Pay What You Can

Do you long to purchase the artbook GERALD SQUIRES but are strapped for cash at present?

Pedlar Press is always willing to accept PWYC (pay what you can) terms. The reason for Pedlar Press’s existence is to put excellent books (stories, poems, essays, in other words, thinking) into readers’ hands. Class, race, gender, ability, education, access—Pedlar understands that obstacles to obtaining books exist.

Talk to us: ask for what you need. The entire relationship between author, publisher and reader is meant to benefit each of us.

E:  feralgrl@interlog.com

Yours,

Beth Follett

 

Gerald Squires nominated for NL Heritage Book Award

The Historic Sites Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (HSA) is proud to announce the 2018 shortlist for the Heritage and History Book Award.

  • Gerhard P. Bassler, Escape Hatch, Newfoundland’s Quest for German Industry and Immigration, 1950-1970, Flanker Press, 2017.
  • Stan Dragland, Gerald Squires, Pedlar Press, 2017.
  • Anna Kearney Guigné, The Forgotten Songs of Newfoundland Outports: As Taken from Kenneth Peacock’s Newfoundland Field Collection, 1951-1961, Canadian Museum of History and University of Ottawa Press, 2016.
  • Pam Hall, Towards an Encyclopedia of Local Knowledge: Excerpts from Chapters I and II, Breakwater, 2017.
  • Jenny Higgins, Newfoundland in the First World War, Boulder Publications, 2016.
  • Roger Pickavance, The Traditional Newfoundland Kitchen, Boulder Publications, 2017.
  • Harvey B. Richer, Gold Coins of Newfoundland, 1865-1888, Boulder Publications, 2017.
  • J. C. Roy, Terra Magna: Labrador, Breakwater, 2017.

The eight titles selected for the 2018 shortlist represent an eclectic exploration of Newfoundland and Labrador’s history and heritage, with topics covering art, local knowledge, music, industry, war, food, and money.

The shortlist represents outstanding work of non-fiction, published in 2016 or 2017, that enriches the knowledge of the general public of the heritage and history of Newfoundland and Labrador. The winning title will be announced on March 7, 2018 at the ceremony for the HSA’s Manning Awards for Excellence.

 

http://www.historicsites.ca/blog/2018/1/26/heritage-and-history-book-award-2018-shortlist

WHAT has Pedlar been for 22 years?

An award-winning independent Canadian literary publishing house, based in St John’s NL. Pedlar Press was begun, and continues, with a house vision: to acquire works of exceptional literary quality which also break silences regarding widespread failures of social and political systems: to make books with serious intellectual and emotional content, in other words, that are also works of art. So much injustice cries out for attention, so much suffering, so many affronts to human dignity need to be met with strong literary force. Pedlar combines high aesthetic standards with a praxis of action; it means to foster humane social and political ends. It has been possible, over the twenty-two years of Pedlar’s existence, to combine an editorial vision that seeks out both works that are strong in literary quality and also distinctive, often avant-garde, and socially engaged. No Pedlar book is published as accepted. Each undergoes editorial transformation with an eye to making it meet not the author’s or the publisher’s personal needs, but the aesthetic requirements of the text itself. Integral to the vision embodied in acceptance and editorial shaping is the insistence that each book’s design—cover, guts and all—be not only striking but true to its content. With everyone working together— author, publisher, editor, copyeditor and designer—the aim is to produce literary works of integrity that will make a pronounced difference in the lives of Pedlar’s readers.

The intended readership is multiple: writers, lovers of literature, freedom fighters, spiritual questers, those who need literary sustenance, those who live in the margins. How to reach into the many and diverse corners of Canada to connect with different readers? With the help of its authors and those who fight injustices in other ways, Pedlar Press has made its (consistently award-winning) name by producing ground-breaking fiction, poetry, and literary nonfiction by writers of consequence.

The editorial vision embraces rebellion, working at the margins with and for those who resist white patriarchal capitalist hegemony, who work in resistance to all that. The objective is to publish works that speak to intersectionality—the interconnectedness of social categorizations such as race, class, and gender as they apply to individuals or groups, categorizations which reinforce interdependent systems of discrimination or disadvantage.

Pedlar fosters an appreciation of modern and contemporary Canadian literature of enduring cultural and artistic importance, works that challenge accepted views of life and art, that foster an international and multicultural sensibility, that preserve and extend literary tradition that values innovation and experimentation in form.

fall poetry 2017

LATE STYLE

poems by Barry Dempster

$20
Paper
50+ review mailings
Group ads in literary magazines
 
An exploration by the poet of living with illness and dying, examining late-life changes, sexuality, changing values.
 
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THE MORE

poems by Ronna Bloom

$20
Paper
50+ review mailings
Group ads in literary magazines
 
Lyric poetry. Major themes having to do with mindfulness and acceptance in traumatic and post-traumatic conditions. Minor themes having to do with hospital work conditions. Ronna Bloom is Poet in Residence at Mount Sinai Hospital and the University of Toronto in Toronto.  ***   ronnabloom.com
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THIS REAL

poems by concetta principe

$20
Paper
November 2017
Joint Toronto launch with Pedlar poet Jack Davis at Knife Fork Book on 15 December 2017
Reading at Knife Fork Book on DEC 15 with Soraya Peerbaye
Reading in the fall at Pivot
50+ review mailings
Group ads in literary magazines
 
Themes include 9/11 and other traumatic events, motherhood, psychic capacity and phenomena, mental health, Werner Herzog documentary “The Cave of Forgotten Dreams,” nature of reality.
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 A wonderful interview with concetta principe:  http://www.jonathanball.com/8-ball-interview-with-concetta-principe/
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FAUNICS

poems by Jack Davis

$20
Paper
November 2017
Joint Toronto launch with Pedlar poet concetta principe at Knife Fork Book on 15 December 2017
Reading at Knife Fork Book on DEC 15 with Soraya Peerbaye
Other events TBC
50+ review mailings
Group ads in literary magazines
 
Jack Davis was born in northern Ontario and lives in Parry Sound. For the past ten summers he has lived and worked at a remote fire lookout in the woods of northernmost northern Alberta. Faunics is his groundbreaking debut.
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Wherein Pedlar publisher Beth Follett interviews Jack Davis:  http://open-book.ca/News/The-Essential-Energy-of-Solitude-Jack-Davis-in-Conversation-with-Pedlar-Press-Beth-Follett
 
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