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 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

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

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

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

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 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]

Fill out BookNet Canada’s State of Digital Publishing Survey

>>from BookNet Canada

BookNet Canada is collecting data on the size and scope of the digital publishing market in Canada for the fourth edition of our industry report.


This survey is being circulated to Canadian publishers, asking about details like numbers of ebook titles in circulation, percentage of ebook titles by genre, and digital production processes. You can take a look at the 2015 report here.


We are interested in hearing from publishers across all sectors, regardless of the size of your digital publishing program. All responses will remain entirely anonymous.


To thank you for your participation, anyone who completes the survey will receive an advance copy of the final report, The State of Digital Publishing in Canada 2016, and those who respond by Feb. 17 will have a chance to win a ticket to Tech Forum 2017.


Complete the survey:

Canadian Publishers Endorse Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action

>>From the ACP

Canadian publishers endorse Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action 


TORONTO, ONTARIO—(February 8, 2017)—On February 3, members of the Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP) voted unanimously to endorse the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s ninety-four Calls to Action. First presented in December 2015, the Calls to Action are intended to redress the legacy of residential schools and advance the process of reconciliation in Canada between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.


The endorsement came as part of the ACP Mid-Winter Meeting, held in Toronto, which was attended by seventy book publishers from across the country. During a roundtable session on publisher responses to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, participants discussed issues pertinent to publishing Indigenous writing. Among the topics discussed were editing and marketing Indigenous manuscripts, intellectual property law’s relationship to traditional knowledge and stories, and the need to build capacity among both Indigenous and non-Indigenous publishing professionals who work with Indigenous authors. Partnership with the education sector in developing and delivering learning resources to support the implementation of the Calls to Action was also identified as a key way for publishers to contribute to the process of reconciliation. Many are taking steps to advance this at the firm level, and ACP will continue to explore collective ways in which Canadian publishers can bring Indigenous works to as wide an audience as possible.


“We believe that the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the release of the final report and the Calls to Action are of immense importance to our country, and Canadian publishers are committed to the educational and cultural purposes articulated in the Calls to Action,” said ACP president, Matt Williams. “ACP’s endorsement of the TRC’s work affirms this commitment. We will help to make sure that these voices and these stories are published and heard.”


The endorsement of the Calls to Action follows an ACP statement of support for recent initiatives of the Canada Council for the Arts and Department of Canadian Heritage, which make support for Indigenous arts and Indigenous peoples a funding priority.




The Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP) is the national voice of Canada’s independent English‐language book publishers. The ACP supports its 115 members in creating an economically sustainable Canadian‐owned and -controlled publishing industry. Visit for more information about the association’s programs and mandate.

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