Wellness, Culture and Sport
Provincial book policy marks one-year anniversary (09/09/09)
Sept. 9, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Today marks the one-year anniversary of government's launch of its provincial book policy.
Creating a Culture of Books and Reading - The New Brunswick Book Policy outlines the government's objectives and strategies to strengthen the publishing industry, increase access to New
Brunswick books, and to promote and foster reading.
The policy outlines six objectives with specific strategies that are part of a three-year plan. Since its launch, many of those strategies have been successfully implemented, while others are currently in
the implementation process. Achievements include:
- a $200,000 increase to the operational funding budget available to New Brunswick publishers;
- the creation of a technology development grant program to assist independent booksellers in their adaptation or expanded use of information technology;
- a significant increase to the literary promotion grant program available to New Brunswick literary festivals, literary events and book salons;
- additional funding provided to the New Brunswick Arts Board for literary awards and promotion of New Brunswick authors;
- the creation of an Aboriginal books fund to support publishers in the production of literary works featuring Aboriginal art, language, themes of interest, history or stories;
- the creation of a literary translation grant for publishers to assist in covering the cost associated with the translation of New Brunswick literary works into French, English, Mi'kmaq or Maliseet; and
- the allocation of $275,000 to the New Brunswick Public Libraries Foundation to assist in the purchase of books by New Brunswick authors or books published in New Brunswick; the creation of a
New Brunswick author portal on the New Brunswick Public Library Service website to promote New Brunswick authors and highlight their books available in New Brunswick public libraries and
bookmobiles; the development of the Book Club in a Bag project to create ready-made book-club kits containing books written by New Brunswick authors or published in New Brunswick; and the
organization of public readings by New Brunswick authors in public libraries.
"These strategies have helped to strengthen our publishing industry, increase access to New Brunswick books and promote books and reading," said Minister of Wellness, Culture and Sport Hédard
Albert. "In particular, we hope that the new grants to help publishers produce Aboriginal books and translate existing New Brunswick books into French, English, Mi'kmaq and Maliseet will raise New
Brunswick editors' interest, and will result in having more New Brunswickers enjoy access to a greater variety of New Brunswick books."
In two years the government will evaluate the implementation of the policy to ensure its success.
Creating a Culture of Books and Reading - The New Brunswick Book Policy may be found online.
MEDIA CONTACT: Ryan Donaghy, communications, Department of Wellness, Culture and Sport, 506-457-6445.