Member Publishers

The members of the Literary Press Group are all professional independently-owned literary publishers located across Canada.

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Anvil Press

British Columbia

Anvil Press is a Vancouver literary press founded in 1991. Now with over twenty years of publishing under their belt, Anvil has firmly established itself as a publisher of progressive, contemporary Canadian literature with a distinctly urban twist.

An award-winning publisher of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction, Anvil has become known for its high quality books and unconventional literary work. National and local in its vision, Anvil remains committed to its East Vancouver roots, and doesn’t shy away from work from the wrong side of the tracks.

To learn more about Anvil Press, read our profile.

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales: Publishers Group Canada, Distribution: Raincoast
US: Sales & Distribution: SPD

ARP Books

Manitoba

ARP Books was founded in 1996 in downtown Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Their mandate is to publish a dynamic combination of cultural, fiction, and non-fiction titles with an emphasis on progressive political analysis of contemporary issues, while encouraging innovative new writing.

To learn more about ARP Books, read our profile.

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales: Canadian Manda Group, Distribution: University of Toronto Press
US: Sales & Distribution: AK Press Distribution

Arsenal Pulp Press

British Columbia

Arsenal Pulp Press is a book publisher in Vancouver, Canada with over 400 titles currently in print, which include literary fiction, nonfiction and poetry; books on social issues; gender studies; LGBTQ2S+ and BIPOC literature; graphic novels and non-fiction; children's and young adult literature; regional history; alternative crafts; and books in translation. We are interested in literature that engages and challenges readers, and which asks probing questions about the world around us.

Arsenal Pulp Press began in 1971 as Pulp Press, a literary collective that provided a counterpoint to the academic pretensions of Canadian literary publishing at that time. Since then, it has won the Jim Douglas Publisher of the Year Award twice (in 2007 and 2020), and its titles have won numerous Lambda Literary Awards as well as the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Trillium Award, the Amazon First Novel Award, and CBC’s Canada Reads competition.

To learn more about Arsenal Pulp Press, read our profile.

 

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales: Ampersand Inc, Distribution: University of Toronto Press Distribution
US: Sales & Distribution: Consortium Book Sales and Distribution

At Bay Press

Manitoba

Unapologetically Canadian.

At Bay Press is an independent, award-winning publisher. We strive to seek out new work by undiscovered authors and artists and bring their work to light. We are known for original, thoughtful content as well as exceptionally crafted and well designed titles, some of which are constructed by hand.

At Bay Press is a member of the Association of Canadian Publishers, Association of Manitoba Book Publishers, the Literary Press Group, the Fine Press Book Association and the Canadian Book Binders and Book Artists Guild.

We are located in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales: Canadian Manda Group, Distribution: Independent Publishers Group
US: Sales: Literary Press Group, Distribution: SPD Books (US), Gazelle Book Services (UK), Durnell (EU)

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Baraka Books

Quebec

Baraka Books is a Quebec-based English-language book publisher specializing in creative and political non-fiction, history and historical fiction, as well as fiction. Their belief is that books are a haven of freedom and that they remain the foremost vector for change. The word baraka is used in many languages and cultures and, depending on the language, can mean blessing, wisdom, luck, and more. Inspired by this multilingual and cross-cultural word, 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.

To learn more about Baraka Books, read our profile.

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales: Canadian Manda Group, Distribution: Independent Publishers Group
US: Sales & Distribution: Independent Publishers Group

Bayeux Arts Inc

Alberta

Bayeux Arts Inc. is an independent publishing house located in Calgary, Alberta. It produces between six and ten titles per year and is about to commence publication of graphic novels and Spanish-language translations of its YA titles and others. The company’s list tends to reflect the individual tastes and interests of its founders, and those of its talented and youthful editors. Bayeux remains committed to producing books of beauty that build bridges across cultures. As its name was intended to suggest, the artistic nature of its books represents the cornerstone of its publishing program. Their list is deliberately eclectic and contains books that other publishers often shy away from. They publish these books because they deserve publication and because they deserve to be read.

To learn more about Bayeux Arts, read our profile.

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales: Canadian Manda Group, Distribution: LitDistCo
US: Sales: Literary Press Group, Distribution: LitDistCo

Between the Lines

Ontario

Between the Lines is a social movement press founded in 1977. We publish nonfiction books that expose and challenge oppression in our society. We aim to amplify the struggles of Black, Indigenous, and racialized communities; migrants; women; queer folks; and working-class people. BTL is proudly left-wing and the books we publish reflect our activist roots and our commitment to social justice struggles. BTL authors are academics, journalists, artists, and activists—all our authors hope their books will spark political and social change. As a product of New Left radicalism, BTL embodies the cooperative and democratic ideals of its founders. BTL has no boss, no individual owner; we are run by a small group of staff and a dedicated volunteer editorial committee. Decisions on what we publish are made by consensus. We publish books not to seek profit, but to archive and promote struggles for a better world, challenge the mainstream, and offer readers new perspectives on critical political issues.

