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CANADA

PUBLISHING | AUTHORS | BOOKSELLING | STATISTICS | RIGHTS


INSIDE:
LITERARY CANADA
A Broad Overview
Page 6

CANADIAN
PUBLISHERS
Get to know publishers
across the country
Page 20 & 25

ANGLOPHONE
AUTHORS
Established and debut
writers to know
Page 14

FRANCOPHONE
AUTHORS
and titles from
Qubec publishers
Page 28 & 32

RIGHTS & AGENTS


Anglophone and
Francophone markets
Page 20 & 34

EVENTS & FAIRS


Where to meet
Canadian publishers
Page 44
Frankfurter Buchmesse / Fernando Baptista
LETTER | LIVRES CANADA BOOKS

LETTER TO READERS
L ivres Canada Books and Publishing Perspectives
are proud to bring you this new magazine
about the Canadian publishing community. I use
sity Presses (ACUP), the Literary Press Group
of Canada (LPG), le Regroupement des diteurs
canadiens-franais (RECF), The Writers Union
the word community because thats what we are: of Canada (TWUC), Union des crivaines et des
a true community. crivains qubcois (UNEQ), Qubec dition,
Canada has two official languages, with many Livres Canada Books, and othersensures that
more being spoken around the country. We advo- the interests of publishers and authors are heard.
cate for the book publishing industry as a means of The people who work hard to organize our
promoting Canadas diversity, values, and identity countrys many literary festivals and events means
to the rest of the world. that Canadian publishers can showcase our au-
The strength of the Canadian book industry thors to the reading public and the media.
can be seen in its support for the diverse needs and There are also a number of industry initia-
priorities of its publishers book export activities tives, publishers, and associations that support
and international marketing strategies, and in its Canadas Indigenous authors and support readers
ability to anticipate and adapt to economic and who want to see more diversity reflected in the
structural changes. books they read.
FRANOIS CHARETTE Canada is fortunate to have a government This magazine presents just a small part of
Executive Director that is committed to supporting our cultural in- Canadas book market, just a handful of the ded-
Livres Canada Books dustries. The government of Canada, through the icated publishing professionals whose passion
Department of Canadian Heritage, ensures that and hard work bring to light the many talented
1 Nicholas Street, Suite 504 our vibrant publishing industry thrives and that authors, scholars, illustrators, and creators from
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 7B7 readers have access to a diverse range of books by across Canada.
Canada Canadian authors and publishers. I invite you to get to know the Canadian pub-
The Department of Canadian Heritage is also lishers here at the Frankfurt Book Fair (Hall 6.0
Telephone: +1 613 562-2324 supporting Canadas participation as Guest of B65 and Hall 5.1 E111) and at other book fairs
Email: info@livrescanadabooks.com Honour at the 2020 Frankfurt Book Fair. Over around the world. And I invite you to visit us in
the next several years, the CANADA FBM2020 Canada and to learn more about our book market.
organization will bring you additional translation
funding, information about Canadian publishers
Download this magazine and our and authors, and networking opportunities.
Rights Canada Catalogue at: Support from our industry associations Franois Charette
www.livrescanadabooks.com the Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP), Executive Director | Directeur gnral
the Association nationale des diteurs de livres Livres Canada Books
(ANEL), the Association of Canadian Univer- www.livrescanadabooks.com

ABOUT LIVRES CANADA BOOKS


Founded in 1972, Livres Canada Books is a not- national book fairs, including the Canada Stand, a
for-profit organization based in Ottawa. Its man- turnkey collective exhibition stand.
date is to support Canadian-owned and controlled Livres Canada Books also develops cooper-
book publishers export sales activities in order to ative initiatives to promote Canadian publish-
help publishers improve their overall export re- ing. Rights Canada (a collective foreign rights
sults. As the only national industry association for catalogue) and its Canadian Studies Collection to
English- and French-language book publishers, introduce Canadian books to publishers, literary
Livres Canada Books connects publishers across agents, distributors, booksellers, librarians, and
Canada and provides services in both languages. academics around the world.
In addition to providing direct financial assis- Livres Canada Books also publishes in-depth
tance to publishers, Livres Canada Books plays a intelligence about foreign markets, offers profes-
significant role in advancing international sales sional development through seminars and work-
and building export expertise among Canadian shops, and works with other publishing associa-
publishers. It provides a range of services to help tions to ensure Canadian publishers are strongly
publishers maximize their presence at key inter- positioned to expand into export markets.

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INSIDE THIS MAGAZINE | TABLE OF CONTENTS

ABOUT PUBLISHING
PERSPECTIVES CONTENTS: WHATS INSIDE
Publishing Perspectives is the leading source of
information about the global book publishing CANADIAN PUBLISHING PUBLISHERS & AGENTS
business. Since 2009, we have been publishing
daily email editions with news and features from 5 Recent News 16 Independent Publishers in
around the book world. English Canada
6 Overview of the Market
Our mission is to help build and contribute to 18 Focus on Diversity: Childrens
the international publishing community by offer- 36 University Press Publishing
Publishers in English Canada
ing information that publishing and media pro-
42 The Role Multinational Publishers
fessionals need to connect, cooperate, and work 20 Agents on the English Canadian
in Canada
together year-round and across borders. Rights Market
In addition to our daily online coverage, we 43 Canadas Independent and
also offer an online monthly rights edition, as well 28 French Canadian Publishers
Chain Booksellers
as print magazines at special events including the 32 Childrens Book Publishers in
London Book Fair and the Frankfurt Book Fair.
French Canada
As a project of the Frankfurt Book Fair New
York, Publishing Perspectives works with our col- PROJECTS & ORGANIZATIONS 34 The Rights Market in French Canada
leagues in Frankfurt and the Fairs international 10 Guest of Honour in Frankfurt 2020
offices, as well as IPR License, to share with you
the latest trends and opportunities, people to 12 Translation Funding from
know, companies to watch, and more. Canada Council for the Arts
AUTHORS & TITLES
14 Anglophone Authors to Know
Read and subscribe at: 22 ACPs #WeHaveDiverseBooks
publishingperspectives.com Catalogue and Campaign 24 Important Francophone Literary
Voices in Canada
35 ANELs Work to Grow the
French Canadian Book Market 25 French Canadian Titles
37 Titles from University Presses

EVENTS 40 Canadas Indigenous Authors

ABOUT THIS MAGAZINE 44 Salon du Livre de Montral:


Canadas Largest Book Fair
The magazine about the Canadian literary and
book publishing market was jointly produced by 45 Global Literature in Toronto:
Livres Canada Books and Publishing Perspectives. International Festival of Authors

Publisher: Hannah Johnson 46 Events: Where to Meet Canadian


Editor-in-Chief: Porter Anderson Publishers and Authors
47 Find Canadian Exhibitors at the
Contributors to this magazine:
Carla Douglas 2017 Frankfurt Book Fair
Thad McIlroy
Luca Palladino

Special thanks to:


Association of Canadian Publishers; Association
nationale des diteurs de livres; Association of
Canadian University Presses / Association des
presses universitaires canadiennes; BookNet
Canada; BTLF; Canada Council for the
Arts; Canadian Publishers Council; Literary
Press Group of Canada; Qubec dition;
Regroupement des diteurs canadiens-franais;
The Writers Union of Canada; Union des
crivaines et des crivains qubcois and the
Canadian publishers, agents, and others who
contributed their expertise.
FRANKFURT BOOK FAIR 2017:
Visit the Canada Stands
Hall 6.0 B65 and Hall 5.1 E111

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Find your next great Canadian read
More Canadian books than any other source in the world

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Dcouvrez ldition qubcoise et franco-canadienne


Discover Qubec and French Canadian publishing
Un stand collectif de Qubec dition : A Qubec dition collective stand at:
La Foire du livre de Bruxelles The Brussels Book Fair
Le Salon du livre et de la presse de Genve The Geneva Book and Press Fair
Livre Paris Paris Book Fair
Le Salon du livre et de la presse jeunesse en Seine-Saint-Denis Seine-Saint-Denis Youth Press and Book Fair
La Foire du livre de Francfort Frankfurt Book Fair
La Foire du livre jeunesse de Bologne (avec Livres Canada Books) Bologna Childrens Book Fair (with Livres Canada Books)

Le programme de The fellowship


fellowship Montral program in Montral
Chaque anne, en novembre, loccasion Each year in November, during the Salon du livre
du Salon du livre de Montral, Qubec dition de Montral, Qubec dition welcomes 10 foreign
reoit 10 diteurs trangers, pour six jours dactivits publishers for six days of activities and meetings
et de rencontres dans une ambiance conviviale. in a friendly atmosphere. For the 2018 edition,
Pour ldition 2018, lappel de candidature sera the call for applications will be launched in January.
lanc en janvier. Date limite pour postuler : 1er juin 2018 Application deadline: June 1st, 2018
Visitez: quebecedition.qc.ca/fellowship Go to: quebecedition.qc.ca/fellowship

Pour dcouvrir des titres, consultez la Vitrine de lEntrept du livre numrique


Discover titles on the Vitrine de lEntrept du livre numrique
vitrine.entrepotnumerique.com
quebecedition.qc.ca
CANADIAN PUBLISHING | RECENT NEWS & UPDATES

RECENT NEWS FROM CANADIAN PUBLISHING


MARGARET ATWOOD TO RECEIVE PEACE PRIZE OF THE
GERMAN BOOK TRADE

G ermanys Booksellers and Publishers Associ-


ation has named Canadian author Margaret
Atwood as the recipient of German book trades
In its statement, the prize jury said, Canadian
author Margaret Atwood has demonstrated a keen
political intuition and a deeply perceptive ability
2017 Peace Prize. to detect dangerous and underlying developments
The Peace Prize, awarded since 1950, carries and tendencies.
a purse of 25,000 (US$28,012). The prize will Atwood, 78, has had a big year. Earlier this
be awarded to Atwood at a ceremony during the year, she received the 2016 PEN Pinter Prize. And
Frankfurt Book Fair on Sunday, October 15 at St. her 1985 novel, The Handmaids Tale, was made
Margaret Atwood (Photo: Jean Malek)
Pauls Church in Frankfurt. into an Emmy award-winning Hulu miniseries.

COPYRIGHT UPDATE: FEDERAL COURT RULING BACKS


PUBLISHERS POSITION

T he Copyright Modernization Act of 2012


amended Canadas copyright legislation to
include the word education among exceptions
guidelines as unfair. Non-profit organization Ac-
cess Copyright calls the decision a big win for cre-
ators and publishers.
leading many educators to use copyrighted mate- Many publishers hope the next step will be a
rial without seeking permission, and publishers to change in the Copyright Act when the govern-
lose as much as $50 million a year. ment reviews the law, which could happen in
In July, a federal court rejected the current 2017 or 2018.

WATTPAD PARTNERS WITH HACHETTE AND


HARPERCOLLINS CHILDRENS

I n July, Canada-based online writing platform


Wattpad announced a deal with Hachette that
will bring several top-performing Wattpad serials
to bring the platforms teen stories to the print
market.
We have insights no other company has and
to France as print books. The first three titles in are eager to help HarperCollins discover some of
this deal were read online millions of times. the best YA storytellers and the most viral content
Several days later, Wattpad announced an- on the Internet, said Wattpads chief of partner-
other deal with HarperCollins Childrens Books ships, Ashleigh Gardner.

BOOKNET CANADA: 82% OF CANADIANS READ A BOOK


IN THE LAST YEAR

T his August, BookNet Canada released results


from its survey on leisure activities. Eighty-
two percent of respondents said they read at least
browsing online and browsing in physical book-
stores, at 38 percent each. Word-of-mouth rec-
ommendations, however, remain the largest in-
on book last year, and more people reported lis- fluence on book buying.
tening to audiobooks. Reading on smartphones Over 55 percent of respondents said they par-
increased by 6 percent over last year. ticipate in some kind of online book community
Book discovery was evenly split between or social media group.

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TWO LANGUAGES, ONE MARKET | CANADIAN PUBLISHING

LITERARY CANADA: A BROAD


OVERVIEW OF THE MARKET
Since the 1960s, Canadas book publishers have flourished,
actively building and exporting the countrys literature.
By Livres Canada Books and Publishing Perspectives

A Diverse Nation over 80 percent of the countrys francophones

C anadawith the second largest land mass


facing three oceans and one of the longest
borders in the worldis a country of 36 million
reside. More francophone communities can be
found across Canada, primarily in New Brunswick
and Ontario, as well as in the prairie provinces.
people. About 22 percent of the population are
francophones primarily living in Qubec, while 60 Publishing in Canada
percent are anglophones. Canada is a country of readers with literacy rates
Celebrating 150 years of Confederation this among the highest in the world. This is evident
year, this is a country of ten provinces and three from the latest print and ebook domestic sales
territories, each with specific regional character- from the independent English and French lan-
istics. Canadas geography and historic openness guage publishers, totaling $283 million.
to others have challenged and shaped its politics, What kinds of books do Canadians read?
social programs, and culture. BookNet Canadas most recent survey indicates
More remarkable is the short period of time, that print rules for 90 percent of respondents, 48
since the early 1960s, in which the book publish- percent read on mobile devices, and 26 percent
ing industry has come of age. Historically there prefer audio.
were many imported titles from the UK, US, and National publisher associations have offices in
France, and still many today against which Cana- cities where the majority of book publishers are
dian-owned publishers must compete. based, but independent publishers are found ev-
The official French and English languag- erywhere, and regional affiliates provide services
es have been joined by an impressive expanse of and advocacy at the local level. These are nim-
cultures across the country, while First Nations, ble and creative houses, using many strategies to
Mtis, and Inuit languages gain needed attention. reach new audiences and encourage innovation
Toronto, the largest city, boasts a diverse pop- (read more about Canadian-owned publishers on pages
ulation, with over half its citizens born outside 16, 18, 28, and 32).
the country. That openness to welcoming others The earliest bookseller opened in Halifax on
is evident in the languages heard daily, constantly the Atlantic coast in 1761. More stores opened in
infusing the city with culture in many forms. Montral in the 1840s carrying imported books
This year, Montral is celebrating its 375th from the UK and US, as well as books printed
anniversary. It is the largest city in Qubec, where locally under license. Some booksellers became
French is the majority official language and where agents and eventually, wholesalers. In time, book-
stores could be found across Canada, mainly sin-
gle-owner businesses within drugstores or in rail-
Canadas way stations. Later, small chains took hold in the
more populated centers in Ontario and Qubec.
geography and Today, however, with the advent of online
book buying and various formats available to the
historic openness consumer, the bookselling landscape has under-
gone big changes.
to others have In Ontario and throughout the country, the
Chapters-Indigo bookstore chain has a monopo-
ly, although independent booksellers are holding
challenged and their ground (read about bookselling on page 43).
Years ago, the Qubec government instituted
shaped its politics, a requirement that all books be sold by accredited
bookstores as a means of providing support and
social programs, financial stability, and to lessen the impact of im-
ports from overseas. Since 2015, changing mar-
and culture. kets and store mergers have resulted in just one
French-language chain, Renaud-Bray. Canadian publishing professionals gather at Export Exchange, organized b

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CANADIAN PUBLISHING | TWO LANGUAGES, ONE MARKET

These are nimble


and creative
houses, using
many new
strategies to reach
new audiences
and encourage
innovation.

Independent Canadian publishers in both lan-


guages have been active in export sales for more
than 45 years. Recent figures show almost $98
million in export sales, of which $90 million are
rights and translation sales from trade publishers.
With respect to ebooks, export sales went
from $2.3 million in 2013-2014 to $5.9 million
in 2016-2017, almost a 160-percent increase (read
more about agents and rights on pages 20 and 34).
Though print book sales remain central to
Canadian publishers business model, independent
firms are fully engaged in the ebook market, and
more are experimenting with audiobook produc-
tion as well, says Kate Edwards, executive direc-
tor of the Association of Canadian Publishers.
Canadian books are sold around the world as
export sales of finished books, ebooks, and trans-
lated titles. They are made into award-winning
films reaching wide audiences. A diverse list of
authors and illustrators with a uniquely Canadi-
an perspective on an even longer list of stories
and subjects have brought the country, its people,
and its vibrancy to enviable attention and acclaim
(read more about authors on pages 14, 24, 37, and 41).

CANADIAN PUBLISHING
ORGANIZATIONS

In Montral:
LAssociation nationale des diteurs de livres
(ANEL) has 100 French-language members from
Qubec and within Canada that publish a vari-
ety of literary genres. ANELs mission is to sup-
port the growth of French-language publishing
through professional development, promoting
reading, and marketing of members books. In an-
ticipation of Frankfurt 2020, when Canada will be
Guest of Honour, more of our member publishers
will be active during this prestigious international
by Livres Canada Books book meeting, says Richard Prieur, next page

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TWO LANGUAGES, ONE MARKET | ENGLISH & FRENCH PUBLISHING

from previous page executive director of ANEL publishing a variety of genres including childrens, it digital arm, reports sales of Canadian ebooks
(read the interview on page 35). general trade, educational, and scholarly works in more than 100 territories around the world.
Qubec dition is a committee of ANEL (read the interview on page 22). It provides conversion, distribution, digital as-
dedicated to promoting Qubcois and Canadian The Literary Press Group of Canada (LPG) set management (DAM), reporting, and other
French-language publishing by supporting pub- started in 1975 as an ACP affiliate. Its mandate is research information with the aim of advancing
lishers export activities, organizing collective to support the growth of Canadian literary cul- digitization of books.
stands at fairs like Frankfurt for over thirty years, ture, helping its 60 member publishers from The Writers Union of Canada (TWUC)
and putting together scouting missions to various across Canada to sell, distribute, and market their is a national organization with over 2,000 profes-
export markets. books primarily of poetry, fiction, drama, and cre- sionally published authors, working to improve
Banque de titres de langue franaise ative nonfiction. the conditions of Canadian writers. TWUC is re-
(BTLF) provides technology and services to the The Canadian Publishers Council (CPC) sponsible for the establishment of Public Lending
French-language publishing supply chain. BTLF has 16 members, comprising foreign-owned pub- Right and Access Copyright, providing writers
aggregates metadata from publishers and distribu- lishing companies. Their history in Canada goes with financial compensation for the use of their
tors, tracks sales data, and promotes industry stan- back to when imported books from the UK and work by libraries and electronic reproduction.
dards like EPUB. US were the norm. These international publishers
Entrept du livre numrique is the digital hace continue to dominate the market and have In Ottawa, the nations bilingual capital:
arm of ANEL, forging an alliance with De Marque, developed publishing programs with Canadian Regroupement des diteurs canadiens
a digital publishing service provider, to establish a writers and illustrators. -franais (RECF) represents francophone pub-
collective electronic warehouse with over 25,000 The 16-members of the Association of Ca- lishers in Canada located outside Qubec. RECF
French-language ebook titles published by ANEL nadian University Presses / Association des has 15 members and focuses on activities around
and RECF publishers members. presses universitaires canadiennes (ACUP/ marketing, promotion, sales representation, and
Since its founding in 1977, UNEQ (lUnion APUC) publish, distribute, and support the in- professional development.
des crivaines et des crivains qubcois) now terest of Canadian scholarship, assisting higher Livres Canada Books has a mandate to sup-
has more than 1,600 memberswriters from all learning institutions and their scholars through port Canadian-owned and controlled English- and
genres. UNEQ works on the promotion and dis- the exchange of ideas to a broader public (read French-language book publishers export sales
tribution of Qubec literature while also defend- more about the ACUP/APUC on page 36). activities to help improve overall export results.
ing the socio-economic rights of its members. BookNet Canada is a non-profit organi- Livres Canada Books develops and implements
zation that develops technology, standards, and policies and programs to assist exporting pub-
In Toronto: education to serve all those involved in the book lishers, organizing a stand at major book fairs. In
The Association of Canadian Publishers chain, from creation and production through to 2016-2017 over 150 publishers received support
(ACP) represents approximately 115 Canadi- retailers and wholesalers. BookNet Canada tracks to export their books and take advantage of the
an-owned and controlled book publishers from 85% of all English-language Canadian print book Livres Canada Books mentorship program.
across the country, a diverse group proving vital sales through BNC SalesData.
to the development of new Canadian authors by E-bound Canada, the ACPs not-for-prof-

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GUEST OF HONOUR | FRANKFURT BOOK FAIR 2020

This is a fantastic #CANADAFBM2020: CANADA PREPARES TO


opportunity to BE GUEST OF HONOUR IN FRANKFURT
enable Canadas
artists and cultural International networking and rights activities are already
heating up as Canada looks ahead to 2020.
entrepreneurs to
maximize their full
By Hannah Johnson a successful and impactful event, and has consoli-
export potential, dated support across Canada for the project.

to help increase A little less than a year ago, Canadian Heritage


minister Mlanie Joly and Frankfurt Book
Fair director Juergen Boos signed a contract put-
More specifically, the committee is at work
right now putting together information for the
international book industry about Canadian pub-
their competitive ting Canada in the spotlight as the Fairs 2020 lishers and authors, as well as programs that will
Guest of Honour. cultivate international networking, export sales,
position on the Our government is committed to ensuring and translation (read more about available translation
that readers everywhere have access to a wide funding on page 12).
international range of Canadian-authored books, and I look for- The committee is made up of representatives
ward to showcasing Canadas book industry at the from both the Association of Canadian Publishers
stage, and to Frankfurt Book Fair in 2020, said Joly in a press (ACP) and Association nationale des diteurs de
statement. livres (ANEL), and is supported by export associ-
ensure long-term Given the high levels of cultural exchange ations Livres Canada Books and Qubec dition.
between Canada and Europe, we believe there For international publishers wanting to build
sustainability. is strong international interest in learning more more connections with Canadian publishers, now
about Canadian publishers, authors, culture and is a good time. According to Livres Canada Books,
media, said Boos. the number of Canadian publishers has tripled in
The program is several years away, but the the last 25 years. There are more than 1,500 Cana-
the Honourable Mlanie Joly, Guest of Honour organizing committee, CAN- dian-owned publishing companies, and they pro-
Minister of Canadian Heritage ADA FBM2020, reports that the countrys book duce some 10,000 new titles by Canadian authors
industry is already focusing its efforts on planning each year.

