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Flavia de Luce featured in the Red Square Book Festival, Moscow, June 3-6

June 2, 2016

According to Alan Bradley’s publisher AST, The Red Square Book Festival “was established last year in accordance with the special instruction of Russian president. It had great success and attracted over 300,000 visitors.” This year AST will feature Alan Bradley’s Flavia de Luce mystery series. Shown are two terrific posters, one a portrait of Flavia for children to colour, and another featuring the first 7 books in the Russian edition of the series, as well as a press release (above) with further information.


Flavia de Luce to colour

Flavia de Luce to colour






Alix Hawley's All True Not a Lie In It wins First Novel Award

May 19, 2015

See coverage from the Globe and Mail, and the CBC, and listen to Alix discuss it on CBC Radio's The Next Chapter. View the Quill & Quire Slideshow.

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All True Not A Lie In It - cover

Cecil Foster joins the 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize Jury

January, 2015

Congratulations to Cecil! He joins British authors Helen Oyeyemi and John Boyne, as well as Canadians Alexander MacLeod and Alison Pick.

Cecil Foster is the author of 12 books including five critically acclaimed novels. Foster's latest book, Independence, was published in Canada in 2014. Sleep On, Beloved was shortlisted for the 1995 Ontario Trillium Award and No Man in the House (1991) aired frequently on CBC Radio's Between the Covers. Other works include Blackness and Modernity: The Colour of Humanity and the Quest for Freedom (2007), which won the John Porter Tradition of Excellence Book Award in 2008, and Genuine Multiculturalism: Tragedy and Comedy of Diversity (2014). A Place Called Heaven: The Meaning of Being Black in Canada (1996) won the 1997 Gordon Montador Award. Currently on leave as a professor at the University of Guelph, Foster is a professor and interim chair in the Department of Transnational Studies at SUNY, Buffalo. He resides in Toronto and Buffalo, NY.

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Alan Bradley is Guest of Honour and Distinguished Speaker at the Baker Street Irregulars' Annual New York Weekend

November, 2014

Bestselling author of the Flavia de Luce mystery series Alan Bradley will deliver the Eighteenth Annual Baker Street Irregulars Distinguished Speaker Lecture on Thursday, January 8, 2015, at the Midtown Executive Club in New York City. Although membership in the New York-based BSI is by invitation only and is made up primarily of well-known mystery authors, this lecture is open to the public. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

The Baker Street Irregulars (BSI) is an organization of Sherlock Holmes enthusiasts founded in 1934 by Doubleday Editor Christopher Morley. Formal members are known as "investitures" and bear club titles derived from the Holmes stories. The organization convenes every January in New York City for an annual dinner celebrating Sherlock Holmes’s birthday, which forms part of a weekend of celebration and study involving other Sherlockian groups and enthusiasts. Sherlockians from all over the world gather for the event. With the exception of the annual dinner of the Baker Street Irregulars, the events are open to all Sherlockians.

The present leader of the BSI (referred to in group jargon as the "Wiggins") is Michael Whelan of Indianapolis, Indiana. The leader is elected for life and selects his successor. The BSI is considered the preeminent Sherlockian group in the United States and one of the most preeminent in the world.

Previous Distinguished Speakers include Sir Christopher Frayling, educationalist, writer and popular culture aficionado; Owen Dudley Edwards, university educator and Doylean expert; Madeleine Stern, renowned rare book dealer; Nicholas Meyer, writer and film director; award-winning writers Laurie R. King and John Lescroart; and Dr. Lisa Sander, physician, writer and Yale educator (and technical adviser for House).

For further information and a schedule of events, including a Gaslight Gala and an auction of rare Sherlockiana, see

For this rare visit on this side of the pond, Alan will arrive in New York on Wednesday January 7 and will participate in most of the events on the schedule. Following the weekend, he will tour in Montreal, Ottawa, and the Toronto area.

