Media Release
July 18, 2022

Wanted: Marketing and Promotion Intern

Application period now closed.

About us

Arbeiter Ring Publishing was founded as a workers’ collective in 1996 and began publishing a few left-of-centre and Marxist-leaning books each year. It is now Arbeiter Ring Publishing Ltd. (operating as ARP Books) and has grown into a respected book publisher offering a bold combination offering eclectic and engaging writing.

Our mandate is to publish a dynamic combination of non-fiction, literary fiction, essay, poetry, and other writing that cannot be constrained by genre categories while encouraging innovative new writing.

We work to serve as an amplifier for some of the most exciting contemporary literary and academic writings on Indigenous issues, environmental issues, politics, social justice, activism, art, poetry, fiction, and importantly the ways that these subjects intersect.

We believe the written word can change the world, one reader at a time. We strive to publish books that challenge, assist, entertain, and provoke. Join us.

About the role

ARP Books is seeking a Marketing and Promotion Intern to join our three-person publishing team. We have a collegial working style and can offer some flexibility in working hours.

This position has a diversity focus. Therefore we are seeking applicants from historically underrepresented people in our community and in the publishing business, including but not limited to Black, Indigenous, people of colour, and persons with disabilities.

This is a one-year contract position at four days per week (Mon–Thurs) with occasional work outside of traditional office hours. This is considered an entry level position and reports to the Executive Editor. The target start date for this position is late August 2022.

The salary for this position is $35K/year.

We are returning to a hybrid model of remote and in-person work, so we are considering local candidates only.

You are:

  • Knowledgeable about progressive social movements and familiar with the types of books we publish as well as the wider political conversations they are part of;
  • Excited about the opportunity to work with activist authors and readers;
  • Experienced in working collaboratively.

This position will primarily focus on marketing and publicity but is also designed for the incumbent to gain exposure to the Canadian small press publishing. 

Responsibilities may include:

  • Assist with the planning and implementation of comprehensive marketing and promotion plans for all frontlist ARP titles;
  • Assist with the creation of promotional and marketing materials;
  • Assist with updating title information on the ARP website;
  • Assist with the preparation, distribution and maintenance of accurate and robust metadata for frontlist and backlist titles;
  • Attend sales conferences, trade shows, professional development sessions, and publishing industry events;
  • Coordinate paid ad placements;
  • Assist with general and title-specific marketing activities and initiatives, including seasonal promotions, mailouts, Mailchimp newsletters, blog posts, social media, and external partnerships;
  • Some moving of heavy boxes may be required in this position.

The following requirements  are guidelines only. If you don’t satisfy every requirement or meet every qualification listed, but have relevant or transferrable experience that makes you a great fit, we encourage you to apply.

Required skills

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs;
  • Strong writing ability;
  • Graphic design experience;
  • Effective communication skills;
  • Excellent organization and planning skills;
  • The ability to juggle competing tasks and demanding deadlines;
  • Strong critical thinking and analytical skills.

Nice to have

  • Experience with any or all of the following: Biblioshare, BNC Catalist, Edelweiss, CoreSource, Ebound, NetGalley, Mailchimp, WordPress
  • Familiarity with ONIX metadata and basic HTML/XML;
  • Publishing industry experience.

How to apply

Please send a cover letter and resume as a single document in PDF format to info@arpbooks.org by August 15, 2022. Please include “Marketing and Promotion Intern” in the subject line. 

Interviews will be conducted over Zoom.

We thank all applicants for their interest, but only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

News
April 7, 2021

Book Launch and Panel for Crossing Borders: Essays in Honour of Ian H. Angus

IAN ANGUS, SAMIR GANDESHA, PEYMAN VAHABZADEH, ET AL.

FRIDAY, APRIL 23, 5:30PM–7:00PM PST, ZOOM WEBINAR (REGISTRATION REQUIRED)

Sponsored by SFU’s Institute for the Humanities

Crossing Borders, book

Crossing Borders: Essays in Honour of Ian H. Angus” is a collection of original and cutting-edge essays by thirteen outstanding and diverse Canadian and International scholars that engage with Professor Ian Angus’s rich contributions to three distinct, albeit overlapping, fields: Canadian Studies, Phenomenology and Critical Theory, and Communication and Media Studies. These contributions are distinct, unique, and have had resonance across the intellectual landscape-over the thirty years that Angus has been teaching communications, philosophy, Canadian Studies, theory, and humanities first in the United States and then in Canada.

More info and registration here: http://www.sfu.ca/humanities-institute/public-events/public-events/2021/crossing-borders.html

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November 25, 2020

Colonial Narratives in the Trial of Gerald Stanley

Join us for “Colonial Narratives in the Trial of Gerald Stanley: Is Justice Possible for Indigenous Peoples?” A discussion with Dr. Gina Starblanket and Dr. Dallas Hunt on their new book, “Storying Violence” on Friday, Nov. 27, 12 pm.

