Book Publishing

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

By Brian Fawcett | January 13, 2021

        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 | August 9, 2018

Brian Fawcett reads the jacket copy of a science fiction novel

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What’s Wrong with Rosalind?

By Brian Fawcett | October 29, 2012

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 | July 25, 2011

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 | June 4, 2011

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 | May 18, 2011

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 | May 12, 2011

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 | March 30, 2011

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 | November 9, 2010

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 | February 5, 2010

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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