Canadian Education Research Council (CERC) to merge with Canadian Publishers’ Council (CPC)

>>From the Canadian Publishers’ Council and Canadian Education Research Council

February 1, 2017 – TORONTO, ONTARIO

Today CERC announced the completion of its merger with CPC, combining Canada’s largest K-12 publishers with their counterparts in Higher Education to create a powerful voice for Canada’s Educational Publishing sector across K-20, at a critical time for the sector.

Since its formation in 1996, CERC has been a crucial voice for the creators of Canadian classroom resources for students and teachers in the Elementary and Secondary School system in Canada. Its member firms account for some 80 percent of the curriculum-based learning resources purchased each year across the country. CERC has worked closely with provincial and school board authorities to ensure that K-12 students continue to have access to high quality, Canadian-developed learning materials in both print and digital formats.

CPC, founded in 1910, represents major Trade, Professional and Higher Education publishers in Canada. Its members produce the majority of resources that serve the Post-Secondary, Consumer and Professional markets in Canada, supporting over eight thousand authors and providing more than $36 Million in royalties to Canadian creators each year.

“We are very excited to welcome CERC to the CPC organization. CERC and CPC merging will help us streamline our administrative efforts so we can focus more energy and resources on telling the story of how much our members contribute, both to the sector and economy, but as importantly to Canadian classrooms,” said Kevin Hanson, President of CPC and President of Simon & Schuster Canada.

“This opportunity makes eminent sense to our members, and gives us confidence that the work of CERC, as the principal advocate for quality classroom resources in Canada, will continue to be well-resourced and passionately pursued with stakeholders,” said Beverley Buxton, General Manager of Pearson Canada’s School division and chair of CERC. “Our members want to thank Gerry McIntyre for his many years of exceptional service and dedication, and wish him the best for a well-earned retirement.”
CERC’s Executive Director Gerry McIntyre, with CERC since 2002, will retire effective with the merger. Dr. McIntyre’s responsibilities will be shared by David Swail, CPC’s Executive Director, along with Ms. Buxton, who joins CPC’s Board of Directors as Chair of the newly-formed K-12 Committee. CERC and CPC have embarked on a joint search to fill the role of Vice-President, K20, an advocacy role that they expect to fill in the next few weeks.

The merged entity will take up new offices at 3080 Yonge Street in Toronto as of February 1st.

For more information, contact David Swail, Executive Director, CPC [email protected] (416) 722-7303

Writers’ Trust Reveals Future Residents of Berton House


>>From Writers’ Trust of Canada

Notable authors travelling to Canada’s North to live and write in the Yukon

January 23, 2017Toronto – The Writers’ Trust of Canada is announcing the 2017–18 roster of writers to attend the Berton House Writers’ Retreat, Canada’s most sought-after residency program for authors. Each writer will travel to Dawson City, Yukon, to live and work for three months in the childhood home of Canadian icon Pierre Berton. Past writers-in-residence include Charlotte Gray, Pasha Malla, and Joan Thomas.

“The Berton House Writers’ Retreat offers a unique opportunity for Canadian writers to immerse themselves in their work while enjoying the experience of the community of Dawson City, its rich literary history and vibrant arts community,” said Mary Osborne, executive director of the Writers’ Trust. “The Writers’ Trust is proud to offer authors this once-in-a-lifetime adventure.”

The writers selected are:


Elizabeth Ruth

Elizabeth Ruth (July to September 2017)

Toronto-based writer Ruth is the author of three novels, including Ten Good Seconds of Silence, which was a finalist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. She will be working on her first collection of poetry, This Report Is Strictly Confidential, inspired by the experience and records of a developmentally delayed family member who was institutionalized long-term in a notorious residential hospital.

Wendi Stewart

Wendi Stewart (October to December 2017)

Stewart is a writer from Wolfville, Nova Scotia, and the author of the novel Meadowlark. She will be working on her third novel, War Paint, which tells the story of a white teacher in a First Nations school and tackles issues of truth and understanding.

Lawrence Hill

Lawrence Hill (January to March 2018)

Hill is the author of the novels The Book of Negroes and The Illegal, both of which won the Canada Reads competition. He is working on his 11th book, The Highway, about 3,000 African-American soldiers who were shipped from the Deep South to northern Canada to build the Alaska Highway. Hill visited the Berton House for four weeks in 2012 to fill in during a last-minute vacancy.

Sandy Pool

Sandy Pool (April to June 2018)

Pool is currently a visiting scholar at the University of Calgary. She is the author of two poetry collections and a past finalist for a Governor General’s Literary Award and a Trillium Book Award. She will be working on The Ebbinghaus Illusion, a memoir detailing the suicide of her former romantic partner.

The current writer in residence is Stacey Matson, a Vancouver-based author at work on a series of YA novels about the capers of a group of pre-teen girls locked in an aquarium overnight. In April 2017, playwright, novelist, and journalist Drew Hayden Taylor begins his residency.

About the Selection Process

The program received 85 applications from writers across the country. The selection committee was composed of two past writers-in-residence, fiction writer and poet Kim Fu and poet Phil Hall, and Karen DuBois, executive director of The Klondike Institute for Arts and Culture.

About the Berton House Writers’ Retreat

Created in 1996, Berton House provides a three-month residency for writers in Pierre Berton’s childhood home in Dawson City. In addition to time to focus on their writing, residents receive a monthly honorarium, perform public readings, and are encouraged to become involved with the community. Professional Canadian writers who have published at least one book and are established in any creative literary discipline are eligible. The program is administered and funded by the Writers’ Trust of Canada. Support is provided by the Canada Council for the Arts, Dawson City Community Library, Klondike Visitors Association, and Whitehorse Public Library. Travel assistance is provided by Aeroplan through their Beyond Miles program. For further information visit

About the Writers’ Trust of Canada

The Writers’ Trust of Canada is a charitable organization that seeks to advance, nurture, and celebrate Canadian writers and writing through a portfolio of programs, including literary awards, financial grants, scholarships, and a writers’ retreat. Writers’ Trust programming is designed to champion excellence in Canadian writing, to improve the status of writers, and to create connections between writers and readers. Canada’s writers receive more financial support from the Writers’ Trust than from any other non-governmental organization or foundation in the country.


For more information and interview opportunities contact:
Mary Osborne, 416-504-8222 x244
[email protected]

Winners and Finalists of CANSCAIP’s 2016 Writing for Children Competition



November 30, 2016: CANSCAIP (Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers), in partnership with The Writers’ Union of Canada, is pleased to announce the winners and finalists of the 19th annual Writing for Children Competition.  A cash prize of $1,000 will be presented to each of the two winners.

CANSCAIP will submit the winners and finalists to three Canadian children’s book publishers (Annick Press, Kids Can Press and Scholastic Canada) for consideration; some past finalists and winners have had entries published.

Only unpublished writers are eligible to enter. CANSCAIP received close to 300 entries in 2016. A unique and very beneficial element of the Writing for Children Competition is that everyone who enters gets feedback by the Competition’s evaluation readers. The readers and juries evaluating Competition entries are all published authors and CANSCAIP Members.

All the Competition entries were initially evaluated by first-round readers, who selected which entries would proceed to the next step of second-round readers. When the second-round readers evaluated those entries, they selected which ones would proceed to the jury. The jury then selected the following entries as the winners and finalists:

WINNER Picture Book / Early Reader

  • Ann Marie Stasiuk – A Wintry Wait  (writer lives in Stratford, Ontario)

JURY COMMENTS: … spare and simple story depicts a universal event for many children – waiting for a late parent and how the child can cope with a positive resolution. 


WINNER Chapter Book/ Middle Grade/ Young Adult

  • Marci McAdam  Creep School (writer lives in Calgary, Alberta)

JURY COMMENTS: Kids will like the monster subs for stock human characters …  a beautifully realized world … fast and funny.  


FINALISTS Picture Book / Early Reader

  • MaryLou Driedger – Why Are They Naked? (writer lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba)
  • Cynthia Ford – The Fiddle Man (writer lives in Vancouver, BC)
  • Catherine Jansen – Lavender (writer lives in Oakville, Ontario)
  • Kirsten Pendreigh – Hamish McFluff and the Baby Birds (writer lives in Vancouver, BC)

FINALISTS Chapter Book / Middle Grade / Young Adult

  • Corrine Clark – Charlotte’s Ghosts (writer lives in Mississauga, Ontario.)
  • Donna Hughes – Bright Shiny Things (writer lives in Toronto, Ontario)
  • Jennifer Irwin – The Truth About Love, Hockey and Ballroom Dancing (writer lives in Pointe Claire, Quebec)
  • Cheryl Stewart – Renegade Heart (writer lives in Kanata, Ontario)


The first-round and second-round readers were Beverley BrennaLena CoakleyCharis CotterTheo HerasSharon JenningsJessica Scott KerrinSheryl McFarlaneJanet McNaughtonSylvia McNicollJennifer Mook-Sang,Lorna Schultz NicholsonBev Katz Rosenbaum and Jocelyn Shipley. The members of the juries are Anne Laurel CarterMaggie de VriesKathy StinsonArthur Slade and Ted Staunton. CANSCAIP is grateful for the support and participation of these Members.

The Writing for Children Competition for 2017 will be announced in March.

The Writers’ Union of Canada initiated the Writing for Children Competition in 1996. The competition has grown in popularity since its inception, and in 2014 CANSCAIP took on this initiative as a partnership with TWUC. A goal of the Competition is to discover, encourage, and promote not-yet-published writers of children’s literature across Canada. CANSCAIP is a national organization representing Canadian authors and illustrators of children’s books and children’s performers. For more information, please visit



For more information, please contact:
Helena Aalto, Administrative Director
416 515-1559
[email protected]



>> From 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 20th year.