Left to right, at the signing ceremony: Nicole Saint Jean (Guy Saint-Jean diteur and then-president of the Association nationale des diteurs de livres), Caroline Fortin (Qubec Amrique and president
of CANADA FBM2020), Mlanie Joly (Minister of Canadian Heritage), Matt Williams (House of Anansi Press and then-president of the Association of Canadian Publishers)

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FRANKFURT BOOK FAIR 2020 | GUEST OF HONOUR

UNITED IN SUPPORT OF A SHARED INTERNATIONAL PROJECT

As executive director of CANADA FBM2020, Gillian Fizet sees the Canadian publishing
industry coming together to find new export opportunities abroad.

members, and the support for the project is indeed


widespread, coast to coast. People are eager to
EVENTS & PLANS FROM make the most of Frankfurt 2020, and view it as
CANADA FBM2020 a strategic way to promote our rich literary tra-
dition and culture on the international stage and
Over the next two years, CANADA open the door to new business in Germany and
FBM 2020 will organize a number of other export markets.
events and activities: PP: In a way, the Canadian book industry is
really two markets in one (French and English
Translation support program language). How will this dynamic influence the
Translation catalogue of Canadian-au- Guest of Honour planning and programming?
thored titles for German publishers GF: The GoH project presents the first time
Consultation sessions between publish- that the Canadian publishing industry and Cana-
ers and German market consultants dian authors, both anglophone and francophone,
Two fellowship trips taking German are united in support of a shared international
editors to Canada project. We are very excited by this unique op-
Fellowship trip taking Canadian editors portunity and have no doubt that our exchanges
to Germany and collaborations will produce an incredibly rich
Networking opportunities to strength- program that is reflective of our diverse literary,
en business efforts leading up to cultural, and linguistic heritage.
Frankfurt 2020 PP: Before you started as Executive Director
Promotional opportunities with other of CANADA FBM2020, you worked in rights.
cultural events in Germany What challenges and opportunities do you see for
Canadian publishers selling rights abroad?
GF: In meeting with publishers from across
Canada during these first few months on the proj-
ect, Im continuously reminded of just how many
RESOURCES: Gillian Fizet
excellent books we publish every year.
And while there is a fair deal of export exper-
GET TO KNOW THE tise in our industry, Im more convinced than ever
CANADIAN BOOK MARKET By Hannah Johnson that there exists a lot of untapped potential and a
lot more opportunity for Canadian books to be
Networking Events
In the lead-up to 2020, and beginning this
year at FBM 2017, we will be hosting a se-
P eople are eager to make the most of Frank-
furt 2020, says Gillian Fizet, executive di-
rector of Canada FBM2020, the organization that
discovered internationally.
The biggest challenge facing publishers right
now is that they lack the resources (time, person-
ries of meet-and-greets and networking is responsible for Canadas Guest of Honour ap- nel, financials, etc.) to support export initiatives.
opportunities between Canadian and Ger- pearance at the 2020 Frankfurt Book Fair. Happily, the GoH initiative has the potential to
man publishers whether at home in Canada Fizet is already working on a growing list of change that.
or abroad at international book and trade events and projects leading up to 2020 that will That said, having worked in rights for nearly
fairs, says Fizet. help Canadian publishers network, promote, and 10 years, I know first-hand how much work it can
do more business internationally. be to make connections and build business rela-
Reading Canada: A Literary Tour in Publishing Perspectives: What has been tionships. The project has the potential to serve
Seven Parts / Lire le Canada: un the Canadian publishing industrys response so far as a springboard for future export activity for
voyage littraire en sept escales to the Guest of Honour plans? publishers who understand the significance of the
A beautiful visual tool to inform and pro- Gillian Fizet: French-language and En- investment and are committed to developing their
mote potential partners about Canadas di- glish-language Canadian publishing industry expertise beyond 2020.
verse publishing landscape. members, including both independent and mul- PP: What is it about the book publishing in-
tinational publishers, as well as other affiliated dustry that energizes you and gets you out of bed
October Issue of Granta Magazine groups and associations such as the Association on Monday morning?
Curated by literary heavyweights Made- of Canadian University Presses (ACUP), the Pro- GF: The fact that I get to connect with peo-
leine Thien and Catherine Leroux, it will be fessional Association of Canadian Literary Agents ple from around the world who are as passionate
devoted to Canadas literature and promises (PACLA) and Editors Canada, have welcomed about books as I am and equally as curious about
to provide a thorough sampling of some of the news of Canada being the GoH with great ideas, experiences, and the world. Publishing is,
todays most interesting writers from En- enthusiasm. Since CANADA FBM2020s incep- through and through, one of the most noble and
glish and French Canada. tion this past February, we have been doing out- stimulating professions out thereand I seriously
reach across the country to connect with industry cant picture myself doing anything else.

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TRANSLATION | CANADA COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS

Theres a perception that the INTERNATIONAL


francophone community is much TRANSLATION FUNDING
smaller than the anglophone FROM CANADA COUNCIL
community. The fact is that there FOR THE ARTS
are more books published in
Qubec and francophone Canada
What types of writing does the
than in the English language. funding cover?
Translation funding is available for fiction
and short stories, poetry, drama, graphic
Arash Mohtashami-Maali novels, childrens and YA literature, and
literary nonfiction. Texts originally written
in English, French, or one of Canadas Ab-
original languages are eligible for funding.

How much funding can I get?


CANADA COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS: Up to CA$20,000 for each translation. Each
applicant is eligible to receive up to two
INDUSTRY-WIDE, MULTI-LINGUAL SUPPORT translation grants per year. Costs are calcu-
lated based on translation fees.

How do I apply?
The Canada Council for the Arts provides funding and grants First, register at the Canada Councils on-
for the publishing communityboth at home and abroad. line portal (apply.canadacouncil.ca). Youll
need to allow 30 days for the Council to
confirm your eligibility before you can sub-
mit an application.
By Carla Douglas PP: Can you give us a brief overview of the
many grants and programs for writing and pub- What are the requirements?

I n a country with two official languages and the


worlds second-largest geographical area, pro-
viding broad and equitable support to diverse lit-
lishing that the Canada Council oversees?
AM-M: We have programs open to writers,
poets, translators, literary book publishers, book
Among other information, youll need to
include copies of signed contracts with the
Canadian rightsholder (like a publisher or
erary communities in Canada can be a challenge. fairs and festivals, reading series, libraries, liter- literary agent) and with a translator. The
The Canada Council for the Arts administers ary event organizers, associations, literary groups, application should also include a project
grants, services, prizes, and payments to Canadian literary and arts magazines, literary agents, and overview, budget, promotion and market-
artists and arts organizations, with programs that foreign publishersto translate Canadian literary ing plan, and a copy of the book you intend
support French and English writers and publish- books. to translate.
ers in all regions of the country. All programs are available to francophones,
Publishing Perspectives spoke with Arash anglophones and Aboriginal communities. Guest of Honour 2020
Mohtashami-Maali, director of Arts Across Cana- PP: Are there challenges to administering Translation Funding
da at the Canada Council about how the organiza- programs when one group is significantly smaller? Canada will be the Guest of Honour at
tion adapts to best serve Canadian artists and arts AM-M: Theres a perception that the franco- the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2020. The
organizations in both official languages. phone community is much smaller than the anglo- Council is pleased to be associated with
Publishing Perspectives: How do the phone community. The fact is that there are more this important event and will offer a special
French and English sectors of Canadas literary books published in Qubec and francophone Can- incentive for the translation of Canadian
community work together? ada than in the English language. books into German starting in 2018 . . .
Arash Mohtashami-Maali: They do work Thanks to some provincial laws that promote watch our website for more details.
together on several levels. In fact, although their arts and culture in Qubec, publishers are able to
industries operate differently, theyre able to find produce a very good number of books. Contact:
common ground. PP: Have there been recent changes to Can- Nicole Lavigne
The Canada Council also has initiated more ada Council funding for writers and publishers? Associate Program Officer
collaboration among the communities. In 2014, AM-M: In the last two years, Canada Coun- Arts Abroad
we convened more than 250 francophones, anglo- cil restructured all its programs. Last spring, we +1-613-566-4414, ext. 4249
phones, and Aboriginal participants in a national launched our new set of programs and all disci- nicole.lavigne@canadacouncil.ca
forum on literature. Last year, writers associa- plinary sections and programs were replaced by
tions from across the country organized a bilin- seven non-disciplinary programs. Website & Information:
gual national forum in Toronto. Literary professionals and organizations may canadacouncil.ca/funding/grants/arts-
Since 2009, the Canada Council has organized apply to these programs and their applications will abroad/translation
The Translation Rights Fair, where English and be assessed in disciplinary juries. We have a lot of
French publishers and agents meet to sell rights material and documentation on our website about
and to share ideas. these new programs.

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AUTHORS | ANGLOPHONE

ANGLOPHONE AUTHORS TO KNOW


Recommended by Geoffrey Taylor, director of the International
Festival of Authors in Toronto, this list of anglophone Canadian
authors runs from established literary figures to up-and-coming
talent. These are the writers you shouldnt miss. Hannah Johnson

GLOBAL BESTSELLERS Couplands latest book, Bit Rot, was also shortlisted for the Man
(2016) is a series of essays and short Booker Prize and selected as an
Margaret Atwood stories that explore a range of sub- Oprahs Book Club pick.
Toronto, Ontario jects from economics of Grexit to
surveillance culture and the effects
Perhaps Canadas most well-known of the internet on our brains.
author right now, Margaret Atwood Alice Munro
just got another boost as the televi- Wingham, Ontario
sion adaptation of her 1985 dystopi- Yann Martel
an novel, The Handmaids Tale, won Saskatoon, Saskatchewan The announcement that short story
three Emmy awards this September. writer Alice Munro had won the No-
Atwood is incredibly prolific, Yann Martel is best known for his bel Prize for Literature came during
having written 16 novels, 8 short 2001 novel, Life of Pi, which sold the 2013 Frankfurt Book Fair. She
fiction collections, 10 nonfiction more than 12 million copies world- was the first Canadian to win the
books, 8 childrens books, a graphic wide and won the Man Booker prestigous award. The Swedish
novel, and numerous collections of Prize, among other literary awards. academy described her as a master
poetry. She has, of course, won many The film adaptaion was directed by of the contemporary short story.
literary awards for her writing. Ang Lee and received 11 Academy Shes also won the Man Booker
Her writing is often dystopian, Award nominations. Prize, the Governors General Prize,
with themes of feminism, politics, Life of Pi was Martels second the Giller Prize (twice), and many
and justice. Shes also credited with novel. The New York Times reported other awards for her work.
advancing the definition of the Ca- that rights to his third novel, a Ho- Many of her stories are set in
nadian literary identity, both in her locaust allegory titled Beatrice and small-town Ontario, and shes pub-
fiction and nonfiction. Virgil, sold at auction to US pub- lished 14 short story collections since
Her most recent novel, Hag-Seed lisher Spiegel & Grau for around $3 her first in 1968. Her most recent
(2016) retells Shakespeares The Tem- million. His latest novel, The High book, Dear Life, came out in 2012.
pest. She also published last year her Mountains of Portugal, was published
first graphic novel, Angel Catbird, in February 2016.
about a genetic engineer/superhero.
Michael Ondaatje
Toronto, Ontario
Rohinton Mistry
Douglas Coupland Brampton, Ontario Best known for his WWII nov-
Vancouver, British Columbia el-turned-blockbuster, The English
Much of Rohinton Mistrys work Patient, Michael Ondaatjes work
Douglas Couplands first novel, Gen- focuses on social and political issues, also includes poetry, memoir, and
eration X, was published in 1991 by both in his native country of India film. Hes won the Governors Gen-
St. Martins Press and became an and for Indian emigrants abroad. His eral Prize five times, as well as the
international bestseller. The book work has been recognized by some Man Booker Prize, the Giller Prize,
popularized the term generation X of the most prestigious literary priz- and others.
and captured the zeitgeist of twen- es and sparked controversy in India. Ondaatje first made a literary
tysomethings disappointed with the His first novel, Such a Long Jour- name for himself as a poet, publish-
nine-to-five office life. ney, won the Governor Generals ing his first collection in 1967. In
Coupland has since published Award, the Commonwealth Writ- total, hes published 13 works of po-
13 novels, 2 short story collections, ers Prize for Best Book, the W.H. etry, six novels, a memoir, and edited
7 nonfiction books, and numerous Smith Books in Canada First Novel numerous books.
articles. Much of his work focuses Award, and was shortlisted for the His most recent novel, The Cats
on modern culture and working life. Man Booker. It was also banned by Table, was published in 2011. It fol-
His books have been translated into Mumbai University, which gave in lows an 11-year-old boys ocean liner
more than 35 languages. Oh, and hes to pressure from a political group. voyage from Sri Lanka, through the
also a visual artist. His 1995 novel, A Fine Balance, Suez Canal, and on to England.

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ANGLOPHONE | AUTHORS

CANADIAN STARS Anne Michaels Lisa Moore


Anne Michaels poetry and novels Lisa Moores commercial success
Joseph Boyden have been widely translated and won began in 2002 with her short sto-
Three Day Road, Joseph Boydens dozens of international literary priz- ry collection, Open. Her 2010 novel
debut novel, won multiple awards es. Her 1996 novel about a Jewish February was shortlisted for the Man
and literary recognition. Much of his boy, Fugitive Pieces, was made into a Booker Prize and was about an oil
work focuses on the current and his- feature film. A new book of her po- rig that sank in 1982. YA novel Flan-
torical experiences of Canadas First etry, All We Saw, comes out in Octo- nery (Groundwood Books, 2016) is
Nations people. His recent novella, ber 2017 (Penguin Random House). her latest work.
Wenjack (Penguin Random House
Canada, 2016), is the story of an Heather ONeill Eden Robinson
Ojibwa boy who runs away from a Heather ONeills debut novel, Lulla- From the Haisla First Nation, Eden
residential school. bies for Little Criminals (HarperCol- Robinson is known for her writing
lins Canada, 2006), was an interna- about Indigenous communities in
Dionne Brand tional bestseller and shortlisted for Canada, and for her second nov-
Originally from Trinidad, Dionne eight major awards. Her 2017 nov- el, Monkey Beach (Vintage Canada,
Brand writes poetry, nonfiction, el, The Lonely Hearts Hotel, is a story 2000), which incorporates mythical
and fiction. Shes won the Governor about two orphans in Montral. elements from her Haisla culture.
Generals Award for Poetry, among
others, and her most recent book, Miriam Toews Madeleine Thien
Love Enough (Knopf Canada, 2014) is Miriam Toews grew up in a small, Best known for her short stories
a collection of stories set in Toronto. Mennonite community in Manitoba, and novels about Asian immigrant
which influenced much of her writ- communities, Madeleine Thien was
Emma Donoghue ing. She is best known for her 2004 born in Vancouver to Chinese par-
She is best known for her 2010 nov- novel, A Complicated Kindness (Knopf ents. Her novel Do Not Say We Have
el, Room (HarperCollins Canada), Canada), about a Mennonite family. Nothing (Granta Books, 2016) was
which was shortlisted for the Man Her latest novel, All My Puny Sorrows shortlisted for the 2016 Man Booker
Booker Prize, became an interna- (Knopf Canada, 2014) is about two Prize and won the 2016 Governor
tional bestseller, and was adapted sisters wrestling with depression. Generals Award.
into a feature film. Her newest book,
The Lottery Plus One (HarperCollins Jane Urquhart
Childrens Books, 2017), is the first A nationally bestselling author, Jane
of an illustrated middle-grade series. Urquharts work been recognized by
Canadian and international literary BONUS LIST:
Will Ferguson prizes. Her work often examines life MYSTERY WRITERS
The author of more than a dozen in Canada, past and present. Urqu-
books ranging from travel writing to harts latest work is an illustrated Linwood Barclay
literary fiction, Will Ferguson is also book, A Number of Things: Stories Getting his big break in 2007
the winner of the 2012 Scotia Gill- of Canada Told through Fifty Objects with No Time for Goodbye,
er Prize for his novel, 419. His latest (HarperCollins Canada, 2016). Linwood Barclay is an inter-
book is The Shoe on the Roof (Simon & national bestselling author of
Schuster Canada, 2017). 13 detective novels.

Lawrence Hill AUTHORS TO WATCH Alan Bradley


A writer of nonfiction and fiction, Alan Bradley became a best-
Lawrence Hills work often deals Andr Alexis selling author at age 69 with
with social issues of identity, belong- This year, Andr Alexis was one of the first of his Flavia de Luce
ing, and race. His novel, The Book of eight recipients of the internation- crime series, set in a small
Negroes, was adapted for television. al Wyndham Campbell prize for town in the 1950s.
His recent novel, The Illegal (2016 his body of work. Originally from
HarperCollins Canada) was as the Trinidad and Tobago, Alexis is best Louise Penny
2016 Canada Reads title of the year. known for his 2015 novel, Fifteen Translated into 23 languag-
Dogs (Coach House Books) about es, Louise Pennys detective
Thomas King dogs with human intelligence. series feature Chief Inspector
Known for writing about First Na- Armand Gamache and are set
tions people in North America, Ami McKay in Qubec.
Thomas King is the author of 15 Ami McKays debut novel, The Birth
novels, including Green Grass, Run- House (Knopf Canada, 2006), be- Peter Robinson
ning Water and The Back of the Tur- came an instant bestseller in Canada Peter Robinson is best known
tle. He frequently incorporates oral and was longlisted for the IMPAC for his Inspector Banks series
storytelling traditions in his writ- award. She followed that with an- set in Yorkshire, UK. Several
ing, and is an activist for Aboriginal other bestselling novel, The Virgin books in the series have been
rights in North America. Cure. Her latest work is The Witches adapted for television.
of New York.

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TRADE PUBLISHERS | ENGLISH CANADA

JAMES LANGER ALANA WILCOX JOHN AGNEW


Managing Editor Editorial Director Publisher
Breakwater Books Coach House Books Coteau Books
St. Johns, Newfoundland Toronto, Ontario Regina, Saskatchewan

6 INDEPENDENT PUBLISHERS IN ENGLISH CANADA:


A DIVERSE SLICE OF CANADIAN LITERARY LIFE
By Thad McIlroy Were a small regional publisher, Langer award-winning bestseller Fifteen Dogs. Christian
says. Were very regional. This summer the press Bks cult poetry classic Eunoia is a perennial hit.

