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Ask a bookseller
I’m amazed you didn’t choose a bookseller or book consumer for your panel discussion about book jacket design (Apr. 2002). I applaud Scott Richardson, though, for at ...

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A common misconception
Bill Harnum’s column in the July issue, “Who really benefits from grants?”, contains a few good points, but at the heart of his argument lies the old ...

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No other employment
While I have no objection to Quill & Quire publishing the amount of grant money I have received (“The grant game,” July 2001), I feel I must object to ...

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Falling through the cracks
I’m of two minds about attempts by the federal and provincial governments to help Canadian publishers hurt by the collapse this past summer of Jack ...

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Don’t lose sight of Talon
Mary Soderstrom’s article, “Lost in translation?” (Oct. 2002), highlighted recurrent themes and addressed significant issues in the business of book ...

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Staff got short shrift
John Lorinc deserves credit for doing such a fast job in his essentially fair-minded profile of McClelland & Stewart, but inevitably a few errors of fact ...

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A call for fairness
Re: “It’s called competition,” (July 2002) and David Drew’s letter, “A radical proposal,” (Aug. 2002)

It’s been clear since the merger of Coles and ...

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A radical proposal
Quill & Quire’s distribution survey (July 2002) ranks some Canadian book distributors according to speed of service. But it leaves out an equally ...

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Laying the blame for GDS
I wish to congratulate David Hunt on his excellent article in the June issue (“Debunking the demonology”). What a welcome blast of reality!

I have ...

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Making the grade
Thank you for the excellent article on the plight of school libraries in Canada (“The crisis in school libraries,” Feb. 2002). The Canadian Library Association ...

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Good questions
In his April column, Scott Anderson asks the questions that need to be asked about the break-up of CDG Books (“Do owners matter?”). I thought I was the only one having ...

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Coady deserved the lead
While I was thrilled to see Lori Lansens featured on the cover of your January issue, I was more than a little dismayed to see two non-fiction titles omitted ...

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~<?shed loyalty
I just finished reading the article “Indigo Online’s shrinking pains” (Jan., p. 4) and would like to share some of the problems I’ve had in the past year with ...

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Au revoir and thank you
I leave Indigo/Chapters in December after 34 years in the Canadian book industry.

I would like to thank all my bookselling, publishing, writing, and ...

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Another one bites the dust
News of the departure of another good independent bookseller, Mallard Books of Richmond, B.C., has left me sad but not surprised.

Yesterday our ...

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The 52% solution
While Canadian Booksellers Association president Larry Wong may be “suspicious of measures to reduce returns” (“Industry divided on returns issue,” Sept. 2000) he ...

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Canons are fictions
Your article “The disappearing canon” in the November 2001 issue gives rise to several comments and questions.

While I am delighted that you quote my ...

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On selling the Indigo stores
I am writing to you with respect to the article “Trustee takes over Indigo divestment efforts” (Inside Report, Sept. 11, 2001).

First, the ...

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Take another look at Bowker
In response to your article on sales tracking in Canada (“Crunching the numbers,” Sept. 2001), I was disappointed to see that Quill & Quire ...

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Now what?
The independent booksellers of B.C., along with all other independent Canadian booksellers, historically have formed the backbone of the book industry in Canada. We have ...

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Look for made-in-Canada solution
I am a bookseller with 30 years of experience and with my partner operate 10 retail locations in B.C. A recent article in the Globe and Mail ...

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The truth fits
Helen Metella states in her interview with Edmonton writer Thomas Wharton (May, 2001) that in his new book, Salamander, he “gives free rein to his signature ...

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Granted, how great I art!
Re: “The grant game,” July 2001
Whoa! What can I say? I just can’t get over it. No. 1 at last! Great! I’m thunderstruck to discover just how great I ...

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Reviewer lost her cool
I was astonished at the fury with which Kathy Shaidle reviewed my book, The Rope in the Water: A Pilgrimage to India (Feb. 2001). When a critic loses ...

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How do you define “peep”?
Contrary to the impression given by Scott Anderson’s September column, The Writers Union of Canada has been in regular contact with author Stephen Williams, ...

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Keith deserves more
I couldn’t agree more with the content of Bridget Barber’s letter about Keith Sacré (Feb. 2001). In fact, I was just bemoaning the loss of Keith and how much he ...

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What level playing field?
I am writing because I am furious that publishers are shipping to the chains first, before independent stores.

Six days before Christmas, I received ...

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Get the context right
I am writing to clarify my statements as quoted in “Goodbye Hockey Sweater, hello Casey at the Bat” in your October issue.

Not only was I not properly ...

