Brian Kaufman from Anvil Press

Founder and Publisher, Brian Kaufman worked for years in the Vancouver art scene as a playwright, editor, and publisher. He founded the internationally known literary magazine subTerrain, as well as Anvil Press. Now in their twenty-sixth year of publishing, Anvil has firmly established itself as a publisher of progressive, contemporary Canadian literature and has become known for its quality books and unconventional literary work. Anvil remains committed to its East Vancouver roots and doesn’t shy away from work from the wrong side of the tracks.

This dynamic hard working committed team have survived bad plumbing, rent hikes, eviction, bankrupt distributors, and numerous pronouncements on the “death of the book.”

Not to be the case as demonstrated with numerus awards and acclamations. Anvil Press recently received The City of Vancouver Book Award for Carleigh Baker’s debut collection of short stories. They have also just released a fabulous anthology with Vancouver’s current poet Laureate, Rachel Rose. It’s called Sustenance: Writers from BC and Beyond on the Subject of Food and brings to the table some of Canada’s best contemporary writers — Renee Sarojini Saklikar, Mark Winston, Susan Musgrave, Lorna Crozier, Ayelet Tsabari, Adèle Barclay and many others — celebrating all that is unique about Vancouver’s literary and culinary scene. The book is fully illustrated with beautiful local food photographs, and includes interviews with and recipes from some of our top local chefs — Frank Pabst (Blue Water Café), Thomas Haas (artisan chocolatier), Meeru Dhalwalla (Vij’s and Rangoli) — each of these short pieces will shock, comfort, praise, entice, or invite reconciliation, all while illuminating our living history through the lens of food.

A great thing about this recent project is that a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Farmers Market Nutrition Coupon Program, providing a refugee or low-income family with fresh, locally grown produce, and at the same time supporting B.C. farmers, fishers, beekeepers and gardeners. It’s early days, but there has been an enthusiastic reception to this book thus far.

Anvil Press is certainly making waves with another recent story collection, Bad Endings by Carleigh Baker, which is currently a Finalist for the $50K Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize.

In addition, two books from last year (2016)– Cretacea & Other Stories from the Badlands by Martin West and Garage Criticism: Cultural Missives in an Age of Distraction by Peter Babiak were finalists for the Montaigne Medal, which is part of the Eric Hoffer Awards, and is an additional distinction awarded to the most thought-provoking books.

 

Where Vancouver/ Where Whistler

Since 1936, Where remains the world’s largest publisher of visitor magazines. Where Vancouver, (which encompass print, web, and social media) provides timely, local information on shopping, cultural attractions, and dining as well as what’s hot and upcoming in entertainment. Where’s magazines and online properties are created by local editors and staff who have current in-depth knowledge about their cities because they themselves live in the city they write about.

Sheri Radford, Editor of Where Vancouver (nine issues per year) and Where Whistler (two issues per year), knew she needed the hustle and bustle of big city living and returned to Vancouver after some time exploring island life in Lady Smith on Vancouver Island. Out of school, Sheri started as a technical writer but after 2 years she switched to into the magazine publishing industry and has been with Where Vancouver and Where Whistler for over 15 years.

Sheri can be found most mornings jogging along Vancouver’s seawall taking in all that her beautiful city has to offer. In addition to the Magazine Editor hat, Sheri is also the author of several award-winning books for children.

 

GEIST MAGAZINE

Geist is a Canadian literary magazine of ideas and culture. They publish the best that can be found in narrative (fiction and non-fiction), essays, poetry, reviews, photography, drawings, commix, puzzles and little-known facts of interest—with a special interest in fresh interactions between text and image. Geist strives to be articulate, humorous and identifiably Canadian. Their mandate is to find and encourage a wide audience for new and established Canadian writers and artists of merit.

Currently, their readership extends from Newfoundland to Vancouver Island to Nunavut, with concentrations in the Lower Mainland of BC and greater Toronto. The Geist website, geist.com, receives 110,000 visits each year, and is supported by a strong social media presence: 3,000+ Facebook fans and friends; 11,400+ Twitter followers; 14,000+ subscribers to the weekly e-newsletter.

Geist began as a 40-page newsprint publication in the founders’ (Mary Schendlinger and Stephen Osborne) living room in 1990, with financing of $7,500. They paid artists and writers for their work from the beginning. In 1993 they hired their first full-time, permanent staff; in 2000, the editor-in-chief and senior editor began to receive a small stipend. The team edited with care, built gradually, promoted constantly, tracked results and brought the personal touch to re

lationships with readers and contributors, and Geist grew into the most widely read literary magazine in Canada. Geist has won critical acclaim and has received dozens of awards and nominations from the National Magazine Awards and the Western Magazine Awards. Most recently (this year), Geist won gold at the National Magazine Awards for a photo-essay by Terence Byrnes called “South of Buck Creek.”

Their inspiration is always found in the world around them and in the wealth of talented writers, artists, performers and creators, past and present, that they encounter in their work. They’re always on the alert for the great conversation or chance meeting that sparks a great Geist idea.

 

Western Living Magazine

Originally from Salmon Arm, Julia Dilworth knew from an early age that she wanted to work at a Magazine. With a great deal of passion for the arts, Julia studied at UBC, Langara and BCIT, and with multiple degrees she now can hang her hat on two doors. Associate Editor for Western Living and Vancouver Magazine, Julia says she is “living the dream”.

Set for a move this fall, Julia is looking forward to applying some of Western Living Magazine’s home décor advise to her new living space. In addition to her growing passion for home décor Julia is very excited about this December’s issue where upcoming trends are explored and discussed. Vintage recipes will also be a highlight for this issue as local chefs have re-done recipes previously published in issues from the 70’s and 80’s to have a modern twist. Keep your eyes peeled for Western Living’s Christmas Plum Pudding.

Western Magazine has been providing readers with tips and stories as well as guides to travel, gardening and real estate, food, restaurants, wine-pairings and home design for over three decades. As Canada’s largest regional magazine, published 10 times a year, Western Living invites readers to stretch their imaginations about living in the West.