Publishing Resources

The following is a partial list of web and print resources for the study of Canadian publishing history. Researchers should also consult relevant bibliographies, including author, imprint, genre, and regional bibliographies. A comprehensive listing of books, articles, theses, and other materials can be found in the Bibliography of the History of the Book in Canada/ Bibliographie sur l'histoire du livre et de l'imprimé au Canada, available at:
Audley, Paul. Canada’s Cultural Industries: Broadcasting, Publishing, Records and Film. Toronto: James Lorimer, in association with the Canadian Institute for Economic Policy, 1983.
Bellefeuille, Pierre de, Alain Pontaut, et al. La Bataille du livre au Québec: Oui à la culture française, non au colonialisme culturel. [Montréal]: Leméac, 1972.
Bibliographie des études québécoises sur l'imprimé. Association québécoise pour l’étude de l’imprimé
Canada. Commons. Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage. The Challenge of Change: A Consideration of the Canadian Book Industry. Ottawa: Public Works and Government Services Canada - Publishing, 2000.
Canada. Royal Commission on National Development in the Arts, Letters and Sciences. Report. Ottawa: King’s Printer, 1951.
Canada. Statistics Canada. Education, Culture, and Tourism Division. Culture Statistics. Book Publishing Industry, 1983. Ottawa: Statistics Canada, 1985.
Canadian Printer and Publisher. Toronto: Maclean-Hunter, 1892-
Canadian Private Presses. Library and Archives Canada.
Canadian Publishers' Records Database. Simon Fraser University
Celebrating Women’s Achievements: Women in the Canadian Book Trade. Library and Archives Canada.
Dictionary of Canadian Biography / Dictionairre biographique du Canada. Toronto and Laval: University of Toronto Press and Université Laval, 1959-. Available online at:
Early Canadiana Online.
[Eayrs, Hugh S.] A Canadian Publishing House. Toronto: Macmillan, 1923.
Friskney, Janet. New Canadian Library: The Ross-McClelland Years 1952-1978. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2007.
Fleming, Patricia and Yvan Lamonde, gen. eds. History of the Book in Canada / Histoire du livre et de l’imprimé au Canada, 3 vols. Toronto and Montreal: University of Toronto Press and Les Presses de l’Université de Montréal, 2004-2007.
Gerson, Carole. Canada’s Early Women Writers: Texts in English to 1859. The CRIAW Papers. Ottawa: CRIAW/ICREF, 1994.
Gray, John Morgan. Fun Tomorrow: Learning to be a Publisher and Much Else. Toronto: Macmillan, 1978.
Grescoe, Paul. The Merchants of Venus: Inside Harlequin and the Empire of Romance. Vancouver: Raincoast Books, 1996.
Halpenny, Francess G. “100 Books for 100 Years.” Papers of the Bibliographical Society of Canada/Cahiers de la Société bibliographique du Canada 40.2 (Fall 2002). 57-93.
History of the Book in Canada/Histoire du livre et de l’imprimé au Canada. Project databases.
• Bibliography of the History of the Book in Canada/ Bibliographie sur l'histoire du livre et de l'imprimé au Canada
• Canadian Book Catalogues / Catalogues canadiens relatifs à l'imprimé
• Canadian Book Trade and Library Index / Index canadien des métiers du livre et des bibliothèques
• Canadian Imprints to 1840 / Imprimés canadiens
• Canadian Textbooks/ Manuels scolaires au Canada
Hulse, Elizabeth. A Dictionary of Toronto Printers, Publishers, Booksellers and the Allied Trades, 1798-1900. Toronto: Anson-Cartwright, 1982.
Impressions: 250 Years of Printing in the Lives of Canadians. Library and Archives Canada
Jeanneret, Marsh. God and Mammon: Universities as Publishers. Toronto: Macmillan, 1989.
Karr, Clarence. Authors and Audiences: Popular Canadian Fiction in the Early Twentieth Century. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2000.
King, James. Jack: A Life with Writers: The Story of Jack McClelland. Toronto: Knopf Canada, 1999.
Lamonde, Yvan. La libraire et l’édition à Montréal. Montreal : Fides, 2000.
MacDonald, Bertrum H. “Getting the Books Published: The Instrumental Role of Governments and Their Agencies.” Facsimile 19 (1998): 13-18.
MacSkimming, Roy. The Perilous Trade: Publishing Canada’s Writers. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 2003.
Michon, Jacques. Fides: La grade aventure éditoriale du père Paul-Aimé Martin. [Saint-Laurent, QC]: Editions Fides, 1998.
Mount, Nicholas. When Canadian Literature Moved to New York. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2005.
New Wave Canada: Coach House Press and the Small Press Movement in English Canada in the 1960s. Library and Archives Canada.
Papers of the Bibliographical Society of Canada/ Cahiers de la Société bibliographique du Canada. Toronto : Bibliographical Society of Canada/Société bibliographique du Canada, 1962-.
Parker, George L. The Beginnings of the Book Trade in Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1985.
Pierce, Lorne. The Chronicle of a Century: 1829-1929: The Record of One Hundred Years of Progress in the Publishing Concerns of the Methodist, Presbyterian and Congregational Churches in Canada. Toronto: United Church Publishing House, Ryerson Press, [1929].
Porter, Anna. The Storyteller: Memory, Secrets, Magic and Lies. Toronto: Doubleday Canada, 2000.
Quill & Quire. Toronto : Key Publishers Co., 1938-
Society for the History of Authorship, Reading & Publishing.
Solecki, Sam, ed. Imagining Canadian Literature: The Selected Letters of Jack McClelland. Toronto: Key Porter Books, 1998.
Spadoni, Carl and Judy Donnelly. A Bibliography of McClelland and Stewart Imprints, 1909-1985: A Publisher’s Legacy. Toronto: ECW Press, 1994.
“The State of English Language Publishing in Canada.” Special issue of Journal of Canadian Studies/ Revue d’ études canadiennes 10.2 (May 1975).
Wallace, W. Stewart. The Ryerson Imprint: A Check-List of the Books and Pamphlets Published by the Ryerson Press since the Foundation of the House in 1829. Toronto: Ryerson, 1954
Whiteman, Bruce. Lasting Impressions: A Short History of English Publishing in Quebec. Montreal: Véhicule Press, 1994.
Whiteman, Bruce, Charlotte Stewart, and Catherine Funnell. A Bibliography of Macmillan of Canada Imprints 1906-1980. London, ON: Dundurn Press, 1985.