In House: Hagios Press

Hagios Press began in 1996 with a desire to support writers emerging from their home province of Saskatchewan. They selected the name “Hagios” because it means “holy” in Greek and they are dedicated to publishing imaginative literature and writing that is spiritual in the broadest sense of the word.

Its first publication was Anne Szumigalski’s Sermons on Stones in 1997. With the book’s success, winning the Saskatchewan Book Award for non-fiction in 1998, Hagios set off on a regular publishing schedule of two new books a year.

In House: Brindle & Glass

Brindle & Glass may be part of the British Columbia publishing landscape now, but it actually began in Edmonton, Alberta in 2001. The press was co-founded by Ruth Linka and Lee Shedden after sharing their love of reading and ideas for new books over several conversations.

City of Vancouver Book Award Finalists Announced

The City of Vancouver recently announced the four finalists for this year's award, to be presented at the Mayor's Arts Awards ceremony at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre on November 12, 2015. This is the 27th year for the award, which celebrates books that reflect Vancouver's unique character, culture, and history.

We'd like to congratulate our two members who received three nominations:

In House: Conundrum Press

Conundrum Press is about to celebrate its own big anniversary: 2016 will mark its twentieth year of publishing books!

Conundrum Press started in 1996 in Montreal, Quebec as a way “to give voice to the under-represented working in the underground anglo cultural milieu,” according to publisher Andy Brown. The press first began making chapbooks for local writers and cartoonists but soon morphed into “genre-defying” books with spines.

OLA Announces Forest of Reading Nominees for 2016

The Forest of Reading initiative from the Ontario Library Association is Canada's largest recreational reading program. Through eight categories, readers of all ages can help celebrate Canadian books, publishers, authors and illustrators and are encouraged to develop a love of reading. According to OLA, more than 250,000 readers participate annually through either their school and/or public library.

We would like to congratulate two of our members who received nominations in the Silve Birch category, which are books for grades three to six:

Code Canada Reveals 2015 Burt Award Winners

Code -- a Canadian charitable organization for the advancement of literacy and learning -- announced the winners of the 2015 Burt Award for First Nations, Metis, and Inuit Literature. The award aims "to provide engaging and culturally-relevant books for young people across Canada by recognizing excellence in English-language literary works for Young Adults by First Nations, Métis and Inuit authors." This is the third year the award, administed by the Canada Council for the Arts, has been handed out with winners selected by a jury of Canadian writers.

Quebec Writers' Federation Announces 2015 Award Nominees

The Quebec Writers’ Federation recently announced the nominees for their 2015 awards. Each year the awards are handed out to the best English-language writers to emerge from Quebec in the categories of Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, First Book, Translation, and Children’s and Young Adult Literature.

Congratulations to our members and their authors who received nominations:

BookThug & Mike Steeves for Giving Up, nominated for the  Concordia University First Book Prize

In House: Coteau Books

Coteau Books was founded in 1975 by four writers in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan who saw the need for a publishing house that would focus on writing from the Prairies, and, in particular, writing from Saskatchewan. 40 years - and almost 500 books - later, Coteau has established itself as a publishing house of merit and integrity. At its head is new publisher John Agnew, who shared with us his zeal for literary publishing and where Coteau will go next.

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