Guernica Editions has been publishing books that highlight the multicultural aspects of Canada since 1978. Started by Antonio D’Alfonso after a trip to Europe, he gave the press the name ‘Guernica’ after Picasso’s painting that has become a plea for peace. They strive to publish books that will make this world a better place in which to live and love. From its first book—
Instants by Marco Fraticelli—in the spring of 1979, Guernica has selected titles that dare to cross geographical, intellectual, and social boundaries.
Guernica Editions has been publishing books that highlight the multicultural aspects of Canada since 1978. Started by Antonio D’Alfonso after a trip to Europe, he gave the press the name ‘Guernica’ after Picasso’s painting that has become a plea for peace. They strive to publish books that will make this world a better place in which to live and love.
Since 2010 Guernica Editions has gone through a few transformations, including new leadership.
Connie McParland and
Michael Mirolla were used to being on the other side of the publishing process as writers when they took over Guerinca but, since becoming publishers, they’ve quickly found their feet. Their recent titles have been nominated for such awards as the Governor General’s Award for Poetry (
Exploding into Night by Sandy Pool, 2010;
Where the Sun Shines Best by Austin Clarke, 2013), the Toronto Book Award (
Paramita, Little Black by Suzanne Robertson, 2012), and the Ottawa Book Award (
Fugitive Horizons by Henry Beissel, 2014).
While all of those award nominations stand out in their minds, one title that they’ve published that they feel really gets at the heart of what they’re trying to do is
Letters From the Land of Fear by Calvin White. White spent 11 months in western Uzbekistan working with Doctors Without Borders as a mental health specialist. This brave book shines a light on a little known battle against drug-resistant tuberculosis in a human and warm tone that connects Canadians to the rest of the world.
From a small office in the suburbs of Oakville, Ontario, Guerinca is working hard to live up to their new tagline of “No Borders, No Limits,” both in the books they publish and the connections they’re making in the community. From getting involved in multicultural activities to supporting start-ups (such as
Lexical.ca) to donating books to various groups, Guernica in pushing new ground all the time.
All Lit Up is produced by the Literary Press Group and LitDistCo. LPG and LitDistCo acknowledge the financial support of the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Ontario Arts Council.
All views expressed by bloggers and contributors to the All Lit Up blog are their own and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of All Lit Up or the Literary Press Group.
All Lit Up acknowledges we are hosted on the lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishinaabeg, the Haudenosaunee, and the Wendat. We also recognize the enduring presence of all First Nations, Métis and the Inuit people, and we are grateful to have the opportunity to meet and work on this territory.