

Hamish Hamilton launches website and virtual art gallery

When Penguin Canada president and publisher Nicole Winstanley and publicity manager Stephen Myers began discussing a new website for Hamish Hamilton Canada, they decided the... Read the rest »

What agents and publishers are bringing to London Book Fair

Q&Q polled agents and publishers to find out what they will be promoting at this year’s London Book Fair, which kicks off April 15.... Read the rest »

The Cookbook Store celebrates 30 years

Judging from the number of cakes and flower arrangements at The Cookbook Store’s 30th-anniversary party on Saturday, the downtown Toronto specialty shop has many fans.... Read the rest »

HarperCollins Canada acquires Wiley titles

A year after John Wiley & Sons announced it would sell off numerous assets in its consumer publishing arm, the company has sold a slew... Read the rest »

Fiction and middle-grade titles big draws at Bologna

Canada was well represented at this year’s Bologna Children’s Book Fair. Returning publishers and agents contacted by Q&Q reported a generally positive event, with high... Read the rest »

Thomas Allen considers its future

Thomas Allen Publishers appears to be in a state of limbo following the departure of its top editor. Last week, House of Anansi Press... Read the rest »

Janice Zawerbny to lead Anansi’s Canadian fiction program

House of Anansi Press confirmed on Thursday that Janice Zawerbny, formerly the editorial director of Thomas Allen Publishers, has joined the company as senior editor,... Read the rest »

Personnel changes: Wattpad

Wattpad has hired Ashleigh Gardner as head of content, effective April 1. Gardner is the former director of content management at Kobo. Charles... Read the rest »

The Walrus partners with ROM for centenary book

Kicking off the countdown to its 100th anniversary, the Royal Ontario Museum announced Tuesday that it will partner with the Walrus Foundation to produce a... Read the rest »

Warner Music Canada enters ebook fray with Champniss memoir

When former MuchMusic VJ Kim Clarke Champniss went looking for a publisher for his 1980s pop-culture memoir, The Republic of Rock ’n’ Roll: The Roaring... Read the rest »

Greystone Books reveals 2013 list and new staff

Greystone Books has announced its 2013 titles, the first to be published since the former D&M Publishers imprint was purchased by Heritage House Publishing in... Read the rest »

Personnel change: Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia

The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia has hired Jonathan Meakin as executive director. A former arts development consultant and acting director for Alberta’s Ministry... Read the rest »

Arsenal Pulp title faces censorship in iBookstore

Nearly 10 years after its release, Thomas Waugh’s Lust Unearthed, a collection of vintage gay erotic drawings and accompanying essays, is facing controversy. The book’s... Read the rest »

S&B Books to shut down its Mississauga office and warehouse operations

Less than a year after being sold to United Library Services and Whitehots, library wholesaler S&B Books is shutting down its office and warehouse in... Read the rest »

Distribution change: Gryphon House

Effective immediately, Gryphon House (formerly distributed by Monarch Books of Canada) will be distributed in Canada by Independent Publishers Group, with sales and marketing being... Read the rest »

Former D&M staffers form Figure 1

As the dust continues to settle following the breakup of D&M Publishers, three former managers from the Vancouver firm – associate publisher Chris Labonté, art... Read the rest »

Personnel change: Koyama Press

Koyama Press has hired Ed Kanerva as a full-time publishing assistant, effective March 1. Prior to joining Koyama Press a year ago as a... Read the rest »

CPRC Press to rebrand under Bruce Walsh

The University of Regina is looking to expand and rebrand its academic publishing division, and has tapped Bruce Walsh, a publishing consultant currently based in... Read the rest »

Personnel changes: Harlequin

Harelquin has several personnel changes to announce: After 13 years of service, Valerie Gray, executive editor of Harlequin MIRA, will retire on March 31.... Read the rest »

Transatlantic Agency rebranding reflects international roots and current offerings

Coinciding with its 20th anniversary, Toronto’s Transatlantic Literary Agency has rebranded as Transatlantic Agency. Samantha Haywood – who, along with fellow agent Marie Campbell,... Read the rest »

Multicultural San Miguel Writers’ Conference considered “the NAFTA of literary festivals”

