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Wednesday, November 09, 2005

This is not good.

Howdy!

While not visual arts, it is the arts. As I'm fairly certain you already know, a high school teacher from Winnipeg, David Bergen won the Scotiabank Giller Prize and pocketed a cool $40,000.

You'd think for that amount of money, there'd be headlines from here to Timbuktu. But in fact, a quick search of Google News reveals 48 articles, none outside of Canada. Flip over to the French version, and you get bupkiss.

According to the website, Elana Rabinovitch is the publicist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize (1. I went to school with her, 2. I wonder if she is related to Jack Rabinovitch, the guy in charge of the prize). If I were head honcho, I would not be pleased with not getting any headlines outside of English Canada.

On the other hand, as Marc Mayer pointed out recently, publicizing the arts to Canadians seems to satisfy a bunch of folk who are controlling the purse strings.

[Update: 24 hours later, Radio-Canada picked it up yesterday afternoon, and it made the Arts, briefly in the New York Times as the penultimate item today, just above the item about Page Kennedy being fired from his role as Caleb on Desperate Housewives.]

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