Member Publishers

The members of the Literary Press Group are all professional independently-owned literary publishers located across Canada.

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Anvil Press

British Columbia

Anvil Press is a Vancouver literary press founded in 1991. Now in its twenty-third year of publishing, Anvil has firmly established itself as a publisher of progressive, contemporary Canadian literature with a distinctly urban twist.

An award-winning publisher of poetry, fiction, and non- fiction, Anvil has become known for its high quality books and unconventional literary work. National and local in its vision, Anvil remains committed to its East Vancouver roots, and doesn’t shy away from work from the wrong side of the tracks.

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales & Distribution: Publishers Group Canada
US: Sales & Distribution: SPD

ARP Books

Manitoba

ARP Books was founded in 1996 in downtown Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Our mandate is to publish a dynamic combination of cultural, fiction, and non-fiction titles with an emphasis on progressive political analysis of contemporary issues, while encouraging innovative new writing.

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales: Canadian Manda Group, Distribution: LitDistCo
US: Sales & Distribution: AK Press Distribution

Arsenal Pulp Press

British Columbia

Arsenal Pulp Press is a publisher in Vancouver, with over 200 titles currently in print, which include literary fiction and non-fiction; cultural and gender studies; gay, lesbian, and multicultural literature; cookbooks; and guidebooks. We are interested in literature that traverses uncharted territories, publishing books that challenge us and ask questions about the world.

Arsenal Pulp Press began in 1971 as Pulp Press, a literary collective that provided a counterpoint to the academic pretensions of Canadian literary publishing at that time. Throughout the 1970s, it became infamous for the 3-Day Novel Contest and 3-Cent Pulp, a literary magazine that sold for three cents. In 1982, the original Pulp Press went bankrupt after its distributor Beatty & Church went out of business; it was reconstituted as Arsenal Pulp Press. Today, Arsenal publishes between 15 and 20 titles a year; it has been shortlisted twice for the CBA’s Small Press of the Year Award, and in 2007 won the Jim Douglas Publisher of the Year Award from the Association of Book Publishers of BC.

 

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales: Ampersand Inc, Distribution: University of Toronto Press Distribution
US: Sales & Distribution: Consortium

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Banff Centre Press

Alberta

Banff Centre Press is a publisher of books on contemporary arts and culture. It is a literary press reflecting the commitment to creativity at The Banff Centre. Banff Centre Press publishes books under its own imprint, as well as WPG Editions, for the Walter Phillips Gallery.

Banff Centre Press’ titles: reflect a passion for creativity, the arts, and the place of the arts in a cultured and thoughtful society; move beyond a scholarly reporting of events and ideas to inject a literary and creative presentation; and make available the best thinking and writing on art, creativity, and culture in Canada.

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales: Canadian Manda Group Distribution: LitDistCo
US: Sales: Literary Press Group Distribution: LitDistCo

Baraka Books

Quebec

Baraka Books is a Quebec-based English-language book publisher specializing in creative and political non-fiction, history and historical fiction, as well as fiction. Our belief is that books are a haven of freedom and that they remain the foremost vector for change.
The word baraka is used in many languages and cultures and, depending on the language, can mean blessing, wisdom, luck, and more. Inspired by this multilingual and cross-cultural word, Baraka Books is committed to providing English-speaking readers in Canada and elsewhere with ideas, points of view, and creative works that might other- wise be overlooked because of cultural or linguistic barriers.
Publisher, Robin Philpot

 

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Canadian Manda Group Distribution: Independent Publishers Group
US: U.S. Sales: Independent Publishers Group Distribution: Independent Publishers Group

Bayeux Arts Inc

Alberta

Bayeux Arts Inc. is an independent publishing house located in Calgary, Alberta. It produces between six and ten titles per year and is about to commence publication of graphic novels and Spanish-language translations of its YA titles and others. The company’s list tends to reflect the individual tastes and interests of its founders, and those of its talented and youthful editors.

Bayeux remains committed to producing books of beauty that build bridges across cultures. As its name was intended to suggest, the artistic nature of its books represents the cor- nerstone of its publishing program. Our list is deliberately eclectic and contains books that other publishers often shy away from. We publish these books because they deserve publication and because they deserve to be read.

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Canada Sales: Canadian Manda Group Distribution: LitDistCo
US: U.S. Sales: Literary Press Group Distribution: LitDistCo

Biblioasis

Ontario

Biblioasis is a literary press based out of Windsor, Ontario, committed to publishing the best poetry, fiction, and non-fiction in beautifully crafted editions. Biblioasis has a popular International Translation series, which translates important works of literature from its native language into English. 

