Vimy gets accolades, plus two great titles!

April 9th was the hundred anniversary of the battle of Vimy Ridge and pundits and politicians have been declaring the battle the "birth of a nation." Fortunately, Ian McKay and Jamie Swift have an antidote to the war reverence, The Vimy Trap. In March the book 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. The Vimy Trap is 25% off on our website until April 30th!

We are excited to release two new books this month! One by legal scholar Harry Glasbeek, Class Privilege: How Law Shelters Shareholders and Coddles Capitalism. Linda McQuaig said "Every progressive should read this book." The second is Ottawa and Empire: Canada and the Military Coup in Honduras by Tyler Shipley. David McNally declared it "a must-read for everyone who cares about global justice and the future of democracy.

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Win a copy of the Class Privilege PLUS a BTL 40th anniversary tote bag!  Send us an email with the subject line "Newsletter contest 2017 #3" and the name of the author of the book by April 25. 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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Books, Beer, and Birthday Cake            
Three independent publishers. Three landmark anniversaries. One party!

In 2017, University of Manitoba Press turns 50, Between the Lines turns 40, and Fernwood Publishing turns 25. Join us May 31st as we collectively celebrate our authors and our publishing accomplishments at the oldest LGBTQ indie bookstore in the world, the Glad Day Bookshop!  Come on out and celebrate indie publishing.

Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts

Between the Lines is proud to co-present the Video Ballad Packingtown. Packingtown shares the vibrant people’s history of North Edmonton through original songs and video interviews with people who worked at the meatpacking plants and lived in the community during the height of the meatpacking industry there (early 1900s to 1980s).

The 60-minute live music and video performance weaves music and lyrics written by Juno-nominated songwriter Maria Dunn, with video footage, historical photographs, and video interviews collected and edited by videographer Don Bouzek of Ground Zero Productions (GZP) and historian-curator Catherine C. Cole with the support of northeast resident Janice Melnychuk. The performance will feature Maria Dunn accompanied by Shannon Johnson and Jeremiah McDade of the Juno award winning Celtic-world fusion band, The McDades.


Class Privilege              
How Law Shelters Shareholders and Coddles Capitalism
By Harry Glasbeek

"Class Privilege is a must-read for anybody seeking to understand the world in which we live, especially in this time of spiralling corporate power." – Joel Bakan, professor of law, University of British Columbia and author of The Corporation: the Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power

Capitalism’s agenda is the endless pursuit of private accumulation of socially produced wealth. In our system, the corporation—created by law—is meant to hide this agenda, to distract us so that flesh and blood capitalists can do what they like. But when the workings of the corporation are examined, they reveal a betrayal of the very values and norms that, for their legitimacy’s sake, capitalists in our parts of the world purport to share.

Harry Glasbeek highlights one of capitalism’s weak spots–the perverting economic, political, and ethical roles played by the prime instrument of private wealth accumulation: the legal corporation. Once the corporate mask is ripped off, those who hide behind it become visible. Stripped of their protective garb, the capitalist class will be just as naked as the rest of us are when we face their corporations.

Get it here!


Ottawa and Empire
Canada and the Military Coup in Honduras

By tyler Shipley

In June 2009, the democratically elected president of Honduras was kidnapped and whisked out of the country while the military and business elite consolidated a coup d’etat. To the surprise of many, Canada implicitly supported the coup and assisted the coup leaders in consolidating their control over the country.

Since the coup, Canada has increased its presence in Honduras, even while the country has been plunged into a human rights catastrophe, highlighted by the assassination of prominent Indigenous activist Berta Cáceres in 2016. Drawing from the Honduran experience, Ottawa and Empire makes it clear that Canada has emerged as an imperial power in the 21st century.

Pick it up here.

Shopping for Change
Consumer Activism and the Possibilities of Purchasing Power

Edited by Louis Hyman & Joseph Tohill

Consuming with a conscience is one of the fastest growing forms of political participation worldwide. Every day we make decisions about how to spend our money and, for the socially conscious, these decisions matter. Political consumers “buy green” for the environment or they “buy pink” to combat breast cancer. They boycott Taco Bell to support migrant workers or Burger King to save the rainforest.

But can we overcome the limitations of consumer identity, the conservative pull of consumer choice, co-optation by corporate marketers, and other pitfalls of consumer activism in order to marshal the possibilities of consumer power? Can we, quite literally, shop for change?

Shopping for Change brings together historical and contemporary perspectives of academics and activists to show readers what has been possible for consumer activists in the past and what might be possible for today’s consumer activists.

You can buy it without irony here!

The Vimy Trap
Or, How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Great War

By Ian McKay and Jamie Swift

The Vimy Trap questions the Birth of the Nation narrative of the Battle of Vimy Ridge itself and the First World War in general. Vimy 1917 is revealed to be a relatively inconsequential but much-mythologized event. Nor was WWI widely revered by the men who actually fought, many of whom were ironically critical of the war both while it happened and even more so over the years that followed. 

The Vimy Trap has been getting a lot of media attention, see "Extras" on our book page for a sample

Get it today!

BTL events

Keep up to date with our event listings here.

June 7
Tyler Shipley on Ottawa and Empire

April 21
Bryan D. Palmer and Gaétan Héroux on Toronto's Poor

May 4
Tyler Shipley on Ottawa and Empire

May 7
BTL co-presents "Packingtown" at the Mayworks Festival

May 18
Joseph Tohill on Shopping for Change

May 31

Books, Beer and Birthday Cake (BTL, Fernwood, U of Manitoba anniversary party)

September 19
Kevin McKay on Radical Transformation

May 11
Jamie Swift on The Vimy Trap 

May 13
Jamie Swift on The Vimy Trap (U of Vic, location TBA)

July 13
Tyler Shipley on Ottawa and Empire


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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 through the Canada Book Fund.

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