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About Linda Leith Publishing
Montreal writer Linda Leith created LLP in June 2011, just 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.
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 have already won or been nominated for national prizes. We have attracted the attention of Publishers’ Weekly, Maclean's, Quill & Quire, The Globe & Mail, The Toronto Star, The Gazette, CBC Radio’s The Sunday Edition, Montreal Review of Books, etc. We invite you to explore this website, where you can read short essays by Linda Leith and by some of Canada’s best writers in the online literary magazine Salon .ll., find out about Leith and her own books, check out news and reviews of all LLP titles, and buy a print copy or download an electronic copy of one of our books.
This is the romance of books. The chance to put writers and readers together.
"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.
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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.
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The Montreal Launch of Linda Leith Publishing, Blue Met, April 20, 2012
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
[Photo: Linda Leith]
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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