Raincoast Books

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Raincoast Books
IndustryBook Distribution
FounderAllan MacDougall, Mark Stanton
HeadquartersFlag of Canada.svg Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Key people
John Sawyer, CEO
Allan MacDougall, Chairman of the Board
Paddy Laidley, Executive VP Sales and Marketing
Graham Fidler, Executive VP Publishers Group Canada
Number of employees

Raincoast Books is a Canadian book distribution and wholesale company. Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Raincoast was founded by Mark Stanton and Allan MacDougall in 1979 as a consignment wholesaler that shared overhead, warehouse space and staff with the pair's sales agency, Stanton & MacDougall. Today, Raincoast has over 90 employees and three divisions: Raincoast Distribution, Publishers Group Canada, and BookExpress.


Raincoast Distribution[edit]

Raincoast Distribution is a Canadian company which provides complete sales, marketing and fulfillment services to a wide range of general trade and gift publishers from the United States, Britain and Canada. Companies distributed by Raincoast include Chronicle Books, Drawn and Quarterly, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Lonely Planet, New Harbinger and St. Martin's Press.

Publishers Represented by Raincoast Distribution[edit]

Beginning Press
Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Bilingual Books, Inc.
Blue Apple Books
Chronicle Books
Drawn & Quarterly
Gibbs Smith
Hay House
Laurence King
Lonely Planet
Magnetic Poetry
The Mountaineers Books
New Harbinger Publications
Owlkids Books
Parenting Press
Pop Sandbox
Portable Press
Princeton Architectural Press
Quirk Books
Raincoast Books
Silver Dolphin
Thunder Bay Press

Publishers Group Canada[edit]

Publishers Group Canada (PGC) was acquired by Raincoast Books in 2000. Based in Toronto, Ontario, PGC distributes independently owned book publishing houses including Grove Atlantic, New World Library and Egmont Books in Canada.


BookExpress is a wholesale division supplying Canadian bookstores and retailers. BookExpress carries bestselling books from publishers including Random House Canada, Penguin Books Canada, HarperCollins Canada, H.B. Fenn, Andrews McMeel, Scholastic Canada, Diamond Book Distribution and Firefly.

Raincoast Publishing[edit]

Between 1995 and 2008, Raincoast Books was also a Canadian book publisher. The Raincoast publishing program produced a range of fiction and non-fiction titles for both adults and children. Authors who published work with Raincoast included Anne Fleming, Alison Pick, Colin McAdam, Nick Bantock, George Bowering, Paul William Roberts, Naim Kattan, Roy Miki, Amanda K. Hale, and Bill Gaston. As a publisher, the company was noted for using large amounts of recycled paper in its books. On January 7, 2008, Raincoast announced that it would cease to publish new books due to the rise in the Canadian dollar.[1][2] Raincoast also ceased to be the Canadian publisher of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books in 2010.[3]


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