In previous years, we developed editions collaboratively through the BUILD-A-BOOK initiative. Unfortunately, we will not be running BUILD-A-BOOK this year. It is a very time-consuming project to coordinate, and for several reasons, I felt I could not commit to the amount of time it requires this year. You can see the Build-a-Books completed in the 1997-1998, 1998-1999, 1999-2000 and 2000-2001 seasons. They may give you ideas about possible authors or types of books to work on privately.
Obviously, one of the resources we need is books. We look for older, out-of-copyright works, not necessarily in perfect condition. We are particularly interested, at present, in finding early works by Canadian women writers, and illustrated children’s books from before 1920.
If you have a copy of something that you would like to see on-line, and would be willing to donate a book to us (NOT lend), please email us. Let us know the title, author, and any printer, year, or copyright information indicated in the edition, so that we can check the copyright status and determine whether it’s something we can potentially use. [Please note: we can’t make any guarantees about when or if a particular book will go on-line if you send it to us.]
You can also make it possible for us to acquire a particular book for on-line development, by donating money to pay for a copy of the book. Books that we would like to acquire for the Celebration include Six Months in Mexico by Nellie Bly. New York: John W. Lovell, 1886. Gardening by Myself by Anna B. Warner. (Randolph, NY, 1872.) Stories of Enchantment or the Ghost Flower by Jane Pentzer Myers (Chicago: McClurg, 1901) The Fairies and the Christmas Child by Lilian Gask (1912) Six Years Residence in Algiers by Elizabeth Broughton (London: Saunders and Otley. 1839) The Bride’s Fate by Eden Southworth (Philadelphia : T.B. Peterson, ca. 1869) You can also ADOPT-A-BOOK that has already been completed, or is in progress, by sending a donation of $20.00 or more.
Whenever development of an on-line edition is made possible by donation of a book, or a donation of money which enables us to buy a particular book, we will credit the donor in our on-line edition.