Established in 1993, Kegedonce Press’ motto is “w’daub awae” (“speaking true”), and they certainly practice what they preach. Kegedonce fosters the creative cultural expression of Indigenous Peoples through the publication of books that involve Indigenous Peoples in all levels of production, and by supporting activities that promote the development of Indigenous literature and publishing. Based in Neyaashiinigmiing, Ontario, Kegedonce has done so through its publishing program as well as educating the public and developing national and international markets for Indigenous literature.
Toronto poet Eva H.D. was awarded the 2015 Montreal International Poetry Prize for her poem "38 Michigans". The poem was selected by this year's judge, Eavan Boland, from a shortlist of 51 poems submitted from 10 countries. These poems will be published as an anthology this fall by Vehicule Press.
Eva H.D. lives in Toronto and recently published her debut poetry collection, Rotten Perfect Mouth, with LPG member Mansfield Press.
The Book Publishers Association of Alberta announced the winners of their 2015 awards on September 18th at Fort Edmonton Park. At the gala event, hosted by Ken Davis, six Alberta publishers were celebrated across ten award categories.
We'd like to congratulate all the winners, especially LPG member Freehand Books!
Freehand took home three awards for two of their recent titles:
Boundary Problems, a collection of stories by Greg Bechtel, won the Trade Fiction Award, and
Publishing works of progressive non-fiction and select fiction and poetry since 1996, ARP Books started slowly; the brainchild of two roommates in a Winnipeg apartment. Todd Scarth was working for Blizzard Publishing in Winnipeg, and John Samson had met the AK Press and Distribution collective in San Francisco and was inspired by their work. With their shared interests in progressive politics, literature, and publishing as a whole, starting the press seemed like a no-brainer.
The City of Victoria Book Prize Society recently announced the nominees for the 2015 City of Victoria Butler Book Prize and the Bolen Books Children's Book Prize. Handed out annually, the prizes are given to the best works of fiction, non-fiction, or poetry by a Great Victoria author, in the case of the Butler Prize, and to the author or illustrator of the best children's book from the last year, for the Bolen Prize. Nominees, and ultimately the winners, are selected by two independent juries from the literary arts community.
ECW Press, just a year the LPG's senior at the ripe age of 41, has been a prominent member of the Literary Press Group since its inception, and has remained in cahoots ever since. As a press, it's emerged from a very literary background (with the journal Essays on Canadian Writing) to a dynamic publisher that's true to its lit roots but never afraid to branch out into projects with a little more star-power (Nicolas Cage retrospective, anyone?).
The Writers' Trust of Canada recently announced the finalists for this year's Hilary Weston Non-fiction Prize. Since 1997, the Weston Prize has been celebrating the best in Canadian non-fiction writing, from history to biography, essay to memoir, and commentary to criticism. This year's nominees were selected by a three-member jury of Stevie Cameron, Will Ferguson, and JJ Lee.
We'd like to congratulate Oolichan Books and Lynette Loeppky on receiving a nomination!
BookThug is a Toronto press that has been constantly evolving since it began operating as a micropress back in 1992. At that time the publisher, Jay MillAr, was working as a poetry editor at Coach House Books (learn all about them here) while publishing chapbooks, broadsides, and other limited editions on the side.
The nominees for this year's Scotiabank Giller Prize were recently announced and it was a celebration of independent Canadian publishering. Needless to say, we were delighted. The Giller Prize is one of the richest literary prizes in Canada, annually honouring excellence in Canadian fiction, whether that's a novel or a collection of stories.
This year we're happy to see four titles by two LPG member publishers on the list! Congratulations to Coach House Books and Biblioasis!
Guernica Editions has been publishing books that highlight the multicultural aspects of Canada since 1978. Started by Antonio D’Alfonso after a trip to Europe, he gave the press the name ‘Guernica’ after Picasso’s painting that has become a plea for peace. They strive to publish books that will make this world a better place in which to live and love.