As a publicist I specialize in literary events and industry issues. I have conceptualized and managed campaigns for Toronto’s International Festival of Authors (the largest literary festival of its kind in North America) and the Writers’ Trust of Canada, and consulted on fundraising events for clients including BRICK magazine. With 13 years’ experience in the industry as an editor, bookseller, columnist, publicist and event planner, I have the big-picture perspective to turn your event into a story.
Contact me to talk about how we might work together on your campaign.
Writers’ Trust of Canada
Politics and the Pen Gala, Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction, 2012 to present.
Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing, Writers’ Trust Gala, 2011 to present.
Writers’ Trust Awards ceremony, 2010 to present.
National media campaigns for a charitable organization that seeks to advance, nurture and celebrate Canadian writers and writing. Programmes include ten national literary awards, a writers residency, an emergency grant for writers in crisis, and two major fundraising events annually.
Canadian Writers’ Summit (CWS), 2016
A four-day super-conference hosted by a cohort of Canadian writers’ organizations and open to members of the participating organizations and the public.
National, local and trade media relations and messaging.
Freedom to Read Week
Canada’s national celebration of free expression, Freedom to Read Week. January 2013 to present.
Including two major Toronto events:
Dear Censor: A short play in celebration of the 30th anniversary of Freedom to Read Week, February 2014.
The Book and Periodical Council & Raconteurs Present: Censored, February 2013.
National and local media relations, event planning and execution, social media outreach.
National Reading Campaign
Publicist and communications strategist. April to July 2013.
Reading in Canadian Society, Social Media Strategy.
Public roll-out of a major report about Canadian reading habits and societal reading benefits; social media strategy and contesting; media relations.
Second Story Press
Hana’s Suitcase Anniversary Album launch, including party planning, event programming and execution, media relations, April 2012.
Kobzar Literary Award
Award ceremony arts, news and society media relations, March 2012.
“Type Turns Five” all-day, instore author event and birthday celebration, 2011.
New location grand opening, including party planning, season-launch instore programming, media relations, 2010.