I’ve been participating in FictionKNITstas, the 2013 edition of Fictionistas. The project is a collaborative of independent Canadian publishers who bring female authors together for meaningful book events, and the 2013 edition threw knitting into the mix.
As I already explained back in December, the project pairs each knitter with an author and their book. The knitters read the books and then collaborate with the author to determine a handknit garment that relates somehow to her book. The plan is to have the authors wear/bring these FOs on the tour (for non-knitters, FO stands for Finished Object). I knit for Stella Harvey, author of Nicolai’s Daughters.
On Sunday I got back from a week on the road up and down Vancouver Island with two authors shortlisted for The BC Book Prizes—Anne Fleming, author of a book of short stories entitled Gay Dwarves of America, and Alan Woo, children’s author of Maggie’s Chopsticks.
Each year the BC Book Prizes sends finalist authors on tour visiting schools, libraries, and bookstores throughout the province. The tour is supported by sponsors and completely free for any locations we visit. In each community we aim to visit one high school, one elementary school, and hold a public evening event.
From April 29 to May 3, I drove Anne Fleming and Alan Woo around on the Vancouver Island Leg visiting Campbell River, Comox, Courtenay, Ladysmith, Nanaimo, Parksville, and Port Alberni. During the 4 different tour legs, the authors (and sometimes drivers) blog on a special Tour Blog.
I am doing my degree with a minor in Publishing, so I had the chance to read some publishing-related texts this past semester. Here are my (rough) thoughts and musings.
On the Subject of Literary Criticism:
Considering the topic of literary criticism, and the doom-and-gloom debate of it being a ‘dead art’, I spent an afternoon perusing some books with this theme. I chose to flip through Reading Communities: From Salons to Cyberspace edited by DeNel Rehberg Sedo and Reading the 21st Century by Stan Persky.
Rethinking Paper & Ink: The Sustainable Publishing Revolution
Part of Ooligan Press’ OpenBook Series, Rethinking Paper & Ink is a detailed look at the different stages of print publishing. The frontmatter of the book contained good transparency regarding it’s own printing process including type of paper and ink used.