Registration https://uoguel.ph/ISLS-1

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November 16, 2020

My Claustrophobic Happiness – Book Launch & Reading

Friday November 20th at 7 pm (CT)

My Claustrophobic Happiness – Book Launch and Reading from Jeanne Randolph

The event will be streamed live: https://youtu.be/hskfPjVz05M

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August 27, 2020

Statement on Facebook Banning Anarchist, Antiracist, Antifascist Profiles from Facebook

A calculated effort to suppress social movements and the journalists and publishers that cover them.

AUGUST 25th, 2020

Facebook’s de-platforming of anarchist, antiracist, antifascist, and independent media on August 19th is a malicious threat to free speech and public dissent.

The removal of activists, authors, and journalist profiles, pages, and groups—which Facebook’s public statement acknowledges have no direct role in violent activities—has nothing to do with stopping violence, as the company claims. It has everything to do with the suppression of social movements and the journalists and publishers that cover them.

Facebook’s intentional equivocation of the well-documented violence of fascist and alt-right militias and groups with anarchist, antifascist, and antiracist organizing is disingenuous and demagogic.
While the categorical smearing of anarchists and antifascists as inherently violent is nothing new for the Trump administration, Facebook’s conflation of these views with extremist political violence is a blatant attempt to pander to the “both sides” framing that’s been espoused by Trump post-Charlottesville. It serves to legitimize Trump’s intentional conflation of dissent with violence to further justify undermining protesters’ fundamental right to speech and expression.

Facebook’s justification for removing these groups is that they are “tied to violence,” allegedly “celebrated violent acts,” “or have individual followers with patterns of violent behavior.” The conception of “violence” applied here is inherently so broad that if we do not act, it will inevitably be applied to countless other pages, groups, journalists, and radical publishers as a means to suppress dissenting political viewpoints and collective action.

It comes as no surprise that this decision serves the dual function of protecting Facebook’s financial interests by validating Trump’s claims that antifascists and anarchists are “violent” and thereby justifying his further criminalizing dissent, and delegitimizing Black liberation struggles.
We call on everyone to condemn this action and stand with us in the fight against fascism in all its forms.

The Radical Publishers Alliance is a coalition of international left-wing publishers and media that aims to lift up voices that challenge our broken social and economic systems and to come together around radical ideas for a more just and equitable world.

Participating English-language publishers and media include AK Press (US), PM Press (US), Verso Books (US and UK), Haymarket Books (US), The New Press (US), Seven Stories Press (US), Beacon Press (US), The Feminist Press (US), O/R Books (US), Between the Lines (Canada), Black Rose Books (Canada), Pluto Press (UK), Autonomedia (US and UK), Common Notions (US), New Society Publishers (Canada), Fernwood Publishing (Canada), ARP Books (Canada), Myriad Editions (UK), Repeater Books (UK), The Evergreen Review/Foxrock Books (US) and Dissent Magazine (US). 

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July 30, 2020

Our dear friend and mentor, John Loxley, died on July 28, 2020.

His place in Winnipeg’s left cannot be overstated, and we are honoured to have shared some of his work with the world as his publisher. We already feel at a loss without him, and our hearts go out to his family.  He was precious to many people on the progressive left, with whom he worked over a lifetime of commitment to social justice and equality. Those people are all over the world, and we take strength from knowing we are part of this community of those grieving John and struggling to accept that he is gone.

Twenty five years ago, John wrote the first review of the first book ARP ever published. A detailed, serious and sympathetic review by someone of John’s international reputation helped bring much-needed attention to our press at a time when we needed it most. 

ARP worked with him again on the participatory economics book Show Us the Money: The Politics and Process of Alternative Budgets (1998), for which he wrote the introduction. ARP was only two years old then. At the time, the Winnipeg-based social justice group Cho!ces was running popular education workshops for activists on government budgets across Canada. John taught hundreds of activists how to understand the politics of budgets, how to be able to refute the austerity logic of right-wing budgets, and how to use economic knowledge as a tool in the struggle for change. He believed that knowledge belonged to everyone, not just to elites.  Although he was a brilliant and prolific scholar, he hated the idea of the ivory tower. A beloved teacher, he wore his learning lightly.

In 2002, a conference was held in John’s honour. The conference papers became Globalization, Neo-Conservative Policies, and Democratic Alternatives: Essays in Honour of John Loxley. We had the chance to meet and get to know Haroon Akram-Lodhi, an old friend of John’s, who co-edited the volume with Robert Chernomas, John’s colleague at the University of Manitoba.

Later, John gave ARP a book of his collected essays to publish, Aboriginal, Northern, and Community Economic Development: Papers and Retrospectives (2010).

John was a builder of community. He insisted that we all treat each other with kindness, and never forget which side we were on. Loyalty and generosity shaped the political work we did together. John had a genius for friendship. He was deeply empathetic. He was the glue that held people together, especially during difficult times when political battles were lost every day, and there were few victories to be found. He celebrated with us when those victories came. He mourned with us when friends were lost. And now we must do the same for each other, without him.

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July 14, 2020

Radical Medicine by Esyllt W. Jones finalist and prize winner!

Very happy to announce Radical Medicine: The International Origins of Socialized Health Care in Canada by Esyllt W. Jones has been the receipient and finalist for the following awards this year! Congrats Esyllt!

