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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 and 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

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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Book Passage:BC Books on BC Ferries

May 26th, 2014

The latest issue of Book Passage hits BC Ferries in June. This brochure showcases fifteen vibrant titles from BC publishers that are available for purchase in BC Ferries’ Passages Gift Shop. Your next read awaits!

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
DEADLINE FOR APPLICANTS: May 15th, 2014

DESCRIPTION:
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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BRITISH COLUMBIA GOVERNMENT TO PROCLAIM APRIL 9TH BC BOOK DAY

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

Position:
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.

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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
format.
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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

JOB SUMMARY
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

MEDIA RELEASE: “Creative BC” an important first step in keeping BC’s creative industries competitive

February 1st, 2013

BC’s creative industries are pleased that the provincial government has heard their call for a working partnership, to help keep BC’s creative industries strong.

The announcement of “Creative BC” today by the Honourable Bill Bennett, Minster of Community, Sport and Cultural Development is an important first step in acknowledging the significance of BC’s creative industry sector, according to Brian Hamilton, Chair of the BC Producers’ Branch of the Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA).

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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

Poetry in Transit 2012/ 2013 hits the buses!

October 5th, 2012

A special thanks to poets Janet Marie Rogers, Kate Braid, Tom Wayman, Rachel Rose, Billeh Nickerson and Calvin Wharton as well as host Evelyn Lau for helping us launch Poetry in Transit 2012/ 2013 at The Word on the Street Vancouver

Photos below.

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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
604-943-2293
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
604-946-6215
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

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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

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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

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

Non-Fiction

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

Congratulations!

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.
mainstreetmagazinetour.ca
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

Beta of BC E-book Library Live Today at British Columbia Libraries

May 12th, 2010

Vancouver – May 12, 2010 – BC Books Online, a unique and unprecedented e-book collection, is up and running as of today at public and educational libraries throughout British Columbia. (full list of libraries below) 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.

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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

Congratulations!

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

Congratulations!

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