November 10, 2023

Publishers for Palestine: Statement of Solidarity

Come and stand for justice, freedom of expression, and the power of the written word

Please note this is a collective statement in solidarity with Palestine from publishers, editors, and writers around the world who stand for justice, first posted on Verso Books’ website.

We invite publishers, editors, and writers around the world who stand for justice, freedom of expression, and the power of the written word, to sign this letter and join our global solidarity collective, Publishers for Palestine.

We honor the courage, creativity, and resistance of Palestinians, their profound love of their historic lands, and their refusal to be erased, or grow silent, despite Israel’s horrific genocidal acts of violence. Against the chilling complicity of Western media and cultural industries, we find hope sparked by the surge of bodies and voices that continue to gather, write, speak, sing, combat falsehoods, and build community and solidarity across social media and on our streets, across the world.

Over the past month, we have witnessed Israel’s incessant bombardment of Gaza as a form of collective punishment, using banned phosphorous bombs and unusual new weapons, with the support of governments in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., France, Germany, Europe, and Australia. We have watched 1.1 million Palestinians flee their homes in the north, only to experience the brutal destruction of hospitals and spaces of shelter in schools, refugee camps, churches, and mosques in the south of Gaza. We are currently witnessing 2.3 million people, of whom 50% are children, being cruelly denied basic necessities of shelter, food, water, fuel, and electricity as Israel launches a ground invasion. Over 9,000 Palestinians have been killed thus far, along with entire generations of families that fled to Gaza during the Nakba of 1948. And with unbearable grief, we have watched Israel’s horrific killing of over 3,500 children. As Raz Segal, a Jewish scholar of Holocaust and genocide states: “Israel’s genocidal assault on Gaza is quite explicit, open, and unashamed.”

Israel and Western powers are making a concerted attempt to extinguish dissent and maintain their faltering control. Across the publishing and media landscape since October 7th, 2023, the reprisals for speaking out have already been severe and extensive. We decry the killing of dozens of journalists in Gaza, including Mohamed Fayez Abu Matar, Saeed al-Taweel, Mohammed Sobh, Hisham Alnwajha, Mohammad Al-Salhi, Mohammad Jarghoun, Ahmed Shehab, Husam Mubarak, Mohammad Balousha, Issam Bhar, Salam Mema, Assaad Shamlakh, Ibrahim Mohammad Lafi, Khalil Abu Aathra, Sameeh Al-Nady, Abdulhadi Habib, Yousef Maher Dawas, and Roshdi Sarraj.

As cultural workers who pay careful attention to words and language, we note that this genocide was inaugurated with Israeli occupation military leaders using words such as “human animal” to justify their attacks on the civilians of Gaza. It is shocking to observe the use of such dehumanizing language from a people who have themselves experienced the same in the context of genocide. We are also reminded of the language of erasure and genocide embedded in the Zionist (and Christian) mythology of “A land without a people for a people without a land,” enacted by colonial Britain’s Balfour Declaration 106 years ago on November 2, 1917.  

These histories of white supremacist, colonial, and capitalist systems of erasure, extraction, and control are reflected in the current moment, even within the rarefied worlds of arts and culture. From the Frankfurt Book Fair/Litprom’s refusal to honour the award given to Palestinian author Adania Shibli (a letter of protest against this was signed by over 1,000 well-known writers), to the cancellation of author readings such Viet Thanh Nguyen at New York’s 92Y, and Mohammed el-Kurd at the University of Vermont, and the recent firing of David Velasco, the editor of Artforum magazine, Western literary and publishing organizations have revealed their deep imbrication in U.S. and Israeli political and economic interests by silencing and punishing writers who speak out for Palestine.  

We condemn the complicity of all those working within corporate and independent publishing who enable or condone such repression through their cowardice, silence, and cooperation with the demands of Israeli occupation and imperialist donors, funders, and governments who support it. We condemn the policing and censorship of writers, the bullying and harassment of bookstore owners and staff, and the intimidation of publishing workers who are in solidarity with Palestinians. Publishing, for us, is the exercise of freedom, cultural expression, and resistance. As publishers we are dedicated to creating spaces for creative and critical Palestinian voices and for all who stand in solidarity against imperialism, apartheidZionism, and settler-colonialism. We defend our right to publish, edit, distribute, share, and debate works that call for Palestinian liberation without recrimination. We know that this is our role in the resistance.

The silencing of Palestinian authors and writers only reinforces a fear of Palestinian literary resistance and contributes to the genocide of Palestinians and land theft. The same fear that is behind the bombs, the demolitions, the abductions, and the torture of Palestinian prisoners, is the fear that holds the Palestinian archives in Israeli control. As the writer Ghassan Kanafani said, “the Palestinian cause is not a cause for Palestinians only, but a cause for every revolutionary.” He reminds us that none of us are free until all of us are free. 

Now is the time to stand with Palestinians and step into a new era of anti-colonial resistance – an era that refuses the Oslo concessions and the normalization of ties with the Zionist state. Now is the time to remember and uphold other historical victories against settler-colonial regime (The Algerian Revolution against French colonialism, South-Africans’ struggle against Apartheid, among others), such as the resistance that rid Algeria of its French colonizers. Now is the time to intensify our support for Palestinian liberation from Israel and its U.S. and European backers. Now is the time to build solidarity amongst us to collectively refuse intimidation, repression, fear, and violence. 

We call on our comrades, friends, and colleagues across various publishing industries to sign this letter and support the following demands:  

  • Stop the genocide and bring an end to all violence against Palestinian people in Gaza, the West Bank, across historic Palestine, and in the diaspora.
  • Hold Israel and its allies accountable for the war crimes they have committed. 
  • Assert the demands of Palestinian people to freedom, resistance, and return.
  • Uphold the call for boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) against Israeli apartheid. 
  • Assure that Palestinian voices should not be silenced from future international book fairs and literary festivals across the world. Instead, they should be invited as guests of honour to share their stories.
  • Commit to making the publishing industry a genuine site of learning and freedom of speech. As publishers we are dedicated to creating spaces for Palestinian voices and those who stand in solidarity against the war machine.

For a full list of signatories, please visit this link.

If you would like to add your name to this statement, please fill out this form.

April 19, 2023

Community supper launches Mnidoo Bemaasing Bemaadiziwin

Residential school survivors invited to Sault book launch

By James Hopkins, April 17, 2023

An Anishinaabe author who authored a book detailing the experiences of more than a dozen residential school survivors in Ontario will finally host an official book launch after two years of waiting in the wings due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Dr. Theresa Turmel will be in Sault Ste. Marie later this month in order to celebrate the release of Mnidoo Bemaasing Bemaadiziwin: Reclaiming, Reconnecting, and Demystifying Resiliency as Life Force Energy for Residential School Survivors — and she’s inviting survivors to share a semi-private, community supper with her as a show of respect for those who endured the residential school system as well as the survivors from Walpole Island First Nation who lent their voices to the book.

April 7, 2021

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



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:

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.


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:

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). 

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.

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!


Canadian Historical Association

Clio Prize for The Prairies


CHA Best Scholarly Book in Canadian History Prize

Alexander Kennedy Isbister Award for Non-Fiction

McNally Robinson Book of the Year


An Important Announcement Regarding Amazon

ARP Books to discontinue books through Inc.

By ARP Staff

Dear readers, colleagues, and supporters,

ARP Books has decided to discontinue selling our books through 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 and In the United States and 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

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.

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).

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!

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.”


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