North American territory with its sister
company in New York.
Coach House, which also distributes to
the U.S., has struggled to gain traction
in the States for its titles. “It is frus-
trating,” Wilcox says, “to have such a
wonderful book be recognized in Canada,
win the country’s most prestigious prize,
and get so little attention from American
reviewers and booksellers.”
MacLachlan, of House of Anansi, has a
similar take. “So much is marketing
driven in the United States, and the U.S.
publishing world is driven by large
sales,” she says. But MacLachlan adds:
“Our numbers in the states are really
good. We make our catalogues for the
U.S. market to try and give ourselves an
MacLachlan cites Anansi’s effort this
fall to relaunch the works of the Canadian
mystery writer Ian Hamilton in the
United States as an example of works
that a Canadian publisher might handle
better than a U.S. publisher on the U.S.
market. “He was at Picador for four
books, and they sort of didn’t go any-
where, and we worked really hard to get
him back,” she says. “We are going to see
how it goes.”
Canadian at Home
Several publishers we surveyed noted
that it is important to be seen as Canadian
publishers in Canada, but, in the United
States and further abroad, many would
prefer to be seen as global publishers.
Export sales are particularly important
for Canadian publishers, with many
reporting between 60% and 80% of their
sales coming from the United States.
Ottawa-based Livres Canada Books is the
nonprofit organization tasked with promoting Canadian books abroad,
including rights and finished products
for English- and French-language titles.
print and e-books have remained
relatively flat since 2013, while the
share for audiobooks rose from 1.7%
to 2% between 2013 and 2015.
“There’s a myth that you can hit
the Canadian bestseller list by selling
just a few thousand books,” PRH’s
Martin says. “But that is just that: a
myth. We routinely see bestsellers in the
range of 20,000, 30,000, 40,000 books
sold.” PRH’s Canada division shares the
curiously compelling fiction
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While sorting through the belongings
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Jessica Campbell makes a shocking
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“The mystery of how the girls died is not
the book’s main focus, but this captivating
novel still moves with the pace of a thriller
as it deftly fills in the gaps in the lives of
several people, each fractured by horrors
of their very own, joined as one in betrayal,
trauma, and uncertainty.”
— Publishers Weekly
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A beautiful tour de force about a child
sculpted by kindness, cruelty, and the
extraordinary power of imagination.
“Tucker’s triumphant debut novel is the
story of a childhood lost, a family found,
and a coming-of-age, recounted in precise
and poetic language . . . It is at times
difficult to read, but this novel is worth
every moment of pain and every tear.”
— Publishers Weekly, starred
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“It’s frustrating to have such a wonderful book...
and get so little attention from American reviewers
and booksellers.” —Alana Wilcox, editorial director, Coach House