Get the Word Out: Book Coverage in the Media

Thursday February 13th, 5-7 PM
Atwater Library Auditorium, 1200 ave. Atwater, second floor
Refreshments at 5, discussion begins at 5:30
Free and open to the public; please RSVP to admin [at] aelaq [dot] org

Presented by the Association of English-language Publishers of Quebec

The public often turns to trusted media sources to help them choose their next read; having a book covered by a national or international outlet can give a huge boost to publishers and writers. In this panel discussion, three media professionals will speak to their visions for their outlets, as well as what gets books noticed, and what publishers and writers can do to give their books an edge. Join us for a lively panel discussion and Q&A.

With Erin Balser (CBC Books), Jade Colbert (The Globe & Mail), and Cevin Bryerman (Publishers Weekly). Moderated by Christopher DiRaddo.


Erin Balser is the senior producer for CBC Books, which includes cbcbooks.ca, The Next Chapter, Writers & Company, Canada Reads, the CBC Literary Prizes and the Scotiabank Giller Prize.

Jade Colbert is an editor and journalist who has reviewed books for the Globe and Mail since 2013. Her work primarily focuses on Canadian and Indigenous literary writing, including works in translation. A graduate of Ryerson’s publishing program, she lives in Toronto.

Cevin Bryerman is the publisher and executive vice-president of Publishers Weekly, the international news platform of the book publishing industry. He has been in the publishing business for more than 30 years, working at the helm of both trade and consumer magazines in strategic planning, business development and strategic partnerships.

Christopher DiRaddo is the author of two books: The Geography of Pluto (2014) and If We Were Fathers, out next year from Véhicule Press. He produces and hosts the Violet Hour reading series, as well as programming Violet Metropolis, the LGBTQ leg of Montreal’s Blue Metropolis Literary Festival. He is the current president of the Quebec Writers’ Federation and an evaluation committee member on the Conseil des arts de Montréal.


There are two flights of stairs to access the auditorium; we regret that the Atwater Library does not yet have an elevator (though it is currently under construction!). There is a gender-neutral single-stall washroom on the second floor, and a multi-stall women’s washroom. Please contact admin [at] aelaq [dot] org for other accessibility queries.

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