Wel-come to New Star Blogs, the weblog asso-ci-at-ed with www.NewStarBooks.com. Along with the web-site devel-op-ments that we’re rolling out this sum-mer, New Star Blogs has been in the works for a while — are peo-ple even still blog-ging? (“Yes, Rolf, peo-ple are still blog-ging.”) We’ll be using this blog to update you on events per-tain-ing to New Star, its books and its authors. New & recent-ly announced books, obvi-ous-ly; author events, reviews, &c.
Stay tuned also for guest posts from New Star authors and friends, who we hope to per-suade to con-tribute entries about their own cur-rent projects or mag-gots.
Many thanks to to Clint Hutzu-lak, pro-pri-etor of Ray-ola Cre-ative and the research lab-o-ra-to-ries of Mutasis.com, whose site design is a refresh-ing on-devel-op-ment of his orig-i-nal stur-dy design which has served well since 2008; and to Mado-ka Hara, who per-formed the many hours of hid-den work that makes the site not just look good, but actu-al-ly work — which is more impor-tant, in the scheme of things. David Hath-away, kite fly-er supreme (no, I’m not say-ing you should not accept a cheque from this man) and New Star’s com-put-er tech guy, also spent con-sid-er-able time on this site, scratch-ing his head & writ-ing & test-ing & writ-ing & test-ing scripts for upload-ing data.
Let us take a moment to acknowl-edge the oth-er big source of sup-port for this web-site and the books and authors it presents: the Cana-di-an cit-i-zen who pays tax-es. None of what you see on this web-site would exist with-out the com-mit-ment of suc-ces-sive gen-er-a-tions of Cana-di-ans to sup-port the arts. This here web-site and blog will keep you informed about how New Star Books is spend-ing its share of that leg-endary annu-al latte’s worth of tax fund-ing per head.
While no direct pub-lish-ing fund-ing has gone into this web-site enhance-ment (though its orig-i-nal iter-a-tion five years ago was part-ly fund-ed by a grant from the Cana-da Coun-cil), New Star Books receives sup-port from the Cana-da Coun-cil for the Arts, the BC Arts Coun-cil, the Cana-da Book Fund, and the British Colum-bia Book Tax Cred-it, and this sup-port is grate-ful-ly acknowl-edged.