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Away From The Margins

English-language publishers in Quebec – both established houses and newcomers – display a startling resilience and innovation in developing new markets


THERE’S NO SHORTAGE of literary talent in Quebec, and I’m talking not only about writers working in French. Remarking on a 2016 “Lucky 13” piece about the best books in English by Quebec writers, Montreal Gazette columnist Ian McGillis noted there was a time, not so long ago, when it would have been hard to come up with 13 titles. “Now,” he commented, “it’s a matter of cutting it down – agonizingly, painfully.”

The proliferation of good writing is just part of what accounts for this bounty. Behind much of that is what Simon Dardick calls a “small but hardy group” of English-language publishers. As copublisher of Véhicule Press, which next year celebrates 45 years in the business, Dardick knows a lot about hardiness.

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