Which events to visit this year if you are a booklover

There are many literary festivals in Canada to choose from. The best part of these events is that they allow the enthusiasts to overcome their literary thirst. Canada is a very diverse country and hence finding the literary festivals is not a hard task to perform. Almost all the Canadian provinces host the literary festivals which are worth giving a shot. Writing is a passion of many Canadians and it is the same reason for these literary festivals to thrive. Not only the libraries host these events but many of these are also embedded by high-end tea parties. It creates spirit and zeal which is considered to be the crux of such festivals.

1. Word on the Street

It is one of the best events which take place in Saskatoon. Most of the authors and the writers which participate in this event are well known. New authors are also given a chance to make an impact. The event is for everyone, from children to adults and from old to inexperienced authors everyone is invited. The event also hosts a book event which is highly praised by the book lovers. This is a high-end literary event which allows the writers to interact and share the experience with one another.

2. Writers at Woody Point

Writing and music have a deep relationship. This is all that this festival is about. The musicians and the writers from all over Canada visit the Woody Point to take part in this festival. It is a very well organized event which will make sure that the poets from different parts of Canada also visit the point and discuss the ideas with the musicians. Long-term collaborations are made very simple by this festival. The music writing talks and workshops are the main point of focus of this festival. It is all about writing, music and the entertainment.

3. WordFest

Based in Alberta this festival is one of the best of all. It is one of the very few festivals in Canada which is attended by the international writers. There is a wide range of festivals which are hosted by this event. The Word Fest continues for 10 days and it allows the writers to collaborate with each another on daily basis. The overall management of the festival is great and approx. 70 festivals are hosted every day. It means that Word Fest is one of the largest festivals in the world. The event also hosts educational schemes for the students.

4. Frye Festival

Canada host a lot of different book events. As we mentioned earlier, this is one of the best festivals which are highly regarded by the authors from all over the world. The festival has received several awards from the Quebec government for the quality and class which it provides. The festival is hosted by the Frye Organization that is known for the youth programs which it undertakes to supports the Quebec youth. The festival is highly rated for value which it provides to the writers. The festival was started back in 2000 and with every passing year, the number of participants is increasing.

Absolute chic lesser known Canadian atheneums

So we keep telling you about great places for readers, for wanderers and guests of the country. Canada was one of the first British colonies to have a library. With governor general approvals, a subscription library was set up in 1779 which housed approximately 2000 volumes. There are very few institutions around the world that are romanticized as libraries. However, over the years, the role of libraries has evolved along with the buildings that have housed them. While not all libraries are beautifully designed, still nothing is more satisfying than exploring these bibliophilic havens.

When designing Canadian libraries, a lot of focus has been paid to the creative architecture. From avant-garde to beautifully traditional libraries, they boast of being some of the country’s best architecture structures.

Here’s a list of libraries in Canada you must visit to see why they deserve every bit of fame.

  1. Library of Parliament, Ottawa

The Library of Parliament, Ottawa is one of the best libraries in the country. What sets it apart from other libraries in the country is the fact that it has been featured on country’s currency (ten dollar banknote). The fantabulous architecture of this landmark has been influenced by the well-known Reading Room of British Museum. The main room design includes a domed ceiling, striking flowers carvings, mythical creatures and more. The walls of the library are supported by 16 flying buttresses. It houses more than 6,00,000 books and is open to general public for tours.

  1. Vancouver Public Library

Designed by the world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie, Vancouver Public Library is the biggest library system in Vancouver, British Columbia and the third largest in Canada. The architect is also credited to have built another colossal building habitat 67, Montreal. Safdie built the design of the library in a Colosseum form to give a tribute to ancient-day Colosseums which first gave the notions of having libraries. Presently, more than 428000 people are active members of the library. The library also has retail shops, underground parking and restaurants for public convenience. For techie freaks, they have cool things like 3D printers and iMacs.

  1. Scarborough Civic Centre Library

Built with a one-of-its-kind design, Scarborough Civic Centre Library is a rescue heaven for students during the exam times. The library was recently opened in 2015 and became an instant hit due to its interesting and unique design. The award-winning LGA Architectural Partners built this with an idea of flexibility in their mind. The infrastructure has columns in tree-like forms that can be re-arranged according to your places and needs. Same is the case with the book stacks which are, interestingly, perched on wheels. As complex its exterior looks like, the interiors are equally cozy and organized. The staff is equally friendly that will go out of their ways to help you.

While there are a million things to explore in Canada, the creative architecture of the country tops the list. The libraries are just a part of that rich history and diverse element of Canada. Head on to these unique libraries to see that they are more than just books, but magnificent pieces of art in themselves!

The Art Of Publishing A Book In Canada

How to get your debut novel published in Canada if no publisher decides to invest in it? That’s the dreaded question which comes to the minds of many would-be writers after completing their manuscripts.

Canada encourages immigration and its fresh stories but the world of publishing agents seems to fall short for so many stories. As such, it is always better to look some alternatives to book publishing directly from a publishing house to make your dream of becoming a writer come true.

Agent or No Agent?

Canada offers a plethora of diverse options to make book publishing easier for newcomers. It is not necessary for an author to have his/her own agent to get their book published. As a matter of fact, more than 70 percent of books are published without any kind of a contract with an agent.

On the other hand, many publishers make it a necessity for you to have an agent and will deal only with them. Sometimes Canadian publishers have a problem in accepting your unsolicited manuals. Sometimes agents also act as editors that will polish your manuscript to increase its chances of getting accepted by your preferred publisher. It is completely in your hands to decide whether you want to go to a publisher directly or an agent first.

How to get him?

Getting an agent in Canada is similar to getting your publisher, even though the process is easier. You can visit Canada Union’s website for the list of filtered agents. These agents accept your proposals by sending a letter of inquiry. Such a prominent and highly respected agent is The Cooke Agency. The literary agency has represented Guy Vanderhaege, John Irving, and William Leith to name a few writers in Canada. Do not forget to send a sample of your work along with the proposal. The letter lets the agents get an idea about you and your projected writing profession.

Should you self-publish?

Many authors are equally interested in the creative aspects of book-writing as the business one. It is equally intriguing as perceptive as the writing part. But getting your self-published books to feature in bookstores and literacy events is not an easy task. Out of a lot of self-published books, only a few have been able to make the cut, that too by earning not a large amount of money.

Apart from this, if your book is just meant as a gift to your friends and family and you don’t see it as a commercial venture, you can go ahead with the self-publishing. Canadian author Kim Staflund has written in her book “How to Publish a  Book in Canada” about some online support groups and writer forums such as Polished Publishing Group, which you can check for other authors’ support before self-publishing.

While starting your book-publishing journey can be quite a stressful phase, being optimistic always works in your favor. Among 10000 books published each year in Canada, your novel could also be the one. You need to believe in yourself and trust yourself that if an agent is willing to contract with you or a publisher is going to pay money for your book; you certainly will find an audience for it.