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News & Events

This is an enormously dynamic time in the history of book publishing. In this section, the ABPBC will keep its members and the public apprised of industry news, important events and services as we continue the business of traditional book publishing while responding to the many opportunities and challenges presented by the digital world. In News & Events we will also highlight member success stories and ABPBC activities.

News & Events Listing

Job Opportunity: Project Coordinator

June 20th, 2017

The Association of Book Publishers of BC (ABPBC), a trade association of 28 BC-owned and -controlled book publishing companies, is seeking a highly motivated, detail-oriented, and inquisitive Project Coordinator to help plan and execute projects that serve the needs of the diverse BC book publishing industry and engage book-related communities in British Columbia, Canada, and beyond.


The Project Coordinator’s responsibilities are split between marketing and administrative duties.

Marketing & Promotions

The Project Coordinator executes marketing projects that develop the public’s awareness and appreciation of BC books, including our Read Local BC campaign and associated branding (readlocalbc.ca), weekly BC Bestsellers List, BC Books Online website (bcbooksonline.com), Poetry in Transit campaign, Books for Schools catalogues, displays at trade shows/conferences/festivals, and collective advertising.

• Tracking project objectives, key metrics, and deliverables
• Managing project budgets and timelines
• Liaising with publishers, printers, contractors, and other personnel
• Assisting with grant applications and reporting
• Coordinating Read Local BC events (3 in spring, 3 in fall): coordinating venue logistics, readers, and event promotion
• Helping to develop and write editorial content for the ABPBC, BC Books Online, and Read Local websites, as well as helping to maintain these websites
• Contributing to the association’s social media accounts

With the guidance of the Executive Director, the Project Coordinator will be attentive to ways to improve program delivery or efficiency; expand or focus the scope of the projects; and engage new audiences or partnerships.

Administration and Professional Development

• Helping to coordinate professional development opportunities for the association’s membership, which include seminars and workshops, an annual retreat, an awards dinner, and an AGM: liaising with venue contacts, presenters, and participants; promoting events; managing registration; collecting and collating attendee feedback as needed
• Booking meeting rooms and coordinating meeting logistics (refreshments, A/V needs)
• Taking board and committee meeting minutes
• Handling email and phone inquiries
• Coordinating membership renewals
• Light bookkeeping tasks: sending invoices, tracking payments, making bank deposits
• General office operations and organization: filing, mailing, ordering supplies


• Enthusiasm for the book publishing industry and Canadian literature, demonstrated through a combination of relevant coursework, work experience, and reading interests
• Superior written and verbal communication skills, including proficiency with spelling, grammar, and punctuation
• Experience with marketing and/or copywriting, in particular advertising campaigns, social media management, online content writing, and/or web analytics
• Strong time management and organizational skills, including the ability to multitask and adapt to changing priorities
• Demonstrated ability to oversee a project from start to finish, while maintaining acute attention to detail
• Willingness to take initiative, and to work both independently and as part of a team
• Resourcefulness and creative problem-solving skills
• Strong customer service skills
• Proficiency with Mac computers, Microsoft Office, Google apps, WordPress CMS, and Adobe Acrobat
• Event planning and/or publicity experience an asset
• Graphic design experience and familiarity with InDesign an asset


The ABPBC is a member-led association, with its priorities and projects driven by a board and committees in response to the membership’s interests and needs. The Project Coordinator reports directly to the Executive Director.

This is a full-time, salaried position, based in the ABPBC’s downtown Vancouver office. Occasional travel and evening and weekend work may be required. Compensation will be commensurate with experience.

The ABPBC maintains a benefits package that includes medical, dental, optical, and long-term disability benefits, as well as BC Medical Service Plan premiums coverage. Professional development opportunities are available.


Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume, combined into one document, to the attention of Executive Director Heidi Waechtler at heidi@books.bc.ca. In the cover letter, please comment briefly on a book you recently enjoyed and why you would recommend it. You’re encouraged to demonstrate your personality and flair for writing.

The deadline for applications is Friday, July 7, 2017. Applications and queries will be kept confidential. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

The ABPBC is an equal-opportunity employer and strongly supports and values diversity in the workplace. Applications from all qualified candidates are welcome and individuals from equity-seeking groups are encouraged to apply.

Read Local BC website takes readers on a literary tour of the province

May 18th, 2017

The Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia (ABPBC) is proud to announce the launch of readlocalbc.ca, a new website that focuses on the vibrant community of authors, publishers, bookstores, and libraries that make up our province’s literary landscape.
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Job Posting: Senior Editor at Greystone Books

May 16th, 2017

Greystone Books is an award-winning publisher of exceptional trade books on social issues, the environment, science, health, nature, outdoor and recreation, travel and adventure, and sports. They’re searching for a dynamic, connected, creative-minded editor to come work with them full-time in their bright, airy office in Vancouver’s edgy Railtown neighbourhood.
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Congratulations to the 2017 BC Book Prizes winners

May 4th, 2017

Hearty congratulations to the winners of the 2017 BC Book Prizes (including links to ABPBC member publishers):

  • The Heaviness of Things That Float, by Jennifer Manuel (Douglas & McIntyre) – Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize
  • Mapping My Way Home: A Gitxsan History, by Neil J. Sterritt (Creekstone Press) – Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize
  • A Disappearance in Damascus: A Story of Friendship and Survival in the Shadow of War, by Deborah Campbell (Knopf Canada) – Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize
  • If I Were in a Cage I’d Reach Out for You, by Adèle Barclay (Nightwood Editions) – Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize
  • The Skeleton Tree, by Iain Lawrence (Tundra Books) – Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize
  • My Heart Fills With Happiness, by Monique Gray Smith and Julie Flett (Orca Book Publishers) – Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize
  • Embers: One Ojibway’s Meditations, by Richard Wagamese (Douglas & McIntyre) – Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award

  • 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.

    Featured Book: Everyday Exposure

    April 6th, 2017

    EverydayExposureEveryday 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.

    Featured Book: Refuge in the Black Deck

    March 13th, 2017

    RefugeintheBlackDeckWhen Ordinary Seaman Nicola Peffers boarded the HMCS Winnipeg in 2009, she was embarking on her first deployment with the Canadian Navy. At twenty-six years old, one of the top students in her training class, and one of the few women on the boat, Nicola began her career with a sense of optimism and hope towards seeing the world and serving her country.
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    BC Book Prizes Shortlists Announced

    March 10th, 2017

    The BC Book Prizes shortlists were announced on Tuesday, March 7, with nine ABPBC members represented and shortlisted for a total of twenty titles. The winners in the seven categories will be announced at the Lieutenant Governor’s BC Book Prizes Gala on Saturday, April 29. The dinner and awards ceremony will be held at the Pinnacle Harbourfront Hotel in downtown Vancouver. Tickets will be available for purchase through the BC Book Prizes website starting March 13.
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    The ABPBC thanks all who participated in BC Book Day!

    March 9th, 2017

    We were delighted that the Hon. Judith Guichon, OBC, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia joined us again at the BC Legislature to celebrate the day, and thank the Hon. Linda Reid, Speaker of the House, for coordinating this event. Ministers Shirley Bond and Peter Fassbender, MLAs Spencer Chandra Herbert and Lana Popham, and ABPBC Board President Kevin Williams delivered welcoming remarks that reflected on the role book publishers play in both the economy and our cultural fabric, and in particular the contributions of women. In a particularly nice moment, Minister Bond gifted two board books to MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert, who recently welcomed a son, Dev. After the speeches, the LG and Speaker toured the exhibits and met with publishers, authors, booksellers, festival directors, and representatives from other publishing-related organizations from around the province.

    Watch a video of the remarks and the proclamation of BC Book Day here.
    More photos from BC Book Day
    Read the press release issued by the Ministry of Job Skills, Tourism, and Skills Training

    BC Legislature to Host Fourth Annual BC Book Day on March 8th

    February 20th, 2017

    BC Book Day

    On March 8, 2017, the BC Legislature will host the fourth annual BC Book Day, offering an opportunity for MLAs and their staff to meet with the province’s publishers, authors, festival directors, librarians, and booksellers and to celebrate BC books. This year the date coincides with International Women’s Day; books on display will highlight the breadth of BC-published titles by, for, and about women. The Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia; the Honourable Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism, and Skills Training; and the Honourable Peter Fassbender, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, will offer remarks as part of the celebration. Following the display, a proclamation declaring March 8, 2017, as BC Book Day will be read in the Legislature.

    We encourage publishers, authors, booksellers, and readers alike to share their BC reads and celebrate BC Book Day on March 8th by using the hashtag #BCBookDay on social media.

    ABPBC Thanks Government of BC for Renewal of Book Publishing Tax Credit

    February 15th, 2017

    The Association of Book Publishers of BC thanks the Government of BC for its renewed support of the British Columbia Book Publishing Tax Credit. Established in 2003, the credit is an effectively administered structural support that enables BC-owned publishers to grow their businesses strategically in the face of market volatility and low operating margins. BC publishers are pleased that this government recognizes the economic, educational, and cultural value of books in the lives of the province’s citizens and communities. See more on the renewal here.

    Featured Book: Even this Page is White

    February 1st, 2017

    eventhispageiswhiteVivek Shraya’s debut collection of poetry, even this page is white (Arsenal Pulp Press), is a bold, timely, and personal interrogation of skin―its origins, functions, and limitations. Poems that range in style from starkly concrete to limber break down the barriers that prevent understanding of what it means to be racialized. Shraya paints the face of everyday racism with words, rendering it visible, tangible, and undeniable.
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    $5,000 Donated in Memory of Victoria Booksellers Jim Munro and Mel Bolen

    January 19th, 2017

    A fundraising campaign by members of Vancouver Island’s book community has raised $5,000 for the Times Colonist Christmas Fund. The campaign – a joint effort by Heritage House Publishing and Vancouver Island authors and bookstores – was tied to the pre-Christmas sale of two books: Hard Knox: Musings from the Edge of Canada, by Jack Knox, and The Valiant Nellie McClung: Selected Writings by Canada’s Most Famous Suffragist, by Barbara Smith and Nellie McClung. For each copy sold of the two books, a portion of revenues earned by the author, bookstore, and publisher were directed to the Christmas Fund. The campaign was spearheaded by Heritage House publisher Rodger Touchie with support from Heritage sales rep John Walls, authors Jack Knox and Barbara Smith, and participating bookstores Munro’s Books, Bolen Books, Tanner’s Books, Ivy’s Bookshop, Russell Books, and Ten Old Books.
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    Featured Book: Stepping Stones, A Refugee Family’s Journey

    January 11th, 2017

    steppingstonesStepping Stones tells the story of Rama and her family, who are forced to flee their once-peaceful village to escape the ravages of the civil war raging ever closer to their home. With only what they can carry on their backs, Rama and her mother, father, grandfather and brother, Sami, set out to walk to freedom in Europe.
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    The ABPBC mourns the passing of Madeline “Mel” Bolen

    January 5th, 2017

    madeline-bolen The ABPBC is saddened by the passing of Madeline “Mel” Bolen, founder of Victoria’s Bolen Books, who died on December 21 at the age of 72. As noted on Bolen’s website, “She was a pioneer in early entrepreneurship for women in the seventies and eighties and took chances in expansion of her business in the face of competition.” Bolen’s opened in 1975 and expanded to become one of the largest single-location independent bookstores in Canada. When she retired in 2010, Mel sold the store to her daughter Samantha; her granddaughter, Madeline, has worked in the store since 2014.

    Customers are invited to visit Bolen Books and share their memories in a book of condolences. Our thoughts are with the Bolen family.

    In memory of Mel Bolen and Jim Munro, who both died in 2016, the Western Book Reps Association is donating $500 to a charity of each store’s choosing.

    The WBRP is encouraging others to match its contribution. To donate, contact Jennifer Fyffe at (778) 847-3511 or jfyffe@penguinrandomhouse.com.

    Featured Book: The Sustainability Dilemma

    December 6th, 2016

    sustainabilitydilemmaAuthors Robert Griffin and Richard A. Rajala delve into two controversial issues British Columbians have faced over the past 60 years—the management of our forest industry and its impact on our freshwater ecosystems. Illustrated with black-and-white and colour photographs, this book looks closely at some of the key players and issues of the time—from E.C. Manning, C.D. Orchard and the proposal and implementation of sustained-yield policies in the 1930s and 1940s to Ray Williston, Jim Hart, and two fish-forestry conflicts that captured province-wide attention in the 1960s and 1970s.

    ABPBC mourns the passing of Jim Munro

    November 24th, 2016

    jimmunro We were saddened to learn that Jim Munro, co-founder of the venerable Munro’s Books in Victoria and a member of the Order of Canada, died suddenly on November 21, at the age of 87. As the Times-Colonist wrote of him, Jim was “a cultured, gregarious and dapper man-about-town” and a well-beloved figure in the BC book community.
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    Featured Book: Gatherings XV, Water Anthology

    November 22nd, 2016

    gatheringswebOriginally conceived in 1989 by the En’owkin Center in Pentincton, BC, the Gatherings journal of writing features students from the En’owkin International School of Writing as well as other Indigenous writers. Following a decade without the once annual journal, Theytus Books has published Gatherings XV: Water Anthology, a collection of works by Indigenous youth exploring the qualities and importance of water to youth, their families, and their communities. The journal will be launched with a series of four readings from 6:30 – 8:30pm on December 7, 2016 at the Okanagan Heritage Museum during Water Poetics of the Landscape: A Workshop.

    Job Posting: LifeTree Media Seeks Senior Editor to Join Virtual Team

    November 7th, 2016

    LifeTree Media is seeking a senior editor to join our virtual team on a part-time basis starting January 2017. We are intensely passionate about purpose. That’s why we specialize in non-fiction books that help, heal and inspire. Our company was founded on the principle that every human being has an essential contribution to make to the human race, and that our most significant contributions are intimately tied to our personal satisfaction in life. In other words, we can all make the world a bit of a better place just by being in the right job.
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    BC Publishers Featured on the Toronto Star Bestsellers List

    October 28th, 2016

    Two of our member publishers have titles featured on the Toronto Star’s Bestsellers list this week! No Way to Run by Holly Crichton (Caitlin Press) is #6 on the Canadian Non-Fiction list and The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben (Greystone Books) is #5 on the Original Non-Fiction list.

    Read Local BC Showcases Local Books with Events & Promotions Across the Province

    October 19th, 2016

    Following the widespread success of the inaugural Read Local BC campaign in 2015, the Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia (ABPBC) launches the initiative for a second year. From October 28 – November 7, 2016, readers across the province can discover locally published books and meet authors resident in their community through a range of activities in bookstores and libraries throughout British Columbia.
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    Poetry in Transit celebrates 20 years!

    September 21st, 2016

    Poetry in Transit will celebrate twenty years of BC-authored poems on SkyTrains, bus shelters, and buses throughout the province on Wednesday September 21 at The Emerald, as part of Word Vancouver.

    Readings of 20 poems featured as part of the campaign will commemorate the extraordinary contribution poets have made to the cultural fabric of BC. Poetry in Transit initiator Sandy Shreve will host. Read Article

    The Association of Book Publishers of BC to honour 2016 publishing award recipients

    September 9th, 2016

    The Association of Book Publishers of BC (ABPBC) is pleased to present two awards recognizing outstanding contributions to the province’s publishing industry. Scott McIntyre, founding partner of Douglas & McIntyre Publishers, will receive this year’s Gray Campbell Distinguished Service Award, and Talonbooks, one of Canada’s oldest literary presses, will be honoured with the 2016 Jim Douglas Publisher of the Year Award.

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    ABPBC Announces New Executive Director!

    June 24th, 2016

    The ABPBC has announced Heidi Waechtler as the incoming executive director. Heidi is currently the Managing Editor at Coach House Books in Toronto and will begin her tenure with the Association on September 6th.
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    Leah Horlick Wins 10th Dayne Ogilive Prize Award for LBGT Emerging Writers

    June 8th, 2016

    Leah Horlick, author of For Your Own Good (Caitlin Press, 2015) and Riot Lung (Thistledown Press, 2012) is to receive the Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBT Emerging Writers, as announced by the Writer’s Trust of Canada. See more about the author and award here.

    Province of BC Releases Creative Industries Infographic

    May 10th, 2016

    In following Creative Industries Week, the Province of British Columbia released an infographic outlining the contribution of our various creative industries. Download the infographic here.


    A Parliament of Poets by Zoe Duhaime

    April 18th, 2016

    (a storypoem for BC Book Day)
    Prepared by and presented on BC Book Day by Victoria Youth Poet Laureate, Zoe Duhaime.

    1st page
    Welcome to the parliament of poets.

    2nd page
    You will feel, like any child, a pull to the library.
    Welcome to the top of the mountain,
    the roses of the flower bed,
    the warren in an endless field.
    the room is cold, but the spines are red,
    No food allowed, but the minds are fed.
    You’ll want to spend all day here,
    and you can, my friend!
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    Alan Twigg named recipient of the 13th annual Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence

    March 23rd, 2016

    The West Coast Book Prize Society is proud to recognize Alan Twigg as the recipient of the 13th annual Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence.
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    Finalists Announced for the 2016 BC Book Prizes

    March 9th, 2016

    The West Coast Book Prize Society is thrilled to announce the finalists for the 2016 BC Book Prizes. Congratulations to the authors, illustrators, and publishers! The winner of the 2016 Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence will be announced on March 23.

    Margaret Reynolds Nominated for YWCA Women of Distinction Award

    March 8th, 2016

    ABPBC Executive Director Margaret Reynolds has been nominated for the YWCA Women of Distinction Award in the category of arts, culture, and design. Recognized nationally, the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards honours individuals and organizations whose outstanding activities and achievements contribute to the well-being and future of our community.
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    Canadian Scholar’s Press Seeks Research & Marketing Intern

    February 3rd, 2016

    Canadian Scholars’ Press Inc./Women’s Press (CSPI) is seeking a Research and Marketing intern. Working from their downtown Vancouver office, this individual will receive a unique opportunity to learn about all aspects of higher educational publishing from CSPI’s satellite office.
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    Job Posting: Caitlin Press Seeks Two New Additions to Their Team

    November 27th, 2015

    Caitlin Press is looking for two energetic individuals to help expand their team. They are accepting applications for a Marketing and Promotions Coordinator and a Production/Editorial Coordinator.
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    BC Books Online Launches Today!

    November 17th, 2015

    BC Books Online, a comprehensive database featuring more than 8,500 books and ebooks from BC publishers, launches today. The innovative project, spearheaded by the Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia (ABPBC), enables librarians, booksellers, educators and the public alike to easily browse books from the province’s publishers, for the first time through one central website. See the full release here.

    Jennifer Kingsley wins the 2015 National Outdoor Book Award in Outdoor Literature

    November 16th, 2015

    Greystone Books is thrilled to announce that Jennifer Kingsley has been awarded the 2015 National Outdoor Book Award (NOBA) for Outdoor Literature in Non-Fiction for her first book, Paddlenorth: Adventure, Resilience, and Renewal in the Arctic Wild.
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    Wayde Compton Wins 2015 Book Award for The Outer Harbour

    November 13th, 2015

    An interconnected short story collection about Vancouver’s recent past and its dystopian very-near future is the winner of the 2015 City of Vancouver Book Award. Writer Wayde Compton was presented the prize for The Outer Harbour (Arsenal Pulp Press) on Thursday evening at the 2015 Mayor’s Arts Awards.
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    ABPBC and Creative BC Launch Book Sector Profile for British Columbia

    November 10th, 2015

    The Association of Book Publishers of BC and Creative BC are proud to launch Reading the Tea Leaves: A Book Sector Profile for British Columbia. Prepared by Susan Renouf and Tricia McCraney, this sector profile provides compelling evidence of the stability of BC’s publishing community as well as the challenges we face. It demonstrates our strong commitment to BC and Canadian stories and our ability to take these stories to the world in print and digital formats. Lastly, it provides recommendations to build and grow our sector, which the Association of Book Publishers of BC looks forward to pursuing with our library, bookstore and government partners. See the full report here.

    Self-Counsel Press Seeks Publicity Manager

    October 22nd, 2015

    Self-Counsel Press is looking for a creative, energetic person to generate publicity in both online and traditional media for their list of small-business, legal and personal finance books in both print and eBook format. The position is full-time and in-house at their North Vancouver office.

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    City of Victoria Butler Prize Announced

    October 16th, 2015

    The winner of the City of Victoria Butler Prize went to Julie Paul for her short story collection The Pull of the Moon published by Brindle and Glass.

    Anvil and UBC Press Books Shortlisted for the Kobzar Literary Awards

    October 16th, 2015

    The Kobzar Literary Award celebrates narratives that address Ukrainian Canadian themes. This year two ABPBC members have books shortlisted: Anvil Press for Grant Buday’s The Delusionist, and University of British Columbia Press for According to Baba: A collaborative Oral History of Sudbury’s Ukrainian Community by Stacey Zembrzycki.

    Dipnetting with Dad wins the Gold Medal for the Moonbeam Award’s Best First Picture Book

    October 13th, 2015

    Caitlin PressDipnetting with Dad, by Willie Sellars and illustrated by Kevin Easthope, has won the Gold Medal for the Moonbeam Award’s Best First Picture Book. The Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards are an international award for children’s books published in English or Spanish. The awards are meant to bring increased recognition to exemplary children’s books and their creators, and to celebrate children’s books and life-long reading.
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    Arsenal Pulp Press Titles Among 2015 City of Vancouver Book Award Finalists

    October 13th, 2015

    Four books that reflect Vancouver’s unique character, culture and history have been selected as finalists for the 2015 City of Vancouver Book Award. The list includes Live at the Commodore by Aaron Chapman and The Outer Harbour by Wade Compton, both published by Arsenal Pulp Press. The 27th annual City of Vancouver Book Award will be presented at the Mayor’s Arts Awards ceremony at the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre on November 12, 2015.

    Job Opportunity: Self-Counsel Press Seeks Publisher

    October 1st, 2015

    Self-Counsel Press, established in 1971 and head-quartered in North Vancouver, is seeking a new Publisher. This is a full-time, in-office position.
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    Poetry in Transit 2015 Launches at Word Vancouver September 27th

    September 24th, 2015

    Poetry in Transit 2015 launches at Word Vancouver this Sunday. Hosted by former Poet Laureate Evelyn Lau, the event will feature readings by poets Beth Kope (Caitlin Press), Miranda Pearson (Oolichan Books), Pamela Porter (Ronsdale Press), Michael Kenyon (Brick Books), Kayla Czaga (Nightwood Editions), and Russell Thornton (Quattro Books). See Word Vancouver for a full schedule of events.

    ABPBC Members Among Finalists for 2015 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Awards

    September 11th, 2015

    The Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) announced the finalists for its eight major children’s book awards including: Dolphin SOS (Tradewind Books) for the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, Arrow Through the Axes (Ronsdale Press) for the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People, and About That Night (Orca Book Publishers) for the John Spray Mystery Award. More information available on the CCBC website.

    New Publisher for Royal BC Museum Announced

    August 4th, 2015

    On August 6th Gerry Truscott will be ending his 26-year tenure with the Royal BC Museum. We’d like to wish Gerry all the best and welcome his replacement, Michelle van der Merwe, to the Association.

    Call for Nominations: City of Vancouver 2015 Mayor’s Arts Awards

    July 9th, 2015

    The City of Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Awards recognize established and emerging artists in a wide array of disciplines that make up our creative sector – from literary to culinary and visual to performing arts, as well as five unique awards for contributions to our community. Nominations are still being accepted for the literary awards until July 17. For more information about the awards and to make a nomination, visit their site.

    Job Posting: Arsenal Pulp Press Seeks Full-Time Production Manager

    July 2nd, 2015

    Arsenal Pulp Press of Vancouver seeks a full-time production manager to oversee the design and production of its printed and digital books and other materials. Duties include the co-ordination of all aspects of production; the design of book covers and interiors, catalogues, and advertisements; the formatting and creation of .epub and .mobi files for ebook production (knowledge of HTML and CSS preferred); and working with freelancers and printers. Applicants should be outgoing, self-motivated, open-minded, and compatible with our indie-press style. Proficiency in Creative Suite (Mac and/or PC, including InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro), Acrobat Pro, is a plus, as is previous experience in book production. Please email resumes to Brian Lam, Publisher: blam@arsenalpulp.com. Application deadline: July 15.

    Job Posting: Publicist Wanted

    June 24th, 2015

    Harbour Publishing/Douglas & McIntyre, book publishers, require an experienced publicist to work in their Madeira Park office. Duties include media relations, author relations, and event planning and hosting. Candidate should be personable, well-organized, computer savvy and unflappable. Good copy writing skills essential and design/desktop publishing skills a plus. Previous experience in book publishing preferred. Remuneration based on experience. Send cover letter and resume by July 10 to Howard White, info@harbourpublishing.com.

    Job Posting: Ampersand is Looking for an Account Manager

    June 8th, 2015

    Ampersand Canada’s Book and Gift Agency Inc. is looking for an Account Manager based in their Richmond, B.C. office with a territory covering the Okanagan, North Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland. As an Account Manager you will be responsible for selling our line’s lists and will serve as the liaison between lines and accounts.
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    ABPBC Joins BC Artscape Development Program with Literary Arts Centre

    June 1st, 2015

    BC Artscape, the non-profit organization established December 2014 to make space for creativity and transform communities, has announced the six non-profit organizations to receive support through the first instance of the new BC Artscape Cultural Space Development Mentorship & Coaching Program, a program funded by the City of Vancouver and Vancity Community Foundation for three years. Art Space Action, The Association of Book Publishers of BC, Contemporary Art Matters, MakerLabs, the Powell Street Festival Society and the Vancouver Independent Music Centre Society will benefit from a free-of-charge year-long program designed to build their capacity to advance their own creative placemaking projects that will benefit local communities. See full press release here.