T he Canadian publishing industry came of


age in the 1960s and 70s. Coach House was
founded in 1965. House of Anansi in 1967. The
acquired Creative Book Publishing, combining
two strong literary publishers in Newfoundland.
Its exciting, he says. Im an editor, and here
Our Exploded Views series is attracting a lot
of praise, and its selling well, says Wilcox. The
latest two books in the series are Julia Coopers
same is true for the francophone market. I was out in the warehouse opening boxes and The Last Word: Reviving the Dying Art of Eulogy and
The average Canadian-owned publishing marveling at all the great books arriving. Naben Ruthnums Curry: Eating, Reading, and Race.
company has annual sales of around a few hun- One of the companys top sellers is Barry International rights sales for Andr Alexiss
dred thousand dollars. Government funding is a Parsons Rock Recipes: The Best Food From My New- Giller-winning Fifteen Dogs are going strong. Our
significant factor for many parts of Canadian pub- foundland Kitchen. Its a book that Breakwater can most recent sale is to South Korea, she says.
lishing, with funding coming from the federal and get onto the tables at the local Costco. They sell Were now working with Cursor Marketing
the provincial level. an insane number of books, Langer says of the Services for publicity and marketing in the US,
The Canadian publishers mandate is cultural big-box retailer. and weve been getting good attention there, in-
more than it is commercial, says Michael Mirolla, And Newfoundlanders read Newfoundland cluding in the The New Yorker and the The New
vice president and editor-in-chief at Guernica books, he says. Its quite remarkable. We really York Times.
Editions. In Canada, not one independent pub- like ourselves.
lisher could survive without government funding.
We have to be very grateful to all the agencies that Coteau Books
work with independent book publishers. Coach House Books
These independent publishers achieve incred-
ible results by leveraging their lean operations,
passion for books, and talented authors. C oach House Books, founded in 1965, is the
avant-garde bibliophiles favorite story: a bo-
C oteau Books was founded in 1975 in Moose
Jaw, Saskatchewan, before relocating to Re-
gina, the provinces capital. Coteaus mission is to
hemian lands in Toronto in the 1960s, opens shop publish new voices and works of literary excel-
in two 19th-century carpenters sheds behind a lence from the Canadian literary community, with
Breakwater Books student-run, alternative educational co-op, Roch- an emphasis on Saskatchewan and prairie writers.
dale College, and is soon producing some of the With annual sales of about $150,000, they

F ounded in a garage by Clyde Rose in St. Johns,


Newfoundland, Breakwater Books has pub-
lished more than 500 education and trade titles,
most significant Canadian literature of the era.
Coach House Books celebrated its 50th anni-
versary in 2015, and founder Stan Bevington, now
have three full-time staffers and work with many
freelancers. Theyve published more than 400 ti-
tles and have an active backlist of some 100 books.
between 12 and 14 new titles per year since 1973. publisher, is still active on the production side of The company is a non-profit cooperative, unusual
Roses daughter Rebecca, who grew up in the busi- the operation. The press prints nearly all of its in Canadian publishing.
ness, took over when her father retired in 2008. own books though Coach House Printing. John Agnew was appointed publisher about
Since taking the reins, shes been steering the In 1996, government funding cuts bankrupted two years ago, taking over from one of the com-
list more toward trade than education. the company, but it was resurrected by Bevington panys founders. He has more than a dozen years
James Langer, Breakwaters managing editor, the following year. in management at the Canadian Broadcasting
is himself a published poet and an editor of the an- Alana Wilcox, editorial director of Coach Corporation (CBC), including a decade at CBC
thology The Breakwater Book of Contemporary New- House Books, supervises a list of some 15 ti- North in Yellowknife, capital of the Northwest
foundland Poetry (2013). tles a year. A big recent success is Andr Alexis Territories.

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ENGLISH CANADA | TRADE PUBLISHERS

MICHAEL MIROLLA HOWARD WHITE SARAH MACLACHLAN


Vice President, Editor-in-Chief Co-Founder President, Publisher
Guernica Editions Harbour Publishing House of Anansi
Oakville, Ontario Pender Harbour, British Columbia Toronto, Ontario

The company has a board of nine people to One of the projects Mirolla says hes enthusi- I think our customers are book collectors as
choose the manuscripts. In that way, with each astic about is Guernicas First Poets Series, which much as they are readers, he says. They tend to
new book theyre choosing the direction of the publishes debut poetry collections by writers aged want the physical object and to keep it. We favor
company, Agnew says. 35 and younger. hardcovers and printing on good paper.
Coteau, like House of Anansi, has developed The company continues to produce ebooks, Were happy to be selling print, White says.
a recent focus on Indigenous stories. Theres although they represent only two to three per- We know how to do that.
all sorts of creative stuff going on, Agnew says. cent of sales. Ebooks started with a bang, Mirolla
Theres a genuine interestthe Canadian public says, but our poetry books just dont sell well as
really wants to know. ebooks. Readers want the tactile experience. House of Anansi
A recent book of poetry, Burning in this Mid-
night Dream by Louise Halfe, Agnew says is selling
very, very wellalready about a thousand copies,
and its new. Halfe has won a number of awards,
Harbour Publishing S arah MacLachlan, president and publisher of
the House of Anansi Press, spoke with Publish-
ing Perspectives from the Writers at Woody Point
including a longlist nomination for the Governor
Generals Award for Poetry in 1998.
Agnew says he sees a marked difference in the
F ounded by Howard White and his wife Mary
in 1974, Harbour Publishing is one of British
Columbias largest and most important publishers.
literary festival. Woody Point is a historic New-
foundland village in Gros Morne National Park.
House of Anansi, founded in 1967, is celebrat-
support Coteau receives from independent book- The population of Pender Harbour is under 3,000, ing its 50th anniversary this year. The press was
sellers and from Indigo. When I go into McNally and its about three hours north of Vancouver by founded by two Canadian writers, Dennis Lee and
Robinson, a large local independent, they know car and ferry. With sales of about $2 million, the Dave Godfrey. Like Coach House and McClel-
our books. They know who our authors are. company is a tireless promoter of books that cap- land & Stewart, Anansi has published some of the
Ebooks represent about five percent of Co- ture the essence of British Columbia. work of Margaret Atwood and Michael Ondaatje.
teaus sales and are growing marginally, Agnew Recent titles include Pacific Seaweeds: A Guide Today, the company specializes in finding and
says, adding that he perceives a difference between to Common Seaweeds of the West Coast and Hel- developing Canadian writers of literary fiction,
customers experience of print and digital. lo Humpback!, a board book for babies featuring poetry, drama, and nonfiction. With a staff of 30
You put a book into someones hand and iconic West Coast animals, from hungry sea ot- and roughly $7 million in sales, it is ranked asthe
theyre generally appreciative and excited, he says. ters to hopping orca whales. largest Canadian-owned trade publisher.
In early 2013, White purchased Douglas & Like Coach House, the company survived a
McIntyre, which had been in bankruptcy pro- bankruptcy. In 2002 its parent company Stoddart
Guernica Editions tection since the preceding October. Rather than Publishing went out of business. Scott Griffin,
functioning as an imprint of Harbour, Douglas & founder of the Griffin Poetry Prize, bought An-

F ounded in Montral in 1978, Guernica Edi-


tions has published more than 500 titles from
many parts of the world and moved to Oakville
McIntyre operates with considerable autonomy
and with a list that goes beyond the regional to a
national and an international focus. The combined
ansi that year, and the publisher has seen steady
growth ever since.
As at other Canadian publishers, Anansi is
in 1992. Annual sales are about $200,000. There companies publish some 40 new titles a year. putting Indigenous writers front and center on
are seven full-time and part-time staffers. Michael Things are looking up, White says. After 10 their list. MacLachlan points to three prominent
Mirolla is vice president and editor-in-chief. tough years, weve had two years of sales increases. titles: Katherena Vermettes novel The Break; Tan-
I describe us as a literary press thats publish- Its been against all predictions. ya Talagas nonfiction Seven Fallen Feathers; and a
ing prose, poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, Mirolla White has some keen insights into the impact collection of stories and songs This Accident of Be-
says. We have an emphasis on diversity, choosing of the print is dead gloom that has depressed ing Lost by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson.
material thats not mainstream. some in the industry. Improved sales have done Canadian independent publishers are discov-
More to the point, Mirolla says, Our authors wonders for confidence in the business, he says. ering new talent and putting it out into the world,
arent often on the front lines where the trumpets A lot of the trouble was lack of confidence. MacLachlan says.
are blaring. White also has a firm opinion on ebooks, The big guys focus on the bestsellers. Were
The company publishes many translations, which account for two percent of Harbour sales looking for work that we think is cutting-edge lit-
and its backlist includes a lot of European titles. and less than 10 percent at Douglas & McIntyre. erature. For us, quality is number one.

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CHILDRENS BOOK PUBLISHERS | ENGLISH CANADA

Rick Wilks

Barbara Howson Lisa Lyons Johnston

EMBRACING DIVERSITY, OPEN TO DIFFERENCES:


6 CHILDRENS BOOK PUBLISHERS IN ENGLISH CANADA
These Canadian childrens publishers are teaching kids about acceptance, perserverance,
and how to have fun. Carla Douglas (with reporting by Hannah Johnson)

Annick Press Competition from big books: The mega Trends and challenges: Diversity is still a
Toronto, Ontario and titles remind readers that books have a place in key interest and a trend which has always been
Vancouver, British Columbia their lives. While many readers of the big books central to our publishing program, says Howson.
dont necessarily go on to read other publications, The independent bookstore market in the US

R ick Wilks co-founded Books By Kids with


Anne Millyard in 1975. A year later, they re-
named their publishing house Annick Press.
theres always an appetite for a good story. still a challenge for us. Trying to be seen in a very
crowded market is difficult, but the institutional
market continues to be key for us.
Annick has been deeply committed to an ed- Groundwood Books Competition from big books: When big
itorial philosophy that emphasizes both a joy of Toronto, Ontario books are new, they seem to take all of the airtime
reading and the recognition that books can enrich and focus from media, stores, etc. However, they
and bring change to the lives of young people.
For more than 40 years, our publications have
sought to offer an authentic reassurance that kids
O wned by House of Anansi Press, Ground-
wood Books has been in business since
1978. Were a general childrens book publisher
do drive customers to stores, and they do put the
focus on reading.

can cope and even work to improve their lives, and many of our books tell the stories of people
says Wilks. We model young people finding their whose voices are not always heard, says Barbara Kids Can Press
places in their communities . . . Were particularly Howson, vice president of sales and licensing at Toronto, Ontario
interested in depicting the pluralistic society thats Groundwood Books.
the reality for young people.
We publish for all ages, from board books
to picture books to edgy YA, says Wilks. Were
Books by the First Peoples of North Amer-
ica have always been a special interest, she says.
Groundwood Books also publishes works by Latin
F ounded in 1973 as a small press publishing so-
cially responsible childrens books, Kids Can
Press is the largest Canadian-owned childrens
particularly interested in nonfiction and have tak- American authors. book publisher. Today, they publish a broad range
en on subjects like Bad Girls of Fashion and the dan- I think the key to our identity, says Howson, of titles for kids and teens. One of our signature
gers of internet tracking. is that we were publishing diverse books before it branded collections is CitizenKid, which tackles
Market outlook: While there are enormous became a trend. big world issues and is designed to inspire global
pressuressuch as competition for readers time Market outlook: It looks fantastic. We are citizenship amongst kids ages 8 to 12, says presi-
and attention, a lack of reviews, and an education- having one of our best years ever and it is because dent Lisa Lyons Johnston.
al system that has yet to appropriately recognize of the books we are publishing . . . books that re- Market outlook: Our own experience is
the value of trade books in the classroomthe flect our core value of giving voice to characters one of growth in all channels. Kids Can Press is
market is holding up very nicely. We particularly that might be overlooked. having a tremendous year, bookended by the Bo-
appreciate the efforts of a committed bookselling Rights sales: Rights are a huge part of our logna Prize for Best Childrens Publisher in North
community and the many librarians who champi- business. One of our most recent successes was America, and an exclusive McDonalds Canada
on good literature. Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson and illustrat- Happy Meal Book promotion.
Rights sales: Our books are found through- ed by Sydney Smith. This book was on The New Rights sales: Our international rights sales
out the world, in translation and in the original York Times Best Illustrated list, and has sold thou- continue to be strong amid a variety of economic
Annick editions, which are distributed globally. sands of copies for us and has been translated into climates. We often find that when sales in one ter-
Trends and challenges: A key challenge is 16 languages. ritory slow down, they pick up in another, and so
getting the word out. Were constantly explor- We are very active in selling film rights, as it comes down to investing in the global markets
ing new ways to get our publications to our au- well, and the middle-grade novel The Goat was that show the most potential for growth at a given
dience through generating buzz with engaging recently sold to a new company in the US called timeand that is always changing.
storylines. Cirrina Studios. For example, in the past few years the pub-

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ENGLISH CANADA | CHILDRENS BOOK PUBLISHERS

Ruth Linka

Catherine Mitchell Margie Wolfe

lishing market in Brazilusually a dependable many. In 201617, we sold rights to one picture series have indeed encouraged YA writers. Paja-
rights territory for ushas quieted considerably book to Germany, Spain, Turkey, Vietnam, Brazil, ma Press has no shortage of readers for the many
[during that countrys economic crisis]. But our Australian, the Netherlands, and Japan. award-winning authors. Good writing and stories
rights sales in Turkey are booming, and weve Trends and challenges: In the North Amer- will always find a home.
made a lot of new contacts. ican market, were seeing a fair bit of interest in
In addition to that, says Johnston, weve had audio and read-along (EPUB with audio) books.
a great year in Chinaa lot of our backlist titles Competition from big books: The right se- Second Story Press
that had previously been passed over are being ries can be really big. We havent had that sort of Toronto, Ontario
snapped up. penetration into the YA market, but were seeing
Trends and challenges: Topics like STEM,
diversity, wellnessincluding mental healthare
the themes that educators are most eager for. And
modest growth thats encouraging. And anything
that encourages more reading for kids is good. S econd Story Press, a leader in the field of di-
verse childrens books in Canada, specializes
in social justice and human rights with a strong
in terms of formats, board books, comic books, emphasis on diversity, says co-founder and pub-
and graphic novels are in demand, says Johnston. Pajama Press lisher Margie Wolfe. The press has been recog-
One of the biggest challenges continues to be Toronto, Ontario nized by the Canadian Civil Liberties association
discoverability. How do you stand out in a sea of for their work, and their books have been trans-
books being published each year?
Outlook for childrens books in Canada:
Many Canadian childrens publishers, includ-
A relative newcomer to the childrens publish-
ing scene, Pajama Press launched in 2011 and
describes itself as a small literary press with big
lated into more than 40 languages.
The goal has always been to marry important
and often challenging content with compelling
ing Kids Can Press, are experiencing much more ideas. We endeavor to publish titles of exceptional writing for young people, Wolfe says.
growth in the US market than in Canada, and a quality that will receive wide critical acclaim and Market outlook: 2017 will be our most fi-
great deal of that has to do with the size of the awards; our books are designed to successfully ap- nancially successful year ever! In part, I think that
market. peal to children, young adults, librarians, teachers, the challenging subjects addressed in our kids
Domestically, says Johnston, there has also and parents. books reflect current political and social issues. We
been increased interest in celebrating and promot- Market outlook: Happily, interest in chil- have a child refugee book, Indigenous stories on
ing Canadian books, including childrens books. drens and YA books remains high, says Cather- the impact of residential schools, violence against
ine Mitchell, rights manager for special markets girls, racism and anti-Semitism, and more.
at Pajama Press. The market requires targeted Rights sales: Rights sales have always been
Orca Book Publishers attention, especially in Canada, where there are important to the company. Smaller publishers like
Victoria, British Columbia fewer bookstores. The US school and library mar- ourselves have both expanded readership for our
kets have been strong purchasers. authors and revenues for the company through

W e have almost 1,000 books in print and


publish about 85 a year, says Ruth Lin-
ka, associate publisher at Orca Book Publishers.
Rights sales: Our most recent sales have
been to Korea, Colombia, France, and Qubec.
Sales to Mexico are very good. Germany, Italy,
rights. says Wolfe.
Recently, titles have been sold to compa-
nies in Australia, Europe, Asia, North and South
We publish books for young readers, everything and Australia are great partners for the list. The America, with film rights also optioned. Where
from board books for babies, picture books, ear- meeting list at Bologna Childrens Book Fair was Will I Live, a recent title done with images from
ly chapters books, fiction for middle readers, and long and varied. the UN High Commission on Refugees, has just
YA. Also we have a strong nonfiction list, primar- Trends and challenges: Inclusivity has been published in numerous countries with more
ily for middle readers. Our nonfiction tends to en- been growing in appeal, which happily coincides forthcoming.
courage social or environmental consciousness. with three of our new books: on deafness (Macy Trends and challenges: Some current
Market outlook: In North America, we sell McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess), on becoming trends seem to reflect our mandate and list. Books
into the trade and institutional market and contin- ones true self (The Theory of Hummingbirds), and dealing with diversity, including Indigenous con-
ue to see a strong foundational market, especially on autism spectrum disorder (Slug Days), all re- tent, remains of keen interest.
in classrooms. On childrens books in Canada, ceiving attention and great reviews. Seeing more While support from the retail sector in Can-
Linka says, Were having some real success with Canadian books in schools and libraries would be ada and the USA has increased in the last year, we
our nonfiction right now and enjoying ongoing wonderful, says Mitchell. still have much work to do.
interest in our middle-grade fiction. Canada is a country thats open to all kinds Competition from big books: I cant focus
Rights sales: We have a rights agent we of people and stories. That willingness to accept on other peoples books, only do the best that we
work with but are coming to Frankfurt this year difference is of huge appeal internationally, which can with our own niche of publishing. Fortunate-
to see what more we can do, says Linka. in turn helps rights sales as well as helps grow do- ly, some of those titles do extraordinarily well
We currently sell rights to between 25 and 30 mestic sales. both in and outside of Canadaso we are contin-
titles a year, to countries like China, Korea, Ger- Competition from big books: Bestselling ually encouraged to keep on.

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RIGHTS | ENGLISH CANADA

Dean Cooke Denise Bukowski

LITERARY AGENTS ON CANADAS RIGHTS MARKET


Canadas authors are undergoing an evolution, according to the countrys literary agents,
addressing global issues and achieving recognition on the international stage.

