Inanna Publications

Toronto, ON

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. Their aim is to conserve a publishing space dedicated to feminist voices that provoke discussion, advance feminist thought, and speak to diverse lives of women.

Sales and Distribution

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

Hagios Press

Regina, SK

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. It is a regional publisher with a national reach, with special on Saskatchewan and the prairies.

Sales and Distribution

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

Guernica Editions

Toronto, ON

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. 

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

Goose Lane Editions

Fredericton, NB

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, they look forward to discovering new generations of writers, while celebrating their literary heritage. They 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

Gaspereau Press

Kentville, NS

At the core of their philosophy is a commitment to making books that reinstate the importance of the book as a physical object, reuniting publishing and the book arts. Many of their covers are letterpress-printed, feature original artwork and are printed on fine paper, in some cases even handmade. Most of their books are smyth-sewn and bound into card covers and are then enfolded in letterpress-printed jackets.

Sales and Distribution

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

Freehand Books

Calgary, AB

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. Their list is an aesthetically diverse, award-winning collection of fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction by both established authors and exciting new voices. Freehand pride ourselves on their careful attention to detail throughout the editorial process, the high production quality and innovative design of their titles, and their creativity in the marketing and promotion of each book.

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales: Ampersand Inc, Distribution: LitDistCo
US: Sales: Contact the publisher, Distribution: Broadview Press

ECW Press

Toronto, ON

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.

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales: Canadian Manda Group, Distribution: Jaguar Book Group
US: Sales & Distribution: Legato Publishers Group

DC Books

Ville St Laurent, QC

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

Their editors presently include Jason Camlot and Steve Luxton (poetry), David McGimpsey (fiction), Kenneth Radu, Dave Henderson (Railway and Transportation History), and Keith Henderson (Managing Editor).

To learn more about DC Books, read our profile.

Sales and Distribution

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

Coteau Books

Regina, SK

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.

Sales and Distribution

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

Conundrum Press

Wolfville, NS

Conundrum Press was founded in 1996 in Montreal to publish a wide spectrum of under-represented writing and art. Over the next decade they split their list between fiction and graphic novels but also art books and projects that defy any genre. They have been nominated three times for the Shuster Award for Outstanding Canadian Comics Publisher, as well as having a number of 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.

Sales and Distribution

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

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