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  • Tuesday, October 13, 2020 10:29 AM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)


    The Writers’ Guild of Alberta (WGA) is preparing to celebrate another successful year with the 2021 Alberta Literary Awards. Writers from across Alberta and their publishers are invited to check out and submit to this year’s award categories.

    The deadline for submissions to the Alberta Literary Awards is December 31, 2020. 

    Submissions are evaluated on originality, creativity, and quality of writing, as well as appropriate fit within a category. The winners will be announced next spring. 

    The Alberta Literary Awards were created by the Writers’ Guild of Alberta in 1982 to recognize excellence in writing by Alberta authors.


    The 2021 Alberta Literary Awards Categories

    Prizes of $1500 will be awarded to published entries in the following categories:

    • R. Ross Annett Award for Children’s Literature (picture books)
    • Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction
    • Wilfrid Eggleston Award for Nonfiction
    • Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry
    • Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award for Drama (published or produced) 

    Prizes of $700 will be awarded to unpublished and published entries in the following categories:

    • James H. Gray Award for Short Nonfiction (published)
    • Howard O'Hagan Award for Short Story (published)
    • Jon Whyte Memorial Essay Award (unpublished)

    Award submissions can also be entered to qualify for the following city book prizes:

    • The Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize ($10,000 prize)  
    • The City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize ($5,000 prize)

    At the same time, the WGA will also be accepting nominations the Golden Pen Award.

    To view our full submission guidelines, please click here.

    Submit now: https://writersguild.ca/awards-entry/


    The Writers' Guild of Alberta gratefully acknowledges the sponsors, supporters and funders of the 2020 Alberta Literary Awards:


    • Stephan V. Benediktson
    • Under the Arch Youth Foundation
    • Alberta Views Magazine
    • Alexandra Writers' Centre Society
    • WGA Board of Directors
    • Aritha van Herk


  • Tuesday, October 13, 2020 10:08 AM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)

    A Note from Kit Pearson (CANSCAIP Member)

    To my colleagues in the Canadian children’s book world:

    After our beloved friend, Jean Little, died last April, Sarah Ellis and I, as well as Jean’s niece, Maggie de Vries, came up with the idea of establishing an award in Jean’s name. We decided that the most appropriate honour would be a prize for a Canadian middle grade novel by a first-time writer. Much of Jean’s writing was for the middle grades, and beginning writers need all the encouragement they can get. Jean was always an enthusiastic supporter of first-time writers. This award would both honour her long and successful career and encourage the next generation of writers following in her footsteps.

    The three of us approached the Canadian Children’s Book Centre and were thrilled when they agreed to add a Jean Little Prize to their galaxy of annual book awards. We still have to work out many details, but the first step is to raise money for the award. Our hope is to fund a prize of $5000 (plus administrative costs) for a minimum of five years – maybe even longer!  We would like to be able to start the prize in 2021. Perhaps by next year we’ll be able to attend an actual, in-person awards ceremony!

    Please consider contributing to this exciting venture – no amount is too small! You can donate via the Canadian Children’s Book Centre website at the link below. When donating, choose “general” for the fund, and type “Jean Little Prize” in the memo box. The CCBC is a registered charity and will issue charitable donation receipts.


    Forgive me if you receive this message twice – I’m trying to send it out to as many people as possible and it may overlap.  And please feel free to share it. 

    Kit Pearson

  • Tuesday, October 06, 2020 10:23 AM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)
    All are invited to attend the 2020 CCBC Book Awards virtual ceremony, broadcasted live from the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto on Friday, October 30 from 6-7:30 EST, with a virtual bar held afterwards. Partnering with the Toronto International Festival of Authors, the winners of the English-language awards will be announced at the most-anticipated event in the world of Canadian books for young people. This year’s award ceremony will be hosted by Tony Kim, co-host of CBC Kids Studio K. The event will celebrate the winners and finalists of: A post-awards chat will be hosted on Zoom by the CCBC following the ceremony. Visit the virtual bar to socialize and discuss the winners of the CCBC Book Awards. Have a drink from the comfort of your own home and save the cost of a taxi! 

    The French-language awards will be announced on November 13 virtually as a part of Salon du Livre de Montreal. View the shortlists for all awards here

    Register to attend

    About the Canadian Children’s Book Centre 
    The Canadian Children’s Book Centre is a national, not‐for‐profit organization founded in 1976. We are dedicated to encouraging, promoting and supporting the reading, writing and illustrating of Canadian books for young readers. Our programs, publications and resources help teachers, librarians, booksellers and parents select the very best for young readers. For more information, please visit bookcentre.ca

    About the Toronto International Festival of Authors
    The Toronto International Festival of Authors (TIFA) is Canada’s longest-running literary festival, a charitable, non-for-profit cultural organization. It presents the finest of Canadian and international writers, artists and thinkers across the range of literary genres from fiction to non-fiction, poetry to plays, graphic novelists and illustrators. It enables audiences access and empowerment to meet, hear and learn from the finest contemporary writers and thinkers of our time. For more information, visit festivalofauthors.ca

    About Tony Kim
    Tony is a lovable and hilarious nerd hailing from Vancouver. In addition to being a star improviser, Tony has a number of acting credits to his name. Tony brings with him a variety of musical talents including vocals, rap, piano and clarinet. He is always at the ready to defend his title as Comic Book Nerd Champ, in either English or Vietnamese. His warm, youthful energy and comfort on camera make Tony feel like an instant friend.

  • Monday, October 05, 2020 10:14 AM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)

    Are you a Canadian creator who has written or illustrated at least two books for young people? Do you love talking about your books and sharing your love of reading with young readers? Apply to take part in Canadian Children's Book Week 2021 to virtually visit young people all across the country and celebrate books and stories. Canadian Children’s Book Week is the single most important national event celebrating Canadian children’s books and the importance of reading. Taking place every year since 1977, for the first time, Canadian Children's Book Week will be a bilingual tour planned in tandem by the Canadian Children's Book Centre and Communication-Jeunesse. 

    Next year’s tour will take place from May 2 to May 8, 2021, and will allow young readers to connect with their favourite authors and illustrators. The virtual meetings will take place from coast to coast to coast in English and French and provide a great opportunity to immerse oneself in the creative world of children’s literature. Given the current COVID-19 pandemic, all creator visits will be virtual and engaging.

    Deadline: Friday October 3, 2020

    Apply here: https://forms.gle/mwUjsFNJeQ6zM7ur9 

    Learn more about Canadian Children's Book Week at bookweek.ca and at communication-jeunesse.qc.ca


    For more information:

    Amanda Halfpenny
    Events and Program Coordinator 
    The Canadian Children’s Book Centre

    Isabelle Chartrand-Delorme
    Program and Events Coordinator


    About the Canadian Children’s Book Centre 
    The Canadian Children’s Book Centre is a national, not‐for‐profit organization founded in 1976. We are dedicated to encouraging, promoting and supporting the reading, writing and illustrating of Canadian books for young readers. Our programs, publications and resources help teachers, librarians, booksellers and parents select the very best for young readers. For more information, please visit bookcentre.ca.
    About Communication-Jeunesse
    Communication-Jeunesse is a national non-profit cultural organization that was founded in 1971 to promote and appreciate Quebec and Franco-Canadian literature aimed at young people age 0 to 17. The vitality of the organization is largely based on the quality of its associative life and the commitment of its members has been at the heart of its operations since its creation. The members of Communication-Jeunesse enrich its actions and promote its development with as much rigor as energy. For more information, please visit communication-jeunesse.qc.ca.

  • Friday, October 02, 2020 10:36 AM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)

    Happy World Smile Day! 

    We hope we will bring a smile to your face as we announce the THIRD bi-annual Joan Betty Stuchner — Oy Vey! — Funniest Children’s Book Award! 

    Please enter your funny book to win one of our TWO prizes!

    Joan Betty Stuchner, beloved children’s author and teacher, passed away unexpectedly in 2014. Joan was many things — brave, gracious, warm, generous, kind and absolutely hilarious to boot.  (“Oy vey!” she’s probably saying now…) With this pair of awards we honour Joan’s life-affirming humour and encourage other children’s writers to laugh it up on the page the way she did.

    The $752.81 x 2 Joan Betty Stuchner — Oy Vey! — Funniest Children’s Book Award is presented biannually to the Canadian authors or illustrators of the two works of juvenile writing that had the jury most buckled over with guffaws, incapacitated with giggles, and/or rib-ticklingly, side-splittingly, thigh-slappingly entertained in these two categories:

    1. A board or picture book
    2. A book with lots more words than pictures

    Eligible works:

    • board books
    • picture books
    • chapter books
    • graphic novels
    • juvenile fiction and non-fiction (suitable for readers up to grade 7)
    • created by Canadian authors and/or illustrators permanently residing in Canada
    • published between 1 January 2019 and 31 December 2020
    • written in English

    Ineligible works:

    • young adult fiction
    • self-published titles

    Submission requirements:

    Please send 3 copies of the work along with a completed application form http://www.joanbettystuchneraward.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Oy-Vey-Submission-Form-April-2018.pdf to:

    Joan Betty Stuchner — Oy Vey! — Funniest Children’s Book Award
    6637 Emerson Street 
    Burnaby, BC  V5E 1W5 

    Please include a $25 submission fee per title by a cheque payable to “JBS Oy Vey Award” or by Paypal here: 

    Submission deadline: Monkey Day, 2020 (December 14, 2020)

    The winners of the third Joan Betty Stuchner — Oy Vey! — Funniest Children’s Book Award will be announced in Spring 2021. Details to follow.


    The Joan Betty Stuchner — Oy Vey! — Funniest Children’s Book Award Committee

    Ellen Schwartz, Kathryn Shoemaker, Lesley Johnson, Cindy Heinrichs


  • Tuesday, June 09, 2020 2:34 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)

    CANSCAIP stands in solidarity with Black People, Indigenous People, and People of Colour who have been the targets of prejudice, injustice, and violence.

    We endorse the statements made by The Writers’ Union of Canada, Association of Canadian Publishers, League of Canadian Poets, Ontario Library Association, Canadian Authors Association and other organizations in support of all who are speaking out, peacefully protesting, and taking action to bring an end to systemic racism. 

    We welcome Canada's authors, illustrators and performers for young people, and support their creative work that reflects our diversity, celebrates our differences, and embraces our common humanity.  

  • Monday, May 04, 2020 4:21 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)

    Toronto, May 4, 2020 — Canadian Authors Association (CAA) joins out fellow creator and publisher organizations in their reactions to the April 22, 2020 Federal Court of Appeal decision in the case of York University v. The Canadian Copyright Licensing Agency (Access Copyright).

    In that recent decision, the higher federal court affirmed the lower federal court’s 2017 ruling that York University’s self-styled “fair dealing guidelines” are, in law, unfair. Since many learning institutions have adopted similar guidelines, the higher court’s ruling fortifies the position that the educational community must respect creator rights.

    Educators cannot continue to copy illegally according to their own rules. CAA applauds that portion of the higher federal court decision since it balances the rights of users with those of creators. If creators are paid for their work, then users such as Canadian schools will continue to have access to high quality Canadian content.

    In the same decision, however, the higher court ruled that Copyright Board-certified tariffs are not mandatory. The Copyright Board tariff process provides both educational institutions and collective societies – such as Access Copyright, in the case of writers and publishers – with a practical, effective method of establishing fair rates for use of creative works. Until now, tariffs were considered mandatory. The decision “deprives creators of fair and affordable payment for the use of their work by stripping them of the ability to rely on their collective to ensure compliance with their rights and forcing them to be their own compliance officers,” pointed out Access Copyright in its recent media release. 

    In summary, educational institutions’ fair-dealing guidelines are unfair, yet individual creators now have a personal onus to seek out infringements by users such as educational institutions, and to enforce their rights. Ideally, collectives would enforce the rights, and creators would devote their valuable time to creating. This situation is deplorable.

    “The appeal decision reinforces that Canada’s copyright framework is broken,” stated the Association of Canadian Publishers in its release.

    The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC) uses the same metaphor. The federal government must “repair the marketplace for Canadian creativity,” it says. CAA joins TWUC’s call for immediate implementation of the 2019 Canadian Heritage’s Standing Committee recommendations in Shifting Paradigms.

    “Canada needs to support a flourishing culture,” said Margaret Hume, National Chair of Canadian Authors Association. “Our literature, music, and theatre tell our Canadian story. To foster an environment that encourages the continuance and growth of our stories, we must support the creators by allowing them to receive fair compensation for the use of their copyrighted work.”

    Canadian Authors Association stands by the right of creators to receive fair compensation for the use of their copyrighted work.

    “The current situation is not sustainable,” said Anita Purcell, CAA’s executive director. “Writers and publishers have been waiting since 2012 for copyright amendments that truly safeguard our rights. In the interim, millions of dollars in earned revenue has been lost. The fixes have been clearly spelled out — how much longer must we wait?”




    Canadian Authors Association was founded in 1921 with a goal of lobbying for the protection of authors’ rights and fostering a sense of cultural and literary solidarity among Canadian writers. Today, CAA and its branches continue to work to provide aspiring, emerging and professional writers across all genres and writing professions the programs, services and resources they need to develop their skills, promote their work, and enhance their ability to earn a living as a writer.   


    For additional information:

    Anita Purcell, Executive Director
    Canadian Authors Association

  • Monday, May 04, 2020 4:20 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)
    May 4, 2020 (Toronto, ON) – Last month, the Canadian Children’s Book Centre launched its new digital project, Bibliovideo. Bibliovideo showcases videos and links to resources about Canadian books for children and youth. It is a vibrant destination for readers, librarians, teachers, parents, authors, illustrators, researchers, and others who want to locate and learn more about great Canadian books for young people.

