In House: New Star Books

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).

Writers' Trust of Canada Reveals 2015 Winners

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.

In House: Wolsak & Wynn

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.”

In House: Insomniac Press

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.

2015 Governor General's Literary Award Winners Announced

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:

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.


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