Winner:

Canadian Historical Association

Clio Prize for The Prairies

Finalist:

CHA Best Scholarly Book in Canadian History Prize

Alexander Kennedy Isbister Award for Non-Fiction

McNally Robinson Book of the Year

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An Important Announcement Regarding Amazon

ARP Books to discontinue books through Amazon.com Inc.

By ARP Staff

Dear readers, colleagues, and supporters,

ARP Books has decided to discontinue selling our books through Amazon.com Inc.

Our mission is to amplify writing from the left; we focus on labour, social and economic justice, and progressive politics, with particular attention to innovative and experimental approaches to scholarly, trade non-fiction, and literary writing. Our books reflect a commitment to political and social transformation and workers’ rights, including social and economic justice for Indigenous, Black, and people of colour.

Continuing to do business with Amazon is antithetical to these values.

Deemed one of the most dangerous places to work by the United States Occupational Health and Safety Administration, Amazon’s collaborations with federal law enforcement, its anti-labour actions, its blatant disregard for the lives of its labour force, including workers who are 25 per cent Black and over 65 per cent Black, Indigenous, and people of colour, its unsustainable delivery model, and its gross profiteering, motivate our decision.

This decision is also bolstered by a shift that is already taking place. Increasingly, and throughout the COVID-19 crisis we have seen more ethical models of getting books to readers redeveloping—readers buying from local independent Canadian bookstores, independent online retailers, and from book publishers directly.

It is the reading public that is driving this change and we encourage anyone who is looking to purchase our books to do so through local independent booksellers or online options that are not Amazon.

If you live somewhere in Canada that doesn’t have a local independent bookseller, you can purchase books from online retailers such as alllitup.ca and 49thShelf.com. In the United States bookshop.org and indiebound.org are excellent alternatives, allowing readers to search for their closest independent bookstore by using their zip code.

We’ve heard from so many of our authors and we are thankful and heartened to have received so much support and encouragement regarding this decision.

We do not believe that we will be the only book publisher who will reach this conclusion and stop doing business with Amazon. We feel strongly that a new model of book publishing can and should cut out profiteers and refocus on more ethical means towards the dissemination of ideas.

Thank you for your support.

In solidarity,

The Owners and Staff,
ARP Books

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March 10, 2020

ROMANS/SNOWMARE by Cam Scott a Lambda Literary Award Finalist!

Very pleased to announce ROMANS/SNOWMARE by Cam Scott is a Lambda Literary Award Finalist in Bisexual Poetry. Congrats Cam!

We hope you’re able to join us as we announce the winners on June 8th at the awards ceremony hosted by Saturday Night Live’s Bowen Yang in New York City. The ceremony — which brings together over 600 finalists, celebrities, and publishing professionals to celebrate excellence in LGBTQ publishing. More information and ticket info is below.

https://www.lambdaliterary.org/buy-tickets/

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July 19, 2019

Exploring the new book Black Life: Post-BLM and the Struggle for Freedom – Desmond Cole

Exploring the new book Black Life: Post-BLM and the Struggle for Freedom, and how black cultural production peaked in the ’90s (GUESTS: co-authors Idil Abdillahi & Rinaldo Walcott)…  On Saskatchewan using “birth alerts” to track newborn babies, and whether or not their parents should be raising them (GUEST: Cora Morgan, First Nations Family Advocate Office in Manitoba)…  And, after four years, Vice News has agreed to give an accused terrorist’s chat logs to the RCMP after their stay was refused (GUEST: Ben Makuch, Vice News National Security Reporter).

http://www.iheartradio.ca/newstalk-1010/audio/podcasts/desmond-cole-july-7-2019-1.9454905?mode=Article

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December 5, 2018

Cagey Films reviews You Don’t Know Me, But You Love Me

Kenneth George Godwin, Film Editor from Cagey Films reviews Caelum Vatnsdal’s You Don’t Know Me, But You Love Me. Kenneth has been editing a wide range of film and video projects, both documentary and drama, for two-and-a-half decades. He started at the Winnipeg Film Group, cutting on Steenbeck 16mm flatbeds, adopted Avid in 1995, and have used FinalCut Pro quite extensively over the past ten years. Projects he has worked on have screened – and won awards – at festivals around the world.

Read Kenneth’s review here! http://www.cageyfilms.com/2018/12/the-legendary-dick-miller/

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November 26, 2018

Pat Lowther Memorial Award Winner

Wonderful news! Our warmest congratulations to Lesley Belleau on the announcement of her Pat Lowther Memorial Award win for Indianland!

Open to Canadian women, the Pat Lowther Memorial Award has been given annually since 1981 to a book of poetry published the preceding year. Juror’s comments: “”The howl if Indian Land” is a haunting echo through Lesley Belleau’s Indianland raising the unease at a longstanding injustice impossible to make right. These poems present a passion that goes beyond words, a deep-seated duende that expresses a powerful range of emotions. This is a truly moving and outstanding collection and a work that will prove its lasting value to Canadian literature for years to come.” 

http://poets.ca/lowther/

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