featured book:
The World Afloat
WorldAfloat
by M.A.C. Farrant

Marketing & Promotion

The ABPBC works to develop and expand markets for and to raise awareness of BC-published books through the following programs:

BC Books Online

The ABPBC in a consortium consisting of the BC Electronic Library Network, the BC Library Association, the Educational Resource Acquisition Consortium, and community partners the Irving K. Barber Centre, the University of BC Library and Simon Fraser University is exploring delivery and marketing mechanisms to ensure ebook versions of BC-published books are available in BC libraries. For more information on this important project visit the dedicated website at bc books online or download the BC Books Online brochure.
Open to all Active members.
BCBooksOnline

BC Bestseller List

Compiled by TBM BookManager, this weekly list is distributed to media outlets, bookstores and sales representatives and is posted weekly on the ABPBC website homepage.
Open to all BC publishers.

BC Books for BC Schools

This catalogue of BC-published books suitable for school libraries features titles selected and annotated by teacher-librarians. The catalogue is distributed to all schools in BC and is available as a PDF in the Resources for Teacher-Librarians section of our website.
Open to Active, Associate and Supporting members.

BCBooks 2013

BC Ferry Promotions and Book Passage Brochure

The ABPBC works actively with the BC Ferry Corporation and its book supplier to promote members’ books on the ferries through good signage, special promotions, seasonal posters and the brochure BookPassage.
Open to Active, Associate and Supporting members.

Canadian Aboriginal Books for Schools

This catalogue features Canadian published titles by, for and about Aboriginal peoples and suitable for K-12 libraries. The books are selected and annotated by teacher-librarians. The catalogue is distributed to school libraries, wholesalers and public libraries across the country and is available as a PDF in the Resources for Teacher-Librarians section of our website.
Open to ABPBC and ACP member publishers.

AbCat 2013

Displays

The ABPBC attends conferences throughout the year with information about BC publishing and displays of our members’ books.
Open to Active, Associate and Supporting members.

Poetry in Transit

This much-loved project has been running since 1996 and in that time has featured 190 poems from established and emerging writers.

Poems eligible for the project must be written by BC writers and published in book form by Canadian publishers. Poems are submitted by publishers for consideration in the project in May of each year. The works are selected by a jury comprised of a poet, a representative of TransLink and an industry professional. The ABPBC is currently obtaining the rights to place poems that have been included in this project on our website. A partial selection appears in the Poetry in Transit section.
Open to all Canadian publishers.
PiT2011

Awareness

The ABPBC works to raise the profile and visibility of the British Columbia book industry in the following ways:

Booksellers

The ABPBC, through our customer relations committee, works to promote BC books provincially and nationally.

Gray Campbell Distinguished Service Award

This annual award is presented to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the BC book publishing industry.

Recipients of the Gray Campbell Distinguished Service Award

2000 Alan Twigg
2001 Jim Douglas
2002 Thora Howell
2003 Margaret Reynolds
2004 Basil Stuart-Stubbs
2005 Randy Fred
2006 Kate Walker
2007 Karl Siegler
2008 Rowly Lorimer
2009 Jim Munro
2010 no award
2011 Ron Smith
2012 Paul Whitney
2013 Sheryl MacKay

Jim Douglas Publisher of the Year Award

This award is presented at the discretion of the ABPBC board to recognize an active BC publisher that has earned the respect and applause of the community.

Recipients of the Jim Douglas Publisher of the Year Award

2002 Harbour Publishing
2003 New Society Publishers
2004 Douglas & McIntyre
2005 no award
2006 Orca Book Publishers
2007 Arsenal Pulp Press
2008 The Heritage Group
2009 UBC Press
2010 no award
2011 New Star Books
2012 Self-Counsel Press
2013 Anvil Press

Media

The ABPBC responds to all requests from the media to discuss issues related to book publishers and writing.

Public Events

Word Vancouver and the BC Book Prizes originated from the ABPBC. Our members and staff continue to serve on boards of or participate in these organizations.