    Chinese Fairy Tale Feasts Book Launch on May 3rd

    April 28th, 2015


    2015 BC Book Prizes Winners Announced

    April 28th, 2015

    This past Saturday, The West Coast Book Prize Society announced the names of the winners of the 31st Annual BC Book Prizes, which were established in 1985 to celebrate the achievements of British Columbia writers and publishers. Full details on the winners available here.

    2015 Arthur Ellis Awards Shortlists for Crime Writing Announced

    April 24th, 2015

    The 2015 Arthur Ellis Awards Shortlists for Crime Writing have been announced. The Awards, established in 1984 and named after the nom de travail of Canada’s official hangman, are awarded annually by the Crime Writers of Canada. See their website for more details.

    Caitlin Press Storms the Award Circuit with Two New Nominations

    April 1st, 2015

    Caitlin press was pleased to received news this week of two award nominations. Pedal, by Chelsea Rooney, has been selected as a finalist for the Amazon First Novel Award and Dipnetting with Dad, written by Willie Sellars and illustrated by Kevin Easthope, has been nominated for the Shining Willow Award.
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    Betty Keller named recipient of the 12th annual Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence

    March 25th, 2015

    The West Coast Book Prize Society is proud to recognize Betty Keller as the recipient of the 12th annual Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence. British Columbia’s Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Judith Guichon, will present the award at the Lieutenant Governor’s BC Book Prizes Gala to be held at the Pinnacle Vancouver Harbourfront Hotel in Vancouver on Saturday, April 25, 2015.
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    Chinese Fairy Tale Feasts on shortlist for Gourmand World Cookbook Awards

    March 25th, 2015

    Edouard Cointreau, President of Gourmand Awards in Paris, announced recently that Tradewind Books author Paul Yee and his illustrator Shaoli Wang’s book (recipes by Judy Chan) Chinese Fairy Tale Feasts has been voted the ‘Best Canadian Cookbook’ in the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. Their book will now compete against winners in the same category from other countries, and the results will be announced on June 9 at the annual Awards event in Yantai, China.

    Pacific Educational Press Launches New Website

    March 25th, 2015

    Pacific Educational Press has launched a new website featuring responsive, mobile-enabled design. Visit the new site here.

    2015 BC Book Prizes Finalists Announced

    March 11th, 2015

    The West Coast Book Prize Society announced the finalists for the 2015 BC Book Prizes today. Winners will be announced on Saturday, April 25, 2015. See the BC Book Prizes’ site for a listing of the finalists and more information about the awards.

    Raziel Reid is in the Finals for Canada Reads 2015

    January 20th, 2015

    Arsenal Pulp Press is thrilled to announce that When Everything Feels like the Movies, the acclaimed young-adult novel by debut author Raziel Reid of Vancouver, is a finalist for CBC Radio’s Canada Reads 2015 competition, whose theme is “Books That Break Barriers.”

    Lunch Poems at SFU

    January 7th, 2015

    SFU Public Square presents Kate Braid and Amber Dawn at Lunch Poems at SFU on January 21, 12-1pm in SFU Harbour Centre’s Teck Gallery (515 W Hastings St.). This is a free event and no registration is required. Lunch Poems hosts well-known and up-and-coming poets on the third Wednesday of every month except July and August. Please visit their website for more information.

    Job Posting: Editor, Self-Counsel Press

    December 22nd, 2014

    Self-Counsel Press, an established Canadian book publisher with global sales, is looking for a early-career editor to work in their North Vancouver office. This position will report to the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief and work with the SCP production team to develop, edit and produce new titles, update current titles, and help administer the office’s editorial operation.
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    Canada Reads Now Taking Recommendations for 2015

    November 26th, 2014

    Canada Reads is now accepting recommendations for 2015. Submissions are due by November 30th and can be made via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or Email.

    New Indie Bestsellers List

    November 25th, 2014

    BookNet Canada and the Retail Council of Canada recently launched an Indie Bestsellers List, featuring two of Greystone’s titles on a list of overall bestsellers for this week.

    Arsenal Pulp Press Longlisted for the 2015 Dublin Literary Award

    November 24th, 2014

    Quill & Quire announced today that Arsenal Pulp Press’ Anatomy of a Girl Gang, is one of 11 Canadian titles longlisted for the 2015 Dublin Literary Award.

    Governor General Award Goes to Arsenal Pulp Press’ New Title

    November 20th, 2014

    Raziel Reid has won the $25,000 Governor General’s Literary Award for his debut young adult novel When Everything Feels like the Movies, becoming the youngest ever winner in the children’s literature categories. Learn more about the book through Arsenal Pulp Press and more about the award through the Governor General Literary Awards.

    Job Posting: Publisher/Chief Executive Officer, Coteau Books

    November 19th, 2014

    Coteau Books is seeking an experienced Canadian publishing industry professional, to work out of its Regina office. The position is planned to begin in early 2015 as a training situation with the current managing editor; the publisher to assume full responsibilities of the position as of July 1. Coteau offers a competitive salary and benefits package. The deadline is December 15, 2014. visit their website for more details.
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    2014/15 Books for Schools Catalogues

    October 23rd, 2014

    Our educational catalogues, BC Books for BC Schools and Canadian Aboriginal Books for Schools, have hit the mail! Hard copies are available by emailing admin@books.bc.ca and pdfs are available on our For Teacher-Librarians page.

    Word 2014

    October 1st, 2014

    Executive Director Margaret Reynolds (wearing vintage Word swag) hands out our latest Books for Schools catalogues, Poetry in Transit posters, and information on the proposed Vancouver Literary Arts Centre.

    Help Plant the Vancouver Poet Tree, Sept 27

    September 26th, 2014

    21st Annual Surrey International Writers’ Conference

    August 22nd, 2014

    October 23rd-26th at the Sheraton Guildford Hotel in Surrey, BC. No matter what level your writing is at, this is your chance to attend over 70 workshops and meet one-on-one with well-known authors, agents and editors. View www.siwc.ca for more details.

    Job Posting: UBC Press, Assistant Director, Finance & Operations

    August 11th, 2014

    The Assistant Director Finance and Operations position is responsible for providing support to the director in all matters pertaining to the financial leadership, direction, and strategic guidance of UBC Press. Closing Date: 08/13/2014.

    Full details: http://www.hr.ubc.ca/careers-postings/staff.php

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    Nominate Vancouver’s next Poet Laureate

    July 23rd, 2014

    Deadline is August 27, 2014. Details: http://ow.ly/zsY0y

    *Updated Deadline: Aug 1* Job Posting: Publishing Intern, Caitlin Press

    July 7th, 2014

    Caitlin Press is seeking a publishing intern for a full time one-year contract.

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    Internship with Greystone Books: Publishing Technology Internship

    June 27th, 2014

    This is a paid, full-time, year-long internship based in Greystone’s Vancouver office. Click through for full details.

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    Quill & Quire: Why the loss of Access Copyright royalties could be devastating for educational publishers

    May 29th, 2014

    This article originally appeared in Q&Q‘s May 2014 print issue. The e-version is available here.

    Earlier this year, Oxford University Press Canada ceased publishing in its schools division after yet another year of double-digit sales declines. As with other publishers active in the K–12 market, OUP Canada faced shrinking provincial budgets, changing curricula, and a weakened post-recession economy. But it was another factor – the loss of royalties distributed on behalf of schools by Access Copyright, Canada’s copyright licencing agency – that perhaps dealt the final blow.

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    Educational Catalogue Submissions: Due June 6

    May 21st, 2014

    It’s submission time for the ABPBC’s BC Books for BC Schools and Canadian Aboriginal Books for Schools catalogues. Please contact kerrie@books.bc.ca for submission details.


    Little Sister’s Book and Art Emporium to Receive Gray Campbell Service Award

    April 16th, 2014

     Little Sister’s Book and Art Emporium is an institution synonymous in all our minds with the grit and courage it took to first open a bookstore in the mid-eighties that catered to the LGBT community – even before it had been so named; then to endure various homophobic persecutions including fire bombings, threats of violence and insults; and, most famously, to stand up against the censorship of books and magazines destined for the store by the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency, who for over 15 years systematically confiscated, destroyed or held up books that were being shipped to other book and news outlets in Canada without penalty.
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    Ronsdale Press: Jim Douglas Publisher of the Year!

    April 16th, 2014

    In 1988, Ronald and Veronica Hatch took over Cacanadada Press with the aim of publishing books that would give Canadians new insights into themselves and their country. With Ron and Ronny at the helm, Ronsdale Press was born. When asked why he bought the press, Ron simply said, “I felt I could add something.”

    Indeed, Ron and Veronica have added tremendously to BC’s publishing landscape. Starting out with four poetry books, Ronsdale Press now has some 230 books—all of which are in print—and publishes poetry, fiction, regional history, biography and children’s books.

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    UPDATED: Lunch Poems at SFU: April 16, May 21 and June 18

    April 11th, 2014

    Click through to learn more about the spring schedule for “Lunch Poems at SFU.”

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    Job Posting: Publicity Manager, Self-Counsel Press

    April 11th, 2014

    LOCATION: North Vancouver, BC

    Self-Counsel Press is seeking a FULL-TIME, IN-HOUSE ‘Publicity Manager’. We’re looking for a creative, energetic person to generate publicity in both online and traditional media for our list of small-business, legal and personal finance books in both print and eBook format.
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    April 4th, 2014

    For Immediate Release

    The creative industries are hugely important to British Columbia’s economic well-being of which indigenous book publishing is a significant component. With global distribution in both print and digital formats, BC publishing brings our stories to the world. On April 9th the BC Legislature will celebrate the achievements of BC’s publishing industry with a proclamation and an exhibition of BC-published books at the Parliament Buildings in Victoria.

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    Photos: ABPBC Retreat 2014

    March 12th, 2014

    Thanks to our speakers, guests and members for participating in our 2014 retreat!

    Catherine Montgomery, Taryn Boyd and Catherine Edwards chat as the rain beats down.

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    Job Posting: Publicity Coordinator, Whitecap Books

    March 12th, 2014

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    Whitecap Books is one of Canada’s leading book publishers. Our diverse list focuses primarily on food and wine, but also extends to regional history, regional guidebooks, children’s picture books, and YA.  Whitecap publishes approximately 20 titles per year, separated into Spring and Fall seasons. We are currently seeking one talented, organized, and detail-orientated individual to fill the position of Publicity Coordinator.

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    Job Posting: Editorial and Production Assistant, Whitecap Books

    March 12th, 2014

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    Whitecap Books is one of Canada’s leading book publishers. Our diverse list focusses primarily on food and wine, but also extends regional history, regional guidebooks, children’s picture books, and YA.  We are currently seeking one talented, organized, and detail-orientated individual to fill the position of Editorial and Production Assistant.

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    Job Posting: Editor, Whitecap Books

    March 12th, 2014

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    Whitecap Books is one of Canada’s leading book publishers. Our diverse list focuses primarily on food and wine, but also extends to regional history, regional guidebooks, children’s picture books, and YA.  Whitecap publishes approximately 20 titles per year, separated into Spring and Fall seasons. We are currently seeking one talented, organized, and overall amazing human to fill the position of inhouse Editor.

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    Peter Culley and Maxine Gadd, Lunch Poems at SFU on March 19

    February 26th, 2014

    Presented by SFU Public Square, 12-1pm in SFU Harbour Centre’s Teck Gallery (515 W Hastings St.). Free admission, no registration required. Lunch Poems hosts well-known and up-and-coming poets on the third Wednesday of every month except July and August. For more information visit www.sfu.ca/publicsquare/lunchpoems.

    Job Opening: Publishing Assistant, TouchWood Editions

    February 19th, 2014

    TouchWood Editions is an independent Canadian book publisher based in Victoria, BC. We produce books of various genres including food & lifestyle titles, mystery novels, and literary fiction.

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    Reconciliation through Poetry: Feb 27

    February 19th, 2014

    Five diverse poets will unveil newly commissioned work exploring the concept of reconciliation in honour of Chief Robert Joseph, recipient of SFU’s 2014 Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue. Featuring poets Jordan Abel, Joanne Arnott, Juliane Okot Bitek, Jordan Scott and Daniel Zomparelli.

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    ACP Media Release: Federal budget increases stability of funding to Canadian book publishers

    February 13th, 2014

    TORONTO, ONTARIO—(February 12, 2014)—The Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP) welcomes the stabilization of funding to the Canada Book Fund (CBF) in yesterday’s federal budget. The budget proposes making the $9 million supplementary portion of the fund, first introduced to the Department of Canadian Heritage budget in 2001, permanent beginning in April 2015.

