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September releases

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015



Why do I love this book? … Let me count the ways.

      I’m hooked first of all by Dragland’s honesty. When he moved to Newfoundland, he says, he brought an ignorance as big as all outdoors. And I relish his openness, his patient noodling as he explores the artistic riches of his new home – while not ignoring its legacy of pride, shame, defiance. Finally, when he hunkers down with specific books, I’m riveted by what he finds: the sheer quality of the Newfoundland flowering. Stan Dragland is our finest reader/critic, and Strangers and Others celebrates work that can stand with notable achievements from anywhere.

      What’s not to love?

 —Dennis Lee





Maureen Hynes writes like a painter paints — with a vivid sensuality, attuned to the eye as well as the ear. She is a poet curious about the use of things. Roaming through faith traditions, through Andalucian streets, she chronicles things lost — letters unsent, pianos no longer played, the body injured — and gestures toward recovery, if not in fact, then in poetry. A wise and humanistic scholar, she studies the flaw inherent in the materials, be they stone or wool or flesh, that makes them what they are, and through this lens, illuminates the absurdity of human hubris. . .[T]hese gorgeous poems, lush as van Gogh, detailed as the Dutch masters, offer up their own rich and nuanced redemption.

— Rachel Rose

Stan Dragland at Gladstone Hotel on Monday 21 September, in conversation with Dennis Lee

Friday, August 7th, 2015

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Please Note: Doors open at 7PM at The Gladstone Hotel on 21 September. Stan Dragland and Dennis Lee will be joined on stage by NL comic genius Andy Jones.



Barren The Fury

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015



Poems by Brenda Leifso

What happens when the feminine — used, tortured, abused, neglected, extinguished —  finds its voice in anger? Brenda Leifso’s poems unflinchingly articulate the bare, post-elegiac music of negative epiphany, the place past benevolence and wishful thinking where “the heart is a chisel.” At once mythic threnody and anthem for doomed earth, Barren the Fury provides a lyric equivalent to such works of dire portent as James Lovelock’s Revenge of Gaia.Can there be any consolation amid such extinctions? If there is, Leifso’s uncompromising work suggests, it derives from the insightful voicing of atrocity and discernment of its mythic shape, and not in such polite delusions as “sustainable development.”   – Don McKay

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

113 Bond Street St. John’s NL A1C 1T6

Beth Follett Publisher

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 Sara Tilley, Robert Mellin, Brenda Leifso, Souvankham Thammavongsa, Ken Sparling, Martha Baillie, Kate Cayley, Stan Dragland, Emily McGiffin, Sonja Greckol, nathan dueck, Jan Zwicky, Phil Hall, Anne Fleming, Ronna Bloom, Yoko’s Dogs, Jane Munro, Jacob Wren, Aga Maksimowska, Maureen Hynes, Maureen Harris. . .

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

All Pedlar Press titles are in print, all may be ordered from your local independent bookseller, from (the new all-Canadian online bookstore), from, or directly from Pedlar Press. To purchase directly from Pedlar, contact Beth Follett at:

For inquiries regarding submissions, please send an e-mail message to the Publisher. NB It is Pedlar policy to not open attachments from querying authors.

The publisher wishes to acknowledge financial support received from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Newfoundland and Labrador Publishers Assistance Program.


May we have the envelopes, please

Friday, April 17th, 2015



CREATIVE BOOK AWARD WINNER:  Emily McGiffin’s Subduction Zone has won the Association for the Study of Literature & Environment Environmental Creative Writing Book Award.

Judges said of her book:  “McGiffin’s poetry startles and provokes, even as it pleases and draws the reader in. Impressively, she takes on subject matter as immense as empire – its power over us yet vulnerability to self-destruction – and makes it vivid, personal, and immediate.”

Emily McGiffin is a PhD student in York University’s Faculty of Environmental Studies. Her PhD research investigates socioeconomic, cultural and environmental change in extraction-based communities of rural South Africa and Canada and the ways in which the literature of these regions engages with these concerns. In addition to Subduction Zone, she is the author of the poetry collection Between Dusk and Night (Brick Books, 2012) and has published widely in literary magazines across Canada.

Judges: Ross Gay (Indiana University), Joni Tevis (Furman University), and Scott Knickerbocker (The College of Idaho)



Kate Cayley’s How You Were Born has won the 2015 Trillium Book Award (Ontario).

Cayley’s work is long-listed for the 2015 Frank O’Connor Short Fiction Award (Cork, Ireland).


Heartiest congratulations to both authors.