Nova Scotia book publishers have launched a campaign to grow their industry in the province.
The campaign’s two main goals are:
- Communicate the news that there is a vibrant local publishing industry ready to grow
- Convince the provincial government to support the industry at levels matching other provinces
Books Start Here’s organizers hope to encourage the provincial government to include measures in the 2016 budget that implement promises of consultation and support made in the 2015 budget. Publishers are looking to expand production, marketing and sales, generating more local jobs and higher profiles for Nova Scotia authors across Canada and internationally.
The Books Start Here campaign launched at a public event on Thursday, February 4th at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. The free public event attracted 200 book lovers and supporters, including Canada’s new poet laureate, George Elliott Clarke. Also lending their support were other Nova Scotia authors and illustrators, including Sheree Fitch, Stephen Kimber, Frank Macdonald, Michael de Adder, Emma FitzGerald, Lesley Crewe, Janice Landry, and Sylvia Hamilton. Other successful events in communities like Mahone Bay and Wolfville have followed.