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    Job Posting: Senior Book Designer, Greystone Books

    February 11th, 2014

    Full time, salary position in Vancouver Railtown office

    Greystone Books, a Canadian trade book publisher, is looking for a book designer to work in an environment where visual quality has always been of the highest priority. Click through for full details.

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    Jan 30: Reading by Poet Jeff Derksen

    January 27th, 2014

    The SFU Library is pleased to be sponsoring this upcoming reading by poet Jeff Derksen on January 30, 201 4 in Special Collections.

    Date: Thursday, January 30, 2014
    Time: 12:30pm to 1:30pm – free – drop-in
    Location: SFU Library Special Collections, Room 7100, 7th floor, W.A.C. Bennett Library (Burnaby Campus) ( http://www.lib.sfu.ca/help/floorplans/special-collections )
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    Lunch Poems at SFU: Ray Hsu and Joanne Arnott, Feb 19

    January 27th, 2014

    Presented by SFU Public Square, 12-1pm in SFU Harbour Centre’s Teck Gallery (515 W Hastings St.). Free admission, no registration required.

    Lunch Poems hosts well-known and up-and-coming poets on the third Wednesday of every month except July and August. For more information visit www.sfu.ca/publicsquare/lunchpoems.

    Jan 15 Lunch Poems at SFU: Daphne Marlatt and Jordan Scott

    January 6th, 2014

    Presented by SFU Public Square, 12-1pm in SFU Harbour Centre’s Teck Gallery (515 W Hastings St.). Free admission, no registration required.
    Lunch Poems hosts well-known and up-and-coming poets on the third Wednesday of every month except July and August. For more information visit www.sfu.ca/publicsquare/lunchpoems.

    Free Poetry in Transit Posters!

    November 6th, 2013

    After 17 years of installing Poetry in Transit cards on buses and skytrains, we find ourselves with boxes of posters that would look much better on your walls than they do in our office. We invite you to come down to our office and pick up some free posters. Email us at admin@books.bc.ca to make arrangements.

    Brighten up your walls, celebrate BC poetry and help us make room for another 17 years of Poetry in Transit.

    Lunch Poems at SFU: Dennis E. Bolen & Fiona Tinwei Lam, Nov 20

    November 4th, 2013

    Presented by SFU Public Square, 12-1pm in SFU Harbour Centre’s Teck Gallery (515 W Hastings St.).
    Free admission, no registration required. Lunch Poems hosts well-known and up-and-coming poets on the third Wednesday of every month except July and August. For more information visit www.sfu.ca/publicsquare/lunchpoems.

    Poetry in Transit 2013/14 Launch at Word Vancouver

    October 1st, 2013

    Through wind, rain, snow and sleet, the ABPBC launched Poetry in Transit 2013/14 with help from host Evelyn Lau and five PiT poets.

    PiT13/14 is now up on a bus near you! We also have ten Transit Shelter Posters popping up around Vancouver. We hope they brighten your commute!

    Poetry in Transit 2013/14 (Image care of Charlie Smith)

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    Word Vancouver 2013

    October 1st, 2013

    Thank you to the organizers, exhibitors and participants and for another successful Word Vancouver! It was a fantastic opportunity to connect with publishers, editors, translators, readers and writers.

    Click through for photos!

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    Lunch Poems at SFU: Oct 16

    October 1st, 2013

    George Stanley and Brad Cran featured at Oct 16 “Lunch Poems at SFU.” Presented by SFU Public Square, 12-1pm in SFU Harbour Centre’s Teck Gallery (515 W Hastings St.).

    Free admission, no registration required.

    Lunch Poems hosts well-known and up-and-coming poets on the third Wednesday of every month except July and August. For more information visit www.sfu.ca/publicsquare/lunchpoems.

    Upcoming Event: Word Vancouver, Sept 25-29

    September 6th, 2013

    All events are free and will take place at various venues from Sept. 25 to 29. The big festival day happens on Sunday the 29th in and around the Central Branch of the Vancouver Public Library (350 W Georgia St, between Robson and Georgia and Hamilton and Homer). Come hear musical performances, author readings and panel discussions, and take part in free workshops. Canadian authors and book and magazine exhibitors are all gathered to share their passion for words and stories. Fun for literature and literacy lovers of any age!

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    Call for Volunteers: Word Vancouver

    August 8th, 2013

    WORD Vancouver is a free community event and Western Canada’s largest celebration of literacy and reading. Held on the last weekend of September at Library Square in beautiful downtown Vancouver, our festival promotes books and authors with exhibits, performances, and hands-on activities for a wide range of ages and interests, all for free. Formerly called The Word on the Street Vancouver, this year the festival is rebranding with a new name. Volunteers contribute in many different capacities, including Set-Up, Traffic Control/Greeter, and Venue Captain.

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    Job Posting: Marketing Coordinator, Orca Book Publishers

    August 7th, 2013

    Orca Book Publishers, a successful Canadian children’s book publisher with a North American presence, is looking for a Marketing Coordinator to work in their busy Victoria office. This position will be responsible for the coordination of marketing campaigns for books and digital content, managing ongoing marketing efforts and formulating new campaigns. The ideal candidate will have a marketing background and some book experience. Orca is looking for someone who is organized, forward-thinking and eager to generate new ideas.

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    Lunch Poem at SFU: Meredith Quartermain and Miranda Pearson, June 19

    June 4th, 2013

    Presented by SFU Public Square, 12-1pm in SFU Harbour Centre’s Teck Gallery (515 W Hastings St.). Free admission, no registration required.

    Lunch Poems hosts well-known and up-and-coming poets on the third Wednesday of every month except July and August. For more information visit www.sfu.ca/publicsquare/lunchpoems.

    Register Now for Arts Summit, June 21-22 2013

    June 4th, 2013

    Opening the Book on Film 3- Photos

    May 3rd, 2013

    British Columbia Film+Media (BCFM), in partnership with the Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia (ABPBC) and the Canadian Media Production Association – BC Producers’ Branch (CMPA), presented a unique business networking opportunity for companies active in the book publishing and film, television and digital media industries at OPENING THE BOOK ON FILM 3 on March 27, 2013 at the VIFF’s Vancity Theatre. Click for photos!
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    Photos: ABPBC Awards Dinner

    April 25th, 2013

    On April 18th, the ABPBC was proud to present Sheryl MacKay with the Gray Campbell Distinguished Service Award and Anvil Press with the Jim Douglas Publisher of the Year Award. Click through for photos!
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    Lunch Poems at SFU: May 15

    April 24th, 2013

    Calvin Wharton and Wanda John-Kehewin will be featured at May 15 “Lunch Poems at SFU.” Presented by SFU Public Square, 12-1pm in SFU Harbour Centre’s Teck Gallery (515 W Hastings St.). Free admission, no registration required.

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    Anvil Press Receives the ABPBC’s Jim Douglas Publisher of the Year Award 2013

    April 5th, 2013

    Crammed into a tiny office on East First Avenue in Vancouver is a small press with an unflinching vision: to publish contemporary Canadian literature with a decidedly urban sensibility. One could say that Anvil Press is representative of the shift BC publishing has taken over the last two decades away from its roots in pioneer stories, First Nations culture and BC history to publishing that is edgy and commanding, national in scope as well as vital to the British Columbia experience. Abundantly energetic and deeply committed to Canada’s literature, Brian Kaufman is a daring publisher and it is our honour to recognize him. Brian will accept the Jim Douglas Publisher of the Year Award at the Association of Book Publishers of BC Awards Dinner on April 18th, 2013.
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    Sheryl MacKay to receive the 2013 Gray Campbell Distinguished Service Award

    April 5th, 2013

    Deeply passionate about books, humble about her influence on writers and readers, and a good friend to the BC book industry, the ABPBC is delighted to honour Sheryl MacKay with the Gray Campbell Distinguished Service Award in recognition of her immense contribution. The award will be presented to Sheryl MacKay at a dinner to honour her on April 18th, 2013.
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    Job Opening: Full-Time Publicist/ PR Manager with Self-Counsel Press

    April 4th, 2013

    Deadline: April 19th, 2013

    Self-Counsel Press is seeking a creative, energetic person to generate publicity in both online and
    traditional media for our list of small-business, legal and personal finance books in both print and ebook
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    Author Lecture: Look to Your Life! by Maggie deVries

    March 28th, 2013

    Wednesday, Apr 24, 2:00 p.m., West Point Grey Branch, 4480 W. 10th Ave.
    Friday, Apr 26, 2:00 p.m., South Hill Branch, 6076 Fraser St.

    Free admission. Space is limited.

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    Lunch Poems at SFU: Betsy Warland and Mercedes Eng, April 17

    March 28th, 2013

    Presented by SFU Public Square, 12-1pm in SFU Harbour Centre’s Teck Gallery (515 W Hastings St.).

    Free admission, no registration required.

    Lunch Poems hosts well-known and up-and-coming poets on the third Wednesday of every month except July and August. For more information visit www.sfu.ca/publicsquare/lunchpoems.

    Friends and Colleagues Tribute Scott McIntyre

    March 1st, 2013

    On February 27, friends and colleagues gathered at the Equinox Gallery to bid farewell to Scott McIntyre and to toast the many contributions he has made to the visual arts and the publishing community. A blanket ceremony conducted by the chief of the Squamish Nation helped guests celebrate Scott’s legacy and encourage him in his future endeavours. Photos below.

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    Job Opening: Marketing Manager, Pacific Educational Press

    February 13th, 2013

    The Sales and Marketing Manager will play a key role disseminating information about and selling this publishing company’s books and other educational resources to key customers. The incumbent will play a management role strategizing marketing campaigns to maximize product sales and will implement these campaigns.

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    ABPBC PRESS RELEASE: Good News for the Book Publishing Community in BC

    February 1st, 2013

    Today’s announcement that Heritage House Publishing has acquired all the assets of former D&M Publishers’ imprint, Greystone Books, is welcome news for the BC book publishing industry recently rocked with the dismal news that D&M had filed for creditor protection

    “Greystone Books has published some very important Canadian books over the years,” noted Robert Ballantyne, President of the Association of Book Publishers of BC, “The publishing community is thrilled that Greystone has come to an arrangement with Heritage House Publishing that will allow them both to continue producing quality books and to remain in British Columbia.” Read Article

    Feb 20: Juliane Okot Bitek and Rita Wong at lunch poems @SFU.

    January 31st, 2013

    Presented by SFU Public Square, 12-1pm in SFU Harbour Centre’s Teck Gallery (515 W Hastings St.).

    Free admission, no registration required.
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    March 5, 7pm- Vancouver Noir: Murder, Corruption and Crime in the Terminal City

    January 31st, 2013

    Please join authors Diane Purvey and John Belshaw as they discuss Vancouver’s gritty underbelly in the 1930s to 1960s.

    Tuesday, March 5, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Central Library, 350 W. Georgia St. Alice MacKay Room, Lower Level
    Free admission. Space is limited. Info: 604-331-331-3716 or info@vpl.ca.
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    Reading: Arthur Black and Jackson Davies Feb 27, 7:30pm

    January 28th, 2013

    Please join us for an evening of fun and laughter with Canadian humourist Arthur Black and award-winning actor Jackson Davies, best-known for his role as Constable John Constable on The Beachcombers.

    Wednesday, February 27 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    Central Library, 350 W. Georgia St. Alice MacKay Room, Lower Level

    Free admission. Seating is limited. Co-sponsored by Vancouver Writers Fest and the Vancouver Foundation

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    Jan 16: Lunch Poems @ SFU

    January 8th, 2013

    Daniel Zomparelli and Elizabeth Bachinsky to be featured at January 16 lunch poems @SFU. Presented by SFU Public Square, 12-1pm in SFU Harbour Centre’s Teck Gallery (515 W Hastings St.).

    Free admission, no registration required.

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    A Month of Gift Book Giveaways!

    November 20th, 2012

    Starting to think about holiday shopping? We recommend stuffing your stockings with some BC books; there’s something for everyone here.

    To celebrate the holiday season, the ABPBC is hosting a month of giveaways! Read on for entry details.

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    Reading: Derek Hayes- British Columbia: A New Historical Atlas

    November 2nd, 2012

    Monday, December 3. 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
    Central Library, 350 W. Georgia St. Held in the Alma VanDusen Room, Lower Level
    Admission is free. Seating is limited.

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    Links: D&M and the Landscape of Canadian Book Publishing

    November 1st, 2012

    The Canadian publishing landscape has changed with D&M Publishers notice to file for creditor protection. The future of D&M is yet unknown but the sky is definitely not falling for the many energetic and dynamic publishers who continue to provide a diversity of voices through the books we publish.