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Brunswick Books
US: AK Press

Biblioasis

Ontario

Biblioasis is a literary press based out of Windsor, Ontario, committed to publishing the best poetry, fiction, and non-fiction in beautifully crafted editions. Biblioasis has a popular International Translation series, which translates important works of literature from its native language into English. 

Closer to home is Biblioasis’ Renditions series, which brings back great works of Canadian Literature that have long been out of print. Featured titles in this series include "Moody Food" by Ray Robertson and "Quickening" by Terry Griggs.

To learn more about Biblioasis, read our profile.

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales: Ampersand Inc., Distribution: University of Toronto Press Distribution
US: Sales & Distribution: Consortium Book Sales and Distribution

Blue Moon Publishers

Ontario

Once in a blue moon, a story comes along that captures hearts and imaginations. We're a boutique Canadian publishing house that shines a light diverse stories and new voices. We strive to change lives through literature, and have a meaningful impact on our readers through the tales we tell. We are proud members of the Literary Press Group of Canada and the Ontario Book Publishers Organization, and are committed to publishing writing that inspires, encourages, and motivates our readers to make the world a better place.

 

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales: Canadian Manda Group, Distribution: LitDistCo
US: Sales & Distribution: Ingram

Book*hug Press

Ontario

Celebrating adventures in literary publishing since 2004, Book*hug is a radically optimistic Canadian independent literary press working at the forefront of contemporary book culture. Our mandate is to publish innovative and contemporary books of literary fiction, literary nonfiction, literature in translation, and poetry by emerging and established writers. Our mission is to publish work that meaningfully contributes to and reflects culture and society; books that challenge and push at the boundaries of cultural expectations. We are most interested in literary work that is dynamic, bold, challenging, and innovative.

To learn more about Book*hug Press, read our profile.

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales: Canadian Manda Group, Distribution: University of Toronto Press
US: Sales: Independent Publishers Group Distribution: Independent Publishers Group

BookLand Press

Ontario

Bookland Press is an independent Canadian publishing house based in Toronto, Ontario. Their interests range from contemporary poetry to beautifully written fiction and creative non-fiction. They attract, select, publish, and promote some of the most exciting and creative Canadian writers of our times. Inspired by the enduring magic and importance of books, their objective is to create, publish, and distribute exceptional books that are instantly recognizable in Canada and around the world for their spirit, creativity, and literary value. 

To learn more about BookLand Press, read our profile.

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales: Canadian Manda Group, Distribution: LitDistCo
US: Sales: Literary Press Group, Distribution: LitDistCo

Breakwater Books

Newfoundland and Labrador

Breakwater Books was founded in 1973 to showcase the high quality writing and storytelling that exists in Newfoundland and Labrador. Since their founding, their focus has broadened to include outstanding authors from across Canada, and they occasionally complement their list by acquiring books from foreign publishers. 

Breakwater publishes high quality literature in all genres — literary and commercial fiction, non-fiction, plays, poetry, and children’s books, as well as educational curricula — while continuing to promote culturally significant backlist titles.

To learn more about Breakwater Books, read our profile.

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Distribution: University of Toronto Press Distribution

Brick Books

Ontario

Brick Books is the only publishing company in Canada that exclusively publishes poetry. Founded in 1975 in London, Ontario by Stan Dragland and Don McKay, the press continues its dedication to fostering interesting, ambitious, and compelling work by both new and established poets, and continues its commitment to deeply engaged editing. 

Brick Books has published well-known Canadian writers like Michael Ondaatje, Anne Carson, and Dennis Lee as well as many emerging writers such as Karen Solie, Adam Dickinson, and Julie Bruck. Brick Books publishes work by authors who live from Lasqueti Island, British Columbia to St. John’s, Newfoundland.

To learn more about Brick Books, read our profile.

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales: Canadian Manda Group, Distribution: LitDistCo
US: Sales: Literary Press Group, Distribution: LitDistCo

Brindle & Glass (an imprint of TouchWood Editions)

British Columbia

Originally founded by Ruth Linka and Lee Shedden in 2001, Brindle & Glass became the literary imprint of TouchWood Editions in 2013. Brindle & Glass continues to live up to its original mandate to showcase the varied, unique, and homegrown literary talents of Western Canadians. Through literary fiction, memoir, and narrative nonfiction, B&G offers compelling and relevant stories that represent diverse people and perspectives.

To learn more about Brindle & Glass, read our profile.

