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The Perilous Trade: Book Publishing in Canada, 1946-2006

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A book that will fascinate and inform readers who love Canadian writing

Publishing Canadian books has always been an experiment. Like the great experiments of building a transcontinental railway and a national broadcasting system, it constitutes one of the nations defining acts. Publishing, after all, is a peoples way of telling its story to itself.

-from the Introduction

Part cultural history, part personal memoir, this accomplished, sweeping, yet intimate book demonstrates that the story of Canadian publishing is one of the cornerstones of our literary history.

In The Perilous Trade, former publisher, literary journalist, and industry insider Roy MacSkimming chronicles the extraordinary journey of English-language publishing from the Second World War to the present. During a period of unparalleled transformation, Canada grew from a cultural colony fed on the literary offerings of London and New York to a mature nation whose writers are celebrated around the world. Crucial to that evolution were three generations of book publishers - mavericks, gamblers, entrepreneurs, political activists, and true believers - sharing a conviction that Canadians need books of their own.

Canadian publishing has long made headlines -be it Jack McClellands outrageous publicity stunts, American takeovers, the collapse of venerable imprints, or bold political moves to ensure the industrys survival. Roy MacSkimming takes us behind the headlines to draw memorable portraits of the men and women who built Canadas literary renaissance. With a novelists eye for character and incident, he weaves their tangled relationships with authors, agents, booksellers and each other into a lively narrative rich in anecdote and revealing personal recollection. Canadian publishers large and small have nurtured a literature of extraordinary diversity and breadth, MacSkimming argues, giving us English Canadas greatest cultural achievement.

From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Roy MacSkimming is a professional writer and a published novelist. He has been literary editor of The Toronto Star and is now director of the Association of Canadian Publishers. Roy MacSkimming and his wife, Suzette, have lived in Europe and raised two sons.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780771054945
Author:
Macskimming, Roy
Publisher:
McClelland & Stewart
Author:
MacSkimming, Roy
Subject:
General
Subject:
Chemistry - Organic
Subject:
Publishing
Subject:
Industries - General
Subject:
Publishers and publishing
Subject:
History
Subject:
Publishers and publishing -- Canada.
Subject:
Book industries and trade -- Canada.
Subject:
General Business & Economics
Subject:
Business Writing
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20070131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.5 in 1.6719 lb

Related Subjects

Business » General
Business » Management
Business » Writing
Reference » Publishing

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