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  • Thursday, December 12, 2019 12:20 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)

    TORONTO, ONTARIO—(December 10, 2019)—The Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP) welcomes news of the Copyright Board of Canada’s decision in the Access Copyright Post-Secondary Educational Institution Tariffs, 2011-2014 and 2015-2017. The long wait for the decision contributed to instability in the Canadian post-secondary market, forcing publishers to make difficult investment decisions. With the Board’s decision, publishers can invest with greater confidence in materials for the post-secondary sector, which will help to ensure the continued supply of Canadian-specific learning resources over the long-term. 

    In its decision, released December 6, 2019, the Board certified the following rates: 

    • 2011-2014: $24.80/student (universities) and $9.54/student (colleges) 
    • 2015-2017: $14.31/student (universities) and $5.50/student (colleges) 

    The Board’s decision certifies tariffs for the copying of published works in Canadian post-secondary institutions outside of Quebec for the period of January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2017. The 2015- 2017 rates will remain in effect until new rates are certified. 

    ACP notes the drop in the tariff rate between 2014 and 2015, following the introduction of fair dealing for education to the Copyright Act and the implementation of copying guidelines by post-secondary institutions across the country. These guidelines have contributed to the erosion of the post-secondary market in Canada, and have since been found by the Federal Court of Canada to be unfair in both their terms and in their application. Though ACP is surprised at the size of the drop given the Court’s assessment of the guidelines, the association is encouraged by the Board’s decision, particularly in light of the Federal Court’s ruling that tariffs are mandatory: educational institutions cannot engage in widespread, systemic copying for free. 

    “Educational copying has gone largely uncompensated in Canada since 2013, despite clear direction from the Federal Court that tariffs set by the Copyright Board are mandatory,” said ACP Executive Director Kate Edwards. “The Board’s decision serves as an important reminder that works copied by colleges and universities have value, and must be paid for if Canadian publishers are to continue to invest in the development and publication of new materials.” 


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

    For more information contact: 

    Kate Edwards, Executive Director 416-487-6116 x2340 kate_edwards@canbook.org 

  • Tuesday, December 03, 2019 11:37 AM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)

    The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC) calls on the new federal government to act immediately with repairs to a broken marketplace for Canadian books.
    Recent reports[i] indicate a 50% drop in sales for Canadian-authored books, a 20% drop in the borrowing of Canadian books from libraries, and a 78% income decline for Canadian authors over the last two decades.
    “This is a marketplace crisis for Canadian readers, writers, and publishers,” said Winnipeg novelist and TWUC Chair, Anita Daher. “We have reliable data telling us that Canadian consumers want to read Canadian books, and yet today it’s more difficult to find Canadian-authored titles in bookstores, libraries, and Canadian schools than it was twenty years ago.”
    The problems with Canada’s domestic book trade stand in contrast to the global reputation of Canadian writers and publishers, who will be front and centre when Canada is Nation of Honour at next year’s Frankfurt Book Fair, the world’s largest trade fair for books.
    “There’s something very wrong,” added Daher, “when the world celebrates the wonderful books of Canada’s authors and publishers, yet our writers struggle to make a living, and our readers can’t find the works that most reflect their own culture among an overwhelming number of non-Canadian titles.”
    This crisis has been thoroughly analyzed by both government and industry, revealing:

    • a lack of supports for domestic libraries and bookstores bringing Canada’s books to Canada’s readers;
    • poor discoverability infrastructure for identifying Canadian work; and
    • an ongoing educational copying disaster that has diverted hundreds of millions of dollars in earned income from Canada’s writers and publishers.

    Government has before it a wealth of targeted recommendations. It must act now. Parliament must adopt key Canadian Heritage proposals to compensate Canada’s writers when our work is copied. Lawmakers must work with writers and publishers to build new supports for the domestic cultural marketplace.
    TWUC urges all concerned Canadians to seek out Canadian books for holiday gift-giving, to take part in next year’s I Read Canadian Day, and to write to their Member of Parliament with a call to repair the marketplace for Canadian books.

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    The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC) is the national organization of professionally published writers. TWUC was founded in 1973 to work with governments, publishers, booksellers, and readers to improve the conditions of Canadian writers. Now over 2,100 members strong, TWUC promotes the rights, freedoms, and economic well-being of all writers. TWUC believes a lively and diverse literary culture is essential in defining Canada and its people. Learn more at writersunion.ca.
    For additional information
    John Degen, Executive Director
    The Writers’ Union of Canada
    416.703.8982 ext. 221


    [i] Reports consulted:
    Shifting Paradigms, a report from the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage regarding remuneration of Canadian artists under the Copyright Act;
    Digital Trends and Initiatives in Education: The Changing Landscape for Canadian Content, a report from the Association of Canadian Publishers;
    Diminishing Returns: Creative Culture at Risk, results of the 2018 Income Survey by The Writers’ Union of Canada;
    Canadians Reading Canadians, a series of reports from BookNet Canada;
    More Canada, a think tank report on the domestic marketplace for books;
    Use of Canadian Books in Ontario Public and Catholic Intermediate and Secondary English Departments, a study by the Organization of Book Publisher of Ontario.

