Biblioasis was founded in the back of a bookstore in the fall of 2004. Without knowing much, or anything really, about publishing, their first book was Salvator Ala’s Straight Razor and Other Poems. An exciting experience but one that also highlighted the fact that if they were going to keep doing this whole publishing thing, they were going to need to learn a few things.
The Writers' Trust of Canada announced the nominees for the 2015 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize at Ben McNally Books in Toronto on September 29th. The award recognizes exceptional literary talent through the best novel or short story collection from the past year. This year's shortlist was selected by the three-person jury of writers Aislinn Hunter, Shani Mootoo, and Richard Wagamese.
Congratulations to our members who received nominations:
2015 marks four decades of supporting and celebrating some of the finest literary presses in all of Canada. The Literary Press Group is a homegrown collective of diverse, robust, and fiercely independent literary publishing houses. Since 1975, our association and its members have worked tirelessly to support Canadian writers and each other, as well as to champion the value and viability of the Canadian literary arts scene.
The City of Ottawa recently announced the finalists for the 2015 Ottawa Book Awards. The awards, handed out to titles in both French and English, celebrate the best in fiction and non-fiction works by authors from the Greater Ottawa Area, published in the last year.
We'd like to offer our congratulations to two of our members and their authors who received nominations:
Brick Books & Deanna Young for her poetry collection House Dreams, nominated for the Fiction prize, and
While some may ascribe to literary pursuits a certain dandy quality – think readings in meadows, herbal teas – Now or Never Publishing and its edgy books decisively shakes this off; even their moniker reads: “We may publish prose, but we can still kick your ass.” A boutique publisher located in Vancouver, BC, Now or Never (NON) graces fiction, nonfiction, poetry and memoir titles with its iconic, “scrabble-tile” logo.
The Association of Book Publishers of BC has announced the winner of the 2015 Jim Douglas Publisher of the Year Award and it is none other than LPG member Caitlin Press, under the leadership of Vici Johnstone!
Cited for her energy and commitment to creating books by and about women, and stories from the Central Interior BC, since she took over the press in 2005, Johnstone was presented the award on September 17th at an awards dinner.
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