Book Publishing

Book Publishing, Bookselling, George Bowering, and the new censorship

By Brian Fawcett | 2021 January 13

        I read George Bowering’s latest book, Writing and Reading (New Star, Vancouver, 2019), in a single sitting, which was unique in my experience of reading him. Bowering can be demanding and occasionally hermetic, and therefore requires intense concentration. But Writing and Reading was like having a conversation with George at a…

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Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Who in Hell Writes This Crap, Anyway?

By Brian Fawcett | 2018 August 9

Brian Fawcett reads the jacket copy of a science fiction novel

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What’s Wrong with Rosalind?

By Brian Fawcett | 2012 October 29

Brian Fawcett can see a few things wrong with Sue Swan’s attempt to create another writing prize…

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Long Form Thinking

By Gordon Lockheed | 2011 July 25

Gordon Lockheed introduces a new term into his series about the book publishing industry crisis.

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What To Do With the Writers’ Union of Canada

By Brian Fawcett | 2011 June 4

Brian Fawcett goes to the Writers’ Union of Canada AGM and doesn’t find it relevant or much fun

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Book Prizes and Education

By Jean Baird | 2011 May 18

Jean Baird files a think piece about the how Canadian writing is no longer taught in our secondary and middle schools and why it happened.

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What’s Threatening Book Publishing in Canada?

By Gordon Lockheed | 2011 May 12

Gordon Lockheed looks at the deep structure of the book publishing malaise, offers some provisional solutions, but sees a deeper threat emerging

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Prize Culture, David Suzuki, and Writers’ Trust

By Gordon Lockheed | 2011 March 30

Gordon Lockheed has some leading questions about book prizes, what the Writers’ Trust is about, and why David Suzuki was given a prize for lifetime achievement as a writer..

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The book publishers’ crisis

By Gordon Lockheed | 2010 November 9

A look at the book biz, from prizes to marketing and back again.

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On the absence of hatchet-work amongst Canada’s Book Reviewers

By Brian Fawcett | 2010 February 5

Brian Fawcett takes exception to Martin Levin’s characterization of Canadian book reviewers as lacking venom. He thinks Levin is part of the cause.

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