An Insider’s Look At Canadian Literary Publishing

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Kitty Lewis of Brick Books

A chance to hear an insider’s look at how the Canadian literary publishing world functions and gain some tips about how to become part of that world, will be offered by Kitty Lewis of Brick Books at the Oxygen Art Centre in Nelson, on Friday, April 28.

Lewis’ talk begins at 7:30 pm, admission is free ($5 donation appreciated) and the event is open to the public. Oxygen is located at 320 Vernon Street (alley entrance).

Lewis has been the general manager of Brick Books, one of Canada’s major poetry publishers, for more than 20 years. She will describe how the publishing house began and how manuscripts are chosen for publication. As well, she will speak about the financial side of publishing today, author tours, e-books, working with sales staff, podcasts, networking and more.  “‘The book is dead! Poetry is dead!’ I have been reading articles proclaiming this for years,” Lewis said. “But Brick Books has been publishing poetry books since 1975 and we are still going strong.

“We find new readers all the time and our books win awards. Digital or print, there is always room for poetry in our busy lives.” Founded in London, Ontario by poets Stan Dragland and Don McKay, Brick is the only press in Canada specializing in publishing poetry, Lewis said. In 2014, she was given an honorary membership in the League of Canadian Poets in recognition of outstanding service to the League and the poetry community. Lewis’ talk is co-sponsored by Nelson’s Elephant Mountain Literary Festival.