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The 10 Books You Should Be Reading This September

This year has been a dizzying one so far, and it’s not over yet. So it seems entirely appropriate that September brings with it a number of books that attempt to grapple with the world we live in — whether it’s Naomi Klein and Cory Doctorow exploring the effects of

Two Huge Losses

About 100 people gathered at North York Central Library on November 14 to celebrate the life of Sharon Fitzhenry (above), the president and CEO of Fitzhenry & Whiteside, who died on August 26 at age seventy-three. Her firm was founded by her father, Robert Fitzhenry, and included the imprints Fifth

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Bestsellers: What it Takes

Who doesn’t want to be a bestselling author? Now you can do it, too. It’s easy. Publish a book on Amazon, give a couple of hundred dollars to each of a few friends, and have them buy your book, one copy every couple of hours, for twenty-four hours

Break Them Up

It’s shocking to me how little attention the proposed merger of Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster is getting from Canadian media. Neither the business nor the arts desks seem interested. Maybe it’s a lack of reporting resources, which these days is usually the culprit in uncovered stories, or

Grand Strategery

The Canada Council is in the midst of devising a five-year strategic plan that will influence its annual distribution of a half-billion dollars to Canadian artists and cultural organizations. Naturally, it held consultations as part of its planning process, as all creatures of government do these days (the council is

History and le Carré

I’ve long believed the Nobel committee should bestow its laurel, at least once, on a genre novelist. Someone like Agatha Christie, Dashiell Hammett, Anne Rice, Patricia Highsmith, JRR Tolkien, or Elmore Leonard whose work generally takes a recognizable form — say, the detective, horror, scifi, or romance novel — yet

This Dangerous Business

One of the things they never tell you about the book business is how much sitting is involved. Reading and writing demand immobility, and immobility has consequences. There was a lot of sitting in my last job, too. But there I would leave the house in the morning, drive to

Do You Really Need An Agent?

Do You Really Need An Agent? If you\’re a writer, you may wonder whether or not you really need an agent to get your work picked up by a publisher. The short answer is this: agents can be helpful in some circumstances but they are not necessary. Let’s start with

Do You Really Need An Agent?

Do You Really Need An Agent? If you\’re a writer, you may wonder whether or not you really need an agent to get your work picked up by a publisher. The short answer is this: agents can be helpful in some circumstances but they are not necessary. Let’s start with

Bestsellers: What it Takes

Who doesn’t want to be a bestselling author? Now you can do it, too. It’s easy. Publish a book on Amazon, give a couple of hundred dollars to each of a few friends, and have them buy your book, one copy every couple of hours, for twenty-four hours and chances

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