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David Stouck receives multiple book prize nominations

March, 2014: David Stouck’s Arthur Erickson: An Architect’s Life has been nominated for the following awards


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Claire Cameron and Alan Bradley are bestsellers

April 14, 2014: Update

The Bear has been a bestseller since its publication in February – and April 12 finds it at #8 (Globe and Mail)

March 29, 2014: Update

Bestseller The Bear rises to #4 on the Canadian List (Globe and Mail)

March 22, 2014: Update

The Bear flourishing at #6 on the general list and #5 on the Canadian list (Globe and Mail)

March 21, 2014: Update

The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches in the Maclean’s bestsellers list for the 9th week

March 15, 2014: Update

The Bear is #10 on the Hardcover Fiction bestseller list and #4 on the Canadian Fiction list (Globe and Mail)

March 14, 2014: Update

Alan Bradley’s The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches remains on the Maclean’s bestsellers list for the 7th week at #7

March 8, 2014: Update

The Bear remains at #7 in Hardcover Fiction and is now at #2 in Canadian Fiction (Globe and Mail)

February 28, 2014: Update

The Bear is still #7 in general fiction and now #2 in Canadian fiction (Globe and Mail)

February 21, 2014

Claire Cameron’s The Bear is

The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches, Alan Bradley’s latest Flavia de Luce title, is


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The Bear - cover

The Dead in Their Valuted Arches- cover

The Bear author Claire Cameron writes up a storm online

February, 2014


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The Bear - cover

Andrea Dorfman, co-author of How to Be Alone named Canadian Catalyst

May, 2013: Artist Andrea Dorfman has been named as one of Ten Canadian Catalysts as part of The Globe and Mail’s search for emerging talent. After a two-month search for talent, the judging panel of Bonnie Brooks, David Lee, Jeffrey Remedios and Gabe Gonda narrowed almost 500 nominees down to the 10 best.

Her video, How to Be Alone, created with poet Tanya Davis, has had over 5 million YouTube viewers and will be become available in book form from HarperCollins this fall.

Andrea Dorfman (photo: The Globe and Mail)
Andrea Dorfman, 44, Halifax, arts

Why she’s a Catalyst … As a teacher at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Dorfman mentors young artists in a variety of disciplines.

She says … “I’ve always resisted labels,” says the artist, who is also producing an interactive website for the National Film Board on Newfoundland’s Fogo Island. “I do drawings, paintings, make film and write. I keep my options open.”

Judge Bonnie Brooks says … “Andrea Dorfman uses her artistic talents to provide social commentary on issues of justice, equality and action in an accessible, creative and powerful way that reaches an international audience.”


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How to Be Alone cover

Interviews and reviews by Claire Cameron, author of The Line Painter and upcoming novel The Bear

April, 2013


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The Bear - cover

Update! Canadian Whisky: The Portable Expert wins IACP Best Wine, Beer, or Spirits Book of 2012, and named one of the world's best three spirits books

April 9, 2013: Canadian Whisky: The Portable Expert was been named the Best Wine, Beer, or Spirits book of 2012 by the International Association of Culinary Professionals. The prize was announced at an awards ceremony held Tuesday, April 9, in San Francisco.

February 28, 2012: The world’s three best spirits books of 2012 were named in Paris on February 21, at the annual Gourmand Book Awards, and Davin de Kergommeaux’s Canadian Whisky was among the three winners. Books from 171 countries were entered in the competition and from these 294 books from 86 different countries were named finalists in 66 categories. Six spirits books made it through to the finals. Steffos Spritbibel, written by Sweden’s Steffos Törnquist and Helen Pe was named the Best Spirits Book in the World for 2013. Second place went to Germany’s Rainer Schillings and Ansgar Puden for their book Sake, while Canada’s Davin de Kergommeaux garnered Third Best Spirits Book in the World for his Canadian Whisky: The Portable Expert. The competition is held annually in conjunction with the Paris Cookbook Fair and celebrates outstanding quality cookbooks, wine books, and spirits books.


