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via BookNet Canada
Tech Forum is an annual conference that focuses on digital developments in the book publishing industry. As the largest tech-focused professional development event in the Canadian publishing industry, it provides hundreds of book industry professionals with the opportunity to learn, debate, network and glimpse the future of our industry. In addition, Tech Forum attendees also receive free admittance to BookNet 101, a mini-conference showcasing successful applications of BookNet services such as SalesData, CataList, BiblioShare, and more.
BookNet 101 is an afternoon of programming dedicated to helping you get the most out of BookNet’s products and services. Experienced power users will share tips and tricks for streamlining workflows, capitalizing on data reporting, and more.
Do you work with ebooks? Do you dream of using technology to its full potential rather than trying to re-create print books digitally? Come join talented ebook developers for some lively discussions of design, standards, and best practices. ebookcraft is a one-day conference dedicated to ebook production—if you’re looking for a mix of practical tips and forward-thinking inspiration, you won’t want to miss it.
via National Reading Campaign
The National Reading Campaign recently commissioned a study by Environics Research Group to gather benchmark data about the pleasure reading habits of Canadians. Based on a nationally representative sample of 1,001 Canadians, the survey results revealed a population of passionate readers still very engaged with traditional reading platforms, and a group of Canadians not reading for pleasure in any medium.
82% of Canadians read for pleasure as often or more often than they did last year. Books are the overwhelmingly preferred medium, with 70% of readers preferring them to magazines, newspapers, and blogs. While level of education is linked to the amount of reading done for pleasure, level of income is not. Those reading the most have family incomes of from $30,000 to under $50,000.
Although the percentage of Canadians reading for pleasure is high, 12% of Canadians reported reading for pleasure less than they did last year and 5% admitted to not reading for pleasure at all. These figures combine to reveal that one in five Canadians does not read for enjoyment or does so less than they used to.
The study additionally revealed that:
- 49% have used library services in the past year
- 45% of Canadians reported that their reading of electronic publications has increased in the past year
- More men report an increase in reading e-publications
- Library use is higher in urban centres
Past research has found that reading for pleasure is linked to better overall satisfaction with life, higher incomes, healthier relationships (lower divorce rates), and better mental health.
The National Reading Campaign hopes that these figures will draw attention to the need to bring the benefits of reading for pleasure to all Canadians.
Results of the survey can be read here: http://www.nationalreadingcampaign.ca/research/pleasure-reading-survey/
via The Writers’ Union of Canada
The Writers’ Union of Canada and the Gleed family are pleased to announce the jury for the $10,000 Danuta Gleed Literary Award, Canada’s pre-eminent award for the best first Canadian collection of short fiction in the English language, now celebrating its 17th year.
This year’s jury is comprised of authors Candas Jane Dorsey, Russell Wangersky, and Ian Williams.
A short list will be announced in early May 2014, with the winner and two finalists being named in late May 2014, in conjunction with The Writers’ Union of Canada’s Annual General Meeting. The winner receives $10,000 and each of the two finalists is awarded $500.
To be eligible, books must be first collections of short fiction written by a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and published in Canada in the English language in the 2012 calendar year. The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2014. Eligible titles may be submitted by publishers according to submission guidelines available at http://www.writersunion.ca/danuta-gleed.
ABOUT THE JURY
Candas Jane Dorsey is a fiction writer, poet, and professional writer living in her hometown of Edmonton, Alberta. Dorsey became a writer from an early age and works across genre boundaries, writing poetry, fiction, mainstream and speculative, short and long form, arts journalism and arts advocacy. Her works include: Results of the Ring Toss, Hardwired Angel, Machine Sex and Other Stories, Leaving Marks, Black Wine (winner, James Tiptree, Jr. Award, Crawford Award, Prix Aurora Awards), Vanilla and Other Stories, and A Paradigm of Earth. Dorsey has also written television and stage scripts, magazine and newspaper articles, and reviews.
