On Can Lit
“It seems in Canada that you only have to write a novel to get grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and from your provincial Arts Council, who are also thanked. Complaints were once voiced that most shortlisted Giller novels emanated from just three big-name publishers, all owned by Bertelsmann, and that virtually every winner lived in the Toronto area. Now, many of the submitted authors, and their rugged subject matter, hail from Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland. That’s maybe because small publishers too are now subsidised, and they proliferate. If you want to get your novel published, be Canadian.”
via the Globe & Mail books blog…

Are we really just a self-congratulatory lot? The blog world is abuzz. Defense seems to be the only thing that gets people stirred up.

I don’t know, I thought it was funny. How do Canadians think they look to the outside world?