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales & Distribution: Heritage Group Distribution
US: Sales & Distribution: Ingram

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Caitlin Press

British Columbia

Caitlin Press was established in 1977 as a feminist literary press. In the 1980s, Caitlin Press expanded its mandate to that of a BC literary press. By the early 1990s Caitlin had established themselves as the trade publisher of the Central Interior of British Columbia, while continuing to support and publish a wide variety of BC women’s literature. Today Caitlin continues to publish writers who reflect the concerns, culture and history of that part of Canada called the “middle north” which lies between the southern, heavily populated areas and the far north. Caitlin Press publishes culturally significant books, includ- ing fiction, non-fiction (both historical and creative), and poetry. Occasionally we will produce a children’s or young adult title.

To learn more about Caitlin Press, read our profile.

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales: Publishers Group Canada, Distribution: Raincoast
US: Sales & Distribution: Partners Publishers Group

Coach House Books

Ontario

Tucked away on Toronto’s historic bpNichol Lane, Coach House Books has been publishing and printing high-quality innovative fiction and poetry since 1965. Coach House is Canada’s most venerable literary press and has, during the past forty years, published books by Michael Ondaatje, George Bowering, bpNichol, Nicole Brossard, Christian Bök, Guy Maddin, Steve McCaffery, Gail Scott, Jonathan Goldstein, Anne Michaels, Michael Redhill and hundreds of others. A refuge for the refined, an asylum for the aesthete, a sanctuary for the scribe.

To learn more about Coach House Books, read our profile.

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales & Distribution: Publishers Group Canada
US: Sales & Distribution: Consortium Book Sales & Distribution

Conundrum Press

Nova Scotia

Conundrum Press was founded in 1996 in Montreal to publish a wide spectrum of under-represented writing and art. Over the next decade they split their list between fiction and graphic novels but also art books and projects that defy any genre. They have been nominated three times for the Shuster Award for Outstanding Canadian Comics Publisher, as well as having a number of authors win national and international awards in fiction and graphic novels. In 2009 Conundrum relocated to Nova Scotia and now focuses exclusively on publishing literary graphic novels from artists across Canada. Their BDANG imprint features Quebec graphic artists in translation and their newly launched Conundrum International imprint brings international graphic artists to a North American audience.

To learn more about Conundrum Press, read our profile.

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales: Canadian Manda Group, Distribution: LitDistCo
US: Consortium Book Sales & Distribution

Cormorant Books

Ontario

Cormorant Books publishes literary fiction, non-fiction and poetry, as well as books for young people under the imprint DCB

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales: Hornblower, Distribution: UTP
US: Distribution: Orca Books

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DC Books

Quebec

DC Books embodies a tradition of literary innovation, dissent against convention, and artistic facilitation that is second to none. Their founding editor was Louis Dudek: poet, man of letters, and literary animator.

Their editors presently include the managing editor is the novelist and political essayist, Keith Henderson; the poetry editor is Jason Camlot; and the fiction editor is Kenneth Radu.

To learn more about DC Books, read our profile.

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales & Distribution: LitDistCo
US: Sales & Distribution: Fitzhenry & Whiteside

Dundurn Press

Ontario

Established in 1972, Dundurn Press is one of Canada’s largest and leading independent trade publishers. With over 2,300 books in print, Dundurn Press is recognized for producing high quality, award-winning books across multiple genres. We publish books that reflect the world, satisfy curiosity, enlighten, and entertain. We seek to amplify and elevate exceptional Canadian voices to the world, particularly those that have not yet been discovered or have been previously underrepresented in trade publishing. We also aim to make Dundurn Press a home for all readers and writers in our community as we signal a new era for the press by opening a welcoming storefront space in Leslieville, Toronto in 2021 (opening day TBA). We publish across numerous genres, from literary and genre fiction, to lifestyle, memoir and biography, history and public policy, and middle-grade and teen fiction.

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales: Hornblower Group Inc., Distribution: UTP
US: Sales & Distribution: Ingram Publisher Services

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ECW Press

Ontario

ECW = Entertainment Culture Writing. PW recognized ECW Press as one of the most diversified independent publishers in North America. ECW Press has published more than 1,000 books that are distributed throughout the world and translated into many languages.

Publishing fifty titles per year, their vibrant backlist includes poetry, fiction, hard-edged mysteries, as well as books on music, film and TV, politics, wrestling, sports, biography, true crime, humour, pop science, and personal finance. ECW is committed to the best writers and the best writing they know — whether they're introducing a new voice, or one that’s well-known.

To learn more about ECW Press, read this piece by founder Jack David for our In House series.

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales: Canadian Manda Group, Distribution: Jaguar Book Group
US: Sales & Distribution: Legato Publishers Group

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Flamingo Rampant

Flamingo Rampant is producing feminist, racially-diverse, LGBTQ positive children’s books, in an effort to bring visibility and positivity to the reading landscape of children everywhere. Flamingo Rampant makes books kids love that love them right back, bedtime stories for beautiful dreams, and books that make kids of all kinds say with pride: that kid’s just like me!

