PSST!…Wanna Read a Canadian Book?

From the Quill & Quire Quillblog’s new Friday feature:

“This week we take a time machine back 40 years, to February 1972, when Q&Q ran this cartoon alongside a story about the launch of McClelland & Stewart’s New Canadian Library five-pack series.

We’re not sure if the scruffy man in the illustration is a reference to M&S publisher Jack McClelland, whose “coat of many authors” is now an iconic symbol of Canadian publishing, or his notorious methods of selling books, like handing out free paperbacks in front of Toronto City Hall, but it’s fun to speculate.”

Last month the Canadian icon, publishers of world-renowned literary icons like Margaret Atwood, Leonard Cohen, Rohinton Mistry, Farley Mowat and Michael Ondaatje, became yet another victim in the multinational economy game. McClelland & Stewart was “swallowed up”. What is a Canadian book again?

“After years existing in semi-captivity, Canada’s most storied independent publishing house has merged fully into the multinational behemoth known as Bertelsmann AG, owner of Random House and its affiliates, the world’s largest trade book publisher.” (Globe & Mail)

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