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BookCampTO 2013: Five Alive! How We Adapt and Thrive in Canadian Publishing

When: August 24, 2013 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Where: iSchool
University of Toronto
140 St George St
Toronto, Ontario

Cost: Free!

Since 2009, BookCamp events across Canada have been bridging gaps and building lasting relationships between publishers, authors, book industry professionals, and the general reading public. As our industry continues to grow and transform via new technologies and ways of connecting, these relationships must also continue to evolve.

On August 24, 2013, the Canadian Book Professionals’ Association and the University of Toronto’s iSchool will host Toronto’s fifth BookCampTO unconference with the theme “Five Alive! How We Adapt and Thrive in Canadian Publishing.” And just what is an “unconference” you might ask? For those of you new to BookCampTO, an unconference is a conversation, not a keynote, where all participants are encouraged to bring their own topics to discuss in an effort to further promote new ideas and leadership throughout our industry.

To register for BookCampTO 2013, and to submit your own break-out session idea for discussion, head to bookcampto.org and follow the links at the top of the page.

Want to volunteer? We need people to assist with registration, tweeting sessions, giving directions, answering questions, setting up, taking down, and more! If you’re up to the challenge, please email BookCampVolunteer@gmail.com.

CanBPA’s Mentor Mash event — a night of book industry intros and info

Calling all students, interns, and young publishing professionals:

On May 21st, the Canadian Book Professionals’ Association will be hosting an evening event at the Cadillac Lounge, designed to facilitate introductions and networking opportunities for those new to the industry. In what can be best described as a “group speed date,” students, up-and-coming professionals, and individuals hoping to get a foot in the door of Canadian publishing will have the opportunity to meet with industry veterans and virtuosos.

We’ve recruited experts from as many fields within the publishing industry as possible. Below, our star-studded list of experts:

Production: Valentina Capuani (Random House of Canada)
Sales: Sarah Labrie (Scholastic Canada)
Agent: Ali McDonald (The Rights Factory)
Publicity: Evan Munday (Coach House Books)
Design: Ingrid Paulson (Ingrid Paulson Design)
Digital Marketing: Lindsey Reeder (Random House of Canada)
Editorial: Alana Wilcox (Coach House Books)

How it will work:
There will be 8–10 of tables with five people at each table. Attendees can settle in with a drink while our experts move from table to table, meeting with each group for fifteen minutes. Each of them will give a short talk about their area of expertise, followed by an informal Q&A session.

This event will cost $10. Pre-registration is necessary. To secure a spot, you must reserve a ticket through Eventbrite (http://mentormash.eventbrite.ca). Payment will be at the door on the night of the event (cash only).

For more information, please see our website or the event page, or email us your questions and someone will get back to you shortly.

Where: The Cadillac Lounge, 1296 Queen Street West, Toronto
When: Tuesday, May 21, 7:00–9:00 pm
Info: http://canbpa.ca
Email: info@canbpa.ca
Event website: http://mentormash.eventbrite.ca/

Mentor Bios:

Val Capuani, Production:

Valentina Capuani, Senior Production Coordinator, is a five-year veteran of Random House of Canada. She briefly held a position as Editor in Chief of her university faculty newspaper prior to completing her undergraduate degree in English, with a minor in Sociology. Post graduation, she worked at a manufacturer of plastic gift cards before pursuing a post-graduate certificate in Book and Magazine publishing. She is a fervent lover of paperback books with extents 288 pages or less, and swears by the GoBook epub reader app on her phone for all others.

Sarah Labrie, Sales:

Sarah Labrie has worked in the Canadian book publishing industry for five years. After graduating from the Creative Book Publishing program at Humber College, she held entry-level positions at BookNet Canada and the Association of Canadian Publishers. She then moved into a Sales and Marketing position at Hachette Book Group Canada, followed by a move into her current role as Mass Market Sales Representative for Scholastic Canada. Making great books available to kids makes her very happy.

Ali McDonald, Agent:

Ali McDonald is an agent with The Rights Factory specializing in children’s literature ages 0–18+. She had another life in the service industry before getting into publishing in 2009. While enrolled in the Ryerson publishing program, Ali landed her first internship with The Rights Factory and has in various capacities—agency assistant, editorial associate, associate agent, agent—been there since. She’s living the dream of having a job she loves.

Evan Munday, Publicist:

Evan Munday is the publicist for Toronto-based literary press, Coach House Books. Prior to his seven years at Coach House, he worked as marketing coordinator for the Literary Press Group of Canada and was briefly an intern for Cormorant Books. He studied at the University of Waterloo before completing Centennial College’s Book and Magazine Publishing Program. He is also the author of the Silver Birch–nominated book for young readers, The Dead Kid Detective Agency (ECW Press).

