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Vancouver Sun to maintain local books coverage, bestsellers list

The Vancouver Sun has confirmed that the Postmedia newspaper outlet has not cut its local books coverage.

Sun arts and life editor Aleesha Harris confirmed with Heidi Waechtler, executive director of the Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia, that space for local coverage would be allocated in the paper’s Thursday and Saturday editions. A review or author Q&A is scheduled weekly for the Thursday Scene section, along with a review and the weekly B.C. Bestsellers List – compiled by ABPBC via Bookmanager — running in the You section of the Saturday edition. National coverage will appear separately in the Saturday Weekend Review section, alongside the Maclean’s bestseller list.

Former books editor Tracy Sherlock will not replaced. Harris says publishers can submit copies of books directly to her for consideration, or to a select group of dedicated freelance writers. National pitches are to be sent to Postmedia entertainment editor Lindsey Ward.

In a statement, Waechtler says, “While we believe the Sun’s readership would be better served, and the profile of BC books strengthened, by local and national book coverage that is anchored together, as it had been previously, the ABPBC appreciates the Sun‘s affirmed commitment to BC publishers and authors and their work.”