By Thad McIlroy, with additional reporting by But more recently, he says hes finding a mat- tude of Canadian writers to the world has changed
Hannah Johnson uration in the writers he works with. and of the world to Canada.
The current generation of Canadian writers, They dont think of Canadians as guys in

A s Howard White at Harbour Publishing says,


When an agent brings me a title, its almost
always worth looking at.
he says, dont feel they need to write about small-
town Ontario, about lakes and trees and bears, he
says. They dont think about what they do in the
lumberjack shirts anymore. A Canadian writer can
be considered as a world writer.
And in terms of a new titles viability, McDer-
It all starts with the author, of course, but same way. mid says an authors nationality may matter less
when it comes to the publisher and the agent, Of course the quality has to be there. than some think. Regardless of origin, The book
Were equally important, says Sam Hiyate, presi- Twenty years ago, writers were being mea- has to be an original of its kind, whatever that is,
dent of The Rights Factory literary agency. sured against other Canadian fiction, Cooke says. McDermid says.
Here are six English Canadian agencies of sig- Now, theyre being measured against the world. It needs a character who we want to follow
nificance that represent a range of authors. on the journey. As an editor once said to me, I
always ask myself, Why am I reading this? Will
it change my life in any way? What will I learn?
The McDermid Agency
The Cooke Agency

T his year, The Cooke Agency celebrates its


25th anniversary. With a staff of seven, the
A nne McDermid founded The McDermid
Agency in Toronto in 1996, having been
with Londons Curtis Brown as a senior partner
The Bukowski Agency

firm represents both literary and commercial fic-


tion, as well as a range of nonfiction and childrens
books. A spinoff, Cooke International, handles
for several years. Today, along with three partners
and associates, McDermid represents literary fic-
tion, commercial novelists of high quality, and a
D enise Bukowski has worked in book pub-
lishing in Canada since 1970for the first 16
years as an in-house editor at publishers including
the foreign rights for all Penguin Random House broad range of nonfiction. McClelland and Stewart, and Douglas & McIntyre.
Canada imprints and a handful of other Canadian A current high-profile title is Omar El Akkads She founded The Bukowski Agency in 1986 and
literary agents. debut novel American War. Michiko Kakutani, now handles some 70 authors.
Agency principal Dean Cooke had a career former book critic at The New York Times called Her clients include mystery writer Alan Brad-
with several Canadian publishers before founding it powerful, haunting, and devastating. El ley, author of the eight-book Flavia de Luce series,
the agency. Akkada reflection of increasing diversity among and Yasuko Thanh, author of Mysterious Fragrance
He says hes concerned about the mergers of Canadian authorswas born in Cairo, moved to of the Yellow Mountains, which won the $25,000
the large US publishers. With the consolidation Canada as a teenager, worked as a reporter for the Rogers Writers Trust Fiction Prize in 2016.
of the US publishers, were down essentially to Globe and Mail, and now lives in Portland, Oregon. Canada sits on the shoulder of the Ameri-
three large clients, Cooke says. McDermid says shes feeling the effects of can industry, Bukowski says. The challenge is
Contract negotiations have become a mara- industry consolidation. Its not just three major to make a book stand out beside whats published
thon, fighting for every penny. Theres very little publishers in Canada, she says. Its obvious to me next door.
room for negotiation. that Penguin Random House is the major publish- Bukowski says she finds that European pub-
And selling Canadian writers abroad can er. They control something like one-third of the lishers want to know who in the US has bought
sometimes be a challenge, Cooke says. market. HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster just the book before they consider it. And so she leads
We often hear the comment, Its a quiet nov- arent as big. And Simon & Schuster is relatively with the titles shes sold there.
el; its too quiet. That comes up again and again, new with their publishing program in Canada. The business isnt getting easier, she says. The
Cooke says. Theres not enough plot. The end- As for authors, In the past 20 years, Canadian Europeans are buying more of their own authors
ing doesnt have impact. The pace is too slow. writers have evolved, McDermid says. The atti- or authors from other neighboring countries. And

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ENGLISH CANADA | RIGHTS

Sam Hiyate

suddenly everyone is looking for thrillers. companion and putting an ad in the newspaper, has, agents there have developed a keen sense of
She went to London Book Fair a couple of saying Here I am, Broadhead says. How am I what types of books sell best in both the Canadian
years ago with a strong literary fiction title, she going to find my soulmate? and US markets.
says, and all people were talking about was thrill- Agency co-founder David Bennett told Pub-
ers full of dismembered bodies. lishing Perspectives last year, Scouts and our inter-
Digital publishing is proving to be a positive national co-agents are always interested in which
for many of her authors, Bukowski says. The Rights Factory books are successful in our market, including
One advantage of ebooks is that Ive been able prize-winners, but whats successful here isnt
to keep more of my authors backlists available.
And, as BookNet Canadas survey numbers
indicate, audiobooks are taking off.
T he Rights Factory was founded in 2004 with
just a handful of clients. The agency now has
nine agents and represents hundreds of clients
necessarily going to travel to other markets.
There have been many recent successes for
Transatlantic. Among them is Gary Barwins nov-
Theyre all looking for audiobooks, Bukow- from around the world. el, Yiddish for Pirates, which was shortlisted for the
ski says. Im going through my whole backlist Agency principal Sam Hiyate worked at the 2016 Giller Prize and longlisted for the Governors
searching for available rights. There was a point literary magazines Blood & Aphorisms and The General Prize. Middle-grade novel Shooter by Car-
when you couldnt give away a Margaret Atwood Quarterly in the 1990s. He ran the micropublisher oline Pignat was chosen for several prominent
audiobook. Gutter Press from 1993 to 2002. His newest proj- reading lists in Canada and won the 2017 Red Ma-
ect is donttalktomeaboutlove.org, an online mag- ple Fiction Award.
azine exploring love in fiction, nonfiction, poetry,
and art.
Rick Broadhead & Associates Hiyate is hot on the German market. Its the
second-biggest in the world, he says. Westwood Creative Artists

R ick Broadhead & Associates was established in


2002. The associates dont work in the same
office, though. Rick Broadhead is a one-man band.
On The Rights Agencys list, The Film Club by
leading client David Gilmour has sold more than
500,000 copies in Germany. Theres no better W estwood Creative Artists calls itself Can-
adas largest literary agency. The group
I have no staff or offices in the US, he says. place in the world to have a bestseller, Hiyate tells includes five literary agents, an in-house inter-
Hes never been to Frankfurt and has never been Publishing Perspectives. national rights team, and a network of 26 inter-
to London. He uses Cooke International for for- Books in Europe are still culture, not just national co-agencies. Westwood Creative Artists
eign rights sales. entertainment, he says. The US is so consum- also works in film, television, and stage rights.
Broadhead focuses exclusively on nonfiction. er-driven, always looking for the best price. We Bruce Westwood came to agenting after a
And not just any nonfiction, he says, Commercial represent international authors. We dont care long career in the business, including a stint with
as opposed to literary nonfiction. From sports to where theyre from, only if theyre interesting and Meridian Technology, at which he served as CEO
humor to history. talented. Were looking for distinct voices. from 1978 to 1985.
I have a better handle on nonfiction, he says. Were old-fashioned agents, Hiyate says. Were having one of our better years, West-
I have a better sense of whats saleable. Its where We live in the reflected glory of our writers. wood tells Publishing Perspectives. Good writing is
my passion lies. I find fiction harder to gauge. in demand. Our authors are in demand.
Broadhead is unusual among Canadian agents, His top clients include Yann Martel, the Span-
in that he represents a lot of American authors. ish-born Canadian author of the Man Booker
There are a lot of Canadians represented by US Transatlantic Literary Agency Prize-winning Life of Pi, and Rohinton Mistry, the
agents, he says, but not a lot of American authors Indian-born Canadian author who won the 2012
represented by a Canadian agent.
He says he knows this may seem like an odd
arrangement, but hes made it work for his cli-
H eadquartered in Toronto, Transatlantic has a
presence on both coasts of the US (New York,
NY and Portland, OR) and Canada (Vancouver,
Neustadt International Prize for Literature and is
best known for his books Such a Long Journey and
A Fine Balance.
ents. Being in Toronto, Im geographically closer BC and Petite Rivire, NS). Like Denise Bukowskis clients, Westwoods
to New York than a lot of US agents who are my The agency represents both Canadian and authors are enjoying the audiobook boom.
competition. American authors, they work with co-agents in 28 Amazons Audible is just unbelievable, he
Broadhead also has an MBA and was himself territories, and they represent foreign rights for says. One of my colleagues in the UK said to me,
a bestselling author of 35 books relating to the in- several independent publishers including graphic Theyre Hoovering up the market!
ternet. He has a singular view of the role of the novel publisher Drawn & Quarterly and childrens We used to get $2,000 or $3,000 for an audio-
literary agent. book specialist Orca Book Publishers. book. Now were talking six-figure advances for
Being an agent is like someone looking for a Given the wide footprint that Transatlantic our largest authors.

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DIVERSITY | #WEHAVEDIVERSEBOOKS

#WEHAVEDIVERSEBOOKS: THE ASSOCIATION OF CANADIAN


PUBLISHERS WIDE FOCUS ON THE DIVERSITIES

Kate Edwards

#WEHAVEDIVERSEBOOKS
CATALOGUE
About the catalogue: Canadian publishers feel
strongly that it is important to publish diverse
books for children and teens from K-12 with
multicultural characters and stories featuring
diversity in the areas of: ability, gender, sexual
orientation, ancestry, race, and religion.

DOWNLOAD:
diversity.49thshelf.com

By Porter Anderson Before we childrens publishers introduced it to Indeed, Williams joins many in praising
Canada, Violetone of [Second Storys] picture publisher Gregory Younging, whose Theytus

I n so many parts of the publishing world today,


the issue of diversity is gaining rightful focus
and holding out tantalizing potential for richer
books about a mixed-race childwas the only Ca-
nadian title included in the first American #We-
NeedDiverseBooks kit of recommended titles.
Books is one of the countrys outstanding Indige-
nous-owned and -operated presses. Its Younging
who, as an ACP member, has led the association
mixes of literary voices and broader consumer The campaign brought many of Canadas chil- to endorse Reconciliation Canadas report and
bases for books. But diversity can mean different drens book publishers together in support of an recommendations (read more on Indigenous literary
things with different challenges. Nowhere may issue they care about. voices in Canada on page 41).
this be clearer than in a proudly, consciously mul- The Childrens Publishers Committee that
ticultural nation like Canada. includes Groundwood Books, Orca, Kids Can
Any conversation about the issue quickly be- Press, Annick Press, and others came together The strength of the
comes about diversities, some requiring nuanced to create the #WeHaveDiverseBooks catalogue
handling of their social and political importance. of diverse Canadian childrens and YA titles. The publishing industry is
Kate Edwards, executive director of the Asso- catalogue has drawn interest from school boards
ciation of Canadian Publishers (ACP) points out both in Canada and the US.
our diversity and our
that the role of an association in these matters can The initiative is important because it recog- breadth.
be critical and lies in the dynamic of guidance, ad- nizes the diversity of peoples within our society
vocacy, and enlightenment. and the need for a literature to reflect that reality,
Matt Williams
Were an association of 115 publishers, Ed- says Wolfe.
wards says, and ultimately, the decisions around One reason Canada is committed to discus-
whats published and what those staffs look like sions of and focus on diversity is the countrys The ACP has also used its meetings each
are all made at the firm level, of course. But an as- many First Nations and Indigenous populations. year, Williams says, to look at such issues as
sociation like ACP can certainly take a leadership House of Anansis Matt Williams, a past president the oral traditions and how they intersect with
role in looking at some of these questions. of the ACP, notes that the association has proudly publishing, cultural, and editorial protocols in
In childrens literature, for example, the as- endorsed the recommendations of Reconciliation manuscripts by Indigenous writersquestions
sociation has a Childrens Committee, and mem- Canada, an organization that aims to revitalize of communal ownership and its implications for
ber-publishers are known for their emphasis on the relationships between Indigenous Peoples copyright.
diversity. We have a number of companies that and all Canadians in order to build vibrant, resil- Together, the countrys publishers and asso-
have published books on diverse topics and by au- ient and sustainable communities. ciations are working to raise their awareness of
thors with a wide range of backgrounds. For some Theres two parts to the focus in Canada on what respectful engagement means.
companies thats an important part of their man- the countrys Indigenous voices and creativity, Today, the demands of deeply diversified
date, to showcase a wide range of perspectives. says Williams. One part is authors and the other readerships and the capabilities of a thoughtfully
A couple years ago, Edwards says, Canadian is publishers. Certainly, the range of Indigenous diversified publishing workforce can come to-
publishers were very attuned to calls for US li- authors published here is excellent. And we hope gether in ways that bring literature into a more
braries to carry and promote diverse books. The that Canadas Frankfurt Guest of Honour program expansive, mind-opening construct than before.
#WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign was especially in 2020 is going to help us bring a lot of attention Kate Edwards, Williams says, is admired
successful in focusing this interest. to these writers. here as our executive director because there are
So how did the Canadian industry respond? And on the publishers side, Williams says, so many things today to attend to related to di-
#WeHaveDiverseBooks. the ACP includes Indigenous publishers. There versity. These are big issues. And the strength of
I love the whole idea of the campaign, says arent as many as wed like yet, but they certainly the the publishing industry, Williams says, is our
Margie Wolfe, publisher of Second Story Press. are there. diversity and our breadth.

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AUTHORS | FRANCOHPONE

4 LEADING AND DIVERSE LITERARY


VOICES FROM FRENCH CANADA
A small cross-section of French Canadas literary scene. Luca Palladino

Kim Thy An Innu poet, painter, actress, and league was murdered, something
activist, Natasha Kanap Fontaine dealt with in his 2000 novel, Le Cri
Notable awards: has a strong social media following des oiseaux fous. In 1990, he emigrat-
Governor Generals Award and Can- and is a spokeswoman of the Idle No ed to the United States and spends
ada Reads 2015 for her novel Ru More movement in Qubec, which time in both Montral and Miami.
supports a rising visibility for talent-
Publishers: ed Aboriginal youth.
Stank, Libre Expression, Trcarr Through her activism, she has
recruited many advocates for her Michel Tremblay
Recommended titles: cause and works to trace the paths
Ru (2009) of racism that can become inher- Notable awards:
toi (2011) ent in language. She is an emerging Prix Victor-Morin (1974); the Gov-
Mn (2013) voice and an unmistakable talent. ernor Generals Performing Arts
Vi (2016) Fontaines writing reflects her Award (1999); Officier de lOrdre de
activism and pride in her Indigenous France and Chevalier de lOrdre Na-
Kim Thy is a Saigon-born Qub- community. Her poems address is- tional du Qubec (1991)
cois author whose award-winning sues of identity and racism, as well as
Ru was translated into English by dialogue and reconciliation. Publishers:
Sheila Fischman. Powerful and yet Lemac, Guy Saint-Jean diteur,
delicate, her writings have been Nomades
translated in more than 25 countries.
Along the way to her success as Dany Laferrire Recommended titles:
an author, Thy worked as a seam- La grosse femme d ct est enceinte
stress, interpretor, attorney, and a Notable awards: (The Fat Woman Next Door Is Preg-
restaurateur. Prix Mdicis for Lnigme du retour nant, 1978)
She said that Ru, her debut, is in (The Return) Thrse et Pierrette lcole des
part a tribute to the many Canadians Saints-Anges (Thrse and Pierrette
who welcomed her when she left Publishers: and the Little Hanging Angel, 1980)
home during the Vietnam War. The VLB diteur, ditions du Boral, Les Clefs du Paradise (The Keys to
author based that first book on her Lanctt diteur, Grasset Paradise, 2013)
experiences emigrating to Canada by
way of a Malaysian refugee camp. Recommended titles: Now 75, Michel Tremblay is an ac-
Comment faire lamour avec un complished playwright and author.
ngre sans se fatiguer (How To He wrote his theatrical debut, Le
Make Love to a Negro Without Get- Train, in 1959 and would go on to
Natasha Kanap Fontaine ting Tired, 1985) win the Concours des jeunes auteurs
Je suis fou de Vava (Im Crazy About sponsored by Radio Canada in 1964.
Notable awards: Vava, 2005) His writing often features homo-
Finalist, mile-Nelligan Award; Lnigme du retour (The Return, sexual and strong female characters.
Socit des crivains francophones 2009) And his career accomplishments in-
dAmrique Award cludes translation, adaption, screen-
In 2013, Dany Laferrire became the writing, short stories, and novels.
Publishers: first Canadian, the first Qubcois, Tremblays focus on fiction be-
Mmoire dencrier, cosocit and the first Haitian to be elected gan in the mid-1980s, and hes an
to lAcadmie franaise, the highest acutely sensitive writer to social and
Recommended titles: honor for a francophone author. political issues, particularly in Qu-
Nentre pas dans mon me avec tes Born in Haiti, Laferrire worked bec life.
chaussures (Do Not Enter My Soul as a journalist prior to emigrating to At times, hes advocated for se-
in Your Shoes, in an English trans- Canada in the late 1970s. He has con- cession of the province from Cana-
lation by Howard Scott, 2012) tinued some of his journalistic work da, and hes credited by many for his
Assi Manifesto (2016) by hosting programming on V, the evocations of liberal and nationalist
Bleuets et abricots (2016) francophone television network for- thinking, which promoted the Quiet
Kuei, je te salue, with Deni Ellis merly known in Qubec as TQS. Revolution of the 1960s.
Bchard (2016) Laferrire left Haiti when a col-

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FRANCOPHONE | HIGHLIGHTED TITLES

HIGHLIGHTED TITLES FROM


FRENCH-CANADIAN PUBLISHERS
A selection of award-winning and critically acclaimed titles from
members of the Association nationale des diteurs de livres (ANEL).

CHILDRENS BOOKS CrackBoom! Books (Chouette) Lemac

Princess Lila Builds a Tower Lenfant mascara


Les 400 coups by Anne Paradis (author), by Simon Boulerice
Karina Dupuis (illustrator) Inspired by a true story, this book is
752 lapins From the imprint that first published about a transgender teen who falls in
by Franois Blais the popular Caillou series, this illus- love with a boya boy who eventu-
A princess loves each and every one trated book is about a determined ally murders him.
of her 752 rabbits. When one goes princess who undertakes a vast con-
missing, shes heartbroken and de- struction project in the forest. Lui
termined to find it. by Patrick Isabelle
CONTACT: A teen who committed a shooting is
CONTACT: Genevive Lagac released home after serving his sen-
Simon De Jocas genevieve.lagace@editions- tence. The public reacts with anger,
s.dejocas@editions400coups.com chouette.com and his friend tries to understand.

CONTACT:
Jean-Marie Jot
La courte chelle Hurtubise jm.jot@lemeac.com

Un ami lumineux Hackers


by Simon Boulerice (author), by Isabelle Roy
Marilyn Faucher (illustrator) In this YA thriller a teen takes his ditions Michel Quintin
At his fathers house in the city, Ludo computer hacking skills a step too
believes a tiny man is hiding inside far. With the help of his friends, he Series: Les Dragouilles
the traffic light, changing the colors. tries to fix his mistakes. by Karine Gottot, Maxim Cyr
In this series of comic books, little
CONTACT: CONTACT: creatures called dragouilles explore
Marianne Dalp Sandra Felteau major cities around the world. The
marianne@courteechelle.com sandra.felteau@groupehmh.com series is an award-winning hit across
Qubec and Canada.

About the Association nationale des diteurs de livres (ANEL)


Celebrating its 25th anniversa- dition supports its members
ry this year, the the Association international activities with col-
nationale des diteurs de livres lective stands at book fairs, net-
(ANEL) represents nearly 100 working events, and more.
publishers across Qubec and The executive director of
French Canada. ANEL is Richard Prieur, and the
The association represents current president is Nicole Saint-
its members interests to the Jean, publisher of Guy Saint-Jean
government, promotes reading diteur. For more information
in Canada, and organizes events. about the association and its ac-
ANEL subsidiary Qubec tivities, visit: www.anel.qc.ca

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HIGHLIGHTED TITLES | FRANCOPHONE

Savais-tu? Les dinosaures FICTION a journey that is sometimes troubled


by Alain M. Bergeron, yet also filled with loving moments.
Michel Quintin
These humorous and intelligent ditions Alto CONTACT:
documentaries use a cartoon format Sandra Felteau
to teach about little-known Madame Victoria sandra.felteau@groupehmh.com
animals and their habits. by Catherine Leroux
In this award-winning novel, a skel-
CONTACT: eton is discovered at the edge of the
Chlanie Beaudin-Quintin woods, steps from the Royal Victoria Lemac
foreignrights@ Hospital in Montral. An investiga-
editionsmichelquintin.ca tion begins to discover her identity. Le corps des btes
by Audre Wilhelmy
CONTACT: Author Audre Wilhelmy is not
Christiane Vadnais afraid to tackle taboo subjects. In a
ditions de Mortagne cvadnais@editionsalto.com remote seaside village, three family
members move toward an incestu-
Tabou Series ous love triangle.
by various authors
This series of teen novels presents ditions du Boral Tsubaki: Le poids des
candid stories about taboo subjects secrets
like sex, abuse, cyberbullying, alco- Autour dEva by Aki Shimazaki
hol, and more. These fictional stories by Louis Hamelin In a letter left to her daughter after
help teens deal with tough issues. va moves to her hometown on her death, Yukiko, a survivor of the
Lake Kaganoma, where she launches atomic bomb, recalls the episodes of
CONTACT: a protest against American develop- her childhood and adolescence.
Sandy Pellerin ers threatening to destroy the lake.
sandy@editionsdemortagne.com CONTACT:
Owen Hopkins, Esquire Jean-Marie Jot
by Simon Roy jm.jot@lemeac.com
Owen Hopkins is dying in Yorkshire.
Qubec Amrique His son must come home to fulfill a
promise he made years ago, and he
Le dernier qui sort teint la must deal with the difficult relation- Le Quartanier
lumire ship between father and son.
by Simon Boulerice Lanne la plus longue
Twins Arnold and Alia live with CONTACT: by Daniel Grenier
their two fathers and are about to Sandra Gonthier Born on February 29 in a leap year,
turn thirteen years old. Their fathers sgonthier@editionsboreal.qc.ca Thomas Langlois ages one year
write 13 letters to reveal which of for every four that pass. He travels
the two is the biological father. North American and experiences the
the 18th and 19th centuries.
CONTACT: Les ditions de lHomme
Alexandra Valiquette Le plongeur
avaliquette@qa-international.com La mort dune princesse by Stphane Larue
by India Desjardins Twentysomething compulsive gam-
Deeply hurt by a breakup at 31 years bler Stphane drinks too much and is
old, Sarah throws herself into her ca- deeply in debt. When he takes a job
ditions XYZ reer and renounces love. Years later, as a dishwasher, he meets a fellow
she starts to wonder if she really can delinquent who inspires him to find
Grand pre et la Lune give up on love. the right path.
by Stphanie Lapointe
(author) Rog (illustrator) CONTACT: CONTACT:
A poignant graphic novel about a Florence Bisch Cline Hostiou
girls relationship with her grandfa- florence.bisch@sogides.com lequartanier@lequartanier.com
ther. This book won a 2016 Gover-
nor Generals Award.

CONTACT: Hurtubise Qubec Amrique


Sandra Felteau
sandra.felteau@groupehmh.com Les petites temptes labri des hommes et des
by Valrie Chevalier choses
This feel-good novel follows the by Stphanie Boulay
life of Raphalle from girl to adult, Growing up isolated in a forest, an

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FRANCOPHONE | HIGHLIGHTED TITLES

anonymous narrator only has Titi, a CONTACT: he would be her Prince Charming.
big sister figure, to explain life and Marise Labrecque
adulthood to her. marise.labrecque.hsj@ssss.gouv.qc.ca CONTACT:
Carole Boutin
Routes secondaires cboutin@sogides.com
by Andre A. Michaud
Who is Heather Thorne, this young cosocit
woman with amnesia? A writer be-
comes obsessed with trying to figure Une escroquerie lgalise Lux diteur
out who this woman is and risks get- by Alain Deneault
ting dragged into her dark past. This book examines the ramifica- La peur du peuple
tions of tax havens on society, in- by Francis Dupuis-Dri
CONTACT: cluding growing inequality. Dene- What is the ideal democracy? Is it
Alexandra Valiquette ault questions why this mechanism the version in power today, or the
avaliquette@qa-international.com still exists. vision promoted by popular move-
ments like Occupy?
De quoi Total est-elle la
somme? Lanarchie explique mon
Stank by Alain Deneault pre
Multinational corporations have by Francis Dupuis-Dri,
Abattre la bte become institutions that dominate Thomas Dri
by David Goudreault our societies. They make laws and A father-son dialogue explores the
In this last book of David Gou- to overrule governments. This book roots and fundamentals of anarchy
dreaults trilogy (which will soon hit urges people to reclaim their political and democracy to better understand
the big screen). a troubled and vio- sovereignty from these companies. each school of thought.
lent young man escapes a psychiatric
hospital in search of his mother. CONTACT: CONTACT:
lodie Comtois Alexandre Sanchez
CONTACT: ecomtois@ecosociete.org a.sanchez@luxediteur.com
Carole Boutin
cboutin@sogides.com

Les ditions de lHomme ditions MultiMondes

ditions XYZ La douleur repense Quest-ce que le boson de


by Dr. Gatan Brouillard Higgs mange en hiver
Autopsie dune femme Bestselling author Dr. Brouillard ex- by Pauline Gagnon
plate plores the root of chronic pain and In 2012, the CERN laboratory con-
by Marie-Rene Lavoie offers physical and psychological firmed the existence of the Higgs
When Dianes husband of nearly 25 techniques to treat and relieve it. boson. In this book, Pauline Gagnon
years leaves her for a younger wom- explains what this particle is and
an, she must re-evaluate her rela- Mon cerveau a besoin de why it is important.
tionships in this tragicomic novel. lunettes
by Annick Vincent CONTACT:
CONTACT: This book is the diary of a fictitious, Sandra Felteau
Sandra Felteau 8-year-old boy named Tom who has sandra.felteau@groupehmh.com
sandra.felteau@groupehmh.com ADHD. It helps children, parents
and caregivers cope by using stories,
illustrations, and concrete examples.
ditions Trcarr
CONTACT:
NONFICTION Florence Bisch Lautisme expliqu aux non-
florence.bisch@sogides.com autistes
by Brigitte Harrisson,
ditions du CHU Sainte- Lise St-Charles
Justine This book provides a unique way to
Librex Expression communicate with people who have
Aider lenfant anxieux autism. It includes insights from au-
by Sophie Leroux Le Monstre tistic author Brigitte Harrissons life.
Many children experience anxiety. by Ingrid Falaise
This guide is designed to help with In this personal account, the author CONTACT:
illustrated and therapeutic tales for tells of escaping an abusive mar- Carole Boutin
prevention and intervention. riage to a man she followed to Africa cboutin@sogides.com
when she was 18 years old, believing

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TRADE PUBLISHERS | FRENCH CANADA

8 FRENCH CANADIAN PUBLISHERS BRINGING


THEIR AUTHORS TO THE GLOBAL STAGE
These are just some of the publishers in French Canada supporting local authors and making sure
that French Canadian talent gets more global recognition. Interviews by Luca Palladino

ANTOINE TANGUAY PASCAL ASSATHIANY LODIE COMTOIS


Founder, President, Publisher CEO Business Manager, Communications
ditions Alto ditions du Boral Director
cosocit
Notable positions: journalist; Notable positions: 50 years in
independent bookseller; involved in the book industry as a bookseller, Notable positions: spokesperson for
launching Les libraires (the largest commercial manager, editor; he has Sauvons les livres; vice-president of
literary monthly in Qubec) occupied almost every facet of the the Association nationale des diteurs
book industry de livres (ANEL)

ditions Alto For Antoine Tanguay, the newest generation Brault and presented at Cannes in 2017); the late
of publishers that have grown up with the internet Gatan Soucy (most known for The Little Girl Who

ditions Alto took the literary world by surprise


12 years ago by publishing Nikolski by Nicolas
Dickner, a little-known author at the time. A zig-
and social media now have a global vision of liter-
ature. They read a lot, they are curious, inspired by
what they read on the international stage. Accord-
Was Too Fond of Matches, his work has been trans-
lated into more than 20 languages); and Louis
Hamelin (whose daring novel on Qubecs October
zagging, raucous book that spewed good storytell- ing to Tanguay, they want to take over the world Crisis won him four prestigious awards in 2010)
ing, the novel, much like the publishing house, has and he has no doubt that they will succeed. have passed through the doors of Boral.
since received countless accolades for the breadth Our role at Boral is to accompany Qubec
of its vision and for the touch of lunacy present in and Canadian authors and make sure their work
its publishing projects. stands the test of time, says Assathiany, whether
And if you want to point fingers, its all An- ditions du Boral those works are creative or philosophical.
toine Tanguays fault. Always the visionary, Assathiany is now look-
For the past fifteen years, a new wind is
blowing on Qubecs literary scene. New publish-
ers take their place next to, but without replacing,
P ascal Assathiany gives the impression that he
is part rock star, part publisher. With over 50
years experience in the publishing industry and 30
ing towards the future and how to create new
readers in Qubec society, especially among the
younger generations. In order for Borals books
larger publishing houses (Boral, Lemac, Qubec years building Boral, he has helped usher in cul- to be successful, they have to be read in a society
Amrique, Libre Expression), says Tanguay. ture-defining authors who have marked Qubecs that can read works critically and have the capacity
For me, this is a sign of literary maturity as history and etched Borals name into the publish- to debate ideas. And that battle is never won.
the newcomers inspire ourselves from established ers hall of fameif such a thing were to exist.
publishing houses, and then we go our own way, Boral is a house built on authors, and it has
showing our own true colors. This wind has been run by authors who love to read. Giants like
brought new voices (Nicolas Dickner, Samuel Ar- Marie-Claire Blais (Winner of the Mdicis for A cosocit
chibald, Kim Thy, Audre Wilhelmy, ric Du- Season in the Life of Emmanuel); Dany Laferrire
pont, Anas Barbeau-Lavalette, Perrine Leblanc)
and a unique enthusiasm, a fresh vision in addi-
tion to a desire to carve out a place not only in
(who was recently inducted in Frances most ven-
erable institution, LAcadmie franaise); Robert
Lalonde (author of The Heart is What Dies Last
cosocit, as the publishers name implies, is
anchored in ecological and other socially rel-
evant (and sometimes controversial) issues and
Qubec but also in the rest of the world. which was turned into a film by Alexis Durant trends. Topics treated in its works include milita-

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rism, globalization, media criticism, and more, all


for the sake of engaging readers.
This is an independent publishing house
celebrating 25 years in business. lodie Com-
toiswho spearheaded the fixed price for books
movement (Sauvons les livres) and who has helped
defend cosocit against lawsuits from multina-
tional corporationsis no stranger to practicing
what she publishes.
By condemning the abuses of capitalism and
encouraging a transition towards ecologism, so-
cial justice, and political engagement, she says,
our authors patiently and intensely cultivate
knowledge. ARNAUD FOULON JUDITH LANDRY
While cosocit is well-established in Qu- Vice President, Publishing Executive Director
bec, it has been working on business development Operations Groupe Homme
on the other side of the Atlantic for the past few ditions Hurtubise, Groupe HMH
years. For a publisher whose philosophy is the free Notable positions: previously
circulation of ideas, it was an obvious choice for Notable positions: treasurer of the communications director for several
the house to seek out other French-speaking pop- Association nationale des diteurs de publishing houses and distributors
ulations in Europe. livres (ANEL)
A consultant now works full-time from Paris
to promote cosocit titles in France, Switzer-
land, and Belgium. And cosocit has announced
that it will be distributed by Harmonia Mundi
starting in January 2018, another clear indication Award and by the response of independent book- In 2018, les ditions de lHomme, the found-
of its international expansion. sellers in Paris and Brussels. ing publishing house of the group, will celebrate
Among our most successful titles are books These things encourage us to think that there 60 years in the business, making it one of the old-
by Rob Hopkins, Jan Gehl, and Alain Deneault, as are many convergence points between our respec- est publishing houses in Qubec.
well as translations of Noam Chomsky. tive industries. Judith Landry, a veteran in the business, has
Also on our list of bestsellers is Jean-Mar- Groupe HMH has long been recognized as a adapted Groupe Hommes business model to ac-
tin Fortiers seminal work The Market Gardener, leader in the Qubec book industry, and the Fou- company the shifting tides of online entertain-
which has sold over 50,000 copies worldwide. lon family has been closely involved in guiding ment and internet culture.
and structuring the market to strengthen its au- In the world of free internet content and so-
thors and fellow publishers. cial media, our role as publishers is not only to of-
With the emergence of new prominent au- fer readers exclusive, original, and quality content,
Groupe HMH thors such as Jocelyne Saucier, Kim Thy, or but also to provide our authors guidance through
Nicolas Dickner, says Arnaud Foulon, Qubec creative and professional platforms that promotes

T ogether with his sister Alexandrine, Arnaud


Foulon is heir to the Groupe HMH business
started by Claude Hurtubise and bought by Ar-
literature unveils its richness and complexityof
which Dany Laferrire is our best-known leading
light of the old continent.
their content, she says. Its really a hallmark of
our publishing house to be in a position to offer
this global service, thanks to our innovative meth-
nauds father, the venerable (and still involved) This is a French literature, so to speak, he ods and risk-taking spirit.
Herv Foulon. says, but one that showcases the American-ness The future looks very bright for Groupe
The Foulons are fifth-generation publishers that defines us, translating our own identity and Homme and its international activities. It is one of
from their great-grandfathers side, and today our attachment to language. the only publishing houses with an office in Paris,
Groupe HMH comprises four publishing hous- and the company has created a niche for itself as
esditions XYZ, Marcel Didier (MD), ditions one of the largest sellers of self-help books on the
Hurtubise, and ditions MultiMondeseach with European market. Groupe Homme also created an
a distinct niche in the market. Groupe Homme English-language publishing house in 2014 (Juni-
The company also operates Distribution per) and looks to add to its 500 translated titles in
HMH, which handles distribution for at least nine
publishing companies, including Black Cat Cideb,
Eli Publishing,Bibliothque Qubcoise, and di-
G roupe Homme is the single largest publisher
of general literature in French Canada. The
group publishes over 150 titles a year and has
31 languages.

tions Hatier. more than 3,000 titles in its catalogue. It bene-


The Qubec book industry has neither the fits from being part of powerful media company Groupe Librex
size nor the characteristics of Frances book mar- Groupe Qubcor.
ket, Foulon says. In many ways, we work as if
were in two parallel universes.
Despite that, our recent successes are en-
The publishing group includes les ditions de
lHomme, Le Jour diteur, Petit homme, La Griffe,
La Semaine, Qubec Livres, and Juniper.
G roupe Librex unites more than 12 publish-
ers under one roofthe oldest of which has
been in business for more than 40 yearsand are
couraging. We can point to Qubec being guest of Group Homme publishes a wide range of titles known for their excellence in general literature.
honour at high-profile European literary events from self-help and spirituality books to practical Librex Expression, Stank, Trcarr, Logiques,
including Foire du livre de Bruxelles 2015 and Sa- books (health, nutrition, cooking, sports), refer- and Publistar are among them.
lon du livre et de la presse de Genve 2017. ence, nonfiction books for children and adults, as The group publishes fiction, biographies,
Were also heartened by the France-Qubec well as teen fiction. practical guides and reference works next page

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PUBLISHERS | FRENCH CANADA

JOHANNE GUAY ALEXANDRE SNCHEZ CAROLINE FORTIN


Vice President of Publishing, France Editor Executive Director
Editor-in-Chief Lux diteur Qubec Amrique
Groupe Librex
Notable positions: translator; worked Notable positions: current president
Notable positions: manager of the with publishers ditions du Boral, of CANADA FBM2020, organizing the
Association nationale des diteurs de Les Allusifs and Le Quartanier Guest of Honour program in Frankfurt
livres (ANEL) for 5 years

from previous page in health and self-help, For the past two years, Lux has initiated a new Qubec Amrique, Jacques and Caroline Fortin,
all designed for the general public. Novelist Kim phase of its development in France by opening an are admired as smart decision-makers with killer
Thy and biochemist Richard Bliveau are among office in Paris. Alexandre Snchez is the compa- business instincts and an eye for international ex-
their best known authors. Groupe Librex is a phe- nys permanent presence there, and as such, she pansion. Qubec Amrique specializes in publish-
nomenal ambassador for the creativity and knowl- facilitates commercial planning and enables an on- ing literary works, essays, visual dictionaries, and
edge of Canadian writers. going expansion of the houses French catalogue. reference books.
A veteran of the book industry, Johanne Guay Were publishing more and more French au- From expanding our flagship productThe
believes that publishing is in a state of constant thors whose ideas echo our Qubec authors ideas, Visual Dictionary in more than 40 languagesto
evolution. says Snchez, and that, in effect, fits perfectly into the sale of rights in our fiction catalog, our pres-
The arrival of new types of entertainment di- our original editorial mission: half of our cata- ence in international markets has been an indis-
rectly impacts time spent reading today, she says. logue has long been dedicated to translations. pensable element for the growth of our company.
It is an every day challenge. Also, the book as an Lux presents itself as a bridgehead in America Caroline Fortin is the newly elected president
object is itself finding new roads. We have to be for European readers, but also as an exploration of Canadas Frankfurt Book Fair Guest of Honour
constantly curious about emerging reader inter- base in Europe for French readers. 2020 committee, and she sees the coming-of-age
ests and how they consume information. For this Qubec publishing house, the Eu- for Qubec literature as a recent trend.
Johanne Guay was the first editor to publish ropean market is important because it can vastly Weve seen a genuine international interest
Kim Thy and has fostered a close relationship to increase sales. But because Lux is specialized in so- in Qubcois literature, she says, and this has
her author. She believes author relationships are a cial sciences and essays, the challenge for the pub- translated into sales and the success for our au-
key to Groupe Librexs success. lisher is to find a way to reach the greatest number thors on the world stage.
A successful publisher has to be more and of readers. One example Fortin points to is Andre A.
more imaginative, tread on new ground, and be a Since weve begun selling our works in Michaud, whose novel Boundre (Boundary) is
trailblazer. And all of that has to be done at warp France, says Alexandre Snchez, the editing a haunting crime novel set on the frontier be-
speed. The publishers in Qubec are quite cre- process we offer to our authors is also aimed at tween Qubec and Maine in 1967. It was recently
ative because they have had to develop within a adapting their ideas so they can find traction in the longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize
very small market. Thankfully, we are able to find wider markets outside of Qubec. Many of our authors write and are edited
many of their books now published and distribut- When submitted to this transatlantic litmus now with the express intention of being read far
ed worldwide. Groupe Librex is of those houses test, she says, Qubec thinkerssuch as Alain beyond our national walls, says Fortin.
whose progression has skipped over the border. Deneault, Francis Dupuis-Dri, or Normand Bail- Its a testament to the evolutionary gains being
largeononly shine brighter because of it. made by Qubecs publishers and their authors,
she says, that so many observers in other parts of
the world can see universally recognizable narra-
tives in the daily struggles of the Qubcois.
Lux diteur Throughout my travels to participate in
Qubec Amrique international book events, Caroline Fortin says,

T he catalogue of Lux diteur reads like a whos


who of 20th- and 21st-century progressive
philosophers, economists, and other writers. A fter more than 40 years in business and with
some 800 titles active in its catalogue, terms
I recognize just how vigorous the French-lan-
guage Canadian book industry has become.
Many of our very innovative publishing
Their essays are meant to be provocative. The in- frequently heard to describe this quintessential houses provoke curiosity and entice readers with
tent is to influence policymakers and civil society, Qubcois publishing house are audacity, risk, their inventiveness and their audacity.
prompting them to action and plunging citizens and thirst. Audacity as a business philosophy is certainly
into debate. The father-daughter team at the heart of paying off for Qubec Amrique.

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We had to take
every opportunity
and use our expertise
to develop new
BIG BRANDS, LOCAL TALENT:
collections. CHILDRENS BOOK PUBLISHERS
Simon Payette,
ditions Chouette
IN FRENCH CANADA
These four childrens publishers are part of a larger
community in French Canada using innovative ideas to
reach young readers. Luca Palladino
Weve noticed
that international
publishers now have
more knowledge of
the Qubec market.
Chlanie Beaudin-Quintin,
ditions Michel Quintin

SIMON PAYETTE CHLANIE BEAUDIN-QUINTIN


Executive Director Rights Director
By publishing ditions Chouette ditions Michel Quintin
childrens books,
Notable positions: started his Notable positions: author and
we participate publishing career in 2005 analyzing illustrator
childrens book trends with Hritage
wholeheartedly in the Jeunesse
great adventure of
being human. ditions Chouette City Monsters allows kids to discover cities and
regions of the world through hidden monsters of
Simon de Jocas,
Les 400 coups
K nown for its international hit series, Caillou,
published in 20 languages and distributed in
50 countries, ditions Chouette is a made-in-Qu-
the most amusing kind.
And some of the titles from the CrackBoom!
imprint feature a built-in, smiling moon night-
bec success story. To date, the company has sold light. In Goodnight Farm Animals, for example, the
more than 15 million units of this series. farmyard creatures gather to say goodnight, and
Simon Payette has been quickly recognized for little readers then doze off in the gentle warmth of
his business acumen. He now leads the worldwide the books moonshine.
sales development of one of Qubecs publishing Such innovative, parent-friendly efforts are of
gems, ditions Chouette, and he is keenly aware interest to Payette. Were also experimenting and
New publishing of the challenges for smaller houses. developing book formats that allow us to extend
houses have Childrens book publishing has become in- our print runs and remain competitive, he says.
creasingly difficult for smaller players on the big
spurred authors and stage, he says. In order to ensure our presence
and our growth, we had to take every opportunity
publishers to take and use our expertise to develop new collections
such as CrackBoom! Books and City Monsters. ditions Michel Quintin
their rightful place in Always aware of how childrens development
France, Belgium, and
Switzerland.
affects their interaction with books, Payette says
that his team at Chouette has designed books that
take toddlers through their pre-reading phase
F ounded in 1982, ditions Michel Quintin
originally published popular books about an-
imals, nature, and the environment. Thanks to
with their City Monsters series (for ages 3 and up). the sustained efforts of a dynamic team constantly
Frdric Gauthier, The books sturdy design is meant to withstand proposing original and adventurous concepts, the
La Pastque any book-throwing or page-chewing enthusiasm. publishing house was able to diversify its offering

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through fiction, comic books, practical guides, and


illustrated books in many styles.
Today, ditions Michel Quintin is one of the
largest publishers of young adult literature and can
boast as being the fourth-largest, French-language
comic book publisher in Canada.
The publishers catalogue includes over 700
titles and over 300 digital books. They publish
50 new titles per year. These titles are distributed
in French-speaking countries around the world.
Chlanie Beaudin-Quintin spearheads the foreign
rights department and has seen her international
strategy pay dividends.
For the past few years, weve made sus- SIMON DE JOCAS FRDRIC GAUTHIER
tained efforts to develop new partnerships with President, Owner Co-Founder, La Pastque
like-minded publishers, and weve noticed that in- Les 400 coups President, Livres Canada Books
ternational publishers now have more knowledge
of the Qubec market. Our efforts were rewarded Notable positions: president, BTLF; Notable positions: edited books for
when we were able to enter markets like the US, president, Qubec dition; president, Les 400 coup before co-founding La
Japan, China, Mexico, Brazil, Bulgaria, Belgium, National Reading Campaign Pastque
and many more, she says.
A few years ago, we noticed the graphic novel
and comic book trend hitting Qubec, whereas be- el and her charmingly illustrated monsters. benchmarks not only in Canada but also for chil-
fore it was much more of an import product. We Having studied early childhood education, drens book publishers worldwide.
were able to create our own product, put forward Simon de Jocas has the right combination of wit, The Qubec publishing industry now freely
homegrown authors and illustrators, and capital- charm and experience for this job. He took over exports [books] to all French-language markets,
ize on the trend rather than simply watch as im- as president of Les 400 coups in 2013. His back- says Gauthier. With the exceptional quality of
ported products were resold. ground in teachingespecially in First Nations their editorial lines, new publishing houses have
Because of this adventurous strategy, ditions communitiesand his work with school boards, spurred authors and publishers to take their right-
Michel Quintin is in a resilient position today educational publishers, and digital book content ful place in France, Belgium, and Switzerland.
even as many book markets are facing challenges distributor De Marque gave him a unique per- La Pastques excellence has certainly garnered
as a result of industry upheavals. spective on how to craft books that captivate a more international recognition in recent years. In
childs imagination. 2014, they won a Prix Ragazzi for Le Nol de Mar-
With over 450 titles in print, we boast a guerite by India Desjardins and Pascal Blanchet. In
publishing legacy that includes authors and illus- 2015, their title Le voleur de sandwichs by Patrick
trators from Canada, Europe, South America, and Doyon and Andr Marois won several prizes. And
Les 400 coups Asia, says de Jocas. again in 2015, Le Grand Antonio by lise Gravel
We are distributed in Canada and in Europe, received a Prix Lux.