For the past eight years, San Miguel de Allende, an idyllic colonial town in central Mexico, has played host to the San Miguel Writers’ Conference,... Read the rest »

Douglas & McIntyre, Greystone authors breathe a sigh of relief

After months of anxiety following the announcement that D&M Publishers had filed for creditor protection, authors are breathing a collective sigh of relief that both... Read the rest »

Douglas & McIntyre purchased by Harbour Publishing

History is repeating itself in British Columbia. Less than two weeks after the sale of Greystone Books to Heritage House Publishing was approved, another... Read the rest »

Greystone gets back to business

As announced on Thursday, Vancouver’s Greystone Books is back up and running under new ownership, three months after its former parent company, D&M Publishers, filed... Read the rest »

Globe and Mail to hire new books editor as part of editorial shuffle

The Globe and Mail is hiring a new full-time books editor as the paper undergoes what managing editor Elena Cherney described in a note to... Read the rest »

Translation Rights Fair enters final year (maybe)

Representatives from more than 60 publishing houses and literary agencies will head to the One King West Hotel in Toronto on Friday for the third... Read the rest »

At North 49, Waldocks make way for new owners

More than 20 years after founding North 49 Books, Diane and Peter Waldock are handing over responsibility for the company’s daily operations to two long-serving... Read the rest »

Anansi imprints highlight short fiction and French-to-English translation

House of Anansi Press has announced two imprints intended to promote the diversity of its list. Astoria, devoted to short fiction, and Arachnide, specializing in... Read the rest »

Coach House launches culture series under editor Jason McBride

Coach House Books has announced the launch of a new non-fiction series of short, punchy books on cultural issues. The series, known as Exploded... Read the rest »

Personnel changes: House of Anansi Press

House of Anansi Press has two personnel changes to announce: Operations manager Mark Luk has been promoted to the newly created position of IT... Read the rest »

Man Asian Prize finalist Musharraf Ali Farooqi looks for Canadian publisher

Musharraf Ali Farooqi’s novel Between Clay and Dust may have been shortlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize, but the author, who divides his time... Read the rest »

Indie booksellers report modest holiday sales

In a year marked by major bookstore closures, several Canadian independent booksellers are reporting modest increases in holiday sales, with few breakout titles. Ellen... Read the rest »

D&M receives further extension in bankruptcy proceedings

The Supreme Court of British Columbia has awarded D&M Publishers a further 45-day extension on its creditor protection. The Vancouver firm, which includes the... Read the rest »

Collected Works declares bankruptcy with more than $400,000 in liabilities

After failing to find a new owner to take over the struggling business, Ottawa’s largest independent bookstore has filed for bankruptcy. Collected Works filed... Read the rest »

HarperCollins Canada wins Canadian Marketing Award for This Dark Endeavour campaign

HarperCollins Canada has received a silver Canadian Marketing Award for its “augmented reality” retail campaign promoting YA novelist Kenneth Oppel’s This Dark Endeavour: The Apprenticeship... Read the rest »

Writers' Trust names new executive director

The Writers’ Trust of Canada has named a new executive director. Mary Osborne will step into the role in January, taking over from Don Oravec.... Read the rest »

Owlkids launches first ebook app, You Are Stardust

Owlkids Books is the latest children’s publisher to enter the educational app market with Thursday’s launch of the enhanced ebook version of You Are Stardust.... Read the rest »

Distribution changes: Codasat Canada

Effective Jan. 1, Codasat Canada will be the exclusive Canadian distributor for University of Alabama Press. Effective Dec. 31, Codasat will no longer distribute... Read the rest »

Kate Walker optimistic as retirement approaches

After 36 years as a sales representative, Kate Walker is still optimistic about the future of the publishing industry. “We have some really bright... Read the rest »

Call for submissions: First Nation Communities Read

First Nation Communities Read, which celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2013–2014, is now seeking submissions. The 2013–2014 program will focus exclusively on books for... Read the rest »

Montreal’s Blue Metropolis launches Spanish-language prize, reveals jurors

Montreal’s Blue Metropolis Foundation has revealed plans for a new award dedicated to Spanish-language authors. Colombian novelist Juan Gabriel Vásquez will preside over... Read the rest »

