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, poetry, literature in translation and drama.
Celebrating adventures in literary publishing since 2004, Book*hug’s mission is to partner with and publish emerging and established literary writers whose work meaningfully contributes to and reflects contemporary Canadian culture and society. We seek to acquire books that are bold, innovative and take risks; work that feels necessary and urgent. We believe in writing that challenges and pushes at the boundaries of cultural expectations.
Book*hug has made a significant 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 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 Canadian literary culture.
We are deeply committed to building a more inclusive CanLit by publishing culturally diverse voices whose work has been historically underrepresented in the Canadian publishing landscape. We also strongly support feminist writing. 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 work hard to expand the space in our publishing program to make room for many voices so as to ensure 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, as well as women and women-identifying authors.
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, M. NourbeSe Philip, Jacob Wren, Erin Wunker, Lisa Robertson, Chelene Knight, Jess Taylor, David Goudreault, Joni Murphy, Sylvain Prudhomme, Oisin Curran, 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, among others.
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