Random House of Canada and McClelland & Stewart Write a New Chapter in Book Promotion: Speakers House Canada

    TORONTO, June 16 /CNW/ - Bestselling authors are taking their stories and
ideas from page to stage this fall with the launch of a national, professional
speaking agency. Speakers House Canada is a vehicle for showcasing authors who
are in-demand speakers, allowing them to connect with audiences in new ways.
    Speakers House Canada is a new business and marketing initiative of
Random House of Canada Limited (RHC) and McClelland & Stewart Ltd. (M&S).
Together these companies have unmatched expertise in book publishing and
promotion, and represent the visionaries behind the boldest non-fiction topics
and the finest fiction dominating bestselling charts.
    "Our authors have been asking us for help managing an increasing number
of speaking requests and demands on their time," says Brad Martin, President
and CEO of Random House of Canada. "We are continually striving to find new
opportunities to promote our authors. This is an additional service we can
provide to authors, strengthening our relationship with them between book
projects and promoting them to new audiences, without straying from the
business of selling books to retailers."
    This new business area is an extension of the ongoing active promotion of
RHC and M&S books and authors, and will be in addition to the traditional
events planned with retailers to market and sell their books. Speakers House
Canada will create a new revenue stream for the authors and facilitate all
aspects of booking and scheduling, making it easy for authors to share their
ideas and stories with readers and organizations across Canada.
    Bestselling author, business woman, design maven, television star and
producer, Debbie Travis is among the distinguished list of authors who will
make up the inaugural Speakers House Canada roster. "I'm thrilled to be
working more closely with Random House. There is nothing I love more than
speaking and mentoring to groups about building my brand, television career
and of course the design world. I am also looking forward to sharing my tales
of being a working mother as I launch my new book Not Guilty. Having Speakers
House Canada handle this exciting venture of public speaking on my behalf is
wonderful. I'm looking forward to getting out and telling people in person
about my new book and sharing some of the things I've learned along the way."
    Travis's Not Guilty: My Guide to Working Hard, Raising Kids and Laughing
through the Chaos, will be published by Random House Canada this October.
    "From my own experience I'll tell you - you can't have a strong company
without investing in new ideas," says Courtney Pratt, former CEO of Canadian
steel manufacturer Stelco. "I loved writing Blast Furnace and talking to the
media about it on my book tour. Now I'll have a chance to get out and talk
directly with audiences about my experiences and share ideas for encouraging
corporate responsibility. The dialog itself is so important and can be the
beginning of real change." Pratt's Into The Blast Furnace: The Forging of a
CEO's Conscience, co-written by Larry Gaudet, was published by Random House
Canada in April 2008.
    Speakers House Canada is launching with a small and targeted list of
authors who can speak on a variety of topics. While the list will grow, it
will be kept focused to ensure an appropriate level of service for the
speakers. Below is a listing of the Speakers House Canada inaugural roster:

    -  Sara Dimerman, therapist, parent educator, and founder of the Parent
       Education and Resource Centre. Child and family therapy expert at
    -  Janice Lindsay, design icon and Canada's foremost authority on colour.
       Columnist for The Globe and Mail and author of All About Colour.
    -  Lyman MacInnis, expert on public speaking with 40 years worth of
       experience in business communications and Executive coaching.
    -  Natalie MacLean, one of Canada's top wine writers and an accredited
       sommelier. Author of the bestselling Red White & Drunk All Over.
    -  Jennifer McLagan, internationally recognized chef, food stylist and
       culinary revolutionist. Author of the bestselling Bones and Fat.
    -  Erna Paris, has written widely on issues of truth and reconciliation,
       war crimes and human rights, international criminal courts, rule of
       law and US post-9/11 foreign policy, contemporary European history,
       with an emphasis on French history and politics, the Jewish Diaspora,
       and Canada's role internationally.
    -  Courtney Pratt, one of Canada's most accomplished business executives.
       A former CEO of Stelco who is concerned with fostering community
    -  Julian Sher, award-winning investigative journalist in print, radio,
       TV, and on the Web. A veteran documentary writer and director, a
       newsroom trainer.
    -  Piers Steel, one of the world's foremost experts on the subject of
    -  Debbie Travis, decorating icon, business leader, TV producer,
       designer, columnist, star, and Mom.
    -  Dr. Michael Ungar, pre-eminent expert on troubled kids and youth at
    -  Andrew Westoll, award-winning travel writer specializing in issues of
       science, conservation, and culture.

    For more information and a list of speakers and topics visit:


    Random House of Canada Limited is the Canadian division of Random House,
Inc., the world's largest trade book publisher. Random House of Canada proudly
distributes Random House books in Canada, and is home to the prestigious and
long-standing Canadian imprints Doubleday Canada, Knopf Canada, Random House
Canada, Bond Street Books, Vintage Canada, Anchor Canada and Seal Books, which
together have one of the most successful and award-winning programs in
Canadian history. Random House is the book publishing division of Bertelsmann
AG, one of the world's foremost media companies.


    McClelland & Stewart Ltd. was founded in 1906 and is one of Canada's
oldest and most prestigious publishing houses. Called "a national treasure" by
the Canada Council for the Arts, McClelland & Stewart is fondly known as "The
Canadian Publisher" having published some of the finest Canadian writers,
including Margaret Atwood, Alistair MacLeod, Rohinton Mistry, Alice Munro,
Jane Urquhart and the late Pierre Elliott Trudeau. A national trade publisher,
McClelland & Stewart publishes a wide range of awarding winning fiction and
non-fiction, both Canadian and international authors, under the imprints
McClelland & Stewart, Douglas Gibson Books, New Canadian Library and Emblem.
In 2001, Random House of Canada became a 25% owner of McClelland & Stewart.
The other 75% was given as a gift to the University of Toronto by former owner
Avie Bennett. Under the agreement, Random House of Canada provides various
services to McClelland & Stewart. Together, Random House of Canada and
McClelland & Stewart authors have won many prestigious awards, including The
Governor General's Award, The Giller Prize, The Man Booker Prize, The Pulitzer
Prize, Le Prix Médicis, and The National Business Book Award to name a few.

For further information:

For further information: Josh Glover, Publicity Manager, McClelland &
Stewart Ltd., (416) 598-1114 x 319 or jglover@mcclelland.com; Frances Bedford,
Publicity Manager, Random House of Canada Limited, (416) 957-1565 or

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