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Keynote by Icelandic First Lady Eliza Reid & Ivy Award Presentation

October 25 at 11am

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The 14th edition of the International Visitors (IV) Programme will welcome publishing leaders from across Canada and around the world to take part in exclusive virtual opportunities for professional development during the Festival. The IV Organizing Committee invites all who are interested in publishing and love the written word to join them for the Programme’s Keynote Address, by Ottawa-born author and First Lady of Iceland Eliza Reid, and Ivy Award presentation.

What we can learn from Iceland’s love for books Iceland is a book-loving nation? The tiny North Atlantic island has one of the world’s highest rates of book publishing and book buying. In fact, a book is the most popular gift of the holiday season, and the annual “Christmas book flood” has attracts international attention. This talk examines Icelanders’ love of the written word and how we can foster this passion elsewhere. It also reveals some of the challenges of keeping book buying rates high in the face of competition from other media. Finally, Reid will discuss the joys and challenges of a publishing industry that operates in a “micro” language.

The Ivy Award is given annually in recognition of an outstanding contribution to Canadian publishing. This year, the Ivy Award will be presented to Errol Sharpe, a publisher at Fernwood Publishing.


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Keynote by Icelandic First Lady Eliza Reid & Ivy Award Presentation

October 25 at 11am


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