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About Book*hug Press

Celebrating adventures in literary publishing since 2004, Book*hug Press is a radically optimistic Canadian independent publisher working at the forefront of contemporary book culture. We publish critically acclaimed and award-winning books of literary fiction and nonfiction, poetry, and literature in translation. Book*hug quickly established itself as having a strong and recognizable brand, and readers turn to us for work that is engaging and intelligent. We publish emerging and established literary writers whose work meaningfully contributes to and reflects contemporary culture and society; books that challenge and push the boundaries of cultural expectations. We are most interested in bold, innovative, and urgent writing that takes risks.  While we have worked hard to build a highly supportive core readership, the company has consistently engaged in activities to help reach new audiences and markets year over year.

Book*hug Press is deeply committed to building a more equitable and inclusive publishing landscape by amplifying culturally diverse voices whose work has been historically underrepresented and producing born accessible editions of our titles. 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.

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.

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 born accessible formats (print, eBooks, audiobooks) and sell 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, Olga Ravn, M. NourbeSe Philip, Lisa Robertson, Chelene Knight, Jacob Wren, Marianne Apostolides, Jess Taylor, Joni Murphy, Johanna Skibsrud,  Rune Christiansen, Mona Hovring, 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 Amazon Canada First Novel Award, the Dublin Literary Award, the Griffin Poetry Prize for Excellence, the Trillium Book Awards, the Atlantic Books Awards, the Quebec Writers’ Federation Book Awards, the BC Book Awards, the Toronto Book Awards, the City of Vancouver Book Award, and more.

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