Freehand Books

Alberta

Freehand Books was established in 2007 with a very simple mandate: to publish excellent Canadian literature. They’ve gone on to publish an aesthetically diverse, award-winning list of fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction from both established authors and exciting new voices from all across Canada. Freehand prides themselves on their careful attention to detail throughout the editorial process, the high production quality and innovative design of their titles, and their creativity in the marketing and promotion of each book.

To learn more about Freehand Books, read our profile.

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales: Ampersand Inc, Distribution: UTP
US: Distribution: UTP

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Gaspereau Press

Nova Scotia

At the core of their philosophy is a commitment to making books that reinstate the importance of the book as a physical object, reuniting publishing and the book arts. Many of their covers are letterpress-printed, feature original artwork and are printed on fine paper, in some cases even handmade. Most of their books are smyth-sewn and bound into card covers and are then enfolded in letterpress-printed jackets. Gaspereau Press publishes contemporary literature by both emerging and established Canadian authors, and is one of the few Canadian publishers that continue to print and bind their own books in-house. Gaspereau Press stresses the importance of quality across the entire process, from editorial and design to the manufacturing stage.

To learn more about Gaspereau Press, read our profile.

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales & Distribution: Gaspereau Press
US: Sales & Distribution: Gaspereau Press

Goose Lane Editions

New Brunswick

Goose Lane Editions is a small, lively company based in Fredericton, New Brunswick. As Canada’s oldest independent publisher, the company successfully combines a regional heart with a national profile to introduce readers to work by the best-established and emerging authors. 

After more than half a century of publishing, they look forward to discovering new generations of writers, while celebrating their literary heritage. They offer new ideas, a fresh aesthetic, and a clear Canadian voice to readers across the country and around the globe.

To learn more about Goose Lane Editions, read our profile.

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales: Hornblower Group / Ampersand Inc, Distribution: University of Toronto Press Distribution
US: Distribution: University of Toronto Press Distribution

Guernica Editions

Ontario

People often ask: “Why Guernica?” On Monday, April 26th, 1937, the bells of Santa Maria tolled, warning of the inhumane aerial raid that would reduce the Spanish city of Guernica to ruins. Picasso immortalized the victims with his painting Guernica and the image has become a plea for peace. 

This press was named Guernica with the hope that the books it publishes will make this world a better place in which to live and love. Established in 1978 and with new ownership as of January 2010, Guernica has published over five hundred titles from authors worldwide. These titles include poetry, novels, short story collections, literary and cultural essays, and theatre.

To learn more about Guernica Editions, read our profile.

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales: Canadian Manda Group, Distribution: University of Toronto Press Distribution
US: Sales: Literary Press Group, Distribution: University of Toronto Press Distribution / Small Press Distribution

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Inanna Publications

Ontario

Founded in 1978, Inanna is one of only a very few independent feminist presses in Canada committed to publishing fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction by and about women, and complementing this with relevant non-fiction, that bring new, innovative, and diverse perspectives with the potential to change and enhance women’s lives everywhere. Their aim is to conserve a publishing space dedicated to feminist voices that provoke discussion, advance feminist thought, and speak to diverse lives of women. Inanna's editorial policy is to publish visionary books that reflect the depth, breadth, and diversity of women’s lives across Canada. 

To learn more about Inanna Publications, read our profile.

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales: Canadian Manda Group, Distribution: Brunswick Books
US: Sales: Literary Press Group, Distribution: Brunswick Books

Invisible Publishing

Ontario

Invisible Publishing is committed to working with writers who might not ordinarily be published and distributed commercially. They work exclusively with emerging and under published authors to produce entertaining, affordable books.

They believe that books are meant to be enjoyed by everyone and that sharing our stories is important. In an effort to ensure that books never become a luxury, Invisible does all that they can to make their books more accessible. They are collectively organized and our production processes are transparent. At Invisible, publishers and authors recognize a commitment to one another, and to the development of communities that can sustain and encourage storytellers.

To learn more about Invisible Publishing, read their interview for our In House series.

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales & Distribution: Publishers Groups Canada
US: Sales & Distribution: Small Press Distribution

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J. Gordon Shillingford Publishing

Manitoba

J. Gordon Shillingford Publishing is primarily a literary publisher that publishes under several imprints that include: Scirocco Drama (theatre), The Muses’ Company (poetry), Watson & Dwyer Publishing (Canadian social history), and J. Gordon Shillingford (politics, religion, true crime, biography). The press publishes, on average, 14 titles per year.

To learn more about J. Gordon Shillingford Publishing, read our profile.

 

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales: Canadian Manda Group, Distribution: University of Toronto Press Distribution
US: Sales: Literary Press Group, Distribution: University of Toronto Press Distribution

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Kegedonce Press

Ontario

For over twenty-five years Kegedonce Press has been crafting beautiful books that involve Indigenous Peoples at all levels of production. We support the enterprise of Indigenous writers, artists, graphic illustrators, designers, editors, printers and others in related fields. Founded in 1993 by Anishinaabe writer Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm, Kegedonce is committed to the publication of beautifully written and designed Indigenous literature, both nationally and internationally.