Closer to home is Biblioasis’ Renditions series, which brings back great works of Canadian Literature that have long been out of print. Featured titles in this series include "Moody Food" by Ray Robertson and "Quickening" by Terry Griggs.

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales & Distribution: Publishers Group Canada
US: Sales & Distribution: Consortium Book Sales and Distribution

Black Moss Press

Ontario

Founded in 1969, Black Moss Press has celebrated 40 years of literary success. Quill and Quire has called Black Moss one of Canada’s most important literary presses.
Since 1969, Black Moss has published more than 400 first editions and introduced more than 100 new authors to the Canadian literary scene. We have a special role in promoting literature and fine arts in southwestern Ontario and have built an active and growing interest in Canadian writing and literature in the region. We have introduced Canadian literature to people throughout the region as well as in Detroit and nearby centres in the United Sates in non-traditional venues such as boxing rings, factory floors, hockey arenas and street corners in addition to traditional readings and book launches.

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Canada Sales: Canadian Manda Group Distribution: LitDistCo
US: U.S. Sales: Literary Press Group Distribution: LitDistCo

BookLand Press

Ontario

Bookland Press is an independent Canadian publishing house based in Toronto, Ontario. Our interests range from contemporary poetry to beautifully written fiction and creative non-fiction.

We attract, select, publish, and promote some of the most exciting and creative Canadian writers of our times. Inspired by the enduring magic and importance of books, our objective is to create, publish, and distribute exceptional books that are instantly recognizable in Canada and around the world for their spirit, creativity, and literary value. 

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales: Canadian Manda Group Distribution: LitDistCo
US: Sales: Literary Press Group Distribution: LitDistCo

BookThug

Ontario

BookThug seeks to publish innovative books of poetry, prose, and creative criticism that extend the tradition of experimental literature. Specifically, BookThug aims to: 
• Publish emerging writers whose work is innovative 
• Provide an opportunity for established writers to publish experimental works 
• Educate writers and readers about the tradition of experimental literature, thereby stimulating the creation of new books and building an audience for those books 
• Design books with attention to the aesthetics of the physical book object

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales: Canadian Manda Group Distribution: LitDistCo
US: Sales: Literary Press Group / Small Press Distribution Distribution: LitDistCo / Small Press Distribution

Breakwater Books

Newfoundland and Labrador

Breakwater Books was founded in 1973 to showcase the high quality writing and storytelling that exists in Newfoundland and Labrador. Since our founding, our focus has broadened to include outstanding authors from across Canada, and we occasionally complement our list by acquiring books from foreign publishers. 

Breakwater publishes high quality literature in all genres — literary and commercial fiction, non-fiction, plays, poetry, and children’s books, as well as educational curricula — while continuing to promote culturally significant backlist titles.

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales: Canadian Manda Group Distribution: UTP

Brick Books

Ontario

Brick Books is the only publishing company in Canada that exclusively publishes poetry. Founded in 1975 in London, Ontario by Stan Dragland and Don McKay, the press continues its dedication to fostering interesting, ambitious, and compelling work by both new and established poets, and continues its commitment to deeply engaged editing. 

Brick Books has published well-known Canadian writers like Michael Ondaatje, Anne Carson, and Dennis Lee as well as many emerging writers such as Karen Solie, Adam Dickinson, and Julie Bruck. Brick Books publishes work by authors who live from Lasqueti Island, British Columbia to St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales: Canadian Manda Group Distribution: LitDistCo
US: Sales: Literary Press Group Distribution: LitDistCo

Brindle & Glass Publishing

British Columbia

Founded in 2001, Brindle & Glass was awarded “Emerging Publisher of the Year” at the 2003 Alberta Book Awards and we’ve never looked back. We set out with a mandate to publish a diverse set of books: regional and national titles; new editions of books that should still be available; books for adults and for young readers; fiction, drama, and poetry. But beyond our decision to publish books we are proud of, is a commitment to producing and promoting them appropriately and vigorously.

 

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales & Distribution: Heritage Group Distribution
US: Sales & Distribution: Ingram

Buschek Books

Ontario

BuschekBooks publishes poetry, fiction and translations of the highest quality by established and first-time authors and translators.

The mandate of BuschekBooks has been to publish quality manuscripts by new and established writers. The focus is largely poetry and English translations of poetry by Canadian authors, as well as Canadian translations of international poets, often done as bilingual editions.

