2016 Schedule

8:15–8:45 a.m.: Welcoming Coffee and Registration (Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre)

9:00–9:15 a.m.: Welcoming Remarks

Cynthia Good (Creative Book Publishing Program, Humber College)
Stephanie Fysh (Book and Periodical Council)

9:15–10:30 a.m.: KEYNOTE

FOSTERING INNOVATION IN YOUR WORKPLACE

Chitra Anand (Microsoft Canada)
Sponsored by Simon & Schuster Canada

It’s time to look closely at the way we do business now that publishing has stabilized. The head of public relations for Microsoft Canada will share how her secrets for growth and prosperity apply to the book business. Chitra Anand is at the forefront of an important new movement in the workplace: intrapreneurship. It harnesses the energy of those who possess an entrepreneurial spirit – driving innovation, creative thinking and new ideas. Her keynote address will reveal how to nurture that spirit and how to stay on the cutting edge of market trends, technology and consumer behaviour. She will discuss the opportunities and importance of fostering a diverse workplace and how to manage growth in our current climate.

10:30–11:00 a.m.: Coffee Break

11:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m.: Breakout Session One

The Innovation Workshop  (Miss Lou’s Room, HARBOURFRONT Centre)

Chitra Anand (Microsoft Canada)

Our keynote speaker will inspire us with her presentation on intrapreneurship and building better businesses. In this workshop, we get practical. Chitra Anand will encourage you to consider such issues as managing growth, hiring practices, encouraging millennials, marketing directly to consumers and more. Bring your own challenges and discuss them with Chitra and your industry colleagues.

E-Book Subscriptions: Opportunity or Threat? (Architecture Gallery, HARBOURFront Centre)

Adam Silverman (HarperCollins US)
Andrew Weinstein (Scribd)
Heidi Waechtler (Coach House Books)
Moderated by Julie Blake (1000bpm)

The pros and cons of e-book subscription services have been hotly debated, with some publishers choosing not to engage with these platforms and others praising their many advantages. Our panel of experts will examine how subscription models have evolved over the last five years, dissecting success stories and failures and giving publishers further insights into how to navigate the complexities of emerging digital sales models.

Digital Storytelling (Studio theatre, HARBOURFRont centre)

Kate Pullinger (Author)
Caitlin Fisher (York University)

Digital technology is transforming the way we read, write and communicate with one another. Contemporary experimental writing is altering how we conceive, write and experience new kinds of narrative. Kate Pullinger and Caitlin Fisher will investigate the future of narrative and interactive storytelling, including the emergence of augmented reality (AR) environments and the rise of the smartphone as a platform for reading and publishing. Join these two visionaries as they discuss practices of writing, innovations in form and the resulting engagement with readers.

Indie Publishing – Live Long and Prosper (lakeside terrace, harbourfront centre)

Alana Wilcox (Coach House Books)
Peggy Burns (Drawn & Quarterly)
Jordan Bass (McSweeney’s)
Moderated by Mark Medley (The Globe and Mail)

Last year at the 2015 Book Summit, we heard that this was a golden age for indie publishers. Is the secret in developing a niche or encouraging diversification? In this panel, three successful publishers from the United States and Canada will talk about how to achieve and sustain business success, critical recognition for authors, relations with their readers and more.

12:15–1:30 p.m.: Lunch

1:45–2:45 p.m.: Breakout Session Two

Culture, Community and Commerce: Reflecting Our Diverse Landscape (ARCHITECTURE GALLERY, HARBOURFRONT CENTRE)

Charles C. Smith (University of Toronto/Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

Years ago Dub Poet Lillian Allen described Toronto as a ‘one-poem town’, meaning that the prevailing cultural form was Eurocentric and not very open to alternative stories and literary traditions. Today things across Canada are very different – but are they different enough? This session will explore changes in the literary landscape and what publishers need to consider to connect with diverse authors and the communities they come from.

Reader Collaboration (STUDIO THEATRE, HARBOURFRONT CENTRE)

Caitlin Fisher (York University)
Hal Niedzviecki (Broken Pencil)
Tim Johnson (Wattpad Stars)
Moderated by Dean Cooke (The Cooke Agency)

The boundaries between reading and writing and consumers and authors are blurring. Kickstarter, Tumblr and Wattpad are all part of this new landscape. What kind of writers and readers are being produced from these sites? This panel will explore the phenomenon in several areas: alternative platforms, fundraising, serial writing and more.