Native-owned and operated, Kegedonce is based at Neyaashiinigmiing, on the traditional territory of the Chippewas of Nawash First Nation. Our owner and Managing Editor is Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm of the Chippewas of Nawash; our Publishing Manager is Renee K. Abram, of the Oneida Nation (Onyota’a:ka), Wolf clan.

To learn more about Kegedonce Press, read our profile.

 

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales: Canadian Manda Group, Distribution: LitDistCo
US: Sales: Literary Press Group, Distribution: LitDistCo

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Latitude 46

Ontario

Latitude 46 Publishing was established in 2015 with a goal to publish distinctive literary works by established and emerging authors with a connection to northern Ontario, as well as narratives about the unique landscape and culture of the region. They seek to uncover the untold stories of the North, both fiction and non-fiction, although they’re equally interested in representing diverse storytellers who can bring ideas and facts to life. Latitude 46 Publishing is located in Sudbury, ON, along the 46th parallel, where founders and publishers Heather Campbell and Laura Gregorini live and write.

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Canada: Sales: Publishers Group Canada, Distribution: LitDistCo

Linda Leith Publishing

Quebec

Linda Leith Publishing is a Montreal-based literary house that publishes in both English and French. Founded in 2011 by Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival founder Linda Leith, LLP seeks out original voices and edgy subjects, with a special interest in bridging the language divide between Quebec and the rest of Canada.

To learn more about Linda Leith Publisher, read our profile.

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales: Canadian Manda Group, Distribution: LitDistCo
US: Sales: Literary Press Group, Distribution: LitDistCo

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Mansfield Press

Ontario

Formed in 1999, Mansfield Press made its debut into the publishing world in May 2000 with four books of poetry by accomplished writers Diana Fitzgerald Bryden, Margaret Christakos, Corrado Paina, and Ann Shin. With a strong focus on poetry, Mansfield Press is dedicated to nurturing a new generation of writers and introducing them to the world. Located in the heart of Toronto’s Little Italy, with strong local community ties, Mansfield Press helps foster the important exchange between writers and readers, whether they meet in person, or on the page.

To learn more about Mansfield Press, read our profile.

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales: Canadian Manda Group, Distribution: LitDistCo
US: Sales: Literary Press Group, Distribution: LitDistCo

Mawenzi House

Ontario

Mawenzi House (previously TSAR Publications) is dedicated to bringing to the reading public fresh new writing from Canada and across the world that reflects the diversity of our rapidly globalizing world, particularly in Canada and the United States. Their focus is on works that can loosely be termed "multicultural" and particularly those that pertain to Asia and Africa. They publish 6-8 titles of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction (literary criticism, history) per year.

To learn more about Mawenzi House, read our profile.

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales: Canadian Manda Group, Distribution: University of Toronto Press Distribution
US: Sales & Distribution: Small Press Distribution

Metonymy Press

Quebec

Metonymy Press is based in Tio’tia:ke (Montreal), unceded Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) territory. We publish literary fiction and nonfiction by emerging writers. We try to reduce barriers to publishing for authors whose perspectives are underrepresented in order to produce quality materials relevant to queer, feminist, and social justice communities. We really want to keep gay book lovers satisfied.

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Canadian Manda Group, LitDistCo
US: Small Press Distribution

Mother Tongue Publishing

British Columbia

Mother Tongue Publishing is a West Coast literary press that publishes fiction, art, history, poetry, and anthologies by BC writers. Home of the Great BC Novel Contest.

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales & Distribution: Heritage Group
US: Sales & Distribution: Heritage Group

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NeWest Press

Alberta

Founded officially in 1979, Edmonton-based NeWest set out to provide better opportunities for young writers in the prairie region, in a publishing industry that was traditionally dominated by central Canadian publishing houses.

While still a western regional press in its focus, in recent years NeWest has expanded its mandate to include work from BC. Today the editorial board continues its commitment to developing and publishing first-time writers as well as ensuring the availability of western Canadian classics. At thirty years and counting, NeWest Press has established itself as one of the country’s most enduring and respected literary presses.

To learn more about NeWest Press, read our profile.

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales: Canadian Manda Group, Distribution: LitDistCo
US: Sales: Literary Press Group, Distribution: LitDistCo

Nightwood Editions

British Columbia

Nightwood Editions is committed to publishing and promoting the best new poetry, fiction, and non-fiction by writers across Canada. Nightwood strives to publish books that foster a community of writers and readers, and reflect the diversity our country is known for. Books published by Nightwood include the best-selling anthology Breathing Fire 2; Tim Bowling’s The Lost Coast, shortlisted for the Writers’ Trust Non-Fiction Prize; Alayna Munce’s When I was Young and In My Prime, shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award; and Philip Kevin Paul’s Little Hunger, shortlisted for the 2009 Governor General’s Award for poetry.

