Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia
Suite #600 – 402 West Pender Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 1T6
The Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia (ABPBC), a provincial association comprising BC-owned book publishing companies, is the largest regional affiliate of the Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP). The Association works to support the long-term health and success of the Canadian-owned book publishing industry in British Columbia, to foster an environment in which our members will flourish and to expand an awareness of the value of books in people’s lives.
In 1974, five book publishing companies founded the Association of Book Publishers of BC. Today, the ABPBC represents over fifty members engaged in every type of book publishing including educational, scholarly, children’s, self-help, Aboriginal, literary and other trade publishing genres.
The ABPBC believes that a healthy BC owned and controlled book publishing industry is essential to the educational, social, cultural and economic life of the province.
As an industry organization, the ABPBC’s objectives are to encourage a healthy book publishing industry through liaison with government and industry-related organizations, professional development and cooperative business efforts.
BC Book & Magazine Week
BC Book & Magazine Week (BCBMW) is a collective project that ABPBC and the BC Association of Magazine Publishers (BCAMP) coordinate annually. This weeklong literary celebration was expanded in 2001 to include the province’s magazine industry in continued celebration of British Columbia’s literary arts scene.
BC Bestseller List
A list of bestselling BC books that is distributed to media outlets, bookstores and sales representatives and is posted weekly on the ABPBC website.
BC Ferry Promotions
Five posters are produced annually for the BC Ferry Giftshops to help promote BC books on the BC ferries.
Poetry in Transit
In partnership with Translink, the ABPBC produces sixteen poetry cards each year that are displayed on the transit systems throughout BC.
BC Books for BC Schools
This catalogue provides an annotations listing for BC published books suitable for BC schools. The books are selected by teacher-librarians.
The Gray Campbell Distinguished Service Award
This annual award is presented to an individual in the book community who has made a significant contribution to the BC publishing industry.
The Jim Douglas Publisher of the Year Award
This annual award is presented to an active BC publisher that has earned the respect and applause of the community.