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  • Thursday, January 16, 2020 12:48 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)

    Celebrate a World of Poetry this April for National Poetry Month 2020!

    Open up a world of poetry this April!
    The League of Canadian Poets invites you to celebrate the 22nd National Poetry Month this April 2020 by opening yourself up to “A World of Poetry.” We hope that this theme will inspire conversations, poems, and dialogues about the many ways poetry is expressed and honoured around the world, as well as the cultural impacts of poetry in different regions. We encourage poets from around the world to speak and write about what poetry means for their life experiences, perspectives and identity as well as the roots of poetry in their culture or country.

    For more information National Poetry Month please visit poets.ca/npm. You can also check out suggestions for how to get involved and celebrate this April here: poets.ca/2017/01/12/get-involved-with-national-poetry-month.

    Applications for NPM event funding are now open
    Hosting an NPM event this year? We’re now accepting applications from event hosts for our NPM funding program. Thanks to the continued support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Department of Canadian Heritage, we are pleased to once again be able to provide funding directly to poets participating in NPM-themed events. Funding is distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, so apply early. The deadline to apply is February 15, 2020. Find our application form and guidelines at poets.ca/npmfunding.

    Be a Poetry City: get your event on our Poetry Map!
    Throughout April, we will update our Poetry Map to track all NPM events and happenings that we hear about. We encourage cities and towns to celebrate National Poetry Month by inviting a poet to read at a City Council meeting during April or March! Email us the details of your event at info@poets.ca.

    2020 Annual Poetry Awards: Important Dates

    • Saturday, March 21: On World Poetry Day, we will announce the winner of the 4rd annual Broadsheet Contest. For more information, visit poets.ca/broadsheet.
    • Wednesday, April 1: Join us at poets.ca/awards as we reveal the Longlists for our 2020 Annual Book Awards, including the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, and the Raymond Souster Award.
    • Tuesday, April 21: Find out who will make the Shortlists for our 2020 Annual Book Awards

    Poem in Your Pocket Day Returns
    On Thursday, April 30, 2020, celebrate the 4th annual Poem in Your Pocket Day across Canada. The day encourages people to select a poem, carry it with them, and share it with others throughout the day. Find out more at poets.ca/pocketpoem.

    Official NPM20 Poster and Bookmark
    The official NPM20 poster and bookmark was once again designed by Megan Fildes. Both will be available for free download at poets.ca/npm.

    The official NPM20 poster and bookmark was once again designed by Megan Fildes. Both will be available for free download at poets.ca/npm.

    We have a limited number of posters and bookmarks that we are excited to provide to libraries, classrooms, bookstores, and event organizers free of cost. Complete this form to request posters and bookmarks: https://forms.gle/KfUfKKNPZ69xktNi8

    Join the #NPM20 Conversation!
    Share your NPM activities and join the conversation by tagging us on Twitter or Instagram @CanadianPoets. and use the official #NPM20 hashtag.

    About National Poetry Month
    Established in April 1998 by the LCP, NPM brings together schools, publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, and poets from across the country to celebrate poetry and its vital place in Canada's culture.

    About Poem in Your Pocket Day
    Each year on Poem in Your Pocket Day, schools, bookstores, libraries, parks, workplaces, and other venues ring loud with open readings of poems from pockets. As a special collaboration, the leading membership-based poetry organizations that sponsor National Poetry Month in North America—the League of Canadian Poets and the Academy of American Poets—have created a guide to inspire and assist with local Poem in Your Pocket Day celebrations.

    About the League of Canadian Poets
    Established in 1966, the League of Canadian Poets is a national non-profit organization dedicated to supporting, engaging, and promoting poets and poetry in Canada. For more information, visit Poets.ca.

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    Media Contact: Laura O’Brien | laura@poets.ca | 416-504-1657

  • Friday, January 10, 2020 12:05 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)

    Access Copyright Foundation (ACF) Marian Hebb Research Grants are designed to aid and facilitate research and inquiry related to Canadian writing, publishing and visual arts.

    Creators, as well as organizations and publishers, looking to undertake a research project that will result in a publishable work, program, strategic initiative, study or report are encouraged to apply for a Research Grant from the ACF.  

    Check out the ACF’s application guidelines (on pages 15-20) to learn more.

    To apply, please visit the Saskatchewan Arts Board Portal. The ACF grants program is administered by the Saskatchewan Arts Board.

    The deadline for application is February 15 at 11:59 p.m. CST.

    Website: https://www.accesscopyright.ca/media/news/deadline-february-15-call-for-applications-access-copyright-foundation-marian-hebb-research-grants/

    Contact:
    Robert Gilbert

    Communications Specialist and Affiliate Relations
    416 868 1620 ext. 283
    rgilbert@accesscopyright.ca

  • Wednesday, January 08, 2020 12:17 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)
    The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC) is pleased to officially launch a new set of membership criteria, expanded to recognize and respect the many ways authors learn and develop their craft, and to reflect the many forms of literary expression practiced by today’s authors.
     