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales: Buschek Books Distribution: LitDistCo
US: Sales: Buschek Books Distribution: LitDistCo

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Caitlin Press

British Columbia

Caitlin Press was established in 1977 as a feminist literary press. In the 1980s, Caitlin Press expanded its mandate to that of a BC literary press.
By the early 1990s Caitlin had established themselves as the trade publisher of the Central Interior of British Columbia, while continuing to support and publish a wide variety of BC women’s literature.
Today Caitlin continues to publish writers who reflect the concerns, culture and history of that part of Canada called the “middle north” which lies between the southern, heavily populated areas and the far north.
Caitlin Press publishes culturally significant books, includ- ing fiction, non-fiction (both historical and creative), and poetry. Occasionally we will produce a children’s or young adult title.

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales & Distribution: Publishers Group Canada
US: Sales & Distribution: Partners Publishers Group

Chaudiere Books

Ontario

Chaudiere Books is an Ottawa-based publishing house founded in 2006 by rob mclennan and Jennifer Mulligan, publishing an average of two to four titles a year.
Created to spotlight the literary works of often-overlooked Ottawa-based writers, we have a focus on single-author po- etry collections, from first collections to further collections by more established authors, as well as regional antholo- gies of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction, with the occasional single-author book of prose.
Some of our authors include Marcus McCann, Monty Reid, Andrew Suknaski, Meghan Jackson, Clare Latremouille, Pearl Pirie, and the late John Newlove.

 

Sales and Distribution

Canada: LitDistCo
US: LitDistCo

Coach House Books

Ontario

Tucked away on Toronto’s historic bpNichol Lane, Coach House Books has been publishing and printing high-quality innovative fiction and poetry since 1965. Coach House is Canada’s most venerable literary press and has, during the past forty years, published books by Michael Ondaatje, George Bowering, bpNichol, Nicole Brossard, Christian Bök, Guy Maddin, Steve McCaffery, Gail Scott, Jonathan Goldstein, Anne Michaels, Michael Redhill and hundreds of others. A refuge for the refined, an asylum for the aesthete, a sanctuary for the scribe.

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales & Distribution: Publishers Group Canada
US: Sales & Distribution: Consortium Book Sales & Distribution

Conundrum Press

Nova Scotia

Conundrum Press was founded in 1996 in Montreal to publish a wide spectrum of under-represented writing and art. Over the next decade we split our list between fiction and graphic novels but also art books and projects that defy any genre.
We have been nominated three times for the Shuster Award for Outstanding Canadian Comics Publisher, as well as having a number of our authors win national and international awards in fiction and graphic novels.
In 2009 Conundrum relocated to Nova Scotia and now focuses exclusively on publishing art books and graphic novels from artists across Canada. Our BDANG imprint features Quebec graphic artists in translation. Our new launched Conundrum International imprint brings international graphic artists to a North American audience.

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales: Canadian Manda Group Distribution: LitDistCo
US: U.S. Sales: Literary Press Group Distribution: LitDistCo / Diamond

Coteau Books

Saskatchewan

Coteau Books was incorporated in June of 1975 in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, by four writers with Moose Jaw roots. Established to provide an outlet for Saskatchewan poetry, Coteau quickly added fiction to that mandate and went on to include drama, non-fiction and finally children’s literature to its offerings.

Coteau titles have been awarded the Governor General’s Award for Poetry in 1995 ("Voice," by Anne Szumigalski) and for Fiction in 2002 ("A Song for Nettie Johnson," by Gloria Sawai). Coteau titles have been finalists for the Governor General’s award seven times, in fiction, poetry, drama and children’s literature.

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales & Distribution: Publishers Group Canada
US: Sales & Distribution: Publishers Group Canada Children's Books Sales & Distribution: Orca Books

Creative Book Publishing

Newfoundland and Labrador

Creative Book Publishing (CBP) has a reputation for editorial excellence, quality design and production, aggressive marketing, and commitment to its authors. Founded as a small regional press in 1983, its original purpose was to serve the Newfoundland and Labrador reading communities. Twenty-five years later, it has published more than 200 works of literary and cultural excellence and become an award-winning regional, national, and international publisher. 

Headquartered in St. John’s NL, CBP publishes under three imprints: Killick Press (fiction, poetry and short fiction), Creative Publishers (non-fiction of regional interest), and Tuckamore Books (children’s fiction and non-fiction).

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales: Canadian Manda Group Distribution: Creative Book Publishing
US: Sales: Literary Press Group Distribution: Creative Book Publishing Children's Books Sales & Distribution: Orca Books

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DC Books

Quebec

DC Books embodies a tradition of literary innovation, dissent against convention, and artistic facilitation that is second to none. Our founding editor was Louis Dudek: poet, man of letters, and literary animator.