S pecializing in illustrated childrens books, Les


400 coupsrecently celebrated their 20th anni-
versary. Founded in 1995 by Serge Throux and
and have over 150 translated titles. By publishing
childrens books, we participate wholeheartedly in
the great adventure of being human with all of its
For its outstanding work, La Pastque cele-
brated its 15th anniversary by being the first com-
ic book and graphic novel publisher to be invited
Pierre Belle and acquired recently by Simon de infinite nuances. to the Montral Museum of Fine Arts.
Jocas, Les 400 coups is one of the top players in For the past few years, the Qubec publishing
French Canadian childrens publishing. industry was performing well in export markets
Their team has put together award-winning for the sale of rights, but over time it appeared
titles that dive into the entire spectrum of lifes more and more important, or rather vital, that . . .
emotions, aim to awaken the mind, and spark La Pastque books from the Qubcois catalogues be physically
curiosity. With series such as Carr blanc, for ex- present in French-language booksellers across Eu-
ample, Les 400 coups wades into uncommon ter-
ritory for childrens books by exploring the lives of
children who face serious, sometimes life-threat-
C omic book specialist La Pastque has seen a
meteoritic rise thanks to its attention to de-
tail and uncompromising commitment to quality
rope, says Gauthier.
It is really a question of identity. There has
been monumental work done by authors, creators,
ening, emotional challenges. and originality. They are careful with author and and publishers to fashion books that are worthy of
Other series focus on the fun and silly side of illustrator selection, and it shows. Co-founders existing on these markets. I believe we can call this
life, like books from author/illustrator lise Grav- Frdric Gauthier and Martin Brault have set new success a fine maturity.

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RIGHTS | FRENCH CANADA

Patrick Leimgruber

AGENTS & PUBLISHERS: QUBECS RIGHTS MARKET


In French Canada, the author-publisher relationship is paramount, and literary agents are
rare. Rights directors travel the world to find the right international publishers for their authors.

By Luca Palladino says, Qubecs publishers today might offer sam-


ple translations of their books or use subagents
To be a literary
L iterary agents are very uncommon in Qubec.
Like in France, publishers in francophone
Canada typically handle rights sales and represen-
for certain territories such as China or the Span-
ish-language markets of Latin America.
agent in any country,
tation for their authors themselves. Qubec Literary Agents
This means the author-publisher relation- Patrick Leimgruber is one of two literary agents you have to be a
ship is of the utmost importance in this market. in Qubec. He has been in the agenting business
Authors rely more on their publishers, and pub- for the past 17 years and says he prefers to see the chameleon and learn
lishers commit more time and resources to each glass as half-full.
of their authors. To be a literary agent in any country, Leim- to adapt yourself to
The objective is to find a foreign pub- bruber says, you have to be a chameleon and learn
lisher with a common goal, says Chlanie to adapt yourself to different models. Representing different models.
Beaudin-Quintin, foreign rights director for Les Qubec authors is neither easier nor more difficult
ditions Michel Quintin, who really has the same than dealing with authors of another nation. Patrick Leimgruber
way of looking at the book industry that you have. Running Agence littraire Patrick Leimgru-
She says that the right match may require an ber, he says he knows his way around the French,
endless number of meetings and sit-downs. To Swiss, and Qubec literary worlds. He worked for
take a short cut through the maze of book fairs and several years in Parisian publishing houses includ- On the contrary, they see me as an asset to the
emails, Beaudin-Quintin says shes meeting more ing ditions du Seuil and ditions Autrement, team, helping build the authors reputations and
and more with international scouts. then emigrated to Qubec and worked for di- make connections that publishers couldnt do by
Another hurdle to selling rights to French Ca- tions internationales Alain Stank. themselves.
nadian titles? The language. His work in contract negotiations from the Newer to Qubecs agenting scene is Piedad
More often than not, Beaudin-Quintin publisher side prepared Leimgruber to make the Saenz, owner and manager of Montrals Lady-
says, international publishers will zero in on En- move to agenting. Books. Her company is some four years old, and
glish-language books because its easier to trans- His clients include Pierre Szalowski, whose she specializes in representing North American
late them. debut novel Le froid modifie la trajectoire des pois- publishers in Latin America. The biggest chal-
That means publishers from Qubec are put- sons (Fish Change Direction in Cold Water) from lenge for publishers is to build a solid contact base
ting in more face-time at professional events to ditions Hurtubise, won the Grand Prix de la in other markets, she says.
sell rights. English-language publishers can often relve Archambault, which aims to raise the vis- Saenz speaks French, English, and Spanish.
get published by sending their titles to a book fair ibility of new Qubcois authors. She stresses that the key to what she does is main-
without even being physically present, says Beau- Leimgruber says that for him, the only real taining a constant and fluid communication with
tin-Quintin. For Qubec publishers, without be- difference in Qubec is that hes on his home turf publishers despite important language barriers. I
ing present at events and representing our books, and can more easily work his network. think theres also a misconception of how, for ex-
theres next to no chance of striking a deal. I work for my authors, he says, and publish- ample, Latin Americans do business. And that can
To open new markets for their authors, she ers definitely dont see me as a negative element. make lasting relationships difficult.

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FRENCH CANADIAN PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION | ANEL

ANELS RICHARD PRIEUR ON THE STRENGTHS OF


THE FRENCH CANADIAN BOOK MARKET
The executive director of the Association nationale des diteurs de livres (ANEL) talks about
the associations work to support the flourishing francophone book market in Canada.

By Hannah Johnson There are a number of key players in the industry


today. Publishers like La Pastque (graphic books),

O ne of the strengths of the French Canadi-


an book market is that French Canadian
authors remain loyal to their Canadian publish-
Lux and cosocit (essays), Le Quartanier, Alto,
la Peuplade, Mmoire dencrier, Marchand de
feuilles and many others in literature have seen
ing houses, says Richard Prieur, executive direc- international success. Plus there are well-known
tor of the Association nationale des diteurs de publishers like Qubec Amrique, Boral, and
livres (ANEL) since 2010. If they are published in many more.
France under a French brand, they still choose a [In addition to developments domestically],
Canadian brand for the local market. the French Canadian market shows great vitality
ANEL is the Canadian publishers association and interest in publishing authors in translation
for French-language publishers and is this year from English and Indigenous Canada.
celebrating its 25th anniversary. Under Prieurs PP: How much of an impact does France have
direction, ANEL works to promote the interests on Qubecs book market?
and growth of French-language publishing in RP: In the early 70s, 90 percent of the
Qubec and across Canada. French-language book market in Qubec was con-
Working to support its members export ac- trolled by publishers from France. These days, it
tivities, ANELs export committee, Qubec di- has narrowed to 55-60 percent. In the early 70s,
tion, organizes collective stands at book fairs in Text books for elementary and secondary
Frankfurt, Paris, Montreuil, Geneva, and Brus- schools are mainly Canadian (95 percent), which 90 percent of the
sels. It also cooperates with Livres Canada Books gives a boost to Canadian publishers. In general
on trade missions to other countries. And since literature, Qubec and French Canadian publish-
French-language book
2014, the committee has organized fellowships for ers have a market share of close to 40 percent. market in Qubec was
international publishers to attend Canadas largest PP: Recently, copyright collection agency
book fair, the Salon du livre de Montral. Copibec filed a class action lawsuit against Laval
controlled by publishers
The Quebec dition committee, which is run University in Qubec for using copyrighted ma- from France. These days, it
by Karine Vachon, is a great achievement, says terial without permission. Does ANEL have an
Prieur, who has been ANELs director since 2010. official position regarding this case, or Canadas has narrowed to
As ANEL looks back at its 25-year history and Copyright Modernisation Act? 55-60 percent.
forward to its next projects, Publishing Perspectives RP: ANEL fully supports Copibec and takes
spoke with Prieur about ANELs perspective on the position that those universities must not only
the French Canadian book market. be respectful of authors rights (droit dauteur), but Richard Prieur,
Publishing Perspectives: What are some must also be promoters of the idea that without Executive Director, ANEL
of the unique characteristics of the French Cana- copyright, there is no creation, writing, or culture.
dian book market? Regarding the Copyright Act (Loi sur le droit
Richard Prieur: The book industry is well dauteur), ANEL was part of the group of cultur- pretnumerique.ca, a system that allows libraries to
supported by the provincial government of Qu- al associations who strongly fought the new law lend digital books from Qubec and French Cana-
bec, and export activities are subsidized through and asked for numerous amendments without any dian publishers.
Qubec dition, an ANEL committee that orga- result from the federal government. We are get- And through the efforts of ANEL, Montral
nizes collective stands. ting ready for the review of the law scheduled for was named World Book Capital (Capitale mondiale
A provincial law known as Bill 51 that was next November, and we are working with writers du livre) in 2005.
approved in 1981 has been really helpful in sup- unions, Copibec, Access Copyright, and others. PP: ANEL publishes a magazine called Collec-
porting independent bookstores and libraries PP: ANEL is celebrating its 25th anniversary tions. Can you tell us more about this magazine?
throughout Qubec. The bill requires public in- this year. Are there some achievements or high- RP: It was at the start a promotion tool to help
stitutions like libraries and government offices to lights from ANELs history you want to mention? libraries in Qubec and abroad to complete their
acquire their books from a bookstore in its region. RP: In 2008, ANEL spearheaded the creation collections of Qubec and French Canadian books.
Independent bookstores are doing well in Qubec of a digital book warehouse in cooperation with Then we extended the distribution to bookstores
[as a result], and there are plenty of them. Qubec-based tech firm De Marque. The technol- and started offering subscription to general public.
PP: How has French Canadian publishing ogy was developed by De Marque and then sold to Each magazine (published 4 times a year) has
evolved in recent years? French, Italian, Spanish publishing groups. a special theme. The list of themes is put together
RP: A lot of new publishing houses have ap- In 2012, De Marque, in cooperation with in collaboration with librarians. Some issues have
peared, and only a few have gone out of business. ANEL and public libraries in Qubec, launched even been inserted in daily newspapers.

PUBLISHING IN CANADA | LIVRES CANADA BOOKS 35


UNIVERSITY PRESSES | CANADAS ACADEMIC COMMUNITY

CANADAS UNIVERSITY PRESSES


NAVIGATE A COMPLEX BUSINESS
The smaller size of the academic market in Canada
amplifies both the challenges and the opportunities for the
countrys university presses.

By Hannah Johnson from ten organizations, including the ACUP.


According to the final CSPWG report released

T he business of publishing scholarly mono-


graphssingle academic titles, as opposed to
journalsis done primarily by university presses
in July of this year, Canada has a productive jour-
nal sector and a vibrant network of university
presses but lacks, among other things, standard
in Canada. And its a complex business. Not only data about the cost of publishing in Canada and a
do university presses have to navigate the dual de- unifying national mandate.
mands of commercial success and academic integ- To the point about costs, the report cited a
rity, but now they are also taking open access (OA) 2016 study from Ithaka S+R, a research firm for
business models into account. the academic community, which looked at how
The Association of Canadian Universi- much it costs to publish scholarly monographs in
ty Presses (ACUP) estimates that the average the US. Data from American university presses
scholarly monograph sells fewer than 75 copies showed that the per-title costs ranged from a low
in Canada, with worldwide sales per title in the of $15,140 to a high of $129,909. The study also
range of 300-600. Its members collectively publish found that the fees some presses charge for open
some 800 titles per year in English and French. access publishing (in which the author pays) arent
In order to operate a sustainable university high enough to cover these costs.
press in a smaller market like Canada, publishers In light of this discrepancy, the CSPWG re-
With less than 0.5% of need income from several sources. Some finan- port acknowledged that there is a difference of
the worlds population, cial support comes from public funding and oth- opinion among the working group members
er grants, including the Canada Foundation for when it comes to open access.
Canadas researchers Innovation, the Social Sciences and Humanities The ACUP issued a response, concerned
Research Council, the Department of Canadian about the CSPWGs proposed framework, which
produce 4.1% of the Heritage, and the Canada Council for the Arts. the ACUP says is heavily focussed on open access
Other revenue comes from book sales to in- solutions . . . at the expense of market-based or hy-
worlds scholarly papers
stitutions and individuals, with some university brid options. In order to build a framework that
and nearly 5% of the presses also trying open access monograph pub- will support university presses, the ACUP writes,
lishing (Athabasca, Ottawa, Calgary, and others). the proposed framework will need to take into
worlds most frequently In order to address the issue of sustainability account the whole costs of publishing and allow
in academic publishing, the Canadian Association for hybrid business models.
cited papers. of Research Libraries (CARL) created the Cana- The ACUP writes that they welcome oppor-
dian Scholarly Publishing Working Group (CSP- tunities to partner and experiment as we continue
WG) to establish a shared vision and framework to adapt to an evolving scholarly communications
CSPWG Final Report, July 2017 for the future. The group included representatives and publishing environment.

About the Association of Canadian University Presses


The Association of Canadian University Press- an organization through which the exchange sociations, institutions of higher learning, and
es / Association des presses universitaires of ideas relating to university presses and their individual scholars and is the major voice of
canadiennes exists to serve the interest of functions may be facilitated. The members of the scholarly publishing community to govern-
Canadian scholarship. By their publishing ac- our community practice a unique kind of pub- ment, to the media, and to the public.
tivity, ACUP / APUC members encourage the lishing, which needs a public voice. The ACUP For more information about the association
broadest distribution of the fruits of research / APUC is a source for publishing advice and and to download a list of members, visit the
and scholarship. The ACUP / APUC provides assistance to learned bodies, scholarly as- ACUP / APUC website: www.acup.ca

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SELECTED TITLES | UNIVERSITY PRESSES

TITLES FROM CANADIAN UNIVERSITY PRESSES

A selection of the latest and forthcoming titles from members of


the Association of Canadian University Presses / Association des
presses universitaires canadiennes

Athabasca University Press ISER Books logical team from Parks Canada had
Memorial University of located and identified the wreck of
Reading Vincent Van Gogh Newfoundland HMS Erebus, the flagship of Sir John
by Patrick Grant PO Box 4200 Franklins lost expedition to find the
(October 2016) St. Johns, NL A1C 5S7 Northwest Passage. Finding Franklin
Soon after his death, Vincent van 709-864-2865 outlines the larger story and the cast
Goghs reputation grew and de- r.drover@mun.ca of detectives from every walk of life
veloped through the extraordinary www.arts.mun.ca/iserbooks that led to the discovery, solving one
symbiosis evident between his paint- of the Arctics greatest mysteries.
ings and letters. Reading Vincent van
Gogh is at once an interpretive guide CONTACT:
to the letters and a distillation of Van McGill-Queens University Natalie Blachere
Goghs key themes and ideas. This is Press McGill-Queens University
the third book by Patrick Grant on Press
the letters of Vincent van Gogh. It Restructuring the European 1010 Sherbrooke West, Suite 1720
builds on his previous work in The State Montral, Quebec H3A 2R7
Letters of Vincent van Gogh (2014), by Paolo Dardanelli 514-398-2121
a practical-critical study, and My (December 2017) natalie.blachere@mcgill.ca
Own Portrait in Writing (2015), a Restructuring the European State uses a www.mqup.ca
literary theoretical analysis. comparative analysis to present a sys-
tematic investigation of the connec-
CONTACT: tions between European integration
Megan Hall and state restructuring. Dardanelli Nunavut Arctic College Media
Athabasca University Press points to a striking paradox of inte-
1200, 10011-109 St. NW gration, whereby an ethos of Europe Too Many People
Edmonton, AB T5J 3S8 growing ever closer to union has be- by Willem Rasing
780-428-2067 come associated with fragmentation, (April 2017)
mhall@athabascau.ca divergence, and increased complexi- Too Many People: Contact, Disorder,
www.aupress.ca ty, rather than a seamless system of Change in an Inuit Society, 18222015
multilevel governance. examines the history of contact be-
tween the outside world and a group
Missing the Tide of Inuit, the Iglulingmiut, living in
ISER Books by Donald J. Johnston Canadas Eastern Arctic. Seeking to
(May 2017) understand how order was brought
Place Peripheral The 1990s were a decade character- about and maintained during this
Edited by Kelly Vodden, ized by optimism about a great fu- period of nearly two centuries, the
Ryan Gibson, Godfrey ture that lay ahead for generations ongoing historical narrative that
Baldacchino to follow. Major challenges were ap- evolves displays a pattern of inter-
(February 2015) proached with a realization that the connected social, economic, politi-
Place Peripheral examines communi- world leadership had the capacity cal, cognitive, and volitional changes
ty and regional development in ru- not only to meet them, but to turn in Iglulingmiut society.
ral, island, and remote locales from them into unprecedented opportu-
a place-based approach. This is a nities for global social and economic Thou Shalt Do No Murder
timely edited collection, addressing progress. In Missing the Tide, Donald by Kenn Harper
themes that are receiving consid- Johnston demonstrates that none of (July 2017)
erable attention in Canada and in- these opportunities achieved their High Arctic, 1920: Three Inuit men
ternationally as local communities, objectives, and in some cases failed delivered justice to an abusive New-
scholars, researchers and public pol- completely. foundland trader. This is a story of
icy analysts strive to better under- fur trade rivalry and duplicity, iso-
stand and apply place-based strate- Finding Franklin lation and abandonment, greed and
gies in rural and remote regions. by Russell A. Potter madness, and a struggle for the af-
(July 2016) fections of an Inuit woman during
CONTACT: In 2014 media around the world a time of major social change in the
Randy Drover buzzed with news that an archaeo- High Arctic. The show trial that took

