Montreal writer Linda Leith created LLP in June 2011, six months after leaving Blue Metropolis Foundation. As the founder and artistic director of Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival for thirteen years, she had the unique privilege of bringing some of the world's best writers to Montreal – among them Mavis Gallant, Carlos Fuentes, A.B. Yehoshua, Norman Mailer, A.S. Byatt, and Alaa al Aswany. As owner of LLP, she is delighted to have the opportunity to bring some of Canada's best writers to the world.
LLP is a trade publishing specializing in literary fiction, non-fiction, short Singles essays and occasionally cartoons. We have a special love of short books – novella-length fiction and the kinds of essays you can still find in the pages of The New Yorker but not too many other places – and edgy topics, but what we love most are good books that might not see the light of day if it were not for LLP.
This is a publishing programme of great quality, and it has made LLP's one of the most exciting launches on the literary publishing scene in recent years. Four of our launch-year authors won or were nominated for national prizes and all our first novels were honoured with prizes and award nominations, including Canada Reads 2013 and the 2015 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. We have attracted the attention of the Times Literary Supplement, Publishers Weekly, Maclean's, Quill & Quire, The Globe & Mail, Toronto Star, Edmonton Journal, The Gazette, Montreal Review of Books, Literary Review of Canada, CBC Radio's The Sunday Edition, CBC TV's The National, and many other fine media.
This is the romance of books. The chance to put writers and readers together.
Linda Leith Publishing is proud to acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $157 million to bring the arts to Canadians through the country.
LLP acknowledges the financial support of the Government of Canada through the National Translation Program for Book Publishing, an initiative of the Roadmap for Canada's Official Languages 2013-2018: Education, Immigration, Communities, for its translation activities.
Linda Leith Publishing is delighted to announce the financial support of SODEC for its Quebec-authored titles.
Margaret Atwood with Andrew Phillips of the Toronto Star, with Graeme Gibson and author Rick Salutin at the LLP launch at Massey College, Toronto,
April 5, 2012
[Photo: Linda Leith]
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For Immediate Release: Atwood, Polley attend launch of Linda Leith Publishing
Toronto (April 10, 2012) Linda Leith, founder and former artistic director of the Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival celebrated the launch of her new literary press in Toronto on Thursday night with Keeping the Public in Public Education by Rick Salutin, drawing luminaries such as Margaret Atwood, Graeme Gibson, Sarah Polley, Charles Pachter, Howard Engel and Dusan Petricic to an event at the University of Toronto. Also in attendance were journalists Warren Clements and Erica Ritter, Toronto Star editorial page editor Andrew Phillips, and agent Bruce Westwood, President of Westwood Creative Artists.
Hosted by John Fraser at Massey College, and presented in association with Annie Kidder of People for Education, the event celebrated both the launch of a new Canadian publishing house and the challenge to public education at a time when the entire public sector "dares not speak its name."
Fraser, in opening remarks, quipped that in publishing Salutin in his first issue of Saturday Night, he succeeded unequivocally in demonstrating his magazine wasn't a voice-piece for [then owner] Conrad Black. Kidder praised Salutin as one of Canada's great thinkers, demonstrating that the conversation about public institutions (in Ontario and elsewhere) is exciting, necessary and rife with possibility.
Salutin's book, a trenchant defense of teachers in the public system, is the first in the LLP SINGLES series, a pioneering series of provocative shorts (essays under 100 pages in length). LLP SINGLES meet the challenge of the digital age, says Leith, "short enough to be read in a sitting -- and long enough to develop a provocative argument."
Leith describes her publishing mandate as "telling truths"; naming her specialties as SINGLES, literary fiction and political satire, including two upcoming books of political cartoons, one by popular Montreal Gazette cartoonist Aislin (Terry Mosher) and the other edited by him. She describes herself as publishing in the romantic tradition of underground pamphlets and samizdat publishing – priding herself on books that might not otherwise see the light of day.
In the new digital world, she says, their commercial potential is uninhibited, and bestsellers will come from unexpected corners. The LLP publishing experience, Salutin adds, is one of the best he's had in his career to date.
Leith's stated intention with literary fiction (she is a novelist herself) is to introduce edgy new voices and styles to an international readership. Award-winning novelist and biographer Charlie Foran describes the LLP vision as "intrepid and lively and interesting."
Linda Leith Publishing will officially launch in Quebec City this week at Festival Imagination and Blue Metropolis on April 20th, introducing the SINGLES series and The Darling of Kandahar by Romanian-Canadian Felicia Mihali, whose style Leith likens to Quebec writer Marie-Claire Blais and Canadian Nancy Huston, who writes in French and English. (See press releases for both books attached.)
As the founder of Montreal's internationally renowned literary festival, Linda Leith has a cosmopolitan vision. During her tenure, Blue Metropolis became the largest and most diverse of Canada's festivals, offering events in a multitude of languages, attracting writers from all over the world, and granting lifetime achievement awards to Norman Mailer, Mavis Gallant, Carlos Fuentes, Margaret Atwood, Alaa Al Aswani, Amitav Ghosh and A.S. Byatt, among others.
LLP buys world rights, publishes in both English and French, in both physical and ebook format. Canadian and US sales are handled by the Literary Press Group, ebook distribution by eBound Canada.
Details of UPCOMING TITLES by Abou Farman, Peter Kirby, Terry Mosher, and Tommy Schnurmacher here
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