The Tribe gathers to celebrate PLR

That’s how Margaret Laurence would have described it — as a gathering of The Tribe.

Scores of Canadian authors are heading to Toronto from across the country for the annual general meeting and conference of the Writers’ Union of Canada.

The May 26 kick-off event, which is open to the public, celebrates the 25th anniversary of Canada’s Public Lending Right Program. The prolific Andreas Schroeder, one of the founding fathers, will fly in from British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast to deliver a keynote address: The Untold Story of Canada’s PLR.

Speakers will include Anna Porter, whose book The Ghosts of Europe recently won the 2011 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize.

At the reception afterwards, those in attendance will rub shoulders with dozens of authors, among them Susan Swan, Margaret Atwood, Katherine Govier, Merilyn Simonds, Wayne Grady, Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer, Graeme Gibson, Lee Gowan, Greg Hollingshead, Brian Brennan, Judy Fong Bates, Alan Cumyn, and yours truly.

This free event happens in the Appel Salon at the Toronto Reference Library, Yonge and Bloor, starting at 7 p.m. Be there, as they say, or be square.


  1. Doreen Pendgracs on February 1, 2022 at 5:20 pm

    I'll see you there, Ken!

    I really appreciate the value of PLR. but wish they'd change their criteria. My latest book (a guide for volunteers) isn't eligible as they exclude all "guides." But it is an original concept and not a templated guide. There is a huge difference. Have spoken to them about it, but don't think they understood my point.

    In any event, I'm sure it will be a great conference (my 1st with TWUC) & I'm looking forward to meeting you.

    Doreen Pendgracs

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