February, WBD, and fairs galore

7 Mar

I’ve been meaning to post about the Canada Reads 2013 winning title for quite some time. I was beyond elated when Lisa Moore won for her novel February. In my mind, it truly is the quintessential Canadian novel. Although the narrative of the book (the sinking of the Ocean Ranger) is specific to the Atlantic region; the topic of the global oil industry is something that speaks to all Canadians. As does the subject matter of grief. February centers around the life of one woman, whose grief is all pervasive as she comes to terms with the loss of her husband, and the responsibility of raising their children on her own. If you have not read it, it really ought to be on the top of your reading list.

Speaking of books, today is World Book Day http://www.worldbookday.com/. I posted about WBD last year, and I really cannot stress how important the fight against illiteracy is. Reading is a means of learning, and learning is what helps us grow and connect with others. And what better time to instill the passion for reading, then at a young age. 

And speaking of connecting with others; the book fairs are nearly upon us once again. This year is especially going to be a busy one for me in terms of how many fairs I will be attending. I will be checking out the Leipzig book fair next week. It is a smaller fair than the Frankfurt one, but I have heard such good things about it. It’s main drive is to drum up more publicity for books, and I have heard that several businesses promote the fair and that it truly is a community event. 

Towards the end of the month, I will be travelling to Bologna to suss out the book fair there. This fair is devoted to the children’s side of publishing. From what I have heard, it is similar to the London book fair in that it results in a grueling schedule for all of its attendees. Nevertheless, it is in Italy and the setting and food should make up for the long hours. 

My last pit stop will be in London for the LBF. I am especially looking forward to this one. I made some great connections last year with editors/publishers and I am excited to meet with them again and to promote/discuss my new titles and find out what it is they are looking for in terms of their lists. 

It’s going to be a whirlwind of travel, meetings, and books. La vita é bella

 

 

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