Biblioasis

Biblioasis is a Canadian independent bookstore and publishing company, based in Windsor, Ontario.[2]

Biblioasis
Founded1998
FounderDan Wells
Country of originCanada
Headquarters locationWindsor, Ontario, Canada
DistributionUniversity of Toronto Press Distribution (Canada)
Consortium Book Sales & Distribution (international)[1]
Publication typesBooks, Magazines
Official websitebiblioasis.com

Founded by Dan Wells as a bookstore in 1998,[3] the company began publishing books in 2004 with its first titles being poetry collections by Salvatore Ala and Goran Simić.[2] The company has gone on to become one of Canada's most prestigious small press publishing houses;[3] in 2015 alone, the company's titles included Anakana Schofield's Martin John and Samuel Archibald's Arvida, both of which were shortlisted Giller Prize finalists; Russell Smith's Confidence, which was a longlisted Giller Prize nominee and a shortlisted Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize finalist; and Robyn Sarah's My Shoes Are Killing Me, which won the Governor General's Award for English-language poetry.[3]

In 2019, it acquired the North American publishing rights to Lucy Ellmann's Ducks, Newburyport. After it was shortlisted for the United Kingdom's Booker Prize, the book saw heavy demand. Wells stated that Ducks was Biblioasis's fastest-selling title to-date.[4][5][6] That same year, Biblioasis published Mark Bourrie's best-seller Bush Runner, which won the $30,000 RBC Taylor Prize for literary non-fiction.

Other writers published by Biblioasis have included Kathy Page, Terry Griggs, Kevin Hardcastle, Alex Boyd, Ray Robertson, Cynthia Flood, Stephen Henighan, Elizabeth Bachinsky, Rebecca Rosenblum, Alexandra Oliver, Kris Bertin and Chris Turner.

Bibloasis publishes the magazine Canadian Notes & Queries.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ About - Biblioasis
  2. ^ a b "Biblioasis is no mirage". The Globe and Mail, October 2, 2015.
  3. ^ a b c "Biblioasis, indie publishing house, puts Windsor on the literary map with Giller finalists". CBC News, November 6, 2015.
  4. ^ "Biblioasis's 'Ducks' is an Unexpected Hit". Publishers Wweekly. Retrieved 2019-10-12.
  5. ^ Sehgal, Parul (2019-09-03). "A Thousand-Page Novel — Made Up of Mostly One Sentence — Captures How We Think Now". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-10-12.
  6. ^ Chen, Dalson (2019-09-26). "Windsor publishing house Biblioasis celebrates 15-year anniversary". Windsor Star. Retrieved 2019-10-12.

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