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Canadian Whisky: The Portable Expert


Canadian Whisky: The Portable Expert wins Best Spirits Book for Canada

November, 2012: Edouard Cointreau, President of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, today announced that Davin de Kergommeaux’s Canadian Whisky: The Portable Expert has been awarded Best Spirits Book of 2012 for Canada. The book now goes on to compete against winners from other countries for The Best in the World award.

Results will be announced on Saturday February 23, 2013 at the annual Gourmand Book Awards Gala. An awards ceremony is to be held in Paris in the 1,400-seat theatre at Le Carrousel du Louvre, under the Pyramid of the Louvre Museum. This event, held annually, is part of the Paris Cookbook Fair, which in 2013 runs from Friday, February 22, to Sunday 24.

Canadian Whisky: The Portable Expert was published in hardcover on May 8, 2012, by McClelland and Stewart. The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards Gala event draws a huge international presence, with books from 171 countries competing. It is the only sector of book publishing that benefits from such an Awards event involving so many countries.


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Canadian Whisky: The Portable Expert


Alan Bradley’s promotional tour to Zagreb, Croatia

September, 2012: The acclaimed author of The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag and A Red Herring Without Mustard makes two special guest appearances in Zagreb.

Alan Bradley in ZagrebAlan Bradley's Croatian publishers: (L) Lidija Krvaric and (R) Petra Ljevak, owner and CEO of the Ljevak Publishing House


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Croation edition of A Red Herring Without Mustard

Zagreb - Polish press info

Zagreb - English press info

The Buckshaw Chronicles: Bradley Omnibus Edition

July, 2012: The Buckshaw Chronicles, the Canadian omnibus edition of Alan Bradley’s first three Flavia de Luce titles: The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag and A Red Herring Without Mustard.

The Buckshaw Chronicles, Canadian cover


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The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie cover

The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag cover

A Red Herring Without Mustard cover

Wide press coverage as Lansens tours Norway

May, 2012: Lori recently toured Norway, and received a lot of press attention. Rush Home Road has been on the bestseller list in Norway for a year, and Lori launched The Wife’s Tale while she was there. Note that husband Milan got equal billing!


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Rush Home Road - Norwegian cover

The Wife's Tale - Norwegian cover

Adria Vasil's Ecoholic Body sparks intense media interest

May, 2012: Great coverage for Adria’s latest book


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Ecoholic Body, by Adria Vasil

Ryan Knighton and the Brainport Vision Device

Ryan with Lynda Barry, University of Wisconsin February 29, 2012: We do not see with our eyes, we see with our brains.

The Brainport Vision Device is a revolutionary new technology enabling a blind person to see with his tongue. (See the photos below.) Mounted on Ryan’s head is a small video camera that translates visual information onto a credit-card-size tongue display. Four hundred tiny pixels present electrical patterns on his tongue, which his brain then interprets as a visual picture in three-dimensional space, so he can “see.” He used the device for the first time with cartoonist Lynda Barry last week in her class at the University of Wisconsin. Lynda Barry is Arts Institute's Artist-in-Residence during Spring Semester at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She's teaching a writing and picture- making class called "What It Is" to 26 students twice a week. Linda’s only textbook in the class is Knighton’s Cockeyed.

The website for the class is “The Nearsighted Monkey”. Ryan and Linda are thinking of taking their show on the road.

The Brainport Vision Device

Ryan gets a taste of the new technology

Lynda gives Ryan a few pointers


In other news: Ira Glass of NPR’s This American Life is commissioning a piece from Ryan based on his travel articles. They will turn it into an animated film that will be shown in theatres across the USA.


