The Government of Canada Supports British Columbia Book Publishers

2008-03-31 10:00:00

The Government of Canada Supports British Columbia Book Publishers

OTTAWA, ONTARIO–( EMWNews – March 31, 2008) – The Canadian book publishing industry received support from the Government of Canada, which will help ensure access to Canadian-authored books that reflect our country’s cultural diversity.

The Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, today announced support for the British Columbia book industry in the 2007-2008 fiscal year.

This funding of more than $2.4 million will allow the provincial book publishers’ association and 26 publishers to intensify their promotional activities in support of Canadian-authored books.

“The Government of Canada is proud to support British Columbia’s publishers, who continue to offer high-quality books to readers everywhere,” said Minister Verner. “These publishers contribute to the vitality of our culture and economy by showcasing the talent of our authors and illustrators.”

“The Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia and its members appreciate the continued support of the Canadian government through the Book Publishing Industry Development Program,” said Rolf Maurer, President of the Association of Book Publishers of BC. “The publishing of books in all genres that reflect the wide variety of values and cultures of Canadians is crucial to our way of life and our democracy. This support helps us do this important work.”

The Government of Canada has provided this funding under the Aid to Publishers and Collective Initiatives components of the Book Publishing Industry Development Program. This program of the Department of Canadian Heritage seeks to increase the capacity of the Canadian-owned and controlled sector of the industry to publish and market Canadian books, domestically as well as internationally.

(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.)

For more information, please contact

Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage,
Status of Women and Official Languages
Dominic Gosselin
Press Secretary
819-997-7788

or

Canadian Heritage
Donald Boulanger
A/Chief, Media Relations
819-994-9101

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