Thank you to everyone who attended Book Summit 19 and to all our speakers and presenters.

Save the date for Book Summit 20 – June 18, 2020. See you then.

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Harbourfront Centre, Toronto

Presented by the Book and Periodical Council, the Association of Canadian Publishers and the Literary Press Group of Canada in association with the Toronto International Festival of Authors.

Book Summit 19 encourages reflection and prediction but above all challenges us to publish with intention. Publishing can shape, not only adapt to, emergent cultural and technological landscapes. Book Summit 19 provides opportunities to explore new markets, audiences, models and relationships that confront assumptions and widen the circle.

How can publishers best champion new voices and address necessary conversations?  How do we establish mentorship models within organizations and foster new generations of book lovers? How can publishers maximize the impact of social media marketing and television’s thirst for well-told stories? How do we institutionalize inclusivity and diversity within the industry?

The speakers at Book Summit 19 are engaged in the crucial work of re-imagining publishing landscapes and empowering creative storytelling across platforms. Join us in facing a new decade of publishing driven by intention, innovation and imagination. Breaking new ground is just a beginning.

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Book Summit 19 would like to acknowledge the sacred land on which it takes place. It has been a site of human activity for 15,000 years. This land is the territory of the Huron-Wendat and Petun First Nations, the Seneca, and most recently, the Mississaugas of the Credit River. The territory was the subject of the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement between the Iroquois Confederacy and Confederacy of the Ojibwe and allied nations to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes. Today, the meeting place of Toronto is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to gather in this community, on this territory.