“Scything,” the new book about the Canadian folk music movement of the 1950s and 1960s, has been a big hit in Canada, with fans flocking to the library in Ottawa and Ottawa-area bookstores.
But in New York City, where it’s a new title, it’s sold less than 50 copies.
That’s not good news for HarperCollins Canada, which has been counting on scytrings sales to help it pay for acquisitions.
“We’re very pleased that people are actually taking the time to come to our bookstore, which is a huge draw in the city, because of the great books,” said Stephanie McInnes, the publisher’s president and publisher.
“It’s an extremely important part of our book strategy and that’s why we have been focused on it.”
HarperCollins has bought two bookstores in New Orleans, and a second is in San Diego.
But the publisher said it’s still working on a third in Ottawa, which will open in 2019.
The Canadian folk scene that brought the world songs like “The Bells” and “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” to life is dead, said Neil Cawthon, author of “A Prairie Home Companion.”
“There was a whole cottage industry of books that were written, and people went and wrote books, and then they got their royalties, and they moved on to the next thing,” he said.
They’re gone, and it’s not even a book.” “
Now, they’re just gone.
They’re gone, and it’s not even a book.”
But it’s good news in New England, where the book is now on sale at bookstores, as well as online and in a limited edition version, with the book available for $8.99.
In New York, where HarperCollins is expanding its presence, the book sells for $14.99, and online at $17.99 and $24.99 respectively.
The new book is available on the HarperCollins website and at many bookstores and online retailers.
“I think that the new scyther is a great addition to our lineup and we’re very excited about it,” McInns said.
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