    Bibliovideo is the home for a special virtual edition of Canadian Children’s Book Week. The tour is the single most important national event celebrating Canadian children’s books and was unable to occur as planned due to COVID-19. Throughout this week, special videos from Book Week authors and illustrators will appear on the Bibliovideo channel. Instead of visiting hundreds of children, each participating author will be able to reach children all across the country. Participating authors include Robin Stevenson, Debbie Ridpath Ohi, Eugenie Fernandes, Shane Peacock and Monique Polak. A new video will be added to Bibliovideo each day from May 4 to May 9.

    Book Week kicked off today with a video from best-selling YA author Monique Polak, which you can watch here. Be sure to check YouTube every day until May 9 for a new video at noon EST.

    Learn more about Canadian Children’s Book Week here.

    The CCBC is committed to ensuring that there is better digital access and promotion of exceptional Canadian books to raise awareness and promote literacy. With funding from the Canada Council for the Arts, Bibliovideo is the first step in a long-range digital strategy being developed by a consortium of organizations led by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre that includes the Association of Canadian Publishers/49thKids, Canadian School Libraries, CANSCAIP, Communication-Jeunesse and IBBY Canada.

    Subsrcibe to Bibliovideo to support videos that keep the spirit of Book Week alive all year long. 

    For more information, please contact: 

    Emma Hunter
    Marketing and Communications Coordinator
    The Canadian Children’s Book Centre
    416.975.0010 ext. 221


    About The Canadian Children’s Book Centre
    The Canadian Children’s Book Centre is a national, not-for-profit organization founded in 1976. We are dedicated to encouraging, promoting and supporting the reading, writing and illustrating of Canadian books for young readers. Our programs, publications and resources help teachers, librarians, booksellers and parents select the very best for young readers. For more information, please visit our website.

    About Canadian Children's Book Week
    Canadian Children’s Book Week is the single most important national event celebrating Canadian children’s books and the importance of reading. Each May, over hundreds of readings are given to thousands of children, teens and adults in over 100 communities across the country as we make every possible effort to reach children in more remote regions and communities. Hundreds of schools, public libraries, bookstores and community centres host events as part of this major literary festival.


    We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

    About Canada Council for the Arts
    The Canada Council for the Arts is Canada’s public arts funder, with a mandate to foster and promote the study and enjoyment of, and the production of works in, the arts. The Council champions and invests in artistic excellence through a broad range of grants, services, prizes and payments to professional Canadian artists and arts organizations. Its work ensures that excellent, vibrant and diverse art and literature engages Canadians, enriches their communities and reaches markets around the world. The Council also raises public awareness and appreciation of the arts through its communications, research and arts promotion activities. It is responsible for the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, which promotes the values and programs of UNESCO in Canada to contribute to a more peaceful, equitable and sustainable future. The Canada Council Art Bank operates art rental programs and helps further public engagement with contemporary arts. Visit their website here.

    About the Bibliovideo Consortium Members
    Association of Canadian Publishers/49th Kids
    Canadian School Libraries
    IBBY Canada

  • Friday, May 01, 2020 4:14 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)

    The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC) calls on the federal government to immediately implement Heritage Committee recommendations designed to repair the marketplace for Canadian creativity. Last week’s Federal Court of Appeal decision in legal action between Access Copyright and York University illustrates just how damaged and unfair the current legislative framework is for those making their living from authorship and other professional creative work in Canada.

    The decision reaffirmed the lower court’s opinion that York University engaged in massive amounts of illegal copying, and that their so-called “fair dealing guidelines” are, in fact, unfair. However, at the same time, it gutted the authority of the Copyright Board, to which copyright collectives must turn when users refuse to license content. Absurdly, the appeal court declared that tariffs approved by the Copyright Board are not mandatory, calling into question the future of a regulatory mechanism purpose-built to protect the cultural marketplace.

    “The law protecting our work is completely broken,” said Anita Daher, novelist and Chair of TWUC. “The court has just signaled that anyone can steal our work, because there’s nothing effective we can do about it. In fact, as far as I can tell, they’ve given a green light to illegal copying across the creative sector. That such a crushing blow to our earnings comes in the middle of an already devastating pandemic is unconscionable.”

