As authors, readers, and educators, we share in the anguish and heartbreak of our communities here and in the U.S. affected by the ongoing racial violence. We acknowledge that it exists in our neighbourhoods, in our workplaces and in our schools. We encourage our readers to read books by Black authors as well as books about anti-Black racism in Canada to understand its complex historical and colonial roots in order to understand our past and to make necessary changes moving forward. Learn about organizations and initiatives that are supporting the Black community and working to dismantle systemic racism and use your voice to stand up for what is right.
In order to enhance our ability to demonstrate allyship to authors and readers of marginalized identities, we continue to consult with our community partners and remain committed to our vision of serving readers and authors living and working in Canada.
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our goal to bring authors and readers together. Most book clubs want to meet authors face-to-face, get their books signed by their guest authors, and take photos with them. Given that this is not possible right now, we have shifted our efforts to support authors, publishers, and booksellers by re-imagining what we can do. To that end, we have encouraged virtual book club meetings, partnered with other organizations to spotlight authors and publishers, and organized virtual book launches and author events.
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For the month of May, we are thrilled to partner with Coach House Books to showcase some of their new releases and their authors. For a complete list of The Spotlight Series guest posts, see below.