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Don’t tarnish the chain
I enjoyed reading Paul Spendlove’s recap of BookExpo Canada in the August issue of Q&Q (“BookExpo Canada an upbeat, mostly Ontario affair”). As a ...

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Library renewal
Re: “Don’t shush them in” (June 2003)
Over the past few years, I have read many of the articles Q&Q has printed with respect to school libraries, and ...

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More feedback needed
I was really glad to see David Hunt’s column in the May issue (“Are you listening to your reps?”) and will make a point of handing copies of it to several sales ...

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No grasp
I was very pleased to see Scott Richardson’s input into the panel that led to the article “Make your advertising more effective” in the April issue of Quill & ...

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All the things that matter
Kenneth Oppel is a wonderful writer and usually a perceptive reviewer. However, his review of The Canning Season, by Polly Horvath (Mar. 2003), was ...

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It seems strange that the Best Books of 2002 feature in February’s Q&Q would go out of its way to mention one award-winner published in 2001, and yet not the 2002 Governor ...

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Ownership matters
On facing pages in the January issue of Q&Q, Scott Anderson and I agreed about many aspects of the Simon & Schuster/Distican deal, except for the ...

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Self-published and proud
The Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators, and Performers (CANSCAIP) does not, as a rule, accept self-published authors or illustrators for ...

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False connection made
I was dismayed by the erroneous connection between the recent executive changes at Chapters and the memo sent to publishers by Curt Gray that was made in the ...

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All stores are not of treated equally
In his letter that appealed in the January 1998 issue, Nicholas Pashley wonders if the practice of reverse volume discounts to university ...

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Mean-spirited comments
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In view of the fact that I wrote Garth Turner on August 27, wishing him well with his acquisition of Lester Publishing, I am struck by his ...

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Why bother?
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When I realized just how much I agreed with Carolyn Wood (“How to market scholarly books,” Nov. 1997) and J.L. Granatstein (“In praise ...

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In honour of Andy Tong
On the last Friday of September, Canadian publishing lost a great book designer – Andy Tong. Andy worked full time for Dundurn Press from 1985 to 1994, ...

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No context given
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Bert Archer’s one-column piece (Sept. 1996) on Margaret Atwood’s new novel, Alias Grace, had more the stance of an editorial than a review, ...

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Faster publishers, fill! fill!
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I read with interest and envy of Nicholas Hoare’s figures regarding the performance of Canadian publishers as distributors (“Law and ...

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Real story is in the details
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Many thanks for drawing attention to the CCSP’s two-volume study, The Reading and Purchasing Public: The Market for Trade Books in ...

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Good books don’t go bad
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Re: “Returns rising” (Feb. 1997)
Contrary to what John Lorinc says, I would like to suggest that returns do not have to be “a fact of ...

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Comparison appalling
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The column “Suddenly second best” (Dec. 1996) left me irritated. Comparing the Governor General’s Awards, which deliver winners in seven ...

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They swear it’s true
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It was with great delight that I read Chris Chambers’ “Watch for Christmas shoppers” (Dec. 1996). I recognized all of the customer types, save ...

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Exempt booksellers, too!
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As an independent book retailer, I am appalled and dismayed about the harmonization of the GST and PST.

I run a bookstore in a town ...

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A very real crisis
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This letter is in response to an opinion column by Bert Archer that appeared in The Financial Post. Although the column didn’t appear in ...

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A writer’s cri de coeur
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Once again Quill & Quire has managed to depress me. I am an unpublished writer, one of those annoying, wicked people who, if we ...

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An open letter to Jean Chrétien
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A grave injustice will be done to the writers of this country if Bill C-32, An Act to Amend the Copyright Act, is passed ...

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Initiative should be applauded
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I was delighted to see the article in your June issue about the ambitious marketing campaign HarperCollins will be undertaking this ...

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Dream dealers
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Re: “The allure of print” (May 1997):
With the demise of some government concessions and subsidies, publishers are increasingly hard-pressed to ...

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Unhealthy relations
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As one of the HarperHundred victims, I was choked up by Ed Carson’s flatulent and sweaty-palmed statement in your May issue (“A returns-free ...

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Welcome, Ingram
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Re: “Ottawa won’t impose copyright solution,” (Aug. 1997):
I recently faxed an order to Germany on a Wednesday at 3 p.m. EDT. I received the ...

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Many omissions from kids’ best list
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Re: “The best Canadian kids’ books of all time” (Oct. 1997):
Excuse me? The best Canadian kids’ books of all time? Who ...