To learn more about Nightwood Editions, read our profile.

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales & Distribution: Harbour Publishing
US: Sales & Distribution: Harbour Publishing

Now Or Never Publishing

British Columbia

Now Or Never is a boutique west coast publishing house that seeks out those titles that accurately reflect its literary mandate: to publish a diverse range of contemporary literature that accurately reflects the “fighting spirit” of Canadians in the face of adversity in all of its forms, and to present this body of work to readers both at home and abroad.

To learn more about Now or Never, read our profile.

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales: Canadian Manda Group, Distribution: LitDistCo
US: Sales: Literary Press Group, Distribution: LitDistCo

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Palimpsest Press

Ontario

Palimpsest Press publishes poetry, literary fiction, and non-fiction titles that deal with poetics, cultural criticism, and literary biography. We look for poetry that displays technical mastery, precise language, and an authentic voice, and fiction that is rich in imagery, well crafted, and focused on character development. Our non-fiction titles are essays or memoirs written by poets, and books that examine Canadian poetry and the Canadian cultural landscape. Palimpsest Press’ mission is to publish high quality work in beautifully designed and collectible volumes. Our belief is that a book should be an object of beauty and inspiration. Our objectives are to seek out the best new and established voices in Canadian literature and we have committed at least 20% of our titles to authors living with disability. We are committed to maintaining high editorial and production standards, ensuring our trade books are well distributed, kept in print, and promoted through readings, events and advertising. 

Palimpsest Press sits on the traditional territory of the Three Fires Confederacy of First Nations, comprised of the Ojibway, the Odawa, and the Potawatomie. (source: University of Windsor)

To learn more about Palimpest Press, read our profile.

 

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales: Canadian Manda Group, Distribution: LitDistCo
US: Sales: Literary Press Group, Distribution: LitDistCo

Playwrights Canada Press

Ontario

Playwrights Canada Press is a drama publisher located in Toronto, Ontario. Formed in 1984 as the publishing arm of the Playwrights Guild of Canada, the Press was separately incorporated in 2001 and now operates as a stand-alone publisher.

The Press is the only publisher in Canada to focus solely on plays, producing about thirty titles each year. Award-winning authors published by Playwrights include Judith Thompson, Daniel MacIvor, Colleen Murphy, and John Mighton. In addition to the publication of plays, both for adults and for children, the Press also produces occasional books of theatre criticism, history, and memoirs.

To learn more about Playwrights Canada Press, read our profile.

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales: Canadian Manda Group, Distribution: University of Toronto Press Distribution
US: Sales & Distribution: Theatre Communication Group

Pow Pow Press

Quebec

Pow Pow Press is the English division of the French language, Montreal-based publisher Editions Pow Pow. Created in 2010, they primarily publish graphic novels by a growing number of authors.

 

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales: Canadian Manda Group, Distribution: LitDistCo
US: Sales: LPG, Distribution: LitDistCo

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Quattro Books

Ontario

Quattro Books’ mandate is to publish new and established Canadian authors whose work has outstanding literary merit. They aim to fulfill the vision that Canada is extremely diverse and the literature it produces, regardless of its style, or the context that informs it, should be accessible to all. Quattro places special emphasis on the literary novella, or short novel, a narrative form with strong roots in European and Latin American literature, but not issued by many Canadian trade publishers. They are cognizant that the novella poses special challenges to fiction writers and is, therefore, a genre that is evolving in Canada. Their other main focus is poetry. As with their novellas, literary quality is paramount, whether the author is a young emerging writer, or an established author working in a different genre.

To learn more about Quattro Books, read our profile.

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales: Canadian Manda Group, Distribution: LitDistCo
US: Sales: Literary Press Group, Distribution: LitDistCo

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Radiant Press

Saskatchewan

Radiant Press is a small literary press located on Treaty 4 Territory in Regina, Saskatchewan. We are committed to publishing exceptional books by emerging and established authors, regionally and nationally. Our books include poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction as well as those that defy genre.

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales: Canadian Manda Group, Distribution: LitDistCo
US: Sales: Canadian Manda Group, Distribution: LitDistCo

Rebel Mountain Press

British Columbia

Founded in 2015, Rebel Mountain Press is a small, independently owned Canadian book publisher of anthologies, poetry, children’s and young adult literature, memoir, and adult fiction. Currently, we publish 5-6 titles per year. Rebel welcomes new and emerging Canadian authors, as well as more established Canadian writers. Our goal is to give a voice to Canadian authors who might not otherwise be heard, such as those from the LGBTQ2+ community, authors of Aboriginal descent, or those from other marginalized groups. Our aim is to create books that are insightful and promote greater social awareness and tolerance. We strive to publish books that will make a strong artistic and cultural contribution to Canadian literature—to illuminate the experiences of Canadians of all ages, abilities, ethnicities, genders and sexual orientations, giving readers the perspective and insight necessary to empathize with and understand others from diverse backgrounds and cultures.   

