BC Book and Magazine Week (BCBMW) is an annual celebration put together by the Association of Book Publishers of BC (ABPBC) and the BC Association of Magazine Publishers (BCAMP). Events will happen at locations around BC including Vancouver, Chilliwack, West Vancouver, North Vancouver, Victoria, Qualicum Beach, Kelowna, Prince George, and more. Most events are free!
The week-long literary celebration was founded in January 1999 as BC Book Week, and in 2001 the event expanded to include the province’s magazine industry. Its mandate is to increase awareness amongst British Columbians of the importance of the local publishing industry, and to contribute to increased levels of literacy and increased appreciation of the province’s rich and diverse publishing culture. Over the last nine years, the week has grown into a much-loved tradition among BC residents.
Rhona MacInnes, Executive Director, BC Association of Magazine Publishers, says, “BC Book and Magazine Week is a fantastic opportunity to get out and enjoy some world-class home-grown talent. People of all ages and interests can celebrate our unique culture by attending the many diverse events, which feature our own BC magazines and books.”
Margaret Reynolds, Executive Director, Association of Book Publishers of BC, says, “BC book publishers are both deeply committed to the written word and are innovative entrepreneurs. This is something to celebrate, particularly in these difficult economic days. The value of the physical book is undisputed but BC publishers are also looking to expanding the book’s reach with digital copies of their titles. The beta-launch this summer of our Best of BC Books Online will bring BC published and authored books to participating libraries across the province. This is also something to celebrate.”
The principal organizers behind BC Book & Magazine Week represent the cornerstones of local publishing. The ABPBC, founded in 1974, is the largest regional affiliate of the Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP), and works to support the long-term health and success of the Canadian-owned book publishing industry in British Columbia; from 14 founding members 35 years ago, the ABPBC now represents 31 members-publishing everything from educational to scholarly, children’s to self-help, Aboriginal, literary, and trade titles. BCAMP was established in 1993 with six founding members to serve and promote British Columbia magazines; it now represents some 80 members, publishing in a wide array of genres including arts and culture, news, business, lifestyle, leisure, and special interest magazines.
Visit http://ww.bcbookandmagazineweek.com for details of all the events.