Wednesday, February 24, 2010
those cheques?... they're in the mail
I have noticed quite a bit of Twitter and Facebook chatter from Canadian book authors wondering when the Public Lending Right cheques are being released.
Today, PLR has sent a news release announcing this year's payment:
Over 17,000 Canadian authors share $9.9 million in public lending right payments
Ottawa, February 24, 2010 – The Public Lending Right Commission announced today that it issued $9.9 million in public lending right (PLR) payments to 17,058 Canadian authors. These payments are issued to writers, translators and illustrators every February for the presence of their books in Canadian libraries during the previous year.
According to the full release on the Canada Council for the Arts website, Ontario writers received $2,978,061.35 in PLR payments for the previous year.
Excellent Canadian writers in excellent Canadian libraries -- and how appropriate that the cheques are released during Freedom to Read Week.