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Cockeyed, by Ryan Knighton

Shelter news

On the Evergreen shortlist February 9, 2012: In last week’s Ontario Library Association Super Conference announcement, Shelter was included on the 10-book shortlist for the 2012 Evergreen Awards. This is the adult portion of the “Tree Awards” program that takes place throughout Ontario schools. In the case of the Evergreen, these books will be promoted at Ontario public libraries and the library patrons will vote for their favourite with the winner announced at next year’s OLA conference.

Wrapping special ARCs of Shelter by Frances GreensladeA Gift to Booksellers February 7, 2012: Free Press wrapped 300 special ARCs of Shelter byFrances Greenslade to send to booksellers, who will receive an unwrapped version and one wrapped version to share. Shelter will be out in trade paperback in May.



Selected as one of 11 debut novels of 2012 in the UK by Waterstones January 19, 2012: At a gala launch in London this evening, Waterstones, the UK’s largest book chain, announced the 11 first novels published in Britain in 2012 that will be featured in a year-long promotion touting them as the best debuts of the year. Among them is the lone Canadian novel, Shelter, by Frances Greenslade (Knopf Canada, Free Press in the US). Greenslade was in attendance at the London announcement. Eight of the selected writers were women.


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Shelter, by Frances Greenslade - UK cover

The controversy over Zhang Ling’s Gold Mountain Blues

December, 2011: The Jade Peony author Wayson Choy is among several writers questioning plot similarities in Toronto writer Zhang Ling's work


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The Jade Peony - author Wayson Choy questions plot similarities appearing in another work

Alan Bradley at the Krakow Book Fair

November, 2011: Alan Bradley, creator of the inimitable Flavia de Luce, was a guest author at the Krakow Book Fair.

View the promotional material

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I Am Half-Sick of Shadows

A very busy Alan meets Flavia fans at the Krakow Book Fair

Alan Bradley at the Krakow Book FairAlan Bradley at the Krakow Book Fair

Alan Bradley at the Krakow Book FairTwo Flavias join Alan at the Krakow Book Fair




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The Golden Mean in Belgrade, Amsterdam and Paris

October, 2011: Annabel Lyon’s award-winning work is being widely promoted in Europe.


The opening night of the Belgrade Book Fair:

The Golden Mean features on the opening night of the Belgrade Book Fair

The Golden Mean - Serbian edition

In Amsterdam:

The Golden Mean display in Amsterdam

The Golden Mean - Dutch edition

Huge window display in Boulevard Saint-Germain, Paris:

The Golden Mean book store display in Paris

The Golden Mean - French edition
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Abigail Carter and the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks

September 7, 2011: The Alchemy of Loss author Abigail Carter, who lost her husband, father-of-two Arron Dack, in the September 2001 attack on the World Trade Center, is among those reflecting on their experiences of grief and living with loss.


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The Alchemy of Loss - Abigail Carter

Lori Lansens Rush Home Road is No. 1 bestseller in Norway

June 3, 2011: Juritzen Forlag, Norwegian publisher of Lori Lansens's Rush Home Road, has announced that the title has reached number one, after only nine days on bookstore shelves.

Lori was recently interviewed by Norwegian journalist Kari Hovde: read more here.


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Rush Home Road - Norwegian cover

Midnight at the Dragon Café is Toronto's One Book Community Read for 2011

February 11, 2011: At the Toronto Public Library fundraiser, The Book Lover’s Ball, it was announced that Judy Fong Bates’ novel Midnight at the Dragon Café has been selected as the 2011 One Book Community Read for the city of Toronto.

City of Toronto One Book Community Read - Streetcar Advertising, February 2011


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Midnight at the Dragon Café

Delacorte Press create game of Alan Bradley's Flavia de Luce

February, 2011: Murder Mystery Tea Party at Buckshaw

You, the residents of Bishop’s Lacey, have been invited by the young Miss Flavia de Luce to attend a tea party at Buckshaw. Something fishy has been going on in town, and Flavia is determined to figure out who is behind it. This tea party is Flavia’s means of secretly gathering information. Inspector Hewitt, also seeing the potential for observation at such an event, was the first to accept the invitation. But the two silent sleuths are not the only ones who see this gathering as an opportunity—this innocent tea party will soon turn into a thrilling whodunit as murders begin to occur, one-by-one, in plain sight. Who is responsible? Can he or she be stopped before every guest drops dead? And will the Inspector, or our pint-sized private eye, Miss de Luce, solve the mystery first?

