Heritage Minister James Moore has reversed his Department's decision to cut funding to the Literary Press Group.
Bound but not Gagged covered the cut here.
The decision means members of the Literary Press Group's sales force will still have jobs.
While we would like to attribute James Moore's sudden reversal to last week's blog post, support from Twitter superstar and occasional novelist Margaret Atwood, among many others, might have had something to do with it too.
Executive Director Jack Illingworth published a message on the LPG website:
The Literary Press Group of Canada has been given verbal notification that James Moore, the Minister of Canadian Heritage, has overturned the decision to end funding for its sales force, which serves 47 Canadian owned and controlled literary book publishers from seven provinces.
At this time we are awaiting more formal confirmation, but this is the news we needed to move forward and bring the 200 Canadian-authored books entrusted to us this fall to readers across the country.
We remain grateful for the support that the Department of Canadian Heritage has provided for this endeavour since 1992. This government's commitment to the arts rings through best when everyday Canadians are prepared to step forward and demonstrate how much they mean.
We are grateful for the overwhelming public support we received from Canadian readers, writers, publishers, and industry colleagues. We look forward to
bringing you the best of Canadian literary writing for years to come.
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