Ingrid Paulson, Design:

Ingrid Paulson is an award-winning book and magazine designer. She went to OCA (now OCAD U), and then worked for a number of years in marketing and corporate design. Answering an ad in NOW magazine, she somehow ended up as a book designer at McClelland & Stewart, which led to becoming Art Director at Raincoast Books (when they had a publishing division), and then back to Toronto to freelance for clients in Canada, the US, and the UK. She has lectured and instructed at various places, notably CCSP’s Summer Publishing Intensive at SFU, and has been honoured with recognition for her design work by Alcuin Society (Canada) and the AIGA (USA), as well as being invited to participate in the Lolita Project and NaNoWriMo’s 30 Covers/30 Days. She lives in Toronto.

Lindsay Reeder, Marketing:

Lindsey Reeder is a twenty-something who is obsessed with chocolate, coffee and books. It only made sense that she would choose a career in book publishing with a last name like Reeder. She got her start in Online Marketing by creating a book blog, aptly named Reeder Reads. She is an Online Marketing Coordinator for Random House of Canada, which essentially means she spends her days tweeting and blogging about books that make her laugh, make her cry, and everything in between. Follow Lindsey on Twitter at @reederreads or @RandomHouseCA.

Alana Wilcox, Editorial:

Alana Wilcox is the Editorial Director of Coach House Books, an independent literary press in Toronto. She is the co-founding editor of the uTOpia series and the author of a novel. She ended up at Coach House after working as a bookseller and freelance editor.

CanBPA spring news: introducing our Mentorship Program, kicking off with May’s Mentor Mash!

Canadian publishing is in a constant state of flux. Our industry is changing as the culture and technology that surrounds us continues to grow and develop. Our continued success and ambition is represented through our membership—through the ideas and inspirations cultivated by seasoned veterans and newcomers alike. To this end, the Canadian Book Professionals Association, in cooperation with some of the most creative and forward-thinking minds from our industry, is pleased to announce The Spring 2013 Mentor Mash.

On May 21st, the CanBPA will be hosting an evening event at the Cadillac Lounge, designed to facilitate introductions and networking opportunities for those new to the industry. In what can be best described as a “group speed date”, students, up-and-coming professionals, and individuals hoping to get a foot in the door of Canadian publishing will have the opportunity to meet with industry veterans and virtuosos to ask questions and seek advice.

Over the coming weeks we will be reaching out to schools, industry programs, and large and small publishing houses looking for anyone wanting to get a leg-up on the industry as a whole, or to better understand even a small part of it.

What we need right now is help—your help.

If you are a professional with three years experience or more working in Canadian publishing—in-house, freelance, press, and all points between—and you have the desire to foster upcoming talent, we want you to be involved in this program. We want your years of experience and your stories—who you are, what you do, and how you got into this industry in the first place.

Additionally, if you yourself do not wish to be a mentor, but know someone who might be an ideal candidate for this program, we’d love to hear your nominations.

If you’d like to take part in this event, please contact info@canbpa.ca

Many thanks,

Your CanBPA

P.S. More details about the event to come soon!

The Return of Poetry Karaoke

In honor of National Poetry Month, the CanBPA invites you to an evening of drinking and mangling poetry together. The fantastic Paul Vermeersch will be our P-jay.

How does it work?
1) Choose a poem someone else wrote, of which you can obtain a copy to read from, and that you can read in less than 5 minutes.
2) Come to the event, and put your name in the bowl.
3) When you name is drawn, recite your poem for all to enjoy.
4) Repeat steps 1-3 to share more poetry love.

Last year we were treated to E.A Poe, Pasha Malla, and Misery Bear, so bring your A-game.

The event’s happening Monday April 29 at 7:00 p.m., upstairs at Tequila Bookworm (512 Queen Street West).
See you there!

Covers Panel 2013— BookCampTO Fundraiser and All-Around Good Time!

It’s that time of year again! Get ready for your favourite event and ours, the annual CanBPA Covers Panel. Join us on February 26 at the Cadillac Lounge for an evening of celebration and snark as our panel of experts discuss the book covers of 2012— the best, the worst, and the wtf! You’re guaranteed to have a great evening AND you’ll be helping us raise funds for BookCampTO 2013.

