Established in 2006, BookLand Press focuses on literary excellence and the great values and diversity of Canada. Fresh, insightful, diverse, multicultural, Canadian — these are some of the words that describe the variety of books that BookLand Press publishes.
Based in Windsor, Ontario, Black Moss Press has a national and international reputation for their contributions to Canadian literature. They aim to promote literature and fine arts in their region, in Canada as a whole, and in the nearby United States. During their almost-fifty year history, they’ve released more than 400 books.
Based in Calgary, Alberta, Bayeux Arts began publishing in 1994. Its name was chosen to highlight the importance of the artistic nature of the books selected by the press for publication.
Things were off to a brilliant start when Bayeux’s first title, Beside the Ocean of Time by George Mackay Brown, was shortlisted for the 1994 Booker Prize. Set on an imaginary island in the Orkneys north of Scotland, the story tells of young Thorfinn Ragnarson’s daydreams that relive the thousand-year history of his birthplace.
The Goddess Inanna was the most prominent female deity of ancient Mesopotamia: her vast dominion included the domains of Love, Wisdom, War, Fertility and Lust. Likewise, Inanna Publications, a publisher based in Toronto, is a feminist press proudly publishing all facets – love, war, wisdom, fertility, lust, and still more – of women’s writing.
Theytus Books is the first and oldest Indigenous Publishing house in Canada. It’s recognized the world-over for its contributions to Aboriginal literature – giving Indigenous authors, illustrators, artists, and professionals a home to speak out with the utmost respect for cultural authenticity and integrity.
J. Gordon Shillingford Publishing wasn’t the first publishing venture for Saskatchewan native Gord Shillingford. In 1986 under the name Blizzard Publishing, Gord and Peter Atwood teamed up to take on the literary world of Winnipeg, Manitoba.
There was much to learn and many details to see to but things continued on until 1992 when Gord decided to strike out on his own, forming J. Gordon Shillingford Publishing.
Signature Editions began its publishing career under the name of Nuage Editions in 1986. As a 16-person collective based in Montreal, Nuage published two to four books a year for the next several years.
In 1992 one of the partners, Karen Haughian, took over the reins and ramped up production, releasing six to nine titles a year, and she’s been running the show ever since.
“You’re dreaming the book, the tangible, tactile object. You haven’t heard yet of perfect binding, of dingbats, of saddle stitching, Corel, Ventura, fulfillment, or financial statements. You certainly are not contemplating twenty years of labour, of screening twenty thousand manuscripts, of Editorial Board meetings, conferences with writers, proofreading, copy-editing, launches, grant-applications, Literary Press Group, the ACP, conference calls – if you had, you probably would not have hazarded the dream. The work alone would have thrown you off.
Tightrope Books celebrated 10 years and plenty of works of fiction, poetry, non-fiction, and YA this year. Founded by poet Halli Villegas in 2005, Tightrope was conceived as a “writer-centric press,” involving its authors and poets throughout the publishing process.