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.
By 2004 Hagios began to expand its program, publishing 5 books that year, which though still mainly focused on Saskatchewan content, included Canadian authors outside the province, showcasing their intention of expanding their reach to Manitoba, British Columbia, and Ontario.
Not only did Hagios expand the press’s geographical reach, but also its genre territory as well. Primarily focused on poetry, Hagios expanded their list to include short fiction and literary non-fiction.
Authors the press has worked with that stand out include Lorna Crozier, David Elias, Allan Safarik, Lorri Neilsen Glenn, Robert Currie, and Don Kerr, to name just a few.
Hagios continues to work to develop new authors, believing that while it could be considered risky, it is also essential territory. Their Strike Fire New Authors Series was launched to develop and promote the very best new writers from Saskatchewan and across Canada, while their art books, published in collaboration with various local art galleries, reach a new and exciting audience.
Hagios Press has laid claim and continues to lay claim to its distinctive place on the Canadian literary landscape, as a literary press that is committed to publishing superbly written, beautifully designed and conceived books that strive to inform, enlighten, and transform readers.