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    Friday November 22nd 2013

    Andrew F. Sullivan on the Globe 100

    Andrew F. Sullivan’s All We Want is Everything has made the Globe and Mail’s Top 100 list of fiction for 2013. They write: “Sullivan, one of the country‚Äôs most talented young writers, debuts with an extreme and extremely good short-story collection, a book of booze, bleakness and bruises. This is a writer to watch.” Congratulations, Andrew.

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    Thursday March 14th 2013

    Bedtime Stories Receives Award Nomination

    Congratulations to authors Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan, and designer Lisa Friesen. Their book, Bedtime Stories for the Edge of the World has been shortlisted for the Manitoba Book Awards’ Manuela Dias Book Design of the Year. The awards will be presented at the Manitoba Book Awards gala on Sunday, April 28, at the West End Cultural Centre. Doors open at 7:15 p.m., with the ceremony beginning at 8:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

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    Thursday October 18th 2012

    LPG Releases New Strategic Plan, Announces Sales Partnership with Canadian Manda Group

    The Literary Press Group of Canada (LPG), of which ARP is a member, has released a new strategic plan. A blueprint for the reinvention of the 37 year-old organization, the document proposes innovative new measures to strengthen Canadian literary publishers, promote Canadian-authored literary books, and embrace the diversity of the organization’s more than sixty members. The three-year plan will reinvent several of the LPG’s existing programs and enter some entirely new areas of business.

    The most immediate change will be in the way the LPG provides sales representation to its members. Beginning January 1, 2013, the Canadian Manda Group will assume sales duties for the LPG. Working in partnership with the LPG’s marketing staff, Manda will represent a new collective of publishers to the Canadian trade. The LPG’s distribution arm, LitDistCo, will continue its current relationship with Fraser Direct.

    You can read the entire announcement on the LPG blog site.

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    Thursday June 7th 2012

    LPG Statement on End to Canada Book Fund Support

    In a body blow to Canada’s independent literary publishers, on Monday, June 4, 2012, the Literary Press Group (LPG) of Canada received word that the Department of Canadian Heritage (DCH) has ended its financial support of the LPG’s activities for the fiscal year that began on April 1, 2012. As a result, the LPG will be obliged to shut down its sales force, an essential operation that brings hundreds of new Canadian-authored books from 47 Canadian-owned publishers to bookstores and libraries every year. Without the LPG, authors and publishers lose their access to their readers, and Canadian readers lose easy and affordable access to Canada’s literary culture.

    The DCH funding represented approximately one third of the LPG’s operating budget and was its single largest revenue source. While the LPG’s finances are otherwise strong, a loss of this size means that the LPG will not be able to continue operation in its current form. The LPG is committed to selling publishers’ fall 2012 titles, but it will have to lay off all field sales representatives as of August 31, 2012 and most head-office staff will be released on November 30, 2012. Beyond November 2012, the LPG will look to establish an agenting relationship with another sales force for publishers who wish to be a part of a new collective….

    go here to read the full press release

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    Wednesday April 4th 2012

    ARP Releases First eBook

    ARP has released a digital version of Leanne Simpson’s Dancing on Our Turtle’s Back. The book will be available from Apple, Kobo, Sony, Barnes and Noble, and will be made available to libraries through OverDrive in the coming months. We’re excited to enter the ebook market and welcome feedback on our digital titles as they are released. You can get a sample of the epub from most retailers, and we hope to make the book available for purchase on our website and Facebook page in the coming weeks.

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    Monday April 2nd 2012

    The Listener Nominated for Book of the Year

    David Lester’s graphic novel The Listener has been nominated for ForeWord Reviews’ Book Of The Year Award in the graphic novel category. Congratulations, David!

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    Thursday March 8th 2012

    49th Shelf Blog Post by ARP Author Rohan Quinby

    Rohan Quinby, author of Time and the Suburbs, has a blog post on The 49th Shelf titled “Littler boxes: Rohan Quinby on printing the city, & the impact of new technologies on urban planning & design.”

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    Wednesday February 8th 2012

    What are immigrants supposed to think?

    Read an article about People’s Citizenship Guidein the Winnipeg Free Press by Mia Rabson here in which Candice Malcolm, Jason Kenney’s press secretary, calls the book a “catalogue of mouldy leftist myths.” Mission accomplished. :-)

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    Sunday December 11th 2011

    Follow ARP on Twitter

    ARP is now on Twitter. Follow us at twitter.com/arpbooks.

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    Thursday July 28th 2011

    David Lester in The Globe and Mail

    Read an article about author David Lester and his graphic novel, The Listener, in the Globe and Mail.

    Nine boxes of books arrived in the afternoon. David Lester hauled each heavy box up the stairs to his third-floor apartment in eastside Vancouver.

    And there they sat. Hour after hour. He could not bring himself to open a single carton. The boxes contained copies of his graphic novel fresh off the presses.

    “I waited many hours,” he said. “I could not bear the thought of it looking badly.”

    The books were the result of a project started years earlier, a laborious process involving thousands of sketches and detailed final drawings in stark black and white, rendered in pencil and pen ink, watercolour and acrylic paint. After a long, intimate relationship with each drawing, the work had been sent off to the printers.

    Too much ink and the images would be blobs. Too little and the book would be a washout. (click link above to read more)