Between the Lines Books
|Country of origin||Canada|
|Key people||Jamie Swift, Dinah Forbes, Ken Epps, Kae Elgie, Robert Clarke, Steve Izma, Richard Swift, Jonathan Barker|
|Nonfiction topics||politics, public policy, social issues, history, critical race, international development, Indigenous peoples, gender and sexuality, health, culture, adult and popular education, labour, environment, technology, media|
|No. of employees||5|
Between the Lines Books (BTL) is an independent Toronto-based publisher of non-fiction, most of which offers a critical perspective on culture, economics, and society. Since its inception in 1977, BTL has published approximately 250 titles of which more than half are maintained in print, including seminal works by American cultural theorists bell hooks and Noam Chomsky. In 2012, BTL won the Wilson Prize for Publishing Canadian History.
Over the course of its history, BTL has published titles on politics, public policy, labour, critical race, international development, Indigenous peoples, gender and sexuality, history, health, adult and popular education, environment, technology, and media.
Unlike most publishing houses, Between the Lines Books is a co-operative organization. There is no individual owner or publisher, and organizational decisions are reached by consensus. Publishing decisions are made by a volunteer editorial board.
BTL is represented in the college and trade markets throughout Canada by Brunswick Books, a company that also handles their US and Canadian distribution. In the U.K. and continental Europe, sales representation and distribution are provided by Global Book Marketing and Central Books respectively. BTL has co-publishing arrangements with New Internationalist (UK), Pluto Press, South End Press, AK Press, PM Press, Haymarket, O/R Books, Zed Books, and LUX Editeur.
- Judith Merril and Emily Pohl-Weary. Better to Have Loved: The Life of Judith Merril – Winner 2003 Hugo Award for Best Related Work.
- Bev Burke, Jojo Geronimo, D'Arcy Martin, Barb Thomas and Carol Wall. Education for Changing Unions – Winner Best Book in Labor Education, 2002-2007, United Association for Labor Education
- Tina Lopes and Barb Thomas. Dancing on Live Embers: Challenging Racism in Organizations – Winner 2007 Outstanding Books Award for Advancing Human Rights, Gustavus Myers Center 
- Robert Clarke. Gold Dust on His Shirt: The True Story of an Immigrant Mining Family by Irene Howard - Runner up for 2008 Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence 
- Franca Iacovetta. Gatekeepers: Reshaping Immigrant Lives in Cold War Canada – Winner 2008 Sir John A. Macdonald Prize, Canadian Historical Association.
- Ian McKay. Reasoning Otherwise: Leftists and the People's Enlightenment in Canada, 1890-1920. – Winner 2009 Sir John A. McDonald Prize, Canadian Historical Association (the most prestigious award for a Canadian historian).
- Alan Filewood. Committing Theatre. – Ann Saddlemyer Award, Canadian Association for Theatre Research, 2012
- Between the Lines Books – Winner of 2012 Wilson Prize for Publishing Canadian History
- Charlie Angus
- Noam Chomsky
- Ursula Franklin
- Henry Giroux
- Ann Hansen
- bell hooks
- Winona LaDuke
- James Laxer
- Ian McKay
- Judith Merril
- Vincenzo Pietropaolo
- Emily Pohl-Weary
- Wayne Roberts
- Jamie Swift
- Jamie Swift, Article on BTL History Archived 2011-07-08 at the Wayback Machine.
- See details at "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-06-24. Retrieved 2008-07-22.
- See awards website at "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-02-24. Retrieved 2007-12-18.
- See awards website at: http://www.editors.ca/tomfairley/past_winners/tom_fairley_award_winner_2008.html
- See John A. Macdonald Prize information at "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-05-03. Retrieved 2008-07-22.