This year’s jury comprises authors Caroline Adderson, Judy Fong Bates, and David Bergen.

A short list will be announced in early May 2017, with the winner and two finalists being named in June 2017, in conjunction with OnWords 2017 & 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 2016 calendar year. The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2017. Eligible titles may be submitted by publishers according to submission guidelines available at


Caroline Adderson is the author of four novels (A History of ForgettingSitting PracticeThe Sky Is FallingEllen in Pieces), two collections of short stories (Bad ImaginingsPleased To Meet You) as well as books for young readers. She is also the editor of and co-contributor to Vancouver Vanishes. Her work has received numerous prize nominations including The Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, two Commonwealth Writers’ Prizes, the Scotiabank Giller Prize long list, the Governor General’s Literary Award, and the Rogers’ Trust Fiction Prize. Winner of two Ethel Wilson Fiction Prizes and three CBC Literary Awards, Caroline was the recipient of the 2006 Marian Engel Award for mid-career achievement.

Judy Fong Bates is the author of the critically acclaimed short-story collection, China Dog and Other Stories, and the novel, Midnight at the Dragon Café, which was an American Library Association Notable Book and a winner of the Alex Award for crossover fiction. In 2007, it was chosen by Portland, Oregon for its Everybody Reads program, and in 2011 by Toronto for its One Book Community Read.  Her latest work, The Year of Finding Memory, a family memoir, was a Globe and Mail Best 100 Book.

David Bergen is the author of nine novels and a collection of short stories. A Year of Lesser was a New York Times Notable Book, The Case of Lena S. was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction, and The Age of Hope was a finalist for Canada Reads. In 2005, Bergen won the Scotiabank Giller Prize for The Time in Between. His sixth novel, The Matter with Morris, was shortlisted for the Giller Prize in 2010, won the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award and the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction, and was shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.  His most recent novel, Stranger, was published in September.


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 2017 awards ceremony, for books published in 2016, will mark the 20th anniversary of the prize.


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.

They Left Us Everything Chosen as 2016 Forest of Reading® Evergreen Award™ Winner

Adult readers across Ontario vote for the best Canadian fiction/non-fiction

>>From the Ontario Library Association



TORONTO, ON (November 10, 2016) – After months of reading the best in Canadian fiction and non-fiction for adults, readers from over 100 Ontario libraries have chosen Plum Johnson’s They Left Us Everything as the 2016 Evergreen Award winner.


They Left Us Everything is a funny, touching memoir about the importance of preserving family history to make sense of the past and nurturing family bonds to safeguard the future.


“I’m so thrilled to receive the Forest of Reading Evergreen Award for my memoir, They Left Us Everything,” Johnson says. “Libraries have been my source of inspiration and encouragement since I was young.”


A committee of library professionals chooses the titles nominated for the Evergreen Award, which are announced every January. Votes are tallied for the award in late October.


Ontario readers participated in the Evergreen Award program through book clubs, their public libraries, and other community forums. The reading program is designed for adults and comprised of the best titles in Canadian fiction and non-fiction. It is one of eight programs that form the Forest of Reading, Canada’s largest recreational reading program of its kind.


“We’re excited to welcome Plum Johnson to the circle of Evergreen Award winners. They Left Us Everything struck a chord with the Evergreen Selection Committee, and we’re glad to see it resounded with Evergreen readers,” says Kathryn Lee, Chair, Evergreen Award Steering and Selection Committee. “The committee found They Left Us Everything to be a fascinating memoir that reminds us of the stories attached to our belongings.”


The Evergreen Award will be accepted at OLA’s annual Super Conference. Plum Johnson will also discuss her novel, her reaction to winning the Evergreen Award, and her upcoming works. This engaging session will also announce the 2017 Evergreen nominees.


About They Left Us Everything: After almost twenty years of caring for elderly parents—first for their senile father, and then for their cantankerous ninety-three-year-old mother—author Plum Johnson and her three younger brothers experience conflicted feelings of grief and relief when their mother, the surviving parent, dies. Now they must empty and sell the beloved family home, which hasn’t been de-cluttered in more than half a century. Twenty-three rooms bulge with history, antiques, and oxygen tanks. Plum remembers her loving but difficult parents who could not have been more different: the British father, a handsome, disciplined patriarch who nonetheless could not control his opinionated, extroverted Southern-belle wife who loved tennis and gin gimlets. The task consumes her, becoming more rewarding than she ever imagined. Items from childhood trigger memories of her eccentric family growing up in a small town on the shores of Lake Ontario in the 1950s and 60s. But unearthing new facts about her parents helps her reconcile those relationships with a more accepting perspective about who they were and what they valued.

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