Canada’s largest book distributor, H.B. Fenn and Company, filed for bankruptcy on Thursday. The move caught most everyone in the Canadian publishing industry off-guard. I also spoke to members of the Toronto-based illustration collective Sketchkrieg! about their latest project, Paper Trail.
A ton of things in Saturday’s National Post: I take a look at the conflict of interest question arising from this year’s Giller Prize; talk to Claudie Dey about her sex guide How To Be A Bush Pilot; visit George A. Walker’s studio to discuss his new wordless novel, Book of Hours; and check into the Royal York for a chat with author (and hotel resident) Christopher Heard.
Embattled former president of Penguin Canada gives his side of the story.
In today’s National Post I take a look at Fakes & Forgeries, a new exhibit opening at the ROM next week.
In today’s National Post I talk with actor Jon Voight about his letter blasting opponents of the Toronto International Film Festival’s spotlight on Tel Aviv.
In today’s National Post I look at the controversy brewing at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, which started when filmmaker John Greyson withdrew his short documentary, Covered, from this year’s festival as a protest against their City to City Spotlight on Tel Aviv.
In today’s National Post, I try and make sense of the Google Book Settlement.
In today’s National Post, I profile sleight-of-hand artist Ricky Jay — there’s a longer version of the piece over on The Afterword. Watch for my review on The Ampersand on Friday. I also take a quick look at the battle that unfolded on Twitter this past between between staff writer Susan Orlean and ex-staffer Dan Baum.
In today’s National Post I take a look at the new partnership between Luminato and The Atlantic — and where that leaves The Walrus — and examine the buzz around Leonard Cohen’s two old novels, which a couple of countries are bringing back into print (the original blog post can be found here.)