  • Monday, November 25, 2019 1:45 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)
    The Writers' Union of Canada invites submissions to its 27th annual Short Prose Competition for Emerging Writers. Unpublished works of fiction and nonfiction up to 2,500 words in English are eligible, and writers may submit multiple entries. A $2,500 prize will be awarded to the winner, and the entries of the winner and finalists will be submitted to three Canadian magazines for consideration. The deadline for entries is February 14, 2020.
    The Competition aims to discover, encourage, and promote new writers of short prose. “Over its twenty-seven-year history, the Short Prose Competition has always delivered an eclectic array of entries,” says Executive Director John Degen. “It is quite exciting to discover promising new writers each year.” Past finalists and winners have included such future luminaries as Amy Stuart, Alexander MacLeod, Shauna Singh Baldwin, Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer, and Lewis DeSoto.
    The Union is proud to announce an esteemed group of jurors for the Competition:

    • Janet Barkhouse’s poems and stories have been published across Canada in journals and anthologies, and read on CBC Radio. Her debut collection of poems, Salt Fires, (Pottersfield Press) follows on two chapbooks, Silence and Sable Island Fieldnotes (with photographs by Zoe Lucas); a docupoem short screened at Lunenburg Doc Fest 2017; and three children’s books. In 2013/14 she was artist-in-residence at Dalhousie Medical School through their Humanities-HEALS program.
    • Jacqueline Guest has written twenty novels for readers of all ages and has over twenty-five years of experience presenting in classrooms, libraries, and at conferences. For many years, Jacqueline has mentored new writers and championed literacy.  Jacqueline is the proud recipient of the Indspire Award for the Arts and was awarded the Order of Canada in 2017.
    • Naben Ruthnum is a Journey Prize winner and the author of Curry: Eating, Reading, and Race (Coach House Press). As Nathan Ripley, his most recent thriller is Your Life Is Mine (Simon & Schuster).
    The Competition is open to Canadian citizens and residents who have had no more than one book published and are not currently under contract for a second book. Authors not published in book format are also eligible. The entry fee is $29 per submission, and submissions are accepted online until 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on February 14, 2020. The winner will be announced in late spring 2020. 
    For complete rules and regulations, and to submit, visit writersunion.ca/short-prose-competition.
    The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC) is the national organization of professionally published writers. TWUC was founded in 1973 to work with governments, publishers, booksellers, and readers to improve the conditions of Canadian writers. Now over 2,100 members strong, TWUC promotes the rights, freedoms, and economic well-being of all writers. TWUC believes a lively and diverse literary culture is essential in defining Canada and its people. Learn more at writersunion.ca.
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    For additional information:
    Valerie Laws, Office Administrator
    The Writers’ Union of Canada
    416-703-8982 ext. 224

  • Friday, November 15, 2019 11:14 AM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)

    Bologna Children’s Book Fair invites you to participate in the " The children-spectators" competition, organized within the framework of the four-year artistic research project "Mapping - A map on the aesthetics of performing arts for early childhood", supported by the European Union.

    “Mapping” is dedicated to the relationship between early childhood and performing arts involving 18 partners of 17 countries, including BolognaFiere/Bologna Children's Book Fair and La Baracca - Testoni Ragazzi, Theater for Youth and Children of the city of Bologna .

    The initiative in its 2nd Edition is aimed to offer a further opportunity to present and publicize their works by participating in the illustration competition.

    Participants will be able to measure themselves on the specific theme of the children as spectators of a performative event (theater, dance, music, etc.) and are requested to submit a single work to be sent in digital format.

    The age group considered is early childhood in its different ages (from 0 to 6 years).

    The deadline for sending the work in is 18 December 2019

    The entry form and the contest’s Rules of entry of the initiative are available on the Bologna Children's Book Fair website at this link

    The selected illustrations by a jury of experts will be exhibited at the Theatre Testoni from February 28th to April 2nd, 2020 and become candidates for the final exhibition of the project. This will be composed of the works of 4 important names of the illustration for children invited to participate in "Mapping", as well as the most interesting works among those selected in the four- year project.

    Finally, we inform you that participation is free and that the selected illustrators will be sent via email a free entrance ticket to the Bologna Children's Book Fair (30 March - 2 April 2020). The other participants will be sent via email a code to purchase a reduced price ticket (€ 20.00) valid for one (1) admission or the 4-day pass (€ 50.00) valid the entire duration of the event.

