ARP Books was founded in 1996 in downtown Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Our mandate is to publish a dynamic combination of cultural, fiction, and non-fiction titles with an emphasis on progressive political analysis of contemporary issues, while encouraging innovative new writing.
In the last seventeen years we have published an eclectic and engaging list, from Any Given Power, a book of short stories by Giller Prize nominated author Alissa York, to a tragic tale of spin doctoring in the highly acclaimed graphic novel The Listener by David Lester, and our best-selling book on the politics of language, Grammar Matters, by Jila Ghomeshi.
We have served as an amplifier for some of the most exciting writings on Indigenous issues, with books like Dancing on Our Turtle’s Back: Stories of Nishnaabeg Re-Creation, Resurgence, and a New Emergence by Leanne Simpson, Aboriginal Rights Are Not Human Rights by Peter Kulchyski, and This is an Honour Song: Twenty Years Since the Blockades, a collection of writings exploring the impact of the 1990 resistance at Kanehsatà:ke.
We explored moving pictures in Kino Delirium: The Films of Guy Maddin, the first book-length study of the renowned director, and They Came From Within: A History of Canadian Horror Cinema, the definitive (and perhaps only) book on that neglected and surprisingly important subject, both by Caelum Vatnsdal. We looked at pictures that are still, but are still moving, in Framing Identity: Social Practices of Photography in Canada by Susan Close, and examined Canada’s imperialist past and present in Todd Gordon’s Imperialist Canada.
Our abiding love of literature has led us to remarkable young poets like Emma Healey, whose Begin with the End in Mind announced the debut of a strong and original new voice, and Kaie Kellough, with his stunningly designed, jazz-infused riff on Canadian culture, Maple Leaf Rag. We’ve published some amazing prose, too, like the novel Gertrude Unmanageable, Deborah Schnitzer’s profound meditation on aging, love and Gertrude Stein, and the unnerving and brilliant short story collection All We Want is Everything, by Andrew F. Sullivan.
The wide-ranging concerns of ARP are perfectly captured in our recent titles, which feature short stories, feminist mothering, immigration and culture, suburban development, civil rights, fables, and foreign policy.
Our authors are world-renowned academics, first-time novelists, community activists, and established writers from all over Canada who share our firm belief that the written word can change the world, one reader at a time. We are proud of this catalogue of books—books we hope will challenge, assist, entertain, and provoke you.