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The Perilous Trade: "Book Publishing in Canada, 1946-2006" Kindle Edition

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Length: 512 pages Word Wise: Enabled

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“Masterful.…This book should be compulsory reading for anyone entering the book trade, toiling in it now or in an occupation, such as politics, constantly brushing against the business.… The Perilous Trade unobtrusively, quite fetchingly, conveys a massive amount of research, yet also manages to be a brilliantly seductive cultural history of Canada.”
–Greg Gatenby, The Globe and Mail

"[MacSkimming] has given us a history driven by an engaging narrative and a cast of remarkable characters."
–Christopher Moore, The Beaver

From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Roy MacSkimming is a professional writer and a published novelist. He has been literary editor of The Toronto Star and is now director of the Association of Canadian Publishers. Roy MacSkimming and his wife, Suzette, have lived in Europe and raised two sons.

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Product Details

  • File Size: 4748 KB
  • Print Length: 512 pages
  • Publisher: McClelland & Stewart (January 11, 2012)
  • Publication Date: January 11, 2012
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004HW6GXM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,244,119 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Roy MacSkimming has published four novels and three works of non-fiction. His two historical novels, "Macdonald" and "Laurier in Love", delve with insight and passion into the private lives of Canada's first prime minister, John A. Macdonald, and first French-Canadian prime minister, Wilfrid Laurier. "Macdonald" was acclaimed by the Toronto Globe & Mail as "an engaging novel handled with imagination, sympathy and verve, making a hugely enjoyable read." About "Laurier in Love", the Vancouver Sun said "MacSkimming's prose places Laurier in some of the most erotically charged situations ever penned for a prime minister."

Roy MacSkimming's study of Canadian book publishing, "The Perilous Trade", was a finalist for the National Business Book Award and described in the Globe & Mail as "a brilliantly seductive cultural history of Canada" and "indispensable". MacSkimming has also written two books of hockey history, "Gordie: A Hockey Legend" ("an excellent biography of Gordie Howe": The Sporting News) and "Cold War: The Amazing Canada-Soviet Hockey Series of 1972."

MacSkimming is currently at work on "The Secret History of John A.", a novel based on Macdonald's little-known early life. He lives in Perth, Ontario.

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Roy Macskimming is a fine author. This is his second kick at the can to tell the story of publishing in Canada from 1946-2006. His weakness is with the less well-known small presses. I would argue that they shaped Canadian publishing in the post-war years at least as much as the larger and better-known houses.

Nonetheless, this has become the "official history". It's relatively thorough and certainly detailed. Read this or forever hold your peace: it will be some years before a competing volume would make economic sense for what, in the end, is a specialized topic.
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