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ACP Welcomes the Government of Canada commitment to strong, domestic creative industries10-02-2017

The ACP is pleased to see initiatives related to book publishing within the Government of Canada’s Creative Canada Policy Framework, which was released by Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly last week. Support for an effective and well-funcioting copyright regime and continued support for the marketing and distribution of Canadian books through the Canada Book Fund are among the commitments made by the Minister.

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Canadian publishers call for renewed dialogue with universities on fair compensation to creators08-03-2017

In light of York University’s announcement that it will appeal last month’s Federal Court of Canada decision in Access Copyright vs York University, the ACP calls on York to stop relying on the copying policies that the Court found unfair, to end the illegal behaviours that result from those policies, and to re-engage in negotiations on fair compensation for the copying and use of copyright-protected material.

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ACP releases submission on NAFTA and Canadian book publishing07-26-2017

In its submission to Global Affairs Canada’s consultations on the upcoming renegotiation and modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the ACP calls for maintenance of NAFTA’s cultural exception, a renewed commitment to Canadian ownership of cultural industries, and stronger protections for copyright and intellectual property.

The first round of NAFTA negotiations is scheduled to take place in Washington, D.C., from August 16-20, 2017.

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Independent publishers applaud Federal Court’s decision on Access Copyright v. York University07-12-2017

The Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP) welcomes the decision of the Federal Court in the case of Access Copyright v. York University. The Court found that the guidelines around fair dealing are not fair and tariffs certified by the Copyright Board are enforceable.

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Independent publishers applaud Supreme Court decision on Google v. Equustek06-29-2017

The Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP) welcomes news of the Supreme Court of Canada’s ruling on the case of Google Inc. v. Equustek Solutions Inc. et al.

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ACP to honour Kirk Howard and Michael Harrison at 2017 AGM04-20-2017

The Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP) is pleased to announce that Kirk Howard, founder and president of Dundurn Press, will be presented with the President’s Award at the association’s 2017 Annual General Meeting. ACP is also delighted to present Michael Harrison with honorary lifetime membership in the association.

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Canadian publishers endorse TRC Calls to Actions02-08-2017

Canadian publishers endorse Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action.
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ACP Statement of Principles02-08-2017

In light of recent events in both Canada and the United States, the Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP) affirms its commitment to the principles of equity, diversity, tolerance, and inclusion.

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Submission to Canadian Heritage on "Canadian Content in a Digital World"11-28-2016

ACP releases a submission to Canadian Heritage on “Canadian Content in a Digital World” consultations.

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ACP mourns the passing of Jim Douglas09-26-2016

It is with sadness that the Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP) shares news of the passing of Jim Douglas, who died September 24 in Vancouver. We extend our condolences to Douglas’ family, and the many friends and colleagues who worked with him over the course of his storied career.

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ACP stands in support of Turkish publishers and freedom to publish08-09-2016

The Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP) opposes the state closure of 29 publishing houses in Turkey, which have had their assets seized by the government following a failed coup d’état last month.
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ACP releases a 2017 Pre-Budget Consultations submission08-08-2016

ACP has provided a submission to the Standing Committee on Finance’s 2017 Pre-Budget Consultations.

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Canadian publishers endorse federal initiatives supporting Indigenous arts06-15-2016

At its 2016 Annual General Meeting, held June 8-10 in Winnipeg, the Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP) voted unanimously to endorse initiatives announced recently by the Canada Council for the Arts and Department of Canadian Heritage, which make support for Indigenous arts and Indigenous peoples a funding priority.

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ACP to honour Margaret Reynolds and founders of McNally Robinson at upcoming AGM05-11-2016

The Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP) is delighted to announce that Margaret Reynolds, the Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia’s long-time executive director, will be presented with the President’s Award at the ACP’s upcoming Annual General Meeting. ACP is also pleased to announce that Paul McNally and Holly McNally, celebrated independent booksellers and founders of McNally Robinson, will be granted Honorary Lifetime Membership in the association.

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Canadian publishers welcome renewed investment in the Canada Council for the Arts and promotion of cultural industries abroad03-23-2016

The Association of Canadian Publishers congratulates the government on its planned investment in the Canada Council for the Arts, announced in yesterday’s federal budget.

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Copyright Board decision offers little clarity on fair dealing for education03-03-2016

Canada’s independent publishers are discouraged by the Copyright Board’s recent decision on the 2010-2015 K-12 tariff, issued February 19.

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ACP statement on TWUC & CAA open letters02-19-2016

Click here for ACP’s response to TWUC and CAA’s recent open letters on author contracts.

Remembering J. Gordon Shillingford02-02-2016

Earlier this week, a celebration of publisher J. Gordon Shillingford’s life was held at Winnipeg’s King’s Head Pub. Friends, family and colleagues gathered to share our memories of Gordon, and many more were there in spirit! The King’s Head was one of Gordon’s favourite hangouts and often served as his “satellite office.” I can see him working away on his laptop or taking meetings at his usual table, which has now been immortalized with a plaque marking it as “Gord’s office.” He also frequently dropped in to our office, just across the street from the King’s Head. We will miss his visits.

At the celebration, many people praised Gordon’s support of poets, playwrights, and Indigenous writers. He was known for his willingness to take risks on books and writers and his instincts were often right, as evidenced by his many Governor General Award nominations and wins. He was remembered for his intellect, generosity, love of music and literature, wry wit, and trademark hoodie!

Gordon was born in Saskatchewan in 1960, and even after many years of living in Manitoba, still cheered for the Riders. He entered the publishing world in 1986, when he teamed up with a friend to start the Winnipeg drama publishing house Blizzard, using his student loans for start-up money. He left publishing for a short time, and went to work for the Manitoba Arts Council, but returned to publishing in the early 1990s, establishing J. Gordon Shillingford Publishing Inc, a respected literary press comprised of several distinct imprints including Scirocco Drama (theatre), The Muses’ Company (poetry), Watson & Dwyer (Canadian social history) and J. Gordon Shillingford (politics, religion, true crime, biography).

Gordon made a huge contribution to Manitoban and Canadian literature. He was a passionate volunteer in support of the industry, having served as president and long-term board member of our association. He was genuinely passionate about books.

Gordon passed away on January 25, 2016 after a brief illness.

Our thoughts are with his wife Karen Haughian (Signature Editions) and son Griffin.

We miss you, Gordon!

Michelle Peters, Association of Manitoba Book Publishers, February 5, 2016

Ontario Culture Strategy12-04-2015

ACP is participating in Ontario’s Culture Strategy consultations. Download our statement

More information about the strategy, including the Ministry’s discussion paper, can be found here: https://www.ontario.ca/page/ontarios-culture-strategy.

Matt Williams: Wordsmiths can't work for free10-20-2015

An opinion piece on the outcomes of the Canadian education sector’s fair dealing guidelines by ACP President Matt Williams appears in the National Post. Click here to read the full column.

Remembering Dave Godfrey, 1938 - 201507-10-2015

Dave Godfrey was truly a man of diverse interests and talents. Born in 1938 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, he acquired a BA from the University of Iowa and an MA from Stanford University in English literature in the early 1960s. At Stanford he met his future wife, Ellen, and also enrolled in Wallace Stegner’s celebrated creative writing program, numbering among his fellow students soon-to-be famous authors such as Larry McMurtry, Ken Kesey, and Robert Stone. Armed with a subsequent MFA in creative writing from the University of Iowa, he taught with Canadian University Services Overseas in Ghana in the mid-1960s, then returned to North
America to earn a PhD from the University of Iowa and teach at the University of Toronto.

Godfrey’s two years in Africa provided the inspiration for a number of his short stories and his novel The New Ancestors, which won the Governor General’s Award for fiction in 1970, besting Robertson Davies’s Fifth Business. His time in Africa also introduced him to a powerful and enduring icon — Anansi, the trickster of folktales who often takes the form of a spider. That creature became the colophon for and lent its name to Godfrey’s first venture into publishing: House of Anansi, the small press he co-founded in 1967 with Dennis Lee to publish contemporary Canadian poetry and literary fiction.

Next came New Press in 1970, a company he launched with Roy MacSkimming and James Bacque to publish books on political and social issues. Ever restless and searching, he founded a third publishing venture in the early 1970s with Ellen and moved to Erin, Ontario. Like Anansi, Press Porcépic (renamed Beach Holme Publishing in the early 1990s) focused on poetry and literary fiction with the addition of drama and some non-fiction. In the mid-1970s, the Godfreys took Press Porcépic with them when Godfrey was appointed head of the Creative Writing Department at the University of Victoria, eventually adding to their list young adult titles in the form of the Sandcastle imprint as well as science fiction and children’s picture books.

For Godfrey’s generation the afterglow of centennial year led to a confident and new Canadian nationalism. Godfrey played a major role in developing the Canadian-owned publishing industry. He was a founding member of the Independent Publishers’ Association (later the Association of Canadian Publishers), helped set up the Association for the Export of Canadian Books (now Livres Canada Books), lobbied successfully for federal and provincial government financial support for Canadian-owned publishing houses, and co-authored, with Robert Fulford and Abraham Rotstein, Read Canadian: A Book About Canadian Books, a guide to the best writing about Canada in a number of different areas.

In the 1980s, Godfrey’s creative and ceaseless intellect took him to computers and the role they could play in the cultural industries. He wrote Gutenberg Two: The New Electronics and Social Change, and with Ellen created software for distant learning as well as an Internet service provider company.

After retiring from teaching in the late 1990s, Godfrey turned his attention to wine and became a vintner on Vancouver Island. He is survived by his wife, Ellen, and his daughter, Rebecca, both talented, award-winning authors, and his son, Samuel.

Kirk Howard, President & Publisher, Dundurn
Past President, ACP
July 2015

Budget pressures on Canadian university libraries force them to leave many Canadian-published books out of their collections06-25-2015

ACP’s Higher Education committee released the results of their quick survey on the representation of Canadian-published books in Canadian university libraries.

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