Russell Wangersky is a writer, editor and columnist from St. John’s, Newfoundland. A five-time finalist for Canada’s National Newspaper Awards (winning for editorials in 2002 and 2011), he works at the St. John’s Telegram as the editorial page editor. His five books include Burning Down the House: Fighting Fires and Losing Myself, The Glass Harmonica, and two short story collections. His latest book, Whirl Away, was a finalist for the 2012 Scotiabank/Giller Prize, and won the Thomas Head Raddall Prize. His first short story collection, The Hour of Bad Decisions, was a finalist for the Danuta Gleed Prize and was also long-listed for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Russell has worked in the media for 30 years.
Ian Williams is the author of Personals, shortlisted for the 2013 Griffin Poetry Prize and the Robert Kroetsch Poetry Book Award; Not Anyone’s Anything, winner of the 2011 Danuta Gleed Literary Award for the best first collection of short fiction in Canada; and You Know Who You Are, a finalist for the ReLit Prize for poetry. He was named as one of ten Canadian writers to watch by CBC. Williams completed his Ph.D. in English at the University of Toronto and works as an English professor. He lives in Brampton, Ontario.
ABOUT THE AWARD
The Danuta Gleed Literary Award was created as a celebration of the life of Danuta Gleed, a writer whose short fiction won several awards before her death in 1996. Danuta Gleed’s first collection of short fiction, One of the Chosen, was posthumously published by BuschekBooks. The Award is made possible through a generous donation from John Gleed in memory of his late wife, and is administered by The Writers’ Union of Canada.
The Award was first given in 1998 for books published in 1997. The 2014 awards ceremony, for books published in 2013, will mark the 17th anniversary of the prize.
via The Writers’ Union of Canada
Quebec Writers, Publishers and Booksellers Demand Price Protections
Members of The Writers’ Union of Canada’s sister organization, the Union des écrivaines et des écrivains québécois (UNEQ), demonstrated last week outside Montreal’s Great Library, calling for a nine-month period of discount control for new books. TWUC commends all recent protest actions in Quebec by writers, publishers and booksellers demanding subtle market regulation as a means of support for French-language literature.“More than anything else, the Quebec protests are about preserving the diverse, home-grown literature we’ve all spent so many decades building,” said Dorris Heffron, Chair of The Writers’ Union of Canada. “TWUC stands with UNEQ in expressing our concern.”
The recent and rapid collapse of independent bookselling within the province of Quebec has led to a demonstrable contraction of available titles for Quebec’s book consumers. TWUC believes there is a place for retailers of all sizes in the book market, and that the pricing of books should reflect a fair and competitive market. The market damage from uncontrolled discounting leads to lower royalty rates for writers, discouraging the creation of new work. Market controls exist in other countries for similar reasons.
“This is a concern for all Canadian book consumers,” added John Degen, TWUC’s Executive Director. “It’s not really an issue of price at all, because even with some form of discount regulation, books will continue to come to market with a variety of prices. But the unchecked downward pressure from books used as loss leaders will mean fewer Canadian books in the marketplace, and so decreased consumer choice. That’s a negative outcome for everyone.”.
via Editors’ Association of Canada
Help shine a spotlight on great editing by submitting a nomination for the 2013 Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence. What makes this year even more special? 2013 marks the 30th anniversary of this prestigious award so we’re celebrating three decades of editorial excellence in Canada.
Submit your nomination
Do you know an exceptional editor who played an important role in the success of a project completed in English or French in 2013? Did you make an outstanding contribution as an editor? If so, here’s your opportunity to nominate yourself or someone else for EAC’s 2013 Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence.
The $2,000 cash award will be presented to the winner at the June 7, 2014, awards banquet of the Editors’ Association of Canada conference in Toronto. In recognition of their outstanding editorial performance, finalists will receive cash awards of $500.
The deadline for your letter of nomination is Friday, January 10, 2014. Supporting material must be received by Friday, January 24. Remember, self-nominations are encouraged!
Last year, EAC awarded the Tom Fairley Award to Sandy Newton of Cupids, NL, for her work on Here’s the Catch: The Fish We Harvest from the Northwest Atlantic by Wade Kearley (Boulder Publications). Other finalists were Catherine Plear of Vancouver, BC, for Seeking Sickness: Medical Screening and the Misguided Hunt for Disease by Alan Cassels (Greystone Books) and Adele Simmons of Whitby, ON, for The Costumer’s Notebook, by Rae Stephens (The Costumers Institute).
Complete nomination instructions and more information about the Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence are available online.