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Canada’s National Reading Campaign shows reading is good for your … body?
October 10, 2014 | 12:30 pm

infographic-reading-saves-lives Canada's National Reading Campaign has partnered with CBC to pull together an infographic to show the bodily benefits of reading, as if improving your mind wasn't reason enough. For most, I'm sure that point is obvious enough, but it's good to see - literally - graphic proof that a healthy mind means a healthy body - as well, apparently, as a healthier mindset and more socially responsible attitude....

Interview with Peter Watts
September 19, 2014 | 4:08 pm

Style: "Neutral"I asked Peter Watts, author of the brilliant and genre-redefining science fiction novels Blindsight and Echopraxia, a few questions about his own working methods and the genre (or genres) he works in. Here are his responses. TeleRead: Do you see any ingrown shortcomings in the genre/subgenre you work in, and do you try to correct those? Peter Watts: I don't think I'm competent to answer this question; I'm not sufficiently familiar with the genre to make valid generalizations about its shortcomings. One of the few things that really bugs me about my life at this point is that I don't get much...

Yota Devices moving from Russia to Canada
August 10, 2014 | 2:56 pm

According to a report in Canada's Financial Post, Yota Devices, the makers of router equipment and the very interesting Yotaphone, is relocating from its original home base in Moscow to either Toronto or Waterloo, Ontario. The decision is unrelated to the current political climate in and regarding Russia, according to the article, but is prompted partly by the desire to tap the talent pool of current and former BlackBerry engineers in Canada. The Yotaphone attracted attention before because of its eink back display, which is designed to combine with its front-facing LCD to provide a complete hybrid smartphone/ereader experience. So far,...

Alice Munro’s ex-husband gives away the store, hands Munro’s Books to staff
July 15, 2014 | 1:20 pm

Here's a good and positive story for these days of doomsaying and handwringing over the fortunes of bookstores. Munro's Books in Victoria, British Columbia, founded in 1963 by Jim Munro and his then wife, Nobel laureate Alice Munro, is passing into the hands of its staff on the retirement of its founder. The thriving institution, "Canada's most magnificent bookstore," has been at its present 1108 Government Street premises since 1984, in a 1909 neo-classical building originally designed for the Royal Bank of Canada. Jim Munro, now 84, will hand the store over to four senior employees on his retirement in September,...

Book review: Every House is Haunted, by Ian Rogers, ChiZine Publications
July 12, 2014 | 6:37 pm

Canadian dark fiction and horror writer Ian Rogers' debut story collection Every House is Haunted comes garlanded with accolades. The book has received the 2013 ReLit Award in the Short Fiction category, and praise from almost every quarter. It's the sort of reputation that makes you hurry to start it to see what's really inside. The whole collection is structured like a house, with sections such as "The Vestibule," "The Library," "The Attic," "The Den," and "The Cellar." This doesn't mean any uniformity of content: The stories are highly diverse, some Lovecraftian ("The Dark and the Young," "Inheritor"), some occult ("Cabin D"), and some plain...

Canada’s anti-spam laws take effect this week
July 3, 2014 | 12:25 pm

canada's anti-spam lawsSome of our Canadian readers may have noticed a sudden glut of emails from websites, mailing lists and so forth which include an opt-in link. Surprise! It's not a phishing scam! These emails are legitimate communiques from any organization you might deal with who is based in Canada. The reason these emails have been going out is that Canada's new anti-spam laws are scheduled to take effect this week. Michael Geist has a great write-up on his newly redesigned website which explains what's going on: "The biggest substantive change in the law  comes from the requirement for express consent. Express consent requires...

Book Review: Burnt Black Suns by Simon Strantzas, Hippocampus Press
May 10, 2014 | 10:02 am

Regular readers of TeleRead will probably have seen by now coverage of Canadian dark fiction author Simon Strantzas. His latest collection, Burnt Black Suns from Hippocampus Press, is doing a good job of confirming him as one of the premier writers in the field. He has written very well and eloquently elsewhere on the current state of dark fiction and horror, and here is his latest creative contribution to the debate. This is a collection that is very much about variety, as well as some very assured paying of dues and tributes. “Beyond the Banks of the River Seine" is a homage...

Fahrenheit 451 rages north of 49th parallel as Canuck government said burning books
January 11, 2014 | 10:40 am

fahrenheit 451The Canadian administration of Stephen Harper, accused elsewhere of waging a "war on science," appears to be carrying the struggle to the bookshelves. At least if the testimony of scientists working with and close to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans is to be believed. According to reports, 11 DFO research libraries are being consolidated into four, with - depending on who you believe - the contents either carefully digitized or winnowed to remove duplications, or broken up and destroyed in a process of "libricide." The office of Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Gail Shea issued a combative press release to counter...

Quill & Quire survey shows publishing still a satisfying career – at least, in Canada
December 13, 2013 | 4:00 pm

Quill & Quire, "Canada's magazine of book news and reviews," recently released a survey of attitudes, standards, and salaries in the publishing profession. The results hardly paint a picture of an industry in decline. Of course, publishers could always be happier, and have some very specific discontents, but overall, they seem to be surviving digital disruption very well. Excerpts from the actual survey show salaries and compensation sort of holding ground in the profession. On average, around 56 percent of all employee types received bonuses in 2012, with the percentage in sales, marketing and publicity rather higher (though that may be...

Morning Roundup: Sherlock Holmes drama; test-driving Oyster; more
September 17, 2013 | 8:59 am

Reddit's Crowd-Sourced Media is a Lot Like The Regular Kind---Good at Some Things, Not so Good at Others (GigaOM) This time, Reddit was the one that avoided naming the wrong suspect, while mainstream outlets bungled the story — but the bigger picture is that both traditional media and crowdsourced media have their strengths. *** Conan Doyle Estate is Horrified That the Public Domain Might Create 'Multiple Personalities' of Sherlock Holmes (Techdirt) The Conan Doyle estate claims that having that [easyazon-link asin="0553328255" locale="us"]single book[/easyazon-link] under copyright means that the entire character is covered by copyright. *** Test-Driving Oyster, a Netflix for Books (The Digital Shift) Is Oyster set to...

Book Review: At Fear’s Altar, by Richard Gavin
September 16, 2013 | 4:00 pm

Canadian "numinous horror and esoterica author" Richard Gavin has released four collections since his debut "Charnel Wine" in 2004, and has garnered the kind of reputation that many writers would sell their souls for. This collection, his fourth, has received reviews varying from the enthusiastic to the ecstatic. There are thirteen stories, including a fictionalized prologue so dark that it definitely counts as one. There is the nightmare encounter with a dead god in "The Abject," where a wilderness becomes a metaphysical landscape that fulfils a myth in the most horrible but perhaps redemptive way. There is the new and quite...

Back to School Week, Part 1: Let’s Do Lunch!
September 3, 2013 | 11:40 am

schoolIt's back-to-school week here in Canada! Public schools typically open the Tuesday after Labor Day; I teach in a private school, so we don't start classes until Thursday, but we're back for meetings and prep bright and early on Tuesday morning. To celebrate this annual rite of Autumn, I'll be highlighting some useful school-thened e-book resources. For this inaugural post, we'll be "doing lunch" by looking at some lunchbox-themed e-books. * * * 1. Cooking with Trader Joe's Easy Lunchboxes by Kelly Lester I use the "Easy Lunchbox" containers regularly, and love their beautiful, photo-heavy cookbook so much that I have copies both in print (autographed!)...