Becoming a writer   >

Sunday 27 March 2011

Email, the Internet, Facebook and newspapers – whether in print or online – are the enemies of writing. Reading is the enemy of writing.

From Margaret O'Brien: John Vaillant's The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival   > read more...

Saturday 2 April 2011

The Tiger is a Poe-like thriller, an analysis of post-perestroika economic disintegration (with plenty of black humour included), a treatise on biodiversity, an overview of paleoanthropology, and a completely absorbing read. But its essence is an intricate and measured plea for humans to understand and value our co-existence with the natural world.

Brave New (Book) World: New York publishing guru Mike Shatzkin in Montreal   > read more...

Tuesday 5 April 2011

"We are living through an extraordinarily dynamic period of change from which no one will escape unscathed." -- Mike Shatzkin

Becoming a writer in the digital age   >

Thursday 7 April 2011

Some writers will choose not to self-publish. They may prefer not to spend the time it takes to edit, publish, market and sell their own work. But if they do wish to self-publish, it is now possible to do so without losing face and without losing money. That’s the game changer.

Accelerating change in the book world   >

Tuesday 12 April 2011

"The change from print-books to e-books is happening even faster than Heather predicts." -- Bruce Batchelor

The Quebec e-opportunity?   >

Saturday 16 April 2011

Quebecers are less than excited by le livre numérique.

The book industry needs to get its act together: Petition to boycott HarperCollins   > read more...

Wednesday 4 May 2011

Pitched battles between publishers and librarians are not going to help anyone survive the digital revolution.

Publishers' Weekly Publisher Cevin Bryerman in Montreal   >

Wednesday 4 May 2011

“The world is changing, and we’re trying to change with it.”

From Tom Ložar: Trieste and the Meaning of Ignorance   > read more...

Friday 24 June 2011

The assumption in “One Night at the Risiera” that the Risiera killed mainly Jews and the silence about the other victims may just be examples of Morris’s fabled carelessness and the ignorance of her reviewers, in homage to her lyrical cluelessness.

So, do you believe me, or the great Jan Morris? Do you trust me or the woman who says that Toronto is on Lake Superior, that there is a great hatter on a street in Toronto called Spandia, and that Yonge Street runs all the way to the “prairie farmlands”?

Montreal BookCamp   >

Sunday 2 October 2011

Questions about the future of bookstores and libraries soon resulted in bold statements to the effect that “Bookstores will die. It’s a pity, but that’s the reality.” Booksellers fared better in this imagined future, but not by much. To the suggestion that booksellers can continue to play a role in providing advice on books, one participant cracked, “you might have difficulty living on that.” Publishers came in for some dismissive comments, as well, and radio and television got it in the neck.

From Judith Fitzgerald: Winning ReLits & Righteous Fitz Bitz   > read more...

Friday 11 November 2011

L-R:  Craig Francis Power, Tony Burgess, Dani Couture, and ReLit Founder Kenneth J. Harvery.

ReLit winners show off their rings: (L-R) Craig Francis Power, Tony Burgess, Dani Couture, and ReLit founder Kenneth J. Harvey. (Photograph of ReLit Award recipients © 2011 John W. MacDonald. Used by written permission. All rights reserved. Duplication, reproduction, storage, or transmission of this work in whole or in part in any medium without the express written permission of its copyright holder is strictly forbidden. Just so you know, y'know?)

And now a message for all the writers who did not win awards this fall   > read more...

Thursday 1 December 2011

"If only I had won the Giller I would be irresistible.”

No. That’s where you’re wrong. You’ve got it backwards. You have to be irresistible in order to win the Giller.

2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize winner Esi Egugyan www.

From Guy Tiphane: Letter from San Francisco   >

Thursday 8 December 2011

Can machines select the next book for you to read? In this view of the future, a book's DNA can be compared to your “reader DNA,” and the bookseller – no longer a human but a machine automatically channeling books to you – is guaranteed growing sales forever.

Literary Awards and the Spurned Writer   >

Monday 9 January 2012

Writers love literary awards when they win them, and they hate them when they don’t.

From Guy Tiphane: Letter from… Antigua, Guatemala   >

Wednesday 25 January 2012

All this would be simpler had I had an electronic book reader, I thought on my way home. Sooner or later, it was now clear to me, I would have to surrender to the commanders of progress who want to sell us devices and an endless supply of books in electronic format.


Letter from San Francisco: Amazon, again. by Guy Tiphane   > read more...

Sunday 1 July 2012

We need to move on, see the wave coming, and ride it. (Warning: it may be like a tsunami.)

Letter from San Francisco: The Espresso Book Machine, by Guy Tiphane   > read more...

Thursday 2 August 2012

Today it is possible to walk in the bookstore and ask for a book to be printed and bound as you wait. The machine is also a powerful tool for authors to create and sell books.

The Goodtime Girl, by Tess Fragoulis   >

Tuesday 7 August 2012

The sights and sounds of Smyrna, Piraeus and Athens are brought to life by Fragoulis’s finely crafted prose. The cast of characters – manghas, manghissas, and the girls in Kyria Effie’s brothel, are fully realized. The result is a novel which is as tough and intelligent as Kivelli herself.

Review by Margaret Goldik

Speaking of Books, by Ann Charney   >

Tuesday 30 October 2012

Stories will still need to be told, and writers will continue to tell them. It’s not unreasonable to assume that the written word will persist, even if it’s in ways we can scarcely imagine.

Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th edition

Where Good Books Come From, by Linda Leith. Part I: The Writer-Publisher Relationship   > read more...

Wednesday 28 November 2012

It might be that this relationship between writer and publisher is what is most in danger in the digital revolution.

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