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An updated statement from the ABPBC about the Vancouver Sun’s local books coverage 

May 4th, 2017

May 4, 2017 – The ABPBC is encouraged by the Vancouver Sun’s communication to our organization this week that confirmed their commitment to continued local books coverage.

On April 17, 2017, the ABPBC released a statement voicing our dismay at Postmedia’s plans to discontinue the weekly anchored local books page as well as the BC Bestsellers List as of April 22. We learned of this decision in a communication that also instructed BC publishers to stop sending books to the newspaper for review consideration – as is the usual practice – unless they were explicitly instructed to do so. We were heartened by the swift response to our statement from readers from across the country, who reiterated the importance of local book coverage.

On May 2, the Vancouver Sun‘s arts editor, Aleesha Harris, confirmed to the ABPBC that the paper will allot space for local books in the local Arts/Life pages twice per week, with a local book review or local author Q&A running on Thursdays in the Scene section, and the BC Bestsellers List and another local book review running in Saturday’s paper in the YOU section. Nationally prepared book coverage will appear separately in the Saturday Weekend Review section, alongside the Maclean’s bestseller list. This configuration was reflected in the April 27 and April 30, 2017, editions of the paper.

Harris also confirmed her intention to continue to working with a select roster of freelance reviewers established under the previous books editor, Tracy Sherlock. BC publishers are also encouraged to submit books for consideration to the national book review page editor, Lindsey Ward. We have sent a message to publishers with further details.

While we believe the Sun‘s readership would be better served, and the profile of BC books strengthened, by local and national book coverage that is anchored together, as it had been previously, the ABPBC appreciates the Sun‘s affirmed commitment to BC publishers and authors and their work. We look forward to ongoing editorial coverage, both in the Vancouver Sun and in other media outlets, that both informs and reflects our province’s readers.We also wish to thank Tracy Sherlock, the former Sun books editor, for her years of service on behalf of those readers.

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.