Our editor-in-chief, poet Steve Luxton, has edited Matrix Magazine and founded and edited The Moosehead Review. Our managing editor is the novelist and political essayist, Keith Henderson. Our poetry editor is Jason Camlot, and our fiction editor is David McGimpsey. The editor-in-chief of Railfare DC Books is David R. Henderson.

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales & Distribution: Fitzhenry & Whiteside
US: Sales & Distribution: Fitzhenry & Whiteside

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ECW Press

Ontario

ECW = Entertainment Culture Writing. PW recognized ECW Press as one of the most diversified independent publishers in North America. ECW Press has published more than 1,000 books that are distributed throughout the world and translated into many languages.

Publishing fifty titles per year, our vibrant backlist includes poetry, fiction, hard-edged mysteries, as well as books on music, film and TV, politics, wrestling, sports, biography, true crime, humour, pop science, and personal finance. We’re committed to the best writers and the best writing we know — whether we’re introducing a new voice, or one that’s well-known.

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales: Canadian Manda Group Distribution: Independent Publishers Group
US: Sales: Independent Publishers Group Distribution: Independent Publishers Group

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Freehand Books

Alberta

Freehand Books was established in 2007 as the literary imprint of the academic publisher Broadview Press with a very simple mandate: to publish excellent Canadian literature. Our list is an aesthetically diverse, award-winning collection of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction by both established authors and exciting new voices. We pride ourselves on our careful attention to detail throughout the editorial process, the high production quality and innovative design of our titles, and our creativity in the marketing and promotion of each book.

 

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales: Ampersand Inc Distribution: LitDistCo
US: U.S. Sales: Contact the publisher Distribution: Broadview Press

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Gaspereau Press

Nova Scotia

At the core of our philosophy is a commitment to making books that reinstate the importance of the book as a physi- cal object, reuniting publishing and the book arts. Many of our covers are letterpress-printed, feature original artwork by artists like Wesley Bates and George Walker, and are printed on fine paper, in some cases even handmade. Most of our books are smyth-sewn and bound into card covers and are then enfolded in letterpress-
printed jackets.
Gaspereau Press publishes contemporary literature by both emerging and established Canadian authors, and is one of the few Canadian publishers that continue to print and bind their own books in-house. Gaspereau Press stresses the im- portance of quality across the entire process, from editorial and design to the manufacturing stage.

 

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales and distribution Canada Sales & Distribution: Gaspereau Press
US: Sales & Distribution: Gaspereau Press

Goose Lane Editions

New Brunswick

Goose Lane Editions is a small, lively company based in Fredericton, New Brunswick. As Canada’s oldest independent publisher, the company successfully combines a regional heart with a national profile to introduce readers to work by the best-established and emerging authors. 

After more than half a century of publishing, we look forward to discovering new generations of writers, while celebrating our literary heritage. We offer new ideas, a fresh aesthetic, and a clear Canadian voice to readers across the country and around the globe.

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales: Hornblower Group / Ampersand Inc Distribution: University of Toronto Press Distribution
US: Distribution: University of Toronto Press Distribution

Guernica Editions

Ontario

People often ask: “Why Guernica?” On Monday, April 26th, 1937, the bells of Santa Maria tolled, warning of the inhumane aerial raid that would reduce the Spanish city of Guernica to ruins. Picasso immortalized the victims with his painting Guernica and the image has become a plea for peace. 

This press was named Guernica with the hope that the books it publishes will make this world a better place in which to live and love. Established in 1978 and with new ownership as of January 2010, Guernica has published over five hundred titles from authors worldwide. These titles include poetry, novels, short story collections, literary and cultural essays, and theatre.

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales: Canadian Manda Group Distribution: University of Toronto Press Distribution
US: Sales: Literary Press Group Distribution: University of Toronto Press Distribution / Small Press Distribution

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Hagios Press

Saskatchewan

Hagios Press is an award-winning publisher of poetry, art books, short fiction, and literary non-fiction, with
a particular focus on books that advance a spiritual connection with the world. Recently Hagios Press reached the landmark of fifty books published. Hagios Press is constantly looking for ways to deepen and expand our mission by presenting beautifully written and conceived books that strive to transform our readers.
Hagios Press is a regional publisher with a national reach. Well known for its poetry, the press is in the process of diversifying its list to include more short fiction and literary non-fiction titles. In 2011, Hagios Press established the Strike Fire New Authors Series to put an emphasis on the development of new writers from across the country.

