OKCanLit: The Press Next Door
The Press Next Door publishes titles that speak to the heart but never ring syrupy, honest but never overt, and are as much old friends as they are reading partners for life. You can't help but root for the flawed casts of characters in books like Goose Lane's Prairie Ostrich and NeWest's Some Extremely Boring Drives – it's their bouts of selfishness and mistakes that make them human, and will have you returning to them again and again.
The Press Next Door is not only a great match to bring home to mom, it's also kid-friendly – with PND's like Thistledown Press, Creative, and Coteau having robust, critically-lauded children's and YA publishing programs in addition to their adult fiction: books such as Proudflesh, Strays, and Just Pretending.
The Press Next Door also has strong roots: to the place it comes from and the authors it fosters. All of the PNDs on this list publish authors from their own backyards. For example, Breakwater Books, a Newfoundland publisher, gives a voice to the strong literary community in St. John's and province-wide with titles like Every Little Thing (in fact, Creative is another NFLD publisher that does just the same).
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