McArthur & Company Publishing

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McArthur & Company Publishing
Status Defunct
Founded 1998
Founder Kim McArthur
Country of origin Canada
Headquarters location Toronto
Publication types Books
Official website

McArthur & Company was a Canadian-owned and operated publisher and distributor of Canadian and international fiction and non-fiction for adults and children, based in Toronto.

It was founded in May 1998 when Time Warner closed Little, Brown Canada, the company Kim McArthur had started in Canada and run since 1987. McArthur found initial investors, hired most of the LBC staff, bought LBC backlist inventory and author contracts from Time Warner and started the new company three weeks after the closure.

In its first eight years, the company had 63 bestsellers, 21 of them #1 bestsellers evenly split between Canadian and international authors. Its authors have been shortlisted for 21 Canadian awards and have won 7 of them. In 2003 alone McArthur had two authors shortlisted for the Governor General's Award for Fiction (Jean McNeil's Private View and Edeet Ravel's Ten Thousand Lovers, published by Hodder-Headline and distributed by McArthur)). Canadian authors published by the company included Giller Prize nominee Nancy Huston, Leacock Award winner Marsha Boulton, Arthur Ellis Award winner Rosemary Aubert, Trillium Award nominee Barry Callaghan, and Greg Gatenby, Kate Pullinger, AISLIN, Lisa Appignanesi, Anne DeGrace, Sondra Gotlieb, Rosemary Sullivan, Jack Granetstein, and John Brady among others. International authors published by McArthur included Maeve Binchy, Joanna Trollope, Bryce Courtenay, Vikram Seth, Simon Sebag Montefiore, Justin Cartwright, Rosie Thomas and Colleen McCullough.

In addition to its own publishing list, McArthur & Company acted as the exclusive agent in Canada for Orion Books, Hodder Headline until 31 December 2009.[1] McArthur & Company was a member of the Association of Canadian Publishers, the Canadian Booksellers Association and the Ontario Book Publishers Organization. McArthur & Company also did sales and marketing for the Ontario-based firm Exile Editions. Harper Collins Canada handles McArthur & Company's warehousing and distribution.

Kim McArthur closed the company in 2013.[2]

After the company had closed, Kim McArthur was found guilty of Wage Theft by the Ontario Ministry of Labour.


  1. ^ 'Hachette UK to join Hachette Book Group USA for Canadian Sales and Distribution', Hachette UK press release, 7 May 2009 [1]
  2. ^ Toronto's McArthur & Company to Close

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