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Alan Bradley - author of the Flavia de Luce series

London Book Fair Hot Titles

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Ryan Knighton at circus school

January 7, 2011: See Ryan taking trapeze lessons on The Mercer Report.

Ryan Knighton at Circus School
Ryan Knighton and Rick Mercer at circus school

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C'mon Papa - Ryan Knighton

International book trailers for Alan Bradley's Flavia de Luce

For The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

For The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag


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German edition - The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag

Twenty-Six in Canada Reads Top 40

October 28, 2010: Congratulations to Leo McKay on the nomination of his novel Twenty-Six to the 2011 Canada Reads Top 40.

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Twenty-Six by Leo McKay

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie wins two of the world's top mystery prizes

October 15, 2010: Last night in San Francisco, Alan Bradley’s The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie won two prizes for the best first mystery novel in the world. The prizes were part of the opening ceremonies at the annual Bouchercon World Mystery Convention, taking place October 14-17. In the author’s absence the awards were accepted on his behalf by Kate Miciak, Vice President and Editorial Director of Bantam Books and Delacorte Press in New York. (See The two awards are:

  • The Macavity Award for Best First Mystery Novel. The Macavity Awards are named for T.S. Eliot’s “mystery cat.” Books are nominated and voted on by members of Mystery Readers International in four categories.
  • The Barry Award for Best First Novel. The Barry Awards are granted by the editors of Deadly Pleasures mystery magazine, who seek out “the best works being published in the field of crime fiction each year.” Awarded in six categories, the prizes are named for mystery fan and renowned reviewer Barry Gardner.

The novel is also nominated for one more prize at Bouchercon, the Anthony Award for Best First Novel, to be awarded on Sunday.

This brings to nine the number of awards won to date by The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. The others include:

Alan Bradley has just returned home from a four-city tour of Germany, where he appeared at the Frankfurt Book Fair. His entourage on the tour included: his publicist; a famous German actress who performed dramatic readings from the book, and an MC/translator. Sweetness is #19 on the Der Spiegel bestseller list and is currently selling 1,000 copies a day in Germany.

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The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie - US

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie - Russian cover

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

Publishing professionals from around the globe gather in Toronto this October

July 6, 2010: International Visitors Programme announces 2010 participants and increased funding.

The International Visitors (IV) Programme, in association with Authors at Harbourfront Centre, is delighted to announce details of its third annual programme. Inaugurated in 2008, the IV Programme invites publishing professionals from around the world to participate in five days of inter-industry dialogue with the goal of increasing opportunities for Canadian authors and publishers abroad. IV Programme participants benefit from a full schedule of publisher-hosted events and receptions, a mini rights-fair and an industry-focus panel, and attending a number of IFOA onstage events. This year’s IV Programme runs from October 24–28 as part of the International Festival of Authors (IFOA) (October 20–30, 2010).

Read the full press release

Visit the IV Programme website

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The International Visitor's Programme

The World is a Ball is a bestseller

July 5, 2010: The World is a Ball holds its own at #6 on the Maclean’s list.

June 17, 2010: The World is a Ball is #1 on Maclean’s bestseller list - congratulations, John!

June 4, 2010: The World is a Ball rises to #8 on the Globe and Mail’s besteller list.

May 22, 2010: The World is a Ball debuts #11 on the Globe and Mail’s Canadian non-fiction bestseller list its first week out. Author John Doyle joins old-timers Lori Lansens (#4 in fiction), Alan Bradley (#6), and Annabel Lyon (#10). Congratulations, all!