    Here are some eloquent statements from members of our community: Literary Press Group of Canada; Matt Williams via The National Post; A Note from David Caron, ecw press

    Job Posting: Account Manager Inside Sales

    October 30th, 2012

    Ampersand has an opening for a full-time entry level Account Manager Inside Sales position for our Richmond, B.C. head office.  We are looking for a detail-oriented and organized individual with excellent communication and computer skills. This position starts November 19th, 2012.

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    The ABPBC’s Books for Schools catalogues have arrived!

    October 30th, 2012

    Our annual Canadian Aboriginal Books for Schools and BC Books for BC Schools catalogues have arrived! Check your mailbox or, for the electronic version, click on the Resources for Teacher-Librarians tab.

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    Saturday, Oct 27 Launch: Trobairitz by Catherine Owen

    October 24th, 2012

    Anvil Press is thrilled to launch and celebrate Trobairitz by Catherine Owen this Saturday evening at Pulp Fiction on Main Street, 7 pm!

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    November 14: Garry Thomas Morse Reading

    October 15th, 2012

    Critically acclaimed writer Garry Thomas Morse reads from his new book of fiction “Minor Episodes / Major Ruckus” (Talonbooks, 2012), concerning surrealist and speculative genres.

    DATE: Wednesday, November 14 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. LOCATION: Central Library, 350 W. Georgia St. Held in the Peter Kaye Room, Lower Level Admission is free. Seating is limited.

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    October 17: Lunch Poems @ SFU

    October 9th, 2012

    Jen Currin and Dorothy Trujillo Lusk featured at October 17 lunch poems @SFU. Presented by SFU Public Square, 12-1pm in SFU Harbour Centre’s Teck Gallery (515 W Hastings St.). Free admission, no registration required. lunch poems @ SFU hosts well-known and up-and-coming poets on the third Wednesday of every month. For more information visit www.facebook.com/LunchPoemsAtSFU

    Job Posting: Intern for Arsenal Pulp Press

    October 1st, 2012

    Arsenal Pulp Press is looking for a part-time (10 hours per week) marketing intern. This is an unpaid position reporting to the Marketing Manager. The ideal candidate would be able to work afternoons, have basic computer skills (InDesign knowledge an asset), and an interest in the publishing industry. Please send resume via email to Cynara Geissler: cynara@arsenalpulp.com

    Lunch poems @ sfu: George Bowering and Cecily Nicholson

    September 6th, 2012

    When: Wednesday, September 19th, 12-1
    Where: Teck Gallery, SFU Harbour Centre,
    515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC

    This is a free event. Everyone is welcome. If feasting on words is not enough, feel free to bring your lunch.

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    Job Opportunity: Managing Editor, Banff Centre Press

    August 30th, 2012

    Do you have a passion for the written word and a background in print and online publishing? The Literary Arts department at The Banff Centre is looking for a Managing Editor to help manage the projects produced by the Banff Centre Press (BCP) and to increase its presence within the publishing industry.

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    This Summer, Tour BC (without leaving your armchair).

    August 22nd, 2012

    Tour the landscape, the people and the culture British Columbia with a few of our recent favourites.

    Job Posting: Production Editor with Orca Book Publishers

    August 3rd, 2012

    Orca Book Publishers is a successful Canadian children’s book publisher. With more than 600 titles in print and 75 new titles a year, we have a growing and successful publishing program. We are looking for a professional, motivated Production Editor to join our creative team. Read Article

    Two Events for Tim Bowling’s The Tinsmith

    July 11th, 2012

    “Book Club Talk: The Tinsmith by Tim Bowling”
    Saturday, July 21 2:00 pm
    Albany Books
    1240 56 Street, Delta, BC
    Everyone Welcome

    “British Columbia launch of The Tinsmith by Tim Bowling”
    Thursday, July 26 7:00 pm
    Ladner Pioneer Library
    4683 51 Street, Delta, BC
    Everyone Welcome

    All Roads Lead to Wells: Vancouver Launch

    July 10th, 2012

    Join Susan Safyan from Caitlin Press on Friday, July 13 at 7:00pm for the Vancouver launch of All Roads Lead to Wells.

    Where: the People’s Co-op Bookstore (1391 Commercial Drive, Vancouver).
    Light refreshments will be served.


    Lunch Poems at SFU Harbour Centre

    June 5th, 2012

    SFU will be hosting lunchtime readings the third Wednesday of every month (except July and August) featuring well-known and up-and-coming poets. This is a free event. Everyone is welcome.

    If feasting on words is not enough, feel free to bring your lunch.
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    BC Book Prizes 2012 Winners Announced

    May 10th, 2012

    Vancouver, BC – The West Coast Book Prize Society is pleased to announce the names of the winners of the 28th annual BC Book Prizes: Read Article

    Lunch Poems at SFU Harbour Centre

    May 9th, 2012

    SFU welcomes you to the new lunch poems where they will be hosting lunchtime readings every month featuring well-known and up-and-coming poets. Read Article

    Talonbooks Spring Poetry Night at the ANZA Club

    May 9th, 2012

    Please join us for a wonderful night of poetry at the ANZA Club, featuring Governor General’s Poetry Award finalists Weyman Chan and Colin Browne, plus Talon newcomer Daniel Zomparelli. Read Article

    Job Posting: eBOUND Canada

    May 7th, 2012

    Reporting to the President and Chief Executive Officer, the Manager of Technology is responsible for the management and implementation of technology projects at eBOUND Canada. The ideal candidate will be highly organized with passion for digital reading and strong strategic thinking skills. Read Article

    Job Posting: Geist Magazine

    May 7th, 2012

    Geist is seeking an experienced circulation manager. This is a part time permanent position. Read Article

    Job Posting: Designer at Orca Book Publishers

    April 30th, 2012

    Designer —Children’s Books and Marketing Material Read Article

    Creative Industries in BC at Competitive Crossroad

    April 26th, 2012

    Vancouver, BC (April 26, 2012): If British Columbia’s creative industries are going to reach their full job-creating potential in the competitive years ahead, they need the creative equivalent and focus of the “Own the Podium” approach that earned Canada a record number of medals at the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Read Article

    Access Copyright signs Model Licence with the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada

    April 16th, 2012

    Toronto, April 16, 2012 – Access Copyright and the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) announced today that they have negotiated a model licence that will allow universities to reproduce copyright protected materials in both print and digital formats. Read Article

    Job Posting: Arsenal Pulp Press Seeks Production Manager

    April 16th, 2012

    Arsenal Pulp Press of Vancouver seeks a full-time production manager to oversee the design and production of its printed and digital books and other materials. Read Article

    Lunch Poems at SFU

    April 16th, 2012

    SFU will be hosting lunchtime readings every month featuring well-known and up-and-coming poets. This is a free event. Everyone is welcome. If feasting on words is not enough, feel free to bring your lunch. Read Article

    BC Book Prizes on Tour

    April 13th, 2012

    BC Book Prize finalists are about to hit the road this year for FREE events throughout the province. Two finalists will go On Tour and give FREE public readings at bookstores and libraries in communities throughout Peace Country. Read Article

    Artist Talk Tonight (Thurs. April 12)

    April 12th, 2012

    Finalist for Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize Sheryl Salloum, author of The Life and Art of Mildred Valley Thornton ( #4 in the Unheralded Artists of BC series), will be giving a talk at the Surrey Art Gallery from 7:30-9pm tonight. More event details here.

    Theytus Books is Proud to Announce

    April 10th, 2012

    Waubgeshig Rice’s book Midnight Sweatlodge has made it to the finalist list for the Forward Review Multicultural Book of the Year Award for 2011. Read Article

    Announcing the Gerald Lampert & Pat Lowther Awards Shortlists

    April 10th, 2012

    April 2, 2012, Toronto: The League of Canadian Poets (LCP) is pleased to announce the shortlist for its 2012 Pat Lowther and Gerald Lampert Memorial Awards. Congratulations to the authors for their fine work and many thanks to the jurors for their hard work on this year’s awards. Read Article

    Jim Douglas Publisher of the Year Award 2012 Recipient Self-Counsel Press

    April 2nd, 2012

    Diana Douglas, co-founder of Self-Counsel Press, is “driven by the desire to empower people” and this her company has achieved in spades. Read Article

    2012 Gray Campbell Distinguished Service Award Recipient Paul Whitney

    April 2nd, 2012

    Paul Whitney has had an illustrious career as a librarian and teacher but it is as a supporter of the writing and publishing community in BC that suggested him as a worthy recipient of the Gray Campbell Distinguished Service Award. Read Article

    The Kranky Reading Series

    March 30th, 2012

    Authors Garry Thomas Morse, Deborah Willis, and Lucia Frangione will read at the Kranky Cafe as part of The Kranky Reading Series on Thursday, April 5. Read Article

    New Star: Life Goes On, Firebombing Benefit this Saturday

    March 29th, 2012

    New Star Books invites you to the Western Front this Saturday afternoon, March 31, from 3 to 5 PM, for the New Star Firebombing Benefit. Read Article

    Call for Entries to Victoria Book Prize Awards

    March 29th, 2012

    Authors and illustrators from Greater Victoria are invited to participate in the Victoria Book Prize Society’s annual awards consisting of the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize and the Bolen Books Children’s Book Prize. Read Article

    Tonight! Robson Reading Series presents Mark Lavorato and Nicole Lundrigan

    March 22nd, 2012

    Thursday, March 22, 2012, 7pm
    UBC Library/Bookstore at Robson Square
    More details here.

    Billeh Nickerson: Impact launch in Vancouver

    March 21st, 2012

    Billeh Nickerson will launch his new book Impact: The Titanic Poems at Vancouver’s UBC Bookstore @ Robson Square on March 27. Read Article

    Book Warehouse Set to Close All Doors

    March 15th, 2012

    Sharmin King, founder of the 32-year-old Book Warehouse, is set to close doors on his four of his locations in the next few months. More from Quill & Quire and The Vancouver Sun.

    “New Star office firebombed. So what. Nothing can stop us.”

    March 15th, 2012

    From Rolf Maurer, Publisher at New Star Books: Around 1 o’clock on the early, early morning of March 7, New Star’s office at 18th and Commercial Street in East Vancouver was hit by an arson attack. Some sort of Molotov cocktail device was, um, introduced into the office environment, causing minor fire damage but leading to significant water damage. Read Article

    D&M Publishers Inc. Addresses the Future

    March 15th, 2012

    D&M Chairman and CEO Scott McIntyre announced significant corporate changes in response to rapidly changing domestic and international book markets. These changes will empower a new generation to lead the company in its next stage of growth as an important Canadian cultural institution. Read Article

    BCALME & Carry On

    March 14th, 2012

    In a time of uncertainty for the magazine industry, it’s important to BCALME and Carry On. Hosted by The Magazine Association of BC, BCALME is a two-day professional development event that will include timely topics and networking opportunities. All magazine industry professionals and educators are invited to attend. Read Article

    Beautiful Mutants Shortlisted for Two Saskatchewan Book Awards

    March 14th, 2012

    Caitlin Press is thrilled to announce that Adam Pottle’s Beautiful Mutants has been shortlisted for the Saskatchewan Book Awards in two categories: First Book Award and Award for Poetry. Read Article

    BC Book Prizes 2012 Shortlists Announced

    March 13th, 2012

    Vancouver, BC – The West Coast Book Prize Society is pleased to announce the names of the finalists vying for recognition in seven categories at the 28th Annual BC Book Prizes. Read Article

    Daniela Elza Launches Debut Book of Poetry

    March 5th, 2012

    Join Mother Tongue Publishing in celebrating the launch of the weight of dew, poems by Daniela Elza. Read Article

    BC Publishers Welcome the Extension of the Book Publishing Tax Credit in the British Columbia Budget 2012

    February 21st, 2012

    At a time of enormous upheaval and uncertainty in the book industry, the Liberal government has provided one measure of stability for 23 BC owned- and controlled- publishing companies. Today’s budget confirms the renewal of the Book Publishing Tax Credit for five more years, news that will allow the province’s creative industry to continue to innovate and thrive in this transformative era. Read Article

    Canadian Bookshelf Announces Amazon.ca as Lead Sponsor and Rebrands as The 49th Shelf

    February 21st, 2012

    Canadian books are getting a well-deserved boost today. Canadian Bookshelf announced Amazon.ca as its lead sponsor for 2012, and that the book community website will now offer expanded features and book listings under the new name The 49th Shelf. Read Article

    Bernadette McDonald has won the 2012 American Alpine Club Literary Award

    February 16th, 2012

    RMB | Rocky Mountain Books is thrilled to announce that Bernadette McDonald has won the 2012 American Alpine Club Literary Award. The award will be presented at the ACC’s Annual Benefit Dinner in Boston on March 3, 2012, and “recognizes excellence in alpine literature”. Read Article

    Charlotte Gill’s Eating Dirt wins the 2012 BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction

    February 16th, 2012

    Greystone Books is delighted to announce that Charlotte Gill’s Eating Dirt has won the 2012 BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction. Read Article

    Something Fierce wins Canada Reads 2012

    February 16th, 2012

    Douglas & McIntyre is delighted to announce that Carmen Aguirre’s Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter (Douglas & McIntyre, 978-1-77100-036-9, $21.00, e-book also available) has won the 2012 CBC Canada Reads crown after receiving votes from panelists Anne-France Goldwater, Arlene Dickinson and the book’s defender, Shad. Read Article

    STAN DOUGLAS Abbott & Cordova, 7 August 1971

    January 30th, 2012

    Arsenal Pulp Press and READ Books at Charles H. Scott Gallery invite you to the book launch of STAN DOUGLAS Abbott & Cordova, 7 August 1971. Read Article

    2nd Search for the Great BC Novel Contest

    January 30th, 2012

    Due to the great success of the 1st Search for the Great BC Novel Contest, Mother Tongue Publishing, of Salt Spring Island, is pleased to announce the 2nd Search For the Great BC Novel Contest! Read Article

    Peters & bissett

    January 18th, 2012

    Please join Talonbooks for an evening of readings and discussion with Dr. Carl Peters and visual artist/concrete/sound poet bill bissett. Read Article

    MPs offered global warming education from climate scientist

    January 12th, 2012

    Following Canada’s withdrawal from the Kyoto Accord at the Durban Conference on Climate Change in December, Orca Book Publishers has sent a copy of Dr. Andrew Weaver’s book, Generation Us—The Challenge of Global Warming, to all 308 Members of Parliament. Read Article

    BookNet Canada wants to hear from you. Give them your feedback for a chance to win!

