We celebrate three new books with a big sale!

From the failures of the modern university, to an environmental battle over garbage, to a superb summary of a (oxymoron alert) "modern classic" BTL has three new books out that inspire thought and action. The good news is that you can get all of our books for 20% off at our website right now! Plus another BTL book enters the prize world. 

Easy-to-win Book Contest
Our prize this month is all three of our new books! To get entered into our draw just email:, subject line "Newsletter Contest 2017 V7" and give us the names of the three authors whose books we announce here! A winner will be drawn from the correct answers received by October 3rd. Canadian addresses only please. 


All books 20% off
Until October 15 all books on our website are 20% off! No special coupon code needed, just head on over to and start saving! 

Getting Schooled!
Degrees of Failure
University Education in Decline
By Randle W. Nelsen

In Degrees of Failure, Randle Nelsen brings together such diverse topics as campus parking, college sports, helicopter parents, edu-business as edu-tainment, and technology in teaching to show how continuing inequities, grounded in large part upon social class differences, are maintained and reproduced in our universities.

Paying special attention to the role played by professors in solidifying status-quo arrangements, Nelsen makes the strange familiar for those outside the university bureaucracy and the familiar strange for those whose participation in university settings is a routine part of everyday life.

Find a copy here!


That's Garbage!
Fighting Dirty
How a Small Community Took on Big Trash
By Poh-Gek Forkert

Named as one of the "18 must-read books for fall 2017" by NOW Magazine

Fighting Dirty tells the story of how one small group of farmers, small-town residents, and Indigenous people fought the world’s largest waste disposal company to stop them from expanding a local dumpsite into a massive land fill. As one of the experts brought in to assess the impact the toxic waste would have on the community, Poh-Gek Forkert was part of the adventures and misadventures of their decades-long fight.

Fighting Dirty is an inspiring read for all activists battling against the money and power of corporations. It shows that when a small group of determined, committed citizens don’t give up, leaders and unexpected opportunities will emerge. When the cause is just, good people can win.” —David Suzuki, internationally-renowned environmentalist.

Pick it up here!

Big Ideas, Slim Volume
Pocket Piketty
By  Jesper Roine  

We all know about the book: it has been hailed as one of the most important documents on how the world economy works, or doesn’t work, and it has been a colossal bestseller since it first appeared in 2014, with more than 1.5 million copies sold. Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century makes a powerful case that wealth, and accumulated wealth, tends to stay where it lands: and with the passage of time just gets bigger…and bigger.

In this handy slim volume, (over 500 pages shorter than Capital in the Twenty-First Century) in clear and accessible prose, experienced economist and teacher Jesper Roine explains all things Piketty.

Find a copy here!

A Future Without Hate or Need
The Promise of the Jewish Left in Canada
By Ester Reiter

A Future Without Hate or Need has been shortlisted the 2017 Vine Awards for Canadian Jewish Literature (in the history category). The Vine awards are annual prizes of $10,000 for the best writing in a number of categories. Congratulations to all the shortlisted authors!

 A Future Without Hate or Need brings to life the rich and multi-layered lives of a dissident political community, their shared experiences and community-building cultural projects, as they attempted to weave together their ethnic particularity—their identity as Jews—with their internationalist class politics.

Buy the book here. 

BTL October Events

Keep up to date with our event listings here.

October 26
Serial Girls and the Question of Race 

October 27
Des filles en série au boys’ club, ou quand les hommes sont entre eux

October 25
Law’s responsibility for corporate irresponsibility (lessons from “Class Privilege”)

October 25
Kevin MacKay on Radical Transformation

October 1
Poh-Gek Forkert on Fighting Dirty

October 11
Tyler Shipley on Ottawa & Empire

October 18

Banakonda Kennedy-Kish (Bell), Raven Sinclair, Ben Carniol on Case Critical
Social Services and Social Justice in Canada, 7th Edition
 (Ryerson U, time and location TBA)

October 17
Law’s sponsorship of corporate irresponsibility with Harry Glasbeek 

October 21
Harry Glasbeek speaks on Class Privilege: How Law Shelters Shareholders and Coddles Capitalism

October 27
Martine Delvaux (with Dr. Eftihia Mihelakis) on Serial Girls


How about another 40 years?

It has been 40 years since BTL started publishing our thought provoking titles and we still have lots of energy. With your support we can try for another 40!

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. Learn more (and give us a hand) here


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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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