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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

SPOTLIGHT ON QUEBEC PUBLISHING

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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