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The Sentimentalists’ Win is a Victory for Everyone at the #GillerPrize Ceremonies (via @seancranbury)
November 9, 2010, 11:45 PM
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An Open Letter to Andrew Steeves, publisher of Johanna Skibsrud’s The Sentimentalists, Gaspereau Press.

Good morning, Mr Steeves!

Congratulations to you, Gaspereau Press and Johanna Skibsbrud for the deserving win at the Giller Prize ceremonies last night in glorious downtown Toronto.

Few of us can imagine what you must be feeling right now. Some mixture of dread and elation, perhaps.

I honestly hope that it’s neither because you didn’t just win Canada’s ‘most prestigious literary prize’ last night – while simultaneously throwing the entire book distribution chain into apoplexy – you actually won and shared the win with some very deserving books and writers.

No matter how insistent the cries become from the manifold voices in the book publishing ether to ‘get these books onto the display tables of big box bookstores from coast to coast (and maybe a few of the remaining independents while you’re at it) regardless of what it does to the quality of the book object’ – please ignore them.

While the voices of those imbued with the patience enough to wait, and a sufficient list of books to read in the meantime, may not be quite as loud as some of the others, we are here.

Go back to work today like any other day and embrace the process that you have built for your books and your writers.

Gaspereau Press has a reputation for creating beautifully designed and crafted books full of great writing. The Giller Prize does not change that.

The craft that your shop brings to bookstores, reader’s bookshelves and to the legacy of reading in Canada cannot be replicated.

The readers will be here when the books are ready. I will be very excited to open the package from Gaspereau that contains my copy of the Sentimentalists. Whenever that is.

In fact, I think that we can look at this as a victory for all the books in this year’s Giller Prize list because now we can enjoy all the books that made the short list as we await the arrival of their own handmade copy of the winner.  Crafted by none other than Gaspereau Press.

That actually sounds like a win for everybody involved.

So take your time with the reprints, but not too much time. Get them to us when they’re ready.

Until then we’ve got a few other books to read.


Fans of the Book.



ABE the Advent Book Elf: An interview with Open Book Toronto (via @seancrnabury)
November 1, 2010, 12:24 PM
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Last December our friends at Open Book Toronto interviewed Julie, ABE and myself about the Advent Book Blog. It was a fun interview and it gave us a chance to explain ourselves and our project but ABE’s part of the Q&A is the most memorable. I’ve posted it below.

For the full interview check out Open Book Toronto.

I’m looking forward to unleashing more of ABE’s crazy story later this year!

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Advent Book Blog (@AdventBooks) Will Return on December 1st! (via @seancranbury)
November 1, 2010, 11:07 AM
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Remember the Advent Book Blog? Remember how much fun it was?

Remember the look on your mother’s face when she opened her gift on Christmas morning and saw that you’d followed the advice of Dan Wagstaff and got her a copy of Asterios Polyp? That, my friend, is the magic of giving books as gifts.

And so, in hopes of creating even more looks bemused perplexion if not surprise and joy, we’re planning to launch a renewed version of the ABB in one month from now.

If you didn’t participate in the project last year or were sleeping under a rock or perhaps lost in a Stephanie Meyer Coma here’s a breakdown of what the Advent Book Blog is all about:

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