You can help all authors by requesting books into your local library (in Canada, at any rate).
Yesterday, when I went for mail, I received one of the year’s bigger cheques. I can generally count on a little below $2,000. The cheque always comes in February, which is a dead time of the year otherwise, so is much looked forward to. The Public Lending Right Program was started by the Canada Council for the Arts and is a kind of royalty for books found in libraries. I receive between $28.00 per “hit” for older books. and up to $48.00 for the newest ones. There is a maximum of 7 “hits” for each book.
However, I see that one book was found only 5 times (A Mountain Year), another 6 times (Nuk Tessli), and one (To Stalk the Oomingmak) was not found at all. If a book is not found for 3 years in a row, it is discontinued in the program.
So I just thought I’d put it out there to you library users. Not just for me, but for every Canadian author. Please request Canadian books into your local library. You don’t have to read them – just request them! It costs you nothing. Provided authors are registered with the program, they will benefit.
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Hello Chris, yes we will ask for Canadian books at our local library, and will especially ask for books written by you.
We learned something new today when reading you latest blog. Thank you very much, we should all seek out Canadian authors, that is very important for all Canadians. Once again Thank You.
I am currently reading, and much enjoying “Ginty’s Ghost”, borrowed from my local library at McBride, BC. It triggered me to check out your blog, where I was interested to learn about the Public Lending Right Program.
Could you please clarify though, exactly how this works? I wasn’t sure if a “hit” meant – checking the book out, or, a Library purchasing a copy for their own collection, or, if my local library does not have a copy, but I request one through the Inter-library loan program. I certainly would like to help all Canadian authors, but want to ensure that I trigger a “hit”.
p.s. I have really enjoyed your wilderness adventures over the years, starting back to when I first heard about you on the Peter Gzowski radio program. You actually were quite instrumental in firing up my imagination, so that we left the city and moved to the bush!