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UNIVERSITY PRESSES | SELECTED TITLES

place in Pond Inlet in 1923 marked a concepts and mechanisms that will tenth consecutive year. This book
collision of two cultures with vastly allow them to interpret different seeks to understand why by examin-
different conceptions of justice and perceptual phenomena. ing 40 cases of democratic reversal.
conflict resolution. Peter A. Ferguson finds that legis-
CONTACT: lative gridlock and other factors can
CONTACT: Denis Dion increase the possibility of a reversal.
Sean Guistini Presses de lUniversit Laval
Nunavut Arctic College Media Pavillon de lEst CONTACT:
PO Box 600 2180, chemin Sainte-Foy, Valerie Nair
Iqaluit, NU X0A 0H0 1er tage University of British Columbia
867-979-7257 Qubec (Qubec) G1V 0A6 Press
sean.guistini@arcticcollege.ca 418-656-2803 2029 West Mall
www.nacmedia.ca denis.dion@pul.ulaval.ca Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2
www.pulaval.com 604-822-4161
nair@ubcpress.ca
www.ubcpress.ca
Presses de lUniversit du
Qubec University of Alberta Press

Effective Classroom Remembering Air India University of Manitoba Press


Management Edited by Chandrima
by Nancy Gaudreau Chakraborty, Amber Dean, A Two-Spirit Journey
(August 2017) Angela Failler by Ma-Nee Chacaby, with
Classroom management is a very (June 2017) Mary Louisa Plummer
complex task that requires a broad On June 23, 1985, the bombing of (June 2017)
range of skills from teachers, and Air India Flight 182 killed 329 peo- A Two-Spirit Journey is Ma-Nee Cha-
it forms the basis of a healthy, safe ple, most of them Canadians. Today cabys extraordinary account of her
and learning-friendly climate. This this pivotal event in Canadas history life as an Ojibwa-Cree lesbian. From
book helps teachers and education is hazily remembered, yet certain in- her early, often harrowing memories
professionals implement effective terests have shaped how the tragedy of life and abuse in a remote Ojibwa
classroom management practices. is woven into public memory, and community riven by poverty and al-
Bridging the gap between theory and even exploited to advance a strategic coholism, Chacabys story is one of
practice, this book suggests a variety national narrative. This collection enduring and ultimately overcom-
of strategies supported by research. investigates the Air India bombing ing the social, economic, and health
and its implications for current de- legacies of colonialism. Her memoir
CONTACT: bates about racism, terrorism, and provides unprecedented insights
Sarah B. Michaud citizenship. into the challenges still faced by
Presses de lUniversit du many Indigenous Peoples.
Qubec CONTACT:
difice Le Delta 1, Cathie Crooks CONTACT:
2875, boul. Laurier, bur. 450, University of Alberta Press David Carr
Qubec (QC) G1V 2M2 Ring House 2 University of Manitoba Press
418-657-4075 ext. 243 Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2E1 301 St. Johns College
sarah.michaud@puq.ca 780-492-5820 University of Manitoba
www.puq.ca ccrooks@ualberta.ca Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 2M5
www.uap.ualberta.ca 204-474-9242
carr@umanitoba.ca
uofmpress.ca
Presses de lUniversit Laval
University of British Columbia
Psychology of Perception Press
by Simon Grondin University of Toronto Press
(December 2013) Shifting the Liberal Human
This book is primarily intended for Rights Regime In the Childrens Best
undergraduate students. It offers an by Nicole Marshall Interests
introduction to the study of psycho- The way that states frame migration by Lynne Taylor
physics, auditory perception, visual rights is increasingly falling out of (October 2017)
perception, and attention. Students step with modern realities. Among the hundreds of thousands
will become familiar with the termi- of displaced persons in Germany at
nology related to sensation and per- Undertow in the Third Wave the end of World War II, approx-
ception, and learn about the relative by Peter Allyn Ferguson imately 40,000 were unaccompa-
nature of perception. In addition, (2017) nied children. This situation posed
the book provides students with an In 2015, the world suffered a net serious practical, legal, ethical, and
understanding of many fundamental decline in political freedom for the political problems for the agencies

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SELECTED TITLES | UNIVERSITY PRESSES

responsible for their care. This is the ucation and scholarship. In The Slow Wilfrid Laurier University
first work to delve deeply into the Professor, Maggie Berg and Barbara Press
records of the United Nations Relief K. Seeber discuss how adopting the
and Rehabilitation Administration principles of the Slow movement in Why Indigenous Literatures
and the International Refugee Or- academic life can counter this ero- Matter
ganization, and to reveal the heat- sion of humanistic education. by Daniel Heath Justice
ed battles that erupted amongst the (June 2017)
various entities responsible for their Twilight of Empire Part survey of the field of Indigenous
care and disposition. by Borislav Chernev literary studies, part cultural histo-
(June 2017) ry, and part literary polemic, Why
Working in a Multicultural Twilight of Empire is the first book Indigenous Literatures Matter asserts
World in English to examine the Brest-Li- the vital significance of literary ex-
by Luciara Nardon tovsk Peace Conference during the pression to the political, creative,
(November 2017) later stages of World War I with and intellectual efforts of Indigenous
Measureable, data-driven outcomes the use of extensive archival sourc- Peoples today. Blending personal
are not the only indicators of success es. Two separate peace treaties were narrative and broader historical and
in todays multicultural and global- signed at Brest-Litovskthe first cultural analysis with close readings
ized workforce. How employees between the Central Powers and of key creative and critical texts, Jus-
interact with their colleagues and Ukraine, and the second between tice argues that Indigenous writers
customers is also a significant factor the Central Powers and Bolshevik engage with these questions in part
in their career development. Luciara Russia. Borislav Chernev, through to challenge settler-colonial policies
Nardon draws on her extensive re- an insightful and in-depth analysis of and practices that have targeted In-
search and international experience primary sources and archival materi- digenous connections to land, histo-
to guide employees and managers al, argues that although its duration ry, family, and self.
through the ambiguous and uncer- was short lived, the Brest-Litovsk
tain waters of todays multicultural settlement significantly affected the CONTACT:
workplace. post-Imperial transformation of East Lisa Quinn
Central Europe. Wilfrid Laurier University Press
The Slow Professor 75 University Ave W
by Maggie Berg and Barbara CONTACT: Waterloo, ON, N2L 3C5
Seeber Lynn Fisher 519-884-0710
(May 2017) University of Toronto Press lquinn@wlu.ca
If there is one sector of society that 10 St Mary Street, Suite 700 www.wlupress.wlu.ca
should be cultivating deep thought Toronto, ON, M4Y 2W8
in itself and others, it is academia. 416-978-2239
Yet the corporatisation of the con- lfisher@utpress.utoronto.ca
temporary university has sped up www.utorontopress.com
the clock, demanding increased
speed and efficiency from faculty re-
gardless of the consequences for ed-

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AUTHORS | INDIGENOUS VOICES

INDIGENOUS VOICES IN CANADA: BUILDING WIDER


READERSHIP AND BETTER UNDERSTANDING
More readers have access to the beautiful stories of Indigenous people in Canada today,
but theres more work to be done in recognizing Indigenous literary talent.

By whose standards are we judging?


Who are the judges and where does
their understanding of the best
literature come from?
Cherie Dimaline, Author and
Executive Director of The Riel Centre

Cherie Dimaline

By Carla Douglas and Porter Anderson In 2014, Dimaline was named Emerging These removals and relocations of a culture
Artist of the Year at the at the Ontario Premiers are specific to my community, although experi-

M ore than 1.4 million people in Canada, or


about 4 percent of the population, are part
of the three Aboriginal groups in the country, ac-
Award for Excellence in the Arts. And she is the
first writer in residence for Aboriginal literature
at the Toronto Public Library.
enced in different ways by all Indigenous people.
Its part of our stories. And its a huge piece of why
we share stories and keep that history intact, just
cording to the Canadian government. There are Publishing Perspectives asked Dimaline to share as weve kept our culture intact. There must al-
630-plus First Nations communities representing her vision of what the oral and written traditions ways be connection to nation when we tell stories.
more than 50 Nations from across the country. that Aboriginal cultures in Canada are bringing to Taking a pan-Indigenous approach doesnt
There are the Inuit, Aboriginal people of the Arc- the publishing industry and to readers. work. Taking a colonial viewpoint doesnt work.
tic who live in more than 50 communities in Can- Publishing Perspectives: What are some This changes the narrative of specific nations and
ada. And there are the Mtis, a people of mixed of the challenges of Indigenous talents working in is highly problematic. It leads to misunderstand-
Indigenous and European ancestry who formed a publishing? ing, misrepresentation, and stereotypes.
distinct culture in the 18th and 19th centuries. Cherie Dimaline: In conversations with PP: Can you describe or pinpoint the reader-
Today in Canada, more initiatives are un- Indigenous publishers, Ive seen that trying to bal- ship for First Nations writing?
derway to highlight the talents and skills of an ance community stories and the requirements of CD: My primary readership is Indigenous
engaged and robust community of Indigenous au- being viable in the marketplace is always a con- readers, but Ive enjoyed a wide readership, partic-
thors, illustrators, editors, publishers, and others. cern. And like most publishers, resources are al- ularly with my latest book, a YA dystopian novel
One of the best known Indigenous publishing ways at a premium. called The Marrow Thieves. I write what I under-
houses in Canada is Theytus Books in Penticton, PP: There are more than 600 First Nations stand and what fascinates and comforts me from
British Columbia. The company is owned and communities in Canada, in addition to Inuit and within a place of knowing. Im not sure that when
operated by Greg Younging, himself an author Mtis settlements. How is diversity perceived and I set out to write that I have a particular reader-
whose Midnight Sweatlodge (2011) is a gold medal- understood within Indigenous cultures? ship in mind, but Im always really grateful when
ist in the international 2012 Independent Publish- CD: Its imperative when we tell stories in an both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people pick
er Book Awards and a winner of the same years Indigenous context that were in connection to the up the work.
Northern Lit Award. nation(s) that were speaking ofor speaking on We need better educated and positioned allies,
And one of the best known representatives behalf ofeven in fiction. and literature is one way to make this happen.
of Indigenous voices in Canadas book industry is I belong to the Mtis Nation on the Georgian Indigenous literature has been gathering wid-
Cherie Dimaline. An award-winning author and Bay. We used to live on Drummond Island and er audiences, and I think that has a lot to do with
editor from the Georgian Bay Mtis community, were then forcibly removedwhen the island was readers finally having access to the beautiful sto-
Dimaline is also executive director of The Riel being annexed to the USto the shores of the bay ries of Indigenous peopleand that has a lot to do
Centre, which reflects a groundswell of interest in across from the town of Penetanguishene. That with all publishers realizing the value and place of
Indigenous storytelling today. land then became very valuable as cottage coun- our stories.
Dimalines books include Red Rooms (2007) try. Were only 1.5 hours from Toronto with its PP: How important are awards? Are juries
and The Girl Who Drew a Galaxy (2013), published wealthy weekenders. And we were moved again, equipped to fairly evaluate submissions from In-
by Youngings Theytus Books, and this years The away from the water. Now we largely reside in digenous authors?
Marrow Thieves, published by Dancing Cat Books the French/Mtis town of LaFontaine, just up the CD: Awards are incredibly important in lit-
and a finalist for the 2017 Kirkus Prize. road, on less valuable land. erature for a few reasons. Recognition and the

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INDIGENOUS VOICES | AUTHORS

SELECTED NEW TITLES BY INDIGENOUS AUTHORS


My Conversations With Canadians Full-Metal Indigiqueer Elements of Indigenous Style
by Lee Maracle by Joshua Whitehead by Gregory Younging
(Book Thug, October 2017) (Talonbooks, October 2017) (Brush Education, October 2017)

Lee Maracle is a prolific writer whose original Poet Joshua Whitehead writes with a clear Gregory Younging spent years editing and pro-
work becomes more relavant with time, while voice. He speaks to a history and reality that are moting the work of Indigenous writers as the
her new writing continues to shine. She is an both familial and relational. His work delves publisher of Theytus Books, Canadas oldest
award-winning author of novels, short stories, into generational love and trauma and adds a Indigenous press. Now hes releasing a remark-
collaborative anthologies, and is founder of the necessary perspective with mastery and grace. able collection of thought, instruction, and
Enowkin International School of Writing and Also forthcoming from Joshua Whitehead guidanceElements of Indigenous Styleto help
and the cultural director of the Centre for Indig- is his YA novel, Jonny Appleseed (Arsenal Pulp writers, editors, and publishers produce mate-
enous Theatre in Toronto. Press, April 2018). rial that reflects Indigenous people in an appro-
priate and respectful manner.
Its especially timely given recent discus-
Keetsahnak: Our Missing and Murdered North End Love Songs sions about legitimacy and approporiation.
Indigenous Sisters by Katherena Vermette
edited by Maria Campbell (J. Gordon Shillingford Publishing, 2012)
(University of Alberta Press, The Pemmican Eaters
May 2018) Katherena Vermettes first book of poetry, by Marilyn Dumont
North End Love Songs, nabbed the Governor (ECW Press, 2015)
In 1973, Maria Campbell released her most fa- Generals Award for poetry in 2013. Her first
mous work, the memoir Half-Breed, and gave novel, The Break (House of Anansi Press, 2016), Marilyn Dumonts poetry is orchestral in reach
voice to the Mtis people. Since then, she has won, among others prizes, the Amazon.ca First and volume. She has been one of the most pow-
blazed a trail though a variety of media includ- Novel Award. erful and unique voices in North American po-
ing literature, theater, radio, and film. Her use Vermettes short documentary film, This etry for decades. Dumont crafts narratives and
of language and traditional stories were ground- River, was produced for the National Film Board imagery with uncommon skill. She remains an
breaking and paved the way for grassroots In- and won a 2017 Canadian Screen Award. Shes important figure in Indigenous literature for
digenous literature. an astounding storyteller. both her talent and her mentorship.

To this I say, by whose standards are we judg- dled. We are a generous people and [we] share,
We need better ing? Who are the judges and where does their but [our stories are] not out there to be cherry
understanding of the best literature come from? picked and morphed.
educated and The best way to ensure awards juries are PP: Do Indigenous authors look forward to a
equipped and inclusive it to make sure theyre di- time when they are not Indigenous but just au-
positioned allies, verse themselves, particularly when it comes to thors? Or is it important to retain these identities?
the fundamental understanding of global and In- CD: Because we are the people of story, it is a
and literature is digenous literaturesour histories, worldviews, great honor for me to be called a Mtis writer. It
narratives, and formats. denotes a title, an honor, and a certain knowledge.
one way to make PP: Theres a sense that Indigenous pub- In fact, I feel demoted when Im referred to as only
lishing and Indigenous authors are having their a Canadian writer. My community has struggled
this happen. timethat theres been a perceptible shift and that and survived, and Im enormously proud to be able
works by Indigenous writers are now in the main- to carry our voices forward. I cant speak for ev-
Cherie Dimaline stream, not in a niche or category. Would you say ery writer, but for myself, I am a writer. But being
this is the case? called an Indigenous author is like having a PhD at
associated marketing will translate into sales. And CD: I would say that globally, readers and the the end of your signature.
awards open doors into other communities and industry that has been built around them are be- With regards to staying true to protocols
countries for the writers. Theres also the value of coming privy to our stories and the skill in which around community ownership and dissemination,
prizes that come with purses for the under-appre- theyre told and preserved. Were going through that has never had its time. Its how weve sur-
ciated writer! a pretty brutal learning curve right now because vived genocide. Its how we still have our languag-
Im often drawn into conversations about just Indigenous literature is unlike any other, and the es and our ceremonies and our distinct cultures.
what it means to be inclusive, just what the im- rules are different. In terms of writing stories, we are all welcome
portance is in separating out Indigenous awards, Its why were having to call out writers and to write our own narratives and tell our own tales.
funding, literatures. The opposing argument is stories that are harmful or that misrepresent. I just wrote a book about the future. What we
always a form of meritocracy, as in I believe The resulting skirmishes over free speech bring into all our works, no matter what the time
we must all be judged together and that the best and appropriation were bound to happen since frame or subject, is a community-specific worl-
literature will naturally rise to the top, that there this is new territory to the publishing world and dview and understanding of story. We write the
should be no segregation of art, story, or the asso- theres no precedent. Many of our stories are cer- unknown, but we come at it from within an Indig-
ciated arts funding. emony, history, teachings, and cannot be mishan- enous worldview and perspective.

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MULTINATIONAL PUBLISHERS | GLOBAL PUBLISHING

David Swail Markus Dohle Kristin Cochrane Kevin Hanson

THE ROLE OF MULTINATIONAL PUBLISHERS IN CANADA

Sharing a common language, international book publishing companies from the


United States work alongside independent publishers in English-speaking Canada.

By Thad McIlroy Scope and Scale


The five largest trade publishers all have offices in
We try to acquire
P enguin Random House Canada (PRH Canada)
is unquestionably Canadas largest trade book
publisher, controlling about a third of the market.
Canada, although only Penguin Random House
(PRH), HarperCollins, and Simon & Schuster
work on programs specifically for Canadian titles. world rights when
But more to the point, PRH Canada is now the Hachette maintains a marketing office, and Mac-
owner of McClelland & Stewart (M&S)a com- millan has an educational publishing office.
we feel the book has
pany most Canadians would agree is one of the Here are some high-view observations about
countrys most iconic trade publishers. Founded the most active of multinational houses in Canada.
a world audience.
in 1906, M&S has published Margaret Atwood,
Leonard Cohen, Farley Mowat, Michael Ondaat- Penguin Random House Canada Kristin Cochrane,
je, and Mordecai Richlereach of them known Penguin Random House has 50 editorial staffers Penguin Random House
internationally and across Canada. (out of more than 200 employees) in Canada, and Canada
they publish some 500 new books a year.
The list of prominent Canadian authors in the
PRH catalog is huge, in part because of the Mc- Harlequin, founded in Canada in 1949. By the
Clelland & Stewart backlist. The top star is Mar- 1970s, a reported 70 percent of Harlequin sales
The story of global garet Atwood. Other recent notables include Shari were coming from the United States. The publish-
publishing in the Lapena, Lilly Singh, and Linwood Barclay.
Kristin Cochrane, president and publisher
er acquired its first American author in 1975.
In May 2014, HarperCollins acquired Harle-
21st century, after of Penguin Random House Canada confirms the
view of several Canadian agents that PRH is in-
quin from its parent company Torstar for a re-
ported C$455 million. The company, still seated
all, is one of mergers creasingly looking to acquire world rights instead in Toronto, is internationally respected as one of
of territorial rights. the most successful divisions of HarperCollins.
and acquisitions. We try to acquire world rights when we feel
the book has world audience, she says. We try to Simon & Schuster Canada
bring the clout of the overall company. We only Kevin Hanson is president and publisher of Si-
acquire rights that we intend to exploit. mon & Schuster Canada. He joined the company
In 2012, Random House Canada acquired the as president in 2005 from HarperCollins Canada.
final 75 percent ownership of M&S from the Uni- HarperCollins Canada In an interview with Simon Fraser University
versity of Toronto. HarperCollins Canada is an outgrowth of UK earlier this year, Hanson was asked, What is the
McClelland & Stewart is now owned by the publisher William Collins, which had established biggest challenge facing the Canadian publishing
German media company Bertelsmann, the parent a Canadian branch in 1930. Today, HarperCol- industry? He unhesitatingly replied: Globaliza-
company of Penguin Random Housewhich also lins top Canadian authors include Lawrence Hill, tion. We need to shift from thinking locally to
owns iconic American and UK publishing brands. Emma Donoghue, and Sharon Butala. globally which means thinking about publishing
The story of global publishing in the 21st cen- Perhaps the biggest story in HarperCollins global authors in Canada and Canadian authors in
tury, after all, is one of mergers and acquisitions. Canada portfolio has been romance publisher the global environment.

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INDIES & NATIONAL CHAINS | BOOKSELLERS

MAJOR PLAYERS IN CANADIAN BOOKSELLING


Despite shifts in the retail industry, the outlook for Canadas bookstores is generally positive.

