Based in Calgary, Alberta, Bayeux Arts began publishing in 1994. Its name was chosen to highlight the importance of the artistic nature of the books selected by the press for publication.
Things were off to a brilliant start when Bayeux’s first title, Beside the Ocean of Time by George Mackay Brown, was shortlisted for the 1994 Booker Prize. Set on an imaginary island in the Orkneys north of Scotland, the story tells of young Thorfinn Ragnarson’s daydreams that relive the thousand-year history of his birthplace.
Since that first book Bayeux remains committed to producing books of beauty that build bridges across cultures. Their list is deliberately eclectic, including fiction, non-fiction, children’s books, and graphic novels.
Bayeux had two imprints: Rosencrantz Comics, which includes the graphic novel series Mathemagick & Mustiphysics; and Odd Little Books, which brings together visual artists, dramatists, poets, puppeteers, playwrights, and musicians in a charming collection of pocket sized gems. The Umbrella, an Odd Little Book by Judd Palmer, was nominated for the 2012 Governor General’s Literary Award for Children’s Text.