For the week of April 23, 2017
- Embers by Richard Wagamese
- The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben
- Hello Humpback! by Roy Henry Vickers & Robert Budd, illustrated by Roy Henry Vickers
- On Island by Pat Carney
- Chilcotin Chronicles by Sage Birchwater
- British Columbia Lullaby by P.L. McCarron & Joy Steuerwald
- The Queen of the North Disaster by Colin Henthorne
- Stepping Stones by Margriet Ruurs, illustrated by Nizar Ali Badr
- Wolf Island by Nicholas Read, photographs by Ian McAllister
- Birds of British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest by Richard Cannings, Tom Aversa, Hal Opperman
- Tails Don’t Lie 2 by Adrian Raeside, illustrated by Adrian Raeside
- The Last Gang in Town by Aaron Chapman
- Vancouver in the Seventies by Kate Bird
- More Than Balloons by Lorna Crozier, illustrated by Rachelle Anne Miller
- Peace Dancer by Roy Henry Vickers & Robert Budd
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The Association of Book Publishers of BC (ABPBC) is a trade association, founded in 1974, whose aims are to foster an environment in which our members will flourish and to expand an awareness of the value of books in all our lives. We are the largest regional affiliate of the Association of Canadian Publishers.
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News & Events
April 17th, 2017
The Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia is profoundly dismayed at Postmedia’s decision to discontinue the weekly local books page in the Vancouver Sun as of April 22 – including the BC Bestseller List – and to run nationally syndicated book content.
The Vancouver Sun’s book page is an important outlet for book promotion and discovery in Western Canada; with four reviews or author interviews run each week, at least two of these pieces were related to BC authors. This amounts to approximately 100 BC books featured on the Sun’s books page each year. Books Editor Tracy Sherlock has been a dedicated champion for BC book publishing and its cultural landscape.
We were encouraged when, in April 2016, the BC Bestseller List, which the ABPBC provides to the Sun at no cost, was expanded from the top 10 to the top 15 titles. This investment in highlighting local authors and stories was lauded by librarians, booksellers, and readers alike, as it ensured that BC readers heard about a wider variety of titles, not just those put out by multinational publishers with marketing and advertising budgets that are well beyond those available to Canadian-owned firms.
With a shift to nationally syndicated editorial content, we believe the Sun’s diverse and regional specificity will be diluted into a monocultural perspective, creating a gap for British Columbians seeking content that speaks to their interests and local perspectives.
A 2015 consumer study by BookNet Canada, How Canadians Buy Books, found that reviews/recommendations were one of the top three ways book buyers became aware of their purchases, with newspapers and magazines being one of the top sources of these recommendations. The influence of bestseller lists toward book purchases was also identified as a key increase over the findings of the 2013 edition of this survey.
Canadian readers look to their local media outlets to both reflect and shape their cultural understanding, and in a time when the Government of Canada has seen fit to reinvest in arts and culture, we believe that continuing local coverage of books will ensure our country’s cultural discourse remains vital.
We encourage Postmedia to reconsider this decision to discontinue local book content and have reached out to them to request a meeting to discuss alternative solutions that the ABPBC may be able to assist with.
We also encourage readers to share their concerns with Postmedia executives and Vancouver Sun editors:
Lorne Motley, Vice-President, Editorial, Western Region, Postmedia Western Region
Harold Munro, Editor-in-Chief, Vancouver Sun
Valerie Casselton, Managing Editor, Vancouver Sun
Aleesha Harris, Arts Editor, Vancouver Sun
The Association of Book Publishers of BC (ABPBC) is a provincial association of 27 BC-owned and -controlled book publishing companies. The ABPBC works to support the long-term health and success of the Canadian-owned book industry in British Columbia.
April 6th, 2017
Everyday Exposure: Indigenous Mobilization and Environmental Justice in Canada’s Chemical Valley by Sarah Marie Wiebe (UBC Press) uncovers the systemic injustices faced on a daily basis in Aamjiwnaang. By exploring the problems that Canada’s conflicting levels of jurisdiction pose for the creation of environmental justice policy, analyzing clashes between Indigenous and scientific knowledge, and documenting the experiences of Aamjiwnaang residents as they navigate their toxic environment, this book argues that social and political change requires an experiential and transformative “sensing policy” approach, one that takes the voices of Indigenous citizens seriously.
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