    Ill-defined and poorly thought-out amendments to the Copyright Act were passed in 2012, against the objections of cultural workers who predicted grave damage to the sector. Those predictions have all come to pass — hundreds of millions of dollars in earned revenue has been diverted from the Canadian writing and publishing business, systemic illegal copying is now rampant, and all remedies from collective action have been removed. Authors are now expected to sue institutions individually, a process that can stretch to a decade and cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, while statutory caps provide for a maximum of $5000 in damages. Essentially, there is no effective recourse under the law for authors whose work is copied illegally.

    “The repair for all this is ready and waiting on government desks,” insists TWUC executive director John Degen. “Recommendations from the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage’s 2019 Shifting Paradigms report bring greater clarity to the law’s language, and must be implemented now. Authors have been asked for patience for nearly a decade. We’ve worked in good faith with education, the courts, the Copyright Board and government to find solutions. In the end we’ve had our rights and livelihoods cut from beneath us at the very moment we need them most.”

    To be clear, the Federal Court of Appeals has declared York’s copying guidelines unfair and its practices illegal. Much of the education sector follows similar guidelines and practices. There is no denying illegal copying is now in common practice in Canada. The government must step in to clarify the intent of the law, and provide legal remedies.

    “In the current climate, writers are simply leaving the business” added Degen. “No sector can be expected to survive without a dependable legal framework. We can’t wait any longer; the government must act now.”

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    The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC) is the national organization of professionally published writers. TWUC was founded in 1973 to work with governments, publishers, booksellers and readers to improve the conditions of Canadian writers. Now over 2,100 members strong, TWUC promotes the rights, freedoms and economic well-being of all writers. TWUC believes a lively and diverse literary culture is essential in defining Canada and its people. Learn more at writersunion.ca (http://www.writersunion.ca) .

    For additional information:
    John Degen, Executive Director
    The Writers’ Union of Canada
    jdegen@writersunion.ca (mailto:jdegen@writersunion.ca)

    Copyright © 2020 The Writers' Union of Canada, All rights reserved.

    Our mailing address is:
    The Writers' Union of Canada
    600-460 Richmond Street West
    Toronto, ON M5V 1Y1

    The Writers' Union of Canada acknowledges that our office is in Tkaronto, a Mohawk word which translates to “Where The Trees Meet The Water” or “The Gathering Place.” Tkaronto is bound by Dish With One Spoon, a treaty between the Anishinaabe and the Haudenosaunee to share the territory, promote peace, and protect the land. TWUC acknowledges them and any other Nations who care for the land — recorded and unrecorded — and we pay our respects to Canada’s first storytellers.

  • Wednesday, April 29, 2020 5:30 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)

    The Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP) is frustrated and disappointed by the Federal Court of Appeal’s April 22 decision related to the legal action between Access Copyright and York University. Though the Court confirmed the lower-court decision that fair dealing guidelines adopted by York do not meet the Supreme Court’s test for fair dealing, it did not uphold the decision that tariffs certified by the Copyright Board are mandatory. In essence, the decision reaffirms that the Canadian education sector has engaged in illegal and unfair copying on a systematic basis, and makes the prospect of enforcement for small- and medium-sized publishers impossible.

    “Through Access Copyright, Canadian publishers have participated in the Copyright Board’s multi-year tariff process in good faith, and with an expectation of fair and reasonable compensation for the use of their content,” said ACP Executive Director Kate Edwards. “The Court of Appeal’s decision on mandatory tariffs makes future engagement in this process futile, and leaves small- and medium-sized rightsholders in the untenable position of pursuing compliance on their own, rather than through their collective.”

    The appeal decision reinforces that Canada’s copyright framework is broken. Amendments made to the Copyright Act in 2012 opened the door to illegal and systematic copying by the K-12 and post-secondary education sector, which has now accrued cumulative liabilities of more than $150M. At the same time, amendments have limited statutory damages for non-commercial use to a point that enforcement is impractical. Urgent action on the part of the federal government is needed to implement reforms that will correct market damage and provide a policy framework that supports future investment in Canadian writing and publishing.

    “The education sector’s ‘fair dealing guidelines’ were unfair when they were adopted in 2012, and they were unfair in 2017 when the Federal Court ruled on the York case,” said Edwards. “The Court of Appeal has confirmed that the guidelines remain unfair. It’s time for the education sector to come back to the table, negotiate with rightsholders, and ensure the content they use is compensated.”

    ACP is the national voice of English-language Canadian-owned book publishers. ACP contributes to the development and maintenance of vibrant, competitive book publishing companies in order to support and strengthen the contribution that Canadian books make to Canada’s cultural, economic, and educational landscape.


    For more information, please contact Kate Edwards, Executive Director, Association of Canadian Publishers, kate_edwards@canbook.org.

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