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales: Canadian Manda Group Distribution: LitDistCo
US: Sales: Literary Press Group Distribution: LitDistCo

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Inanna Publications

Ontario

Founded in 1978, Inanna is one of only a very few independent feminist presses in Canada committed to publishing fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction by and about women, and complementing this with relevant non-fiction, that bring new, innovative, and diverse perspectives with the potential to change and enhance women’s lives everywhere. 

Our aim is to conserve a publishing space dedicated to feminist voices that provoke discussion, advance feminist thought, and speak to diverse lives of women. Our editorial policy is to publish visionary books that reflect the depth, breadth, and diversity of women’s lives across Canada. 

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales: Canadian Manda Group Distribution: Brunswick Books
US: Sales: Literary Press Group Distribution: Brunswick Books

Insomniac Press

Ontario

Insomniac was founded in 1992, and since that time it has evolved from a poetry chapbook press to a medium-size press that publishes eye-catching non-fiction titles as well as the great fiction and poetry. However, some things remain the same: Insomniac always strives to publish the most exciting new writers it can find. 

The common denominator in Insomniac’s publishing program is its willingness and ability to venture in new directions, both editorially, and in the areas of promotion, marketing, and publicity, all the while maintaining the highest standards.

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales: Canadian Manda Group Distribution: LitDistCo
US: Sales: Literary Press Group Distribution: LitDistCo

Invisible Publishing

Ontario

Invisible Publishing is committed to working with writers who might not ordinarily be published and distributed commercially. We work exclusively with emerging and under published authors to produce entertaining, affordable books.

We believe that books are meant to be enjoyed by everyone and that sharing our stories is important. In an effort to ensure that books never become a luxury, we do all that we can to make our books more accessible. We are collectively organized and our production processes are transparent. At Invisible, publishers and authors recognize a commitment to one another, and to the development of communities that can sustain and encourage storytellers.

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales: Canadian Manda Group Distribution: LitDistCo
US: Sales: Literary Press Group Distribution: LitDistCo

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J Gordon Shillingford Publishing

Manitoba

J. Gordon Shillingford Publishing is primarily a literary pub- lisher that publishes under several imprints that include:
• Scirocco Drama (theatre)
• The Muses’ Company (poetry) • Watson & Dwyer Publishing
(Canadian social history)
• and J. Gordon Shillingford (politics, religion, true
crime, biography)
The press publishes, on average, 14 titles per year

 

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales: Canadian Manda Group Distribution: University of Toronto Press Distribution
US: Sales: Literary Press Group Distribution: University of Toronto Press Distribution

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Kegedonce Press

Ontario

Kegedonce Press serves up hot, indigenous, healthy food for the soul 24-7 — all the tasty literary treats you’ve come to expect since 1993. We are a First Nations-owned and operated publisher committed to the development, promotion, and publication of Indigenous Peoples. Our books are beautifully crafted and involve Indigenous Peoples at all levels of production. High quality design, materials, and production are the cornerstone of our aesthetic approach to publishing. While our focus is in poetry and anthologies, we do publish all genres of literary writing

 

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales: Canadian Manda Group Distribution: LitDistCo
US: Sales: Literary Press Group Distribution: LitDistCo

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Linda Leith Publishing

Quebec

Linda Leith Publishing is a Montreal-based literary house created in 2011 by Blue Metropolis founder Linda Leith. Its publishing programme, which features literary and samizdat work in print and electronic formats for Canadian and international readers, includes cartoons by “the best of the best” of Canadian cartoonists, literary fiction, and a pioneering series of Singles essays.

Leith is also the publisher of Salon .ll., an online literary magazine at www.lindaleith.com

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales: Canadian Manda Group Distribution: LitDistCo
US: Sales: Literary Press Group Distribution: LitDistCo

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Mansfield Press

Ontario

Formed in 1999, Mansfield Press made its debut into the publishing world in May 2000 with four books of poetry by accomplished writers Diana Fitzgerald Bryden, Margaret Christakos, Corrado Paina, and Ann Shin. With a strong focus on poetry, Mansfield Press is dedicated to nurturing a new generation of writers and introducing them to the world.

Located in the heart of Toronto’s Little Italy, with strong local community ties, Mansfield Press helps foster the important exchange between writers and readers, whether they meet in person, or on the page.

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales: Canadian Manda Group Distribution: LitDistCo
US: Sales: Literary Press Group Distribution: LitDistCo

Mawenzi House

Ontario

Mawenzi House (previously TSAR Publications) is dedicated to bringing to the reading public fresh new writing from Canada and across the world that reflects the diversity of our rapidly globalizing world, particularly in Canada and the United States. Our focus is on works that can loosely be termed "multicultural" and particularly those that pertain to Asia and Africa. We publish 6-8 titles of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction (literary criticism, history) per year.

