A labour shortage and increased lead times on the part of domestic and international printers are putting pressure on the country’s book distribution network trying to get product to consumers in a timely fashion.
“The entire chain has been disrupted all at the same time,” says Association of Canadian Press executive director Kate Edwards.
Total unit sales were up year-over-year for the first part of 2021, with juvenile/young adult sales in the lead, followed by adult nonfiction, and adult fiction.
“Even under the blockade, it made us feel as a part of the world,” says one writer and translator about the cultural significance of the demolished store.
The implications of the vote go to the heart of the difficulties in standing up to major corporations while promoting worker safety and humane working conditions.
The COVID-19 pandemic has enriched the world’s billionaires while workers on the front lines are forgotten or exploited.
The protest arose in opposition to what is perceived as predatory rent evictions by powerful realtors and landlords.
COVID-19 lockdowns resulted in fewer books being bought in person; paperbacks accounted for the largest number of sales by format.
The community group is united in opposition to skyrocketing rents forcing out small-business owners and renters who created the artistic neighbourhood that has become a tourist attraction.
It is worthwhile to focus on the positive outcomes from a year that was incredibly challenging on numerous fronts.