Retail Council of Canada announces return of Find-a-Bookstore

From the Retail Council of Canada.

It’s back:!

The communities that form around independent bookstores are a unique intersection of art, business, community and self-improvement, and play a vital role in keeping reading culture alive in Canada. The Find a Bookstore map tool exists to help connect these vital independent booksellers with the customers who are just waiting to discover them.

How can you help?

  1. Spread the word!
    • Help us promote Canada’s independent bookstores by sharing a link on your website, Facebook page or on Twitter (you can follow us @RCCCBABook and use the hashtag #findabookstore)
  2. Check the map for your favorite bookstores and let us know if anyone is missing!
  3. Point your friends, family, followers, customers and fellow booksellers to to find bookstores in their area. Remind them about how amazing local bookstores are, and how much fun they can be to visit on a bookish road trip.

We all love our bookstores and can’t wait to share that love with new people!

The Retail Council of Canada has a range of membership services available to bookstores. If you are interested in taking advantage of membership, or joining in support of your community bookstore, please visit

Tinlids Inc. Awarded Forest of Reading® Contract

from the Ontario Library Association

TORONTO, ON (June 25, 2014) – The Ontario Library Association (OLA) is pleased to announce that Tinlids Inc. has been awarded the contract as the official Forest of Reading® wholesaler, in response to an RFP process the OLA conducts every three years.

Tinlids is an independently-owned Canadian children’s and young adult book wholesaler dedicated to providing exceptional selection and acquisition expertise to Canadian schools and public libraries. Forest of Reading is an important program for the company and OLA is a valued partner.

“Forest of Reading has helped so many children and adults become engaged in reading!” says Maria Martella, Owner and Selection Manager of Tinlids. “We are thrilled and honoured to be the sponsor of such an important program. It brings everyone together – children, parents, teachers, library staff, authors, illustrators, and publishers, to celebrate the richness of Canadian books.”

As official wholesaler, Tinlids works closely with OLA staff and its members who develop and run the program. Currently, the Forest selection committees are in the process of reading and reviewing hundreds of Canadian books to develop the final lists that will be announced in October.

The Ontario Library Association offers eight programs that make up Forest of Reading and more than 250,000 readers participate each year. The programs celebrate Canadian books and authors and have a significant impact on the Canadian publishing industry for children’s books.

The program launches in October during Canadian Library Month and culminates in May at the Festival of Trees™ at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto that is often referred to as the Rock Concert of Reading.

Check out the Forest of Reading Facebook page and website.

About the Ontario Library Association: The Ontario Library Association (OLA) is a centre of excellence for the library and information sector, with nearly 5,000 members who work in public, school, academic and special libraries. OLA enables members to advocate for the right of individuals to have free and equitable access to information. Our members research, develop and participate in educational programs designed to provide exemplary library services. Signature OLA events include the annual Super Conference and the Forest of Read­ing® program. Follow us on Twitter @ONLibraryAssoc and like us on Facebook at Ontario Library Association.

Media Connections Study Wins Gold at FIPP Research Awards

from Magazines Canada
Toronto (June 25, 2014) — Magazines Canada and BrandSpark International’s Media Connections Study has received recognition from FIPP’s 2014 Research Awards, winning gold. The awards ceremony took place June 16 in Hamburg, Germany.

The FIPP Research Awards were presented by FIPP president and CEO, Chris Llewellyn. Gold and Silver awards were given in recognition of the best research studies published in 2013 that promote the use of magazine media as an advertising medium.

In 2013, Magazines Canada partnered with BrandSpark International to create a study investigating what role magazine media (print and digital) plays in a consumer’s path-to-purchase, compared to other media. Results demonstrate that magazines play a vital role in connecting, informing, inspiring and influencing consumers throughout the many aspects of their lives.

The study sheds light on how magazine media creates relationships with consumers, engenders receptivity to ads and persuades consumers to act. Findings also show magazine media’s strength in reaching early adopters and category influencers while generating trust, which translates into actions taken.

The Media Connections Study is available on our website along with four accompanying videos that support and explain key findings from the study. A video of a presentation of the study is also available online.

Writers’ Trust Presents Award for Emerging Writers from LGBT Community

Dayne Ogilvie Prize Announced During World Pride in Toronto

from the Writers’ Trust of Canada

Find more information on the Writers’ Trust website, or in a story from CBC Books.

Toronto, ON – June 23, 2014 – The Writers’ Trust of Canada announced this evening that Tamai Kobayashi has won the 8th annual Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBT Emerging Writers. Two additional honours were given to Rae Spoon and Proma Tagore.

The $4,000 prize is given annually to an emerging gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender writer whose published work demonstrates great literary promise. The winner was announced at an event hosted by activist and NOW magazine editor Susan G. Cole at the NOW Lounge in Toronto.

Born in Japan, raised in Canada, Tamai Kobayashi is a writer and screenwriter. She is the author of two story collections, Exile and the Heart and Quixotic Erotic. Her vivid, electric prose has garnered considerable critical acclaim. Her first novel, Prairie Ostrich, published by Goose Lane Editions in March 2014, is the story of coming out and coming of age in a sleepy rural town. Tamai lives in Toronto.


2014 CAA Literary Awards Revealed

From the Canadian Authors Association

June 21, 2014 – Tonight the Canadian Authors Association (CAA) continued its long-held tradition of writers honouring writers and announced the winners of its 2014 Literary Awards competition during the CanWrite! Conference and Retreat in Orillia, Ontario.

Joseph Boyden was awarded the CAA Fiction Award for The Orenda (Penguin Group Canada). Boyden  receives a silver medal and $2000 cash prize. The shortlist for this award included Anthony De Sa (Kicking the Sky) and Claire Mulligan (The Dark).

Charlotte Gray was named the recipient of the Lela Common Award for Canadian History for The Massey Murder: A maid, her master, and the trial that shocked a country (HarperCollins Canada), and she also receives a silver medal and $2000 prize. This year’s Canadian History shortlist included Ruth Holmes Whitehead (Black Loyalists: Southern Settlers of Nova Scotia’s First Free Black Communities) and David O’Keefe (One Day in August: The Untold Story Behind Canada’s Tragedy at Dieppe).

Renée Sarojini Saklikar won the CAA Poetry Award for children of air india (Nightwood Editions). Saklikar receives a silver medal and $2000 prize. The shortlist also included Catherine Graham (Her Red Hair Rises with the Wings of Insects) and Tom Wayman (Winter’s Skin).

Grace O’Connell won the Emerging Writer Award for a promising writer under 30; her achievements include the novel Magnified World (Knopf Canada). O’Connell receives a $500 prize. The shortlist included Kim Fu (For Today I Am a Boy) and Michael Hingston (The Dilettantes).

The awards finalists were announced at the Canadian Authors’ annual literary awards gala, held at the Best Western Plus Mariposa Inn and Conference Centre in Orillia, Ontario.


Introduced in 1975, the CAA Literary Awards honour Canadian writers who achieve excellence without sacrificing popular appeal – a tradition originally begun in 1937 with the creation of the Governor General’s medals for literature (now overseen by the Canada Council of the Arts). The competition is open to all writers who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada.

Founded by Stephen Leacock and several other prominent Canadian writers in 1921, the Canadian Authors Association has continued to maintain a focus on writers helping writers since its inception.

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