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Canadian books and authors to be celebrated on the international stage in 2020

The Frankfurt Book Fair 2020 Committee (CanadaFBM2020), formed by associations representing Canadian-owned book publishers, the Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP) and Association nationale des éditeurs de livres (ANEL), and supported by export associations Livres Canada Books and Québec Edition, applauds Canada’s acceptance of the invitation to be Guest of Honour (GoH) of the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2020.

The book industry is already focusing its efforts on planning a successful and impactful event, and has consolidated support across Canada for the project. The event represents an important and comprehensive opportunity for Canada’s publishing industry to demonstrate its vitality and show the world the considerable talent and great diversity of its creators.

View the full press release for more details.

2016-2017 Board of Directors and Committees

Livres Canada Books welcomes the following members to its 2016-2017 Board of Directors: Andrew Wooldridge (Orca Book Publishers/ACP), and John Yates (University of Toronto Press/APUC).

Gillian Fizet (House of Anansi/Groundwood Books), Caroline Fortin (Éditions Québec Amérique), Frédéric Gauthier (Éditions de la Pastèque) et Sandra Gonthier (Éditions du Boréal) have been re-elected to serve a second term on the Board.

We wish to sincerely thank Lynn Fisher (University of Toronto Press/ACUP), David Friesen (Friesens Corporation/Professional Advisor) and Susan McIntosh (McGill-Queen’s University Press/ACP), whose terms have ended, for their dedication and service to the governance of Livres Canada Books.

The Board of Directors also elected new officers of Livres Canada Books:
Chair: Robert J. Dees
Vice-Chair: Caroline Fortin
Vice-Chair: Frédéric Gauthier
Secretary-Treasurer: John Yates
Visit our website for the full list of board members and committees.


The Livres Canada Books 2015-2016 Annual Report is now available on our website. Download your copy now and read about our achievements over the last year.

Export Expertise

Save the Date for a Unique Literary Event

NORLA (Norwegian Literature Abroad), the Royal Norwegian Embassy and Livres Canada Books invite you to a joint Norwegian/Canadian literary event taking place on November 8th.

Join us for a unique cross-cultural dialogue with key players in the Norwegian publishing industry. The day will include presentations about the Norwegian and Canadian book markets as well as meetings with Margit Walsø (Director, NORLA), Oliver Møystad (Senior Advisor, NORLA) and Anne Gaathaug (Publisher, Kagge Forlag and representative to the Ministry of Culture’s Board of Advisors). Author Erlend Loe (published by Cappelen Damm/House of Anansi Press) will speak about being published in Canada and NORLA will also be inviting additional authors and publishers interested in the Canadian market.  

The event will take place from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm at Hart House at the University of Toronto and will include a one-hour lunch hosted by the Ambassador of Norway. More details to come.

We look forward to seeing you there. Please send your RSVP to Olivia Robinson before November 1st.

Meet our Colombia Mission consultant

Founder of the literary agency, LadyBooks, Piedad Saenz has built on more than seven years of publishing experience in South and North America. Prior to her career as an agent, she worked for a Canadian children’s publisher and for the Fondo de Cultura Economica, one of the largest publishers in the Spanish-language market with branches in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Spain, Guatemala, Peru and Venezuela.

Piedad Saenz has experience across a number of areas including marketing, business development, contract negotiation and rights, as well as a strong understanding of digital challenges. Having developed excellent publishing contacts in both South and North America, her continuous travel experiences between the two continents has given her an authentic view of their cultural particularities and a knowledge of the three main language markets: English, French and Spanish.

Mentoring Coaching – France: Registration is now open 

Are you looking for ways to enter the book market in France? This program will allow you to increase your export knowledge in France, meet with stakeholders in the French market, and properly evaluate the efforts needed to export your titles into this market. Program activities will include an overview of distribution in France (Montréal, Monday, November 14th), a discussion with a consultant on the eligible publisher’s potential in the French market (Montréal, Tuesday, November 15th) and participation at the Salon du livre de Paris, including a guided tour of the Salon on March 22nd, followed by meetings with French partners, March 23rd, 2017. 

Visit our website to download our guidelines and application forms.The deadline to apply is Monday, October 31st, 2016.

Exporting to the Netherlands webinar- recording now available 

If you missed last month's Exporting to the Netherlands webinar, presented by Marleen Seegers of 2 Seas Agency, a recording of the presentation and slides is now available for download on our website.

New Webinar: First Time at a Fair – Save the Date!

Join us on December 13th & 14th , 2016 for a bilingual webinar on how to prepare for your first international book fair. Hosted by rights expert Catherine Mitchell, this practical, hands-on webinar will teach you the complex ins and outs of international rights fairs. We’ll cover everything you need to know to make your first fair a success, from choosing your titles to scheduling your meetings, shipping materials, navigating the floor and following up. A bilingual market guide on the same topic will be published in early 2017.