    More writers than ever before can access benefits such as funding for readings, professional development events and publications, group health insurance, as well as contract advice and grievance assistance.
     
    For many years after its founding in 1973, the Union had one main membership criterion – that the applicant have “a book published by a commercial or academic press.” In 2013, after much research and internal debate, that rule was expanded to include self-published books that demonstrate commercial intent. This past year as part of the Union’s equity initiatives, the criteria was expanded further.
     

    Authors at All Stages Can Benefit

    “We now use a points-based system to determine eligibility,” noted TWUC Chair Anita Daher. “In this way, authors at all stages of their career can join the Union and benefit from our services.”
     
    Following on work by TWUC’s Membership Criteria Review Task Force, discussion at the Unions’ annual general meeting, and a membership-wide referendum, the point system was approved.
     
    Applicants need six points to qualify for membership. A professionally published or self-published book qualifies for all six points, but writers without books can put six points together with other qualifications. Creative writing degrees, magazine and journal publication, co-authorship, and the winning of a juried literary prize can all count toward an applicant’s points total. As well, the points system values other forms of literary expression, such as public readings and spoken word.
     
    “The path to book publication has never been direct,” continued Daher, “and today writers come at publication from many different angles. Our new criteria is designed to respect this reality, and we look forward to welcoming and assisting new writers into the Union.”
     

    Contract Advice Before Authors Sign

    “What this means for the Union’s work,” added TWUC Executive Director John Degen, “is that we will now be able to offer contract advice to authors before they sign their first book deal. Too many first-time authors enter into agreements they later regret for one reason or another. We look forward to helping up-and-coming authors make better deals for themselves.”
     
    Full details about joining the Union are available on TWUC’s website at writersunion.ca/apply.
     

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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
    jdegen@writersunion.ca


  • Tuesday, January 07, 2020 12:54 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)

    The Writers' Trust is excited to announce that two prizes will be given this year for the RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers, an award with a proven track record of boosting the careers of young authors.

    Thanks to RBC's generous support, there will be one $10,000 winner for poetry and one $10,000 winner for short fiction. Three finalists in each genre will receive $2,500, a trip to Toronto to attend the award ceremony in May, and a mentorship opportunity.


    To be eligible to apply, a writer must be:

    • A Canadian citizen or permanent resident
    • Under the age of 35 as of February 25, 2020 
    • Previously published in an independently edited literary magazine or anthology
    • Unpublished in book form and without a book contract

    Deadline: FEB 25, 2020 (11:59 PT)

    Poetry guidelines

    Short fiction guidelines


    About Bronwen Wallace

    Bronwen Wallace was a poet, short story writer, and mentor to many young writers as a creative writing instructor at Queen’s University and St. Lawrence College in Kingston. This award was established in her honour in 1994 by a group of friends and colleagues. Wallace felt that writers should have more opportunities for recognition early in their careers and so this annual award is given to a writer below the age of 35 who has published poetry or prose in literary magazines or anthologies, but has not yet been published in book form.

    Abut RBC
    Royal Bank of Canada is a global financial institution with a purpose-driven, principles-led approach to delivering leading performance. RBC’s success comes from the 85,000+ employees who bring their vision, values, and strategy to life so they can help their clients thrive and communities prosper. As Canada’s biggest bank, and one of the largest in the world based on market capitalization, RBC has a diversified business model with a focus on innovation and providing exceptional experiences to 17 million clients in Canada, the US, and 34 other countries. Learn more at rbc.com. Since 2003, RBC’s investments in arts organizations have exceeded $80 million. Since 2015, over 13,000 artists have been supported through Emerging Artists programs. In 2019, the RBC Foundation donated $8 million as part of the Emerging Artists Project to over 300 organizations in Canada, helping to bridge the gap for over 2,500 emerging artists. RBC is proud to support a broad range of community initiatives through donations, community investments and employee volunteer activities. See how at rbc.com/community-social-impact/.


    For more information please get in touch with the program coordinator:
    djackson@writerstrust.com
    416-504-822 x248
    1-877-906-6548 x248 (toll free)

  • Thursday, January 02, 2020 12:34 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)

    The Book Publishers Association of Alberta is now accepting submissions for the 2020 Alberta Book Publishing Awards.

    The Alberta Book Publishing Awards have been awarded since 1989, and are the only program dedicated to the recognition of excellence in book publishing in Alberta. Industry professionals from across Canada are asked to adjudicate and select the very best examples of Alberta publishing in up to fourteen distinct categories. The awards are open to all active Alberta owned and controlled publishers whose primary activity is publishing original material; nominated books must have been published between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019.

    Submissions will be accepted until February 28, 2020 and the awards will be presented on September 11, 2020 at a gala event in Calgary, Alberta. For complete details on the awards and process please visit www.bookpublishers.ab.ca/awards.

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    For more information contact:
    Kieran Leblanc, Executive Director
    780.424.5060
    kleblanc@bookpublishers.ab.ca

  • 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.” 

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    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
    jdegen@writersunion.ca
     
     

     

    [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, 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

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    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.


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    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.

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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