Celebrating adventures in literary publishing since 2004, Book*hug (formerly BookThug) 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 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 aim to ensure that our catalogue is reflective of an inclusive and multicultural Canada. We especially welcome work by Indigenous writers, writers of colour, writers from the LGBTQ2S+ community, 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 various formats (print, electronic, audio) and distribute them through as many channels as possible. We also produce elegant and attractive editions with careful attention paid to the aesthetics of design.
Some of our notable authors include Andre Alexis, Lee Maracle, Shani Mootoo, Johanna Skibsrud, M. NourbeSe Philip, Jacob Wren, Marianne Apostolides, Erin Wunker, Lisa Robertson, Chelene Knight, Gwen Benaway, Jess Taylor, Joni Murphy, Sylvain Prudhomme, Oisin Curran, Rune Christiansen, Aisha Sasha John, Sandra Ridley, David Goudreault, and more. Our books receive recognition and acclaim in the media and on literary prize shortlists, including the Governor General’s Literary Awards, 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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