Turning the Page: Book Summit 2017 explores driving positive change in the book industry

>>From Book Summit 2017

Toronto, Ontario– Books can change  the world, and on June 15, Book Summit 2017 – “Publish Well and Prosper: Social and Economic Responsibility in the Book Industry” – provides a timely forum to discuss how to do that in an economically responsible way. With actionable takeaways from industry leaders, the conference explores how public good and private profit aren’t mutually exclusive.

Presented by Humber College and the Book and Periodical Council in association with IFOA, this year’s summit features broad-based, practical workshops with noted professionals from all corners of the publishing, writing and media industries. Business ethicist and author Joseph Heath, comedian and broadcaster Candy Palmater, Melville House publisher Valerie Merians, and One World publisher and editor-in-chief Chris Jackson are not to be missed!

“Publish Well and Prosper shows that we can be practical, professional and prosperous – and continue to be socially conscious as an industry that has always acknowledged that responsibility,” says Cynthia Good, founder and director emerita of the Humber College publishing program.

Notes Anne McClelland, executive director of the Book and Periodical Council, “It’s vital for the publishing industry to come together to discuss important and timely issues, and Book Summit is the perfect opportunity to do that. Participants network and meet a wide variety of industry professionals, and end the day with new business skills and innovative strategies to apply to their day-to-day operations.”

Held at Toronto’s scenic Harbourfront Centre, Book Summit is open for registration through booksummit.ca. There is a student rate, and group rates are available for businesses sending five or more participants.



About Book Summit
Book Summit is an annual publishing industry professional development conference presented by the Book and Periodical Council and Humber College in association with the International Festival of Authors. Book Summit is generously supported by Canadian Heritage’s Canada Book Fund and the Ontario Media Development Corporation. For a complete list of sponsors, visit booksummit.ca.

About the Book and Periodical Council
The Book and Periodical Council (BPC) is the umbrella organization for Canadian associations that are or whose members are primarily involved with the writing, editing, translating, publishing, producing, distributing, lending, marketing, reading and selling of written words. Visit thebpc.ca.

About Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
Established in 1967, Humber is one of Canada’s leading postsecondary institutions. Committed to student success through excellence in teaching and learning, Humber serves 29,200 full-time students and 23,000 part time and continuing education students. With an internationally recognized reputation for quality learning, Humber offers a wide-range of career-focused opportunities for students to personalize their educational path, including 160 full-time programs across more than 40 fields of study, 200 part-time and 400 online programs or courses. More than four out of five of Humber graduates are employed within six months of completing their studies. Visit humber.ca

For more information:
Natalie St. Pierre
School of Creative &Performing Arts
416-675-6622 ext. 3363
[email protected]


>>From The Writers’ Union of Canada

The Writers’ Union of Canada is pleased to announce the short list of nominees for the twentieth annual DANUTA GLEED LITERARY AWARD. The Award recognizes the best first collection of short fiction by a Canadian author published in 2016 in the English language.  The Award consists of cash prizes for the three best first collections, with a first prize of $10,000 and two additional prizes of $500.

The jury this year comprised authors Caroline Adderson, Judy Fong Bates, and David Bergen, who determined the short list from 30 collections submitted, some by seasoned writers, others by authors being published for the first time. Those finalists are:

Kris Bertin, Bad Things Happen, Biblioasis
Lyse Champagne, The Light that Remains, Enfield & Wizenty
André Narbonne, Twelve Miles to Midnight, Black Moss Press
Kerry Lee Powell, Willem de Kooning’s Paintbrush, HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.
Laura Trunkey, Double Dutch, Astoria

The winners will be announced at the OnWords Conference (June 1 – 4) in Vancouver.

The Award was created as a celebration of the life of Danuta Gleed, a writer whose short fiction won several awards before her death in December 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.
Jury Comments on the Finalists for the

Kris Bertin, Bad Things Happen (Biblioasis)
The ten stories in this collection come at you like the rounds of a heavyweight match. They are tough and bloodied and pure. And yet, beneath the surface there is revealed a surprising softness, as when a mother gathers her damaged adult son to her chest and says, “It’s alright, and it’s all over.” Bertin knows place and he knows language and he knows his characters — the garbage collectors, the overweight landlords, the petty thieves. And then, oh my, there are the children. What a beautiful book.

Lyse Champagne, The Light that Remains (Enfield & Wizenty)
Through the brutal lens of war, the stories in The Light that Remains span the twentieth century and travel the globe. Readers are caught up in the lives of innocent people in Armenia, the Ukraine, Hong Kong, France, Cambodia, and Rwanda, whose lives are irrevocably changed by the harrowing cruelties of war. With clear, elegant prose and a compassionate voice, Lyse Champagne explores loss, love, kindness, hope, despair, the need to survive. In so doing, she forces into the reader’s heart a deeper understanding of the anguish and strength that resides in the human spirit when worlds are shattered beyond recognition.

