Between the Lines Books

Between the Lines Books (BTL) is an independent Toronto-based publisher of non-fiction, most of which offers a critical perspective on culture, economics, and society. Since its inception in 1977, BTL has published approximately 250 titles of which more than half are maintained in print, including seminal works by American cultural theorists bell hooks and Noam Chomsky. In 2012, BTL won the Wilson Prize for Publishing Canadian History.

Over the course of its history, BTL has published titles on politics, public policy, labour, critical race, international development, Indigenous peoples, gender and sexuality, history, health, adult and popular education, environment, technology, and media.

Between the Lines Books
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Country of originCanada
Headquarters locationToronto
Key peopleJamie Swift, Dinah Forbes, Ken Epps, Kae Elgie, Robert Clarke, Steve Izma, Richard Swift, Jonathan Barker
Publication typesBooks
Nonfiction topicspolitics, public policy, social issues, history, critical race, international development, Indigenous peoples, gender and sexuality, health, culture, adult and popular education, labour, environment, technology, media
No. of employees5


Unlike most publishing houses, Between the Lines Books is a co-operative organization. There is no individual owner or publisher, and organizational decisions are reached by consensus. Publishing decisions are made by a volunteer editorial board.[1]


BTL is represented in the college and trade markets throughout Canada by Brunswick Books, a company that also handles their US and Canadian distribution. In the U.K. and continental Europe, sales representation and distribution are provided by Global Book Marketing and Central Books respectively. BTL has co-publishing arrangements with New Internationalist (UK), Pluto Press, South End Press, AK Press, PM Press, Haymarket, O/R Books, Zed Books, and LUX Editeur.


Noted authors


  1. ^ Jamie Swift, Article on BTL History Archived 2011-07-08 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ See details at "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-06-24. Retrieved 2008-07-22.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ See awards website at "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-02-24. Retrieved 2007-12-18.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ See awards website at:
  5. ^ See John A. Macdonald Prize information at "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-05-03. Retrieved 2008-07-22.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

External links


BTL may refer to:

BTL (band), a now disbanded South Korean boy band, aka Beyond the Limit

Bibliography of Canadian military history

This is a bibliography of works on the military history of Canada.

Canada and the Vietnam War

The Vietnam War had considerable effects on Canada – and Canada and Canadians affected the war.

The Canadian government did not officially participate in the war. However, it contributed peacekeeping forces in 1973 to help enforce the Paris Peace Accords.Privately, some Canadians contributed to the war effort. Canadian corporations sold war materiel to the Americans. In addition, at least 30,000 Canadians volunteered to serve in the American armed forces during the war. At least 134 Canadians died or were reported missing in Vietnam.Meanwhile, tens of thousands of American Vietnam War resisters emigrated to Canada to avoid the draft. Largely middle class and educated, they had a significant impact on Canadian life. After the war, tens of thousands of Vietnamese boat people were also admitted and became a unique part of Canadian life.

Charlie Angus

Charles Joseph "Charlie" Angus (born November 14, 1962) is a Canadian author, journalist, broadcaster, musician, and politician. A member of the New Democratic Party (NDP), Angus has been the federal Member of Parliament for the riding of Timmins—James Bay since winning the 2004 election. He is the NDP critic for Indigenous and Northern Affairs (Youth), and ran as a candidate for leadership of the federal NDP in 2017.

Draft evasion

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Over the years, scholars and others have raised several large issues with regard to draft evasion. These observers have asked whether it is (or can be) politically effective, whether it is necessarily a function of class privilege, and whether it has positive or negative effects on democracy and community. There is no clear consensus on any of these issues.

Emily Pohl-Weary

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Fruit (slang)

Fruit and fruitcake, as well as many variations, are slang or even sexual slang terms which have various origins but modern usage tend to primarily refer to gay men and sometimes other LGBT people. Usually used as pejoratives, the terms have also been re-appropriated as insider terms of endearment within LGBT communities. Many modern pop culture references within the gay nightlife like "Fruit Machine" and "Fruit Packers" have been appropriated for reclaiming usage, similar to queer and dyke.

Henry Giroux

Henry A. Giroux (born September 18, 1943) is an American and Canadian scholar and cultural critic. One of the founding theorists of critical pedagogy in the United States, he is best known for his pioneering work in public pedagogy, cultural studies, youth studies, higher education, media studies, and critical theory. In 2002 Routledge named Giroux as one of the top fifty educational thinkers of the modern period.A high-school social studies teacher in Barrington, Rhode Island, for six years, Giroux has held positions at Boston University, Miami University, and Penn State University. In 2005, Giroux began serving as the Global TV Network Chair in English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. He has published more than 60 books, 200 chapters, and 400 articles, and is published widely throughout education and cultural studies literature.

James Laxer

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Jamie Swift

Jamie Swift is an award-winning Canadian journalist, author, and activist. His body of work has focused largely on issues of social justice, economy, environment, globalization, and politics.

Swift was born in Montreal, Quebec where, in 1968, he pursued a degree in African Studies at McGill University. Upon moving to Toronto in the mid-seventies, Swift became involved in the social activist community and subsequently began his writing career. In 1977, he published his first book, The Big Nickel: Inco at home and abroad, which examined the effect of nickel production in third world countries.Over the course of his career, Swift has been published in numerous journals and newspapers, including The Globe and Mail, The Montreal Gazette, The Kingston Whig Standard, and Briarpatch. Throughout the 1990s, he was a regular contributor on CBC's radio series Ideas. Most recently, Swift has co-written a book with noted Canadian historian Ian McKay entitled Warrior Nation: Rebranding Canada in an Age of Anxiety, released in May 2012. He currently lectures at the Queen's School of Business in Kingston, Ontario.

Jim St. James

Jim Bozyk (1954–1990), known professionally as Jim St. James, was a Canadian actor and HIV/AIDS activist. He was best known as the star of a series of public service announcements on AIDS awareness which aired on Canadian television in the 1980s, and as the subject of June Callwood's 1988 book Jim: A Life with AIDS.

Judith Merril

Judith Josephine Grossman (January 21, 1923 – September 12, 1997), who took the pen-name Judith Merril around 1945, was an American and then Canadian science fiction writer, editor and political activist, and one of the first women to be widely influential in those roles.Although Judith Merril's first paid writing was in other genres, in her first few years of writing published science fiction she wrote her three novels (all but the first in collaboration with C.M. Kornbluth) and some stories. Her roughly four decades in that genre also included writing 26 published short stories, and editing a similar number of anthologies.

List of English-language small presses

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Louie Palu

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Mike Hudema

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The Fateful Triangle

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The book was updated in 1999 and contains three new chapters, drawing upon material from Z Magazine and other publications. New developments that have been incorporated are such as the First Intifada, Israeli invasion of Lebanon, and the ongoing peace process.

Edward Said who also contributed the new foreword, said, "Chomsky's major claim is that Israel and the United States - especially the latter - are rejectionists opposed to peace, whereas the Arabs, including the PLO, for years have been trying to accommodate themselves to the reality of Israel."

Ursula Franklin

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