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales: Canadian Manda Group Distribution: University of Toronto Press Distribution
US: Sales & Distribution: Small Press Distribution

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New Star Books

British Columbia

New Star Books is a product of the social ferment of the Sixties. Its roots are a literary supplement that ran in Vancouver’s one-time underground newspaper, the Georgia Straight. The Georgia Straight Writing Supplement evolved into the Georgia Straight Writing Series, which published early books by bill bissett, Judith Copithorne, Brian Fawcett, George Bowering, Daphne Marlatt, and others. 

Currently, New Star publishes in the areas of social issues and politics; literary prose, both fiction and non-fiction; poetry; and culture and history of British Columbia and the West.

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales: Canadian Manda Group Distribution: LitDistCo
US: Sales: Literary Press Group Distribution: LitDistCo

NeWest Press

Alberta

Founded officially in 1979, Edmonton-based NeWest set out to provide better opportunities for young writers in the prairie region, in a publishing industry that was traditionally dominated by central Canadian publishing houses.

While still a western regional press in its focus, in recent years NeWest has expanded its mandate to include work from BC. Today the editorial board continues its commitment to developing and publishing first-time writers as well as ensuring the availability of western Canadian classics. At thirty years and counting, NeWest Press has established itself as one of the country’s most enduring and respected literary presses.

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales: Canadian Manda Group Distribution: LitDistCo
US: Sales: Literary Press Group Distribution: LitDistCo

Nightwood Editions

British Columbia

Nightwood Editions is committed to publishing and promoting the best new poetry, fiction and non-fiction by writers across Canada. Nightwood strives to publish books that foster a community of writers and readers, and reflect the diversity our country is known for. 

Books published by Nightwood include the best-selling anthology Breathing Fire 2; Tim Bowling’s The Lost Coast, shortlisted for the Writers’ Trust Non-Fiction Prize; Alayna Munce’s When I was Young and In My Prime, shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award and Philip Kevin Paul’s Little Hunger, shortlisted for the 2009 Governor General’s Award for poetry.

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales & Distribution: Harbour Publishing
US: Sales & Distribution: Harbour Publishing

Now Or Never Publishing

British Columbia

Now Or Never Publishing was formed in 2005 to better serve the Canadian urban voice. To that end, we publish both new and previously published authors from across the country.

We may publish prose, but we can still kick your ass.™

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales: Canadian Manda Group Distribution: LitDistCo
US: Sales: Literary Press Group Distribution: LitDistCo

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Oolichan Books

British Columbia

The name "oolichan" is taken from the small fish, once plentiful in West Coast waters and a staple in the diet of First Nations people to whom it was sacred. The oolichan, often referred to as the candlefish, is believed to possess healing powers and guarantee longevity. Oolichan Books is a literary press, publishing poetry, fiction and non-fiction titles including literary criticism, memoirs, and books on regional history, First Nations, and policy issues.

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Distribution: University of Toronto Press
US: Distribution: University of Toronto Press

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Palimpsest Press

Ontario

Palimpsest Press is committed to discovering and fostering new talent, supporting established writers, and ensuring our trade books are well-distributed and kept in print. We publish original poetry, literary non-fiction and criticism, and collectible limited editions. We are national in scope and not limited to one style of writing or one genre. It is our belief that a vital role of small presses is to build and support literary communities and to create audiences. We look for writers who have something interesting to put forward, and who come at a topic with a fresh perspective. By publishing in a wide variety of formats and in beautiful editions, Palimpsest has attracted many of the best writers in Canada.

 

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales: Canadian Manda Group Distribution: LitDistCo
US: Sales: Literary Press Group Distribution: LitDistCo

Pedlar Press

Newfoundland and Labrador

Pedlar Press is a Canadian literary publishing house based in St. John’s Newfoundland, started in Toronto in 1996 and operated single-handedly over its 19-year history. How this house manages to publish beautiful works that extend the tradition of literary experimentation — books of poetry, fiction and essays of unfaltering quality and originality — and continue to exist in these hard times is difficult to answer. But it does.

It seems likely, however, that individual and community development continue to be real goals of life, and to that end Pedlar Press acquires works by Canadian writers who are struggling with questions about what it means to be human, whose texts embody these questions in startlingly fresh ways.

