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Happy Friday,

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,


Hi everyone!

The Globe and Mail posted some of their favourite reads of the year and a bunch of our awesome

publishers made the cut! A big congratulations to Goose Lane EditionsGroundwoodHouse of Anansi,

Raincoast BooksDundurn PressFreehand BooksArsenal Pulp PressKids Can Press, and

Owlkids Publishing!

Check out the full list here!

- Tamara


Hi Everyone,

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!

Panda Fun





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!


Week two, in Toronto, here we come! Last time I was in town, Judy and I checked out

the Black Hoof, and this time we plan to hit up their sister restaurant, Bar Isabel. I can’t wait!




Happy Friday!  I am glad to say that the first

part of Sales Conference is done and now it is on to

part two!  I’ll see you on the other side!

Book In My Hands

Have a great weekend!


Hi friends!

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

Paul-Émile Borduas: A Critical Biography

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!

- Tamara



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!


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