Arts Research Monitor articles, category = Reading, writing, publishing and literacy

This report outlines the situation of First Nation, Inuit and Métis languages in Canada and makes a number of recommendations for revitalizing the languages.
An online self-publishing website has compiled information from the New York Times bestseller list from 1955 to 2005. The results? Women are currently more prevalent than ever on the bestseller list, having written 50% of the #1 bestsellers thus far in 2005, according to a July press release. This compares with 18% in the first decade of the study and 24% in the 1980s. Over the 50-year timeframe, the most prolific bestselling female author is Danielle Steele, with 26 #1 bestsellers.

Who Buys Books in Canada?, a recent report in the Statistical Insights on the Arts series by Hill Strategies Research, shows that a total of $1.1 billion was spent on books in 2001. An average of $196 was spent by each of the 5.7 million households with book spending. The 5.7 million households with book spending represent 48% of all households in Canada.

This January 2005 survey of almost 2,000 Canadians 16 and older shows that a vast majority of Canadians – 87% – read a book for pleasure in the past year. Over half of Canadians read books for pleasure "every day" or "almost every day". On average, Canadians indicated that they read 17 books for pleasure in 2004.
This report highlights the "prose", "document", "numeracy" and "problem-solving" skills of adults in Canada and six other countries in 2003.
Based on a survey of 6,700 school principals across Canada, this report examines the existence of school libraries, the number of teacher-librarians and library technicians, as well as library expenditures in all provinces and territories in 2003/04. The report extrapolates the survey findings to all 15,500 elementary and secondary schools in Canada.
Canadian Books in School Libraries summarizes the results of 125 in-depth interviews with teacher-librarians, library technicians, teachers, principals, school district administrators and education department officials in mid-2004.

These four Statistics Canada products examine the culture sector's contribution to Gross Domestic Product and employment in various Canadian jurisdictions.

Based largely on teacher and student surveys, this report attempts to document the state of English-language Canadian literature in high schools and to present "pragmatic suggestions on how to ensure that Canadian students and teachers are adequately encouraged to use Canadian literature in schools".
Education Indicators in Canada summarizes data on education funding, student achievement and the nature of the school-age population in Canada.