Greystone Books

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Greystone Books
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Founded 1993
Country of origin Canada
Headquarters location Vancouver, British Columbia
Distribution University of Toronto Press (Canada)
Publication types Books
Official website

Greystone Books is a Vancouver, Canada-based publisher of nonfiction books that publishes in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. The company was established in 1993 as an imprint of Douglas & McIntyre under founding publisher Rob Sanders and has been an independent publisher, Greystone Books Ltd., since 2013.[1]

After its parent company D&M Publishers “filed a Notice of Intention to make a proposal under the provisions of the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act,”[2] Greystone books was revived under the new ownership of partners Rodger Touchie, president of Victoria-based Heritage House Publishing, and Rob Sanders, who returned to the role of publisher.[3]

Greystone Books was recognized in April 2017 by Publishers Weekly, an industry trade magazine, as one of the fastest-growing publishers in North America.[4]

Publication History[edit]

Since it began publishing, Greystone Books has released more than 300 nonfiction titles in subjects such as natural history, the environment, science, outdoors, sport, and popular culture.

Greystone Books began a partnership with the David Suzuki Foundation in 1994 and later with the David Suzuki Institute.[5] The environmental nonfiction books they have published together include titles such as Letters to My Grandchildren (2015) and The Sacred Balance (1997) by David Suzuki, and A Geography of Blood (2012) by Candace Savage.

The most well-known title from Greystone Books is The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben, which earned a place on the New York Times Bestseller list in 2016.[6]

In "The 150 Bestselling Canadian Books of the Past 10 Years," an article from the CBC in celebration of Canada 150, The Flood of 2013 appeared on the list at #132.[7] The book was created in collaboration with The Calgary Herald and has sold over 55,000 copies.[8]


  1. ^ "Canadian Publishers". Retrieved 2017-07-14. 
  2. ^ Lederman, Marsha (2012-10-31). "Douglas & McIntyre more than $6-million in debt, documents show". Retrieved 2017-07-14. 
  3. ^ "Opportunity Knocks: Focus on Canada 2013". Retrieved 2017-07-14. 
  4. ^ "Fast-Growing Independent Publishers, 2017". Retrieved 2017-07-13. 
  5. ^ "Books | Publications | David Suzuki Foundation". Retrieved 2017-07-13. 
  6. ^ Mcgrane, Sally (2016-01-29). "German Forest Ranger Finds That Trees Have Social Networks, Too". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-07-13. 
  7. ^ "The 150 bestselling Canadian books of the past 10 years | CBC Books". Retrieved 2017-07-13. 
  8. ^ "Fast-Growing Independent Publishers, 2017". Retrieved 2017-07-13.