For my coast-to-coast, behind-the-scenes publishing house tour, I divided the country into four legs based on how the travel time and type would be chunked together. I did the tour on a proverbial shoestring, so I planned to sleep and eat as frugally as possible.

Leg A – British Columbia 

VictoriaBrindle and Glass, Friesen Press      
VancouverArsenal Pulp Press, Storypanda, Tradewind Books

Leg B – Alberta 

EdmontonUniversity of Alberta PressNeWest Press, ImaJin Books
CalgaryFreehand Books, Frontenac House

Leg C – Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec

SaskatoonIndie Ink Publications
ReginaCoteau Books
Winnipeg (Altona) – Friesen’s Corporation
– House of Anansi, HarperCollins CA,Random House Canada, Coach House Books, ECW Press
MontrealLinda Leith, McGill-Queen’s University Press, Montreal-Contacts

Leg D – The Maritimes 

Fredericton – Goose Lane Editions 
Halifax (Kentville)
Gaspereau Press, Conundrum Press


12 thoughts on “Itinerary

    • Actually the tour is set to run before I start the Creative Book Publishing program at Humber in Toronto. The program runs May-August, but my intention is to come back the weekend of the conference, for sure!

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  3. Where’s Quebec? Montreal has more than a handful of great English language literary publishers. Véhicule, Linda Leith, Drawn & Quarterly. We’re also the home of the Blue Metropolis, one of the largest English language literary festivals. Seriously, you’re missing out on a great story by bypassing Quebec.
    Leila Marshy

    • I will be going to Quebec, not to worry. A Canadian tour wouldn’t be complete without it!

      I’m in the process of contacting QC publishers right now (and just confirming a day and time for Linda Leith, just now, actually!). I had to work outwards-in while planning the stops for the tour to make sure they all fit into the one month, which is why ON/QC looks a little thin right now, but it’s filling up fast!

      My schedule puts me in Montreal right at the start of Blue Metropolis, which I am very excited about!

      I’m hoping to get a French publisher as well.

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  6. I’m curious as to why you didn’t visit some publishing houses while in Winnipeg? Time constraints, maybe? I’m sure Turnstone, Great Plains, ARP or Signature would’ve loved to have you, though Friesen’s is fairly vital to the Canadian publishing industry in general.

    • A few factors at play with not being able to visit publishing houses right in Winnipeg. Among them was losing a day by getting stuck in Regina (poor road conditions and spooking myself in a near-accident on the road from Saskatoon). The good news is that I’ve been in touch with some and there will likely be a visit on my road trip back home in late-summer!

      I also recognize that I’ve missed Canada’s north as well as Newfoundland — that came down to budget and time constraints.

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