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NOT CANADIAN, EH?

• Cancon watchdog group 50/50 (Canadians for Canadian Culture and Entertainment) says the Doubleday Book Club’s six latest bestsellers are “a slap in the face” ...

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HOW THEY SEE IT

• These days, it seems everyone’s opening a superstore. Lichtman’s, the Toronto-based mini-chain, announced
the opening of theirs in their spring 1997 ...

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• Making good on its pledge last year to donate 50 cents from every commemorative hardcover sale of Andrew Morton’s Diana, Her True Story to The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada, ...

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THE CRYING GAME
• The climax of a recent 90-minute hostage drama at Chapters’ Robson Street store in Vancouver resulted in police shooting rubber bullets at a man dressed in women’s ...

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BOTTOMS UP
• Mordecai Richler has been named the first honorary member of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association. The honour was bestowed in response to a column Richler ...

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HONOURABLE MENTION
• Celia Duthie, president of Duthie Books, will be awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree this spring by Simon Fraser University for her contribution to the life of ...

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POETIC INTERVENTION

• By merely rolling their eyes heavenwards, British patients can now offset the shrill of the dentist’s drill with some lyrical relief from “Poetry on the ...

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• Rohinton Mistry has added the Commonwealth Writers Prize for best book, Caribbean and Canada division, to the string of awards he’s received for A Fine Balance. And The Globe and ...

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MONEY MATTERS
• Canadian freelance writers haven’t had a pay increase in 18 years, according to a recent survey conducted by the Periodical Writers Association of Canada (PWAC). Poll ...

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BACK TO THE FUTURE
• A Vancouver painter and printmaker has become the first artist to contribute to The Fund for Future Generations – the new fundraising initiative announced by ...

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Bonfire of Vanity

• Plucky U.K. poet and Fax fixture Andrew Tait, whose daring antics to secure a publisher include
threatening to jump off a bridge and attempting to starve ...

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SPROUTING PROSE
• Not content with the brilliance of her prose and plot, Carol Shields’ editors suggested that the author’s latest novel, Larry’s Party, was a tad misleading ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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• IDG Books, publisher of the wacky For Dummies series, has discovered Beetlemania – the new Volkswagen Beetle that is. From Aug. 1 to Oct. 15 IDG is offering Bug fanciers at Coles and ...

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• The American Booksellers Association will no longer be publishing the American Bookseller, saying that the monthly magazine was not the most time-effective way to deliver its news. ...

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• Jack McClelland’s agent, Beverley Slopen, recently sent out copies of Imagining Canadian Literature: The Selected Letters of Jack McClelland to 30 of Canada’s young upwardly mobile ...

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