Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
CANADIAN BOOK FAIR UNDER THREAT
More publishers sitting out BookExpo January 20, 2009 By Scott MacDonald Writing in Quill & Quire
Reed Exhibitions hasn’t called the whole show off yet, but it’s looking increasingly unlikely that BookExpo Canada will be happening this year.
Last Friday, The Globe and Mail reported that Penguin Canada and HarperCollins Canada have joined Random House of Canada in deciding not to attend a 2009 show, and now other publishers are coming forward to say the same thing.
Yesterday, in conversations with Q&Q Omni, representatives from Scholastic Canada, H.B. Fenn and Company, and DK/Tourmaline said that they, too, will be sitting out the show. According to H.B. Fenn vice-president of marketing Tom Best, the decision was made based on a number of factors, but it mostly came down to wanting a better return on investment than they were getting. “I think we’re likely seeing the end of the show,” Best added.