Book*hug Press

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Celebrating adventures in literary publishing since 2004, Book*hug Press is a radically optimistic Canadian independent publisher working at the forefront of contemporary book culture. We publish critically acclaimed and award-winning books of literary fiction and nonfiction, poetry, and literature in translation. Book*hug quickly established itself as having a strong and recognizable brand, and readers turn to us for work that is engaging and intelligent. We publish emerging and established literary writers whose work meaningfully contributes to and reflects contemporary culture and society; books that challenge and push the boundaries of cultural expectations. We are most interested in bold, innovative, and urgent writing that takes risks. Book*hug Press is deeply committed to building a more equitable and inclusive publishing landscape by amplifying culturally diverse voices whose work has been historically underrepresented and to producing born-accessible editions of our titles.

Two virtual reading groups convene digitally amidst political upheaval and undefined environmental catastrophe. Participation offers a prescient look at remote communication in a time of rupture: anonymous participants exchange fantasies and ruminations, and relationships develop and unravel.

Remnants is an exploration of our relationships with family and perception, told through a profound investigation of a father’s life and sudden death.With various voices and hybrid forms—including dialogues, questionnaires, photographs, and dream documentation—Huyghebaert builds a fragmented picture of a father-daughter relationship that has been shaped by silences and missed opportunities. Remnants asks essential questions about the value of life in its duration and passing.

Funny and doom-drenched, The Employees chronicles the fate of the Six-Thousand Ship and delivers a hilariously stinging critique of life governed by the logic of productivity. The human and humanoid crew members alike complain about their daily tasks in a series of staff reports and memos. When the ship takes on several strange objects from the planet New Discovery, the crew becomes strangely and deeply attached to them even as tensions boil toward mutiny, especially among the humanoids.

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