As part of the International Visitors (IV) Programme, industry guests from around the world come together to share international perspectives on the publishing industry. The event begins with the presentation of the annual Ivy Award to Brian Lam, Publisher, Arsenal Pulp Press, followed by a panel on the diversity of publishing, with Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm, Jana-Maria Hartmann, Lucy Luck and Catherine Milne.
This year will feature a keynote address by Penguin Random House U.S. CEO Madeline McIntosh. McIntosh will then take part in an interview with Kristin Cochrane, CEO of Penguin Random House Canada. This final portion of the event will run for approximately 60 minutes, including a short question & answer period towards the end. There will be no intermission.
The Keynote Address is the public-facing highlight of the IV Programme, an annual book-publishing fellowship in which industry leaders from around the world come together to share international perspectives on their industry. The IV Programme runs October 21-26 during the 2018 Toronto International Festival of Authors.
Newly appointed the CEO of Penguin Random House U.S. in April 2018, Madeline McIntosh was previously the President of the Penguin Publishing Group and President and COO of Penguin Random House U.S. Her keynote address will provide insights from her two decades-long career and discuss why and how authors are always at the centre of Penguin Random House’s strategy. The session will follow a panel discussion between a selection of the IV Programme’s visiting international publishers, as well as the annual presentation of the Canadian publishing industry’s prestigious Ivy Award. This event is free to attend and open to the public.
This October, the IV Programme celebrates its 11th year of hosting publishing professionals from around the world. The IV Programme serves as a catalyst for international interest in Canadian books and authors and aims to facilitate networking opportunities and business ties between the Canadian industry and visiting publishing representatives. Local, national and international participants benefit from six days of tightly scheduled inter-industry dialogue.
The 11th edition of the IV Programme is supported through the Canada Book Fund and the Ontario Media Development Corporation’s Business Development grant.
For more information about the IV Programme, please visit www.ivprogramme.com.
Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm is an Anishinaabe writer, poet, editor and the founder and managing editor of Kegedonce Press, an Indigenous publisher based in the territory of her people, the Saugeen Ojibway Nation in southwestern Ontario. Kegedonce Press is the only established Indigenous publisher in Ontario and one of only four nationally. In 2018 Kegedonce Press is celebrating its 25 anniversary. Kateri's recent book, the collection of short stories The Stone Collection, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly and was a finalist for a Sarton Literary Award. She wrote the Globe and Mail opinion piece, The cultural appropriation debate is over. It’s time for action. Kateri is currently completing work on a graphic novel, Nimkii, about children caught in the CAS Scoops. It will be published in the anthology This Place: 150 Years Retold in 2019. She is also working on a second collection of short fiction. This year Kateri was one of the jurors for the inaugural Indigenous Voices Awards as well as for the 2018 Commonwealth Writers Short Story Awards.
Kristin Cochrane is the CEO of Penguin Random House Canada, the country’s largest book publishing company. Recognized globally as an industry leader, Kristin is passionate in her support of authors, books, and literacy. Her deep know-how of the marketplace, combined with her sharp creative instincts, allow her to both effectively balance and broaden the literary and commercial sides of a complex company and to share and celebrate a broad mix of voices and perspectives. Under her leadership, Penguin Random House Canada authors have won the world’s most prestigious awards, including the Man Booker Prize, three of the last four Scotiabank Giller Prizes, and the Nobel Prize in Literature (Alice Munro in 2013 and Kazuo Ishiguro in 2017). Learn more at penguinrandomhouse.ca.
Beginning his career at Arsenal Pulp Press in 1984 as a co-op student in creative writing from the University of Victoria, Brian Lam became a co-owner of the publisher in 1992 and a majority shareholder in 2017. Among the books he has personally edited are Jonny Appleseed by Joshua Whitehead (longlisted for the 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize and the 2018 Governor General’s Literary Award for English-language Fiction), God in Pink by Hasan Namir (winner of the Lambda Literary Award), Conflict Is Not Abuse by Sarah Schulman, and ten titles by Ivan Coyote, including Tomboy Survival Guide, a finalist for last year’s Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust of Canada Prize for Nonfiction. Lam is a past President of the Association of Book Publishers of BC and a former board member of the Association of Canadian Publishers and Livres Canada Books.
Lucy Luck is an agent of literary fiction and non-fiction at C&W Agency. She joined in 2016 having previously worked at Rogers, Coleridge & White, Lucy Luck Associates (which she founded in 2006) and Aitken Alexander Associates. She represents a list of prize-winning authors including Catherine O’Flynn, Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, Colin Barrett, Kevin Barry, Sara Baume, Richard Beard, Sara Taylor, Roddy Doyle, Adam Thorpe and Andrew Michael Hurley.
After having worked as an editor at Berlin Verlag in Germany for six years, Jana-Maria Hartmann moved to the US to found her own scouting agency in 2015. From her office in Chicago, she scouts the English-language market for a few wonderful independent presses in Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland and Sweden. Her clients have eclectic lists and publish writers like Hanya Yanagihara, Kristin Hannah, Lee Child and Marie Kondo.
Newly appointed the CEO of Penguin Random House U.S. in April 2018, Madeline McIntosh was previously the President of the Penguin Publishing Group and President and COO of Penguin Random House U.S. Her keynote address will provide insights from her two decades-long career and discuss why and how authors are always at the centre of Penguin Random House’s strategy.
Catherine Milne has worked in publishing for many years, including with Penguin Books, Allen & Unwin, and since 2012, with HarperCollins, as Head of Fiction. She has an eclectic list, which includes literary fiction, crossover/bookclub fiction and narrative non-fiction. Recent standouts include Julia Baird’s bestselling, much-praised Victoria; the internationally acclaimed The Anchoress, by Robyn Cadwallader; and Holly Ringland’s bestselling The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart. Her rule of thumb in publishing is that a story has got to make her feel something – she wants to feel passionately invested in every book she publishes. It’s all about heart and soul, meaning and joy.