Address change: Literary Press Group of Canada

Literary Press Group of Canada has moved to a new location. The address is: 425 Adelaide St. West, Suite 700, Toronto ON, M5V 3C1. Read the rest »

Among D&M’s largest creditors, Friesens says it’s business as usual

It’s business as usual for Friesens Corporation, one of the major creditors named in documents filed to the Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy Canada... Read the rest »

In response to Penguin, Random House merger, agents call for new approach to foreign investment

The impending merger of the world’s two largest publishing companies has some literary agents feeling apprehensive about implications for the Canadian industry. Some are even... Read the rest »

Canopy seeks publisher nominations for Ancient Forest Friendly Awards

Canopy, the non-profit organization that encourages eco-friendly paper use, is seeking nominations for its Ancient Forest Friendly Awards. Publishers are encouraged to nominate themselves... Read the rest »

CBA members vote to join new division of Retail Council of Canada

Members of the Canadian Booksellers Association have voted to join a new division of the Retail Council of Canada, rather than dissolve the financially troubled... Read the rest »

Montreal’s Snare Books to become imprint at Invisible Publishing

Snare Books is shutting down, but the Montreal-based small press will continue on as an imprint of Invisible Publishing. Snare was co-founded in 2006... Read the rest »

Random House Author Portal launches in Canada

Random House of Canada has launched a new digital tool for use by its authors. The Author Portal, which went live in the U.S.... Read the rest »

Nick Rundall takes over as publisher at Whitecap

Whitecap Books vice-president Nick Rundall has stepped into the role of publisher following the departure last month of founder Michael Burch. Rundall, who joined... Read the rest »

LPG partners with Manda, unveils new strategic plan

Following a tumultuous summer in which its public funding was abruptly slashed and just as suddenly restored, the Literary Press Group has announced several key... Read the rest »

Canadian consumers still prefer print, BookNet Canada study determines

Thanks to a new BookNet Canada report, the book industry now has numbers to help analyze the impact of digital publishing on Canadian consumers.... Read the rest »

Booksellers weigh options regarding future of CBA

Members of the Canadian Booksellers Association are being asked to decide on the future direction of the association at its upcoming annual general meeting, scheduled... Read the rest »

Dundurn editorial director to step down

After nearly seven years at Dundurn Press, associate publisher and editorial director Michael Carroll is leaving the firm to take on the role of publications... Read the rest »

Patsy Aldana steps down at Groundwood, passes baton to Sheila Barry

Patsy Aldana, one of the leading figures in Canadian children’s publishing over the past three-and-a-half decades, is stepping down at Groundwood Books, the publishing company... Read the rest »

Agents and publishers pick their top Frankfurt titles

Q&Q polled agents and publishers to find out what they will be promoting at this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair, which opens Oct. 10. AGENTS... Read the rest »

McNally Robinson sold to long-time employees

Paul and Holly McNally, proprietors of Winnipeg’s family-owned McNally Robinson Booksellers, have begun transferring ownership of the business to two of its long-time employees.... Read the rest »

Phyllis Bruce resigns from HarperCollins Canada

HarperCollins Canada has announced that Phyllis Bruce, publisher of Phyllis Bruce Books, has resigned. The legendary editor’s last day at the company will be Oct.... Read the rest »

Talonbooks moves ahead with controversial mining book

It’s had a long and circuitous route to publication, but a new book criticizing Canadian regulations that allow mining companies to act with impunity abroad... Read the rest »

D&M names new editorial team for fiction

Chris Labonté, who helped revive Douglas & McIntyre’s fiction program, is stepping down after five years as acquisitions editor, effective Dec. 31, 2012. Agents... Read the rest »

University of Guelph launches creative-writing certificate program with help of MFA grads

The University of Guelph is set to launch a new creative-writing program that will be open to the general public. Creative Writing at Guelph... Read the rest »

Nathaniel G. Moore expands role at Tightrope, announces online magazine

Six months after Toronto’s Tightrope Books tapped author Nathaniel G. Moore to head a new imprint called The Highwire, comes word that Moore’s role has... Read the rest »