André Narbonne, Twelve Miles to Midnight (Black Moss Press)
Narbonne does what so many writers fail to do: he makes work, and the vocabulary of work, an organic part of his stories. Then he throws in love, and so arrives at the essential: work and love. These are gutsy, tightly knotted tales — nothing is wasted. Yes, there is anger here, and sadness, and loss, but in the end, what remains is the tender accounting of wisdom and love and god and fealty.

Kerry Lee Powell, Willem de Kooning’s Paintbrush (HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.)
The grimy strip clubs and greasy spoons of Kerry Lee Powell’s imagination bustle with tramps and lunatics, the battered and the scarred. This collection could well have been a downer, but is miraculously the opposite. Dark comedy, hilarious one-liners, and a generous helping of hard-boiled irreverence lighten the despair and ease us, and the characters, to redemption. But more than anything it is Powell’s use of language that lifts these stories off the page. She writes like de Kooning paints, creating worlds bold, brilliant, and chaotic. Powell’s voice, utterly original, delivers a jolt to Canadian writing.

Laura Trunkey, Double Dutch (Astoria)
Double Dutch opens with a dark and comic tale. A mother hears her toddler speaking in his sleep what she believes to be Arabic, and extrapolates that her son may be the reincarnation of a terrorist.  And so begins a roller coaster collection of stories that flirt with the fantastic and the absurd, introducing the reader to a wild cast of characters from Ronald Reagan’s body double to a child who appears to perform miracles to living and spirit sisters who grow up together on the family farm. In her debut collection, Trunkey has crafted a book of deftly told stories: playful, disturbing, sad, funny, compassionate, and insightful, stories with twists and turns, which haunt and enchant.

The Writers’ Union of Canada is our country’s national organization representing professional authors of books. Founded in 1973, the Union is dedicated to fostering writing in Canada, and promoting the rights, freedoms, and economic well-being of all writers.
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For additional information
John Degen, Executive Director
The Writers’ Union of Canada
416.703.8982 ext. 221
[email protected]

Author Deborah Campbell Wins Freedom to Read Award

>>From the Writer’s Union of Canada

For immediate release
Author Deborah Campbell Wins Freedom to Read Award
– author of A Disappearance in Damascus honoured by The Writers’ Union of Canada –
Toronto – February 27, 2017 – The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC) is proud to announce that Deborah Campbell, journalist and author, is the recipient of the 2017 Freedom to Read Award. The award is presented annually by TWUC in recognition of work that is passionately supportive of free expression. Past recipients include Mohamed Fahmy, Janine Fuller, and Lawrence Hill.

“There is so much to admire in the work of Deborah Campbell,” noted TWUC Chair, George Fetherling. “Whether she is writing about war artists, international care-givers, the bafflingly complex politics of nuclear arms, or the ongoing refugee crisis in the Middle East, she does not shy from controversy, and is devoted to letting all voices find a place on her page. The jury was unanimous in its choice of Ms. Campbell.”

Deborah Campbell’s 2016 book A Disappearance in Damascus : A Story of Friendship and Survival in the Shadow of War (Knopf Canada) won the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Non-Fiction Prize, and is celebrated for its complex depiction of refugee life and the courageous and dangerous work done by war zone “fixers,” as they help to tell true stories of conflict at the risk of their freedom and lives. The book gives readers first-person access into the politics and cultures that have led to the Syrian refugee crisis.

February 26 to March 4 is Freedom to Read Week in Canada: a national annual celebration that encourages Canadians to think deeply about and value their right to read, write and publish freely. The week has become a regular feature of the annual programming of schools, libraries and literary groups across Canada. Freedom to Read Week is a project of the Book and Periodical Council, the umbrella organization for publishing in Canada. TWUC is a proud partner and supporter of Freedom to Read Week. For more information, please visit freedomtoread.ca. For more background on Deborah Campbell, please visit her website.

The Writers’ Union of Canada is our country’s national organization representing more than 2,000 professional authors of books. The Union is dedicated to fostering writing in Canada, and promoting the rights, freedoms, and economic well-being of all writers. 

For additional information:
John Degen, Executive Director
416.703.8982 Ext. 221
[email protected]

Freedom to Read Week in Canada begins on Sunday, February 26

‌Contact for interview opportunities:

Hazel Millar: [email protected] | 416-994-1891
Contact for information about Freedom to Read Week:

[email protected] | 416-975-9366


MEDIA ADVISORY: Freedom to Read Week in Canada begins on Sunday, February 26

February 22, 2017

Dear Editors and Producers,

From February 26 to March 4, 2017, Canadians will mark the 33rd annual Freedom to Read Week, a national event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed them under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The event is organized by the Book and Periodical Council’s Freedom of Expression Committee.