    January 10th, 2012

    Answer their customer satisfaction survey if you use any of their products and services, from SalesData and CataList to their blog and eNews. If you respond by January 20, 2012, you can enter their draw for a chance to win prizes worth up to $1,145!

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    Anvil Press 20th Anniversary Party

    December 12th, 2011

    Come one, come all for a casual evening of hoisting mugs to celebrate the 20th birthday of Anvil Press! Books, buttons, and beer! Impromptu words are welcome as the mood strikes! Read Article

    Tonight & Tomorrow—AUTHOR TALK and SLIDE SHOW

    November 23rd, 2011

    The Life and Art of Mildred Valley Thornton by Sheryl Salloum

    Wed Nov 23rd: Vancouver Public Library, 350 W. Georgia Peter Kaye Room, 7 pm

    Thursday Nov 24th: Vancouver Museum, Historical Society 7:30 pm

    Admission Free. Books for sale. Read Article

    Congratulations BC Publishers!

    November 17th, 2011

    BC publishers (and women writers) fare well in this year’s BC National Award for Canadian Non-fiction longlist. Anvil Press received a nomination for Afflictions & Departures by Madeline Sonik. Douglas & McIntyre’s Decade of Fear: Reporting from Terrorism’s Grey Zone by Michelle Shephard and Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter by Carmen Aguirre are also on the list along with Greystone Books’ Eating Dirt: Deep Forests, Big Timber, and Life with the Tree-Planting Tribe by Charlotte Gill.

    And in Ottawa two ABPBC members walked away with top prizes: Arsenal Pulp Press’ Girl Unwrapped by Gabriella Goliger has won the 2011 Ottawa Book Award for Fiction and Douglas & McIntyre won the award for Non-fiction for The Horse that Leaps Through Clouds by Eric Enno Tamm.

    The Boreal Gourmet by Michele Genest from Harbour Publishing was awarded the Canadian Culinary Cookbook Silver Medal in the category of Canadian Culinary Culture, English language.

    The Wilson Institute for Canadian History at McMaster University awarded UBC Press the prestigious annual $10,000 Wilson Prize for Publishing Canadian History, citing UBC Press’s record for “ … invigorating and broadening the field of Canadian History with its distinguished list of publications.”

    Lots of Love for the Vancouver 125 Legacy Books Collection

    October 28th, 2011

    Vancouver Is Awesome celebrates the Vancouver 125 Legacy Books project with their article 3 new (old) Vancouver 125 books!

    PLUS all 10 Legacy books are available for purchase from the ABPBC website for $125 + shipping. Check out the Read BC Books: Vancouver 125 Legacy Books section for details.

    Theytus Books Celebrates 30 years of Publishing Excellence!

    October 28th, 2011

    This year Theytus Books turns 30, North America’s oldest Aboriginal publishing house. Read Article

    Book Launch!

    October 28th, 2011

    Anvil Press is pleased to announce the publication of Shag Carpet Actions Stories by Matthew Firth. Read Article

    Dear Friends and Booklovers

    October 19th, 2011

    You are invited to join Mother Tongue Publishing in celebrating the publication of At the World’s Edge—Curt Lang’s Vancouver: 1937-1998. Read Article

    Join Us in Celebrating the Vancouver 125 Legacy Books

    October 11th, 2011

    At the Vancouver International Writers Festival! Read Article

    Congratulations to our Member Finalists for the Governor General’s Literary Awards!

    October 11th, 2011

    Garry Thomas Morse, Vancouver, Discovery Passages
    (Talonbooks; distributed by Publishers Group)
    (ISBN 978-0-88922-660-9)


    Andrew Nikiforuk, Calgary (Alberta), Empire of the Beetle: How Human Folly and a Tiny Bug Are Killing North America’s Great Forests
    (Greystone Books, an imprint of D&M Publishers / David Suzuki Foundation; distributed by HarperCollins Canada)
    (ISBN 978-1-55365-510-7)

    Children’s Literature — Illustration
    Kim La Fave, Roberts Creek (British Columbia), Fishing with Gubby, text by Gary Kent
    (Harbour Publishing; distributed by the publisher)
    (ISBN 978-1-55017-497-7)

    Translation – French to English
    David Scott Hamilton, Vancouver, Exit
    (Anvil Press; distributed by University of Toronto Press)
    (ISBN 978-1-897-53566-0)
    English translation of Paradis, clef en main by Nelly Arcan (Les Éditions Les 400 coups)

    M.A.C. Farrant, Sadru Jetha, and Adeena Karasick at the Havana Theatre

    September 29th, 2011

    M.A.C. Farrant, Sadru Jetha, and Adeena Karasick are all visiting Vancouver this week, so Talonbooks is taking this opportunity to host an event featuring their latest works. Read Article

    Congratulations to BC Publishers!

    September 29th, 2011

    Congratulations to the many BC publishers whose books have won or made recent awards’ shortlists. Read Article

    Job Posting: Assistant to the Publisher, New Imprint of Random House of Canada

    August 18th, 2011

    Random House of Canada is seeking an assistant to the group’s new imprint who will work closely with the Publisher on a variety of tasks associated with the acquisition and publication of titles; and also to meet the organizational, editorial and clerical needs of the Publisher on a daily basis. Read Article

    Two Vancouver Events with Billeh Nickerson

    August 5th, 2011

    Billeh Nickerson will be appearing as a featured poet at the Summer Dreams Literary Arts Festival and hosting a reading at The Vancouver Queer Film Festival. Read Article


    August 5th, 2011

    This week the shortlist for the Canadian Culinary Book Awards was announced and BC Publishers lead the English categories with 10 out of 15 nominations, including 5 for North Vancouver’s Whitecap Books, 2 for Douglas & McIntyre and 2 for Harbour Publishing. The winning books will be announced November 7th at a ceremony held at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto.

    Roy Miki, Louis Cabri launch Thursday, August 4 at People’s Co-op

    August 3rd, 2011

    Roy Miki will be launching his newest book Mannequin Rising —along with Louis Cabri, launching his own brand-new Poetryworld (Capilano University Editions)— at People’s Co-op Bookstore this Thursday, August 4.

    The launch, which will feature short readings by the authors as well as refreshments, gets underway around 8 pm at the People’s Co-op, 1391 Commercial Drive. Admission is free.

    Tonight at Pulp Fiction

    July 28th, 2011

    Grant Buday launches his brand-new Stranger On a Strange Island: From Main Street to Mayne Island, THIS Thursday, July 28 at Pulpfiction Books , 2422 Main Street off Broadway. This event runs from 7 to 9, and features a reading from the author. Admission is free. Read Article

    BC Book Prizes Summer Auction

    July 28th, 2011

    STARTS TODAY! Follow this link to see how it works.

    SFU Summer Publishing Workshops Presents an Evening with Richard Nash and Dominique Raccah

    July 11th, 2011

    Spend an evening with two of the most innovative minds in publishing Richard Nash and Dominique Raccah! These speakers will make you reconsider everything that you thought you knew about the publishing industry.

    July 13, 2011 Time: 7-9 pm
    SFU Harbour Centre
    Tickets $10.00 at the door
    Free for members of ABPBC and PubWest.
    Seating is limited.
    To reserve, email: pubworks@sfu.ca

    Job Posting: Professional Writer Wanted

    July 11th, 2011

    BC Publisher Mona Fertig of Mother Tongue Publishing is looking for a professional writer for the sixth book in the series on the Unheralded Artists of BC titled- The Life and Art of Jack Akroyd and Peter Paul Ochs. Read Article

    Job Posting: Editor at D&M Publishers Inc.

    July 4th, 2011

    D&M Publishers Inc. is currently seeking an Editor to work in their Vancouver office, on both Douglas & McIntyre and Greystone titles. Read Article

    Job Posting: Digital & Online Marketing Intern (paid)

    June 24th, 2011

    RMB | Rocky Mountain Books is looking for a full-time Digital & Online Marketing Intern (September 1, 2011, to July 31, 2012). This is a paid position, reporting to the Publisher and based out of our Victoria, BC, office. Read Article

    Book Launch: “Exit” by Nelly Arcan

    June 22nd, 2011

    Anvil Press is pleased to announce the publication of Exit, the English translation of Nelly Arcan’s final novel. Read Article

    Job Posting: In-House Editor at Whitecap Books

    June 10th, 2011

    Whitecap Books is one of Canada’s leading independent book publishers, specializing inculinary literature and lifestyle books. We are currently seeking a talented, organized, and detail-orientated individual to join our team in the full-time position of in-house Editor. Read Article

    “Opening Doors” Book Launch at People’s Co-op Bookstore

    June 8th, 2011

    Editors Daphne Marlatt and Carole Itter share the history of a landmark Vancouver neighbourhood and stories from more than fifty original Strathcona residents with the republication of Opening Doors in Vancouver’s East End: Strathcona. They will be launching the book on Thursday, June 9 at 7:00 pm at People’s Co-op Bookstore, 1391 Commercial Drive in Vancouver. Read Article

    Job Posting: Executive Director, Magazine Association of BC

    June 8th, 2011

    Founded in 1993, the Magazine Association of BC (MABC) is a non-profit organization based in Vancouver that represents more than 80 magazine publishers across B.C. Read Article

    Stephen Collis & Garry Thomas Morse at Pulp Fiction Books

    June 7th, 2011

    Stephen Collis and Garry Thomas Morse will read from their work at Pulp Fiction Books on Thursday, June 9, 2011. Read Article

    Joe Keithley’s Birthday Bash & Book Launch

    June 1st, 2011

    Punk legend Joe Keithley of D.O.A. is celebrating his birthday and his new book Talk – Action = 0 with a concert and book signing at Vancouver’s Rickshaw Theatre on June 4. Read Article

    Book Launch!

    May 31st, 2011

    Anvil Press is please to announce the launch of the following publications Friday, June 3, 2011 @7pm: Read Article

    Dave Greber Freelance Writers Awards Call for Submissions 2011

    May 20th, 2011

    Call for eligible freelance writers to submit their writing soon as there is only one month left before the competition deadline and to spread the word to interested colleagues. Read Article

    Writers’ Trust Nonfiction Prize Now $60,000

    May 12th, 2011

    Toronto – May 11, 2011 – The Writers’ Trust of Canada announced today a generous sponsorship from Hilary Weston that will create the largest annual literary award for a book of nonfiction published in Canada. Read Article

    SFU Summer Publishing Workshop Giveaway

    May 12th, 2011

    This year, the SFU Summer Publishing Workshops is giving away the ultimate literary prize package! To celebrate the 2011 Symposium on the Book: True Accounts, we will be giving one lucky writer a prize package which includes: Read Article

    Ardea Books & Art Sale!

    May 9th, 2011

    Giant blow out sale starting, Sat. May 7 for one week. All inventory is 40% off! Go early for the best selection. Please forward this message. Ardea Books & Art is located at 2025 West 4th Ave between Maple and Arbutus.

    You Are Invited to the Book Event of the Season!

