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2016 YEAR IN REVIEW

OUR 2015 YEAR IN REVIEW suggested there was reason to feel cautiously optimistic heading into 2016. That prediction was not inaccurate. A new federal government, which seemingly supports open dialogue with authors and publishers, and increased funding from the Canada Council for the Arts underpinned a year of steady business, as many indie booksellers reported profits. It was also a year of self-examination, as discussions about inclusivity and balanced representation began to permeate the books industry. The question going into 2017 is how will we respond to those demands?

Reaching the Summit

THE INAUGURAL EDITION of the Canadian Writers’ Summit, five days of conferences, readings, panels, and annual general meetings, took place in Toronto this June. The event was the end result of two years of planning by 14 industry organizations, with the goal to connect writers, academics, and industry players from across disciplines, practices, and genres. More than 800 professionals attended, and organizers plan to repeat the event every two years.

Jia Qing Wilson-Yang, Leah Horlick, and Gwen Benaway at the Canadian Writers’ Summit in June
ILLUSTRATION BY TOM FROESE; PHOTOGRAPHY BY KATRINA AFONSO
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