Ryerson creates publishing advisory board

Toronto’s Ryerson University has created a new advisory board that will aid in developing curriculum for the school’s publishing program. The group came together... Read the rest »

IFOA’s IV Programme creates industry award to mark fifth anniversary

Tickets are now on sale for the International Festival of Authors, which runs Oct. 18 to 28 in Toronto, and organizers are adding final touches... Read the rest »

Shit Girls Say brings humour to Harlequin

It wasn’t difficult to pick out Graydon Sheppard as he made his way to the Harlequin’s booth at BookExpo America in June. Sheppard, with... Read the rest »

ChiZine launches new YA imprint, ChiTeen

Young adults with a penchant for macabre fiction will soon have more Canadian titles to chose from, as Toronto’s ChiZine Publications launches a new imprint,... Read the rest »

Personnel changes: Heritage House

Heritage House has hired former D&M Publishers associate editor Lara Kordic as senior editor, and Kate Scllion as editorial coordinator. Both are graduates of Simon... Read the rest »

Format shift leads to second chance for Giller nominee

Lauren B. Davis admits it was “something of a surprise” when her third novel, Our Daily Bread (HarperCollins Canada), was longlisted for the 2012 Scotiabank... Read the rest »

Jane Warren joins HarperCollins Canada

HarperCollins Canada has added another editor to its publishing division. Jane Warren, who was hired to fill a one-year contract position last year, will... Read the rest »

Quattro Books opens multi-purpose arts venue

Toronto’s Quattro Books is busy putting the final touches on its new home, an ambitious storefront space  in the city’s College and Bathurst neighbourhood. The... Read the rest »

Personnel changes: Kids Can Press

Kids Can Press has the following appointments to report: Semareh Al-Hillal has been appointed to the new position of associate publisher, reporting to president... Read the rest »

McMaster University first-year book club program boosts sales and author visibility

Next week, university campuses across the country throw open their doors to welcome new students. While socializing and reading are decidedly important aspects of any... Read the rest »

Deals: Tightrope to publish RM Vaughan essays; foreign deal for Linda McQuaid and Neil Brooks; and more

Nathaniel G. Moore, editor of Tightrope Books imprint The Highwire, has acquired Compared to Hitler, a collection of essays spanning 25 years of writing by... Read the rest »

HarperCollins expands Canadian publishing program with Patrick Crean imprint

Patrick Crean, a stalwart of Canadian publishing, has joined HarperCollins Canada to form his own editorial imprint. Patrick Crean Editions will publish between eight... Read the rest »

Michael Burch steps down at Whitecap

Less than three weeks after selling the firm to Toronto’s Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Michael Burch has resigned as publisher of Whitecap Books. His last day... Read the rest »

YA imprint Star Crossed Press launches with titles by Jeff Szpirglas and the late Elwy Yost

David Glover has channelled his nostalgia and love for coming-of-age and adventure stories into founding Canada’s newest YA publisher, Star Crossed Press. “There’s so... Read the rest »

Project Bookmark expands with Al Pittman plaque

Project Bookmark Canada is kicking off plans for national expansion with the unveiling of its first plaque outside Ontario. On Aug. 23, “The Sea... Read the rest »

Big plans for Canada’s new literary magazine, Little Brother

This week, the Canadian lit mag family welcomes its newest addition, Little Brother. Emily M. Keeler, founder and editor, can’t wait to introduce her baby... Read the rest »

Simply Read launches inaugural board book app

Simply Read Books has released an app for its board book Saffy Looks for Rain by Vancouver writer Paola Opal. The 2009 title, about a... Read the rest »

Deals: Random House acquires Dieppe history book; Anansi to publish Deborah Levy; and more

Louise Dennys, executive publisher of the Knopf Random House Canada Publishing Group, has acquired Dieppe Decoded by Montreal historian and professor David O’Keefe. The book,... Read the rest »

Tundra to release K’naan picture book this fall

Tundra Books is set to publish a picture book by Canadian rapper and singer/songwriter K’naan. When I Get Older: The Story Behind “Wavin’ Flag” will... Read the rest »

Winnipeg reading series puts fantasy foods on the menu

Justin Koop loved reading Brian Jacques’ Redwall books as a kid. Now, as the event coordinator at Sam’s Place, a used bookstore and café in... Read the rest »