    April 27th, 2011

    Please join Orca Book Publishers as they celebrate ten new books from local authors.
    Wednesday, May 4, 2011
    7:00pm, The Victoria Event Centre
    1415 Broad St., Victoria Read Article

    BC Book Prizes 2011 Winners Announced

    April 27th, 2011

    The West Coast Book Prize Society is pleased to announce the names of the winners of the 27th annual BC Book Prizes: Read Article

    Arsenal Pulp Press & Talonbooks Launch 3 New Books of Poetry

    April 21st, 2011

    Triple Threat Book Launch at the Anza Club
    A Talonbooks/Arsenal Pulp Press Production
    Tuesday, April 26th, 2011
    Reading starts at 8pm Read Article

    Congratulations George Bowering

    April 20th, 2011

    The BC Book Prizes has announced that George Bowering is the 2011 recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence. Read Article

    Vancouver Launch of “Anticipated Results”

    April 11th, 2011

    Veteran fiction writer Dennis E. Bolen launches his new collection of short fiction Anticipated Results (his first book with Arsenal Pulp Press) in Vancouver. Read Article

    Three Poets Reading

    April 4th, 2011

    New books of poetry by Cathy Ford, bill bissett and Mona Fertig.
    Saturday, April 9 at 3:00pm, free. Alma VanDusen & Peter Kaye rooms, lower level, Central Library, 350 W. Georgia St. Read Article

    The Robson Reading Series Present Ryan Knighton & Ed Macdonald

    April 4th, 2011

    On Thursday, April 7, the Robson Reading Series will be hosting two undeniably cool authors – Ryan Knighton and Ed Macdonald – for a night that will bring new meaning to the term “father issues.” The live literature and lively conversation begin at 7pm in the UBC Robson Square Bookstore/Library. Read Article

    You’re Invited to the BC Book Prizes Annual Soirée

    March 30th, 2011

    The West Coast Book Prize Society invites you to the 8th annual BC Book Prizes Soirée on Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at The Listel Hotel. Read Article

    Erling Friis-Bastaad & Garry Thomas Morse Read at Still Water Books and Art

    March 25th, 2011

    Poetry Reading – No Fooling (well, maybe a little!)

    On April 01, 2011 at 7:30pm, Erling Friis-Bastaad and Talonbooks author Garry Thomas Morse will read at Still Water Books and Art in Campbell River. Read Article

    Talonbooks Launches “Subject to Change”

    March 17th, 2011

    Renee Rodin and Talonbooks invite you to the launch of her new book Subject to Change. Read Article

    Job Posting: Heritage House

    March 10th, 2011

    Heritage House Publishing is seeking an assistant editor to work in its editorial office in Victoria, BC. Read Article

    2011 BC Book Prizes Announced

    March 10th, 2011

    In early April, these nominees — who collectively will receive $14,000 in cash prizes — will be celebrated at a free event, the BC Book Prize Soirée in Vancouver (venue and date TBA in the coming weeks). Read Article

    Arsenal Pulp Press Reading

    February 21st, 2011

    Gabriella Goliger will read from her novel Girl Unwrapped as part of the InCite series presented by The Vancouver International Writers Festival. Read Article

    Steve Weiner, George Bowering and New Star Books Invite You

    February 21st, 2011

    To celebrate the publication of Sweet England and Caprice.
    When: Tuesday, February 22, 2011, 7pm
    Where: The Sylvia Hotel bistro | 1154 Gilford Street | Vancouver, BC
    Free admission, complimentary appetizers and drinks

    Job Posting: Orca Book Publishers

    February 15th, 2011

    Orca Book Publishers is a successful Canadian children’s book publisher. With 500 titles
    in print and 65 new titles a year, we have a growing and successful publishing program, both in print and digital. We are looking for a professional, motivated Production Associate to join our competent team. Read Article

    Job Posting: TouchWood Editions

    February 10th, 2011

    Book publisher TouchWood Editions is seeking an energetic individual to work in their Victoria office. Read Article

    Vancouver 125 Legacy Books Collection Announced

    January 31st, 2011

    The Association of Book Publishers of BC and the Office of Vancouver’s Poet Laureate Brad Cran are pleased to announce the reemergence of ten classic Vancouver books to be republished as part of the Vancouver 125 celebrations. BC’s publishers in partnership with the City of Vancouver, which has provided a subsidy to help bring these lost gems back into print, will reissue 4 non-fiction, 4 fiction and 2 poetry titles to celebrate Vancouver’s 125th anniversary. Read Article

    Yarn Bombing at Historic Joy Kogawa House

    January 18th, 2011

    Help writing blossom at Historic Joy Kogawa House! Join Leanne Prain and Mandy Moore, co-authors of the book Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti (Arsenal Pulp Press), as we cover the Joy Kogawa cherry tree in hundreds of knitted blossoms. Read Article

    Clevers Media seeks Marketing Assistant

    January 10th, 2011

    Clevers Media is looking for an organized, self-motivated marketing assistant to join our growing team on a part-time basis. We’re a marketing and communications company located in Vancouver, BC with clients in publishing, media, arts and culture. Read Article

    Walk Myself Home

    January 10th, 2011

    Caitlin Press presents readings from Walk Myself Home, an anthology of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and oral interviews about violence against women, with contributions by Kate Braid, Yasuko Thahn, and Susan Musgrave. Thursday, January 13 at 7:00pm, free. Central Library, 350 W. Georgia.

    Anvil Press is Pleased to Present

    December 7th, 2010

    A spectacular showcase of unparalleled literary wonder featuring celebrated authors (Kerry Ryan, Ed Macdonald, Tony Burgess, Bonnie Bowman, Salvatore Difalco) of triumphant new texts. Read Article

    City of Vancouver 125th Anniversary: 2011 Legacy Books Project

    December 6th, 2010

    In December 2010, the Association of Book Publishers of BC (ABPBC) was awarded a grant from the City of Vancouver to assist BC publishers to bring back into print or to reissue books that have a strong connection to the City. The project has been developed with Vancouver’s Poet Laureate, Brad Cran, who will partner with us throughout. Read Article

    ACP position on Bill C-32, An Act to Amend the Copyright Act

    December 1st, 2010

    Find the long and condensed version of the ACP’s position on Bill C-32 here.

    Upcoming Launches, Signings & Readings

    November 23rd, 2010

    November may be drawing to a close but BC publishers are busy at work launching new titles and hosting author readings and signings. Read Article

    Job Posting: Arsenal Pulp seeks full-time Marketing Manager

    November 9th, 2010

    Arsenal Pulp Press, a literary and trade publisher in Vancouver, is seeking a dynamic, enthusiastic, visionary individual to become our new full-time Marketing Manager. Read Article

    Arsenal Pulp Launches & Ronsdale Press Talks

    November 2nd, 2010

    Arsenal Pulp Press and Geist Magazine invite you to the launch of Daniel Francis’ new book about the Red Scare of 1918-1919, Seeing Reds. Read Article

    Presenting, Launching & Holiday Shopping!

    October 27th, 2010

    New Star Books presents, Anvil Press launches and the ABPBC offers up a holiday gift giving guide. Read Article

    Open Letter on Gaming Funds

    October 25th, 2010

    While the ABPBC is not eligible for Gaming funds, many of our colleagues in the literary sector such as literary magazines, BC Book Prizes and the Vancouver International Writers Festival do. This funding is crucially important to their operations and to the health of writing and publishing the province. This open letter to Minister Rich Coleman explains why the government should restore Gaming monies to the rightful recipients.

    A Party to Celebrate the Late Paul Quarrington, VIWF-style

    October 19th, 2010

    Greystone Books and D&M invite you to join them again this year at the VIWF for a party to celebrate the late Paul Quarrington. Read Article

    The GG’s and City of Vancouver Book Award News

    October 19th, 2010

    Each year, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Governor General of Canada collaborate to honour the finest in Canadian literature. The categories are: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama, children’s literature (text and illustration) and translation. Governor General’s Literary Awards 2010 (ABPBC member) finalists: Read Article

    Consulting Opportunity

    October 6th, 2010

    The BC Books Online consortium is seeking a consultant to lead us on the next stage to the sale of the BCBO collection after the beta ends in June 2011. Read Article

    An Open Letter from the BC Books Online Consortium (of which the ABPBC is a member)

    October 6th, 2010

    Dear Mr. Reid:
    The consortium for the BC Books Online project, which consists of key library organizations in the K-12, public and post-secondary sectors in the province along with representatives from BC publishers has recently received a copy of your letter dated September 14 to the Premier of British Columbia. Read Article

    2010/11 Membership & Services Directory

    October 5th, 2010

    The newest print version of the ABPBC Membership & Services Directory is hot off the press! To request a copy, please email: admin@books.bc.ca

    Special thanks to John Howcroft at Rhino Print Solutions (and Rhino’s new print on demand service Pronto!) for being so easy to work with.

    The Essentials Book Launch

    October 5th, 2010

    The Essentials, 30 years in the making, is a non-Oxford guide to B.C. literature highlighting 150 great books and authors from 1774 to 2010. SFU is sponsoring a public talk on October 14th. Read Article

    ABPBC Book Sale at Word On The Street

    September 24th, 2010

    The ABPBC is holding a book sale fundraiser this Sunday, September 26th from 11am to 5pm during The Word On The Street. We will be selling fantastic BC books at a steal: $4 for paperbacks, $6 for hardcovers and $10 for art/coffeetable books. There will also be two special boxes of $2 treasures. We will also be holding a raffle with the chance of winning a kobo ereader (generously donated by Chapters/Indigo). Tickets for the raffle are $2 each or $5 for three. See you there!

    6 Sleeps until The Word On The Street!

    September 20th, 2010

    The crackles of September mean Fall leaves … and turning pages at The Word On The Street! Vancouver’s The Word On The Street is back for its 16th year with another full free day of indoor and outdoor author events, exhibits, performances, a marketplace, and all-round reading and writing excitement—Sunday, September 26 at Library Square and CBC Plaza (Homer and Hamilton Streets between Robson and Georgia). Read Article

    ABPBC Seminar: Integrating Print and Online Production

    September 13th, 2010

    John Maxwell and Kathleen Fraser of SFU’s Master of Publishing program will introduce and demonstrate their research and development work in bridging print and online/web-based production workflows, making simultaneous publication in print and e-book formats possible. The prototype system, which brings Adobe InDesign together with the WordPress content management system, was used for SFU’s Book of MPub project this spring, and has been tested at Arsenal Pulp Press this summer with Farewell My Concubine. Read Article

    Greystone Books partners with Enhanced Editions and documentary producers to create an enriched David Suzuki experience

    September 10th, 2010

    In December 2009, in a sold-out auditorium, David Suzuki delivered a lecture that he described as “a distillation of my life and thoughts, my legacy, what I want to say before I die.” The lecture was expanded into a book called Read Article

    An Open Letter to Minister Krueger from the ABPBC

    September 8th, 2010

    Dear Minister Krueger:

    The Association of Book Publishers of BC (ABPBC) would like to commend you for the action you took last week to restore some of the funding to the BC Arts Council. We believe this is the right thing to do, not only to ensure that the economic and social health of British Columbians may continue to be served by the arts community in the province, but also to ensure integrity in the delivery of arts funding through an arms-length body using peer review assessment. Read Article

    A Room in the City: Book Launch & Exhibition

    August 27th, 2010

    Anvil Press is pleased to invite you to the book launch for A Room in the City, the photographs of Gabor Gasztonyi, with an introduction by Gabor Maté. Read Article

    The Main Street Magazine Tour

    August 16th, 2010

    Thursday, August 19, 2010, 6:00–10:00 p.m.
    Celebrate our local arts, cultural and literary magazines, with poets Jennica Harper and Elizabeth Bachinsky as your guides. Read Article

    Job Posting: Heritage House Technology Intern

    August 10th, 2010

    Heritage House has a growing and successful publishing program. They are looking for a professional and motivated individual to implement new strategies and procedures for their ebook publishing program and online presence.
    full description here

    Skin Like Mine

    July 22nd, 2010

    Please join us for an evening of poetry Thursday, July 22 @7pm to celebrate the launch of Garry Gottfriedson’s Skin Like Mine. Readings by Garry Gottfriedson, Joanne Arnott and Rita Wong. Read Article

    The Devil You Know

    July 7th, 2010

    Anvil Press invites you to the launch of The Devil You Know by Jenn Farrell.
    Thursday, July 22nd, 7pm
    Back room at the Railway Club
    579 Dunsmuir Street
    Reading & signing by author
    drinks • tunes • devilish fun

    Arsenal Pulp Press is On the Move

    July 7th, 2010

    This month marks their last in Vancouver’s historic Gastown district; as a result of rising rents (a malady prevalent in Vancouver), Arsenal is picking itself up and moving a few blocks southeast to Chinatown. New address: #101-211 East Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC V6A 1Z6. Phone, fax, and email remain the same.

    WOMBAT Book Launch!

    June 21st, 2010

    Anvil Press is pleased to invite you to the book launch for WOMBAT, Rod Filbrandt’s comic strip featuring the titular post-punk, half-cut anti-mascot of the nameless generation that somehow survived both synth-pop and grunge… Read Article

    Upcoming New Star Books Events

    June 17th, 2010

    Islands of Resistance Vancouver launch
    Friday, June 25th, 7 pm
    Pulpfiction on Main
    2422 Main Street, Vancouver, BC
    Free admission | refreshments served.

