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Pedlar Press publishes innovative, contemporary Canadian fiction & poetry, the occasional literary nonfiction title, works that preserve and extend the literary tradition that values experimentation in style & form. Writers include Agnes Walsh, Phil Hall, Kim Fahner, Michael Kenyon, Guy Birchard, Sara Tilley, Maureen Hynes, Soraya Peerbaye, Souvankham Thammavongsa, Martha Baillie, Kate Cayley, Emily McGiffin, Jan Zwicky, Stan Dragland, Anne Golden, Anne Fleming, Ronna Bloom, Barry Dempster, Aga Maksimowska, Maureen Scott Harris. . .

TO PURCHASE PEDLAR TITLES: Pedlar Press titles may be ordered from your local independent bookseller, from www.alllitup.ca (the all-Canadian online bookstore), from www.amazon.ca. To purchase titles directly from Pedlar, contact publisher Beth Follett at: feralgrl@interlog.com

RECENT TITLES may be purchased by scrolling down to posts below. These include Barbara Nichol’s picture book THE LADY FROM KENT, Stan Dragland’s artbook GERALD SQUIRES, Martha Baillie’s novel THE SEARCH FOR HEINRICH SCHLÖGEL, and poetry collections LAMB by Michael Kenyon, ONLY SEEMLY by Guy Birchard, ODERIN by Agnes Walsh, THESE WINGS by Kim Fahner, VANISHING ACTS by Moira MacDougall.

Click on the various Pages to see Pedlar’s full front and back lists.

SUBMISSIONS: JULY 2019 update – Pedlar’s Acquisitions editor Monica Kidd is not accepting submissions for fiction, poetry and nonfiction titles until JULY 2020, unless these are from authors previously published by Pedlar.

Send query to monica.kidd@me.com.

Submissions Guide

Pedlar Press is a consistently award-winning Canadian literary publishing house based in St. John’s NL. Pedlar started in 1996 and was run single-handedly by Beth Follett until 2018, when Monica Kidd joined as co-publisher.  We typically publish seven books of literary fiction, nonfiction, translation or poetry per year, including at least two debuts. 

Our house vision is this: to acquire works of exceptional literary quality that break silences regarding widespread failures of social and political systems, and to make books with serious intellectual and emotional content.

No Pedlar book is published as accepted. Each undergoes editorial transformation—often in-house, but occasionally with guest editors—with an eye to making it meet the aesthetic requirements of the text itself. Our aim is to produce literary works of integrity that will make a pronounced difference in the lives of Pedlar’s readers.

Before you submit your manuscript, please familiarize yourself with our backlist; understanding what makes Pedlar distinctive and why your work fits our mandate will help your pitch.

Please note that while the majority of our authors and translators are Canadian (like most Canadian-owned publishers, we are supported by grants that rightly require an emphasis on Canadian authors), we do sometimes acquire international works for translation. Also: it can take two years between acceptance and publication.

To submit:

  1. Please begin by sending a query letter with a one-paragraph description of the work. Please compare your book to one or two Pedlar books, and include a literary CV. (Do not elaborate on your literary lineage and relationships; we prefer to let the work speak for itself.) Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please flag this in your letter, and tell us promptly if your work has been accepted elsewhere.
  2. If we are interested in your description, we will ask for a .pdf of either the complete manuscript (if short prose or poetry) or for the first 50 pages (for long prose).
  3. Please do not send hard copies unless invited to do so, as we try to minimize our environmental footprint.
  4. You may submit at any time during the year, but please be patient. We aim to respond to submissions within six months of receipt.

You can read Pedlar’s mandate here:

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The publisher wishes to acknowledge financial support received from the Newfoundland and Labrador Publishers Assistance Program. We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts. //  Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien.

“Be a good steward of your gifts. Protect your time. Feed your inner life. Avoid too much noise. Read good books, have good sentences in your ears. Be by yourself as often as you can. Walk. Take the phone off the hook. Work regular hours.”  ―Jane Kenyon


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THE CAUSES by Cathy Stonehouse

The Causes, fiction by Cathy Stonehouse (Pedlar Press, 2019)

Publication date 25 August 2019

ISBN 978-1-897141-95-3  ||  $22

      

Cathy Stonehouse writes fiction, poetry and nonfiction, and has published widely in each of these genres. Originally from the UK, she studied English at Oxford University, where she  became interested in experimental traditions in women’s poetry and fiction. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from UBC, and a Certificate in Expressive Arts Therapy from Langara College. Her publications include the poetry collections The Words I Know (Press Gang) and grace shiver (Inanna Publications), and the short fiction collection Something about the Animal (Biblioasis).

