About Book*hug

Book*hug (formerly BookThug) is an award-winning Canadian independent literary publisher with a mandate 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 are deeply committed to building a more inclusive CanLit by publishing work by historically underrepresented and culturally diverse voices. 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, Jacob Wren, Erin Wunker, Lisa Robertson, Chelene Knight, Joni Murphy, Jess Taylor, David Goudreault, Sylvain Prudhomme, M. NourbeSe Philip, Oisin Curran, and more. Our books receive regular attention and critical 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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