Deals: Foreign rights deals for Tanis Rideout, CS Richardson, Shree Ghatage; and more

Foreign front: The Cooke Agency International has a number of deals to report this week: Suzanne Brandreth has negotiated the sale of... Read the rest »

Personnel change: James Lorimer and Company

James Lorimer and Company has hired Kendra Martin as publishing assistant effective immediately. Martin handles publicity out of the company ’s Toronto office for all... Read the rest »

Fitzhenry & Whiteside acquires Whitecap

B.C.-based cookbook specialist Whitecap Books has been sold to Fitzhenry & Whiteside, the publishing house and distributor based in Markham, Ontario. According to a... Read the rest »

Deals: M&S acquires Wagamese novel; Bride of New France optioned for film; and more

Ellen Seligman, publisher at McClelland & Stewart and vice-president at Random House of Canada, has acquired Canadian English-language rights to Richard Wagamese’s Medicine Walk. The... Read the rest »

Coach House trades copies of Fifty Shades for Tamara Faith Berger’s Maidenhead

When Tamara Faith Berger released her erotic novel, Maidenhead, her publisher, Coach House Books, gave away promotional condoms. Now, the Toronto publisher is mounting a... Read the rest »

Deals: Film options for Richard Wagamese, Anna Porter, and more

Reel deals: Toronto-based Darius Films has optioned David Rotenberg’s novel Shanghai. Michael Levine of Westwood Creative Artists arranged the deal. Yann... Read the rest »

Personnel change: P.S. Literary Agency

Former P.S. Literary Agency intern Irene Merritt has joined the agency as literary assistant. Merritt is a graduate of Humber College’s creative publishing program.... Read the rest »

TWUC, Access Copyright vow to continue advocating for compensation under fair-dealing copyright laws

The Writers’ Union of Canada has promised it will continue fighting for writers’ compensation under the country’s evolving copyright laws. The latest development involves... Read the rest »

Fierce Ink reveals debut roster of authors

Fierce Ink Press, the new YA publishing co-operative established by communications strategist Kimberly Walsh and freelance writer Colleen McKie, has announced a partial list of... Read the rest »

Deals: D&Q acquires books by Art Spiegelman, Michael DeForge; and more

Chris Oliveros, publisher of Drawn & Quarterly, has acquired world rights to Ant Colony by Doug Wright Award–winning cartoonist Michael DeForge. The volume is a... Read the rest »

Prince Edward Island libraries introduce home delivery service

Starting this summer, users of the Prince Edward Island Public Library Service can sign up to have books, CDs, DVDs, and audio books delivered to... Read the rest »

Change afoot in library sector as Whitehots, ULS take ownership of S&B Books

While the sale of library wholesaler S&B Books was announced last week, Thursday marks the official handover of the company to its new owners, United... Read the rest »

Deals: Penguin acquires A.S.A. Harrison thriller; foreign-rights deals for Seth, Chester Brown, Alice Kuipers; and more

Penguin U.S. has acquired world rights to The Silent Wife by Toronto writer A.S.A. Harrison. The psychological thriller follows a 20-year marriage destroyed by... Read the rest »

Raincoast to distribute FSG in Canada

Farrar, Straus and Giroux has announced that, effective January 2013, Raincoast Book Distribution will sell FSG and Graywolf titles to independent and college bookstores,,... Read the rest »

Personnel change: Richmond Hill Public Library appoints new CEO

Louise Procter Maio has been named CEO of the Richmond Hill Public Library in the Greater Toronto Area. Maio steps into the position Aug.... Read the rest »

ACP uneasy over Target’s expansion into books

The government decision allowing U.S. retailer Target to sell cultural products – including books – in Canada is being met with skepticism by the Association... Read the rest »

I.V. Programme reveals inaugural Canadian Editorial Fellow, partial lineup of 2012 international attendees

The International Visitors Programme and Authors at Harbourfront Centre have named Trena White, publisher at D&M Publishers, the first recipient of the annual Canadian Editorial... Read the rest »

Deals: Arsenal Pulp acquires Dany Laferrière memoir; Monoceros optioned for film; and more

