Harper Government Supports Humber College Book Summit

ETOBICOKE, ON, Sept. 20, 2012 /CNW/ - An investment by the Government of Canada will allow the Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning to host its annual Book Summit. This was announced today by Bernard Trottier, Member of Parliament (Etobicoke-Lakeshore), on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

The 12th annual Book Summit will be held at Toronto's Harbourfront Centre and will provide a full-day professional development conference for the writing and publishing community, in partnership with the Book and Periodical Council. The Council is a national umbrella organization for 29 associations involved in various aspects of the book and periodical industries in Canada.

"This year marks the start of the five-year countdown to Canada's 150th birthday in 2017," said Minister Moore. "Our Government is proud to invest in projects that contribute to our collective identity and define who we are as Canadians. On the road to 2017, let us continue to celebrate all of the things that make Canada the united, prosperous, and free country we are today."

"This annual conference offers the writing and publishing community tools to develop a more effective and succesful future for publishing in Canada" said Mr. Trottier. "Our Government is proud to offer this support to ensure positive development in Canada's artistic community."

"The annual Book Summit has become an important part of the ongoing professional development of the book industry—an industry facing constant technological change, creative opportunities, and business challenges," said Cynthia Good, Director, Creative Book Publishing Program at Humber College. "The day of speakers, workshops, panels, and networking is also very important for our Humber students, giving them the chance to hear from the best in Canada and the world, and to develop their contacts. None of this would be possible without the generous support of the Government of Canada, through the Canada Book Fund."

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $35,000 over two years (2012-2013 and 2013-2014) through the Support for Organizations stream of the Canada Book Fund. The principal objective of this program is to ensure access to a diverse range of Canadian-authored books in Canada and abroad. The Fund seeks to achieve this objective by fostering a viable Canadian book industry that publishes and markets Canadian-authored books.


SOURCE: Canadian Heritage

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Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

Media Relations
Canadian Heritage

(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Newsroom.)

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