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"Between the Lines has consistently published books that tackle the most pungent issues of the day. . . . Between the Lines has not only made a niche for itself as the go-to imprint for thought-provoking books on the subjects most critical to our times, the press has been winning accolades along the way.”

- Merilyn Simonds, Kingston Whig-Standard, November 23, 2017

We had a lot of firsts to celebrate this year: the release of our first historical video (watch it below), our first official history of the press, Books Without Bosses: Forty Years of Reading Between the Lines, our first national bestseller Unsettling Canada: A National Wake-Up Call, our first Shaughnessy Cohen shortlist, our first audio book, and much, much more. Incredibly, we accomplished all of this in 2017—our forty year anniversary! Of course we wouldn't have lasted this long without you, our long-time readers. So for that, we want to thank you with an incredible deal on absolutely all of our books.


We celebrate 2017 by giving you
25% off all BTL books 
until December 31st at

See the story of 40 years of books without bosses!

A book so good they shortlisted it twice

The Vimy Trap or, How We Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Great War by Ian McKay and Jamie Swift was shortlisted for two prestigious awards: the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing and the Sir John A. Macdonald Prize for best book of Canadian history.

Our first-ever audio book has arrived!

The affectionate and insightful look at life in Havana, Cuba beyond the Beach: Stories of Life in Havana by Karen Dubinsky, has become the first ever BTL book available in audio format. Your narrator, Gina Clayton, walks you through the immersive stories of Havana's people, places, and history beyond the superficial slogans, hollow holidays, and platitudinous poverty. Available now from all the usual places audio books are sold: Bandcamp, Audible, Kobo, and Apple


Why we were drawn to Drawn to Change 

Drawn to Change: Graphic Histories of Working-Class Struggle is BTL's third installment in our growing collection of graphic history books. This unique collaboration between BTL, the Graphic History Collective, and Paul Buhle won us our second Wilson Book Prize which includes $10,000 that will go towards the publication of new creative and accessible Canadian history projects. Drawn to Change's success didn't end there. The editors also went on to win the Canadian Historical Association’s Public History Prize.

The spotlight on Toronto's Poor

Toronto’s Poor: A Rebellious History won this year's Canadian Association for Work and Labour Studies Book Prize.The book was written by Bryan Palmer and Gaétan Héroux—whose name you likely also recognize from the campaign to open Toronto's armouries to the homeless this winter. You can read his moving op-ed on the subject here

Unsettling Canada 150

This year's Canada 150 campaign was denounced by Indigenous activists as a celebration of genocide. A counter-campaign emerged, Unsettling Canada 150, which included a call for all Canadians to read Arthur Manuel and Grand Chief Ronald M. Derrickson's book Unsettling Canada: A National Wake-Up Call. Art's words on the return of Indigenous control to Indigenous land will stay with us forever: "To Canadians who fear the changes that this will bring to the country, I can only say to them that there is no downside to justice." 


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