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

Coach House Books

Toronto, ON

Tucked away on Toronto’s historic bpNichol Lane, Coach House Books has been publishing and printing high-quality innovative fiction and poetry since 1965. Coach House is Canada’s most venerable literary press and has, during the past forty years, published books by Michael Ondaatje, George Bowering, bpNichol, Nicole Brossard, Christian Bök, Guy Maddin, Steve McCaffery, Gail Scott, Jonathan Goldstein, Anne Michaels, Michael Redhill and hundreds of others. A refuge for the refined, an asylum for the aesthete, a sanctuary for the scribe.

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales & Distribution: Publishers Group Canada
US: Sales & Distribution: Consortium Book Sales & Distribution

Caitlin Press

Halfmoon Bay, BC

Caitlin Press was established in 1977 as a feminist literary press. In the 1980s, Caitlin Press expanded its mandate to that of a BC literary press. By the early 1990s Caitlin had established themselves as the trade publisher of the Central Interior of British Columbia, while continuing to support and publish a wide variety of BC women’s literature. Today Caitlin continues to publish writers who reflect the concerns, culture and history of that part of Canada called the “middle north” which lies between the southern, heavily populated areas and the far north.

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales: Publishers Group Canada, Distribution: Raincoast
US: Sales & Distribution: Partners Publishers Group

Brindle & Glass Publishing

Victoria, BC

Founded in 2001, Brindle & Glass was awarded “Emerging Publisher of the Year” at the 2003 Alberta Book Awards and they’ve never looked back. They set out with a mandate to publish a diverse set of books: regional and national titles; new editions of books that should still be available; books for adults and for young readers; fiction, drama, and poetry. But beyond their decision to publish books they are proud of, is a commitment to producing and promoting them appropriately and vigorously.

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales & Distribution: Heritage Group Distribution
US: Sales & Distribution: Ingram

Brick Books

London, ON

Brick Books is the only publishing company in Canada that exclusively publishes poetry. Founded in 1975 in London, Ontario by Stan Dragland and Don McKay, the press continues its dedication to fostering interesting, ambitious, and compelling work by both new and established poets, and continues its commitment to deeply engaged editing. 

Sales and Distribution

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

Breakwater Books

St. John's, NL

Breakwater Books was founded in 1973 to showcase the high quality writing and storytelling that exists in Newfoundland and Labrador. Since their founding, their focus has broadened to include outstanding authors from across Canada, and they occasionally complement their list by acquiring books from foreign publishers. 

Breakwater publishes high quality literature in all genres — literary and commercial fiction, non-fiction, plays, poetry, and children’s books, as well as educational curricula — while continuing to promote culturally significant backlist titles.

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales: Canadian Manda Group, Distribution: University of Toronto Press Distribution
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Book*hug Press

Toronto, ON

Book*hug Press seeks to publish innovative books of poetry, prose, and creative criticism that extend the tradition of experimental literature. Specifically, Book*hug aims to: 
• Publish emerging writers whose work is innovative 
• Provide an opportunity for established writers to publish experimental works 
• Educate writers and readers about the tradition of experimental literature, thereby stimulating the creation of new books and building an audience for those books 
• Design books with attention to the aesthetics of the physical book object

 

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales: Canadian Manda Group, Distribution: University of Toronto Press
US: Sales: Literary Press Group / Small Press Distribution, Distribution: LitDistCo / Small Press Distribution

BookLand Press

Markham, ON

Bookland Press is an independent Canadian publishing house based in Toronto, Ontario. Their interests range from contemporary poetry to beautifully written fiction and creative non-fiction. They attract, select, publish, and promote some of the most exciting and creative Canadian writers of our times. Inspired by the enduring magic and importance of books, their objective is to create, publish, and distribute exceptional books that are instantly recognizable in Canada and around the world for their spirit, creativity, and literary value. 

Sales and Distribution

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

Biblioasis

Windsor, ON

Biblioasis is a literary press based out of Windsor, Ontario, committed to publishing the best poetry, fiction, and non-fiction in beautifully crafted editions. Biblioasis has a popular International Translation series, which translates important works of literature from its native language into English. 

Closer to home is Biblioasis’ Renditions series, which brings back great works of Canadian Literature that have long been out of print. Featured titles in this series include "Moody Food" by Ray Robertson and "Quickening" by Terry Griggs.

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales: Ampersand Inc., Distribution: University of Toronto Press Distribution
US: Sales & Distribution: Consortium Book Sales and Distribution

Bayeux Arts Inc

Calgary, AB

Bayeux Arts Inc. is an independent publishing house located in Calgary, Alberta. It produces between six and ten titles per year and is about to commence publication of graphic novels and Spanish-language translations of its YA titles and others. The company’s list tends to reflect the individual tastes and interests of its founders, and those of its talented and youthful editors. Bayeux remains committed to producing books of beauty that build bridges across cultures.

Sales and Distribution

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

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