Re: RARA-AVIS: Canadian Noir

From: Joy Matkowski (
Date: 16 Apr 2007

From time to time, I've ordered Canadian and British books that aren't available in U.S. stores, amazon, or B&N from I've gotten good service and I see they list forthcoming titles through June. You have to know what you're looking for, though, because there isn't much description. Joy

Kerry J. Schooley wrote:
> Regarding the availability of Canadian books in the US, the big
> titles and recognized authors get picked up by US publishers of
> course. For the rest, those published by smaller presses, I think
> distribution is often the problem. Maybe it's my subjective
> experience, but I often hear of Canadian publishers changing their US
> distributors, hoping each new one will be more effective than the
> last. They have no money for advertising and promotion, of course,
> and the little they get from government agencies is focused within
> Canada. New publications are almost always available through Amazon,
> however, even the US Amazon, and older stuff through ABE.
> I've heard many US crime fiction fans say they'd read Canuck stuff if
> they could only find it. But I suspect that readers we find at
> various Cons and on RA are atypically more likely to search out less
> available material in the genres that interest them. But even then I
> wonder what efforts folks will go to. I'm very lucky to have a local,
> independent bookstore with a reputation for finding books in print.
> He'll even order a few extra copies for his shelves, rather than pass
> on extra costs for single-copy orders. I find the chains next to
> useless for ordering books. They don't search beyond their own
> computer stock lists, and only that far if the clerk happens to have
> been around the store long enough to learn their own systems before
> moving up to a job selling jeans at the GAP.

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