Robert Ballantyne, associate publisher and vice-president at Arsenal Pulp Press, has acquired The World Is Revolving Around Me by Dany Laferrière. The memoir recounts the... Read the rest »

Annick and Open Road launch ebook partnership with Munsch’s The Paper Bag Princess

Fifteen of Annick Press’s most popular picture books, including Robert Munsch’s The Paper Bag Princess, are now available as ebooks, through a partnership with... Read the rest »

Winstanley to lead all-Canadian team at Penguin Canada

Penguin Canada publisher Nicole Winstanley continues her ascent up the corporate ladder with Tuesday’s announcement that she has been promoted to president. She takes over... Read the rest »

OverDrive’s digital bookmobile wraps up Ontario tour

Last month, OverDrive’s Digital Bookmobile was on the road in Canada for the first time in two years, making stops at six public library branches... Read the rest »

Library wholesalers ULS and Whitehots jointly acquire S&B Books

United Library Services and Whitehots Canadian Library Services have jointly acquired S&B Books, a book wholesaler to the library market, effective July 12, 2012.... Read the rest »

Random House of Canada unveils new blogs

Random House of Canada launched two new blogs today, Crave by Random House and Retreat by Random House, as part of the publishing house’s strategy... Read the rest »

Fierce Ink bridges gap between traditional publishers and self-publishing

Publishing professional Kimberly Walsh and freelance writer Colleen McKie have formed Fierce Ink Press, a new YA publishing co-operative and author collective for Atlantic Canadian... Read the rest »

Connecting with consumers and building brands were focuses of Book Summit 2012

With so many titles on the market, how do readers make choices? Cynthia Good, director of creative book publishing at Humber College in Toronto, posed... Read the rest »

HarperCollins takes first steps toward global publishing approach with HarperCollins 360

Next month, HarperCollins begins the rollout of HarperCollins 360, a global distribution program for English-language markets. The initiative will make titles published by all HarperCollins... Read the rest »

New Random House of Canada division streamlines operations and office space

On Wednesday, Random House of Canada president and CEO Brad Martin announced the formation of a new publishing division. The McClelland & Stewart Doubleday Canada... Read the rest »

Deals: Penguin Canada acquires Mary-Ann Kirkby's Hutterite cookbook; film deals for Sarah Leavitt, Shauna Singh Baldwin; and more

Goose Lane Editions has acquired world rights to Tamai Kobayashi’s Prairie Ostrich, about two Japanese-Canadian sisters growing up on an ostrich farm in 1974. The... Read the rest »

New owner, expanded location for Creemore’s Curiosity House Bookstore

Ralph Hicks isn’t settling for Curiosity House Bookstore & Gallery’s place on CBC Books’ community-chosen list of top 10 independent bookstores in Canada. He wants... Read the rest »

Personnel change: Kelsey Attard joins Freehand Books as managing editor

Kelsey Attard will join Freehand Books as managing editor, effective July 4. Attard has previously worked as an editor at Lone Pine Publishing and... Read the rest »

Canadian Women in the Literary Arts releases first study of gender parity in Canada’s book media

A new national organization advocating for women’s voices in Canadian literary criticism launched this week with a study of gender parity in Canada’s book media.... Read the rest »

BEA report: More librarians, fewer retailers lend kids’ publishers an advantage

NEW YORK – If there’s one definitive sign of the changing mix of attendee at BookExpo America, which wraps up today, it’s the tradeshow’s busy... Read the rest »

Still behind on royalties, Lobster Press sees hope in digital future

Children’s publisher Lobster Press appears to be back in business with a new focus on ebooks. The firm shuttered its Montreal office last fall... Read the rest »

At time of uncertainty for indies, B.C.’s Mosaic Books is set to expand

Michael Neill, owner of Mosaic Books, the Okanagan region’s largest independent bookstore, doesn’t have long to wait before his second location debuts in... Read the rest »

Deals: HarperCollins Canada acquires memoir by Little Mosque creator; ECW scores Terry Ryan hockey memoir; and more

Kate Cassaday, non-fiction editor at HarperCollins Canada, has acquired Laughing All the Way to the Mosque by Zarqa Nawaz. The comic memoir by the writer... Read the rest »

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