Quill and Quire

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What portion of bestselling books in Canada are written by Canadian authors? What portion of these are published by Canadian-owned companies?To answer this question, Q&Q examined the bestseller lists of The Globe and Mail, Maclean’s ... Read More »

October 30, 2003

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HarperCollins vice-president (and Word on the Street national chair) Tom Best and author Erika Ritter were among the dozens of would-be pool sharks who trooped up to the Rivoli’s second floor for a billiards party ... Read More »

October 30, 2003 | Filed under: Book news, Libraries

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Taking it to the sourceTo the editor:For two years now, McClelland & Stewart has been blaming its distribution problems on the Canbook fiasco. We complained to our reps and wrote letters to Q&Q and Canadian ... Read More »

October 30, 2003

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CROWNING GLORY• According to Entertainment Weekly, a study commissioned by the American Booksellers Association shows African-Americans are just as likely to buy books in beauty salons and churches as at bookstores. Proving the beauty of ... Read More »

October 29, 2003

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Founded: 1971 by then-York University students Michael Hirsh and Patrick Loubert, and British animator and designer Clive Smith.Offices: Nelvana employs 500 in its Toronto animation studio, and at sales offices in Los Angeles, London, and ... Read More »

October 29, 2003 | Filed under: Book news

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Andrew Marvell and his Coy Mistress notwithstanding (“the Grave’s a fine and private place, /but none I think do there embrace”), the dead have no need for privacy. True, the dead can sometimes embarrass the ... Read More »

October 29, 2003

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Since the early 1990s, U.S. independent The Tattered Cover has thrived – despite intense competition from chain superstores Barnes & Noble and Borders. Canadian bookstores wondering how the Denver company managed it may want to ... Read More »

October 29, 2003

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• A European Commission investigation into the cross-border fixing of book prices in Germany, Austria, and the German-speaking part of Switzerland has provoked an angry response from Germany’s booksellers and publishers. Librodisk, an Austrian retail ... Read More »

October 29, 2003 | Filed under: Book news

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Anatomy of a blurbAuthor: William BurrillClaim to fame: eye magazine columnistBook: Naked EyeBlurber: P. J. O’RourkeFirst contact between author and blurber: 1994. O’Rourke is in town promoting All the Trouble in the World. Burrill covers ... Read More »

October 29, 2003 | Filed under: Book news

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This summer the U.S. Congress passed bills requiring that to receive federal funding, schools and public libraries must install Internet filtering mechanisms on computers accessible to children. It remains to be seen whether pressure will ... Read More »

October 29, 2003