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More books, less local content in B.C.

The Tyee recently posted a good-news/bad-news article about the state of books in B.C. The good news is that local publishers are doing well and the Vancouver International Writers Festival is putting the province on the literary map. The bad news is that “there’s less about B.C. in locally produced books.” As BC Bookworld publisher Alan Twigg tells The Tyee, “I don’t perceive a strengthening of the B.C. literary climate…. it’s harder to find culturally newsworthy books about B.C. in 2007 than 1997.” And Twigg and others blame a familiar culprit: the big-box phenomenon and the decline of the independent bookselling sector.