Guest blog by Matthew Adams, Between the Lines Publicist
In 2017 three Canadian publishers and Congress 2017 exhibitors — University of Manitoba Press, Between the Lines and Fernwood Publishing — will celebrate big anniversaries. See below for more information about the party!
Founded in 1967, the University of Manitoba Press (UMP) is a leading publisher of books on Indigenous studies and Canadian history. UMP produces books that combine important scholarship with a deep engagement in issues and events that affect our lives, including immigration studies, ethnic studies, the study of Canadian literature, culture, politics, Indigenous languages and a wide-ranging list of books on the heritage of the peoples and land of the Canadian prairies. UMP books have been recognized for their excellence with dozens of prestigious awards.
In 1977, a small group of activists founded Between the Lines (BTL). BTL’s first book, The Big Nickel: Inco at Home and Abroad, was a muckraking attack on the multinational mining company. Since that first book, BTL has published more than 400 titles—all covering issues of social justice, and many award-winning — leading a Geist Magazine reviewer to proclaim, “Between the Lines has made itself one of the most interesting book publishers in the country." This year, the BTL collective celebrates “40 years of books without bosses.”
Since 1992, Fernwood Publishing has published over 450 non-fiction titles that confront and contest intersecting forms of oppression and exploitation. With the acquisition of the Roseway Imprint in 2006, Fernwood branched into fiction. Founder Errol Sharpe says that “In an era when the restructuring of capitalism seems to be threatening to erase many of the gains that have been made by the oppressed in society, we think that our books have a part to play in bucking the trend.”
Books, Beer, and Birthday Cake: Three independent publishers. Three landmark anniversaries. One party! May 31, 7:00 pm, Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church Street. All welcome.