Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Victoria Glendinning

On Can Lit
"It seems in Canada that you only have to write a novel to get grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and from your provincial Arts Council, who are also thanked. Complaints were once voiced that most shortlisted Giller novels emanated from just three big-name publishers, all owned by Bertelsmann, and that virtually every winner lived in the Toronto area. Now, many of the submitted authors, and their rugged subject matter, hail from Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland. That’s maybe because small publishers too are now subsidised, and they proliferate. If you want to get your novel published, be Canadian."
via the Globe & Mail books blog...

Are we really just a self-congratulatory lot? The blog world is abuzz. Defense seems to be the only thing that gets people stirred up.

I don't know, I thought it was funny. How do Canadians think they look to the outside world?

1 comment:

dainty-monster said...

Victoria Glendinning's comments seem to assume that a book is produced by a single person (which is seldom the case). The labour of many people -- editor, designer, layout, proofreader, writer -- goes into producing a book, so it seems only right that the person whose name is acknowledged on the cover of the book thank those whose labour is not signalled by the book itself. Besides, when did courtesy and good manners become something to complain about?