 

Rebel Mountain Press has published books by established authors such as Robin Stevenson, and emerging authors such as Michelle Sylliboy. Rebel's anthology title, Breaking Boundaries: LGBTQ2 Writers Coming Out and Into Canada has been nominated for the 2019 BC BookWorld's George Ryga Award for social awareness.

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales: Canadian Manda Group, Distribution: LitDistCo
US: Sales: Literary Press Group, Distribution: LitDistCo

Renaissance

Quebec

Renaissance was founded in May 2013 by a group of authors and designers who wanted to publish and market those stories which don’t always fit neatly in a genre, or a niche, or a demographic. Like the happy panbibliophiles we are, we opened our submissions, with no other guideline than finding a Canadian book we would fall in love with.

Today, this is still very true; however, we’ve also noticed an interesting trend in what we like to publish. It turns out that we are naturally drawn to the voices of those who are members of a marginalized group, and these are the voices we want to continue to uplift.

At Renaissance, we do things differently. We are passionate about books, and we care as much about our authors enjoying the publishing process as we do about our readers enjoying a great Canadian read on the platform they prefer.

 

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales: Literary Press Group, Distribution: LitDistCo

Ronsdale Press

British Columbia

Ronsdale Press publishes in a wide variety of genres. Of particular interest are non-fiction titles, including biography, history, and social ideas. Ronsdale is also known for its series of Holocaust memoirs.

In fiction, Ronsdale has published books by established authors such as Jack Hodgins and Hubert Aquin (in an English translation), as well as emerging authors such as Sheila James, and Susan Dobbie. Ronsdale’s poets come from across Canada; they include Pam Calabrese MacLean from the Maritimes and Daphne Marlatt from the West Coast. Ronsdale’s young adult titles are regularly nominated for prizes.

To learn more about Ronsdale Press, read our profile.

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales & Distribution: Publishers Group Canada
US: Sales: Literary Press Group, Distribution: LitDistCo

Roseway Publications

Nova Scotia

Roseway Publishing publishes literary work related to social injustices and the struggles involved in making the world a better place to live. They publish works of fiction, creative non-fiction, memoir, and other literary writing that is in keeping with their interest in social justice issues. Roseway is an imprint of Fernwood Publishing.

To learn more about Roseway Publishing, read our profile.

 

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales & Distribution: Brunswick Books
US: Sales & Distribution: Columbia University Press

Running the Goat

Newfoundland and Labrador

Running the Goat, Books Broadsides specializes in fine children’s books, and letterpress-printed, hand-sewn chapbooks and broadsides. Our commercially-printed books are noted for excellence in writing, illustration, and design. Our letterpress publications for quirkiness, playfulness, and variety.

All of our publications celebrate the diverse stories, history, folklore, and culture of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the rest of Atlantic Canada. While our titles are regional in origin, they are universal in appeal.

Letterpress titles are available directly from the publisher.

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales: Canadian Manda Group, Distribution: LitDistCo
US: Sales: Literary Press Group, Distribution: LitDistCo

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Signature Editions

Manitoba

Begun in 1986 as a student collective at Montreal’s Concordia University under the name Nuage Editions, the press became a sole proprietorship in 1991 and was relocated to Winnipeg in 1998. In 2001 the press name was changed to Signature Editions. Signature publish seven to ten titles a year in the genres of literary fiction and mysteries, non-fiction, poetry, and drama. They specializes in Canadian writing of literary merit, with a list that includes established writers as well as newcomers from across the country. Their books have been honoured with many awards and nominations, including Governor General’s Awards, Manitoba Book Awards, QWF Awards, the Jewish Book Award, the Atlantic Poetry Prize, the Pat Lowther Award, the Acorn- Plantos People’s Poetry Award, the ReLit Award, the John Glassco Translation Prize, and the CAA Awards.

To learn more about Signature Editions, read our profile.

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales: Canadian Manda Group, Distribution: University of Toronto Press Distribution
US: Distribution: University of Toronto Press Distribution

Stonehouse Publishing

Alberta

Founded in 2014, Stonehouse Publishing publishes literary and trade fiction, with a special focus on historical fiction. Their list includes a diverse selection of titles and authors, and they have plans to re-release classic works in the near future. Stonehouse is devoted to good literature, effective marketing, and an engaging aesthetic. Publishing 5-8 titles annually, Stonehouse is nestled in the alternately dusty and snowy Canadian Prairies.

