By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson
‘A Lasting and Ongoing Friendship’As Publishing Perspectives reported in March, the Cultural Service of the French embassy in Canada is producing a Paris fellowship for Canadian book publishers.
Five Canadian editors have been selected to travel to Paris and meet with French publishers. The Canadian participants are:
- Peggy Burns, publisher and editor at Drawn + Quarterly,
- Kate Cassaday, senior editor at HarperCollins Canada,
- Lynn Henry, publishing director at Knopf Canada,
- Jay Millar, publisher at BookThug,
- Charles Simard, editor at Talon Books
The trip, which runs October 4 to 6, ahead of the Frankfurt Book Fair (October 11 to 15), will allow the Canadian editors to meet with more than 30 French publishing companies and with more than 50 French publishers, editors, and foreign rights managers.
In a prepared statement, a jury member for the program, Geoffrey E. Taylor of the International Festival of Authors, is quoted, saying, “This fellowship provides a direct corridor for the exchange of ideas between the publishing worlds of Canada and France.
“The inaugural participants of this initiative will create what promises to be a lasting and ongoing friendship, which will benefit readers on both sides of the Atlantic.”
Taylor’s fellow jurors are:
- Judith Becqueriaux, rights manager at Éditions Denoël and president of the
International Commission of the Syndicat National de l’Édition in France
- Didier Dutour, head of the Book and Media Libraries Division of the Institut français
- Alison Jones, publisher at Quill & Quire
- Selma Toprak, former cultural attachée for the Cultural Service of the French Embassy in Toronto