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Canada Sales: Canadian Manda Group Distribution: LitDistCo
US: U.S. Sales: Literary Press Group Distribution: LitDistCo

Playwrights Canada Press

Ontario

Playwrights Canada Press is a drama publisher located in Toronto, Ontario. Formed in 1984 as the publishing arm of the Playwrights Guild of Canada, the Press was separately incorporated in 2001 and now operates as a stand-alone publisher.

The Press is the only publisher in Canada to focus solely on plays, producing about thirty titles each year. Award-winning authors published by the Press include Judith Thompson, Daniel MacIvor, Colleen Murphy, and John Mighton. In addition to the publication of plays, both for adults and for children, the Press also produces occasional books of theatre criticism, history, and memoirs.

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales: Canadian Manda Group Distribution: University of Toronto Press Distribution
US: Sales & Distribution: Theatre Communication Group

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Quattro Books

Ontario

Quattro Books’ mandate is to publish new and established Canadian authors whose work has outstanding literary merit. We aim to fulfill the vision that Canada is extremely diverse and the literature it produces, regardless of its style, or the context that informs it, should be accessible to all. Quattro places special emphasis on the literary novella, or short novel, a narrative form with strong roots in European and Latin American literature, but not issued by many Ca- nadian trade publishers. We are cognizant that the novella poses special challenges to fiction writers and is, therefore, a genre that is evolving in Canada. Our other main focus is poetry. As with our novellas, literary quality is paramount, whether the author is a young emerging writer, or an established author working in a different genre.

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales: Canadian Manda Group Distribution: LitDistCo
US: Sales: Literary Press Group Distribution: LitDistCo

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Ronsdale Press

British Columbia

Ronsdale Press publishes in a wide variety of genres. Of particular interest are non-fiction titles, including biography, history, and social ideas. Ronsdale is also known for its series of Holocaust memoirs.

In fiction, Ronsdale has published books by established authors such as Jack Hodgins and Hubert Aquin (in an English translation), as well as emerging authors such as Sheila James, and Susan Dobbie. Ronsdale’s poets come from across Canada; they include Pam Calabrese MacLean from the Maritimes and Daphne Marlatt from the West Coast. Ronsdale’s young adult titles are regularly nominated for prizes.

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales & Distribution: Publishers Group Canada
US: Sales: Literary Press Group

Roseway Publications

Nova Scotia

Roseway Publishing publishes literary work related to social injustices and the struggles involved in making the world a better place to live. We publish works of fiction, creative non-fiction, biographies, and other literary writing that is in keeping with our interest in social justice issues. Roseway is an imprint of Fernwood Publishing.

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales: Canadian Manda Group Distribution: Brunswick Books (Nimbus Books in Atlantic Canada only)
US: Sales & Distribution: Brunswick Books

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Seraphim Editions

Ontario

Seraphim Editions is an independent Canadian book publisher that features Canadian authors and artists. We publish books ranging from fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. 

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales: Canadian Manda Group Distribution: University of Toronto Press Distribution
US: Sales: Literary Press Group Distribution: University of Toronto Press Distribution

Signature Editions

Manitoba

Begun in 1986 as a student collective at Montreal’s Concordia University under the name Nuage Editions, the press became a sole proprietorship in 1991 and was relocated to Winnipeg in 1998. In 2001 the press name was changed to Signature Editions.
We publish seven to ten titles a year in the genres of literary fiction and mysteries, non-fiction, poetry, and drama. Signa- ture specializes in Canadian writing of literary merit, with a list that includes established writers as well as newcomers from across the country.
Our books have been honoured with many awards and nominations, including Governor General’s Awards, Manitoba Book Awards, QWF Awards, the Jewish Book Award, the Atlantic Poetry Prize, the Pat Lowther Award, the Acorn- Plantos People’s Poetry Award, the ReLit Award, the John Glassco Translation Prize, and the CAA Awards.

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Canada: Sales: Canadian Manda Group Distribution: University of Toronto Press Distribution
US: Distribution: University of Toronto Press Distribution

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Talonbooks

British Columbia

Talonbooks, founded in Vancouver, Canada, in 1967, publishes authors of international stature, writing in the literary genres of poetry, fiction, and drama, as well as non-fiction books in the fields of ethnography, environmental and social issues, and literary criticism. We also publish selected titles in architecture, regional geography and history, and photography.
Our authors’ books continue to make a difference to the world we live in. They have contributed to the establishment of protected wilderness areas and the redress of social injustices; they have given a public voice to First Nations peoples; and they have been recipients of many prestigious national and international awards for arts and letters.
Talon Books are distributed in Canada by Publishers Group Canada, a division of Raincoast Books and in the United States by Northwestern University Press.

