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Ursula LeGuin was recently awarded the Medal for
Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at
the National Book Awards.
Part of her speech really struck home:
“Books are not just commodities. The profit motive
is often in conflict with the aims of art. We live in
capitalism, its power seems inescapable–so did the
divine right of kings. Any human power can be resisted
and changed by human beings. Resistance and change
often begin in art and very often in our art, the art of words.”
The art of words indeed.
Have a great weekend,
The Globe and Mail posted some of their favourite reads of the year and a bunch of our awesome
Check out the full list here!
So you may have already seen this, but it’s worth a second look. If only my day job was to roll around and
go on the internet!
Congratulations to authors Ashley Little , Ailsa Kay and their respective
publishers, Arsenal Pulp and Goose Lane Editions! These two books have been
longlisted for the Dublin IMPAC Literary Award. The short list will be made public
on April 15 and Dublin’s lord mayor will announce the winner on June 17. A fantastic
achievement for these authors and our small but mighty publishers!
Brag warning: There will be some horn tooting found below, please feel free to
high five us mentally after reading.
Ampersand has three books that are winners of the Governor General’s Award!
Winning in the following categories are:
Governor General’s Literary Award
When Everything Feels like the Movies
9781551525747 Raziel Reid
Arsenal Pulp Press
Governor General’s Translation French to English Award
9780773541894 Peter Feldstein, François-Marc Gagnon
McGill-Queens University Press
Governor General’s Children’s Literature Award
This One Summer
9781554981526 Mariko Tamaki
Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press
A huge congratulations to our beloved publishers!
Just finished day three of our Vancouver sales conference.
The publishers are providing great information on forthcoming titles
as well as an amazing amount of chocolate. We have chocolates from Alberta, San Diego,
San Francisco and Germany. I fear we are contributing to a possible world-wide shortage
as outlined in the story below. But we do appreciate it. Have a good week!
Here we are, on day three of the Vancouver conference! We spent all
weekend being presented exciting spring titles (and eating, of course),
and we’re here for more! I can sense my TBR pile growing higher as
you read this….
Happy Friday! We have had a beautiful, cold,
clear week here in Vancouver, more like January
than November. It will be a pleasant surprise for our
reps from across Canada when they arrive for Sales
Conference. We are about to embark of part one of
an intense series of meetings about all the new
and fantastic books coming this spring. It is
like Christmas for book lovers and even though
it is like a marathon every day and it takes
a while for all of the information to sink in,
having new books to look forward to is a wonderful
Have a great weekend!