This complex and unsettling debut novel follows the young Argentine conscript José Ramirez from his torture on the bleak plains of the Falklands, back into his childhood in pre-revolution Argentina, and forward across continents as he grapples with the loss of his father and his country as he knew it. Carlos Ramirez is taken by force from his apartment, leaving behind only a pair of broken glasses. His son, José, is left with unanswerable questions that become threatening after he is sent to the Malvinas to fight an impossible war. Mysterious, gripping, poetic and magic-realist, The Causes is a love story for a threatened planet, set in Argentina, Spain, the UK, and the South Atlantic.

SISTER LANGUAGE by Christina Baillie & Martha Baillie

Sister Language, nonfiction by Christina Baillie & Martha Baillie (Pedlar Press, 2019)

Publication date 1 September 2019

ISBN 978-1-897141-98-4 ||  $24

Sister Language is a collaboration, composed mainly of letters and other writings, between two sisters, one of whom, Christina, is schizophrenic. As this unusual book unfolds, a “bridge” of prose nonpareil is slowly, lovingly, built, connecting the sisters to each other and their readers, drawing one of them out of her deep isolation.

“A playful duet, a radiant howl, a swirling portrait of schizophrenia and sisterhood—this beautiful, wildly-groomed book magnifies two brilliant minds in motion. It is a story of what happens when ‘everyday’ language mutinies and shatters, leaving a fragile chimera of coherence. But mostly it’s a tale of unshakable, vulnerable, writerly love that brought me to tears.” – Kyo Maclear, author of Birds Art Life

 

Lamb, poetry by Michael Kenyon


Words “don’t hold the world,” writes Michael Kenyon in Lamb, “because we/ absorb the shallow fast first meaning.” In its line-by-line leaping precision, in the carefully detailed manyness of its particulars, in its expansive, intricate, overarching design, Lamb resists, it refutes, that laxity. Kenyon combs through time, history, identity—national, regional and personal—passionately seeking “something lost.” Lamb is a long poem of potent lyricism. It enacts what Galway Kinnell says of poetry (in a passage Kenyon integrates) that it “sings past even the sadness that begins it.” Singing through, in words that carry and hold, Michael Kenyon shapes a resonant world that is representative and yet very much his own.






STARRED REVIEW — Quill & Quire — The Lady From Kent, Barbara Nichol, illustrated by Bill Pechet

The spirits of Lear and Belloc are channelled in Barbara Nichol’s arousingly illogical book of light verse, The Lady from Kent, about, well, a lady who says she’s from Kent. But as we quickly learn the Lady says a lot of things, few of which relate to a recognizable reality. They sure are entertaining, though.

The book is divided into sections, told to an unseen narrator, that function as a kind of absurdist resumé. In “Early Years,” we meet the Lady’s pet raccoon. When the Lady was a child, she instructed the animal to play the violin (and spoons), earning the animal’s lifelong loyalty. “Some Worthy Acts” catalogues the Lady’s generosity: in addition to running a charm school for bats, she taught “autumn leaves to fall” and “giants to be small.”

“Oddities and Accomplishments” (which could describe the whole book) boasts of how the Lady does the daily crossword “never looking at the clues” and bakes chocolate cake “without ingredients.” Her claim of having invented the bathing cap and rake, however, provokes skepticism on the part of the narrator (the rake, after all, “is eons old”). This causes the Lady to become peevish, her tone “very cold”: “Her answer came so quickly / That it might have been rehearsed: / “I said I had invented it, / Not that I was first!”

“A Business Venture” describes how the Lady once befriended a “vast swarm of killer bees” that she trained to perform circus acts disguised as fleas, all while remaining mindful of the capitalist imperative: “She taught them to walk tightropes, / And bring tigers to submission, / And many other wondrous feats, /For which she charged admission.”

This is the ninth children’s book by the multi-talented Nichol (who also created the beloved recording Beethoven Lives Upstairs) and the fourth by illustrator Bill Pechet. An architect and designer by trade, Pechet once represented Canada at the Venice Biennale with the world’s largest polar-fleece garment, giving him exactly the right credentials for this project.

The Lady from Kent is so musical and clever it comes as a surprise when the rhymes occasionally mash their gears. But think of that as praising with faint damnation: page after page, Nichol shores up surface whimsy with blazing originality and intelligence.