News for those who read Between the Lines

Happy birthday to us! On October 26th we turned 40 years old (thank you, thank you). To celebrate we released a graphic history, a historical video, and we are offering 40% off all books at (but only until November 2nd). 

Want to win a copy of our graphic history? To enter just email, subject line "Newsletter Contest 2017 V8"  and give us the name of the author. A winner will be drawn from the correct answers received by November 2nd Canadian addresses only please.
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Just released

Books without Bosses

Forty Years of Reading Between the Lines

By Robert Clarke  Illustrated by Kara Sievewright  

Founded in November 1977 as a cooperative venture of two against-the-grain outfits with sixties roots (Dumont Press Graphix in Kitchener and the Development Education Centre in Toronto), Between the Lines remains one of a kind. From its first book—The Big Nickel: Inco at Home and Abroad—to today’s award-winning titles, it has indeed survived—as one author put it, “publishing outside the mainstream, ensuring alternative voices are heard loud and clear!”

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Since 1977 Between the Lines has been presenting new ideas and challenging readers to rethink the world around them. For forty years BTL has remained fiercely independent creating award winning books and always doing it without bosses. Sew what people are saying about BTL!
40 years of books without bosses

New books!

Conform, Fail, Repeat
How Power Distorts Collective Action
By Christopher Samuel  

Anti-globalization activists have done little to slow capitalism’s global march. Many of the gains made by decades of identity-based movements have been limited to privileged subgroups.The lesson of these movements is clear: struggle for change is essential, but the direction of change matters considerably.

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The Life and Works of Éva Circé-Côté
By Andrée Lévesque Translated by Lazer Lederhendler  

Poet, playwright, and librarian, Éva Circé-Côté was a prolific journalist writing for progressive newspapers under a number of pseudonyms. As a feminist and a freethinker who fought for equality and secularism, she offers a non-conformist perspective on Quebec society and politics in the first four decades of the twentieth century.

Freethinker is translated from the 2011 Clio prize winner, Éva Circé-Côté, libre penseuse, 1871–1949.

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Save the date

BTL November events

November 23rd
Karen Dubinsky on Cuba Beyond the Beach

November 6th
Towers, Taxes, Tactics: The Struggle for Kingston’s Future (With Poh-Gek Forkert)

November 23rd
Book launch “Freethinker: The Life and Works of Éva Circé-Côté”

November 15
Harry Glasbeek on Law’s responsibility for corporate irresponsibility (U of Ottawa)

Harry Glasbeek on Class Privilege How Law Shelters Shareholders and Coddles Capitalism (Octopus Books)

November 16
Harry Glasbeek on Law’s responsibility for corporate irresponsibility (Carleton)

November 18
Celebrate Our Waters: A family event, book launch & fundraiser

November 18
Degrees of Failure launch

November 10
Conform, Fail, Repeat: How Power Distorts Collective Action with Chris Samuel and Tim McCaskell

Keep us going for another 40 years!

Between the Lines is one of the only independent non-profit, book publishing collectives in Canada. That means for the last 40 years we’ve relied on our generous readers to not only buy our books but pitch in a few dollars to help us keep publishing high-quality, critically acclaimed books.

We don’t ask for much, but this is a special occasion. Make a one-time donation of $250, or donate $25 per month, and you’ll receive our 40th anniversary swag package, which includes exclusive collectables:

  • our 40th anniversary tote bag
  • a Between the Lines mug
  • our 40th anniversary poster
  • a copy of our graphic history of the press, Books without Bosses: Forty Years of Reading Between the Lines

(This offer only available for one-time donations of $250 – or $25/month – or more.)

Support BTL's publishing program


We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.

Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil  a investi 153 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.

We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the National Translation Program for Book Publishing, an initiative of the Roadmap for Canada's Official Languages 2013-2018: Education, Immigration, Communities, for our translation activities.

We gratefully acknowledge assistance for our publishing activities from  the Ontario Arts Council, the Government of Ontario through the Ontario Book Publishers Tax Credit program and through the Ontario Book Initiative, and the Government of Canada.

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