Friday, December 9, 2011

Supporting Books and Literacy

Today, we had a visit from local MP Mark Adler, who presented Annick with a Canada Book Fund grant on behalf of the Department of Canadian Heritage. He said a few words about the importance of literacy and Canadian stories, and also shared his fond remembrance of a children's book from his childhood, The Hockey Sweater. In return, Annick Press Director Rick Wilks gave him some books to take home to his children, and also introduced him to local author/illustrator Ruth Ohi.

Here are some pictures from the visit:

MP Mark Adler (left) receives books for his children from Director Rick Wilks

MP Mark Adler and Director Rick Wilks with books

Left to right: MP Mark Adler, author/illustrator Ruth Ohi, Annick Press Director Rick Wilks
Annick Press has been publishing Canada's stories for over 35 years. Generations have grown up with books like The Paper Bag Princess, Red is Best, and more recently, Chanda's Secrets. The voices of Canadian writers shape and build our identity and have become a cornerstone of the knowledge economy. We're truly grateful for the support from the Department of Canadian Heritage. In a globalized entertainment industry it is more important than ever that we continue to share our stories. This support makes that possible.

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