Catherine Mitchell has been passionate about bringing Canadian books to global audiences since entering the fascinating world of rights at Tundra Books many years ago. A bilingual publishing and rights consultant, Catherine’s primary joy is working as an agent for boutique publishers who are keen to advance their lists by selling rights at major book fairs. She has worked with a long and diverse list of provincial and national publishing associations and arts agencies in Toronto, Ottawa, and Montréal on a variety of projects to promote and enhance Canadian publishing initiatives at home and abroad. Catherine is also a faculty member of the Creative Book Publishing program at Humber College in Toronto where she teaches the international publishing course.  

Registration will open later this month. For more information please contact Lien De Nil.



The Rights Canada fall 2016 catalogue is now available on our website. Download your copy today ! The catalogue features 47 titles from 30 Canadian publishers and has been distributed digitally to our targeted network of international contacts. Print and USB copies of the catalogue will be available at the upcoming Frankfurt Book Fair. Thank you to all contributing publishers!


Have you published a book that may be of interest to Canadian Studies scholars? Registration for Livres Canada Books’ 2017 Canadian Studies Collection is underway! Redesigned last year, the Collection now offers publishers the option of including descriptions, author bios, and review quotes alongside standard bibliographic information. Be a part of the conversation about Canada and start combing your front and backlist for titles to feature in the Collection!

To register your titles to the 2017 Collection, click here. For more information about publications, contact Kristina Brazeau, by email or telephone at 613 562-2324, extension 228.

Canada Stand

2016 Frankfurt Book Fair

You can now view the complete list of publishers on the Canada Stand (Hall 6.0, A 47) at the 2016 edition of the Frankfurt Book Fair, and download a copy of our directory. We have also shared with you the contact information for publishers on the Israeli collective stand. If you did not receive this information via email, or if you have any questions about the Canada Stand, please contact Olivia Robinson by email or at 613 562-2324, extension 227.


FRMAP and Mentoring – Funding Support

Contribution agreements have been sent to publishers eligible for the 2016-2017 FRMAP and Mentoring – Funding Support programs. Publishers who return their signed agreements will receive payments for their approved FRMAP claims. Final reports for the Mentoring – Funding Support program will be due in May 2017.

For more information, contact Programs Manager Christy Doucet by email or telephone at 613-562-2324, extension 225.

Success Stories


Congratulations to Biblioasis and House of Anansi Press for their 2016 Giller Prize shortlisted titles. Best of luck!  


Congratulations to 2016 GG finalists! Books published by the following independent Canadian publishers were shortlisted: House of Anansi Press, Nightwood Editions, Coach House Books, Talonbooks, Harbour Publishing, Playwrights Canada Press, Scirocco Drama / J. Gordon Shillingford Publishing, University of Regina Press, Fifth House Publishers, Groundwood Books, Kids Can Press, Biblioasis, Véhicule Press, Marchand de feuillesÉditions Druide, HéliotropeÉditions Alto, Le Quartanier, Éditions Les Herbes rouges, Les Éditions du NoroîtÉditions du passage, Mémoire d'encrier, Les éditions du Boréal, Les Presses de l'Université de MontréalÉditions Québec Amérique, Soulières Éditeur, Les Éditions L'Interligne, Les Éditions XYZ, Les Éditions de la Bagnole, Presses de l'Université Laval and Éditions La Peuplade. The winners will be announced at the end of the month. Well done!

2016 CCBc shortlist announced

Congratulations to all publishers whose book were shortlisted for the Canadian Children's Book Centre Awards! The full list can be viewed here.

Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival: longlist

Greystone Books, ECW Press and Rocky Mountain Books have all been longlisted for the Banff Mountain Book competition. The festival recognizes the best in mountain-themed literature, guidebooks, mountaineering articles and history. The grand prize winner will be announced at the festival in November.

Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize

Congratulations to House of Anansi Press, whose novel The Break by Katherena Vermette has been named to the Roger’s Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize shortlist, recognizing the best novel or short story collection of the year. The winner of the grand prize of $25,000 will be announced in November.

Prix Jeunesse des libraires

Congratulations to all publishers whose titles were recognized in the preliminary list for the 2017 Prix Jeunesse des libraires organized by the Association des libraires du Québec (ALQ). The full list can be viewed here.


Congratulations to Athabasca University PressFreehand BooksHades/EDGE, NeWest Press, and University of Alberta Press on their recognition at the Alberta Book Publishing Awards.


Have you negotiated a foreign rights or distribution deal recently? Have your titles been nominated for any awards? Have any big news you’d like to share?

If so, let us know and we will be happy to share the good news in our newsletter and also on our Facebook and Twitter feeds. Send us an email.

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Gothenburg (Göteborg) Book Fair
25 October 2016
Tokyo International Book Fair
25 October 2016

Rendez-vous de l’histoire 
9 November 2016
Frankfurt Book Fair
23 November 2016

Upcoming Book Fairs

Liber International Book Fair (Madrid) 
12 - 14 October 2016
Frankfurt Book Fair
19 - 23 October 2016
Helsinki Book Fair
27 - 30 October 2016

Antwerp Book Fair
31 October - 11 November 2016
Beirut Francophone Book Fair 
5 - 13 November 2016
Marché de la poésie de Namur
19 - 20  November 2016

Next Newsletter: November 1, 2016

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