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 more than twelve 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 publisher specializing in literary fiction, non-fiction, our innovative 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. In addition to publishing books -- currently 6-8 titles annually -- LLP also publishes the internationally respected online magazine Salon .ll. on its website in both English and French.
This is a publishing programme of great quality, making the world a better place, one book at a time, and it has made LLP's one of the most exciting launches on the literary publishing scene in recent years. Within three years of launching its first books, authors of LLP books have won or been nominated for no fewer than ten different national and international honours and prizes. We have attracted the attention of Publishers Weekly, Times Literary Supplement, Maclean's, Quill & Quire, The Globe & Mail, The Toronto Star, The Gazette, CBC Radio's The Sunday Edition, Montreal Review of Books and other media, and we are now launching into publishing selected books internationally in print editions and, thanks to a Canada Council Leadership for Change grant, actively exploring the practicality of publishing books in French, as well as English. l
LLP First Novels
LLP is proud to include half a dozen first novels in its fiction list, as well as second novels by several of those whose first books it had already published. Every single one of those first novels has been honoured with prize nominations or wins. They include:
Daniel Goodwin, author of Sons and Fathers (2014).
Connie Guzzo-McParland, author of The Girls of Piazza d'Amore (2013);
Jennifer Quist, author of Love Letters of the Angels of Death (2013); LLP will publish Quist's second novel, Sistering, in Fall 2015.
LLP Singles Essays
In an era when the long-form magazine article is threatened by the demise of many periodicals--and when changes in the publishing industry favour the production of essays under separate cover, LLP has from the outset to publish Singles essays on issues of current interest, in print and digital formats. These titles include:
The Bells of Memory: A Palestinian Boyhood in Jerusalem, by Issa J. Boullata (2014, 96 pages);
A Green Reef: The Impact of Climate Change, by Stephen Henighan (2013, 56 pages);
Saving the CBC: Balancing Profit and Public Service, by Wade Rowland (2013, 142 pages);
Clerks of the Passage, by Abou Farman (2012, 154 pages); and
Keeping the Public in Public Education, by Rick Salutin (2012, 64 pages).
We invite you to explore this website, where you can read short essays by Linda Leith and other writers on Salon .ll., find out about Leith and her own books, check out news and reviews of all LLP titles, and purchase a print copy or download an electronic copy of one of our books.
"One of the opportunities in this brave new world is the ability to experiment with non-traditional formats and manuscript length." -- Linda Leith in the Toronto Star, May 9th, 2012.
"This new world invites us to be imaginative and innovative." -- Linda Leith in Publishers Weekly, April 26, 2012
Linda Leith's fledgling indie literary publishing house has "already established a uniformly high standard" -- Ian McGillis, The Gazette, Dec 19, 2013.
Love Letters of the Angels of Death: Philip Marchand in The National Post describes Jennifer Quist's as a "powerfully emotional novel" with "great tenderness between Caroline and her husband" and was one of The Edmonton Journal's top 5 bestsellers (after Lynn Coady, Alice Munro -- two titles -- and Joseph Boyden.
The Girls of Piazza d'Amore was shortlisted for the QWF Best First Book Prize. Connie Guzzo-McParland's "characters are vivid, and her descriptions of place, customs, clothing, and food are evocative and memorable. The stunning tale of a "marriage by proxy" ... highlights the tension between the customs of the old world and the unknown future that awaits immigrants in their new home." -- Publishers Weekly.
Saving the CBC, by Wade Rowland (Singles essay), has now been proven prescient by recent news about the CBC and Hockey Night in Canada. "The short polemical book is a fascinating read." -- John Doyle, The Globe and Mail.
Singles title A Green Reef: The Impact of Climate Change, by Stephen Henighan, bought from Alouette Verlag (Hamburg): "Henighan's short volume ranges over the causes, prognoses and ethics of a warming world. Throughout the book, there is constant alarm at humanity's lack of alarmism." -- Times Literary Supplement review, November 8th, 2013, p. 27.
LLP and Salon .ll. launch at Blue Metropolis Festival, 26 April 2013
Vin d'honneur at Ben McNally Books, 28 October 2013, with all 2013 LLP authors
German-language rights to The Darling of Kandahar sold to KLAK Verlag, Berlin.
And now this: Ian McGillis, The Gazette book reviewer, on "the uniformly high standard already established by Linda Leith's fledgling indie literary publishing house" -- Vancouver Sun. And this: Quill & Quire names Peter Kirby's Vigilante Season one of the five top crime and mystery books of 2013. Love the end of the year!
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Part of the crowd at the launch of LLP and Salon .ll., Friday April 20, 2012 at the Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival with authors Felicia Mihali and Rick Salutin as well as Salon .ll. directors Eve Pariseau, Annie Heminway and editorial committee members Marie-Andrée Lamontagne and Annabelle Moreau, as well as contributor Julie Groleau. [Photo: Courtesy Felicia Mihali]
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
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Tweet from Margaret Atwood April 13, 2012 @MargaretAtwood: Look! New publishing house launches, + Rick Salutin on keeping public education public: http://www.lindaleith.com/publishings/view/6 @TorontoStar
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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