2012 Shortlist – Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia Literary Awards
Atlantic Poetry Prize Shortlist:
Sue Goyette, outskirts, Brick Books
Warren Heiti, Hydrologos, Pedlar Press
Anne Simpson, Is, McClelland & Stewart
Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Ficiton Prize Shortlist:
Valerie Compton, Tide Road, Goose Lane Editions
Heather Jessup, The Lightning Field, Gaspereau Press
David Adams Richards, Incidents in the Life of Markus Paul, Doubleday Canada
Evelyn Richardson Memorial Non-Fiction Award Shortlist:
Chris Benjamin, Eco-Innovators: Sustainability in Atlantic Canada, Nimbus Publishing
Ray MacLeod, Hope For Wildlife: True Stories of Animal Rescue, Nimbus Publishing
Harry Thurston, The Atlantic Coast:  A Natural History, Greystone Books in association with the David Suzuki Foundation

The Dangling Conversations

Click on any link below for some marvellous thinking by a Pedlar author.


The Conversation: Anne Fleming with Beth Follett | Open Book: Toronto.

The Conversation: Beth Follett with Jacob Wren | Open Book: Toronto.

Must-read interview: Martha Baillie & Ronna Bloom & Beth Follett, and TORONTO | Open Book: Toronto.

The Conversation: Beth Follett with Jane Munro | Open Book: Toronto.

The Conversation: Phil Hall with Beth Follett | Open Book: Toronto.

Finding a Perch: Beth Follett in Conversation with Jason Hrivnak | Open Book: Toronto.

Uproar, what a gorgeous word: Barry Dempster with Beth Follett | Open Book: Toronto.

Poets in Profile: Maureen Hynes | Open Book: Toronto.

The Conversation: Dani Couture with Beth Follett | Open Book: Toronto.

Why Pedlar Press?

How did you come to name the press Pedlar? Many have asked. In 1996, searching for a name, I uncovered the little-known fact of Walt Whitman selling his Leaves of Grass door-to-door across America. A pedlar of poetry & of beauty & of a great love for the human & natural worlds: I believed, in 1996, that the image of a queer poet (who had suffered already more than his share of detractors), on the road in the dark with only a pronounced trust in the worthiness of his project, was an image that would sustain me across the vicissitudes, the blind alleys and cries in the night. And it has, a thousand times over.

Pedlar Press is dedicated to the memory of Walt Whitman’s agency & dignity & faith.

Working to Disruption

Independent literary presses are mission-driven not market-driven. The motive to publish is to enrich the literary culture by bringing works by important and often neglected writers to the widest possible audience. Manuscripts are selected and books are published as part of a press’s fulfillment of its mission. Mission Statement (excerpt): To publish modern and contemporary literature of enduring cultural and artistic importance, works that challenge accepted views of life and art, foster an international and multicultural sensibility of literature and preserve and extend the literary tradition that values innovation and experimentation in form.


Spring 2012