Under Cover…

Book design…from cover art, to font choice, to the weight and feel of the pages and every intricate detail between, is often something overlooked by readers. Sure, we’ve all felt drawn to pick up a book with an interesting or unusual cover, but most likely never thought twice about the effort that went into creating it. Perhaps a seasoned book designer would say that’s the way it should be…that the first-sight temptation of the perfect book is seamless, silent, mesmerizing. In an effort to peer into the world of book design, I decided to ask the amazing woman who created

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My New Face

As some of you may already know, The Birth House has been chosen as the sole title for Knopf Canada’s 2006 New Faces of Fiction. This year marks the 10th anniverary of the New Faces of Fiction, a program started by Louise Dennys…her response to the oft-repeated industry comment“First fiction doesn’t sell . . . .” A decade later and 30 authors have gotten their foot in the literary door (and have been enthusiastically embraced by readers) because the editors at Knopf Canada were willing to devote their time and attention to first fiction. (Ann-Marie MacDonald, Yann Martel, Gail Anderson-Dargatz

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You Gotta Read to Write!

As I mentioned in my previous post, M.J. Rose had stated that in 2006 she would find ways to “Adopt a Reader”. One thought she had was to pass out cards to wanna-be writers with the following quote:“Readers get published more often than Writers.” She continues: And I’ll explain that be it karmic dept or just the smarts that come for reading a lot but when you talk to the most successful writers you discover what rabid readers they were prior to getting published and still are. Her thoughts inspired me to leave the following comment at her blog, Buzz

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It’s ALIVE!

The end of 2005 was littered with top ten, top 100, and year-in-review lists. Along with these offerings were the usual sooth-sayer columns citing the ‘death’ of this or that. Rachel Giese’s 2005 retrospective at the CBC arts website asked the question, Is Fiction Dead? Shh! No one tell the novelists — they are tender souls — but the big book story this year was the death of fiction. Literary media, like the make-or-break-an-author’s-reputation New York Times Book Review, have cut back on reviews of novels in favour of non-fiction coverage. Globally, fiction sales are down. Publishers and agents returning

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