By Thad McIlroy, with additional reporting by


Hannah Johnson

W hile some independent bookstores in oth-


er countries (the US and UK, in particular)
cautiously report something of an upturn, book-
selling in Canada has definitively shifted online, in
keeping with international trends.
According to BookNet Canada, in 2016, on-
line channels accounted for 48 percent of print
sales, with brick-and-mortar sales at 52 percent.
Indigo is English Canadas chain bookseller,
and Renaud-Bray is the top chain in Qubec. In
ebooks, Kobo holds an edge over Amazon.ca, with and created a system of accrediting bookstores, the Chapters/Books in Canada First Novel Award)
Apple in the number three spot. Barnes & Noble publishers, and distributors. Accredited book- bestows $40,000 (US$32,000) on the winner. This
and Google Books do only negligible business in stores must be 100-percent Qubec-owned, and years prize went to Katherena Vermette.
the Canadian market. libraries and government offices must buy books Amazon.ca also sponsors 49thShelf.com, a
from an accredited store. In essence, it prevented website that offers book recommendations to help
Independent Booksellers companies in France and elsewhere from domi- readers discover Canadian books and authors.
In 2012, the Canadian Booksellers Association nating the Qubec market.
was folded into the Retail Council of Canada. Its These stores are also eligible for financial sup- Kobo
unclear how many bookstores are in the associa- port from the Qubec government. According to In Canada were the largest ebook reseller by
tion; the information isnt made public. the Qubec governments website, there are cur- market share, says Michael Tamblyn, Kobo pres-
Michael Neill, founding president of the book- rently 185 accredited bookstores in the province. ident and CEO. Tamblyn is happy to talk about
store-inventory software provider Bookmanager, Prieur points to stores like Pantoute in Qu- a product that many industry observers now dis-
estimates the number of indie bookstores in En- bec city, Librairie Monet (Montral), Librairie de miss as a dinosaurthe dedicated e-reader. Our
glish Canada at some 400. His company currently Verdun (Montral), and Le Port de tte (Mon- latest e-readers have been massive critical and
has 311 bookselling entities as clients in Canada. tral) as good examples of dynamic bookstores. sales successes, he says. Sales are very consistent
Independent booksellers in Canada say they from year to year.
cant be sure whether Amazon or Indigo is their Indigo The other big news is international markets.
biggest threat. Self-described as the worlds first cultural depart- Were watching publishers find success with their
The problem the industry has with Indigo is ment store for booklovers, Indigo is succeeding books internationally, including in non-English
that theyve taken over most of the urban floor- as a chain bookseller while similar outlets in the markets, Tamblyn says.
space for bookselling, says Howard White, pres- US and UK see slowly shrinking sales. Rakuten, Kobos Japanese parent company,
ident of Harbour Publishing. At one point there The financial results are solid. After a 2.6-per- doesnt provide detail on Kobos financial results,
were 37 bookstores in Vancouver. Now there are cent increase for the 2016 fiscal year, the first quar- but we know that the company is no longer writ-
less than 10. ter of 2017 (ended July 1) saw revenue increase by ing down the value of its Kobo investment, after
Sue Carter, editor-in-chief at book trade 6.8 percent year-over-year, although print sales taking charges equal to 44 percent of its original
magazine Quill & Quire is bullish on bookstores. were up less than .01 percent. More significantly, $315 million dollar acquisition. Rakutens latest
Theres been a resurgence in the last few years, print decreased to some 59 percent of total sales, report shows Kobos second quarter 2017 results
she says. Theyre being inventive, creative. Im versus nearly 70 percent in the 2013 fiscal year. up 82.7 percent (including Tolino sales).
seeing successful bookstores across the country. As of July 1 of this year, Indigo reported hav-
And at Novel Idea, an indie bookshop in ing 89 superstores in Canada under the names Renaud-Bray
Kingston, Ontario, owner Oscar Malan says that Chapters and Indigo, plus 122 small-format stores. Renaud-Bray is the second largest bookstore chain
what bookstores have gone through isnt about Indigo employs some 6,500 people in Canada in Canada after Indigo and the largest French-lan-
the book business. Its about a shift in the nature more than all of the independent and multination- guage book chain in North America. Founded in
of retail, he said. In the 1990s, there was an ex- al publishers combined. 1965, this privately owned chain now operates
plosion of big box stores. Now theres another nearly 30 retail locations across Qubec.
shift occurringbox stores are in trouble because Amazon In September 2015, Renaud Bray acquired
of online sales. After a slow start in Canada, Amazon is now a competing retailer Archambault and English-lan-
In Qubec, independent booksellers are do- major player in Canadian retail. Its bookselling guage bookstore Paragraphe from media company
ing well, says Richard Prieur, executive director efforts are based in Seattle, but the online retailer Quebecor.
of French Canadian publishers association ANEL, has launched some only-in-Canada programs. Although the chain does not disclose sales fig-
in large part because of a piece of legislation called Kaan Yalkin, PR lead for Amazon.ca, filled in ures, it was estimated at the time of the sale that
Bill 51. But, he says, concentration is a threat. some of the details. the acquisition would give Renaud-Bray a 40-per-
This bill went into effect in Qubec in 1981, The Amazon.ca First Novel Award (formerly cent share of Qubecs book retail market.

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EVENTS | SALON DU LIVRE DE MONTRAL

SALON DU LIVRE DE MONTRAL BRINGS FRENCH


AND ENGLISH COMMUNITIES TOGETHER
Canadas largest book fair, the Salon du livre de Montral, draws industry professionals and
the reading public. Its also home to the French-English Translation Rights Fair.

Francine Bois

Salon du Livre de Montral (Photo: Jean-Guy Thibodeau)

By Carla Douglas mate to international sums it up pretty nicely. Its essentially an annual one-day event where
When it was launched in 1950, the Salon was anglophone and francophone Canadian publish-

T he Salon du livre de Montral is a highlight


of the Canadian publishing calendar and the
largest event for publishing professionals in Can-
an intimate event with just a few thousand franco-
phone readers in a reception hall, co-organized by
the Socit dtudes et de confrence and the As-
ers and literary agents come together to buy and
sell translation rights. This takes place through a
series of 30minute, one-on-one meetings.
ada. And it will celebrate its 40th anniversary this sociation nationale des diteurs de livres [ANEL]. Last year, along with 93 participants repre-
year (November 15-20, 2017). Now it is a large, multicultural, international senting 64 publishing houses (39 francophone and
The first Salon took place in 1950, but it event that attracts throngs of people to participate 25 anglophone publishers), two anglophone liter-
wasnt until 1978 that the event moved to a larger in conferences and meet their favorite authors. ary agencies joined.
venue and officially became a book fair. PP: How did it the Translation Rights Fair With the Translation Rights Fair being part
The Salon draws a crowd of 115,000 visitors become part of the Salon du livre? of the Salon du livre de Montral, publishers and
each year who come to see the 2,000 writers and FB: The Salon du livre de Montral was look- their teams also have the chance to take part in
stands of 1,000 publishers in attendance. There ing to strengthen its offer for its increasing num- workshops on best business practices, meet writ-
are more than 240 cultural events, as well as ac- ber of professional clients. The board was looking ers and illustrators, and talk to peers.
tivities for publishers, bookstores, libraries, and to partner with a significant event or company in PP: Are there opportunities for international
other industry professionals. the field, or to create a large-scale event. publishers to be involved in the Salon du livre?
The Salon also hosts the Translation Rights At the same time, the Canada Council for the FB: Each year, the national book publishers
Fair (November 16, 2017), a one-day event aimed Arts, with the support of the Department of Cana- association, ANEL, offers the Rendez-vous fellow-
at bringing Canadas anglophone and francophone dian Heritage, was looking to pass on the Trans- ship to bring a delegation of 10 foreign publishers
publishers and agents together. The Translation lation Rights Fair to a unifying event in the liter- to the Salon. This is organized by the Qubec di-
Rights Fair was started by the Canada Council for ature and publishing field. After all, its the only tion, an ANEL committee dedicated to promoting
the Arts, in partnership with Canadian Heritage. event in the country that brings together publish- publishers abroad. Through this, the Translation
It took place for the first time in 2011, and at the ers from both Canadian linguistic communities. Rights Fair raises the visibility of more publishers
Salon du livre for the first time in 2016. This new partnership is an important part of and increases the number and range of works ac-
Publishing Perspectives spoke with Francine the Salon du livre de Montrals evolution. quired, all the while showcasing Canadian books
Bois, director of Salon du livre, about this years PP: How would you describe the Rights Fair? and literature to the world.
event, and what organizers call its natural partner- What are some of the activities taking place? The Salons international presenterswriters,
ship with the Translation Rights Fair. FB: The Translation Rights Fair was designed publishers, etc.will also participate in certain
Publishing Perspectives: The Salon du to bring together Canadas two linguistic commu- Translation Rights Fair activities organized in col-
livre in Montral is described as the largest Cana- nities, so its only open to Canadian publishing laboration with the Salon. If, in the future, the Sa-
dian book fair. What were its origins? houses. The partnerships established there are lon is able to regularly host the Translation Rights
Francine Bois: To give you an idea of the critical in helping Canadian writers and literature Fair, there will be many more opportunities for
Salons scope and evolution, I think from inti- to be discovered all across the country. workshops with international contributors.

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TORONTOS INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF AUTHORS | EVENTS

Michael Ondaatje and Sunila Galappatti

Francesca Melandri, Eleanor Wachtel,


and Christopher Kloeble

A GLOBAL VIEW OF LITERATURE FROM TORONTO


Geoffrey Taylor, director of Toronto-based International Festival of Authors (IFOA), talks about
the expanding festival activities and Canadas evolving literary scene.

By Hannah Johnson of story and the power of the written word. The international body of donors. The founding fes-
exchange of these stories is important because we tivals included: the Edinburgh International Book

S ince 1974, the International Festival of Au-


thors has been a showcase for literary talent
from Canada and abroad. The primary festival
are Canadian, but we are also part of a global lit-
erary community.
As an English-language literary festival we are
Festival; tonnants-voyageurs, Saint-Malo; the
International Festival of Authors, Toronto; In-
ternational Literature Festival, Berlin; Melbourne
takes place every October in Toronto (October often limited in that we only present works in En- Writers Festival; The Bookworm International
19-29, 2017), and the IFOA organizes additional glish, but more stories are available in translations Literary Festival, Beijing; PEN World Voices Fes-
events and exchanges throughout the year. nowadays. Similarly, finding ways to share Cana- tival of International Literature, New York; and
Festival director Geoffrey Taylor has over- dian stories is a priority, so that we also join the the Jaipur Literature Festival.
seen many of the IFOAs new initiatives, and he worldwide conversation. We will continue to seek new member fes-
talks here about his latest work and the literary Stories of different cultures, places, and peo- tivals from emerging regions such as Africa and
trends in Canada. ple need a platform, and we hope to continue to Latin America to continue this international ex-
Publishing Perspectives: Youve been showcase as many stories as possible from every change, and my wish is that the Word Alliance
working with the IFOA for nearly three decades, corner of the globe at the IFOA. will continue to grow until each international lit-
and youve been the festival director for 15 years. PP: You obviously enjoy what you do. What erary festival is a member.
How has the festival evolved? keeps you energized and excited about your work?
Geoffrey Taylor: There have been so many GT: In the books and publishing industry we
opportunities for the Festival to grow over the are working with a contemporary art form that is
years, and Ive been happy to be involved in IF- constantly changing. The excitement for me lies in
OAs development. IFOA has grown broader in the new works being created and published, and
scope, and there has been an increase in the num- the new talent that can be discovered. Meeting au-
ber and types of events we program. For instance, thors from across Canada and the worldeither at
the Festival now features more nonfiction, graph- the Festival in Toronto or at the festivals I visitis
ic novel, and debut authors. IFOA has expanded also part of what I enjoy about my work. Everyone
our partnerships to include post-secondary in- always has such interesting stories to tell.
stitutions . . . as well as government and cultural PP: Are you seeing any issues or writing
organizations. trends in recent years that have shaped Canadas
Over the past decade, we have worked with publishing scene?
municipalities, libraries, cultural centers, schools, GT: Over the past few decades and as the de-
and bookstores to present national and interna- mographics of Canada change, more stories from
tional talent at author events across the province around the world are now Canadian stories. The Over the past few
through our IFOA Ontario program. The Inter- vast number of stories set in the Canadian wilder-
national Visitors Programme has brought groups ness, though they do still exist, are no longer what decades and as the
of international publishing leaders to Canada . . . the world strongly associates with our literary
[and] operates as an informal rights faira new canon, and now our stories can truly be set any- demographics of Canada
initiative in the Canadian market. where in the world. change, more stories from
Our year-round programming has also grown PP: Youre a founding member of the Word
to feature more childrens literature programming Alliance, a group of eight international literary around the world are now
and international touring of Canadian authors festivals. Can you tell us more about it?
through the IFOA International programme. GT: Word Alliance was formed in 2010 with
Canadian stories.
PP: Why is this international exchange of au- three initial priorities in mind: securing authors
thors important to you and the festival? for international travel, sharing knowledge about Geoffrey Taylor, Director, IFOA
GT: I have always believed in the universality local markets, and generating funding from an

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EVENTS | FAIRS AND FESTIVALS

EVENTS, CONFERENCES, FAIRS:


WHERE TO MEET CANADIAN
AUTHORS AND PUBLISHERS
BookNet Canada Tech Forum Festival international de la littrature
March, Toronto September, Montral

This annual conference from BookNet Canada is This 10-day literary festival in an around Mon-
the countrys largest technology-focused publish- tral was created by the Union des crivaines et BookNet Canada Tech Forum (Photo: Yvonne Bambrick)
ing conference. The event is attended by hundreds des crivains qubcois (UNEQ), a French Cana-
of publishing professionals, and topics range from dian writers association. Hosting more than 200
production and marketing to digital tools and writers and 50 events each year, the Festival inter-
consumer research data. national de la littrature is a multidisciplinary plat-
techforum.booknetcanada.ca form for Qubec writers to present their work.
www.festival-fil.qc.ca

Blue Metropolis Literature Festival


April, Montral International Festival of Authors
October, Toronto
Blue Metropolis is a non-profit foundation that
organizes, among other things, an annual literary With its primary event in Toronto and satellite
festival. The festival attracts more than 60,000 events around the country, the International Fes-
visitors, and the program includes events in both tival of Authors is an internationally recognized
French and English. The 2016 festival featured forum for authors from Canada and around the
authors from 10 countries, dedicicated childrens world. It was founded in 1974, and continuous- Word on the Street Toronto (Photo: Kuru Selvarajah)

book programming, and several literary prizes. ly works toward its mission to advance literature
www.metropolisbleu.org with events, trips, and readings all year long.
ifoa.org

2018 Congress of the Humanities and


Social Sciences Vancouver Writers Fest
May, Regina October, Vancouver

Canadas largest scholarly gathering, the Congress With more than 90 events across the city and
includes a week of presentations, lectures, work- regular appearances from top Canadian and inter-
shops and panels, as well as the countrys largest national authors, the Vancouver Writers Fest is
academic trade show. Organized by the Federa- one of Canadas largest literary events. The Fests
tion for the Humanities and Social Sciences, the activities include both year-round programming
Congress takes place at a different university in and its flagship, annual literary festival.
Canada each year and draws over 70 scholarly as- writersfest.bc.ca Translation Rights Fair (Photo: Canada Council for the Arts)
sociations together.
www.congress2018.ca

Salon du Livre de Montral


November, Montral
Word on the Street
September, Toronto The Salon du livre de Montral is the largest book
fair in Canada, with both professional and pub-
Word on the Street is Canadas largest book and lic components. Nearly 115,000 people attended
magazine festival, with sister events in Halifax, in 2016. While the exhibitors are predominantly
Lethbridge, and Saskatoon. The program features from French Canada, the Salon attracts interna-
writers working in multiple languages, as well as tional visitors from the public and the book trade.
critics and industry professionals. The event be- In addition, the Salon hosts the annual Transla-
gan as the Toronto Book and Magazine Fair, and tion Rights Fair, where anglophone and franco-
was reimagined as literary festival in 1990. phone publishers and agents meet.
thewordonthestreet.ca www.salondulivredemontreal.com
Rose-Line Brasset at the Salon du livre de Montral
(Photo: Jean-Guy Thibodeau)

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FRANKFURT BOOK FAIR 2017 | EXHIBITORS

DIRECTORY OF CANADIAN EXHIBITORS


AT THE 2017 FRANKFURT BOOK FAIR

6.0/B 65 6.0/B 36 6.0/B 47 5.1/E 111 6.0/A 41 6.0/A 57


Livres Canada Books / De Marque Greystone Books Ltd. Le Quartanier Nimbus Publishing TC Mdia Livres
Canada National Stand Qubec British Columbia Qubec Nova Scotia Qubec
Ontario
6.0/B 56 5.1/E 111 6.0/B 40 4.2/M 94 6.3/LitAg
4.2/L 66 Dundurn Groupe ddition la Lemac diteur Notion Wave Inc. The Cooke Agency
1science Ontario courte chelle Qubec Ontario International
Qubec Qubec 6.0/B 77 Ontario
6.0/B 65 6.0/B 42 Novalis Publishing Inc.
5.1/E 111 eBOUND Canada 5.1/E 111 Les Allusifs Inc. Ontario 6.0/B 72
Alto Ontario Groupe Fides Qubec The Novelty Book
Qubec Qubec 6.2/D 61 Company
6.0/B 39 5.1/E 111 Onixedit Inc. Qubec
6.0/B 37 ECW Press 5.1/E 111 Les ditions de Qubec
Annick Press Ltd. Ontario Groupe HMH Mortagne 6.0/B 34
Ontario Qubec Qubec 6.0/B 35 The Right Rights Book
6.0/A 51 Orca Book Publishers Agency
4.2/J 15 ditions ADA 6.0/B 50 5.1/E 111 British Columbia Qubec
Arcler Education Inc. Qubec Groupe Homme Les ditions du
Ontario Qubec remue-menage 6.0/B 77 6.3/LitAg
5.1/E 111 Qubec Owlkids Books The Rights Factory
6.0/B 52 ditions du Boral 5.1/E 111 Ontario Ontario
Arsenal Pulp Press Qubec Groupe Librex/Groupe 5.1/E 111
British Columbia Ville-Marie Littrature Les ditions 6.0/A 59 6.3/LitAg
5.1/E 111 Qubec cosocit Pembroke Publishers Transatlantic Literary
6.1/B 12 ditions du CHU Qubec Ontario Agency, Inc.
Beaver Books Sainte-Justine 6.0/A 43 Ontario
Publishing, division of Qubec Guernica Editions 6.0/A 35 6.0/B 55
PAPP International Inc. Ontario Les ditions les Malins Phidal Publishing Inc. 6.0/B 65
Qubec 6.1/D 145 Qubec Qubec UBC Press
ditions Glenat 5.1/E 111 British Columbia
6.0/A 126 Qubec Guy Saint-Jean diteur 6.0/B 78 6.0/A 53
Between the Lines Qubec Les ditions Michel Prologue Inc. 6.0/B 65
Ontario 5.1/E 111 Quintin Qubec University of Ottawa
ditions Les 400 coups 6.3/LitAg Qubec Press
6.3/LitAg Qubec Helen Heller Agency 6.0/B 66 Ontario
Beverley Slopen Ontario 5.1/E 111 QA International /
Literary Agency 6.0/B 46 Lux diteur Qubec Amrique 6.0/B 43
Ontario Firefly Books Ltd. 6.0/B 69 Qubec Qubec University of Toronto
Ontario House of Anansi and Press
6.0/A 43 Groundwood Books 6.0/B 38 5.1/E 111 Ontario
Biblioasis 6.0/B 33 Ontario Marquis Book Printing Qubec dition
Ontario Fitzhenry & Whiteside Qubec Qubec 6.0/B 65
Ontario 6.0/A 126 Vidacom Publications |
6.0/A 55 Inanna Publications 6.0/B 45 6.0/B 44 ditions des Plaines
Broquet Inc. 6.1/C 30 Ontario McGill-Queens Robert Rose Inc. Manitoba
Qubec Flowerpot Childrens University Press Ontario
Press 6.0/D 7 Qubec 6.0/A 37
6.0/B 65 Ontario Inhabit Media Inc. 6.2/C 57 Webcom Inc
Brush Education Ontario 5.1/E 111 Scholastic Canada Ltd. Ontario
Alberta 6.0/D 48 Mdiaspaul Ontario
FOCUS 4.2/J 72 Qubec 6.3/LitAg
6.0/B 76 Ontario International Civil 6.0/B 58 Westwood Creative
Chouette Publishing Aviation Organization 5.1/E 111 Second Story Press Artists Ltd.
Qubec 6.0/B 54 (ICAO) Mmoire dencrier Ontario Ontario
Formac Lorimer Books Qubec Qubec
6.0/B 65 Nova Scotia 6.1/E 9 6.0/A 45
Crabtree Publishing 3.1/J 130 6.0/A 118 Shoebox Media Wilfrid Laurier
Company 6.0/A 47 ITMB Publishing Ltd. Mosaic Press / IPI Qubec University Press
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