Friday, June 20, 2008

Book Expo

I attended Book Expo in Toronto for the first time this June. Although I was later told attendance was down, I had nothing to compare it to and I loved it. Where else does a publisher have face-to-face access to thousands of potential book buyers? And the strawberries! The booth across from us set up tables covered in white linen, with champagne towers made of thin delicate glasses. And did I mention the strawberries — the juiciest plump strawberries I think I ever tasted. And then there was the chocolate treats wrapped in logo printed foil, or the popcorn bags with the press' name boldly printed on the front in bright red. Such creativity! It's a pity this will in all likelihood be the first and last time I attend. There is already talk of canceling the Expo, and even if they don't it is unlikely the LPG will buy a group booth next year.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Upcoming Poetry book for Children

This fall Palimpsest will be publishing its first children's book. The Naming Book of Rascally Rhymes is an alphabetically ordered list of common names with whimsical descriptions of each child. Each poem is clever, silly, and a delight to read. Here you will find Abigail who has a face “that’s as sweet as an angel, but when she sings her song, it turns strangely bestial”and Ian who “ate worms and toads and rocks and snails a la mode.” These playful and lively rhymes, illustrated in full-colour by Sarah Preston-Bloor, will appeal to children and adults alike.

Jordan Troutt is a poet, critic, philosopher, craftsman and expert fly fisherman. A product of higher education, he enjoys low forms of humour, frequently speaking in rhymes and making up silly songs. It was serendipity that led him to write his first children’s book, and now he intends to keep publishing until he runs out of ideas. He lives in Southwestern Ontario with his family and many pets.

Sarah Preston-Bloor studied art at Cleveland College of Art and then gained a degree in Graphic Design, specializing in Illustration at the University of Teesside, Middlesbrough, UK. Sarah’s illustrations are painted in acrylic paints on watercolor paper. She loves to use rich colors and work with unusual compositions and perspectives. She is a member of the Association of Illustrators and teaches art and graphics at Turton Media Arts College, Bolton, UK. She lives in Manchester, England, with her husband, son, and their two cats, Oscar and Milo.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

ReLit LongList 2008

Andrea MacPherson's poetry collection Natural Disasters is on the ReLit Longlist. Congratulations Andrea!

Monday, June 2, 2008

Canada Council Grant

“In addition to the artistic output generated with the support of the Canada Council, and other public funding bodies, there is also a real economic and social return for public investment in the arts. Approximately 700,000 Canadians earn their livelihood in the arts and cultural industries.” — from

Palimpsest Press is proud and tickled with excitement to report that it is part, a very small part, of this investment!