It’s hard to believe that Toronto doesn’t have a big book event like it’s pal New York City whether it’s industry based like BookExpo of America or a more reader friendly option like BookCon. This weekend, however, marks the first annual INSPIRE! Toronto International Book Fair where book lovers can pay a one time $15 admission fee to enjoy three days of book loving fun via panels and author signings. Tonight is the INSPIRE! Lift Off party where readers can purchase a $25 ticket that’ll include their admission to the fair for the rest of the weekend as well. Readers can mingle with program authors, book industry professionals and the media…and yours truly! I’ll be there as well as other WWAC staffers. Be sure to check out the site’s Instagram account for all the goodness happening at the fair this week over at WomenWriteAboutComics.
Debut author, Sean Michaels, won the $100,000 prize – the biggest literary prize in Canada – on Monday night for his book: Us Conductors. Congrats, Mr. Michaels!
It feels like everything Amazon does lately comes off inherently douche-y. Would this have seemed douche-esque if it happened before the Hachette mess? Who knows. I can say that the company a lot of book industry people (and readers) are giving a severe side eye to is also the one who just bought the right to sell domain names with .Book at the end. It feels icky. Maybe I’m just responding to capitalism. Either way, you’re not helping yourself Amazon.
In other Amazon news, the online retail giant has lost its editor, Ed Park, to Penguin Press. Park traded in his senior editor position of his own imprint, Little A, at Amazon in favour of an executive editor position at Penguin Press. To understand how big of a setback this is check out a quote from the New York Times article:
Mr. Park brought a patina of prestige to the company’s fledgling publishing program, and he leaned on his literary credentials to attract authors to the new imprint. In the last three years, Mr. Park has published some 20 books and recently landed Amazon a major literary prize.
Just not a great time for you, Amazon, is it?
I’ve written before about this legal dance here and here. HarperCollins asked the courts for a permanent injunction against Open Road “from further exploiting its unauthorized e-book edition” in regards to Jean Craighead George’s Julie of the Wolves as well as $1 million in damages. The judge agreed to the injunction but only awarded HarperCollins the maximum for damages: $300,000. Now we can move on with ours lives.