    Off the Highway launch
    Tuesday, July 13th, 7 pm
    The Sylvia Hotel bistro
    1154 Gilford Street, Vancouver, BC
    Free admission | refreshments available.

    13th Anniversary Poetry in Transit Contest Winner Announced

    June 7th, 2010

    It was a small but satisfying group of entries for the contest we launched to celebrate this year’s Poetry in Transit poets and poems. Read Article

    Tradewind Books Honoured at Asian Canadian Writer’s Workshop Community Dinner

    May 31st, 2010

    (from ricepaper magazine, full article here)
    Michael Katz and Carol Frank have published many children and youth books addressing cultural diversity. Titles include Abby’s Birds, The Jade Necklace, Read Article

    Talonbooks Launches New Website

    May 19th, 2010

    Talonbooks’ much-anticipated new website launched on Monday, May 18. Websites have changed dramatically since Talon first went online in the early 1990s, and our new website reflects the current trends and technology. Read Article

    13th Anniversary Poetry in Transit Contest

    April 28th, 2010

    To celebrate the April 28th launch of this year’s Poetry in Transit, the ABPBC will be hosting a contest! Did you meet your soul mate while reading a poem together on the bus? Have you gotten into a heated argument with a fellow passenger over a line in a poem? Tell us your best Poetry in Transit story to be in contention to win the grand prize – all 16 books of poetry from this year’s poets. Read Article

    The 500 Years of Resistance Comic Book Launch

    April 27th, 2010

    Arsenal Pulp Press presents a book launch for The 500 Years of Resistance Comic Book. A Powerful and historically accurate graphic portrayal of Indigenous resistance to the European colonization of the Americas, by Vancouver artist and activist Gord Hill. Read Article

    Talon’s 2010 Cross-Canada Poetry Tour

    April 27th, 2010

    Talonbooks invites you to attend the launch of new books of poetry by eight outstanding poets. Read Article

    Anosh Irani at the Historic Joy Kogawa House

    April 27th, 2010

    Please join us in the intimate living room at Historic Joy Kogawa House for a conversation with playwright and novelist Anosh Irani about writing to bring about social change. Read Article

    BC Book Prizes 2010 Winners Announced

    April 26th, 2010

    This year’s gala, emceed by Shelagh Rogers and attended by the Honourable Lieutenant Governor Steven L. Point, took place at Government House in Victoria. The BC Book Prizes were established in 1985 to celebrate the achievements of British Columbia writers and publishers. The prizes are administered and awarded by members of a non-profit society who represent all facets of the publishing and writing community. The West Coast Book Prize Society congratulates all of the winners! Read Article

    Read British Columbia Books: Earth Day 2010

    April 19th, 2010

    Every April 22 is Earth Day –the largest and most celebrated environmental event worldwide. But what does it means to be environmental in today’s world and how do you go beyond reduce, reuse, and recycle? From food security to climate change to guerrilla gardening, BC publishers have the green information you need to be an eco contender any day of the year. Celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day with BC Books.

    Talonbooks author Jeff Derksen, reading & book launch

    April 15th, 2010

    “Negotiating the Social Bond of Poetics”: This reading and critical workshop are part of an ongoing series that runs for the equivalent of one academic year, with one writer a month presenting a reading one evening and participating in a workshop, which will address the theme below, the following day. Read Article

    New Star Books author Stan Persky named recipient of the 7th annual Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence

    April 15th, 2010

    British Columbia’s Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Steven Point, will present the award at the Lieutenant Governor’s BC Book Prizes Gala to be held at Government House in Victoria on April 24, 2010. The event will be hosted by broadcaster Shelagh Rogers. Read Article

    Read Local, Buy Local: An Earth Day Celebration of BC Books and Magazines

    April 14th, 2010

    What’s green and read all over? BC books and magazines, which are the focus of over 20 in-store events taking place at Chapters locations in Vancouver and Victoria on Earth Day, April 22, and April 24 and 25. Read Article

    Ronsdale Press Invites You

    April 9th, 2010

    Please join authors Sheila James (author of In the Wake of Loss, Ronsdale Press) and Larissa Lai (author of Automaton Biographies, Arsenal Pulp Press) for the Vancouver launch of In the Wake of Loss. It’ll be at the Wired Monk (corner of 5th and Trafalgar) on April 13th from 7:30 pm. Entry is free.


    BC Book Prizes Soirée Invitation

    April 1st, 2010

    You’re invited!
    Every year the BC Book Prizes holds a fundraising soirée to serve as the launch for the Author Tour program and to introduce the finalists to members of the public—and to each other. Read Article

    It’s Awards Season . . .

    April 1st, 2010

    Many ABPBC members have books nominated for this year’s Alberta Literary Awards. For the Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction Brindle & Glass’ A Raw Mix of Carelessness and Longing by Cecilia Frey has made the list along with Oolichan Books’ Delivery by Betty Jane Hagerat. Douglas & McIntyre’s Merchant Kings by Stephen Bown is nominated for the Wilfred Eglleston Award for Nonfiction, and Anvil Press’ Frenzy by Catherine Owen is nominated for the Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry. Read Article

    Book Launch Tonight!

    March 26th, 2010

    Ronsdale Press invites you to celebrate the launch of Follow the Elephant by Beryl Young.
    In this adventure quest for children aged 10 and up, Ben is a troubled 13-year-old taken by his grandmother to India to find her childhood pen pal. Read Article


    March 24th, 2010

    Arsenal Pulp Press has three titles shortlisted for the 2010 Lambda Literary Awards for LGBT writing and publishing: The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You by S. Bear Bergman (transgender); I Like It Like That, edited by Richard Labonte and Lawrence Schimel (gay erotica); and Fist of the Spider Woman, edited by Amber Dawn (LGBT SF/horror/fantasy). The awards will be presented in New York on May 27.

    Douglas & McIntyre’s Red: A Haida Manga by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, has been nominated for the 2010 Doug Wright Award in the Best Book category. This annual award recognize graphic novels, comics, mini-comics, and experimental comics-based works published in English.

    And congratulations to Orca Book Publishers who have two titles nominated for Canadian Library Association Awards. Walking Backward by Catherine Austen is nominated for 2010 Book of the Year for Children Award and Pierre Le Poof!, illustrated by Andrea Beck, is shortlisted for the 2010 Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award that recognizes illustrators of books for children up t the age of 12.

    BC Book Prizes 2010 Shortlists Announced

    March 11th, 2010

    Vancouver, BC – The West Coast Book Prize Society is pleased to announce the names of the finalists vying for recognition in seven categories at the 26th Annual BC Book Prizes. Read Article

    Member Accolades

    February 25th, 2010

    We have not just one Commonwealth Writers’ Prize Best First Book Award Nominee in BC as announced last week (D&M Publishers title Daniel O’Thunder by Ian Weir), but two. Congratulations to New Star Books whose title The Briss by Michael Tregebov also made the list.

    Congratulations also to Whitecap Books who is very proud to announce that their title Kitchen Scraps has won the Best Food Book Illustrations award at the 2009 Gourmand Awards in Paris, France. Kitchen Scraps is written and illustrated by Pierre Lamielle.

    A New Home for Oolichan Books

    February 9th, 2010

    Fernie, B.C. – In the coming months Oolichan Books will be moving from the shores of Georgia Strait to the mountains of the British Columbia Rockies. Oolichan is pleased to announce that Randal Macnair of Fernie has acquired a majority partnership in Oolichan Books from founder and long-time publisher Ron Smith. Read Article

    Read British Columbia: Welcoming the World

    February 2nd, 2010

    BC’s theatres, art galleries, world-class restaurants, and festivals will be strutting their stuff during the Cultural Olympiad but there’s nothing like curling up with a book. BC publishers welcome visitors to our fine province and invite you to explore the beauty, the history, the literary culture, and the dynamism of our province through our literature. Read Article

    BC Books Online Beta Launch

    January 20th, 2010

    The digital book market has been ramping up over the past few years but 2010 could be the year that that it becomes common currency. Consumers have a multitude of ebook devices to choose from; are avidly downloading and reading their favourite romance novels and short stories on their cellphones, iPhones and BlackBerries; and are remotely browsing digital library collections from their local public library. Read Article

    Women on Ice Book Launch in Vancouver

    January 20th, 2010

    Ronsdale Press invited you to celebrate the launch of Women on Ice: The Early Years of Women’s Ice Hockey in Western Canada by Wayne Norton. Read Article

    Please phone your MLA before Christmas to protest the arts funding cuts

    December 17th, 2009

    We NEED calls in every riding. Numbers here.

    Creativity Counts Initiative

    December 14th, 2009

    Creativity Counts is a call-to-action initiative of the Alliance for Arts and Culture. Our goal is to provide British Columbian arts organizations, individual artists, and patrons and supporters with ideas and tools to express their support for the demand that the BC government restore arts funding in our province to the 2008 / 2009 levels. Read Article

    Sorely Needed Optimism Injected into Literary Arts Funding Crisis

    December 8th, 2009

    The Chair of the BC Arts Council, Jane Danzo, recently shared some good news with those concerned about arts funding in B.C. Read Article

    One Hundred Letters Sent to Canada’s Most Literate Premier

    November 2nd, 2009

    Premier Gordon Campbell is known to be a literate man. He is the only provincial leader who has maintained a personal website about the books he reads. Campbell’s government has even created a $40,000 national literary prize. Read Article

    In Shadow of Cuts, BC Books Dominate Governor General’s Literary Awards Shortlist

    October 15th, 2009

    Of thirty-five books nominated for the 2009 Governor-General’s Literary Awards, English-language, ten are written by BC authors and nine are published by BC publishers. This high BC proportion of shortlisted titles is a testament to the quality of writing and publishing taking place in the province. Read Article

    PRESS RELEASE: Literary clearcut prompts quick response

    October 9th, 2009

    B.C.’s beleaguered literary organizations are forming the Coalition for the Defence of Writing and Publishing in British Columbia one day after the Arts & Culture branch of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture & the Arts (Hon. Kevin Krueger) simultaneously removed all funding from the Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia ($45,000), BC BookWorld newspaper ($31,000) and B.C. Association of Magazine Publishers ($20,000) via phone calls from its executive director Andrea Henning, on October 6. Read Article

    Douglas & McIntyre Fiction Party during the VIWF

    October 2nd, 2009

    D&M is in full swing with thier Imagine That fiction campaign and one of the major events they have planned is a party to launch their reinvigorated fiction program, headed up by Chris Labonté. Read Article

    SFU Library Special Collections & Rare Books presents talk by Jim Rainer

    September 30th, 2009

    As part of the SFU Special Collections series, Share the Enthusiasm, Jim Rainer will speak on his career of collecting — book collecting. Read Article

    Word On The Street, Sunday, September 27 (11am-5pm), Library Square

    September 25th, 2009

    The Word On The Street is just two days away! Join us this Sunday as we celebrate reading and literacy on a grand scale. Read Article

    Book Launch: American Hunks

    September 25th, 2009

    Join David L. Chapman and Brett Josef Grubisic for a slideshow presentation and talk on the American male physique from 1860 to 1970. American Hunks is a fascinating collection of Read Article

    Book Launch: The Only Thing I Have

    September 25th, 2009

    Arsenal Pulp Press and Geist Magazine invite you to join Rhonda Waterfall at the launch of her debut story collection The Only Thing I Have. A new and daring voice, Rhonda Waterfall writes with Read Article

    Two New Star Books Events

    September 15th, 2009

    Donato Mancini showcases visual poetry, with Marina Roy and Christian Bok
    October 9th – November 3rd, 2009
    Gallery Atsui
    602 East Hastings, Vancouver, BC

    More House book launch
    Friday October 9th, 2009, 7 pm
    Pulpfiction on Main
    2422 Main Street, Vancouver, BC
    Free admission, refreshments served.

    Whitecap Books Author Gets Shortlisted

    September 9th, 2009

    Whitecap Books is proud to announce that our author, Rose Murray, has been shortlisted for the 2009 Canadian Culinary Book Awards for her book A Taste of Canada: A Culinary Journey. Read Article

    Two Arsenal Pulp Press Events

    September 3rd, 2009

    Join Mandy Moore and Leanne Prain for the launch of their new book Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti. Read Article


    August 31st, 2009

    Congratulations to member publishers longlist for the ReLit Awards. Read Article

    Welcome to the new Association of Book Publishers of BC website – it’s been a long time coming.

    August 5th, 2009

    With this new site the ABPBC will provide information to the public on the business of publishing, as well we will keep our members apprised of cultural and business issues in a timely fashion. Read Article

    Copyright, HST and the BC Arts Council

    August 5th, 2009

    Within the last thirty days several important announcements have been made by federal and provincial governments that will have long-lasting effects on book publishers. Read Article