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Beth Follett  feralgrl@interlog.com

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 & Christina Baillie, Kate Cayley, Emily McGiffin, Jan Zwicky, Stan Dragland, Anne Golden, Anne Fleming, Ronna Bloom, Moira MacDougall, 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 Christina & Martha Baillie’s SISTER LANGUAGE, THE CAUSES by Cathy Stonehouse, WERE THERE GAZELLE by Laura McRae, CULT LIFE by Kyeren Regehr, Barbara Nichol’s picture book THE LADY FROM KENT, Stan Dragland’s artbook GERALD SQUIRES and creative nonfiction, THE DIFFICULT, 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: NOVEMBER 2019 update – Pedlar’s acquisitions editor Monica Kidd is not accepting submissions for fiction, poetry and nonfiction titles until OCTOBER 2020, unless these are from authors previously published by Pedlar.

Send query to monica.kidd@me.com.

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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


BMO Winterset Award long list


Long list announced for 2019 Winterset Award 

February 19, 2020 (St. John’s, NL) – ArtsNL is pleased to announce this year’s Winterset Award long list. The award celebrates excellence in Newfoundland and Labrador writing. On Wednesday, March 4, 2020, the three finalists will be revealed, before announcing the award winner at Government House on Thursday, March 26, 2020.

The six-title long list includes:

  • Lindsay Bird, Boom Time (Gaspereau Press), Kentville, NS
  • Sonja Boon, What the Oceans Remember: Searching for Belonging and Home (Wilfrid Laurier University Press), Waterloo, ON
  • Megan Gail Coles, Small Game Hunting at the Local Coward Gun Club (House of Anansi Press Inc.), Toronto, ON
  • Michael Crummey, The Innocents (Doubleday Canada), Toronto, ON
  • Heather Nolan, This is Agatha Falling (Pedlar Press), St. John’s, NL
  • Tshaukuesh Elizabeth Penashue, Nitinikiau Innusi: I Keep the Land Alive (University of Manitoba Press), Winnipeg, MB

The winner will receive a prize of $12,500 and two finalists will each receive $3,000.

Books in any genre published in 2019 were eligible for the award. A total of 32 works by Newfoundland and Labrador authors (either native-born or resident) were submitted by publishers from across the country.

The Winterset Award honours the memory of Sandra Fraser Gwyn—St. John’s-born social historian, prize-winning author, and passionate promoter of Newfoundland and Labrador arts. Her husband, journalist and author Richard Gwyn, established the award in 2000, which is managed by ArtsNL. It is named after the historic house on Winter Avenue in St. John’s where Sandra grew up.

Finalists will read from their works and answer questions from the audience at a public reading and reception, to be held on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 7pm at The Rooms (in the Theatre), 9 Bonaventure Avenue in St. John’s.

CULT LIFE, poetry by Kyeren Regehr

Kyeren Regehr’s bold, knife-edge poetry is always “looking right at you.” Cult Life offers a world richly peopled with characters, yet Regehr explodes this light-filled realm, showing us another side of the master, the devotees, and the ashram itself. In her poems, the extraordinary curls up inside the ordinary, a hidden dimension, revealing how “if you bend your ear / you might hear what it is to be whole.” What a wonderful book of poetry—prepare to be transformed.  Anne Simpson

O if we could only see / such Beauty through the year

At Pedlar Press, our commitment to excellence is unwavering. We choose works whose merits are unmistakeable. We hope, as Emily Dickinson said, to blow the roofs off readers’ heads, with fiction, nonfiction and poetry by Canadian writers of excellence.


“If I read a book [and] it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me, I know that is poetry. If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry. These are the only ways I know it. Is there any other way?”


Coming in 2020:

March 6 10:30am  Martha Baillie, Ronna Bloom at Mount Sinai Hospital TO
March 28 Barbara Nichol at VerseFest Ottawa
April 8 Alan Reed, Cathy Stonehouse and Kyeren Regehr at Pages in Calgary
April 9 Alan Reed, Cathy Stonehouse and Kyeren Regehr at Audrey’s in Edmonton
April 17 Kyeren Regehr at Planet Earth Poetry Victoria
April 24 or 25 Stan Dragland at 1000 Islands Gananoque ON
April 25 Alan Reed launch in Montreal TBC
May 2 Martha Baillie at Ottawa SPR Festival Ottawa
May 3 Martha Baillie at GritLit Hamilton
May 3 Cathy Stonehouse at GritLit Hamilton
May 4 Martha Baillie, Cathy Stonehouse and Ronna Bloom at Ben McNally Books TO
June 7 Stan Dragland at GritLit Hamilton
AUG 18 Stan Dragland at Woody Point Writers Festival, NL


The 2019 list: