The Porcupines Quill

Erin, ON

Founded in 1974, The Porcupine’s Quill’s mandate has always been to publish contemporary Canadian literature. They are dedicated to discovering talented new writers and to reprinting exceptional Canadian literature from the past. They publish ten to twelve titles annually, ranging from fiction, to poetry, to literary criticism, and art. The Porcupine’s Quill is one of only a few Canadian presses that completes most of its production in-house, and their books have won many awards for their beauty and quality.

Sales and Distribution

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

Talonbooks

Vancouver, BC

Talonbooks, founded in Vancouver 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. They also publish selected titles in architecture, regional geography and history, and photography. Talon's authors’ books continue to make a difference to the world we live in.

Sales and Distribution

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

Mawenzi House

Toronto, ON

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. Their focus is on works that can loosely be termed "multicultural" and particularly those that pertain to Asia and Africa. They publish 6-8 titles of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction (literary criticism, history) per year.

To learn more about Mawenzi House, read our profile.

Sales and Distribution

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

Signature Editions

Winnipeg, MB

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. Signature publish seven to ten titles a year in the genres of literary fiction and mysteries, non-fiction, poetry, and drama. They specializes in Canadian writing of literary merit, with a list that includes established writers as well as newcomers from across the country.

Sales and Distribution

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

Seraphim Editions

Woodstock, ON

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

To learn more about Seraphim Editions, read our profile.

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

Roseway Publications

Black Point, NS

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

To learn more about Roseway Publishing, read our profile.

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales & Distribution: Brunswick Books
US: Sales & Distribution: Brunswick Books

Ronsdale Press

Vancouver, BC

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.

Sales and Distribution

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

Quattro Books

Toronto, ON

Quattro Books’ mandate is to publish new and established Canadian authors whose work has outstanding literary merit. They 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 Canadian trade publishers.

Sales and Distribution

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

Playwrights Canada Press

Toronto, ON

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.

Sales and Distribution

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

Pedlar Press

St. John's, NL

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.

Sales and Distribution

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

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