Montreal-based publisher Baraka Books is committed to providing English-speaking readers in Canada and elsewhere with ideas, points of view, and creative works that might otherwise be overlooked because of cultural or linguistic barriers.
The winner of the 2015 Giller Prize was announced on November 10th at a gala event hosted by Rick Mercer in Toronto and televised on the CBC. The previously announced shortlist featured more titles by independent Canadian presses than past years, with three of the five shortlist spots claimed by LPG members Coach House Books and Biblioasis.
Maureen Whyte started Seraphim Editions in 1994 in Toronto. Determined to succeed, she sold her piano and secured a small loan.
The first submission came from neighbour Steve McCabe who arrived at her door with a box of notes, poems and sketches. Steve’s book Wyatt Earp In Dallas: 1963 was published in 1995 and a small press was born.
New Star Books of Vancouver has been publishing socially and politically engaged books since 1970, but its roots go much deeper.
The Georgia Straight, one of Vancouver’s alt weeklies, then considered an “underground newspaper”, would occasionally run a 4- to 8-page pullout section entitled the Georgia Straight Writing Supplement (GSWS). With this taste of publishing literature, they soon began publishing actual books, under the imprint Georgia Straight Writing Series (GSWS).
Chaudiere Books began as a series of conversations back in 2004 between writers rob mclennan and Jennifer Mulligan.
The Writers' Trust of Canada revealed the winners for the 2015 Rogers Writers' Trust Prizes, including the Matt Cohen Award, Engel/Findley Award, Latner Poetry Prize, Journey Prize, Vicky Metcalf Award, and the Fiction Prize, on November 3rd in Toronto. The awards recognize exceptional literary talent in the writing disciplines of fiction, short story, poetry, writing for children, as well as a writer's body of work.
Hamilton, Ontario’s Wolsak & Wynn has dedicated itself to “publishing clear, passionate Canadian voices” since 1983. With around 125 works of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry in its catalogue, the publisher self-identifies as favouring no one style above the other: publishing to “no agenda beyond that of presenting the best.”
Far from publishing books on sleep disorders, London, Ontario’s Insomniac Press likes to say that “our books are so good that they'll keep you up at night, reading till the sun comes up.” Publishing a wide variety of genres including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and self-help books since 1992, Insomniac routinely pushes the boundaries of what books can be: unique voices are the common denominator across all their titles.
The Canada Council for the Arts recently announced the winners of the 2015 Governor General's Literary Awards. The GGs are Canada's national literary awards, celebrating the best in Canadian Literature and showcasing the rich diversity to be found there. The nominees are selected by a peer assessment committee for each category--fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama, children's literature-text, children's literature-illustration, and translation in both official languages.
We'd like to congratulate all our members and their authors who received awards this year: