Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

October 08, 2010 09:30 ET

Government of Canada Supports the 2011 Atlantic Book Festival and Awards

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 8, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Member of Parliament (Central Nova), today announced funding for the Atlantic Book Awards Society in the form of support for the 2011 Atlantic Book Festival and the 2011 Atlantic Book Awards.

"The Canadian literary scene is a major contributor to Canada's economy, contributing thousands of jobs to the arts and culture sector," said Minister Moore. "Our Government continues to support Canadian authors and publishers to ensure that this sector remains strong and to ensure that readers everywhere continue to have access to talented Canadian authors and their works."

"Organizations like the Atlantic Book Awards Society, which promote and celebrate Canadian authors and publishers, are essential to ensuring the vitality of the Canadian literary scene. They help ensure that Canadian stories are told and that regional literary perspectives are shared across the nation," said Minister MacKay.

"Our festival brings writers and readers together at events throughout Atlantic Canada, helping increase sales of Canadian-authored books and raise awareness of the outstanding literary work being created in this region," said Heather MacKenzie, President of the Atlantic Book Awards Society. "Without funding from the Canada Book Fund, this would not be possible. I would like to thank the Department of Canadian Heritage on behalf of our Board and the Atlantic literary community."

The Atlantic Book Awards Society is a non-profit society with a mandate to promote and acknowledge excellence in Atlantic Canadian writing and publishing. Each year, the Atlantic Book Awards Festival, which holds author readings, workshops, and signings throughout Atlantic Canada, celebrates Atlantic Canadian writers and publishers and highlights the books nominated for the Atlantic Book Awards.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $30,000 through the Canada Book Fund (CBF). The principal objective of the CBF is to ensure access to a diverse range of Canadian-authored books in Canada and abroad. The Fund seeks to achieve this objective by fostering a viable Canadian book industry that publishes and markets Canadian-authored books.

CBF funding is organized under two streams: Support for Publishers, which brings together all funding opportunities for book publishers, and Support for Organizations, which brings together all funding opportunities for non-publisher organizations operating in the book industry.

(This news release is available on the Internet at under Newsroom.)

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Jean-Luc Benoit - Director of Communications
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations