The publishing world is always full of new and interesting announcements. Here are some articles that have caught my eye recently:
- Canadian publisher Douglas & McIntyre has filed for creditor protection and is undergoing restructuring. I reviewed D&M’s book Something Fierce, which won Canada Reads, earlier this year.
- The World Fantasy Convention 2012 schedule has just been announced. Just in time, too, considering WFC is a little over a week away.
- I found an article that The Guardian published back in 2011 about the value that editors add to eBooks. It should go without saying that I agree wholeheartedly with the author’s argument.
- Bubblecow has released a study showing how hiring professional editors and book cover designers contributes to higher eBook sales.
- The authors of The Emotion Thesaurus announce a giveaway for NaNoWriMo winners.
This year the gimmick is a “turf war” between the various regions of Canada – what are the best books originating from each of 5 regions (BC & the Yukon, the Prairies & North, Ontario, Quebec, the Atlantic), and which region’s book will be the ultimate winner?
Here are a few thing’s I’ve noticed about this year’s selection:
- Although the Quebec longlist contains The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny (a crime/detective novel), I don’t any other genre books in the running – just staid, “serious” books from the CanLit monolith. If I’m wrong, let me know in the comments.
- The Ontario longlist incudes books by Margaret Atwood, Robertson Davies, and Michael Ondaatje, 2 of which I had to read in high school. How adventurous!
- The Quebec longlist contains only 3 novels originally published in French. Fittingly, one of the English novels on Quebec’s longlist is Hugh MacLennan’s Two Solitudes.