Turnstone Press was founded in 1976 in Winnipeg to publish chapbooks by Manitoba poets. It is located in Western Canada. Turnstone Press publishes only Canadian authors or landed immigrants. Fifty percent of their content published each year is either written by Manitoba writers or contains content about Manitoba. Since its debut, Turnstone has grown to include fiction, literary criticism and literary non-fiction. In 1998 Turnstone expanded their business with Ravenstone imprint which specializes primarily in literary and experimental mystery and noir fiction.
To this day, they continue to publish new Canadian authors. Since their foundation they have begun the careers of many Canadian authors which include Di Brandt, John Gould, Lawrence Hill, Sylvia Legris, Margaret Sweatman, Michael Van Rooy and Armin Wiebe.
Several books and authors under Turnstone Press have been nominated for literary awards and have been recognized for their literary efforts, including the Governor General's Literary Awards, the Commonwealth Writer's Prize, the Giller Prize, the Stephen Leacock Prize, the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the Lambda Literary Awards, the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, the ReLit Awards, and other regional awards.
Bird on a Wire
Turnstone Press provides many resources on their website, such as book reviews, resource articles, upcoming events, and recent news.
“Canadian small publishing is an incredibly dynamic and exciting business, frought [sic] with incredible highs and frustrating lows. Turnstone’s Bird on a Wire is part blog, part rant, and part resource. It’s our place on the web to share our thoughts and experiences while working in Canadian publishing.”
- "Bird on a Wire". Turnstonepress.com. Retrieved 2011-03-08.