Events take place across the country in schools, libraries, universities and community spaces. They range from free expression panel discussions and banned books clubs to public readings and social media campaigns. Speakers include authors Raziel Reid, Harold Johnson and Hasan Namir; Director of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association’s Privacy, Surveillance and Technology Project, Brenda McPhail; and librarians, students, professors, readers and more.

Highlights of Freedom to Read Week events include:


  • Google Is Burning: Book Censorship in the Digital Age, a discussion led by Raziel Reid on boundaries in CanLit, the suppression of young adult literature, and book burning in the 21st century, will be held at Mount Royal University’s Lincoln Park Campus in Calgary on February 28th.
  • The Edmonton Public Library will host A Conversation about Reconciliation with Truth and Reconciliation Commissioners Chief Wilton Littlechild and Dr. Marie Wilson on Tuesday, February 28th. The session will be moderated by Honorary Witness Shelagh Rogers.
  • Robert Bittner who will hold a talk exploring censorship of LGBTQ+ literature for children and young adults at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver on February 27th.
  • A discussion on the history of book banning, led by University of Regina professor Andrew Stubb, will take place at the John M. Harper Branch Library in Waterloo, Ontario, on February 28th.


A complete list of Freedom to Read Week events and interactive displays taking place across Canada is available at freedomtoread.ca.

During Freedom to Read Week, the Writers’ Union of Canada will announce the recipient of this year’s Freedom to Read Award.

Please feel free to contact me for further information on this annual celebration of Canadians’ freedom of expression.

Best wishes,

Hazel Millar
On behalf of Freedom to Read Week
416-994-1891 | [email protected]

About Freedom to Read Week
Freedom to Read Week is organized by the Book and Periodical Council’s Freedom of Expression Committee, a group committed to promoting intellectual freedom in Canada. Since 1978, the Freedom of Expression Committee has worked with educators, librarians, publishers, writers, booksellers, advocacy groups and the community at large to provide information that addresses censorship and book and magazine challenges in Canada. For more information, visit freedomtoread.ca.

Freedom to Read Week is generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts. For more information on our sponsors, visit freedomtoread.ca.

About the Book and Periodical Council
The Book and Periodical Council is the umbrella organization for Canadian associations that are or whose members are primarily involved with the writing, editing, translating, publishing, producing, distributing, lending, marketing, reading and selling of written words. For more information, visit thebpc.ca.

Editors’ Association of Canada Announces Latest Update and Reprint of the Editing Canadian English, 3rd edition

>>From Editors’ Association of Canada

Toronto, February 10, 2017—The Editors’ Association of Canada (Editors Canada) is pleased to announce the latest update and reprint of the Editing Canadian English, 3rd edition, the essential reference for Canadian editors and writers. The third edition was first published in June 2015. With this reprint, Editing Canadian English, 3rd edition now also includes the latest edition of the association’s Professional Editorial Standards.

In 2014, John Allemang asked “Who is speaking up for Canadian English?” in The Globe and Mail. Editors Canada answered that call proudly with Editing Canadian English.

Some of the common questions addressed by the third edition of Editing Canadian English include these:

  • What are the differences between proofreading, copy editing, stylistic editing, and structural editing, and how do I know which role is required?
  • When is it appropriate to adapt Canadian words that an international audience might stumble over?
  • What are the biases common in Canada and how do I correct for them?
  • How do I settle on a Canadian spelling when even our dictionaries cannot agree?
  • What punctuation issues are specific to Canada?
  • How do I reconcile the metric versus imperial mix that characterizes Canadian usage?
  • How do I work with French text in English documents?

Editing Canadian English, 3rd edition can be purchased from UBC Press or Chapters Indigo. You can also order it from your favourite bookseller.

Editing Canadian English is also available online. Visit EditingCanadianEnglish.ca for more information about pricing and features or to sign up for a free 30-day trial.

About Editors Canada
Editors Canada began in 1979 as the Freelance Editors’ Association of Canada to promote and maintain high standards of editing. In 1994, the word “Freelance” was dropped to reflect the association’s expanding focus to serve both freelance and in-house editors. As Canada’s only national editorial association, it is the hub for 1,300 members and affiliates, both salaried and freelance, who work in the corporate, technical, government, not-for-profit and publishing sectors. The association’s professional development programs and services include professional certification, an annual conference, seminars, webinars, guidelines for fair pay and working conditions, and networking with other associations. Editors Canada has five regional branches: British Columbia; Saskatchewan; Toronto; Ottawa–Gatineau; and Quebec/Atlantic Canada, as well as smaller branches (called twigs) in Calgary, Edmonton, Manitoba, Kitchener-Waterloo-Guelph, Hamilton/Halton, Kingston, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador.


Media Contact
Michelle Ou
Senior Communications Manager
Editors Canada
416 975-1379 / 1 866 226-3348
[email protected]

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