Fernwood Publishing

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Fernwood Publishing
Status Active
Founded 1991
Founder Errol Sharpe
Country of origin Canada
Headquarters location Nova Scotia
Distribution Canada
Key people Errol Sharpe, Wayne Antony (co-publishers)
Publication types Books
Nonfiction topics politics, public policy, social sciences, aboriginal issues
Imprints Fernwood (non-fiction), Roseway (fiction)
Number of employees 7
Official website www.fernwoodpublishing.ca

Fernwood Publishing is an independent Canadian publisher that publishes non-fiction books dealing with social justice and issues of social, political and economic importance.

Fernwood was founded in 1991 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, publishing its first books in the spring of 1992. The Halifax office was moved to Black Point, Nova Scotia and, in 1994, a second office was opened in Winnipeg, Manitoba.[1] In eighteen seasons, Fernwood has published over 300 titles.[2] In 2006, Fernwood acquired Roseway Publishing, which is now their fiction imprint.

Fernwood offers an alternative Canadian perspective on issues that many major book publishers do not.[3] Founder and co-publisher Errol Sharpe has been quoted as saying, "In an era when the restructuring of capitalism seems to be threatening to erase many of the gains that have been made by the oppressed in society, we think that our books have a part to play in bucking the trend."[3]

Notable releases[edit]

  • Thom Workman, If you're in my way I'm walking: The assault on working people since 1970
  • Anthony Fenton and Yves Engler, Canada in Haiti: Waging War on the Poor Majority
  • Socialist Studies (series)
  • Annette Aurelie Desmarais, La Via Campesina: Globalization and the Power of Peasants
  • Anne Bishop, Becoming an Ally: Breaking the Cycle of Oppression in People
  • Sean Comish, The Westray Tragedy: A Miner's Story
  • Elizabeth Comack, Women in Trouble: Connecting Women’s Law Violation to their Histories of Abuse
  • Patricia Monture-Angus, Thunder in My Soul: A Mohawk Woman Speaks
  • Jim Silver, Thin Ice: Money, Politics and the Demise of an NHL Franchise
  • Barrie Anderson and Dawn Anderson, Manufacturing Guilt: Wrongful Convictions in Canada


  1. ^ Profile - Association of Manitoba Book Publishers
  2. ^ fernwood Publishing, "About-Us "
  3. ^ a b Hillary Lindsay, "Keeping a Body of Critical Literature Alive", Canadian Dimension Magazine, May 2005

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