113 Bond Street St. John’s NL A1C 1T6   ||

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 Phil Hall, Kim Fahner, Adam Seelig, Su Croll, Sara Tilley, Soraya Peerbaye, Souvankham Thammavongsa, Martha & Christina Baillie, Kate Cayley, Kyeren Regehr, Jan Zwicky, Stan Dragland, Anne Golden, Bernardine Stapleton, Laura McRae, Moira MacDougall, Heather Nolan, Alan Reed. . .

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, THE BENJAMENTA COLLEGE OF ART by Alan Reed, 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 WERE THERE GAZELLE by Laura McRae, CULT LIFE by Kyeren Regehr, 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 update – Pedlar’s acquisitions editor Monica Kidd is not accepting submissions for fiction, poetry and nonfiction titles AT PRESENT.

Send query to monica.kidd@me.com.

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


2020 Trillium Book Award Finalists

Ontario, Canada’s Top Literary Award

2020 Trillium Book Award Finalists

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TORONTO | May 12, 2020 | Fourteen diverse books have been shortlisted for Ontario’s prestigious literary prize, the 2020 Trillium Book Award/Prix Trillium, presented by Ontario Creates, an agency of the government of Ontario.

There are two English and two French prizes: the Trillium Book Award in English and the Prix Trillium in French, as well as the Trillium Book Award for Poetry in both English and French. Written by established and emerging authors, the shortlisted titles span a wide variety of genres, showcasing the diversity of voices that make up Ontario’s vast literary landscape.

The Trillium Book Award/Prix Trillium winners will be announced during an online event on June 17, 2020. In the ramp-up to the big awards night, Ontario Creates will be sharing, celebrating and showcasing these 14 talented finalists on our website and social channels. For detailed information on all the 2020 Trillium Book Award finalists click here. 

English-language Finalists for the Trillium Book Award:

  • Christina Baillie and Martha Baillie, Sister Language, Pedlar Press
  • Téa Mutonji, Shut Up You’re Pretty, VS. Books/Arsenal Pulp Press
  • Sara Peters, I Become a Delight to My Enemies, Strange Light
  • Zalika Reid-Benta, Frying Plantain, House of Anansi Press
  • Seth, Clyde Fans: A Picture NovelDrawn & Quarterly



COVID-19 update

Pedlar would LOVE to take orders for books over the phone (709-738-6702), or via email (feralgrl@interlog.com). If you live in St John’s I will personally drive deliveries to your house and leave these at your door.

We have three new Spring 2020 titles: CULT LIFE by Kyeren Regehr, WERE THERE GAZELLE by Laura Kathryn McRae, and THE BENJAMENTA COLLEGE OF ART by Alan Reed; as well as tens of fine books from previous years.

With readings and launches cancelled, and returns from bookstores creeping up to the 40% level, these are very hard times for authors, booksellers and publishers. All of us implore you to make reading works by Canadians a priority.

Keep Culture Alive.

THE BENJAMENTA COLLEGE OF ART

 

Alan Reed studied semiotics at the University of Toronto and writing at Dartington College of Arts in the UK. He is the author of a collection of poems, For Love of the City, two plays, and the novel, Isobel and EmileHe lives in Montreal QC. Isobel and Emile was nominated for the 2011 ReLit Awards fiction long list.




BMO Winterset Award long list

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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