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Taking it to the source
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For two years now, McClelland & Stewart has been blaming its distribution problems on the Canbook fiasco. We complained to our reps and ...

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Dummies overlooked
On behalf of IDG Books Worldwide, let me clarify a few points regarding our business in Canada (“How to move computer books,” Aug., p. 24):

• Rob Dawson, of ...

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Dollars are never secondary
For reasons that will remain obvious, I must remain anonymous in writing this letter. As an employee of Nicholas Hoare’s, I feel I must respond to ...

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Surviving Commonwealth
On the whole, Charles Mandel’s article “Commonwealth disappears from view” (May 1998) was on target. However, a couple of statements should be ...

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An underdeveloped critique
The most dangerous reviewers are those with an agenda. And I haven’t run into a more classic case than the review by Carol Berger of Linda Spalding’s ...

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Different terrain, indeed
We were pleased to see the notice about Shyam Selvadurai’ s masterful new novel, The Cinnamon Gardens, in your In the Works section (Apr. 1998). ...

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Never mind the pacing
After reading “Book TV: How the literary shows rate” (Dec. 1998) and “Book TV to launch this year” (Jan. 1999), I would suggest that people involved with these ...

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Forced out
Your news piece about the opening of a TERLA office in Toronto (Nov. 1998) hits me very close to home. I have recently ended 10 years of writing a birding column in the ...

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Speaking for kids
Maureen Garvie’s article, “Not just for children anymore” (Oct. 1998), has confirmed my growing suspicion that yet one more aspect of childhood – in this case, fine ...

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Overstating the case?
In response to Tim Brandt’s letter decrying Penguin’s cross-promotion with Starbucks as an “evil” scheme (Sept., p. 3), I’d like to clarify some aspects of the ...

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Earth to Avie Bennett
I’m writing to express my concern over the recent actions of McClelland & Stewart regarding the sale of remainders to Chapters (“M&S ...

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A prize-winning production
It was most interesting to read “The Wealthy Patron” (Apr. 1999) by Derek Weiler about publishing art books in Canada. I would like to underscore a couple ...

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A questionable commitment
Your editorial “Who is Canadian?” (Mar. 1999) implies that ownership and control are of no consequence when it comes to cultural production, i.e. that ...

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This “war” can be averted
Re: “The next copyright fight” (Aug. 1999)
I was sorry to see that John Tooth’s “war” on copyright included an attack on Margaret Atwood.

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Modest but heart-felt tribute
As chair of the Information Book Award Committee of the Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada, I feel that it is necessary to point out that we ...

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Keeping the field level
Your readers must be wondering what we at McClelland & Stewart did and said to bring down the wrath of some highly articulate booksellers (June ...

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Don’t be duped!
Re: Varsity blues (Nov., p. 24):
As manager of the British Columbia Institute of Technology Bookstore, I also feel the converging pressures of burgeoning ...

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Can this review be trusted?
I am glad that Q&Q gave notice to my new book, Can God Be Trusted? Faith and the Challenge of Evil (Dec. 1998). But I am dismayed that ...

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Granfield’s research was her own
I am writing to correct the errors in the review of Linda Granfield’s High Flight that appeared in the October 1999 issue. The extraordinary ...

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Nationality is irrelevant
Re: “Commitment cannot be counted” (Aug. 1999):

Surely what is important about Canadian publishing is the access it provides Canadian authors and ...

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Indigo is in the game
Re: “The Indigo Way” (Feb. 2000):
Contrary to the impression made in John’s Lorinc’s article, Indigo has been effectively competing online with Chapters ...

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Speaking up for Somerville
Re: “Landlord sues Somerville,” (Dec. 1999):
Admittedly, many of the actions of Somerville House deserve close scrutiny. I would not attempt to defend ...

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We’re here!
Bravo on covering a topic that has been largely ignored: minorities in publishing (May 2000). I thought Anita Lahey did an admirable job of tackling a sensitive subject, ...

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Fenntastic!
I want to thank Harold Fenn for his response to my letter regarding Fenn’s minimum order policy. I congratulate Mr. Fenn and H.B. Fenn in their commitment to small ...

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Ross will last
I read with interest John Metcalf’s guest column in the July issue (“False idols”). Metcalf declares that Canadian readers are mostly inept when it comes to ...

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Chapters.ca has own cash reserve
Re: “Reversals of fortune,” July:
Your comment about Chapters Online “draining the cash reserves” of Chapters Inc. is not correct. Chapters Online ...

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A call to change
Thank you for Anita Lahey’s pertinent feature “Minorities in publishing: Where is everyone?” (May 2000). I am writing to clarify my comments in the accompanying ...

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