Wednesday, February 25, 2009

RJS Books: Canadian authors only from now on

Sharon Fitzhenry, the publisher of Fitzhenry & Whiteside, parent company of Red Deer Press, which publishes my Robert J. Sawyer Books imprint, just called.

The Canada Council for the Arts has objected -- probably quite rightly, from their point of view -- to me publishing Americans under my imprint while the Canada Council helps to subsidize the costs.

So all future books under the Robert J. Sawyer Books imprint will be by Canadian authors only.

In the past, I published the absolutely brilliant Letters from the Flesh by Marcos P. Donnelly of Brockport, New York; two wonderful novels (A Small and Remarkable Life and Valley of Day-Glo) by Nick DiChario of Rochester, New York; and the terrific anthology The Savage Humanists edited by Prof. Fiona Kelleghan of the University of Miami with (except for a story by me) all American contributors. They're great books, and I'm very proud of all of them.

Next up from Robert J. Sawyer: Distant Early Warnings: Canada's Best Science Fiction, edited by me and with 100% Canadian content. That should make the Canada Council happy. :)

The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site



At February 26, 2009 4:04 PM , Blogger shsilver said...

I think you need to have a big logo made up to slap on the back of each book "Made with 100% Pure Canadians."

At February 27, 2009 2:14 PM , Blogger Dwight Williams said...

Oh well.

*resolves to resume work on his "boots and starships with Canadian Forces Interstellar Maritime Command roundels on the hulls" novel this year*

At March 03, 2009 11:55 AM , Blogger Corey Redekop said...

I understand the CC's POV, but the loss of an avenue of talented genre writers is tremendous. Good writing knows no nationality, and while I'm happy deserving Canadian authors will get a chance, I worry that an author as talented as Nick DiChario wouldn't get such opportunities.


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