  • Tuesday, October 29, 2019 11:00 AM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)

    The Canadian Children's Book Centre is looking for authors and/or illustrators with new children’s books being released in the period from Spring 2019 to Spring 2020 who are interested in touring schools, libraries, bookstores and community centres during Canadian Children’s Book Week 2020. The next Book Week tour will run from Saturday May 2 to Saturday May 9, 2020.
    The deadline for applications is Friday November 15, 2020.
    Authors and illustrators who are interested in touring should visit the Book Week website under Apply to Tour for complete application details and to download the application form.
    Canadian Children's Book Week is a wonderful opportunity for authors and illustrators to promote their work to young readers across the country. The authors and illustrators who are chosen to tour for Book Week will be invited to give readings and/or workshops in schools, libraries, community centres and bookstores in the province/territory they are assigned to tour.
    All travel, accommodation and meal expenses for each author and illustrator are covered by the Canadian Children's Book Centre. A per diem of $65.00 per day is allowed for meals.
    Authors and illustrators will be paid $200.00 (plus GST or HST, if applicable) per school reading. There are usually 8 to 10 school readings given during the tour.
    The Canadian Children's Book Centre also receives funding from the Canada Council to pay for four public readings per author and illustrator. The authors and illustrators will be paid $250.00 for each Canada Council public reading (plus applicable taxes).
    Visit the Book Week website for complete application information
    If you have any questions, please contact Shannon Howe Barnes at 416.975.0010 x 227 or shannon@bookcentre.ca.

  • Monday, October 28, 2019 10:00 AM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)

    October 28, 2019 (Toronto, ON) – A new nationwide initiative that celebrates the richness, diversity, and breadth of Canadian literature, was announced today. The I Read Canadian Day, taking place for the first time ever on February 19, 2020, will empower families, schools, libraries, bookstores, and organizations to host activities and events by reading Canadian books for just fifteen minutes.

    “The purpose of this event,” says Rose Vespa, Executive Director of the Canadian Children’s Book Centre, “is to raise awareness of Canadian books and to celebrate the excellence of Canadian literature.”
    This initiative was created as a collaboration between the Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC); children’s author Eric Walters; Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers (CANSCAIP); and the Ontario Library Association (OLA.).

    “We want people to buy, borrow, read and talk about Canadian books – whether they are in English, French, or Indigenous languages, and can be in print, e-format and accessible formats,” says Sharon Jennings, president of CANSCAIP. “The target venues in the inaugural year are schools, public libraries, and bookstores. We hope parents, caretakers, educators, and others will join in!”
    The social media campaign, using the hashtag #IReadCanadian, and the website, Ireadcanadian.com/day will launch October 28 on Canadian School Library Day. Registration will open December 1. Key activities will take place February 14 to February 21 with February 19 as the official I Read Canadian Day. 
    “We want the entire nation to be excited about reading Canadian books,” says Meredith Tutching of the OLA. “We encourage everyone to take some time out of their day to read for fun and share their experiences.”

    For more information, please contact:

    Karen McMullin, National Publicist
    Nimbus Publishing 
    657-461-3824; kmcmullin@nimbus.ca
    Emma Hunter
    Marketing and Communications Coordinator
    416-975-0010 ext. 221; emma@bookcentre.ca


    About the Organizers:
    About the CCBC: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) is a national, not- for-profit organization founded in 1976. We are dedicated to encouraging, promoting and supporting the reading, writing, illustrating and publishing of Canadian books for young readers. Our programs, publications, and resources help teachers, librarians, booksellers and parents select the very best for young readers. See more at bookcentre.ca.

    About Eric Walters: It all began in 1993 when Eric was teaching a Grade 5 class. His students were reluctant readers and writers and Eric began to write to encourage them to become more involved in literature. Since his first novel Eric has exploded on the children’s and young adult scene.  Over the following years he has published over 104 more novels and picture books with 8 more scheduled in the coming years. Eric is the recipient of The Order of Canada for his contribution to literature. See more at ericwalters.net.
    About CANSCAIP: CANSCAIP is dedicated to Canadian children's authors, illustrators and performers and their work. We provide promotional and networking opportunities to over 400 professional Members and 600 Friends, making us the largest organization in Canada supporting creative work for children and teens. Canada's creators for young people have achieved great success here and around the world, and CANSCAIP has been an important part of encouraging that success. See more at canscaip.org.

