Jennifer Smith, Acquisitions & Business Development

What I’m looking for . . .

I believe everyone has a story to tell and the best part of my work is helping people share theirs with as wide an audience as possible. At the same time, I remain steadfast in my belief that the printed book (and its ebook and audiobook siblings) is still the most powerful way to share ideas. My acquisitions are exclusively non-fiction, with some emphasis on business, leadership, entrepreneurship, corporate history, and celebratory or commemorative books for organizations and institutions. And I never turn down the opportunity to consider a great cookbook!

What I read (and loved) lately . . .

I have just listened to my first audiobook in over 25 years: Becoming by Michelle Obama. The last one was Jazz by Toni Morrison, and that was on cassette in 1992! We’ll see if I become an audiobook convert, but what I do know is that I am partial to women’s voices, literally and figuratively it would seem. Recent fiction favourites include Scarborough by Catherine Hernandez, That Time I Loved You by Carrianne Leung, and Warlight by Michael Ondaatje. I loved both of Frederik Backman’s books, Beartown and Us Against You. I’ll read anything written by Roxanne Gay, and especially loved Ayiti and Hunger. The last book I read was She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders by Jennifer Finney Brown; a tender, poignant, and often funny look at the author’s transition to female.

What I do outside of work . . .

I fill my non-reading hours with volunteer work, mostly in areas surrounding equity in sport. I’ve been a board member for a local female hockey association for nearly two decades and have also volunteered with the Invictus Games and the Canadian Wheelchair Rugby National Championships. I enjoy cooking and baking, and since my daughter (a student at U of T) has her own place, I traipse across the city and pawn off much of it on her. I also enjoy golfing, camping, and hanging out with my holy terror of a dog, Jasper.

Jennifer Smith @Jenniferasmith  jsmith@ecwpress.com