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The World is a Ball

Alan Bradley's The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie wins 2009 Agatha Award for Best First Novel

May 1, 2010: Malice Domestic's Agatha Awards, named in honour of Agatha Christie, honour the "traditional mystery," that is to say, books best typified by the works of Agatha Christie as well as others. The genre is loosely defined as mysteries that contain no explicit sex, and no excessive gore or gratuitous violence.

A ballot listing each category's nominees was given to all attendees of Malice Domestic 22, which was held April 30-May 2, 2010. Attendees voted by secret ballot and the winners were announced at the 2009 Agatha Awards banquet on Saturday, May 1, 2010.

See Malice Domestic's website

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The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

Alan Bradley contributes to Definitely Not the Opera

March 27, 2010: The author of The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie and The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag guested on CBC Radio's Definitely Not the Opera, which was examining the theme of touch.

Sometimes a simple touch can transport you to a far away time. For Alan, holding an old camera took him back to the day the father he didn't even remember came home from the war. He told DNTO the story – listen here.

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The Weed That Strings the Hangman's BagThe Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

Lansens promotional video shoot for The Girls

March 29, 2010: Arve Juritzen of Juritzen Forlag travelled to California last week to shoot a video of Lori to promote the Norwegian edition of The Girls, to be released in Norway April 19.

Lori Lansens and Arve Juritzen
Lori Lansens and Arve Juritzen

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The Girls - Norwegian cover

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie wins the 2009 Dilys Award

March 15, 2010: The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley has won the 2009 Dilys Award, given by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association (IMBA) to the book their members most enjoyed hand-selling. The Award is named for Dilys Winn, the founder of America's first specialty mystery bookstore.

For further information, see

Congratulations, Alan!

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The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie - Russian cover

Spark author Frank Koller a hit at Lincoln Electric

Frank Koller signing Spark at Lincoln Electric launch
Frank Koller signs Spark at Lincoln Electric launch


February 25, 2010: Frank Koller launched Spark at an event in Cleveland, where enthusiatic employees happily lined up for 90 minutes for the opportunity to talk with the author and have their copies signed.

In his book, Koller, an economic news veteran, takes a comprehensive, timely look at Lincoln Electric, a successful international company that promised that it will never lay off employees, regardless of the economic climate.

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Canada Council for the Arts: Grants for Translation and Travel

  • Translation Grants: Foreign publishers can receive 50% of the cost of translation if the funds are still available; each year grants are provided on a first-come, first-served basis, and they inevitably run out of money. So it is best to apply as soon as possible and specify exactly when you plan to publish, so the project can be assigned to the correct fiscal year's budget. Please note that the translation cannot be completed before the council gives you their decision; so you may end up waiting indefinitely, which could hold up publication.
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  • Travel Grants: For author travel abroad to promote a foreign edition of his or her book. There are grant funds available, but the author must apply; the publisher must send the writer an invitation (email attachment is fine) specifying the dates they would like the writer to visit, and what they would do to promote his work while he is there. Again, please send the letter well in advance of the dates you need the author to be there. More information and click on 'Travel Grants for Professional Writers' in the right-hand column.

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The Globe and Mail Best Books of 2009

The 20 Canadian novels on the list included Jeanette Lynes’ The Factory Voice and Annabel Lyon’s The Golden Mean. The dozen international memoirs and biographies included Wayson Choy’s Not Yet. Congratulations to the authors!

Also selected were the top 5 first fiction books of the year, including Deborah Willis’ Vanishing, which was shortlisted for a Governor-General's Award.

The newspaper’s web site also includes a short list of 9 novels that almost made the cut, including works by Mavis Gallant, Audrey Niffenegger, and our own Lori Lansens. Selection was based on reviews run in the newspaper in 2009.

See the complete lists:

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The Golden Mean    Not Yet

The Wife's Tale



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