Who We AreWe’re a group of Canadian publishers’ reps - all passionate readers - who have been giving book talk presentations of our favourite reads to librarians and school teachers. We present our picks for the best upcoming books for kids, teens and adults in a variety of genres, and introduce readers and educators to forgotten gems and new writers that they may have missed. In 2009 we received the Ontario Public Library Association’s Leadership in Adult Readers’ Advisory Award
Saffron Beckwith is President at ampersand where she has the best job in the world...talking about books with teachers and librarians. She is also an instructor at Ryerson University.
Andrea Colquhoun is the Library and Educational Sales Representative for Penguin Canada. She started as a manager in a bookstore in 1984 and moved to publishing in 1995 with Bejo Sales and then Penguin Canada where she has been with the library market since 2006. Andrea is an avid reader and is passionate about young adult books and all genres of fiction.
Laureen Cusack is the National Accounts Manager and Library Wholesaler sales representative for Thomas Allen & Son. She has been working in the publishing industry for over 25 years. Laureen enjoys literary fiction, biographies and YA fiction.
Tim Gain is currently the Library, National and Toronto accounts sales representative at Canadian Manda Group and has been the primary library rep since 2004. He most enjoys reading literary and historical fiction.
Janet Murie is the National Accounts Manager for Libraries and Educational Retail Markets for Scholastic Canada. She's been working in publishing longer than some of her favourite coworkers have been alive, including a stint as National Accounts Manager at Raincoast Books during the first five Harry Potter books.
Rosalyn Steele has been working in publishing for fifteen years, starting off at H.B. Fenn and Company and currently working at HarperCollins Canada where she is the Director, Library & Academic Sales. A passionate reader, Rosalyn loves discovering new authors -and talking about them to whoever will listen! She also bakes a mean cookie (or so she’s told) and is a slow (but enthusiastic) new runner.
Margot Stokreef is a partner in Martin and Associates Sales Agency, a sales group that sells to libraries, schools, gift stores, and bookstores in Ontario and Quebec. She has a passion for young adult novels and literary fiction - and a keen eye for the next break out author. When she is not reading and selling books Margot spends time teaching and practicing Yoga at a studio in west end Toronto.
Lahring Tribe is a book industry lifer, having worked in bookstores and for a book wholesaler before spending the last 24 years as the School, Library and Academic Manager at Random House of Canada. Frequently heard to moan “so many books, so little time”, she enjoys reading anything for kids, adult fiction that makes her laugh, mysteries and history, and delights in sharing her finds with other readers.
Susan Wallace began her publishing career as a bookseller at Toronto’s Book City before becoming a sales rep at the Literary Press Group. Three years ago she moved to Oxford University Press, but has been a member of the Dewey Divas since 2003. Susan’s favourite types of books to read (and listen to on CD) are literary fiction and biography.