“To Write Is Human, to Edit Is Divine” – Minding the Gap (LAKESIDE TERRACE, HARBOURFRONT CENTRE)

Anita Chong (McClelland & Stewart)
Pamela Mulloy (The New Quarterly)
Patrick Crean (HarperCollins Canada)
Janice Zawerbny (Editor)
Moderated by Susan Scott (The New Quarterly)

Editing culture is by nature inscrutable – invisible, yet enormously influential. A panel of experienced editors, each of whom represents a key niche in Canada’s complex literary landscape, will address critical issues that concern aspiring writers and poets. Panelists will take us behind the scenes to explain the editorial process and will speak candidly to a broad range of concerns, from the nature of the author-editor relationship to whether writers should invest precious time serving as editors.

Marketing Partnerships: The Perks and the Pitfalls (MISS LOU’S ROOM, HARBOURFRONT CENTRE)

Randy Chan (Penguin Random House Canada)
Laura Meyer (House of Anansi Press)

There is no doubt that partnering with a non-competitive, like-minded business or organization can stretch your marketing budgets, expand your audience and encourage lasting partnerships. But are they always marriages made in heaven? Hear about the perks and the pitfalls of some such partnerships from industry experts Laura Myer and Randy Chan as they share case studies from the trenches. Pick up some tips on how to avoid matchmaking disasters.

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.: Breakout Session Three

Sponsored by HarperCollins Publishing Inc.

From Book to Reader: Bookselling Today (LAKESIDE TERRACE, HARBOURFRONT CENTRE)

Joe Regal (Zola Books)
Joanne Saul (Type Books)
Alana Wilcox (Coach House Books)
Moderated by Diane Davy (Castledale Inc.)

What are some of the major opportunities and challenges in selling books to consumers today? Is indie bookselling seeing a renaissance? Are consumers embracing subscription services as imagined? What’s new in online bookselling? Are we still facing the challenges of discoverability? How do small publishers prepare themselves for the inventory challenges of a big literary win? Join three industry veterans with very different perspectives as they discuss the new innovative ways of getting books into the hands of readers.

Copyright Matters: The Global Pressure for More Copyright Exceptions  (ARCHITECTURE GALLERY, HARBOURFRONT CENTRE)

Katie Webb (International Authors Forum [U.K.])
Nicola Solomon (Society of Authors [U.K.])
María Fernanda Mendoza (International Consultant [Mexico])
Barbara Hayes (Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society [U.K.])
Moderated by John Degen (The Writers’ Union of Canada)

As Canada struggles with the disastrous economic fallout from its own 2012 changes to the Copyright Act, writing and publishing groups from around the world are being forced to mobilize against calls for ever-broader exceptions to copyright. Important work is being done at the European Parliament, in the United Kingdom, and at the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva to hold the line against a growing free-culture movement. How can we all work together to ensure our rights and incomes are not further eroded?

Marketing Partnerships: The Perks and the Pitfalls (MISS LOU’S ROOM, HARBOURFRONT CENTRE)

Randy Chan (Penguin Random House Canada)
Laura Meyer (House of Anansi Press)

There is no doubt that partnering with a non-competitive, like-minded business or organization can stretch your marketing budgets, expand your audience and encourage lasting partnerships. But are they always marriages made in heaven? Hear about the perks and the pitfalls of some such partnerships from industry experts Laura Myer and Randy Chan as they share case studies from the trenches. Pick up some tips on how to avoid matchmaking disasters.

Books Can Change the World: Social Responsibility and Publishing (STUDIO THEATRE, HARBOURFRONT CENTRE)

Bruce Walsh (University of Regina Press)
Tom Best (First Book Canada)
Margie Wolfe (Second Story Press)
Rob Firing (HarperCollins Publishing Inc.)
Moderated by Mark Medley (The Globe and Mail)

There has always been a tacit understanding that what we do enriches, educates and ameliorates. But as members of the book industry, whatever our position, do we have a more explicit responsibility to readers and the wider society? This panel will feature publishers and initiatives that have very clearly exemplified what it means to attempt to change our world with the books we publish and the ways we serve the wider community.

4:00 – 4:30 p.m.: Afternoon Break

4:40 – 5:30 p.m.: Panel Discussion

Now Trending  (FLECK DANCE THEATRE, HARBOURFRONT CENTRE)

Sponsored by Penguin Random House Canada
Kate Pullinger (Author)
Adam Silverman (HarperCollins US)
Nicole Winstanley (Penguin Books Canada)
Joe Regal
(Zola Books)
David Caron
(ECW Press)
Moderated by Cynthia Good
(Humber College)

For our final panel, we’ve gathered a range of dynamic industry experts. We will discuss all of the issues that concern us as members of the book industry, and we will review what this day of the 2016 Book Summit has revealed. Panelists and conference participants will join in a lively synthesis of these emerging trends and the session will end with predictions from each as to what to watch for in 2017 and beyond.

5:30 – 5:40 p.m.: Closing Remarks

Cynthia Good (Humber College)
Anne McClelland (Book and Periodical Council)