Filed under: BookCamp Vancouver 2009, Industry Change | Tags: Bookcamp, BookCamp Vancouver, Forget Frankfurt, Harry Potter, Michiko Kakutani, New York Times Book Review, NYT, Russian Vodka
BOOKCAMP VANCOUVER 2009: FRIDAY OCTOBER 16: SFU HARBOUR CENTRE Exploring New Ideas in Books, Publishing and the Future of Reading
It’s curious. Thousands of publishing professionals from all over the world funnel into the Bavarian outpost of Frankfurt at this time every year for the largest book fair and rights festival in the world.
Fortunes rise and fall on decisions made there. Expectations run high. Coffee is consumed at an alarming rate, as is Russian vodka. The very next Harry Potter or Da Vinci Code could be right under one’s proverbial nose.
Conferences are attended, powerpoint presentations proffer poignant percentages and that person over there flitting from table to table scribbling furiously in her notepad just might be Michiko Kakutani.
But… there’s something happening in Canada’s western hinterlands, some sort of modern mutation on an age-old theme. Fresh ideas are being hatched, new voices are given the opportunity to speak and the wisdom of the crowd is tapped.
It all happens on the rain slicked streets of Vancouver on Friday October 16th at the SFU Harbour Centre. See you there!
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