Prizes, new books, an audio first, and sales, oh my! 

Prizes, new books, an audio first, and sales, oh my! 

It is prize season, and Between the Lines was awarded the $10,000 Wilson Book Prize for publishing Drawn to Change: Graphic Histories of Working-Class Struggle by the Graphic History Collective and Paul Buhle. The Wilson Prize is awarded for the best book that "succeeds in making Canadian historical scholarship accessible to a wide and transnational audience."

Drawn to Change was also awarded the Public History Prize by the Canadian Historical Association. The authors of Drawn to Change, the Graphic History Collective, were awarded the Making History Award by the Pacific Northwest Labour History Association. We are also excited to announce that Toronto's Poor: A Rebellious History by Bryan Palmer and Gaétan Héroux won the Canadian Association for Work and Labour Studies 2017 Book Prize.

Right now we have a promo on Unsettling Canada, and we have a Pride sale! Get the details below. 

Easy-to-win Book Contest!
Win a copy of the Radical Transformation PLUS a BTL 40th anniversary tote bag! Send us an email with the subject line "Newsletter Contest 2017 #4" and the name of the author of the book by June 30th. We will do a draw of the correct answers and mail you a book and tote bag (to Canadian addresses only please). 

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Cuba Beyond The Beach 
Stories of Life in Havana

By Karen Dubinsky

That sound you hear (here) is BTL' first audio book, Cuba Beyond the Beach. Narrated by Gina Clayton Cuba Beyond the Beach is an intimate portrait of Havana. Author Karen Dubinsky looks past political slogans and tourist postcards to the streets, neighbourhoods, and personalities of a complicated and contradictory city.

You can find different formats to listen in at the BTL website and elsewhere. 


Radical Transformation
Oligarchy, Collapse, and the Crisis of Civilization

By Kevin MacKay  

Radical Transformation is a tour de force.”

–Thomas Homer-Dixon, author of The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity and the Renewal of Civilization

Radical Transformation is a story about industrial civilization’s impending collapse, and about the possibilities of averting this fate. Human communities first emerged as egalitarian, democratic groups that existed in symbiotic relationship with their environments. Increasing complexity led to the emergence of oligarchy, in which societies became captive to the logic of domination, exploitation, and ecological destruction. The challenge facing us today is to build a movement that will radically transform civilization and once more align our evolutionary trajectory in the direction of democracy, equality, and ecological sustainability.

Get Radical Transformation here!

Fired-up About Reproductive Rights

By Jane Kirby

What is at stake in the fight for safe, legal, and accessible abortion services? And who benefits from our dark legacy of coercive sterilization, eugenics, and population control? Reproductive rights are rights that everyone should be fired up about!

Decades after abortion was legalized and decriminalized in Canada, the US, and the UK, why are we still fighting for reproductive rights? Shattering the myth that the battle for reproductive rights has already been won, Fired Up about Reproductive Rights shows us the many ways our reproductive lives remain subject to state control. From the fight for safe, legal, and accessible abortion services to the fight against coercive sterilization, eugenics, and population control, threats to our reproductive control remain alive and well in our communities.  

This accessible and engaging book is part of BTL's Fired-Up Series for young people who want to learn more about changing the world.

Get it today!

Drawn to Change    
Graphic Histories of Working-Class Struggle

By the Graphic History Collective with Paul Buhle  

Wilson Book Prize, The Wilson Institute for Canadian History
Public History Prize, Canadian Historical Association

Canadian labour history and working-class struggles are brought to life in this anthology of nine short comics, each one accompanied by an informative preface. Each comic showcases the inspiring efforts and determination of working people who banded together with others to fight to change the world.

Find a copy here!


Toronto's Poor
A Rebellious History

By Bryan Palmer and Gaétan Héroux

CAWLS 2017 Book Prize for the Best Book in Work and Labour Studies

Toronto’s Poor reveals the long and too often forgotten history of poor people’s resistance. It details how the homeless, the unemployed, and the destitute have struggled to survive and secure food and shelter in the wake of the many panics, downturns, recessions, and depressions that punctuate the years from the 1830s to the present.

You can buy it here!

Unsettling Canada
A National Wake-Up Call

By Arthur Manuel and Grand Chief Ronald M. Derrickson

This month a group of Indigenous activists are planning to mark the 150th anniversary of Canada by encouraging Canadians to read the book Unsettling Canada: A National Wake-up Call written by Arthur Manuel during the Month of June. Listen to activist Russ Diabo with Defenders of the Land talk about the initiative with RedEye Cooperative Radio. PLUS, get 20% off this month off the book at BTL with promo code: Unsettling150

Pick it up here!


Get 30% off on select titles for June! 

We are celebrating Pride with a sale! Get 20% off of the titles below with promo code: pride17 

Keep us Keepin' On

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. 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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