Reader Logoby Simon Trewin - live at the International Festival Of Authors at Toronto.

I landed in Toronto after lunch on Monday after a week visiting publishers in Manhattan. On the advice of the brilliant Kristin Cochrane, Publisher of Doubleday, I flew into the tiny little city airport on the island in the harbour. What a joy - my plane had propellers and the view across to city was astonishing - the CN tower soaring high above the skyscrapers. After a few days in New York I was used to tall buildings but this Canadian interpretation of Manhattan felt as if it were done with an English colonial sensitivity and is all the better for it. I travelled from my little plane to the mainland on the Marilyn Bell ferry and the journey took 3 minutes and then fulfilled an ambition of a lifetime to have a man meet me with my name written on a sign!

After a bit of getting my bearings and having a drink with Kristin at the Four Seasons we headed for the Random House party at the Gardiner Museum. The whole of Canadian publishing seemed to be there and if you can measure the health of the industry through the noise levels then it is in very rude health indeed. I met many of my new colleagues on the Fellowship Programme - including agent Gray Tan from China, Lexy Bloom from Random House US, Geoffrey Mulligan from Harvill Secker and The Clerkenwell Press, Publisher Mariana Rolier from Brazil and Elisabeth Schmitz from Grove/Atlantic. The party was held in a very cool ceramics museum opposite the University and in between sampling the most amazing food I grabbed a moment with the President and CEO of Random House Canada,Brad Martin and the IFOA Festival Director Jeff Taylor. Jeff said he was already planning the 2012 event and that they would be announcing some key new links with some other festivals worldwide. I came away realising that if you planned your life carefully you could probably travel from one festival to another in a seamless fashion. Quite appealing to be honest!

The other fellows and distinguished guests are an eclectic list from all over the world and at a really enjoyable dinner later that evening hosted by Random House it soon became apparent that we were all facing the same challenges worldwide with emerging technology and a diminishing highstreet. Happily though it is a publishing community full of really engaged people who want to get their authors in front of the greatest number of people possible. It was a great way to end the first day. Tomorrow we are having our first experience of the Harbourfront Centre where all the action is taking place.

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