Between the Lines

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Featured Titles

  • Cover of Unsettling Canada - Arthur Manuel & Grand Chief Ronald M. Derrickson
  • Cover of Warrior Nation by Ian McKay & Jamie Swift
  • Cover of Pain and Prejudice - Karen Messing

Between the Lines creates high-quality books that promote equitable social change, and its mission is reflected in the way the organization is structured. BTL has no boss, no individual owner. It’s the product of what some would likely describe as “sixties idealism”– what they call political principles. The small office staff and Editorial Committee make decisions – from what to publish to how to run the place – by consensus. The BTL Editorial Committee includes a number of original and longtime members, as well as several younger academics and community activists eager to carry on the publishing work started by the generation before them.

Between the Lines books present new ideas and challenge readers to rethink the world around them. Their authors offer analysis of historical events and contemporary issues not often found in the mainstream. BTL specializes in informative, non-fiction books on politics and public policy, social issues, Canadian and world history, international development, gender and sexuality, critical race issues, culture, adult and popular education, labour and work, environment, technology, and media.

Founded: 1977
Location: 401 Richmond Street West, #277, Toronto ON    M5V3A8
Publisher: Collectively Run
Format: Paperback; E-book
Books/Year: 15
Distributors: North America: Brunswick Books; UK: Central Books

2015 George Ryga Award for Social Awareness, Unmanned: Drone Warfare and Global Security
by Ann Rogers and John Hill (shortlisted)

2014 Casa de las Americas Prize for Caribbean Literature in English or Creole, Fear of a Black Nation: Race, Sex, and Security in Sixties Montreal by David Austin

2013 Speakers Book Award, Legislative Assembly of Ontario, Unlikely Radicals: The Story of the Adams Mine Dump War by Charlie Angus

2013 Independent Publisher Book Award for Current Events (Foreign Affairs/Military), Warrior Nation: Rebranding Canada in an Age of Anxiety by Ian McKay and Jamie Swift (silver prize)

2012 Ann Saddlemyer Award, Canadian Association for Theatre Research, Committing Theatre: Theatre Radicalism and Political Intervention in Canada by Alan Filewod

2012 Wilson Prize for Publishing Canadian History

2009 Sir John A. Macdonald Prize, Canadian Historical Association, Reasoning Otherwise: Leftists and the People’s Enlightenment in Canada, 1890-1920 by Ian McKay

2008 Sir John A. Macdonald Prize, Canadian Historical Association, Gatekeepers: Reshaping Immigrant Lives in Cold War Canada by Franca Iacovetta

Genres Published: Nonfiction
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