Greystone Books

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Greystone Books
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Country of originCanada
Headquarters locationVancouver, British Columbia
DistributionUniversity of Toronto Press (Canada)
Publication typesBooks

Greystone Books is a Vancouver, British Columbia-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 Rob Sanders, who returned to the role of publisher,[3] and Rodger Touchie, president of Victoria-based Heritage House Publishing.

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, health, 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 The Sacred Balance (1997) and Letters to My Grandchildren (2015) by David Suzuki, and Tar Sands (2010) by Andrew Nikiforuk.

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 (2013) appeared at #132.[6] The book was created in collaboration with The Calgary Herald and has sold over 55,000 copies.[7] Greystone has also published several books by frequent Canadian Geographic contributor Candace Savage, including Bird Brains (1995), Prairie (2004), and A Geography of Blood (2012), which won the 2012 Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction.

The recent well-known title from Greystone Books is The Hidden Life of Trees by German forester and author Peter Wohlleben, which earned a place on the New York Times Bestseller list in 2016.[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. ^ "The 150 bestselling Canadian books of the past 10 years | CBC Books". Retrieved 2017-07-13.
  7. ^ "Fast-Growing Independent Publishers, 2017". Retrieved 2017-07-13.
  8. ^ 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.