Moderated by our faithful president, David Ward, this year’s panel features all your favourite returning panelists:

Ingrid Paulson, Book Designer, Ingrid Paulson Design
David Gee, Book Designer
Terri Nimmo, Senior Designer, Manager of Creative Services, Random House of Canada
Steven Beattie, Review Editor, Quill and Quire
Nathan Maharaj, Manager, Merchandising, Kobo Inc.
Alan Jones, Art Director, HarperCollins Canada
Michel Vrana, Book Designer, Black Eye Design

New this year: Which books of 2012 made your heart flutter with their sheer beauty? Which ones made your blood boil with rage? Now’s your chance to submit your personal favourites (and anti-favourites) to the panel! Post a link to the cover on our Facebook page or tweet @CanBPA with your suggestions and we’ll compile the best and worst for the event.

See you there!

Cover: $10 ($5 for publishing students and interns)
Date: Tuesday February 26, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
Location: The Cadillac Lounge
1296 Queen Street West, Toronto

CanBPA Winter Schmooze Pub Night

Well, I think we’re all just about ready for winter to be a distant memory, but until then, let’s warm up with a night of fun with friends new and old. The CanBPA invites you to ring in the shortest, yet somehow longest, month of the year with an evening of Winter Schmooze. Meet your fellow industry people and book lovers. Mingle with someone who has your dream job. Or meet the people who’re gunning for yours. Or just come hang.

Friday, February 1 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at No One Writes to the Colonel (460 College Street).

See you there?

Alcuin Awards

For all you lovers and producers of great-looking physical books, the Alcuin book design deadline is coming up fast: March 10, 2012. It’s the 30th anniversary, and the winning books will be shown all across the country, in Germany, Japan, and possibly the UK. Send off your best books, and see how they fare! Toronto judges this year are Stan Bevington of Coach House Press, and award-winning designer Ingrid Paulson, as well as Bonnie Zabolotney, Dean of Design and Dynamic Media at Emily Carr UAD in Vancouver.
The Alcuin Society Blog: Extra Extra! Our Book Design Awards for 2011: The Official Call for Entries

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

It’s time for the annual CanBPA Covers Panel! On February 2, join us for an entertaining evening as our panelists discuss/laugh at/praise/rant about recent book covers. Profanity sporadic, but guaranteed.

This year, our panel will be moderated by David Ward, president of the CanBPA and Production Manager at Random House of Canada. Our star-studded cast of panelists include:

Ingrid Paulson, Book Designer, Ingrid Paulson Design
David Gee, Book Designer
Terri Nimmo, Senior Designer, Manager of Creative Services, Random House of Canada
Steven Beattie, Review Editor, Quill and Quire
Nathan Maharaj, Manager, Merchandising, Kobo Inc.
Alan Jones, Art Director, HarperCollins Canada
Michel Vrana, Book Designer, Black Eye Design

There is a modest cover charge of $10, and $5 if you are a student. Doors open at 6pm, and the panel begins at 7pm. Stick around afterwards (or before) and get to know your fellow industry people. We look forward to seeing you there!

No One Writes to the Colonel
460 College Street (College & Bathurst, just west of Bathurst, north side)
Toronto, Ontario

CanBPA End of Summer Pub Night

Hi everyone,

Come on out to the CanBPA September Pub Night! No more summer hours, Frankfurt, fall launches, and IFOA are imminent, what’s a book person to do? What we do best, of course! Fill ourselves with potent potables.

We hope to see you there!

The CanBPA

September 30, 2011
The Wilson 96
615 College Street West
Toronto, Ontario
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Covers Panel – Reviewing the Covers of 2010

Did you see enough of your family over the holidays to last until next December? Come reunite with your peers at the Canadian Book Professionals’ Association’s first event of 2011! Join us on Thursday, January 20, 2011 from 6 – 9pm for our Covers Panel and watch as our host (CanBPA president and production manager at McClelland & Stewart for Random House of Canada) David Ward presents a series of 2010 book covers for ultimate judgement by our panel of industry professionals. This panel promises to inform and entertain.

The panel:

Steven Beattie, Review Editor, Quill and Quire
Ingrid Paulson, Book Designer, Ingrid Paulson Design
Terri Nimmo, Senior Designer, Random House of Canada
David Gee, Book Designer
Nathan Maharaj, Manager, Merchandising, Kobo Inc.
Alan Jones, Art Director, HarperCollins Canada

If you want to know what this lot has to say about the looks of your favourite books, come out to Duggan’s Brewery, 75 Victoria Street in Toronto and be informed and entertained.

Doors open: 6 pm – Panel begins: 6:45-7 pm
Cost: $10.00 / $5.00 for students