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About Book*hug Press

Celebrating adventures in literary publishing since 2004, Book*hug Press 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 bold, challenging, innovative, and takes risks; writing that feels necessary and urgent.

Book*hug Press has made an impressive mark on the Canadian literary landscape in a relatively short span of time. This was helped by a promise we made early on to remain open to change and to be adaptable to the changing needs of the culture to which the press contributes. As such, our books are known for making significant contributions to contemporary literary culture.

Book*hug Press is deeply committed to building a more inclusive CanLit by publishing culturally diverse voices whose work has been historically underrepresented in the publishing landscape. When acquiring manuscripts we carefully consider questions such as: whose voices are missing and who are the storytellers that we need most right now? We especially welcome work by IBPOC writers, LGBTQIA2S+ writers, deaf and disabled writers, and women. We strongly support feminist writing.

We support our literary writers through attentive editing and by facilitating dialogue about the spaces and traditions they work within. We help grow their readership through strategic publicity and marketing campaigns. We publish our books in a variety of formats (print, accessible eBooks, accessible audiobooks) and distribute them through as many channels as possible. We produce elegant and attractive editions with careful attention paid to the aesthetics of design.

Some of our notable authors include Lee Maracle, Shani Mootoo, Maria Stepanova, M. NourbeSe Philip, Andre Alexis, Jacob Wren, Marianne Apostolides, Lisa Robertson, Chelene Knight, Jess Taylor, Joni Murphy, Johanna Skibsrud, Sylvain Prudhomme, Oisín Curran, Rune Christiansen, Aisha Sasha John, Sandra Ridley,  and more. Our books receive recognition and acclaim in the media and on literary prize shortlists, including nominations and/or wins from the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the International Booker Prize, the Governor General’s Literary Awards, CBC Canada Reads, the Trillium Book Awards, the Atlantic Books Awards, the Griffin Poetry Prize for Excellence, the Quebec Writers’ Federation Book Awards, the Toronto Book Awards, the City of Vancouver Book Award, the BC Book Awards, and more.

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