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: Consortium Book Sales & Distribution

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: Distribution: University of Toronto Press Distribution


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