Globe Books Website Offers Readers "One-stop shop"

    Books website features online discussions with leading authors,
    latest book excerpts, best seller lists, blogs, videos, podcasts and more

    TORONTO, Jan. 8 /CNW/ - On January 10, The Globe and Mail will officially
launch its new dynamic, interactive Books website
(, providing readers in Canada with a compelling
destination for "one-stop-shop" Books coverage. Also on January 10, a new
Focus & Books section will be introduced by The Globe as a weekly Saturday
section, reaching even more readers with its combined audience base.
    "The Globe's Books coverage will provide readers insightful,
thought-provoking reviews and engaging commentary in the format of their
choice," said Ed Greenspon, Editor-in-Chief. "Whether an avid reader is
looking to deepen their reading experience or a casual reader wants to find
books suited to their own interests, Books coverage can provide the experience
they are looking for."
    Standing features of the new Books website will include a daily book
review, book news and publishing industry news and blogs by Globe Book's
online communities editor Peter Scowen and Books editor Martin Levin. Other
content elements will also include Editor's Choice, Buried Treasure, picked
weekly by well known figures, and more National and Canadian best seller
lists. The new website will also feature Author Essays by high profile
authors, commissioned by The Globe, who will contribute written essays on
topics outside their novels.
    The site will house multi-media features including video interviews and
podcasts. Searchable archives for reviews will go back as far as 2000.

    The weekly online 'Ask an Author' series will feature leading authors

    An exciting new component of the site, Ask an Author, will give readers a
chance to interact with their favourite writers. The series will feature the
leading authors of the day responding to reader questions. Ask an Author will
be published on the Books website, as well as in the Focus & Books section.
Participating authors for January include:

    Joseph Boyden (January 17) - This year's Giller Prize winner and an
important emerging Canadian author Joseph Boyden will launch the series.
Readers can submit their questions from January 10 - 15, with the online
answers featured on January 17.

    Wally Lamb (January 24) - Wally Lamb's first two novels, were No. 1 New
York Times bestsellers, New York Times Notable Books of the Year, and featured
titles of Oprah's Book Club. His third novel was Book of the Month Club.
Reader questions are being accepted from January 17 - 22 with the author's
online answers appearing on January 24.

    P.D. James (January 31) - P. D. James is the author of twenty books, and
recently inducted into the Crime Writing Hall of Fame. Reader questions are
being accepted from January 24 - 29 with online answers on January 31.

    "Expanding and growing our online and interactive capabilities will be
integral to the site as it develops," said Peter Scowen, Communities Editor,
Books. "We want Books to be a welcome destination for diverse communities of
readers seeking like-minded groups to engage in conversations and debate with
authors, publishers, and each other."
    More new interactive features will be soon available with plans for a
Book Club, more searchable archives and library with reviews, interviews,
excerpts and content as far as 2000, e-newsletters and more.
    "At the same time, the Focus & Books section will continue to provide the
same quality and kind of Books coverage current readers expect, but it will be
augmented with yet more content and online coverage, and reaching a greater
audience," said Scowen.

    The Globe and Mail, Canada's national newspaper, is a division of
CTVglobemedia, a dynamic multimedia company, which also owns CTV Inc.,
Canada's number-one private broadcaster.

For further information:

For further information: Teresa Pagnutti, (416) 969-2721,; Sheryl So, (416) 969-2725,

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