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Canada: Sales & Distribution: Publishers Group Canada
US: Sales & Distribution: Consortium Books Sales and Distribution

The Porcupines Quill

Ontario

Founded in 1974, The Porcupine’s Quill’s mandate has always been to publish contemporary Canadian literature. We are dedicated to discovering talented new writers and to reprinting exceptional Canadian literature from the past. We publish ten to twelve titles annually, ranging from fiction,
to poetry, to literary criticism, and art. We are the press that published Jane Urquhart before she wrote The Whirlpool; who published Russell Smith before he wrote Young Men; and who published Elizabeth Hay before she hit the Governor General’s shortlist with Garbo Laughs.
The Porcupine’s Quill is also one of only a few Canadian presses that completes most of its production in-house,
and our books have won many awards for their beauty and quality. In 2008 our co-founders, Tim and Elke Inkster, were appointed to the Order of Canada in honour of their contributions to Canadian publishing and their promotion of new authors.

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Canada: Sales: Canadian Manda Group Distribution: University of Toronto Press Distribution
US: Sales: The Porcupine's Quill Distribution: University of Toronto Press Distribution

Thistledown Press

Saskatchewan

Thistledown Press is a literary book publisher located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Established in 1975, it has built its reputation on its commitment to quality and its willing- ness to embrace books as cultural artifacts in both content and form.
Thistledown publishes poetry and fiction for adults and young adults to a national and international audience. Although Thistledown’s policy has been to serve primarily as a platform for the literary arts of Saskatchewan, its list represents all regions of Canada.

 

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Canada: Sales: Ampersand Inc Distribution: University of Toronto Press Distribution

Tightrope Books

Ontario

Tightrope Books was established in January 2005 to bring a fresh take to Canadian literature by juxtaposing new and established writers, genres, and cultures to build an inclusive list that represents the vitality of current Canadian literature. We are dedicated to publishing new cultural creators who walk the fine balance between innovation and accessibility. We publish fiction, poetry, books on art, creative non-fiction (essays, memoir) and books that defy normative categorical garrisons.

Tightrope Books believes in its writers and works closely with them each step of the way towards publication. We are determined to make the publishing experience one of cooperation and celebration for both the writer and the publisher. Our books aim to hit their literary marks with acuity, honesty, and verve.

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Canada: Sales: Canadian Manda Group Distribution: IPG
US: Sales & Distribution: IPG

Turnstone Press

Manitoba

Founded in a Winnipeg pub in 1976, Turnstone Press has become one of the most highly regarded book publishers in western Canada, publishing not only poetry but also fiction, literary criticism, and non-fiction. In 1998 Turnstone Press launched Ravenstone Books, an imprint dedicated to mys- teries, thrillers, and noir fiction.
We publish only Canadian authors or landed immigrants, we strive to publish a significant number of new writers, to publish in a variety of genres, and to publish 50 per cent Manitoba writers and/or books with Manitoba content.
Despite the risk inherent in publishing new Canadian liter- ary writing, Turnstone Press remains committed to pursu- ing and promoting new, thought-provoking authors and books. Canadian writing has never been more exciting, and Turnstone Press is proud to have been a part of its history and keenly looks forward to the future.

 

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Canada: Sales: Canadian Manda Group Distribution: LitDistCo
US: Sales: Literary Press Group Distribution: LitDistCo

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Véhicule Press

Quebec

Since 1973 Véhicule Press has published award-winning poetry, fiction, essays, translations, and social history. In 1981, Véhicule began Signal Editions, a poetry series which has since published 72 titles, one third of them by first-time authors. In late summer 2003, Véhicule added a new imprint, Esplanade Books, their new fiction series.

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Canada: Canadian Manda Group Distribution: LitDistCo
US: Sales & Distribution: Independent Publishers Group

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Wolsak & Wynn Publishers

Ontario

Wolsak and Wynn is a literary press dedicated to publishing clear, passionate Canadian voices in poetry and non-fiction. We believe that poetry has the power to crystallize and express the diverse life of this country in the most concen- trated form, while non-fiction unfurls these experiences for the reader.
Since the company began operations in 1983, we have published 122 titles, including six nominees for, and two winners of, the Governor General’s Award for poetry. Our non-fiction has been nominated for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and has been garnering great reviews.
The authors we publish display widely divergent styles and approaches to writing. We favour no one style over any other and we publish to no agenda beyond that of presenting the best in Canadian poetry and non-fiction, from fresh new voices to assured familiar ones.

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Canada: Sales: Canadian Manda Group Distribution: University of Toronto Press Distribution
US: Sales: Literary Press Group Distribution: University of Toronto Press Distribution