OKCanLit: The Artisanal Wordsmith
Some of these presses hearken back to some combination of the old model of publisher-printer-bookseller. Coach House Books presses books like Sina Queyras' MxT straight off their Heidelbergs in their namesake coach house in Toronto. Both Wolsak & Wynn in Hamilton and Biblioasis in Windsor are publishers and storefronts, welcoming readers in to peruse their critically-acclaimed novels, short stories, non-fiction and poetry in a bookstore setting and engaging with the local arts community.
TAWs extend their reach outside of their physical locations, too – their books exhibit a cosmopolitanism that speaks to Canadians and readers all over the world. ECW Press and Invisible Publishing each had books nominated for the Giller Prize in 2014 and 2013, respectively: ECW Arjun Basu's Waiting for the Man and Jennifer LoveGrove's Watch How We Walk, and Invisible How to Get Along with Women, by Elisabeth de Mariaffi. View books in this list