    About the Forest of Reading: The Forest of Reading® is Canada's largest recreational reading program! This initiative of the Ontario Library Association (OLA) offers ten reading programs to encourage a love of reading in people of all ages. The Forest helps celebrate Canadian books, publishers, authors and illustrators. More than 270,000 readers participate annually from their school and/or public library. All Canadians are invited to participate via their local public library, school library, or individually. See more at accessola.com/forest.
    About the Ontario Library Association: Founded in 1900, the OLA is the oldest continually operating non-profit library association in Canada. With more than 5,000 members, the OLA is the largest library association in the country. We provide the chance for library staff and supporters to share experience and expertise while creating innovative solutions in a constant changing environment. We offer opportunities for learning, networking, recognizing, influencing and celebrating within the library world. See more at accessola.org.


    To book an interview with Meredith Tutching from the OLA, Sharon Jennings from CANSCAIP, or Eric Walters, please contact Karen McMullin, National Publicist, Nimbus Publishing 647-461-3824, or by email at kmcmullin@nimbus.ca

    To book an interview with Rose Vespa, Executive Director, Canadian Children’s Book Centre, please contact Emma Hunter, Marketing and Communications Coordinator at 416-975-0010 ext. 221, or by e-mail at emma@bookcentre.ca

  • Monday, October 21, 2019 1:00 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)

    Introducing Bibliovideo: a new YouTube channel launching next spring that will showcase videos on all aspects of Canadian books for young people and be the place for librarians, teachers, parents, book creators, reviewers and readers. The trailer premiered at the 2019 TD Canadian Children’s Literature Awards in Toronto last week. View the trailer here.

    With funding from the Canada Council for the Arts' Digital Strategy Fund, the Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) has pulled together a consortium of key players in the kids' book community to steer the development of Bibliovideo. The channel will be a great place to connect with our books and will include fiction and non-fiction, new titles and old, and books in English, French and Indigenous languages.

    “Everything we do at the CCBC is related to one central goal: to support and promote Canadian books for young people,” says Rose Vespa, Executive Director of the Canadian Children’s Book Centre. “Bibliovideo, for us, is a new digitalized approach to something we have been working towards since the 1970s. This will be a new, collaborative, digital hub for everyone who loves reading.” 
    Bibliovideo will be an exciting venue for promoting great Canadian books for kids and teens and we welcome your submissions to add to our playlists. “Help us take your passion for Canadian kids’ books from page to screen,” says Janis Nostbakken, Project Director. “We’re looking for a wide range of videos in English, French and Indigenous languages – author interviews, read-alongs, how-to demos from illustrators, publishers’ trailers, book reviews from teachers, parents or kids.”

    Do you have ready-made videos that relate to Canadian children’s books? You can e-mail janis@bookcentre.ca with a title, video length and video description and she’ll include it in her database of prospective videos. 
    The CCBC is committed to ensuring that there is better digital access and promotion of these exceptional Canadian books to raise awareness and promote literacy.

  • Friday, October 11, 2019 4:00 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)

    Please find attached a request for submissions for the 2020 IODE Jean Throop Book Award.  As this will be the 45th anniversary of this award, the prize has been increased to $5,000. 

    Two copies of books published in 2019 by a Canadian author who lives in Ontario for children from 3-7 would be greatly appreciated by the IODE Selection Committee.

    We look forward to reading many, many books prior to the presentation of the award next April at the IODE Ontario Provincial Annual Meeting – the 100th Annual Meeting!  A special year for IODE and the book award.

    Thank you so much in advance.  If you have any questions, please email and I will be happy to help.

    Memo to publishers requesting books published in 2019.doc

    Linda Dennis
    IODE Jean Throop Book Award Selection Committee

  • Sunday, September 22, 2019 12:57 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)

    These CANSCAIP Members and Friends each made a donation during our website reno fundraising campaign. Their generosity covered the costs of the long-needed update to our website.  We thank them very much!

    Bob Barton, Bev Cline, Laurel Croza, Marcus Cutler, Lisa Dalrymple, Judith Henderson, Linda Granfield, Barbara Greenwood, Sarah Hart-Snowbell, Barbara Hartmann, Deborah Hodge, Shelley Hrdlitschka, Jacqueline Guest, Ellen Jaffe, Sharon Jennings, Marthe Jocelyn, Karen Krossing, Patsy McKinnon, Sylvia McNicoll, Stephanie McLellan, Nancy Miller, Jennifer Mook-Sang, Susin Nielsen, Michele Nidenoff, Ruth Ohi, Shane Peacock, Tina Powell, Heather Rath, Barbara Reid, Judy Ann Sadler, Kathy Stinson, Allan Stratton, Merna Summers, Sue Todd, Teresa Toten, Rebecca Upjohn, Eric Walters, Irene Watts

CANSCAIP office is located within the Centre for Social Innovation, Annex.
720 Bathurst St., Suite 503, Toronto, ON M5S 2R4

Email: office@canscaip.org
Phone: 1-416-515-1559

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