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales: Canadian Manda Group, Distribution: LitDistCo
US: Sales: Literary Press Group, Distribution: LitDistCo

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Talonbooks

British Columbia

Talonbooks, founded in Vancouver in 1967, publishes authors of international stature, writing in the literary genres of poetry, fiction, and drama, as well as non-fiction books in the fields of ethnography, environmental and social issues, and literary criticism. They also publish selected titles in architecture, regional geography and history, and photography. Talon's authors’ books continue to make a difference to the world we live in. They have contributed to the establishment of protected wilderness areas and the redress of social injustices; they have given a public voice to First Nations peoples; and they have been recipients of many prestigious national and international awards for arts and letters.

To learn more about Talonbooks, read our profile.

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales & Distribution: Publishers Group Canada
US: Sales & Distribution: Consortium Books Sales and Distribution

The Porcupines Quill

Ontario

Founded in 1974, The Porcupine’s Quill’s mandate has always been to publish contemporary Canadian literature. They are dedicated to discovering talented new writers and to reprinting exceptional Canadian literature from the past. They publish ten to twelve titles annually, ranging from fiction, to poetry, to literary criticism, and art. The Porcupine’s Quill is one of only a few Canadian presses that completes most of its production in-house, and their books have won many awards for their beauty and quality. In 2008 co-founders, Tim and Elke Inkster, were appointed to the Order of Canada in honour of their contributions to Canadian publishing and their promotion of new authors.

To learn more about The Porcupine's Quill, read our profile.

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales: Canadian Manda Group, Distribution: University of Toronto Press Distribution
US: Sales: The Porcupine's Quill, Distribution: University of Toronto Press Distribution

Theytus Books

British Columbia

Theytus Books is a leading North American publisher of Indigenous voices. Located in Syilx territory on the Penticton Indian Reserve in British Columbia, Theytus Books is proudly First Nations-owned and operated in partnership with the En’owkin Centre. As the oldest Indigenous publishing house in Canada, Theytus Books is recognized and respected internationally for its contributions to Aboriginal literature. Since its inception in 1980, Theytus Books has been a leading proponent for Indigenous authors, illustrators and artists. It ensures that their voice and vision are expressed with the highest level of cultural authenticity and integrity.

To learn more about Theytus Books, read our profile.

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales: Martin & Associates, Distribution: University of Toronto Press Distribution
US: Sales: Theytus Books, Distribution: University of Toronto Press Distribution

Thistledown Press

Saskatchewan

Thistledown Press is a literary book publisher located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Established in 1975, it has built its reputation on its commitment to quality and its willingness to embrace books as cultural artifacts in both content and form.
Thistledown publishes poetry and fiction for adults and young adults to a national and international audience. Although Thistledown’s policy has been to serve primarily as a platform for the literary arts of Saskatchewan, its list represents all regions of Canada.

To learn more about Thistledown Press, read our profile.

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales: Ampersand Inc., Distribution: University of Toronto Press Distribution

Turnstone Press

Manitoba

Founded in a Winnipeg pub in 1976, Turnstone Press has become one of the most highly regarded book publishers in western Canada, publishing not only poetry but also fiction, literary criticism, and non-fiction. In 1998 Turnstone Press launched Ravenstone Books, an imprint dedicated to mysteries, thrillers, and noir fiction. They publish only Canadian authors or landed immigrants, striving to publish a significant number of new writers, in a variety of genres, as well as to publish 50 per cent Manitoba writers and/or books with Manitoba content. Despite the risk inherent in publishing new Canadian literary writing, Turnstone Press remains committed to pursuing and promoting new, thought-provoking authors and books.

To learn more about Turnstone Press, read our profile.

 

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales: Canadian Manda Group, Distribution: LitDistCo
US: Sales: Literary Press Group, Distribution: LitDistCo

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Véhicule Press

Quebec

Since 1973 Véhicule Press has published award-winning poetry, fiction, essays, translations, and social history. In 1981, Véhicule began Signal Editions, a poetry series which has since published 72 titles, one third of them by first-time authors. In late summer 2003, Véhicule added a new imprint, Esplanade Books, a fiction series.

To learn more about Vehicule Press, read our profile.

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales: Canadian Manda Group, Distribution: LitDistCo
US: Sales & Distribution: Independent Publishers Group

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Wolsak & Wynn Publishers

Ontario

Wolsak and Wynn is an eccentric literary press based in the heart of Hamilton, Ontario. With steel mills on one side of them, the Niagara Escarpment on the other, and Toronto somewhere off in the distance, they spend their time producing brilliant, highly individual, and sometimes provocative books. With over thirty years of publishing behind them, they’ve won a number of awards for their books, from the Governor General’s Award for Poetry to the Pigskin Peter’s Award for Nominally Narrative Canadian Cartooning. Wolsak and Wynn publishes poetry, fiction, and non-fiction for nearly every taste.

To learn more about Wolsak & Wynn, read our profile.

Sales and Distribution

Canada: Sales: Canadian Manda Group, Distribution: University of Toronto Press Distribution
US: Sales: Literary Press Group, Distribution: University of Toronto Press Distribution