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The Literary Oscars, Amazon Strikes, and Inspire!

Toronto Welcomes a New Book Fair

Toronto is set to launch Inspire! a new international book festival next November.  Plans for the festival have come together quickly, gathering excitement and anticipation along the way.  Unlike Word on the Street, the September book festival Toronto plays host to, Inspire! will be held indoors at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, and organizers are hoping for a complementary relationship, rather than a competitive one.

Amazon Prepared for German Worker’s Strike

Verdi, The German service sector union is preparing for a full worker strike against Amazon, effecting the retail giant’s central Germany facility.  The union is hard fighting for the wage raise of its distribution centre workers, as currently, they are being paid less than the standard wages for distribution work.  While Amazon is claiming to be “well-prepared” the story is one of many surfacing about sub-par wages and working conditions:

The National Book Award Goes To…

The American Nation Book Awards were hosted this week at the This year’s winners include:

  • Maya Angelou, for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community
  • E. L. Doctorow for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters
  • James McBride won the Fiction award, for his book, The Good Lord Bird
  • George Packer won the  Non-Fiction award for his book, The Unwinding
  • Mary Szybist won for Poetry, for her collection, Incarnadine: Poems
  • Cynthia Kadohata won for Young People’s Literature, for her book, The Thing About Luck

World’s Biggest Bookstore To Close Its Doors

The World’s biggest bookstore will close up shop in February 2014, Toronto Star reports. Developers who have bought the land have no current plans for the location.  Toronto has been the happy home of the Indigo owned building for thirty-three years, and will not be the only historic bookshop closing it’s doors in the near future: Indigo will be closing it’s Runnymede chapter’s location, built inside a heritage theatre.  That bookstore will be replaced by a Shopper’s Drug Mart.

Diary of Malcolm X Remains Unpublished 

The publication of The Diary of Malcolm X has been postponed by a restraining order, requested by  X Legacy LLC.  The corporation representing  the heirs of Malcolm X claim that the publishers of the diary, Third World Press, lack the rights to publishing it.  The diary was written by Malcolm X in 1964, documenting his activities in Africa, and has been co-edited by his daughter Ilyasah Al-Shabazz, and  journalist Herb Boyd.

The Word of the Year Is…

Finally,  the word of the year for 2013 is selfie, a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.

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9 Reasons to Visit Literary Festivals

This weekend, Word On The Street brought readers, writers and story telling enthusiasts together to celebrate  written word in five cities across Canada.  Readers of all ages at WOTS Toronto rifled through cases, bins and stacks of books.  Families stopped to enjoy an iced tea a magic show.  Authors such as Joseph Boyden, Austin Clarke and DJ McIntosh signed critically acclaimed and best selling books, while up coming authors and publishers connected with the crowds.

Hundreds of authors and thousands of readers took to Queen’s Park to celebrate the festival, and here are the top 10 reasons why:

  1. Get out.  Take a break from routine, jump into a book-crazed crowd, and have some fun.  There will be time to read on the in your favourite chair later, so step outside and remind yourself how important reading is to so many other people.
  2. Meet your favourite authors.  This one might seem overly obvious, but if you’re lucky enough to have a festival in your community where you can meet the authors that line your bookshelves,  why not go to get their book signed?  It can be a great chance to chat or ask the questions you would at your dream dinner party.
  3. Improve your skills. Literary festivals almost always mean literary workshops.  This could be your opportunity to hone a specific written piece with the aide of professional writers, develop thematic writing, practice specific techniques or engage your creative side. These workshops are usually for all skill levels, high energy and supportive.  Depending on the festival, they could even be free!
  4. Learn about community affairs.  These events mean more than just book vendors.  Often times, you’ll find different community or political groups looking to engage with the book loving public.  There might be a tea house that hosts a monthly book club.  There might be a libertarian party representative to bounce questions off of.  Its all part of the fun.
  5. Meet the experts.  Discussions and presentations are noteworthy features of any literary celebration.  Topics can range from research techniques, advocacy for human rights or environment, emerging technology, you name it!  Anything that readers and writers are passionate about is sure to be talked about.
  6. Discover new talent.  There are  a plethora of skilled, profound and compelling authors  out there.  Most of them will never know the fame of JK Rowling or Shel Silverstein, but popularity isn’t the only earmark of a good book.  Consider it a chance to find hidden treasure. Who doesn’t like treasure?
  7. Share the excitement.  Reading and writing are often solitary, quiet activities, so embrace opportunities that make it a social one.  You can go with fellow book lovers, or better yet, bring someone who doesn’t know the wonderful world of written word.  With all the books, speakers and sales, there’s bound to be something to spark their interest. At the very least, there’s food.
  8. Enjoy the food.  Festivals can be great for the tastebuds too.  Unique and exciting food and beverage vendors can keep you energized as you stroll through the crowds, tents and pavilions with an ever-growing pile of books and pamphlets.
  9. Find great deals.  A book fair could mean bundled books, $3 hardcover novels,  or even books that have yet to hit store shelves! Not only can you add to your personal collection, but books can make great gifts.  Fact.

Convinced? Great!  Here are some of the book festivals kicking off this coming week: