Schedule

8:15–8:45 a.m.: Welcoming Coffee and Registration

Harbourfront Centre Theatre (231 Queens Quay West)

9:00–9:15 a.m.: Welcoming Remarks

9:15–10:15 a.m.: Keynote

Preaching to a New Choir: Widening the Audience for Literature

Lisa Lucas (Executive Director, National Book Foundation)

Followed by a conversation with maxine bailey

10:15–10:45 a.m.: Morning Break

Sponsored by the Writers’ Coalition Program

10:45–12:00 p.m.: Breakout Session One

Harbourfront Centre Main Building (235 Queens Quay West)

Generating Book Buzz

Preeti Chhibber (Scholastic U.S.), Chris Houston (DK Books), Hope Nicholson (Bedside Press), Kara Wark (Bad Girls Book Club)

New Literary Landscapes: Creating Vibrant Cultural Organizations

Sponsored by Penguin Random House Canada

Lisa Lucas (National Book Foundation), Jael Richardson (Festival of Literary Diversity), Devyani Saltzman (Art Gallery of Ontario)
Moderated by Randy Boyagoda (University of Toronto)

Reaching Young Readers

Danièle Courchesne (Livres Ouverts), Khary Mathurin (Another Story Bookshop), Heidi Waechtler (Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia)

12:00–1:15 p.m.: Lunch

Harbourfront Centre Main Building (Brigantine Room)

1:30–2:30 p.m.: Breakout Session Two

Harbourfront Centre Main Building (235 Queens Quay West)

Bringing Books to the Screen

Jon Baker (Baker Literary Scouting), Damon D’Oliveira (Conquering Lion Pictures)
Moderated by maxine bailey 


Evolving Book Coverage

Sponsored by Penguin Random House Canada

Randy Boyagoda (University of Toronto), Deborah Dundas (Toronto Star), Jason Purcell (Canadian Literature Centre / Glass Bookshop), Parul Sehgal (New York Times Review of Books)

Tech Trends Defining Publishing Now

Simon-Pierre Marion (Scenarex Inc.), Naveen Menon (Indigo), Katey Townshend (Wattpad)
Moderated by Noah Genner
(BookNet Canada)

2:45–3:45 p.m.: Breakout Session Three

Harbourfront Centre Main Building (235 Queens Quay West)

Accessible Ebook Publishing: The Business Case

Laura Brady (House of Anansi), Daniella Levy-Pinto (National Network for Equitable Library Services)

Mentorship: Models, Merits & More

Whitney French (Author, Editor, Educator), Téa Mutonji (Author, VS Books)
Wendy Whitebear (University of Regina Press)

Of Publishers & Podcasts

Sponsored by Penguin Random House Canada

Kristina Chin (semi-prose podcast), Katie Jensen (Vocal Fry Studios)

3:45–4:15 p.m.: Afternoon Refreshment Break

Harbourfront Centre Theatre (231 Queens Quay West)

4:15–5:15 p.m.: Closing Panel

Harbourfront Centre Theatre (231 Queens Quay West)

The Future of Publishing: Toward the Next Decade

Casey Plett (Biblioasis), David Ross (Penguin Canada)
Moderated by Leigh Nash (Invisible Publishing)

5:15–5:30 p.m.: Closing Remarks

Harbourfront Centre Theatre (231 Queens Quay West)